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Breast Cancer Group Hosts Fashion Show

Local breast cancer support group Your Bosom Buddies II hosted a brunch/fashion show Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Binks Forest Golf Club in honor of their survivors. All models were cancer survivors. Page 2

Early Primary Clears Way For March Municipal Vote

Florida’s decision last week to set its presidential primary on Tuesday, Jan. 31 might have torn the Republican primary calendar asunder, but for Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, it was a blessing. The change allowed Bucher to give municipalities the all clear to hold March votes. Page 3 The Palms West Community Foundation presented its inaugural Howlin’ Hoedown on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Breakers West Country Club to benefit the foundation and Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Shown here are Joanna and Ben Boynton with Pachito. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 12 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Final Phase Of Forest Hill Blvd. Work Underway In Wellington Rare Fruit Council President Susan Lerner On A Gardening Mission

Susan Lerner, newly elected president of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council, is a relative newcomer to the planting world. But walk into her garden, and you would think she is a seasoned pro. In the abundant garden at her home, Lerner has created a natural oasis with more than 40 varieties of plant species, flowers and trees. Page 7

PBSO Hosts National Night Out Against Crime

The National Night Out Against Crime was held Friday, Sept. 30 in the parking lot of the Super Target store in Royal Palm Beach. Page 13

OPINION Our Water Woes Need Less Talk, More Action

Another meeting, another decision not to decide on what to do about the county’s serious water woes. We don’t need any more new ideas or proposals; we have plenty. What we need is for the ideas that have been discussed to be put into place. What we will likely get, however, is another decade of inaction while our problems get worse year after year. Page 4

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Hundreds of trees and thousands of shrubs, plants and flowers will soon beautify Forest Hill Blvd. as Phase 2 of the road’s redevelopment gets underway. Phase 1 of the project, which began last year, included resurfacing the road, adding and repairing drainage, bringing the curb to the roadway and updating the look of the area. Phase 2 of the project includes a complete refurbishment of the road’s landscaping. Deputy Village Manager John Bonde said that the $5 million project was paid for with a federal transportation stimulus grant, which meant that Wellington had to adhere to Florida Department of Transportation regulations for the road, including landscape, which left it looking bare by local standards.

“When the money came down, it was an FDOT decision that all projects had to meet FDOT standards,” Bonde said, noting, however, that the Forest Hill plans did not meet Wellington’s standards, which include lush and beautiful landscaping. “We lobbied them to amend their standards,” Bonde said. “They said that their standards were in place and they wouldn’t change them, so we knew we weren’t going to win that battle.” Instead, Wellington officials decided to build the road to FDOT standards and, after inspection, return and add more landscaping. This was possible because FDOT only oversees the building of the road but doesn’t maintain it. “We decided we were going to build the roadway to meet their standards,” Bonde said. “We would accept the money graciously and thank them, and then once

the road moves over to Wellington, we made it clear that we would go in and refit the roadway to Wellington standards. That’s what we had to do to qualify for those funds.” This month, work began on the road to restore its lush greenery. The state of the road had been an issue of contention for residents and members of the Wellington Village Council, who were concerned that it looked barren. At a Sept. 26 council meeting, Councilman Howard Coates said he was glad to see the project coming to an end. “The issue with landscaping improvements is expected to be resolved very shortly,” he said then. “We’ve been waiting on this for many months.” Wellington is poised to install more than 300 trees, ranging from broadleaf trees such as the live oak See FOREST HILL, page 18

County Opts Not To Landscape Stretch Of Okeechobee Blvd. By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Though a few residents protested, county commissioners decided Tuesday not to finance $500,000 worth of median landscaping along Okeechobee Blvd. between Florida’s Turnpike and State Road 7.

