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INSIDE Royal Palm Zoners Ask Lantern Walk To Reconsider Tree Plan

The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission postponed a request Wednesday by the Lantern Walk community to remove more than a dozen mature oak trees and replace them with smaller trees, advising that the community seek alternatives. Page 3

Corbett Gets Money, But Governor Vetoes College Funds Again

Central Palm Beach County had a hit and a miss when Gov. Rick Scott decided to keep more than $4 million for berm improvements at the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, but vetoed money earmarked to begin the new Palm Beach State College campus. Page 3

Volume 34, Number 22 May 31 - June 6, 2013

CAFCI’S CULTURAL DIVERSITY DAY Caribbean Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach presented Cultural Diversity Day on Saturday, May 25 at Veterans Park. The celebration offered music, dancing and food from different countries while vendors sold arts and crafts. Shown here, Soleil Rowe entertains the crowd with a song. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN TOWN-CRIER

RPBHS Celebrates Graduation By Alexandra Antonopoulos Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach High School Principal Jesús Armas implored the Class of 2013 to define their personal vision of excellence at the school’s commencement ceremony Friday, May 24. From the stage of the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center, Armas challenged the 478 graduates

to go into the world with high standards for their own achievements and recognized the students’ families for supporting them during their high school tenure. “Thank you for allowing Royal Palm Beach High School the honor and privilege of educating your child,” Armas said. School District of Palm Beach County Superintendent E. Wayne

Wellington Honors The Fallen On Memorial Day

Wellington held its annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony at Veterans Park on Monday, May 27. Wellington officials and veterans walked in the parade while the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Pipe & Drum Band led the procession. Page 5

Lox Council Members Irked By FDOT Water Retention Site Choices

Members of the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council are disappointed if not angry at the Florida Department of Transportation’s report on retention pond siting in preparation for the widening of Southern Blvd. Page 7

OPINION Stop By Madison Green On June 8 To Help A Member Of Our Family

Usually we use this space to remind our readers of important events, to opine on politics or encourage attendance at important events. Today we ask you to come together and support a member of our family — longtime Town-Crier staff member Jason Budjinski, who suffers from Crohn’s disease and primary sclerosing cholangitis, an autoimmune disease that affects the liver. Page 4

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RPBHS Valedictorian Hannah Locop with Sol Diaz and Fabiola Canola after last Friday’s graduation ceremony. PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA ANTONOPOULOS/TOWN-CRIER

Gent added that graduation is no small feat and requires a commitment of completion. “It requires both tenacity and perseverance. Graduation is a time for celebration, however it is also a time for introspection, for soul searching, for decision making. Most importantly, graduation is a time for action,” he said. “Quite simply, graduation is where the rubber meets the road.” Gent reiterated the importance of being ready to begin a new way of life. “You’re going to have to make decisions, solve problems and do things as an adult,” he said. “And are you prepared for it? Are you prepared to develop a budget for your life? Are you prepared to be responsible? The decisions you make in the next few years, you will spend the rest of your life managing.” Gent urged the Class of 2013 to go against the grain and to stand up for their own integrity, challenging them to become registered voters before the fall and to take an active role in society. Salutatorian Christina Lam reSee RPBHS GRAD, page 12

675 Bronco Grads Get Diplomas By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach Central High School graduates were characterized as a generous class who worked to make lives better for others. As the 675 students crossed the stage last Thursday at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center, they were encouraged to never lose their passion for giving. “We know that intentions do not accomplish anything,” Principal Butch Mondy said. “Eventually we have to step out and make a difference. You didn’t have to, but each one of you stepped out. Seniors, you are truly difference makers.” The Class of 2013 will be remembered for what it gave to the school and the community, Mondy said. That includes more than $42,500 raised this year alone for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, more than $20,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network through a dance marathon, and more than $15,000 to build a school in Africa. Students also donated more than 753 pints of blood to save lives.

Property Values Up In Wellington And RPB, But Fall In Lox Groves By Anne Checkosky Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County’s 2013 estimated property tax values were announced this week and for three area municipalities the news was great, average and not so good. Overall, the county’s tax base grew for the second year in a row from $125 billion to $129 billion, according to figures released Wednesday, May 29 by Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits. That’s a 3.7 percent increase over last year. Wellington saw the biggest property values increase of all municipalities countywide, up 6.6 percent over last year, from almost $5.4 billion to $5.76 billion. And of the 38 cities and towns that make up Palm Beach County, only four saw a decrease in property values.

That included Loxahatchee Groves, which experienced a 4.4 percent dip. Its taxable value dropped from almost $180 million last year to $171.9 million this year. The property values are based on sale prices from 2012. Tax notices won’t go out until late July. And then politicians will have to make decisions about whether or not to change property tax rates to avoid increasing taxes. For now, most officials are glad the numbers released this week bring an end to a downward spiral that began in 2008. But it’s too early to tell what if any impact this may have on property tax rates this year. Loxahatchee Groves Town Manager Mark Kutney was somewhat surprised by the figure. See VALUES, page 4


Royal Palm Beach held its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27 at Veterans Park to honor those who gave their lives defending the nation. Shown here, Sgt. Darrell Langworthy of Royal Palm Beach observes Memorial Day with a special guest. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 8 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington’s Offer Could Halt Lawsuits

The Cruz family celebrates with graduate Daniel Cruz. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Salutatorian Alexis McClanahan said she hopes her class will continue to give back. She told the proverbial story of a man on a beach throwing starfish back into the water. Though he could not save them all, the man was happy to make a difference in the life of each one he saved. “Often we ask ourselves, ‘How much of a difference can I really

make?’” McClanahan said. “Though we may not be able to make a difference in the entire world, we can make a world of difference in someone’s life.” She encouraged each student to find their starfish. “My hope for the Class of 2013 is that we always strive to positively impact the lives of those we encounter,” McClanaSee PBCHS GRAD, page 19

Sem Ridge Salutes Class Of 2013 By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report The 549 members of Seminole Ridge High School’s Class of 2013 walked across the stage to receive their diplomas at a commencement ceremony held Thursday, May 23 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. School District of Palm Beach

Serving Palms West Since 1980

County Superintendent E. Wayne Gent asked teachers, parents, friends and family to congratulate the new graduates on their achievements. “Commitment of completion requires both tenacity and perseverance,” he said. Gent told the graduates that the day is not only a time for celebra-

Nora, Anthony and Tony Manrique show off Anthony’s diploma. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

tion, but for a new beginning. “It’s a time for reflection, for decision making, but most importantly, it’s a time for action,” he said. “It’s also a time to look for opportunity that will affect you for the rest of your life.” Student Government Association President Madison Harding reminded students of the high school years gone by. “When we were freshmen, the Hawks football team brought home the trophy after beating Royal Palm Beach for the very first time,” she recalled. Harding encouraged students to remember all the memories shared in high school. “We need to remember the relationships we had together because these memories will keep us together forever,” she said. “Not only the big moments, but the small ones, too, like walking to class in the courtyard with friends or pretending to read during BookIt.” Salutatorian Andrea Olave urged her fellow graduates to enjoy life by quoting Indian spiritual leader Sai Baba. “Life is a song — See SRHS GRAD, page 9

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Village Council are giving owners of the controversial Equestrian Village project a second chance to get approvals for the site in exchange for putting pending lawsuits on hold while the process is revisited. In what they called a “leap of faith,” council members were divided 3-2 in favor of making the offer at Tuesday’s meeting, with councilmen Matt Willhite and John Greene opposed. The offer, if accepted, would allow Wellington Equestrian Partners to re-file applications for all of the necessary documents that must be approved before the site can operate. Attorney Claudio Riedi, who is representing Wellington in several pending lawsuits regarding Equestrian Village, said developers would have to accept the offer before it could go into effect.

“We’ve tried to come up with a path forward,” he said. At press time, no agreement had been made. Riedi said that the developers would have 180 days to file the paperwork, during which time they would ask for a stay of the two cases that Wellington Equestrian Partners Managing Partner Mark Bellissimo filed last year against the village. Then site owners would have to submit a revised land development permit that complies with the previous existing master plan. “That is the master plan that was in place last year, before a new master plan came in and was revoked,” Riedi said. That would mean the site could have only one entrance on South Shore Blvd. to access the property, he said. Once the permit is approved, the site could operate for up to six months for approved See LAWSUITS, page 18

July Groundbreaking For RPB’s Aldi Project By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Plans are set for a late July groundbreaking for Aldi grocery stores’ regional distribution center in Royal Palm Beach, according to Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. The BDB joined Aldi in December 2011 to announce that the growing grocery retailer planned to build a distribution center at 1201 N. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach. The facility, designed to serve the company’s existing and planned South Florida locations, will employ more than 100 people. “The Business Development Board worked on that project for a good two years, and it has certainly increased in size,” Smallridge

said. “Initially, when we announced the project, it was about 625,000 square feet, and now it is going to be a little larger than that.” Smallridge said the BDB had not set a specific date for the event. “We are going to be responsible for the event,” she said, explaining that media announcements of an early June groundbreaking had been premature. “That caught us by surprise, and I’m not certain where they got that date from. It will most likely be in late July.” Smallridge stressed that the project has not been delayed. “Things are progressing,” she said. “There certainly has been nothing that has led us to believe that we’re not going to move forward with a late July date. These types of projects are very large, See ALDI, page 18

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Zoners To Lantern Walk: Seek Alternatives Before Removing Trees By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission postponed a request Wednesday by the Lantern Walk community to remove more than a dozen mature oak trees and replace them with smaller trees, advising that the community seek alternatives. The Lantern Walk Homeowners’ Association wants to replace the 14 trees because the oaks’ roots are dislodging sidewalks and driveways. HOA President Valerie Gerold said the organization has been getting threats of lawsuits from elderly residents who have tripped over the roots. Development Review Coordinator Kevin Erwin said the applicant had asked to remove the oaks and replace each of them with three foxtail or Christmas palms, or single cassias or queen crepe myrtles. Erwin said the applicant also wanted to plant the replacement trees in different locations because the existing oak trees were plant-

ed in places too small to accommodate any kind of tree, and had supplied a replacement landscaping plan. He said staff recommended approval of the replacement plan. Commissioner Darrell Lange, who is a landscaper, said he was reluctant to pull up the existing trees. “We’re talking about sacrificing 50-year-old oaks because maintenance wasn’t done, no root pruning or anything else like that,” Lange said. “I don’t understand why we’re going to remove them instead of maintaining them.” Lange said the way to prevent the roots from causing damage is to prune them and put in root shields. “I have a 150-year-old oak in my yard and it’s not ripping up the sidewalk or anything else like that because I maintain it,” he said. Gerold said she has lived at Lantern Walk for seven years. “I’m not responsible for what’s been going on there for the last 30 years,” she said. “Unfortunately, they didn’t maintain the trees properly.”

Gerold said they have consulted numerous different landscape maintenance people who offered conflicting ideas for proper maintenance. “They all give you a different answer, so the end result is we’re stuck with a community full of trees that are damaging our driveways, breaking our sewer lines, destroying our sprinklers, and we have to do something. People are complaining,” she said. She added that it is a very expensive project for a community with 120 homes, at between $35,000 and $40,000. “We don’t have the money,” she said. “This is not something we want to do. I happen to be a tree lover. I think they’re beautiful, but you can see in the pictures the roots running into driveways and digging up sidewalks. There’s nothing we can do other than remove those trees. They’re put on property no wider than this counter.” Lange disagreed. “There’s always going to be exceptions, but the majority of the pictures I saw,

and being in your community, I don’t think we need to remove them all,” he said. “It’s a done deal, though,” Gerold said. “What am I going to do about something that was not done 25 years ago?” “You can still do that,” Lange said. “I do it all the time throughout the county. I root-prune oaks all the time. I put shields down; there’s three different variations that we use. I think this is a huge, drastic measure without trying something else, and I can’t support it.” Chairwoman Jackie Larson asked when Lantern Walk was built, and Erwin said the development was built in the 1980s when the only requirement was for a perimeter buffer and two trees per 1,500 square feet of lot space. “Those were the only requirements in the code at that time,” Erwin said. “This whole thing is very sad,” Larson said. “The landscape architect obviously didn’t know what he was doing. In addition, I would agree with Commissioner Lange — the maintenance is such

a must, especially when you have such a valuable thing like a hardwood down here.” She asked whether Gerold had explored relocation for the trees. “There has been times when landscaping people come to your house and say, ‘You have a mature tree. Can I buy it from you?’” Larson said. Gerold said she was not aware that relocation was a possibility. “Are you thinking that we relocate them on our property?” she asked. “Relocating them, period,” Larson said. “That is an asset you have because I can guarantee you once you put these other things you’re talking about, your shade is gone. I’m not trying to fault you, but it is a very sad circumstance, and Darrell used the exact word, ‘sacrificing’ these beautiful trees because of all these things that have gone wrong.” Larson pointed out that the village had moved old banyan trees at Commons Park that existed when it was the Tradition Golf Course. Erwin said that some of the oaks

in open spaces could possibly be moved but that those near sidewalks and driveways could not. Larson said she still thought the HOA should explore other options. Gerold said the situation is costing the association and homeowners huge amounts of money. “I have people calling me every day with cracks in their foundation; the floors in their homes are cracking,” she said. “We are trying to improve our community, raise our values. We’re doing a very good job, I might add, on limited funds, but this is a huge expense for us.” Lange offered to give Gerold the name of a person who works for the University of Florida who might be able to suggest a reputable landscaper who can offer alternatives. “I will tell you this — root pruning and saving them is in many cases cheaper,” Lange said. Gerold agreed to look into alternatives, and Lange made a motion to postpone the item to the commission’s June meeting, which carried 4-0.

Corbett Gets Money, Wellington Council Postpones Action On Ordinance Hiking Code Enforcement Fines But Governor Vetoes College Funds Again

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Village Council tabled an ordinance Tuesday that would have set higher fines for code violations. Council members worried that fines would not be enough to dissuade defiant violators and voted to table the measure to discuss other methods of making people comply. Under the proposed code changes, violators could be fined up to $1,000 for first violations, $5,000 a day for repeat violations and a $15,000 one-time charge for irreparable or irreversible violations. The maximum fines now are $250 a day for first violations, $500 a day for repeat violations and a one-time charge of $5,000 for irreparable or irreversible code breaches, Director of Growth Management Bob Basehart said. “There are property owners in the village who repeatedly violate the code,” Basehart said. “The level of fines that can be given to

them is not sufficient to cause them to comply. We find that continuing to violate the code [and paying fines] is the cost of business that they are willing to pay.” But Councilman Howard Coates said he was concerned about passing such a broad ordinance. “I can’t pass something that will have village-wide application, basically doubling the fines for all our residents, if we’re talking about just one or two violators in this village that need to be dealt with directly,” he said. Councilman John Greene said that some of the cases present public safety issues. “If you drive through some of these [transitional] neighborhoods, you have essentially slumlords,” he said. “It’s a disgrace that we have communities in Wellington that are like this.” He said the proposed ordinance could be used to help deal with those individuals. “This is not a tool to go out and harass somebody whose child is

parking on the swale,” Greene said. “When we have people who don’t care that the rules don’t apply to them, it just becomes the cost of doing business.” Coates noted that a document listing recent fines issued after special magistrate hearings showed that Wellington doesn’t typically assess the steepest fines to violators. “From what I see, the problem isn’t that the fine isn’t set high enough, it’s that the discounts from when you actually challenge the system are way too draconian,” he said. “We get about 10 percent of what our fines are.” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said it was complicated, because many fines are reduced to get abandoned homes sold. “When you come in with an imminent sale and $35,000 worth of liens from code violations, we’re asked to forgive them so that the sale can go forward,” she said. But Coates said it seems like everyone gets a discount. “We need to enforce the law,”

he said. “If the fines of $1,000 are not working because we discount them 90 percent, then increasing that fine isn’t going to work if we’re still discounting them.” Councilman Matt Willhite noted that the council does not currently have the jurisdiction to instruct special magistrates to enforce the fines strictly. Greene asked whether such a policy could be put in place. “Can we have a policy that says you can’t reduce a fine by more than 30 percent?” he asked. Code Compliance Manager Steve Koch said that the special magistrate often takes recommendations from staff. “We’ll offer them a settlement, and that will go to the magistrate for approval,” he said. Village Attorney Laurie Cohen said that it might be possible to create a policy, but she cautioned council members against taking away the special magistrates’ discretion completely. “You may be able to articulate See CODE FINES, page 18

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Central Palm Beach County had a hit and a miss in next year’s state budget when Gov. Rick Scott decided to keep more than $4 million for berm improvements at the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, but vetoed $4 million-plus that had been earmarked to begin construction of the Palm Beach State College campus in Loxahatchee Groves. PBSC purchased its 75-acre site on the northwest corner of B Road and Southern Blvd. for $4.5 million in October 2012. Loxahatchee Groves Mayor Dave Browning said he was not particularly concerned about the veto. “My thoughts were always that this college campus was for future needs,” Browning said. “They had the money to buy the campus, but at that time they did not have money to build.”

