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Increased police patrols and code enforcement, along with better lighting, speed bumps and encouraging landlords to screen tenants are all things that Wellington can do to help improve the quality of life in the Folkestone/Yarmouth neighborhood, residents told village officials last Saturday. Page 3

Take Flight Gala At Wycliffe Honors Military

The Wycliffe Golf & Country Club hosted the seventh annual Take Flight Awards Gala on Saturday, Nov. 2. The gala was presented by Faith-Hope-Love Charity Inc., which operates the Stand Down House in Lake Worth. Page 7

Annual Wellington Run/Walk Benefits McGraw Scholarship

The second annual Princess and Pirate Ball was held Sunday, Nov. 3 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The event benefited Kids Helping Kids, a program of the Center for Family Services. Shown here, seven of Disney's princesses att ended the ball. (L-R) Cinderella, Snow White, Arielle, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell and Belle. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report To help families in need this holiday season, the Village of Wellington has partnered with Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do and other organizations to collect food for the Hometown Holiday Food Drive. You can do your part by donating a non-perishable food item through Monday, Nov. 18 at one

of several locations throughout Wellington. The Hometown Holiday Food Drive started about five years ago when the village identified a need among some of its residents, Community Projects Manager Scott Campbell said. “As a village, we have never really been viewed as having people in need,” he said. “Because of that, we’ve never really been able

OPINION On Monday, our nation will come together and recognize those who have risked their lives protecting our country. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fight to defend us. Although they have fought for us, veterans often find themselves returning home to face hardship. These men and women often fall by the wayside. We can’t let that continue to happen. So this Veterans Day, do your part to thank the brave men and women who have served our country. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 10 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 PEOPLE ............................... 11 SCHOOLS .....................12 - 13 COLUMNS .....................14, 21 NEWS BRIEFS..................... 15 BUSINESS .................... 22 - 23 SPORTS ........................ 27 - 29 CALENDAR .......................... 30 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 30 - 33 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Expanded Grooms’ Quarters Concern Wellington Zoners

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Concerned about opening up parts of Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve for overdevelopment, Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board postponed a decision Wednesday that could allow for expansion of grooms’ quarters in barns. The proposed amendment would change what Wellington considers grooms’ quarters, calculate living space separately from the allowable square footage for a barn and allow for more living space. Wellington Projects Manager Mike O’Dell told board members that equestrians want to have their grooms close by to care for their horses. “Grooms are part of the entourage that comes to Wellington on a yearly basis,” he said. “And what

was once thought to be one groom for every four horses in the hunter jumper and dressage world is now maybe one groom for every three horses.” Under the amendment, the definition of a grooms’ quarters would be expanded, allowing for “any person responsible for the caring of a horse within a barn or stable” to live in them. The expanded definition would allow for grooms, trainers and managers. The changes would affect the entire Equestrian Preserve, but most of the conversation was about Saddle Trail and Paddock Park, where properties are less than five acres. O’Dell said Wellington has considered grooms’ quarters part of the overall barn structure, which is limited to 1,250 feet per acre of barn area on lots of 5 acres or less, See PZA BOARD, page 16

Wellington’s Food Drive Taking WICKED AT WANDERERS On A Healthier Vibe This Year

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 16th annual Wellington Community Fitness 5k Run & Walk presented by sponsor Royal Palm Toyota on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participants ran and walked from the Wellington Amphitheater, returning to enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and an awards ceremony. Page 10

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The collection table at Ultima Fitness in Wellington suggests healthier food drive donation ideas.

to get other organizations to come out here and give assistance to our residents.” But Wellington recognized that some of its residents were in need. “We recognized there was a need in the community and wanted to get resources to those in need,” he said. This year, Ultima Fitness has joined forces with the village to reach out to local residents in need. Owner Jill Merrell said Ultima Fitness donates to charity every holiday season, but wanted to help out the local community. “We’ve always helped with food drives and other charity drives around the holidays,” Merrell said. “People think that because someone lives in Wellington, they must be wealthy. But that isn’t the case. We’re a family-owned and operated business, and this community has always supported us, so we wanted to support our own community.” And this year, Ultima is encouraging residents to make healthy choices, choosing low-fat, no-fat, low-sodium and sugar-free options when donating. “Our busiSee FOOD DRIVE, page 4

Central PBC Chamber Taps Wayne Burns As New CEO By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce has hired Wayne Burns as its new chief executive officer. Burns replaces Jaene Miranda, who left the chamber earlier this year for the top job with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Burns’ appointment was announced last Thursday. He was introduced to chamber members at a luncheon held Monday at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. “We look forward to working with Wayne as we continue to reposition this chamber and focus on business and drive value to our membership while having a re-

gional impact on both advocacy and economic development,” Chamber Chairman Frank Gonzalez said. Burns said he plans to help the chamber focus on a strategic plan that enhances value to its membership. “People ask me what makes me most excited to have this opportunity in working for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce,” Burns said. “In 2014, we have a great opportunity to collaborate together — the board of trustees, the members, the prospective members, our great staff and all of our partners — to work together to create a strategic framework for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber to start from the fantastic place we are today and

elevate the chamber into new areas, provide services for small business and also open up our toolbox and resources for all of our member businesses.” Burns said he plans to meet with members individually to see how they might help in the chamber’s future plans. “We look forward to that in 2014,” he said. “Keep your eye on us, and many of you will be hearing from me. I’d like to meet with as many of you as possible, and I offer the opportunity for you to participate in helping us build the framework that will provide the underpinnings for the strategic plan… It’s about a member-driven, member-focused value proposition that we’ll roll out in 2014. See BURNS, page 16

The Young Professionals of Wellington presented Wicked, a costume and casino night to benefit the HELO Foundation on Nov. 2 at the Wanderers Club. The HELO Foundation provides veterans with scholarships. Shown here are Morgan Trexler, Hillar y Matchett, Chris Sandleitner, Maureen Grosvenor and Monica Van Tassel as bumblebees. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Mattioli Files To Seek Third Term As RPB Mayor By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Mayor Matty Mattioli announced Monday that he has filed papers to set up a campaign account in preparation to seek a third term as mayor of Royal Palm Beach. Mattioli was first elected to the council in 1994. He was elected mayor in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. Candidates have until mid-February to qualify for the ballot in Royal Palm Beach’s March 11 municipal election. The only person to challenge Mattioli thus far is Felicia Matula, an alternate on the Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission. Matula previously challenged Mattioli in 2012, taking 40 percent of the vote. Also up for re-election in March are Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara, who holds Seat 1, and Councilman Richard Valuntas, who holds Seat 3. Neither have drawn challengers as of yet. Mattioli told the Town-Crier that he is organizing his supporters for

fundraising and the election campaign. “We can’t do advertising, signs and stuff until 30 days before the vote,” Mattioli said, noting that the formal qualifying period does not even open until late January. “I just figured I’d do it now and get my troops lined up and ready when it’s time to go.” Mattioli said he decided to run again because he wants to see some projects started while he has been mayor come to conclusion, including the opening of the Aldi grocery store regional distribution center and the American Tire distribution center. “One of the platforms of my campaigns has always been a better quality of life for everybody in Royal Palm Beach, young and old,” Mattioli said. “Financing has been a problem to the working family, and I vowed that I would do everything I could as an elected official to not raise the tax rate. I think I have succeeded in doing that.” Mattioli said that the village’s See MATTIOLI, page 16

Equestrian Leaders: Industry’s Growth Will Continue By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the coming equestrian season with speakers from the International Polo Club Palm Beach and the Winter Equestrian Festival at a luncheon Monday hosted at IPC. Guest speakers included Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners, which owns and manages the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, and John Wash, president of club operations at IPC. Bellissimo said that the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest-running horse show in the world, attracts almost 6,000 horses from all 50

states and 33 countries, awarding almost $7 million in prize money. Bellissimo noted that Wellington is home to three distinct segments or the horse sport world: hunter/jumpers, dressage and polo. “We have been able to distinguish Palm Beach County within the world of horse sport,” he said. PBIEC hosts the Winter Equestrian Festival, as well as 42 weeks of show events. While the 12 weeks of WEF are the most famous, other times of the year are growing. He said attendance in early season events is up significantly. “One of the shows last week was up 50 percent from prior years,” Bellissimo said. “We’ve seen tre-

mendous growth in the November, December time frame to really support a strong January, February and March time frame.” Bellissimo noted that the economic impact of just WEF is about $200 million. About 47,000 hotel room nights were sold and about 50,000 nights in condo rentals, he said. “What we’ve tried to do is really take that horse show and turn it into an industry, and we’ve been growing at about 18 percent each year,” he said. “We’re seeing record participation from all over the world. And you will see continued strong growth this year.” As part of that effort, they have also tried to transform what was See EQUESTRIAN, page 4

Equestrian Luncheon — International Polo Club Palm Beach President John Wash, Central Palm Beach County Chamber Chairman Frank Gonzalez, Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director George Linley, Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo and Chamber CEO Wayne Burns. PHOTO BY RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER


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Lox Council OKs Commercial Plans At Southern And B Road

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council granted preliminary approval to long-anticipated zoning changes to commercial use for two properties at the northern corners of Southern Blvd. and B Road on Tuesday. The parcels are the 21.73-acre site at the northwest corner known as Loxahatchee Groves Commons and the 90.33-acre site on the northeast corner known as Groves Town Center. Both properties have been in the process for several years, held up by land-use and zoning moratoriums while the town finalized its comprehensive plan and land use requirements, as well as changes to the property on the northwest corner with the inception of the Palm Beach State College plan to build a campus there. The zoning for both properties was changed from the town’s zoning designation of agricultural residential to multiple land uses that will allow for low-intensity commercial, office, institutional and residential uses. Bob Bentz of Land Design South, representing Loxahatchee Groves Commons, said their request was for a low-intensity commercial planned unit development. “It’s important for you to re-

member that this is first reading and you’re going to be seeing this again for a second reading,” Bentz said. “All we’re asking for is a rezoning. You are also going to see it again for the initial site plan approval. You’re going to be seeing this a lot in the future. I know you have seen a lot of it in the past.” The applicant requested for two waivers, on separation of alcoholic beverage establishments from educational institutions, and to reduce the parking space size requirement. “You are probably the proud owners of the largest parking space requirement in Florida,” Bentz said. The applicant asked for a reduction for some of the spaces from 11 by 22.5 feet to 11 by 20 feet. “As you know, in Loxahatchee Groves there are a lot of RV vehicles and a lot of trucks, and your code reflects the requirement to have parking spaces that are larger than normal,” he said. He pointed out that the county’s width requirement is 9.5 feet and the typical length is 18.5 feet. The waiver also asks that the 28-foot parking aisle be reduced to 26 feet. On the application presented, about 15 percent of the parking spaces are the larger ones, Bentz said. The remaining spaces would

be 10 by 20 feet, which he said would still be larger than most spaces in the county. “We also have a request for a waiver for alcoholic beverage establishments,” he said. “That is because we are adjacent to the college, which is our neighbor, for the 750-foot requirement that they be separated from any school buildings. We are not sure where those school buildings will be located on the site, hence the request for this waiver. It’s also relevant to point out that there are no bars allowed on this property.” The overall size of the property including the college is 97 acres, he said. The original proposal for the site called for a comp plan change from agricultural to lowintensity commercial and office uses. “That was the original comp plan approval by the town, then the college came into the picture,” Bentz said. The applicant eliminated the commercial office use and retained the commercial low designation on 21.73 acres at the northwest corner of Southern Blvd. and B Road, while the college pursued development of the remaining property. Loxahatchee Groves Commons proposes three access points, with two on Southern Blvd. and one on B Road. The eastern access point on Southern will be the

main access and will allow right and left turns into and out of the property. The western access point on Southern will be shared with the college and will allow right turns only, in and out. Both access points on Southern have been approved by the Florida Department of Transportation. The third access point will be at Tangerine Drive and B Road, which is intended to be somewhat of a main street, and will tie in with an access point to Groves Town Center to the east. The proposed Tangerine Drive extension would terminate on the western edge of the Loxahatchee Groves Commons property, and the architecture will follow the town’s guidelines. The largest element of the site will be a 6-acre lake north of the Tangerine Drive extension, which would be complemented by a halfacre community park, as well as a multipurpose equestrian trail that would run around the lake. Bentz said the application has been before the town’s Planning & Zoning Board as well as the Roadway, Equestrian Trails & Greenway Advisory Committee, which had comments that had been incorporated into the plan, including equestrian trails that tie in via a bridge with other trails to the north at Collecting Canal Road.

“You could effectively ride your horse down to the center. You’re only allowed to be on the northern third of the property, but you could tie up your horse and go shopping,” Bentz said. The community park by the lake was originally located in the middle of the parking area, but some people suggested moving it next to the lake, he said. Improvements to B Road will be made in a partnership with the college, Loxahatchee Groves Commons and Groves Town Center. B Road from Southern Blvd. to the college’s entrance north of Tangerine will have asphalt paving, while the road between the college entrance and Okeechobee Blvd. will have open-graded emulsified mix (OGEM). The proposed rezoning will limit development to 94,665 square feet of retail, including a grocery store, pharmacy, bank, fast-food restaurant and local retail. Councilman Jim Rockett made a motion to approve the application subject to the conditions, which carried 4-0 with Councilman Tom Goltzené absent. Attorney Marty Perry, representing Groves Town Center, said their application was not as detailed, but they had been invited to join in due to the B Road agreement.