Residents of Baywinds, Andros Isle and River Walk on the north side of Okeechobee Blvd. said they have been waiting years for landscaping along that strip since the county widened it to eight lanes, but it has been delayed. Ed Harvey of Baywinds, which is located on the section of road

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in question, said he felt it was a shame that the gateway between the western communities and West Palm Beach should lack landscaping that other roads in the county have. “I have visited other sections of South Florida, and most of them are well-landscaped,” Harvey said. “Every day when I come to my community and come down Okeechobee, we make a left turn. I wait at the light and look at the median. My wife looks at me and says, ‘What are they doing about the landscaping here? This is just gosh-awful.’” Harvey said the grass that covers the median is now infested with weeds. As a member of the Baywinds homeowners’ association board, Harvey said he had been told at past meetings that the landscaping was in the works. “We had a meeting on Monday, and to my dismay learned that the See MEDIAN, page 18

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As Drought Looms, Water Storage Still Years From Reality By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report As South Florida heads into another dry season, the Palm Beach County Commission delayed a decision Tuesday on whether to join a multi-agency program designed to solve the region’s water supply woes. According to Palm Beach County Water Utilities Director Bevin Beaudet, only a tiny portion of the region’s potential water is used for agriculture and personal use. Of all the rainfall in Florida, 61 percent is lost to evaporation and 38 percent is lost to the ocean for lack of a place to store it, Beaudet explained. “What is the solution when you have so much water being lost?” Beaudet asked. “The solution is pretty simple: storage. If we could store this water that is lost to tide, put it in a reservoir, we could then draw from it during dry periods.” A method to store and distribute water has been bandied about for the past decade by agencies including Palm Beach County, the South Florida Water Management District, the Lake Worth Drainage District and Broward County. At the heart of the plan is building another reservoir similar to and probably alongside the existing L-8 reservoir located at Palm

Beach Aggregates west of Loxahatchee. The idea is known as the C-51 Plan, but getting the project off the ground has been slow, due to funding issues, problems getting all the parties to agree on a course of action and concerns regarding the ecological science behind the whole venture. County commissioners Tuesday stopped short of approving a “memorandum of understanding” to move the project forward, but directed staff to continue participating in meetings. The plan focuses on the Palm Beach Aggregates rock pits. “That area is significant because it is a unique geologic area,” Beaudet said. “There is about 60 feet of rock in this area, which is unusual in all of South Florida. You can put a very efficient reservoir in that area. The other thing about this project is that it happens to be located in an area that it is easy to move the water to wherever you need it.” Beaudet said the Lake Worth Drainage District is an important partner in the project because it has canals to move the stored water from the C-51 reservoir to numerous locations to recharge wellfields in Wellington and West Palm Beach, or south to Delray See WATER, page 7


Royal Palm Beach High School held its homecoming activities Friday, Sept. 30. During a football game against Santaluces, Kenneth Rodriguez and Macie Ramirez were crowned homecoming king and queen. The Wildcats attended a homecoming dance the following evening. Pictured above are Ramirez and Rodriguez with Principal Jesus Armas. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 18 PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Road Projects Top Town-District Agenda By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council made a list of goals Tuesday to discuss with the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District, making the coordination of road projects the top priority. The council also started a list of capital improvement priorities, deciding that a traffic light on Okeechobee Blvd. was most important. Mayor Dave Browning, a former LGWCD supervisor, said the two boards should discuss combining some responsibilities, including setting paving priorities. Councilman Tom Goltzené agreed that he was tired of distinguishing between district and town roads and would like to set

up a “one-stop shopping” approach to road maintenance. Goltzené stressed that he wanted to have a productive meeting, not a “gripe session.” “I’m looking for positive input,” he said. Councilman Ron Jarriel agreed that road issues should top the agenda, but felt that the Saturday, Nov. 5 date that had been discussed is too soon. “This needs to be one of the best workshops we’ve ever had,” he said. “We need to get organized and have input on how to do certain things.” Jarriel said he would prefer it to be after the December holidays, but not too close to the March election. Goltzené agreed, adding that the See GROVES, page 4

RPB Man Retires From Guard After Years Of Dual Service

Royal Palm Beach’s Jeffrey Garten in his PBSO uniform.

