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CREEPY CRAWL IN WELLINGTON

The Wellington Village Council met Tuesday, Oct. 13 to present its Top Cop award to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Poritz and its Top Firefighter award to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Capt. Craig Dube. Page 3

Acreage Resident Launches Company Mass Producing Masks

Acreage resident Mike Erickson, a former Indian Trail Improvement District supervisor and owner of the Riviera Beachbased Canvas Designers, has branched into the personal protective equipment (PPE) industry with the manufacture of consumer and medical-grade masks. Page 4

With A New Format, Flavors 2020 Was A Smashing Success

It was a fun time on Thursday, Oct. 8 for all those who participated in Flavors 2020, the annual showcase of restaurants in Wellington. As in past years, this special event was organized by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Page 8

New Season For RPB Green Market & Bazaar

The Royal Palm Beach Green Market & Bazaar opened for the season on Saturday, Oct. 10 held lakeside at Village Hall at the corner of Okeechobee and Royal Palm Beach Boulevards. The market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Page 13

The Village of Wellington offered a free Fall “Creepy Crawl” Drive-Thru Experience at Village Park on Saturday, Oct. 17. Staff and volunteers dressed in scary costumes to entertain visitors young and old. Candy and goodies were given out to 1,500 kids. The event proved so popular that it reached its capacity earlier than expected and some attendees had to be turned away. Shown above Wellington staff members donned scary costumes for the event. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 18 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Zoners Support 64-Acre Lotis Multi-Use Project Despite Protests

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board supported zoning and land use changes for the 64.02-acre Lotis Wellington Green project on Wednesday, Oct. 14 despite several protests lodged by neighbors of the new mixed-use development planned for the west side of State Road 7. The Lotis plan takes in four parcels, including some 54 acres used until recently as a mining operation. Long-range plans for that land have been sitting around for decades approved for a 100,000-square-foot medical complex. The proposal would also amend the village’s future land use map from Palm Beach County’s low residential to Wellington’s mixed used on an additional 10.36 acres. That land is also proposed to be rezoned from Palm Beach

County’s public ownership to Wellington’s multiple use planned development. The property is located on the west side of SR 7, approximately one-half mile north of Forest Hill Blvd. Several of the parcels were annexed by Wellington in 2004, with the rest annexed in 2016. The entire project needs a master plan approval to allow a mixed-use project consisting of some 49,000 square feet of restaurant and retail, 2,500 square feet of a financial institution with a drive-thru, 40,000 square feet of medical offices, 16,700 square feet of professional/general office, a congregate living facility, an independent living facility, 191 multi-family rental units, a daycare facility for children, and a 28-acre open space including a lake, dog park and greenway. Village staff determined that the

applicant’s request to amend the land-use and zoning designation meets the criteria of Wellington’s comprehensive plan and the land development regulations. The project was deemed to be compatible with the surrounding area. Senior Planner Damian Newell explained that the congregate living facility is a type three with 150 independent living units and 110 assisted living beds, and the daycare facility is for up to 210 children. The greenway system would be open to the public and would include a multi-use pathway, shade trees, benches, an exercise course and shade structures around the lake. The project will be built in three phases and includes 25 guest parking spaces for users of the greenway park, scheduled for See LOTIS, page 4

RPB Council OKs Cameras, Paving At Commons Park Wolverine Football Squad Gets Ready To Hit The Gridiron

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By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council approved security cameras, parking lot paving and pathway expansions at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park on Thursday, Oct. 15. Village Manager Ray Liggins said the security cameras will be scattered throughout the park, especially in the parking lots, the commons area and the driving range. The cost is not to exceed $150,000. Paving, at a total cost of about $1.3 million, will come primarily from two different funds in the village budget. “One is our recreation fund that is a charge to developers,” Liggins said. “In lieu of dedicating land, they can pay a fee, and we can use that for park improvements.”

That amount would be $300,000. Another source, about $700,000, will be from the sales surtax fund collected from the county. “There are three separate projects at Commons Park,” Liggins said. “Two of them are parking lots, and the third is the widening of the pathway around the south side of the park.” He explained that the existing 12-foot path splits into two 6-foot paths in certain areas. “Those two 6-foot paths really didn’t work well for our 5K,” he said. “We do have a certified 5K route out there. It requires everybody to narrow down from the 12-foot-wide pathway to a 6-footwide pathway, so we’re taking those areas where it narrows down to 6 feet and making it 12 feet all the way around the 5K path.” The other two areas are grass

parking lots that are not holding up well from the traffic. “Our most popular parking lot is the first one you come to right before the sporting center,” Liggins said. “It holds about 20 to 25 cars. The grass lot next to it is one of the next most popular areas to park.” He explained that the village’s grass parking lot ordinance requires that grass parking be infrequent enough that the grass is allowed to grow back. “Clearly, that’s not the case there, so we are paving that parking lot and making it an area for people going to the dog park,” Liggins said. The other area is on the other side of the sporting center in the overflow parking east of the driving range. “If you remember in the budget, See PARK, page 14

Wellington Plans To Codify Rules For Golf Cart Usage

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report Golf cart usage on Wellington streets and paths has been a perennial discussion, and village officials are studying the issue once again now that the village is in the process of paving a number of new pathways. With a path along Aero Club Drive nearing completion and one along Big Blue Trace set to get underway, village officials are exploring the idea of making the use of such vehicles on village streets and pathways legal and will seek input from the relevant village committees. State law makes it legal to use golf carts on local streets that have a posted speed limit of less than 25 mph. If golf carts are street legal, which is a very different vehicle, it can be on any roadway with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less, must be driven by a licensed driver, have a license plate on the

golf cart and must meet other motor vehicle requirements. At a recent Wellington Village Council workshop, Village Manager Paul Schofield said that there are two sets of criteria that come into play. The state statute governs having them on public streets, and the village would have to be compliant with that statute, which does not require registration and allows the golf cart driver to be as young as 14 years old. Schofield said that the village can create its own regulations for use on village pathways. This requires an engineering study, which the village has already done. Staff recommended that the maximum speed on pathways not exceed 15 mph, drivers must be licensed, be at least 16 years old and have a Wellington registration sticker. The council gave permission for village staff to present the matter to committees that have a vested See GOLF CARTS, page 14

PAPICHULO NOW OPEN

PapiChulo Tacos, serving Mexican-style street food, celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Located on State Road 7, just south of Okeechobee Blvd. in the Regal Cinemas shopping center, the space pulses happily with a laid-back beach bar vibe. Owners Angelo Abbenante, Scott Frielich and Cleve Mash were on hand to greet guests. Shown above are Samantha Cocchiola and Ashlee Dahringer. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Groves Council Gives Initial OK To New RV Ordinance By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council approved the preliminary reading of an ordinance on Tuesday, Oct. 20 that would regulate recreational vehicles on private property. Although the wording of the ordinance raised some discussion, council members felt that the ordinance was worth approving with further tweaking before the final reading. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia pointed out that there is no provision for RVs for people who are in the process of developing their property but allows RVs on property with a minimal agricultural structure.

“The reason the RV ordinance is here is mainly because it was being abused by some, and then the equestrians needed it for their industry,” Maniglia said, explaining that some people who have applied for a site plan to build a structure would have no recourse to have an RV while construction is underway. Under the new ordinance, RVs would be allowed on a temporary basis in agricultural districts not to exceed 180 days, and a permit would be required for each vehicle site. No recreational vehicle would be allowed on parcels less than one acre. Two RVs would be allowed on parcels between one and See LOX RVS, page 14

Rebuilt Wellington CVS Building Nears Completion

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report More than a year after a construction error shut down work on a new CVS Pharmacy building in central Wellington, a completely rebuilt store is nearing completion. Work began on the project in 2018. The problem-plagued project was halted abruptly in May 2019 when an incorrect concrete roof pour developed a cracking issue and the roof fell in, quite literally. While the engineer and contractor working on the building suggested ways to fix the error, the Village of Wellington was concerned that the half-built building would remain structurally unsound.

In the end, numerous deficiencies and the failure of the builder to adhere to the approved plans during the construction process made the building beyond correcting, and the first building had to be torn down completely and the debris removed. Then work began on the building for a second time. Wellington Building Official Jacek Tomasik told the TownCrier at the time that Wellington had worked to get a permanent fix for the dangerous eyesore. The contractor was replaced, and the project began anew. “The work has gone very smoothly with the new contractor,” Tomasik told the Town-Crier last week. “They have followed the approved plans and obtained

all the inspections. There have been no issues, and there should be no problems getting the final approval.” The CVS chain dates back to 1963. Employing more than 200,000 personnel at nearly 10,000 locations, the new Wellington freestanding store replaces a nearby inline location in the same center, Wellington Town Square. The project provided new retail space as part of a phased renovation to the Town Square shopping center. The years-long project provided for the addition of the Provident Jewelry store, Publix was renovated and the Star Liquors store along Forest Hill Blvd. was demolished to allow CVS to reSee PHARMACY, page 14

Lettering has gone up at the main entrance to the new CVS Pharmacy in Wellington.


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Wellington Village Council Honors Top Cop And Top Firefighter

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Village Council met in-person on Tuesday, Oct. 13 to present its annual Top Cop award to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Poritz and its annual Top Firefighter award to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Capt. Craig Dube. Poritz has served the village for 14 years and just moved to a different department. He is described as organized and a natural leader. He has handled the policing presence at the village’s annual holiday parade, organizes

the Day for Autism outreach program, and even helped an elderly couple remove and organize their belongings in their garage to repair the roof. When Poritz approached the podium, he began by thanking his wife Stacy and his son. “I am extremely appreciative to have her in my life, as it is not easy to be married into this profession,” he said. “This award is not just for me, it’s for all of PBSO in all of the communities and cities that they serve.” Poritz also thanked his coworkers, the businesses in the vil-

lage, the residents and the council for highlighting the positive work done by the PBSO. Council members took turns praising Poritz for his work. “I have enjoyed working with you these last four years and interacting with you because you were at every community event,” Councilman Michael Drahos said. “You are in my mind as the role model [of a police officer] that I want my kids to interact with, so when they think of police officers, they think of someone like you.” Councilman Michael NapoSee AWARDS, page 14

Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Capt. Craig Dube is honored as Top Firefighter.

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Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Poritz is honored as Top Cop.

County’s Election Supervisor Hails The Start Of Early Voting

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Early voting began Monday, Oct. 19 in Palm Beach County and across Florida. It will continue through Sunday, Nov. 1 at 18 sites in Palm Beach County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link said at a press conference held Friday, Oct. 16. “We are continuing to see a large number of mail-in ballots coming in daily,” Link said. “We have 463,675 mail-in ballots requested, and we continue to get mail-in ballots back daily. Just over 30 percent of voters in Palm Beach County have requested vote-bymail ballots. We have 207,695 who have already returned their ballots.”

Link reminded voters that return postage is included for those who return their ballots by mail and encouraged voters to get their ballot in the mail at least a week before Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Ballots can also be returned directly to one of the four Supervisor of Elections offices, early voting sites and secure mobile van locations. Link said security will be watching at all early voting locations to see that there are no disruptions. Voters who have cast their ballots by mail can go to the Supervisor of Elections web site at www.pbcelections.org/voters/my-status to see if their vote has been processed and if there was a problem, such as an unsigned ballot. Voters will also be able to go to

the web site to see what wait times are. On Monday, the first day of early voting, the wait times were listed as less than an hour and a half for most sites, and no waiting at some more remote sites, such as Belle Glade. Clearly marked Supervisor of Elections vans will also be set up outside the early voting sites and elsewhere for vote-by-mail ballots to be dropped off. “Seventeen of them are at early voting locations,” Link said. “The only early voting location where the van will not be is at the Belle Glade office, but we have a drop box there for that.” She reminded voters that the time to drop off vote-by-mail ballots will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the See VOTING, page 14

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Florida Department of HealthPalm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso told county officials this week that COVID-19 cases and deaths have gone down recently but warned residents not to be reassured that the end of the pandemic is near. During a presentation to the Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 20, Alonso said that a second wave of COVID-19 in Europe could be a precursor to another wave in the United States and Florida. “Our deaths in Florida have been going down,” Alonso said. “In terms of our cases, when you do a trend line, you actually see it going up. I’m concerned that it will not stay below the number that it needs to be.” In Florida, a total of 5,746,529 people out of a 21 million population, or 27 percent, have been tested, with 746,727 positive and 4,982,556 negative. Palm Beach County remains at number three in Florida with 49,068 cases, behind Miami-Dade County with 178,726 and Broward County with 81,277. As of Tuesday, Palm Beach County had not had any new deaths since Oct. 7.