“We have what is commonly known as a conceptual master plan,” Perry said. “Even though we’ve been tracking side by side with the comprehensive planning process, we were not as prepared to go forward as they were. We joined in this because of B Road, and we felt it was important to continue the partnership and assist with B Road because it would be beneficial to us as well as to the town and the college.” He pointed out that Groves Town Center is a much larger plan, spread over more than 90 acres, which will have a lower floor-toarea ratio. Planner Bradley Miller said the conceptual plan calls for 34 acres with 103,000 square feet of commercial retail, 15.87 acres of commercial office and 40.47 acres north of Tangerine with a 128-bed assisted-living facility. Miller said the applicant is sticking with the conceptual plan that was presented to the council, with the only changes being some minor adjustments to the access point at Tangerine Drive. The plan calls for substantial buffers on the north and east sides of the property. Councilman Ron Jarriel made a motion to approve the project’s preliminary reading, which also carried 4-0.

PBSO, Code Enforcement Top Folkestone/Yarmouth Requests

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Increased police patrols and code enforcement, along with better lighting, speed bumps and encouraging landlords to screen tenants are all things that Wellington can do to help improve the quality of life in the Folkestone/ Yarmouth neighborhood, residents told village officials last Saturday. Representatives from the village met with a few dozen residents from Folkestone/Yarmouth on Nov. 2 to hear what the needs of the community were. The meeting was called after residents spoke out and opposed a planned road closure in their community. At a meeting of the Wellington Village Council last month, council members directed staff to meet with the community and begin solving some of its problems.

“We are here to find out what we can do as your elected officials,” Councilman John Greene said. “If there is something you need us to do, let us know that. I want you to know I am here listening.” The meeting was moderated by Terry Clark, a consultant hired by Wellington to provide neutral moderation. Clark asked residents to share their concerns with issues in the neighborhood. Among the concerns were safety, including drugs and drug paraphernalia found in the street, unmonitored juveniles causing problems, speeding and crime. Trash, upkeep of homes and general lack of code enforcement also were issues of concern. “The purpose of today is to come up with ideas and suggestions based on a common under-

standing of what the issues are,” Clark said. Resident Johanna Jurado said that unsupervised teens and children have become a problem in the last several years. “Some of them can be very antagonizing, to where I don’t feel safe running anymore,” she said. Residents said a proliferation of trash — some of which includes needles and other drug paraphernalia — gives the neighborhood a “run-down” appearance. One of the largest requests from residents was an increase in police presence and communication. “The number one thing we need is what we have in this room right now,” PBSO Sgt. Roy DeMarco said. “We need cooperation from residents in the community and cooperation from the landlords. This is the first step in taking back your community.”

DeMarco noted he was one of the original community policing deputies when Wellington started the Safe Neighborhoods program. “The Village of Wellington, the council and the Safe Neighborhoods [office] are working hard for your community,” he said. “The village is willing to help us do what we need to do.” DeMarco said residents could expect a lot of changes in the neighborhood, from increased patrols to unmarked cars. “All of the issues you have raised are important issues,” he said. “Some of them can be taken care of, but some of them can’t. What we can help you with is increasing patrols in your neighborhood and quality of life issues.” He noted that for residents living in the neighborhood, quality of life is paramount. “For you, your perception is your reality,”

DeMarco said. “When you see people sitting outside and you feel intimidated, you might think they’re selling drugs. It affects you.” But, he noted, the PBSO has to follow protocol when approaching issues in the community. “We can’t break the law,” he said. “We have to follow the rules. We are identifying the problems in your neighborhood, and we’re going to take care of them. Our community policing unit and our street team unit are going to work as one. The village just added a new detective... to work on the problems, which will hopefully lead to more arrests.” DeMarco asked residents to reach out not only to the community policing deputies but also to him with any problems. “Once the community policing deputies can identify the

problems in your neighborhood and who it is that is causing the problems, then our street team will step in and take care of the problem the best we can,” he said. “We’re going to have more unmarked and marked units in the neighborhood. I think over the next few months, we’re going to help take care of the problems. I think you’ll see a difference.” DeMarco said he wanted to meet with residents along with his community policing deputies to discuss in depth some of the crime issues and other issues that can be addressed by the PBSO. “We’re in this together,” he said. Residents also asked for additional meetings to tackle individual issues, among them the proposed road closure. Officials said they would come up with meeting dates and contact residents.

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This Veterans Day, Take Time To Honor All Those Who Served Next week, our nation will come together and recognize those who have risked their lives protecting our country. It is a time to reflect on the importance of all the sacrifices made by those who fight to defend the United States of America. Although they have fought for us, veterans often find themselves returning home to face hardship. These men and women often fall by the wayside, forgotten. We can’t let that continue to happen. So this Veterans Day, be sure to do your part to thank the brave men and women who have served our country. No gesture is too small when it comes to giving thanks, whether it’s participating in one of our communities’ celebrations, sending a card, letter or care package to a soldier overseas, donating to a veterans service organization or simply reaching out to the veterans in your life to acknowledge their sacrifice. A lot is asked of the men and women who sign up for the armed forces. Unfortunately, once their service is complete, they often return home to find themselves lacking in opportunity. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, more than 62,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Veterans make up 13 percent of the homeless population, often because of a lack of affordable housing, liveable income, access to healthcare and untreated mental health issues stemming from their time in the service. As much as 35 percent of veterans returning home from Operation Iraqi Freedom will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to a study by Stanford University. This makes it hard for them to seek

employment or even live day-to-day lives, and needed help isn’t always readily available. But we are a nation that rallies together in times of need, and there are many organizations, such as the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (www.va.gov) who provide resources for veterans in need. Other organizations like Give2TheTroops (www.give2thetroops.org) and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (www.forgottensoldiers.org) send care packages to those fighting overseas. All of the organizations helping active duty service members and veterans could use your help. The Royal Palm Beach and Wellington communities will both host Veterans Day celebrations on Monday, Nov. 11. Wellington kicks things off, partnering with American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 to host a parade beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) and marching to the Wellington Veterans Memorial, where a ceremony honoring veterans will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call (561) 791-4000. Royal Palm Beach will hold a candlelight service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Park Amphitheater on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. There will be refreshments and a musical performance following the ceremony. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. No matter what you do, be sure to take a moment out of your day Monday to show your appreciation for the veterans in your lives. They didn’t fight for the glory, but we know they’ll appreciate the thanks.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR County Will Miss Sheryl Steckler

Well it looks like the men in the black hats have won... for now. Will corruption rule the range in Palm Beach County once again? Sheryl Steckler has announced that she will not seek a second term as Palm Beach County’s inspector general. And who could blame her? She struggled to fulfill the duties of her office with just half the staffing and half the funds the office needed. She had to deal with 14 cities whose leaders would rather spend taxpayer money for lawyers than for supporting the inspector general’s office. And the funds paid by the supporting cities were withheld by the clerk’s office. Given those circumstances, Ms. Steckler did an admirable job; yet some at the county level wished for no more than to see her gone. One commissioner, Jess Santamaria, is to be commended for his support of this position and Ms. Steckler. He heard the voice of the voters and chose to listen. Now it is up to those voters to demand that all of their elected officials hear

their voices and, if they do not, then vote them out of office as soon as possible. The big question now is who will want to be considered for the inspector general position, knowing all of the obstacles that Ms. Steckler faced? Despite all of those problems, Palm Beach County has made progress shining the light on those who would use public office for their illegal personal gains. It will take a strong and determined champion to continue the good work of Ms. Steckler. And it will take the eyes and ears of the public to make sure the inspector general is empowered to do the job that the county’s residents envisioned with their 78 percent vote. It is time for the guys in the white hats to take charge! As for Ms. Steckler, we thank her for her courageous efforts and wish her well as she rejoins her family. Arlene Olinsky Royal Palm Beach

Visit Sunsport For Great Food

In the Town-Crier of Nov. 1, two

essays are directly or indirectly related to food. Lynette Laufenberg discusses how to prepare a healthier Thanksgiving meal. A page earlier, Deborah Welky praises McDonald’s, the fast food giant that leads children through toys and Ronald McDonald into unhealthy eating, as a model for the postal service. What a contrast. Instead of junk food at McDonald’s, readers might try the restaurant at Sunsport Gardens in Loxahatchee Groves, which always offers delicious, healthful foods. There are always low fat/ low carb and vegetarian options, a large selection of fresh vegetables, and homemade soups not loaded with salt. Transfats are never used in preparing food. Salmon is always wild. The restaurant is open daily except Wednesday for lunch and dinner. Diners can dress or undress as they wish since clothing is optional at the restaurant. Morley Schloss Loxahatchee Groves Editor’s notes: 1. Mr. Schloss is the owner of Sunsport Gardens. 2. Deborah Welky’s column, the Sonic Boomer, is a humor column.

Readers who choose to take her advice seriously do so at their own risk.

Steckler Did A Fine Job

Palm Beach County Inspector General Sheryl Steckler performed her duties with tenacious grace. Hers was a daunting task given the length, breadth and scope of her authority. I initially opposed the terms of the ordinance and predicted that it would be challenged by local governments. My concerns were that the county had overstepped its statutory authority by intervening in the affairs of local governments. I was also convinced that one-quarter of one percent would be woefully insufficient to fund the Office of the Inspector General. Finally, since I am one of many who support and appreciate all that law enforcement officers do, I did not consider the indictments of county officials as anything other than outstanding police work, and for that reason, I opposed a new sheriff in town to quell

the hysteria created by the media when it coined the term “corruption county.”As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. Ms. Steckler unexpectedly began to turn up problems, especially in local governments that would otherwise have never been brought to light. Unfortunately, the funding that was promised to Ms. Steckler was denied her as the lawsuit droned on in court. The fact is that it would not cost taxpayers one red cent more if the county were to fund the Office of the Inspector General completely.

Despite her vast duties and the fact that the county underestimated the cost of her administration, Ms. Steckler did a credible job of launching the new office; and she did more than might have been expected of her. I believe her performance was outstanding. The county will lose an intelligent and competent lawyer when Ms. Steckler steps down and her successor will have to fill the abyss left by the departing inspector general. Frank J. Morelli Wellington

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continued from page 1 considered a boutique or lifestyle sporting event into something the general public can relate to. “We’ve spent a tremendous amount of resources over the last several years to try to engage the community,” Bellissimo said. “What we’ve done to really build the population base is work with the local schools, so each week we take a local school and introduce them to the venue and have their kids perform the national anthem and have them perform various activities, which has been very significant in the growth of our attendance.” Bellissimo and his daughter also

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continued from page 1 ness is fitness,” Merrell said. “We’re trying to teach people to live healthy lifestyles. We thought, as long as people are donating, why not use this as an opportunity to encourage them to make healthier choices?” Merrell said she hopes it could spark bigger change throughout the community and catch on with other organizations that give food to the needy this time of year. She said she’s already spreading the word, sharing her goal with WPTV’s Roxanne Stein. “I think we should try and educate people on the choices they make in their donation, educate the recipients of the meals, and hopefully it will trickle down,” Merrell said. “They can see that there are healthier options out there.” In another way of giving back, students from Xtreme Tae Kwon Do will have a kick-athon on Saturday, Nov. 16, with all proceeds going to the Village of Wellington to help pay for Thanksgiving meals and holiday toys. “Every year for the last 12 years,

created the Great Charity Challenge. “We started this event four years ago with the goal of trying to share and energize and harness the energy of the equestrian community back to Palm Beach County,” he said. The event allows for any nonprofit organization registered in Palm Beach County to apply at www.equestriansport.com. “This is going on right now, so if you know of a charity that hasn’t applied, they should do that now,” he said. “Essentially, we will pick randomly from that group, which typically is about 300 entries. We will pick 34 randomly selected charities and have a show jumping competition.” Last year, the event raised $1.5 million to be awarded to the selected charities. “We assign them to 34 different teams and have

show jumping competition at night where the winning charity will win $150,000, the second one $120,000 and down the line,” he said. “Every charity wins, and 100 percent of the money gets distributed. This year, we’re targeting $1.75 million. We have some great families and corporate sponsors who have jumped on board.” The event has raised $4.2 million over the past four years and helped 70 different charities. IPC, meanwhile, is central to another major horse sport — polo. The award-winning club attracts the most elite players in the world. Just over the past year, it has received the President’sAward from the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the coveted Providencia Award from the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Wash said he was pleased that IPC had been able to host the chamber luncheon. “IPC’s vision was to establish a world-class facility that would attract the highest level of polo competition, and I can tell you that the past 10 years have been an exciting journey,” he said. “I’m pleased to say that I know we are achieving that mission. The International Polo Club represents the best of everything in polo, and we’re glad to be able to have that here in Wellington.” Spectators hail from more than 20 countries and 49 states, exceeding probably more than 150,000 polo spectators annually. “We celebrated our 10th anniversary season in 2013, and for the first time, the U.S. Open Polo Championship, this past year presented by Maserati, was aired on NBC Sports, and this year, in conjunc-

