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Wellington United Sisterhood Hosts 10th Anniversary Toy Drive

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As the holidays approach, many people are motivated to do something good for others. A decade ago, Sophie Diaz was inspired to reach out to friends and family and do something special for children in need. That is how the Wellington United Sisterhood came together in support of children by collecting and donating toys. Page 3

Royal Palm Seniors Enjoy Fun Halloween Party At Rec Center

The Royal Palm Beach Senior Activities Group held a Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. Seniors dressed up for Halloween, and there was a contest for prizes. Attendees also enjoyed food while DJ Terry Harms played oldies dance music. Page 10

Annual Wellington Golf Classic Supports Local Boys & Girls Club

The 38th annual Wellington Golf Classic to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club took place on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The afternoon began with registration and boxed lunches, followed by scramble play on the golf course. Following golf was an awards celebration with light bites, cocktails, and silent and live auctions. Page 15

Wellington’s popular murder mystery dinner theater returned to the Wellington Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 2 with the theme “Murder at the Greatest Show on Earth.” The sold-out event hosted 200 guests, who were treated to an original show, along with dinner, music, costume contests and more. Shown above, Joe and Tricia Conlon, Janet Walters and Debbie Schatz get ready for the photo booth. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

ITID Moves Forward On Local Bill For Incorporation Study

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors ratified a local legislative bill last month that would authorize ITID to conduct an incorporation study. ITID President Betty Argue presented the proposed bill to the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation on Oct. 3. The delegation asked for some changes and approved the local bill subject to those changes, and the board approved the final version on Oct. 23. The bill authorizes ITID to study the potential conversion of the district to a municipality, Argue told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “We specifically want to look at the feasibility of converting the district to a municipality,” she said. “This bill will allow us to do that, and it will allow us to

do a charter and hold community meetings. If the electorate wishes, it can then petition the district to hold a referendum on incorporation, but we would have to have that petition before we could call a referendum.” Argue said that the ITID board had approved a preliminary reading of the local bill before it took it to the legislative delegation for approval, which put it on the legislative agenda for approval. “There were some minor changes during the whole process, so [Oct. 23] was a second reading with the changes that were presented to the local delegation, in which we had unanimous support,” she said. The bill still needs to go through the legislative process in Tallahassee and be passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

Previous efforts to explore Acreage incorporation by private entities have failed, but Argue pointed out that this study would convert ITID into a municipality. “What we’re proposing is different than what has been done in the past. The past efforts have been private efforts, not necessarily ones sanctioned that had Indian Trail on board for,” she said. “In particular, the efforts from the PLAN [Preserve the Lifestyle of The Acreage Now] organization two or three years ago. Indian Trail is 110 square miles. They were only trying to incorporate 38 square miles of The Acreage proper, and they were trying to make Indian Trail dependent on them.” Argue said that proposal left out a huge portion of the district. “How do you deal with that? See ITID BILL, page 18

Wellington Equestrian Committee Continues Work On Horse Industry Report

Seminole Ridge Hawks Football Squad Defeats The Visiting Wolverines

The Seminole Ridge High School football team hosted Wellington High School on Friday, Nov. 1 for the regular season finale, defeating the Wolverines 10-0. The Hawks capped their regular season with a record of 6-3 and clenched a postseason berth. Page 21 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 18 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 PEOPLE................................... 8 SCHOOLS................................ 9 COLUMNS............................. 16 BUSINESS............................. 19 CALENDAR............................ 18 SPORTS......................... 21 - 22 CLASSIFIEDS................. 20, 23 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By Gina M. Capone Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee continued Wednesday, Nov. 6 to explore the accuracy of the data that has been accumulated from various venues in and around Wellington to not only calculate an accurate number of horses that stable in the community during the winter season, but also to see how the horse industry is doing. In November 2018, the Equestrian Preserve Committee presented its Equestrian Plan of Action to the Wellington Village Council. Part of its goal was to develop better data to better understand how the equestrian industry impacts Wellington, and, therefore, assist in planning for short-term and long-term needs. Assistant Planning, Zoning & Building Director Michael O’Dell noted the objectives of collecting

the data in the report. “One of the goals and objectives of this report was to find that baseline that we can measure on a yearly basis,” O’Dell said. “When we talk about data gathering — and being able to measure it year in and year out — it has to be the same information. When you are gathering the information, know what you are gathering.” While counting horses in the sports of show jumping and dressage is a fairly straightforward collection of data, the sport of polo is not organized the same way. When it comes to polo, counting horses versus counting teams was a key topic discussed. Equestrian Preserve Committee Chair Jane Cleveland explained her interpretation. “We have the manure count, which are actual horses,” Cleveland said. “The state of the industry is basically how the industry is

doing. We must measure the state of the industry, so next year we can compare.” O’Dell agreed that once the methods are determined, it will make the process easier in the future. “What we are learning as we do these studies is these are the building blocks for next time,” O’Dell said. “The idea of the teams for polo, seems to be one methodology of tracking that industry through the teams participating in tournaments.” Equestrian Sport Productions President Michael Stone was invited to discuss the data with the committee. He expressed concerns with the methodology, particularly given that the sport of polo is in a state of flux due to recent changes by the United States Polo Association. “What will you do with the See HORSES, page 4

CVS Contractor Given 15 Days For Plan To Fix Building Or Face Demolition

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Work on a new CVS Pharmacy building in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza has been stalled since last spring due to structural problems, and Wellington officials this week gave the construction company working on the building 15 days to fix all the deficiencies or tear down the existing portion of the building and remove it. The problem-plagued project was halted abruptly in May when an incorrect concrete roof pour developed a cracking issue. Village officials have since been grappling with the deficiencies and the failure of the builder to adhere to the approved plans during the construction. “We are giving them 15 days to fix or demolish and remove the structure, based on the fact that several letters that we received from them are insufficient, and it has been since May 8 when the incident with the roof happened,” Wellington Building Official Jacek Tomasik told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “Now we are in November, and [all] the problems have not been identified and the fixes have not been submitted.”

The 15-day ultimatum is just one of the ways that Wellington is working to get a permanent fix for the dangerous eyesore. Tomasik said that during several meetings and on-site visits this week, submitted documents by the contractor were inadequate, information was withheld on additional deficiencies and no adequate plan was offered to fix the deficiencies. “After we reviewed the documents that they submitted, they were completely insufficient,” Tomasik said. “We scheduled a meeting on the site because we had concerns about the structural integrity… [there] we discovered significant [additional] structural deficiencies on the building.” Originally slated to open in July, the project was supposed to provide new retail space for CVS Pharmacy in central Wellington. It is part of a phased renovation to the Town Square shopping center. As part of the years-long project, the Provident Jewelry store was added, Publix was renovated and a building along Forest Hill Blvd. was demolished to allow CVS to relocate from an in-line store to a stand-alone building. Failure of the contractor to adSee CVS, page 4

Wellington building officials have found a number of structural problems with the CVS Pharmacy building under construction in the Town Square shopping plaza.


About 900 people visited Arden’s neighborhood farm on Saturday, Nov. 2 in celebration of the new “agrihood.” The community off Southern Blvd. west of Wellington is centered around a community farm. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors were invited to enjoy the various vendor booths, cooking demonstrations, farm tours, free food and more. Shown above, Ava Johnson decorates her canvas at a rock painting booth. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 17 PHOTO BY MEREDITH BUROW/TOWN-CRIER

Bobcat Ringers Debut At RPB Ed Board Meeting

Members of the Bobcat Ringers during their performance at the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board meeting.

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 opened to a packed house. Principal Tracy Gaugler of Royal Palm Beach Elementary School brought along the school’s chorus and its new handbell group for a special performance. “This presentation is much more about the students and families at Royal Palm Beach Elementary School. I’m excited to be here and share with you some of the exciting things that we have going on at our school,” Gaugler said. “Katie Kovalsky is our brand-new music teacher this year, and we are thrilled that she is now a bobcat. As

you can see, she has started some new programs at our school. She has formed our first ever Bobcat Ringers, and this is their debut performance.” The group of fifth graders played two songs for the board. In addition to the Bobcat Ringers, the Bobcat Chorus is at its largest with more than 50 students participating in the program. The chorus performed the national anthem and “Oh, Shenandoah” for those present. Gaugler, with her signature “woo-hoo” for various accomplishments, followed up the students with a detailed presentation on various school programs and current test scores for the school. She highlighted the involvement

of parents as contributing to the school maintaining its A rating. “Last year, our volunteers logged more than 5,500 hours of service,” Gaugler said. “We were the first school with a Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program. Nearly every day we have at least one of our Watch DOGS on campus.” Gaugler and her staff shared information on programs and student incentives, like the Bobcat Golden Tickets, Pawesome Positive Referrals, students of the month and a peer mentorship program that pairs gifted students with those in the ASD program. With an emphasis on social and emotional learning, the staff See RPB BOARD, page 18

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Wellington United Sisterhood Hosts 10th Anniversary Toy Drive

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report As the holidays approach, many people are motivated to do something good for others. A decade ago, Sophie Diaz was inspired to reach out to friends and family and do something special for children in need. That is how the Wellington United Sisterhood came together in support of a local organization dedicated to serving uprooted children in Palm Beach County by collecting and donating toys. “I started this event 10 years ago,” Diaz recalled. “I gathered some of my friends and acquaintances in the month of December to donate toys for the less fortunate. I then planned a luncheon at Kontiki, got a DJ, and we have lunch, dance and donate. Then I had to figure out who would deliver the toys.” Diaz and her friends decided that the children would enjoy

seeing a fire truck come directly to make a personal toy delivery. They partnered with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, which delivers the toys by truck to children at the Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth. “Some people donate big items like bikes, but even the small items are great. The children are ecstatic, as some of them do not get toys for Christmas,” Diaz said. “Since 2009, we have kept this tradition going. My goal would be to collect more than 100 toys this year.” The group currently has two collection sites, but it is open to expanding and adding sites at other businesses interested in participating. Donation boxes are posted at the Edmund James Salon & Spa (12020 South Shore Blvd., Suite 30, Wellington) and the French Corner Bistro (4595 Okeechobee Blvd., Suite D-129, West Palm Beach). Toys are accepted during normal business hours.