The total number of Palm Beach County residents testing positive has continued to go down. “This is a beautiful trend that you see day after day, actually decreasing… and has been steadily been going down,” Alonso said. However, the daily cases over the past 14 days have shown a steady and slight increase, from an average of 124 new cases the first week to 147 cases the second week. “This trend line is concerning,” she said. “I’m not causing panic. I’m simply saying that we have to be very cautious as we look at these numbers and try to determine where they’re coming from, and be prepared to do what we need to do to put, perhaps, additional control measures in terms of stopping the spread of COVID-19.” Alonso said that she has been studying a shift in new cases from the 18-to-34 age group to the 35to-64 bracket, which now has more than 50 percent of new cases. “We need to keep a very close eye on this,” she said. “We need to make close observations and be ready to make necessary moves to increase prevention actions.” Alonso reminded people that they need to continue to wear masks, wash hands and get a

flu shot, since flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19. She also urged avoiding closed spaces, crowded areas and close contact with others. “We’re far from being where we need to be, but we’re getting there, and the tools that we can still use perhaps are curfews and other ways of trying to reduce [the rate],” she said. “We can analyze these people who are becoming positive. It’s not the kids going to school, it’s those going out. You can see if you walk down Clematis or walk down Atlantic — people are not protecting themselves.” Alonso said that conditions are not going to get back to normal any time soon. “It’s something that we have to learn to live with for quite some time,” she said. “I’m very concerned about the second wave that’s occurring in Europe. We’re still at a very early stage of understanding this virus. It hasn’t quite been a year yet, and it will take several years for us to really wrap our arms around the scientific knowledge of this virus.” More information about COVID-19 in Palm Beach County is available at www.pbcgov.com/ coronavirus.


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Acreage Resident Launches First South Florida Company Mass Producing Masks

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Acreage resident Mike Erickson, a former Indian Trail Improvement District supervisor and owner of the Riviera Beachbased Canvas Designers, has branched into the personal protective equipment (PPE) industry with the manufacture of consumer and medical-grade masks. The plant, called New Norm Live, is the first in South Florida and one of only three or four companies in the nation manufacturing these masks.

When the pandemic struck in March, Erickson retooled equipment to manufacture masks that he mostly gave away. However, with the help of his nephew’s college roommate from Taiwan, he found a company that manufactured machines that could produce 120,000 masks per day. “His dad has a manufacturing company,” Erickson told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. His nephew’s roommate, Roger, would come to his home in The Acreage for the holidays. On Dec. 31, 2019, Erickson got a text

Workers package masks with the machine in the background.

from the roommate that there was something bad going on in China’s Wuhan region. “His dad has a factory in the region, and they got local knowledge of it before it ever went anywhere,” Erickson said. “In mid-January, we got a call saying it’s getting really bad, and it’s getting out of China.” In March, when PPE was in short supply, Erickson’s company Canvas Designers, which is a canvas outfitter for boats, retooled its equipment to make non-medical-quality cloth masks. “We were still open because we were designated critical already in the marine industry. Our business is off the rockers; canvas is doing great,” he said. Also in March, Erickson got word from Roger that his family was making machines that mass produce medical-grade masks and offered Erickson a family deal to purchase one. Easy Field Corporation (EFC) is a major partner in building mask machines for the Taiwanese and Japanese governments. Erickson, who is on the board of the National Trade Association for

the manufacture of textiles, found domestic sources, including ionic filter material, to feed the materials to the machine to make masks. “We committed to buying the machine in March and had it sent here,” he said. In August, Erickson flew to Taiwan. “It took me a month and a half to get a permit to even go because it’s very shut down,” he said. “I went all the way to [U.S. Rep.] Alcee Hastings’ office to get support letters and sent them to the consulate.” Once in Taiwan, Erickson was sprayed down with disinfectant at the airport, then spent two weeks in quarantine at a hotel before being allowed to go to the factory for training on the machine. “There were 10 people in our 747,” he recalled. Despite the inconvenience, Erickson said Taiwan has done a great job controlling the virus locally. Back here in the states, his company has staffed the first shift for the machine and now produces tens of thousands of masks per day with plans to ramp up to a three-

Mike Erickson at his new mask-producing factory.

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shift production over the next few months. New Norm Live is currently in the FDA certification process to produce consumer and medical-grade disposable masks. Scaling potential for the operation in the future includes plans to bring up to 10 more machines to their Riviera Beach facilities with a

future production capability of more than two million masks daily. “New Norm Live is highly committed to developing locally produced PPE capacity in South Florida and to contribute to the country’s ability to manufacture PPE domestically,” Erickson said. Learn more about the masks at www.newnorm.live.

School Leaders Speak To Chamber On Adapting To Pandemic

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce held a virtual economic luncheon on the theme of education on Thursday, Oct. 15 via the Zoom platform. The event focused on how local schools and colleges have adapted to life with COVID-19. Panelists included South University President Dr. Mark Everett, Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly, Keiser University Associate Vice President Dr. Gary Vonk, Palm Beach State College President Ava Parker, Palm Beach Atlantic University President Dr. Debra Schwinn and Palm Beach County School District Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald. Everett said that South Universi-

ty’s programs, which are about 70 percent medical related, adapted quickly to the pandemic. “The challenges that were put before us were tackled head on, and I’m very pleased to report that we have done quite well in our response,” he said. “Most important was the implementation of technologies that we haven’t used in the past. This quarter is the first that we have actually invited students back to the campus. We were well prepared. We have exceeded all requirements by the CDC. All in all, I think the response has been tremendous. It has been an amazing experience, it has been a challenging experience, but we’re safer now.” Kelly said adaptation to the pandemic has been a challenge for

FAU’s six campuses. “The state does limit out-of-state enrollment for the in-state universities, and out-of-state students have had a difficult time deciding if they’re going to go home or if they’re going to stay here and stay in a dorm or work remotely,” he said. FAU has had to move quickly to a remote delivery system, but that is not available for some students. “That has been challenging, particularly for underserved students who may not have the resources,” he said. “We have about 3,000 students that are still on campus in the dormitories, and all those students we have to provide food for. Normally, we would have 30,000 students visiting our campuses during the week.” Kelly added that students and

faculty are challenged by the mental health side of the pandemic. “Everybody’s worried about the future,” he said. “Everybody’s concerned about their own livelihood, financially and otherwise, continuing their courses and graduating on time.” Vonk said Keiser students have returned to campus, although the university has downsized its classes. “Surprisingly, we have normalized safe behavior,” he said. “We’ve done enough barriers and masked, and cut down the size of the classrooms, and really normalized that mask-wearing behavior. We even have a student group that acts as our safety patrol.” Parker said that Palm Beach State College, as a non-resi-

dent-student institution, has adapted well to the COVID-19 environment. “Many of our students continue in remote learning, whether it’s traditional online or the new synchronous learning, which has become so popular now, where the student goes to class like they normally would except the professor is online,” Parker said, adding that many students, especially those needing hands-on training, are returning to campus. Schwinn said that Palm Beach Atlantic students have a program to integrate faith and academics. “We have a signature program called ‘Workship’ where students do community service,” she said. “We did open in August, and we are in our ninth week of full 100

percent students on campus in class and learning as normal.” She said students are monitored daily for symptoms of any illness, and the rate of COVID-19 has remained low. Any student showing symptoms of any illness is placed in isolation. Oswald said the Palm Beach County School District enacted a number of safety policies for all the district schools that apply to students, staff and visitors. “This policy has allowed us to rearrange our furniture so that we can socially distance on campuses,” he said. “Fortunately, with the number of parents who have chosen to have their students come back to brick and mortar, we have been able to keep that 6-feet social distancing.”

Lox Groves Town Council Hires Aquatic Weed Control Contractor

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council agreed Tuesday, Oct. 20 to piggyback with the South Florida Water Management District on a contract with Lake & Wetland Management for aquatic weed control in town canals. The council opted to go with Lake & Wetland Management for a one-year contract with an option for renewal. Other potential contractors did not appear to make presentations. Stuart Fischer, co-owner of

Lake & Wetland Management, said the Palm Beach County company has been in business for 29 years and does work with numerous local entities, including the SFWMD. He and his staff had appraised the town’s canal situation. “We do basic exotic removal, aquatic applications for HOAs, municipalities and are contractors for the South Florida Water Management District,” Fischer said. “We do a lot of work for the U.S. Army Corps. We did survey the waterways out here, and I know

they haven’t been treated in quite some time. You’ve got a lot of emergent vegetation.” Councilwoman Laura Danowski asked if the company has a snake mechanism for cleaning culverts, and Fischer said it does. It also does dredging and has a patented material for shoreline restoration. Danowski said aquatic weed control has been a vexing problem for the town and asked what the best method would be to address it. Fischer said the town’s worst problem is with emergent vegeta-

tion rather than aquatic vegetation. “That’s what you have in your canal system,” he said. “We can treat all your canals and be more aggressive at the beginning and then thin out the visits that are left.” This would have the company make fewer visits during the dry season and more during the rainy season. Danowski also asked Fischer if he would work with canal bank maintenance crews to make sure their work is coordinated. “The mower just went through

last week and cut many feet of this emerging grass, which has now gone into the bottom of the canal, which after the rain that we’ve had is going to be this vast amount of muck,” she said. “I realize that we’re playing catch-up, and you’re here to save us. I ask that you work in communication with our director of public works because he’s got mowing schedules to deal with. There are a lot of moving parts.” Fischer said he would work out a plan with the public works department. “We will report on what

we did,” he said. “Communication is the easy part, but it’s also very important.” Mayor Lisa El-Ramey said the issue with the previous company was that it was spraying on the banks, and the banks were eroding. Councilman Robert Shorr said he favored going with Lake & Wetland Management due to the current bad conditions in the canals. “We’ve got to get this under control,” Shorr said. He made a motion to approve the piggyback contract, which carried 5-0.

