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ITID CANDIDATES ON RECREATION, PARKS SEE RESPONSES, PAGE 7
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BANK EVENT BENEFITS MBSK Iberia Bank in Royal Palm Beach held a shred party Saturday, Oct. 20 to benefit My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust. People brought in old bank statements, mortgage contracts and auto leases to be shredded for security purposes. Shown here are Douglas Carranza, McGruff the Crime Dog, Diane Smith of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Iberia Bank Branch Manager Des Romm. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9
Costumes, Pie Eating And More At Fall Fest
Wellington, in cooperation with the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, held its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Village Park. Guests enjoyed many Halloween-themed activities. Page 5
Rep. Allen West Faces Democrat Pat Murphy In The District 18 Race
Democrat Patrick Murphy is challenging U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-District 22) in the newly drawn 18th Congressional District on Nov. 6. The district encompasses Martin and St. Lucie counties on the Treasure Coast, as well as the northern third of Palm Beach County, including most of The Acreage and northern areas in Royal Palm Beach. Page 7
Drew Martin, Stephen Jara Face Off For Seat On Little-Known Board
Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District Vice Chair Drew Martin faces a challenge from Stephen Jara as he seeks re-election Nov. 6. Page 8
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Margolis: Landowner Issues Have Stalled Med Arts Plan By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis tackled concerns over the medical arts district and other issues during his “State of the Village” address Wednesday before members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. The monthly luncheon, held at the Wanderers Club, also featured appearances from 21st Congres-
sional District candidates U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch and Cesar Henao, as well as an exhibition of the 1972 Miami Dolphins Vince Lombardi trophy. “The medical arts district was developed with the intentions of all the property owners giving their approval to be added to the Village of Wellington,” Margolis told chamber members. “The property owners agreed to do that, if
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Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do in Wellington held an open house Saturday, Oct. 20. The fitness center unveiled its new look with free classes, a self-defense seminar, raffle prizes, gift baskets and more. Page 9
OPINION Endorsements, Part 3: State Attorney, County Questions And More
With the Nov. 6 election just weeks away, Florida voters have plenty of decisions before they enter their polling place. Over the next several weeks, the Town-Crier will offer opinions on some of the items on the ballot. This week, we discuss the race for Palm Beach County State Attorney, two local congressional races and the two county ballot questions. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 13 OPINION .................................4 CRIME NEWS .........................6 SCHOOLS ............................ 14 PEOPLE ............................... 16 NEWS BRIEFS...................... 17 COLUMNS .................... 25 - 26 BUSINESS .................... 27 - 29 ENTERTAINMENT .................31 SPORTS ........................ 35 - 37 CALENDAR ...................38 - 39 CLASSIFIEDS ................ 40 - 44 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM
The Wellington Rotary Club presented “A Night to Remember” in honor of former Wellington Councilman Dr. Carmine Priore on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Shown above is Wellington Rotary Club President Dave Unversaw with Priore. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 12 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Wellington would go out into the medical community and bring medical businesses here.” But issues with one of the larger landowners stalled the project, he said. “The issue is that one of the landowners, a company based out of Ireland that owns most of the property, refused to come into Wellington,” Margolis said. “Until they do so, we cannot move forward with the medical arts district at all.” Margolis said that more problems arose when medical businesses pulled out of plans to move to the area. “There were a number of businesses that asked to be here,” he said. “But at the end of the day, they didn’t want to be here. It’s not that they didn’t think Wellington would be right for medical arts.” He pointed to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, which had showed interest in the area, along with other businesses. “The only way we could do that would be to make sure that LECOM has enough residents in the residency program. I’m told it’s between 50 and 75 people, and they only had 25 people. They’re not willing to come down here until they know it’s feasible.” Now, Margolis said, it has caused problems with other landowners. “The other applicants are See MED ARTS, page 20
Wellington Council Rejects County’s IG Funding Concept By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Wellington Village Council voted unanimously Tuesday against entering into an agreement with Palm Beach County to pay toward the Office of the Inspector General. Instead, council members directed staff to draft a resolution urging Palm Beach County Clerk Sharon Bock to release the freeze she has put on funds for the office. “The genesis of this is from the county,” Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz told council members. “This is their solution to the issue with the clerk.” Currently, the county is embroiled in a legal challenge from more than a dozen municipalities concerning financing of the inspector general. Because of this,
Bock has refused to release funds paid by the cities to be used for the office. “The county is asking all of the cities who are not participating in the litigation to enter into an agreement [to finance the office],” Kurtz said. The interlocal agreement would allow the county to circumvent the clerk’s office; however, there is no guarantee that the money would be repaid, Kurtz said. Other municipalities, such as Royal Palm Beach and Lantana, have agreed to the payment. But several council members said they thought that Wellington would be getting involved in the dispute between the clerk and the county. “I’ve been consistent in my support for the IG and Wellington’s obligation to make its payments,”
Councilman Howard Coates said. “But I get the sense… that we are getting sucked into this dispute. I don’t think it’s a good thing for us. We’re continuing to make our payments. If the county is entitled to these funds, they should be going to court.” Coates was also concerned that Wellington might not be repaid, even if the court rules that the payments are illegal. “They’re asking us to do a workaround so they can use the money that the clerk is holding,” Coates said. “At the same time, they’re saying they’re not going to reimburse us if it’s determined that they weren’t entitled to the money to begin with. They’re asking for everything and offering nothing.” Instead, he suggested council members make a resolution urging See IG MONEY, page 4
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County Voters To Weigh In On Two Ballot Questions By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County voters will be asked to decide two referendums during the Nov. 6 general election — one which could allow slot machines at the Palm Beach Kennel Club and one that continues the Palm Beach County Commission’s authority to grant special tax incentives to businesses. Question No. 1 asks whether voters want to allow slot machines within licensed pari-mutuel facilities in Palm Beach County, subject to the restrictions of state law. “Essentially, the county commission put this question on the ballot because they thought that there was an unfair disadvantage to our one pari-mutuel in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Kennel Club,” explained Palm Beach County Legislative Affairs Director Todd Bonlarron. “The bottom line is that in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, their parimutuels have the ability to have slots in them. The constitution allows those two counties, and those two counties only, to have slots in their pari-mutuels, which are dog
tracks, horse tracks and jai-alai frontons.” Bonlarron led a discussion of the two referendums at the Oct. 17 monthly forum hosted by County Commissioner Jess Santamaria. Bonlarron said that commission members believe having slot machines will offer a big economic boost to an industry and an area of the county that needs some help, he said. “It would also be about a $1.8 million influx into county coffers,” he added. “It would probably be tens of millions of dollars on the business side of what the Kennel Club might earn, and what that might correlate to redevelopment of their property, into jobs and other investments in the community.” The down side of the issue is that some people don’t feel that gambling and the expansion of gambling is a good idea economically or morally, Bonlarron said. Nevertheless, it has developed an entrenched foothold in the state. “Florida is a gambling state; we’ve got gaming just about everywhere,” he said. “You can go See PBC QUESTIONS, page 20
Palm Beach Central High School celebrated its homecoming during a football game Frida y, Oct. 19. (Above) Joseph Gutierrez and Alexandra Jones were crowned homecoming king and queen. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER
Equestrian Village Settlement On Hold By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report It will be at least another month before a settlement is reached between Wellington and representatives of the Equestrian Village project after members of the Wellington Village Council postponed responding to a settlement offer Tuesday. At the Oct. 23 meeting, council members also voted to clarify rules regarding the use of the property after concerns that some regulations had been violated. In August, council members agreed to revoke several suspensions on the property, located at the corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road, allowing the Global Dressage Festival to start again in November. Before this week’s meeting, the council met in a closed session to
discuss a settlement offer put forward by the site’s developers. Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz said that his understanding of the attorney-client session was that council members hoped to defer responding to the settlement while staff works on a possible solution. “We will direct staff to come up with and look at design solutions to the litigation issues for the Equestrian Village site plan,” he said. “My understanding is that we would defer a response to the settlement offer until you have had time to look at design solutions your staff has come up with, and then there might be the opportunity for a counterproposal.” Councilman John Greene said he thought the public should be given at least “a broad overview of See SETTLEMENT, page 20
Nonprofit Founder Patrols RPB In An Effort To Help Vets By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Dressed in his U.S. Army fatigues, armed with a bad leg and more than 80 pounds of equipment, Sgt. Darrell Langworthy walks the perimeter of Royal Palm Beach and Southern boulevards at least five times a week, 5 miles to 8 miles in a stretch. Langworthy, founder of Warriors4Warriors, does this in honor of veterans who have served the nation but have had a difficult time readjusting to civilian life due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other conditions. As he passes Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery, Langworthy stops and drops to one knee. “I
think of how many soldiers are in there from all the different wars,” he said. “Then I think of this war, and how many have taken their own lives because of PTSD.” After serving their country together in Saudi Arabia, Langworthy and Air Force veteran Joseph Galone Jr. experienced firsthand the difficulties many face after being deployed. “When we got back, Joe had some issues topped with coming home, finding a job, going to school and feeding his family,” Langworthy recalled. “With a lot weighing on his mind, he got into a really bad place and was close to hurting himself. So we got him the help he needed from the VA.” Six months later, when Galone
had left the military, his PTSD issues continued, but the help he needed was not available. Galone knew he needed more counseling but was turned away. “They kept telling him, ‘Oh, we can’t fit you in right now because we’re overloaded,’” Langworthy said. Galone, who lives in Buffalo, N.Y., would tell Langworthy, a Royal Palm Beach resident, about all the problems he was going through and his difficulty getting treatment from the VA. “I asked him one day if there was a way for me to get him counseling for PTSD and depression and if that would help him while waiting for the VA to get things straightened out, and he said, ‘Yeah, absolutely, that would be
great,’” Langworthy recalled. That was the beginning of Warriors4Warriors, a charitable trust that assists veterans and their families in making the transition into civilian life easier. “We realized by trying to figure out his problem that these are problems that many veterans need help with,” Langworthy said. “We thought if we could raise money to provide these counseling services, it would help veterans a lot.” Warriors4Warriors has been in existence since the summer and is registered as a nonprofit. “July 16 was the kickoff date, and everything was up and running by August,” Langworthy said. The charity is set up as a trust, See WARRIORS, page 20
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ELECTION 2012: STATE SENATE DISTRICT 25
Rep. Abruzzo: Pro-Business Platform, Record Of Successful Bills By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report After four years in the legislature, State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D-District 85) is seeking a promotion, running for the newly drawn State Senate District 25 seat on a platform that focuses on his pro-business record. Abruzzo faces Republican Melanie Peterson on Nov. 6 for a seat that covers all of the western communities, spanning from Palm Beach Gardens in the north to western Boca Raton in the south, also taking in the Glades. Abruzzo moved to Palm Beach County as a teenager to attend Lynn University, where he served as student body president. “I was always very active in the community,” he said. “I won the humanitarian award from the board of trustees at Lynn upon graduation.” He then went to work for an international marketing company and became the youngest executive on staff. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, eventually becoming a port security specialist. He is still a reservist, completing his eighth and final year, with plans to reenlist. At age 28, Abruzzo won a seat in the legislature in 2008, securing re-election in 2010. Abruzzo said he has worked hard representing the western communities in Tal-
lahassee. “There’s a saying here in Wellington: You’re either a workhorse or a show horse,” he said. “I went to Tallahassee to be a workhorse. It was very important to me to pass good laws for our community and bring home funds to the district, as well as have incredible community outreach and service from our district office. I believe we accomplished all three goals.” Abruzzo currently works for the law firm Weiss, Handler, Angelos & Cornwell as a public relations and public policy consultant. He also does work for nonprofit organizations trying to secure grants. In his time in the legislature, Abruzzo has seen 20 bills he sponsored become law, some inspired by local people. They include Nicole’s Law, named in memory of young Acreage rider Nicole Hornstein, which requires children 16 or younger to wear helmets while riding horseback in public areas, and the Ivonne Rodriguez and Victoria McCullough Horse Protection Act, which protects horses from illegal slaughter. “Florida became the first state in the union to make horse slaughter a felony,” he said of the law, which also protects horses from abuse, abandonment or neglect. “Overall, it was a comprehensive bill hailed by the animal rights community.”
Another top accomplishment was sponsoring the bipartisan Silver Alert law with Republican Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto. “Anytime you see a Silver Alert — that’s when a senior goes missing — the credit really goes to Sheriff Ric Bradshaw because he has returned more seniors from the Silver Alert system than any other lawenforcement agency in the state,” Abruzzo said. He also initiated an effort to set up a fund for military families so that when a soldier is deployed, his or her family will be able to receive some support. Also benefiting military personnel, Abruzzo was instrumental in legislation passed in 2011 enabling veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, or drug and alcohol addiction who are convicted of a crime to get treatment. “If they were convicted of a crime, there was no way for judges to send them to treatment. They would just have to send them straight to jail,” he said. “Now judges have the opportunity to have a hearing before sentencing.” Depending upon the seriousness of the crime, a judge could decide to mandate treatment rather than jail. Abruzzo believes this proven ability to get good laws enacted makes him the best choice for voters in District 25. If elected
to the Senate, his top goals include returning money to the district, legislation that would prohibit texting while driving, and enacting a statewide law limiting animal euthanasia. “I’m very concerned about new drivers who are just learning to drive watching movies and texting on their phone, with distractions in the back seat from their friends,” he said. Some counties already have laws requiring animal shelters to call three certified adoption agencies prior to euthanizing cats and dogs, he said, explaining that counties with that policy euthanize only about 50 percent of the animals that are left with them, whereas counties without the policy euthanize 90 percent. “I’m trying to pass a statewide law that will say that every county has to have this policy in place,” he said. To specifically help Palm Beach County, Abruzzo strongly supports the proposed inland port hub in the Glades area. He also supports an airport in that area. “In the Glades area, it is important to get that inland port done,” he said. “The unemployment is devastating.” Part of improving the economy, Abruzzo said, is putting a focus on education. “For jobs to come here and stay here, you have to have a skilled work force,” he said. “Our geographical location will only
State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo get us so far. We must invest in improving our public education.” Abruzzo noted that it’s predicted the state will have more revenue next year — the first time that has happened since he has been in office — but even if there is another deficit, there is no room for more See ABRUZZO, page 8
Peterson Puts Focus On Small Business, Equestrian Background By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Melanie Peterson hopes voters will see her dedication to the community and choose her to represent State Senate District 25 in Tallahassee. Peterson, an equestrian businesswoman, won the District 25 Republican nod by narrowly defeating attorney Geoff Sommers in an August primary. She now faces Democratic nominee State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D-District 85) in the Nov. 6 general election. The newly drawn District 25 takes in all of the western communities while encompassing most of central and western Palm Beach County, starting in the northwest at Lake Okeechobee, cutting east through Palm Beach Gardens and then back west, south through Wellington into western Boca Raton, and west across to Belle Glade. Peterson is a 25-year resident of central Palm Beach County. She was raised by her single mother until she remarried. Peterson said that growing up with a single mother and experiencing what it was like living in poverty motivated her to want to help the community. “I got to experience moving from severe poverty to a middle-class home with a functional family and food on the ta-
ble,” she said. “I have a different perspective when it comes to social issues. I still come from a stance of fiscal responsibility and limited government. My mother is now a business owner herself. She started the family business out of her garage.” A graduate of Santaluces High School, Peterson has a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and was a Marshall Fellow. In 2002, she co-wrote a booklet about agricultural best management practices in South Florida as part of the fellowship, which brought her notoriety in agricultural circles. “I put myself through college,” she said. “When I graduated high school, I didn’t have enough scholarship money to go to the school I had been accepted to. So I turned professional in the equestrian industry and worked for six years and saved enough money to pay for one year of college here at [Palm Beach State College]. I then earned three years of academic scholarship to finish at FAU.” For the past decade, she has volunteered with the Florida Farm Bureau, serving on its Equine Advisory Board for eight years. She is a member of the Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Committee. In 2006, she was elected to a seat on the Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.
