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HARVEST FESTIVAL AT ST. PETER’S

The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors gave generally glowing reviews Monday to District Administrator Stephen Yohe for his first six months on the job. Page 3

Road Improvements Planned For Southern And B Road In Groves

The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors reviewed the obligations of developers at the northern corners of B Road and Southern Blvd. Monday, including B Road improvements. Page 4

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church held its Harvest Festival & BBQ on Saturday, Oct. 12. There was a pumpkin patch, bungee jumping, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall and other activities. Shown here, Emma Erickson picks out a pumpkin. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Murphy Addresses D.C. Dysfunction

Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-District 18) addressed the consequences of the recent government shutdown last Sunday to about 50 people gathered at Hilary’s Restaurant in Royal Palm Beach. Page 7

Boys & Girls Club Annual Golf Classic

The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington held its 32nd annual golf classic on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. After the golf game there was a buffet dinner and awards ceremony. Page 10

OPINION Shutdown/Debt Deal A Temporary Reprieve Without Long-Term Plan

After 16 days, the government shutdown and debt crisis is finally over... for now. Though a temporary deal has been struck, the issue will return come the new year. We’ve been here before, with no long-term agreement. Now, more than ever, it’s important for all sides to work together and develop a comprehensive plan going forward that will stop the habit of governing from crisis to crisis. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 10 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 PEOPLE ............................... 11 SCHOOLS .....................12 - 13 COLUMNS .....................14, 21 NEWS BRIEFS..................... 15 BUSINESS .................... 22 - 23 SPORTS ........................ 27 - 29 CALENDAR .......................... 30 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 30 - 33 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Plan Would Legalize Golf Carts On Some Wellington Roadways By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington is considering allowing golf carts on some village roads and, on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee weighed in on what regulations its members would like to see. Though golf carts are a common sight on bridle paths and canal banks during the equestrian season, they are illegal in Wellington. But the village is considering changing that. Wellington Projects Manager Mike O’Dell told committee members that a new state statute could allow the use of golf carts on some village roads with speed limits under 25 miles per hour if the Wellington Village Council passed an ordinance allowing it. “The state says the local government has jurisdiction over local roads and streets,” he said. “Operating golf carts can be regulated by local governments.” He stressed that this would not include private roads in gated de-

velopments or similar situations, which are regulated by homeowners’ associations or private owners. He also noted that some vehicles, such as all-terrain and utility vehicles, are not allowed on roadways by state statute, except for those owned and operated by law enforcement or village staff. “We don’t have the option to say we want to allow those,” O’Dell said. O’Dell wanted the committee’s input on allowing golf carts, noting there would be some regulations by state statute. Golf carts would be allowed on pathways 8 feet or wider with a speed limit less than 25 mph. Additionally, the village would have to post signs to alert drivers to golf-cart traffic. The Wellington Equestrian Preserve has many roads with speed limits less than 25 mph, O’Dell said. It would enable golf cart drivers to move between barns and the show grounds. The carts would also have to meet minimum safety standards, including lights, a horn, signals and seat belts. State law mandates

that all drivers must be 14 or older, and after dark all drivers must be at least 16. Committee Member Linda Elie said 14 was too young to drive golf carts and suggested making it 16 for all drivers. “On the show grounds, you have to be 16 with a valid driver’s license,” she said. “I think we should do that.” Committee Chair Cynthia Gardner said she had spoken with local parents about the issue. “The mothers unanimously agreed that 14-year-olds aren’t mature enough to be driving,” she said. “They thought it should be 16.” Elie also pointed out that licensed drivers would have insurance in case of an incident. Gardner stressed she did not want to see golf carts used on gravel or dirt paths used by horses throughout Wellington, commonly referred to as “bridle trails.” She said this is already an issue. “I want to make it clear golf carts, which are commonly driven now See GOLF CARTS, page 16

Mecca Sale To SFWMD Heads To County Commission Oct. 22 By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The South Florida Water Management District approved an agreement last week to purchase the 1,896-acre Mecca Farms property from Palm Beach County for $26 million. The contract will now go before the Palm Beach County Commission for approval Oct. 22, according to County Administrator Bob Weisman. “That’s an approval I fully expect,” he said. “Then that goes to the state for their final approval. We hope to have a closing before the end of the year.” Weisman added, however, that he’s concerned about the legislature under-funding improvements to the dike at the south and west end of the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, which could compromise the completion of an

effective dike that could divert high waters inside Corbett into the Mecca property under flood conditions. In a recent presentation to the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors, SFWMD Division Director Jeff Kivett said the improved berm will integrate a still-functioning weir dam (or spillway) that the district built hurriedly after Tropical Storm Isaac to let excess water inside Corbett drain into the Mecca Farms property. The weir effectively lowered water levels inside Corbett to reduce the danger of breaching the berm and further flooding The Acreage. The district used pumps to transfer water from Mecca to the C-18 Canal, which leads to the Loxahatchee Slough. The weir will be incorporated at the Mecca site to continue to con-

trol water flow over the Corbett area. Kivett said the existing berm has a very steep one-to-one design and sits right on the M-O Canal, which necessitates frequent maintenance and makes it vulnerable during storms. For stability, the district is looking to extend the bank. Kivett said the improved berm will take an 80foot swath of land that will be used to expand the embankment. During redesigns, the original estimate that the improved embankment would require about 150 acres of the 30,000-acre Corbett wetland was reduced to 17.4 acres of actual impact. Weisman said agencies involved had originally hoped for the state to supply about $8 million, which had been recommended by Gov. Rick Scott for the project. See MECCA, page 7

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College Sets Aside $4 Million For Work On Groves Campus

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach State College Board of Trustees voted last week to spend up to $4 million for architectural design, infrastructure and site work on the college’s longplanned fifth campus in Loxahatchee Groves. “That will get us through the design and engineering and will allow us to begin work immediately on the site plan and infrastructure improvements,” Dr. Grace Truman, director of college relations and marketing, told the Town-Crier on Monday. Infrastructure improvements will include paving B Road, the cost of which will be shared with developers of a planned commercial site, Loxahatchee Groves Commons, to be built on 22 acres of the 97-acre site at the northwest corner of B Road and Southern Blvd., formerly known as the Simon property.

The college’s board previously authorized $4.5 million in August 2011 to purchase 75 acres of the property for the campus and finalized the purchase last October. The site includes more than 1,000 feet of frontage on Southern Blvd. The unanimous decision to finance construction was among two key items approved by trustees at their regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8 to keep the project moving forward. It puts PBSC closer to its goal of providing more convenient access to educational services for residents in Loxahatchee Groves, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and The Acreage/Loxahatchee area. Trustees also approved the educational specifications for the entire first phase of the campus. In addition to architectural design, site paving, drainage and utility infrastructure, the first phase will eventually include a 50,000See CAMPUS, page 16

GROOVY FUN AT TEMPLE

Temple Beth Torah’s sixth annual Family Fun Day took place Sunday, Oct. 13. This year’s theme was “groovy,” and music sensation and recording artist Patty Shukla was on hand to perform. Shown here are Cheryl, Benjamin, Matthew and Sarah Dubbrin with a rescue truck. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 10 PHOTO BY DAMON WEBB/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Survey Needs Your Input By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington residents have a chance to let their voices be heard through the village’s Great Hometown Survey. By filling out the survey online or in person, residents can weigh in on what issues are most important to them, areas where Wellington can improve and what they like about the village. Wellington Principal Planner Bill Nemser said that community surveys have grown in popularity, giving governments a cost-effective way to get feedback from a large and diverse section of residents. “It eliminates a lot of guessing you may be doing about the community’s priorities,” he said. “It’s valuable information because you get to hear from different segments of the community and can determine community support for different initiatives. It provides a baseline for future decision-making.” It also gives residents an opportunity to give feedback to their local representatives. “They may sometimes feel their

opinions are not represented when decisions are made with their tax dollars,” Nemser said. “This gives people who want to participate an opportunity to be heard and identify their priorities, such as where they want their tax dollars spent and their support or opposition of initiatives or directions in the village.” The surveys are available through Monday, Nov. 4. Residents can fill one out online by visiting http://wellington.home town.surveyanalytics.com, or in person at most Wellington facilities. There will also be survey teams at village events over the next several weeks. “We’re gathering information and opinions from residents directly,” Nemser said. “We have gone to different groups, and also had teams at our food truck event and other events at the amphitheater.” Wellington has also sent out fliers and postcards about the survey, and reached out to residents through local schools. The anonymous survey takes about six minutes to complete, See SURVEY, page 4

PBSO Golf Tourney To Benefit Youth Ranches Program By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will host its third annual Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Madison Green Golf Club, and there’s still time to get involved. Proceeds will benefit the youth ranches program, which helps deputies connect with local children and create community partnerships. “The whole theme of the youth ranches is that law officers are your friends,” PBSO Deputy Kelly Whittles told the Town-Crier Wednesday. “It’s an opportunity for them to have positive interac-

tions with law enforcement officers.” Whittles said that 80 percent of the ranch’s financing comes from private donations. “Children across Palm Beach County have benefited from this program, so it’s something we try to support,” she said. Deputies hope to beat last year’s donation of $17,000 through the golf tournament, which is open to the public. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost to play is $125 per individual or $500 per foursome, and includes use of a cart, snacks and drinks, dinner, a gift bag and all fees and gratuities.

Guests also will enjoy a raffle and auction with prizes, as well as the popular helicopter ball drop. Tickets for the ball drop are $5 for one ball or $10 for three. Sponsorships are available from $100 per hole, or from $1,000 to $15,000-plus for sponsorship packages. Additionally, raffle and auction prizes and gift bag goodies are still being accepted. “Our goal is to do the best we can to raise funds for the youth ranches,” Whittles said. The youth ranches were established more than 52 years ago on the Suwanee River and have made a difference in the lives of more than 106,000 children and their families, through both camping pro-

grams and a residential care program. Children are selected to attend the camp by local deputies, who may choose a child based on merit or need. The camp is free, and includes fun summer camp activities such as canoeing, swimming, roasting marshmallows and more. “It helps us make partnerships in the community,” Whittles said. “We go to camp with the children strictly as mentors. Each deputy is assigned to a group of kids. We eat with them, swim with them, canoe with them and talk to them about our jobs and their lives. We spend the week with them. They don’t see us in uniform until the last day.”

This is crucial to make sure the children see law enforcement as a positive influence. “Kids, through no fault of their own, may not have had positive interactions with law enforcement,” Whittles said. “This is a way to help them see us as friends.” Whittles encouraged people in the community to come out and get involved. “Anyone who is interested is welcome,” she said. “We’re hoping for a good day, good weather, a good turnout and to raise money for the kids.” For more information, or to donate, contact Whittles at (561) 6883929. For more about the program, visit www.youthranches.org.


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LGWCD Supervisors Give Thumbs Up To Yohe’s Performance

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors gave generally glowing reviews Monday to District Administrator Stephen Yohe for his first six months on the job. Yohe was hired as district administrator in February, replacing longtime District Administrator Clete Saunier, who left in November 2012 over salary disagreements. Yohe’s performance rating on a scale of 5 was 4.37. That was based on six categories: he received 4.2 in leadership, 4.4 for planning and organization, 4.2 for fiscal responsibility, 4.4 for board interaction, 4.8 for community relations and 4.2 for priorities. His contract calls for a 2 percent increase in Yohe’s base salary of

$84,000 at the end of six months, provided that the administrator’s performance was satisfactory, as determined by a supermajority of the board, LGWCD Attorney Mary Viator said. The raise would be effective retroactively to his six-month anniversary on Aug. 12. “With the performance evaluations as they are, it meets the threshold, which would entitle him to that,” Viator said. Supervisor Frank Schiola made a motion to accept the review. “Steve’s done a great job,” he said. Supervisor John Ryan agreed. “In his first seven months, he has fully immersed himself not only in the history and responsibilities of the district, and the projects underway, but I think he’s made an outstanding effort to be responsive to the residents and to really take a level of transparency in com-

munication and coordination with the board members that is very welcome,” Ryan said, adding that supervisors are kept aware weekly of activities in the district. Supervisor Don Widing also supported Yohe. “The strength that I see with Mr. Yohe is his ability to communicate with the board,” Widing said. “It’s routine, it’s regular, it’s precise, it’s not overreaching. We get it up to the minute, but not something that’s saturating. I know what’s going on, and it’s an improvement in communications that is certainly welcome.” Schiola added that he had gone over his personal evaluation with Yohe. “I hope he stays on for many years to come,” Schiola said, adding that he would like to get Yohe’s annual review done before his anniversary in February. “I don’t like doing anything after-

ward, especially when it comes to evaluations.” LGWCD Chairman Dave DeMarois said he agreed with the other supervisors’ comments, adding that Yohe follows directions from the board, does not exceed them and sees that people adhere to them. “I appreciate that fact,” he said. “You take the direction of the board and carry it forward for us.” Resident Marge Herzog, president of the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association, confirmed Yohe’s high ranking for community relations. “The communication has been great,” Herzog said. “The residents that have interacted with him have given positive feedback.” Herzog said staff from the Town of Loxahatchee Groves have been invited to make a state-of-the-town presentation at the LGLA meeting

Thursday, Nov. 21, and she invited Yohe to participate. “I would like you to be part of it since you are part of town government,” Herzog said. Supervisors agreed that it was a good idea. “Steve’s working relationship with the town is also one of the things that I feel has been greatly improved,” Ryan said. DeMarois added that it would also be good for Yohe to let LGLA members know where the district stands and how district money is being spent. Town Councilman Jim Rockett added to their chorus of Yohe supporters. “I think more highly of him than you guys do,” Rockett said. “You also deserve some credit for your selection, in identifying a great candidate. He is definitely doing a great job.” Before coming to the district,

Yohe had been director of engineering for the Community Learning Outreach Center, where he also wrote the charter school application and several grant applications. Before that, he was senior project manager and engineer for O’Dell Land Development Consultants, where he designed and handled permitting for water, sewer, paving and drainage projects. He also spent time working with the Housing Trust Group, the Village of North Palm Beach and the Public Building Authority of Knoxville, Tenn. Prior to that, Yohe worked for many years with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he was director of engineering and later deputy director of Florida operations. He earned his degree from the University of Florida in 1976.