Westlake Approves Use Of Golf Carts On Some Roads And Paths

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Westlake City Council has granted final approval to an ordinance that will allow golf carts on designated roadways, rural parkways and multimodal paths in the community. At the Monday, Oct. 12 meeting, City Attorney Pam Booker explained that a registration fee of $30 every three years will be required, after which the permit can be renewed. “There was a request from engineering as well as [the Sem-

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continued from page 1 completion in December 2023. A variance for having 103 fewer parking spaces than the required 1,600 was needed. The applicant asked for the reduction in parking because the congregate living facility is expected to need 1.35 parking places per bed as compared to the 2.25 parking spaces per unit in the standards. Brian Terry at Insite Studio Inc. is the agent for the applicant, Lotis Wellington LLC. John Markey is

inole Improvement District] that operators shall yield to pedestrians, bicyclists and all other users on shared-use paths, school parkway easements and multimodal paths,” Booker said. Westlake has been marketed as a golf cart friendly community, and many of the residents utilize golf carts on a regular basis, according to the agenda summary. Florida Statutes permit golf carts to be operated on streets that have been designated by a municipality, provided that the municipality first determines that they may safely

travel on or cross such public roads upon considering the speed, volume and character of motor vehicle traffic using those roads or streets. The ordinance was reviewed by the city’s engineer for safety and approved by the city’s attorney. The city manager recommended approval of the golf cart ordinance. Engineering recommended that golf carts be permitted on roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. Golf carts will also be permitted on multi-modal

pathways that are 8 feet in width or greater and can operate at a speed of 15 mph on these pathways. Engineering also recommended further coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation for review of the implementation, as well as coordination with Palm Beach County for crossings of county roads. Engineering also pointed out that most Westlake roads with a speed limit greater than 35 mph are designed with multimodal paths that could be accessible by golf carts, adding that roads with

speed limits greater than 35 mph are not safe for golf carts. Golf carts within the right-ofway of the road must not impede the safe and efficient flow of motorized vehicular traffic. State statutes allow that golf carts can be operated only between sunrise and sunset, unless the responsible governmental entity has determined that a golf cart can be operated at night if it is equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals and a windshield. Additionally, golf carts must be equipped with efficient brakes,

reliable steering, safe tires, a rearview mirror and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear, including horns or other warning devices. There is a minimum age of 14 years for drivers. When golf carts share paths with other potential modes of transportation, such as pedestrians and bicyclists, the path must be no less than eight feet in width, and the speed limit on the path should be 15 mph. Councilman JohnPaul O’Connor made a motion to approve the ordinance, which carried 5-0.

the owner and developer. He noted that he lived in Wellington for 25 years, raising his children in the village. He has since moved. “There is a sense of community and a sense of pride in Wellington, and I want you to know I get it,” Markey said. “We did not come in here and try and force an obnoxious maximization of the property. We’ve tried to work within the rules you have. It has been a collaborative process and a very positive experience.” The applicant provided a market study that is said to indicate demand for multi-family residential rental apartments, independent living residences and assisted-liv-

ing memory care facilities. “This is an exciting project for us to be working on,” Terry said, showing that there will be a traffic light on SR 7 for entrance and exit to the property so northbound traffic is not forced to head south and make a U-turn. Terry added that the rental residential units will be priced about $2,000 per month for a two-bedroom apartment. While nothing is finalized, the developer has “heavily negotiated” letters of intent to house a Cooper’s Hawk Winery and a Lazy Dog Café for the restaurants, and a TD bank for the financial institution. The height allowance of up to

72 feet is permitted along SR 7. This property asked for 60 feet, and such requests are approved on a case-by-case basis by the Wellington Village Council. The Lotis team said that they had spoken to neighboring communities, but they had not yet reached out to the Black Diamond neighborhood, as only the lake abutted that development’s wetlands, and they didn’t expect any negative comments. However, several residents of Black Diamond did attend the meeting to oppose the Lotis project. Robert Hicks of the Black Diamond neighborhood said that

he is concerned with filling in the wetlands and asked if Wellington will be able to handle the millions of gallons of water runoff from the new development. Joyce Miller had a number of complaints, adding that the neighborhood should have more say in the process. “Black Diamond doesn’t want the property developed in any way, shape or form, now or in the future,” she said. “The Black Diamond Homeowners’ Association will decide what goes there.” William Lynch worried about rental communities, adding that there are already too many in the general area.

Eric Taub, president of the Black Diamond HOA, was also against it, decrying the loss of green space. Village Attorney Laurie Cohen reminded the board that it is the policy of the village not to comment on public input. “Quasi-judicial decisions such as this have to be fact based, and general residential protests are not fact based,” she said. The measures regarding the Lotis development passed unanimously, and the matter now goes before the Wellington Village Council, where there will be several additional opportunities to make public comment before a final decision is made.

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PAPICHULO TACOS NOW OPEN NEAR REGAL CINEMAS IN ROYAL PALM BEACH

PapiChulo Tacos, serving Mexican-style street food, celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Located at 1005 N. State Road 7, just south of Okeechobee Blvd. in the Regal Cinemas shopping center, the space pulses happily with a laid-back beach bar vibe — complete with sand brought in from the Atlantic Ocean. Owners Angelo Abbenante, Scott Frielich and Cleve Mash were on hand to greet guests. For more information, visit www.papichulotacos.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Wellington Asks ‘Whodunnit’ In Free Murder Mystery Event On Zoom Nov. 6

Catch a killer from your couch with Wellington’s Virtual “Whodunnit” Murder Mystery Party on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., sponsored by Florida Blue Medicare. Fun, engaging and memorable — this is one virtual party you’ll be dying to attend. When a mysterious murder occurs during a virtual Zoom party, it’s up to the attendees to piece together the clues and identify the suspect! Will your team be able to sleuth the truth or will our corrupt user go undetected? Join us to find out! This event may not be appropriate for all audiences and is generally recommended for ages 10 and up. While this is a family-friendly,

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comedy style event, adult content is to be expected (someone dies after all). Parents, use discretion when determining whether your children attend. Participants under 18 must log on with a parent or guardian. Attendees are invited to help “set the scene” by dressing in their favorite cocktail attire. Wellington’s virtual murder mystery is free to attend, however, spaces are limited, and registration is required. One “ticket registration” equals one login. Register in advance through the Village of Wellington’s Eventbrite page. For more information on this event, visit the Murder Mystery Event page at www.wellingtonfl. gov/676/Murder-Mystery.

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The Glades Region Unveils New Postcard Perfect Welcome Sign

County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay unveiled a new “Welcome to the Everglades Agricultural Area” sign on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The sign, located at 20 Mile Bend, is the gateway to the Glades in western Palm Beach County. The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) is the winter vegetable capital of the country and a major economic engine for Palm Beach County. The EAA is also the nation’s largest producer of fresh sweet corn and sugarcane. The replacement sign, designed in coordination with Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and Florikan, depicts the important

goods produced locally, including sweet corn, radishes, celery, sugarcane, lettuce, cabbage, rice and mangoes. In terms of total agricultural receipts, Palm Beach County continues to be the largest county east of the Mississippi River. The EAA is the epicenter of agricultural production — primarily sugarcane and 30 types of vegetables with 500,000 acres annually harvested. This community project was spearheaded by the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County and supported by area farmers and local officials in the Glades communities.

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Frankel Faces Two Challengers In Congressional District 21

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Incumbent U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-District 21) is facing two challengers this election season — conservative political activist Laura Loomer, who won a hotly contested Republican primary in August, and independent candidate Charleston Malkemus. All three names will be on the Nov. 3 election ballot. Florida’s 21st Congressional District takes in large swaths of central and southern Palm Beach County, including all of Wellington. The district trends Democratic. Frankel did not face a challenger in the 2018 cycle. In 2016, she easily defeated her Republican challenger, taking just under 63 percent of the vote. An attorney, Frankel has served in Congress since 2013. Before that, she was mayor of West Palm Beach from 2003 to 2011 and was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1986 to 2002, serving as minority leader toward the end of her tenure in Tallahassee. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University in 1973. Frankel said that her values reflect the values of the community she serves. “I believe in the greatness of human diversity, that healthcare should be a right not a privilege and that government plays an important role in our lives,” she said. “Our country is facing an unprecedented public health crisis. The pandemic has killed more than 200,000 Americans and left millions sick, out of work, and socially disconnected from friends and family.” Frankel believes that President

Donald Trump has misled the public about the pandemic’s danger, bungled containment efforts and abandoned new relief. “I bring mature judgment that is based on science to the response, working every day to get constituents resources needed to access healthcare and financial aid,” she said. Her priorities are to safely return people back to work and children back to school. “[Getting] back to some normality is top of mind for most, as is having access to affordable, quality healthcare, especially in light of Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” Frankel said, adding that people are also worried about the threat of climate change, racial injustice, gun violence, the security of Medicare and Social Security, and the operation of the United States Postal Service. “Women are also threatened about loss of access to full reproductive care,” she said. “My priorities now and going forward are supporting policies to address these issues.” As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Frankel said that she has helped to advance funding for lifesaving medical research, childcare, education, healthcare, clean energy projects, Everglades restoration and Israel’s security. “I expect to continue these efforts if re-elected,” she said. For more information, visit www.loisfrankelforcongress.com. Loomer, 27, a graduate of Barry University in broadcast journalism and political science, easily won the Republican primary over five other candidates. She is wellknown in conservative circles for her right-wing activism, including

anti-Islamic protests and highprofile fights with social media companies. “Our country is really at a crossroads right now,” she said. “We’re seeing a drastic shift toward the radical left, and I want to keep America America. We’re not going to be able to do that if we have radical members of Congress who are advocating for communism, anti-American policies, trying to erode our constitution and erase our history, topple our monuments and promote political strife.” As a Jewish woman, Loomer said she is concerned about widespread anti-Semitism she attributes largely to “The Squad,” a name popularly used to describe young progressive congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. “In this district, Congresswoman Lois Frankel [has] been in Congress four terms. She’s been in politics 34 years, which is longer than I have been alive,” Loomer said. “According to our internal polling, 87 percent of the constituents in this district cannot name a single piece of legislation that she has proposed or anything that she has done for the district.” She also wants to address issues of “counterculture and big-tech” censorship and free speech, which she feels is the biggest threat to the constitutional republic. “Free speech is the bedrock of our society, and right now we’re witnessing a full-blown assault,” Loomer said. Her accomplishments include being an award-winning journalist and business owner. “I own a media company here

Lois Frankel in Florida called Illoominate,” she said. “I worked with Project Veritas as an undercover journalist. My investigations have uncovered voter fraud and political corruption on both sides of the aisle.” If elected, Loomer said she wants to fight for the people and fight back against the radical left. “I also want to be a change agent for the Republican Party,” she said. “I’m not going to Congress to make friends. I’m not going to Congress to do the bidding of the Republican Party. I’m going to Congress to fight for the people.” For more information, visit www.lauraloomerforcongress. com. Malkemus is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of major, with two combat tours in Iraq, where he was a leading scout sniper and reconnaissance Marine with operational experience in international relief and disaster response. “I know how to lead and manage a crisis,” he said. “I’ve worked in technology startups, as an engineer, entrepreneur and multi-time

Laura Loomer chief technology officer. “We have the smartest, most innovative and hardworking people on the planet. America can lead the world in tackling challenges in healthcare, housing, education and climate.” Malkemus said that his children attend Palm Beach County schools and that he and his wife know what is at stake, navigating the same challenges as many other people. Raised by a single mother with his two older sisters, Malkemus said he learned early the values of hard work, sacrifice, determination and faith. He earned multiple honors as a scholar-athlete attending the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, where he led his swim team to two Florida state runnerup titles. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Malkemus also co-developed the Veteran’s Trust for transitioning veterans, held an 81-mile commemorative walk from Palm Beach to Miami and testified before the U.S. Congressional Small Business Committee on veteran entrepreneurs.

Charleston Malkemus If elected to Congress, he said he would work to improve healthcare, housing, education, childcare and climate change, which he said present huge opportunities for America in growth and innovation. “We can lead the world in tackling these challenges, paving the way for a stronger, more efficient and an innovative America,” Malkemus said. “The American spirit is creative, resourceful and alive, but we are facing an unprecedented global pandemic, financial crisis and social unrest at the same time. We must get out of these crises and return American families to their lives. We have a long road ahead and many dangerous decisions headed our way.” He added that America needs a cohesive national strategy. “At a time when we should be coming together, America is being divided through extreme partisan politics,” Malkemus said. “We need to end the hatred and tackle these three crises head on.” For more information, visit www.votecharleston.com.