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Jeffrey Garten of Royal Palm Beach is a military man who until this past summer wore two hats. Garten, 51, retired July 31 as a lieutenant colonel with the Florida Army National Guard after 30 years and nine months as a Special Forces officer. He continues to serve as a sergeant with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, where he is a 19-year veteran, working with the Royal Palm Beach District 9 Road Patrol. At the PBSO, Garten is also an honor guard squad leader and a bike sergeant.

With the National Guard, Garten was a liaison officer, coordinating multinational Special Forces operations. “I spent most of my career, from a second lieutenant up, in special operations,” he said. As a second lieutenant, first lieutenant and captain, he spent time with an operational detachment A team, which is a 12-man Special Forces unit. “If you ever saw the movie The Green Beret with John Wayne, the A teams are the ones out there with the grunts doing the work,” Garten explained. He enlisted in 1980 in the West Virginia National Guard and

moved to Florida in 1985, transferring into the Florida National Guard. He was mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom, which began in October 2001 in Afghanistan, and while he was there, his mission rolled into Operation Iraqi Freedom, which began in March 2003 with the invasion of Iraq. “We worked large-scale exercises in multiple countries, and we would act as liaison between the United States, the U.S. Army and foreign nations,” Garten said. “When I was overseas, I was a special operations officer basically with all the special operations

forces within the Central Command area, which in a nutshell is pretty much the entire Middle East.” Once promoted, Garten said he regretted somewhat that he no longer worked in the field. “Unfortunately, when you make rank, you trade in your rucksack for a briefcase and a laptop,” he said. “As a junior officer, I spent a lot of time in a Special Forces company. We did a lot of operations. I’ve been through Central and South America, Europe and Korea.” The training he received in the See GARTEN, page 18

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Local breast cancer support group Your Bosom Buddies II hosted a brunch/fashion show Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Binks Forest Golf Club in honor of their survivors. All models were cancer sur vivors. Fashions and jewelry were provided by Coldwat er Creek, and swimsuits were created by C.C. Gagnon of Florida Custom Swimwear. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Your Bosom Buddies II surviv ors gather at the brunch. Your Bosom Buddies II board members.

Lorna Johnson and Raelea Phillips.

Models Andrea Mattes, Kathleen Smith and Ida Bentivegna.

Shari Zipp, Nancy Mattes, C.C. Gagnon, Mary Hoogenhous and Danielle Loevin.

Lisa Werner ge ts a pink bracelet from Hi-Tech Plumbing owner Jathy Garcia.

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Darell Bowen: More High-Wage Jobs Are In Wellington’s Future By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen told members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce last week that the community is poised to attract more high-wage employers in the coming years. During his “State of Wellington” address at the chamber’s Thursday, Sept. 29 luncheon held at the Wellington Community Center, Bowen said that good financial decisions and key investments have helped make Wellington a desirable location for businesses. “Before we were in a position to start attracting businesses, there were a number of things we had to address,” he said. “There were things that had to be in place.” He said that Wellington has worked to maintain safe neighborhoods, a responsive and responsible government, good cultural programs and good schools, including higher education. “We have worked very diligently to make all of those things happen,” Bowen said. “That’s not to say that they were bad from the start — they weren’t — but we can always make things better.” Wellington officials hope to attract high-wage employers with its planned Medical Arts District, which Bowen said has already re-