our martial arts students have picked an organization and raised funds to help them,” Merrell said. “The children collect pledges, and then, on Nov. 16, will try to do as many kicks as they can to raise money for charity.” There will also be a “Spare Change” fundraiser in the lobby of the fitness center, collecting funds to help. Residents are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods, such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and canned vegetables. “We’re really excited to have Ultima Fitness on board,” Campbell said. “We think it’s fantastic that they are encouraging residents to make healthier choices. We want to make sure everyone has a Thanksgiving meal, so we will take non-perishable items.” Campbell said that Wellington residents contribute the bulk of the donations that go to needy families. “Residents are one of the biggest contributors,” Campbell said. “We’re so fortunate to have that level of understanding from our residents that there are people out there in this community that have a need during the holidays. Our residents want to make sure ev-

eryone has a great holiday experience.” Also partnering with the village is Walgreens, which has donated food and also allowed a donation box in its location at the Wellington Marketplace; Wellington’s Interfaith group, which provides monetary donations; Whole Foods Market; Publix; the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; and Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue. Campbell said that in addition to the canned goods, each family will receive a gift card to Publix to purchase a turkey, ham or other protein and a dessert from Whole Foods Market. “Not everyone may want a turkey,” he said. “They may want ham or something else for their meal. The gift cards enable them to choose what will work for their family. Each family will also get a pie donated by Whole Foods. They have been fantastic in supporting our cause for several years.” Residents can also make a monetary donation if they prefer, Campbell said. Campbell noted that many of the needy families who receive meals are asked to give back in their own way, creating crafts or cards that go to cheer up sick

children in local hospitals or soldiers overseas. “Because our residents are so generous, we ask them to give something in return,” Campbell said. Donations are being accepted at the following locations: Village Hall (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), the Safe Neighborhoods Office (1100 Wellington Trace), Village Park (11700 Pierson Road), the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), Ultima Fitness (12799 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), PBSO’s District 8 substation (14000 Greenbriar Blvd.) and Walgreens in the Wellington Marketplace (13849 Wellington Trace). For more information, or to donate, call (561) 791-4796. Another way to give back is to volunteer. Campbell said volunteers are needed the week of Nov. 18 to help sort the donated goods. More volunteers will be needed to distribute meals to the families. To sign up, call Campbell at (561) 7914105. Merrell encouraged everyone to get involved. “If we can give some joy to families that are having a hard time, then we’ve made their lives a little better,” she said. “It takes a community to make a difference.”

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tion with the United States Polo Association, they’re going to air three tournaments on NBC Sports.” Wash said that when he moved to Wellington seven years ago to head up IPC, he believed in the potential of the club. “We’ve accomplished so much in a short period of time, and we really appreciate the support we have gotten from the western communities,” he said. “’You’ve caught the excitement of this demanding and colorful sport, and you embraced it, your businesses supported us with sponsorships and ticket sales, and you’ve championed us during troubled times. No one achieves success alone, and we all are grateful that you were with us every step of the way.” Wash said that IPC has become a cornerstone of the western communities. “We believe in giving back to the community where we work, where we raise our family and build our businesses,” he said, adding that his executive team and

staff will participate at every level, including coaching, volunteering and sponsoring community events. “We are here for you, just as you have been here for us. Our goal is to be the best community partner possible, while continuing to be the epicenter of the polo world.” IPC will continue to attract the world’s best polo players and expand the appeal of Palm Beach County beyond beaches, golf courses and music festivals, he said. He added that Argentine polo star Nacho Figueras will be back for the coming season, which starts Jan. 5. “Nacho will be fielding a new team this year, and right now team sign-ups are going very strong,” Wash said. “I don’t know how we will break some of the records that we set last year, but because of the support that we continue to receive, things continue to look up.” For more about IPC, visit www. internationalpoloclub.com.

Sem Ridge Construction Academy Completes Second Habitat House The Seminole Ridge High School Construction Academy has succeeded once again by building their second modular house for Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. The students finished this house five months sooner than expected. The Academy students did all of the construction work, mentored by their teacher Rick Terkovich, Architect and Project Manager volunteer David Porter, local subcontractors, and the Palm Beach County building inspectors. Habitat supplied all of the materials, the property, foundation construction, and selected the family to own this house. This house will roll out of the Academy’s shop in the morning of Nov. 12. It will be transported to the site at 130 South E Street in

Lake Worth on seven trailers beginning at 6 a.m. on Nov. 13. By sundown, the 1,206-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath house will be completely installed onto the property and the roof will be dried in. Once the house and roof sections have been set in place on the foundation, Habitat will take over completion of the roofing, siding, painting and cabinets. The Royal Palm Beach High School Air Conditioning Academy students led by Patrick Raney will install all of the ductwork and AC equipment. The Seminole Ridge-Habitat program has now been fine tuned and plans to produce one house per year. For more information, progress photos and to see the house plans, visit www.seminole ridgehabitathouse.com.

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Exhibits And More As Polo Park Middle School Showcases Science

Polo Park Middle School hosted its inaugural Night of Science on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The event incorporated many elements for attendees. There were interactive exhibits provided by the South Florida Science Center, the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches came out and conducted a star watcher demonstration and students showcased their science fair projects on an array of subjects. Photos By Damon Webb/Town-Crier

Leah Hack and Kiana Krayeski at the Jaws exhibit.

Shaun Stabler with Polo Park Principal Ann Clark.

Sara Casey and Sierra Vitale with student science projects.

Instructors Krista Gullbrand and Thomas Craig.

Eric Isacoff from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches mans a telescope.

Lisa Pardo and Nora Bernstein.

Royal Palm Seniors Group Celebrates Halloween With Luncheon

The Royal Palm Beach Seniors Activity Group celebrated Halloween with a party Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. There was a costume contest, and guests enjoyed a light lunch. photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier

Seniors Activity Coordinator Dolly Hughes with Vinette Tracey, Prudel Belle, Lorna Pearson, Elaine Mathis and Cheryl Lower.

Eddy Silva, Laurie Gladstone, Dolores Valentine, Doe Harth, Gretchen Lugo and Dora Maniscalco.

(Seated) Eleanor Walker and Theresa Stepenberg. (Standing) Laurie Gladstone, Eddy Silva and Doe Harth.


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Burglaries Reported In Royal Palm Beach

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report OCT. 30 — A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Royal Palm Beach responded to a home in the Lantern Walk community last Wednesday afternoon regarding a burglary in progress. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 2:16 p.m., the victim arrived home and observed a silver-andblue vehicle with dark tinted windows in her driveway. The victim said a man was driving and pulled out of the driveway, drove down Par Drive and then returned to another driveway on the street. According to the report, two other men then ran out from the rear of one of the homes and got in the vehicle, fleeing the area. The victim said she could not identify the driver, but said one of the passengers was a black male, approximately 6’ tall with dreadlocks, wearing a blue and white jacket with blue jeans. According to the report, the vehicle was caught on video surveillance footage, but there was no further information available at the time of the report. OCT. 30 — A resident of La Mancha called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Wednesday afternoon to report an attempted burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., someone attempted to enter the victim’s home. According to the report, the victim discovered that someone removed the screen to his living room window and cracked the window, and also cracked the window near the front door. Entrance was not made, likely due to the victim’s dogs. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 31 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on Orange Blvd. last Thursday evening in response to a fire. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 6:55 p.m., the resident was heating up a pot of oil on the stove in her garage and left it while she took her dog outside. According to the report, when she returned, she smelled smoke and heard the smoke detector going off. The resident observed the fire and opened the garage door. According to the report, a passerby helped her put out the fire before Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue arrived. The resident was taken to Palms West Hospital where she was treated for a burned hand. NOV. 1 — A resident from the Isles of Wellington contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington last Friday night regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 5 p.m. and 8:46 p.m., someone removed two bicycles from the victim’s driveway. The victim said the bicycles were left at the entrance to the driveway, and he did not know

who would have taken them. The bicycles were described as a 20-inch Trek bicycle and a 21-speed mountain bicycle. The stolen bicycles were valued at approximately $400. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. NOV. 2 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was called to a home in the Pinewood East community last Saturday regarding a delayed report of a shooting. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 6:30 p.m. last Friday the victim heard loud sounds outside his house and went outside to discover several bullet holes in his vehicle. According to the report, a witness observed a white four-door vehicle driven by a black male pass by the victim’s home. The witness said he heard six gunshots come from the vehicle and saw smoke come from inside it. According to the report, the victim believed he saw the same vehicle parked outside his home at approximately 5 p.m. that day, driven by a heavy-set black male with a short afro haircut and a beard. According to the report, the deputy discovered eight 9mm bullet shells and casings from the roadway. There was no further information available at the time of the report. NOV. 3 — A Royal Palm Beach man was arrested last Sunday on charges of shoplifting after he was caught stealing beer from the Publix supermarket on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the RPB substation was called to the store at approximately 2:20 p.m. after 26-year-old Isaiah Sterling attempted to exit the store with two cases of Heineken beer. A loss prevention officer stopped him and recovered the stolen items, which were valued at $26.58. Sterling was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with retail theft. NOV. 3 — A Lake Worth man was arrested last Sunday afternoon on shoplifting charges after he was caught stealing from the Walmart Supercenter on Belvedere Road. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to the store at approximately 4:30 p.m. after a loss prevention officer observed 35-year-old Joseph Swinbank walking around the store anxiously. According to the report, Swinbank entered the greeting card department and approached a shopping cart filled with items that the deputy believes were left there by an accomplice. According to the report, Swinbank began putting items in Walmart shopping bags. He then took the cart, along with the bags, and pushed it toward the exit. When approached by Walmart staff, Swinbank fled into the parking lot, where a deputy stopped him. According to the report, the deputy recovered $212.60 in stolen See BLOTTER, page 16

Man Drowns In RPB Canal

NOV. 3 — A Loxahatchee man was found dead Monday afternoon in the M-1 Canal in Royal Palm Beach. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies believe 50-yearold Randy Humphrey drowned, possibly after suffering from a seizure. According to the report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was dispatched to the area after a witness reported a body

floating in the water. The deputy discovered Humphrey floating in approximately three feet of water. According to the report, Humphrey’s truck with his personal possessions were found parked on the bank of the canal, and his fishing poles were on the water’s edge. The deputy said there were no signs of trauma. According to the report, Humphrey’s family said he suffers from seizures.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Nicholas Villard is a black male, 5’9” tall and weighing 150 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his chest. His date of birth is 08/03/94. Villard is wanted for failure to appear on charges of possession of marijuana and petty theft. His last known address was 63rd Lane North in The Acreage. He is wanted as of 10/31/13. • Brian Broadwell is a white male, 6’0” tall and weighing 185 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. His date of birth is 12/06/63. Marshall is wanted for violation of parole, burglary and petty theft. His last known addresses were Adobe Circle in Jupiter and Crestwood Circle in Royal Palm Beach. He is wanted as of 10/31/13. 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.crimestopperspbc. com.

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Field Hockey Festival Set For Thanksgiving Return To Wellington

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Over Thanksgiving weekend, more than 2,600 amateur field hockey athletes will converge on Wellington for the National Hockey Festival, which will take place on 33 hockey fields laid out on six polo fields at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. George Linley, executive director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, sponsor of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Monday at IPC, said the event is a collaboration between the sports commission, IPC and USA Field Hockey, the sport’s national governing body. Linley said the National Hockey Festival is a marquee national sporting event that will bring countywide impact and benefits. The festival is considered the largest amateur sporting event that takes place annually in the United States. “It’s an event that many destinations covet but only a few

have the ability to host,” Linley said. “Over 4,000 athletes will be playing field hockey right here at this stadium in three weeks, and we are so thrilled to be bringing it to you.” Linley stressed that IPC is a major reason why field hockey has chosen Palm Beach County as its home. “This was a very competitive bid process, and this is the second consecutive year that the National Hockey Festival will be taking place right here at IPC,” Linley said. “There are several other possible destinations. In fact, we were a finalist [with] Palm Springs, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz., which were previous hosts for this event and have had very robust sport event marketplaces.” However, Palm Beach County’s bid with IPC was a very compelling proposal, Linley said. Besides IPC being a world-class venue, the festival requires more than 30 fields. “It’s very difficult to find a

venue that can host that many fields in one location, but here at IPC, we were able to take six polo fields and use them to lay out 33 field hockey pitches, and we use two polo fields to park about 1,500 to 2,000 cars,” he said. “We were able to do that because you can fit six field hockey pitches on one polo field, and that was a proposal that was very difficult for other destinations to do.” This year, the tournament has added another age group, which will bring the number of participants to more than 260 teams from across the country, Europe, the Caribbean and Canada. An estimated 98 percent of the players will be female. “There is an open division and an adult division just featuring male competitors,” Linley said. “The age groups are 14-and-under, 16-and-under and 19-and-under, primarily high school- and collegeage girls, and it does attract a lot of college coaches trying to scout the talent.”