City Of Westlake And The Seminole Improvement District Try To Hammer Out Differences Over Storm Water Duties

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Westlake City Council and the Seminole Improvement District (SID) Board of Supervisors held a joint workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 7 to iron out differences regarding the roles of the two bodies in the storm water review process. Westlake Engineer Suzanne Dombrowski said the Westlake City Council requested a joint meeting for clarifications on what was happening in the community regarding storm water reviews and the role of SID and the city engineer after council members

raised questions about the roles of both entities regarding land development approvals. The Seminole Improvement District is a special district that predates the City of Westlake that provides drainage and utility services in the area. Dombrowski and SID Engineer Ryan Wheeler gave a joint presentation on the background and information that goes into storm water reviews and the partnership between the two engineering departments. City Attorney Pam Booker said that Westlake has certain responsibilities regarding storm water

reviews based on county code, but SID Attorney Robert Diffenderfer disagreed, asserting that the city’s charter and an interlocal agreement between the city and SID designates SID as the responsible body. Westlake Councilman JohnPaul O’Connor asked what the liability of the city would be if the information SID provides is not accurate, and Dombrowski said it is not her responsibility to question another engineer’s qualifications. “As far as interpretations of the interlocal [agreement] and who does what, that would be up for us to get direction on,” she said. Wheeler said SID reviews all

aspects of approvals in relation to city codes and the level of service requirements that are in Westlake’s comprehensive plan. “We are the ones ultimately responsible for making sure everything meets all those guidelines,” he said. SID Supervisor Dennis Church said he believes that the SID engineer does a sufficient job reviewing the applications, that the city engineer should simply check off on it, and that any further review would be costing Westlake money needlessly. Westlake Mayor Roger Manning said there is a sense that

there is a legal obligation for the city engineer to review some of the documents. “When there is pushback to get them, that’s an issue,” Manning said. Westlake Vice Mayor Katrina Long-Robinson said conflicts between SID and Westlake are not new. “We have been going back and forth for a while now,” LongRobinson said. “We want to get this over with so we can move forward with the city at this point.” Westlake Councilwoman Cara Crump asked if the review question had come up recently or if it has been an ongoing issue, and

Dombrowski said it came up at a recent meeting between her, the city manager and city attorney as far as the type of land being developed. “It can’t always be that clear,” she said. “Just because you’re developing a site, you have to take into account the conditions that are on the road... those boundaries got a little gray as far as who can do this and who can do this.” After more discussion, Westlake City Manager Ken Cassell said attorneys for both entities would give presentations to the council at its November meeting on the status of their conversations.

Forest Hill Blvd. To Receive Makeover, Speed Limit Reduction

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The Florida Department of Transportation held a brief workshop Thursday, Oct. 8 to answer questions about the upcoming resurfacing roadwork on Forest Hill Blvd. from State Road 7 to Pinehurst Drive in eastern Wellington. Of course, more questions are expected soon after the road

closures take place. These periodic closures will affect one lane during the day, with dual lane closures in the slower nighttime traffic on the busy 2.9mile section of roadway. FDOT’s objective is to reduce the effects on the community and minimize the impact on travel along the roadway. There will be no road closures during school pickup times, and

the department took into account school pedestrians and will be preventing sidewalk closures for the start and end of classes each day. The project includes resurfacing and the upgrade of crossings and markings. Field visits have been done to determine the scope of the work needed. The guardrails will be updated, and the work will include a reduction of the

speed limit on the road to 45 miles an hour permanently because it fits the design of the road and is uniform with other parts of Forest Hill Blvd. A study revealed the need for wider bicycle lanes and upgraded lighting standards to make the roadway safer for bikes. There will be no new traffic lights added. A question asked about the entrance/

exit intersection at Kobosko’s Crossing revealed that no accidents had been recorded there, despite anecdotal evidence of seeing accidents. “That doesn’t mean there wasn’t one, but the records don’t show it,” FDOT Project Manager Brad Salisbury said. The $4.6 million project passes two schools and a park, and FDOT is attempting to minimize the in-

convenience to people using the road. In addition to guardrails being upgraded, ramps at curbs will be made ADA compliant, signage and pavement markings will be made clearer, sidewalks at some bus stops will be made wider and there will be countdown timers at some crosswalks. The project is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2022.

Central Chamber And Hispanic Chamber Of PBC Announce Merger The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County have announced that they have become one organization. The agreement, approved by both chamber boards, was finalized on Friday, Oct. 16. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a trend around the nation for chambers to become more innovative and sustainable by aligning with other chambers and business organizations. Strategically, this agreement made sense as both organizations have a similar vision.

“With the addition of the Hispanic Chamber, we now will serve a much broader and diverse business community through advocacy, business and economic development, education and leadership,” said Mary Lou Bedford, CEO of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber. “We look forward to welcoming the Hispanic Chamber members and getting them immersed in the many opportunities we have to offer.” As part of the agreement, Hispanic Chamber CEO Maria Antuña, a well-known figure in the local business community, will

become the executive vice president of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber. She will focus on business development and Hispanic affairs. The current Hispanic Chamber board members will be offered board seats in the Central Palm Beach County Chamber through the end of the year, and the Central Chamber will have legal rights to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County name. A new Hispanic advisory committee will be formed to focus on issues specifically pertaining to

Hispanic members and to plan special events. The Central Palm Beach County Chamber has traditionally focused on members who are based in a geographical region, roughly from The Glades east to Manalapan and from Palm Beach Gardens south to Boynton Beach. The acquisition expands its reach and influence throughout the county. “This is a win-win for both of our organizations,” Antuña said. “We have always been a strong organization, with a mission of helping Hispanic businesses as well as the Hispanic community

succeed, so now we will be able to do that on a larger scale.” The Central Palm Beach County Chamber is a private, membership organization comprised of businesses, municipalities, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals. It advocates for the business community and supports economic development initiatives. The Hispanic Chamber was started more than two decades ago to provide a path of education, assistance and mentoring to the Hispanic business community in Palm Beach County, but later

evolved to serve all demographics and business entities. “This coming together makes sense on a lot of different levels,” said John Carter, vice president of Minto Communities USA and chairman of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber. “I feel both of our missions are aligned, and we share the same values. It will also give us some more critical mass to expand and evolve our organization to better benefit all members and community.” Learn more about both organizations at www.cpbchamber.com and www.hispanicchamberpbc.com.

on Sept. 24. PBSC’s grant is part of the $35 million awarded to Florida’s higher education system to provide training solutions for people impacted by the pandemic. “Palm Beach State has been the leading provider of workforce education in Palm Beach County for decades, but with this generous grant, we have a unique opportunity to reach those who need us most at this pivotal time,” PBSC President Ava L. Parker said. “Through our industry-driven rapid credentialing programs, wraparound student services and committed community partners, we’ll be able to increase access to training and desirable career paths, and remove barriers to success.” The Get There Florida initiative aims to bring attention to the shortterm career and technical education programs available at Florida’s state and technical colleges. At PBSC, students can choose

from 25 rapid credentialing programs and quickly gain the critical workforce skills needed in Palm Beach County’s essential and emerging industries — industries that were selected with input from CareerSource Palm Beach County. The grant also enables the college to invest in new equipment and technology for these programs, hire additional faculty and advisors, and provide $250,000 in scholarships. PBSC’s rapid credentialing programs span all industries, including advanced manufacturing, computer science, energy, construction trades, environmental science, healthcare, transportation, public safety, hospitality, graphic design and film. All programs take a year or less to complete and lead to a career certificate and/or industry certifications. For more info., visit www.palmbeachstate. edu/rapid-credentialing.

NEWS BRIEFS Community Conversations On Diversity

The Village of Wellington has invited residents to take part in a series of conversations aimed at bringing the community together to engage in a dialogue on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Participants will gain insights on best practices and share personal experiences. The conversations will take place via the Zoom platform and got underway on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Remaining dates are Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Each event is free and open to village residents, but seating is limited for each date in order to allow for maximum participation. Attendees must register at www.wellingtonfl.gov/ eventbrite. Additional dates may

be scheduled depending upon interest. Senior Diversity Executive & Leadership Consultant K. Michael Slater, Wellington Human Resources Director Kim Gibbons and Deputy Village Manager Jim Barnes will facilitate each conversation.

PBIA Wins In Traveler Satisfaction

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) has been recognized as third best airport in the U.S. in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. PBI continues to show its passengers they are traveling “first class” while at the airport. This latest award comes on the heels of ranking second highest among medium-sized U.S. airports

by J.D. Power and being named the ninth best domestic airport in 2020 by Travel + Leisure. “We are extremely grateful to our customers for taking the time to show their appreciation of our continuing efforts to improve the overall customer experience at PBI,” Director of Airports Laura Beebe said. “While the past year has been challenging, our customers can rest assured that we will continue to do our best to provide the easy, convenient experience that they have come to expect at PBI.” More than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. “The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,

are a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience,” said Jesse Ashlock, U.S. editor of Condé Nast Traveler.

PBSC Receives $1.3 Million For Workforce Education

Individuals looking to quickly upskill, or reskill, to become more marketable in an economy impacted by COVID-19 will find scholarships and accelerated training opportunities at Palm Beach State College through a $1.3 million grant from the Florida Department of Education. With this grant, PBSC has partnered with the FDOE in the statewide “Get There Florida” workforce education initiative, announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis


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With A New Format, Flavors 2020 Was A Smashing Success

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report It was a fun time on Thursday, Oct. 8 for all those who participated in Flavors 2020, the annual showcase of restaurants in Wellington. As in past years, this special event was organized by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Flavors usually takes place each spring, bringing hundreds of people together at a huge restaurant showcase. The event was postponed because of COVID-19 concerns, and a new format was developed. Instead of restaurants showcasing their cuisine at one large venue, the chamber brought attendees in small groups to local restaurants. Wellington Chamber Executive Director Michela Green was all smiles at the end of the threehour event, where participants,

including Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, were assigned to one of nine trolleys and driven to eight different locations, where multiple vendors were ready to serve food upon arrival. Before boarding the trolleys, all attendees were temperature checked. While on the trolleys, mask wearing was mandatory. “I am 100 percent satisfied that we exceeded the expectations of vendors and participants,” Green said. “This was a great way to get people out, mixing with one another and networking while still being COVID-19 compliant. Many people enjoyed our new format.” The safety restrictions didn’t dampen the enthusiasm. “My wife and I participated in Flavors last year and decided to return,” John Noll said. “It’s a great way to have fun, enjoy great food and meet wonderful people.”

“This is a great chance to get out and see some of Wellington’s great restaurants,” agreed Jorge and Alejandra Garrido. Local restaurateurs were also pleased. “We’re a new restaurant to the area, and we are happy to participate,” said Nick Cervera, owner of Mole Cantina Mexicana. Flavors 2020 featured food samples from 17 Wellington restaurants that ranged from Backstreet’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill to Lemongrass Asian Bistro to Whit’s Frozen Custard. The evening’s overall menu included appetizers, drinks and desserts. For example, Wellington National Golf Club served its tasty Brussels sprouts tossed with chipotle aioli, applewood bacon, pickled onions and topped with feta cheese. Lemongrass Asian Bistro provided samples of a gluten-free pad

Thai. Hurricane Dockside Grill presented ahi tuna tacos and fried buttermilk chicken tenders. Piatto Bravo cooked shortbread ravioli and mushroom risotto truffles. The Poké Company had spicy tuna nachos and salmon poké. India Grill & Bar served generous portions of chicken tika masala. Devi Masala served samples of popped rice, and Stonewood Grill & Tavern featured cheesesteak pasta. “It’s cheesesteak without the bread and with pasta instead,” Stonewood manager Lesley Pagac explained. Backstreet’s, now under new ownership, used this event to help launch its new look. The food was tasty and traditional, featuring barbecued pork and chicken with a side of pickles as guests were entertained by singer/guitarist Mike Klein. Wellington National and Hurricane Dockside also energized

their locations with live music. The desserts were delightful and delicious. Whit’s served three flavors of frozen custard. Factory Donuts, which produces fresh, gourmet and made-to-order doughnuts in 24 signature flavors, had an assortment of doughnuts ready for immediate consumption. Starbucks provided coffee, iced coffee, passion tea and cake pops for participants to grab and go. Mole Cantina Mexicana had generous portions of tres leches, which complemented its spicy chicken quesadillas and carnitas en salsa verde. Specialty drinks were also a major part of the evening’s menu. Stonewood’s blueberry martinis, served in miniature martini glasses, were extremely popular. “Those martinis are really, really good,” Robin Cardoza said. “They are the best.”