Browning said he thinks it is just a matter of time before the campus construction gets financing, but that it was not regarded as a high priority this year in the overall scope of things, in light of needed extra education financing and a tight economy. “I just think we’re looking further down the road,” Browning said. “When the need is there, I believe they’ll allocate the money and build the campus. It really doesn’t change anything on my part as far as the building of the campus or the money.” Nevertheless, the $74.1 state budget is about $4.1 billion greater than the current budget. PBSC’s College Relations Director Dr. Grace Truman said the college also was not distraught over the veto. “The need for a campus to serve west-central Palm Beach County has been long established,” TruSee STATE MONEY, page 18

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Stop By Madison Green June 8 To Help A Member Of Our Family Over the years, we at the Town-Crier have seen our community do wonderful things. We band together to help those in need; from food and blood drives to auctions and dance marathons, the western communities does so much to give back. And amidst the ebb and flow of politics and other headlines, it is these stories — of neighbor helping neighbor — that truly define us. Usually we use this space to remind our readers of important events, to opine on politics or encourage attendance at important events. Today we ask you to come together and support a member of our family. Jason Budjinski is a longtime writer and editor for the Town-Crier who suffers from Crohn’s disease and primary sclerosing cholangitis, an autoimmune disease that affects the liver. He needs a liver transplant and faces a long and costly road to recovery. To make matters worse, doctors recently found pre-cancerous cells on his colon, putting his ability to even have a transplant in jeopardy. He now must have several major surgeries. It is not easy to watch someone you love suffering.As Jason’s weight dipped below 100 lbs. last year, we watched his recovery grow rockier. Now he must take in massive amounts of nutrients from a bag each day to try and get his weight up so he can withstand the surgeries. His ability to work regular hours has been hindered, and following the transplant he will be unable to work at all while he recovers. Though he has health insurance, costly medicine, multiple hospital stays and other expenses

will quickly drain his funds. Knowing that, we at the Town-Crier, along with Jason’s family and friends, are hosting a fundraiser for the Jason Budjinski Surgery Relief Fund on Saturday, June 8. Held at the Madison Green Golf Course (2001 Crestwood Blvd. North, Royal Palm Beach), the event will feature music, fun and food, along with raffles and silent auctions that will help benefit Jason’s medical fund. Jason grew up in the western communities, playing T-ball on our fields and attending our local schools. He is a passionate musician, who has long shared his gift with the world, and he is a keen and diligent editor who is the voice behind our busy e-mail system, making sure your events, news, photos and accomplishments are seen by the community. There is so much about Jason’s future that is at risk. He risks being denied a transplant, not finding a matching donor and not getting a liver on time. Once he has the surgery, he risks his body rejecting it. Though we cannot give him good health, we can give him the peace of mind that he won’t have to struggle to pay his bills, or go without important medication, food or a roof over his head. We ask that you do what you can to help Jason. If you cannot attend, you can donate online at or call (863) 484-0110. From the bottom of our hearts, from our family to yours, we thank you for all your help, thoughts and prayers.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Weisman: Keep Open Mind When It Comes To OIG

Recent paid ads and letters in the Town-Crier question the behavior and motives of the Palm Beach County Commission, county attorney and county administrator toward the inspector general (IG). We have done nothing to impede the IG in the fulfillment of her duties and responsibilities as set forth in the IG ordinance. The county demonstrated its initial commitment by adopting the IG ordinance in 2009, even before the charter question was approved by the public with 72 percent of the vote. By approving the charter, the voters were endorsing the IG and the ordinance, which provides the rules under which the IG and the county operate. Since then, the facts, which seem to be of no interest to some, clearly show that we have tried to assist the IG in every way possible: funding, prompt and unquestioned hiring of staff, generous secure office space, responsiveness to investigations, records availability, etc., with the commission stepping up and using your tax dollars to make up part of the shortfall resulting from the funding lawsuit filed by some of the cities. The county went as far as it legally could to establish a functionally independent office. No one has pointed to a single instance where this has created a problem for the IG in doing the job she is supposed to do. Later this year, I will make a presentation to the Inspector General Committee, which comprises the ethics commission, the state attorney and the public defender. This is a fully independent group that only serves the public’s interest.

The committee will decide if Ms. [Sheryl] Steckler should have her contract extended for another four years. I will discuss Ms. Steckler’s job performance in light of state and local laws and the standards of the Association of Inspectors General. Why are some people trying to intimidate me into not making a presentation in accordance with the process provided for in the IG ordinance? What are they afraid of? What are their motives? Since when is discussing the job performance of a public official a problem? Those same people don’t mind discussing me in your paper. In fact, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I stood mute on this issue of public importance. I hope your readers keep an open mind and see beyond the innuendo and personal agendas. The bottom line is that our conduct shows that the commission, the county attorney and county administrator support a properly and fully functioning Office of the Inspector General. Bob Weisman, Palm Beach County Administrator

Support June 8 Fundraiser For Jason Budjinski

As a 32-year-plus resident of Wellington, I have a great fondness for the Town-Crier. There is nothing so special as a local newspaper, which catches our families, friends and even relatives doing what they do every day, but making it seem so special! I have always had a fondness for your community editor, Jason Budjinski, as I knew him as a little boy. One of the first women I met here in Wellington was Maureen Budjinski. We became fast friends, as did our sons, my son Andy and her son,

Jason. Jason became the community editor of the Town-Crier, and I followed his career. What a fine young man. And now Jason is facing the battle of his life. He has a rare liver disease that is destroying his body. He has not given up. And we are not giving up on him. He does need our help. The TownCrier has been so wonderful in contributing articles about Jason, and the advertisements for his upcoming fundraiser are so wonderful that everyone I show it to wants to help. There are many of us who are gathering silent and live auction items, but I have never seen a team come together to gather so many items as all of you, at the TownCrier. It blows me away! What a wonderful group of people you are. I can’t thank you enough. As I write this with tears in my eyes, may I ask anyone who has a heart to attend the fundraiser on Saturday, June 8 at Madison Green? There is no cost and no RSVP is needed, just come to Madison Green from noon to 3 p.m. And oh, by the way, Madison Green has donated its facilities. What a wonderful community we live in! Nancy Severson Wellington

Don’t Sell Mecca Farms To SFWMD

The sale of Mecca Farms to the South Florida Water Management District is an extremely bad idea. How short are county commissioners’ memories regarding massive flooding in The Acreage that the SFWMD caused single-handedly by refusing to allow the Indian Trail Improvement District to pump it out in satisfactory quantities. The SFWMD has proven time

and time again they are less trustworthy than a busload of Taliban with backpacks. Any county commissioner who deals with them should be recalled because they clearly don’t have the citizens’ best interests. [County Commissioner] Jess Santamaria has really disappointed me this time. I contacted Gov. Rick Scott’s office about the SFWMD and it seems that their PR machine is spinning at full throttle. The governor’s office actually told me the SFWMD were the “good guys” because they loaned Indian Trail a water pump. But that’s no different from a mugger giving you a Band-Aid after he stabs you to death. I understand that some want Mecca turned into a shooting range. This is a wonderful idea. But you can bet your bottom dollar that the SFWMD will never let that property be used for anything the public wants, regardless of how many promises they make. So the folks who think there is going to be a shooting range are deluding themselves. After all, we are talking about the same bunch of crooks who illegally barricaded Youth Ranch Road, a privately owned public right of way that borders Mecca Farms to the north. For many years, this was the only access to The Acreage and the Corbett area, and is currently the only northern connection from Seminole Pratt to the Beeline. The SFWMD decided that even though it’s private property they don’t own, it’s OK for them to barricade it without the permission of the landowners. When the SFWMD gets their greedy hands on Mecca, they will dig it out and sell all the dirt. More than likely, the sale of the dirt will get them more money than they spent. But that’s something the

county could do itself and leave the devil out of the details. The area would be better used for a hospital, shooting range, motor sports park and heavy industrial commercial area. Proponents say a retention pond will be used to drain water off The Acreage into the Jupiter Farms area. But my experience with the SFWMD says that they really plan to drain it the other way. The sale of Mecca Farms to the SFWMD is beyond stupid. Selling it to them for less than half of what we paid for it is twice as stupid. Didn’t [former county commissioner] Tony Masilotti go to prison for similar dealings? The current Board of County Commissioners should be treated no differently. We should keep Mecca Farms and use it for the good of the public. Dennis Hawkins The Acreage

Power Play For Papers Disturbing

The Fourth Estate is the public press or media and has immense political and social power. Controlling the media can positively or negatively shape society. Because it is recognized as such an important body, many nations have laws which protect the rights of the press, ensuring that citizens have access to reporting. That is why Hitler’s strategy to gain complete power began first by grabbing

control of all the newspapers and printed material. He understood that if you control the media, you control the people. This would enable him to program the public to any agenda he wanted. The Koch brothers also want to grab control of the Fourth Estate. They are bidding for the Broward Sun-Sentinel and the Tribune Company’s eight regional papers, which include the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel, to name a few. These billionaires created and financed the right-wing Tea Party and got their initial fortune or seed money from their dad, who made his wealth supplying oil to Stalin. Now they want to implement Hitler’s strategy by bidding for many newspapers nationwide in order to control the message. No matter what your party affiliation, does anyone really want to relive that history again? Seriously? Jude Smallwood Royal Palm Beach

Not Getting It Done

Editor’s note: The following letter is in reference to the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General. If the county commissioners and the “rogue cities” would spend as much time getting it done, rather than getting it undone, it would be done by now! Morley Alperstein Wellington

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Commencement Address From Dr. Rick Hodes Left Me Amazed Over the past few weeks, multiple thousands of college graduates, families and friends have been regaled by a cadre of “respected commencement speakers,” from President Obama to local luminaries with ties to the schools’ luminaries. They are often pedantic, generally focused on the “I” word and unfortunately long-winded and even boring. General Dwight Eisenhower spoke at my university commencement,

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin and two members from my guest list were noted to be gently snoozing away. But now I must tell you, on Sunday, May 19, at my grandson

Jesse’s graduation from Brandeis University, the speaker was Dr. Rick Hodes, a 60-year-old American doctor who is headquartered in Ethiopia where he is, among dozens and dozens of additional duties, the senior consultant to a Catholic mission and medical director of the renowned American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In this later task he has tendered to, and guided, some 70,000 immigrants from the African nation

to Israel. In Zaire, Hodes directed healthcare for 50,000 people in the Kibumba refugee camp. Remarkably this secular American Jew, who decided orthodoxy was the way to live his life, has attained a Fulbright fellowship, was a finalist for CNN Heroes, the program that recognizes ordinary people for their extraordinary achievements, plus the American College of Physicians has awarded him mastership and the presti-

gious Rosenthal award for the creative practice of medicine. Hodes’ never-ending hard work concentrates on spine conditions, heart problems and cancer. His contacts within the medical establishment for operating surgeries run from America, through Europe, to India. And when Hodes encountered serious insurance company resistance to pay for operations, this incredible human being simply adopted five suffering

youngsters, put them on his personal insurance and went on with his work. As might be imagined, Dr. Hodes offered commencement words that were not pedantic, not focused on the big “I” or longwinded or boring. He did recall the words of hockey’s legendary Wayne Gretzky to fire up the graduates: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take… so in life’s adventure, take your shots!”

18 inches of rain on Wellington in 36 hours. But he isn’t going to make longterm decisions about the village based on a year’s worth of data, either. “This is two years of recovery. You never want to make long-term decisions based on one year of improvement,” Schofield said. Royal Palm Beach experienced a 3.7 percent increase in property tax values, about on par with the county average. And that’s just fine with Village Manager Ray Liggins. “We’re where we were hoping to be,” he said. Royal Palm Beach’s total taxable value in 2012 was $1.8 billion and is estimated to be $1.87 billion this year, figures show. That will bring in an extra $120,000, Liggins said.

Property taxes account for 15 percent of the town’s revenue; $8.7 million comes from local taxes such as for sales, gas and water, he said. The budget is $21.6 million for 2013. After five years of decreases though, it’s nice to have a surplus, Liggins said. And he hopes the trend continues. The village is stable and balanced with a good mix of commercial and residential properties, much like the county, Thomas said, adding he was glad to see mid-range priced properties starting to come back. Overall, Thomas is hopeful the market is beginning to stabilize. “I can’t predict the future — there are still some pockets of distress — but it looks promising,” he said.

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continued from page 1 About a month ago, Nikolits told him the preliminary estimated taxable value would be up over the previous year. “It went down more than I thought it would,” he said. But on the other hand, it isn’t surprising, given the lack of commercial property in town and the number of agricultural classifications it has, Kutney said. Having an agricultural classification lowers tax rates for homeowners who run agricultural businesses on their properties. The town’s over-

all property tax rate is set at 1.2 mills per $1,000 of assessed value, the same as 2012. John Thomas, director of residential appraisal services for Nikolits’ office, agreed with Kutney’s assessment. There just isn’t a lot of demand for agriculturally designated land. Even though values increased significantly in Loxahatchee Groves during the boom, it has been slow to recover, he said. “I was hoping it would have stabilized last year,” Thomas said. Loxahatchee Groves isn’t heavily dependent on ad valorem tax money, however, Kutney added. Of its $3.6 million budget, only $210,000 comes from property taxes. Wellington Village Manager Paul Schofield characterized the 6.6 percent increase as very good


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news and said he hopes to be able to restore some services that were cut in previous years. “I’m really happy to see that rate. We knew it was going to go up, but we hadn’t been projecting this much. Last year was just a little over 1 percent,” he said. Wellington’s estimate of taxable value is $5.76 billion this year vs. $5.4 billion last year. Schofield attributes that to a rise in new construction. “New construction is up to $84 million from $61 million last year. We have seen improvements on all fronts,” Schofield said. Thomas expected a much smaller increase, between 2 and 2.5 percent, he said, so he was also surprised by Wellington’s figures. He agreed Wellington is making a strong comeback.

Schofield said that Wellington has been seeing a trend toward increasing values. “The new housing construction and housing sales have been picking up, which are indicative of an improving housing market in Wellington,” he said. “Our rates are up about 6.2 percent. At the current millage rate (2.47) we will see about $785,000 in additional ad valorem taxes. We can begin to put back in some of the services we cut over the years. I think it’s a really good sign.” Wellington will use the additional revenue to improve drainage and keep up with maintenance, Schofield said. He noted that last year’s Tropical Storm Isaac, which saw major flooding in the community, highlighted some drainage issues. Isaac dropped more than


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WELLINGTON HONORS THE FALLEN AT MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND CEREMONY Wellington held its annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony at the Wellington Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 27. Wellington officials and veterans walked in the parade while the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and Palm Beach County FireRescue Pipe & Drum Band led the procession down Forest Hill Blvd. to South Shore Blvd. The crowd was asked to observe a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives, and then speakers gave patriotic addresses. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA ANTONOPOULOS/TOWN-CRIER

A wreath commemorates fallen soldiers at the Memorial Day ceremony in Wellington.

The Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Pipe & Drum Band plays as the crowd gathers for the parade.

Wellington veterans march in the parade with members of the American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390.

The PBSO Honor Guard leads the parade toward the ceremony at the Wellington Veterans Memorial.

The crowd listens to the bagpipes, marking the beginning of the ceremony.

Councilman Matt Willhite and Commander Mike Pancia lay a wreath in memory of fallen Naval soldiers.

RPB’S H.L. JOHNSON AFTERCARE PROGRAM PRESENTS MULTICULTURAL EVENT Students in the H.L. Johnson Elementary School’s aftercare program hosted a multicultural event called “Journey Around the World” on Wednesday, May 23 in the school’s cafeteria. Groups of students from each grade level presented a song, dance or scripted scene on the country they represented. Foods and cultural items from Mexico, China, India, France, Italy and Greece were offered. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA ANTONOPOULOS/TOWN-CRIER

Lori Farley with son Lucien, age 7, and daughter Chaysn, age 3, visit the display from China.

The fifth-grade group introduces the audience to Greece’s many gods and goddesses.

Dee Demerling and Rhonda Caisse represent the United States at H.L. Johnson’s Journey Around the World.

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Teen Robbed At Gunpoint In RPB By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report MAY 24 — A teenager was robbed at gunpoint last Friday night while he was jogging along Pine Road in the Madison Green community. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, the teen was jogging near the dog park at approximately 9:15 p.m. when he observed a dark Honda SUV parked nearby. As the teen jogged westbound, he observed an unknown white male sitting on the grass. According to the report, the white male suddenly approached him with a gun drawn and demanded money. The victim said two unknown black male suspects then emerged from a wooded area. According to the report, the men began going through the victim’s pockets and removed approximately $30 in cash and a cell phone. The victim said that when the suspects were finished, they all fled to the SUV, leaving the area. According to the report, the white male suspect was described as approximately 5’9� with a thin build and a buzz cut, between 18 and 23 years old and wearing a white T-shirt. The second suspect was described as a black male between 18 and 24 years old, standing 6’2� with a thin build and a goatee. He was wearing a white shirt, black shorts and a baseball cap. The third suspect was described as a black male wearing all black clothing. There was no further information available at the time of the report. ••• MAY 22 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home on Nottingham Road last Wednesday afternoon regarding a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim left home at approximately 10:45 a.m. and returned around noon to discover that her rear sliding glass door had been smashed. According to the report, someone used an unknown object to shatter the door and enter the home, stealing a laptop computer and numerous pieces of jewelry. The stolen items were valued at approximately $900. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY 23 — AWest Palm Beach man contacted the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Thursday to report a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, the victim had been storing his red 1991 Toyota Celica at his girlfriend’s home on 70th Place North in The Acreage. According to the report, the victim told his girlfriend last Wednesday that he was coming to get the car, and she said she didn’t know where it was. The victim’s girlfriend said she believed it had been towed and that she thought the victim had already taken the vehicle. According to the report, a neighbor said that he had changed a flat tire on the vehicle two days ago. He added that last Wednesday, he saw the vehicle leave on a white tow truck, but didn’t remember the name on its side. There was no further information available at the time of the report. MAY 24 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a cattle farm on Carol Street last Friday morning regarding an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 p.m. last Thursday and 7 a.m. the following morning, someone knocked down the entrance gate

to the farm and entered the property. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) left large mud-grip tire tracks, which are found on large pickup trucks and off-road vehicles. According to the deputy, it appeared the perpetrator(s) drove all over the property and also on surrounding nurseries. According to the report, it was unknown if any cattle were missing. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY 24 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington responded to a home in the Isles at Wellington last Friday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim was expecting delivery of a Sony Cybershot digital camera and a black Apple iPad, which hadn’t come. According to the report, the camera was delivered on Tuesday, May 14 and the iPad was delivered the following day. However, someone stole the packages before the victim arrived home. The stolen items were valued at approximately $1,089. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY 26 — A resident of the Olympia community called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Sunday to report an act of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 1 and 1:30 a.m., someone broke the temperedglass window on the north side of the victim’s home. The deputy noticed that there were tire tracks close to the side of the house, and the perpetrator(s) may have used an object such as a pellet gun to cause the window to break. According to the report, a neighbor said that juveniles are often on the street late at night, and noted that another neighbor had a car window shattered recently in a similar manner. The damage was estimated at $350. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY 26 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home on Fontana Lane last Sunday afternoon regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim said she had a cleaning service in her home last Thursday morning and discovered afterward that her engagement ring had been stolen. According to the report, the cleaners were in the home between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and she later discovered her ring, which had been in her bathroom, was missing. The stolen ring was valued at approximately $1,500. There was no further information available at the time of the report. MAY 27 — A resident of Avocado Blvd. called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation Monday morning to report a case of vandalism. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8 p.m. last Sunday and 11:30 a.m. the following morning, someone shattered his windshield. The victim told the PBSO that he came outside and discovered a rock sitting on the hood of his car, his window shattered and several dents in his vehicle. The damage was estimated at $700. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY27 — ARoyal Palm Beach man was arrested Monday night on charges of battery on an officer following an incident in the Grandview at Crestwood community. According to a PBSO report, deputies from the Royal Palm Beach substation were dispatched to the community at approximateSee BLOTTER, page 18

