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After months of strife involving Royal Palm Beach residents’ complaints of weeds choking village canals, representatives of Clarke Aquatics told the Royal Palm Beach Village Council last week that the issue has been largely controlled. Page 3

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Wellington To Fight For Tax Money Paid Due To K-Park Error By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington is seeking to undo a mistake that left the village paying $184,000 in taxes on its K-Park property and is willing to take the issue to court, Village Attorney Laurie Cohen said Tuesday. “I don’t know whether it will be successful, but we’re going to give it a shot and press the issue,” she said. “If necessary, I may come back to you and ask you to authorize us to file a lawsuit.” Earlier this year, Wellington paid nearly eight times more in taxes than it should have on K-Park because Wellington did not file for

Wellington Sets Policy On When Staff Can Use Village Money

Members of the Wellington Village Council voted Tuesday to enact a public purpose expenditure policy governing what items Wellington staff can purchase using village funds. The new policy allows spending on meals and refreshments for certain events, or under certain circumstances with approval by the village manager. Page 4

agricultural status on the property. Currently, organic crops are being grown on the 67-acre site at the corner of State Road 7 and Stribling Way. The farming qualifies the property for an agricultural exemption, which it has received in the past. The taxes should have been about $22,000, which would have been paid for by the farmers leasing the property. Wellington staff has not been clear about who dropped the ball, but Cohen said she thought the mistake was caused both by Wellington staff and the Palm Beach See K-PARK, page 4

PBCHS HOMECOMING A dog wash, car wash and bake sale to benefit Big Dog Ranch Rescue and Shyanne Mutch was held Sunday, Oct. 6 in the parking lot of Hurricane Grill & Wings in Royal Palm Beach. Mutch is a BDRR volunteer who needs help with medical expenses. Shown here is Kimberlee and Shyanne Mutch with Kaleb. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Iron Lion Event Supports Kids Cancer Foundation

The Wellington Runners Club and Iron Lion Fitness Studio hosted a “Ryde-A-Thon” to support the Kids Cancer Foundation on Sunday Oct. 6. Participants were able to cycle as long as they wanted and were asked to make a minimum donation of $10 per ride. Page 9

Golf Classic Benefits Palms West Foundation The Royal Palm Auto Mall Golf Classic benefiting the Palms West Community Foundation was held Friday, Oct. 4 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Page 5

OPINION Wellington Education Grants Great Tribute To The Late Keely Spinelli

Many Wellington school children will get a leg up in reading and math thanks to a grant approved this week by the Wellington Village Council. The Keely Spinelli Education Grant celebrates the life and hard work of an educator near and dear to our community. Each school will receive up to $25,000 to help students struggling with reading and math, something Spinelli dedicated her life to. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 10 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 SCHOOLS .....................11 - 12 PEOPLE ............................... 13 COLUMNS .....................14, 21 NEWS BRIEFS..................... 15 BUSINESS .................... 22 - 23 SPORTS ........................ 27 - 29 CALENDAR .......................... 30 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 30 - 33 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

ITID Board Gives Jim Shallman Six-Month Tryout As Manager By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors voted last week to give Interim District Manager Jim Shallman a sixmonth probationary period in the post after deciding to scrap the selection process for a permanent manager it went through over the summer. At a special meeting Friday, Oct. 4, ITID Vice President Carol Jacobs said she was disappointed with the interview process, primarily because other candidates were allowed to sit in the audience during the interviews. “I understood that they were going to come in one at a time, and I basically felt that they told us what we wanted to hear,” she said. “I’m not saying that they weren’t qualified, but right now we have a lot going on in the outer areas of Indian Trail.” Jacobs said she has been impressed with Shallman’s performance since former District Administrator Tanya Quickel left in June. She also had praise for In-

terim Director of Operations and Maintenance Juan Massarda. “I have been very impressed with both Jim and Juan,” she said. Jacobs suggested keeping both for a six-month probationary period, allowing Shallman to hire the people needed to fill vacant office and finance staff positions. “Then, if we feel that Jim is not doing as good as we would like, we go out looking,” she said. Jacobs noted that Shallman is familiar with district operations because he has been there for five years. “We have a lot going on, and we need to focus,” she said. Jacobs added that Shallman is easy to talk to. “He’s got to deal with five personalities, and he seems like the kind of man who can do that,” she said. “And employees seem to like him, so I would like to leave it the way it is on a six-month probationary period.” Further, Jacobs said that she would like the manager, operations and maintenance director and parks and recreation director all to answer directly to the board.

Supervisor Michelle Damone was concerned about Shallman’s ability to return to his previous job as a finance department employee if the board were to decide that he was not performing satisfactorily as manager. “He’s been a loyal employee to the district,” Damone said. “I don’t necessarily agree that you should be district manager, Jim, but I feel that you should always be a part of Indian Trail. I would never want to see you leave.” ITID President Jennifer Hager said Shallman had willingly stepped up when he was asked to fill the position temporarily, and pointed out that she had not been satisfied with the list of manager candidates. “I would definitely like to see Jim stay, and the employees are working well with him,” Hager said. Resident Randy Guncheon agreed that Shallman was doing a good job and should be left in the position. He said the previous interviews and selection of managSee SHALLMAN, page 16

Wellington Council Wants Better Plan For Folkstone/Yarmouth By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report A road closure will not fix the problems in the Folkstone/ Yarmouth neighborhood, residents told members of the Wellington Village Council on Tuesday. Most of the problems, residents said, have come from transient residents in the multifamily portions of the neighborhood. Council members directed staff to meet with residents and work on a plan to combat the problems, which include neglected buildings, maintenance issues, street lighting, drug activity and unsupervised children. Though closing Folkstone Circle is not entirely off the table, council members felt the neighborhood needed a more comprehen-

sive plan to curb issues. “This doesn’t go far enough,” Councilman John Greene said of the road closure. “I want a comprehensive plan that says we’re going to take control, we’re going to work hard with code enforcement, hold people accountable and shut down these slumlords who are just letting anybody in.” Wellington staff originally proposed closing approximately 280 linear feet of Folkstone Circle between Yarmouth Court and Carlton Street in order to stop cutthrough traffic. The neighborhood is bordered by Greenview Shores Blvd. to the east and Greenbriar Blvd. to the south. By turning onto Carlton Street off Greenview Shores Blvd., residents can then take Folkstone Circle and exit on Greenbriar Blvd.

near New Horizons Elementary School. Planning & Development Services Director Tim Stillings told the council that some people use the route to avoid high-traffic intersections when dropping their children off at school. “The closure is part of an overall strategy that we are taking with each of the priority neighborhoods,” he said. “We’re trying to help every neighborhood be a great neighborhood.” Stillings noted that the neighborhood has benefited from the defensive measures program, as well as a neighborhood abatement program. An online survey launched several weeks ago asked whether residents favored closing the road See ROAD CLOSURE, page 16

Palm Beach Central High School held its homecoming week celebration, culminating in the crowning of its king and queen at a football game Friday, Oct. 4. Shown here, Steven Daley was crowned homecoming king, while Gabi Corsa was crowned homecoming queen. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 10 PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Golf Carts On Lox Roads Wins First Council Approval By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report In a split decision Oct. 1, the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council approved the preliminary reading of an ordinance that would allow people with valid driver’s licenses or learner’s permits to operate golf carts on designated town roads. The ordinance will be back before the council for final approval Dec. 3. Under the ordinance, operation would be prohibited on Okeechobee and Southern boulevards and Folsom Road, which are not in the town’s jurisdiction. Also, Florida statutes require that signs be posted throughout the town providing that golf carts are permitted, with language informing the public of local rules that are not in the statutory guidelines for golf cart operation, Town Attorney Michael Cirullo said. Councilman Tom Goltzené said he was satisfied with the ordinance, except that he would like to add language that he wants golf cart operators to be allowed to cross Okeechobee Blvd. at designated crossings. Councilman Ryan Liang also favored the ordinance, noting that the privilege was restricted

to golf carts and not dune buggies or ATVs, as had been rumored. “I am pretty happy with this,” Liang said. Councilman Ron Jarriel, however, opposed the ordinance because of the potential danger and expense of putting up signs. Councilman Jim Rockett added that he thought the ordinance was trying to solve a problem the town does not have. “Leaving things as is would be my preferred approach,” Rockett said. “The ordinance, I think, is more of a nice gesture to a few people in town who would like to use their golf carts on our roads, but have we considered the vast majority of residents who use our roads for their cars, pickups and small trucks, and now have another hazard to contend with?” Rockett reminded council members that town roads are not required to be up to Florida Department of Transportation standards, which creates a higher safety risk. “Adding golf carts will not make our roads safer,” he said. “It won’t slow down traffic, but adding golf carts adds a new risk to driving in Loxahatchee Groves. We are not set up as a senior citizen or golf course development, with golf cart See GOLF CARTS, page 16

Two New Candidates Join County Commission Race By Ron Bukley Town Crier Staff Report Two more candidates are in, and one previously announced candidate is out, in the ever-shifting race to replace term-limited County Commissioner Jess Santamaria. Melissa McKinlay, who works in the Palm Beach County Legislative Affairs Department, will run in the Democratic primary, while Andrew Schaller, who ran unsuccessfully for the post in 2010, is running as a Republican. Meanwhile, former Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Martha Webster, a Democrat, has withdrawn from the race and thrown her support behind former Well-

ington Mayor Kathy Foster. Both Foster and Royal Palm Beach Councilman Fred Pinto are also seeking the Democratic nomination. County Commission District 6, as currently drawn, trends Democratic. Santamaria comfortably won re-election in 2010, despite Republican gains elsewhere. McKinlay, 42, has worked since 2010 as a legislative delegation aide, providing administrative and legislative support to the director of legislative affairs and the executive director of the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation on behalf of the Palm Beach County Commission and the county’s 13-

member state delegation. She has never run for public office before. McKinlay told the Town-Crier that she has spent her adult life serving the community either in a professional position or as a volunteer with numerous civic organizations. “I just feel like the time is right to make a future impact on the community,” McKinlay said Tuesday. “The way the commission is seated right now, the one thing that is missing is the long perspective. We don’t have anyone on the commission who is a mother raising three kids currently in the public schools.” McKinlay, who has governmen-

tal experience at the local, state and federal levels, said she has a “big picture” view of government. “Right now I work at the local level, and I have a good working knowledge of how government has to work together, especially with some of the issues we face,” she said. “I think that that would be a huge benefit to the county.” She said the county’s most pressing issues are to continue growing jobs, especially for the western communities, maintaining a quality infrastructure, and helping the Glades in both those areas. McKinlay also listed maintaining safe neighborhoods as an im-

portant issue, as well as holding all county and municipal officials and employees to a high ethical standard by supporting the Office of the Inspector General. “I want to have a good reputation for Palm Beach County, and I think that the current commissioner has gone a long way in making sure that that happens,” McKinlay said. “I want to continue to move his efforts forward.” She also wants to provide opportunities for youth so they can stay out of trouble, become educated and find work in the community. “I think one of the struggles some families have is to find See DISTRICT 6, page 16


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ALA Members Hear Presentations On Three Planned Projects

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Acreage Landowners’ Association heard reports Monday from three developers, including two that are reopening plans in the area now that the economy is on the upswing. Minto West — Donaldson Hearing of the planning firm Cotleur & Hearing represented Minto Communities Florida, which recently purchased the 3,800-acre Callery-Judge Grove property adjacent to The Acreage with the intention of developing a masterplanned community. Now called Minto West, the developer will seek a comprehensive plan land use change to increase residential density to 1.7 units per acre and build more intense commercial, retail and other nonresidential uses. “It’s still very early on in the planning process,” said Hearing, “but one of the things we committed to you is it’s truly Minto’s desire to engage the community, to be as transparent as possible.

There’s nothing we’re trying to hide. We want to have an open process.” Hearing said the design will take time to develop. “We’ll probably be in the process for 18 months or longer,” he said, adding that town hall meetings and focus group sessions are planned. Minto West is envisioned as “the hole in a doughnut” surrounded by 25,000 lots in The Acreage to the north and Loxahatchee Groves to the south. “We see an opportunity to work with the western communities, with The Acreage, to plan the property in a way to create an asset,” Hearing said. “We see that there are opportunities to address things like public facilities.” He said the surrounding communities have been underserved for many years, with insufficient fire and police protection, schools and parks. Hearing noted that CalleryJudge has already established three schools on the property and has water and sewer facilities

capable of serving the property as well, adding that the developer is willing to address water issues such as storage and conveyance, and also has large permitted water discharge capability. He said that just under 3,000 dwelling units and 235,000 square feet of commercial uses are already allowed. This would lead to a bedroom community with residents commuting for services and employment. “It’s our goal to work with the community and develop... a town center for the western communities that provides some employment opportunities, educational opportunities, and all the other public facilities that we talked about,” Hearing said. Minto is requesting 6,500 homes, which Hearing pointed out is more than the number of dwelling units currently approved but far less than the 10,000 dwelling units and 4 million square feet of commercial space that was requested by Callery-Judge in its original application in 2006.

The commercial component would consist of about 1.4 million square feet of what Hearing described as a combination of workplace and community-serving commercial uses. “We do see an opportunity to attract a major employer who may want to locate in the western communities,” he said. ALA Secretary Sandra LoveSemande said she had difficulty believing that if the developer receives the first of several necessary approvals from the Palm Beach County Commission Oct. 28, it will actually listen to the residents. “Knowing that at least a majority of the residents don’t want what has already been approved, I’m just finding it hard to swallow how willing you’re going to be if that approval actually happens,” she said. “I know you’re saying that you’re going to do that, but we’ve seen in the past where that is said, but it is done differently.” Loxahatchee Groves Mayor Dave Browning said he is not only concerned about Minto West, but its effect on other developers.