The baby margueritas at Mole Cantina, the tropical hurricanes at Hurricane Dockside and the sangria spritzers at Backstreet’s were a big hit. There were also wine tastings by PRP Wine and Scout & Cellar. The Flavors 2020 judges sampled all the fare and declared a few winners. Mole Cantina Mexicana won for Overall Taste. Wellington National Golf Club was named Best Trolley Stop. Whit’s Frozen Custard took Best Dessert and Mole Cantina Mexicana won for Best Cocktail. The People’s Choice Award went to India Grill & Bar. Green thanked the event’s sponsors for their support, including Florida Power & Light, Schumacher Automotive Group, Professional Bank, the Wellness Experience, the Mall at Wellington Green and Live 360.

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The NRI Institute of Health Sciences in Royal Palm Beach held a health fair on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The information given out was in connection with October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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continued from page 1 locate from an inline store to the stand-alone building. Star Liquors, which also operates a store in the Wellington Courtyard Shops, is slated to take

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continued from page 3 same as early voting, although the four office locations have 24-hour security cameras. “When we are not there, we don’t want you just leaving your ballot on a windshield or something,” Link said, pointing out that elections staff will be wearing Supervisor of Elections t-shirts.

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Top Cop And Top Firefighter

continued from page 3 leone agreed. “We’ve worked together on A Day for Autism, and we were so close to being able to do it this year, we just missed it by a week when COVID-19 hit,” he said. “You were always there for all of us. You are so deserving of this award.” Vice Mayor Tanya Siskind also noted Poritz’ presence in the community. “I see you at every community event, and when I read the nomination letters, they speak about leadership, and it is no wonder that the Public Safety Committee picked you as Top Cop,” she said. “We can’t thank you enough for your service.” Councilman John McGovern thanked the committee for its work. “I want to thank the Public Safety Committee for doing the tough job of choosing the Top Cop, so we didn’t have to do it, because your whole team is spectacular,” he said. “Let me speak directly to you and say thank you to your wife and son for giving you to our community. Your job is often hard, but you are the type person who is compassionate and dedicated and still strong.” Mayor Anne Gerwig echoed the

over the old CVS location once the new building is complete. Many Wellington residents will be glad when the project is complete. During the past three years, there have been complaints that an unsightly mess in the construction area had become a hardship for businesses and customers alike, along with a continuing struggle with the inconvenience of limited

access and inadequate parking. The CVS construction project entailed modifications that included constructing a new entrance from Forest Hill Blvd. and additional new parking. Matt Blanchette, retail communications manager for CVS Pharmacy, told the Town-Crier last week that the new store is expected to open sometime in December.

Early voting sites in the western communities include the branch libraries in The Acreage and Wellington. Royal Palm Beach Village Hall is a mobile van ballot drop-off location. Link noted that her office is still looking for poll workers. “We want to make sure that with the pandemic, we have enough staff,” she said. “We want to get people in and out. We’re going to try to add some additional positions, maybe have people walking the lines — anything

we can do to move things along quicker.” Link warned against misinformation calls to voters from people claiming to be from the Supervisor of Elections Office telling people that their ballots have not been received or that they need to cast another ballot. “If you get these calls, please feel free to call our office,” she said. “Know that we are checking the best we can to make sure that the information that we provide is accurate.”

comments of her fellow council members. “Thank you for your integrity and your dedication, and thank your wife and your family for showing up and participating,” she said. Dube was introduced by PBCFR District Chief William Rawley, who remarked on Dube’s “ability to maintain a cool head in the most challenging of emergencies.” Nominated by PBCFR Battalion Chief Ken Wooldridge, Dube is a longtime Wellington resident and has been a Palm Beach County firefighter for more than 25 years. He is a family man with five daughters. Dube had been a medic and a certified driver before being named to the lieutenant short list, then bypassing it to be promoted to captain. Dube is described as quiet, mild mannered and always ready to work hard to meet the department’s goals and objectives in the areas of training, education and consistency. “It is a great honor to be recognized,” Dube said, adding that he is a man of few words. Council members remarked that they recently received great PBCFR reports with great response times, and all offered congratulations. “You are the first line when someone has a problem,” Gerwig said. “You are the first ones to show up, you’re in there in the heat of it whether it’s fire, accident or

any kind of service call.” Siskind thanked Dube for his dedicated service. “I read your nomination letter and was so impressed by what your coworkers said about you,” she said. McGovern agreed. “Sometimes you know a lot about a person by the company they keep, and to see the people who came out to see you receive this award is very impressive, and we are happy to have you as a longtime resident of the village,” he said. In other business: • The council accepted a Recreational Developmental Assistance Program $50,000 matching grant for Greenbriar Park. The funds will be used for volleyball courts and recreational facilities at the park. • A scrivener’s error required re-approval of a previously approved item. The error was regarding a magistrate’s term, which should begin June 1. This was incorrectly typed in one spot as July 1. A new public hearing and vote needed to be held to ensure that all agreed that it was an error and should be corrected. Village Attorney Laurie Cohen said that without the correction, one term would end and there would be a one-month lapse before the next term began. After evidence was shown, proving that it was indeed an error, the correction was adopted and passed unanimously. The next meeting of the Wellington Village Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27.

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continued from page 1 we added two corporate pavilions,” he said. “There are a couple of things that we are doing there.

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First Reading

continued from page 1 five acres, and no more than four RVs would be allowed on parcels greater than five acres. Council members said there should be an allowance for one RV for properties under one acre. The RV would be required to be hooked up to or have access to appropriate electrical service, potable well water and sanitary sewer facilities. An application for a new registration permit would be accepted by the town after a minimum of six months unless the site was used initially for less than six months, in which case a permit could be issued for the remaining time period.

Golf Carts

New Rules Planned

continued from page 1 interest in the issue and to the public to receive input. Schofield anticipated that the public input process would take about four months. “We would like to have input prior to the end of the equestrian season,” Schofield said. Mayor Anne Gerwig commented that golf carts are a necessity in the equestrian community. “It is how they get around,” she said, adding that clearer rules would make the use of golf carts safer. Councilman John McGovern agreed, saying that the village is looking to make the use of golf carts safer and in a uniform way. He suggested that the Senior Advisory Committee be given a chance to offer input. Gerwig said that communication with schools and the Education Committee is also important, since some parents take their children to and from school using golf carts. Councilman Michael Drahos agreed that all relevant committees

Construction was a competitive bid among five other applicants, within 15 percent of each other, and recommended accepting the bid. Councilwoman Selena Samios made a motion to approve the Commons Park items, which carried 5-0.

The ordinance does not apply to caretaker’s quarters, grooms’ quarters and construction trailers, and does not change the current code of ordinances regulating RVs. There must be a residential dwelling or agricultural structure on the parcel, for living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes. Maniglia said the purpose of the ordinance is to prevent an excessive number of RVs on any property and to prevent RVs from occupying vacant property. However, she pointed out that the current wording of the ordinance would allow RVs on vacant property if it had as little as a lean-to on it. Councilman Robert Shorr felt that a barn or other agricultural structure on the property should not be a license to permit RVs. “I think you should have a resi-

dential dwelling on each property,” Shorr said. “I think residential dwelling is the backbone of the infrastructure — the water, sewer, electric that’s all permitted, that’s designed for somebody to live there. Then if you want to have auxiliary uses, RVs and such, that would tie into it. Our tax base is nothing without that residential structure.” Mayor Lisa El-Ramey said that the necessary changes could be made before the ordinance is finalized. “I think we’ve got language to move forward,” she said. Town Manager Jamie Titcomb said the town attorney would adopt language they had discussed for presentation at the council’s next meeting. Councilwoman Laura Danowski made a motion to approve the first reading of the ordinance, which carried 5-0.

should be polled for their input but did not want the process to get too unwieldy. “We would like for this to stay on track,” he said. McGovern warned against rushing the issue. “This is a large-scale transformative undertaking,” he said. “If the village does this, there should be a good deal of input.” Schofield stressed that safety is the goal. “The village needs to find a way to deal with the golf carts for them to be operated safely on the pathways,” he said. Currently, the laws are enforced similar to traffic violations. If the PBSO sees an infraction, they will stop the person and cite them. Schofield said that in neighborhoods, very few citations have been written in the last few years. Drahos said that the village also wants to increase community awareness. “The village has an obligation to make golf cart use safer,” he said. Councilman Michael Napoleone agreed. “The goal of the ordinance is to put the rules in place,” he said. “And then, the PBSO will have enforcement.” Schofield said that the golf cart issue is timed with the expansion of Wellington’s multi-modal pathway system. “By the time this is

completed, the standards need to be in place,” he said. Assistant Planning, Zoning & Building Director Michael O’Dell said village staff will work on the matter and bring it back in a timely fashion. O’Dell told the Town-Crier this week that the committees will include the Public Safety, Senior Advisory, Education and Equestrian committees. “It is the decision of the council to take the matter through the committees to seek their input and the public’s input,” O’Dell said. “Within neighborhoods with speed limits of 25 mph or less, we have identified roadways and communities that are covered by the state statutes.” O’Dell noted that many Wellington communities are connected to roadways that are 35 mph. He said that rules will need to be formulated for pathway usage, such as the pathway width, speed limit, age of driver, required safety equipment and appropriate traffic regulations. “We see a lot of kids on carts where there are more kids than seats,” he noted. O’Dell expects that the new regulations will be in place by March of next year.

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Vice President of Marketing Kelly Jo Hinrichs and New Development Marketer Bang Lake are ready to celebrate the groundbreaking on the new project.

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC) is breaking ground on its newest all-inclusive independent senior living community, Palomino Gardens in suburban Lake Worth. The company celebrated the milestone with a ceremonial groundbreaking at Stonewood Grill & Tavern in Wellington on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Guests from the local business community were treated to lunch and enjoyed a presentation describing the $30 million project and the jobs it will bring to the area. “We are excited about being good neighbors,” said Kelly Jo Hinrichs, vice president of marketing for RLC. “We want to make sure that building happens in the way it should for us to be the great partners that we promise to be.” Hinrichs then explained how RLC is unique in the senior living

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space because the company builds, owns and manages the property. The 21-year-old company has opened 40 communities across the United States, with 17 more under construction and another 26 under contract. “We are on an amazing growth trajectory because of the concept that we have,” Hinrichs said. “It is not only going well for us, but it’s helping seniors around the country stay engaged in the local community.” The community engagement begins with RLC hiring local residents. The company anticipates that anywhere from 35 to 45 full-time and part-time jobs will be created and filled by local individuals. “We hire people who serve from their heart — who love our seniors — and we help develop individuals to grow in the areas we are looking to support,” Hinrichs said. This includes setting up a job

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The Village of Wellington offered a free Fall “Creepy Crawl” Drive-Thru Experience at Village Park on Saturday, Oct. 17. Staff and volunteers dressed in scary costumes to entertain visitors young and old. Candy and goodies were given out to 1,500 kids. The event proved so popular that it reached its capacity earlier than expected and some attendees had to be turned away. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Administrative Coordinator Debbie Liquori in her costume.

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Heather Navarro and Michelle Garvey as “The Twins.”