In total, more than 4,400 athletes and 8,500 total visitors, including family members, friends and associates, will attend. “There are very few amateur sporting events that have that level of participation,” he said. Last year, the event generated more than 11,500 room nights that touched 48 different hotels from Jupiter to Boca Raton. “There are very few sporting events that have that type of countywide impact,” Linley said. “This year, because we have that new age group, this number should be even greater.” Last year’s festival generated $8.25 million in direct visitor spending throughout all of Palm Beach County. “With the addition of the 14-and-under age group, the additional 40 teams, this number will be higher,” Linley said. “Last year, more than 4,000 Thanksgiving dinners were served at participating hotels, and we tracked over 4,100 airplane flights that came in at our three South Florida airports,

and just under 4,400 car rental days were tracked, so you can see what a sporting event can do for tourism and do for the business community.” Linley encouraged people to come out and see the activity over the Thanksgiving weekend. “It’s more than a field hockey tournament,” he said. “We work with IPC to turn this venue into a village within a village. We create an athlete’s village that consists of vendors, attractions, interactive games and food courts, so it’s good family fun, and field hockey is one of the oldest Olympic sports.” Linley thanked the Village of Wellington, which provides many resources. “Both the council and staff have been great partners allowing this event to happen,” he said. “In fact, the councilmen and women came out during the National Hockey Festival last year and celebrated the event and made sure the governing body felt welcome. They also participated in the awards presentation.”

The event not only generated a tremendous amount of local publicity, but it actually generated publicity throughout the state, which received national recognition for hosting the festival. He pointed out that of all the teams that participated, only one was from Florida, meaning all the rest put additional money into the local economy through meals, lodging and travel, and are potential repeat visitors. “We talk a lot about tourism, because the sports commission is a tourist development agency,” Linley said. “But one thing I want to encourage the business community [to do] is to get engaged with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, to visit our web site [www.palmbeachsports.com], to look at what sporting events are coming to Palm Beach County. When we bring a sporting event to Palm Beach County, it’s a business project.” The National Hockey Festival See FIELD HOCKEY, page 16

RPB Ed Board Hears Crestwood Middle School Presentation

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Crestwood Middle School Principal Stephanie Nance brought the school’s chorus to demonstrate

some of her students’ skills during a presentation to the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board on Monday. Nance said Crestwood has many

unique strengths, as well as challenges for the year ahead. “As an Eagle family, we embrace all of them because we know at the core of our mission, at the core of our

The Crestwood Middle School chorus under the direction of Veronica Johnson.

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vision, is our students,” she said. The school follows a single-culture model, which is in alignment with the single-district model for academics, behavior and climate. Numerous initiatives at the school include the addition of virtual learning. “Last year, we started with our seventh-grade online keyboarding class, and this year we opened up a new virtual lab for our eighth-grade students,” Nance said, adding that the school also has eighth-grade students enrolled in high school courses. “I’m sending you quite a few eighth-graders with high school courses already under their belts,” she said to Royal Palm Beach High School Principal Jesus Armas, who attended the meeting. “They’re going to be ready to become Wildcats. We know that learning is growing and growing is achieving — and that is what we are about.”

Along with the virtual learning program, the school is continuing with academic initiatives that focus on reading, writing, mathematics and science. “We have a lot of professional learning communities going on at Crestwood Middle School,” Nance said. “We know that in order for our students to achieve, we must also set the same standard for ourselves as educators.” In other business, Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara, council liaison to the board, announced that at the direction of the board, a presentation on Common Core standards by a school district official has been arranged for Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach High School in cooperation with Armas and School Board Member Marcia Andrews. “The idea is to present an information forum so that all the residents, all who are interested in the subject of Common Core

Crestwood Middle School Principal Stephanie Nance addresses the board. standards can hear from some of the individuals who are going to be held accountable and responsible for making it happen here in Palm Beach County,” Hmara said. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

TAKE FLIGHT GALA AT WYCLIFFE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB HONORS MILITARY

The Wycliffe Golf & Country Club hosted the seventh annual Take Flight Awards Gala on Saturday, Nov. 2. The gala was presented by Faith-Hope-Love Charity Inc., which operates the Stand Down House in Lake Worth. The gala’s focus this year was “A Tribute to Those Who Answer the Call of Service.” The evening also featured an installation called “The Eyes of Freedom,” a memorial to 23 PHOTOS BY DAMON WEBB/TOWN-CRIER fallen Marines.

Jeanette Williams, Shawnda Roberts and Wonder Knowles.

Rod and Candy Reston.

Jackie Jernigan with the art installation “The Eyes of Freedom.”

Dr. Casimiro Crockett, Bob Ames, Pamela Keith and Jack Moss.

Matthew and Jackie Jernigan enjoy the evening.

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Introduction to Celtic Rock Cooking

Hot rock cooking, also known as hot stone cooking, is the process whereby foods are cooked or grilled on a hot rock or stone that has been heated prior to the cooking process in a special oven (800 degrees). First used centuries ago by the Ancient Celts in Ireland and Europe in general, the hot rock style of cooking is an elemental one. This ancient Celtic tradition of cooking on a Rock has been resurrected here at Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub and Tap Room. It is not only a unique and entertaining dining experience, but it is a healthful one as well.

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The health-conscious dieter has become a great fan of hot rock cooking, as little to no oil or grease is necessary for this type of cooking. Spices and fresh herbs can be added, as opposed to fattening flavors necessary in many other types of cooking styles. Hot rock cooking is good for meat and vegetables, as well as sea food. Special sauces have been created here at BMC’s to enhance the flavor of Steak and Seafood cooked to the customers taste by the customers to their temperature preference. If the Customer prefers not to cook their food themselves, they can have it cooked by our Kitchen.

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Annual Wellington Run/Walk Benefits Jerms McGraw Scholarship

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 16th annual Wellington Community Fitness 5k Run & Walk presented by sponsor Royal Palm Toyota on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participants ran and walked from the Wellington Amphitheater, returning to enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and an awards ceremony. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Jerms McGraw Second Chance Photos By Lauren Miro/Town-Crier Scholarship. For more info., visit www.cpbchamber.com.

Jessica Clasby, Jill Merrell, Mary Lou Bedford, Taylor Hughes, Maritza Rivera and Master of Ceremonies Ben Boynton.

David Killebrew, Paul Tyson and Greg Meehas with their medals.

Family Dentist of Palm Beach won the largest group. Shown here are Dr. Manoj Patel, Narendra Sirivolu, Christina Martin, Bonnie Walker and Chelsea Sealy.

Members of Xtreme Tae Kwon Do performed for the crowd.

(Left) Iaresi Roberta was the first female to finish. (Right) Michael McCarthy celebrates his second-place finish.

Toni Medvets, Tammy Finn and Maria Diaz finished top three females in the master’s division.

Royal Palm Young At Heart Club Enjoys Polynesian Dining & Dancing

The Royal Palm Beach Young at Heart Club held a luncheon Friday, Nov. 1 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. A traditional turkey dinner was served. During their show, Polynesian dancers ventured into the audience and danced with the guests. photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier

Sylvia Moore and Charlotte Doran at the check-in table.

Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattioli dances with Monika Diaz-Granados and Angeliki Piliouras.

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Dreyfoos In White Dinner Nov. 13 Will Benefit School Of The Arts Foundation On Wednesday, Nov. 13, hundreds of men and women will dress all in white, have their picnic dinner and white “tablescape” in hand and wait to hear where they will be attending the Dreyfoos in White event to benefit the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation. The event is modeled after Diner en Blanc held annually for the past 25 years in Paris, France. The location, organized largely by alumni of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, will not be revealed until one hour prior to the event. The pop-up, flash-mob-style dinner will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Partygoers will wear all white and bring their own white table décor and picnic dinner. For those who don’t have the time or inclination to prepare their own basket, picnic dinners can be ordered from the Lord’s Place Café Joshua Catering at www.thelords place.org or by calling (561) 4940125, ext. 1114 for a meal to be ready for pickup at registration. The location, which will be in downtown West Palm Beach, will be released to ticket buyers via text, e-mail or phone one hour prior to the event. Live entertainment will be by Dreyfoos stu-

dents as well as Dreyfoos alumni band, Girlfriend Material. Extravagance is encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for the best white-table décor. Tickets are $40 per person or a premier table for 10 for $750. The event also features a prize drawing for a weekend trip for two to Paris, including roundtrip airfare and French lessons, and a seven-night stay for six at the Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Prize drawing tickets are one for $25 or three for $50, and you do not need to be present to win. Event sponsors include: Simon Benson Offit, Calla and Ralph Guild, Matrix Mediation, Gil Cohen, Allison and Stuart Haft, Cindy and Ted Mandes, Josephine Bayard, Dr. Stan and Marcie Gorman-Althof, Ellis and Gritter Consulting Engineers, Garabar Inc., Grand Bank & Trust of Florida, Suskauer Law Firm, Karen and Greg Golnick, Donna and Larry Peters, Hotel Planner. com, the Multilingual Language and Cultural Society and Pioneer Linens. For more information, call (561) 805-6298 or visit http://soafi.org/ dreyfoosinwhite.

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Dreyfoos In White — (Front row) Sierra McGill and Taylor Materio with French poodle Oso; and (back row) Kelly Shoaf, Whitney Lidinsky, Stefani Kochanski, Sarah Lidinsky, Kristina Klaas, Kremer Shell and Melissa Ladd. Committee members not pictured: Jeremy Morse and Michelle Suskauer. PHOTO COURTESY STEPHANIE WEIL/DREYFOOS SENIOR DIGITAL MEDIA STUDENT

MELISSA MCKINLAY KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN More than 100 people attended the recent campaign kickoff of District 6 County Commission candidate Melissa McKinlay at the home of Lisa and Mark Goldman. (Left) McKinlay with State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo. (Below) McKinlay with supporters.

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Amanda Ng and friends finished out Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Palms West Hospital, thanking the nurses who work hard to help patients battle and recover. Each nurse was given a pink-and-white rainbow loom bracelet made by Ng. Pictured here are Alyssa Arbaca, Courtney Halperin and Amanda Ng with Palms West Hospital nurses.

ACREAGE RESIDENT WINS HOME DEPOT $5,000 GIFT CARD

Sometimes people think online surveys aren’t worth the time. However, one local man knows otherwise. Carmine Nappi of The Acreage, a customer of the Home Depot store on Okeechobee Blvd., recently replied to a survey on his Home Depot receipt. In doing so, he entered his name in a drawing for a chance to win a $5,000 gift card. Nappi’s name was chosen, and he was awarded a $5,000 Home Depot gift card. Nappi is using his winnings for all sorts of projects, including house siding, granite countertops and appliances. Shown here (left to right) are Kathleen and Carmine Nappi with Home Depot Store Manager David Carey.

Local Girl Competes For Miss Teen Title Zahara Burgess of Royal Palm Beach was recently selected to participate in the regional 2014 Miss Teen pageant on Sunday Nov. 17 in Orlando. Burgess will compete for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. She is in the Miss Teen division, one of four divisions for girls and young women ages 7 to 19, who will participate in modeling that include a casual and formal wear. Contestants will also demonstrate their personality and interviewing skills during interviews. If Burgess wins her division, she will represent Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the

surrounding communities at national competition in Orlando. Over $30,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the national competition. Community businesses, organizations and private individuals will assist Burgess in participating in this year's competition by becoming sponsors. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals and financial support to prepare for this year’s regional pageant. Any business, organization or individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Burgess may contact the pageant coordinator at (877) 403-6678.


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WHS Chorus To Perform At Lincoln Center Wellington High School Principal Mario Crocetti, along with Chorus Director Bradford Chase, have announced that the WHS chorus has been invited to perform at the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York City. The group will participate in the New York City premiere performance of Rosephanye Powell’s The Cry of Jeremiah as part of the DCINY Concert Series on Saturday, May 10, 2014 over Mother’s Day weekend at Lin-

coln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In the letter of invitation, members of the WHS chorus were recognized by the concert organizer for “their dedication to musical excellence” and the high quality of their audition recording. The students’ experience will include two half-days of rehearsals and clinics, culminating in a performance accompanied by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra. Tickets for the Lincoln Center

performance will be available for purchase in March at www.about lincolncenter.org. To help cover trip-related expenses, the WHS chorus will perform in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 in the Wellington High School auditorium. Tickets to the benefit concert cost $10 and may be purchased from any chorus member, at the door or by e-mailing wellington highchorus@gmail.com. In addition to purchasing tick-

ets and attending the benefit concert, anyone wishing to help support the students may take advantage of fundraising opportunities associated with the benefit concert, including program advertising and donating items for a silent auction the night of the benefit concert. Silent auction items should be delivered (or pickup arranged) by Wednesday, Nov. 13. For more info., e-mail wellingtonhigh chorus@gmail.com.

Four Students Win Steward Essay Contest Pumpkin day celebrations are a sure sign of fall at the King’s Academy. Orange was the dominant color in the preschool and elementary school classrooms recently as many students enjoyed playing pumpkin games, decorating pumpkins and pumpkin cookies, making candy necklaces and even stuffing a scarecrow. Shown here, students from Mrs. Gatchell’s pre-K class getting ready to play pumpkin toss.

Four Palm Beach County students recently won the Stewards of America Essay Awards. Students won first place in the middle school category, and first, second and third places in the high school category. The goal of the essay awards contest was to promote the mission of Stewards of America LLC, which is to conserve natural environments for the next generation by inspiring the future Stew-

ards of America. Laurie Laborde and Stephanie Maravankin of Wellington High School won second and third place, respectively, in the high school category. Sarah Palumbo, an eighth-grader at Eagles Landing Middle School last year, won first place. “Stewardship means the observation, management, and care given to something by a steward; specifically those critical natural

gifts that are found in the environment that we want to protect for future generations,” she wrote. Jhanelle Bisasor, a senior at Suncoast High School, won the firstplace award. “As humans, the responsibility to conserve resources is particularly poignant, especially considering the poor effort that we are currently putting forth,” she wrote. “It is the prime objective of all species to survive and provide

for the survival of future generations... In order for our species to survive and flourish, it is crucial that we conserve resources for sustainable use by future generations.” First- and second-place winners were awarded with a sterling silver stewardship ring of their choice. Third place winners received an environmental T-shirt. For more information., visit www.stewardsofamerica.com.