“As soon as you go to the 1.7 homes [per acre], there’s a whole lot of other developers out there that are just waiting so that they can change their zoning,” Browning said. He invited the developers to make a presentation to the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council, pointing out that council members will not meet with developers individually. Indian Trail Improvement District Vice President Carol Jacobs said she believed what they are proposing is way too large, and that developments already built around The Acreage seriously impede traffic flow. Jacobs said people built in the area for its rural character. “Now what you’re bringing down is a space ship that’s going to be a city right in the middle of the country,” she said. “We all moved out here to have our animals and live the way we want to live. You have the right to build, because that property has been bought, but I’m looking at not a baseball field, why don’t

you put a rodeo arena in there? Why don’t you make a country, cowboy-type theme that would fit with our area?” Hearing said that Minto and his firm have reputations of working with communities. “We’ll be true to our word,” he said. “I think there’s a lot more we can find in common working together.” Hearing offered to return to an ALA meeting any time they desired, and they invited him back to the December meeting for an update. Highland Dunes — Ken Tuma with Urban Design Kilday Studios gave a presentation on Highland Dunes, a 1,200-acre site west of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road where 2,000 homes had been approved in 2006. Tuma said the property has a land use designation that allows two units per acre. The current amendment request pending before the Palm Beach County Commission is to change the land use from residential transitional to See ALA MEETING, page 7

RPB Canal Weed Contractor Says Situation Is Under Control

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report After months of strife involving Royal Palm Beach residents’ complaints of weeds choking village canals, representatives of Clarke Aquatics told the Royal Palm Beach Village Council last week that the issue has been largely controlled. The company reported at the council’s Oct. 3 meeting that it is also doing a complete scan of the canals that will be used for both future weed control but also planned dredging activities. Clarke has been the village’s aquatic plant contractor for three years and is under scrutiny by council members for what residents say has been unsatisfactory performance. At a recent meeting, council members demanded full reports every other month on the status of aquatic weed control. Clarke’s contract calls for 90 percent control of all exotic and undesirable nuisance species and 85 percent control of all exotic and undesirable emergent, floating and submerged vegetation. Royal Palm Beach Utilities Di-

rector Paul Webster said the M-1 Canal floodgate operating at maximum capacity can evacuate the water volume in the combined canal systems of Royal Palm Beach and the Indian Trail Improvement District in less than a day. “It’s an open system and can interact hydrologically and biologically throughout the system,” Webster said. “Biological growth in the system is very fluid and can change significantly in short periods of time.” Webster said many of the more than two dozen aquatic plants the contractor is charged with controlling are exotics that were most likely introduced into the system by people dumping their aquariums. The contract’s goal is to maintain the canals for the purposes of flood control, fishing, boating and aesthetic purposes. “The competing uses of the canals is what determines the balance he is trying to meet in the management of the aquatic vegetation in the system,” Webster said. “For flood control, the system must be clear of enough aquatic vegetation that the flow is

not impeded during storm events. For fishing, fishermen like grasses that grow on the sides as a habitat for fish, and leave the center opened up so they can traverse the system to go get the fish.” Recreational boaters want more of the system opened up, while residents along the canals want all of the canal opened so they can enjoy the view and dock their boats without being surrounded by floating debris, Webster said. Clarke Water Resources Manager Dr. Brett Bultemeier, who holds a Ph.D. in aquatic plant management from the University of Florida, said each of those groups will be in conflict with each other, although there is general agreement that the undesirable plants should be removed. “Our job is to find the best balance between those groups where everybody can have a system that they can use for these purposes, but not necessarily one group dominating over the other,” Bultemeier said. He said his company could remove all the plants in the system, but that the large amounts of

nutrients left in the system would then promote algae growth. Webster said amendments have been made to the contract to address some of the issues that have arisen, including a requirement to inspect the entire system during the last week of the month for floating vegetative debris, and submit a plan by the end of the month to remove the floating vegetation by the middle of the following month. “That requirement was added to try and keep that aesthetic use of the canal,” Webster said. Webster added that his department has someone inspecting the waterways weekly to verify the contractor’s report. Clarke’s Assistant Regional Operations Supervisor Mark Grundy, whose office in Wellington services the Royal Palm Beach contract, said the village’s canals were about 90.8 percent clear and the M-1 Canal was 95 percent clear as of September. Grundy said some floating debris, primarily tape grass, had been identified in the M-1 Canal floating south as the system drained, and floating hygrophila

mats had been seen in the La Mancha area and near Crestwood Middle School. He said the mats tend to move around, but Clarke keeps track of them, and the company deploys a harvester that picks them up. Control for specific plant growth is underway in the shallow canals near the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. They have also initiated a control plan for a newly identified plant of the genus rotala. “We are developing a plan that specifically attunes to that species, with specific chemicals, specific visits just to treat that species,” Grundy said. “A lot of times what you’ll find with these species is that they react to different chemicals, so you have to make multiple visits to the same sites in order to effectively treat them.” Grundy pointed out that rain increases the water flow through the canals, which impedes the effectiveness of the chemicals. From June through September, Clarke worked for 226 hours in addition to treatment crews removing floating vegetation in the village’s waterways and the M-1

Canal that weighed about 6,000 pounds after it had dried. Grundy said under Bultemeier’s supervision, the company is starting to do soundings and mappings of the waterways. “Previously, everything was done through visual observation,” Grundy said. “We decided to implement another tool.” Webster said the cost of the sounding maps is within the budget and will give data on the depth of the system, the percentage of biomass by volume, and the consistency of the sediment. “The biomass volume is beneficial as it provides a definitive percentage of control within the system, and the contractor can optimize that treatment program,” Webster said. “It can also provide us with a baseline for our dredging program in our capital program.” The need for future dredging was pointed out when the village created its stormwater utility to finance maintenance and improvements to its drainage system. “We still have to develop a full dredging program, but this gives us a good baseline on where to start that program,” Webster said.


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Wellington Education Grants A Fitting Tribute To Keely Spinelli Many Wellington school children will get a leg up in reading and math thanks to a grant approved this week by the Wellington Village Council. The Keely Spinelli Education Grant celebrates the life and hard work of an educator near and dear to our community. Each school will receive up to $25,000 to help students struggling with reading and math, something Spinelli dedicated her life to. Not only is this a great benefit to Wellington, but honoring Spinelli’s memory with the grant couldn’t be more fitting. Keely Spinelli was a longtime educator who touched the lives of children throughout the western communities. She taught in Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee Groves before becoming principal at Binks Forest Elementary School in Wellington. Anyone who knew Spinelli could feel her positively radiant passion for helping students. In particular, Spinelli dedicated her life to helping those children who struggled the most with reading. Spinelli died in 2008 after a long battle with cancer, but her memory will forever live on through this grant, which, we hope, will aid countless generations of students.

As Councilwoman Anne Gerwig recalled, Spinelli’s walls were covered with pictures of students who had something to overcome. She kept their memories close to inspire her to keep going. Now, her memory will provide the means for other teachers to do the same. This was truly a community effort, starting with Wellington’s Education Committee and Wellington staff, as well as all the educational and political leaders who came out to support the effort. We are glad to see Wellington bring this funding back to the schools after several years of harsh budget slashing. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the excitement from the educational community that had come out to support the measure was palpable. It was inspiring to see a group of leaders who are so passionate about what they do. Wellington has some of the best schools in the county, and we can see why. Having this grant shows that our community is willing to go the extra mile to make sure every child gets the help they need to become educated citizens. We couldn’t be prouder of Wellington for this initiative, and we hope this grant will continue to help children in need for many years to come.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Unger Salutes The Late Bob Markey Sr.

When we moved to Wellington more than 22 years ago, we knew nothing of the western communities. Well the Town-Crier took care of that, and I’m proud to say, I became friends with the publisher, Bob Markey Sr. We had numerous discussions over the years about Wellington, its politics and from whence we both came, New York. I will miss him as a true friend and neighbor. Undoubtedly, he was one of Wellington’s founding fathers, offering us unbiased information and a reasonable opinion article about various problems that arose. (Incorporation, for example.) The good news is that now, we have the Mannings, who have taken over the paper for quite some time, and their professionalism shows, too. Both Barry and Josh Manning have continued Bob’s legacy, and unlike so many papers that push agendas and certain political veins, the Town-Crier does not. It continues the old trend of reporting and letting us draw conclusions. Sadly, many of our daily papers push an agenda, much like the television news, which is too often bought and paid for by the activ-

ist owners and their proponents/ supporters, that actually causes degradation of education and free thought. Long ago, some of our forefathers warned us of an uneducated populace, suggesting that democracy cannot thrive under such circumstances, and today’s government shutdown is but one example of our failure, where 5 percent of the population can hold our government hostage. That’s 5 percent because of gerrymandering where a majority are not heard, and when counting votes in totality nationwide, the party with the most votes in totality in the House of Representatives is the minority. Where the majority of southern states (minus Texas and Florida) are parasitical states, getting more back from the federal government than they put in in taxes, and yet scream about “big government” that indeed props up their states, while at the same time they are trying to degrade the very government that gives them handouts. Where is our education and knowledge of this? On our local level, I’m thankful for our Town-Crier, and yes, it is our Town-Crier, because of Bob Markey and the Mannings, we can be an educated populace if we are wise enough to avail ourselves of this free print. On a personal note, I would like to thank both Bob and Josh for

answering the phone and calling back to assist me in being a better citizen, because quite often they correct me, or at minimum, advise me. Yes, friends, not just paper writers, and that is to anyone who bothers to contact them! George Unger Wellington

New Technology Solves Drinking Water Woes

“Water, water, everywhere, and all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” Remember this quote from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner?” Well, that was then and this is now. I would edit that quote to: “Water, water, everywhere, much closer then we think.” Water is still everywhere, and a Florida company less than 50 miles from here has perfected the process to produce excellent drinking water with their patented AWG. AWG is short for Atmospheric Water Generator. I visited the company headquarters and was shown the process by which water is produced from the atmosphere — quite impressive, I must say. Units come in various sizes that can produce and purify water with a storage capacity from 7 gallons per day up to 3,000 gallons per day.

The company also manufactures portable units that can be placed in remote areas, and the pumps can run on solar or wind energy. The portable units range from 150 to 10,000 gallons per day. Recent announcements have suggested additional patents for this technology have been given by China and other foreign governments, and I would be very surprised if units are not already ordered. My question is, why not here? With all the well-warranted concerns about possible contaminated water in The Acreage and with a possible solution so close at hand with these AWGs, maybe it’s time for elected officials at all levels to consider options to give their constituents some peace of mind. This company already has working units producing muchneeded drinking water in Africa and Mexico. Again, I ask, why not here? Lee LeAndro Wellington

Not A Fan Of Food Truck Invasions

I normally tend not to rant, but I can’t help it on this one. I work for a mom-and-pop-type restaurant, locally owned for almost two decades now, and have been seeing the struggles firsthand. “Food Truck Invasions” are

exactly that — an invasive species. Now, before you dismiss me as just being a nut, or a woman scared for her (and an entire industry’s) livelihoods, please take a second to hear what I have to say. Here’s Webster’s take on it. And I agree: in·va·sion - n. 1. The act of invading, especially the entrance of an armed force into a territory to conquer. 2. A large-scale onset of something injurious or harmful, such as a disease. 3. An intrusion or encroachment. So many small businesses are struggling in this economy. Our village council, and many other municipal planners (who tax us for their services) are bringing in these food trucks. Sounds like fun, right? I’m sure it is. Know what’s not fun? When every local person rushes over to spend their dollars at these trucks,

who, quite literally drive it from our community at the end of the evening. Food trucks do not have any local commissaries in this area. They are brought in from distances like Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Jupiter, etc. They are not spending their money locally. They are not sponsoring your child’s little league. Invasive species enter a new territory and take from it the natural resources, leaving behind empty fields when they go. Well, in most cases, empty parking lots. Food trucks are not supporting local business. Food trucks are not hiring local people to man their tils. Everyone whines about outsourcing on a national level. Welcome to the local hypocrisy. Erin Townsend-Peel Royal Palm Beach

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OPINION

Crime Scene Investigations: So Much More Than You See On TV The work my crime scene investigators do is much different from what you may see on shows like NCIS, Law and Order and Criminal Minds. On TV, actors find forensic evidence at every crime scene and they use it to solve each crime — usually within an hour. Real CSI work at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is far different. Our team of more than 15 investigators is just as talented and hardworking as those you see on TV shows, but it takes considerably more work to find forensic evidence at real crime scenes. It can take days, weeks and even months to gather physical evidence that could illuminate what happened in the crime and point to who did it.

POINT OF VIEW By PBC Sheriff Ric Bradshaw Our crime scene investigators get called out more than 1,000 times a year to crimes ranging from murder to sexual assaults to home invasion robberies. They work 24/7 and go to all corners of Palm Beach County, and sometimes out-

side our community, to collect, document and present evidence needed for deputies and detectives to track down criminals and for prosecutors to deliver convictions. We take our time in solving crime. There are no quick fixes. Sometimes physical evidence emerges years later, and sometimes there is no physical evidence. In fact, many criminal cases proceed through the criminal justice system without any forensic evidence at all. But I can tell you this about my crime scene investigators: They are so highly educated, trained and specialized in their work that if there’s evidence to be found, they will find it. I see them in action all the

time as they take photos, produce videos and diagram crime scenes. They are passionate about their service, never complaining about the long hours and often harsh outdoor conditions they work in. They are usually among the last to leave crime scenes. It’s no wonder my office is one of only a few law enforcement agencies across our nation to be accredited internationally for our CSI work. CSI methods are driven by protocols that are based on science, logic and law. When dealing with crime, there is no “typical” crime scene and there is no “typical” investigative approach. Each crime is different, and it takes skilled CSI staff to an-

alyze and document the evidence in each crime scene in detail. Technology also helps our CSI team. Take, for instance, one of our newest CSI pieces of equipment: ground-penetrating radar. This device can locate bullet casings and even bodies buried in the ground. I have kept our investigators wellequipped and well-trained to ensure they have everything they need to do their jobs at the highest level. So the next time you hear about my deputies solving a major crime, you should know that there’s a strong possibility that our CSI team was involved as well. Chances are they were doing a lot of the groundwork that led to leads in cracking the case.