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By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report Focused, driven and determined. That’s the best way to summarize the mindset of Wellington High School head football coach Tom Abel as he and his 10 assistant coaches prepare for the start of the delayed 2020 high school football season. It’s fair to say that Abel and his staff are making every effort in practice to get their players on the same page of commitment, intensity and execution. In fact, don’t be surprised if Abel’s Wolverine gridiron squad plays football this season with the kind of passion and purpose that their coaches preach and profess. Abel’s commitment to excellence starts with his decision to limit the roster to 48 players. “We’re allowed 60 players, but I have chosen 48 players who believe in commitment, character and brotherhood,” Abel said. “I have 48 players who were committed to getting in shape in the off-season.” Abel’s squad has a fair amount of experience with 17 of last year’s 22 starters on offense and defense back this year. Throughout the summer, as the

pandemic kept everybody at home and players away from traditional team conditioning, Abel stayed in touch with his players. He reminded them to stay in shape as they prepared for another football season. They just didn’t know what the football season would look like or when it would begin. But now they do. This year’s football season at Wellington High School will be different than it has ever been in the history of the program. Instead of a 10-game regular season with the possibility of winning a district title and qualifying for the state playoffs, this year’s regular season will feature just four games followed by three playoff games against teams from Palm Beach, Broward and/or Miami-Dade counties. The reason for the shortened season, which doesn’t start until Oct. 30, is the presence of COVID-19. Precautions and safety measures are now in place that are allowing football to be played. This includes social distancing, when possible, during practice, and coaches wearing masks. Wellington’s four-game regular season schedule begins and ends with games against local rivals.

Senior linebacker Eric Clark and junior outside linebacker Josh Miloch take a break during practice.

On Friday, Oct. 30, Wellington opens against the Wildcats from neighboring Royal Palm Beach High School. On Nov. 6, the Wolverines play the Pahokee Blue Devils, followed by the Santaluces Chiefs on Nov. 13. On Nov. 20, Wellington meets the Palm Beach Central High School Broncos for local bragging rights and custody of the Wellington Cup. After that, there will be three playoff games against to-be-determined opponents. All regular season high school games in Palm Beach County will be played at one of three locations: Jupiter High School, Boca Raton High School and Wellington High School. All three schools have new all-purpose fields. Fortunately, the Wolverines will play all four games on their home field. All public schools in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties have opted out of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s traditional state series, which crowns state champions in eight different classifications. However, Abel expects execution excellence from his offense, defense and special teams in all seven games to be played this year, as if

the state championship title was up for grabs in every game. “Our goal is to go 7-0,” Abel said. “That’s the plan.” If Abel’s plan is to work, then he will need execution excellence from his two quarterbacks — senior Rony Saintbert and sophomore Ryan Anthony — as well as productivity from five seniors who he predicts will make a significant impact in every game. Those

five seniors are defensive end Isaiah Favors, offensive lineman/ defensive lineman Denali Smith, linebacker/running back Johan Henry, inside linebacker Landon Davis and kicker Matt Palma, who is a strong favorite to the win the Lou Groza Award for the top high school placekicker in Palm Beach County. Abel rates his two quarterbacks as “outstanding players who can

both run and pass.” In fact, he expects to call many plays this season where both players will be on the field at the same time. “We have some wildcat packages that we will run this year,” Abel said. Clearly, if the Wellington Wolverines go undefeated this season, as Abel hopes, then it will take all 48 players with a focused, driven and determined mindset — just like their head coach.

Wellington High School’s “red zone” offense should produce points this season. PHOTOS BY MIKE MAY/TOWN-CRIER

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Placekicker Matt Palma (foreground) works on his field goal kicking during practice.

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Deputies, But No Lights Or Restrooms At Citrus Grove Halloween

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors has approved four deputies to be on duty Halloween night along Citrus Grove Blvd. and at Acreage Community Park. Last month, the board decided not to lend support this year to the popular Citrus Grove Trunk or Treat event, although it did open and light the park restrooms and hired deputies for crowd and traffic control last year. At the Wednesday, Oct. 14 meeting, ITID Executive Director Burgess Hanson requested depu-

ties at the Citrus Grove event and at the Acreage Community Park expansion area on Halloween to protect it from potential vandalism before it opens. Acreage Community Park Project Manager Jim Orth with Craig A. Smith & Associates said work is nearly done at the park’s southern expansion, and it is awaiting certificates of occupancy. “A lot has happened at the park,” Orth said. “Last week, we had the lights running at night. They put in some paver brick crosswalks that the county required at the last minute, and we started striping the parking lot.”

He said they are on track to have all the buildings finished. “They’re working on the ceilings right now. They should be putting in the plumbing next week,” Orth said. “We think by the end of next week, they’ll be done with all the building work.” Landscaping is also nearly finished. “We did a walk-through of the landscaping a couple of weeks ago,” Orth said. “The contractor has ordered some plants.” He is looking at full completion late next week. “We have a little cleanup going, and we’re hopefully going

to schedule a walk-through. If all goes well, by Oct. 30, the park will be for all intents and purposes substantially complete,” Orth said. “The month of November will be primarily just going through the certification and [certificate of occupancy] process.” He hopes to have a complete CO by Dec. 1. Hanson asked that an additional deputy be assigned to Acreage Community Park on Halloween to prevent vandalism. After conversations with ITID Attorney Mary Viator, Parks Director Elizabeth Ricci and PBSO Lt. Craig Turner, Hanson noted that

surrounding municipalities are limiting Halloween activities due to COVID-19 concerns. “What I’m going to be recommending to the board is that we still do not participate in the actual event,” he said. “However, with discussions with Lt. Turner and to protect the works of the district, along with just some general safety for residents on Citrus Grove Blvd., I’m going to be recommending that we set up barricades as we have in the past.” No lights would be provided, and the restrooms would be closed, he said, also recommending that

two deputies be assigned for crowd and traffic control, an additional deputy to guard Citrus Grove Park and a special deputy assigned to Acreage Community Park to prevent vandalism. “We don’t want anyone going in there with ATVs or dirt bikes on Halloween and destroying any of the landscaping, because that would set us back from a timeline perspective and could delay the inspections and certificates of occupancy that we are so close to receiving,” Hanson said. Supervisor Joni Martin made a motion to adopt Hanson’s recommendations, which carried 5-0.

RPB OKs Trespassing Ordinance For Parks And Natural Areas

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council approved the first reading of an ordinance Thursday, Oct. 15 that would control trespassing in village parks and natural areas. Village Manager Ray Liggins said the ordinance would enable

the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to give warnings to trespassers who commit crimes in parks and natural areas. “They would not be allowed on the property for a year,” Liggins said. “The second trespass notice would be for up to five years that the people would be prohibited

from being on the property, and the third time would be for up to 10 years.” He said there would be an appeals process through the special magistrate. “There also is an opportunity if people want to be on that property that they were not allowed to be on

TooJay’s Thanks Binks Forest Teachers And Staff With Delicious Lunch Spread

The pandemic has shed light on the importance of teachers and how essential they are to students and parents. To thank them for their hard work during these challenging times, TooJay’s Deli recently treated the teachers and staff at Binks Forest Elementary School in Wellington with a de-

licious lunch spread, complete with the deli’s famous piled-high sandwiches. TooJay’s is excited to welcome guests into its dining rooms at all locations throughout Florida in accordance with all state and local requirements. They continue to be leaders in safe sanitation and food

handling with team health checks and enhanced cleaning procedures. For information on how TooJay’s is implementing COVID-19 safety regulations, visit www. toojays.com/how-we-are-navigating-covid-19. Guests can also enjoy great food through curbside, takeout, delivery and catering.

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for purposes of their First Amendment rights, they can get permission from the village to do that for that period of time,” Liggins said, adding that the purpose of the ordinance is to assist in the prevention of trespassing, if needed. Councilman Richard Valuntas asked if the ordinance is similar to business trespassing ordinances to prevent loiterers, and Village Attorney Keith Davis said the parks and natural areas ordinance would help enforce existing criminal violations on public property. “There’s a whole list of criminal offenses, and if somebody

commits one of those on village property, that would trigger either a warning for trespass, or depending on the circumstances, a one-year ban and so forth. So, the trigger in this case is not, ‘We don’t want the people on the property.’ They’ve committed a criminal offense on the property.” Davis explained that in an appeal, the village would have to establish that the criminal offense did occur. Valuntas made a motion to approve the ordinance, which carried 5-0. In other business, the council approved the final reading of an

ordinance that would regulate solicitation and distribution on village roads. Village Manager Ray Liggins said the ordinance would regulate the solicitation, distribution and sale of any merchandise, goods, property or services, as well as the solicitation for charitable services, on public roads. “It is consistent with the county ordinance and will be enforced by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office,” Liggins said. Councilman Jeff Hmara made a motion to approve the ordinance, which carried 5-0.

Wellington Art Society To Feature Multimedia Artist Craig McInnis

The Wellington Art Society will feature a demonstration by professional multimedia artist Craig McInnis on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The meeting demonstration will take place through the WAS Zoom virtual link, which is distributed by e-mail to all members. A meet-and-greet will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the member spotlight and a brief meeting. The event will conclude with McInnis’ demonstration. The public is invited. RSVP by e-mail to presidentofwas@gmail.com. McInnis is a well-known multimedia artist and creative professional local to the Palm Beach area. Originally from Connecticut, he was born into a family of artists and musicians, including his mother, grandfather and great uncles. It was the Art Institute of Fort

Lauderdale, however, that brought him to Florida years ago. After graduation, McInnis quickly entered the professional art world, taking on not one, but many prominent roles. From making music and touring nationally in numerous bands to painting public and private murals, McInnis diversified his talents in ways that led to new and innovative opportunities. He is also the co-founder of Art Synergy and Continuum, through which McInnis, along with a dedicated team of art professionals, continues to lead the promotion of local art at national and international levels and facilitates access to arts education. McInnis has also served as creative director of Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds for the past 15 years. In this role,

he oversees horror makeup design, graphics, talent booking, casting and management, branding, set design, scenic painting, as well as getting into creative character himself. In addition to the virtual meeting demonstration, the Wellington Art Society will participate in Artscapes, a virtual exhibit scheduled from Nov. 1 until Jan. 4, 2021. This exhibit will feature 25 artists and 81 original artworks by WAS members, including stained glass, handmade paper, photography, painting and more. All artwork is for sale and a portion of proceeds go toward scholarship and outreach programs. For more information, and to view the virtual gallery, visit the Wellington Art Society online at www.wellingtonartsociety.org.