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Osceola Creek Honors Scholar-Athletes Osceola Creek Middle School recently announced its recipients of the Scholar-Athlete Award for October. The award is sponsored by the School Police and honors varsity athletes who also excel in academics, effort, behavior and school spirit, and serve as a role model for others. This month’s honorees carry high grade point averages as well as play varsity sports. Boys baseball honored 13-yearold Logan Thomas. “Logan has been a three-year contributor to the baseball team at Osceola Creek,” coach Jay Mermelstein said. “He has continually made the honor roll and been a pillar for the Bears baseball team. Logan is the ultimate team player, and a prime example of a great student.” Thomas, an eighth-grader, has a 4.60 grade point average. He wants to attend the University of Florida, and wants a career in the

sports field, be it sports administration, sports medicine or sports training. Kendall Baer, 12, was honored in girls softball. “Kendall is a focused student and softball player,” coach Deb Foreman said. “Her skills as a role model in the classroom, and on the field, has been a growing experience for her and good example for others. With her academic ability and attendance at school, she will continue to make a positive impact on her life. With her strong determination, she will continue to strive for her goals and will be rewarded in the future.” Baer is also a member of the soccer, track and volleyball teams, and has a 5.17 grade point average and perfect attendance. A seventhgrader, she hopes to attend the University of Florida prior to embarking on a career as either a medical doctor or marine biologist. Supporting the program are

Osceola Creek Principal Nicole Daly, Kendall Baer, Logan Thomas and School Police Officer Sandy Molenda. Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Burg- and Dairy Queen in Royal Palm er King, located at Seminole Pratt Beach, which donated free food Whitney Road and Orange Blvd., coupons.

Superior Marks For SRHS Marching Band The Seminole Ridge High School Winged Regiment marching band took part in the annual Florida Bandmasters’ Marching Performance Assessment recently, earning “Superior” in every category: Music 1, Music 2, General Effect, Marching and Maneuvering, Color Guard and overall. “Superior is the highest rating that can be earned, and this is the third marching assessment in which our band has earned this result,” Band Director Daniel Harvey said. • Cadets Perform Saber Arch at Fundraiser — Seminole Ridge JROTC cadets attended a benefit

dinner Oct. 27 at the Marisol Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens to support the Wounded Warrior Project and Place of Hope, a child welfare organization. The nine cadets stood at attention and executed the saber arch as guests entered the event, again as the crowd proceeded to the reception area, and a third time for its entrance into the dining room. Lieutenant General (ret.) Robert D. Chelberg presented the details of the Wounded Warrior Project, asking guests to make a charitable donation in support of injured military personnel returning from

Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, Place of Hope executive director Charles L. Bender spoke about his organization, which provides support for abused and neglected children. “The evening was a great experience for our cadets, participating in two noble causes within our community,” Hawk JROTC instructor Lt. Col. (ret.) Hans Hunt said. — Story by Heather Riley • Debaters Shine at Blue Key — The SRHS speech and debate team had an incredible showing at the Florida Blue Key national invitational tournament Oct. 25-27,

according to coach Mierka Drucker. Wayne Selogy not only placed third in the invitational round robin but also placed eighth among 250 speakers. Debaters Jaqueline Campos and Landen Fresch advanced to the finals in radio broadcasting. Campos placed second, and Fresch placed fifth. Tierney Boyle, Hannah Murray, Julie Swartz and Jessica Terkovich were inducted as members of the National Forensics League, and Rachel Collins advanced to the league’s Degree of Honor.

TKA Closes Curtain On ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ The King’s Academy’s Middle School Theatre Company produced and performed six amazing shows of The Wizard of Oz to soldout audiences. More than 200 actors and singers from grades 4 through 8 performed using the original set from Broadway’s 1993 show at Madi(Left) The Wicked Witch of the West, played by eighth-grader Oksana Rubis, Dorothy Gale, played by eighth-grader Alyssa Blakeney, and Glinda the Good Witch, played by eighth-grader Jessica Curley.

son Square Garden in New York. The students were especially motivated to do their best in memory of Alex Brooks, who would have been a munchkin in the show. The Wizard of Oz was dedicated to her memory. The TKA High School Theatre Company will be performing Little Women Jan. 27 through Feb. 1. The King’s Academy will be presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera April 24-26 and May 1-3. Ticket sales open in December and will sell out quickly. For tickets, call (561) 686-4244, ext. 362.

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NEW HORIZONS MARKS RED RIBBON WEEK

New Horizons Elementary School recently hosted Red Ribbon Week. Each day, students focused on making healthy choices to “just say no to drugs.” Each day also highlighted a different theme, including dressing as their favorite book characters to “just say yes to reading” and wearing their favorite team shirt because “we have better things to do than drugs.” Pictured here is the office staff dressed as the Snow White characters.

HALLOWEEN FUN AT FRONTIER FALL FEST

Frontier Elementary School held its Frontier Fall Fest on Friday, Oct. 26, with more than 600 students, parents and family members attending. The event included 20 trick-or-treat stations, dancing, glitter tattoos, a photo booth, Halloween crafts, snacks and drinks. Frontier thanks parent and teacher volunteers, Seminole Ridge High School National Honor Society volunteers and Osceola Creek Middle School student volunteers for helping out. Shown above, McKinley Harding, Michelle Hopkins and Kaylie Matthews trick or treat. Shown below, Army men Leonardo Caputo and Jackson Harding and gangsters Benjamin McGraw and Joey Shipe trick or treat.


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My Upcoming Trip To San Diego Is All About Time With Family

By the time you read this, I will be off on my big adventure. Yes, I am going to San Diego. Now I know that might not seem too exotic or mysterious. I know that most big travelers these days head for Prague, Morocco or South Africa — maybe Alaska if they want to stay on American soil. And I’ve already been to California, but it was Los Angeles. I’ve never been to San Diego, so I’m all excited. I looked it up online and evidently San Diego has a lot of the same stuff Florida has — SeaWorld, Legoland, a safari park — and of course there’s the world-famous San Diego Zoo. But those things are not why I’m heading out there. I’m going for

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The Sonic BOOMER family. And that’s the real reason I’m all excited. If my little grandsons want to see Flipper or build a castle out of plastic bricks, I’ll see those things. But I’ll probably be on a bench at a soccer practice or down at the local ice cream shop; maybe watch

some cartoons on Saturday morning. It’s a “total immersion” kind of vacation. Cap’n Crunch may be involved. Then there’s Brad, their dad. Son Brad is a Navy pilot, and he’s getting ready to ship out again soon. And when I say “ship out,” that is exactly what I mean — on a ship. (By the way, don’t call it a “boat.” I found out they really don’t like that. It’s a ship.) Shortly after our visit, he’ll be stepping onto an aircraft carrier headed for points unknown, donning his flight suit and doing whatever it is that has to be done. Not knowing where Brad is going can be a little nerve-wracking. Could be Afghanistan, could be Korea. They don’t exactly phone the parents for permission first.

I’m not even sure Brad himself knows the destination of his mission. Of course, we will ask him. I, in particular, will nag him on this point. It’s Motherhood Requirement #349. While I’m in San Diego, I will also spend some time commiserating with Brooke, Brad’s wife. I cannot imagine what it’s like for a spouse left behind. Suddenly a “single parent,” but with the added stress of worrying yourself sick about what your spouse is doing at that very moment? Not sure I could handle it. Brooke spends her days anxiously awaiting a phone call and hoping for a quick reconnect on Skype. She calms the kids as best she can. And when she

finally does hear from Brad, she tries to read between the lines and search his face to make sure he’s really as OK as he says he is. Then she does it again the next day and the next for month after month. That kind of thing tends to wear a person out. But we’re not going to dwell on that while we are in San Diego. What we are going to focus on is the children and how delightful they are. We will go to the park, the toy store and maybe even Disneyland. We will revel in our family-ness. Brad will enjoy it, Brooke will enjoy it and we will enjoy it. Because when you’re on a big gray boat — er, ship — those are the kinds of memories that can sometimes keep you going.

‘Ender’s Game’ Brings Brilliant Science Fiction To The Big Screen

Ender’s Game is a science fiction movie that combines exciting fight scenes and special effects with thought-provoking questions about human nature. Based on one of the best sci-fi stories ever, it not only entertains, it provokes. Most great science fiction books never make it onto the screen. Fantasy, cartoon characters, vampires, werewolves and zombies are part of the regimen. But intelligent stories or classic books? Rare. Even 2001: A Space Odyssey came from a very minor Arthur Clarke story. In this new film, a race called the Formics (Latin for ants) attacks Earth and almost destroys it. Only the tactical brilliance of Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) stops them. Earth’s military leaders, recognizing that the Formics always learn from mistakes, start looking to breed great military geniuses, looking to find young people whose minds are very flexible so

‘I’ On Culture By Leonard Wechsler they can start training early. Young Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is a “third,” meaning an extra child in a world that restricts families to two. He is selected because both his brother and sister are brilliant, though not right for the leadership. He is sent to Battle School under the direction of Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), where he faces harrowing tasks. He is undersized but a tactical genius: perhaps the one person who might save Earth, even

though he looks like he has yet to hit puberty. His brilliance makes him stand out and he becomes the target of bullies older than him. Graff, overriding the protests of counselor Major Gwen Anderson (Viola Davis), does not intervene, being more interested in how Ender deals with things like that. Their debates, searing ones on the nature of education and human behavior, are part of what sets this movie apart. It is a superb screed against bullying. The tactical school scenes are fabulous; student leaders use their followers in mock battles in zero gravity. It is brilliantly done. Computer graphics seldom get it just right. In this movie, Cirque du Soleil performers worked with the young actors to help their movements conform to the new environment. Eventually, Ender and his closest followers wind up in a series of mock battles that are not quite mock. Ender eventually

begins to doubt all he has been told as battles go on and he is forced to make decisions. It is clear that the writers (author Orson Scott Card and screenwriter/director Gavin Hood) emphasize how leadership decisions often force people away from idealism and how manipulation can be used to force horrible decisions. It is well done, leading up to a harrowing climax. The cast is uniformly excellent. Butterfield nails the very difficult part of Ender. He manages to not only remain true to his youth but to stand apart from everyone else, to be somehow different. Hailee Steinfeld is really good as Petra, the one girl in his inner circle, and Aramis Knight manages to make Bean, the smallest of the students, a vitally important character. I liked Abigail Breslin as Ender’s older sister Valentine, the one person he truly loves. And, wow, was it wonderful seeing Harrison Ford back as a science-fiction hero.

It brought wonderful memories of another science fiction film from years ago. The movie is officially designed for teenagers, but it is one of those movies that adults will find not only as enjoyable but more meaningful. It is a must-see for educators. Some of the bullying is harrowing, and that is good. Too often, what happens in these situations is either down-played or sensationalized. The ideas presented about growing up, about education and about the manipulation of children to do things that many adults would hesitate about, can be seen as an allegory about the world today. There are children-soldiers in many conflicts, who are deliberately dehumanized by their adult leaders. This film deals with these moral issues and many others. This is a really good movie, one of the few we see in this genre that really does deal with the human condition. We need more of them. Go see it.


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DAR Chapter To Meet Nov. 16

The Garcilaso de la Vega Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Duffy’s Sports Grill at the corner of Congress Avenue and Hypoluxo Road. The special fall meeting will feature a patriotic recognition of veterans. RSVP to GarcilasodelaVegaDAR@gmail.com.

South Florida Fair Tickets On Sale Nov. 16

Those looking to save money on the 2014 South Florida Fair’s admission and midway rides can save up to 30 percent when buying tickets in advance. Publix stores throughout Palm Beach County will begin selling advance discount tickets to the fair on Nov. 16. Guests also will get an additional bonus. When they use their advance discount admission ticket on the fair’s opening day, they will receive one free admission ticket to return another day. The 102nd annual South Florida

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Fair’s theme is “New York City: Be a Part of It!” It will be held Jan. 17 through Feb. 2, 2014. Fair visitors will be welcomed to the sights and sounds of Manhattan’s Times Square as they enter the main gates. Fair goers will see a number of Big Apple attractions in the fair’s 80,000-square-foot featured exposition hall, including the building of a Statue of Liberty sculpture using more than 200 tons of sand and an impressive replica of the Empire State Building constructed out of food cans. For Broadway show fans, a first-class ice skating show will be held three times daily as the professional skaters perform to the music of Broadway’s biggest hits. “The timing is perfect for those looking for stocking stuffers,” Fair President & CEO Rick Vymlatil said. “Fair tickets make a nice holiday gift for the entire family, friends or associates and we have different packages for every budget.” An advance purchase saves up to 30 percent off gate prices, which go into effect Jan. 16. The cost of advance adult admission, 12 and older, is $10 ($15 at the gate). An advance child’s admission is $5 ($8 at the gate). Children age 5

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and younger are free. For details on this and other discounts, visit www.southfloridafair.com/tickets.