Weeks Of Halloween Fun Planned Throughout The Local Area

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The western communities will be howling with Halloween activities suitable for families, as well as those with strong hearts, over the next two weeks. Wellington Fall Festival — Events kick off this weekend with the Wellington Fall Festival, set for 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). The Halloween-themed event is a partnership between the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Village of

Wellington. Children’s activities include trick-or-treating, bounce houses, hay rides, face painting and a costume contest. Unlimited, all-access bracelets are required for some activities. On the day of the event, bracelets cost $10 for children and $5 for adults. For more information, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or call (561) 791-4005. Fairgrounds’ Scream Park — The scary Halloween phenomenon Fright Nights Scream Park has returned to the South Florida Fairgrounds. This year’s terror-filled attraction has been

Scary fun awaits at Fright Nights Scream Park.

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redesigned to be scarier than ever. With four new haunts and more than 21,000 square feet of attractions, plus a gigantic monster midway of thrill rides, surprise scare zones and live entertainment, Fright Nights Scream Park is the largest and scariest haunted attraction in South Florida. Fright Nights Scream Park will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Oct. 26, with a special Monster Bash Costume Party on Sunday, Oct. 27 featuring more than $1,000 in prizes. More information and advance tickets are available at www.myfright nights.com. Spookyville at Yesteryear Village — Spookyville, an oldfashioned Halloween celebration at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, offers a full array of safe trick-or-treats, kiddy rides, games, crafts and pony rides for families and children 12 and younger. Yesteryear Village’s 20 historic buildings will come alive with costumed volunteers offering treats and smiles. The event will be spread over two weekends and on Halloween, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 31. 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 staged on both Fridays, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. The contest begins at 6 p.m. 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. Admission is $7 and includes trick-or-treating, all contests and activities (except pony rides). Children 2 or younger get in free, and there is free parking. Backpacks, food, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit www.southfloridafair.com. Boo at the Zoo — The Palm Beach Zoo’s beloved Halloween event, “Boo at the Zoo,” will take place Friday, Oct. 18 and 25 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy trick-or-treating, the decorate-your-own pumpkin patch, giveaways, a haystack hunt, roving animal encounters, not-so-scary wildlife presentations and much more. In addition to the stations presented by the zoo, local businesses and organizations will be set up so children can trick-or-treat at specific locations. Games, arts and crafts, a haystack hunt (for a $1 fee) and a child-friendly haunted house will entertain young visitors. Children can also purchase

a pumpkin to decorate on-site. All money raised will go toward the care and feeding of the zoo’s animals. For more information, e-mail info@palmbeachzoo.org or visit www.palmbeachzoo.org. Royal Palm Beach Festival — Royal Palm Beach will kick off the fall season Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Commons Park with a Halloweenthemed community festival for families, featuring a variety of craft vendors and great food from the popular Food Truck Invasion. Enjoy live entertainment with a performance from Brass Evolution at 7 p.m. The park will have roving entertainers, a kids’ fun zone, a pumpkin patch and many other activities. A costume contest will take place at 5 p.m. and a dog costume contest at 1 p.m. Park & Hayride will be available from the entrance of Commons Park. Vendors may visit www.pottcevents.com to register. For more information, call the Cultural Center at (561) 790-5149. Wellington’s Free Trunk or Treat — The Village of Wellington will host a free Trunk or Treat event from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 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 out of their trunks. Children 12 or younger are invited to trickor-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. Anyone interested in decorating their car and passing out candy should contact Community Projects Manager Scott Campbell at (561) 791-4105 or scampbell@ wellingtonfl.gov. Trunk or Treat at the King’s Academy — Family Church West at the King’s Academy (8401 Belvedere Road), will host a Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with bounce houses, face painting, food trucks, Rita’s Italian ice and trunk-or-treating with loads of candy. Fall food items also will be available for purchase. Find out more by visiting www.gofamilychurch.org or call (561) 650-7400. Halloween Fun in The Acreage — Residents of Citrus Grove Blvd. in The Acreage will host their annual Trunk or Treat Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. between Coconut Blvd. and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. The event has been hosted by residents on Citrus Grove Blvd. See HALLOWEEN, page 16


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Shutdown/Debt Deal A Temporary Reprieve Without Long-Term Plan After 16 days, the government shutdown and debt crisis is finally over... for now. Though a temporary deal has been struck, the issue will return come the new year. We’ve been here before, with no long-term agreement. Now, more than ever, it’s important for all sides to work together and develop a comprehensive plan going forward and to stop governing from crisis to crisis. It’s a lesson we can all benefit from, and we encourage readers to reach out to their representatives and let their voices be heard on the issue. Though we were glad to see a plan pass that will bring federal employees back to work and forestall a looming debt crisis, the deal struck late Wednesday by Congress funds the government only until Jan. 15, 2014. The debt limit is pushed back until a few weeks later. Next year, the same issues will once again dominate political discussion. Hopefully, it will not take a lastminute agreement to keep our nation out of another shutdown. This can only be achieved, however, if Congress works hard over the next three months to settle the differences that got us to this point in the first place. It is unfortunate that our national creditworthiness and financing of our government was used as a bargaining chip, leaving thousands of workers without pay and millions more stressed about their finances should negotiations not prevail. Congress must do everything to ensure this does not happen again. However, it will not be easy. While this week’s agreement calls for a budget conference committee to negotiate out a

long-term spending plan by mid-December, that idea is not all that different from the budget super-committee that was supposed to avoid the so-called “sequester” cuts last year (that group was deadlocked) and the Simpson-Bowles Commission in 2010 (partially deadlocked with a list of suggestions ultimately ignored). The makings of a fiscal “grand bargain” are there, but as of now, both sides have been unwilling to compromise on the core principles that must bend in order for the nation to put our fiscal house in order over the long term. Democrats will need to accept serious entitlement reform, while Republicans will need to accept that the current tax structure does not take in enough revenue to run the country without perpetual deficits. We all must move forward and anticipate the looming crisis, working together to develop a plan. If we start negotiations now, maybe there will be time come January to achieve legislation that a majority of people can actually accept. If there’s one thing everyone can agree on about this situation it’s that the American people have lost confidence in their legislators. To regain trust and assure the public that a government shutdown and/or debt default drama will not be a yearly occurrence, it’s up to our representatives to earn back that trust and get on with their jobs of compromise and problem solving. And if they don’t? Well, there’s an election coming up next November, and voters will have the opportunity to tell their incumbents what they thought of their performance by going to the polls. We hope everyone will make their voices heard one way or another.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR County Candidate A ‘Carpetbagger’

In reading the Town-Crier article on the new candidates who have entered the Palm Beach County Commission race for our district (Two New Candidates Join County Commission Race, Oct. 11), I note that there is a glaring omission — candidate Melissa McKinlay does not live in District 6. For the record, she is and has been living in Lake Worth with her three children, where they attend school. I have been a longtime resident and voter in Wellington, and one of the things that I particularly believe is that representative government means someone from my community. If Ms. McKinlay is so concerned about jobs and schools — then work it out where you see the problems in your own district. I remain offended that outsiders come into our town or district and expect to get elected and tell us what to do. There are local candidates in this race who know what this area is all about and have given years of service in business, elected office and community work that have earned the right to be considered for commissioner. I

don’t know how others feel, but I, for one, am outraged at such carpetbagging right here in our town! Nell Hagen-Altman Wellington

Wellington Must Support Dressage Facility

Next Tuesday’s Wellington Village Council meeting will be a pivotal point in the healing of the divisiveness that grew out of the council election of 2012. The council can do the right thing and approve the master plan amendment and compatibility determination for the Global Dressage Festival facility, thereby effectively healing this village in an instant. The dressage facility is extremely important to the success and stability of our equestrian industry here in Wellington. There are many residents of Wellington and equestrian industry members who rely on the income and opportunity that the equestrian industry provides to so many people here. The GDF venue will expand equine disciplines in Wellington and will attract more equestrians, especially Europeans. Let’s not continue the class di-

visiveness. We need an equestrian industry that will benefit the many, not a private sport for the elite few. The council on Tuesday will also decide whether to support a bid for the World Equestrian Games (WEG). The WEG would be an honor for Wellington and would transform the village into a mecca for equestrian sport for the world to envy. Please come out and support both of these issues on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Wellington Village Council meeting. We need you there, involved, so that the agenda items that are so vital to our economy can be approved and we can move forward from the insanity of the past year. Jack Mancini Wellington

Rest In Peace, Dr. Ringler

Sadly, our community has lost one of its most beloved members. Dr. Richard Ringler, our “gentle giant,” touched virtually all of our lives with his compassion, kindness and caring not only for the animals he cared for but for those of us whose pets are our “four-

legged children” as well. “Doc” was more than our veterinarian; he was our friend and our consoler, when needed. His patients were his passion. We could always be confident that he was using his best medical knowledge in treating our beloved pets. He prolonged life when it might have seemed hopeless and comforted us when it was. He always had a smile and a joke or two when you came into his office and everyone probably remembers his “what’s up?” “Doc” left us a couple of weeks ago, but his memory will be with us forever. Now I would like to picture all the animals he ever treated wagging their tails to greet him. Arlene Olinsky Royal Palm Beach

Help RPBHS SADD Club Win Contest

Royal Palm Beach High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club is hosting a “Celebrate My Drive” week starting Friday, Oct. 18 and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 26. This week is about celebrating the achievement of obtaining

one’s driver’s license while keeping safe driving in mind. If we win the contest that Celebrate My Drive week includes, our school could be awarded with $100,000 and a concert by chart-topping recording artist Kelly Clarkson! To help our community high school, anyone can vote at www.celebratemydrive.com. All you have to do after reaching the web site is indicate you want to support Royal Palm Beach High School and commit to drive safely. Voting can be done once a day between Oct. 18 and Oct. 26. Thank you very much for the support for our community high school! Brandy Williams Royal Palm Beach High School SADD Club

For The Record Due to an editing error, a press release submitted by Planco Veterinary Care ran last week with an incorrect headline. Planco Veterinary Care is offering reduced-rate bloodwork this month, not free bloodwork. While the headline was incorrect, the story itself had accurate information. The entire press release can be found this week on page 16 with the correct headline. The Town-Crier regrets whatever confusion this might have caused.

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OPINION

Just What We Needed: More Things For Airlines To Charge Us For! It might seem to the casual observer that airline executives spend much of their time figuring out new ways to clobber passengers with more fees. After all, fees like baggage and reservation changes brought them an astounding $15 billion last year. The friendly skies “feexecutives” will now let passengers pay

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to keep an empty seat next to them. They will now sell hot, first-class meals in coach, and some will now rent Apple iPads pre-loaded with movies. And when on the ground, at your destination, you can now skip baggage claims and have luggage delivered directly to home or office. These new fee streams of in-

come will help to overcome the dwindling income from first generation extra fees. For example, revenue from regular bag fees, etc., in just the three months of April, May and June dropped seven percent compared to last year. Thus “executive think caps” are concentrated on a new generation of extra special charges.