Peterson has spent 18 years in the equestrian industry, working as a trainer, Realtor and founder of a marketing and equestrian sales web site. She began riding through her work with the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. Peterson has served as a board member of the Palm Beach County Horseman’s Association and the Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council. If elected, Peterson said that she will work hard for residents. “I don’t take no for an answer,” she said. “I don’t like the word ‘can’t,’ and I don’t give up. I’ve seen so many people come from nothing that I know it can be repeated. People just need a help up.” Peterson said her top goal would be bringing jobs to the area, along with dealing with foreclosure, home insurance and education woes. “We have to have more job creation,” she said. “We have to diversify job creation in this county. We have to look at our trade opportunities.” Peterson said that her goals are interlinked, noting that businesses are attracted to areas with good education and housing opportunities. “We have to create an atmosphere where corporations want to have their base here,” she said. “Most companies
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tell me they don’t come here because there isn’t a skilled work force. They say the cost of living is so high because the homeowners’ insurance is so high, people can’t buy homes. All of these issues are interconnected, and if we continue to look at them separately, they will continue to fail.” Peterson said that although much of Palm Beach County has seen a revitalization, the central portions have been overlooked. “I think we have a whole area of our county that has been left for the vultures,” she said. “Between here and I-95 is this massive area of aging development. No one is redeveloping or revitalizing the interior of the county, and I think it’s a shame. There are a lot of communities that need those thriving shopping centers and small businesses.” Peterson said she would encourage businesses to revitalize the area by offering tax breaks and business incentives. She also would pay special attention to the communities in the Glades. Peterson pointed out that there is an enterprise zone that stretches from Pahokee to Riviera Beach, two communities with very different needs. “You have two different kinds of enterprise,” she said. “You have a rural area
Melanie Peterson and an urban area. I think we should apply for a modification that would split them, putting the Glades area in a rural enterprise zone. They qualify for different things. We have these communities out west competing [with Riviera Beach] for See PETERSON, page 20
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Elect Dave Aronberg State Attorney; Vote YES On Both County Questions; Re-Elect Ted Deutch & Alcee Hastings To Congress The Nov. 6 general election is just weeks away, and Florida voters have plenty of to decide before they enter their polling place. From now until the election, the Town-Crier will offer opinions on some of the items voters will find on the ballot. This week we offer our recommendations for Palm Beach County State Attorney, two local congressional races and the two Palm Beach County ballot questions. PALM BEACH COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY — Democrat Dave Aronberg, Republican Dina Keever and independent candidate Robert Gershman are vying to become the next state attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit serving Palm Beach County. The race has been rife with drama and innuendo. While the sideshow qualities of this race have been entertaining for some in the local media, discussion of what’s most important — what each candidate brings to the table — has taken a back seat. Much has been said about Aronberg’s fairly limited courtroom experience, pointing to Keever and Gershman as better suited in that area. However, that is what former State Attorney Michael McAuliffe brought to the position, and he did little with it, failing to even finish the term. Aronberg, a former assistant attorney general and state senator, has a great deal of varied experiences and is more well-rounded than his opponents. He understands politics and government, and that is something this office needs. It is, after all, an elected position. This is a job for someone with management experience, someone who knows how to lead people, not be just a functionary. Keever and Gershman are extremely skilled lawyers. If either is elected, the county will certainly be better served than over the past four years. However, Aronberg’s experience makes him far more likely to take the office to the next level. The next state attorney should not just be someone who will clean up the mess left by McAuliffe but to see where the office needs to be and leading it in that direction, becoming its champion. From that viewpoint, there is one choice that stands out. The Town-Crier endorses Dave Aronberg for Palm Beach County State Attorney. U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 20 — Longtime Democratic incumbent Alcee Hastings is facing a challenge from no-party candidate Randall Terry, a national anti-abortion activist who lives in West Virginia. Because of a loophole in state election law, Terry is using this congressional race as a publicity stunt. He’s also running for president in other states. He has no interest in representing the people of this district, and he really shouldn’t be on the ballot. Hastings has
spent two decades representing South Florida and has served his constituents well. There really is no choice here. The Town-Crier strongly endorses re-electing Alcee Hastings to the U.S. House of Representatives in District 20. U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 21 — In this race, Congressman Ted Deutch, the Democratic incumbent in District 19, is running against two candidates without party affiliations, Cesar Henao and Michael Trout. Deutch was elected to Congress in 2010, following four years in the state senate. As a congressman, Deutch has passed legislation to crack down on Iranian nuclear weapons, help homeless veterans and deal with issues related to contaminated Chinese drywall. He has also introduced a bill to protect Social Security. Henao and Trout, on the other hand, have no experience and no real qualifications beyond a desire to shake things up. Their candidacies seem to be more about raising issues than a desire to do the actual work of legislating bills. Deutch has done well and deserves another term. The Town-Crier strongly endorses re-electing Ted Deutch to the U.S. House of Representatives in District 21. COUNTY QUESTION 1 — This referendum would allow for slot machines at Palm Beach County’s only pari-mutuel facility, the Palm Beach Kennel Club, pending approval by the state legislature. It is estimated that this would garner an additional $1.8 million for the county and has widespread support from the business community, and we have to agree. The county needs the money, the community need the jobs, and the moral argument is not strong enough to warrant turning it down. The Town-Crier recommends voting YES on Palm Beach County Question 1. COUNTY QUESTION 2 — This referendum would give the Palm Beach County Commission authority to grant property tax exemptions to new and expanding businesses if they are expected to create jobs. It’s a power that’s already in place but set to expire in 2014. When this was created in 2004, it was something of a luxury. But in 2012, as the county desperately tries to bring in new businesses and jobs, this is crucial for the county’s future. It was benefits such as this that were responsible for bringing the biotech industry to the county, for retaining and increasing new businesses, such as Aldi coming to Royal Palm Beach. If we’re looking to diversify our tax base and bring more good jobs to Palm Beach County, this is a tool the county commission must have. The Town-Crier strongly recommends voting YES on Palm Beach County Question 2.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Which Romney Do You Support? Last week’s Town-Crier illustrates, in letters to the editor, that there are still people out there who think so little of public intellect that they continue to try to pass “horse manure” for horse sense. [Frank Morelli’s letter] “Stop Obama Now” is admittedly a biased letter which seeks your support of global warming and its disastrous effects through the continued use of fossil fuels and dirty energy producers. The only reason for such support is obvious, and that is to increase the value of someone’s investment portfolio, and it mythologically asserts that such support will lead us to energy independence. What such support really does is lead us, according to the best scientists in the world, to disastrous climatic changes and weather-related catastrophes linked to the continued use of fossil fuels that threaten our food and fresh water supply. Of course, while it is obvious which candidate Mr. Morelli prefers, it is difficult for readers to understand his position with respect to his choice. Does he prefer Mitt Romney’s support of “Romneycare” before he was against “Obamacare?” Does he support equal pay for women before he became evasive on the issue? Does he favor writing off 47 percent of Americans who receive entitlements “who just won’t take responsibility for their lives” — people like Social
Security recipients, Medicare beneficiaries, widows and orphans and veteran benefit programs? Does he favor Mr. Romney’s proposed tax changes in the tax code which would disproportionately benefit the wealthy 3 percent, while increasing the tax obligation of the middle class? Tell us, Mr. Morelli, which Mitt Romney are you voting for? Richard Nielsen Royal Palm Beach
Vote NO On PBC Question 1 Are you a dog lover? If so, consider not voting for Palm Beach County Question 1 “Slot Machines at Licensed Pari-Mutuel Facilities Located in Palm Beach County.” This would authorize slot machines within licensed parimutuel facilities in Palm Beach County, luring more people to partake in the exploitation of greyhounds. According to the ASPCA, “life in the fast lane is no picnic for these overworked dogs.” Every year, thousands of young and healthy greyhounds are killed merely because they lack racing potential, are injured while racing or are no longer competitive. Life is hard for those who make the grade, they spend long hours in cramped kennels and are deprived of normal social contact and life experiences. By voting to put slot-machines at pari-mutuel facilities, you will, as an unintended consequence, be encouraging the maltreatment
of greyhounds. Vote no, and do it for the dogs. Dawn Frood The Acreage
Is Obama Lying? This week we learned of an email from our Libyan embassy telling the state department they were being attacked by an extension of Al Qaida. We also learned President Obama watched the attack for seven hours in real time from a drone flying over the embassy site. Obama said he called it terrorism the next day in the Rose Garden at the White House. He may have done that because he watched and read the e-mail from the four Americans killed in that attack. He did nothing to save these men. He watched the events unfold and could he have possibly seen our four Americans in the process of being killed? He is trying to say this two ways. He either said it was terrorism in the Rose Garden the next day, which means he allowed them to die, so why for the next two weeks did the White House and Obama try to cover it up? Either way, Obama cannot be trusted with America and moreover, American lives. Ronald Piretti Royal Palm Beach
The Many Faces Of Mitt Romney The presidential and vice presidential debates are now all over. In the first debate, Gov. Mitt Rom-
ney was rude and aggressive, behaving like a schoolyard bully taking over the debate from moderator Jim Lehrer and, according to Think Progress, told 58 myths. Despite his behavior and lies, Romney was declared the winner. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, incidentally, repeated many of the same misleading statements in his debate with Vice President Joe Biden, particularly the erroneous statement that Obama was cutting $716 billion out of Medicare — a lie that is repeated by other Republican candidates nationally and locally. In the second debate, Romney was less ebullient than during the first debate; President Obama was more assertive and was declared the winner. Moderator Candy Crowley held Romney to debate rules and prevented his attempt to a repeat takeover of the debate. According to AlterNet, this time, Romney told 31 myths in 42 minutes. In the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University, Gov. Romney was almost complaisant, supporting many of President Obama’s foreign policies and much of his campaign agenda; in Romney’s final remarks, he sounded as if he were campaigning for President Obama until he asked for the vote! Romney still managed 24 myths in 41 minutes. It is not just his debate persona that is like a chameleon, Gov. Romney has changed his position on many important issues from past to present, including agriculture,
climate change, education, energy and the environment, equal pay for equal work, healthcare, unions (now anti-union) and women’s rights; obviously, whatever is politically expedient. Then there is the issue of his business practices, which he whitewashes, that put into question his promises of balancing the budget and creating jobs. He used federal money to bail out the Olympics and, while with Bain, closed more businesses and moved companies overseas, than he created new jobs in the United States — quite different from the campaign trail tales he tells. Despite his chameleon changes in behavior in the debates and positions on issues over time, it appears that there are enough voters who believe the Romney/Ryan lies (shades of Bush/Cheney) and are willing to follow them off the same fiscal cliff; 30 years of Republican trickle-down economics has done nothing for this country except get us deeper in debt! Romney and other Republican candidates continue to claim that if we tax the rich, it will lead to a loss of jobs. They also claim that the only way to stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment is to give tax cuts to the wealthy. If their claims were true, we should
be at near zero unemployment right now; the rich are even richer than four years ago while the middle class and poor are even poorer. This has been increasingly the case over the years under Republican administrations. Remember, President Obama’s four years have followed eight years of Republican policy and debacle, and he has, despite the obstructionism of the Republican House, still been able to show progress on many fronts. Incidentally, Republican voters don’t seem to mind the millions of dollars spent (thanks to the SCOTUS Citizens United ruling) on misleading and downright false political ads. And despite the lies and failures of Gov. Romney — as well as previous Republican administrations — the polls have Gov. Romney virtually tied with President Obama! It defies logic. The bottom line is that the only polls that really count are the ones for which voters cast their votes on Nov. 6. We can only hope that more Republican voters will finally “get it” (the fateful fallacies of Mitt the Chameleon and his GOP cohorts) and decide to vote for Barack Obama on Nov. 6. The future of our country depends on it. Patricia Abbott Royal Palm Beach
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RPB OKs Industrial Park Changes With Enhanced Landscaping By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council last week approved variances and a site plan for a largescale commercial/industrial expansion of the Southern Mills Business Park planned industrial development off Southern Blvd. Included in the Oct. 18 vote were landscaping conditions that would protect neighbors from an unwelcome view if existing invasive exotic plants surrounding a stormwater retention pond are ever removed. The council approved a siteplan modification and architectural plan for the existing development, located on a 28.4-acre site about a half-mile west of State Road 7 and north of the South Star Storage facility at 103rd Avenue and Southern Blvd. The site plan modification increased the overall square footage of the proposed buildings from 351,265 to 363,490 square feet, for an additional 12,225 square feet. But the number of buildings was reduced from four to three. The applicant also plans to move the existing internal road from the center of the site to the west side. An existing 152,290-square-foot building is occupied by Millwork Sales on the north end of the property. The development is flanked by
the Bella Terra residential neighborhood to the east and north, Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery and the Nautica Lakes residential community to the west, and South Star Storage to the south. One of the architectural variances allows the developer to reduce the depth of the building’s wall projections required to break up the length of walls longer than 100 feet from 3 feet in depth to 1-foot, 1-inch, and to allow no projections in the areas where loading docks are located. “The applicant contends that the variance is justified given that the site is located at the terminus of a 1,200-foot-long private road that is not part of the streetscape and will not detract from the community character,” said Planning & Zoning Director Bradford O’Brien, who added that village staff recommended approval. The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the application at its Oct. 9 meeting in a 4-0 vote after listening to concerns from residents about landscape buffering. The first new building would be occupied by a tire distribution center. The second new building would contain wholesale warehouses. A fencing waiver was also granted to allow an 8-foot-high
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vinyl-coated chain-link fence with two strands of barbed wire along the top to be installed around portions of the truck loading areas, where code allows only 6 feet with three strands of barbed wire. O’Brien said village staff members had met with residents of Bella Terra and the applicant to review concerns the residents had expressed at the Planning & Zoning meeting. Recommendations had included allowing existing coco plum hedges on the east property line to grow to 8 feet and to allow coco plums on the west side to grow to 6 feet. The parties had also reached an agreement that if the existing invasive exotic plant growth around a pond separating Bella Terra and the industrial site, which is owned by a third party, is ever removed, the applicant would install new landscaping within 90 days. Attorney Barbara Hall, representing Exeter Property Group, said changes to the site plan had moved activity that had been on the eastern and western sides of the property to internal areas instead. “Under the previous site plan, all of the truck activity and the loading activity was taking place on the perimeter,” Hall said. “We are making the western side passive. There are no openings. There is no activity occurring on this side.”
The design changes will also allow increased landscaping on both the east and west sides, she said. Hall added that Exeter landscapers had met with Bella Terra residents and agreed to put in an additional 25 slash pines against the eastern side of the building that would be exposed. “If the residents can be confident that’s what we’re going to do, and we’re agreeing to have it made a condition of our site plan approval, and I don’t want to speak for them because they have their attorney here, I believe that resolves it,” she said. Hall added that she thought the
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continued from page 1 Bock to release the funds. “I have no problem with this council passing a resolution that those funds be released,” Coates said. “But this agreement does not seem to be the way to go.” Councilman Matt Willhite said that although he fully supports financing of the inspector general, he agreed with Coates.
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buildings were attractive even though the wall projections had been reduced. “The variances we’re asking are a compromise to make the buildings more efficient, but still honor your code by providing setbacks, banding, awnings and changes in the wall detail, all of which will break up the wall, even though they don’t meet the technical requirements,” she explained. Village Manager Ray Liggins said the projection requirements were part of the village’s big-box ordinance, which is intended to apply to large buildings more visible to the public. “The reason staff supports this
is this is not on the streetscape,” Liggins said. Bella Terra resident David Quilleon said he and his neighbors wanted to ensure that the landscape provisions were part of the plan. “We do have concerns about the landscaping that exists there,” he said. “If it does go away because of a storm or someone decides to get rid of it, there’s not enough of a buffer for our development. That is the concern, and I do believe it has been addressed.” The council voted 4-0 to approve the variance and the resolution granting architectural approval, with Councilman Richard Valuntas recusing himself.
“I don’t know how it would be any different with this grant here,” he said. “I think we have already done our obligation. We have sent the money. I don’t think this is the best avenue.” Willhite supported Coates’ resolution idea. “We’ve done our responsibility,” he said. “We’ve sent the money, yet we’re made to look like the bad guys because the Office of the Inspector General’s is not funded.” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said that she understood Bock’s predicament, though she was in support of the inspector general. “If she releases the funds and…
it’s found that the cities cannot be asked to pay for the inspector general, she can’t go get that money back,” Gerwig said. “We should have the courts weigh in. No one wants to participate in something that is not done legally.” Gerwig did not want Wellington circumventing the legal process. “The courts need to intercede,” she said. “I don’t think it’s fair to our taxpayers… that we may have to pay it twice.” Coates made a motion to deny the interlocal agreement and to direct staff to draft a resolution urging Bock to release the money. The motion passed unanimously.
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COSTUMES, PIE EATING AND MORE AT WELLINGTON’S ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL
Wellington, in cooperation with the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, held its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Village Park. Guests enjoyed Halloween-themed activities, including trick-or-treating, haunted hallways, pumpkin decorating and costume contests. There were also bounce houses, paintless paintball and a variety of vendors. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER
Sofia, Jana and Yago Rodriguez enjoy the evening t ogether.
Wellington Village Council members with winners from the 3 & Under age division.
Brooke Vergara with Sophia and Jessica Guicciardi enjoy trick-or-treating.
Ana Piriz and Craig Burchill are dressed up for the festivities.
Sean Shields competes in the pie-eating contest.
Dee Beaver of the Road Rascals shows off her Excalibur Phaeton.
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Palm Beach Central High School celebrated its homecoming during a football game Friday, Oct. 19. Joseph Gutierrez and Alexandra Jones were crowned homecoming king and queen. On the field, the Broncos defeated the John I. Leonard Lancers 35-25. (See page 35 for game coverage.) PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER
Senior court member Colin Douglass escorts Alexandra Jones.
Junior court member Austin Rivera escorts Gabriela Corsa.
Senior court member Ray Wilson escorts Wegina Barosy.
Senior court member Joseph Gutierrez escorts Ashlee Pryer.
Senior court member Isidro Peart escorts Celine Besman.
Senior court member Crystian Cepeda escorts Taylor Wolfe.
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Suspects Sought For Passing Counterfeit Bills At RPB Stores By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report OCT. 23 — Two businesses contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Royal Palm Beach on Tuesday to report incidents of fraud. According to separate PBSO reports, both stores reported receiving counterfeit bills for purchases. According to the first PBSO report, when an employee of Walgreens on Southern Blvd. was counting her cash register she discovered two counterfeit $100 bills. According to the report, the employee said that one was used shortly before 8:40 p.m., when she counted the register. The other bill was believed to be used sometime between 3:40 and 7:30 p.m. According to the report, video surveillance footage showed the suspect who used the second fake bill. The suspect is described as a tan white or black male, approximately 5-foot-4 and 150 lbs., wearing dark shoes and shorts, a gray shirt and a red hat. There was no further information available at the time of the report. In a second PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was dispatched to the Toys “R” Us on State Road 7 after someone used $55 in counterfeit bills. According to the report, an employee said that a tall, older white male came into the store at approximately 4 p.m. and spent $49.99 plus tax to purchase an item, using the counterfeit money to pay for it. The employee said several hours later the man returned and attempted to exchange the item for cash with a receipt. According to the report, the employee handed the counterfeit money back to the man, at which time he became upset and refused to accept it. The suspect then left the store and got into a blue Grand Marquis, fleeing the area. There was no further information available at the time of the report. ••• OCT. 17 — A man was arrested early last Wednesday morning on felony charges of impersonating a police officer following a traffic stop on Southern Blvd. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was on patrol in the area when he pulled over a Dodge van. According to the report, the vehicle’s tag came back as registered to a Chevrolet pickup truck. The deputy made contact with the driver, 44-year-old Gary Giannotti. According to the report, as the deputy ran the vehicle’s identification number through the dispatch, Giannotti handed him a PBSO identification card with his name, picture and identification number. According to the report, the deputy checked the PBSO employee database and noticed Giannotti’s name was not in the system. Giannotti was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and failure to register a motor vehicle. OCT. 17 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home in Kensington Way last Wednesday afternoon regarding a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., someone entered the victim’s home and stole about $1,000 cash along with several pieces of jewelry. The deputy believes the perpetrator(s)
entered the home by forcing open a window in the living room. The perpetrator(s) then entered the master bedroom and removed cash and jewelry from the victim’s drawers. The stolen items were valued at approximately $6,000. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 18 — A man was arrested on felony charges following a foot chase through the St. Andrews Palm Beach community last Thursday afternoon. According to a PBSO report, deputies were on alert for 41-year-old Gary Miller, listed as at large, who was wanted for several charges. According to the report, at approximately 4:30 p.m. a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation observed Miller’s vehicle leaving Bobwhite Road in the Willows. The deputy joined in a car chase with other PBSO deputies, following Miller on State Road 7 and onto Belvedere Road. According to the report, Miller jumped out of the car near the intersection of Benoist Farms and Belvedere roads, running on foot into the St. Andrews community. The deputy followed and observed Miller throw a clear bag containing crack cocaine onto the road. According to the report, the deputy was able to apprehend Miller. He was arrested and taken to the county jail, where he faced several charges including resisting an officer with violence, tampering with evidence and cocaine possession. OCT. 20 — A juvenile was arrested last Saturday evening on charges of drug possession after he was caught smoking at the Mall at Wellington Green. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 6 p.m., a deputy from the Wellington substation was called to the food court patio of the mall after security officers observed six juveniles smoking in plain view on the patio. The deputy made contact with the group. During a search of one of the juveniles, the deputy discovered a baggie containing marijuana. The juvenile was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center, where he was charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams. OCT. 21 — An Acreage man was arrested early last Sunday morning on charges of drunken driving following a traffic stop on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was on patrol when he observed a white Land Rover make multiple traffic infractions. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, 54year-old Whitfield Scott Jr. According to the report, the deputy detected signs of impairment and called in a second deputy to perform roadside tasks. But, according to the report, the deputy found Scott to be impaired to the point that roadside tasks were unsafe to perform. Scott was arrested and taken to the county jail, where breath tests revealed he had a blood alcohol level of .25. Scott was charged with driving under the influence. OCT. 21 — A resident of Olympia contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington last Sunday morning regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 p.m. last Saturday and 10:20 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the vicSee BLOTTER, page 20
Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Hector Rivera, a.k.a. Carlos Berra, Hector Hurber, Dominguez Mendez and “Tito,” is a white male, 5’8” tall and weighing 185 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 05/01/68. Rivera is wanted for attempted first-degree murder. His occupation is lawn maintenance. His last known addresses were Barcelona Avenue in Lake Worth and Lancaster Avenue in Greenacres. Rivera is wanted as of 10/18/12. • Edwin Sales, a.k.a. Edwin Salles, is a white male, 5’6” tall and weighing 120 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of birth is 12/08/84. Sales is wanted for lewd or lascivious battery. His occupation is unknown. His last known address was South 42nd Way in Greenacres. Sales is wanted as of 10/ 18/12. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.