Diaz invites people to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at these locations, but also invites those who want to join the sisterhood at their annual celebration on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kontiki Wine & Raw Bar, located at 13860 Wellington Trace in the Courtyard Shops. “We accept new, unwrapped toys for all ages, but I want to remind people not to forget the teens. Kids who are 12 to 15 years of age have nothing and are often forgotten,” Diaz said. “I know it is easier to give for the little ones, but we want to help all the children in need at the center.” For more information about the lunch at Kontiki, or to learn more about becoming a toy drive donation site, e-mail Diaz at Diaz can also share information about the Wellington United Sisterhood for those interested in joining the ladies’ group.

“Some people donate big items like bikes, but even the small items are great. The children are ecstatic, as some of them do not get toys for Christmas,” Sophie Diaz said. “Since 2009, we have kept this tradition going. My goal would be to collect more than 100 toys this year.”

The ladies of the Wellington United Sisterhood at the culmination of last year’s toy drive.

Lox Council Moves Forward With Proposed Charter Referendum

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council approved the preliminary reading of an ordinance Tuesday, Nov. 5 calling for a referendum to make minor changes to the town’s charter. If granted final council approval, the referendum will appear on the Tuesday, March 17 ballot for voter approval. The town’s Charter Review Committee has been meeting for several months to review the charter, which has not been updated since the town’s incorporation. Proposed changes include the deletion or amending of passages outlining how the town would be created and its form of government, initial elections, the transition schedule upon incorporation, the initial election of council members, first-year expenses, the merger and dissolution of taxing districts, service providers that no longer exist and other provisions considered outdated or not applicable.

Mayor Robert Shorr asked about the provision for council candidates qualifying for election submitting information to the town clerk and specifics regarding the deadline. “If we’re going to keep ‘deadline’ in there, then I think there should be something added that says, ‘Any resident who wishes to become a council member shall contact the town clerk by the deadline in conjunction with the supervisor of elections,” Shorr said. Municipalities used to have set qualifying periods that never changed. However, recent changes to state law have required election supervisors to request changes to qualifying periods. Currently, Town Clerk Lakisha Burch said that the qualifying period is established by the council through a resolution. “You would know when the period is,” Burch said. “This year, the qualifying period is from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10,” Burch said. “Your resolution will state the qualifying period.”

Shorr also questioned the proposed ballot title having the clause “and other housekeeping issues.” He said it should only include “amendments to address various outdated and obsolete provisions.” “I think it should stop there because that’s what we are doing,” he said. Town Attorney Brian Shutt said the reason “other housekeeping issues” had been included was to cover any items in the proposed charter revisions that might not be considered “outdated and obsolete” to some people. The council finally agreed to delete “other housekeeping issues” and insert “non-applicable issues.” Councilwoman Lisa El-Ramey questioned whether “and taxing districts” should be included in the question, “Shall Loxahatchee Groves amend its charter to delete certain provisions or portions of a provision that are outdated or no longer applicable to the town regarding boundaries, qualifying periods, standards of conduct,

transition schedule, terms and taxing districts?” “We still have taxing authority for acre assessment, so are we actually getting rid of the taxing district?” El-Ramey asked. Town Manager Jamie Titcomb said the beginning of the sentence reads that the referendum is amending the charter to delete “certain provisions.” “We’re not necessarily wholesale deleting them, we’re modifying them,” Titcomb said. Shutt said that two taxing bodies being deleted no longer exist, and the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District is now dependent to the town. Shorr said it was important not to mislead the public when it comes to voting on the referendum. Shutt said the reason he included “and other housekeeping issues” was to be as broad as possible so voters would not think the referendum was trying to hide something. He suggested adding

“that are no longer applicable” after “taxing districts” to clarify the language. Shorr asked if the town would be sending any information to residents making them aware of the referendum and the nature of the amendments and deletions. Shutt said the town and the council cannot advocate for the changes one way or the other, but the council could take steps to make voters aware of the changes and advise them to contact town staff if they have questions. Titcomb said appropriate content will be added to the town web site to describe the ballot question. “As the attorney said, we cannot advocate for or against them,” he said. Shutt said there is a 15-word limit to the title and a 75-word limit to the content of the referendum question, and he would work on the wording to make sure the changes got in without exceeding the limit. During public comment, former

Councilman Ron Jarriel, who serves on the Charter Review Committee, said the committee had worked hard to develop the proposed changes. “You’ve got a good Charter Review Committee,” Jarriel said. “We’re putting a lot of time in on it. The clerk, legal and staff are doing an outstanding job. I just want you to know we’re trying to move ahead as quickly as we can. We put more time in it than what you thought we were going to put into it, and we’re trying to get as much to you as we can so we can vote on it at the next election.” Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia made a motion to approve the preliminary reading of the ordinance with the charter revisions, which carried 5-0. Aside from any proposed referenda, the Tuesday, March 17 ballot includes one council seat — Seat 5, currently held by Vice Mayor David DeMarois — as well as the statewide presidential preference primary.


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Westlake And Seminole Officials Meet To Resolve Differences

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Westlake City Council and Seminole Improvement District Board of Supervisors held a joint meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 to resolve some differences on land development regulations and reach an agreement on how to work together in the future. While Ken Cassel serves as both city manager of Westlake and secretary for the Seminole Improvement District, the two boards have separate members. At some point in the future, it is likely that the two government entities will merge. However, for now, Westlake’s council and Seminole’s board must work together, along with the city’s primary developer, Minto. Cassel opened the meeting explaining that the goal is to air some questions that the district had about the land development regulations. “At this point, I believe it is critical that we have this meeting together because we’re finishing on the city side some of the land development regulations,” Cassel said. “There’s some concerns that have been expressed by the district to make sure we’re all on the same page.” Cassel said that the meeting was called at the request of the Seminole Improvement District.


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continued from page 1 here to the design specifications for the roof came to light when it collapsed in May, when the contractor, without approval and inspection from the village, poured the lightweight roof concrete. Village residents have complained that an unsightly mess in the construction area has become a hardship for businesses and customers alike. A continuing struggle with the inconvenience of limited access and inadequate parking has customers avoiding stores in the shopping center, affecting the bottom line now and perhaps in the future as customers become habituated to frequenting other stores. Many have voiced questions about when the village will make the builder take the responsible action and repair or remove the structure so the overall project can be completed. “We have been actually working on it for a long time,” said Tomasik, who noted that the legalities and permit requirements take time in these situations. “There’s a lot of things that have to be done, but there’s nothing we can do overnight. The entire village staff has been working on this and getting things moved forward, but we are not the construction team, we are the regulatory team.” The CVS relocation project, which went to Pinnacle Construction, has been complicated from the start. The construction project entailed modifications that included demolishing the existing liquor store, constructing a new entrance


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continued from page 1 data?” Stone asked. “What are you going to do with it? Say, the USPA changes its mind and goes back to 26-goal tournaments, and you go from 14 teams to four teams. I’m not sure what you are trying to achieve. If it does drop, what is the village going to do?” Cleveland explained that the information was important so that the committee could make recommendations to the council, as well as gauge how Wellington is doing compared to other equestrian areas, such as Ocala. “It’s to measure the health of the different sports in Wellington,” Cleveland said. “Does the village need to be doing more than it is doing to support some of these sports?” Committee Member Annabelle Garrett explained some of the ideas behind gathering the data. “No one has ever studied how the [horse] industry has affected

Attorney Bob Diffenderfer, representing Seminole, said the district, the developer and city staff have been working on the land development regulations and reached differences of opinion on certain items. “There’s really no recipe for what we’re doing here,” Diffenderfer said, explaining that the rules vary from municipality to municipality. “We’re writing the rules because there’s no other relationship of the district and the city than the contours of what we have here, so we have to look at it and see what works.” Diffenderfer said that the Seminole Improvement District should probably be considered the City of Westlake’s public works department. “SID has most all of the basic infrastructure of the town,” he said. “Those items are laid out in the interlocal agreement, they are spoken to in the SID pact and also spoken to in the charter in sort of an exclusionary way… speaking of non-duplication of services.” This is important given that the Seminole Improvement District will likely be absorbed by the City of Westlake. “At some point in time, the city is going to assume title and responsibility for all of the infrastructure of the town — water, sewer,

roads, drainage and everything that goes with that,” Diffenderfer said. “Conceptually, that’s clear as can be. The problem comes when someone shows up on your doorstep and on our doorstep with an application to do something, and it’s not entirely clear which gets to say grace over it. That’s the puzzle we have been working through for the past couple of months trying to get to a set of rules that is clear to third parties.” Diffenderfer said he is looking for an application format where there is a common form and intake system for both the city and the district. “We are still in the process of crafting that common form of application, but that common form of application will elicit information, depending on what is being built, that the application will make it clear where it’s going and who is going to be reviewing it,” he said. Bonding is another issue that must be worked out, Diffenderfer said, pointing out that the city and district have different requirements. “We need to figure out a number that we can both use, so we don’t have two different requirements,” he said. “At the end of the day, SID is going to own those assets, but somebody is going to be filling out this common form of application.