And technological upgrades have opened a path for the airlines to sell products directly to passengers. Soon booking passengers will be faced with a variety of personal sales pitches, or find it important to check out e-mail as trips approach, or sort through “bargains” on mobile phones just prior to

boarding. Delta has even gone as far as giving its flight attendants wireless devices to sell last minute upgrades for seats with more legroom. Just a thought: When was the last time we heard about the airlines providing more free comfort or convenience to its long-suffering customers?

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Developers At Southern And B Road Plan Road Improvements By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors reviewed the obligations of developers at the northern corners of B Road and Southern Blvd. Monday, including B Road improvements. Developers said that they would pay for the improvements but asked the district to oversee the northern portion of the road project because of its experience with open-graded emulsified mix (OGEM) in past projects, and due to right-of-way disparities on B Road. LGWCD Administrator Steve Yohe said a joint meeting took place Sept. 27 with Palm Beach State College, property owner Solar Sportsystems, Atlantic Land Companies and town representatives regarding B Road construction. The discussion focused on the developers’ commitment to construct B Road with OGEM from the Palm Beach State College entrance on B Road between Southern Blvd. and Collecting Canal Road to Okeechobee Blvd. It was agreed that B Road from Collecting Canal Road to Okeechobee Blvd. does not have sufficient right of way, per the district’s 60-foot platted right of way, to construct the road.

The developers are prepared to estimate the cost of the construction and provide sufficient money to the town to construct the road when the right-of-way issue is resolved. The developers asked that the LGWCD design and construct the OGEM portion of the road after the right-of-way issue is resolved, indicating that they would pay the district for the design, permit and construction to achieve satisfaction of that condition of their approvals. Representatives of the developers were there Monday to make presentations. Joe Lelonek with Atlantic Land Companies, representing the commercial developers of 22 acres of the Simon property on the northwest corner of the intersection, told supervisors that Palm Beach State College, which is developing 75 acres of the Simon property for its fifth campus, approved initial financing for the site last week. “We would expect them to be breaking ground the middle of next year,” Lelonek said, adding that attorney Martin Perry, representing the 90-acre Solar Sportsystems property to the east of the Simon property, was also there to answer questions. “One of the big items that the town council wanted to see was

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that B Road got improved over what it is today to deal with some of the traffic impacts for these projects,” Lelonek said. “Most of the impacts are going south to Southern Blvd. However, the council also wanted to go up to the north and stabilize that roadway going up to Okeechobee Blvd.” Lelonek said the conceptual agreement between the parties when the projects were approved was to fund the OGEM section from Atlantic Land’s entry points going north as well as the canal crossing at Collecting Canal and B roads. The developer would pave B Road from the campus entry point south to Southern Blvd. as an urban section with conventional surfacing.

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Access points on B Road are coordinated with those to the Solar Sportsystems land across the street, Lelonek said. “That access will continue west to access the college campus as well,” he said, explaining that the college will have secondary access onto B Road. “It is at that point, the secondary access to the college, that we are looking to transition from the paved section to the OGEM section.” One of the goals noted was to try to limit access to B Road going north. “We agree with that,” Lelonek said. “Most of our traffic is going to impact Southern Blvd., and we’re going to try to discourage cut-through traffic. People living on B Road, we want them to shop

here and go to school here, but we want to make sure that we limit any cut-through traffic.” Following recommendations by town committees, Lelonek recommended stopping the conventional paving just north of the campus access point and channeling the curb sides down to a narrow entry so that it calls attention to drivers that it is a change in area where the OGEM starts in order to discourage flow-through traffic. He said speed humps had also been discussed for the OGEM section to further restrict cut-through traffic. Lelonek said that the three parties had agreed from the beginning to pay for the paving, but asked that the district oversee the OGEM project.

“We’re not as familiar with the OGEM standards that the district has been dealing with for a number of years,” Lelonek said. “Our desire has always been to fund the district to complete this improvement.” Lelonek said the three parties are working on an agreement that will set the stage for exactly when the projects will happen. “We’re trying to work a program by which over 2014, the design and permitting for both of these sections, or at least the southern sections depending on how fast you can move on the OGEM section, would be permitted and ready for construction,” he said, adding that by the end of 2014, construction would begin.

drinking water quality. Residents can rank each item from “excellent” to “very poor” with the option of “not applicable.” The survey also asks about residents’ experiences with crime in the community and about how likely they are to attend certain events or use certain amenities. The remaining questions allow respondents to weigh in on how Wellington can better serve its residents, along with some demographic questions.

“It’s completely anonymous and can be done online,” Nemser said. “We wanted to make sure people would be completely comfortable taking it. Hopefully the responses will be constructive. There are some free-response sections where you can tell us what you like or don’t like.” The survey was designed through Wellington’s partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s urban and regional planning students. Results of the survey will

be tabulated and shared on the village’s web site. “The results of this survey will be compiled and analyzed by the class,” he said. “The results should be ready by early January, and we’ll post them online.” Nemser said residents can contact him at (561) 753-2581 or bnemser@wellingtonfl.gov. “This is a really good thing,” he said. “It’s a good thing to have, and it will provide us with valuable information.”

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Royal Palm Beach Hosts Fall Fashion Show At The Cultural Center

The Village of Royal Palm Beach held its fifth annual Fall Fashion Show on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The island-themed show featured clothes and accessories by Chico’s. Lunch was catered by Golden Corral, while DJ Terry Harms photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier provided music. There were also door prizes and a raffle.

Sherry Thompson, Lenora Messina, Cindy Beckles, Wendy Maharaj and Dolly Hughes.

Models with representatives from Chico’s.

(Left) Dolores Valentine and (right) Cara Young model.

Edith LaVelanet displays her watercolors for sale.

Royal Palm Beach seniors activities volunteers.

(Front row) Marie Cecere and Barbara Swan; (back row) Dolores Valentine and Catherine Amico.

Wellington’s Temple Beth Torah Hosts A ‘Groovy’ Family Fun Day

Temple Beth Torah’s sixth annual Family Fun Day took place Sunday, Oct. 13. This year’s theme was “groovy,” and music sensation and recording artist Patty Shukla was on hand to perform. There were also spin art, bounce houses, face painting, games, raffle Photos By Damon Webb/Town-Crier prizes and a silent auction. The temple is located at 900 Big Blue Trace in Wellington.

Sherri Kratenstein and Sharon Lowenstein.

Preschool Director Sandy Wilensky with Ali Trujillo and Eva Gryczan.

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PBSO Investigating Restaurant Burglary In Royal Palm Beach

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report OCT. 4 — A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched Friday, Oct. 4 to a restaurant on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. regarding a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 and 8 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the business and stole several items, including a digital camera, an iPhone 4s, an HP scanner, two drills, a compressor, speakers, a Sony projector, two Samsung laptops and a Sony amplifier system. There were no signs of forced entry, but two employees live in an efficiency room adjacent to the business. The employees did not see or hear anything during that time frame. The stolen items were valued at approximately $3,825. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 4 — A resident of the Estates of Royal Palm Beach called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Friday, Oct. 4 to report a delayed vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim said sometime in late August, someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole a JBL Bluetooth speaker and a Jansport backpack. The victim said that on Sunday, Aug. 25 she parked her vehicle in the driveway at approximately 6 p.m. The next morning, at approximately 5 a.m., the victim’s husband noticed the car door was ajar. According to the report, the victim did not report the incident at the time but heard that there had been an arrest made on recent vehicle burglaries in the community. The stolen items were valued at approximately $150. There was no further information available at the time of the report. OCT. 5 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach recently responded to a home in the Victoria Grove community regarding an alarm call. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, a deputy responded to the alarm call and discovered a rear window open. The deputy also discovered that a nearby home had a broken screen frame. According to the report, the deputy also discovered a gray and black backpack and an orange ladder, but couldn’t determine if it was related to the incident. The deputy did not believe the perpetrator(s) gained access to the house. There was no further information available at the time of the report. OCT. 9 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was called to Red Barn last Wednesday morning regarding a burglary. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 1 a.m., an unknown man smashed the glass front door and entered the store. Once inside, the man stole several pieces of clothing and boots. According to the report, the incident was caught on the store’s video surveillance system. The stolen items were valued at approximately $460. The perpetrator also caused approximately $500 in damage. There was no further information available at the time of the report. OCT. 10 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a

home on Temple Blvd. last Thursday regarding a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6:30 p.m. last Tuesday and 7 p.m. the following evening, someone pried open the side door of the victim’s home and entered the property. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) also pried open the front door to a detached garage and stole a pellet gun and a chainsaw. The stolen items were valued at approximately $480. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 12 — A resident of Dellwood Blvd. called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Saturday to report a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6 a.m. last Wednesday and 4:30 p.m. last Saturday, someone cut the lock on the victim’s gate and stole her white 2007 EZ-Go golf cart from her barn. The victim also noted that last Tuesday, someone had stolen the charger for her golf cart. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 14 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington responded Monday to a store in the Mall at Wellington Green regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the complainant made a deposit Oct. 7 for $778.79 at a local bank, but was only credited for $678.79. According to the report, the victim believed the remaining $100 was stolen by a bank teller. There was no further information available at the time of the report. OCT. 14 — A resident of the Palm Beach Little Ranches contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 5:30 p.m. last Sunday and 3:30 p.m. the following afternoon, someone entered the victim’s property and stole two grills, an aluminum table and chairs, two BMX bikes, a fire pit, an aluminum ladder and a wheel barrel. According to the report, the deputy made contact with a scrap metal company who said a suspect had scrapped similar items recently. There was no further information available at the time of the report. OCT. 14 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched Monday to a home on Miramontes Circle regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 5 p.m. last Thursday and 6 p.m. Monday, someone entered the victim’s unmarked police vehicle, which was left unlocked, and stole a flashlight, a Colt AR-15 rifle and two magazines. The stolen items were valued at approximately $1,175. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 14 — A resident of the Wellington Lakes community called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday to report a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim left for work at approximately 7:30 a.m. The victim’s son arrived home at approximately 4:45 p.m. and discovered that the rear sliding-glass door was ajar. According to the report, someone entered the victim’s home and stole a television, two laptop computers and an Xbox 360 game console. The victim also discovered several pieces of jewelry missing from her upstairs bedroom. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Daniel Robledo, aliases Gabino Hernandez and Abel Perez, is a white male, 5’5� tall and weighing 150 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has scars on his left arm and leg and is blind in his left eye. His date of birth is 04/10/69. Robledo is wanted for failure to appear for jury trial, felony DUI and driving with a revoked license. His last known address was South 37th Street in Greenacres. He is wanted as of 10/10/13. • Joseph Blanco is a white male, 5’11� and weighing 160 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of birth is 02/03/81. Blanco is wanted for violation of probation on charges of grand theft. His last known addresses were 71st Place North in The Acreage and North Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. He is wanted as of 10/10/13. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

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Murphy Addresses D.C. Dysfunction At Royal Palm Restaurant

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-District 18) addressed the consequences of the recent government shutdown last Sunday to about 50 people gathered at Hilary’s Restaurant in Royal Palm Beach. “I wish we could be doing this on a normal day of the week, but I’ve been in D.C. quite a bit, dealing with the obvious,” Murphy said, explaining that he had several similar events planned locally before he was to fly back to Washington on Monday. Although polls show people don’t think the government shutdown is a major concern, Murphy said the longer the shutdown goes on, the more the public will feel it. “This is a really big deal,” Murphy said. “And a lot of people I’ve talked to just here in this room, and at an event I attended earlier this morning, there are a lot of people who are really suffering because of this.” Murphy noted that the federal government had been shut down for almost two weeks, and the effects were just starting to be felt within veterans, education, research and seniors programs. “Many government agencies can survive for one or two weeks of a shutdown, but now we’re getting into this uncharted territory,” he said. Beyond the local effects, Mur-

phy said he is embarrassed at the impression it gives internationally. “As we’re trying to have negotiations around the world and trying to exert our influence and our leadership, countries are laughing at us,” he said. Murphy said the United States is the only country in the world that doesn’t automatically raise its debt ceiling when it passes an appropriations bill. “What happens in Congress is you pass these bills to fund the government, and then you have a separate bill to raise the debt ceiling for that spending,” he said. “It’s automatic in every other country, and it has now become political in our country.” Since he has been in Congress, one of the things he has really tried to focus on is reducing the nation’s long-term debt. “There are some things that can be cut that are smart spending cuts,” he said. “There’s waste, there’s fraud, there’s abuse, there’s duplication. One of the first bills I was able to draw up was a bipartisan bill that came out of freshman members of Congress, and it was $230 billion that we found just in about three weeks. That’s where the cuts should be coming from.” At the same time, he said, there are smart investments that can be made in the country, such as infrastructure, education and research. “Those are the areas where you get return on investment,” Murphy said.