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ELECTION 2012: CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 18
Patrick Murphy Puts Focus On Business, Financial Background By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Democrat Patrick Murphy is challenging U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-District 22) in the newly drawn 18th Congressional District on Nov. 6. The district encompasses Martin and St. Lucie counties on the Treasure Coast, as well as the northern third of Palm Beach County, including most of The Acreage and northern areas in Royal Palm Beach. The district leans Republican but is considered one of the few swing districts in the state. Murphy, who was originally challenging West for his current District 22 seat, followed West north when the incumbent abandoned his re-election bid in District 22 for the more Republican-friendly District 18. Murphy, 29, was born in the Florida Keys and grew up working in his family’s Coastal Construction Group, starting as a day laborer and moving up to assistant project engineer and manager. “I followed the work throughout Florida, wherever it was at the time,” Murphy said. “I lived in mainly Islamorada and Key Largo growing up.” He earned a degree in finance and accounting from the University of Miami. “I got my CPA license and went to work for Deloitte & Touche,” Murphy said. “My job as an auditor was to go to numerous Fortune 500 companies, look for inefficiencies, waste and fraud — and we definitely need some auditors in our government right now.” Murphy returned to the family business when the construction industry was in
the doldrums. “I wanted to diversify the company, and I looked at numerous opportunities,” he said. “One of those was the BP oil spill [that] had just happened.” There was concern that the oil would come down the west coast through the Keys and up through the Gulf Stream. “I fished and dived every weekend, as often as I could growing up, and no one was talking about what they were going to do in the Keys to protect our back yard,” Murphy said. A friend of a friend had invented an oil skimmer, and Murphy ended up building a small fleet of oil skimmers to take to New Orleans and do cleanup. “I did that for about six months and really started paying attention more and more to government’s involvement in our business lives,” Murphy said. “I was frustrated with... the regulations and the permitting process.” Murphy discovered outdated regulations that had not been updated in more than 30 years and that there was no plan for a disaster of that magnitude. “I started taking a look at Congress and realized that 80 percent of Congress has never worked in the private sector, not a single day; 80 percent are career politicians,” he said. “Then the Tea Party came around.” Although he initially agreed with the Tea Party’s goal of fiscal responsibility, he was put off by the accompanying rightwing social agenda and divisive tone. “My opponent was the epitome of this divisiveness, calling people Communist and Marxist,” Murphy said. “Every week there was something new. I decided not to sit back and complain — I decided to get involved.”
Murphy announced his challenge to West in March 2011, and the race will likely be one of the most expensive congressional campaigns this election cycle. He said the outcome will probably be determined by voter turnout. “It being a presidential year certainly helps,” Murphy said. “The last four election cycles in this newly drawn district have been decided by anywhere between 3,000 to 8,000 votes, so this small group of people are deciding the election, and what is so different about our campaign versus West is our ability to reach across the aisle.” Murphy noted that many of his campaign volunteers are Republicans unhappy with West’s divisive style. “Not only are we getting financial support from Republicans, people are coming out of their way to come to my office to stuff envelopes and make phone calls to make sure Allen West isn’t elected,” he said. Murphy said he is the better qualified candidate because one of the biggest problems in the country now is the economy and jobs. “I’m the only candidate in this race with any sort of experience in the private sector creating jobs,” he said. “I’m also a certified public accountant, which I think is especially important now. There’s only eight in Congress.” He said many of the nation’s major companies are sitting on $2.5 trillion in cash because they have no confidence in what’s going to happen. “When you have such a dysfunctional Congress that’s not getting along, there’s no foresight,” Murphy said. Murphy’s top goals if elected include
finding common ground, beginning with bipartisan legislation, passing a jobs bill and protecting Social Security and Medicare. “These are fundamental pillars in our society, and they must be protected,” he said. To help Palm Beach County, he said he would further expand the research coast. “We have Scripps, we have Max Planck, we have numerous institutions that are here and some that are considering coming here bringing high-paying, quality, long-term jobs,” Murphy said. “We need to continue to bring those sorts of companies to the area.” There is room for compromise in Congress, Murphy said, but the Tea Party has prevented it. “I’ve met with several Republican members of Congress who are not happy with the Tea Party,” he said. “They don’t like the divisiveness and are definitely willing to find compromise on major issues.” Murphy, for instance, noted that deliberations between House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama made significant progress toward solutions until Tea Party congressmen shut it all down. “Now we’re left with this fiscal cliff looming because they couldn’t come to a deal,” he said. On the scale of liberal to conservative, Murphy considers himself a moderate. “I tell people all the time I used to be a Republican,” he said, explaining that he switched parties in 2011. “I didn’t get into this because I’m gung-ho one side or the other. I want to get things done.” On social issues, Murphy said he has an accepting frame of mind. “I don’t be-
Patrick Murphy lieve government belongs in the bedroom,” he said. “I am pro-choice. I don’t think government belongs in the decision between a woman and her doctor. I support marriage equality.” On immigration reform, he does not support amnesty and believes borders should be strengthened. “I would support comprehensive immigration reform,” he said. “I feel that especially young adults brought to this country by no fault of their own deserve a path to citizenship.” His view on the Affordable Healthcare Act is that it is not perfect but is a good See MURPHY, page 20
Rep. West Touts Accomplishments As He Seeks A Second Term By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-District 22) is asking voters to return him to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 6 as he faces a wellfunded challenger in a new district. “I think we’ve done a lot of great things,” West said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done. We’ve busted our tail in tackling the issues confronting Americans.” West faces Democratic nominee Patrick Murphy in the newly drawn 18th Congressional District. The 18th District encompasses Martin and St. Lucie counties on the Treasure Coast, as well as the northern third of Palm Beach County, including most of The Acreage and northern areas in Royal Palm Beach. The district leans Republican but is considered one of the few swing districts in the state. West, 51, was born in Atlanta and is a third-generation military serviceman. For 22 years, he served in the U.S. Army, earning honors such as a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals and three Army Commendation Medals. In 2004, he and his family moved to Florida, where West served as a high school teacher for a year before returning to Afghanistan as a military adviser. In 2007, he finished his assignment and, in 2008, unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Congressman Ron Klein for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He challenged Klein again in 2010 and won the District 22 seat, representing parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. When that district was redrawn to favor a Democrat, West headed north to seek re-election in District 18. A conservative Republican, West is a leader in the national Tea Party movement. He quickly made a name for himself in the Republican-controlled House, receiving appointments to the Small Business and the Armed Services committees.
West has introduced seven major pieces of legislation and sponsored 27 other bills aimed at protecting small businesses, spurring job creation and promoting American energy production. “I had an incredible first term as a U.S. congressman,” West said. “I think I learned something new each and every day. I’m just a simple soldier who responds to questions with truth and honesty. Some people don’t like that, but most people appreciate it.” West said he is proud of the effort he has made during his time in office to cut wasteful spending. “As a freshman member of Congress, 30 days of being there, I found three wasteful programs and brought it up on the House floor and had it pass 393-0,” he said. “I think that’s a pretty big accomplishment.” Although he has gained national recognition, West described himself as a principled and focused leader. “I have remained level-headed,” he said. “I learned not to, as my followers say, read your own press and drink your own tub water.” If re-elected, West said that his top priorities will be tax reform, regulation reform and national security. West said he does not believe that raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans is the way to fix the economy. “If you just raise taxes on the top two brackets, that gives you $85 billion in new revenue,” he said. “That can fuel the net interest on our debt for 10 days. The federal government spends $4 billion a day. So that means you could operate the federal government for 21 days.” West said the added taxes would harm small-business owners and halt job creation. “[Those brackets] are where your smallbusiness owners operate from,” he said. “Upping the ante 4 to 5 percent means the
profit margin is even more narrow. That means people are going to get laid off.” Another thing harming small businesses, West said, are federal regulations. “In 2011, the federal government added 70,000 pages of new regulations,” he said. “Everyone we have talked to says, ‘The government is killing us with regulations.’” West said he believes the federal government needs to reinstate the GlassSteagall Act. “We need to separate commercial banking and venture banking,” he said. “There was a lot of ‘too big to fail,’ and that is not the right principle for this country.” He also said that the government must create a business-friendly environment. “The government doesn’t create jobs,” West said. “The government creates policies and an environment by which entrepreneurs can create jobs.” Regarding national security, West said that the government needs to continue to keep a watchful eye on the Middle East. “I’ve been to the Middle East,” he said. “I understand the challenges we face. We misread the entire thing about the Arab Spring, and now we see it has become a radical Islamic nightmare. We are on the cusp of something very big and very bad.” West is also concerned about the effect of the Affordable Care Act on the country, especially Palm Beach County. He noted that one of the provisions of the healthcare reform act could have resounding effects on seniors, hospitals and Medicare. “If a senior returns to a hospital within 30 days of a visit, the hospital gets fined,” he said. “What do you think that is going to do for the mentality of the hospitals? We’re already seeing doctors drop off of Medicare because their reimbursable rates are getting cut and cut.” West is concerned about the ramifica-
tions of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the individual mandate portion of the law. “The federal government now has incredible taxing authority where we can tax you for inaction,” he said. “If I come down and say I want everyone to buy an electric car, and if you don’t buy an electric car I will tax you for it, that’s a problem.” Though some people have labeled him as unyielding, West said that he has been able to work with both sides in Congress. He pointed out that he worked across the aisle with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (DOhio) to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines, who helped pave a path for black Americans in the U.S. Marine Corps. Furthermore, West said he believes calls for “compromise” are hypocritical, since the Democratic Party did not compromise when it was in charge. “In the first two years, they controlled the White House, the House and the Senate,” he said. “You never heard people calling for compromise. Then the Republicans get the House, and all of a sudden they are saying, ‘Where is the compromise?’ I can’t compromise on principles.” West said that much of the problem stems from an “ideological chasm” between the two parties as to how government functions. “How do I compromise with people who believe a bigger government is better?” he said. “The debt of this country has increased. We have 47 million Americans on food stamps — that’s a 46 percent increase. I can’t agree with us moving away from an opportunist society to a dependent society. I think that’s where we need to be able to articulate the differences between the two different philosophies of governance.” Though some have criticized him for switching districts, West said he went
Congressman Allen West where he believed he was needed. “I’m a military man; I go wherever my country asks me to serve,” he said. West said that despite his opponent’s insistence that he was let go from the military due to improper conduct, West pointed out that he received an honorable discharge. “It’s hanging right on the wall in my office next to the certificate of appreciation for my service,” he said. He said he will continue to be a strong voice for his principles in Washington. “I have a passion for this country,” he said. “I don’t see this as a job or a special interest. In serious times, you need to have serious people who can stand up and fight for their beliefs. My track record shows that I will get out there and fight for it. I may not be popular because of it, but at least I know, when I lay my head down at night, that I have fought for you.”
ELECTION 2012: INDIAN TRAIL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
ITID Candidate Question 6: What Are Your Thoughts On Recreation? From now until the election, the Town-Crier will ask questions each week to the four Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors Seat 2 and Seat 4 candidates. This week’s question: How would you characterize the Indian Trail Improvement District’s recreation policy? Does more or less money need to be spent on parks? Should ITID run its own recreation programs or should all recreation programs be run through outside service providers? SEAT 2 CANDIDATES
and enjoyable experience. Our parks department does a very good job coordinating with the different schools and sport programs. I am sure that our community will give us direction and suggestions on how to make it better if we start encouraging open dialogue with all residents instead of a survey that only a few residents know about and reply to. ITID needs to do more outreach, informing the residents of what we do and how we work. This will be the biggest change that I would like to see and encourage in all areas of why ITID exists.
Gary Dunkley Indian Trail Improvement District’s recreational policy, like all things, needs hands-on oversight and occasional policy updates. Our parks are beautiful and add to the overall character of our community. Some parks are underutilized since the focus of the current board has been Acreage Community Park. I think we need to focus on all of our parks equally. Some are perfect for small community activities such as green markets and community events. The Acreage is a vast 110 square miles, and I think all of our parks could be used in very different manners to bring each area events that all of our residents could enjoy. Due to our large land area, I would like to see events spread out throughout our entire community bringing our residents closer together. Our sports programs for our children should have the best oversight possible for a safe, happy
Carlos Enriquez The Indian Trail Improvement District’s current recreational policy serves the residents of The Acreage well. Our current provider’s agreement with the Acreage Athletic League, I feel, provides the perfect balance for our community children’s recreational needs. From football to soccer to baseball, the partnership that has been forged from the early days of the program has touched so many of our children’s lives. The life lessons that are instilled through sports and the memories created are invaluable. That’s why I strongly support ITID’s continued investment in our parks system. Our current funding of the parks system, I feel, is adequate. I also feel that we can work with community business partners to supplement funding for the parks through creative funding opportunities. We have one of the most diverse and envied park systems in
Palm Beach County. Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park provides a unique equestrian flair right in the heart of our community. This jewel is within a 15-minute drive from anywhere in The Acreage. Kidscape Park, with its renovation, provides among other enhancements, an ADA-accessible playground for disabled children. Temple Park with its two sand volleyball courts brings beach volleyball right to the center of The Acreage. Our parks system is the culmination of years of hard work and visioning from previous boards, and it’s up to future boards to keep this vision alive. That’s why I’m committed to keeping it alive. A dozen donuts for breakfast for the family before the Saturday morning game: $3.50. Sodas and hotdogs at the concession stand: $10. Watching your son or daughter make their first touchdown or homerun: priceless!
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of relationships can offset costs to the district. When the neighborhood parks were completed, they became an asset and added to our home values. If the community center is completed, it will also enhance our community, adding again to our home values. As tight as we will be with the budget for the community center, it may cost our community a few dollars. It will be my goal to make it the least financially impactful to our community while providing one of the greatest assets to our community, similar to the new library.
munity center, I would say yes, but not right now. If the canals are to be dug back to their original depth, that would take time and money. If we spend it all on the community center, it would leave us with not enough money to dig the canals, leaving us vulnerable to another flood. I was asked if ITID should run its own recreation programs or if it should be run by outside service providers. I do not believe that we have the manpower to run a highprofile recreation program; maybe they can on weekends for smaller activities. I do believe that an outside source could do a better job in putting on a successful event. I would prefer that the outside source be from someone who lives in The Acreage and not outside The Acreage. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: We need to keep the money in The Acreage as much as possible.
Michelle Damone I am very proud of the eight neighborhood public parks, plus our large Acreage Community Park that serves 39,000 residents of The Acreage. This includes a unique public equestrian park that does not require membership. Currently, ITID provides the facilities, and we work with wonderful volunteer organizations like the AcreageAthletic League, the Acreage Horseman’s Association, AYSO and others to provide sports and activities. Moving forward, if the community center is completed, it will require some additional staff, but I envision ITID working with other organizations. I see ITID working with other providers to serve our facility with additional activities and recreation. These types
Ken Hendrick When asked if more or less money needs to be spent on parks, my answer would be yes! I feel we should move forward on the water park but hold off on the community center, at least for now. If asked would I support the com-
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Drew Martin, Stephen Jara Face Off For Seat On Little-Known Board By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District Vice Chair Drew Martin faces a challenge from Stephen Jara as he seeks re-election Nov. 6. Florida’s soil and water conservation districts were established in 1937 to assist and advise individuals, groups and local governments with conserving and preserving natural resources. There are 63 in the state. Palm Beach County’s board has four members, each elected in a nonpartisan, countywide election. Board members receive no salary for the position and are elected to four-year terms. Martin, the Seat 2 incumbent, is seeking his second term. Martin, 58, was first elected in 2008. He lives in Lake Worth with his wife. For two decades prior, he had been known as an environmental activist. From 2007 to 2008, he co-chaired the Everglades Coalition. “That’s a coalition of 57 environmental groups with millions of members, all actively trying to restore and preserve the Everglades,” he said. Martin sat as the conservation chairman of the Loxahatchee Group of the Sierra Club, which represents Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, and also volunteered with the club’s Everglades, water quality and waste minimization committees. In 2010, he was awarded the
Environmental Champion “We promote the use of agriAward from John D. Maccultural land. Agricultural Arthur Beach State Park and land can hold more water than won the Everglades Coalideveloped land.” tion’s Kabler Award in 2012 He said that homeowners for his work preserving the can also help. “We encourEverglades. age people to maintain ponds Martin holds a bachelor’s on their properties,” Martin degree in history from the said. “Ponds absorb runoff University of California at water, and if they’re removed, Davis, a master’s degree in inthe property is more likely to Drew Martin Stephen Jara ternational management from flood.” the American Graduate School of Martin said. “We’ve had a lot of Ultimately, Martin said that votInternational Management in Ari- success with it. One of our high ers should choose him because he zona and a Certificate of Business school teams even competed in is an activist who will advocate for Data Processing from UC Berke- the national tournament.” better environmental policies. “I ley. Martin said that if re-elected, he have been an advocate for the Martin said he is an active par- hopes to continue this program environment for 20 years,” he said. ticipant at Palm Beach County and others. “I think it’s important to have an governmental meetings, especial“I want to continue the success- advocate on the board.” ly those dealing with soil and wa- ful programs we have,” he said. “I Jara, 48, is a longtime resident ter conservation. also want to get the district more and real-estate broker with a “I try to stay abreast of the is- involved in water-related issues.” strong background in agriculture. sues in the county,” he said. “I’ve Although the district has no di- He lives in Boynton Beach with taken a lot of time to educate my- rect control over water usage, his wife and two children. self on soil and water issues. I’ve Martin said he believes the board When Jara was a boy, his father been very active with the staff of has a role to play in discussions owned a landscape and sprinkler the Solid Waste Authority.” of water management and best business along with a tree nursAmong his top accomplish- practices. ery, and he grew up working with ments since taking office have “The board is not a permitting his father. been balancing the district’s bud- authority,” he said. “Drainage isJara holds a bachelor’s degree get and hosting successful Envi- sues go through the South Flori- in hospitality management from rothons. da Water Management District, so Florida State University. He has “I have a financial background, I can’t make promises that I can worked at many prestigious counwhich has helped me balance the change things. But I can help to try clubs. Currently, he is the presbudget,” he said. encourage better policies.” ident and managing broker of PrisEach year, the district hosts the Speaking specifically of issues Palm Beach County Envirothon, in The Acreage regarding floodan educational program that puts ing, Martin said that his board can high school students in teams and promote good use of land to hanpits them against each other to dle water. “A lot of the reasons solve questions about environ- these flooding events happen is mental issues. “It’s a great event,” because of development,” he said.