They need a land development permit from the city. They need approval of the zoning authority, which is the city, to do what it is they’re going to be doing.” Diffenderfer added that bonding should not be required by both the city and the district. “The objective here is land development regulations that will make it possible for a third party to understand our respective rights, to have a clear process solution for that and clear direction in terms of what we need from them for information, and financially, where they need to go for approvals and where they go for closeout at the end of the day,” he said. Westlake Vice Mayor Katrina Long-Robinson asked Cassel how conflicts are resolved if they arise between the two entities. Cassel said he represents the city in writing the land development regulations. However, since he has an understanding of both sides of the equation, he tries to make sure that neither Seminole nor Westlake are overstepping their boundaries. “It’s a very difficult line to walk for all of us as we’re writing the land development regulations,” he said. “That’s really the purpose of this meeting because we’re getting into some areas where you get down to details.” If an issue needs to be ham-

mered out between the two entities, Cassel said he would turn it over to the city’s attorney and the district’s attorney to resolve it. “They fight the issues out, they [produce] the paperwork, it comes out before the boards, the two boards together, and whichever direction the two boards come up with is the direction I make sure happens on both sides of the equation,” Cassel said. Westlake City Attorney Pam Booker said no issues have arisen that have come to her for a legal opinion, although she and Diffenderfer have talked about the land development regulations and have different perspectives in some areas. Diffenderfer cited the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the governing body for the land containing the Walt Disney World Resort, which has two cities within it, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as an example of co-management between an improvement district and municipalities. “The Reedy Creek manager is the city manager for one, and I think the assistant Reedy Creek manager is the city manager for the other,” he said. “There is not a problem with someone doing both of those things. The issue is how your documents lay out what your respective powers are. I think

it’s perfectly appropriate for Mr. Cassel to be sitting in both of those positions because he’s got distinct duties to each.” Seminole Improvement District President Scott Massey said having one person as manager of both entities saves the cost of having a manager for each one. “We don’t have to have that full-time person, and the city doesn’t have to have that full-time person,” Massey explained. He added that having one manager for both entities also serves as an information conduit to keep everyone on the same page. Seminole Improvement District Supervisor Dennis Church asked if a common development application had been written for both entities, and Diffenderfer said they are working on it. “We have been going through the sum total of the various applications from both SID and the city to try to harmonize them,” he said. “This effort has made the importance of that more immediate as we tried to work through the language of the land development regulations.” Cassel said the city’s attorney and district’s attorney will have more discussions in the next couple of weeks and will try to have all issues worked out in time for the Westlake council meeting on Dec. 9.

from Forest Hill Blvd. and additional new parking. Wellington building officials issued the permit for the CVS store in July 2018 and the first inspections occurred in January 2019. Work progressed until May when the roof fell in, quite literally. Despite being advised by the village that the roof steel joists required inspection and approval by the contractor’s special inspector, and that independent review is required by the Florida Building Code, that special inspector authorized the concrete pour by phone without physically inspecting the support system. The roof system failed when the pour started. The failure to inspect and the failure to follow the approved plan created a potentially dangerous situation. With a collapsed roof and uncertain structural integrity of the remainder of the building, Wellington’s Building Department was left with no option other than declaring the building unsafe. The contractor was immediately ordered to provide engineering studies to show how the building could be made safe for workers to perform work in and around the building while the failed roofing system was removed and replaced with a code-compliant and safe system. Inspections of the exterior walls revealed additional deficiencies and deviations from the approved plans and the Florida Building Code. Further inspections also raised concerns about incomplete steel connections necessary for lateral stabilization of the exterior walls. The contractor submitted a temporary bracing plan for removal of the roof and to make the structure safe. However, the Building Department rejected the temporary plan because of deficiencies.

Wellington’s building officials advised the contractor that complete and correct plans to remedy all of the building’s problems would be required prior to the removal and replacement of the failed roof system. The village also required the contractor to hire a structural engineer to address the problems. That engineer, who identified additional deficiencies, was dismissed by the contractor, according to a timeline provided by the village. Wellington’s building officials then required that a qualified replacement engineer be hired prior to any additional work. Revised plans were rejected by the village as inadequate and potentially damaging to public property. The contractor has since been instructed to hire a forensic engineer to determine all the deficiencies and submit a plan to fix each of them. As a result of the roof failure and related building code violations, Wellington’s Building Department filed a complaint with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Board of Professional Engineers against the contractor and engineer for failure to follow approved plans and failure to properly inspect work. In an effort to protect the health and safety of the workers and the general public, as of last Monday, all construction remained stopped until complete plans that meet the requirements of the Florida Building Code are submitted to Wellington’s Building Department and approvals are completed. By Tuesday, those plans were submitted and deemed inadequate. By Wednesday morning, more deficiencies were found. That afternoon, the construction company was notified of the 15-day deadline to repair or remove the structure.

“Every time we go there, new things are discovered,” Tomasik said, reeling off a litany of deficiencies. “Wednesday, we discovered there are missing beams, missing supports, some of the columns are undersized, others haven’t been inspected yet. There are also exterior walls that are undersized, and we brought this to their attention.” While he can’t say for sure, Tomasik believes that some of the deficiencies were known to the company, but the information was not been reported to the Building Department. “They hired a forensic engineer, and we told them they need to go throughout the building and identify all the deficiencies — not

just the ones that we’re pointing out — so, they will be testing the portions of the building that got done without inspections. There’s a portion of the building that actually was completed without scheduled inspections and that will be inspected forensically,” Tomasik said. He does not believe that all of the problems with the structure have yet been reported. “The forensic engineer will be preparing and submitting a list of all deficiencies and the fixes for those deficiencies to the Building Department,” Tomasik said. Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Building Director Bob Basehart said that the village will keep pressure on the contractor to fix the

problems or remove the structure. “We are giving them 15 days,” Basehart said. “I don’t anticipate that we would approve any extensions based on the fact that it has been so long already.” Basehart agreed with Tomasik that the several letters received from the company are insufficient. Pinnacle Construction can appeal the staff decision to Wellington’s Construction Board of Appeals and perhaps take legal action. “But they would have to rule in their favor on practically everything,” Basehart said. “And I think the situation here is that the deficiencies are obvious.” Tomasik agreed. “They have admitted to the deficiencies,” he said.

the businesses, as well as the fact that there is truly in Wellington, the equestrians and the non-equestrians,” Garrett said. “Some non-equestrians are often like, ‘They can all leave, and we will be fine.’ But, in reality, that’s not true. We want to be able to present something to the council that shows how important this is to our village. If we want to keep people here instead of going to Ocala, or staying in Europe, collectively, we all have to think about what needs to be done here, looking at it from a community perspective of inclusiveness rather than us versus them.” Cleveland added that they will have to look beyond Wellington and work with other communities in order to continue to grow the horse industry and find expanded resources for stabling and more affordable land. Stone agreed that stabling requirements have changed in recent years. “A trend that is very noticeable is that more and more people are moving to Loxahatchee,” Stone explained. “It’s too difficult to build barns in Wellington. Peo-

ple don’t want to do it. There is land available [in Wellington], but it’s very expensive. Land in Loxahatchee is half the price. We have noticed that our stabling numbers have gone down over the last five years because less and less people are stabling on the show grounds. They used to stay the whole period at the horse show, but now they rent four or five stalls, and they circulate their horses through.” Equestrians are moving their horses around much more than they used to, Stone added. “There are shows in Ocala,” Stone said. “There are shows in California and Europe. So, people are tending to move their horses much more than they used to. People are staying, but not the horses. The insurance policy at the moment is that people who have bought are invested into Wellington.” While that means the industry is not going anywhere in the near future, it must be protected over the long term. “This industry is important to all of us,” Cleveland said. “None of us can take it for granted.”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The following letter is in response to the letter “Close Legal Loophole” by John R. Smith, published Oct. 18. Mr. Smith offers a somewhat biased view of a reason for insurance prices to rise in healthcare. I would like to offer my opinion based on about 40 years in healthcare and my own personal experience. Recently, my wife suffered an event which made it necessary to call an ambulance and a ride to the hospital emergency room. The ER physician ordered an EKG, and this is where what appears reasonable and prudent goes awry because somehow there is a coding error when it comes time for the bill and the health insurance company refuses to pay $42 for the EKG. The patient is in her 90s and is put into collections, not once, but twice! Letters are exchanged between myself and the insurance company, and after only four months of “deliberation” by a special committee of the insurance company,

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Crowd Enjoys Murder Mystery Dinner Theater In Wellington

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s popular murder mystery dinner theater returned to the Wellington Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 2 with the theme “Murder at the Greatest Show on Earth.” The sold-out event hosted 200 guests, who were treated to an original show by Standing Room Only Productions, along with dinner, music, costume contests and more. The circus-themed show involved the murder of Ringmaster Rinaldo, portrayed by James Perkowski. He was shot during his singing of “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and the suspects piled up quickly. As accusations flew around the room, guests Cheryl Lamey and Danny Blue were also pointed out as having a reason to kill Rinaldo. Guests enjoyed songs, food and lots of laughs while they interviewed the suspects, including Freakie Freddie (Andrew Brown), Hormonia Heywire (Joey Scot), Catatonia (Astrid Voxx) and Madam Morticia (Valerie Jett).

Detective Richard Head, played by C. Todd Vittum, kept the audience engaged and guessing. The evening concluded with the solving of what turned out to be a complicated crime. Madam Morticia conspired with Hormonia Heywire to kill Rinaldo and share his fortune. The team Wellington’s Finest came up with the winning theory to solve the crime. During the evening, guests also participated in a costume contest. Winners included Melanie Hooks in her living popcorn costume and Jason Block for his portrayal of a bearded lady. Cathy Rollins, CEO of Standing Room Only Productions, has created uniquely themed murder mystery events in Wellington for the past eight years. “I’ve been doing this for at least 25 years,” she said. “Wellington is great with the themes and the décor.” To learn more about Standing Room Only Productions’ upcoming shows, or to learn more about private parties and fundraisers, visit

Ringmaster Rinaldo (James Perkowski) belts out “There’s No Business Like Show Business” before his demise.

Cathy Rollins shares her singing talents with the crowd. Winning team “Wellington’s Finest” with the guilty suspects.

Cheryl and John Lamey just clowning around.


Chrissy and Gus Arnold in costume. A table full of mimes won an honorable mention.

Catatonia (Astrid Voxx) is listed as the prime suspect.

Best male costume winner Jason Block.

Michelle Garvey and Eric Juckett of Wellington’s Parks & Recreation Department.

Katie and Jeremy Colt are on target with a couple’s costume.

Freakie Freddie (Andrew Brown) answers questions from Wendy Hackworth and Karina Bailly.