Rep. Patrick Murphy with Tinu Peña (right) and her daughter, Elly.

Another area that’s important to him is the environment. “Not just because I want it for me and my kids and our grandkids,” he said. “It’s a big part of why Floridians moved here or live here. For every dollar spent on the environment, it comes back three-to-one to our economy.” Murphy said the turmoil in Washington, D.C. is worse than what is depicted in the news. “It is a dysfunctional organization,” he said. “Everything you read about and see on TV, it’s probably worse, and that to me is pretty sad, but it actually makes me work harder to build relations across the aisle.” He said there is a sizable group of people who really want to make a difference. “Right now, you’ve got this small Tea Party group, it’s only 40 or so members of Congress, blocking basically everything,” Murphy said. “Blocking all sorts of programs that would help our country.” With the turmoil in D.C., Murphy said his office has kept its focus on helping people locally. “We get about 1,200 to 1,400 letters and e-mails and phone calls a week to our offices on a whole range of issues, and we try to get each of those answered within two weeks,” he said. “We’ve been able to help a lot of veterans, a lot of seniors, then I do quite a bit with the local environment.”

Murphy noted that above-average rainfall has led to discharges of tainted water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Canal and inlet to ease pressure on the dike around the lake. But the release of the water has invoked the wrath of St. Lucie County residents. “I’ve been working with House leadership to get things like the water bill passed to help with some of the programs, such as the dike around the lake and other projects to help our environment to insure that these discharges don’t continue to pollute our water,” he said. Murphy added that he is also working to resolve issues such as the completion of the State Road 7 extension and the revised Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps. Those maps came about as a result of legislation that tried to address a $25 billion deficit in the county’s flood insurance program. “Like a lot of pieces of legislation, there are unintended consequences,” he said. “While attempting to get some of the communities in flood basins to pay more, it also reset all the maps. We’ve seen some residents’ flood insurance go up 4,000 percent.” With the shutdown of the government, he said no one can get in touch with anybody at FEMA to delay those new maps. “There are a lot of ideas we’ve been working

Murphy chats with Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattioli.

Rep. Patrick Murphy speaks to attendees at Hilary’s Restaurant. photo by ron bukley/town-crier

on to try and get an extension and try to revamp that legislation so prices can’t escalate like that, and readdress these flood maps.” Among the organizations hardest hit by the shutdown is the Department of Veterans Affairs, he said. While some members of the House suggested funding just the VA, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki told them veterans’ operations rely too closely on other government agencies for that to work. Murphy said he was able to get 200 Democratic congressmen

to sign a letter that they sent to Speaker John Boehner urging him to bring a bill to the floor that would lift the debt ceiling as clean legislation with nothing attached, then they would address the issues that Republicans are holding up as reasons they are not approving a budget. “Don’t do it in this hostage situation, where the budget of our country, where the debt of our country will not be raised unless you get this,” he said. “That’s a really bad precedent to set going forward.”

Commissioner Jess Santamaria speaks as Murphy looks on.

Royal Palm Young At Heart Club Gets ‘Into the Swing Of Things’

The Royal Palm Beach Young at Heart Club hosted a luncheon Friday, Oct. 4 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The theme of the luncheon was “Get in the Swing of Things.” Lunch was provided by Village Catering. The Young at Heart Club meets the first Friday of the month. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. Photos By Denise Fleischman/Town-Crier

Decorating committee members Maryanne Robinson, Roberta Hennessy, Berit Hogan and Lenora Messina.

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continued from page 1 However, the state legislature cut that amount to $4 million. “The design is underway, and the best design option has been selected by the water management district staff, and the cost does exceed the current $4 million allocation by several million dollars,” Weisman said. He said the county will probably lobby the legislature to provide additional money.

“The current proposal would construct the project in phases, using as much money as they have to get it done,” Weisman said. “That’s OK if you have to do it that way, but to get the maximum benefit from reconstructing the berm, you need to protect the entire area at risk, and [that] would require the full funding.” Weisman said the weir is an effective safety valve that worked well during the Tropical Storm Isaac flooding. “It definitely provides a level of protection and, come December, hopefully the SFWMD will own Mecca outright and can make any enhancements

RPB Mayor Matty Mattioli, Young at Heart Club President Margie Bonner, Vice Mayor Jeff Hmara and Councilman David Swift. they feel they need without even consulting with the county. They can move ahead on the project whenever they wish.” Weisman noted that he sent memos to the commissioners concerning both the berm issue and the SFWMD’s approval of the Mecca agreement. “I try to keep the whole board in tune on what’s going on because of the overall importance,” Weisman said. Under the Mecca agreement, the county will be responsible for realigning the Seminole Pratt Whitney Road extension so that it does not run through the Mecca Farms parcel. The current align-

ment has the right of way at the base of the Corbett berm, where water from the weir was flowing across during Tropical Storm Isaac flooding. The county has an option to repurchase a 260-foot wide strip of land, totaling 98.56 acres, along the entire lengths of the southern and eastern boundaries of Mecca Farms for a new extension alignment of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. The option runs through Oct. 1, 2018, or 180 days after the county receives written notice from the SFWMD that it is commencing the design of its project. The realignment will not affect

Dancers Diana Heilig, Craig Simms, Sixto Valentin and Iryna Kolina. the use of Mecca Farms for the SFWMD project. The district will allow the county access along designated roads within the Mecca Farms parcel to get to a county water plant located there. Under the agreement, that access will need to be eliminated when the SFWMD project is implemented. The district may move the county access to another road that provides permanent legal access. It is anticipated that the project construction design will incorporate a new road at the southern end of the Mecca Farms parcel. If the county exercises the repurchase

option, the SFWMD has no obligation to provide a replacement road. The district has conducted an environmental audit that identifies corrective action costs of about $283,500 to render the property suitable for use as a water retention reservoir. Those costs will be the responsibility of the SFWMD. The water district will also trade about 150 acres of the Mecca Farms parcel to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for a state-owned shooting range in exchange for about 150 acres for an SFWMD easement within the Corbett area.


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St. Peter’s Community Harvest Fest Brings Family Fun, Local Talent

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church held its Harvest Festival & BBQ on Saturday, Oct. 12. There was a pumpkin patch, bungee jumping, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall and other activities. Crafters and other vendors were on hand, with some giving out freebees and spin-to-win prizes. photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier

The St. Peter’s Cherubs sing.

The Chili Chicks dancers — Vixen, Princess, Tequila, Grace and Koco — perform for the crowd.

Bikers line up for the blessing of the bikes.

Allison Bunchek and Alexia Moraes from Cats Gymnastics.

Amanda Hausmann and Syierra Munstertiger joust.

Shelby Closson and Julie Miller tap dance.

New H&M Store Hosts Grand Opening In Mall At Wellington Green

International clothier H&M hosted the grand opening of its newest store in the Mall at Wellington Green on Thursday, Oct. 10. H&M is known for its trendy and affordable clothing. The new store is located on the lower level of the Mall at Wellington Green next to Abercrombie & Fitch and near Grand Court. For more info., visit www.hm.com/us. Photos By Damon Webb/Town-Crier

(Left) Angelica Garcia and Sam Johnson. (Right) Meagan and Sachi Yannaccone show off their H&M goods.

(Left) Mall at Wellington Green Marketing Coordinator Megan Kolhagen and Marketing/Sponsorship Director Rachelle Crain. (Right) H&M’s Nicole Christie with blogger Annie Vazquez.

Sashan McLean, Genesis Altiery and H&M Store Manager Tracie Collins.


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Boys & Girls Club Hosts Its 32nd Annual Golf Classic In Wellington

The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington held its 32nd annual golf classic on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. After the golf game there was a buffet dinner and awards ceremony. There were also raffle prizes and a silent photos by Denise Fleischman/town-crier auction of sports memorabilia.

Second-place winners Bob Unger and Bob Decrane with Ed Portman.

Closest-to-the-pin winner Rick Goss and longest-drive winner Mike Barron with Ed Portman.

Event committee and board members Jim Bomar, Woody White, Jim Reid, Pat Evans, Keith Murray, Ed Portman and Todd Barron.

First-place winners Abe Ringer and Tim McCue with Ed Portman (center).

Dennis Witkowski (center) with Richard Goss, Jim Reid and David Gardner.

Pat Evans and Ed Portman.

Courtyard Shops At Wellington Hosts Great Pumpkin Hunt Event

The “Fall for Courtyard” Great Pumpkin Hunt took place Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Courtyard Shops at Wellington. Guests enjoyed a pumpkin scavenger hunt and a beanbag toss, as well as face painting and a bounce house. Photos By Denise Fleischman/Town-Crier

Katherine Reynolds and Sarah Merker with Micah and Caleb Hudson.

Natalie Honzik colors a picture.

Pam Trent paints Sam Honzik’s face like Batman.

Soraya and Iman Kadir in their Halloween costumes.


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The King’s Academy Boutique & Trunk Show Raises Crucial School Funds The King’s Academy’s fourth annual Boutique & Trunk Show held Oct. 2 raised more than $20,000 to benefit the school. More than 50 vendors transformed the M. Nelson Loveland Sports & Fine Arts Center into an extraordinary shopping experience for 600 guests who shopped the

specialty and unique merchandise. Many guests took advantage of the shopping experience to get a jump start on their Christmas shopping. TKA parents were joined by friends, students, alumni, faculty, staff, grandparents and community members for the highly antici-

pated, spectacular shopping event. Pre-registered guests received a reusable Vera Bradley market tote and enjoyed a complimentary breakfast provided by the school. The highly successful Boutique Bake Shoppe was once again the hit of the day, featuring homemade treats baked by TKA faculty, staff

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and administrators, as well as talented and creative TKA parents. The scrumptious treats generated more than $2,500. Special thanks to the Boutique & Trunk Show committee, led by Event Chair Teddy Walker, a TKA parent. More information about the King’s Academy is available online at www.tka.net.

The Rotary Club of Royal Palm Beach recently recognized two local Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies for their service to the community. Deputy Doug Carranza works on crime prevention throughout the village. Deputy Rafael Padilla-Rodrigues polices on and off his bike and has been an essential part of the efforts to thwart vehicle burglaries in Seminole Palms Park. Pictured (L-R) are Chief Deputy Michael Gauger, Deputy Kelly Whittles, Deputy Rafael Padilla-Rodrigues, Captain Paul Miles, Deputy Doug Carranza and Diane Smith. TKA Boutique & Trunk Show committee members Andrea Titus, Jazz Jules, Susan Gableman and Event Chair Teddy Walker.

RPB PBSO COMMANDER MEETS WITH PRINCIPALS

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Paul Miles, Commander of the District 9 substation in Royal Palm Beach, held the first-ever meeting with Royal Palm Beach public and private school principals recently at the District 9 offices. Issues such as local programs, traffic and emergency response by law enforcement were among items discussed. Schools represented were H.L. Johnson Elementary School, Crestwood Middle School, Western Academy Charter School, Royal Palm Beach High School, Cypress Trails Elementary School and Royal Palm Beach Elementary School. Pictured from left to right are: (front row) Tameka Moore-Robinson, PBSO Section Manager Diane Smith and Suzanne Watson; (back row) Dr. Patricia Lucas, Dr. Stephanie Nance, Linda Terranova, Capt. Paul Miles, Lt. Ulrich Naujoks and Jesus Armas.

Lili Brown, Jennifer Fields, Sandy Erneston, and Annie Erneston with their Vera Bradley market totes.

TKA parent Connie O’Connor with friends Gena Hugus, Jill Kendall and Kaylee Kendall.

COLETTE MILLER AND DR. MARK CUTTLER WED

Colette Miller of Wellington and Dr. Mark Cuttler of Delray Beach were married recently. A dinner reception followed at Stonewood Grill restaurant in Wellington, where the couple first met. Colette is a longtime native of Wellington, while Mark is an accomplished pianist.


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STUDENTS AT NEW HORIZONS FOCUS THROUGH MUSIC

The New Horizons Elementary School Music Department presented a program at the last PTA meeting. “Focus and Success Through Music” featured selections geared toward developing and enhancing students’ focus and concentration. Second-grade students sang three songs — “Welcome to our School,” “Five Fat Sausages” with audience participation and “We’re Back.” The Music Club entertained the audience with several drumming routines, including “What’s Your Name” and “Take Time In Life.” They performed a hand jive routine Groups of Eights to the song “Georgia” with the audience invited to focus and concentrate by figuring out the groups of eight patterns featured in the routine. The Music Department enhances student learning. Pictured here are second-graders singing with Music Club drummers looking on.