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Wellington Sets Policy On What Can Be Purchased With Village Money By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Village Council voted Tuesday to enact a public purpose expenditure policy governing what items Wellington staff can purchase using village funds. After Wellington was criticized last year for the use of its purchasing cards to buy food, gifts and other items, council members put a moratorium on spending for those items until staff could work out a plan that would enforce spending only on necessary items. The proposed policy would allow spending on meals and refreshments for certain events, or under certain circumstances with

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continued from page 1 County Property Appraiser’s Office, which sent the tax notice to the wrong address. “I think there’s still some shared responsibility,” Cohen said. “They had been pro-

approval by the village manager. “You’d be approving this to satisfy the recommendation from the Office of the Inspector General,” Director of Internal Audit and Compliance James Poag told council members. According to the staff report, the policy would allow staff to spend money and be reimbursed for meals during a workshop or conference, if a business-related meeting or activity extends through a meal, for refreshments at official village meetings open to the public, during official staff retreats, at “recognition events” for retirement or other milestones, or during village-sponsored conferences or meetings. The policy bans spending on

entertainment and alcoholic beverages; meals for regular, recurring staff meetings; gift purchases other than greeting cards; office parties or holiday celebrations; and political events, contributions and donations. “We’re here to clarify what we think is and is not acceptable,” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said. “This is really spelling out in detail what would dictate a public purpose.” To be reimbursed, the employee would have to have certification from his department head, explain what the public purpose of the purchase was, list attendees to the event along with the date, time and location, provide an itemized receipt and provide evidence

of written approval if necessary. Councilman Matt Willhite suggested adding the funds to each budget’s department, but Poag said the money is already there. “This is just defining what a public purpose is,” he said. “We have to have a way to track these expenses.” Willhite suggested removing the expected dollar amounts from the policy. “I don’t know why there needs to be a dollar amount associated with it,” he said. “It looks like we’re saying this is what we’re going to spend.” Village Manager Paul Schofield said the council didn’t have to approve a dollar amount or even a department for the spending. “You’re just approving a gener-

al policy,” he said. “That is mostly informational. You can approve the policy without approving expenditures for any specific department or person. Then the expenditures would go to accounting and Mr. Poag’s office as well to make sure they meet our policies. They will have those checks regardless.” Mayor Bob Margolis said he was in support of the policy. “The inspector general said we couldn’t [make the purchases] because we didn’t have a policy to allow it,” he said. “This is what we’re doing now, developing a policy.” But Willhite said he didn’t want unnecessary spending, noting that one item went from having $26 spent on it to a budget of $1,000. “We went from zero tolerance

to opening the floodgates,” he said. “It’s allowed in their budget, but I have a concern when we have certain areas that show higher numbers than others.” Councilman John Greene said he thought the council should approve the policy without assigning funds to any department. “It’s already in their budget,” he said. Poag said that was basically what the council was considering. “There is no seeking any dollar amounts or funding,” he said. Greene made a motion to approve the policy, which passed unanimously. “What’s important is we finally have a policy in place that is in compliance with the recommendation of the inspector general,” he said.

vided with a copy of the lease. They knew full well that there was agricultural use on the property, and, without question, they knew our address had changed prior to sending out the notice.” Though the property appraiser’s office denied Wellington’s request to go before the Value Adjustment Board, Cohen said she thinks the attorney made a mistake.

“In looking through the documents and the rules, it appears to me that the property appraiser’s attorney made an assumption that we had not actually requested an agricultural exemption on that property, and therefore would be ineligible to ask for a late hearing in front of the Value Adjustment Board,” she said. “I can’t say for certain it’s a winning argument, but

we are going to send a letter to the property appraiser and outline where we think the errors are.” Cohen said she hoped that, because Wellington was acting in good faith, the property appraiser’s office would agree to let them go before the board. “This is not a situation where we’re trying to get away with something,” she said. This is something

that was clearly known to the property appraiser’s office and was an oversight based partially on their error. Under the circumstances, I think it would benefit us to go before the ValueAdjustment Board.” Cohen said Deputy Village Manager John Bonde discovered that the tax notice was signed for by an “elderly volunteer” and then went missing.

“It doesn’t change that it was sent to the wrong address,” Cohen said. “There is sufficient support that they knew what our new address was and nevertheless sent the proposed tax notice to the old address. They could have changed that. It probably would have made a difference.” Cohen said she would continue pursuing the matter.

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Royal Palm Auto Mall Golf Classic Benefits Palms West Foundation

The Royal Palm Auto Mall Golf Classic benefiting the Palms West Community Foundation was held Friday, Oct. 4 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. After the golf game, awards were given out at a buffet dinner, and there were also a silent auction and raffles. photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier

Mary Lou Bedford, Manny Tavares, Eric Depp, Mariela Castillo, Doug Kingera, Ton Dosdourian and Hernan Millan.

The Royal Palm Nissan team of Anthony Novak, Jude Scotto, Chris Lynch and Manny Tavares.

Mary Lou Bedford, Manny Tavares, Paul Jagielski, Chris Lynch and Mariela Castillo.

Royal Palm Toyota team members Jean Volel, Josh Bustard, Brent Caldwell and Shelby Bigelow.

Tony Zapata, Scott Bedford, Manny Tavares, Mary Lou Bedford, Mariela Castillo, Brianna Kimmer, Claudia Camacho and Doug Kingera.

Brent Caldwell and Shelby Bigelow look on as Jean Volel putts.

Blessing Of The Animals At Our Lady Queen Of The Apostles In RPB

Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church held a Blessing of the Animals on Friday, Oct. 4 at the statue of St. Francis of Assisi. Animals of all species were blessed by Father Andy Rudnicki in celebration of the world-wide observation. Photos Courtesy Hugh Connolly

Father Andy Rudnicki blesses animals large and small.

Louise Connolly and Angus Og, with Lady Anne, get a blessing from Father Andy Rudnicki.

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Tires Dumped In The Middle Of The Road

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report OCT. 6 — A resident of D Road called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s Acreage/ Loxahatchee substation last Sunday regarding an environmental crime. According to a PBSO report, the resident arrived home at approximately 8:10 p.m. and discovered that someone had dumped approximately 100 old tires and rims in the middle of the roadway. According to the report, the deputy observed the tires in the roadway. The resident said his daughter heard a large boom that sounded like a dump truck earlier that day. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. ••• OCT. 1 — A resident of the Victoria Grove community called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Tuesday afternoon to report a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., someone stole two laptop computers, a game system and a backpack from the victim’s home. According to the report, the deputy noticed that the screen on the downstairs bedroom window was partially off and the window was open. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 1 — A Royal Palm Beach woman contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Tuesday to report a delayed theft. According to a PBSO report, on Friday, July 12, the victim used her debit card at the drive-through window at Burger King on Southern Blvd. The next morning, she realized she did not have her card. According to the report, the victim checked her bank account and discovered four fraudulent transactions totaling $193.12 made at several local stores as well as Foot Locker online. According to the report, a deputy contacted the restaurant and a manager was able to retrieve video surveillance footage. The video showed that an employee dropped the debit card on the floor. According to the report, the video showed that after the victim left, the employee picked up the card and placed it in his pocket. According to the report, the deputy checked with Foot Locker online, which showed the shoes were delivered to the employee at a location in Wellington. The deputy issued an arrest warrant, but there was no further information available at the time of the report. OCT. 2 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach responded to Palms West Hospital last Wednesday regarding a delayed armed robbery. According to a PBSO report, the victim was at the Farm Store on Okeechobee Blvd. at approximately 10 p.m. on Sept. 27 when an unknown teenage male yelled that he needed help. According to the

report, the victim said the suspect ran to the south side of the store and the victim followed to see if he could provide help. There, four or five male suspects jumped him. According to the report, the victim was struck multiple times with an aluminum bat in the head and back, and was also choked by one of the suspects. The victim reported that when he awoke, his wallet was on his chest and his pants torn nearly completely off his body. According to the report, the perpetrators stole $2 from his wallet. The victim was taken to Palms West Hospital and was treated for his injuries. There was no further information available at the time of the report. OCT. 4 — A resident of Bayhill Estates called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Friday to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. last Thursday, someone entered the victim’s home and stole several pieces of jewelry, including ruby, diamond and gold earrings. According to the report, the victim left her rear door unlocked for a cleaning crew and pest control company to enter the home. She did not know who took the items. The stolen items were valued at more than $5,000. There was no further information available at the time of the report. OCT. 4 — A West Palm Beach man was arrested last Friday afternoon on shoplifting charges after he was caught stealing from the Walmart Supercenter on Belvedere Road. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was dispatched to the store at approximately 4:45 p.m., after a loss prevention officer observed 41-year-old Shane Hart enter the home department and select a cookware set and deep fryer, placing the items in a shopping cart. According to the report, Hart then entered another aisle and removed a Walmart shopping bag from his pocket. He placed some of the merchandise in the bag and tried to exit the store, passing all points of purchase without making an attempt to pay for the items. According to the report, a loss prevention officer stopped him and recovered $195.25 in stolen merchandise. Hart was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with petty theft. OCT. 6 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 86th Road North last Sunday morning regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 p.m. last Saturday night and 9 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s U-Haul rental truck and stole a loveseat and desk from it. The victim said she unloaded the rest of the truck and turned it back in before filing the See BLOTTER, page 16

Young Acreage Boy Dies Following Tragic Accident

OCT. 6 — A 3-year-old Acreage boy was killed last Sunday morning after he was run over by a pickup truck. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, 28-year-old Christopher Pollard was driving a 1999 Ford pickup truck on his property on 82nd Road North at approximately 11:43 a.m. and believed his son, Michael Pollard, was in the rear of the property with his mother.

According to the report, Michael Pollard ran out of the gate toward the vehicle. Christopher Pollard didn’t see his son and began to drive. According to the report, as Michael Pollard ran along the passenger side of the vehicle, he was struck by the rear tire. Christopher Pollard stopped the vehicle and went to his son’s aid. The boy was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Hector Trillo, alias Hector Colon, is a white male, 5’8” tall and weighing 190 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 11/14/69. Trillo is wanted for failure to appear on charges of grand theft. His last known addresses were Camino Del Mar in Boca Raton and Oak Water Drive in Royal Palm Beach. He is wanted as of 10/03/13. • Olga Huertas is a white female, 5’ tall and weighing 160 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Her date of birth is 06/14/54. Huertas is wanted on charges of dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership. Her last known address was Ashley Shore Circle in Greenacres. She is wanted as of 10/03/13. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppers pbc.com.

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RPB Education Committee Plans Common Core Presentation

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board decided Monday to add a presentation on Florida’s new Common Core State Standards program to a future meeting to give concerned individuals accurate information. Board members also discussed widespread concerns about low third-grade reading levels. Vice Chair David Kendle attended a school board meeting Sept.18 where the Common Core curriculum and low third-grade reading levels were discussed. Kendle said that many parents spoke at the meeting, mostly against Common Core, and he said that he believes the standards and where they originated have not been explained.

“I think it would do parents justice if [the school district explains] that and put it out there, how it started and where it came from, and it didn’t come from Washington,” Kendle said. “I think if we did that, parents wouldn’t be so frightened of Common Core.” Board Member Renata Espinoza, principal at the Academy for Positive Learning charter school, said she attended a recent conference intended to help elementary teachers get their students to proper reading level. “There’s a lot of money spent at that, but it’s worth it, and research shows students improve at least a year’s [level],” Espinoza said. “Hopefully, this will help our third-grade teachers.” Councilman Jeff Hmara, liaison to the Education Advisory Board, said he learned from working with

the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition that third grade is a critical point for maintaining reading competency. “From that point on, studies have shown, it becomes more and more difficult for students stay up with the academic requirements,” he said. “Kids who aren’t able to read at level by third grade are likely to have greater difficulty as each year progresses from that point forward.” Hmara also suggested that Common Core be placed on a future agenda for a comprehensive discussion before the board and the public in an appropriate fashion, and Kendle agreed. “Parents do need some information, and hopefully we can get a lot of parents out to listen,” Kendle said. “Maybe we could let the prin-

cipals know and see if they could help getting parents out.” Hmara said an open forum might be beneficial as long as it did not become a debate. “There are going to be ample opportunities for other public hearings to get more information,” he said, adding that the school district has comprehensive Common Core information on its web site at www.palmbeachschools.org. “It’s a good information tutorial on what Common Core is and where it came from. I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t looked at that to become informed on Common Core, and also on how the state is approaching its implementation.” The goal of the new curriculum is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and

parents know what they need to do to help, according to the school district web site. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that today’s young people need for success in college and careers. School Board Member Marcia Andrews said a state representative was in the area last week at the invitation of State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo and made a presentation to about 60 parents in Wellington using an effective PowerPoint presentation that originated from the state. The state also has a web site for people to learn more about Common Core and to post their concerns or suggestions at www. fldoe.org/schools/ccc.asp. “One of the things I’d like to

recommend to the advisory board is that we make sure that you get the PowerPoint with the web site, so that maybe you could display it on your web site so that parents could read it,” Andrews said. “It was real simple to understand.” Andrews said differences of opinions are to be expected, but having a good understanding of the program would reduce the conflict. “One of the answers the state gave was that it was on the web site early on, way before we got to where we are now, but most people don’t know that,” Andrews said. “The state is trying to go around to all the areas to do the personal, one-on-one explanations with the PowerPoint presentation, but we do have a web site right now.”