County OKs Tax Incentives For Pratt & Whitney’s Expansion By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission last week gave Pratt & Whitney’s Florida Engine Delivery Center a package of incentives designed to help bring new jobs to the area. The Oct. 16 vote provides local financial support in an ad valorem tax exemption not to exceed $700,000 over a seven-year period, and a job growth incentive grant not to exceed $300,000 over a four-year period. The new business venture will be located in the United Technologies site off the Beeline Highway. Assistant County Administra-
tor Shannon LaRocque said the engine delivery plant will be a significant addition to the county’s aviation and aerospace cluster. “This project was important to us because it is Pratt & Whitney growing the commercial aircraft sector of our aviation cluster,” LaRocque told the Town-Crier this week. She said that Pratt & Whitney now is operating only the noncommercial segment of its operations here. “Commercial aircraft is a target industry, and it’s in our aviation and aerospace cluster, which is very important for us. It has a significant economic impact.”
When county staff ran the numbers, based on Pratt & Whitney making a $63 million capital investment, creating 230 new jobs over 10 years with an average annual salary of a little over $81,000, they calculated the economic impact at about $422 million over a 10-year period. “That’s the number we use to establish how much money we’re going to offer a company,” she said. LaRocque explained that noncommercial aviation operations are dependent on the federal government. “It’s diversifying the market,” she said. “You still have the See PRATT, page 20
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continued from page 3 cuts. “We cannot cut vital services any more when it comes to health services and education,” he said. One way to gain additional revenue would be to reach a better gaming deal with the Seminole Tribe. “I voted against the Seminole Gaming Compact originally, not because I’m anti-gaming, but because I thought it was such a poor deal for the state,” he said. “We gave the Seminoles a monopoly on playing card games for about $150 million a year. They’re grossing over $2 billion a year. I said from the get-go we should be getting $500 million. We truly should be getting about $750 million. If you have extra games like roulette and craps, it should be a $1 billion-a-year deal.”
tine Properties, as well as the owner of a cattle ranch and tree farm. “We specialize in agricultural real estate,” Jara said. He noted that his company is a participant of Cabela’s Trophy Properties, a distinction given to select property brokers from the hunting and wildlife supplies corporation popular in the Midwest. Jara has a GREEN designation from the National Association of Realtors. He has served as president-elect of the Okeechobee County Board of Realtors and sits on several boards and committees, including the Coastal Conservation Association South Palm Beach and the Snook & Gamefish Foundation. “I’m from a second-generation agricultural family,” he said. “I was born and raised here. This commission is about helping folks, mostly agriculture businesses, family businesses and landowners. It’s about common sense, not about bringing special interests or issues not pertaining to soil and water.” Jara said that he wanted to run because of his interest in agriculture. “The conservation district appealed to me,” he said. “With roots in agriculture, it’s something I find important. I want to assist
landowners in the county on how to best utilize their natural resources.” If elected, Jara said he would focus on education. “It’s really about teaching how to best use our water systems so we don’t erode soil and overuse water,” he said. “This is an opportunity for me to give my expertise in agriculture back to these folks.” He said that he would be a new set of eyes and ears and could hopefully help, in an advisory capacity, with some of the county’s water woes, notably those with flooding in The Acreage. “I would hope that someone would recognize me as having an agricultural background and understand the necessities of best management practices,” Jara said. “I believe the water management districts have done their best to prevent flooding. I would do anything I could do to help in the situation. I think it’s very important.” He said that voters should choose him because of his deep knowledge of the community. “I am very relatable,” Jara said. “I hope voters recognize my sincere love for Palm Beach County and its natural resources. Coupled with my agricultural background, I think I’m a perfect fit.”
Much legislation was passed last year that he disagreed with, but the budget was the worst, Abruzzo said. “I’ve voted against the budget every year,” he said. “They’ve been cutting education by billions of dollars. They made a big PR stunt that they were improving education by a billion dollars. That is really not the case. We’re back to the Jeb Bush era of funding education.” Abruzzo also disagrees with raising fees for driver’s licenses, tags, registration and court costs to make up for other revenue losses. “I don’t want to hit seniors and working-class families,” he said. “I consider raising college tuition a hidden tax on families.” Abruzzo said his views sharply differentiate him from his opponent. “I believe we see eye-to-eye on many economic issues. However, when it comes to the social issues, which is the bulk of the legislation we see in Tallahassee, we are at opposite ends of the spectrum,” he said. “I am pro-choice, she is pro-life; I am for civil rights,
specifically in the gay community, [but] she will not take a position. She stands with Gov. Scott on many issues… I’m on the other side of where Gov. Scott is the majority of the time. I’m a fiscally conservative Democrat, but I am a social liberal. She is a conservative through and through.” Aside from his record in the legislature, Abruzzo is also proud of his work helping constituents. “We’re running a positive campaign on the record we have amassed, and our vision for the future,” he said. “When it comes to constituent services, we have handled thousands of constituent concerns and issues over the last four years.” He believes voters in District 25 have a clear choice when going to the polls. “It’s coming down to a clear election — do you want somebody with experience and a record and a vision who’s a Democrat versus somebody who is running a dirty campaign completely bankrolled by the Republican Party of Florida,” Abruzzo said.
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ULTIMA FITNESS/XTREME TAE KWON DO UNVEILS NEW LOOK AT OPEN HOUSE Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kw on Do in Wellington held an open house Saturday, Oct. 20. The fitness center unveiled its new look with free classes, a self-defense seminar, raffle prizes, gift baskets and smoothies from Whole Foods Market. The open house concluded with a kids kick-athon to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County. For more info., visit www.ultimafitness.com or call (561) 795-2823. SEE VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER
Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do staff members Judy Duany, Lynette Laufenberg, Claudine A dkins and Jason Jaworski.
Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do owner Jill Merrell with Grandmaster Gustavo Pope.
Dawn Burley, Connie Supple and Jackie Alvarez with their prizes.
Christine Holt and Francine Peace work out in the newly remodeled fitness club.
Lynette Laufenberg explains contents of the gift basket to clients Bonnie and Jennifer Le May.
Susan Odell gets hair tips from Visions Salon stylist Tracy Vasquez.
SHRED PARTY AT IBERIA BANK IN RPB BENEFITS MBSK CHARITABLE TRUST Iberia Bank in Royal Palm Beach held a shred party Saturday, Oct. 20 to benefit My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust. People brought in old bank statements, mortgage contracts and auto leases to be shredded for security purposes. The event is part of the “I PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER Give Back” campaign, and all proceeds benefited the charity. For more info., visit www.mbskct.org.
Jonathan St. John gives gift bags to Blake and Brody Quilleon.
Harriet Silver and Peter Wein of WEI Network.
Iberia Bank Branch Manager Des Romm and Shred-It rep David Morejon.
Iberia Bank staff members collect donations.
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‘A NIGHT TO REMEMBER’ AS WELLINGTON ROTARY CLUB HONORS DR. PRIORE The Wellington Rotary Club presented “A Night to Remember” in honor of former Wellington Councilman Dr. Carmine Priore on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Money raised at the event will be used for local charities, scholarships, peace initiatives and other Rotary projects. SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Event Chair Maggie Zeller (second from left) with Rotary Gala Committee members.
Carmine Priore III and his wife Terri, Marie and Dr. Carmine Priore, and Janet and Vincent Priore.
(Seated) Karen Hardin and Terri Wescott; (standing) Damaris Sloane, Jasmine Velez and Dr. Wes Boughner.
Wellington Rotary Club President Dave Unversaw and his wife Brooke with Leslie and Randy Pfeiffer.
Rotary District Gov. Terri Wescott with Kay and David Dunn.
Chris and Rhea Kaswell with Hope Barron and Mark Barth.
SPOOKYVILLE WILL CONTINUE AT YESTERYEAR VILLAGE THROUGH HALLOWEEN Spookyville opened last weekend in Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Costumed volunteers played games for prizes with visiting children, and kids trick-or-treated for candy at the historic buildings. Spookyville will continue Oct 26-28 and conclude Oct. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER 31. For more info., call (561) 793-0333 or visit www.southfloridafair.com.
Jaden Burke plays in the pumpkin patch.
Costume contest winners in the 4 to 7 age division.
Sierra and Savannah Velazquez make ghosts using recycled materials.
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ROYAL PALM COVENANT CHURCH CELEBRATES 50 YEARS WITH BENEFIT GALA Royal Palm Covenant Church held its 50th anniversary gala Friday, Oct. 19 at the Binks Forest Golf Club. The event was a benefit for the church, the oldest church in Royal Palm Beach, which is in jeopardy of closing its doors due to financial problems. For more info., visit www.rpcchurch.com. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER
Royal Palm Covenant Church pastors Carolyn and Michael Rose with County Commissioner Jess Santamaria.
United Pentecostal Church of West Palm Beach Pastor Daniel Kyle & Joey Johnston.
Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church Deacon Luis Castellanos and Pastor Andy Rudnicki.
John and Linda Spillane with Linda and Diane Smith.
Myrna Williams and Latoya Hoquee sign in guests.
Special Jamaican musical guest Kevin Downswell and his wife Marsha.
Andreana Williams and Victoria Fiefie.
Sam Cesaire, Apostle T.D. McNutt and Minister Lionel Jackson.
ANNUAL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GOLF CLASSIC AT WELLINGTONâ€™S BINKS FOREST
Knights of Columbus M. J. Benvenuti Council #8419 hosted the Peter A. Benvenuti Golf Classic on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. The event benefited the Dr. James R. Louwers Scholarship Fund and included raffles and an awards dinner. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER
Net winners Mike Paglia, Joe Rodriguez, Sergio Marquez and Jordan Armsey.
Low gross winners Scott and Fletcher Sheehan.
John Harduby bids on a silent auction item.
Members of the Knights of Columbus M.J. Benvenuti Council #8419.
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GROVES MAYOR READS TO LGES STUDENTS
Have you heard the latest buzz? Approximately 100 kindergarteners from Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School went â€œbuggyâ€? over Bumblebee Boy, a.k.a. Loxahatchee Groves Mayor Dave Browning, reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad as part of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach Countyâ€™s annual Read for the Record program. The children were given their own antennae to wear while listening to the stor y. They enjoyed watching their teachers participate by wearing costumes similar to the characters in the book and acting out various par ts of the stor y. Pre-K children at Noahâ€™s Ark Academy also had the mayor read to them.
NEW HORIZONS HONORS LONGTIME TEACHER
Family, friends, former students and colleagues gathered to honor New Horizons Elementary School teacher Cheryl Lay on the occasion of her retirement from 38 years of teaching in Palm Beach County. Her accolades include Palm Beach County Math Teacher of the Year, Palm Beach County Math Educator of the Year, being an â€œI Make a Differenceâ€? teacher, Dwyer Excellence in Teaching nominee, New Horizons Teacher of the Year nominee, board member of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics for 15 years, and a favorite teacher of scores of students. Lay will be greatly missed as her influence continues in the lives of people she has touched in countless ways. Pictured here is Lay (center) with celebrants.
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RPBHS Celebrates Homecoming With Parade For most high school students, homecoming can be a fun and exciting time of year. For others, it can be just another week and another football game. This year, Royal Palm Beach High School decided to go big, bringing back memories of another era, when homecoming reigned supreme. With Disney as the theme, doors and hallways were decorated; every day was a silly and fun dressup day. There were games, a talent show, a dodgeball tournament and a pep rally. There was a football game and dance at the end of it all, and this year there was a parade. Starting at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center and ending up at the school, the 2-mile stretch of the parade route on Thursday brought the local residents and students some great entertainment. With about 40 entrants, the
participating groups ranged from bands to class and club floats to cheerleaders and the homecoming court. Local elementary and middle schools were invited to participate as well, bringing in safety patrols, a float, bands and dance squads. â€œI am very pleased with how the parade went,â€? RPBHS Activities Coordinator Justin Arnone said. â€œI had a vision as to what it would look like, and the reality was far more grand than I had expected. I am thankful for the support of schools from our feeder pattern who allowed their students march in the parade, in some cases building floats, and for allowing their students to watch the parade along Sparrow Drive. I am also extremely appreciative of the logistical support that the Village of Royal Palm Beach provided to make this event a success. I look forward to this becoming an annual
Wildcats take part in the homecoming float parade. event that the community looks forward to each and every year.â€? The Wildcats would like to thank all the participants for putting on a great show, along with a
special thanks to Al Packer Ford and Royal Palm Mazda for donating trucks and cars for the homecoming court and football team to travel in.
Osceola Creek Scholar-Athletes Of The Month Osceola Creek Middle School has announced the recipients of its Scholar-Athlete Award for September. The award is sponsored by the school police and honors varsity athletes who also excel in academics, effort, behavior and school spirit, and serve as role models for others. This monthâ€™s honorees carry high grade point averages as well as play varsity sports. Both are eighth-graders, have perfect attendance and are members of the National Junior Honor Society. Alysa Tabel, 13, was honored by girls softball. â€œAlysa challenges herself in the classroom and on the softball field,â€? coach Deb Foreman said. â€œShe is a team player. She motivates her teammates and always keeps a positive attitude about school and athletics. Alyssa will continue to be a positive leader in the future!â€? Tabel has a 4.86 grade point av-
erage while also being a member of Osceola Creekâ€™s volleyball and basketball teams. She was selected as the Female Athlete of the Year as a sixth-grader. She hopes to play basketball at the University of Connecticut, then onto playing in the WNBA. She also wants to follow her fatherâ€™s footsteps into law enforcement. Boys baseball honored Thomas Kelly, 13. â€œAt Osceola Creek Middle School, Thomas is succeeding on the field and in the classroom coach Jay Mermelstein said. â€œHe is an honor student who happens to also contribute on the diamond.â€? Kelly carries a 5.00 grade point average while playing on Osceola Creekâ€™s basketball, volleyball and track teams. He wants to attend the University of Florida as a business major. Kelly hopes to play in professional sports, Major League Baseball being his goal, and like
Scholar-Athletes â€” Osceola Creek Principal Dan Frank, Tom Kelly, Alysa Tabel and School Officer Sandy Molenda. Tabel hopes to follow family footsteps into law enforcement. Supporting the program are Subway, Dominoâ€™s Pizza and Burger King (located at Seminole Pratt
Whitney Road and Orange Blvd.) and Dairy Queen (at Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards), which donated free food coupons.
Seminole Ridge Hawk Band Takes The Bronze The Seminole Ridge High School Winged Regiment marching band recently came home with the third-place win from the John I. Leonard Jamboree. Along with 21 other bands performing that day through strong gusts of winds, Seminole Ridge received â€œSuperior Music,â€? â€œSu-
perior General Effect,â€? â€œSuperior Percussionâ€? and â€œSuperior Guard.â€? In addition, the Hawk band was awarded Best in Class 2A woodwinds, percussion and music. In other Hawk news, the Seminole Ridge High School forensics team, competing at Lake Worth
High School, returned home with swag. Seminole Ridge would like to congratulate the following students: Wayne Selogy, first place, Congressional Debate; Rachel Collins, third place, Congressional Debate; Michelle Ward, nominated as Best Legislator, Congres-
sional Debate; Paige Wilson, third place, Original Oratory; Melissa Garrity, eighth place, Original Oratory; Fallon McCoy and Gabrielle Sousa, fifth place, Duo Interpretation; Nathan Core, fifth place, Extemporaneous Speaking; and Cassandra Barrett, eighth place, Oral Interpretation.
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Huguenin Looking Forward To Miss Jr. Teen Pageant The 2012 Miss Jr. Teen West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale pageant is now just days away. Fifteen-year-old Stefany Huguenin of Wellington is looking forward to sharing some incredible and memorable moments with her fellow contestants. The pageant is unlike any other since it is based on personality. The competition consists of three parts: a personal interview with the judges, which is the crucial part of the competition, a casual wear competition and a formal wear competition. On Sunday, Oct. 14, contestants participated in an intense training session that Huguenin enjoyed. “The training session was the first step of getting closer and closer to a big experience in my life,” Huguenin said. “I met some other girls I will be competing against. Our trainer was very funny and definitely outgoing. I wish all the girls luck, and I look forward to see you all again on the day, Oct. 27.” Huguenin would like to take the
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opportunity to thank her sponsors and supporters: John’s Screen Repair, Arborwood Stables, Cathleen Cannon and the Players Club, Jennifer Drahan at Keller Williams Realty, all from the Village of Wellington. She also thanks Acceleration Retirement and Lake Worth Gold Mine, her friends, her neighbors and her family. Learn more about Huguenin by visiting www.stefanyceline.com.