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Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Stephen Kelley is a white male, 6’0� tall and weighing 215 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 06/10/68. Kelley is wanted for felony unemployment compensation fraud. His last known address was Windmill Way in Greenacres. He is wanted as of 05/23/13. • Allen Swift is a white male, 5’10� tall and weighing 180 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. His date of birth is 04/05/67. He has multiple tattoos. Swift is wanted for obtaining property in return for a worthless check, draft or debit card, failure to appear on charges of petty theft and failure to appear on charges of driving without a license. His last known address was Sawgrass Court in Wellington. He is wanted as of 05/23/13. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppers

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Lox Council Members Irked By FDOT Water Retention Site Choices By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council are disappointed if not angry at the Florida Department of Transportation’s report on retention pond siting in preparation for the widening of Southern Blvd. Southern Blvd. is the area that Loxahatchee Groves anticipates as its commercial center, and many of the projected retention sites are in that area, rather than to the north of the commercial zone, as council members had requested at public hearings. Town Manager Mark Kutney gave an update on the pond siting at the council’s meeting May 21, explaining that he and Vice Mayor Ron Jarriel had attended FDOT’s final public hearing May 8. “What they did was a very elaborate matrix,” Kutney said. “Basically, our role is limited to input on certain parcels. We didn’t really have any decision-making capa-

bility. It’s all being done by FDOT and their experts.” There are five basins that FDOT is looking at in the widening project, with the westernmost running from west of Lion Country Road to Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. The second runs from Seminole Pratt almost to A Road. The third runs from A Road to D Road, the fourth is from D Road to F Road and the fifth is from F Road to Folsom. Several parcels are sited in each basin, listed in the matrix as potential water retention sites and given rankings. “As they have explained it to us, in each basin they need one parcel,” Kutney said, explaining that each parcel is ranked for the FDOT’s preference, and it will focus first on taking the site with the highest ranking. More than a dozen sites are under consideration in Loxahatchee Groves between A Road and Folsom, Kutney said. From D Road to F Road, the parcel ranked highest was one owned by Drysdale

Realty. “They have made their position known that they are not happy,” Kutney said, noting that there are a total of five potential parcels in that basin. The parcel running from F Road to Folsom had a number of potential sites, including one that FDOT had indicated had potential joint use with the town, Kutney said, explaining that they had discussed one of the parcels as a potential future town hall site. “What they had talked about was they needed the property for their pond and we would work out a joint use with them,” he said. Kutney added that FDOT seemed to ignore commercial zoning by the town on some of the parcels. “The town had made it very clear, I think Mr. Jarriel was very eloquent in telling them that, please, be cognizant that this is our commercial corridor, and if we could, let’s try to move these ponds to the rear of the properties over by Collecting Canal,” Kutney said.

Kutney said FDOT maintenance representatives were concerned about the cost of laying pipe to a retention pond farther from the road. “Unfortunately, it just seems that most of the parcels are closer to Southern,” he said. “So, the process is ended and we’re waiting to hear what they have to say. I’ll be getting in contact with all the property owners, and we’ll be moving forward from here.” Councilman Tom Goltzené said that not only did Jarriel inform them about the town’s preference to have the retention ponds away from Southern, but previous Town Manager Frank Spence, former Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Administrator Clete Saunier and he himself all had relayed the same message over the past two years. “Apparently, the aspect of community involvement is very low on the matrix,” Goltzené said. Mayor Dave Browning asked about the potential joint-use par-

cel, and Kutney said he did not have details. “What they would do is they would give the use of the property that’s going to be the pond to the town,” Kutney said. “They just want the easements to make sure that they can maintain the pond, and we can use the property for whatever we want as long as it didn’t threaten the integrity of the pond.” Kutney added, however, that he did not know how much land would remain after FDOT creates the water retention area. Browning said he found it ironic that FDOT seems to choose the sites that are desirable for other purposes. “They don’t really listen or care about what anybody else does along there, which is a shame,” he said. Jarriel said FDOT representatives had implied they were going to make the acquisitions worthwhile to the town, but the final result has not been determined. “They want to take property that we are going to allow to be com-

mercial, and turn it into a retainment center,” he said. “That hurts the town and it hurts the developers as far as commercial, and it doesn’t do us any good at all. It cuts our revenue, and that property, because it’s zoned commercial, costs them three or four times more than what the property on the back side would be. I’m very disappointed, but I’m not surprised. They led us to believe they were going to work with this town, and they didn’t.” Goltzené said he had attended several of the meetings in which FDOT had indicated it would work with the town. “It all really relates to their construction cost,” he said. “Everything else was an irrelevancy, whether people wanted to sell their property, whether we wanted it to be here or there. Any of that ranked so low that in the end it was, ‘How many pipes do I have to lay end-to-end.’ The fewest gets it, and if you look, that’s what happened in every single instance — the shortest distance won.”

Royal Palm Beach Begins Implementing Strategic Plan Results By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach has received the results of its Citizens Summit in April, where about 40 residents participated in a workshop designed to mold a strategic plan for the future of the village. Residents were broken out into eight groups of about five each, who worked out answers that were later compiled by consultant Lyle Sumek. Members of the Royal Palm Beach Village Council conducted their own workshop last summer to coordinate their visions for the future. Results of the Citizens Summit were incorporated into other reports submitted by Sumek, who led both workshops. Afterward, he compiled a list of what came closest to common goals for both officials and residents. “It will be made part of the strategic plan document, and we’ll use it for future consideration,” said Village Manager Ray Liggins, who explained that he is already incorporating results of the documents into village plans. Questions and issues for resi-

dents were developed partially on the results of the council members’ workshop. Questions included what residents considered current successes of the village, why they chose to live in Royal Palm Beach, what they would like to see in 15 years, what the village should do now to start reaching those goals, and what is the best way for the village to communicate with them. When it comes to current village successes, from highest to lowest, residents listed the opening of Commons Park, the location of the Aldi regional distribution center in the village, no increase in property taxes, street and street landscaping improvements, opportunities for resident input, the good financial condition of the village, the presence of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, a new principal and magnet program at Royal Palm Beach High School and efficient responses to Tropical Storm Isaac. Among reasons for choosing to live in RPB, residents listed the village’s general safety as a community with quality schools and a “small town” feel. They also listed location, convenience, family-

friendly orientation, value and affordability of homes, recreational opportunities, community events and diversity. For their 2028 vision, major themes listed by the groups included improved safety with volunteer citizen patrols, reduced road speeding, neighbors knowing neighbors, clean canals and waterways, continued good service by the PBSO, street lights, reduced traffic congestion and buildings/homes kept up to code. Residents also listed desires to reflect the village’s mission statement in being a premier residential community, with effective code enforcement, a well-maintained village infrastructure, residents involved in the community, village-wide Wi-Fi access, comfort in sending their children to the local public high school, parents involved with children, religious opportunities, an upscale retirement home, new construction contributing to attractiveness and low-impact businesses. Participants also wanted to maintain a hometown feeling with community activities for all ages, good

schools, great neighborhoods, parks, theaters and talent shows, beautiful trees and shrubs, limited industry, limited multifamily housing, a senior activity center, local transportation for seniors and residents, and assisted-living facilities for seniors. Major themes listed as assets for the future of the village included parks, the recreation center, family-centered activities, quality public infrastructure, the library, a financially sound and stable village government, transparent village government, a youth activities/teen advisory board, open space, quality schools, good quality water supply, safety and open communication with residents. Major themes in goals for 2018 and actions to initiate in 2013 include remaining financially sound with sound investments, tax increases only to maintain the standard of living, a balanced budget, industry services, maintaining reserves, attracting more business, keeping and rewarding talented employees, budget hearings open to the public with ample notification, responsible growth, cost-effective services, commercial and

industrial uses at appropriate locations, and commercial annexation to increase the tax base. Other listed goals were to make the village more livable with safe and convenient public transportation, more and safer bike paths, better school bus routes, uniform code enforcement, maintaining a good stormwater control system, and separate residential/commercial districts with minimal commingling. Another major theme was to maintain responsive, communitybased village services and facilities, with expanded services for the maturing population, maintaining an open and transparent government, improving on the use of social media, keeping county offices in the village, a checklist for residents applying for permits and services, quality customer service, strong code enforcement, and keeping roads and sidewalks in good repair. Action ideas for 2013 included making a plan for the former wastewater treatment plant property, cleaning up and dredging canals, village beautification to include landscaping and pressure-clean-

ing curbs and sidewalks, building an aquatic facility, having more art shows, traffic control at H.L. Johnson Elementary School and better speed control on Crestwood and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. Major themes for best methods of village communication with residents included Facebook, e-mail, text with a link, the village television channel, postings in grocery stores, the village web site and a community bulletin. Liggins said he has already started incorporating the results of the strategic plan. “We are making sure that items in the strategic plan will be in the budget,” Liggins said. He also pointed out that creating a single-family residential use for the abandoned wastewater treatment plant and reconfiguration of village advisory boards were partially the result of the strategic plan. “It’s as much about doing what’s in it as not doing anything,” Liggins said. “You can set your future by not doing anything. What I have now is a list of things to address.”

Florida Ag Commissioner Meets With Horse Park Development Team Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam visited Wellington on May 21 to meet with the Palm Beach Horse Park development team to discuss plans for the proposed equestrian facility. The development team presented the current plans and ideas for the horse park, designed to be an addition to Wellington’s thriving equestrian scene. The horse park would provide a year-round home for quarter horses and western riding, adding a western flair to the top-notch equestrian offerings in Wellington. “We wanted to find out how the Palm Beach Horse Park could work with the state to ensure the success of the project now and into the future,” said Jack Van Dell, one of the project’s leaders. The proposed location for the park is the K-Park site in Wellington, located at the corner of Stribling Way and State Road 7 at the entrance to Wellington’s established “horse country.” Plans for the site include an enclosed, climate-controlled stadium to be used for major equestrian events as well as concerts, trade shows and more; a number of in-

door and outdoor show rings to allow multiple events to run concurrently; a supporting commercial district with shops and restaurants; a hotel to host the horse park’s competitors and visitors, and an international, multi-disciplinary riding school. The development team plans to design the stadium and barns as hurricane shelters to serve local residents and their horses and pets in the event of an emergency. They also plan to include a veterinary instructional facility and a school for farriers, adding to the horse park’s role as an educational facility. Van Dell said Putnam seemed positive about the Palm Beach Horse Park’s potential to be an asset to the community and state. “He thought the Palm Beach Horse Park was an exciting and unique concept,” Van Dell said. “We discussed how we could work together to have a better facility for everybody.” For information about the Palm Beach Horse Park, contact Van Dell at (561) 333-3100 or palmbeach

Commissioner’s Visit — (L-R) Bob Basehart, Jack Van Dell, Barbara P. Richardson, Commissioner Adam H. Putnam, Marrell Jerkins and Alexander Van Dell met recently to discuss plans for the proposed Palm Beach Horse P ark equestrian facility.

NEWS BRIEFS WRMC Hepatitis Event Features Free Screenings

Wellington Regional Medical Center is sponsoring a free health fair with hepatitis screenings on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “This is Hepatitis: Know it. Confront it” aims to increase awareness about the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, an estimated 3 to 5.3 million people in the U.S. have chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C. As many as three quarters of those with hepatitis C are unaware they are infected in most cases because there are no symptoms. Screenings are imperative. Left untreated, hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer and death. The CDC recommends that everyone in the U.S. born from 1945 through 1965 be tested for hepatitis C in order to increase the proportion of those who know they are infected and linked to care. The CDC also recommends other populations at increased risk for hepatitis C get tested. In addition to free screenings

and educational tables at the fair, free physician lectures are scheduled at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Guest speakers include: Mitchell N. Davis, medical director of the Hepatitis Treatment Institute of Florida. A light lunch will be served, so reservations are encouraged. Call (561) 798-9880 to reserve a space. For lecture times and topics, visit hepatitisfair.

Broadway Artists Studio Auditions To Be Held June 1

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches will hold its second annual Broadway Artists Studio from July 15 to Aug. 3. This year’s showstopping lineup of special guest artists is getting a standing ovation from area parents and their teens, ages 12 to 20. Auditions for the three-week intensive musical theater are being held on June 1 at the Kravis Center of the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Last year’s inaugural studio was a sell-out success. The limited number of 100 spots for this year is filling up quickly. The summer

intensive offers a select group of area kids a bite of the Big Apple with classes taught by professional faculty direct from Broadway, with combined experience of more than 50 shows. All levels of voice, acting and dance will be offered. Created by Broadway performers Jason Gillman, Jackie Bayne Gillman and Greg Graham, Broadway Artists Studio classes will be taught by the artistic directors along with guest faculty, including Kris Koop and Cara Kjellman. Headlining master classes are special guest artists including Joshua Bergasse and Emily Skinner, and New York casting director Justin Huff. Bergasse is the 2012 Emmy-winning choreographer for NBC’s musical drama Smash, now in its second season, in which he also stars as Josh. Bergasse also recently choreographed Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. He has performed on Broadway and throughout the country in Movin’ Out, Hairspray, The Life and West Side Story. Skinner was nominated for a Tony Award and received a Drama League Award as Daisy Hilton in the Broadway show Side Show. She recently starred as Mrs.

Wilkinson in the original Broadway company of Billy Elliot and has also starred on Broadway in the original companies of several shows. Huff is a casting director at Telsey & Company and has cast the Broadway and national touring productions of Newsies, Kinky Boots and Jekyll & Hyde, among many others. The artistic directors, staff and guest artists of Broadway Artists Studio expect a high level of professionalism from every student regardless of age, experience and/ or ability. This means that students are expected to arrive prepared, checked in and ready to begin class each morning at 9 a.m. sharp. Students are responsible for their own individual sheet music, scenes, dance apparel and any other studio-related materials. Each student must be committed to work as a team, regardless of the size of an individual’s role. Humility, respect, hard work and a willingness to learn is expected. Broadway Artists Studio requires a supportive, non-judgmental environment where creative risks can be taken and art developed. For the second year, Broadway Artists Studio is produced by

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches with special thanks to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. YSPB just celebrated its 10th anniversary as Palm Beach County’s youth choir — an award-winning, world-class troupe of 350 talented singers who have not only performed at concerts all over Palm Beach County, but also at Lincoln Center in New York City, with Native Americans in New Mexico, and at international music festivals in Salzburg and Vienna. Its enrollment is comprised of singers in grades 3 through 12 from all parts of the county’s diverse racial, ethnic, geographic and socio-economic communities. Auditions for the 2013-14 season will be held June 1 at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visit for more info. Registration for the three-week Broadway Artists Studio costs $995 with an additional $50 nonrefundable registration fee. All levels of voice, acting and dance will be presented, but placement auditions are required and limited to 100 students. Call (561) 659-2332 for audition reservations and general information, or visit www.

Summer Health & Wellness Festival Chairmen Named

Dr. Randall Laurich of the Wellness Experience of Wellington and Johnny Meier of My Community Pharmacy will be chairmen of the 2013 Wellington Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Festival. The event will take place Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whole Foods Market plaza. The host venues are Schmier & Feurring Properties and Whole Foods Market. The goal of the event, presented by the chamber’s medical and wellness committee, is to create awareness of the many dimensions of wellness through experiential booth exhibits. It will showcase a variety of specialties, including chiropractic spinal screenings, medical screenings, cutting-edge fitness trends, integrative and holistic medicine, aromatherapy, pet therapy, massages and heart healthy food samples. Call (561) 792-6525 for more information. The registration deadline for Wellness Festival vendors is June 15. The program is free and open to the public.

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ROYAL PALM BEACH HOSTS MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE AT VETERANS PARK Royal Palm Beach held its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27 at Veterans Park to honor those who gave their lives defending the nation. The Royal Palm Beach High School chorus sang the national anthem before local leaders gave patriotic speeches and the Royal Palm Beach Community Band played patriotic songs. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

State Rep. Mark Pafford addresses the crowd.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Boy Scout Troop 111 and Cub Scout Pack 120.

Cpl. Burt Richards of the Veterans Speakers Forum gave the day’s keynote address.

Marcia Brewer gets a poppy from Marge Herzog of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Kidz Helping Kidz President Ashley Bastin and sisters Amber and Amanda collected “Bears for Brats.”

Sgt. Darrell Langworthy, Boy Scout Troop 111 members Johnathan Germain and Corey Hampson, and Royal Palm Beach Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara.


Whole Foods Market in Wellington hosted a Suppor t Our Troops Cookout on Saturday, May 25 to benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. Guests enjoyed hamburgers, hotdogs and vegetarian burgers along with tasty sides, music by the Hot Java Band and more. Children had an opportunity to write a letter to or draw a picture for a member of the armed forces to be delivered through Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRO/TOWN-CRIER

Bob and Pat Hazleton enjoy the burgers.

FSO’s Jeanelle Avallone and Brooke Eadicicco.

Robyn Mucci and Amanda Fernandez of Whole Foods Market.

Rachel Heinrichs and baby Ella watch as Julian Heinrichs draws a picture for a soldier.

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continued from page 1 sing it. Life is a game — play it. Life is a challenge — meet it. Life is a dream — realize it. Life is a sacrifice — offer it. Life is love — enjoy it,” she said. Valedictorian Ryan Meingasner said the past 13 years have been a time to think about the future. He said that all their years of work do not determine the outcome of their successes in the future. “That ‘A’ in math class does not necessarily get you to become an engineer overnight,” he said. “Just the same, the ‘D’ is not going to wreck you.” Meingasner said all the graduates are intelligent in their own way. “You may not be a star athlete or a scientific genius,” he said. “But you will certainly find a field where you will undoubtedly be on your way to master.” It’s up to each individual to seek out what they are good at, he said, “And thrive, because it’s your time to shine.” Meingasner continued by sharing a few rules with the graduates. “You cannot undo the things you have already done for yourself,” he said. “As you go through life, know that nothing is owed to you and the only thing that you are entitled to was the education you received… You have truly been given an amazing thing. Please use it wisely.” Principal James Campbell explained the importance of graduation. “It’s one of the most significant events in anyone’s life,” he


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NEWS said. “Everyone in this room has come here to show you how proud they are of you.” Campbell recalled the goals he shared with them at the beginning of the school year. “At our first week in September, I told you that my main goal was to see all of you walk across that stage to receive your diploma,” he said. “Now here we are, only a few minutes from witnessing that goal.” Campbell recognized parents and teachers for their support and encouragement. “They worked for you, encouraged you and take pride in you today,” he said. “Even your teachers and guidance counselors need to please stand and be recognized for all you have done.” Graduation is one of the best times of the year, Campbell continued, because it recognizes students for their achievements throughout the years. “For students who have struggled academically, or even admittedly have not put their best foot forward, it’s encouraging to see these students receive these awards and reach these goals,” he said. Campbell urged students to keep in mind the true meaning of graduation. “Although graduation represents the end of one phase of your lives, it’s also the beginning of another,” he said. Campbell concluded by quoting American philosopher John Dewey. “Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another,” he said. “A new phase of your life is starting tomorrow. Whether you’re heading off to college, starting in the workplace or joining the military, focus on the opportunities that lay ahead of you.”