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Mounts Botanical Garden To Host Plant-A-Palooza Nov. 7-8

The Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden, has announced its first major public event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last March. The always popular Plant-A-Palooza, the annual fall plant sale, returns Nov. 7 and Nov. 8. “We have reimagined our fall plant sale for today’s new normal,” Mounts Curator Director Rochelle Wolberg said. “Public health and safety are our top priorities. Because we’re adhering to Palm Beach County and CDC requirements and guidelines, the upcoming sale will be held at reduced capacity. We are also requesting that all tickets be purchased in advance through www.mounts.org.” Sponsored by the Palm Beach chapter of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Associa-

tion, the fall plant sale will feature more than 30 vendors, offering a wide range of plants, shrubs, trees, garden furniture, accessories, baskets and fine crafts, all spread throughout the garden. Visitors can stroll and shop in a socially distanced, relaxed environment, while looking for bonsai, bamboo, bromeliads, butterfly plants, citrus, ferns, Florida natives, flowering trees, ginger, heliconia, orchids, pitcher plants, plumeria, roses, succulents, vines and more. “The Mounts Nursery and Vintage Thrift Shop will also be open with a great variety of plants and unique treasures for the home and garden,” Wolberg said. Masks will be mandatory, and social distancing will be enforced. Hand sanitizing stations will be available. There will be no carryout assistance. Visitors should

bring their own wagon or cart. There will be no food vendors. Water will be available for purchase. The sale will take place Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a Mounts members’ preview from 8 to 9 a.m. The sale will continue Sunday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entrance/exit will be located at Gate 2 only in the DMV parking lot. Event parking is in the DMV lot and the Mounts front entrance lot. Admission is free for Mounts members starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday only. A current membership card is required. Advance admission for nonmembers is $10 (general/ages 13 and up) and $5 for children 5 to 12. Gate admission is by credit card only at $12 and $5. With a mission to inspire and educate through nature, Mounts

331 Animals Found Forever Homes At Virtual Countdown 2 Zero Event

Each year, dozens of local animal rescue groups join together for the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) Adoption Event, Palm Beach County’s largest one-day adoption event, in an effort to save the lives of hundreds of animals. Due to COVID-19, the seventh annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event was held as a virtual event and took place for a week, instead of one day. Organized by the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, the event found homes for 331 animals during the oneweek adoption event held Sept. 26 through Oct. 3. “The 2020 C2Z had a different feel, but the mission was still the same — saving the lives of animals in Palm Beach County,” said Rich Anderson, executive director/CEO of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. “All of the rescues involved were committed to making sure that those in our community still had the opportunity to participate in the largest pet adoption event in Palm Beach County. In light of our current circumstances, we enjoyed the opportunity to create a fun, virtual event that resulted in 331 animals finding their forever homes.” The C2Z “Virtual Adoption Village” web site allowed attend-

Dogs like Ninja found new homes during the Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event. ees to connect with participating Rescue Force; Barky Pines Animal partner groups and sponsors from Rescue; Big Dog Ranch Rescue; wherever they were. The live vid- Blessed Paws Animal Rescue; eo chat rooms enabled people to Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida; ask rescue groups participating in the Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic C2Z questions and could schedule and Ranch; Save A Pet Florida; an adoption appointment prior and Tri-County Animal Rescue. to making the drive to a shelter Countdown 2 Zero is a public/ location. private community collaboration Rescue organizations that par- bringing local animal welfare ticipated included the Peggy Ad- organizations together to end the ams Animal Rescue League; Palm euthanasia of adoptable animals Beach County Animal Care & in Palm Beach County. To learn Control; the Adopt A Cat Foun- more, visit www.countdown2zero. dation; Ali Cat Rescue; Animal org.

is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden. Visitors to this 14-acre tropical oasis will see an acclaimed collection of 25 unique garden areas containing more than 2,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants. Mounts is located at 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.mounts.org. (Right) The popular Plant-APalooza event will return Nov. 7-8 with social distancing rules.

Palms West Charter School Support Louisiana Hurricane Relief Efforts

Palms West Charter School recently partnered with the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club to raise money for families in Louisiana who were hit hard during recent hurricanes. “We are very proud of the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club for assisting in our fundraising efforts,” said Steve Epstein, principal of Palms West Charter School. “They provided a check for $500 to assist with hurricane relief efforts in Louisiana.” The school then raised another $500. “In total, we are sending $1,000 to the Charter Schools USA foundation, the Giving Tree,” Epstein said. “Charter Schools USA (the Giving Tree) will be matching the donations they receive. In all, our share of the donations for Louisiana will be $2,000.” Epstein thanks CSUSA CEO Jon Hage, as well as the entire Palms West Charter School and Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club communities for assisting with these efforts to help. Learn more about the Palms West Chamber School at www.palmswestcharter.org.

Wellington Writer Publishes New Booklet On Golf In England’s Cornwall Region

In the recently completed booklet, Golf in Cornwall: England’s Best Kept Secret, Wellington-based golf writer Mike May provides a short description of the top 10 golf designs in England’s county of Cornwall. When people conjure up images of England’s most southwesterly county of Cornwall, they often think about the area’s rugged, cove-filled coastlines, its beautiful beaches, the many quaint seaside villages, the BBC shows Poldark and Doc Martin (filmed in Cornwall), and the area’s famous foods such as Cornish clotted cream,

gles, birdies and pars. While Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England’s county of Kent and England’s county of Lancashire are popular golfing hotspots, England’s county of Cornwall provides golfers with everything they want and need in a golfing getaway, especially in the spring, summer and fall. This 29-page booklet also includes information on places to stay and dine while visiting Cornwall. It is posted at EnglandGolfer. com at www.englandgolfer.com/ articles/golf.cornwell.golf.guide. pdf.

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The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington recently announced Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, as the new date for the 39th annual Wellington Golf Classic. Traditionally hosted in November, the event will be held later in the season due to COVID-19 precautions. The event kicks off with registration at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start with an auction and awards celebration to follow at the Wellington National Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington). Past participants will notice slight changes to the popular annual event to allow for COVID-19 safeguards. However, the 39th year of this important fundraising event will still provide plenty of excitement with a tournament, cart-side lunch, on-course contests, a live auction and an awards reception. “This year’s tournament is more important than ever to the club. The need is greater than normal, while the ability to get people together for fundraising has obviously decreased because of COVID-19. The golf tournament

Barky Pines Announces Second Annual Puppy Love 5K Fun Run/Walk Event

Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary is excited to announce its second annual Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk event to take place Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The chip-timed race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Participants wishing to do the “fun run” and/or walk with their pets will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost to participate in the 5K will be $35 if registered on or before Jan. 31. Beginning on Feb. 1, the cost will increase to $45 per person. There will also be virtual and group registration options. All registrations include a shirt and participation medal. To register, visit www.runsignup.com/race/fl/ royalpalmbeach/barkypinespuppylove5k. Registration opened on Oct. 15. Day-of registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Commons Park. Packet pickup locations will be posted closer to race time for those registered in advance. All

participants are asked to follow current CDC guidance at that time, to include but not be limited to, socially distancing as much as possible, and to wear masks up until race start, as well as after the race upon cool down. The grand marshal will kick off the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Guests can also look forward to pet adoptions, a variety of exhibitors, a DJ and more. In conjunction with the event, Barky Pines will be conducting a supply drive. For each supply donated, guests will be entered to win raffle prizes. Supplies needed include small breed dog food, pee pads, cleaning supplies, large dog bowls, small dog beds, small dog harnesses and leashes, and farm animal feed. This year’s sponsors include Storm Roofing. To support this inaugural event, view sponsorship opportunities at www.barkypinesanimalrescue.com/2nd-annual-puppy-love-5k, call (561)

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Project 425 of Loxahatchee Groves performed a test firing of its newly rebuilt trebuchet on Thursday Oct. 8. Mike Carroll was the trigger man along with Bill Arcuri as loader. Curt Rich and Nelson Parrish were down range acting as forward observers. Ray Branch was safety observer out on the road, and Jim Kosinski was the official photographer. Rick Hague and Wayne Jackson were also in attendance. The crew test-fired several projectiles, including one coconut, one small melon and several pumpkins. All were launched out to a distance of more than 500 feet. Project 425 has participated in the annual pumpkin chunkin’ event usually held every fall at Community of Hope Church. The event has been canceled this year because of the pandemic but hopes to resume the popular event next year.

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402-1451 or e-mail barkypines@ gmail.com. “We remain honored and humbled by the turnout of support for our inaugural race,” Barky Pines Director Elizabeth Accomando said. “We had more than 300 participants both in-person and virtual, and dozens more who showed up with a friend, family member or participant to be supportive. We remain appreciative of the many sponsors we had and the outpouring of support where people learned of our mission. We look forward to an even better race for 2021, even with social distancing requirements in place.” Barky Pines is an animal rescue and sanctuary located in Loxahatchee with a mission and goal to save animals that would otherwise be euthanized and to unite furry friends with their forever homes. Barky Pines is the second largest rescuer of animals from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control.

is a nice, safe way to both have fun and support the club’s important mission — even if you are a duffer, like me,” Board Member Michael “Mickey” Smith said. Proceeds from the Wellington Golf Classic support the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington, one of 13 Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. This year, the clubs provide services during regular school hours for distance learning, nonschool hours and summer camp opportunities to more than 9,400 boys and girls from ages 6 to 18. In a positive and safe environment, the clubs emphasize educational, vocational, social, recreational, health, leadership and character-building. Wellington Golf Classic committee members include Todd Barron, Elliot Bonner, Michael Ferraro, John Hornberger, Ray Mooney, Mickey Smith, Max Westerman and Meghan Whitten. The Wellington Golf Classic is supported by Amrit Ocean Resorts & Residences, CAL Risk Management, Dr. Dana Desser, Elliot Bonner, Emily Rae, Ernst & Young, Everglades Farm Equipment, the Desich Family, First Bank of the Palm Beaches, Florida Power & Light, Ford’s Garage, Gehring Insurance, H&J Contracting, Illustrated Properties-Nicolette Goldfarb, Kennesaw Juice Co., Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, Max Westerman, the Orthopedic

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Wellington Art Educator Wins Florida Art Education Association Award

The Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) has announced its 2020 award winners. These awards recognize individuals within the membership who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education and show appreciation for individuals or organizations that have contributed their services in an exemplary way to the association and to shared professional goals. Dr. Nicole Crane, art teacher at Elbridge Gale Elementary School in Wellington, is the winner of FAEA’s 2020 Florida Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Award. “It is my pleasure to share in the celebration of those who

have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education,” FAEA President Dr. Jackie Henson-Dacey said. “FAEA appreciates and embraces these individuals for their dedication and commitment to art education in the State of Florida.” FAEA will honor the 2020 award winners during the virtual awards ceremony at its Virtual Annual Professional Development Conference set for Sunday, Nov. 8 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. FAEA’s virtual conference will feature artist Gordon James as keynote speaker. For more information, visit www.faea.org.

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Three All-New Arenas At PBIEC For 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions and managing partner of the Wellington Equestrian Partners, recently announced that Equestrian Sport Productions has undertaken a complete re-engineering and construction of three important arenas at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The Grand Hunter Arena, the Rost Arena and the DeNemethy Ring are all being completely re-engineered and constructed for the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs Jan. 6 through April 4. These three arenas are the next step in ESP’s strategic decision to use data engineering to produce arenas that are safer and kinder to the horse while providing the top level of international performance. The engineering and construction of the new International Arena

last season was the first step. “ESP very successfully demonstrated last year that it is committed to being a leader in the industry by using engineering and science to move the bar forward for all of our riding surfaces,” Bellissimo said. “Our strategic vision is to provide the very best competition environment for all horses and their riders at PBIEC.” PBIEC exhibitors will ride on the new surfaces for the first time on Oct. 29 at the ESP Fall Series. At the 2020 WEF, ESP demonstrated to the world that data engineering could be used to reimagine an ultra-competition riding surface that meets the top international levels of performance yet remains kind to the horse. This season, that same strategic engineering process is being applied to the other three arenas. “As we demonstrated last year,

ESP set in motion a multi-year project to use science and analytics to assure the footing in all its arenas is the very best,” ESP President Michael Stone said. “To achieve that vision, we are committed to using the proven data engineering process of our strategic partners, JTWG All Equestrian Surfaces and iEquiTek LLC.” Last year, a series of performance specifications, called WEF Hi-Pro, were developed in the process of engineering the new ultra-competition level International Arena. This season, JTWG and iEquiTek have designed and engineered surfaces optimized uniquely for the hunter and jumper rounds in the Grand Hunter Arena, the Rost Arena and the DeNemethy Ring. “The remarkable thing about the strategic plan that ESP set forth last year is how totally committed they

are to building the very best arenas in the world,” said Travis Gould, president of JTWG. “Last year, we built the very best ultra-competition arena in the world. This meant taking no shortcuts and using data and modeling to guide the process. It’s clear that our views on this match perfectly with ESP. We are very excited to continue as their strategic partner to implement this vision by bringing WEF HiPro performance to these three arenas.” Bill Hawe, manager of iEquiTek, agreed. “ESP has shown they are conceptually ahead in conceiving the best riding surface designs,” he said. “They really understand how to use our data analytics to engineer outcomes that are kind to the horse while achieving the very best performance.” Rather than simply copying an arena design, ESP can now en-

Experts work to install the new arena footing. gineer the performance outcome lab, JTWG and iEquiTek designed ahead of time. ESP can design new custom footing mixes for all and construct these arenas using a the arenas. Premier Equestrian differing set of components, such ProTex geotechnical amendment as mats, fiber, sands, etc. while was used in the footing mixes. still knowing and controlling the JTWG completely removed the performance outcome ahead of materials from the old arenas, and time. In this way, ESP maintains all-new arenas were constructed in performance standards. the same footprints. The DeNemethy Ring is being To learn more about Palm Beach constructed with a drainage base International Equestrian Center layer using ProEquus OT-40 and the Winter Equestrian Festival, concussion mats. In the iEquiTek visit www.pbiec.com.