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Amanda Ng Vying For Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Title Amanda Ng of Royal Palm Beach was recently selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Jr. PreTeen West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale pageant competition that will take place Saturday, Oct. 27. Ng learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced its selections after interviewing in the West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale area. Ng submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale pageant coordinator. Ng will be vying for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. She will compete in the Miss Jr. Pre-Teen division, one of four divisions that will
feature young ladies from 7-19 competing in modeling routines, including casual wear and formal wear. Most important, Ng will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale judging panel. Personality is the No. 1 aspect that each contestant is judged by during all phases of competition. If Ng were to win the title of Miss Jr. Pre-Teen West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale, she would represent the region at the national competition that will take place in Orlando. More than $30,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the national competition, while each winner enjoys on expense-paid
trip of five nights and six days in Orlando. Community businesses, organizations and private individuals will assist Ng in participating in this year’s competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals and financial support which will allow Ng to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s pageant. Ng is being sponsored by Sherron Permashwar of BMP Accounting. Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Ng may contact the Miss Jr. PreTeen West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale pageant coordinator at (877) 403-6678.
Burggraaf Publishes Her Sixth Children’s Book Author and Western Pines Middle School teacher Deborah Burggraaf has announced the release of her sixth book, At the Pig Races. At the Pig Races follows Burggraaf’s fifth book, Hot Wheels for Benny, which was well received by children, parents and educators. The same positive response is anticipated for At the Pig Races. Burggraaf has teamed up with illustrator Matt Lumsden, a graphic design artist from Delray Beach, to create an inspira-
tional story between a China Poland pig and the “little girl in the pink pants.” Families enjoy the annual events at the local fair with thrilling rides and fantastic food. However, everyone anticipates the main event for all fairgoers, arriving At the Pig Races. Each year, Glorious Gabby has only watched from her tent as the other pigs participate in the races. Cheered on by the little girl in the pink pants, Glorious Gabby’s life is forever changed when one day Marvelous Max decides to not budge from his tent. Glori-
ous Gabby has the opportunity of a lifetime, as she races to the finish line for the first time in her life. With its vibrant colors and mastery of the spectrum, Lumsden has once again captivated readers. Parents, teachers and children will also welcome the lessons available on Burggraaf’s web site at www.dburgg.com. At the Pig Races is published by Protective Hands Communications in Riviera Beach. For more information, call (866) 4571203.
Williams Defensive Player Of Week At Nichols Nichols College sophomore defensive back Wesley Williams of Royal Palm Beach has been named New England Football Conference (NEFC) Defensive Player of the Week. Williams recorded three interceptions in the 26-16 win Saturday, Oct. 13 over UMass Dart-
mouth, snapping the Bisons’ 16 game losing streak, dating back to 2010. He finished with 59 return yards, and his three picks are the second-highest single game total in program history. “I’m extremely proud of Wesley and his performance this weekend,” said second-year head
coach Kevin Loney, who earned both his first win as a head coach and at Nichols on Oct. 13. “We’ve played a lot of man coverage this year, so in our first week of playing more zone, to have a guy record three picks is outstanding. He’s been a versatile guy for us this year, and I’m looking for-
ward to seeing how his season ends.” Williams is a first-time NEFC honoree and the first Bison to receive NEFC Player of the Week honors this season. Nichols College is located in Dudley, Mass. For more information, visit www.nichols.edu.
Three Area Marines Graduate Recruit Training Rose and Frank Zerbo of Greenacres celebrated their 70th anniversary Oct. 25. Frank, 94, is a World War II veteran and worked as a truck driver in New York after the war. Rose, 93, was a homemaker. They have two children, Carmella Chapman of The Acreage, and her sister, Frieda, as well as four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Marine Corps Pvt. Timothy Arnold, Pfc. Joan Najjar and Pvt. Jimmy Saint-Jean recently earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. For 13 weeks, they stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level mili-
tary training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, they endured the Crucible, a 54hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time. Arnold is the son of Lisa and Garry Arnold of Loxahatchee and a 2012 graduate of Seminole
Ridge High School. Najjar is the son of Leila and Nader Najjar of Wellington and a 2012 graduate of Palm Beach Central High School. Saint-Jean is the son of Altagrace Saint-Jean of West Palm Beach and a 2011 graduate of Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington.
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NEWS BRIEFS Kids Costume Party Oct. 27 At The Mall The Mall at Wellington Green is celebrating the fall season with a MallStars Kids Club Costume Party on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Grand Court. Attendees will be able to enter this free event through the Patio Verde Food Court entrance. “The Mall at Wellington Green is excited to invite children throughout the community to a costume party on Saturday,” said Rachelle Crain, marketing and sponsorship director for the Mall at Wellington Green. “We look forward to having the kids come out in their costumes and ready to have fun at the mall.” Kids are invited to come dressed in costume and be entertained with a live musical show featuring upbeat songs and dances. Kids can also meet and greet their favorite characters, including Spiderman, Cinderella and Elmo. Every child will go home with a goodie bag of fun fall items, and parents can enter for a chance to win a $150 gift card from Dillard’s. MallStars Kids Club is spon-
sored by the Goddard School for Early Childhood Development. Event sponsors also include i9 Sports and Pandora. These sponsors bring fun activities to the event for the whole family to enjoy. MallStars is a free kids club offered by the Mall at Wellington Green. Children ages 2 to 10 are able to sign up at the Guest Services desk. New members receive a personal membership card, a newsletter with what’s happening in the mall, exclusive store discounts and a special gift. This is a free event offered by the Mall at Wellington Green and open to the general public. For more information, call the mall management office at (561) 227-6901.
Glades Day Annual Fall Festival Oct. 27 Glades Day School will host its Fall Festival 2012 on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, and it will be an event the entire family will enjoy. Enjoy great food, games and prizes, bingo, auctions, raffles, a haunted house, a rock climbing
wall, a BMX Xtreme dual lane slide, a bounce house, gladiator joust, rockin’ galleon ship, jungle Xtreme obstacle course and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy $1 raffle tickets and win a 32” HDTV, Michael Kors purse and other valuable prizes. Call Glades Day School at (561) 996-6769 for information about the event or where to buy raffle tickets.
Wellington’s Howl At The Moon This Saturday Dog lovers and their fourlegged friends are invited to visit the Wellington Dog Park for a barking good time at Wellington’s 10th annual Howl at the Moon event Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. This popular Halloween-themed event features a variety of dogfriendly activities that are fun for the whole family, including a pet costume contest, pet portraits, pet adoptions, vendors, free raffles and more. Located at 2975 Greenbriar Blvd., the Wellington Dog Park is a 2-acre fenced dog park where
pups can play both on and off the leash. The adjacent Greenbriar Park includes four sand volleyball courts, a swing set and children’s play structure. Howl at the Moon is sponsored by the Courtyard Animal Hospital (13860 Wellington Trace, Wellington). All proceeds will benefit the National Canine Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research into the prevention, treatment and cure for cancers impacting dogs. For more information, contact Dr. Marc Pinkwasser at (561) 784-PETS.
YWCA ‘All In The Game’ Event Oct. 27 In WPB The YWCA of Palm Beach County will host “It’s All in the Game” on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Bear Lakes Country Club (1901 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach). The event includes a buffet luncheon, Chinese auction and playing your favorite board, card and dice games, including Scrabble, poker and Bunco, among others. The luncheon and games will begin at 11:30 a.m. Instruction in poker will be pro-
vided by the Palm Beach Kennel Club Poker Room. Additionally, a limited number of spots are available to play golf on the Bear Lakes Country Club course for $150, which includes lunch and games; tee time is 8 a.m. Honorary chairs are Sheriff Ric and Dorothy Bradshaw, and Robert and Bernadette Shalhoub. The co-chairs are Theresa LePore and Michael Lally, and Judi and Andy Miller. Get your game group together and come out for an afternoon of fun. Proceeds from your donation of $55 per person will support the programs of the YWCA including Harmony House. To RSVP or for additional information, contact the YWCA at (561) 640-0050, ext. 115 or visit www. ywcapbc.org.
Spookyville Continues At Fairgrounds Spookyville has returned to Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, continuing Friday through Sunday, Oct. 26-28, as well as Halloween night on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Spookyville, an old-fashioned Halloween for families and children 14 and under, offers a full array of safe trick or treats, rides, games, Spooky House and arts and crafts. For the 11th consecutive year, Yesteryear Village’s 20 historic buildings will come alive with costumed volunteers offering treats and big smiles to the little ones. Wear your costume and compete for prizes both Sundays. Make a scarecrow. Bring an appetite as there will be food, drink and maybe even some witches’ potion. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Halloween, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Meet WILD 95.5 morning radio celebrity Virginia Lang at Spookyville on Friday evening, Oct. 19 between 6 to 8 p.m. and WRMF 97.9 morning personality Jennifer Ross on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission to Spookyville costs $7 and that includes all trick-or-treating and rides (excluding pony rides). Children 2 and under are admitted free. Parking is free. Yesteryear Village is located at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., call (561) 793-0333 or visit www.southfloridafair.com.
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GIRLS NIGHT OUT EVENT AT PLAYERS CLUB BENEFITS YOUR BOSOM BUDDIES II
Girls Night Out to benefit Your Bosom Buddies II was held Thursda y, Oct. 18 at the Players Club in Wellington. Vendors sold a wide selection of ladies accessories, makeup, shoes, jewelry, candles, health and beauty items, and more. The next Girls Night Out is set for Nov. 8. For more info., contact Maureen Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 714-0887. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
Maureen Gross, Roz Pamatat, Marie Phillips, Pat Linton, Tee Franzoso, Dolores Schlick and Claudia Cieslak.
Judy and Julie Tannehill with Karen Lucca.
Patricia Pettigrew of Beijo helps Mary Unser select a handbag.
Kim Alwine and Nancy Menedenhall discuss an art deco necklace.
Malka Amster, Robin Shehan, Elena Miller, Debbi Salama, Nancy Fried-Tobin and Carol Lazzarino.
Chi and Truja Lakhlani with dog collars at the Buddy & Friends display.
WELLINGTON SENIORS CLUB HOSTS ANNUAL DINNER DANCE AT MADISON GREEN The Wellington Seniors Club held its annual dinner dance Friday, Oct. 19 in the ballroom at the Madison Green Golf Club. Neil Zirconia performed a Neil Diamond tribute concert to an enthusiastic audience. For more on the club, contact Tony Alfalla at email@example.com. SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER
(Seated) Eileen Dix and Mary Rowe; (standing) Mary Alfalla and Eileen Kuhnel.
(Seated) Art Wicklman and Ed Fasnacht; (standing) Catherine Dâ€™Amico, Jerry Springer and Helen Fasnacht.
Seniors dance while Neil Zirconia (right) performs.
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Margolis At Chamber
continued from page 1 saying, ‘If they don’t want to do it, we don’t want to do it,’” he said. “So that is where we are right now. We’re in a tug-of-war.” Margolis said that shortly after he took office as mayor, he met with the Business Develop-
ment Board and the property owners. “We started moving forward with some really useful tools and goals,” he said. But Margolis said he spoke with representatives of the board who told him Wellington wasn’t offering any incentives for businesses to come to the area. “[They] said we need to do a better job of sitting down and being able to give companies and
businesses incentives,” Margolis explained. “They don’t necessarily want a reduction in taxes. They want something concrete.” Margolis said he encouraged the board to work with the chambers of commerce to sit down with Wellington and come up with incentives. In speaking with doctors at Wellington Regional Medical Center, Margolis said that few were even aware of the medical arts dis-
trict concept. “They told me they didn’t even know they had a medical arts district,” he said. Nevertheless, Margolis said that Wellington is still working to come to an agreement. He said that although the current council has only been together for six months, they have worked to benefit the residents. For example, he noted that the council recently reduced the tax rate to 2.47 mills.
Margolis also gave praise to council members in the past who helped to slash the budget and manage funds while keeping Wellington afloat. “They had to do a lot with a lot less,” he said. “They were able to do it while providing the same level of services.” As for the future, Margolis said that Wellington would be focusing on crime prevention as the
equestrian season begins, though already there has been a decrease in property crime. Ultimately, he said council members are looking forward to working for Wellington and that he hopes to return next year with more good news for chamber members. “[The] council wants to leave a legacy and help make Wellington a better place,” he said.
DENTIST COLLECTS SUPPLIES FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Wellington recently held a school supplies drive for the Boys & Girls Club. The supplies were dropped off with the aid of volunteer Janna Zaidspiner. The office also presented a raffle prize to Wheels of Wellington owner Stanley Kilbas, who won a free yearlong Quality Dental Plan membership.
Chamber Luncheon — Luncheon sponsor Victor Connor, Councilman John Greene, Mayor Bob Margolis, Mike Nelson, Chamber President Alec Domb and Dr. Randy Laurich gather around the Lombardi trophy. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER
Counteroffer Is Planned Kena Farley, Stanley Kilbas and Dr. Steven Miller.
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continued from page 1 to the Seminole, Miccosukee Reservation, you can buy a lottery ticket, you can go on a cruise to nowhere, you can go on a cruise to somewhere, you can gamble anywhere you want in Florida from those venues. However, those who are opposed to this feel like Florida is a tourist destination with a Mickey Mouse image, and we don’t want to ruin that image.” Along with gambling comes some other things that maybe aren’t so attractive, such as addiction to gambling and certain crimes, Bonlarron noted. “You’ve got to weigh those two options,” he said. Even if the referendum is approved, slot machines in Palm Beach County would still have to be approved by the state legislature. “It sends a message to the legislature, because ultimately they are going to be the ones to decide whether slots are going to be allowed,” Bonlarron said.
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continued from page 1 in which money raised is spent on providing a variety of services for veterans. “We don’t want to limit what we will spend the money on,” he said. “While the VA gets their paperwork straightened out, we can assist people, as long as it’s a problem that is contributing to their mental or physical condition.” Veterans do not only have issues getting VA coverage in an overloaded system. Many veterans or active-duty servicemen don’t want to come forward and
continued from page 8 federal government contracts, the defense contracts part of the business, but now we are also working with the commercial side, the airline side of the business.” She said the aviation and aerospace cluster has become large in Palm Beach County. “Anything we can do to diversify and strengthen it is very positive,” she said. LaRocque said Pratt & Whitney wanted a total of $1 million in incentives. “They wanted local matched and state grants,” she said, adding such an incentive in a cash outlay was not possible given the cash-strapped county coffers. They finally negotiated a $700,000 ad valorem tax exemption over a seven-year period, and $300,000 in cash over four years. “When we do the cash portion, we always like to spread that out over multiple years, so again it’s to reduce how impactful that cash outlay is,” LaRocque said. LaRocque said the property tax incentive is the county’s go-to program to attract new businesses and encourage expansion of existing ones.
Aesthetic & Family Dentistry owner Dr. Steven Miller with staff members, Boys & Girls Club representatives and some of the club’s children.
Mike Jones, past president of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, now represents the Coalition for More Jobs, Better Schools and a Stronger Economy, which is posting “Vote Yes for Slot Machines” signs around the county. He was motivated by the need to help one of the county’s largest businesses remain competitive. “What motivated me is the fact that this is the epitome of a familyowned business, a local business — the Rooneys have operated it for 40 years,” Jones told the TownCrier. “The Kennel Club has been the center of travel and tourism in Palm Beach County for 80 years, and it just seemed to me that we ought to be taking care of local business and not encouraging potential customers to go down to Broward or Miami-Dade.” Jones said the coalition is supported by 25 different business organizations and added that he is not aware of any organized groups opposing the question. Question No. 2 asks whether the Palm Beach County Commission should be authorized to grant property tax exemptions to new businesses and expanding busi-
nesses if they are expected to create new full-time jobs. “It’s an incentive that the board has used to recruit businesses and expand existing businesses in the area,” Bonlarron said. “There are some very strict contractual guarantees on how those exemptions work. They don’t just get the dollars. There are bonds that have to be in place. If someone doesn’t fulfill their obligation, they have to repay those dollars.” He explained that this is an authority the commissioners currently have, but the authorization expires in 2014. “If you want the county commission to be able to use this tool in the future, you’re going to have to re-up it so they can renew it,” Bonlarron said, adding that voters will have to weigh the potential job benefits against the possible revenue losses. Assistant County Administrator Shannon LaRocque said the county’s ad valorem tax exemption program started in 2004. “By state statute, those can only go on for 10 years, so we have to have a new referendum before that 10-year period runs out, or else we can no longer offer ad valorem
tax incentives to businesses to expand or relocate in Palm Beach County,” LaRocque told the TownCrier. “This will ask the voters to allow that program to continue for another 10 years.” LaRocque said it gives the county flexibility when companies qualify under state law, which she said is very complex. “We have to go through some significant exercises to make sure that they, in fact, qualify with state law. If they do, we evaluate every project on a case-by-case basis,” she said. Criteria include how much capital they intend to invest, how many jobs they will create or retain and what the salaries are anticipated to be, she said. The general election ballot is long, including many races and 11 statewide amendments. Bonlarron cautioned voters to be prepared and knowledgeable before going to the polls. “Please tell your friends and neighbors to make sure that you know what you’re doing in advance because there’s going to be some long lines if people are going in and looking at that ballot for the first time,” he said.
seek help for mental health problems. “They don’t want to be stigmatized for it, so they seek outside help,” Langworthy said. “It’s not their fault, but this is leading to a suicide rate in the military that’s climbing daily, to one a day.” This high rate of suicide is a consequence of the lack of treatment and awareness, he said. “Many families don’t even want to report the deaths as suicide because they are afraid they won’t get benefits or they don’t want to shame the soldier,” Langworthy said. Langworthy and Galone’s mission is to give back to the soldiers who risked their lives for this country. Through Warriors4Warriors, they are able to do this by making
them less dependent on the VA for services. Their goal is to become a nationally recognized organization. “We want to be everywhere and have an advocate in every state,” Langworthy said. “I’ve gotten emails from out of state already, some as far as California, asking for help.” The more assistance the nonprofit can provide veterans, the more ways it can help reduce soldiers’ stress, which is one of the key triggers of PTSD. “Over the last six years, PTSD has been tossed into the limelight, so now there is more being known than ever,” Langworthy said. “But it’s still in its infancy stage in terms of knowing the symptoms.” Langworthy, who served in the medical field while in the military, specialized in behavioral health and counseling and now is working to become a registered nurse. While working at a VA hospital in Houston, he led a group of PTSD victims and heard traumatic stories about its effects. “To hear these guys’ stories on why they were there and how they got addicted to drugs, painkillers and alcohol was tough,” he said. “The reason why they got into
these things was because when they did reach out for help. Many were from the Vietnam War and did not receive proper PTSD treatment. They were pretty much told to put a Band-Aid on it and suck it up.” Other veterans were from the current war in Afghanistan. “They were addicted to painkillers and antidepressants because that’s what the VA gave them for treatment,” Langworthy said. “That alone will not solve the problem. Research has proven that proper counseling and medication will work, but not one alone.” By reducing the stressors in the lives of these veterans, Langworthy and Galone believe their group can help relieve the effects of PTSD. “Whether it’s paying someone’s mortgage payment for that month so that the banks won’t go after their home, helping them find a job by fixing their résumé or getting them clean clothes, we want to do it all,” Langworthy said. “These are the little hindrances that can become major problems and cause veterans to go to a dark place.” For more information, visit www. warriors4warriorscharity.com.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, industrial gas turbines and space propulsion systems, with 36,000 employees serving 11,000 customers around the world, according to the county’s staff report. The company is committed to renovate 90,000 square feet of existing space, build 80,000 to 100,000 square feet of new space, purchase equipment representing $63 million in capital investments, create 230 new jobs, and maintain the created jobs for five years following the job creation period. Award of the ad valorem tax exemption is contingent upon the determination that the project meets the requirements under Florida Statutes. The company has been offered a total of $3,391,000 in state financing. The company will be required to enter into a formal agreement, approved by the county. The ad valorem tax exemption program requires a supermajority vote of the commission to grant a business a property tax exemption when one or more incentives are being granted. Commissioner Karen Marcus made a motion to approve the incentive program, which carried 60 with Commissioner Paulette Burdick absent.