H.L. Johnson’s Elementary’s SECME Club Goes Out On A STEM

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board heard a presentation Monday by H.L. Johnson Elementary School’s Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) club, which is preparing for upcoming competitions. Jenny Birney, who has been H.L. Johnson’s SECME sponsor for 19 years, said the club, made up of fourth and fifth graders, has won numerous awards.

The club participates in all nine of the district Olympiad events, and encourages participants to engage in activities they would not ordinarily participate in, such as getting boys to participate in art and poetry, and getting girls to engage in science and engineering. Birney noted that a boy from H.L. Johnson had won a poetry competition the previous year. Fifth grader Nikita Tanguturi said SECME, which is based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),

Lorraine Urquhart and Megan Rollins hold up a banner created by students depicting SECME competition themes.

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continued from page 3 a planned unit development. The request is for 1,200 single-family homes, 628 single-family zero-lotline homes and 120 townhomes. The site has a 5.6-acre retail commercial parcel consistent with its earlier approval, to be a maximum of 50,000 square feet. There is a 24.2-acre public/civic site potentially for a park, dedicated to Palm Beach County. To the west of the civic site is a 15-acre elementary school site that will be dedicated to the Palm Beach County School District. Tuma said a large berm along the west side of the site also will be a landscaped hiking and equestrian trail. The plan also has 500 acres of open space, 96 acres of lakes, 17.7 acres of public trails and a private 13-acre recreation space. There will also be a hiking trail around the entire property, he said. Tuma said the plan is very similar to the original plan submitted in 2006. The project was about to get underway when the housing bubble burst. Tuma added that the property was given zoning to allow two units per acre in 2004 with conditions that included a maximum of 2,000 units, that it would make connections to Okeechobee Blvd.

to the north and Southern Blvd. to the south, and that the site could not be annexed into a municipality. In 2008, tentative developer Lennar dropped out of the project and owner Palm Beach Aggregates got the land back. The land use was reverted to residential transitional to allow a tree farm on the property. “That was the recession of 2008,” Tuma said. “Here we are in 2013 and all the conditions of the land use have been met.” The site was set for county approval last month, but was delayed 30 days to give interested parties the opportunity to study the plan. Acreage resident Anne Kuhl asked about plans for the future extension of Okeechobee Blvd., and Tuma said the county is requiring them to have an ingressegress there, although it is not required to improve the road. ALA Board Member Mike Erickson said he felt the proposed development was out of character with the community. “I know you have legal rights and everything, but this discussion should have really been in land use in 2005,” he said. “I would just hope you try to minimize those impacts. I hope Okeechobee doesn’t go through to you. I hope all the traffic stays on Southern.” Erickson made a motion to oppose the project due to traffic con-

was established in 1975 to get more kids to take an interest in engineering. “SECME wants more females involved in its subjects,” Tanguturi said. “Even today, our SECME club has only eight girls. We need more girls to take an interest in STEM, so when we grow up, there will be a lot of people to work in jobs that involve STEM subjects.” First-year SECME member Lorraine Urquhart said 145 applications were passed out but only

40 of them can be accepted. Birney explained that many of the applicants did not write a required essay about the upcoming STEM competitions, which include building a water-powered rocket, a balsa-wood bridge or a vehicle powered by a mouse-trap spring. “I was looking for commitment on their part because we do have to write the essay,” Birney said. “Without the essay, we don’t get to compete, so it’s a crucial part to the competition.”

SECME students with Education Advisory Board members. cerns, lack of character with the community, lack of infrastructure and contribution to urban sprawl. It carried 20-0. Seminole Orange — Brian Terry with Land Design South reported on plans for a large-scale land-use amendment for the Seminole Orange property next to Walgreens. “What we’re really trying to do is modify the text of a couple of conditions,” Terry said. The developer recently applied for an amendment to allow a McDonald’s restaurant, which should begin construction soon. “The amendment that we’re proposing to do, there is a condition that requires a pedestrian plaza on the site,” Terry said. “This discussion came up when we were talking about the McDonald’s itself. Right now, it says it has to be one single pedestrian plaza. The reality of the situation is as we were working with the potential tenants to configure the remaining parcels of land, we’d like the possibility of trying to break that into multiple smaller pedestrian areas. It will be more intimate and specific to the users that will be there.” Another change asks for the use of pavement in the rear portion of the parking lot, rather than pervious pavers, which Terry said are not necessary for the development to meet its drainage requirements, and the pavement will add to the resilience of the project.

Nikita Tanguturi with a water rocket used in the presentation.

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Chili Chicks To Perform At St. Peter’s Harvest Festival Oct. 12

The Chili Chicks, “America’s Country Dance Team” and twotime Country Dance World Champions, will perform Saturday, Oct. 12 at St. Peter’s Harvest Festival. They will perform at 12 p.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at the church, located at 12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. The Chili Chicks are a true American success story. Created as ambassadors for a Florida chili cookoff, they went on to become two-time country dance world champions and represented the

Lots of tasty items will be available at the bake sale.

United States at the Inaugural Olympiad for Country Dance, where they won the gold medal and became “America’s Country Dance Team.” In between performances, they will sign autographs and give out free Chili Chicks coloring books for kids (while supplies last). As part of their performance, they will demonstrate the art of line dancing. The Harvest Festival & BBQ will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will feature live on-stage entertainment, a

barbecue, food all day, crafters, a bake sale, carnival activities, bungee jumping, a rock wall, inflatables, pony rides, a pumpkin patch and more. Admission to the event is free. Wristbands can be purchased for all the large games for $20. Single tickets for the carnival games will also be available. Overflow parking will be at the First Baptist Church of Wellington at 12700 W. Forest Hill Blvd., with a shuttle bus service provided. For more information, call (561) 793-5712.

The Chili Chicks will perform this Saturday in Wellington.


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Introduction to Celtic Rock Cooking

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

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

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Big Dog Ranch Rescue Hosts Car, Dog Wash At RPB’s Hurricane Grill A dog wash, car wash and bake sale to benefit Big Dog Ranch Rescue and Shyanne Mutch was held Sunday, Oct. 6 in the parking lot of Hurricane Grill & Wings in Royal Palm Beach. Shyanne Mutch is a BDRR volunteer who needs help with medical expenses due to cancer. There were plenty of dogs and puppies available for adoption. For more info., visit www.bdrr.org. photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier

Kelly Lammert and Alex Walls with Katie and Calypso.

John Farinelli and Suzie Mutch wash a van.

Kimberlee Mutch and Shyanne Mutch with event organizers Amber and Kelly Nelson.

Angela Saulino with her foster dog, Lily.

Kimberlee Mutch comforts Wassily in the pool.

Event co-organizer Amber Nelson shakes paws with Diva.

Iron Lion And Wellington Runners Support Kids Cancer Foundation

The Wellington Runners Club and Iron Lion Fitness Studio hosted a “Ryde-A-Thon” to support the Kids Cancer Foundation on Sunday Oct. 6. Participants were able to cycle as long as they wanted and were asked to make a minimum donation of $10 per ride to benefit the Kids Cancer Foundation. For more info., visit www.ironlionfit.com.  Photos By Damon Webb/Town-Crier

Instructor Laura Brown leads the class in a spinning session.

Iron Lion Fitness Studio co-owners Mike Bates and Seth Kaufmann.

Sarah George, Jennifer Leeds and Jeremy Cole from the Wellington Runners Club.


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Palm Beach Central High School Crowns Homecoming King & Queen

Palm Beach Central High School held its homecoming week celebration, culminating in the crowning of its king and queen at a football game Friday, Oct. 4. There was a parade with themed floats made by each class. Gabi Corsa was crowned homecoming queen, while Steven Daley was crowned homecoming king. photos by Lauren Miró/town-crier

Seniors Joel Miller and Kya Batist.

Seniors Adrian Osorio and Summer Pliskow.

Andrew Zipp and Cassidy Keefe.

Joshua Gutierez and Jamie Fox.

Juniors Nick Ferraro and Shevaughn Williams.

Freshmen court members Tyler Freeman and Sienna Strong-James.

Council Of Catholic Women Supports Back To Basics Angel Program

The Council of Catholic Women held a meeting on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church. Back to Basics founder Beverly Perham brought 75 names of students from Benoist Farms Elementary School who are part of the Angel Program, which provides necessities such as shoes, socks and underwear for more than 5,800 disadvantaged students in the county during the holidays. For more info., call Perham at (561) 795-7766. Photos By Denise Fleischman/Town-Crier

Back to Basics founder Beverly Perham tells the Council of Catholic Women about the Angel Program.

Marcie Shaughnessy, Beverly Perham and Louise Connolly show handmade pillowcases for gifts to the kids.

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NEW HORIZONS STUDENTS MERGE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY

Each week, fifth-grade science classes at New Horizons Elementary School work on laptop computers in their classroom to complete digital interactive science experiments. Science teacher Roberta Thompson’s students enjoy learning science concepts while completing tasks using the school’s new laptop computers. Students report that the interactive lessons on the computers make learning fun. Pictured here is Thompson with one of her science classes working on a project.

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PANTHER RUN STUDENTS WALK, BIKE TO SCHOOL

WES SUPPORTS PALM BEACH HEART WALK

Panther Run Elementary School students and parents took part in the bike and walk to school day on Friday, Oct. 4. Parents and students from the surrounding communities did their part to save gas, promote clean air, get their exercise and have fun while doing it. Shown here, participating students and parents bike to school last Friday.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, Wellington Elementary School participated in the Palm Beach Heart Walk. Many Wildcats showed up to support the cause. The American Heart Association is an organization dedicated to reducing death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Wellington Wildcats walked 3.3 miles along scenic Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. Students, teachers and staff helped make the event a huge success. Shown here are students and parents at the Heart Walk.


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LOX GROVES EL RAISES MONEY FOR RELAY

Last year, Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School raised more than $5,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Acreage/ Loxahatchee Relay for Life. The school had the top fundraising team at the event. LGES has begun its fundraising again for this year and is looking for donations to support the team. For more info., or t o donate money or auction items, call the school at (561) 904-9200. Pictured here are the Relay for Life team members from the school.

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SRHS Key Club Supports Pine Jog Habitat Seminole Ridge High School and Wellington High School Key Club members teamed up for a day of volunteering at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, removing invasive species to restore the center’s natural habitat. The club plans to volunteer at Pine Jog one day each month. Interested students can find out more information at www.srhskeyclub. webstarts.com. • Choral Students Pass First Auditions — The Florida Music Educators Association auditions ensemble performances from students statewide who vie to be “the best of the best in music.â€? On Sept. 28, several Seminole Ridge High School choral students passed their first audition, earning the right to audition in the second round of assessments in October. Earning a test score above 80/ 100 and a sight-reading score above 20/40 were mixed-concert choral students Mateo Garcia-Gurrera (tenor), Mairead O’Rourke (alto) and Joel Zayas (bass). Earning a score above 70/100 and a sight-reading score above 10/40 were women’s chorus students Victoria Beuthien (soprano) and Bayleigh Kilpatrick (alto), and men’s chorus students Scott Kuc-

zynski (tenor) and Sean Lewis (baritone). Choral director Wes Rainer said the Hawks “represented their school, their community and choral department to my highest expectations.â€? • Band Wins at Boca Cavalcade — The SRHS Winged Regiment competed in the Boca Raton Cavalcade of Bands the weekend of Sept. 28. Seminole Ridge students represented the school, the Acreage community and the Hawk band program by setting the highest standards and earning “Best in Class 3A Visual, General Effect, Music,â€? as well as first place overall in their class. • Debaters Host Tourney, Earn Wins — “We had an incredible turn out this weekend,â€? forensics coach Mierka Drucker said. “Over 500 students came to compete in the Palm Beach Catholic Forensics League Student Congress tournament.â€? SRHS racked up several wins in the Sept. 28 event: Jessica Terkovich won first place, Julie Swartz fifth and Hannah Murray sixth. “I’m extremely proud of our debaters who competed, and who worked to make this day an overwhelming success,â€? Drucker said.

Wounded Warrior Ball — (Front row) Andrew Harre, Boston Hunt and Cody Papula. (Back row) Jason Bagnall, Ricky Buoni, LTC Hans Hunt, CSM Robert Patterson, Jaime Marchand, David Evens, Charlie Green and Brogan Zelinka. • Cadets Attend Wounded Warrior Ball — On Saturday, Sept. 28, nine SRHS Army JROTC cadets attended the second annual Wounded Warriors of South Florida military ball. SRHS cadets had an opportunity to speak with Army Command Sergeant Major (ret.) Robert Patterson, one of only 53 living Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, about the future of our country and carrying on its customs and traditions. The Wounded Warrior Foundation’s Bells and Bellows ceremo-

ny honors lost soldiers, commemorating their ultimate sacrifice, and Hawk cadets each read out the name of a battle as the ceremony bells rang somberly. Among the evening’s speakers was Marine First Lieutenant (ret.) Robert Keefe, who receives assistance from the foundation as a result of injuries suffered in Afghanistan, and Wellington High School sophomore Emma McClimans, whose father, a medic, was killed in Afghanistan while on his second tour.