MATTISYN SCHOOL KIDS LEARNS FIRE SAFETY

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Cypress Trails Students Walk To School Over the past three weeks, students at Cypress Trails Elementary School have been receiving instruction on pedestrian and bicycle safety in their physical education classes. A trailer full of bicycles, provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, allowed students in third, fourth and fifth grade to practice their bike-riding skills while also learning Florida’s bicycle laws and requirements. Attention was focused on properly adjusting a bicycle helmet, choosing sidewalks as the safest place to walk and ride, properly crossing a street, and where to ride and walk if forced to ride in a street

without a sidewalk. On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the students got real-life practice by participating in International Walk to School Day. More than 150 families walked and/or biked to school. Those students received a walkto-school sticker, a bookmark, a backpack reflector and a free bottle of water from Mrs. Linda Zaskey, their physical education teacher, and from the organization Florida Safe Routes to School. Cypress Trails believes that teaching pedestrian and bike safety can help students stay safe. (Right) Students during International Walk to School Day.

Berean National Honor Society Inducts 17 Berean Christian School held its annual National Honor Society induction ceremony on Monday, Sept. 16. Friends, families and faculty of the 17 new inductees were in attendance to congratulate and support the students’ hard work and academic achievements. Being an NHS member means accomplishing and maintaining high academic requirements, serving the community and displaying positive character traits — in other words, being a “well-rounded student.” Inductee candidates listened carefully to the requirements set before them.

The 2013-14 NHS inductees at BCS were: 10th-graders Noah Adams, Madelyn Dwyer, Tyler Goertzen, Amanda Kamp, Emma Krumlauf, Christopher Mauck, Daniel Pinkerman and Christian Tippins; 11th-graders Megan Dwyer, Austin Fyke, Paulina Giron, Ricardo Giron, Shawn Hood, Michael Miller and Susannah Rodriguez; and 12th-graders Celia Fernandez and Tiffani Hammond. This was one of the largest groups to be inducted into the National Honor Society at Berean Christian School. For more information, visit www. bcsbulldogs.org.

(Front row) Megan Dwyer, Celia Fernandez, Emma Krulauf, Tiffani Hammond, Amanda Kamp, Madelyn Dwyer and Christian Tippins; (back row) Austin Fyke, Tyler Goertzen, Shawn Hood, Ricardo Giron, Michael Miller, Paulina Giron, Susannah Rodriguez and Daniel Pinkerman.

Everglades Restoration Talk At Polo Park Polo Park Middle School science and math students recently were visited by Lt. Colonel Thomas Greco of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Greco spoke to students about the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. His talk included information on the

West Palm Beach Fire Station 7 personnel recently spoke to the entire student body, staff and teachers at the Mattisyn School about fire safety, fire prevention and what to do in case of emergency situations. They demonstrated fire equipment and dressed in full firefighter gear so the children would not be afraid in the event of a fire emergency and hide from firefighters. The children enjoyed touring an actual fire truck, and each child was provided with his or her own firefighter helmet. The Mattisyn School thanks the firefighters and Sue Ellen Calderon for visiting with them.

history of the Everglades, impacts from agriculture, settlement and modifications of the Everglades flow patterns. Additionally, students learned about the complex nature of this project and the importance of preserving this valuable ecosystem.

Science teachers Ryan Smith and Thomas Craig with Lt. Col. Thomas Greco and science teacher Dale Moore.

Greco explained that Everglades restoration involves returning a more natural water flow to this enormous marsh, reviving habitat for many threatened and endangered species, establishing a reliable supply of water for millions of Floridians and providing flood

control to the south Florida area. Greco’s presentation is part of Polo Park’s efforts to include more STEM activities in the math and science curriculum. Future plans include a field trip to the Kennedy Space Center and Polo Park’s first “Night of Science.”

Lt. Col. Thomas Greco speaks to students.


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Acreage Pines Hosts Successful Walk-A-Thon

The students in the Acreage Pines Elementary School Biomedical and Veterinary Technology Academy participated in their second annual walk-a-thon on Thursday, Oct. 10. As part of the new program, students are learning about wellness and the importance of healthy living. The students collected pledges and donations from the community to raise money for school beautification projects and materials the medical lab and classrooms. The local community helped the students raise $14,000. Shown above and right, Acreage Pines Elementary School students participate in the walka-thon.

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER BOOK FAIR AT WES

Each child at Wellington Elementary School had the opportunity to choose his or her own books to keep thanks to the Children’s Services Council and the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. Media specialist Cathy West was busy assisting the children in their selections. For more info., visit www.pbcreads.org. Wellington Elementary School thanks the Children’s Services Council for their support of literacy. Shown here, Wellington Elementary School students receive books through the Happily Ever After book fair.


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It’s Almost Halloween... Time To Start My Christmas Shopping Because I hate crowds but love giving presents, I have begun my Christmas shopping. Oh, don’t start with me! It makes complete and logical sense. In the first place, I don’t believe in spreading my holiday bills out over January, February and March. I’d rather spread them out over October, November and December, so when people are opening my gifts, those gifts are actually paid for. I can begin 2014 with a nice, clean slate — ready for new bills. In the second place, I started celebrating Halloween in late August, so I’m kind of over it by now. I’ve been tripping over those foam pumpkins in the foyer for weeks. My “Enter If You Dare” yard sign

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The Sonic BOOMER is windblown and askew. I’m tired of dutifully pulling the bowtie on the ghoulish doorknocker every time I come in; I know his eyes are going to roll and he is going to groan at me. Boring. In the third place, Christmas seems all fresh and new. And the closer it gets, who

has the time to shop? Between cooking and cleaning and working and errands and keeping the car running and returning the library books and getting ready for Thanksgiving, there’s not a lot of time left to peruse potential gifts. So when I get a free weekend, I need to be in the mall. In the fourth place, shopping early means the merchandise hasn’t already been picked over. In fact, it’s just being put on the shelves. When shopping for toys, this is extremely important. The most popular stuff goes quickly. Back when my kids were collecting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I would hover over the person unpacking the boxes in order to get first dibs on Leonardo — the one in

the blue outfit, carrying his katana. That blue Leonardo just wasn’t going to last. In the fifth place, I want to enjoy the mayhem of Black Friday without actually having to get any shopping done. I want to stand in line at 3 a.m. merely for the fun of it — swapping “war stories” with people who understand why we have to be there, sipping hot chocolate from a Thermos and griping about the lack of folding chairs. I want to be one of the first ones in the store, but only because I want the option of getting my hands on one of the deeply discounted bits of bait they’re featuring. If I don’t need another TV, I don’t need one. But I wouldn’t want to miss the five-pound tubs of cheesy popcorn at 75

cents each. That’s something you need an extra cart for! In the sixth place, those 12 tubs of popcorn aren’t going to wrap themselves. What if someone unexpected shows up at my door on Dec. 24? I can’t just hand them an unwrapped tub! Half the fun is watching them unwrap it and say, “Oh, popcorn.” I need to be ready! Of course the obvious solution is to shop online between loads of laundry — no hustle-bustle, no breathing down the necks of unsuspecting store clerks, no money wasted on impulse buys. But where’s the fun in that? Besides, I love crowds — at Christmastime anyway.

‘Captain Phillips’ With Tom Hank A Good Film, With Some Caveats

I was a bit surprised at the new flick Captain Phillips, although I did like it a lot. The trailers and ads for the movie have all centered almost solely on Tom Hanks, and yet he plays a less-than-vivid character for most of the movie. The real problem, however, is that while director Paul Greengrass tries to emulate Zero Dark Thirty, far too many tricks are used, and the film even builds up sympathy for the pirates. Talk about political correctness! The film in most ways is absolute simplicity. Phillips (Hanks) is a real pro. He behaves a bit like a martinet (old word: means follows every rule and regulation to the letter), which makes him a bit boring and off-putting even though it is an absolute necessity at sea. And the opening section of the movie is a bit slow. That changes when the ship is boarded by four Somali pirates, which is where the action really begins. Based on a real incident, the

‘I’ On Culture By Leonard Wechsler pirates board the unarmed ship, take over and demand ransom, and then are taken themselves by the U.S. Navy (which cooperated greatly with the filmmakers; after all, it certainly could use some good publicity). The movie ratchets up the tension; the huge ship is an ideal place to have a lot of movement. There are a lot of out-of-the-way places, and it provides a good background for much of the middle section of the movie. The captors wave

and fire their guns but seem not to want to actually hurt the sailors. Most of the crew actually takes refuge in a locked engine room and prevent the pirates from controlling the ship. Captain Phillips winds up trying to work with the leader, at least to save both their lives. Scenes in a small lifeboat (totally enclosed, rather different from what most people expect, but I assume that is the latest, real model) are vivid. They are probably the strongest element of the movie. Phillips was the only prisoner and eventually winds up at the center of a final, bloody ending. There were several disturbing elements, however. First, of course, was the conscious choice to not make villains of the pirates. Frankly, I enjoyed action movies of the past where the good guys were really good and the bad guys were really mean. Now, we seem to have blurred a lot of the lines. I mean, these guys were

pirates! Under the old rules of the sea, that meant they could more or less be executed out of hand. Many people taken by them were murdered. Now, we have to have kinder, gentler pirates. It seemed strange that the U.S. Navy and SEALs almost (and I stress the word almost) seem like bullies. Even stranger, and I actually did check the rules, at the time all this happened, international law insisted that merchant ships not carry weapons. This is based on a true incident. They were sort of floating “no-weapons” zones, perfect as victims for those who ignore the rules. The point of the film, however, is to highlight the quiet heroism of Captain Phillips, and there is no one around who handles that kind of role better than Tom Hanks, who has become a sort of the Henry Fonda good-guy for our time. He manages to demonstrate a lot of in-

teresting character twists while not only standing up for his people but in dealing with the pirates. Catherine Keener as his wife is totally wasted, however. She is strong in the few minutes and then disappears. The pirates are far more interesting characters. None of them were performers before the film, yet they do very well here, creating far more vivid characters than the regular sailors. Barkhad Abdi is superb as the pirate leader Muse. He manages to bring not only power but an underlying decency to the part. It is one of the better performances of the year. This is one of those long movies that seem a lot shorter while watching them. We’ve had many heart-pounding movies over the past month or so, including Prisoners and Gravity. This film is not quite in that category, but it is very good. It is worth seeing.


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The 23rd annual fall festival at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church will open Thursday, Nov. 7 and run through Sunday, Nov. 10. The festival will conclude with a $10,000 raffle grand prize drawing. The weekend includes free admission, free parking and free entertainment. Enjoy the festival while sampling fabulous food in the international food court. The craft fair is open on Saturday and Sunday. Unlimited rides for a sixhour session are available for $25. The church will also host a casino night on Friday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Join the party and play on Las Vegas-style tables and slot machines. Players will make a donation in exchange for gaming chips. At the end of the night, the chips will be converted to raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes. The event requires a $35 donation per person with 25 percent going to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church is located at 100 Crestwood Blvd. South in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call

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Hetherington To Be Featured At Whole Foods

Local artist Adrianne Hetherington is the featured artist at this season’s Whole Foods Market Gallery. An opening reception is set for Friday, Nov. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Whole Foods Market Gallery is in the café area, lined with windows offering nice natural lighting, a perfect setting to display art. Whole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. A $5 donation is requested, which benefits the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. Hetherington has been painting professionally since 1972. In 2001, she moved with her husband to Royal Palm Beach to retire. In 2002, Hetherington became a member of the Wellington Art Society and later served as president from 2008-10. Although Hetherington began her career in ceramic art and textiles, she has not limited herself. Mixed media collage continues

to excite her, in addition to hand painting silk scarves and pillows. She has exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the county, including a number of local shows and venues. The Whole Foods show runs through Nov. 29. The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. For more information, visit www. wellingtonartsociety.org.

LGLA To Meet Thursday, Oct. 24

The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association will meet Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.). The guest speaker will be Maisielin Ross, certified family life educator and program leader with the University of Florida’s Palm Beach County Extension Service. Her topic will be “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate? Transferring Non-Titled Property.” Personal property transfer is an issue frequently ignored until

a crisis occurs or immediate decisions need to be made. The transfer of non-titled property is an issue that impacts individuals regardless of their financial worth. However, few individuals plan ahead regarding who should get what personal belongings. Ross will look at six key factors important for successful transfer of non-titled property. There will be a question-and-answer time after the speaker finishes. It will be an open meeting where residents will get a chance to discuss issues of concern related to things going on in the town. The meeting is open to the public, but only LGLA members with 2013 paid dues can make motions and/ or vote. For more information, contact Marge Herzog at (561) 818-9114 or marge@herzog.ms.

Family Dentist Reaches Out To Troops Overseas

Family Dentist of Palm Beach is participating in the Operation Gratitude program again this year. The practice is asking children to exchange their Halloween candy for prizes, games and raffle tickets.