Best female costume winner Melanie Hooks.

The suspects await their fate.

Production coordinators Christian and Heather Rollins with Standing Room Only CEO Cathy Rollins.

Detective Head (C. Todd Vittum) with guilty suspects Madam Morticia and Hormonia Heywire.

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Western Pines Hosts School Ceremony Honoring Veterans

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report Western Pines Middle School in The Acreage held its first Veterans Day observance on Wednesday, Nov. 6, recognizing family members of students and staff who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces. Teacher Steven Gordon was part of the original team of staff when the school first opened its doors. He championed the inaugural celebration and was pleased with the turnout. “We are a perennial A school. I opened the school, so I have a strong connection to Western Pines,” he said. “I’ve been involved with placing the flags at the National Cemetery, Wreaths Across America and the Honor Flights — and I wanted to do something for our school,” Gordon said. “We have about 35 honorees. The kids are very excited, too.” The Western Pines Symphonic

Band, directed by Richard Powali, performed several songs for attendees, including the national anthem, “Pax Americana,” “American Folk Trilogy” and a medley of all the armed forces’ anthems. Western Pines Principal Robert Hatcher began the celebration by thanking those who came to join the students in honor of veterans. “Your service does not go unnoticed. My wife and I, we both have service members on both sides of our family, and this is an incredibly special event for me,” Hatcher said. “It is very humbling, and I want to thank all of you for coming to participate.” Students remained respectful as their classmates and family members were honored, and many were surprised to see the name Gordon appear on the screen. “My dad served in the U.S. Navy as an airman. When he was a teenager, he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow,” Gordon

said. “He continues to work twice daily as a crossing guard. My dad is the youngest 83-year-old you’ll ever meet. Dad, we thank you for your service.” The colors were presented by Seminole Ridge High School’s color guard. Gordon then conducted a presentation where all the honorees for the event were announced, introduced and given a certificate of appreciation for their service. Members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the National Guard were present. “It was a fantastic celebration. Between the number of veterans and active duty service members we have in our armed forces, this is just a very proud community, and we are very proud of all of our folks who serve,” said Hatcher, who added that he expects the event to become an annual tradition.

Assistant Principal Scott Paladino, teacher Steven Gordon and Principal Robert Hatcher. PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

Richard Powali directs the Western Pines Symphonic Band.

The Seminole Ridge High School Color Guard presents the colors.

Students join in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Event coordinator Steven Gordon reads off the names of each veteran honored during the ceremony.

Unay Cruz Sr., a gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marines, stands with his sons.

U.S. Army veteran Robert Cullen with his family, joined by WPMS Principal Robert Hatcher.

U.S. Army veteran William Elder with his granddaughter, joined by WPMS Principal Robert Hatcher.

U.S. Army National Guard Capt. Owayne Mairs is honored.

U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Paul Schofield is honored.

Wellington To Offer Aqua Zumba Class

Wellington’s Community Services Department is now offering an Aqua Zumba class, which began this week at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, located at 12072 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. Aqua Zumba is a new waterbased Zumba class offered to Wellington residents who require a lower impact exercise option while enjoying the pool atmosphere. For additional information, or to sign up, visit the Wellington Aquatics Complex or call (561) 791-4770.

Free Lacrosse Clinic Nov. 9

The Wellington Youth Lacrosse Association will host a Free Lacrosse Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) on football field 3. Children ages 5 to 14, of any skill level, are welcome to participate to try lacrosse for the first time or brush up their skills for the upcoming 2020 season. No equipment necessary, but bring a water bottle. Register at www. or

NEWS BRIEFS call (561) 899-9529 for more info. Learn more about the Wellington Wolfpack lacrosse league and register for the 2020 season at

Programs At Community Of Hope Church

If you have recently lost a loved one, the holidays can be a difficult time. To help you get through it in a healthy way, Community of Hope Church is offering a special one-session GriefShare support group on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The evening includes a video featuring grief experts and a guided discussion aimed at helping you know what to expect and how to prepare yourself and manage relationships and expectations. This event is free and open to all. The church will also offer DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids — Surviving the Holidays. If you’re going through a divorce or separation, it’s hard to look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. This one-session seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Community of Hope Church helps you deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays and gives helpful tips on how to survive the holidays and begin to discover hope for

the future. There is a session for children at the same time. Community of Hope is located at 14055 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee. For more info., or to register, call (561) 753-8883 or e-mail info@communityofhope. church.

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CCRT Meeting Nov. 19 At Vista Center

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Wellington Classic Brew Fest, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Wellington’s Town Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), with early access VIP ticket-holder entry at 2 p.m. Attendees will be able to sample a wide variety of craft beers and hard ciders at the event, hosted by the Village of Wellington in conjunction with BrewFest Partners. Guests 21 and over will enjoy an impressive array of craft brews and hard ciders from Florida and beyond, accompanied by an assortment of food trucks and other craft beer-centric games, live music and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased in advance online through Eventbrite at (a service fee applies). Ticket quantities are limited. All ticket purchases are subject to availability. Ticket packages include VIP admission for

Join the Countywide Community Revitalization Team (CCRT) for a public meeting hosted by the Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. at Vista Center (2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach). The meeting will focus on the Palm Beach County Long-Term Recovery Coalition presented by Dearmayl Sherrod, special projects coordinator with the Palm Beach County Public Safety Division of Emergency Management. Discussions will include providing coordinated case management services to the most vulnerable populations affected by a disaster, as well as addressing the unmet needs of individuals and families. This public meeting will also provide an opportunity to network with county agencies, OCR partners and other community leaders striving to make a difference in

Tickets On Sale For Wellington Brew Fest

$65 in advance, general admission for $45 in advance and designated driver admission for $10. To learn more about the event, visit www. or follow Wellington Classic Brew Fest on Facebook at www. BrewFest.

Santas On The Run Returns To RPB Dec. 7

Royal Palm Beach Commons Park will once again be filled with hundreds of Santas on Saturday, Dec. 7 for the Santas on the Run 5K and one-mile Reindeer Dash. The event supports Dogs to the Rescue, a nonprofit organization with a mission to train therapy dogs for first responders. Event organizers will also be collecting dog food and beds for local shelters. The race kicks off at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call Maria Gonzalez at (561) 351-9265.

Boy Scouts Food Drive To Benefit Local Food Pantries

The Boy Scouts of America’s Gulf Stream Council and Tire

Kingdom are partnering with residents to fight hunger in the southeast Florida area during the annual Scouting for Food initiative. In 2018, 37 million Americans — including 6 million children — lived in households that were food insecure, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. To help alleviate hunger in the local community, the Gulf Stream Council of roughly 6,500 scouts canvassed area neighborhoods on Saturday, Nov. 2 to distribute food-collection bags to homes. This weekend, on Saturday, Nov. 9, they will pick up the bags filled with non-perishable items and deliver them to local food pantries. The Gulf Stream Council Service Center is also another public dropoff location. Last year, scouts collected 42,370 pounds of food. This year, they hope to collect 150,000 pounds of food. The Gulf Stream Council has been serving the youth of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Henry, Glades and Okeechobee counties for more than 104 years. There are currently more than 8,500 registered members — 6,500 youth and 2,000 adult volunteers — benefiting from the programs offered through the council. For more information, visit

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The students at Xtreme Tae Kwon Do in Wellington have been working very hard in recent months. The past three graduations brought a new 1st Dan Ceasar Muscatella, two 2nd Dans Bernard Ibarra and Kerry Mock, and a new 3rd Dan Instructor Alison Bailey, who worked for four years toward this goal. Finally, a special mention goes to new 5th Dan Master Lindsay August, who has been training under Grandmaster Gustavo Pope for the past 17 years. Pope is proud of the hard work and accomplishments of these students and all of the students at Xtreme. For more information about Xtreme Tae Kwon Do, call (561) 795-2823.

Everyone is smiles after the graduation ceremony. Students get ready for the graduation ceremony to begin.

5th Dan Master Lindsay August.

Ceasar Muscatella earned his 1st Dan.

Students participate in a warm-up before graduation.

Israeli Deputy Consul General Speaks At Temple Beth Tikvah

Kasa Bainesay-Harbor, deputy consul general at the Israeli Consulate in Miami, spoke with members of the community at Temple Beth Tikvah on Sunday, Oct. 27. Bainesay-Harbor was honored at a reception, followed by a presentation highlighting her emigration to Israel from Ethiopia at the age of 10 to her evolution as a seasoned diplomat serving as the deputy head of mission at the Israeli Embassy in New Zealand and in Yangon, Myanmar, and touching upon issues confronting Israel and Jews around the world. The program was sponsored by the Israel Program Center of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Temple Beth Tikvah is located at 4550 Jog Road in Greenacres.

Kasa Bainesay-Harbor, Israel’s deputy consul general, speaking at Temple Beth Tikvah in Greenacres on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Karry Mock and Bernard Ibarra with Master Lindsay August.

Alison Bailey gets her 3rd Dan.

Young Singers Of The Palm Beaches Announces New Executive Director

The board of directors and staff of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches recently welcomed Holly J. Stewart as the organization’s new executive director. Prior to joining the Young Singers, Stewart served as chief operating officer of The Arc of Palm Beach County for more than four years, was a disability advocate, provided leadership training and infrastructure development to the nonprofit industry, and provided individual, family, group and systemic interventions to diverse populations in a variety of settings. Stewart, a licensed clinical social worker, comes to the Young Singers with 20 years of experience advocating for the social emotional wellness of families and children, and for individuals with disabilities.