Democrat Challenging Allen West
continued from page 7 step toward major changes needed in healthcare. “The rising cost of healthcare is almost exponential,” Murphy said. “We need major changes. Making it a more fair process was a definite step forward.” Murphy believes some business regulations are needed, especially on banks, which he feels are out of control. “Trillions and trillions of dollars a year have been traded without any regulation,” he said. “It wasn’t too much regulation that got us into this mess. The predatory lending and everything else that happened leading up to
this was a problem and something that needed to be addressed.” Murphy favors a return to what he calls “boring banking.” “There’s no incentive for banks to give you or me a loan for a car or a house or a little business that we want to start because they can go trade it in the market and make 15 or 20 percent, and if they lose it, well, hey — what’s to lose? Someone will back us up,” he said. Murphy differentiates himself from his opponent by noting that he’s a business owner, a CPA and a job creator. “I think we need people with financial backgrounds in Congress,” he said. “What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing and expecting different results. I think we need new blood, we need different ideas, and we need fresh thinking. The same old thing isn’t working.”
continued from page 1 the feeling or intent of what this council is trying to achieve.” But Kurtz said he did not think that was appropriate. “I do not think it makes sense to discuss anything we discussed in the shade session,” he said. “We are just now forming a response. My understanding was that you wanted to have the staff come up with some solutions. It will be brought back to you at your attorney-client session on Nov. 13.” But Greene worried that the public might have concerns. “I don’t want people to be scratching their heads wondering if we’ve made progress, or if we’re going backward,” he said. “I am hoping that we’re making progress.” Vice Mayor Howard Coates tried to clarify the matter for the public. “The reason we are deferring tonight is that we are hopeful that we will be able to meaningfully respond to the proposal, possibly by proposing our own settlement,” he said. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig agreed. “We don’t want to reveal all our strategy,” she said. Council members also discussed the terms surrounding the use of the Equestrian Village property after Wellington granted temporary certificates of completion and occupancy for the site in October. “Staff gave a warning notice to [the site] with regard to stabling activities that occurred a week and a half ago,” Kurtz said.
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continued from page 3 those dollars, and they don’t want to be Riviera Beach. They want to keep their rural environment.” Peterson would also help the Pahokee Marina, which she said is currently not living up to its potential. “Those people need that facility open,” she said. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not dredge to allow boats to come in. Residents could go there on the weekends. The boats could really utilize Lake Okeechobee. We continue to have inaction. It’s a waste of our tax dollars, but more so it’s crippling the economy because of inaction.” Peterson said she would not support new taxes as a way to balance the state budget. “I don’t think we can afford new taxes in this state,” she said. “There are a lot of ways that we can trim back so we can provide more for the people of Florida.” During Tropical Storm Isaac, Peterson said she took a proactive role helping to get airboats out to The Acreage and coordinate getting horses to safety. She said she would continue to help the
Kurtz then clarified the regulations for the site. “No activities, other than maintenance and preparation… are to occur prior to Nov. 1,” he said. “We wanted to eliminate the ambiguity, and they will be given three strikes from this point forward.” Greene said he was concerned that the stipulations were not made clear. “I don’t want to get in the situation where staff gives an applicant the right to do something, then we send out code enforcement and it comes back to the council and we’re made to look like the bad guys,” he said. But Kurtz said that staff was unaware they planned to use the site for stabling before the show season began. “There was never a request or indication that they intended to use the facilities for stabling prior to Nov. 1,” he said. Council members disagreed on whether a violation had occurred but agreed to wipe the slate clean, removing violations. “It’s not clear that there has been any violation,” Coates said. “I don’t have a problem at all clarifying what can and can’t be done between now and Nov. 1, but my view is that we should determine no violation has occurred and go forth and clarify so we don’t end up back where we are tonight.” But Councilman Matt Willhite said that it had been clear. “It’s any activities on that property between Nov. 1 and April 30,” he said. “It’s anything that goes on at the facility, not just the dressage festival.” Council members voted unanimously to direct staff to clarify the rules and reset the violations. community in Tallahassee by trying to bring people to the table and work on the area’s drainage problems. “It’s not our job to tell them what to do, but the state can assist local authorities in providing public safety and flood control,” she said. “We can step in where needed.” Though she said that she was not taking a side on whether State Road 7 should be extended to Northlake Blvd., she said she thought more discussion was needed. “I know it’s something the community feels very strongly about,” she said. “I’d hope to find a happy medium and mediate the issue as best I can.” Peterson noted that she is a longtime resident and small business owner who knows the community. “I’m not a professional politician,” she said. “Mr. Abruzzo is a registered lobbyist and sitting politician, and that offends me. How do you represent the people of your district when you represent special issues?” Peterson said voters should choose her because she will work tirelessly for the community. “I’m relentless,” she said. “I came from absolutely nothing. I fought hard for my education and for everything I have, and I will fight hard for them.” For more information, visit www. votemelanie.com.
Blotter continued from page 6 tim’s unlocked vehicle and stole the victim’s wallet from the center console. According to the report, the wallet contained $20 cash and a bank card. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 22 — A business owner in Commerce Park East contacted the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 2:32 p.m. Monday, July 23 and 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, someone removed a silver and black credit card machine from the
business. The victim said the item was delivered by FedEx and is valued at approximately $599. There were no suspects at the time of the report. OCT. 22 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington responded to a home in Olympia on Monday morning regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 7:30 p.m. last Sunday and 10 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed a purple bag. The stolen bag was valued at approximately $50. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.
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The Acreage Horseman’s Association kicks off its new show circuit on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park on Hamlin Blvd. An all-day open warm-up pleasure show was held Sept. 30, with around 60 enthusiastic riders attending. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 25
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Broncos Post Homecoming Win Over John I. Leonard
The Palm Beach Central High School varsity football team defeated John I. Leonard 35-25 on Friday, Oct. 19 before a capacity homecoming crowd in Wellington. It was the first football District 10-8A title in school history for Palm Beach Central. The Bronco ground game was relentless, with 46 carries combining for 346 yards. Page 35
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Business Petrone Technology Group: CuttingEdge Custom Audio & Alarm Systems
Entrepreneur Anthony Petrone has turned his interest in audio technology into a successful business. He founded Petrone Technology Group 10 years ago in Wellington and today provides the most cuttingedge audio equipment available. The company does a variety of custom audio, video surveillance and alarm installations. Its five technicians install the custom systems based on the design plans that Petrone creates. Page 27
Sports Royal Palm Beach Football Squad Tops L.W. Trojans 23-8
The Royal Palm Beach High School varsity football team continued its winning streak Friday, Oct. 19 when the Wildcats hosted Lake Wor th, defeating the Trojans 23-8. Though the rain and mud had both teams struggling, the Wildcats held the Trojans to a single touchdown while scoring two safeties. Page 35
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Acreage Horseman’s Association Starts Show Circuit The Acreage is a rural community originally built with horse owners in mind. All of the streets were dirt back then: nice soft dirt, mind you, not shell rock. Vehicles drove slowly, and there were tons of vacant lots where you could practice jumping downed trees or tightening up that barrel pattern. We used to think nothing of saddling up, whistling for the dogs and heading out for a long ride — a bunch of people, horses and dogs who often ended up with more of all three than we’d started with. Those days are gone for good, but there’s a nice thing built just for horse owners that has increased in size and usage: Nicole Hornstein Equestrian Park on Hamlin Blvd., which is home to the Acreage Horseman’s Association shows. Their new show circuit kicks off this month. Their year actually started last month, on Sept. 30, with an all-day open warm-up pleasure show. Around 60 enthusiastic riders attended. “Oh my gosh, it was huge, fantastic,” said Linda Rainbolt of the Acreage Horseman’s Association. “A lot of riders went in more than one class. Some classes had 15 entries. The feedback we got was wonderful. Everyone had fun and loved it. They really enjoyed the atmosphere.” Indeed they did. Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/ HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”
Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg Mackenzie Yeatman of Wellington, 10, was there with her pony, Amigo. She competed in showmanship, halter and a walk/jog class. “It was fun,” she said. “This is her second year showing here,” added Shannon Yeatman, her mom. “We enjoy coming to these shows. They’re very nice — everyone helps everyone else. Mackenzie has made a lot of friends here, even more than she has made at school. We really appreciate the camaraderie. I also like the way they keep the show moving right along. It goes pretty quick.” Sharon Hanley was there with her 11-yearold daughter, Breana, and Tiffy, their Quarter Horse mare. “The show moves along nicely,” Hanley agreed. “They’re very good at sticking to the schedule. I also like having the English and Western classes all together on the same day, one after the other. It makes it easy to switch tack. I also like using this park. It’s close by and easy to get to. We showed here last year, and we’re planning to do this year’s circuit.” Breana definitely enjoyed the show and
(Left) Mackenzie Yeatman on Amigo. (Right) Linda Sabol with Sugar. competed in both English and Western classes: showmanship and walk/jog in Western; walk/trot and walk/trot/individual canter in English. “I like the judges,” she said. “They give me good pointers, like how to improve my horse’s grooming, and also how to make my horse’s mane bands lay flat on her neck.”
Amy Woodruff and her daughter Elizabeth Bisaillon, both of The Acreage, were there to show. “I’ve seen a lot of new people here today,” said Bisaillon, who was showing in both English and Western, and placed first in the open walk/jog class. “I came last year and See ROSENBERG, page 26
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I Couldn’t Live Without The Self-Made Stress In My Life I had a really busy day recently. This column was due, I needed to conduct 11 interviews, I was pricing the entire contents of someone’s home for an estate sale, and my store decided to get pre-holiday busy. Ordinarily, I can handle this kind of pressure with my usual grace and aplomb (trip, stumble, gasp), but Fate decided to send a few fun extras my way. For instance, my Internet service was down for 10 minutes. Why? I don’t know. I do know that, unsure whether it’d be down for 10 minutes or 10 hours, I had one of my patent-pending conniption fits. In a case like this, my husband leaves the building, as experience has taught him to do. First he stops, drops and rolls. Then, when that doesn’t work (I don’t even notice him), Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer. On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.
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The Sonic BOOMER he leaves the building. Also, when one’s Internet is down in a deadline time crunch, one quite naturally hits, punches, kicks and tips a glass of water into one’s computer. One is merely shooting the messenger. Nonetheless, 11 minutes later I was up and running with nothing but a damp keyboard to slow me down. I got off to a good start with the estate sale, and then it was suddenly put on hold for two days. Why? Because after bringing in three boxes from another location, the owner sighed
and said: “I’m beat. I usually work one day and sleep for two, so I’m off schedule.” I laughed convivially, but it turned out she was serious. Work one and sleep for two? Who has that kind of time? While she took her nappy-poo, I unpacked the boxes (those three plus 47 others), emptied her shed, set up tables, put everything out and priced every single item right down to her toothpick holder. I did this as quickly as I could because I’ve been advertising this sale for a week, and the Big Day was tomorrow. Stressful? Sure, but I tell myself that’s why I get the big bucks. Then I laugh oddly, like one seriously out of touch with the real world. In related news, the store getting busy is a good thing. We’ve been record-setting busy all summer and the stock was looking thin (translation: you could almost walk unimpeded down the aisles), but then I brought all the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff down from the attic.
You’d think that holiday designers had already done everything that could be done with pumpkins, Pilgrims and reindeer, but no. And I am just a sucker for that stuff. “I buy it for my customers,” I tell myself, but that’s a lie. Put me on the Naughty List if you must, but my store is well-supplied with black, orange, brown, red and green inventory. Of course the first thing to sell on Saturday morning was the gigantic distressed hutch in the front room — the one with the vintagelooking glass handles in which we had crammed all our red and green inventory. So I went on the hunt, bought another hutch the moment I found one, and promptly decided its natural wood was simply too ugly. It needed to be painted. So I painted it. Then I distressed it. Then I replaced the handles with nice glass ones. Now I’m done with all my work except for this column. … aaaaaaand, it’s wrap. That is, until tomorrow.
‘The Last Resort’ Makes For Gripping Television Drama The Last Resort is a fascinating new television series (ABC at 8 p.m. Thursdays) that tries to cram about three hours of plot into each episode. It is a complex drama, filled with characters connected by a whole variety of different motives, while focusing both on political and personal disputes. At times, events seem to move so fast, there is no time to think. The nuclear submarine USS Colorado rescues a group of SEALs after a botched mission in Pakistan and is ordered, not through regular channels but by a suspicious secondary routing, to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan. The captain of the ship, Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher), decides to disobey the order until he can get confirmation through regular sources. The Colorado is then attacked by American forces and damaged. Its special Perseus cloaking system allows the captain, backed by his second-in-command, Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman), to bring the sub to an island in the Indian Ocean, Sainte Marina, where they hide while trying to make sense of what happened. The action takes place on the sub, on the island and in Washington, where shadowy forces struggle for power. The crew of the submarine is horrified to find out they have
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continued from page 25 plan to do the circuit this year, now that I have a horse I can show. The best thing about this show — everyone’s friendly.” “It’s definitely rider-friendly,” Woodruff added. “It’s a great place to start, for any breed of horse, any level of riding, beginner through advanced. Even if you don’t ride but just have an interest in horses, there are in-hand classes. I’d highly recommend it. Plus their free clinics are awesome and real-
been labeled as traitors by Washington. A segment of the crew led by Chief of the Boat (a role given to the senior enlisted person aboard) Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick), thinks orders should simply be obeyed. Prosser, however, does have long-term ties to the captain. On the island, the arrival of the ship disrupts life. Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) runs the island, quite willing to use violence to get his way. Sophie Girard (Camille De Pazzis), a NATO scientist on the island, wants to keep things peaceful but has a relationship with Julian, who is hostile to the arrival of the sailors. In Washington, we see the pressure being put on Sam Kendal’s wife Christine (Jessy Schram) by the government, which is attempting to manipulate her, while Kylie Sinclair (Au-
tumn Reeser), the daughter of the head of the company that designed the cloaking system, moves closer to the center of the action. And that’s based on four weeks of shows. It seems clear that the role of conscience vs. duty is at the center of the show, a topic that has been a staple of drama dating back to the Greeks (for example, Antigone). The captain is very torn in his decisions, as is the chief. Crew members are split; one actually tries to highjack the ship with a grenade. And then we have the Russians getting involved. Whooh! What a ride. And I left out the part where Chaplin fired a nuclear missile at the United States to force the country to back off. Happily, the acting is excellent. Braugher is one of the finest actors in television. You can see the agony on his face as he has to make horrible choices. Patrick is as good. It would have been simple to play the captain’s chief opponent as simply a man making robotic choices, but he plays the role obviously torn by competing feelings of duty. Speedman is strong as the executive officer; he is not a “yes man,” and he has a special problem thanks to the leverage the government has over his wife. The drama is not as strong so far in Washington and on the island itself. Schram suffers
mightily and beautifully as the beleaguered wife but still has not become a fully rounded character. That is more a script problem than an acting one. The real dramatic problem is that the action on the submarine itself is so intense that the others pale in comparison. Nothing is simple there; clearly, the captain is respected, but the men want to go home. And they are not certain how well they will be received. To compound things, the president may be impeached and convicted, and nothing is certain. The trickiest part of running a show like this is keeping the suspense. The first season of Lost was weird, wild and wonderful, but the writers ran out of plot and went almost entire seasons focusing on either missing passengers or “the Others” or anything else. I hope this series manages to avoid that. It will be a challenge what with a split crew, an island dictator, a Russian invasion, nuclear attacks, an impeachment hearing and a lot of other skullduggery. It might be hard to top what they have already done. But with an excellent cast, a nice shooting location and a gripping story, the people behind the show clearly demonstrate that we can still turn out good television. Try it.
ly help everyone enjoy the whole experience.” I was there as well, not to show, but to help one of my students. (Yes, this is a shameless plug; I do give riding lessons.) Linda Sabol brought along her horse, Sugar. It was the first time at the show — for both of them, and it started off with a bang. Somehow, during the trailer ride to the show, Sugar managed to slip out of her halter, so she arrived standing naked in the trailer, facing backward, and really excited. Once rehaltered, she spent the first half-hour of her show career walking around, staring at things, snorting loudly, but basically getting the feel of it. In no time, she relaxed enough to eat some grass and breathe normally. Sabol rode in two walk/jog classes, and
though she didn’t place, the show was a huge success. “Sugar really relaxed and did very well,” she said. “That was our goal. To get to the show, go in a couple of classes, and get back home — safely. We had fun. I’m definitely going to be coming back and showing in the English classes.” A lot of people share Linda’s enthusiasm, and a lot of people will be coming back. The new Pleasure circuit starts this Sunday, Oct. 28, and runs every month through May. Shows are on the fourth Sunday of the month, except in November, December and May, when shows are on the third Sunday. Membership is a one-time cost of $20, and classes cost $8 each or $100 for the whole
day. There are also Barrel and Paso Fino circuits on different weekends. Free clinics in a variety of riding disciplines, both English and Western, are held periodically throughout the month and are completely free; you don’t even have to be an AHA member to participate. “We’re adding more hunter classes this year. My whole goal, in offering the free clinics and the shows, is to get the average backyard horse owner to come out and participate,” Rainbolt said. “We have a lot of firsttime people showing here, and that’s great. We’re local, and we’re cheap. I hope it stays friendly and special.” For more information, and to check the calendar and see the class lists, visit www. acreagehorseman.com.