TKA Homecoming 2013 Supports Charity The King’s Academy’s Homecoming 2013 took place during the week of Monday, Sept. 23. This year’s theme was “Lights, Camera, Action!� with each grade picking a different movie genre. The week was packed with school spirit, fun and healthy

Panther Run Elementary School recently donated two van loads of supplies and clothing to its sister school, Pioneer Park Elementary School in Belle Glade. This included much-needed gently used school uniforms, backpacks, shoes, sweatshirts and various school supplies. Each year, the Panther Run PTA Sister School Program collects donations during the first month of the school year and then delivers them to Pioneer Park. The Panther Run PTA also provides the sister school annually with Thanksgiving food baskets, toys for the holidays, books for their library and snacks for FCAT testing. Shown here are Lynn Cooney (Panther Run), Ethel Rogers and Jeanne Britt (Pioneer Park) and Nikiis Doherty (Panther Run) with donated supplies.

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competition. Each day of the week, students and staff dressed according to a theme, including: Mix-n-Match Day, Twin Day, Theme Day, Class Color Day, and Spirit Day. The festivities also included powder puff football, a class skit

Access-Life MinistryDirector Doug Goddard with TKA’s Student Council students.

competition and a homecoming football game in which TKA defeated Coral Springs Christian Academy 48-0 and the 2013 Homecoming king and queen were crowned. Most importantly, a “Change for Change� drive raised more than $10,200 to support Access-Life Ministry. Access-Life develops and executes programs and events for people and families in the local area living with disabilities. Through its expo events, the ministry helps connect them to churches, organizations, resources and people within their community. TKA has partnered with Access-Life to help fund its WPB Expo on Feb. 15, 2014 at John Prince Park. “We are so pleased to be able to partner with Access-Life,� Director of Student Life Michelle Kolar said. “This fundraiser allowed our students to truly appreciate what it means to give back to our community.� The King’s Academy is a na-

TKA’s 2013 Homecoming queen and king, Ashley Stack and Clark Aliapoulios. tionally recognized private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. More information, visit www.tka.net.

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PBAU Hispanic Heritage Festival A Success Palm Beach Atlantic University held its fifth Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29 at its main campus. Produced and directed by Wellington residents Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra, the festival featured a painting by Megan MacGregor, poetry recitation by El Alma Hispana, and chamber music by piano duo Gastesi-Bezerra and Jureit Musicales. This year’s festival was dedicated to the memory of Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda. On Saturday, the piano duo performed works by Lacerda, as well as a world premiere of Fantango by Argentinean composer Eduardo

Hubert. Sunday’s music was provided by mother Marie Jureit and daughters Ashley Garritson, Laura Parker and Lindsay Garritson of Jureit Musicales, who performed works for flute, violin, cello and piano to a standing ovation. The Hispanic Heritage Festival was envisioned by Gastesi and Bezerra as a way to promote classical music from Latin America and Spain. Gastesi said the festival would not be possible without the support of Dr. Lloyd Mims, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “He embraced our idea from the beginning and is always an enthusiastic audi-

(Left to right) Lindsay Garritson, Ashley Garritson, Estibaliz Gastesi, Maurcio Bezerra, Laura Parker and Marie Jureit. ence member,” she said. tions are underway for a sixth ediAccording to Bezerra, prepara- tion in 2014.

Light The Night Kickoff At WPTV Studios Dozens of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) supporters got the star treatment at the Light the Night Kickoff Celebration held at the WPTV NewsChannel 5 Studios in West Palm Beach, with tours of the studio and a news team meetand-greet at the official kickoff of both the West Palm Beach and Boca Raton walks. Team captains had the opportunity to interact with other supporters, including walk leadership, donors and blood cancer survivors, all with the goal of making an impact by raising funds for LLS’s lifesaving mission. “We’re looking forward to making big news at our upcoming Light the Night Walks in terms of funds raised and lives saved, so it is especially meaningful that our kickoff is here at NewsChannel 5,” said Patrick Quinlan, LLS board

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SWA GROUP PARTICIPATES IN COASTAL CLEANUP

The Solid Waste Authority’s “Litter Busters” group participated in the International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 17. It was the second year that the group participated in the Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful event by cleaning up canals in the Wellington area. Group leader Cody Lagana reported 110 pounds of debris were picked up by the group. He thanked all who participated. Pictured here are Rob Stark, Javier Boruck, Travis Westbrook, Ethan Shaw, Nick Gonzalez, Cody Lagana, Ryan Stark, Hunter Burke and Barbara Lagana.

CHILDREN’S BOOK WINS STATE AWARDS Honored heroes Erika Medina and Gina Larsen. president. “Our supporters really enjoyed touring the studios and meeting their favorite on-air personalities while getting pumped up about leading their teams to walk to the end of cancer.” LLS holds walks each fall in 185 communities across the United States and Canada. Partici-

LLS Executive Director Pam Payne, Ken Coe and Carole Hunt. pants at the walks carry illuminated balloons to honor and commemorate lives touched by blood cancer. The West Palm Beach event will

take place on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 616-8682 or visit www.lightthenight.org/pb.

Alsofrom Elected To Leadership Florida Class Sarah Alsofrom, the Hanley Center Foundation’s executive director of development and community relations, has been selected to participate as one of 55 new members in Leadership Florida’s XXXII Annual Class Program. A respected non-partisan convener of committed individuals, Leadership Florida enhances the knowledge and leadership abilities of Florida’s leaders through educational programs by encouraging collaborative work for the betterment of the state. Leadership Florida provides Floridians essential information

and a meaningful forum for their opinions, and creates opportunities for shared experiences that are inviting, inspiring and of lasting value. “As such a key component of Hanley Center Foundation’s leadership team, we know that Sarah’s selection is well deserved,” said Dr. Rachel Docekal, Hanley Center Foundation CEO. “We are so proud of her ongoing commitment to leadership, and the quality of life in Florida.” The Hanley Center Foundation is devoted to helping the Hanley Center offer hope to those affect-

ed by alcoholism and drug addiction. The foundation’s philanthropy efforts support the center’s treatment, education and community programs, as well as funding of capital projects. A West Palm Beach native, Alsofrom joined the Hanley Center Foundation in 2012 and is responsible for organizing and implementing all developmental fundraising initiatives, advancing community outreach and directing all day-today operations. Prior to Hanley, she was the public information officer at the State Attorney’s Office of Palm Beach County.

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Western Pines Middle School teachers Deb Burggraaf and Ronaldo Perez won silver awards for their book Flutternutter at the 2013 Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) President’s Awards held Saturday, Sept. 21 in Daytona. Flutternutter, an informative story about the Florida State Butterfly, the zebra longwing, was written by Burggraaf for children ages 5 to 12, and illustrated by Perez. The publisher is Protective Hands Communications. Flutternutter took awards for children’s picture book and cover design. Shown here is Burggraaf with Chris Angermann, president of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.


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The Government Shutdown Has Me Saying, ‘What The Heck?’

By the time you read this, the government shutdown could be over, and I hope it is. But I just had to spout off. That is, I had to add my spouting-off to that of every other living, breathing American. I think our collective American response to this ridiculousness is, “What the heck?” I mean, it just doesn’t make much sense. It is the worst possible solution to the problem. It is the family equivalent of taking away the brother’s toys because the two sisters are fighting. What the heck? I will be the first to admit that I don’t study big government like I should. I

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The Sonic BOOMER don’t spend Sunday mornings with the talking heads, and I don’t tune in NPR on a regular basis. I don’t stop what I’m doing to follow up-to-the-minute blurbs on the Internet, and I don’t subscribe to four or five newspapers.

But even an uneducated slob like myself could come up with a solution better than closing the national parks. What the heck? I know the solution, because I had Marjorie for a mother. When my brother Jimmy and I were arguing, she would make us stay in our room until we stopped the name-calling and apologized to each other. That would be a good start for Congress. How about each side beginning by stopping the name-calling and admitting that the other side may have some valid points? And sure, it would have been easier for mom to ignore the situation and just let us battle it out, but she knew we needed

each other. She needed us to learn to work together because we were a family and “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” (Gosh, where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah. Abraham Lincoln. You’d think some grade school teacher somewhere would’ve mentioned that quote to our future leaders.) Another idea is to take away Congress’ toys. Jimmy and I certainly didn’t get to play with ours while our reconciliation was going on. No, we had to focus on the job at hand. So maybe a few less jets and fancy dinners and (how about this?) medical visits paid for by the taxpayers. Take away their free colonoscopies and make

them pay to be violated, like the rest of us. I’m looking forward to all the money I’ll save on my taxes due to the shutdown. No supplies being used, no papers being shuffled — the savings ought to be enormous! Come April 15, I’m expecting a refund! Another thing I’m sure mom took into consideration was the neighbors. She didn’t want people talking about those Welky kids and how they couldn’t get along. No! She had a reputation to uphold for our family. We children would not be allowed to tarnish the good family name. You think the U.S. is getting much sympathy from other countries around the See WELKY, page 16

An Amazing Film: Sandra Bullock Shines In Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is a brilliant work of art. It is compact, tight and so filled with tension that it feels as if you haven’t been able to breathe while watching it. Films like this are the reason movies are made. It is not a “this is one of the great films of all time” kind of film, but a small-scale gem that demonstrates the virtuosity of the director (Cuarón), the cinematographer (Emmanuel Lubezki) and an actress at the very best of her work (Sandra Bullock). The movie begins as a group of American astronauts works on upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit. Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), a mission specialist on her first space flight, is on a spacewalk repairing the electronics as the commander of the flight, Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), uses his thrusters to fly around the spacecraft. While waiting, he speaks to Mission Control, saying, “Houston, I’ve got a bad feeling about

‘I’ On Culture By Leonard Wechsler this mission,” paraphrasing the famous words Jim Lovett used on Apollo 13. As a bit of inside business, actor Ed Harris, who played Mission Control’s voice in the movie about that mission, responds. Soon after, the crew is warned to get out of there. A Russian satellite has exploded, and debris is moving right through the area at very fast speeds. Suddenly, it hits. Three of the crew are killed immediately as the station is wrecked. The rest of the movie focuses on Dr. Stone as she attempts to reach safety. At

first, she follows Kowalski’s orders as he, the experienced hand, finds her while she’s drifting helplessly in space. The two struggle to check out their own ship, which is destroyed. She then works with Kowalski as he tows her to the International Space Station. She alone survives, and struggles with the damage caused by the debris to the station, which is essentially wrecked, as she makes her way to a Russian Soyuz ship docked to it. Then she battles with the damaged craft to get to a deserted Chinese station, Shengzhou, which could provide “the last ride home.” The film seamlessly moves from an objective approach to first a group of astronauts, to the struggling pair, and finally to Stone. Gradually, we see the whole universe through her eyes. She begins as a real outsider, semi-helpless except in her own specialty, dependent on Kowalski. But, once he’s gone, she battles on. The movie moves into the

mode of a disaster film, where characters battle to stay alive, with the difference being that Stone is really all alone. She is out of contact with Earth, miles from any other living being, working on space ships where all the buttons are labeled in foreign languages. At one point… well, you’ll have to see the movie. Bullock gives a performance that is easily worthy of an Oscar nomination; she might well win the award. She is the perfect actress for a role like this; she is Everywoman. We gradually learn at least something about her history as we also watch her growth. At the start, she is a nerd; by the end, she is a warrior. And, keep in mind, she carries the story, on-screen, for the entire time. Clooney’s Kowalski is OK; essentially he plays George Clooney in space, a wise guy but also an experienced, capable leader. His part, however, is far shorter than Bullock’s. Although there are a few other

voices heard, no other actors appear on screen. This is Bullock’s show. It is a fairly short movie, very compact. Unlike other films that run two and a half hours with plenty of room to cut a large piece of them, there is no place in this film that could be cut. The debris causing the damage struck within the first two minutes of the film. It would actually take about 90 minutes for it to come around again. The movie works pretty much in real time; it lasts only a bit longer than that time as a second wave of debris hits just before the end of the film. This is easily the best film I have seen all year. It is exceptional. Many people were in the theater. This is a movie really made for 3-D. Films tend to use 3-D solely to get more money from us and are as effective in two dimensions. This movie is a glorious exception. See it, and this time, if you can stand 3-D and can afford it, see it that way. But definitely see it.


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Compass LGBT Biz Expo Oct. 12

Compass will host Palm Beach County’s first LGBT Business Expo on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Compass Community Center (201 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth). The free event will feature Palm Beach County businesses that support the LGBT community as well as educational sessions, health screenings and computer classes. The event will feature over 30 exhibitors from all around the county with services ranging from banking institutions, estate planning to nonprofit adoption agencies. Special presentations will include “DOMA in the Sunshine State” and “The Affordable Care Act and the LGBT Community.” “Businesses here in Palm Beach County have been supporting Compass and the gay community since our inception and have been a large part of our success,” Compass CEO Tony Plakas said. “It’s a privilege to host this wonderful event.” For more information, call (561) 533-9699 or visit www.compass glcc.com.

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Teen Finance Class Oct. 18

The Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service will offer its “On Your Own Financial Literacy Workshop” on Friday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Service (559 N. Military Trail, WPB). In this hands-on class, youth ages 12 to 18 will learn survival skills for the future. Participants will learn how to understand and manage finances in a simulated real-world environment. Attendees do not need to be 4-H members. Pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is 4 p.m. on Oct. 14. For more information, e-mail fourh@pbcgov.org or call (561) 233-1731.