She has strived to create inclusive programs which value diversity. Her experience in grant writing and management, nonprofit leadership, and team development and training are sure to prove valuable. “I am thrilled to join the Young Singers and assist them with their future growth,” she said. “I am so impressed by the programs they currently produce, like Choir in the Glades, and the core choir is an outstanding group of youngsters. I look forward to joining the Young Singers family and making a positive difference in more children’s lives.” The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is an award-winning children’s choir located in West Palm Beach at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more at

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In Loving Memory Of

Mary Margaret Alfalla 1942 - 2019

Alfalla, Mary Margaret January 11, 1942 November 1, 2019 Mary Margaret Alfalla (née Donovan), passed away peacefully Friday, November 1, 2019. Mary is survived by her husband, Tony, son, Brent, daughters, Lynn, Deborah, and Lenise, and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved son, Robert Perry, and brothers, Bob and Ken. Beautiful and talented in many ways, Mary was active in the Wellington Seniors, Inc., including as the Social Director from 2011 to 2018, and a member in the Forever Young Club. Mary, a native of New London, CT, resided in Wellington, FL. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (MLS) or Connecticut MLS Chapter.

Services will be held Friday November 8, 11:30 a.m. St. Therese de Lisieux Catholic Church,Wellington. Followed by Celebration of Life Friday November 8, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. BoneFish Macs,Wellington

VILLAGE OF ROYAL PALM BEACH PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Village of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, will hold a General Election on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Council Groups 1, 3 and Mayor will be up for election for a term of two years each. Candidates may qualify for any of these seats during the period from 8:00 a.m. December 2, 2019 to 5:00 p.m. December 10, 2019, at the office of the Village Clerk located at 1050 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Noticed by Diane DiSanto, MMC, Village Clerk



Por el presente se notifica que el pueblo, Village of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, llevará a cabo la Elección Municipal, el martes, 17 de marzo de 2020. Tanto los concejales de los Grupos 1 y 3, así como el alcalde, serán electos por un período de dos años cada uno. Los candidatos pueden calificar para cualquiera de estos puestos durante el período de las 8:00 a.m. del 2 de diciembre de 2019 hasta las 5:00 p.m. del 10 de diciembre de 2019, en la oficina de la Secretaria de La Villa localizada en el 1050 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Aviso dado por Diane DiSanto, MMC, Secretaria de La Villa.

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Polo Park Hosts Successful Night Of Science

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Polo Park Middle School hosted its seventh annual Night of Science to celebrate all things STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related. The aroma of various food trucks wafted through the air as people meandered through the campus, exploring interesting exhibits and student science fair projects. The free event was presented by the South Florida Science Museum, Polo Park’s engineering students and National Junior Honor Society members, who helped out by running exhibits, greeting visitors and helping visitors find their way around. “After the food trucks, [people come] to see their own science fair projects and then the handson activities,” explained Polo

Park teacher Shaun Stabler, a faculty host and supervisor for the event. “For us, we want to have parents want to come and see their kids’ exciting projects, get hands-on with science and see how science isn’t just in the classroom. Science happens all around us.” Attendees engaged their minds with fun exhibits in the gym. Among these exhibits were a 3-D printer, virtual reality and even a bearded dragon. Another crowd pleaser was the Scholastic Book Fair, drawing many attendees to the school library. Run by the Parent Teacher Student Association and librarian Nora Bernstein, all book fair profits benefit Polo Park’s library program. This year, Polo Park added something new and exciting to

this event: a planetarium. The planetarium was operated for people hoping to get a glimpse of space. “This is the first year we’re running it ourselves,” Stabler said. “It was donated to us by the Science Museum. You can see the phases of the moon and the constellations and stars.” Apart from the planetarium and food trucks, the students loved coming to see their own science fair projects. Displays of student science fair experiments were set up in the cafeteria, media center and gym for all to see. “I was slightly embarrassed to see mine,” said Hannah Katon, a Polo Park eighth grader. “It was really fun seeing my friends’ projects though.” The food trucks, always one of the most popular spots during

Science Night, were from PS 561, Crazilicious, Dough Dough’s Donuts, Melted Madness, Best French Fries and Kona Ice. A DJ in the courtyard played fun, exciting music to help add some extra energy to the evening. The PTSA also was on hand, providing memberships, selling Polo Park hoodies, signing people up for the school newsletter and offering the community information about volunteering and sponsorship opportunities. They even had some candy and raffles. Nearly 1,000 people attended the event and plans for next year’s science night are already underway. Stabler would like to see the engineering department keep growing the hands-on challenges and would like to continue working more with the planetarium.

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On Oct. 30, Emerald Cove Middle School was recognized at the annual Five Star School Award Breakfast. It was the fifth year that Emerald Cove received the recognition. Shown above (L-R) are Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy II, School Board Chair Frank Barbeiri, School Board Member Barbara McQuinn, Emerald Cove Principal Dr. Eugina Feaman, Emerald Cove PTSA President Sarah Hansen, School Board Member Erika Whitfield, School Board Member Karen Brill, School Board Member Chuck Shaw and Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald.

SEMINOLE RIDGE JROTC COMPETES Student science fair projects on display.

Interactive exhibits were very popular.



On Oct. 23, Golden Grove Elementary School students, teachers and staff wore orange to celebrate Unity Day. Wearing orange motivates students and the community to stand up for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. On this day, the school came together to learn and share ideas on how to create a world without bullying by learning bullying prevention and ways to spread kindness.

Golden Grove Elementary School held its 14th annual Walk-AThon on Oct. 17. Students, staff and parents walked laps to raise money for the school. As a school, a total of 10,176 laps were walked. Pictured above are students joyously participating in this exciting event.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Seminole Ridge High School JROTC Raiders went to South Fork High School to compete in multiple physical events. The Raiders compete against other high schools in an effort to place first and eventually go to state-level competition. The team took part in activities such as a 5K run, constructing a rope bridge, a tire flip and an obstacle course. At the competition, both Seminole Ridge teams, male and female, placed third. Seminole Ridge is hoping for another win on Nov. 9 at Port St. Lucie High School.



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The Royal Palm Beach Senior Activities Group held a Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. Seniors dressed up for Halloween, and there was a contest for prizes. Attendees also enjoyed food while DJ Terry Harms played oldies dance music. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Halloween costume contest winners Olga Ullfig (third place), Lee Andrews (second place) and Dolores Valentine (first place) with Dolly Hughes.

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The 38th annual Wellington Golf Classic to benefit the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club took place on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The afternoon began with registration and boxed lunches, followed by scramble play on the golf course. The popular rocket launcher, hole-in-one contest and other on-course contests added to the fun. Following golf was an awards celebration with light bites, cocktails, and silent and live auctions. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Lindsay Strafuss and Nicolette Goldfarb with first place winner Elliot Bonner. Not shown: Nick Chillemi, Jimmy Beno and Scott Morrison.

Max Westerman, Lindsay Strafuss, Christine Martin, Ray Mooney and Elliot Bonner.

Louis Eisenberg, Nicolette Goldfarb, Kathleen Gannon Ledsome and Lindsay Strafuss.

Josh Crossman, Dominik Elmasian, Jake Metro and Sebastian Leburn.

Christine Martin with golf ball launcher winner Larry Fuchs.

Second-place winners Steve Barone and Guy Randell with Lindsay Strafuss and Nicolette Goldfarb.

Christine Martin, Charlotte Collis, Charles Lerman, Lisa Strafuss and Susan Ferraro.

Volunteers Lisa Marchitto and Tim Tracy at the raffle table.


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Mom & Dad Have Managed To Adjust To Life In Their New Home In January, my father fell at his Wisconsin home, broke his hip and landed in a long-term care facility. I have read that sometimes the hip breaks first, causing the person to fall, but the result is the same. While there, they discovered he had a disorienting infection and that both hips had been broken. Medicine and surgery patched him up, but he needed to learn to walk again. Several months later, to be near him, my mother moved into the assisted living section of the building. She was physically fit but tired of doing approximately 90 years of housework. It seemed like a good excuse. Most of us look upon these facilities

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is improving daily. He is able to walk upright for short distances and walks his wheelchair around for longer distances. If his caregivers can’t find him, he’s out on the patio watching a string quartet or downstairs enjoying an Elvis impersonator. He sees no need to sign himself out or talk to any of them about his plans. Mom finally, finally has “people.” She always deserved to have “people,” but now she does. They come in once a week and clean her home, they do her laundry and she can cook in her apartment or eat in the dining hall. “How often do you cook your own meals?” I asked the residents at her table. They looked at me like I was crazy. “Never,” was the answer.

The men in the group said, “The food is great!” The women seemed offended that I’d brought it up. Together, mom and dad celebrated Oktoberfest with beer and polka music (this is Wisconsin, after all) and every Packer game is broadcast on a big-screen TV in the common area with a huge buffet set up nearby. Every Friday, mom goes to the spa. On Saturday, she’s at the hairdresser. Volunteers come by and take them out for bike rides, pedaling behind big double chairs in rickshaw-like fashion. And, of course, mom still has her car — leaving to shop or visit my brother whenever the mood strikes her. Her apartment is

adorable, furnished with all her favorite things from home and with a huge picture window that looks out over a field, a forest and all the deer the area can handle. “Can I move here?” Mark asked me, last time we visited. “Not yet,” I answered. Of course, there is a downside, and dad recently voiced it to my sister Pam upon her visit. “I had a nightmare that your mother sold the house out from under me and moved us into an assisted living place that cost $11,000 a month,” he said. “That was no nightmare,” Pam told him. “That is reality. But, hey — we’ve gotta get going. The Packer game is on.”