Christian Mai, Thoa Dang and graduate Christopher Mai.

SRHS Principal James Campbell gives his message to graduates.

SGA President Madison Harding reflects on the past.

Salutatorian Andrea Olave addresses the Class of 2013.

Seminole Ridge Valedictorian Ryan Meingasner at the podium.

Graduate Kassidy Dellinger with Deena Dellinger.

Graduates Amanda Ricciardi and Chelsea Powell.

Seminole Ridge High School graduates walk out during the processional to “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Samantha Costa with Nadege, Chris, Dimitri and Mirtho Barbe.

Savannah, Isabelle and Ilene Dunne. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

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‘Vision Of Excellence’

continued from page 1 flected on her high school career and what she gained from the effort that she put forth. “One of the most important things I learned in the past four years was to trust myself,” Lam said of her many late nights spent studying for exams. “The stress I experienced not only tested my endurance, but it made me the person that I am today.” Lam’s message to her classmates was, at its core, about believing in one’s self and staying true to personal beliefs and values. “Stand up for yourself, especially when there’s no one else standing for you,” she said. As life throws unexpected challenges, Lam advised her classmates to remain calm and continue to press forward. “Commit to a goal, but most importantly, commit to yourself,” she said. The themes of family support and aiming high continued with the speech from Valedictorian Hannah Locop. She urged her classmates to embrace coming changes and challenges that life after high school will bring. “Your journey begins today,” she said. “Whether you’re scared to leave or you just can’t wait, nobody knows what time can bring.” Both Locop and Lam reminded their classmates to celebrate their

achievements and to go into their adult lives with confidence. “Some things aren’t what you expected — they’re better,” Locop said. “And in that same spirit, we are not what was expected — we are better.” When Armas returned to the podium for the ceremony’s closing remarks, a few choice words of inspiration got the students laughing. “As Drake would say,” said Armas, “we started from the bottom, and now we’re here.” He returned to his theme of excellence to remind the graduates that, from their first days at Royal Palm Beach High School, the students had displayed their excellence in many different ways. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of all the examples of excellence I’ve seen. I see excellence when I see Taylor Sarni emcee an event or Paulena Wermuth performing in a play or Adrienne Velasquez cheering,” he said, calling out a few graduates by name. The ceremony’s speakers imparted words of optimistic wisdom, and the graduates eagerly took it all in. When senior class president Gabrielle Marionakis led the Class of 2013 in the turning of their tassels, the excitement was palpable. As the graduates walked in the recessional to “Pomp and Circumstance,” the words from Lam’s salutatory address seemed even more appropriate. “Your greatest investment,” she said, “is the investment in your future.”

Stephanie, Sperantha and Jolina Pascal after the ceremony. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA ANTONOPOULOS/TOWN-CRIER

Gabrielle Marionakis leads the graduates in turning their tassels.

RPBHS graduates and faculty celebrate their achievement.

Alexis Szehner, graduate Marcy Szehner and AnneMarie Oliver.

Ulissa Montaro, graduate Alden Dunkley, Vanessa Marco and Marisa Trammell.

Salutatorian Christina Lam celebrates with her parents, Van and Mike.

RPBHS graduate Lois Turcios with her mother and brother.

Graduate Olivia Kuebler celebrates with friends and family.

Payton Crosby and Gabrielle Marionakis after the ceremony.

Ashley Cain and Jessica Brodie after commencement.

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The Wellington Art Society held its annual installation dinner on Thursday, May 23 at Mayacoo Lak es Country Club. Members and sponsors were recognized for their ar tistic contributions to the Wellington area. For more info., visit www.wellingtonartsocie PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

The outgoing board of directors is thanked with orchid gifts.

The newly installed board of directors holding roses.

Scholarship Committee members Jo-Ann Wolf, Suzanne Redmond, Bobbin Salisbury and Leslie Pfeif fer.

Committee members who run the gallery at the Wellington Muncipal Complex are recognized.

Norm and Ilene Adams, Steve and Sandy Axelrod, and Adrianne Hetherington.

Leslie Pfeiffer recognizes Ilene Adams for her PR efforts.

Bobbin Salisbury is thanked for the Signature Artist Program.

Wellington Art Society members Ursula Fernandez, Tom Carey, Christina Ressa and Marie Lentine.

President Leslie Pfeiffer recognizes Sandy and Steve Axelrod for hosting the Board of Directors Leadership Conference.

Abruzzo, Pafford To Address Wellington Chamber Members June 17 State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo (DDistrict 25) and State Rep. Mark Pafford (D-District 86) will be the keynote speakers at the monthly Wellington Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday, June 17. The luncheon will be an interactive event featuring legislative updates. Abruzzo, a member of the Florida Senate since 2012, represents most of Palm Beach County. Prior to winning his Florida Senate

seat, Abruzzo served as a state representative. Abruzzo has sponsored legislation that would allow a not-forprofit insurance company, such as Florida Blue, to become a socalled “mutual insurance holding company,” which would allow the company to own other notfor-profit insurers and corporations in Florida. He also authored legislation with State Rep. Dave Kerner (D-

District 87) that would sever parental rights of a rapist if a child is conceived as a result of the attack. Additionally, Abruzzo worked with State Rep. Joe Saunders (D-District 49) to propose the Competitive Workforce Act, which would “update the state’s Civil Rights Act of 1992 to include protections against discrimination for reasons of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Abruzzo has also joined forces with State Rep. Irving Slosberg (D-District 91) to author legislation that would create a “yellow dot program,” whereby drivers of cars would put a photograph of themselves and identifying information, along with any relevant medical records into the glove box of their cars, and would affix a “circular, yellow decal” on their cars so that in the case of a car accident, first re-

sponders would know to look in the glove box for the information. Pafford was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008 and has since been re-elected. He continues to be known as an advocate for vulnerable Floridians. He is also a strong proponent of the need to reform Florida’s tax structure lessening the burden on middleclass Floridians. Pafford has been described as one of the most

tenacious members of the Florida Legislature. The luncheon will be held at the Wanderers Club. Registration will begin 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon beginning promptly at noon. For reservations, call the chamber at (561) 792-6525 or visit www. Tickets cost $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. An RSVP is required to attend the event.

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LLS Honors RPB’s H.L. Johnson Elementary More than 10 years ago, H.L. Johnson Elementary School had two students sick with cancer: Alyssa Marconi and Kyle Leaver. Fast forward to 2013, and the simple act of collecting pennies to honor a sick classmate has become a legacy. For more than 10 years, the school has consecutively participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s School & Youth Programs. The school will be given a special award at the School

District of Palm Beach County board meeting June 19. Marconi was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1997, two weeks before starting kindergarten. Her teacher, Andrea Swisher, registered the school for the Pennies for Patients campaign. “I remember collecting the penny boxes and running them through the coin machines,” recalled Alyssa’s mom, Susan Marconi. “We were blessed to be at that school.”

Binks Forest PTA Honored For Student Advocacy Focusing on a year filled with sportsmanship and physical fitness, New Horizons Elementary School PE teacher Sue Duncan organized Field Day. Students enjoyed a day filled with both individual and class events, including relay races, jumping rope, crab walking, bucket stacking, a water balloon toss and tug-of-war. Pictured here are Laura LaSpisa and her first-grade class of “ligers.”


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The Binks Forest Elementary School PTA won several awards last week from the County Council of PTA/PTSA. The annual awards event is designed to thank all 58 units from across the county for their hard work, important programs and dedication they provide to members. PTA President Jen Martinez said the organization is fortunate to have dedicated members. “We’re extremely lucky to have such wonderful leaders and volunteers to help parents and the communities realize the importance of their participation in every child’s education,” she said. “To

consider that as a total the Rock Stars of PTAgave just over 450,000 hours — which is worth over $9 million in support of every child — is incredible.” This event is one way the council says “thank you” to local units for displaying incredible gifts of time and talent treasures supporting the mission and purpose of PTA. Binks Forest Elementary School PTA members earned the Community Connection Award, the School Administrator of the Year Award and the Spotlight Award. For more information, visit www.

Marconi is now a healthy 21year-old working on her master’s degree. She looks forward to becoming a school psychologist. Leaver, a healthy and active student at Royal Palm Beach High School, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2001. After undergoing chemo and being homeschooled, he returned to H.L. Johnson in 2003. Even after these two students moved on, H.L. Johnson Elemen-

tary has never stopped giving. From 2003 to 2013, the school raised $22,161. “When we had a student who was our inspiration, that homeroom teacher led the campaign,” Principal Sharon Hench said. “When our inspiration students aged out, our guidance counselor along with the peace patrols from each class carried on the tradition.” For more information, visit www.

Elbridge Gale Students To Be Published Poets Students in Toni Koy’s fourthgrade writing classes at Elbridge Gale Elementary School recently learned that they will have their poems published in the Creative Communication poetry anthology titled A Celebration of Young Poets. The students earned Elbridge Gale the title “Poetic Honor School.” The proud students are Emilia Aguayo, Aiden Alexandre, Danielle Barber, Anthony Beaudoin, Jason Benhardus, Michael Carlson, Laury Charles, Tai ChenYoung, Johan Cook, Maria Cunha, Lawrence Dalien, Chainya Dowers, Elizabeth Ecker, Neico Bogle, Tabitha Fernandez, Ashanti

Finney, Addison Fiorillo, Kaitlyn Fuentes, Dominic Rojas, Kassandra Garcia, Regina Goldson, Austin Gomme, Nathalie Gonzalez, Charlee Holloway, Michael Infante, Christopher Knight, Julia Lachowicz, Issac Larriuz, Camila Luna, Angeldaniel Martinez, Riley McCabe, Megan McDonald, Karinne Mitchell, Fernanda Morales, Anthony Noboa, Medjie Norbrun, Shana Ortiz, Emma Pfeil, Celiane Phanord, Aniahs Ramirez, Morgan Rault, Alexander Rawlins, Melanie Ruiz, Jorge Sanchez, Janayah Strachan, Abigail Weiner, Aidan Weiner, Hannah Whitehead and fifth-grader Payton Gandrye.

Oxbridge Academy Honored As Green School

Students at Wellington Elementary School read books and took quizzes on Scholastic Inc.’s Reading Counts program throughout the school year. Students were recognized on the morning announcements when they reached 100 points. They received prizes and rewards for their hard work. Top winner s were recognized with an ice cream celebration. This year’s top winners in third through fifth grade are Jermaine Wilson of Melissa Perry’s fifth-grade class and Marshall Kirkpatrick of Terri Gilstad’s fourth-grade class. Marshall earned more than 1,200 points — a school record. Wellington Elementary School is proud of its Wildcat readers. Pictured here are top readers Wilson and Kirkpatrick with Media Specialist Cathy West.

Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches made the grade in going “green” and earned the distinction of “Green School of Excellence” from the Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. It was one of 66 public and private K-12 schools in Palm Beach County to receive the highest level of recognition for its green-friendly practices. Oxbridge Academy science teachers Kate Kilian and Teresa Thornton accepted the award on the school’s behalf during the annual Green Schools Awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 1 at the Kravis Center. In addition to the honor, Oxbridge Academy received the Judge’s Choice Award and $250 “green seed money” prize. The Green Schools Recognition Program honors schools for taking holistic and innovative approaches to going “green” by incorporating school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections and

community involvement with a school-wide commitment and focus on sustainability. Over the past year, enhancements have been made to the 56acre Oxbridge campus to make it more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Students studied the school’s energy efficiency and environmental stewardship and initiated a number of improvements, from replacing the florescent light bulbs to eliminating plastic water bottles in the cafeteria. In addition to the campus improvements, Oxbridge has promoted students’ deeper understanding of environmental concepts through guest lectures, field trips and hands-on projects. The school has hosted experts from FPL, Oxbow and the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, in addition to engaging students in various research projects at the Grassy Waters Preserve, the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, MacArthur State Park, the Pine Jog Youth Conservation Camp, the Everglades, the

Lake Worth Lagoon and more. The school also aims to reduce paper use. Students are issued personal computers, which they use to access online textbooks, check calendars for upcoming assignments or school events, view grades and report cards, and e-mail

or video chat questions to teachers. Assignments are submitted, graded and returned online, and many teachers have students take tests online. For more information about Oxbridge, call (561) 972-9600 or visit

Biology and environmental science teacher Teresa Thornton, sophomore Isabella Bergonzoli and chemistry teacher Kate Kilian.

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Carlos De Barros To Teach Dance At Oxbridge

Oxbridge Academy dance teacher Carlos de Barros.

Carlos de Barros has joined the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches as the full-time dance teacher. He spent the past 15 years at the Bak Middle School of the Arts teaching dance and choreography. At Bak, he founded and served as artistic director of its award-winning dance company and was nominated by the faculty in 2004 as “Hispanic Teacher of the Year.” In 2011, he was named Dance Magazine of Florida’s “Teacher in the Spotlight.” “Carlos de Barros has been a mainstay in the dance department

at Bak since the school’s inception. He is renowned for entertaining audiences with his creative and masterful routines and providing an unparalleled experience for his dancers,” said Sally Rozanski, principal of the Bak Middle School of the Arts. “His departure is definitely bittersweet, but we wholeheartedly support him as he starts this new and exciting chapter in his life.” A highly experienced teacher at the beginner, intermediate and professional levels, de Barros has been a member of the dance faculties at the Palm Beach Ballet Cen-

ter, Ballet Florida and Susan Lyle’s Studios. He has also taught intensive summer classes at the Grier School, the Alabama Governor’s School for Arts and Technology, the Harid Conservatory, and numerous other secondary schools and private dance studios. De Barros holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Florida’s New World School of the Arts in Miami. Prior to teaching, he danced professionally with the American Dance Theatre, Freddick Bratcher & Company and the Demetrius Klein Dance Company.

TKA Students Attend Leadership Program

Jordan Gableman and Garrett Larson, juniors at the King’s Academy, recently graduated from Youth Leadership 2012-13. The countywide leadership development program selects 45 juniors each year to participate in the eight-month program. Gableman and Larson attended monthly full-day sessions, which covered Palm Beach County topics such as business and development, local agriculture, cultural diversity, media, health and human services, the environment, marine industries, public safety and career exploration. The curriculum helps to build foundational leadership skills, awareness of community issues, appreciation of regional diversity and commitment to community service. Gableman and Larson also had the opportunity to network and develop mentor relationships

with alumni of Leadership Palm Beach County and adult community leaders. The King’s Academy appreciates the collaboration with the Youth Leadership Program in developing young leaders by developing their social awareness. “Jordan and Garrett are students who are noticed by their fellow classmates and identified as leaders amongst their peers,” Secondary Principal Sonya Jones said. “We are excited that they were afforded an opportunity to foster and grow as informed community leaders through the Youth Leadership Council. The King’s Academy’s mission is to grow Christian leaders that will impact their community, and we continually pursue ways to assist the development of our students in all aspects of academics, athletics, service and spiritual life.”

Physics teacher Stuart Greydanus with Norman Erenrich of the MIT Club of Palm Beach Region.

PBCHS Teacher Honored By MIT

Palm Beach Central High School physics teacher Stuart Greydanus recently received the 2013 MIT Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award. The award was given by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the MIT Alumni Club of Palm Beach. Greydanus was

nominated by former student Justin Martinez, now an MIT student. The annual award recognizes teachers who inspire and motivate students to achieve excellence. “The three years I spent as a student in Mr. Greydanus’ class were truly life changing,” Martinez said.

PraiseFest Ends The School Year At Wellington Christian

Youth Leadership graduates Jordan Gableman and Garrett Larson with program co-chair Eric Hopkins (center).

On Friday, May 17, Wellington Christian School held its seventh annual PraiseFest, an event held to thank God for another wonderful school year. More than 600 students, staff members, parents, grandparents and alumni were on campus for the largest-ever turnout. The weather was a perfect complement to the

fun games, contests and barbecue dinner. Spearheaded by a committee of six and assisted by more than 50 volunteers, PraiseFest was a wonderful way to celebrate a successful school year. For more information, call Admissions Director Jennie Peters at (561) 793-1017 or e-mail jpeters@

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Kids From Palms West Alliance Church Salute Their Favorite School Teachers

Patrick Robertson

Casey Truman

Air Force Airman Casey Truman and Air Force Airman Patrick Robertson recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Truman and Robertson completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete

basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Truman is the daughter of Rose Truman and granddaughter of Maria Fong, both of Wellington. She is a 2012 graduate of Wellington High School. Robertson is the son of Sue Porter of The Acreage. He is a 2006 graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School.

Truman And Robertson Complete Basic Training

Palms West Alliance Church hosted a Teacher Appreciation Banquet for 25 local educators on Sunday, May 19. Children from the church invited one favorite teacher and a guest. Members of the church who are educators were also invited to the special evening. More than 70 guests sat at formal tables, and children were seated beside their teachers. Master Chef Cliff Sleigh prepared dinner and the children served. The high point of the evening came after dessert when each child read an essay describing his or her favorite teacher, then presented the teacher with a medal. “Mr. [Kevin] Theroux inspired me to love reading,” Polo Park Middle School student Iyan Warnick said. “My mom teaches me… everything!” Levi Rushing said of his

home school mom, Sarah Rushing. “Coach Chris Masterdomini included me in his family… when my dad was going through some difficult times,” said William Herring of Wellington Christian School. “Mrs. [Angela] Acevedo Martin wrote me a pass when I was late getting dressed,” Emerald Cove Middle School student Makaylah Williams said. “I really appreciated this because she knew if I got a detention my mom would kill me!” Ruthie Otero of Okeeheelee Middle School sang “He’s Been Faithful.” Then Pastor Randy Clarke shared stories about great teachers like Annie Sullivan. The church, located at 16401 Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee, plans to hold the event again next year. For more info., visit www.