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Petrone Technology Group owner Anthony Petrone at his Wellington home holding a customized remote control. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER
Petrone Technology Group Offers Cutting-Edge Custom Audio And Alarm Systems By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Entrepreneur Anthony Petrone has turned his interest in audio technology into a successful business. He founded Petrone Technology Group 10 years ago in Wellington and today provides the most cutting-edge audio equipment available. Petrone has always had an interest in audio, video and alarm installations, having begun his career working for an alarm company. “Ever since I was in high school, about 15 to 16 years old, I had on-the-job training,” he said. He worked for companies such as ADT for several years, doing home installations, from alarms to audio systems. “I worked on Rush Limbaugh’s and Jimmy Buffett’s houses, doing home theaters and things like that,” Petrone recalled. “That was cool, and I realized that’s what I wanted to do.” While working for other companies as a technician, Petrone developed his own, unique business model. “At the time, they wanted to segment you,” Petrone said. “Either you wired a house, put the equipment in, or you programmed it.” Petrone noticed that there was a lack of proper communication and customer service at many of the companies he worked for. “I didn’t like the way they were treating people,” he said. “It was all about the profit and not about the end result of the project and its performance.” Petrone decided to stop complaining about what he did not like about other companies and start his own. “It was time for me to do what the other companies were not doing and get it right, so I did, and it has been wonderful,” he said. “I love what I do. It’s like an art form for me.” Petrone does all the programming and designing of the systems. He learned how to do everything on his own, from wiring to pro-
gramming. “I’ve been in the industry so long that everything just came to me, and what I didn’t know I would learn,” he said. Petrone Technology Group does a variety of custom audio, video surveillance and alarm installations. The company has five technicians who go to clients’ homes and install the systems based on the design plans that Petrone creates. “Then I go and program it all,” he said. What sets Petrone Technology Group apart from many other companies in the industry is the practicality of its systems. “We make it easy enough for people to use, so that there are no problems,” Petrone said. Petrone tries to understand the needs of his wide range of clientele, and delivers systems that are modern, manageable and precise. “I’ve got high-end clients to everyday people, and they all just want the same thing in the end,” he said. “They want an easy-touse system that they can learn without having to go to school.” It’s all about making people’s lives easier, and Petrone Technology Group masters this by providing a smart remote control that can control the entire house, from the lights to temperature. With the smart control, clients are able to set their own custom settings that fit their own personal needs. Petrone Technology Group creates a functional smart control by running wires throughout the house that connect to a equipment rack, which holds all the equipment from DVD players to video gaming consoles. The entire shelf is tucked away in a wall, where it is out of view. Petrone Technology Group can install home theater systems, custom surveillance and alarm systems for homes and businesses that can be collaborated with smartphones to view and monitor anywhere. For more information, visit www.petrone technologygroup.com or call (561) 429-2536.
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ROYAL PALM AUTO MALL HOSTS GOLF CLASSIC AT WANDERERS CLUB
The 2012 Royal Palm Auto Mall Golf Classic was held Friday, Oct. 12 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The event benefited the Palms West Community Foundation and included an awards reception and dinner. For more information, visit www.cpbchamber.com. Shown above are members of the event committee at the golf course.
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YWCA Names Chairs For Annual Harmony House Lunch Dec. 4
The YWCA of Palm Beach County has announced that Teri Wolofsky will serve as honorary chair of this year’s Mary Rubloff YWCA Harmony House annual luncheon. Sonja Stevens and Karen Swanson will serve as chairs, with Lynne Doctor, Carol Ann Friedman, Toby Muss, Phyllis Verducci and Paula Wittmann serving as vice chairs and Joy Eber as fundraising chair. With the theme “Taking Steps to a Peaceful Life,” the event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Breakers in Palm Beach. Highlights of this year’s luncheon include guest speakers Laura Schroff, author of The Invisible Thread, along with the book’s subject, Maurice Mazyck; a silent auction featuring a “Children’s Corner” holiday gift baskets and a specialty travel section; and the opportunity to purchase a holiday gift for a woman or child residing at Harmony House. Members of this year’s committee include Ann Appleman, Karen Lynn Asher, Dorita Barrett, Ruthann Beckerman, Karen Bond, Rosemary Bronstien, Lurana Campanaro, Eileen Daly, Judith Donoff, Roberta Drey,
Sonja Stevens, Teri Wolofsky and Karen Swanson. Mary Ann Ehrlich, Frances Fisher, Dotti Gronlund, Judy Harpel, Suzanne Holmes, Mars Jaffe, Barbara Katz, Deborah Koepper, Gayle Landen, Melissa Leonard, Theresa LePore, Lynda Levitsky, Virginia Longo, Peggy McClelland, Pat McInerney, Joyce McLendon, Judith Miller, Jackie Ojakian, Melissa Parker, Margaret Pearson, Gilda Price, Susan Rothman, Hazel Rubin, Bernadette Shalhoub, Bobbi Shorr, Maria Siemon, Laura Moore Tanne,
Chelly Templeton, Linda Wartow and Joan Yanow. Proceeds from luncheon will support the Mary Rubloff YWCA Harmony House at the Anita Dubnoff Campus, a secure, 63-bed facility offering fully furnished apartments to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Tickets for the luncheon cost $295 per person. To purchase a ticket, call (561) 640-0050, ext. 134.
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ShowChic Hosts ‘ShopTalk’ Event With Physical Therapist Just in time for Halloween, ShowChic dressage boutique was filled with skeletons and a crowd as physical therapist Stacey Brown discussed the biomechanics of dressage for both horse and rider. Located in Wellington, ShowChic hosts the monthly ShopTalks, sponsored by the Gold Coast Dressage Association, which feature various equine experts, from riders to physical therapists, sharing their knowledge with the dressage community. Brown, who specializes in neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation, spoke on the how the spine, muscles and external forces like the rider (Left) Physical therapist Stacey Brown elaborates on the motions of the equine spine during ShowChic’s October ShopTalk.
and saddle affect a horse’s movement. “Stacey always draws a large crowd because every dressage rider, trainer and owner wants to better understand the mechanics of their horse’s movement,” ShowChic owner Michele Hundt said. “ShowChic has everything the dressage fashionista could want, from the latest in apparel and show accessories to jewelry and an unmatched selection. We are honored to host experts like Stacey and contribute to the dressage community.” Brown elaborated on the motions of the equine spine, from flexion and extension to bending, rotation, and how the muscle groups act together and are connected to the vertebrae. Using real spines obtained from medical specimens, she dem-
onstrated how forces like the saddle, rider and injuries affect how the horse moves and uses the muscle groups. Brown also showed how the rounding and collection asked of the horse in dressage can create problems if the horse is being impeded by a rider sitting incorrectly, an unevenness in muscle development, incorrect farrier work or improper saddle fit. Brown has also been a contributing writer for the ShowChic ShowNews newsletter for over two years. Guests at the ShopTalk not only received valuable insight into their horses’ biomechanics, but also had a chance to view ShowChic’s extensive selection of dressage fashions. ShowChic carries everything the rider needs to dress for success in the
dressage arena, including wellknown brands like Animo, Kentucky, Cavallo, Arista, Pikeur, Kinsgland, Samshield, GPA and Charles Owen. The newest Pikeur line of breeches and elegant tops were on display in a variety of colors. Thanks to its extensive selection, ShowChic has become known as the ultimate destination for dressage riders who want to look their best in and out of the show ring. ShowChic’s mobile store can be found at show grounds across the East Coast in the summer and on the Florida show circuit in the winter. For more information about ShowChic, visit www.showchic dressage.com or call (561) 319-2121. ShowChic’s online store is open 24 hours.
Wellington’s LED Source Contributes To Miami Tower Project Miami Tower, an iconic symbol of the city, makes a dramatic new statement in the downtown skyline with the recent adoption of a state-of-theart exterior LED lighting system installed with the help of a Wellington firm. The advanced LED system will reduce related lighting energy us-
age by 92 percent, save tenants and the building’s owner nearly $260,000 per year in energy and related operating costs, and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1.2 million pounds. The cutting-edge LED lighting will also allow custom light shows at the push of a button in support of tenants, holidays, civic
and charitable groups, and other organizations looking to promote or commemorate special events. The team of Jones Lang LaSalle, Philips Color Kinetics and LED Source identified the optimal LED lighting solution based on long-term operational savings and the fact that it reflected the commitment to ad-
vanced technology by LaSalle Investment Management, the building’s owner. The installation team replaced 382 metal halide lights that consumed 1,000 watts each and were limited to only a few static colors, with 216 ultra-modern LED fixtures able to produce 16 million colors and hundreds
of dynamic lighting effects. Based in Wellington, LED Source is an international LED lighting solutions provider that specializes in design, support, development, project management and financing, through its Retrofit, Architectural and Entertainment divisions. For more info., visit www.ledsource.com.
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DINING & ENTERTAINMENT
Palm Beach Pops To Kick Off 21st Concert Season Nov. 3 Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops, Florida’s premier pops orchestra, is offering another season of sophisticated musical entertainment with the announcement of six signature concert series. Audiences are invited to hear “The Music You Love, Live” as the orchestra celebrates 21 years of outstanding music from the Great American Songbook with special guest artists including American Idol finalist Tamyra Gray, pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare, Broadway leading lady Christine Andreas, Vegas superstar Clint Holmes and more. Led by music director and conductor Bob Lappin, the Palm Beach Pops performs more than 36 sub-
American Idol finalist Tamyra Gray performs with the Palm Beach Pops in November.
scription concerts a year in South Florida at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, as well as at other national venues. The 2012-13 season will open Nov. 3. Six-concert season subscriptions are now on sale for $125 and up. Concerts include: • Autumn in New York — From the East Side to the West Side, Harlem to the Copa, Broadway to Tin Pan Alley, experience the music that embodies the heart and soul of the Big Apple. Performances will take place Nov. 3-5 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; Nov. 6 and 7 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; and Nov. 8 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre. • Home for the Holidays — Enjoy holiday favorites along with standards from the Great American Songbook as the Palm Beach Pops bring season’s greetings to South Florida during the most magical time of the year. This series will feature Tony DeSare, an audience favorite from the 2011-12 season, and American Idol finalist, star of Broadway and television, Tamyra Gray. Performances will take place Nov. 26-27 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Nov. 28-30 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; and Dec. 2 at PBSC’s
Eissey Theatre. • Here’s to the Ladies — Broadway leading actress Christine Andreas joins the orchestra with a tribute to the great ladies of the American Songbook, including Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and more. Performances will take place Jan. 4-6 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; Jan. 8 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre; and Jan. 9 and 10 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. • The Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams and More — Join the Pops as they pay tribute to one of the best composers of film, John Williams, the acclaimed composer for blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Jaws, Superman and many others. Performances will take place Feb. 2, 4 and 6 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; Feb. 5 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre; and Feb. 7 and 8 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. • The Music of James Taylor, Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul Simon & More — Experience an evening of music featuring songs from Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, James Taylor and more with Vegas entertainer and audience favorite Clint Holmes. Performances will take place Feb. 25 and 26 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Feb. 27 and 28 and March 4 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; and March 3 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre.
Home for the Holidays will feature audience favorite Tony DeSare. • Sensational Broadway — A Palm Beach Pops tradition, audiences will delight in the wondrous songs of musical theatre as the Pops bring Broadway’s favorite hits to the South Florida stage. Performances will take place March 27-29 at FAU’s Kaye Auditorium; March 30 at PBSC’s Eissey Theatre; and April 1 and 2 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Subscriptions to a series of six concerts for the 2012-13 season are on sale now. The cost for subscriptions is $125 to $495 for Kravis Center performances, $138 to $360 for performances at the Kaye Auditori-
um, and $399 to $469 for performances at the Eissey Theatre. To purchase tickets, call the Palm Beach Pops box office at (561) 832-7677 or visit www.palmbeachpops.org/season. Individual tickets cost $29 to $89 and may be purchased at the Palm Beach Pops box office at 500 S.Australian Ave., Suite 100, West Palm Beach. The Palm Beach Pops box office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Programs, artists and dates are subject to change. There are no refunds or exchanges.
Phantom Recommends ‘Amadeus’ At Maltz Jupiter Theatre Maltz Jupiter Theatre will present key scenes of the play, in which the torial work of Michael Gieleta, whose Amadeus Tuesday, Oct. 30 through now-elderly Salieri recounts his deal- experience directing multilingual Sunday, Nov. 11. ings with the brilliant composer. As opera and stage productions will One of the greatest composers of court composer to Austrian Emper- bring our production of Amadeus to all time, WolfgangAmadeus Mozart or Joseph II, Salieri recounts the awe new heights.” was outrageous, brilliant, complicat- and envy he felt when the emperor The play will star Broadway veted and larger than life. Yet he found commissioned Mozart to write an eran Tom Bloom as Salieri, who has it impossible to have his talent rec- opera in German, rather than the been seen recently off-Broadway in ognized in intrigue-ridden imperial customary Italian. The Big Meal at Playwrights’ HoriVienna. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre The theater’s production will fea- zon, Timon of Athens at NYSF and takes on the flamboyant genius in ture direction from accomplished Widow’s Blind Date at Circle-in-thethe first show of its 10th anniversa- opera and theater director Michael Square. He has performed at numerry season: the thrilling tour-de-force Gieleta. Scenic designer Philip Wit- ous regional theaters and has apbiodrama Amadeus. comb, a British designer based in peared frequently in film and TV, inSet in 18th-century Vienna, Ama- New York, is designing the play’s cluding The Thomas Crown Affair, deus portrays the young composer set, evoking a dilapidated theater in The Emperor’s Club and Law & as seen through the eyes of his jeal- which Salieri’s life is being recollect- Order. ous rival, composer Antonio Salieri. ed, with projection design by AnNew York actor Ryan Garbayo, Winner of the Tony Award for Best drzej Goulding. Costume designer who will portray Amadeus, has Play, the 1979 play by Peter Shaffer Fabio Toblini — whose work was been seen recently in Suddenly Last is often recognized in mainstream recently featured in American The- Summer at Westport Country Play- guage and costume to obstruct the limited for this popular biodrama; culture for the wildly popular, Acad- atre magazine — is recreating the house, The Time of Your Life at Attic reflection of our own lives in the call the box office for availability. emy Award–winning 1984 film ver- refined style of 18th-century aristo- Theater, Much Ado About Nothing play,” Gieleta said. “It is ironic that Tickets start at $46. Amadeus is sion by the same name. cratic European attire. at the Shakespeare Theatre in Wash- one of the world’s greatest com- sponsored by Priscilla Heublein. Featuring rich period costumes, “We are excited to have assem- ington, Unrequited at the Public posers needed as much drive, reTickets are now on sale for the the play highlights the music of bled such an amazing team of de- Theater Shakespeare Lab and more. silience and networking skills to theater’s entire 10th anniversary Mozart, Salieri and other compos- signers for Amadeus, the first show “The challenge in directing a survive in the ever-competitive season. ers of the period. The premieres of of the theater’s 10th anniversary costume drama such as Amadeus musical Vienna of the 1790s as one For more information about the Mozart’s operas The Abduction season,” said Andrew Kato, the the- lies in reducing the distance be- needs to succeed in today’s theater’s upcoming shows and from the Seraglio, The Marriage of ater’s producing artistic director. tween the world of the play and world.” conservatory, visit www.jupiter Figaro, Don Giovanni and The “We are particularly honored to of- contemporaneity, and not allowing Evening and matinee perfor- theatre.org or call the box office at Magic Flute are each the setting for fer our audiences the brilliant direc- the externalities of mores, lan- mances available, but seating is (561) 575-2223. Joe Nasuti, the Phantom, is a featured writer for the Town-Crier, Forever Young and www.yournews.com. Comments & recommendations are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Broncos Post 35-25 Homecoming Win Over John I. Leonard By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School varsity football team defeated John I. Leonard 35-25 on Friday, Oct. 19 before a capacity homecoming crowd in Wellington. It was the first football District 10-8A title in school history for Palm Beach Central. The Broncos broke out early inside two minutes of the first quarter on their first possession, when senior Ray Wilson ran 44 yards for the touchdown. Cameron Golob’s point after put the Broncos ahead 7-0.
Palm Beach Central’s defense held the Lancers to three and out, and the Bronco offense continued to operate on all cylinders. Junior running back Tommy McDonald ran 11 yards up the middle for the score, extending the Palm Beach Central lead to 14-0 after Golob’s kick. The Lancers put together a couple of big-pass plays to get within field-goal range. Lancer kicker Danny Zamorano put up a 24-yard field goal to cut the Bronco lead to 14-3. A second-quarter John I. Leonard fumble inside their own 25 yard line gave the Broncos another opportunity to
Bronco running back Lloyd Howard breaks his run to the outside against John I. Leonard. PHOTOS BY GENE NARDI/TOWN-CRIER
extend the lead. Senior running back Llloyd Howard ran 27 yards for the touchdown to take a 21-3 halftime lead. The Lancers found life in the second half, outscoring the Broncos 2214, but it was not enough to break the Bronco running game. The Lancers opened up the second half with a 50-yard touchdown pass, and Zamorano’s point after closed the gap to 21-10. On the Broncos’ next possession, McDonald ran 55 yards for the score, extending the Bronco lead to 28-10. The Lancers refused to go down without a fight. On fourth down and 17 yards to move the chains, Lancer quarterback Adam Johnson connected on a 45-yard touchdown pass, making the score 28-17. Then, Palm Beach Central defensive back Zacarius Shepherd intercepted a Lancer pass for a 55-yard defensive score, putting the game nearly out of reach for the Lancers at 35-17. John I. Leonard’s Johnson ran 90 yards just inside the Palm Beach Central 5 yard line, and on the next play, ran it in for the score. The 2point conversion brought the Lancers back within 10 at 35-25. The Lancers were intercepted a second time to close out the contest at 35-25. The Bronco ground game was relentless, with 46 carries combining for 346 yards. Howard finished with 184 yards on 15 carries and two scores, McDonald had 83 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown, and Wilson had 77 yards on six carries. The Bronco offensive line dominated the Lancers most of the night. The Broncos next travel to Boca Raton High School on Nov. 1 for a 7 p.m. game.