New ‘Terminator’ Movie Has Great Action, But A Weak Plot

The new movie Terminator: Dark Fate is a decent addition to the Terminator franchise. Once again, we have a seemingly immortal killer robot going after a good human who will save humanity in the future. It’s the sixth in the series, but I gave up after the first two. However, in this movie, director Tim Miller keeps things moving at a rapid pace that prevents any lag time, even though we know everyone is going through the motions. Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) has a problem when she finds out her brother is being let go from his factory job where they both work. But her problems get worse when she sees her brother cut to pieces in front of her by an evil man, who she later finds out is a terminator robot, an R9 (Gabriel Luna), who seems invulnerable, can change shape and even become two robots. Her chases her, but she is saved by a young woman, Grace (Mackenzie Davis), who seems able to

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler take on the robot to some degree because she is an augmented human from the future. After a wild chase, just when things seem at their worst, they are rescued by Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton, still tough after 30 years). After a period of adjustment, the three women flee to Texas to find out who is sending messages to help Sarah kill terminators. Again, there are a few set chase and battle scenes, constantly demonstrating how tough both Grace and Sarah are. Finally, they come to Carl’s

home. Carl (Arnold Schwarzenegger) makes and hangs curtains but is sending useful info to Sarah. Of course, he is a terminator. In fact, he is the one who eventually killed John Connor. (For those who stopped watching after Terminator 2 where he saved him, more of him were sent out and one eventually did the job.) Sarah wants to kill him; both Grace and Dani point out that he would be useful in the battle. And the battle begins soon after with close to an hour of nonstop action. One of the interesting twists to the film is how feminist it is. Except for Carl, who after all is a robot, the men are generally useless, not much more than targets to be wiped out. Mostly by the terminator, but a few do get in the way during battles. Dani’s protectors are both women, and it is constantly stressed that Grace is human. She is augmented, of course, and that also creates weaknesses. But the

three women are scrappers, and all of them get their blows in, not to mention bullets, grenades, chains and a variety of other fun weapons. There are some other twists, and writers David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray are able to incorporate more emotion into this film than we have seen before, although some of it was so over the top as to be weird. The acting is OK at best. Granted, the actors are not called in for that many complex emotions, but Reyes is somewhat over the top, moving from grieving to action to eventual badass. Davis was not as good. She handled the physical end of the part but was emotionless even in scenes where it was required. Hamilton was one note as the tough lady, and Schwarzenegger was, as he says in the film, funny. But he handled the action well, although it might have been stunt doubles and computer-generated effects. Of course, there were major holes in

logic. The basic notion of time travel to disrupt things has its own issue within physics (see Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame), so this seems like just another timeline where the names have changed but not much else. Also, our heroes constantly waited for the bad robot to reform itself, no matter how shattered the guy was. Wouldn’t it have been far more intelligent to prevent all the parts from getting together? Or smashing it down a few times while its head was so mashed it could not even see? But, no, they always waited. And why do the bad guys always seem to have just the advanced technology necessary to handle everything thrown at them? On the other hand, things keep moving quickly. The chase begins pretty close to 10 minutes in and doesn’t stop for the next two hours. If you don’t mind going brainless for a couple of hours, this film is for you.


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About 900 people visited Arden’s neighborhood farm on Saturday, Nov. 2 in celebration of the new “agrihood.” The community off Southern Blvd. west of Wellington is centered around a community farm. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors were invited to enjoy the various vendor booths, cooking demonstrations, farm tours, free food and more. To learn more about Arden, visit www. PHOTOS BY MEREDITH BUROW/TOWN-CRIER

Mother and son duo Sharon and Calvin Powers work on the Arden community mural.

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Marta Settles paints Deborah Anderson’s face as fellow Arden resident Lisa Lewis awaits her turn.

Arden Farm Director Carmen Eldridge leads a group of visitors on a tour of the farm.

Chef Nina Kauder of Bean Scene Productions gives a cooking demonstration using fresh produce from the Arden farm.

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Capturing beautiful photos of South Florida native plants requires being both a brilliant photographer and an expert on local flora, and author, photographer and conservationist Kirsten Hines is just such a person. Hines will present her inspiring talk “Reflecting Nature” at the Audubon Everglades Photography Club meeting on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran Church (1925 Birkdale Drive, Wellington). Equipped with a master’s degree in biology and a background as an environmental educator, Hines draws on her many talents to inspire the re-greening of South Florida’s urban corridor. Her photography illustrates her co-au-

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Water aerobics instructor Alison Grose and her daughter Faith show off their free caricatures.

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To maintain high water quality in its distribution system, Wellington’s water treatment plant will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat drinking water. The water disinfection process will change from the present combined chlorine treatment to a temporary free chlorine treatment from Monday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Nov. 29. Periodic use of this temporary treatment process is recommended as a precautionary measure to ensure that water to customers remains free of bacteria. The water plant will also increase hydrant flushing during this time. Customers served by Wellington’s water treatment plant may notice a slight chlorine taste and odor in the drinking water during

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continued from page 1 And the legislature had a problem with that, because we’re authorized, and we do provide services to people outside of what’s considered The Acreage,” Argue explained. “This proposal would convert the special district to a municipality, if it were passed in a referendum. It would convert the district into a municipality just like Minto did [with Westlake], and we would be required to have a sunset date of the district. So, the special district would cease to exist by a date certain that would be set out in the charter, and that would all be part of the feasibility and the charter discussion when

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NEWS we go through that.” She pointed out that The Acreage has at least 45,000 residents who do not currently have a voice in the land planning and zoning that affects the community, other than through Palm Beach County. “We have a unique community identity, and the best way to protect it is through incorporation,” Argue said, adding that potential new non-assessed income, such as gas tax revenue and state revenue sharing, would help fund a municipality. “All of those things are added benefits that would help us to do the things that we need to do.” On the other hand, a feasibility study might show that incorporation is not a good idea, she stressed. “The board would vote on that after the feasibility study is done, and we’d decide whether or not it’s feasible,” Argue said. “Then it would be up to the residents to

decide. We’ve never had a referendum, and the people should have that opportunity to speak at the ballot.” Argue noted that the proposed bill removes overlapping boundaries of surrounding municipalities, which will be assessed separately for services that ITID supplies. “Rather than them being within the boundaries of the district, it will be through an interlocal service agreement with their governments,” Argue said. During the Oct. 23 board meeting, resident Alex Larson submitted a comment card indicating that she felt Indian Trail should not be looking at incorporation. “This item was looked into years ago,” Larson wrote. “We just have to look at the problems around us. Also, I do not think everyone sees the cost to the taxpayers. We will have to have commercial and ULDC problems, which will screw us up even more

than we ever could imagine.” During the meeting, Argue said that she would speak to Larson on the subject.

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continued from page 1 at Royal Palm Beach Elementary School is dedicated to the school’s goals to “be safe, be responsible, be respectful,” Gaugler said. “I am truly thankful and proud to be part of this amazing team. Most days I feel like I’m not going to work — I’m going to hang out with my friends and my kids and my family,” Gaugler said. “We feel if all kids have good connections with adults and with each other, they are going to soar academically and socially.” The board also took the time to

“I will talk with her so that she understands that this is not the same as before, but everyone is entitled to their opinions,” she said.

“And one of the things that I do know is that I have an open mind, and all this is doing is allowing us to do a feasibility study.”

recognize Royal Palm Beach High School Principal Dr. Jesús Armas on his recently being named the School District of Palm Beach County’s central region principal of the year. “There is something good going on in Royal Palm Beach education from top to bottom,” Board Chair Krystal Clark said. “We are doing wonderful things here in the village, and we have wonderful educators here in the village, and we are very proud of them. We hope you get the full county award.” RPBHS Student Council President Jonathan Ledgister shared information on homecoming and the first of three conferences. “We had the FASC Kickoff at Gainesville High School. It was a remarkable and knowledge-

able experience,” Ledgister said. “There were multiple innovative workshops, and Royal Palm Beach High School held one of them based on stress. It was a hands-on workshop that taught people how to deal with stress and communicate better. In the next couple weeks, we will be getting ready for our Christmas tree fundraiser. We are ready for the sleepless and cold nights.” The advisory board also locked down a date to interview students in the final running for the village’s scholarship program. Students selected for final consideration to be awarded a scholarship must be available on Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Details about the scholarship application process will be announced soon.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, Nov. 9 • The South Florida Fairgrounds will host its Fall Garage Sale on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info., contact Kayla Cawley at (561) 790-5219 or kayla@ • St. Rita Catholic Church (13645 Paddock Drive, Wellington) will hold a Gigantic Garage Sale on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments and baked goods will also be for sale. Call Liz at (561) 779-9950 or Pat at (561) 714-4422 for info. • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar is held on Saturdays at the Village Hall campus (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info., visit • A Communitywide Health & Wellness Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the loading ramp at 524 S.W. Avenue C Place, Belle Glade. The festival is free and open to the public and will feature HIV and hepatitis testing, health screenings and linkage to services, insurance enrollment opportunities, prizes and more. To register, visit https://healthandwellnessfestival For more info., e-mail Neeta Mahani at • St. David’s Episcopal Church Women will host its Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Breakers West Country Club featuring clothes from Backstreet Fashions. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased by contacting Nancy Schroeder at (561) 792-0244, (561) 346-3009 or • The Women of the Western Communities will host a Paint & Create Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 9 at noon at the Wellington National Golf Club. To register, visit www. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host an Electric Java Jam for adults on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring your electric instruments and jam out. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Dungeons & Dragons for ages 12 and up on Saturdays, Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. Adventure in the world of D&D with fellow wizards and warriors. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Frozen 2 Launch Party for all ages on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. Dress up as a character from Frozen and meet Elsa and Anna. March in a parade, sing along to the music, eat a frozen treat and participate in activities. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Youth Lacrosse Association will host a Free Lacrosse Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) on football field 3. Children ages 5 to 14 of any skill level are welcome to participate to try lacrosse for the first time or brush up their skills for the upcoming 2020 season. Call (561) 899-9529 for more info. Register at • The 12th annual Arrigo Dodge Ram Rodeo will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Kubota Agriplex Arena on Saturday, Nov. 9. Gates open at 6 p.m. Call (205) 790-3452 or visit for more info. • Wellington will host its first-ever Silent Dance Party on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Also known as a silent disco, Wellington’s Silent Dance Party allows event attendees to don their own pair of headphones (available firstcome, first-served) and dance along to one of three music stations streamed by a live