Keller Williams Realty Wellington Raises More Than $23,000 For Veterans

On Sept. 30 at Hopportunities in Delray Beach, the Veterans Golf Tournament Committee of Keller Williams Wellington presented Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and Wounded Veterans Relief Fund each with checks in the amount of $11,629.80. The golf event was held on Sept. 19 at the Madison Green Golf Club with smiles spread throughout the tournament. Keller Williams Wellington wanted to thank the military and veterans by holding a charity golf tournament to raise the much-needed funds for both charities. Keller Williams Wellington

sold out within a week of publicizing the event. Special thanks to Platinum Sponsors Elder & Estate Planning Attorneys and Retreat Behavioral Health; Gold Sponsors: Wedgworth Farms, Waypoint East, Merrill Lynch, Roth Farms, Guardian Angel Inspections, Producers Title, Pratt Whitney and Everglades Farm Equipment; along with the other sponsors and underwriters Florida Crystals, Designer’s Touch Jewelry, PRMG, KW Lenders, Burger Fi, Minto Homes and many more from the community. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach has benefited more than 450,000

of military members all over the world through monthly “We Care” packages sent to troops overseas. For more information about Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, visit www.forgottensoldiers.org or call (561) 369-2933. The Wounded Veterans Relief Fund exists to provide emergency financial support to qualified disabled veterans living in Florida. For more information, e-mail info@wvrf.org or call (561) 8554207. Keller Williams Wellington CEO Michael Menchise was pleased with the successful event. “Pay it forward. These simple

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My House Painting Woes Have Me Searching For Comfort Food

Where is my comfort food when I need it? Where! There is not a potato chip nor a can of aerosol cheese in the house. Even the ice cream is gone. How am I supposed to get back on an even keel here? It’s only a matter of time before I lash out, yelling at my husband Mark or kicking some kid’s jack-o-lantern down the block (no, I would never do that — kick a kid’s jack-o-lantern — that is really too much). But things are pretty bad. Oh, wait. Here’s something I hid a long time ago underneath the kale where no one ever goes — string cheese! Yay! Wolfing it down. Feeling better.

what you’re doing and stuff your good mood down into your shoes and, instead, spend your time removing shutters and screens and going to the hardware store to rent a pressure washer. Then, the next day (a day when you no longer feel like painting the house) you have 24 hours to blast old paint and scum off the entire thing (a house-size house!) before letting it dry so that maaaybe you can actually begin painting the next day. Geez. But I was motivated to get this done because my shutters were lying on the front lawn and the screens were propped up against the garage and passers-by were

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starting to ask questions. So, in record time I thought, Mark and I pressure-washed the place, and you know what? It looked good. It looked so good that I decided to pressure-wash my car. When my next-door neighbor came out and complimented me, casting a hopeful eye at her front walk, I offered to pressure-wash that, too. I was about to start on her driveway when Mark stopped me, hurriedly turning off the machine and wrapping up the hoses. (Will he never let me have any fun?) And that’s when I saw it — a gigantic gaping hole in my car’s front bumper! What? How did that happen?

Well, it happened when I pulled my car up way too close to the pressure washer and let the big machine’s red hot little muffler melt its way through the plastic bumper, all the way down to the car’s steel frame while I was busy saving money by avoiding the car wash and racking up brownie points by being a good neighbor. And now it has taken three sticks of string cheese, a glass of iffy chocolate milk and two popsicles that were stuck to the floor of the freezer to calm me down. Was it worth it? I’ll let you know when the house is painted.

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For those who like well-written historical drama, I recommend Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. Since it was written by Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing, Sports Night and a nice group of well-done movies, it is hardly surprising that the dialogue is sharp, pointed and ever so dramatic. But there is a problem in the story. Sorkin remains remarkably close to the truth in terms of what happened (with some shifts in chronology to make dramatic points), and he has managed to make a 50-year-old trial completely relevant. Yet there are too many issues piled on top of the main one. The issue comes from what actually happened. A gathering of anti-war groups at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago led to a series of riots. While the Democrats who ran the city claimed the riots were due solely to the actions of the radical demonstrators, many observers felt the tough, brutal actions of the police, many of which were shown on television, escalated the problems.

ent. Abbie Hoffman (Sasha Baron Cohen) and Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong) were basically political clowns, particularly Hoffman, since Rubin was stoned much of the time. Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) was an anti-war, anti-poverty protest organizer. David Dellinger (John Carroll Lynch) and Rennie Davis (Alex Sharp) were strong anti-war leaders. The other two sort of faded into the background. The defense team led by William Kunstler (Mark Rylance) worked diligently, but with such a diverse group, particularly the very theatrical Hoffman, things fell apart quickly. Hoffman, by far the loudest, was more interested in amusing himself, while Dellinger and Hayden and most of the others wanted to talk about Vietnam. Added to that, Judge Julius Hoffman (Frank Langella) clearly disliked everything about the group, beginning with their long hair (the first thing he had done when he sent the defendants to prison for contempt was to have their heads shaved) and ending up

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler At any rate, despite having been helped into office by the whole mess, the newly elected Nixon Administration decided to go all out and jail a “leadership” that really did not quite exist. As a result, eight people were originally charged, including Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a Black Panther leader, who was never really sure why he was included and was horribly treated. His case was separated from the others but he was sentenced to four years for contempt of court. He was released a few years later with no apologies. The rest of the group were wildly differ-

with their disruption of his court. When he started the trial, he, not really joking, stressed that he and Abbie Hoffman were not related. The younger man yelled out, “Dad, dad, thou has forsaken me.” The differences in methods and purposes only confused many of the issues. Sorkin does beautifully bringing up the political points. The trial lasted months, and Sorkin found a series of important exchanges, most of them actually real, to make a point about the corruption of power in its desire to get opponents silenced. Sorkin used flashbacks to show what was being talked about, which made the points far more powerful. He is helped by a brilliant cast. Cohen was fine as the clownish Abbie Hoffman, who clearly enjoyed pushing the judge to lose his temper. Mateen II was powerful as Seale. Tied up and gagged, his eyes flashing as he attempted and failed to be able to make his points verbally; the image of the silencing was easily as powerful as any words might

have been. Langella was superb as the judge. Although playing an unsympathetic and unpleasant role, he actually seemed to inhabit the person. Rylance as defense lawyer Kunstler and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Richard Schultz, the prosecutor, were both superb. Rylance, as usual, crept beneath the skin of the famed radical attorney (who I met several times at alumni dinners for my high school), a very decent man horrified by the casual violation of law or any sense of justice. Gordon-Levitt had a far trickier job as a man forced to do a job he really did not want to do. This is a strong political movie, and it does have a point of view. Yes, there were riots, and at least some of the people selected for trial were involved. But even those people deserved and did not receive a fair trial. The trial covered just about no one with glory and lot of folks with shame. We should remember it, and Sorkin does a good job of bringing it to life. If you have Netflix, you should see it.

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L A N D S C A P E S E RV I C E T E C H: Maintain p l a n t s t h r o u g h o u t P a l m B e a c h C o u n t y, indoors, our van, your drivers license, will train self starter, PT/FT Call 561-784-5040

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

PLANT MAESTRO — is a new plant broker in Loxahatchee. Offering top of the line plants. 14920 Okeechobee Blvd. Loxahatchee,FL 561-252-0373

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

CDL-A Drivers: It’s LOCAL SUGAR CANE Season! — $2000 Sign-On Bonus! Big $$$+ Bonus! Make Big $$$ + Bonuses & Get Home Nightly $1000 Referral Bonus. Great Health Benefits. 6 mos. Exp. in last 3 yrs. Call Oakley Today! 1-855-942-2798 Drivers CDL-A, Local, Home Daily! Industry Leading Pay! Excellent Benefits! 2 yrs CDL-AT/T Exp Req. Hazmat/Tanker Endorsement Req. 833-322-0302

HURRICANE SHUTTER INSTALLER WANTED Shop Work • Screen Fabricator and Installer. Salary Open. Acreage and RPB Area. Call P&M 791-9777

Real Estate Seasonal Rental N E W D O W N T O W N L W C O T TA G E — Seasonal rental,full kitchen, 2 patios, outdoor s h o w e r, B B Q , 1 m i l e t o B e a c h , 3 b l o c k s downtown. Info & pics,. Erin 561-818-9803

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Cleaning - Home/Office CLEANING LADY — I can help get your house cleaner than ever! Try me once and you will not be disappointed! 561-657-0420

Electrical Contractor SINGER ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING, INC. — Electrical work you can trust at an affordable price, Fully Licensed and Insured. EC#13007941 561-425-5409

Home Improvement ANMAR CO.— James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craftsman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC1327426 561-248-8528

Insurance ALL COUNTY INSURANCE — 561-4710513 If you need Commercial and General liability; Rental and Vacant property; Business/ Work Vehicles Auto Insurance Payroll/Work Comp AnthonyA@allcountyinsurance.com

Irrigation/Landscape Lighting IRRIGATION MAINTENANCE/REPAIRS — wet testing, pump replacement,landscaping and pest control-trapping. Call 561-7234684 Oasis Irrigation & Landscape Lighting

Painting J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, Chemical Roof Cleaning, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified -pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 or visit our website at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com

Painting JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/ owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473

Plumbing POO-MAN — Pumping, plumbing, & drain cleaning. For all your septic & plumbing needs! Let the Poo Crew come to you. 561-318-8416

Roofing ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. R O O F I N G R E PA I R S R E - R O O F I N G A L L TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC-0067207 NEIL O’NEAL JR. ROOFING — Roofing & Reroofing. Family owned and operated. Residential/ Commercial. Wood Replacement, Roof Coatings, Solar Vents, Skylights & Roof Ventilation. 561-6564945 Lic. & Insured CCC1330208.Free Estimates

Screening J O H N ’ S S C R E E N R E PA I R S E R V I C E — Pool & patio re-screening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call u s 7 9 8 - 3 1 3 2 . w w w. p o o l s c r e e n r e p a i r. c o m

Septic Service DANNY’S SEPTIC SERVICE — 561-689-1555 Commercial/Residential Septic Tank and Grease Trap Pumping *Drain Fields *Lift Stations *Drain Cleaning w w w. D a n n y s - S e p t i c . c o m L i c # S R O 111 6 9 6

Sprinkler Systems AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael Office: 561-964-6004 Cell: 561236-8595 Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the Western Communities Since 1990

Window Cleaning WE DO WINDOWS — Window Cleaning, Licensed and Insured. Residential and Commercial. E s t a b l i s h e d 1 9 8 8 . K e e p Yo u r W i n d o w s , Frames and Screens Clean. 561-313-7098

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Seeking Employment HOME HEALTH AIDE AVAILABLE — Experienced Home Health Aide seeks new position. Flexible hours, full time, day or night. I am a Licensed CNA who has worked as a home health aide and also as a nanny. I have many years of experience taking care of the elderly at home. Price negotiable, references provided upon request. Call Pat at (561) 294-1423.

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