Kassie Miller and Jane Bazile.

Michael Parker Graduates U.S. Navy Basic Training Navy Seaman Recruit Michael Parker, son of Janet Rice of Hollywood and James Parker of Royal Palm Beach, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Parker completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An

emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet and galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance through the application of Navy skills and core values of honor, courage and commitment. Parker is a 2010 graduate of Seminole Ridge High School.

Daniel Hernandez Finishes U.S. Air Force Training Air Force Airman Daniel Hernandez recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Hernandez completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic

warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Hernandez is the son of Ricardo Hernandez of Wellington. He is a 2011 graduate of Palm Beach Central High School.

(Above) Rebekah Smith and teacher Nikki Fox. (Left) Alicia Clarke and Iyan Warnick.

Project 425 Shares Vietnam History Lesson Project 425 at G&M Ranch in Loxahatchee Groves hosted the Charity Home School Group of kindergarten through college students on Friday, May 17 for a day of education on the Vietnam War, told by veterans who served there in many different capacities. Veterans of three wars attended, from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. After opening remarks by Martha Webster and the Pledge of Allegiance, Father Mike Vecchio, former chaplain at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, spoke and closed with a prayer. Then the students gathered by the Huey helicopter and “Boxcar” Bill Jeczalik presented the history of aircraft and answered many questions.

The students then watched the movie The Last Ride. After lunch of sandwich platters, fried chicken, potato salad, chips and drinks, Curt Rich and Ray Branch made presentations on the M38A1 (Jeep) and M35A2 (Deuce and a half). Chief John Hiscock then talked about the Maidstone Fire Department and old Fire Engine No. 5. Singer Chris Noel shared a video about her experiences with the Armed Forces Network in Vietnam, answered questions and sang one of her songs. Next was a video about Bill Arcuri’s release from the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner of war camp. Arcuri also answered questions about his experience as a POW. The day

Mike Carroll, Major General Jackson, Chris Noel, Bill Jeczalik, Bill Arcuri, Curt Rich, Ray Branch and Chief John Hiscock. closed with a presentation of certificates to each of the students

and a photo session out by the Huey for the students and parents.

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Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach presented Cultural Diversity Day on Saturday, May 25 at Veterans Park. The celebration offered music, dancing and food from different countries, while vendors sold arts and crafts. DJ Ernie Garvey of the Ernitones served as master of ceremonies and kept the tunes coming for guests’ dancing pleasure. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Oral Smith and Chef G (Lloyd Grant) with jerk pork.

Winston Davis enjoys the festivities with Joey and Lorna Johnson.

Dylan Williams steals a kiss from Natalia Bruscino while dancing.

Sifu Nicki Bruscino from the Ni Ma Lion Dancers tames the lion.

Vanya Allen and Ayize Hanif perform native African dances.

Royal Palm Beach Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara, CAFCI President Dennis Wright and Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattiloi.

Leadership Palm Beach County Celebrates Youth Leadership Program Leadership Palm Beach County recently honored student graduates of its Youth Leadership Program and awarded college scholarships to nine program participants who reflected on leadership and their own career focus in outstanding essays. The graduation celebration was held May 15 at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach. More than 150 guests enjoyed remarks by program chair Eric Hopkins as well as a keynote address by Ed Chase. The 2013 Youth Leadership Class was composed of 46 high school juniors representing 23 different schools throughout Palm Beach County. Selected by school principals and guidance counselors, Youth Leadership class members are immersed in a nine-month curriculum that gives students

unparalleled access to county industries, leaders and experiences. This year, on-site session days brought the Youth Leadership Program students into the studios of Channel 25, the kitchen of the Breakers Hotel, down into the Kennedy bunker and aboard airboats in Grassy Waters Preserve. These talented young leaders honed skills in public speaking, interviewing and resume writing. LPBC’s Youth Leadership program is coordinated by volunteer alumni of the organization’s adult leadership program and has graduated more than 575 students. The next class begins in September 2013. Incoming high school juniors interested in participating should speak with their principal or guidance counselor. For more information about the

program, or to make a tax-deductible contribution to support the scholarship fund, call Christina D’Elosua at (561) 833-4321 or visit Leadership Palm Beach County is an educational nonprofit organization designed to foster aware-

ness of community issues and promote efficient communication and cooperative relationships between existing and emerging community leaders. Since 1983, LPBC has prepared more than 1,000 graduates for enhanced community leadership roles.

Youth Leadership Program participants gather for a group photo.

Youth Leadership Committee Chair Eric Hopkins with scholarship recipients (clockwise from top left): Matthew Shultz of Glades Day School, Keli Hodges of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Daron Imgram of Glades Central High School, Lizabeth Lohmann of Glades Day School, Jennifer McCrate of Jupiter High School, Mariah Morgenstern of Boca Raton High School, Anabel Gonzalez of John I. Leonard High School, Shelby McCleary of Palm Beach Central High School and Paola Correia of Suncoast High School.

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New Wellington Moms Group Seeks Members Building Better Moms (BBM) strives to build a community of mothers, where members meet together in a larger group setting and are connected with a small group of moms with whom they share a table at each BBM meeting. Participating mothers enjoy fellowship, speakers, devotions and group discussion. St. Peter ’s United Methodist Church in Wellington is a Building Better Moms National Partner with United Methodist Church of

the Resurrection based in Leawood, Kansas, where the BBM program originated. The Church of the Resurrection partners with churches around the country to make this ministry for moms a success. BBM welcomes mothers in the local communities with children who are early childhood through high school. The BBM calendar follows the school calendar, beginning in September and concluding in April, meeting 12 times a year.

There are occasional social events outside the meeting schedule. BBM meetings will be held from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. on the following Thursdays during the 2013-14 school year at the church, which is located at12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington: Sept. 12 and 26, 2013; Oct. 10 and 24; Nov. 7 and 21; Jan. 9 and 23, 2014; Feb. 6 and 20; March 6; and April 3. Registration is $35 for the year. Childcare is available for ages 2 and up, on a first-come, first-paid registra-

tion basis with limited openings. BBM childcare is $20 per child for the year. Building Better Moms programs are launching in churches around the country. The theme this year is “Embrace this life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you.” The local BBM group in Wellington is welcoming new members now. For more info., contact Rachel Lever via e-mail at or call (561) 793-5712, ext. 21.

Groups Reach Agreement On Dressage Dates Equestrian Sport Productions and Wellington Classic Dressage announced Wednesday that they will host several international events at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival venue on the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road. The proposal will utilize the AGDF venue as the main base for the international events, aside from the iconic Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W, while other shows would continue at the Loxahatchee venue or the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. The two groups reached an agreement on the structure of the


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continued from page 1 uses while a new site plat is being considered. Additionally, Riedi said that show promoters would have to apply for a seasonal equestrian use permit, adding that the council would be under no legal obligation to approve the permit. Finally, site owners would have to submit a revised master plan and application for a commercial equestrian arena compatibility, both of which would be reviewed by the council. “If the council approves the master plan amendment and determination… the plaintiff will then dismiss the pending lawsuits,” Riedi said. If the village did not approve the amended master plan and the two sides could not come to an agreement, however, the lawsuits could be continued, he said. A key component to the offer is that in submitting new applications, there would be no prejudice to the pending lawsuit, Riedi said. This means that the terms of the new applications could not be used against Bellissimo in his lawsuit, which seeks to have all previously approved permits reinstated. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said that there was a risk of going around in circles. “If the applicant does not get what he wants, then we’re back where we started,” she said. Vice Mayor Howard Coates said

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College Money Vetoed

continued from page 3 man wrote in an e-mail to the Town-Crier Tuesday. “We appreciate the legislature’s recognition and support of our efforts to provide public higher education access to these communities. The governor’s veto is disappointing, but we will continue to explore funding options so that this campus can be built.” Meanwhile, partial financing to reinforce the levee separating the

dressage calendar for 2014 and beyond and will submit it to the United States Equestrian Federation. Working together with the USEF and the other dressage show organizers, including IHS Palm Beach and Gold Coast Dressage, a balanced winter dressage circuit has been developed that reduces the overall number of CDIs in Palm Beach County, but creates a series that will be very attractive to international riders from all over the world. The proposal is subject to approval by the USEF, but both organizations are confident that it is

in line with recent discussions between all the parties. “I am very pleased that an agreement has been reached to work together, and I know that the sport of dressage can really grow and reach the level it deserves by utilizing the fantastic facilities at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival,” Wellington Classic Dressage Manager Noreen O’Sullivan said. Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Production, agreed. “I am delighted with the outcome. This is a great step forward and is proof that groups working together despite prior differences are much more powerful than contin-

ued opposition,” he said. “We can now give Wellington a world-class circuit at a world-class venue, and that is only to the benefit of both the dressage and non-equestrian communities in our great village.” Equestrian Sport Production President Michael Stone stressed that the agreement was subject to USEF approval. “I am confident that our proposal will be well received and is in the best interest of the sport,” he said. “However, out of respect to the decision-making process of the USEF, the full details of the proposal cannot be released until we have received the formal approval.”

it was a chance for negotiation. “It’s a no-risk situation for both sides,” he said. “It would be up to the applicant to bring before us whatever they are planning.” Greene said he was concerned that Wellington would make a settlement offer before seeing the proposal. “Have we seen this before, where someone has come before us and asked for a settlement negotiation or offer for us to accept before they’ve submitted what they want?” he asked. But Village Manager Paul Schofield said it was Wellington extending an offer. “It became clear that differences still exist,” he said. “There was no giant step to take. It has to be done in incremental steps.” Village Attorney Laurie Cohen stressed that Wellington was making an offer, not a settlement proposal. “We’re making an offer to [Bellissimo] to go through these steps,” she said. “The council could consider a counteroffer or… you can say that this is the offer and you’re not budging.” Greene noted that the site owners could have gone through the very same process now being proposed — resubmitting applications — at any time over the last year. “There has been a remedy to this since last May,” he said. “Unfortunately, we have had to spend our time and energy focused on litigation and not solutions.” Willhite agreed. “The applicant could have walked in the door any day and taken this option,” he said. “At any time they could have done this; they chose not to. They stood in front of us and said

it would hurt their settlement position.” But Coates said the key difference was that Wellington would agree that there would be no prejudice to Bellissimo’s litigation. “The reason we have not seen him come back before us [with new applications], I imagine, is because he was advised that he could prejudice his position,” Coates said. Coates said it would take a “leap of faith” on both sides. “The applicant has to believe he’s getting a fair shake,” Coates said. “And the applicant knows that part of what was requested before is not acceptable for the majority of this council. So, we have to believe he will come forward with something different that will persuade those people to support him.” But Greene and Willhite were not convinced. “Nothing is preventing them from coming in here tomorrow or a year ago and filling out a new master plan and special-use permit,” Greene said. “If this doesn’t move forward for the summer season or next season, it’s not on my hands.” During public comment, residents were in favor of approving the offer. Jill Townsend said she was optimistic the issues could be resolved. “I so appreciate hearing that you’re willing to open the process up and negotiate,” she said. Coates said he thought the issue had become personal for some council members. “To not be in favor of trying this process tells me it’s become too personal,” he said. “No matter what is put in front of us, it’s going to be objectionable to some

people. It says we’re not even willing to take the first step. I think that is a disservice to the people of Wellington.” But Greene said he didn’t want to change the rules for one person. “What rule is different?” Coates asked. “What rule are we changing that we wouldn’t do for other people?” Greene said he thought it was unfair that Wellington offer this when a remedy to the situation has been there all along. Coates said that the council already has approved retroactively other items when people had violated the rules, pointing to an application last year from The Ridge horse shows. “Some of the events had already occurred,” he said. “We approved those retroactively.” Mayor Bob Margolis said he believed the village’s offer was a “door opener” to solve the issues at hand. “We can’t control what the plaintiff would like or would not like,” he said. “We can only control what we can do. If we say no and close the door on this, they continue with the litigation. We have more than 50 percent of our staff handling this day after day.” Margolis said he hoped to see the “dark cloud” hanging over Wellington lifted. “I think this is a door opener to further negotiations to see if we can come up with some sort of agreement,” he said. Coates made a motion to approve the offer, which passed 3-2, with Willhite and Greene opposed. It must now be accepted by Wellington Equestrian Partners before taking effect.

Corbett area from The Acreage remains in the budget. Gov. Scott had pledged money for the levee after the flooding from Tropical Storm Isaac that officials believed threatened the integrity of the dike. “My understanding is that the proposal was for $8.3 million, and a little over half was approved for the Corbett berm,” Indian Trail Improvement District Director of Maintenance & Operations Mike Guinaugh said. “We’re hoping that next year, the balance gets funded.” The South Florida Water Management District, in cooperation with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, which manages the preserve, has creat-

ed conceptual designs for construction of a new levee and presented its plans in several public meetings. “It is in the design process,” Guinaugh said. “We have been participating in a cooperative interagency manner with the water management district on their design options and impacts to ITID, and they are refining their scope of work based on the budget being half of what it originally was, to the most critical and crucial areas.” Guinaugh said officials have discussed keeping what was to be a temporary weir dam that was built into the portion of the levee separating Corbett from the Mecca Farms property during the

height of the Isaac flooding, which allowed water to spill from the Corbett across the unpaved Seminole Pratt Whitney Road right-ofway into Mecca and be routed northward to the Loxahatchee Slough. “It has come up, and at least at first flush the plan is to keep it in place,” Guinaugh said, explaining that SFWMD construction crews plowed a portion of the road to allow the flood water to flow into the Mecca property. “If you drive up there, the dip is still there and the road functions just fine,” he said. “It’s structurally sound and the dip is still in, so water can still flow today. If it got high enough, it could go that way today.”

BBM Moms — (Front row, L-R) Robin Johnson with Addison Johnson, Jennifer Szukala with Max Szukala, and Laura Spuck with Lynn Elizabeth Spuck; (back row, L-R) Rachel Lever, Monica Hart, Janelle Quinlan and Deborah Wills.


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continued from page 1 and the dates can fluctuate depending on schedules, depending on timing of permits and preparing the property. There’s a multitude of different things that go into preparing for a site of this magnitude.” Royal Palm Beach Village Manager Ray Liggins said the village had issued all the permits needed for Aldi to break ground. “We’ve approved all their site work plans,” Liggins said. “They just have to pay the engineering fee and show us the [Department of Transportation] permits. We did everything we needed to do on our end, at least where they could build the site. Building the site is six months before you start building the buildings.” Smallridge noted that Aldi had been negotiating for a grocery store location in Royal Palm Beach, at the former Toys ‘R’ Us location on SR 7 north of Southern Blvd., but had not completed the lease. Liggins added the landlord had come to the village requesting a sign variance, which was granted. If not that location, Liggins said he expects that a store will open in

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continued from page 3 some sort of a policy,” she said. “But you don’t want to restrain them, because there may be certain circumstances where it’s entirely appropriate [to reduce the fines].” Mayor Bob Margolis said he thought more than just a fine increase is necessary. “I don’t think this is the answer,” Margolis said. “I think we

Blotter continued from page 6 ly 8:32 p.m. regarding complaints of a disturbance. According to the report, a witness told the deputy that 43-year-old Wilson Collazos had caused the disturbance. The deputies made contact with Collazos, who was sitting on the steps of his apartment. According to the report, Collazos appeared intoxicated, but the deputy determined there had been no crime committed and asked Collazos to go inside his apartment. As the deputies were leaving, a resident stopped them and said Collazos was back again causing a disturbance. According to the report,

Royal Palm Beach in the near future. “This is also going to be their Southeast headquarters,” Liggins said. “Wherever they have a headquarters, they like to have a store close by.” Smallridge agreed. “They want to get some stores in place on a simultaneous path,” she said. “You don’t want to jump the gun on the distribution site and not have any stores to provide products to.” Aldi has more than 1,000 stores in 31 states. There are currently 57 regional stores, mostly in Central Florida, with plans for additional growth in South Florida to justify opening the new distribution center, according to the company’s web site. It plans to have nearly 70 stores by the end of 2013. The closest store to the western communities is at 2481 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. The Aldi warehouse will be built on about 42 acres of the 73-acre site, with the remaining parcels to be developed later, except for one that already houses a storage facility. The anticipated economic benefit to the community from Aldi is estimated at $56 million for the first year and about $115 million for each of the following five years, according to Royal Palm Beach officials. need to have something more. I think we need a more effective solution than to just raise the fines. This is a bigger issue than just serial violators. We have a serious code issue with a small number of people who just scoff at the law.” Willhite said he’d like to see a more comprehensive plan to deal with problem residents come back before the council. He made a motion to table the ordinance, which passed unanimously. Village Manager Paul Schofield said it would return in August, but Greene requested to see it sooner. “I don’t want this to drag on into next season,” he said. the deputies returned to his apartment and found he was inside. The deputies knocked on the door and Collazos opened it. According to the report, Collazos rushed toward the deputies and grabbed one of them by his shirt. A struggle ensued and Collazos did not follow orders to put his hands behind his back and stop assaulting the deputies. According to the report, Collazos went to kick one of the deputies and another deputy Tased him. Collazos was detained and arrested. He was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where he was charged with two counts of resisting an officer and two counts of battery on an officer.

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A Class Of Givers

continued from page 1 han said. “I hope that each and every one of us will leave this world knowing that we did not let fear stand in the way of accomplishing all that we could. I hope we chase our dreams, but always remember to count the blessings of the present. I hope we all find our starfish and leave our footprints on the world.” PBCHS seniors will also be remembered for their accomplishments, earning more than $6 million in scholarships and having a National Merit Scholarship nominee for the first time in school history. It is the education that students received that will help them be better citizens, Senior Class President Michelle Lacouture said. “Education allows us to see the world beyond the limited construct of our own lives,” she said. “It allows us to stand on the shoulders of our predecessors and learn from their experience and knowledge.” But it is not without the help of family, friends, teachers and administrators that the seniors were able to get to this point, Lacouture said. “We have had the blessing of being part of a community that accepts us as we are and gives us the freedom to be who we will become,” she said. “To show our appreciation... we must find our passion and cultivate our talents. In doing so, the world will remember us each as individuals, and collectively as the Palm Beach Central Class of 2013.” Valedictorian DimitriAlexis said that students must find their own talents. “With all the great academ-



ic achievements I’ve done in my life, I cannot paint a portrait. I can’t even color in the lines,” he said. “But these are not my talents.” Alexis said that many people wear a mask in life, afraid to shed it and show the world their true faces. “We use our masks to play hide and seek in plain sight,” he said. “My hope for you today is that you remove your masks and let the world see your faces.” Alexis said he hoped students would come into their own and have the confidence to be themselves. “We wear our masks to get through life, not to live it,” he said. “It’s time to show the world your true face.” As the Class of 2013 gets ready to step out into the world, School District of Palm Beach County Superintendent E. Wayne Gent reminded students that they are now responsible for their choices. “You will be starting a new way of life,” he said. “You will now make decisions, solve problems and do things as an adult. Are you prepared to be responsible?” He encouraged students to continue to help others as they go through life. “A pessimist sees a glass of water as half empty,” he said. “An optimist sees that same glass as half full. But a giving person sees that glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.” As the seniors turned their tassels, Mondy thanked them for all they have given to the school. “Life is not remembered by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away,” he said. “I wish you continued success, a lifetime of breathtaking moments and I thank you so much for what you have given and the legacy that you leave to Palm Beach Central High School.”