FLARA Discussion Oct. 15 At Library

The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans will host a roundtable discussion titled “Healthcare Costs: The Industry Perspective” on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive). Moderated by economist Richard Hattwick, the program will

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review the facts, expose misconceptions and explore ways to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare. Hattwick will be joined by a panel of industry experts. An open discussion will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Courtyard Shops To Celebrate Fall

The Courtyard Shops at Wellington will be the place to be when it hosts its “Fall for Courtyard” Great Pumpkin Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plenty of free family sidewalk fun and live entertainment is planned, including themed merchant specials, discounts, menus and tastings. Presented by the Courtyard Shops at Wellington in collaboration with South Florida Parenting, the festivities will include the a scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, art and games, face painting, photo opportunities, a bounce house, contests and more. To help event-goers take advantage of all the activities, an open-air Courtyard train will shuttle attendees throughout the venue. Offering everything from pumpkin art and games to pumpkin fa-

cials and pumpkin pancakes at the family and pet-friendly Courtyard Shops, the Great Pumpkin Hunt gives the community an opportunity to usher in the fall season in a fun, new way. Conveniently located at 13860 Wellington Trace at the corner of Wellington Trace and Greenview Shores Blvd., the Courtyard Shops at Wellington is a retail destination with more than 30 shops and restaurants. For more info., visit www.courtyardshopsatwellington. com or call (561) 347-6521.

Get Pets Tested Free In October

October is Blood Monitoring Month, and Planco Veterinary Care is offering bloodwork at a reduced rate to any pet for the entire month. This includes a complete chemistry panel, CBC, thyroid level, heartworm test and a urinalysis, at a savings of approximately $42. It will be a great opportunity to update the health status of geriatric pets and pets currently on constant medications. Performing periodic blood work is a great way to be proactive, ensuring a good quality of life for your pet. Planco Veterinary Care is locat-

October 11 - October 17, 2013 ed at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 9, in Wellington. Call (561) 795-9507 to take advantage of this offer, or make an appointment online at www.plancovetcare.com.

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A fall festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Trinity West. The church is located at the corner of Southern Blvd. and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road at 16569 Southern Blvd. There will be a chili cookoff, bounce houses, games and other fun activities at the free event. Visit www.trinity west.org for more info.

out of their trunks. Children age 12 and under are invited to trick or treat from vehicle to vehicle. Families can also enjoy music, refreshments, a bounce house, face painting, crafts and more. There will also be a costume contest. If you’re interested in decorating your car and passing out candy, contact Community Projects Manager Scott Campbell at (561) 791-4105 or scampbell@ wellingtonfl.gov. Trunk or Treat is made possible through a partnership with Wellington High School’s DECA program, the Interfaith Group, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and Walgreens.

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The Village of Wellington will host a free trunk or treat event on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the student parking lot at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). Returning for the fifth year, it will be a safe, family-friendly twist on trick or treating, where volunteers decorate their vehicles and distribute Halloween treats

Royal Palm Beach will be hosting a weekly green market and bazaar beginning on Sunday, Oct. 20. The event will be held on Sundays through April 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. A limited number of spaces are still available. All interested applicants should visit www.pottcevents.com or call (561) 792-9260.


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Health & Fitness Spotlight

In All Aspects Of Life, Mindfulness Is The Key To Great Health By Lynette Laufenberg Special To The Town-Crier There is a lot of advice out there about what great health is and how to attain it. Rightfully, we spend time and energy pursuing our health goals which are often only a heartbeat away. With all of the enticing advertisements for food and drugs and health “gurus” who end up confusing everyone, it can feel like a daunting task, but fear not. Life, in general, requires mindfulness. Mindfulness is keeping the things you need to do and why you need to do it in your fore-thoughts. Mindfulness is constant awareness, and when used consistently, will become

what is most familiarly known as a “habit.” Position yourself for great health mentally. Constant day-today pressures and demands create the perfect storm for poor overall mental health. There are several ways to combat mental and emotional distress mindfully: • Spend time with friends who are positive and health minded. They will help guide, support and nurture you as you provide the same to them. • Identify and address emotional issues immediately, because they can cloud judgment, especially true of anger and guilt. These two emotions can overwhelm the

senses and increase mental agitation and negative thinking. • Be on the lookout for the good in life and people. Negative situations can overlook the positive aspects in life, at great sacrifice to our mental health. Position yourself for great health physically. Great physical health not only requires us to learn about our individual bodies and what works best for us to optimize health, but also requires keeping all of these health nuggets ever present in our minds: • Keep blood sugar levels even by eating whole foods often throughout the day. This will decrease inflammation in the body

and spikes in blood sugar, which is a key indicator of poor physical health. • Get moving with a variety of activities. Mindfully consider that routine can breed contempt and lead to a lack of follow-through on maintaining physical activities. • Systemic detoxification, especially of the liver and colon, is imperative for maintaining positive physical health or reversing negative physical health. Most of these pointers are pretty apparent and easily maintained. But for those of us who may be struggling a bit, keep in your forethoughts the positive physical and mental things you need to do to

produce those great habits. At Ultima Fitness, we provide a great environment to make this change happen. Our members share the same goals of a healthy lifestyle, and you get surrounded by people with positive thoughts and a great spirit. When you are feeling down, we are the place you want to be. With over 45 group fitness classes to choose from, you can focus on something different, other than the same old boring routine. Our group of certified professionals

and friendly staff will keep you motivated to continue with your healthy habits and pursuing your fitness goals. Come and take advantage of a complimentary trial membership to get you started. Mindfulness is the key! Lynette Laufenberg, a certified personal trainer, is program/ fitness director at Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do. Ultima is located at 12799 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 7952823 or visit www. ultimafitness.com.

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Aronberg To Speak At Wellington Chamber Luncheon Oct. 28

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon Monday, Oct. 28 at the Wanderers Club. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg will be the guest speaker at a luncheon sponsored by Frank Suess and Prescriptions Plus. Dave Aronberg was elected State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit in November 2012. He is a former assistant attorney general, state senator and White House fellow.

Aronberg was born in Miami. He attended public schools before going on to graduate with honors from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After graduation, he worked in the litigation department of a large South Florida law firm while also working closely with then-Florida Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson to investigate European insurance companies that refused to honor World War II-era policies sold to victims of the Holocaust.

In 1999, Aronberg became a Florida assistant attorney general for economic crimes, leading one of the country’s first investigations of Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the prescription drug OxyContin, for its marketing practices. He also headed the state’s fraud lawsuit against psychic “Miss Cleo,” who had become an international celebrity among late-night television viewers. In 2000, Aronberg was selected to be one of 15 White House

fellows from across the country. In this non-partisan position, he served in two presidential administrations as a special assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury Department for international money laundering. Aronberg was elected to the State Senate in 2002 as its youngest member and served until 2010. Focusing on criminal justice and consumer protection issues, Aronberg passed major identity theft and port security legislation and

Spookyville: A Safe Place For Kids To Trick-Or-Treat

Spookyville, an old-fashioned Halloween celebration for families and children 12 and younger, will offer a full array of safe trick or treats, kiddy rides, games, crafts and pony rides. The event, sponsored by South Florida Ford dealers, will be spread over two weekends and on Halloween, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 31, at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For the 12th consecutive year, Yesteryear Village’s 20 historic

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continued from page 1 and putting in a park and, if so, whether they’d prefer play structures or a “passive” park. Of the 107 people who responded, approximately 62 percent were against closing the road. But council members pointed out staff had no way to know whether the survey responses came from neighborhood residents or if residents took the survey more than once. Vice Mayor Howard Coates asked whether closing the road, as the village did with Goldenrod Road, would help curb crime in the area. Stillings said it might. “We found the rate did go down [in Goldenrod],” he said. “Whether that can be attributed to the closure, we can’t say for sure.” Mayor Bob Margolis said he felt more needed to be done in the community than just closing the road. “I wish we could use code

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continued from page 1 good community service programs for their kids,” McKinlay said. McKinlay feels that she is more in tune with the people of the western communities than other candidates in the race. “I’m a single mom,” she said. “I’ve got three kids, two in middle school and one in high school. I’m trying to balance my budget and make sure that they have everything that they need, and make sure that they are safe at home and safe when they are out. I think that will resonate with the voters out there.” McKinlay heads the Junior League of the Palm Beaches’ Advocacy Committee and is a member of the Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee. She is a member of the board of directors for the Boys

buildings will come alive with costumed volunteers offering treats and smiles. Those wearing a costume can compete for prizes on both Sundays. There also will be crafts, activities, scarecrow making and a “spooky house.” A pet costume contest will be held on both Fridays, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. The contest begins at 6 p.m. Pets must be on a leash when entering the event. Each person who comes with a dog will

receive a “bags on board” cleanup container. “Start planning your costume now,” Event Coordinator Lorie Stinson said. “This will be a fun event, and we look forward to seeing your pets.” On Saturday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 25, a scavenger hunt with special prizes will be conducted. Food and beverages will be available for sale. The event is structured as a throwback to the traditional days of family Halloweens in a fun,

secure and family-friendly environment. Admission is $7 and includes trick-or-treating, all contests and activities (except pony rides). Children 2 and younger are free, and there is free parking. Backpacks, food, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited. There are still opportunities for vendors offering products, services or crafts for sale. Call (561) 7930333 for more information or visit www.southfloridafair.com.

they can be given direction. Damone made a motion to throw out the candidates pool, which carried 4-1 with Bair opposed. Human Relations Attorney Lara Donlon suggested that with Shallman continuing as interim manager, he be given the authority to hire additional personnel so that the district could function efficiently, and that he be given a higher salary commensurate with his additional duties. Supervisor Gary Dunkley made a motion to maintain Shallman for a six-month period with full hiring and firing authority, with an evaluation at the end of six months

and the protection to go back to his former position as a finance department employee. Damone suggested that the evaluation determine whether he becomes the permanent district manager or goes back to his previous role. Dunkley agreed to amend his motion, which carried 5-0. Damone then made a motion to give Shallman a raise, suggesting a salary of $80,000 a year. It carried unanimously. She also asked that Shallman hire a finance director as soon as possible. Jacobs asked that Massarda be named operations and maintenance director for a six-month

probationary period, and Shallman said he agreed to that. Dunkley, who serves as board treasurer, has been sidelined by a condition that temporarily prevents his functioning at full physical capacity. He asked to have someone available to help him carry out his board functions. Dunkley noted that he was at the meeting without his doctor’s permission and that he wished to have things in place so he could perform his duties if the doctor tells him he should not attend meetings for several months. Viator suggested that this question be discussed at the board’s next regular meeting Oct. 23.

enforcement to correct the problems,” Margolis said. “I know we’re doing the best job we can. I know PBSO is doing a tremendous job along with Safe Neighborhoods. But [problems] are still happening.” Greene said the village needs to step up and hold people accountable. He pointed to a home visible from Greenbriar Blvd. that has a blue tarp on its roof. “It has been that way for eight years,” he said. “We can talk about crime and enforcement, but the village needs to step up and do its job.” He said it’s homes like these that are devaluing the neighborhood. “It has a negative impact on the overall environment,” Greene said. “It affects everyone not only in that neighborhood, but everyone driving by. We need to do more as a village and as a council to make sure we give people peace of mind, so they know we hear them and we’re working on it.” During public comment, residents said they need help in their community, but weren’t convinced closing the road was the way to do it.

Andres Hermida, who lives on Yarmouth Court, worried it would devalue his home. “This closure is going to make me want to leave,” he said. “It will devalue my home. You are going to drive more renters in and homeowners out.” Many residents said it could worsen the problems the community already has, which include traffic but also unsupervised children and teenagers in the street creating an unsafe environment. Resident Christina Wold was concerned that the proposed park would draw out more children without parental supervision and lead to litter and other problems. She noted the community already has a problem with weapons and drug paraphernalia in the streets and feared it would spill over into the park. “My concern with the park is that there’s a lot of unattended kids in the street,” she said. “We don’t want them in the street, but there will soon be unattended kids in the park. I understand that these are kids who are not able to cross the street to Tiger Shark Cove Park, but if they’re not old enough to do that, they shouldn’t be out in the

street unattended in the first place.” Greene said he believed residents were overwhelmingly against the closure. “We’re not trying to divide this community; we’re trying to unite this community,” he said. “These neighborhoods have the same right to the quality of life as everyone else in Wellington.” He said the road closure was not going to be enough to help residents. “What are we going to do next? Put up a fence?” he asked. “It sends the wrong message. We want people to live free and be safe. They should be able to raise their kids without fear.” Greene suggested rejecting the proposal and instead having staff work with residents to come up with a comprehensive plan. “This is a first draft, but it does not go far enough,” he said. “There is so much work that needs to be done. We need to clean up these neighborhoods, get code enforcement and staff behind it and put some teeth into this stuff. We’ve been barking for years, but there’s been nothing done to drive the bad elements out of this community.”

& Girls Club of Boca Raton, and was recently elected to the Palm Beach County Board of Directors for ChildNet. She has served on the board of Voices for Children of Palm Beach County and has served as public affairs chair for the VillageWalk of Wellington Homeowners’ Association, multiple school-based charities, and in an appointed position on Wellington’s Education Committee. Schaller became involved in politics through a dispute with the county to get Fargo Avenue, where he owns property, paved. He ran unsuccessfully against Santamaria in 2010. He ran without a party affiliation, taking 6 percent of the vote. Republican John Carroll took 36 percent of the vote, while Santamaria won with 58 percent. This time, Schaller is running as a Republican. “I know I can help this county, I know I can represent it well, and I never want anyone in this county to be treated by the county the way

that I have been,” he said, explaining that although it began with trying to get Fargo Avenue improved, he learned a lot trying to get the issue resolved through many levels of county government. “Fargo is the subject matter, but from Fargo I’ve gone through everything from the inspector general, Florida ethics, Palm Beach County ethics, the internal auditor, planning and zoning,” he said. “I’ve been through a lawsuit focused on Fargo that was brought against me that I won three times… It’s a journey that has led me through many different facets of not only the county, but all areas of the district.” Schaller, who has long been at odds with Santamaria, said he believes the district has not had proper representation. “By that, I mean the Glades office has never been maintained on a regular basis,” he said. “Michael Jackson did it for three years as a $60,000 part-time employee.