October 18 - October 24, 2013 All candy brought in will be sent to troops overseas. The exchange will take place on Friday, Nov. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Family Dentist of Palm Beach office located at 225 S. Federal Highway in Lake Worth, and on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Family Dentist of Palm Beach office located at 11903 Southern Blvd., Suite 116 in Royal Palm Beach. Operation Gratitude (www. operationgratitude.com) annually sends over 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and letters of appreciation to U.S. service members deployed all around the world. For more information about this event, e-mail pr@familydentistpalmbeach.com or call (561) 795-7668.

Beta Sigma Phi Seeks Members

Beta Sigma Phi Chapter XiXi Tau is a sorority dedicated to social, cultural and service projects. It is known around the world as the “friendship” organization. The chapter meets at 2 p.m. the second Monday of every month at a member’s house in the West Palm Beach area. If you are interested in

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learning more about the chapter, or becoming a member, call (561) 247-7697.

‘Wild Florida’ Art Exhibit At Okeeheelee

The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center are presenting the “Wild Florida: Native Flora and Fauna” art exhibit hosted at the Okeeheelee Nature Center. The artwork features a juried, all-media exhibit of fine arts and crafts featuring native plants, trees, animals, and vistas. Artwork will be on display through Dec. 19 at Okeeheelee Nature Center. The public is invited to view the exhibit during nature center operating hours: Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A public awards reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the nature center’s annual holiday party. The nature center is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department. It is located in Okeeheelee Park at 7715 Forest Hill Blvd.


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The 16th annual Wellington Community Fitness 5K Run & Walk will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The Palms West Community Foundation, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Wellington and presenting sponsor Royal Palm Toyota invite the community out to promote health and fitness while supporting a charitable organization. Registration begins at 6 a.m. with a 7 a.m. warm-up led by Ultima Fitness. In conjunction with the Palms West Community Foundation, a portion of the proceeds from the 2013 event will benefit the “Jerms” McGraw Second Chance Scholarship at Palm Beach Atlantic University. McGraw was a student at the MacArthur School of Leadership while serving as a Marine reservist, part of the 4th ANGLICO unit in West Palm Beach. He died Sept. 10, 2009 at age 22 during a training exercise in Central Florida.

Just prior to his death, Lt. McGraw earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Palm Beach Atlantic. “Jerms was known for his willingness to help anyone, anytime, anywhere,” said his father, Tim McGraw. The scholarship is awarded to students who are dealing with significant setbacks in their lives and are in need of a helping hand to make a fresh start. Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony along with food and drinks. Event organizers thank sponsors Royal Palm Toyota, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Boynton Financial Group Inc., Wedgworth’s, Ultima Fitness, Walgreens, the Town-Crier, The Palm Beach Post, Strathmore Bagels and Palm Beach Atlantic University. To register, or for sponsorship information, visit www.communityfitnessrun.com or call Mariela Castillo at (561) 578-4813.

Wellington Celebrates Government

The Village of Wellington will participate in the Florida League of Cities’ “Florida City Government

Week” Sunday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 26. The theme is “My Village: I’m Part of It, I’m Proud of It.” Throughout Florida City Government Week, residents can learn about how local government works. There are several ways residents can get involved. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Wellington will host its annual Civics 101 program beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program is for local high school students to learn how various departments in the village contribute to making Wellington a great place to live, work and play. Another popular program is Volunteer Wellington. Now in its third year, Volunteer Wellington has opportunities available for residents looking to take pride in making Wellington a great hometown. Contact the Community Services Department at (561) 791-4000 for more information. The Great Hometown Survey is going on through November, and residents can help shape the future of Wellington. The survey will give residents the opportunity to let Wellington know what it’s doing well, what it can do to improve and what issues are most important. Wellington residents can take the survey online at www. wellingtonfl.gov under “events” as

well as at most scheduled village events throughout the month of October. City Government Week, sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, is designed to provide cities an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the many services they provide.

Benefit For Lisa Nadia Hafer

A Halloween party and fundraiser for Wellington resident Lisa Nadia Hafer will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace, Wellington) from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hafer suffers from thyroid cancer, and proceeds will help her with her medical costs. The event will feature a costume contest, food, beer specials, raffles, a 50/50 raffle and live music from Josh Rowland and the Pit-Bull of Blues Band. For more information, call (561) 427-1997.

Horse Country 10 Miler Oct. 20

On Sunday, Oct. 20, the Wellington Runners Club will present the 9th annual Wellington Horse Country 10 Miler, Sebastian’s 5k

Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run to benefit the Kids Cancer Foundation. The Horse Country 10 Miler is designed to be the perfect fall tuneup race for those training for half and full marathons. The course runs through scenic equestrian and aeronautical communities in Wellington. For those running the 5k, come set your fall personal record on the flat, fast course. The race proceeds will benefit the Kids Cancer Foundation and Everglades Elementary School. Additionally, there will be vendor booths set up outside the pavilion, exciting raffles and a playground for the kids. This promises to be an event of great competition as well as some good old family fun. Sebastian’s 5K Walk/Run is for those walkers/runners who might not be up to a full ten-mile run. This 5K is in memory of Sebastian Sarmiento, a courageous Wellington 9-year-old boy who lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 30, 2009. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit local community schools track programs.

Trunk Or Treat At TKA Oct. 27

A family-fun Trunk or Treat

will be held Sunday, Oct. 27 at the King’s Academy (8401 Belvedere Rd.) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Family Church West and will feature fun for the whole family. There will be bounce houses, face painting, food trucks, Rita’s Italian Ice and trunk-or-treating with plenty of candy. For more information, visit www.gofamilychurch.org.

Get Pets Tested This Month

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 located 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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Improvised Shakespeare Company Returns To Dolly Hand Oct. 22 The Improvised Shakespeare Company (ISC) is returning to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written), the Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each of the players has

brushed up on his “thees” and “thous” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Any hour could be filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sprites, kings, queens, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, asides, insults, persons in disguise and all that we’ve

come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard. The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy or history. Nothing is planned-out, rehearsed or written. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new. Founded in 2005, the troupe has been performing its critically acclaimed show every Friday night at the world-famous iO The-

ater in Chicago for more than six years and continues to entertain audiences around the globe with its touring company. The ISC has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival, Off-Broadway in New York City, the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, UCB’s Del Close Marathon and the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal

South Florida Science Center Golf Classic Oct. 28 At Mayacoo Lakes

Science will be in full swing at the upcoming South Florida Science Center & Aquarium’s golf classic. Hosted by the science center’s Young Professional Organization and chaired by Board Member Heath Randolph, the tournament will be held at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club on Monday, Oct. 28. The action-packed day will include lunch, a shotgun start, a cocktail reception and awards presentation. “I’m honored to be chairing this event for the second year in a row,” Randolph said. “It is through events such as this that

Judd Rowe, Heath Randolph, Rett Waldman and John Clark.

playability for every skill level. We invite all types of golfers — new friends and old — to join us for a day of fun, all in the name of science.” Committee members include Ben Alexander, Carolyn Broadhead, Scott Butler, John Clark Bills, Lew Crampton, Matthew Ferguson, Rob Ford, Jeremy Johnson, Mack Perry, Grier Pressly, Kevin Probel, Cater Randolph, Brian Ray, Judd Rowe, Jeff Smith and Rett Waldman. The South Florida Science Center’s Young Professionals Organization is a dynamic group of individuals dedicated to engaging the community in supporting science and furthering the center’s educational mission through service support and community outreach. Members receive the inside scoop on what’s new at the center, invitations to VIP previews of new exhibits and shows, as well as opportunities to attend social and networking events throughout the year. Golf registration is open for individuals or foursomes. The cost is $150 per golfer and $600 per foursome. Sponsorships are available. For more information about the South Florida Science Center’s Golf Classic or to become a Young Professional Organization member, call Marcy Hoffman at (561) 370-7738 or e-mail mhoffman@sfsciencecenter.org. The South Florida Science Center is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

continued from page 1 square-foot multipurpose classroom/administration building. Those specifications are required by the state for new construction, remodeling and renovation projects for educational facilities. “We are committed to completing this project and providing access to the most underserved communities in our service area,” Palm Beach State College President Dr. Dennis Gallon said. “I’m confident that the residents in Loxahatchee Groves and surrounding com-

when they come to get the decal, and they can sign off that they’ve read the requirements,” she said. Elie suggested making decals that expire each year, each with its own identification number. “You could have a number system and a different decal color for each year,” she said. “That way, if someone has an incident, they could identify the golf cart involved. The color would make it easy for law enforcement to identify if it’s legal for the current year.” But Committee Member Carlos Arellano said it was too difficult to police golf-cart drivers as a government. “The biggest issue we have is around the show grounds,” he said. “We need more security to start stopping people. You can’t control golf-cart drivers like this.” But Elie said she believed that if given the opportunity, drivers would want to take the legal route. Arellano said they wouldn’t if it meant more of a hassle. “You’re not going to get them to install windshield wipers and seat belts,” he said. “This isn’t our problem. It’s a police problem. Let them stop the drivers enough and they’ll start complying.” Gardner said that the idea was to set regulations to allow the carts —

structure, which is limited to 1,250 feet per acre of barn area on lots of 5 acres or less, or to 20 percent of the total lot coverage on properties of more than 5 acres. The change would allow space for grooms’ quarters in addition to the footage for barns. “That means when a builder comes in with grooms’ quarters in the plan, it would not count against the square footage for the barn area,” O’Dell explained. “This would allow residents to maximize care of the animals.” O’Dell said builders are increasingly asking for more footage for living space in barns, often masking the request for grooms’ or trainers’ apartments in terminology like a “lounge area” or “additional restrooms.” “The definition of what you include in a barn has changed,” he said. “We suggest broadening the definition of grooms’ quarters to allow for trainers and people who manage the facility.” Staff recommended allowing living quarters of 500 feet for every four stalls. An eight-stall barn could have 1,000 feet of living space included. “It may contain individual cooking facilities or one common dining facility,” O’Dell said.

Any additional space, such as an office or lounge separate from the living quarters, would be limited by the village’s code. Gardner said this would simply codify what builders are already doing. “When they build stables, they will designate living areas as lounges or offices because they’re not legally allowed to have what’s required,” she said, noting that barn owners are increasingly having their staff live on-site for round-the-clock care. She also noted that the ordinances could cut down on recreational vehicles, which are used sometimes illegally to house staff. Gardner suggested giving more space per stall, but Elie said she was worried about the impact on the community if large living spaces were built over barns. “I don’t want to see people renting these out when they’re not using them,” she said. Arellano said he’d like to see the size of the living quarters allowed on a case-by-case basis. “The integrity of the homes have to be protected,” he said. Elie made a motion to approve the zoning amendment, allowing for 600 square feet of living space per four stalls. The motion passed 3-1 with Gardner opposed.

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continued from page 1 on bridle paths, are not allowed on those paths,” she said. Gardner noted that Wellington was developing multipurpose paths, especially along roads with higher speed limits in the Equestrian Preserve Area, which would allow golf carts to move about freely. Otherwise, they would be able to use the roads. Elie noted that most issues are caused by horse people themselves, not by uninformed residents. “It’s disappointing,” she said. “The people I see causing the most dangerous situations with horses are horse people. There is more consideration given by non-horse people when they see someone riding.” Committee members also favored an educational program to teach residents the rules of riding a golf cart in Wellington. Gardner suggested the program be tied to a decal that residents would have to obtain before driving the carts on roads. “We can have the educational program

we are able to continue to meet the informal science education needs of the tri-county area and beyond. Now that the science center has just completed its expansion and renovation, it has the space to bring in much larger blockbuster exhibits, which will give it the ability to expand its breadth and depth of visitors.” The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, formerly known as the South Florida Science Museum, recently completed a $5 million expansion and renovation. The science center features more than 50 hands-on educational

exhibits, an 8,000-gallon fresh and salt water aquarium featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, a conservation research station, a Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit. “Last year’s inaugural golf classic was truly a success due in large part to the efforts of our wonderful Young Professionals Organization,” South Florida Science Center CEO Lew Crampton said. “We are grateful that Mayacoo Lakes Country Club has welcomed us back again, as their course design incorporates both challenge and

and Chicago. It has been named Chicago’s best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner and has received a New York Nightlife Award for “Best Comedic Performance by a Group.” The ISC was recently honored by the Chicago Improv Foundation as its Ensemble of the Year. The ISC will be in Belle Glade for two days, performing for Palm Beach State College’s Glades

which are already driving on roads illegally — and then enforce them. O’Dell said he believed the committee was mostly in agreement about having some policy to police golf carts on roadways. “We’re trying to get the committee’s input on what you’d like to see,” he said. “We’ll bring this to the council and, if they agree, we’ll put together an ordinance.” The ordinance, he said, would go back before Wellington’s boards and committees before a final vote from the council. Committee member Michael Whitlow stressed that the ordinance should not permit any motorized vehicles on bridle paths. “There should be no motorized vehicles of any kind on bridle paths,” he said. “You can walk, bike and ride your horse, but that’s it.” Committee members voted 4-0 to direct staff to take their recommendations to the council. Committee members Myles Tashman, Dr. Kristy Lund and Linda Smith Faver were absent. In other business, committee members approved a zoning change that would affect how the village views grooms’ quarters. O’Dell said that in the past, Wellington has considered grooms’ quarters part of the overall barn

Campus students on Monday and for Glades Central High School’s students on Tuesday. Their residency in Belle Glade is made possible by a grant from South Arts. Be sure to catch the performance at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at (561) 993-1160 or visit www. dollyhand.org.