Bronco running back Tommy McDonald finds running room.
Ray Wilson and Carrington Henderson take down a Lancer receiver.
Royal Palm Beach Football Squad Tops L.W. Trojans 23-8 By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach High School varsity football team continued its winning streak Friday, Oct. 19 when the Wildcats hosted Lake Worth High School, defeating the Trojans 23-8. Though the rain and mud had both teams struggling to keep control of the ball, the Wildcats pushed through the elements, holding the Trojans to a single touchdown while scoring two safeties. As the rain poured down throughout the first quarter, the teams were gridlocked, with neither able to move the ball close enough to score. The game got started midway through the second quarter when the Wildcats tackled Lake Worth’s James Jones in the Trojans’ end zone, scoring a safety. The rare move put the Wildcats on the
board 2-0, shifting the game’s momentum. Minutes later, Wildcat quarterback Anthony McGrew threw a pass to Jimmy Moreland, who ran 46 yards for a touchdown. An attempt at a 2-point conversion failed, but Royal Palm Beach extended its lead to 8-0 with 6:43 left in the half. But Lake Worth responded on its next possession with a long drive, dominating nearly the rest of the half. Though the Trojans had trouble building momentum at first, pushed back by several fumbles and penalties, they were able to drive the ball about 80 yards in nine plays. With two minutes left, Lake Worth completed a pass in the end zone for a touchdown. A successful 2point conversion, despite being pushed back for a holding penalty, tied the score at 8. The Wildcats made little use of their remaining time, turning the ball
back over on downs within a minute. But Lake Worth ran the clock out to go into halftime with a tied game. In the second half of the game, Royal Palm Beach dominated the field. The Wildcats were able to hold back the Trojan offense while breaking through its defense. For the second time in the game, the Wildcats tackled a Lake Worth ball carrier in the Trojans’ own end zone for a safety, giving Royal Palm Beach the lead at 10-8. Demarcus Holloway then ran in a 1-yard touchdown to extend the Wildcat lead to 16-8 going into the final quarter of the game. Moreland secured the win in the fourth quarter, intercepting a Trojan pass and running in a touchdown. An extra-point kick brought the final score to 23-8. The Wildcats next travel to Atlantic High School on Friday, Oct. 26 for a 7 p.m. game.
Wildcat Jojo Williams is brought down by the Trojan defense. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER
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Giants, Ravens The Acreage Flag Football Teams Of The Week
The Acreage Flag Football League High School Giants.
The High School Giants and Freshman Ravens are the Acreage Flag Football and Acreage Athletic League Spotlight Teams of the Week. Coached by Tom McCarthy and Logan Jones, the Giants have had fun bonding as a team this season. Players include Arielle Bergmann, Taylor Brasseur, Tricia McCarthy, Alyssa Plotke, Brianna Gomez, Emily Coulter, S tevie Buchanan and Kayla Bonicontri.
Coached by Clint Berryhill and Art Carnahan, the Ravens have shown great improvement throughout the season. Players include Collin Berryhill, Karsen Berryhill, Sierra Brandofino, Chloe Griffin, Brie Poe, Ashley Pellicone, Madison Church and Mikaela Gurier. For more information about the Acreage Flag Football League or Acreage Athletic League, find them on Facebook or visit www. acreageathleticleague.org.
The Acreage Flag Football League Freshman Ravens.
STEELERS NAMED ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLARS BRANDER FOURTH IN Pop Warnerâ€™s Acreage Steelers were announced DIVING COMPETITION as 2012 All-American Scholars. Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play. The PWLS AllAmerican Program requires a minimum 96 percent grade point average to apply for All-American status. For more information about Pop Warner, visit www.popwarner.com. Shown here are: (front row, L-R) Kyle Taub, Dulan Wellensbusher, Connor Bradford and Shane Goolsby; (back row) Jason Raley, Cole Scruggs, Hunter Jones, Jake Simpson, Lane Scruggs, Thomas Goolsby and Josh Rice.
Wellington resident Alyssa Brander, a sixth-grader at American Heritage School, took fourth place at the recent Palm Beach County High School Diving Championships. The field consisted of 26 high school divers. As the only sixthgrader in a field of high school athletes, Brander was the youngest competitor at the event.
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Royal Palm Bassmasters Tackle Teams Of The Week Host Tourney In Clewiston The Royal Palm Bassmasters held its monthly fishing tournament Sunday, Sept. 16 on Lake Okeechobee out of Clewiston. First place was awarded to the team of Ed Singleton (boater), with five fish weighing 15 lbs., 9 oz., and partner Ken Hudson (co-angler), with five fish weighing 10 lbs., 2 oz., for a team weight of 25 lbs., 11 oz. Second place was awarded to the team of Punk Duff (boater), with five fish weighing 10 lbs., 5 oz., and partner Dede Duff (co-angler), with five fish weighing 7 lbs., 5 oz., for a team weight of 17 lbs., 10 oz. Third place was awarded to the team of Shannon Ghetti (boater), with five fish weighing 6 lbs., 7 oz., and partner Jim Ryba (co-angler), with five fish weighing 7 lbs., 7 oz., for a team weight of 13 lbs., 14 oz. The Big Fish of the tournament was caught by Ed Singleton, with a bass
Ed Singleton weighing 8 lbs., 8 oz. Royal Palm Bassmasters meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane). The club is now accepting applications for new boaters and non-boater members. For more information about Royal Palm Bassmasters, email rpbassmasters@gmail. com or visit www.royalpalm bassmasters.org.
The Acreage Tackle Football League and the Acreage Athletic League have selected the Collegiate Giants and Pro Buccaneers as Tackle Teams of the Week. Coached by Jake Dezard and Bob Carr, the Collegiate Giants have enjoyed an exciting season, becoming a stronger team on both sides of the ball. Players include Brandon Leacock, Spencer Creech, Kerby Celestin, Joshua Etinger, Dawson Combs, Joshua Shackelford, Jeremiah Dezard, Frank DeSouza, Colt Carr, Joseph Serio, Christopher Gray, Michael Post, Richard Diamond, Shawn Bennett, Jackson Cook, Brandon Hinkle and Jordan Bochis. The Pro Buccaneers work hard every practice and game. Players include Luis Triana, Devin Leacock, Patrick McCauley, Jeremiah Brown, Laddie Dean Abel, Colton Crumrine, Calyton Trujillo, Michael Fontecchio, Zachary Cohen, Christopher Todd, Mark Chase Jr., Brenndon Higgins, Cody Yates, Matthew Almaguer, Kenny Hamann and
The Acreage Tackle Football League Collegiate Giants.
The Acreage Tackle Football League Pro Bucs. Marcus Cushnie. The Pro Buccaneers are coached by Mark Chase and Carlos Castilla.
For more information, check out both leagues on Facebook or visit www. acreageathleticleague.org.
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Saturday, Oct. 27 • HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab (125 S. State Road, Suite 103) will host Community/Patient Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include free X-ray screenings of Halloween candy bags and free health checks in exchange for donations to a local food bank. For more info., call HealthSource of Royal Palm Beach at (561) 792-4016. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 S. State Road 7) will host its annual Trick-or-Treating and Costume Contest Saturday, Oct. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. There is no charge. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and bring their trick-or-treat bags. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Acreage Avengers for ages 12 to 17 will meet Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.). Bring your ideas to make the library a better place for all teens. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Kids for age 8 and up Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves) will host its annual “Trunk or Treat” Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. Kids are invited to dress in costume and stop by for Halloween crafts, carnival games, prizes, snacks and trick-or-treat through the church parking lot. Call (561) 795-6292 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Origami Jewelry” for ages 10 to 15 on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. Learn how to make pretty jewelry out of folded paper. Call (561) 790-6030 to preregister. • Royal Palm Beach will hold its Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Veterans Park (1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). This is a community festival with vendors, craft projects for the family and lots of great food. A park and hayride will be available from the RPB Cultural Center and Village Hall. Call (561) 790-5149 for more info. • The Florida Nepal Association will celebrate its 20th annual general meeting and Dashain event Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 11:30 p.m. at the RPB Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). For more info., visit www. floridanepal.org or call (561) 358-6549.
• Glades Day School (400 Gator Blvd., Belle Glade) will host its Fall Festival 2012 on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (561) 996-6769 for more info. • The St. Rita Council of Catholic Women will sponsor Bunko on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the parish center (13645 Paddock Drive, Wellington). Admission costs $10 and includes refreshments. Call Caroline at (561) 798-2853 for more info. • The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches will begin its 52nd concert season with “Piano Man” on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Palm Beach State College’s Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens and Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the college’s Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth. Tickets are $15. Call (561) 832-3115 or visit www. symbandpb.com for more info. Sunday, Oct. 28 • The Wellington Runners Club will present its eighth annual Wellington Horse Country 10-Mile Run, 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Tiger Shark Cove Park (13900 Greenbrier Blvd., Wellington). Registration will open at 6 a.m., and the 10miler will start at 7:15 a.m. The 5K will start at 7:30 a.m., and the kids fun run will take place after the 10-miler. For more info., contact Jennifer Leeds at wellington10miler @gmail.com. To register online, visit www. active.com. • Wellington will host “Trunk or Treat,” a safe, family-friendly twist on trick-or-treating, Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the student parking lot at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). Participants can enjoy live music, refreshments and a trunk decorating contest with gift cards for the winner. There will also be a bounce house, face painting, craft tables and a costume contest for children. Contact Community Projects Manager Kim Henghold at (561) 791-4137 or email@example.com for more info. Monday, Oct. 29 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will feature “Pumpkin Patch” for ages 4 to 7 on Monday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate autumn with fun-filled stories and music. Take home your “Thumb-kin Patch.” Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Legos” for age 8 and up Monday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. Builders create vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. See CALENDAR, page 39
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 39 Tuesday, Oct. 30 • The Palm Beach County Commission will hold a workshop meeting Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.pbcgov. com. • The Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Department will offer formal dance classes “Tuesday Tiny Toes” Tuesdays, Oct. 30 through Dec. 18 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the RPB Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane). The program will introduce ages 2-3 to classical ballet. The session fee is $100 for RPB residents and $120 for nonresidents. Call (561) 790-5124 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Pumpkin Collage” for ages 5 to 8 on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. Listen to a story about pumpkins and make an artsy pumpkin or jack-o’-lantern collage. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Teen Game Night” for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Share a Scare!” for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Hear some truly twisted tales and improve storytelling skills. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Community Band Concert Series will continue Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). Refreshments will be served during intermission. Call (561) 790-5149 for more info. Wednesday, Oct. 31 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host “Trick or Treat at the Library” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. Visit each of the three service desks to show off your costume, and get spooky crafts and activities to complete there or take home. Also at 10 a.m., there will also be a Costume Parade for ages 2 to 5. Kick off Halloween with stories and songs about costumes and dressing up. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Costume Parade Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 10:15 a.m. for ages 2 and 3, and at 11:15 a.m. for ages 3 to 5. Dress in your best costume and parade around the library. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • World of Beer Wellington (2465 State
Road 7, Wellington) will host a Pumpkin Carving Contest on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Carve your pumpkin at home with a beer-related theme and bring it to World of Beer between 3 and 6 p.m. All pumpkins will be numbered and displayed. Customers can vote for their favorite between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The winners will be announced at 9 p.m. For more info., call (561) 383-6115. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Reading Buddies” for grades K-5 on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Children can work once a week with a teen to read together and play literacy games. Pick up an application. The second fall session meets on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. from Oct. 31 through Dec. 19. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. Thursday, Nov. 1 • Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars will take place Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 14 at the West Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach). Advance tickets are on sale at www.tickets. com or call (888) 332-5200. For more info., visit www.gotothecircus.com or call (800) 796-5672. • Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach (10115 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host Girls Night Out on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Activities include a trunk show, cocktails and music. All attendees can receive 20 percent discounts on gift certificate purchases. Call (561) 463-6420. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere led by Caryn DeVincenti of the Florida Writers’ Association. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 790-5100 or visit www.royalpalm beach.com for more info. Friday, Nov. 2 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Snow White & the Huntsman on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www. wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MULTI-FAMIL Y YARD SALE — This Saturday, October 27th, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wide assortment of items from household goods to furniture. 12484 Shoreline Drive, off Big Blue in The Shores. LARGE GARAGE SALE — Next Saturday, November 3rd , 7:30 a.m. to Noon. Kitchen and housewares. Selection of tops, shorts, jeans, and dresses in 2x and 4x sizes follow signs on Big Blue Trace & Wilt shire Village. 1360 Brampton Cove. WELLINGTON'S EDGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE — Next Saturday, November 3rd , 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Located across from Buca Di Beppo. Something for Everyone! HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER — in Wellington needs EXAM PREP COORDINATOR Bachelors Degree- Demonstrate Solid Performance on SAT and ACT (either verbal or math sections) Available to work evenings and Saturdays. Also needed: EXAM PREP TUTORS Now Hiring SAT/ACT Prep aration Tutors. Must have a 4 year degree preferably in Mathmetics or English. Be available to tutor on Saturdays. Please e-mail resume email@example.com FRONT DESK — Loxahatchee/ Boynton Beach. Busy Dermatology practices, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568 MEDICAL ASSISTANT NEEDED IN LOXAHATCHEE/BOYNTON BEACH — Busy Dermatology practice, full-time, experience preferred, must be available for flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Fax resume to 561-790-7568
JOHN C. HUNTON AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION, INC.—Service & new installation FPL independent particip ating 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
ROOM FOR RENT — with private bath, $600/month Private. 561-9854910
DRIVERS — DEDICATED ACCOUNT! T OP PAY! $2,000 sign on bonus. Benefits, miles, great hometime and more. 1-888-5674854 Werner Enterprises. AVON START YOUR OWN BUSINESS - $10! Sell everyday product s that people love! Little risk lot of rewards. FREE ongoing training. Avon store. 798-9011 CDL DRIVER —- Minimum 2 years experience - produce experience preferred. Excellent pay and benefits. Apply @ 4003 Loxhatchee, Florida 33470
FURNISHED HOUSE FOR RENT/ SHORT OR LONG TERM — situated in a cul-de-sac and 5 minutes away from S pruce Meadows, this 2000 sf. 2 story newer house in Shawnessy has hardwood floor throughout and 2.5 bathrooms. Leather furniture, 48” TV and a Piano in main floor. Master bedroom has Jacuzzi. 2 large size bedrooms and bonus room. Wireless Internet, double att ached garage, fenced backyard with BBQ. W eekly housekeeping, linen service and lawn cutting plus all utilities included. For more details call (403) 808-7254 OR (403) 700-2065
PLACE YOUR AD HERE CALL 561-793-7606
106.33 ACRE EQUESTRIAN FARM NEAR AIKEN, SC — Please call Debbie Harrison, Realtor with Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Co., at 803-480-5245 for details.
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WE CLEAN OFFICES & PRIVATE HOMES — Licensed & Insured. Call for an estimate and to schedule your ap artment. Discount for Central Palm Beach County Chamber members and to all new clients for first cleaning. 561-385-8243 Lic. #2012252779
MOBILE-TEC ON-SITE COMPUTER SERVICE — The computer experts that come to you! Hardware/Sof tware setup, support & troubleshooting w w w . m o b i l e t e c . n e t . 561-248-2611 D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jef f 561-3331923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. W e accept major credit cards.
DRIVEWAYS — Free estimates A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716
THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Rep airs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REP AIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood rep air, door installation, minor d r y w a l l , k i t c h e n s / c a b i n e ts / countertops, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 7919900 or 628-9215 HANDYMAN AND CLEANING SERVICES — Caza Services for all your handyman and cleaning needs. 18 years experience. No job is too small. Call us today. Insured 561802-8300 or 754-242-3459
ANMAR CO.—James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craftman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC 1327426 561-248-8528
HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561-572-1782 HOUSECLEANING — affordable cleaning services, Royal Palm Maids. 561-666-7738 “For all your cleaning needs” HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACTORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffit s, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561791-9777
BOB CAVANAGH ALLSTATE INSURANCE — Auto •Home • Life• Renters •Motorcycle •RV • Golfcart • Boat Serving the Western Communities for 24 years Call for a quote 798-3056, or visit our website. www.allstateagencies.com/ rCavanagh
RJA PAINTING & DECORATING, INC. — Interior Exterior, Faux Finish, Residential,Commercial.Lic. #U17536 Rocky Armento, Jr. 561793-5455 561-662-7102 J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, 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
JOHN PERGOLIZZI PAINTING INC. — Interior/Exterior - Repaint specialist, pressure cleaning, popcorn ceiling, drywall repair & roof painting. Family owned/owner operator. Free Est. 798-4964 Lic. #U18473 COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Int./ Ext. residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458
TOWN-CRIER NEWSPAPER CLASSIFIEDS CALL PLACE YOUR AD HERE 561-793-7606
J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Est ablished 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com STANS SCREENS – Re-Screening Pool & patios. Since 1973 Screening Pool & Patios. FOR A FREE ESTIMATE PLEASE CALL 561319-2838
MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-3090134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC023773 RC-0067207
SECURITY — American owned local security company in business 30 plus years. Protection by officers drug tested. 40 hour course. Licensed & Insured. 561-848-2600
JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 798-3132. www.poolscreenrepair.com
561-577-9176 We answer our phones! Build all type ENCLOSURES, rep air, reinforcement s & RESCREENING , slabs/footers/fascias. If u don’t like sloppy jobs Call us! Recession rates AAA Pro Screeninglic # U-21289/ins
ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777
AQUATIC SPRINKLER, LLC — Complete repair of all types of systems. Owner Operated. Michael 561-964-6004Lic.#U17871 Bonded & Ins. Serving the W estern Communities Since 1990
SPECIALIZING IN BATHROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258
TREES TRIMMED AND REMOVED — 561-798-0412 D.M. YOUNG TREE SERVICE. Family Owned & Operated Lic. & Insured 1992-12121 Visit our website at dmyoungtreeservice.com
PAPERHANGING BY DEBI — Professional Inst allation,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
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