Michael decided to run against Jess in 2010. Since then that office has not been maintained. People in the Glades aren’t wellrepresented.” Schaller believes that he will be able to more effectively represent the needs of the western communities. “We need somebody who is the most effective communicator to be able to not only understand other people’s wants, needs and desires to bring to the rest of the county, we also need somebody to communicate your wants needs and desires,” he said. Schaller said he is also concerned about creating jobs and injecting money back into the economy. “I am a businessman,” he said, noting that he has owned Palm Beach Financial Exchange for almost 20 years. The business handles billing for many local businesses, including health clubs, storage services and homeowners’ associations.

received national attention for his work to close loopholes in sex offender laws. In 2010, Aronberg returned to the Florida Attorney General’s Office as a special prosecutor for prescription drug trafficking. In his role as Attorney General Pam Bondi’s “drug czar,” Aronberg led an anti-pill mill initiative that helped clean up the pain clinic industry. Elected in a three-way race with 58 percent of the vote, Aronberg was sworn in as Palm Beach County’s ninth state attorney on Jan. 8, 2013. Suess is a key figure in Wellington. He came to the U.S. in 1968 after attaining a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Munich. That same year, he married his wife Herta. While in New York, Suess spent nine years as vice president for

manufacturing for an electronics company in Long Island. The Suesses moved to Wellington in 1989 and are involved in healthcare businesses in Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Puerto Rico and Taiwan. Prescriptions Plus is a nationwide mail order pharmacy located in Wellington. Presently, the company employs more than 80 employees in Wellington and 100 in Deerfield Beach. The Oct. 28 luncheon will sell out, so early reservations are recommended. The cost to attend is $20 for chamber members and $30 for the general public. Registration is 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon begins promptly at noon. RSVPs are required to attend. Tickets can be purchased by calling the chamber at (561) 7926525 or online at www.wellington chamber.com.

New Fire Truck Serving Wellington

New Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Engine 25 was showcased at the Oct. 8 Wellington Village Council meeting. Wellington officials and members of the public were given a tour of the new 2013 Sutphen Shield. The new engine was placed in service and commissioned on Sept. 26 to replace the previous engine, a 2002 Ferrara that faithfully served Wellington for almost 11 years.

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continued from page 1 paths set aside for golf carts to travel safely on.” Rockett also questioned the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to enforce the rules imposed by the council or state statutes regarding golf cart equipment, including proper brakes and steering. “I don’t think we’ve looked into what this really means in terms of we’re creating something that we now have

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continued from page 6 report, so it was unable to be investigated. According to the report, there were no gates or security systems in the area. The stolen furniture was valued at approximately $1,700. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 7 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a scene near the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and State Road 7 early Monday morning regarding a disturbance. According to a PBSO report, at approximately midnight a witness observed a man laying in the roadway in the middle of traffic. According to the report, the deputy made contact with the man, who was talking incoherently and said he wanted to “meet Jesus.” The

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world? Not hardly. It’s just an opportunity to watch the “American family” crumble and remind their citizens that non-democracy is really the better choice. What the heck? Isn’t fighting for democracy the very excuse we use to tromp into these other countries and try

to turn around and enforce,” he said, adding that the town has no information that golf carts can be operated safely on town roads. Goltzené made a motion to approve the ordinance. “I think the PBSO will be checking to see if drivers do understand what the rules are, like they check to see if they understand the speed limit,” Goltzené said. He added that he would not be attending one of the meetings in November and asked that second reading be done at the council’s Dec. 3 meeting. The motion carried 3-2, with Rockett and Jarriel opposed. man was transported to the Wellington Regional Medical Center for treatment. OCT. 7 — A Wellington resident called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday evening to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim parked her car outside a fitness center on Pierson Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. and left her purse on the front seat. Sometime between 3:30 and 5:20 p.m., someone shattered the victim’s front window and stole the purse containing several bankcards. According to the report, a gym member saw a blue Ford Explorer speeding through the parking lot, but it was unknown if it was related to the crime. There was no further information available at the time of the report. to impose our will upon them? I don’t want to hear Congress use that excuse any more. (And, just a reminder, the rationale that Jimmy ought to do things my way “because I’m bigger” didn’t fly with mom, and it’s not going to fly with America.) We are losing credibility every day, and I’m ashamed of us. I still love America like I still love my brother. But really, Congress… what the heck?


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Tropical Hay & Feed is the culmination of a dream for June and Bob Orvis. He used to be a long-distance trucker and always wanted to open a feed store. When the trucking got a bit too tiresome, he and June decided to give it a go. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 21

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PBCHS Defeats Santaluces For Homecoming Win

The Palm Beach Central High School varsity football team defeated Santaluces High School 49-36 in front of a homecoming crowd on Friday, Oct. 4 in Wellington. Though the Broncos got off to a rocky start, they managed to push back against the Chiefs and pull out a win. Page 27

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Fashion with conscience was the motivation behind Chris Hargrove’s brainchild and T-shirt company Catalyst Design. Formed in 2009, Catalyst Design promises to do just that: to create and distribute Tshirts that stand for more than just another emblem on a shirt — fashion that is positive and uplifting, promoting individuality, self-expression, style and social awareness. Catalyst Design has worked on custom T-shirts for events and nonprofits. Page 22

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I remember when the Winn-Dixie shopping plaza rose in the midst of the orange groves on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. It was close by, convenient. Then the Winn-Dixie closed, but the plaza remained. The housing bubble burst, and there were abandoned houses on every block. A lot of people were underwater. Affording a horse got even harder. Tough times. Happily, things have gotten better. People have moved back, houses have been reclaimed, and while affording a horse is still a stretch for some, a new feed store has opened in the former Winn-Dixie plaza. Tropical Hay & Feed is the culmination of a dream for June and Robert “Bob” Orvis. He used to be a long-distance trucker in southern Ontario. They met here in Florida six years ago, in Port St. Lucie. “I’ve been hauling hay from Canada to South Florida since 1989,” Robert recalled. “This area’s changed tremendously since then. This area was hardly developed at all. There was nothing out here.” It was hard work, but they loved the Florida trips. “We’d go to the farms in Canada, load up the tractor-trailer, then drive to Florida, which took three days,” June recalled. “We’d leave Canada on a Wednesday and be in northern Florida Friday evening. We’d stay a week, Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg sell all the hay, then load up on tropical plants and head back to Canada. Then we’d do it all over again. We typically made runs three times a month.” Robert always wanted to open a feed store, and when the trucking got a bit too long, hard and tiresome, he and June decided to give it a go. Three years ago, they moved to a house in The Acreage and looked seriously into opening that store. Tropical Hay & Feed is the manifestation of their dream. “We carry the complete line of Walpole feeds for horses, pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep. If Walpole makes it, we have it or can order it,” June said. “We offer great products at good prices, so it’s a little more affordable to keep your horses and livestock.” And then there’s the hay. “We only deal in premium hay,” June said. “It’s all about color and weight. Our bales are green and heavy. We have two- and threestring bales of alfalfa from Utah and Nevada, compressed timothy from Alberta, Canada, and coastal from Mayo, Florida.” I love their hay. Or, rather, my horses love

June and Bob Orvis in front of their new store. their hay. I’ve been a faithful customer for four years, and my horses eat every last scrap of the three-string alfalfa. “So far, business has been very good,” June said. “We’ve had a steady stream of customers, some new, some we’ve been doing business with for 20 years. Most of them are glad we’re here, reasonably priced and convenient. It saves gas. We also offer free delivery.” When I stopped by their store a couple of

weeks ago, I was glad to see a steady stream of customers. “I’ve been a customer of theirs for the last five minutes,” said Maria Vitale, who bought hay and horse feed. “I saw the sign out front and figured I’d stop and check it out. This is a lot closer to home, more convenient.” Vitale liked the selection. “When hay prices went up a while back, I had to spend a lot more See ROSENBERG, page 29

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Woof Gang Bakery Set To Open In Wellington Oct. 19

Woof Gang Bakery, a leader in the pet industry, will open its newest store in Wellington on Oct. 19. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Wellington is a locally owned small business, offering full-service grooming, and a wide selection of pet foods and supplies. Mike and Colleen Valle are the franchise owners of Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Wellington. They are dedicated to the local community and to providing unparalleled service and quality products for customers and their four-legged friends. The Valles are excited to become a local resource for overall pet wellness, including proper nutrition, healthy lifestyle and community involvement. The proud parents of Leo, a rescued lab mix, they have become attuned to the unique nutritional needs of pets. “It is imperative to me that our pets are given the same opportunities to thrive with quality foods, supplements and services,” Colleen said. “I intend to learn the needs of my customers and become an integral part to the local rescues that surround the community.” Woof Gang Bakery is the leading

retailer in raw frozen diets, kibble, canned and dehydrated dog and cat food. In addition to meeting pets’ nutritional needs, Woof Gang Bakery carries stylish essentials, fashionable accessories, a variety of toys and a wide range of doggie spa products. Head-to-tail grooming also is offered for complete pet pampering.

A remarkably high demand exists for pet products and services. According to the American Pet Products Association, approximately 73 million homes in the U.S. own a pet. Americans will spend more than $52 billion this year on pet supplies, care and grooming, including an estimated $4.11 billion in spending just on services such as grooming. Woof Gang Bakery is a leader in

the pet franchise industry providing the best in pet care with unparalleled service and products. Each Woof Gang Bakery location is a neighborhood store, offering healthy, natural pet foods and treats, pet supplies, accessories and pet grooming. It is the Woof Gang Bakery company mission to provide quality products and services that enhance the well-being, health and happi-

ness of animal companions. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming has 37 locations operating throughout the United States. For more information or to find the location nearest you, visit www.woofgang bakery.com. The new Wellington store is located at 2205 State Road 7, Suite 300. For more information, call (561) 790-2232.

Attorney Dedicated To Serving Community

Wellington attorney Ron D. Herman, managing partner of Herman Law P.A., has been elected to serve as secretary for the board of directors of the Florida Community Alliance Inc. FCA is a local community organization with a worthy cause. The nonprofit mental health organization joins forces with criminal justice agencies and other mental health groups to offer much-needed assistance for at-risk youth, adults and their families. The organization is unique in that it offers group therapy, individual and family therapy, case management and various other rehabilitation services.

Herman is dedicated to improving his community by investing his time and resources to serve and lead local service groups. His new position is just one of the many ways in which he works to improve the community. He has also been selected to join the West Palm Beach Rotary Club, part of Rotary International, the oldest international service organization. As a Rotary member, Herman joins forces with other business professionals in providing much-needed humanitarian services to the community. Rotary Club members are at the forefront of addressing such urgent and vital community issues as healthcare, illiteracy, pov-

erty and the environment. With his background as a prosecutor, and now a defense attorney, Herman brings valuable insight and diversity to both community organizations, to which he is excited to contribute his energy and resources. Herman is a skilled criminal defense lawyer, awarded the highest AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell. He is a highly rated legal professional, who was included in the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2010 and awarded a 9.7 Superb Avvo Rating. For more information about Herman Law P.A., call (561) 514-0415 or visit www.rhlawfl.com.

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Catalyst Design: Creating Fashion That Causes Change

By Suzanne Summa Special To The Town-Crier Fashion with conscience was the motivation behind Chris Hargrove’s brainchild and T-shirt company Catalyst Design. Formed in 2009, Catalyst Design promises to do just that: to create and distribute T-shirts that stand for more than just another emblem on a shirt — fashion that is positive and uplifting, promoting individuality, self-expression, style and social awareness. From a young age, Hargrove used art to express himself and, throughout his life, it has always been his primary means of self-expression. In high school, he began making T-shirts on a whim. He saw a T-shirt he wanted and figured he could make it himself. Not only did he make the T-shirt he wanted, but soon his family and friends were requesting his designs for themselves. He then went on to study visual arts at Syracuse University. After graduation, Hargrove began his career, but always maintained his T-shirt hobby. It provided him with the pleasure of creating a unique form of artwork and allowed him to share his designs in a memorable way with family and friends. Over the years, he began getting more and more requests from

co-workers, friends and family for his original designs, and T-shirts began to take center stage and become his preferred art medium. In 2009, Hargrove made the decision to make his hobby a business, and Catalyst Design was born. Hargrove’s hope is that the name and his original art will reflect his desire to be a catalyst for others, that not only will the shirts be original pieces of artwork, but that the concept itself will inspire others to express the things they really believe and to follow their dreams. The T-shirt designs range from Eastern mysticism to zombie and Day of the Dead icons. Hargrove is always open to new concepts and is willing to work on any unique T-shirt idea a client may have. All his shirts are hand-painted, silkscreened and heat-sealed. They are also hand-dipped and hand-dyed (with non-bleeding colors) to create a custom look that lets no two shirts be exactly alike. The shirts are 100 percent breathable cotton with customizable colors. “I think of my original designs as wearable art,” he said. In the near future, Hargrove plans to begin experimenting with organic dyes and sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp and bamboo.

Catalyst Design has worked on custom T-shirts for events and nonprofits, and is well-suited to provide designs that are as unique and inspired as the organization and/or event for which they’re developed. Hargrove is determined to become even more active in the community, and provide inspirational artwork to a variety of charities. He knows that in this way, he will help make a positive impact. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. To learn more about Catalyst Design and Chris Hargrove’s original T-shirt art, or if you are interested in enlisting his services for a special project or fundraising event, visit www.catalystdesign.webs.com or call (561) 654-1303.