Fresh Market Offers ‘Taste Of The Holidays’

The Fresh Market will host its “Taste of the Holidays” sampling event on Friday, Nov. 8 from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Customers are invited to step inside, slow down to a stroll and savor the flavors of the season. Fresh Market locations will be brimming with sampling stations offering tastes of turkey, bacon, ham, standing rib roast and smoked salmon — as well as holiday pies, cheesecakes and other seasonal favorites. “Taste of the Holidays” is the ideal time for customers to allow the Fresh Market to do their holiday cooking for them, with the choice of complete holiday meal options or an à la carte menu to combine with their own traditional dishes. During the event, shoppers can sample options and place personalized orders for holiday meals. The Fresh Market is located

at 10640 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington.

Veterans Day In Wellington

Wellington and the American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 will be honoring all current and former members of the armed forces at Wellington’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11. The activities begin with a parade at 8:15 a.m. beginning at the Wellington Municipal Complex, followed by a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Wellington Veterans Memorial at the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards. For more information, e-mail wellingtonlegion390@gmail.com.

Events At St. Michael Church

St. Michael Lutheran Church in Wellington is hosting several special events this month to support St. Michael Outreach and the church’s sponsorship of Belle Glade Charter School. A Fall Winter Craft Fair will be held Monday, Nov. 11 through

November 8 - November 14, 2013 Sunday, Nov. 17. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily. The fair will be open Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A pancake breakfast will take place Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event is free to the public, but donations are appreciated. St. Michael Lutheran Church is located at 1925 Birkdale Drive in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 793-4999.

Art Society Meeting Nov. 13

The next Wellington Art Society meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the card room at the Wellington Community Center. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. The general meeting begins at 7 p.m. As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that the society is involved in and to find out how to participate. A special presentation by Tracy Rosof-Petersen will begin at 7:30

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p.m. Rosof-Petersen, creates art for public spaces, facilitates creative clay and craft workshops, and is a teaching artist for the Center for Creative Education. She has studied at the University of Central Florida, California State University and the University of Madrid. The presentation will be on the process of applying for a Palm Beach County public art project, getting the award and creating the sculpted clay tile murals for Southwinds Golf Course in Boca Raton. It will also include an overview of her other collaborative public art projects in Palm Beach County. “Serenity Shared” at the Southwinds clubhouse is a series of 16 murals depicting the native Florida flora and fauna. The mural was created to entertain, educate and amuse. Rosof-Petersen wanted the viewer to discover and be surprised each time they pass by. Founded in 1981, the Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. For more information, visit www. wellingtonartsociety.org.


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WESTERN PINES MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SHINE AT ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR

Western Pines Middle School held a science fair Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the school cafeteria. Students won awards for science projects in subjects such as medicine, zoology, engineering, chemistry, botany and physics. The winners will have their projects on display at PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER the South Florida Fair.

Amanda Heermance and Michelle Costner with their science projects.

Erin McKenna took first place in medicine and health.

Science teacher Donna Cassie with first-place overall winner Michelle Costner.

Environmental sciences first- and second-place winners Anisa Sookhoo and Diego Sangiovanni.

Behavioral and social sciences winners Cody Stern, Hunter Claurch and Madelyn Newcomb.

Zoology first-place winner Kyle Cole with competitors Vincent Quattachi, Grace Waldron and Mackenzie Howell.

Girls Night Out Nov. 15 To Support Wellington High School Dance Team

The Wellington High School dance team in action.

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continued from page 1 tight budget, coupled with its contingency fund from the sale of its water utility, will enable Royal Palm Beach to carry on without tax increases in the foreseeable future. “With my manager and finance director, we figured out that even though the economy is only creeping along at about 2 percent [growth], if it continues that low, we’re five years away from ever worrying about having to raise taxes,” he said. “That 2 percent gave us $87,000 that we didn’t have last year. We didn’t have to lay off anybody; we didn’t have to cut any services.” Mattioli said he had worked with Business Development Board President & CEO Kelly Smallridge for three years to persuade

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continued from page 1 or to 20 percent of the total lot coverage on properties of more than 5 acres. The change would allow space for grooms’ quarters in addition to the footage for barns. O’Dell noted that staff recommended allowing 500 square feet of living space per four stalls, but the Equestrian Preserve Committee had wanted more space allowed. “They increased the grooms quarters from 500 feet to 600 feet per four stalls,” he said. Lots smaller than 5 acres were previously allowed a variance of up to 15 percent for barns. O’Dell said the change would eliminate the variance. “By eliminating the grooms’ quarters from the calculated barn area, it’s a 67 percent increase in barn area,” he said. PZA Board Member Marcia Radosevich worried changing the calculation of grooms’ quarters in overall barn area would allow for overdevelopment. “On a one-acre lot, we could have a residence, a 1,250-squarefoot barn and, if they had 12x12 stalls, that is eight stalls,” she said. But Planning & Development Services Director Tim Stillings said that parts of the preserve with less than five-acre lots are limited to four-stall barns only. “Then why do they need more square footage?” Radosevich asked. “Generally what we’re

Treat yourself to an evening of fun, pampering and holiday shopping on Friday, Nov. 15 at a Girls Night Out event to benefit the Wellington High School dance team. The 16 members of the dance team, coached by choreographer Brittany Tobasco, have been selected to perform at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2. The dancers range from freshmen to seniors. The team includes captains Marisa Hoosac and Danielle Thomas, co-captain Sara Dickerman, officers Sam Granaroli and Isabella Bruce, and members Ashleigh Coffman, Carolyn Dipasquale, Tayler Fallen, Morgan Rhodes, Erica Ruston, Emily Sehres, Janae Smith, Allie Terry, Katie Wallace, Tessa Wallis and Maison White. The cost for each dancer to perform at the Sugar Bowl is approximately $1,000. That’s why some of the mothers of the dancers

decided to organize a Girls Night Out on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Aero Club Clubhouse (15675 Take Off Place, Wellington). The cost of admission is $5, which includes free food, dancing and a DJ. It is sure to be an evening of fun, festivities and laughter. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes, because the DJ will play a wide array of music. Food will be donated by Publix. The evening will be an opportunity to do early holiday shopping and to purchase unique, one-of-akind gifts. Treat yourself to a gel manicure, threading and wine; sell extra gold to make big money; and shop a nice selection of designer purses, art, candles, Pampered Chef items, beautiful jewelry, makeup, beach baubles, clothing, organic skincare items and more. Experience a body wrap and get a psychic reading or a chair mas-

Aldi to locate its 821,000-squarefoot regional distribution center in Royal Palm Beach. “That’s about ready to blossom into operation,” he said. “I’d like to see that as a finished product.” He said he also wants to be on board for the opening of the $10 million American Tire facility in an industrial area off of Southern Blvd. “I was down there about a week ago, and the building is all done, so it’s just a matter of the finishing touches of moving it in, and I want to see that done,” he said. “Those two things will give the economic boost that I never dreamed would come to Royal Palm Beach. Aldi alone could produce 500 or 600 jobs. That would be an economic boost not only to Royal Palm Beach, but all the surrounding communities.” Mattioli said the added jobs in the area will be incentive for people to buy homes and get the

real estate market movother municipalities ing again, and benefit can expect. small businesses that “I’ve had so many would support those good vibes, from Boca centers. to Port St. Lucie they He also wants to are coming,” he said, continue to support noting that even more the completion of State people will visit the Road 7 to Northlake park once the planned Blvd., as well as the dog park, flying disc completion of Roepark and future amebuck Road. Both nities are completed. planned improvements “I think some more have been under attack things will come there, Matty Mattioli by West Palm Beach. and it will be for the “Those are the main reasons that old and the young.” I’m going to do this, for more Mattioli said that good finantime, and I would feel that we have cial management and reasonable played the game and won,” he economic growth will keep Royal said. “Twenty-three years is quite Palm Beach the way it is today, a long span.” with a good quality of life for its Mattioli added that he is quite residents. proud of the completion of the “There is no financial or politi162-acre Royal Palm Beach Com- cal gain for me to do this,” he said. mons Park, which has improved “We’re on third base, and I want the level of service for residents to come home, finish it and say, far beyond what residents of ‘thank you.’”

talking about is allowing greater density of people and horses on five acres or less.” PZA Board Member Carol Coleman noted that some people might have multiple lots. Radosevich said she was concerned that the allowable space for grooms’ quarters could balloon up on properties with multiple lots and dozens of stalls. “If we calculate the number of grooms at one per every four stalls, on 5 acres, if the stalls were 12x12, that would allow 11 grooms’ quarters at 600 square feet each,” she said. “That’s multi-family housing.” Radosevich noted that would be in addition to a home and a barn. “I think that’s way too much density,” she said. Stillings noted that the four-peracre stall limit would allow only 20 stalls on a five-acre piece of land. But Radosevich noted that the rules would allow a 6,250-squarefoot barn on that same lot. “That’s huge,” she said. “I don’t know why they need more space.” O’Dell said that currently a three-acre piece of land would be allowed 12 stalls. “With 500 feet allowed per four stalls, that’s a 1,500-square-foot grooms’ quarters,” he said. “That’s allowed today. You could build that tomorrow.” O’Dell noted that many barn owners are adding riders’ lounges, laundry rooms, larger tack rooms and other spaces to make the barns more comfortable. “The owners want to build better facilities and provide better grooms’ quarters for their people,” he said. “If they re-

move [the grooms’ quarters] from the calculation, they can build more of the lounges, tack rooms and other areas.” Coleman said she believed the grooms’ quarters should only be for grooms. Stillings said it wasn’t possible to control who lives in them. “We call them grooms’ quarters, but it’s not possible to legislate who goes in them,” he said. “We have a definition for caring for the horse, not who is or isn’t a groom.” Radosevich was also concerned that residents could rent out the grooms’ quarters to people who aren’t necessarily caring for horses. “Say I get rid of my horses and I have a couple of grooms’ apartments, could I just rent them out to people?” she asked. “The truth is, the way this is written, I could have my aunt living out there.” Stillings said the way to regulate it would be through fire codes, which are different for private residences that aren’t being rented out. “That is one of the ways we can track it,” he said. “That or through code compliance.” During public comment, attorney Jeff Kurtz said his client, a family living in Saddle Trail, was concerned about removing the variance to allow for extra space. “For those 22 people [who have received a variance], it could make those properties nonconforming,” he said. His client was also concerned that properties outside of Saddle Trail and Paddock Park of less than five acres would not have the same restrictions of four stalls per acre.

“There’s this rule that applies only in Saddle Trail and Paddock Park that limits the number of stalls per acre,” he said, “even though you have similarly configured lots throughout the village.” Kurtz questioned whether it was an appropriate standard to have, and if so, why it wasn’t in affect in all of the preserve. “My clients believe they are discriminated against because it’s not the same standard as right across the street,” he said. “It makes those properties arguably more valuable.” PZA Board Member Elizabeth Mariaca said she had been approached by a member of the Equestrian Preserve Committee who requested that the item go back before the committee. “She implied to me that the matter was going back before them,” she said. Village Attorney Laurie Cohen said that wasn’t necessarily the case. “[Village Manager] Paul Schofield had a conversation with that individual,” she said. “He never committed to bringing this back before the committee.” Several board members said they felt the issue was too complex to vote on that night. PZA Board Member Paul Adams suggested sending it back to the Equestrian Preserve Committee for refining. But other board members suggested holding a workshop on the matter and inviting Equestrian Preserve Committee members to be involved. Adams agreed and made a motion to table the item and hold a workshop instead. The motion passed unanimously.

sage. The evening will also feature a silent auction and raffles. For more information about the

Nov. 15 event, call Sheree Diamond at (561) 236-2441 or Sheri Granaroli at (561) 512-7544.