The Blount family is proud of graduate Tyrone Blount.

Valedictorian Dimitri Alexis delivers his speech.

Salutatorian Alexis McClanahan addresses the audience.

Graduate Helen Vigier with her father and brother.

Principal Butch Mondy bids farewell to the Class of 2013.

Gina Andraos and Nedaa Abu-Ghalia show off their diplomas after graduation.

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Maxine Cann and Kaylynn Knapp with graduates Chakira Granville and Chanel Cooper (center).

Graduate Tiffany Maqsudi with her parents, Renee and Michael.

Graduate Ariana Celis celebrates with the women of her family. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

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Children Learn Literacy By Reading To Horses

Lots of us have done things with horses: ride them, train them, show them, dress them in costumes, perhaps take them on trail rides. But how many people read to them? That’s exactly what a group of 175 first-graders from Hidden Oaks Elementary School did on May 17. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 23

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Young WHS Football Squad Falls To Pahokee

The Wellington High School Wolverines completed only a couple of passes and couldn’t get any offensive momentum, losing to the visiting Pahokee Blue Devils 35-0 last Friday night. Blue Devils quarterback Jay Hobson ran all over the Wolverines, scoring three touchdowns. Page 37



Business Dance Theatre At Wellington Green Teaches Young Dancers Key Life Skills

The Dance Theatre at Wellington Green develops dancers in a wide variety of styles. Students gain proper training from experienced instructors, starting as young as 3 years old, continuing up until age 17. Owner Stephanie Salerno enjoys working with children almost as much as dancing. Page 25

Sports Wildcats Defeat P.B. Gardens In Spring Football

The Royal Palm Beach High School boys varsity football team bested Palm Beach Gardens High School 14-10 in a spring matchup Friday, May 24 at home. The brief spring season gives coaches a chance to evaluate returning players and newcomers while preparing for the fall. Page 37

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School Children Learn Literacy By Reading To Horses Lots of us have done lots of things with and to horses: ride them, of course, train them, show them, occasionally dress them in costumes, take them on trail rides, feed, groom, care for and love them. But how many of us read to them? That’s exactly what a group of 175 firstgraders from Hidden Oaks Elementary School did on Friday, May 17. When the three school buses pulled up at the Good Earth Farm in Loxahatchee Groves, the kids, who’d brought along their books, could hardly wait. The field trip was part of the Horse Tales Literacy Project, formerly the Black Stallion Literacy Foundation, and was coordinated by South Florida Director Shelly LeConte. “I’ve been working with Horse Tales for five years,” LeConte said. “It’s great. I love it. The kids get very enthusiastic, especially when they read to the horse. The program really works. It’s like magic.” The program promotes literacy through combining live horses with classic horse literature. It was conceived in 1999, when Tim Farley — son of Walter Farley, author of the Black Stallion book series — and Mark Miller, owner of the Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction, acted on their common interest in encouraging children to read. They started the program, in which more than 600,000 children Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg across the United States have participated. “We contact local elementary schools and tell them about the program,” LeConte explained. “We currently have two curriculums, one for first grade and one for fourth grade. If a teacher decides to sign up, we visit the school, bringing along live horses.” The children get to pet the horses. This is called their First Touch, and then they get copies of books by Walter Farley. First-graders get Little Black, a Pony and Little Black Goes to the Circus. Fourth-graders get The Black Stallion. “We have a variety of lessons and exercises that teachers can use with the books,” LeConte said. “They can tailor the materials to fit their students’ needs. Then they get to come on a field trip, called the Second Touch, where they learn about horses and see them in their usual setting. They learn about nutrition, grooming, vet care, training, tack and they get to read their favorite passage to the horse.” LeConte brought two horses to Hidden Oaks on May 9.

Kids read to horses as part of the Horse Tales Literacy Project. “I saw a bulletin about the program, so I were a little intimidated at first watched the contacted Shelly,” first-grade teacher Danielle others and saw it wasn’t too scary, so they Deckelmann said. “The First Touch went very touched the horses, too.” well. The kids were excited when the horses Getting the books was also exciting, she came, and they each got to pet them. The hors- said. es were well-groomed and very docile. The “They each got a copy of the two books, kids lingered with them and wanted to spend nice hardback books, and they were so enmore time with them. Even the children who See ROSENBERG, page 24

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Visiting Alabama? Make Sure To Stop By Lambert’s Café If you have ever been to Foley, Ala., you likely have been to Lambert’s Café. On the wall is a photo of Ronnie Van Zant, lead vocalist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the nearby inscription, “I wrote ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ for you.” Just about anyone who has visited Foley has been to Lambert’s. Mark and I stopped because we saw so many people outside that it looked like the place had been evacuated. When we realized they were merely waiting for tables, we decided to join the melee. It was 9 at night, and there was still a 40minute wait. We knew this because the girl in the air-conditioned booth outside (there was no room for her inside) told us so as she took our names. When we got inside, Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at or stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page on Facebook.

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The Sonic BOOMER we knew the wait was worth it. At Lambert’s, you are seated in a booth because that’s all they have — wall-to-wall booths. You are immediately brought the drink of your choice in what looks like a 55-gallon drum and handed a menu. The menu features chicken and beef and pork, but it also lists “The Bubba Sandwich” (fried bologna), “Somethin’ Southern” (“all the white beans a body can eat”) and hog jowl “sliced thick and deep fried” (“Why settle for bacon?”). I ordered the hamburger steak and two

sides. Despite the fact that you get two sides, servers are constantly coming around with “pass-arounds,” big bowls of food that you are entitled to as well. Our first server showed up within minutes and asked us if we wanted some fried okra. “But we haven’t got any plates yet,” I said. “We heap it on one of those towels,” he said. There was a roll of brown paper towels to my left. I declined, but Mark accepted. I got my “heap” when the girl with the fried potatoes came around. The other two choices were tomato macaroni and black-eyed peas. When my dinner arrived, it wasn’t on a plate anyway — it was still in the skillet they’d cooked it in. “Careful, that’s hot,” they warned. We had just begun our meal when two guys came out of the kitchen wheeling a cart. The cart contained two layers of hot rolls, still in their cast-iron baking pans. Anyone who wanted one put their hands in the air, and the guys,

who looked like star pitchers from the high school baseball team, tossed a roll at them from across the room. It seemed odd, but this is what Lambert’s is famous for. As their motto on the wall proudly proclaims, they are “The Only Home of Throwed Rolls.”And it is entertaining. Little kids stand up on the seats of their booths, and the pitchers nod to the kids’ fathers behind them to be ready. The rolls are “throwed” a little high, perfect for the dads to catch. In the whole 10,000-square-foot restaurant, I saw only one roll on the floor. And they’re delicious — a perfect combination of ingredients coupled with the pride of being able to catch the thing. Lambert’s is definitely a real Southern restaurant, and despite not caring for fried okra, hog jowls or white beans, I instantly became a fan — despite the fact that I wished they had “thrown” their rolls instead of “throwed” them.

If You Like Car Chases, ‘Fast & Furious 6’ Is Good Entertainment That new film Fast & Furious 6 is almost Shakespearean in its subtlety and use of brilliant performances. Um, no, forget that. If you’ve ever seen one of these films, you know there are lots of incredible stunts, usually involving cars challenging the laws of physics while the characters (in most cases, we can’t really call them actors ) speak wooden dialogue. But this film is one of the best of that genre. There is just enough plot, silly as it is, to carry the audience along. I snickered at some of the lines, and much of the plot had holes that you could drive a whole fleet of wrecked cars through, but I enjoyed it. My usual meter for boring movies, checking my watch for the time, never came up. The story is a bit of nonsense, helped along if you’ve seen previous installments, although it was not too difficult to work everything out. The bad guys, led by a crook named Shaw (Luke Evans) carry out a complex series of hijackings that involve both high technology and insane driving. Tough federal agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) tells his new assistant, Riley (Gina Carano), that he needs “wolves to catch wolves.” That means he goes to the Canary Islands,


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continued from page 23 thusiastic about reading them, just enthralled with those books,” Deckelmann said. “They were so motivated, it was hard to get them to put them down. They read and read those books, and practiced reading their favorite parts daily to friends and family members. They could hardly wait to read to the horses. On the whole, the program is a very positive experience for everyone — parents, teachers, administrators and, of course, the students. I’d absolutely recommend this program to other teachers. I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.” The kids had already been organized into seven groups of about 25, along with teachers and plenty of parent chaperones. They

where Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) is sharing a home with hot Brazilian Elena (Elsa Pataky). For those interested in that kind of thing, all the women in the movie are beautiful. Beautiful but very tough. Dom is now hanging out with his chief rival Brian (Paul Walker), who has married Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and has a child with her, so now is a brother-in-law. Hobbs, who has had a history with Dom, offers U.S. pardons to the group if they help with the bad guys, but the real incentive is a picture of Dom’s “old lady” Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who is somehow back from the dead. At any rate, the old group gets together and finds out that the bad guys are a group of very tough mercenaries who are a kind of twisted mirror image of themselves.

The battles go on through London and Spain. Lots of guns, lots of car races, not much intelligent plotting, but who cares? The scenery is great; there are lots of gun battles as well as hand-to-hand combat. Point for feminists: All the women fight, and they are tough. Of course, both Hobbs and Dom wind up fighting guys who are even bigger and tougher. Battling, they use their heads — not to think, but to batter the other guys. There is also a tank in the middle of the cars, and it works well as a plot point. Discussing acting in this kind of movie is like explaining purple to someone blind from birth — forget it. Afew actually look like they’re doing much with their parts. Evans is a reasonably interesting villain. Rodriguez is pretty good in her part; what would we do in plots like these if amnesia didn’t exist? Tyrese Gibson is funny playing a brainless friend. The best acting job comes from singer Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the tech specialist. He handles dry humor very well. Johnson does have charisma, but his delivery is leaden. He actually makes Diesel’s monotone seem Shakespearean. Happily, both have limited dialogue… although there is a lot of grunting.

Dom has a very strong moral code. There are constant references to “family” along the way. It works rather well as the writers (there were actually writers, but I omit their names... and they probably would thank me) even create a scene in which Dom and Shaw actually meet to discuss their respective beliefs. That a bad guy trying to kill the good one, while the good one wants to put him away, would casually meet is beyond belief, but it does emphasize the good-guy approach. The group will do anything to protect each other. If you like this kind of movie, go see it. In a way, it is a relief from even the most recent blockbusters. Tony Stark in Ironman3 went through his moral crisis in the middle of the special effects. Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby died, as did all the major characters unless they were upper-class, while emoting through the 3-D special sets, and Star Trek had its usual morality discussions in between special effects. Here you just have car chases, a lot of fighting, some attempted humor. This is not a great movie; it barely makes it into the good movie category. But it is good mindless entertainment.

bounced off the buses and headed over to the first of the seven learning centers through which they’d rotate: horse nutrition, training, grooming, anatomy, tack, stick pony races and reading to the horses. “Shelly’s a dear friend, and I was glad to invite her to use the Good Earth Farm,” owner Nancy Fried-Tobin said. “We’ve got just the right facility and lots of room and horses. Shelly puts a lot of effort into this. She’s very organized, which makes it easy, simple and fun for the kids.” Jennifer Cox’s 6-year-old daughter, Kendall, was one of the participants. “She’s very excited,” Cox said. “It absolutely has helped her want to read more. Between the two of us, we’re going to talk Daddy into letting us get a horse.” The groups of children hurried to their first learning stations. Dr. Ryan Lukens of Palm Beach Equine taught anatomy using Ebony, one of Nancy’s horses. Two 4-H volunteers

demonstrated grooming on Arkan, a paint Gypsy Vanner. Vitor Marquez, a trainer, worked with Ozzie the zebra. Best of all, there were four miniature horses for the children to read to: Onyx, Cookie, Fuzzworth and Goldie. The kids had their books out and ready as they stood in line, awaiting their turn. “I felt a little shy about reading out loud to the pony,” said Victoria, one of the first-graders. “It was my first time reading out loud. But I could tell the pony liked it. I’d like to do it again.” “How many liked reading to the ponies?” I asked the children. All the hands shot up. “How many of you thought the ponies liked having you read to them?” All the hands shot up again. The ponies did, in fact, look happy. I think, had I asked, that they might have voted four hooves up as well. For more info., call Shelly LeConte at (561) 252-1432 or visit

Kids stand in line for their turn to read.

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The Dance Theatre at Wellington Green owner Stephanie Salerno with students. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Dance Theatre At Wellington Green Teaches Key Life Skills By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report The Dance Theatre at Wellington Green develops dancers in a wide variety of styles. Students gain proper training from experienced instructors, starting as young as 3 years old, continuing up until age 17. Owner Stephanie Salerno has been with Dance Theatre at Wellington Green for five years. She enjoys working with children almost as much as dancing. Salerno began dancing at the age of 6 and studied everything from ballet to jazz, with her specialty in acrobatics. With more than 15 years of teaching experience, she has worked with children of every age. The Dance Theatre at Wellington Green offers a comfortable environment for young students to learn and grow as dancers. “We have amazing instructors who are warm and caring and motivate their students to be great dancers,” Salerno said. “We also like the parents to feel at home and know that their children are in good hands.” The Dance Theatre at Wellington Green offers ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater and acrobatics. When beginner dancers come into the theater, Salerno and other instructors try to make them feel comfortable by gradually developing their skills. “We start them with a ballet/tap class when they are little, for a half hour each,” Salerno said. “When they get to about 5 and 6, they move up to an hour and a half ballet, tap and jazz.” Salerno said this method helps with building students’ confidence levels. “They get a good foundation to begin with,” she said. “Once they get older, then they can branch out and start trying new things.”

Parents are able to view their children as they practice through video monitors set up in the waiting area. “It all goes back to making the parents feel comfortable,” Salerno said. To showcase students’ talents, the Dance Theatre at Wellington Green presents a dance recital every year. This summer, the theater will start its competition dance team for ages 6 to 17. “They will be competing with other schools,” Salerno explained. “This will give them exposure to competing.” For Salerno, dancing is more than just a fun activity for children; dancing builds life skills. “It not only gives them a creative outlet, it’s a physical activity that is fun for them, and gives them stability, maturity and helps them learn how to follow rules,” she said. The Dance Theatre at Wellington Green has nine instructors with varying dance backgrounds and years of experience. The studio will welcome Cuban ballet dancer Daniel Sarabia as its newest instructor. “He will start in the summer, teaching ballet workshops,” Salerno said. “He’s a big deal in ballet. If you watch one of his videos, you’ll be amazed because he is so great at what he does, and we’re so lucky to have him teaching here.” Salerno looks forward to growing the Dance Theatre at Wellington Green and being active in the community. “We are excited to have the opportunity to be more involved with the community,” she said. “Through our dance competitions, hopefully we’ll be able to do that.” The Dance Theatre at Wellington Green is located in front of the Mall at Wellington Green at 10620 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more info., visit wellington or call (561) 784-4401.

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‘100 Cities Summit’ A Success At Annual Green Conference The Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference 100 Cities Summit presented another successful event May 22-23 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The conference was coordinated by the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Palm Beach County and the United States Green Building Council. Those attending included municipal, county and school district sustainability leaders from throughout the state. Attendees enjoyed two days of intensive general sessions and panel discussions led by experts in the field of sustainability.

Patrick J. Sheehan, director of Florida’s Office of Energy, discussed the ways Florida is moving forward in its collective efforts to develop a meaningful energy policy for the state. He was accompanied by a legislative panel, including state senators Joseph Abruzzo and Jeff Clemens and state representatives Lori Berman and Mark Pafford. Other featured speakers included Palm Beach County Mayor Steven Abrams, Julio Fuentes of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Dunham of the Florida Opportunity Fund, Kim Delaney of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

and Raphael Clemente of the Downtown Development Authority. Among the many subjects featured at the conference was “balanced energy.” Gordon Lambert, executive advisor on sustainability and innovation for SUNCOR Energy, joined a group of experts who highlighted a portfolio of fuels that collectively promote fuel diversity and provide price stability for Florida families and businesses in an environmentally sensible manner. Florida cities, including Wellington, discussed their successful public/ private partnerships. The importance of promoting Florida’s assets

and attracting investors to the state was also discussed. Robin Safley, director of the Florida Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food, Nutrition & Wellness, led a panel of experts from the health industry, farming, schools and government on raising a healthy generation of students. Palm Beach County School District joined in this year with a program designed specifically for students. There was also an essay contest, and graduate students from area universities were also in attendance. For more info., visit www.florida

Patrick Sheehan speaks at the conference. PHOTO COURTESY MONICA KALLAS


The Central Palm Beach County Chamber recently held a ribbon cutting to welcome MaxHealth Chiropractic, located at 12160 South Shore Blvd., Suite 108, Wellington. For more info., call (561) 385-8978.

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber recently held a ribbon cutting to welcome Mara Cucina Italiana, located in the Mall at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 791-8886 or visit

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber recently held a ribbon cutting for the Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches, located at 4905 Lantana Road. For info., call (561) 340-7269 or visit

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PALMS WEST HOSPITAL CELEBRATES EMERGENCY STAFF AT EMS WEEK Palms West Hospital celebrated its emergency medical services teams last week. The medical transportation services, emergency vehicles, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and all paramedic teams are crucial in patient care, and Palms West Hospital planned a week of activities to honor their service. Events included everything from a pancake breakfast to a barbecue lunch.