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Wellington Chamber Speed Networking Oct. 24 The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is presenting its popular speed networking event Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wanderers Club (1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington). The event draws business people who want to make new business contacts in a fast-paced, organized and fun environment.

The evening will begin with a mixer followed by a coordinated, fun, networking exercise. Attendees will be given a set amount of time to introduce themselves and their companies one on one to each person in the room. The goal is for those attending to meet and make new business contacts. Sponsors include the Law Offices

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Seminole Ridge Falls To Palm Beach Gardens 40-28

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Seminole Ridge High School varsity football squad hosted Palm Beach Gardens High School on Friday, Oct. 4 to open District 9-8A play. The Hawks fell to the Gators, 40-28. Palm Beach Gardens was first to break the ice, and went up 13-0 early in the first quarter. The No. 7 Hawks (2-3 on the season, 0-1 in district)

battled back, scoring 14 unanswered points to take a one-point lead. On a critical early fourth and one on their own 25 yard line, the Hawks decided they needed a spark and converted for a first down. The next play, E.J. Elien ran 75 yards for the Seminole Ridge score. Jacob Curran’s point after closed the gap 13-7. Hawk quarterback Zach Decosta then connected with Pernel Rattray Jr. on a 65-yard touchdown pass.

E.J. Elien looks to run to the outside as he stiff-arms a Gator defender. Photos by Gene Nardi/Town-Crier

Curran’s point after gave Seminole Ridge their only lead of the game, 14-13. Both offenses lit up the field with hot performances, grinding out yards and points. The Gators powered back to take a 28-14 lead midway through the second quarter. The Hawks, determined to go blow-for-blow, found the end zone again when Jalen Young exploded 14 yards through the Gator defense, dragging defenders attached at his jersey across the goal line for the touchdown, ending the first half with the Gators up 28-21. The second half started with a possible Seminole Ridge comeback, as the Hawks drove down to the Palm Beach Gardens 28 yard line, but they could not convert on a fourth and six play, turning the ball over on downs. The Gators would deliver another blow to the Hawk defense, adding to their tally to take a 34-21 lead. The Hawks responded with a score, as Young ran it in from one yard out, and Curran’s point after cut the lead 34-28. But the Gators would score for the last time, as they worked the clock in the fourth quarter, putting the game out of reach for the Hawks and sealing the 40-28 win. The Hawks, now 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in district play, will travel to Santaluces on Friday, Oct. 11.

Kerrith Whyte finds a hole in the Gator defense for a big gain.

PBCHS Celebrates Homecoming Win Over Santaluces

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School varsity football team defeated Santaluces High School 49-36 in front of a homecoming crowd on Friday, Oct. 4 in Wellington. Though the Broncos got off to a rocky start, they managed to push back against the Chiefs and pull out

a win. Early in the game, the Chiefs pulled off several spectacular plays to get on the board early. But this only served to light a fire under Palm Beach Central, which rebounded to take the upper hand. With just over two minutes into the game, the Chiefs picked up a long pass to run in a touchdown and a two-point conversion, jumping out

Jhnard Dorsett runs in a long touchdown for the Broncos.

Photos by Lauren Miro/Town-Crier

to an 8-0 lead. Then, with only a few minutes left in the first quarter, Santaluces again put in a touchdown and extra-point kick to make the score 15-0 with 3:43 on the clock. This seemed to awaken the Broncos, who wasted no more time. Only 20 seconds later, quarterback Kemar Downer ran 24 yards to score. A two-point conversion was put in by Tommy McDonald to cut into the Santaluces lead 15-8. Palm Beach Central scored again with just over a minute left in the first quarter when Jhnard Dorsett picked up the ball at the 19 yard line and ran unchallenged into the end zone. An extra-point kick tied the score at 15. In the second quarter, both teams struggled to make moves. Midway through the quarter, Palm Beach Central called in its field goal team to attempt to take the lead, but the kick was blocked. With only three seconds left in the half, Santaluces managed to score again. An extra-point kick made the score 22-15 going into halftime. But the Broncos emerged from halftime a different team, determined to win. Though the Chiefs managed to

Quarterback Kemar Downer looks to pass the ball. Palm Beach Central travels next score two more touchdowns, Palm Beach Central dominated the second to John I. Leonard High School half, scoring five touchdowns to on Thursday, Oct. 17 for a 7 p.m. game. finish the game 49-36.


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Lady Hawks Triumph On The Links Strikers Win Tourney

The Seminole Ridge High School girls golf team scored a season best of 176, defeating Glades Central High School on Oct. 1 at Belle Glade’s par-36 Sugar Cane Golf Club. Three Hawks scored their personal best high school scores: Megan Turnquest (36), Sumner Young (39) and Sarah Persson (46). The team’s season record so far is 6-0. In other Hawk sports news, the Ridge Classic Golf Tournament to

benefit the school’s athletics department will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Madison Green Golf Course (2001 Crestwood Blvd. North, Royal Palm Beach). Registration will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The tournament follows a four-player scramble format and includes closest-to-pin and longest-drive contests, mulligan purchases, and plenty of great prizes,

raffles, a silent auction and freebies. There will also be free refreshments on the course, and dinner and an awards ceremony immediately following the tournament. The cost is $100 for individual golfers, $400 per foursome and $75 for student golfers, or $35 for dinner only. Hole sponsorships cost $100, and cart sponsorships cost $50. For more information, call (561) 422-2611.

Big Victory For WCS Boys Golf Team

On Friday, Oct. 4, the Wellington Christian School boys varsity golf team won the Son Conference Championship Tournament played at Club Med in Port St.Lucie. The team defeated Morningside Christian Academy and Community Christian School. Wellington Christian golfer Carl St. Arnaud also took home a trophy for lowest score in the tournament. (Left) Shown (left to right) are coach Jay Rogers, Luciano Garcia–Bayleres, Carl St. Arnaud, Alejandro Garcia– Bayleres, Evan Reilly and Matt Weldgen. Not pictured: Samuel St. Arnaud.

The Royal Palm Beach Strikers U-11 boys black travel soccer team defeated the West Pines United soccer team in the finals at the United Soccer Cup tournament in Plantation the weekend of Sept. 28. The Strikers defeated West Pines 5-3. Their other victories leading up to the finals were against the Miami Springs Grey Ghosts, Fort Lauderdale and Plantation. Shown above are: (front row, L-R) Luis Sanchez, Trey Thomas, Matthew Palma, Adam Morales and Vicente De Brito; (second row) Caleb Walker, Franco Arancibia, Emi Ferreyra, Zack Forde and Oneil Dawes; and (third row) coach Mal Hasan. Not pictured: Rafael Moreira.


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Bronco K.C. McDermott Receives 2014 All-America Jersey

Senior football player K.C. McDermott was recently presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington. The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game. McDermott is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school

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money, but I wasn’t always getting such great hay,” she said. “I like heavy bales. If I can pick a bale up easy, it’s no good. I’d rather spend a little more on better, heavier bales. I like these. I know I’ll be back. This is a very nice store.” Beth McFarland had been in before.

seniors. The game is set for 4 p.m. Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and will be televised on ESPN. “Out of everything that goes along with the Under Armour All-America Game experience, I’m most excited about the game. There will be great competition between some of the greatest defensive tackles and defensive ends in the country, and I just can’t wait,” McDermott said. “I think what separates me from the rest is my work ethic. I think my work ethic is a lot different from others, and it has definitely paid off.” The selection tour is aimed at raising awareness around teen

driving safety and recognizing the student athletes, as well as the coaches, families and communities who have helped make these players’ dreams a reality. “High school football is a focal point for many communities, an opportunity to cheer with a single voice for the team,” said Deborah Peterson, American Family Insurance’s director of customer relationship marketing. “Sponsoring the All-American Game not only is American Family Insurance’s way of honoring the top players across the land, it’s also our salute to the communities that inspired these dreams by continuing the rich tradition of high school football.”

“I come once a month. I like supporting the local people. This is where I will shop,” she said, picking up bags of sheep and chicken feed, and one nice, big bale of hay. Karen Burgos stopped by to look the store over. She left with a bale of compressed timothy hay for her two horses. “It’s very nice. I’ll be back,” she said. Dawn Brow bought a bale of the three-string alfalfa for her horse. “I saw the sign as I was heading past and decided to stop,” she said.

“This is a lot more convenient, a much shorter drive for me, and they have good prices. I’m glad they’ve opened. I’ll definitely be back.” Kelly and Junior Rodriguez had been buying from Tropical Hay & Feed for a few months before the store opened. They stopped by the store to stock up on supplies for their three horses. “We think this store is great,” Kelly said. “We like not just their products but them. They’re good

K.C. McDermott surrounded by his teammates. people, always accommodating, willing to deliver right away if we’re in a bind and need something. Their hay is great. We love it. It’s way better than other hay we’ve found locally, and the price is fair. We recommend June and Robert to people all the time. If you haven’t tried them, you should give them a shot. You’ll be very happy.” If you haven’t visited the store yet, this weekend would be a great time to stop by. They’re having their grand opening Oct. 11-13. For the

grand opening, they’ll be offering refreshments, plus 10 percent off any feed in the store (pickup only). They’ll be open their regular hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. I’ll be there. Hope to see you there, too! For more information, or to schedule a delivery, call Tropical Hay & Feed at (561) 727-9594.

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Saturday, Oct. 12 • Miss and Mr. Rodeo Palm Beach County will present its third annual pageant Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center (7500 Forest Hill Blvd.). Admission is free. The infant to 6-year-old pageant will begin at 10 a.m.; 7 and older divisions will begin at 9 a.m. For more info., contact Chelsea Cai Chilcutt at (561) 352-4225 or chelseacai@yahoo.com. • St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host its popular Harvest Festival & BBQ on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Wristbands and tickets for games will available for purchase. For more info., call (561) 793-5712 or visit www.stpeters-umc.org. • The Florida Sportsman Expo will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Oct. 12-13. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For details, visit www. floridasportsman.com/expo. • Shtulman Family Chiropractic (8855 Hypoluxo Road, Suite C-11, Lake Worth) will hold its second annual Fall Family Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everything is free and open to the community. RSVP to sasha@ welladjustedfamily.com or call (561) 275-2525. • The 32nd annual Wellington Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic will take place Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Wanderers Club. The event kicks off with an 11 a.m. signup followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. For more info., contact the Special Events Department at (561) 683-3287 or Ed Portman at (561) 602-4409. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Migration: Species on the Move for all ages Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 for reservations. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Teen Advisory Posse for ages 12 to 17 Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register.

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Sunday, Oct. 13 • The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium (4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach) will present its Fall Family Fun Fest on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live entertainment, science-themed crafts, storytelling, demonstrations and more. The event is free with paid science center admission. For more info., visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. • The second annual Kids Helping Kids “Princess & Pirate Ball” will take place Sunday, Oct. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. For more info., contact Stanton Collemer at (561) 616-1257 or scollemer@ctrfam.org. Monday, Oct. 14 • Morselife will host a book review for adults age 55 and older on The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman on Monday, Oct. 14 at noon at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Pre-register in person, online at www.wellingtonfl.gov or by calling (561) 753-2489. Tuesday, Oct. 15 • The Royal Palm Beach Recreation Department will offer a Complimentary Yoga Class by the lake at Commons Park on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m. For more info., call (561) 790-5124 or visit www.royalpalmbeach.com. • Dr. Leon Uribe will discuss health and vitality at the Good Samaritan Caring for You Seminar for adults age 55 and older at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11:30 a.m. Pre-register in person, online at www.wellingtonfl.gov or by calling (561) 753-2489. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Tuesdays Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board games. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Alien Attack for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday,

Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Block Party: Pumpkin Patch on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy samples and vote for your favorite pumpkin-inspired recipe. Call (561) 904-4000 for info. • SCORE will present a workshop on Understanding the Loan Process on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at Keiser University (2085 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach). Learn how the bank evaluates loan applications. Register at www. palmbeach.score.org or call (561) 833-1672. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Sunshine Snackers: One for the Murphys for ages 7 to 13 on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Read the Sunshine State Young Reader book, then join in a discussion. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor will host “The Scientific Face Of Kabbalah: Unfolding The Mystery” on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Palm Beach School of Autism (8480 Lantana Road, Lantana). There is no charge and the session is open to all. Call (561) 968-0688 for more info. Wednesday, Oct. 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Not Your Grandma’s Bingo for age 5 and up Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • A Quarters Auction to benefit Your Bosom Buddies II will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). Doors open at 6 p.m., and the auction starts at 7. For more info., call Julie Bryant at (561) 797-1501. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host a Book Discussion for Adults on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Join in a discussion of Wolf Gift by Anne Rice. Call (561) 681-4100 for info. • Shulamit Hadasssah will host a Women’s Self-Defense class Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 30

The Town-Crier (9910 Stribling Way, Wellington). Light refreshments will be served. There is a $5 donation for members, $10 for non-members. RSVP to Lorna at (561) 689-4137 or e-mail ldubinsky2@ aol.com. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Seek the Unknown about the Moon for all ages Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Thursday, Oct. 17 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Introduce little ones to Mother Nature. The cost is $2 per child. Call (561) 233-1400 for reservations. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Grab Bag for ages 12 to 17 Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Gluten-Free Cooking for the Holidays on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 7905100 or visit www.royalpalmbeach.com for info. Friday, Oct. 18 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Stop, Drop & Roll for children under 7 on Friday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. in honor of Fire Safety Month. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. E-mail: news@ gotowncrier.com.

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