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continued from page 1 That’s what excites me about being with you here today.” Burns was president of Stratacon Global Institute (SGI), responsible for creating member-driven strategies and leading chambers of commerce in marketing strategies through complex governance, fundraising and finance challenges. Formerly, he was assistant director of the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, responsible for all aspects of economic development and oversight of contract awards to county-certified small businesses and federal disadvantaged business enterprise programs. Burns also served as economic division manager and coordinator for the City of Plantation, where he was largely credited for bringing the collaboration needed to accelerate redevelopment along State Road 7. While in Plantation, he won several awards and national recognition, and as a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance board, he was named economic developer and volunteer of the year for his leadership of the 31city Partners Council. Burns graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in soci-

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continued from page 7 requires a $150,000 budget to produce the event, he said. In addition to facility site fees, there are equipment rentals, audiovisual needs, tables and chairs and tent vendors, hospitality and transportation services, contractual labor, marketing services and insurance needs. “We really want the business community to take a look at these sporting events and try to get involved,” Linley said. “We want to make sure these events are using Palm Beach County companies when they can. One way to do that is to be engaged with our organiza-

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continued from page 6 merchandise. Swinbank was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where he was charged with petty theft. NOV. 4 — A resident of 188th Trail North called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation Monday morning regarding a suspicious incident. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 7:45 a.m., the victim noticed that the gate to her driveway was missing. The victim said she last saw the gate intact at approximately 8 p.m. last Sunday. According to the report, the victim believes someone was trying to access her property. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. NOV. 4 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched Monday afternoon to the intersection of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and 75th Lane North regarding a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, the victim parked his gray 2002 Ford F-250 nearby

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ology and psychology and earned his master’s of business administration degree in international business. Gonzalez cited Burns’ track record when announcing his selection. “He has considerable experience in chamber leadership, finance and fundraising, expertise in small business services and an award-winning track record in economic development,” Gonzalez said. “Our board of directors is excited to have Burns aboard.” Gonzalez also thanked Interim CEO Mary Lou Bedford for leading the chamber through the transition time. “She really helped the chamber stay focused and have it run smoothly from an operations standpoint,” he said. Bedford will remain with the chamber, serving as executive vice president. tion and learn about all the great sport activities that are taking place throughout the county.” The sports commission is a private organization that is contracted by Palm Beach County to promote the county as a destination both nationally and internationally. It does that by attracting sporting events that bring in statewide, national and international visitors. “We host them specifically to generate bed tax revenue for the county and generate economic impact, and this was truly a banner year for us,” Linley said. “The 122 sporting events that we supported was a record for our organization. We’re very proud of that. The 170,000 room nights is a new benchmark for us, so we’re excited about where we are and where we’re going.” at approximately 1 p.m. When the victim returned an hour later, the vehicle was missing. According to the report, the victim did not know who would have taken it. The vehicle had the letters RKC on the back window and a diamond-plate toolbox in the bed of the truck. According to the report, another deputy believed the vehicle may have been involved in a hit-and-run crash later that day. There was no further information available at the time of the report. NOV. 5 — A resident of the Eastwood community called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Tuesday to report a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 1 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, someone entered the victim’s home through the garage side door. According to the report, once inside, the perpetrator(s) stole a 40-inch Samsung television, 25 to 30 Playstation video games and 15 to 20 DVD movies. The stolen items were valued at approximately $425. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.


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Young Professionals Of Wellington Host Costume And Casino Night

The Young Professionals of Wellington presented Wicked, a costume and casino night to benefit the HELO Foundation on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Wanderers club. The HELO Foundation provides veterans with scholarship funds. The event featured a silent auction and art sale, casino games, a costume contest, dancing and more. For more info., visit www.helofoundation.org.

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U.S. Marine veterans Jake Michovich, Fred Roger, Kelsey DeSantis, Carlos Garcia, Wylie Meikle and Ruben Ruiz with U.S. Air Force veteran Ricky St. Croix.

Victor and Marla Connor show off their costumes.

Costume contest winners Janice Whitney and Glenn Straub with Young Professionals Chairman Michael Drahos.

Marine veteran Fred Roger, Young Professionals Chairman Michael Drahos, Kevin Swerdlin and Kelsey DeSantis.

Alec and Melody Domb, Marine veterans Kelsey DeSantis and Dan Beja, Amy Swerdlin and Melissa Brusie.

Alan and Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig with Vice Mayor Howard Coates.

Princess And Pirate Ball At IPC Raises Funds For Kids Helping Kids

The second annual Princess and Pirate Ball was held Sunday, Nov. 3 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The event benefited Kids Helping Kids, a program of the Center for Family Services. There was food and drinks, bounce houses, pony rides, games and photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier more. For more info., call (561) 616-1222 or visit www.ctrfam.org.

Max, Kitty and Larry Silverstein with Emma and Amy Guerrieri. Max and Emma served as Kids Committee chairs.

(Left) USA Junior Ambassador Preteen Amanda Ng meets Cinderella with a curtsy. (Right) Claire Luce aboard Thunder.

THE 10U HITMEN are coming!!! The South Florida Hitmen are expanding their program into a 10U division beginning this November 2013. TRYOUT DAY will be November 10th from 10AM-12N at the Willows Park in Royal Palm Beach. After November 10th, please call for additional times.

The SOUTH FLORIDA HITMEN are building a highly competitive travel team for experienced travel players. Player must be able to come into the lineup and contribute immediately. All positions are available. Pitchers & Catchers are a plus. Call coaching sta at 561-758-7916 for more details, or visit the website at www.southoridahitmen.com.

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Donnie McKenzie Teaches Horses How To Drive

When Kelly Caldwell-Sachs bought a cart, she went looking for someone to teach her and her horses how to drive. She found Donnie McKenzie. McKenzie said teaching horses to drive is his forte. He harnesses them up, line drives them, then presents them to the cart. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 21

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Broncos Defeat Park Vista To Take District Title

The Palm Beach Central High School varsity football squad hosted Park Vista High School for the District 10-8A title and convincingly defeated the No. 2 Cobras 40-13 before a capacity crowd Friday, Nov. 1. The No. 5 Broncos, after a shaky 1-3 season start, dominated the Cobras in nearly every aspect of the contest. Page 27

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Rider Oded Shimoni To Headline ShowChic’s November ShopTalk

International dressage rider Oded Shimoni will be the star of ShowChic’s November ShopTalk, where he will discuss his most recent accomplishment: opening his own dressage training center. ShowChic will host Shimoni on Monday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. He will share his experiences and offer insights into the ins and outs of running a world-class training center. Page 22

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Wellington Suffers 20-9 Loss To Palm Beach Gardens

Wellington High School hosted Palm Beach Gardens High School on Friday, Nov. 1 in a district match-up, falling 20-9 to the Gators. The No. 6 Gators had to come from behind to steal the victory from the Wolverines. Wellington’s six turnovers put out the fire from any spark the passing game provided. Page 27

THIS WEEK’S index Tails from the Trails............................. 21 BUSINESS NEWS................................... 22-23 SPORTS & RECREATION.........................27-29 COMMUNITY CALENDAR............................. 30 CLASSIFIEDS......................................... 30-33


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Trainer Donnie McKenzie Teaches Horses How To Drive

Kelly Caldwell-Sachs splits her time between Colorado and Wellington — skiing and horses. The horses are relatively new. She got into horses at 26, and it blossomed from there. She started out showing hunters and equitation. Recently, Caldwell-Sachs has gotten into driving. “I have seven horses, four of whom I compete with at the Winter Equestrian Festival. I also have Godzilla, a mini, and Spike, a small Warmblood pony,” Caldwell-Sachs said. “I got them for my 3-year-old twins, Quinn and Drew, but in the meantime, they were just standing around with nothing to do. They really needed a job. I decided driving would be just the thing for them.” And so, this past July, Caldwell-Sachs bought a cart and went looking for someone to teach her and the horses. She found Donnie McKenzie. “I’m originally from North Carolina, and moved to South Florida in the 1980s,” McKenzie recalled. “I was a Standardbred racehorse trainer at the South Florida Trotting Center, breaking and training the young horses, racing them at Pompano. I’ve always worked with horses my entire life. I fell in love with the life at a young age. I don’t race anymore, just train horses, mostly hunter/ jumpers, and I work as a groom, and of course Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg teach horses to drive. A kind of jack of all trades.” McKenzie said teaching horses to drive is his forte. He harnesses them up, line drives them, then presents them to the cart; it’s second nature to him. “The most fun part is starting a horse who doesn’t know anything and ending up with a finished horse who’ll go anywhere and do anything,” McKenzie said. “Driving helps instill confidence in nervous horses, teaches them manners. You and the horse become one. Of course, anytime you’re dealing with horses, you have to keep in mind that no matter how well trained they are, a fly can bite them and set them off. You’re dealing with a 1,000-pound animal that can become an elephant in the blink of an eye. You have to be on guard. You can trust ’em 60 percent of the time, but you have to keep your wits about you the other 40 percent.” McKenzie is willing to work with anyone and any horse. He thinks that having a horse who drives as well as rides is a plus. “Horses like driving, once they get the

Donnie McKenzie trains Godzilla to drive. knack of it,” he said. “Even horses in competition. It calms them down, gives them a good head, puts them in another frame of mind, keeps them fit in a different, more subtle way, and takes the pressure off their legs and backs. And, of course, it’s perfect for that pony that’s just standing in a field, needing a job.” Depending on how much training a horse has had, his personality and trust level,

McKenzie said it typically takes about two weeks to break a horse to a cart. However, he has had horses jogging around a practice track two days after starting them. “I love working with Donnie,” CaldwellSachs said. “Driving is not that much different from riding. Of course, you’re not on the horse, but he still has to listen to your hands, and the contact is more sensitive. I’ve learned See ROSENBERG, page 29

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Public Speaking Subject Of Nov. 21 Small Biz RoundTable The next session of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business RoundTable will focus on public speaking. This workshop will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lake Wellington Professional Centre, located at 12230 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington.

The speaker will be AmondaRose Igoe, an award-winning speaking expert and bestselling author. She specializes in coaching people in improving their public speaking skills in order for them to attract new clients, create more income and grow their businesses utilizing quick and easy public speaking techniques. Af-

ter the session, attendees will be able to apply these skills immediately to their own businesses. “Public speaking can help you maximize your time, knowledge and energy so that you can finally start charging what you are worth and get it,” Igoe said. The evening will begin with re-

freshments. The speaker will begin at 6 p.m., followed by an interactive workshop where the attendees will practice their new skills. The goal for this event is to help attendees apply their new public speaking skills in the workshop and later in their businesses. The November session will be

the final session of the 2013 Small Business RoundTable series. The cost to attend is $10 for members and $20 for future members. For more info., call Michela Perillo-Green at (561) 792-6525, e-mail info@wellingtonchamber. com or visit www.wellington chamber.com.

Oded Shimoni To Headline ShowChic’s November ShopTalk

International dressage rider Oded Shimoni will be the star of ShowChic’s November ShopTalk, where he will discuss his most recent accomplishment: opening his own dressage training center. Shimoni is a veteran of two World Equestrian Games, two European Championships and has qualified two horses for the Olympic Games. ShowChic will host Shimoni on Monday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. He will share his experiences and offer insights into the ins and outs of running a world-class training center. “Now that I have achieved what many riders hope for, I believe it is time to give back to the sport that has been so good to me and which I love,” Shimoni said. “I want to do whatever I can to help improve riders and, in turn, benefit their horses. After all, it is the horses who are the real competitors.” A two-time World Equestrian Games and European Championship rider, Shimoni has

also qualified twice for the Olympic team representing his home country of Israel. He became the first Israeli to compete in the World Equestrian Games in 1998, as well as the first Israeli equestrian to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2004. Recently, Shimoni’s company, OS Dressage LLC, purchased a state-of-the-art equine facility complete with 28 stalls, a covered arena and outdoor arena, as well as a grass jumping arena, horse walker and nine paddocks. The new facility is located near the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds and spans 10 acres. Shimoni will offer full training packages and is excited to open for the upcoming 2013-14 winter show season. ShowChic’s monthly ShopTalks are made possible by sponsor Gold Coast Dressage Association as a means to offer riders an opportunity to meet and learn face-to-face from world class equestrian experts. After the forum, attendees are invited to browse

the select equestrian apparel in the ShowChic boutique. Guests at the ShopTalk will also have the chance to win door prizes from Equi Cool Down, a revolutionary new cooling product for equine athletes that uses patent-pending cooling textile technology to reduce body temperature and minimize heat and inflammation. ShowChic carries everything the rider needs to dress for success in the dressage arena, including well-known brands like Kentucky, Cavallo, Arista, Pikeur, Equiline, Back on Track and Samshield. ShowChic’s mobile store can be found at show grounds across the east coast in the summer and on the Florida show circuit in the winter. ShowChic is located at 3220 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 3, in Wellington. For more information about ShowChic, visit www.showchicdressage.com or call (561) 319-2121.

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Optometrists Join Global Eye Health Campaign Local optometrists Dr. Mark and Dr. Brandee Marciano of Marciano Family Optometric are taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge in order to help the estimated 600 million people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses. The World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error. It is supported by eye care professionals

around the world. The campaign is run by the global charity Optometry Giving Sight. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Marcianos will donate all professional eye exam fees and hold a celebration day to raise awareness of the importance of everyone being able to get their eyes tested and have access to quality eye and vision care. “We have proudly supported Optometry Giving Sight for four years,” Dr. Brandee Marciano said. “The World Sight Day Challenge is a very positive campaign because

preventable blindness is a solvable problem.” The World Sight Day Challenge will also feature new “people power” wristbands to encourage everyone who visits Marciano Family Optometric to make a donation and publicly show their support for Optometry Giving Sight. “Most people are surprised to learn that just $5 can be enough to help provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone living in an underserved community. Everyone can make a difference,”

Dr. Brandee Marciano said. Thanks to past donations, Optometry Giving Sight has been able to fund 67 projects in 38 countries. Anyone who appreciates the importance of good vision can make a monthly or annual donation to Optometry Giving Sight between now and Nov. 19 at www.givingsight. org, or by visiting the Marciano Family Optometric office at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd., Suite 9, in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 242-1200.