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munities will be pleased with the convenient educational programs and services this campus will provide.” The college has received all of the necessary land-use approvals from the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council. However, some residents who oppose the campus are still seeking to overturn those approvals in court. College leaders say that the new campus will accommodate the county’s current population and future growth. “We’re moving forward on this project, and I am excited about that,” said Carolyn Williams, chairwoman of the board of trustees. Serving 48,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County. Established in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, it currently offers more than 100 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade.

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Reptiles are kinda low on the scale of animal intelligence. You wonder how much they perceive of their world. Are they aware of, say, horses? Horses are surely aware of them. Find out what happened with a baby gator moved into Ellen Rosenberg’s pond. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 21

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Hawks Claim Big Overtime Win Against Santaluces

The Seminole Ridge High School football team traveled to Santaluces High School and bested the Chiefs in three overtime periods 30-27 on Friday, Oct. 11. The two teams traded the lead back and forth several times until a 20-20 tie sent the game into overtime. Page 27

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Wellington Football Squad Falls To Cardinal Newman

The Wellington High School varsity football squad hosted the Cardinal Newman Crusaders on Thursday, Oct. 10. Wellington played an impressive first half, moving the ball on offense, but the Wolverines only managed to find the back of the end zone once before losing 37-7. Page 27

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My Horses (And I) Don’t Like Gators Hanging Around

Disclaimer: This week’s column is slightly more about reptiles and slightly less about horses. Reptiles are kinda low on the scale of animal intelligence. You wonder how much they perceive of their world. Are they aware of, say, horses? Horses are surely aware of them. Some years back, I was breaking a colt who was hyper-aware of every potential horse-eating being on the road. Garbage cans? Possibly lethal. Large rocks? Obvious death traps. Anything moving? Run for your life! We almost came to grief one morning as we turned down the canal road, me, as ever, scanning way ahead to scope out the next looming catastrophe, when I spotted the ultimate scary scenario: a walking rock! Yep, a large slider turtle was creeping across the road. It would have absolutely blown my horse’s mind, so we quickly turned and went the other way until the turtle vanished. Another time I was riding a reliable pony along a different canal, bareback, just enjoying the day, when we suddenly surprised a gator sunning on the bank. We were all three equally startled. The gator flipped into the canal, the pony fell to his knees, and I grabbed mane. We all took a collective deep breath (except the gator, who was underwater) and went on with our lives.

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Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg Recently I housed some large sulcata tortoises in a pen next to my horses’ pasture. The horses enjoyed spending time watching them creep about. Did the turtles watch them back? Not that I could see. And then this. Some weeks ago, a friendly neighbor called. “Did you know there’s a gator in your pond?” he asked. A gator? In my pond? How could a gator get into my pond? He’d have to climb two fences. How big of a gator? “Just a baby,” FN said. “About two feet long.” I walked around the pond. No gator. I told my friend Bobbie about it, so every day when we rode, we studied the pond. No gator. One day we went out with bait, a line, a hook and a net. “Here, gator, gator, gator,” I called, throwing out the line and slowly reeling it in. Nothing. A Loch Ness monster of a gator. And then, one day, we spotted the gator, swimming on the far side of the pond. The geese were out of the water of course, making a fuss.

“I saw it,” I told FN. “How do you go about catching a gator?” “They’re afraid of people,” he said. “I’ve seen him sunning on the bank, but when I walk over, he runs back into the water. You need to go out at night with a flashlight. They’re curious about lights at night.” No way in heck was I walking around my pond at night with a flashlight trying to catch a gator. We scanned the pond. “That’s him,” FN pointed at an inch of something sticking up. “Those are his eyes.” It didn’t look like anything. The horses stood just on the other side of the fence, eating green palm fronds. The gator watched them. When they moved, he shifted his position. They didn’t notice. I grabbed my long net on a pole and walked around the pond... very slowly. As I neared the inch of maybe-his-eyes, they vanished. “There he is,” FN pointed. Sure enough, the gator was now further out in the pond, definitely a gator, his whole head on the surface, watching… me! “Here, gator, gator, gator,” I coaxed. FN’s wife came out to watch. I told her, “Get me a baggie of dry dog food.” I stood still and watched the gator. He floated and watched me. I tossed bits of dog food onto the water. He seemed interested. I threw them closer to shore. He followed. I threw them on the edge of the pond. He lunged up a couple of times, then dodged back into the water. I was afraid to try netting him, because if I missed, I’d scare him away.

Our visitor, the baby gator. “You’re sure he can’t bite my feet?” I asked FN. “His mouth’s too small. He probably only has baby teeth,” he replied. Still, baby gator teeth were probably pretty sharp. “I have a cast net,” FN said, and left to find it. His wife left to get more dog food and also See ROSENBERG, page 29


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Greco, Howell Join Palm Beach Food Bank Board

The Palm Beach County Food Bank has announced that James Greco and Greg Howell were recently elected to its board of directors. Greco is the former CEO of Sbarro, one of the world’s leading Italian quick-service restaurant concepts with more than 1,000 locations in 40 countries. He also served as CEO of Bruegger’s Enterprises and Fieldbrook Farms Corporation. He has been a member of the Dine Out Advisory Board of Share Our Strength and on the board of directors of both the Connecticut Food Bank and the International Dairy Foods Association. Greco and his wife reside in Boynton Beach. Howell is the store manager of the Delray Plaza Publix, having worked his way up the corporate ladder from a stock clerk position 18 years ago. A native of Jamaica, Howell has a heart for encouraging people to reach their full potential. He is also involved with the United Way and other Publix-sponsored charities. He lives in Royal Palm Beach with his wife, Jennifer, and two children, Andrew and Andreyana. “We are pleased that these two businessmen with great local as well as national and international

Greg Howell business experience and expertise will be helping to guide the efforts of the Palm Beach County Food Bank as we grow in our service to help feed the hungry in Palm Beach County,” Palm Beach County Food Bank Executive Director Perry Borman said. The Palm Beach County Food Bank rescues, collects and distributes food at no cost to local agencies. For more information about the Palm Beach County Food Bank, visit www.pbcfoodbank.org.

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The Palm Beach Centre for Graduate Medical Education (PBCGME) residency program recently held its graduation reception at Breakers West Country Club. Regional Director of Medical Education Dr. Bradley Feuer hosted the presentation. Special thanks to Administrative Director Joanne Guccio and the departmental training office for making this a special event. Founded in 1974, PBCGME is an accredited consortium approved for 124 training positions in seven different postgraduate programs based out of four HCA East Florida Division hospitals. (Front row) Crystal Raines, ADME St. Lucie Medical Center; Joanne Guccio, ADME Palms West Hospital/Lead Consortium ADME; Cara Cataldo, ADME West Palm Hospital; Ashley Todres-Zeidman, ADME University Hospital & Medical Center; and Pinal Gandhi-Savdas, ADSE; (middle row) Dr. Randi Sperling, DME Palms West Hospital/Program Director Pediatrics, Dr. Erin Toller Artis, Pediatrics; Dr. Lily Wiedrich, Pediatrics; Dr. Sima Kurland, Pediatrics; Dr. Beth Card, Pediatrics; Dr. Anne Chau Vo, Pediatrics; Dr. Robin Shecter, Program Director, Dermatology; and Dr. Noelle Steward, Internal Medicine; and (back row) Dr. Laurie Lenz, Dermatology; Dr. Daniel Nimmo, Intern; Dr. Farzad Karkvandeian, Intern; Dr. Daniel Hohler, Intern; Dr. Rege Turner, Intern; Dr. David Stern, DME West Palm Hospital/Program Director IM; and Dr. Bradley Feuer, Regional DME.


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IT, Legal Firms Educate Businesses On Social Media

The information technology services firm 3C Network Consultants (3CNC), with collaboration from the Romano Law Group, helped local business leaders understand the legal implications of social media at a seminar Sept. 27. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogs, along with other popular social media, are all forms of technology gateways woven into the business environment. However, they introduce liability and expose companies to new and evolving risks. To bring awareness to our community, the Sept. 27 “Lunch & Learn” provided a broad overview of the legal implications of social media. Social media is a great communication tool, but for a business, it can affect human resources, be used as evidence in litigation and, in some situations, criminal liability can arise from the use of it. “Business leaders can face legal ramifications if employees illegally download copyrighted material at work, post inappropriate or offensive content from a company-linked username, badmouth a company or clients on personal blogs, or use other forms of social media to discriminate against or harass fellow

employees or clients,” attorney Dustin Herman explained. Employees’ expectations of privacy on their office computers, phones or in their e-mail and social media profiles create exposure for a business. “Employers need to have company policies and procedures in place that are written specifically for e-mail, Internet and other social media usage,” Herman said. “They should be constantly updated to accommodate changes in technology and reinforced on a consistent basis.” Employees should be clear on what is permissible in social media and what is not. Companies should also address the ramifications if employees do not comply. Reviews of policies and procedures should occur once or twice a year to ensure due diligence. Herman cited several case examples. “People often post things online without thinking it through,” he said. “Responsible online behavior should be emphasized as much as responsible e-mailing. All that information is discoverable and can lead to liability.” Misuse of social media by employees can make companies liable, added attorney Corey Friedman. “As a general rule, employers are

vicariously liable for the acts of their employees so long as the employee’s act was committed during the course and scope of employment,” he said. “Having filters or blockers on the company’s network, as well as examining the activity of employees online to assess for abuse, will minimize a company’s exposure.” Another consideration for employers is to closely monitor networks to avoid leaks, spam, client privacy violations or inappropriate messages. “This could be monitored through the information technology services that are offered by 3CNC,” Friedman noted. The attorneys also recommended counseling employees on appropriate and inappropriate use or behavior while affiliated with the company. Employees should recognize that any affiliation adds culpability to the company. This extends to computer use, cell phones and company logo apparel. The attorneys said the key is to have, and enforce, an acceptable Internet use and e-mail policy. The law does not make employers the insurers for every action of their employees, but a company can be held responsible for their employees’ misconduct — even if it is outside the course and scope of

Social Media Seminar — (L-R) 3CNC owner and CEO Sergio Fernandez, 3CNC Vice President Maria Fernandez, Romano Law Group attorneys Corey Friedman and Dustin Herman, 3CNC Business Development Manager Berta Ebersole and 3CNC Marketing Director Jack Hernandez. employment — if the company had a duty to supervise the employee and it knew or should have known about the behavior. The attorneys urged employers to protect themselves by being proactive. Chick-Fil-A and Edmund James Salon, both in Wellington, helped

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Seminole Ridge Claims Overtime Win Over Santaluces

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Seminole Ridge High School varsity football team traveled to Santaluces High School and bested the Chiefs 30-27 in three overtime periods on Friday, Oct. 11. Santaluces scored the game’s first touchdown, and took a 7-0 lead with three minutes to play in the first quarter. The Hawks responded on the next possession with a 70-yard touchdown run by Jalen Young, which was called back on a holding penalty.

The spark the Hawks needed came when they recovered a fumbled fair catch on the Chiefs’ 24 yard line. Seminole Ridge running back E.J. Elien ran it in from the 1 yard line for the score. The Hawk point after was wide, so the Chiefs held on to a 7-6 lead to close out the half. An early second half Chiefs turnover gave the Hawks another opportunity. Seminole Ridge quarterback Zach DeCosta threw a 53yard pass to Pernel Rattray Jr., who was dragged down from behind at

Kerrith Whyte runs through a Chiefs defender for a big gain.