Wycliffe Charities Gift Assists Disabled At The Palm Beach Habilitation Center Suzanne Saletan and Susan Webber of the Wycliffe Charities Foundation recently made a visit to the Palm Beach Habilitation Center to present it with a check for $12,000. The funds will directly benefit disabled men and women receiving skills training through the center’s Food Service Employment Training Program. The donation was accepted by Mary Dunning, director of

development for the Palm Beach Habilitation Center. “On behalf of all the clients served by this valuable program, we thank the community of Wycliffe for their generosity,” Dunning said. The Palm Beach Habilitation Center, a United Way Agency, is a private nonprofit organization that provides skills training, employment, job placement, residential services,

recreational and senior activities to adults with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. Since opening in 1959, the center has placed more than 8,000 men and women in community employment. Each year, more than 700 individuals receive a variety of services from the center, helping them to live and work to their greatest level of independence.

(L-R) Suzanne Saletan, Mary Dunning, Susan Webber.

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#1 Education Place — #1 Education Place is a small, private Montessori school for students grade one through 12. The school f eatures a year-round academic year, flexible scheduling, individualized instruction and an accredited curriculum. Many of the school’s students are now professional athletes or performers. #1 Education Place has been serving the western communities since 2001 and is conveniently located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 23. #1 Education Place is currently welcoming new students for the summer and fall terms. For more information, call (561) 753-6563. Acreage Montessori — The goal of Acreage Montessori Academy is to maximize the potential of toddlers and primary or elementary school children by providing hands-on materials, dedicated teachers, personalized curriculum and lifelong study skills to cultivate their intellectual, physical and social development in a safe and loving environment. The goal of Acreage Montessori is to provide children with a secure, loving and educational environment in which to happily grow and develop and to be a place where learning is fun. Acreage Montessori is a parent’s partner for the highest w ellbeing of the child. Free VPK 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. all year. The school accepts children ages six weeks to 12 years and has a loving, caring and professional staff. Acreage Montessori’s aftercare program has low student-supervisor ratios and structured program hours, which run Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Acreage Montessori is located at 5700 140th Avenue N. For additional information, call (561) 7840078. Cambridge School — A quality preschool lays the foundation for a child’s future academic success. At the Cambridge Schools, which have been serving South Florida for over 20 years, preschool is about much more than just learning ABCs and 123s. Cambridge strives to cultivate each child’s spirit, imagination and love of learning. This is achieved through the school’s carefully crafted, hands-on, academic curriculum. “Our dynamic program encourages children to explore their world in a safe and loving environment,” said Denise Goetz, director of the Cambridge Schools’ Wellington campus. “By offering different age-appropriate, hands-on, brains-on activities, our students gain an understanding of math, science, writing, art and literacy.” The Cambridge Preschool at Wellington serves children from 2 years through pre-kindergarten. School hours are 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., with early care and aftercare available. Flexible scheduling is offered. The school follows the Palm Beach County Public School schedule. Enrollment is ongoing. The school is located at 1920 Royal Fern Drive. For more information, call (561) 791-0013 or visit

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Cardinal Newman High School — Established in 1961, Cardinal Newman High School is a coed college-prep Catholic high school attracting students of all faiths from Palm Beach and Martin counties. Students may choose to challenge themselves in the International Baccalaureate degree program, Advance Placement courses, honors classes and college-prep classes. Following the winning CNHS tradition, athletes participate in 15 sports and 22 organizations. Students are exposed to religious values and family life that guides their lives long after graduation. For more information, call (561) 683-6266 or visit Huntington Learning Center —Whether a student is looking for a better report card, help with a specific subject or a higher score on a college entrance exam, Huntington Learning Center is the tutoring solution. The center can help with academic skills, subject tutoring or exam prep for SAT, PSAT and ACT. The Huntington Learning Center is locat ed at 2655 State Road 7 in Wellington Green Commons. For more information, call 1 800-CAN-LEARN or visit www. Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School — Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School are premier private schools for innovative and gifted students. Serving the areas of Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach and Loxahatchee, Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School offer students an innovative learning environment beginning with preschool, continuing through elementary and now middle school. Well known in Palm Beach County, the schools have been producing critical thinkers and leaders since 1993, and this success is largely based on the incorporation of Har vard Professor Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence. As a private school, Ideal Elementary and Dream Middle schools consistently strive to change ordinary education into extraordinary learning for understanding and critical thinking. For more information, or to schedule a tour of the schools, call (561) 791-2881. The Learning Foundation — As a private school, the academic program of the Learning Foundation focuses on the diverse needs of students. The program for third through 12th graders helps to build a student’s self-esteem in order for them to achieve their academic goals. Elementary and middle school hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with aftercare from 2 to 4 p.m. High school hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. High school students are required to attend 5 hours each day. McKay and Step Up for Students scholarships are accepted during the school year. The Learning Foundation’s motto, “Teaching our Youth How to Learn,” is intergraded into every lesson. For more information, call Debra Thornby at (561) 795-6886.

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Noah’s Ark Preschool —Noah’s Ark Preschool offers care for infants and preschool children as well as after school care, free VPK and low rates and special registration for the fall. Noah’s Ark is conveniently located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. Se habla Español. For more information, call (561) 753-6624. Rosarian Academy —Offering a superior education from 12 months to grade 8, Rosarian Academy is committed to educating the whole person for life. The school fosters each student’s unique spiritual, physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs at every developmental stage. Known for academic excellence and a welcoming f aith-centered community, Rosarian’s curriculum is enhanced with 21st century technology and excellent athletic and fine arts programs. Rosarian is the only independent, Catholic school in Palm Beach County. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call (561) 832-5131 or e-mail Really Learning LLC —Really Learning serves high school students from all local high schools using Brigham Young University Independent Study for credit recovery or to get ahead in a class. Individual instruction is provided and students will love the ease and flexibility of working on a class at their own pace. Owner Pam Taplin has 25 years of experience in Palm Beach County schools. Really Learning LLC is located in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call Mrs. Taplin at (561) 790-0508 or e-mail her at Sacred Heart School — Sacred Heart School in Lake Worth is now accepting applications for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2013-14 school year. State scholarships, VPK, McKay and Step Up for Students are accepted. The Cathleen McFarlane Ross Learning Lab, which teaches the Morning Star Program, opened in the fall of 2011 allowing children with learning differences to receive a quality Catholic education. These children may have ADHD or an autism spectrum disorder, to name a few. Sacred Heart believes that all of God’s children have a right to a Catholic education. The positive is accentuated to help the students recognize their potential. Building self-esteem and self-confidence is integrated into the curriculum of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, computer, library, art and music, and Sacred Heart offers a technology-based curriculum. The school has Promethean boards in all classrooms and 25 iPads. All the desktop computers, laptops and iPads are loaded with the Rosetta Stone program, which gives students access 30 different foreign languages. For more information, call (561) 582-2242 or visit www.sacredheartschool

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St. Clare Catholic School — St. Clare Catholic School has been educating and enriching children’s lives for nearly 50 years. The school has a strong academic curriculum that prepares graduates to meet the rigors of a competitive college preparatory high school, learn a variety of skills, such as study habits, time management, organization, strong work ethic, active listening and independence. At St. Clare, students will also demonstrate growth and learning from the joy of success and frustration of failure. For more information, call (561) 622-7171 or visit www Summit Christian School — Summit Christian School provides a distinctive quality Christian education founded on the Word of God. The school’s mission is to impact students by teaching them to think critically and Biblically and to act morally and responsibility while providing an environment that gives them security, significance and opportunity . Summit Christian is happy to announce that Pastor Mark Davis from Calvary Christian Academy and Headmaster Jim Rozendal from DeMotte Christian School, formerly Lake Worth Christian, will be joining the school’s leadership t eam as the new pastor and new headmaster, respectively. Together with Administrator Sheila Van Es, the team serves children through grade 12. It is located at 4900 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 686-8081, ext. 313. Temple Beth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool — Temple Be th Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool has been in Wellington for over 20 years with a strong reputation for high-quality early childhood education. The school is the only area preschool with NAEYC accreditation, assuring parents that their program meets high national standards for quality and professionalism. Temple Beth Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool offers a variety of learning experiences that prepare children for private and public elementary schools. The school provides caring teachers, warmth and sense of community to its students. Temple Be th Torah Leonie Arguetty Preschool is located at 900 Big Blue Trace in Wellingt on. For more information, call (561) 793-2649 or e-mail Wellspring Academy — Wellspring Academy is a residential weight loss boarding school located in Reedley, Calif., near Fresno, and is the fir st of its kind. The premier program serves students ages 11 through 25 years old. While continuing their middle school, high school or college education, students reside on campus and learn to live a healthy lifestyle. The Wellspring Academy campus is open year-round and accepts rolling enrollments. The academy is a clinically proven weight loss treatment program that trains students to transform their bodies and change the way they think about diet and activity. The Wellspring Academy promotes a healthy lifestyle with simple, scientific and sustainable behavioral changes. For more information, call (866) 277-0221 or visit

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Lynn University Launches Live Summer Series This Weekend Lynn University and producer Jan McArt, director of theater arts program development, have announced that both season subscriptions and individual tickets are now available for the Live at Lynn Summer Series. This new three-show series is sponsored by the Len Camber Charitable Trust and trustees Sanford and Marion Goldstein, and will all be presented in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton. The three shows being presented during the upcoming Live at Lynn Summer Series are as follows: • Forbidden Hollywood, June 12 — Show times for “The Smash Hit Musical Comedy of Movies” are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. McArt was the first producer to bring Forbidden Broadway to Florida more than 20 years ago —

and through the years it proved to be such a hit that creator Gerard Alessandrini now brings Forbidden Hollywood to town with guns blazing and smokin’ with attitude. Cutting through Tinseltown’s bombast and star power with surgical precision, a comic once-over is given to blockbusters such as Star Wars, Titanic, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Austin Powers and Moulin Rouge. Performers include Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey and Tom Cruise, as well as legends such as Marlene Dietrich, Marlon Brando, Doris Day, Barbra Streisand and Louis Armstrong. This tongue-incheek extravaganza provides an evening of laughter and fun with no holds barred on some of the great musical icons of our time. • The High Class Keys of Dunlap and Pennington, June 15-16 — Billed as “classical piano meets the digital age,” show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. If you enjoyed Ferrante and Teicher, you will love Dunlap and Pennington. These classically trained, international performers have brought their duo act into the digital age by combining a 9-foot grand piano with a 21st-century custom-designed instrument called a “Wersi.” Experience the magic of their flying fingers and dancing feet projected larger-than-life as they perform everything from Brahms to Broadway and from Gershwin to Gaga. Dunlap and Pennington bring the classics to a

Dunlap and Pennington perform June 15-16. whole new generation who understand 21st-century technology in this beautiful multimedia performance. • Atlantic City Boys, July 6-7 — Show times for this Jersey Boys tribute are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Take four talented performers who all played on Broadway in Jersey Boys, add the repertoire from the wonderful period of the ’60s, mix in the charisma and charm of these handsome young men, and you get the Atlantic City Boys singing your favorite hits in their inimitable Jersey Boys style. With hits such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Oh What a Night!” and

Atlantic City Boys, a Jersey Boys tribute featuring the music of the Four Seasons, runs July 6-7. “Sherry Baby,” there has never been a decade quite like the ’60s. Season subscriptions for Live at Lynn are now available at $78.75 for all three shows, while individual tickets cost $35 per show. Both subscriptions and individual show tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (561) 237-9000 or at the Lynn University box office, located in the Wold Performing Arts Center at 3601 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton. The 750-seat Wold Performing Arts Center, located on Lynn University’s campus in the heart of Boca Raton, is easily accessible by

both I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike. The Wold Center features superb acoustics, a modern lighting system, a large lobby, and flexible space well-suited for dramatic productions, concerts and other cultural events. With an elegant salon, outdoor sunset terrace and intimate blackbox studio, this new center is home to numerous concerts and events, including live theatrical performances by the theater arts program and professional Live at Lynn theater series and the Live at Lynn American Songbook series, as well as concerts by the Lynn Conservatory of Music.

Norton’s Art After Dark To Feature Songwriters Showcase The Norton Museum of Art’s weekly Art After Dark series — “where culture and entertainment meet” — is highlighting the art of songwriting this summer by featuring the popular “Chrystal Hartigan Presents: Songwriters Showcase.” Hartigan has been hosting her showcase each month at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale since 2008. Art After Dark is held Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Norton Museum. This summer, it will be free to Florida residents. The museum is offering free admission on Thursdays to Florida residents during June, July and August, and, as part of the national Blue Star Museum initiative, free admission to active military and their families now through Labor Day weekend. Hartigan will host three “Art After Dark” showcases, each featuring a thematic lineup of songwriters “in-the-round” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the museum theater. June 6 will feature female singer-songwriters, featuring Inez Barlatier; Gin Blische, formerly of Inhouse; and Charlene Chuckaree, a.k.a. “A Girl Named Chuck.” Performers for future showcases will be announced later. On July 11, the theme is young singer-songwriters (male and female), ages 17 and younger, and on Aug. 1, the theme is male singer-songwriters. A longtime promoter of the arts, Hartigan

has been organizing showcases since 1996, when she was asked to help organize a “Songwriters-in-the-Round” in Miami Beach for songwriter-producer Desmond Child, who has penned hits for Bon Jovi, Cher, Aerosmith and Ricky Martin, among others. Hartigan has been presenting it at various South Florida venues ever since. Songwriters look forward to performing because, in the words of one artist, Hartigan’s showcases are “respectful of the song and the art of writing.” Magic can occur when performers, who work in a variety of styles and are often strangers, add musical backing or harmonies to each other’s songs when the mood strikes. Recent performers have included American Idol contestant Brett Lowenstern of Boca Raton, and Johnne Sambataro of Cooper City, who has toured with Dave Mason and Firefall. In addition to songwriters showcases, there are more Art After Dark offerings on the way. Art After Dark Program Manager Yael Mattan is developing a full schedule for the summer, including several programs and events. On select evenings in June and July, the Shangri La Film Series introduces audiences to acclaimed documentary films that shed light on people from majority-Islamic nations. The series begins on June 13 with Bhutto, a film featured at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival that chronicles the life of former

Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Families will have their hands full, quite literally, as the special exhibition “Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture” opens June 20, featuring a play area where visitors can build using Lego bricks. In addition, special nights feature DIY (do it yourself) art projects for kids to explore creative concepts in architecture. A highlight for families will be the Aug. 8 Family Block Party Night with special guest Dan Parker, a Lego-certified professional. Program and Volunteer Coordinator Malissa Reese, a former art teacher, hosts Sketchbook Thursdays on the third Thursday of every month. Visitors of all ages and levels of experience are invited to draw in the galleries. Reese’s summer session sequence begins with an evening focusing on line drawing and proceeds through shading, color, rendering the human figure and portraying motion. During the summer, visitors also can enjoy Curators’ Conversations, discussing artworks and exhibitions with the museum’s curators and educators. Also new during Art After Dark, the restaurant will be offering a selection of gourmet pizzas. The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, internationally known for its distinguished permanent collection featuring American art, Chinese art, contemporary art, European art and photography. The museum is located at 1451 S. Olive

Brett Lowenstern & Chrystal Hartigan PHOTO BY DONNA PAUL

Ave. in West Palm Beach, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Mondays and major holidays. General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. To find out more about Art After Dark, call (561) 832-5196 or visit

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Wildcats Defeat P.B. Gardens 14-10 In Spring Football By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach High School boys varsity football team bested Palm Beach Gardens High School 14-10 in a spring matchup Friday, May 24 at home in Royal Palm Beach. The brief spring season gives coaches a chance to evaluate returning players and newcomers, as well prepare for the fall. Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens represent different districts and did not face each other last fall. The two teams will not likely meet again, but based on the football-rich tradition at both schools, last week’s game was much anticipated by local fans. The game kicked off with penalties and mistakes. The Gators drew first blood with a 35-yard field goal six minutes into the first quarter. Both teams began to work out their kinks as the game played on. In the second quarter, Royal Palm Beach gambled on a fourth and long inside the red zone, with a big run by Charles Perry for 9 yards and a first down on the Palm Beach Gardens’ 1 yard line. Two plays later, Demarcus Holloway ran in for the score. Devin Wallace’s PAT gave the Wildcats a 7-3 lead. Palm Beach Gardens sustained a drive midway through the second quarter. Receiver Mario Brown

scored on a 14-yard pass from quarterback J.P. Caruso to regain the lead 10-7, which is where the game stood when the first half closed. It was Wildcat running back Mike Jones with the lone score in the fourth quarter to put Royal Palm Beach back on top, where they would hold on, relying on aggressive defense to close out the 14-10 win. The Wildcat defense proved plenty for Caruso, one of Palm Beach County’s best quarterbacks, pres-

suring him to move out of the pocket. Although Royal Palm Beach struggled putting the ball in the air, they did just enough with the ground attack to get the victory. If there is one thing that is certain, the Wildcats will boast an impressive and aggressive defense going into the fall season. Injuries haunted the Wildcat offense this spring, so it may be too early to pass judgment. A healthy Wildcat squad could likely make a run for the District 13-7A title next season.