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Dr. Rachel Docekal Elected To Economic Council Of PBC

Dr. Rachel Docekal

Dr. Rachel Docekal, chief executive officer of Hanley Center Foundation and a Wellington resident, was recently elected to the Economic Council of Palm Beach County. In this role, Docekal will be responsible for collaborating with other like-minded business professionals to influence economic growth in Palm Beach County. “I am pleased to join the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, which has a diverse membership, allowing an excellent collaboration between the public and private business sector,” Docekal said. “As the

leader of a mission-driven nonprofit which is contributing greatly to the Palm Beach County economy, I look forward to assisting the council’s mission, which makes a consistent and considerable positive impact on the citizens of Palm Beach County and beyond.” Established in 1975, the Economic Council and its members have focused the organization as a trailblazer in the community for identifying key policy and issue areas that affect how businesses operate. As the voice of business in the community, the council works to

guide and shape the economic and civic landscape of the county. Docekal, a noted development and marketing professional, has deep experience with nonprofit, community-based organizations and has been presented with numerous recognitions for her contributions to businesses in South Florida. In her role as vice president of external relations for Caron Treatment Centers and head of Hanley Center Foundation, the nonprofit entity created to support Hanley Center’s treatment programs, Docekal is responsible for capital improvements to the

center’s main campus in West Palm Beach, board and donor relations, fundraising events and creating fund development strategies. Part of the Caron Treatment Centers nationwide network, Hanley Center is a residential addiction treatment center headquartered in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (866) 5HANLEY or visit www.hanleycenter.org. More information on the Economic Council of Palm Beach County is available by calling (561) 684-1551 or visiting www. economiccouncilpbc.org.

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Broncos Defeat Park Vista 40-13 To Take District Title

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School varsity football squad hosted Park Vista High School for the District 10-8A title and convincingly defeated the No. 2 Cobras 40-13 before a capacity crowd Friday, Nov. 1. If there was a statement to be made for the No. 5 Broncos, after a shaky 1-3 season start, it was certainly made as they dominated the Cobras in nearly every aspect of the contest. Tommy McDonald’s 116 rushing yards and four touchdowns led the Broncos, as they won their fifth consecutive game and second straight district title.

Palm Beach Central (6-3, 4-1) consumed nearly six minutes of the first quarter before McDonald entered his first score from 2 yards out. The two-point conversion failed, and the Broncos never trailed after the early 6-0 lead. Park Vista (7-2, 4-1) retaliated with a long pass into Palm Beach Central territory, but could not find a rhythm and fell victim to turnovers. The Broncos closed out the half with a 20-0 lead. The Cobras closed the gap and made it 20-6, but never could catch momentum. Palm Beach Central would tally 20 more points in the fourth quarter to seal the district title. The Broncos had 347 yards

rushing, including 120 yards from junior quarterback Kemar Downer. Jhnard Dorsett added 67 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while Josh Gutierrez rushed for 35 yards and a score. The Broncos will host their first playoff game in two weeks, but will have to travel to Palm Beach Gardens High School to close out the season Friday, Nov. 8 for a 7 p.m. game.

Running back Tommy McDonald crosses the line for a touchdown.

P.B. Central quarterback Kemar Downer fights for additional yards.

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(Above) Bronco quarterback Kevin Bramhall looks for an open receiver. (Right) Luis Peguero makes a catch for big yardage.

Wellington Suffers 20-9 Loss To Palm Beach Gardens

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington High School hosted Palm Beach Gardens High School on Friday, Nov. 1 in a district matchup, falling 20-9 to the Gators. The No. 6 Gators had to come from behind to steal the victory from the Wolverines. The first quarter closed scoreless. It was clear that

Wellington was playing for pride, and the Gators found themselves in a battle as they trailed at the end of the first half 6-0. Wellington (3-6, 0-3) took the lead when receiver Ahmmon Richards caught a 55-yard bomb from quarterback Devin Bolden. Alex Ng’s point-after kick was wide. The Gators (6-3, 3-0) responded

Running back Kyle Branch breaks a tackle to the outside.

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with a four-play drive and took the lead 7-6. Ng lifted the Wolverines into the lead with a 44-yard field goal to make it 9-7. Gardens ended the first half with a 40-yard field goal of their own to retake the lead 10-9. Both teams battled back-and-forth to establish control. The Gators held Wellington to less than 5 yards rushing, but it was Bolden’s 311 yards passing that gave the Wolverines life with the hopes of an upset in the making. Both teams threatened to score inside the red zone, but Wellington’s six turnovers put out the fire from any spark the passing game provided. Palm Beach Gardens attempted to convert twice on fourth and short, once for a score, and were stopped by Wellington’s defense. “Stupid mistakes, fumbling and throwing interceptions cost us,” Wellington coach Thomas Abel said. “I was happy with the way everybody played, and it was a great match-up tonight. This is a great football team.” Wellington will close out its season on the road against John I. Leonard High School on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

Wellington running back Mike Howard runs for a big gain.


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South Florida Gold Basketball Team To Play In RPB

After a successful opening weekend in Coral Springs, which saw the South Florida Gold American Basketball Association team secure two wins, the team now travels to Royal Palm Beach with games Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. The games will be played at Royal Palm Beach High School. The South Florida Gold team is making a difference in the communities where they are playing by supporting local charities such as the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club, Wheels for Kids and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.

The team is coached by former NBA all-star Robert Reid, who is not just teaching basketball to his players, but also teaching life skills. The players recently visited the children at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital as part of a reverse

trick-or-treat program. Their appearance was a slam dunk with the kids, as the children had an opportunity to spend time with the players and enjoy themselves. The players are going to be interacting with many civic organizations to deliver posi-

For more information, visit www. sflgold.com.

All Stars Win Title

Hitmen Seeking 10-U Players

The South Florida Hitmen travel baseball program is expanding into a 10-U division beginning this month. Tryout day will be Sunday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Willows Park in Royal Palm Beach. The program aims to build a highly competitive travel team for experienced travel players. Players must be able to come into the lineup and contribute immediately. All positions are available; pitchers and catchers are a plus. Call the coaching staff at (561) 758-7916 for details, or visit www. southfloridahitmen.com.

tive messages and to act as ambassadors for professional basketball.

The PBCHS girls cross country team at regionals.

Great Season For PBCHS Cross Country Runners

The Wellington All Stars Little League 10-year-old division won the Little League District 7 All Stars championship, defeating the Boca Raton All Stars 9-7 at the West Boynton Beach Little League fields. (Front row) Owen Keane, Tristan Gasset, Ray Laufenberg and Gavin Bogdanchik; (middle row) Kieran Etwara, Jason Benhardus, Angel Cruz, Matthew Pinello, Brandon Alquacil, Jacob Proenza­Smith and Jake Penta; and (back row) coaches Chris Keane, Greg Bogdanchik, Alex Peters and Lou Penta. Not shown: Gabe Peters.

The Palm Beach Central High School cross country team has had a banner season. The girls team qualified for the FHSAA State Finals in Tallahassee after winning the conference and district championships. The team also was runner-up in Palm Beach County and the regional championship. Team members include Morgan Hull, Malina Morales,

Isabella Lynch, Sophia Guinazu, Amanda Carr, Shelly Trak and Olivia Williams. Hull is the conference, district and county individual champion. She also finished as the regional runner-up. The boys team finished short of qualifying for the state championships, but also had a good season. Matthew Guinazu qualified for the state finals.

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SRHS Bowlers End Season

The Seminole Ridge High School bowling teams finished the season at district competition Oct. 29. The SRHS boys team placed fourth, with individual bowlers Tyler Yount finishing sixth, with a personal best series (166, 240, 196); Andrew Smith finishing 13th (163, 184, 190); and Matthew Smith finishing 15th. The Hawk girls team finished in fifth place, with individual bowler

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Driving Horses

continued from page 21 a lot through driving to use when I’m riding. It’s wonderful.” Driving is also far more leisurely a sport. “The most fun is going driving on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee, listening to a book on tape, relaxing and enjoying the scenery. It’s not as physically demanding as riding, gives my legs a rest. And the horses are happy to do it, get some exercise,” Caldwell-Sachs said. “The driving community as a group are just the nicest people, so welcoming. They love sharing knowledge and are always eager to help you with anything.”

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Hanna Hernandez placing ninth (159, 146, 136).

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The Emerald Cove Middle School boys baseball team made it to the county semifinals in the “final four” out of 36 middle schools county wide. It was a record-breaking season for the Pirates to advance so far in the district tournament, and the Emerald Cove baseball program

remains one of the top in the county. The team is led by head coach Lou Todaro and assistant coach Rob Costenza. The team members are: Jonathan Fortunato, Jordan Travis, Logan Fiore, Guillermo Garcia, Joe Corona, Dane Dorsainvil, Tyler Barella, Jake Simon, James Myers, Jimmy Behar, Zac Lampton, Griffin Lampton, Calvin Johnson, Chris Cedeno, Cameron Mahorn, Jermey Neff, Jason Neff and Jared Tapia. Emerald Cove congratulates the team on a great season.

The Emerald Cove Middle School boys baseball team.

And in the community, McKenzie is a fixture. “Everyone knows Donnie. He’s a super guy, so nice. You can’t help but want to talk with him. He’s like a horse whisperer, just amazing. He’s not just a trainer: he’s a horseman through and through,” she said. Caldwell-Sachs is having Donnie teach her show horses to drive as well. She said that pulling makes them calmer, more trusting, stronger and happier. “At the end of the day, they’re all horses,” she said. “They enjoy having different jobs, learning something new instead of doing the same old monotonous routine day after day, which can make them sour. Driving is fabulous for their brains and butts, like cross-training. It gives them something else to think about.”

McKenzie also enjoys working with Caldwell-Sachs. “She and her kids are having a blast. That’s another nice thing about driving. You can bring along friends. It can be a family thing, whereas when you’re riding, it’s usually one person to a horse,” he said. “There are more and more driving clubs popping up all over. Not everyone is into jumping or dressage. Driving is another way to enjoy horses. It’s a great outlet for people who enjoy being around horses but don’t want to ride. You might be surprised how much fun you can have driving a horse. I highly recommend it.” Interested in having Donnie McKenzie teach you and your horse to drive? Give him a call at (561) 722-8208.

Kelly Caldwell-Sachs drives Godzilla with daughter Quinn and son Drew.

Great Season For Pirates Baseball

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Saturday, Nov. 9 • At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, volunteers will gather to expand the butterfly garden at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Environmental Preserve on Flying Cow Road in Wellington. About 100 native plants will be installed. For more info., call (561) 628-3675. • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 2835856 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Families Read Together: Lost & Found Story Time for ages 3 and up Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will present Turtles for all ages Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. Learn about the variety of shelled creatures that live in Florida. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature Anime Club for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. Watch anime, eat Pocky and check out the newest manga titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Monday, Nov. 11 • The FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center’s annual Learn Green Conference is set for Monday, Nov 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dreyfoos School for the Performing Arts (501 S. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach). For ticket information visit www.learngreenconference.com. • Dr. Amanda Weiss of SeaView Eyecare and Dr. Arianne Weiss of Weiss Family Chiropractic will offer a program on blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol for adults age 55 and older Monday, Nov. 11 at noon at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) Pre-register in person, online at www.wellingtonfl. gov or by calling (561) 753-2489. • Royal Palm Beach will Salute Veterans with a candlelight service Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

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at Veterans Park Amphitheater on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. Enjoy refreshments and a musical performance following the ceremony. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. • The Wellington High School Band will present a free Salute to Veterans Concert on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Wellington High School Theater (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). Tuesday, Nov. 12 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will present Science for Seniors: Animal Migration for ages 50 and over Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. Learn about a variety of species that move seasonally. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature Groundbreaking Reads: Adult Book Discussion Series on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Barbara Harnick will discuss The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Tuesdays Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature Fantastic Favorites for ages 4 to 7 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. Enjoy stories that just might become your family’s new favorites. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host a Taste of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy samples from the Thanksgiving holiday menu at this free event. Call (561) 904-4000 for info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature Art Smarts: Leaf Printing for ages 8 to 16 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Wonders of the Night Sky: Telescope Viewing Session for adults Tuesday,

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Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. with the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, Nov. 13 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Kickoff to the Equestrian Season Luncheon at the Wanderers Club on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon will begin at noon. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for non-members. Call (561) 792-6525 to RSVP. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature Make Friends with Rainbow Fish for ages 3 to 5 on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. Create a colorful craft and hear a fun story with a deep message. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature Fall Harvest Salt Painting for ages 5 to 9 on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Meet the Author: Alex Watson for all ages Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Alex Watson will discuss his book Tsunami. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature Take ‘n’ Bake: The Family Table for adults Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. Take one of the library’s selected baking cookbooks, try a recipe and discuss your results. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature Japanese Anime & Culture Club for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Hang out, watch a variety of anime and eat snacks. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Thursday, Nov. 14 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of

The Town-Crier Commerce Women in Business Luncheon will take place Thursday, Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Omphoy Ocean Resort (2842 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach). Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Contact Mariela Castillo at (561) 578-4813 or mariela@cpbchamber.com for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature Thank Goodness for Story Time for ages 4 to 7 on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a few stories, activities and a craft all about the meaning of Thanksgiving. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pajama Tales for ages 2 to 6 on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. Wear your jammies, bring your teddy bear and wind down for the evening with bedtime stories. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • A Relay for Life Kickoff Party is set for Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Madison Green MarBar Grille (2001 Crestwood Blvd. RPB). RSVP to relayforlife@aol.com. For more info., visit www. relayforlife.org/royalpalmbeachFL. Friday, Nov. 15 • Families Reading Together: Suzy Hammer as Neptunia the Sea Goddess for all ages will take place Friday, Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) and at 4:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way). Neptunia tells magical stories about the wonders of saving the seas. Call (561) 790-6070 (Wellington) or (561) 790-6030 (RPB) to pre-register. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@ gotowncrier.com.

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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

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