DJ. Learn more at silentdanceparty or call (561) 753-2484. Sunday, Nov. 10 • Audubon Everglades will hold a bird walk at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands (13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach) on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 8 to 10 a.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades. org for more info. • The Palm Beach County chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host its Annual Native Plant Garden Tour on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can visit five unique private gardens and two public gardens, all landscaped with Florida native plants: one in North Palm Beach, four in Jupiter and two in Palm Beach Gardens. For more info., call (561) 247-3677 or visit • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Sahaja Meditation for ages 16 and up on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. This time-honored technique reduces stress, brings better focus and helps with balance. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Monday, Nov. 11 • The Village of Wellington and American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 will host a Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 with the parade starting at 8:15 a.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex, followed by a ceremony at the Wellington Veterans Memorial. Visit for more info. • Royal Palm Beach will host a Pancake Breakfast for Veterans Day, followed by a Veterans Day observance, starting at 9 a.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center, located at 151 Civic Center Way. The program will begin at 10 a.m. Residents interested in attending the free breakfast should RSVP to (561) 790-5196. • Wellington High School will present a free Salute to Veterans Concert on Monday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington High School Theater with a reception following the concert. For more info., call (561) 795-4900. Tuesday, Nov. 12 • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will feature the musical Fiddler on the Roof from Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 17. Visit for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host All Things Fall Story Time for ages 3 to 5 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. Participate in a special story time dedicated to the fall season with music, movement, stories and crafts. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host readings of Suzy Hammer’s The Bookworm for all ages on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. Celebrate Families Reading Together with this enthusiastic reading superhero. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Village of Wellington will host Lunch & Learn: Comprehensive Lung Program with Dr. Mark Meyer on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center. RSVP to (561) 791-4796. • The Senior Referral Program of Royal Palm Beach will staff an information desk to help seniors and their caregivers identify and access services for their special needs on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane). No appointment is needed for this free service; just stop by the desk. For more info., call (561) 790-5188. People interested in volunteering are also encouraged to stop by. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Step-By-Step Painting for ages 15 and up on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fun and easy painting. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register.

• The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. Use science, design and engineering skills to create pan pipes. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host International Game Day with Oculus Rift virtual reality for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www. for more info. Wednesday, Nov. 13 • Audubon Everglades will hold a bird walk at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Visit for more info. • Wellington will host Senior Bingo for ages 55 and up on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4706 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Books & Kids: Bilingual Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Join in for stories, songs, rhymes and fun in both English and Spanish. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host its Kickoff to the Equestrian Season Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach featuring Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions. For more info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host DIY Gratitude Journal for adults on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. Combine vintage papers with new papers, cardstock and embellishments to make a unique journal. Supplies will be provided or bring your own. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Science Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. Create your own bingo board and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Marvel Superheroes Adventure Game for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. Like Dungeons & Dragons? Can’t wait for the next Marvel movie? Come play as a famous hero or create one. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens) with networking starting at 6 p.m. The speaker is Lynn Tweedale, owner and head creative designer of Creative Florals and Bridal Bliss. To RSVP, call Joanne Ryan at (561) 628-3694. Visit https:// for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Deeper into Meditation on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Join Dave Buck for this deep and engaging meditation workshop. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, Nov. 14 • The Garden Bros. Circus will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Thursday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 17. For more info., visit www.gardenbroscircus. com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a Friendship Circle for

ages 18 to 30 on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 9:15 a.m. Meet other intellectually disabled young adults and work on skill-building projects in a supportive, encouraging environment. Parents/caregivers must attend. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Kitchen Chat for ages 14 and up on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., a bimonthly discussion to help with home cooking. Borrow any cookbook, test a meal and share your tips, techniques and kitchen adventures. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Veterans Healthcare on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. Do you qualify for VA healthcare? Learn more about your benefits from West Palm Beach VA Outreach Coordinator Richard Bryan. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Lego Bricks for ages 4 and up on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. Build, imagine and play with Lego bricks. Call (561) 6814100 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “What’s Fun at the Loxahatchee Refuge?” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. Join refuge volunteer Timothy Amann for a visual slideshow of the sanctuary. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Totem Pole Pots for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. Create a totem inspired by Native American history. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Animal Reading Friends (ARF) for grades K through 6 on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Practice reading skills with licensed therapy dogs. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Teen Trivia for ages 12 and up on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. Show off your knowledge of topics from cartoons to Cleopatra and fandom to physics. Team up with friends and battle to be the best. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. Friday, Nov. 15 • Vintage Market Days of Palm Beach will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 17. Visit market/palm-beach for more info. • Audubon Everglades will hold a bird walk at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands (13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach) on Friday, Nov. 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. Visit www.auduboneverglades. org for more info. • Wellington will offer an AARP Smart Driver Course for ages 50 and up on Friday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Panther Room at the Wellington Community Center. Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Sewing 101 for ages 15 and up on Friday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Interested in learning to sew? Learn the basics of using a sewing machine and turn your wishes into stitches. Basic materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Crafts for Kids ages 4 to 8 on Friday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Make a fun craft at this family event. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie The Lion King on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, Nov. 16 • Audubon Everglades will hold a guided bird walk at the Peaceful Waters Sanctuary (11700 Pierson Road, Wellington) on Satur-

day, Nov. 16 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Visit for more info. • The Lady Artisans of Loxahatchee and The Acreage (LALA) will hold its third artfest on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 12106 Orange Blvd. LALA is a group of women artists from Loxahatchee and The Acreage who have come together to sell their art and showcase their unique talents. Along with handmade creations, LALA will host the Venturing Scouts, who will be selling homemade baked goods, hot dogs, chips and drinks. For more info., visit the LALA Artfest page on Facebook. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Garden Talks for ages 15 and up on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Discuss different spaces and sizes of gardens with Extension Agent Chris Miller. Share ideas, seeds and seedlings. No knowledge is required. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Saturday Story Time Surprise for ages 3 to 6 on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Get ready for surprising stories, activities, music and crafts. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center will host a Deer & Raptor Walk on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. for families or all ages. The cost is $3 per participant. Call (561) 233-1400 or visit for more info. • The American Cancer Society will host Bark for Life of Palm Beach County on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Commons Park Dog Park. For more info., call Community Development Manager Lisa Noel at (561) 614-2835. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a United We Stand Military Appreciation Festival with Wellington High School on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Sewing Lab for ages 15 and up on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Bring your current project, practice sewing using one of the library’s sewing machines or bring your own. Some basic materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring your acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host It’s Your Move: Chess Club for ages 8 to 17 on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2:15 p.m. Learn how to play this strategic game with members of the Royal Palm Beach High School Chess Club. All materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Temple B’nai Jacob and Temple Beth Torah will host a Havdalah Animal Encounter on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at center court in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd. The program will feature a wide array of animals. To RSVP, call (561) 793-4347 or e-mail Sunday, Nov. 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Sensory Fall Festival on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Celebrate the season with games, crafts, face painting and more for children and teens with special needs and their families. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier. com.

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PBSC Named A Top 150 Community College Eligible For Aspen Prize

Palm Beach State College was named this week as one of the top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The colleges were picked by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program from a pool of

nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data that showed strong and improving student outcomes in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity. “We are pleased to be named a Top 150 U.S. Community College once again and to have an opportunity to apply for the Aspen Prize,” PBSC President Ava L. Parker said. “This validates the work that

we are doing as an institution and through our Panther Strong 2023 Strategic Plan to help all students excel and reach their highest potential.” The 150 community colleges are located in 39 states in urban, rural and suburban areas, serving as few as 500 students and as many as 75,000 students, and they represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector.

FoundCare Receives Wellness Award From Hispanic Chamber

FoundCare Inc., a federally qualified healthcare center serving Palm Beach County residents, was recently awarded the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County’s Health & Wellness Award at the recent Triunfo Awards Gala. More than 250 local business leaders in the community came together at the Marriott in West Palm Beach to honor one another’s triumphs and commemorate another year in the chamber’s history. “FoundCare has served Palm Beach County for 35 years, and, over the years, has developed a beautiful relationship with the local Hispanic community,” said Yolette Bonnet, CEO of FoundCare. “We are humbled that the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has recognized us for our work in the Hispanic community and are grateful recipients of the Health and Wellness Award.” To meet its mission of fulfilling unmet healthcare and social service needs of individuals and families, FoundCare, located in West Palm Beach, offers pediatric and adult primary care, chronic disease management, behavioral health services, dentistry, laboratory work and X-rays, with an on-site pharmacy — all in one location. “Our goal is to provide

FoundCare representatives Dr. Nayda Iglesias, Lilia Perez, Elizabeth Prol, Christopher Irizarry, Orquidea Acevedo, Robbin Rodriguez, Bertha Condes, Taylor Santiago and Luis Lopez celebrate FoundCare’s recognition by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. high-quality healthcare to all of scholarships through the Hispanic those in need, including those Community Fund of Palm Beach within the Hispanic community,” County,” Chamber CEO MaBonnet said. “We will continue to ria Antuña said. “Each year the increase access to healthcare by scholarships awarded to local high offering compassionate care in a school seniors have continued to culturally sensitive manner, and make a difference in the lives of with employees who reflect the local students to support them with community we serve.” college expenses. In 22 years, the In addition to recognizing key Hispanic Chamber has provided members with awards to the more than $156,000 in scholarcommunity, the Hispanic Cham- ships to students throughout Palm ber gives back to the community Beach County.” through this event. “This was a For more information about very important evening because a FoundCare, call (561) HEALTHY portion of the proceeds will benefit or visit

TooJay’s To Celebrate World Kindness Day

TooJay’s is dreaming of a kinder world and wants to do its part. To celebrate World Kindness Day on Wednesday, Nov. 13, the local deli chain is giving away free slices of its popular Banana Dream Cake to 100 lucky guests. For a chance to win, visit the TooJay’s Facebook page at www. on

Nov. 13 for details. Guests will post and tag who they want to do something kind for on TooJay’s World Kindness Day Facebook post. TooJay’s will select 100 winners, and the slice of Banana Dream Cake will be awarded through the company’s Delicious Rewards app. Winners will be notified by