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the Chief’s 4 yard line. It set up the go-ahead touchdown by Elien to give the Hawks their first lead, 12-7. The 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted. The fourth quarter started with a bang as Santaluces jetted down the field for a score in just four plays to reclaim a one-point lead, 13-12. The point after was no good. Seminole Ridge answered back on the next possession. Running back Kerrith Whyte started the fire with a 64-yard run to the Chiefs’ 20 yard line. Young ran in a touchdown and Rattray’s two-point conversion run let the Hawks regain the lead, 20-13. With only 2:31 left in the game, the Chiefs responded on the ensuing drive with an 85-yard touchdown pass and a point-after kick tied the game at 20, sending the game into the first Kansas City tiebreaker. Neither team scored on its first possession, as Seminole Ridge missed an opportunity for the win with a Jacob Curran field goal that sailed just wide. On the second overtime, DeCosta took it in from 1 yard out to give the Hawks the lead. Curran’s kick made it 27-20. But

The Hawks’ Darrell Hickman runs through the Santaluces defense. Santaluces took the ball and converted on their second opportunity to tie the game yet again. Hawk cornerback Issac Esson intercepted a Santaluces pass on their third attempt. Curran got a second chance to redeem himself with a 20-yard field goal. This time, he put it straight through the center for the 30-27 win.

“I’m really proud of the guys; that’s how you fight, and that shows class,” Hawk coach Scott Barnwell said after the game. “We were kind of flat early, but came up with big plays, and they came to life.” Seminole Ridge (3-3), will host Wellington on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Callery-Judge Stadium in a district match-up.

Wellington Football Falls To Cardinal Newman 37-7

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington High School varsity football squad hosted the Cardinal Newman Crusaders on Thursday, Oct. 10. Wellington played an impressive first half, moving the ball on offense, but only managed to find the back of the end zone once before losing 37-7. The Wolverines, 3-4 on the season, opened their first drive powering to the Newman 21 yard line, but failed to convert on a fourth

and short. It was the Wolverines’ defense that had trouble stopping the Crusader offense during the contest. The Crusaders marched down the field on their first possession and took an early 7-0 lead. A big 50-yard Wellington kick-return by Jean Rene set up Wellington’s offense for an apparent drive to tie the game early, but penalties and a credited Newman sack forced a Wolverine punt. The Wolverine defense held the Crusader offense to a punt situation

Wolverine running back Kyle Branch runs for a big gain. Photos by Gene Nardi/Town-Crier

from their end zone. A high snap sailed over the Newman punter, but fell out of the end zone, setting up Wolverine possession inside the Newman 45 yard line. Wellington tied the game 7-7 when quarterback Devin Bolden ran it in from one yard out. Choyse Hall’s point after tied the game. Cardinal Newman wasted no time by scoring on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Cole to Travis Rudolph, to regain the lead 14-7. The Crusaders would put up three more points on a field goal to extend their lead, 17-7. The Wolverines would threaten to cut the lead by moving the ball throughout the half, but penalties and turnovers plagued the squad. Wellington defender Mike Howard intercepted a Crusader pass late in the half to give the Wolverines another chance to cut the Newman lead, but again fell short. Wellington’s Kyle Branch and Devin Gillotti were the work horses that sparked the Wolverine offense, but they were unable to capitalize on several opportunities as the half ended 17-7. The second half proved to be the end of Wellington’s chances of a comeback. The Wolverine defense could not stop the punishing Crusader offense as they scored on back-to-back possessions, extending their lead to 30-7. The Wellington offense sputtered

Ahmmon Richards catches a pass from Devin Bolden. in the second half, turning the ball over after sustaining solid drives without mustering points. Cardinal Newman would score one more touchdown to knock the air out of the Wolverines for the final 37-7 victory. Wellington’s special team return-

ers Jean Rene, Ahmmon Richards and Kyle Branch provided plenty of excitement with big returns, giving the Wolverines good field position throughout. Wellington next travels to Seminole Ridge on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.


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Girls golf team members Charlotte Kirk, Madeline Anderson, Sarah Cook, Paige Lee Garris and Danni Rocco.

Oxbridge Academy Girls Golf Team Takes First Place At Tournament

The Oxbridge Academy girls golf team placed first in their division at the Crutchfield-Hawkins Invitational in Sebring on Sept. 30. The team was led by freshman Paige-Lee Garris, who finished second in the tournament with a four over par 76. The other girls’ scores included Charlotte Kirk, 93; Madeline Anderson, 96; Danni Rocco, 103; and Sarah Cook, 113. In addition to the team victory,

Anderson was awarded the tournament’s Tom McClurg “Character” Award for honesty, integrity and contributions to the school and community. Under the direction of golf coach Meredith Anderson, who was a professional golfer for five years after her career at Vanderbilt University, the Oxbridge team is now 6-4. For more information on Oxbridge Academy, call (561) 9729600 or visit www.oapb.org.

The Acreage Tackle Football League Freshman Army team has been on a winning streak all season long. After nine games, the team remains undefeated. (Above) The team played the Ducks on Saturday, Oct. 12 and came away with a 41-6 victory. (Below) Team members include James Arnold, Carlo Basile, Roderico Binson, Ryan Blake, Reyan Blake, Jackson Brant, Kaimyn Castilla, Kerby Celestin, Albien Chance, Buckley Chance, Ajani Frank, Brandon Hinkle, Will Layton, Daniel Lopez, Garrett Poe, Logan Poe, Devon Rockwood, Evan Upson and Seth Yurcak.

Ninjas Reach First Level — Two ninja students from Genbu-Kai Karate recently tested and were promoted to their first 9th kyu (yellow belt) level. Both ninjas are from the Wellington areas. The 16-month ninja program is specifically designed for children ages 4 to 6. Emphasis is placed on improving fine and gross motor skills, while teaching eight life skills: focus, teamwork, control, balance, memory, discipline, fitness and coordination. The ninjas also learn how to set short-term and long-term goals. Ultimately, the ninja program prepares students who wish to continue and advance into the junior karate program. For more information, call (561) 804-1002 or visit at www.genbukaiflorida. com. Shown here are Ethan and Caleb Schrecengost with Sensei Keith Moore.


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continued from page 21 some leftover cooked chicken from a few days ago. Gator and I watched one another. He seemed to like me. “Here, gator, gator, gator,” I crooned. FN climbed over the fence with his cast net. His wife handed me a new baggie of dog food and a soggy

paper towel with small pieces of chicken. I threw dog food. Gator watched. FN threw his cast net a couple of times, missing and scaring the gator away, but he kept coming back. Finally, the gator got closer to shore again. I lined up the pieces of chicken at the edge. He seemed interested, or maybe just curious. I stepped left. Keeping his eyes on me, FN edged in from the right, threw the net — the gator vanished.

14-U Team Rage, including players from Wellington, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach and The Acreage, won the Lake Worth Fall Bash baseball tournament Oct. 6 in a hard fought battle against the 14-U Vipers. Prior to playing the semifinals and finals on Sunday, the team went undefeated in pool play. In the semifinals, pitcher Danny Maloney gave up two earned runs, striking out three, to give the Rage the win against Team Stealth from the Orlando area. Nick Toney was the battery mate, who led the offensive charge with a double, a single, a

But this time, he’d dodged backward right into the net. “I got him!” FN hollered, reeling in the net. Sure enough, the net came up wrapped around the thrashing gator. Great. Now what? FN knelt on the net and carefully got his hands around the gator’s snout. The gator grunted in distress. FN’s wife found some black electrical tape, and we worked our hands under the net. I taped the gator’s

walk, two RBIs and two runs. Mark Espaillat also caused havoc with two singles, two stolen bases and two runs. In the finals, the Vipers held Rage scoreless over the first five innings. However, Zack Brundage sparked the team offensively in the top of the sixth with a lead-off triple. Espaillat then followed with an RBI double, and Quinten Romo had a two-RBI single to give the Rage a lead that they didn’t relinquish. Brundage was the championship winning pitcher, who gave up one earned run, struck out five, gave up no walks and picked off one. Relief pitcher

mouth shut, then got a towel to wrap around his head. He hissed. I gently stroked him, between his eyes, and he settled. FN, his wife, the gator and I walked to the nearby canal. I unwrapped the towel, FN set him down on the edge and held his snout, I pulled off the tape, and the gator vanished into his new home in a flash. “Have a nice life,” I called after him. “And don’t come back.”

Espaillat got the save, going two strong innings. Battery mate was Carlos Fonseca, who shut down the Vipers’ running game and caught one trying to steal a base. Stellar offense and defense was provided by Craig Inscoe, Darrick Hendrix, Kevin Shulman, Sebastian Gutierrez, Jayson Colon, Jose Santiago and Anthony Tagaste. Team Rage’s general manager is Anthony LaBriola. Coaches include Greg Beck, Craig Shulman and Vaughn Hendrix. Teammates who were unable to make the tournament were Alexander Barnhart and Gabriel Pinedo.

“I’ve heard they come back in two weeks,” FN remarked. “Nah, he won’t be back,” I said. “Why would he leave this great big canal to come back to my little pond? And he’d have to cross two roads. We’ve seen the last of Mr. Gator.” Two weeks later, Bobbie and I were riding, I glanced at the pond. Sighed deeply. I was going to need FN and his cast net again.

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Saturday, Oct. 19 • Families First of Palm Beach County and the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club will host a Shred Party on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lowe’s Home Improvement (103 S. State Road 7, RPB). For info., visit www.familiesfirstpbc.org. • Trinity West Church (16569 Southern Blvd.) will host a free fall festival Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Southern Blvd. and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. There will be a chili cookoff, bounce houses, games and more. Visit www.trinitywest.org for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Space Adventure for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11:15 a.m. Explore outer space with stories, songs and crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Knights of Columbus Council #8419 from St. Rita Catholic Church will hold a golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Palm Beach National Golf & Country Club in Lake Worth. The tournament begins with check-in at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner, awards and a silent auction are set for 5:30 p.m. For more info., call Manny Zapata at (561) 346-7435 or Chuck Higgins at (561) 795-2034. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Watching Wildlife: Secrets of a Naturalist for all ages Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. Learn tips and techniques for seeing more animal species. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 for reservations. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Craft It Yourself: Literally Literary Pumpkins for adults Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Let Hawthorne, Twain, Austin or Poe inspire you to design a pumpkin. Bring your own pumpkin. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Wellington’s Fall Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Visit the Haunted Hallways or the petting zoo, take hay rides or try trick or treating, face painting, bounce houses,

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on-stage performances and more. There will also be a costume contest. For more info., call (561) 791-4005, ext. 0. Sunday, Oct. 20 • The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar will launch Sunday, Oct. 20 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd., off Royal Palm Beach Blvd.) and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday through April 27. For more info., visit www.rpbgreenmarket.com. Monday, Oct. 21 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Monday, Oct. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Contact Anitra Harmon at (561) 578-4814 or e-mail anitra@cpbchamber.com for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Holiday Card Creation with Microsoft Publisher for adults Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Computer experience is required. Call (561) 6814100 to pre-register. • The Mid-County Democratic Club will meet Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Tree’s Wings & Ribs (603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). E-mail stevemiddems@gmail.com for more info. Tuesday, Oct. 22 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Science for Seniors: Fall Bird Walk for those over age 50 Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For info., visit www.pbcgov.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Mask-a-Mania for ages 7 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Happy Birthday, Statue of Liberty! for ages 5 to 8 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Learn

about the dedication of Lady Liberty. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • SCORE will present Quickbooks 101 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at Keiser University (2085 Vista Parkway, WPB). Register at www. palmbeach.score.org or call (561) 833-1672. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Zombie Survival for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Prove how ready you are for the zombie apocalypse. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host a Healthy Road Map Cooking Class on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Make It With Ink for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. Wednesday, Oct. 23 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Crafting by the Book: Decorative Paper Pumpkins for adults Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 2:15 p.m. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host The Perfect Day for Pink for ages 4 to 8 on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. Wear something pink while you listen to stories, learn how to be a proper princess or prince, get your royal portrait done. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Catcher of Dreams for ages 9 to 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. Weave your own dream catcher. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Gamerz Nite for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Beginning Quilting for adults Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Bring scissors and tweezers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

The Town-Crier Thursday, Oct. 24 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Small Business: Creating New Revenue Sources for adults Thursday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will present speed networking Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wanderers Club (1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington). RSVP online at www. wellingtonchamber.com or call (561) 792-6525. • The NOPE Task Force will hold its annual National Candle Light Vigil on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Gosman Amphitheater at the Kravis Center. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with the ceremony at 7 p.m. For more info., call (561) 478-1055. Friday, Oct. 25 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Early Bird Walk for age 13 and up Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 a.m. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 for reservations. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host I Want My Mummy! for ages 6 to 14 on Friday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. Use toilet paper to make yourself and your friends into real-life mummies. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host a free Spooktacularly Healthy Desserts Party Class on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will present a free screening of the movie Turbo on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • Royal Palm Beach Commons Park will hold a free screening of the movie Monster House on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in an event that also features more than 20 food trucks. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 790-5149 for more info.

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