(Above) RPB defenders Cody Taylor and Anthony James take down a Palm Beach Gardens receiver after a short gain. (Left) Wildcats running back Charles Perry runs for a big gain down the sideline. (Right) Defenders Joshua Wilson and Drequan Johnson sack Palm Beach Gardens quarterback J.P. Caruso for a big loss. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER

Young WHS Squad Falls To Football Powerhouse Pahokee By Josh Hyber Town-Crier Staff Report Lost fumbles, penalties and players not knowing when to be on the field. One player returned a punt and was taken down by his own teammate who wasn’t paying attention. Last Friday at Wellington High School, it was easy to decipher which the nationally known football program was, Pahokee, and which wasn’t, Wellington. Wellington completed only a couple of passes and couldn’t get any offensive momentum, losing to the visiting Pahokee Blue Devils 35-0. Blue Devils quarterback Jay Hobson ran all over the Wolverines, scoring three touchdowns. Khalil Patrick and Jonathan Jordan also scored touchdowns for the Blue Devils. “We’re young. We had a lot of our second and third teamers in most of the second half. They hung with them,” WHS head coach TomAbel said. “I’m very proud of them. We’re young and only going to get better and better and better.” Pahokee didn’t waste any time getting on the board. Hobson broke a 43-yard run on the Blue Devils second play from scrimmage, bringing

the ball to the Wolverines’ 25 yard line. That set up a Jonathan Jordan 2-yard touchdown run later in the drive, giving the Blue Devils their first lead at 7-0. On Pahokee’s next possession, Hobson scored his first touchdown of the night. The quarterback rolled left out of the pocket, planted his foot like he was going to run up the middle, but ran left and into the end zone. David Vazquez kicked the extra point to extend the lead to 14-0. Pahokee played to another 14-0 period in the second quarter. Patrick

caught a touchdown with 9:02 remaining in the second quarter, extending the lead to 21-0. Wellington fumbled on the return, giving the ball to the Blue Devils once again. On a later drive, Hobson broke several tackles to get into the end zone. This gave the Blue Devils a 28-0 lead. Abel reached deeper into his bench in the second half, playing second and third teamers. The younger players answered the call. Pahokee scored only one touchdown in the second half, while Well-

ington was still unable to score. With 6:05 remaining in the game, Hobson scored on a long 73-yard run, extending the lead to 35-0. Abel pointed to Wellington quarterback Logan Rodgers, a rising sophomore, receivers Aman Richards and Gene Rene, and defenders Devin Gelade and Thomas Oporto as high points for the Wolverines. It should also be noted that the Wellington fans still showed up in respectable numbers. Despite the home team getting blown out,

roughly 70 percent of the home bleachers were full. The visiting side bleachers were also full with Pahokee fans. “The biggest hurdle I’ve got to overcome is keeping these kids positive so their heads are up and keeping people home and keep building,” Abel said. “Because people start leaving the school and they think there’s something better out there. We cannot build anything or keep a close family until everybody realizes I can get us all on the same page. We’re getting there.”


A Wellington linebacker brings down Pahokee's Jonathan Joseph.

WHS quarterback Cole Smallridge pitches the ball to a running back.

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Palm Beach Central High School student Tim Smale, shown here with his parents Sondra and Mike Smale, recently received a cross country and track scholarship to run at Nova Southeastern University. He was a member of the cross country and track teams at Palm Beach Central High School.

AAL Girls Softball Fall Registrations

The Acreage Softball League is now taking registrations for the fall season. All girls ages 5 to 14 are welcome. No experience is needed. The league had a great spring season and looks forward to a bigger and better fall season. Follow the league on

Facebook at Acreage Softball and sign up online at www.aalgirls Sibling discounts are offered. All interested parents are invited to meet the new softball board at the next board meeting June 13.

Sports Upgrades At Oxbridge Campus

The high school athletic season may be coming to a close, but fans of the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches will still have plenty to cheer about. Following its successful inaugural varsity year, the new, independent high school in West Palm Beach has launched a multimillion-dollar makeover to enhance and improve its athletic facilities. The multi-phased project kicked off this spring with the opening of a new regulation-size practice field featuring Bermuda grass and competition lighting to allow studentathletes to continue training yearround. Construction is now underway on a state-of-the-art athletic complex, featuring a 1,500-seat stadium, concession area and designated parking lot. The complex will also include a regulation-size field for soccer, lacrosse, tackle and flag football. The complex will be connected to the main campus via a covered, lighted walkway and is scheduled to open this fall. The final phase of the athletic complex will include a new baseball field, auxiliary gymnasium and four additional lighted tennis courts. Oxbridge Academy opened in September 2011 on the former site of the Jewish Community Center. Campus renovations included up-

grading the weight room equipment, re-claying the softball field, resurfacing the tennis courts and jogging track, enhancing the swimming pool, and installing retractable bleachers and baskets in the gymnasium. In order to accommodate the new athletics complex, Oxbridge Academy purchased an additional 14 acres of adjacent property. The existing lake behind the school also underwent a reconfiguration to provide additional space. The athletic program at Oxbridge Academy complements the school’s overall mission and vision to provide a life-defining educational experience. The school views athletic

competition as a microcosm of life in which the challenges and obstacles faced by student-athletes on the playing field help prepare them to succeed in challenges and obstacles they will encounter in life. The school currently offers 26 athletic teams and clubs ranging from basketball to fencing to sailing. Approximately 85 percent of the student body participates in an athletic program, and there’s a “no-cut” policy for all junior varsity teams, so every student has the opportunity to play, regardless of experience or skill level. For more information, call (561) 972-9600 or visit

A drawing of the new athletic facility.

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American Legion Opens Season American Legion Wellington Post 390 kicked off its baseball season Saturday, May 18 at Village Park in Wellington against Jupiter Post 271. Opening-day activities included the first pitch being thrown by former Wellington Mayor Tom Wenham and the second pitch being thrown by Post 390 Commander Mike Pancia. The Post 390 team defeated a determined Jupiter Post 271 team by a score of 5-1 behind the strong pitching of Jake Silver and Kolten Palmer.

Timely hitting by Eric Scott and Cam Lauer was instrumental in the victory. “We were very excited to get the season started,” manager Tony Viscusi said. “The boys worked really hard preparing for this, and it’s nice to see them get that first victory under their belt.” The next home games for Wellington Post 390 are scheduled for Monday, June 3 and Thursday, June 6 against Jupiter Post 271, and Friday, June 7 against Post 367. Catcher Brett Fiore with Commander Mike Pancia. (L-R) Fisher Warner, Sensei Keith Moore and Agustin Barcenas.

Ninjas Advance In Rank

Base runner Ben LoBello at second.

Catcher Alex Viscusi with former Mayor Tom Wenham.

Two ninja students from GenbuKai Karate recently tested and were promoted to their first 9th kyu (yellow belt) level. Both ninjas are from the Royal Palm Beach/Wellington area. The 16-month ninja program is specifically designed for preschool children ages 4 to 6. Emphasis is placed on improving fine and gross motor skills while teaching eight life skills: focus, teamwork, control, bal-

ance, memory, discipline, fitness and coordination. The ninjas also learn how to set short-term and long-term goals by testing and advancing through 9 rank levels. Ultimately, the ninja program prepares students who wish to continue and advance to the junior karate program. For more information, call (561) 804-1002 or visit www.florida

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Join the Summer Junior Golf Camp at Okeeheelee Golf Course, Park Ridge Golf Course and John Prince Golf Learning Center through the Junior Golf Foundation of America Golf Camp. New or seasoned golfers will de velop skills while having a blast doing so. The JGFA provides junior golfers with the tools to enjoy the game for a lifetime. Professional PGA/LPGA golf instructors, trained coaches and staff are carefully picked for their love of junior golf, teaching abilities and inspirational approach. The pr ogram emphasizes safety, fun, spor tsmanship and personal attention. Camps run June 10 through Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended camp available until 3 p.m. at Okeeheelee. Written evaluation repor ts, prizes/trophies, of ficial JGFA items, a certificate of completion and a pizza party on the last day is included. Also available: camps for 3-5 year olds, camps for advance/tournament golfers, Junior Golf tournaments, weekly programs and leagues, walk-up clinics and more. Visit or call (561) 964-GOLF for more information. The Lab/High Touch High Tech brings science t o life with hands-on experiments provided by High Touch High Tech, the leader in science education for the last 18 years. Each day will be a new adventure, from interacting with real lab critters to launching rockets and panning for gems. Conveniently located off State Road 7 and Lantana Road, this unique facility offers affordable pricing, experiments with lots of cool take-homes, arts and crafts, physical activities and more. The Lab taps into children’s natural curiosity and provides them with safe and fun activities that help them learn about the world. Children can expect to have fun while they make slime, erupt volcanoes, make ice cream, make tie dye t-shirts and more. Call (561) 4443978 or visit for info. The Little Place Pre-School has served the western communities for over 35 years. They are now taking summer camp registration at their two convenient Wellington locations. The Little Place offers a pre-school program for children 2 to 5 years old, and a program for children ages 6 to 8. Various classes are offered as well as arts and & crafts and much more. The Little Place will make y our child’s summer fun! Contact them at 1040 Wellington Trace (561-793-5860) or 2995 Greenbriar Blvd. (561-790-0808). At Noah’s Ark Summer Camp, children will enjoy field trips and activities such as swimming, bowling, skating, South Florida Science Museum, movies and picnics. Tuition includes camera surveillance, creative curriculum, computers and all meals. Registration is now being accepted. Registration is free for new customers only. Noah’s Ark is located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. For more information, call (561) 753-6624 or visit www. Palm Beac h Super Tae Kwon Do is a family -oriented mar tial arts school serving the western communities for over 17 years. Headed by Grand Master Ki Sop Yoon (former K orean National Champion and World Tae Kwon Do Federation 8th Degree Black Belt), Palm Beach Super Tae Kwon Do offers programs in Olympic-Style Tae Kwon Do, self-defense (Hap Ki Do) and weapons. It fields an outstanding demonstration team. The programs teach self-confidence, discipline and respect in a safe and positive learning environment. Palm Beach Super Tae Kwon Do is located at 13860 Wellington Trace, Suites 24 and 25, in the Wellington Cour tyard Shops, near Publix. Visit today to observe or participate in a class today. For more info., visit or call (561) 795-1199. The Scientastic Institute is taking hands-on science to a whole new level. Developed exclusively for students entering grades 6 through 8, its Scientist-In-Training summer camp takes advantage of the power of curiosity to turn everyday students into extraordinary scientists. Through a wide variety of activities — such as hands-on projects, edible experiments, creature features, DIY labs, scientist spotlights, dynamic demonstrations and much more — each week addresses an amazing new theme that relates to essential academic content. Students can have fun all summer and get a head start for the fall. The Scientastic Institute offers competitive rates, extended hours, organic lunch options and one amazing summer experience in the heart of Wellington. Visit or call (561) 459-1724 for more information. Are you looking for a convenient and fun place to send your kids this summer? Look no further than Camp Eagle at Wellington Christian School. They offer an exciting 9-week program for children ages 3-12, which includes VPK, local field trips for older campers, oncampus sports and group building activities, daily devotions, silly songs, crazy competitions and much more. You can choose one of the themed weeks or come all summer long. For more information, call (561) 793-1017. Wellington Children’s Theater Camp invites campers to join them for Summer Musical Theater Camp. Classes are offered in acting, voice, specialized dance, script writing, audition techniques, music theory, and much more. Campers will creat e their own props and backdrops. A revolving schedule has visiting guest artists leading special workshops daily. Campers will rehearse and perform a fully staged Broadway musical production at the conclusion of camp. The program is open to ages 7 to 16. Rehearsals and classes meet at #1 Education Place in the original Wellington Mall at Forest Hill Blvd. and W ellington Trace in the heart of Wellington. For info., call (561) 223-1928, e-mail or visit

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Saturday, June 1 • The Wellington Aquatics Complex (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free water safety event Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. Make a SPLASH (Safety and Prevention Leaves All Swimmers Happy) will include vendors such as Palms West Hospital and Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue discussing water safety. For more info., call Aquatics Supervisor Eric Juckett at (561) 753-2497. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host a Humane Society Pet Adoption on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tri County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, recently went to Moore, Okla., to pick up pets in need of new homes due to the recent disaster. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Acoustic Java Jam” on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Monday, June 3 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Crochet Club for ages 9 and up Mondays at 5 p.m. Learn basic stitches and socialize while you work on projects. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The American Culinary Federation’s Palm Beach County Chefs Association will present the 14th Annual Culinary Creations Dinner on Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach to benefit Quantum House and the Palm Beach County Chefs in Distress Endowment Fund. Tickets cost $125 per person or $1,000 per table of 10 and can be purchased at Tuesday, June 4 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, June 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Hoot Owls” for ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, June 4 at 3 p.m. Make your own owl, inspired by Carl Hiaasen’s book Hoot. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Hot Summer Collage” on Tuesday, June 4 at 5 p.m. Immerse yourself in fashion and nature magazines, col-

lect fitting images, rummage through found objects and transform it all into something unique. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council will meet Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 7932418 or visit for more info. Wednesday, June 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Dig In to Garden Bingo” for ages 5 and up Wednesday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate gardens of all kinds with a bingo-style game. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “American Girl: Kirsten” for ages 6 to 12 on Wednesday, June 5 at 4 p.m. Celebrate Kirsten with games and crafts related to America’s pioneer days. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Hooked on Crochet” for adults Wednesdays, June 5 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or bring current projects to share and work on. Beginners can pick up a materials list when they pre-register. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, June 6 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Sensory Play for ages 2 to 4 on Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your toddler for a variety of hands-on sensory experiences. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Tween Game Day” for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, June 6 at 4 p.m. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature “Mud Masterpiece” for ages 4 to 6 on Thursday, June 6 at 4 p.m. Dress to get messy while painting a mud masterpiece and hearing stories about getting dirty. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host Taste 2013 and the Chocolate Lovers Festival on Thursday, June 6 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center featuring nearly 40 restaurants and specialty food shops. For more info., call Maritza Rivera at (561) 578-4817 or visit • Whole Foods Market in Wellington See CALENDAR, page 43

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CALENDAR, continued from page 38 (2635 State Road 7) will host The Sushi Stop featuring a vegetable tropical fresh roll Thursday, June 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will hold an After-Hours Networking Event on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Napolitano Cucina (9835 Lake Worth Road). The cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests. For more info., call (561) 792-6525, e-mail info@wellingtonchamber. com or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a “Writers’ Critique Workshop” for adults Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere led by Caryn DeVincenti. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 790-5100 or visit www.royalpalm for more info. Friday, June 7 • The expanded South Florida Science Museum is officially becoming the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium. On Friday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the venue will host a free community day for the public to showcase the newly expanded center and celebrate the official name change. Guests will be treated to the expanded facility’s first blockbuster exhibit, “Savage Ancient Seas: The Ancient Aquatic Deep,” on display until mid-September. The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 832-1988 or visit • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Suzy Hammer as Salty Sue, the Pirate” for all ages Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. Salty Sue will inspire people to dig up a good book, and explore science and discovery with music, magic and audience participation. Call (561) 681-4100 for additional information. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Crafternoon” for ages 2 and up Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Drop-in and make a small craft. Call (561) 7906030 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free screen-

ing of the movie Titanic on Friday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. for more info. Saturday, June 8 • Parrotheads for the Palm Beaches, a Jimmy Buffett–themed social organization, will host its “PHairway PHlocking Golf Tournament and Dinner Dance Party” on Saturday, June 8 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The tournament will begin with an 11:30 a.m. check-in and 12:15 p.m. putting contest with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. It will conclude with an island-style after party. For more information, call Dan Getson at (561) 239-0484 or Ed Portman at (561) 6024409 or visit www.palmbeachparrotheads. com. • Family and friends, along with the TownCrier and others in the western communities, will host a benefit for the Jason Budjinski Surgery Relief Fund on Saturday, June 8 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Madison Green Golf Club (2001 Crestwood Blvd. North, Royal Palm Beach). Call (863) 484-0110 to RSVP. • Riverwalk Toastmasters will host a public speaking symposium Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. at the Binks Forest Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington). The keynote speaker will be David Brooks, 1990 world champion of public speaking. For more info., e-mail Cindy Beckles at cindyebeckles@ • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off Murder Mystery” for ages 10 to 15 on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. Start the summer off right by participating in a liveaction mystery game to investigate scenes and discover clues to solve a crime. Enjoy pizza and snacks. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Balloon Masterz: Zany Balloon Show” for all ages Saturday, June 8 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy balloon twisting taken to wild new extremes with comedy, audience participation and magic. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Blues Brothers Soul Band tribute concert Saturday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more information. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email:

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PARK PLACE COMMUNITY YARD SALE JUNE 1st 7 a.m. - Noon Corner of Forest Hill Blvd. & 12th Fairway

PART-TIME LEGAL SECRETARY — for legal/accounting office. Fax resume 333-2680. WANTED DRIVERS — Full-Time or Part-Time. Wellington Cab/ Wellington Town-Car. Retirees Welcome 561-333-0181 PART-TIME TEACHERS ASSISTANT NEEDED — for Pre-School. Mon.Fri. 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Experienced preferred 561-793-5860

LARGE BRIGHT ROOM FOR RENT — with private bath & private entrance $450/mo or $125/ weekly . Furnished 1 bedroom apartment for rent. Month to month rental large bright rooms with backyard, all utilities & cable included $700/month Interested call 561-3332224


LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AGES 14 AND UP — to help out our non-profit animal sanctuary . 2 days a week for 4 hours a day. Get community hours and have fun. Call 561-792-2666 SUMMER CAMP VOLUNTEERS — community service hours needed to work with horses & children 561793-4109

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

WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your apartment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012-252779 ALL AMERICAN HOUSE CLEANERS — Residential , Commercial, Move-In/Move-Out, Organize. Call Elizabeth for all your cleaning need. 561-313-4086


THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood rep air, door installation, minor d r y w a l l , k i t c h e n s / c a b i n e ts / countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 7919900 or 628-9215

ANMAR CO .—James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craftman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC 1327426 561-248-8528

D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jeff 561333-1923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.

HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACTORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, sof fit s, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561791-9777

DRIVEWAYS — Free estimates A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716

BOB CAVANAGH ALLSTATE INSURANCE — Auto • Home • Life• Renters • Motorcycle •RV • Golfcart • Boat Serving the Western Communities for 24 years Call for a quote 798-3056, or visit our website. rCavanagh

S TO P S C R AT C H I N G AND GNAWING — Promote healing & hair growth. S tamp out ITCHAMCALLITS! Shampoo with HAPPY JACK Itch No More, apply Skin balm add Tonekote to diet. Goldcoast Feed 793-4607

RJA PAINTING & DECORATING, INC. — Interior Exterior, Faux Finish, Residential,Commercial.Lic. #U17536 Rocky Armento, Jr. 561793-5455 561-662-7102 J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit our website at

JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./ Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident


JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-6016458

J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Est ablished 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC023773 RC-0067207 COVERT SAND BLASTING — You bring it - I’ll blast it. Anything that needs rust or paint removed. Call James 561-985-3146 or

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

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

ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777 AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael 561-964-6004Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990

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


TREES TRIMMED AND REMOVED — 561-798-0412 D.M. YOUNG TREE SERVICE. Family Owned & Operated Lic. & Insured 1992-12121 V isit our website at TROPICAL WATER SYSTEMS — Whole House Reverse Osmosis, Sale & Repair of Water Systems, Well Drilling, pumps, and sprinkler installation repair . 561-795-6630 561-718-7260(Cell)

PAPERHANGING BY DEBI — Professional Inst allation,Removal. Repair of Paper. Neat, Clean & Reliable. Quality work with a woman's touch. 30 years experience. No Job too big or too small. Lic. & Ins. References available. 561-795-5263

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