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Data shows that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges. “Community colleges play a vital role in developing talent and enabling social mobility across the country, and it’s critical for them to get better at what they do,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excel-

lence Program. “We’re pleased to see evidence that these institutions are improving, that more are delivering on their promise. We’re also pleased to play a role in honoring outstanding community colleges and sharing what works to ensure great outcomes for students.” The top ten finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize, which is funded by the ECMC Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Kresge Founda-

tion and the Siemens Foundation, will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional data. A distinguished jury will make award decisions in spring 2021. Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County. Learn more at

Florida Collectors Association Supports Junior Achievement

With money raised through donated wine and bourbon from a bottle auction during its annual conference, the Florida Collectors Association is supporting programs across South Florida that enhance financial literacy in children and teens. A donation of $2,650 will benefit Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast and its programs, which focus on preparing young people to succeed in a global economy through programs that center on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Junior Achievement programs build partnerships between the business and education communities to provide the curriculum and volunteers who serve as role models to students to help prepare them for their future. “Our organization is one that believes strongly in supporting organizations that are teaching our next

Mark Veil, Michael Becker, Melissa Nash, Craig Geisler, Dena Kennedy and Claudia Kirk Barto with the donation. generation financial skills that set its members and their almost 9,000 them up for success in the future,” employees statewide to volunteer said Matt Kiefer, president of the 1,000 hours and created a “colFlorida Collectors Association. lector challenge” for most hours “JA embodies what we believe in donated by region. Additional and is making successful students money raised through this and and businesspeople who will lead other efforts will also support JA. To learn more about the Florida us in the very near future.” Melissa Nash, immediate past Collectors Association, visit www. president of FCA, has challenged

Celebrate America Recycles Day With The SWA On Nov. 16

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will celebrate America Recycles Day with recycling games, food trucks, tours and more on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SWA Education Center (6751 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach). This is a party with a purpose with fantastic family festivities. See where your waste winds up and celebrate all that families can do to “reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink” their waste. Sort recyclables on the interactive touch table in the LEED Platinum Education Center, see the 9-ton trash claw feed trash into the machine in Renewable Energy

Facility 2, experience the complex recycling processes at the Recovered Materials Processing Facility and witness how much garbage residents actually throw away. The day will include several vendors and food trucks, along with a paper shredding event. Palm Beach County residents can bring up to six boxes of personal documents for free shredding from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Winners of the SWA’s America Recycles Day Coloring Contest will be announced and awarded prizes. Guests will also be able to enjoy live music from the True Oldies Channel, and participants are encouraged to drop off a nonper-

ishable food item to be donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. They are looking for rice and pasta and canned soups, fruits, vegetables and meats (no glass containers). The SWA is also a drop-off spot for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Event attendees can donate new, unwrapped toys to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters. America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Learn more about the Nov. 16 event at

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Seminole Ridge Football Squad Defeats Visiting Wolverines

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Seminole Ridge High School football team hosted Wellington High School on Friday, Nov. 1 for the regular season finale, defeating the Wolverines 10-0. The Hawks capped their regular season with a record of 6-3 and clenched a postseason berth. Despite the Wolverines ending the season 3-7 for the first time since head coach Tom Abel took over the program eight years ago, he returned to take the field for the last game after serving a three-game suspension handed down earlier in the season by the Florida High School Athletic Association. The suspension was initially for five games, but Abel won an appeal for a reduction in the suspension and continues to dispute the disciplinary action to have it removed from his record. “It’s good to be back,” Abel said. “I had a video camera there, videotaping everything we did. The players played well. Defen-

sively we were there, but we just couldn’t convert and do things on offense.” The offensive units for both squads went three-and-out on their first possessions of a very physical game that was dominated by defense. The Hawks did just enough on offense to get the points needed for the win. Defensively, Seminole Ridge stole the show, shutting out a struggling Wellington offense. The Hawks were able to keep the Wolverines out of the end zone for the entire game. The closest that Wellington came to closing the margin was a Morgan Suarez 58-yard field goal attempt, which fell a couple yards shy of the crossbar. Hawks quarterback Shane Goolsby scored the game’s only touchdown off a 10-yard keeper to the outside that capped a sixplay, 65-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. Seminole R idge fou nd a rhythm on offense, moving the chains, to get just outside the Wellington red zone in the second

quarter, but a strong Wolverine stand stopped the Hawks from adding to their lead. The Hawks had to settle going into the locker room at halftime with the 7-0 lead. The Wolverines received the opening kickoff of the second half and got a break when Brandyn Butler returned the ball to midfield, nearly breaking away from the pack. But the Wellington offense never really sustained any momentum on the drive and stalled. Seminole Ridge added to the score with a Hayden Gray 36yard field goal to make the score 10-0 early in the fourth quarter. Wellington was able to move the ball to midfield, but again faced a fourth down situation and failed to convert to move the chains. The Hawks did a superb job managing the game clock, grinding out just enough yards to maintain possession late in the game to secure the 10-0 victory. “We knew coming into the game that they struggle on offense, but their defense plays See FOOTBALL, page 22

Seminole Ridge quarterback Shane Goolsby takes the ball up field while Wellington defensive end Mike Cotter pursues.


Hawk running back Isreal Rosiles tries to break a tackle.

Wellington defensive end Stephen Passeggiata leaps up and blocks a Hawk pass from quarterback Shane Goolsby.

Wellington running back Stephen Cortez tries to break free from Hawk defensive end Alexander Cohen.

Hawk receiver Brandon Schabert is stretched out for the end zone pass as Wellington’s Jagger Ruiz and Finlay Toussaint cover.

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Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue held its 10th annual “Golf Fore Paws” on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Fountains Country Club. There were silent and ticket auctions to help pay for food and medical expenses for animals before they get adopted. After registration, there was lunch and a helicopter ball drop. The ball drop was won by Kathryn Argento, Leslie Guzman and Arnuel Angel. Later, there was an awards ceremony and dinner. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Deb Mamino checks the cup for ball drop winners.

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and personal with the polo ponies galloping just feet away. The green seats are also positioned close to several food and beverage outlets. The fan-favorite halftime champagne pour and divot stomp, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, will return to IPC Sunday Polo and treat spectators to a glass of bubbly, ice cream bars, fun giveaways and prime photo opportunities. Looking for a more upscale polo experience? An impressive social scene and lavish brunch can always be found in the Veuve Clicquot Pavilion prior to the start of the 3 p.m. match. Also returning this winter is the

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Epilepsy is common in those over age 65. Many people are surprised to learn that it is not uncommon for patients to have their first seizure and Michelle Dompenciel, MD be diagnosed with epilepsy in older adulthood. In fact, it is estimated that more than 60,000 new cases of epilepsy occur every year in Americans over age 65. “Symptoms of epilepsy in older adults can include confusion, unresponsiveness, speech or memory difficulty,” says Michelle Dompenciel, MD, a neurologist with Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Neurological Center. “Older patients are more likely to develop focal epilepsy, meaning the seizures start in a small area of the brain. Depending on what part of the brain that is and what function it controls, seizures can look very different. Patients can present with many different symptoms associated with their seizures.” The convulsions or seizures that most people associate with epilepsy are less

common in older adults. Symptoms in general are often understated and subtle, making an official diagnosis rather challenging. In some cases, epilepsy symptoms may be mistaken for dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, or even dismissed as depression or normal aging. While the exact cause of epilepsy in those over age 65 is sometimes not clear, other health conditions such as stroke, brain tumors, changes in blood sugar or sodium, alcohol withdrawal, or infections can play a significant role. “About one third of seizures in people over age 65 are related to a prior stroke,” says, Dr. Dompenciel. “In some cases, patients are not even aware that they had a stroke, or the seizure can be the presenting symptom of an acute stroke. In other cases, it is a late effect of a scar from an old stroke.” Epilepsy in older adults can increase the risk of falls, broken bones and other complications, disrupting an individual’s lifestyle. It also effects their ability to drive.

When properly diagnosed and managed, most patients respond well to anti-seizure medications and can continue to live independent and fulfilling lives. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of epilepsy, Cleveland Clinic has one of the largest, most comprehensive programs in the world for the evaluation, medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Epilepsy Center is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 epilepsy center. To make an appointment with Dr. Dompenciel in Palm Beach Gardens or West Palm Beach or another specialist within Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Epilepsy Center, call 800.639.DOCTOR or visit to schedule online. Visit to download a free epilepsy treatment guide.


Lung cancer: Not just a smoker’s disease Even if you don’t smoke or you quit smoking years ago, you’re not immune to the effects of tobacco. Sam Faradyan, MD Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Kicking the habit is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t eliminate the chance of lung cancer developing. Other risk factors include: • Breathing secondhand smoke • Exposure to asbestos or radon • Family history of lung cancer “Because we all have lungs and can be exposed to toxins, lung cancer is a disease that can affect everyone,” says Sam Faradyan, MD, a Cleveland Clinic Florida pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s West Palm Beach location. Early detection is key Lung cancer is the top cause of cancer death in the United States for men and women, largely because symptoms usually don’t appear until later stages.

Advances in imaging have made it possible to detect lung cancer earlier, when treatment can be highly successful. Candidates for low-dose CT scan screening must be 55 to 77 years old, have smoked 30 pack years, and currently smoke or have quit for fewer than 15 years. (A pack year is equal to smoking one pack per day for one year.) Treatment breakthroughs Lung cancer diagnosis and treatment have progressed over the last several years, and genetic testing can determine if a person is predisposed to the disease. “There are many different types of lung cancer. Because of genetic testing, researchers have developed therapies that target specific types of cancer cells,” explains Dr. Faradyan. Immune-based therapies – that prime the immune system to attack tumors – also show potential for treating lung cancer. These FDA-approved therapies are already used for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

“It’s important to see your doctor regularly even if you don’t use tobacco products. Your physician can determine which screening methods are most beneficial for you,” reminds Dr. Faradyan. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Faradyan or another Cleveland Clinic Florida lung cancer specialist, call 800.639.DOCTOR or visit to schedule online. Visit to download a free lung cancer treatment guide.

Be proactive – get screened! Lung cancer screenings can be scheduled at a Cleveland Clinic Florida location, for more information, call 800.639.DOCTOR.

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