ceived accolades from state officials. “We’ve committed nearly $25 million to finance the infrastructure so we can make that happen and bring employers here,” he said. Bowen said that Wellington is working with the state’s new Department of Economic Opportunity as well as Enterprise Florida to draw businesses to the area. “We are trying to recruit businesses that will relocate here and bring jobs,” Bowen said. “I can tell you without hesitation that we are working very hard to do that.” Though he could not speak in particulars, he said that Wellington has a project in the works that could bring about 800 new jobs to the area. “We think it’s going to happen,” Bowen said. “The state is on board with it. We are confident the project can create 800 jobs. Eight hundred jobs is a lot of jobs. Some of the jobs for this center average more than $120,000 a year, so there’s some real good jobs in the mix.” Creating jobs will be essential to keep the community viable, he said. He noted that for a long time, Wellington relied on the construction industry. “There was a time when you could live on any street in Wellington and three or four of your

neighbors were somehow connected to the real estate, development or construction businesses,” Bowen said. “Those very homes are the ones now sitting empty because they’ve been foreclosed on since the jobs went away.” Though Wellington of ficials had been aware of the number of foreclosures in the area, Bowen said they recently learned that families whose heads of household are between 35 and 50 years old had the highest foreclosure rate in the area. “It’s the very backbone of our community,” he said. “That’s been the very backbone of our community since day one. It’s families, and we’re losing them. We’re losing them right and left. We have to create jobs; there is no question about it.” Bowen said he is confident that Wellington would be able to attract this and other projects. “We’re all on the same page here,” he said. “We’re going to battle this to the end. I think that we will prevail, and we’ll have something really great to bring back to you. We will be able to bring jobs to the community. It will make our businesses better and stronger, it will make our community bigger and stronger, and it will make me happy.” Bowen noted that Wellington has committed to investing in the

community, with the new Town Center, new cultural programs at the Wellington Amphitheater and new road improvements in the heart of the community. “If we expect someone to come in here and invest $100 million, we need to show them that we’re serious, too,” he said. “We’ve done that… and we’re not finished. Hopefully, by the next time I do this address, there will be a new building going up on this site. We have to do some investing in ourselves.” But Bowen also acknowledged the challenge of doing so in the face of a shrinking budget. Last week, the Wellington Village Council approved a budget of about $74 million. “It’s down from $119 million that was in place when I took office four years ago,” Bowen said. “That’s down over 40 percent.” He said that Wellington has been careful to cut without scrapping essential services. “We tried to make service changes in the areas that least affected the most people,” he said. “It was done in a very controlled way.” Wellington has also been careful to maintain the community diligently to save on future costs, Bowen said. “We made sure that we did not

Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen addresses chamber members. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

SEE VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM shortchange our maintenance program,” he said. “If you look at what some municipalities are doing, they’re cutting those. They’re going to pay it back in double or triple the costs. We have made a strong commitment to not allow ourselves to be in a position five to 10 years from now when we’re in trouble because we don’t have the money to do what needs to be done.” To help reduce costs, Welling-

ton has also worked closely with the private sector to create partnerships. Bowen pointed to the partnership to build the new Boys & Girls Club facility on Wellington Trace as an example. They have also worked with universities not only to attract higher education to the area, but to partner with Wellington. This summer, Wellington created a “living lab” with Florida See BOWEN, page 18

Primary Decision Gives Green Light For March Municipal Votes By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Florida’s decision last week to set its presidential primary on Tuesday, Jan. 31 might have torn the Republican primary calendar asunder, but for Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, it was a blessing. When it previously looked like Florida would hold a primary in late February, Bucher warned municipalities that she would not be able to turn voting machines around in time for their scheduled March elections. This week, however, Bucher gave municipalities the all clear to hold March votes if they so choose. “The date is Jan. 31, and that does allow us time between the presidential preference primary and the uniform municipal date of March 13 to hold both elections,” Bucher said.

Municipalities do have the option to save money by moving elections from March 13 to Jan. 31, but none had made the move by press time. The Town of Loxahatchee Groves ruled out the January option at its meeting Tuesday, while Wellington officials have said a move from March is highly unlikely. At a meeting in August, members of the Wellington Village Council supported keeping a March election despite extra costs. Royal Palm Beach opted to move its election to January four years ago, when the 2008 presidential primary was held. No decision has been made yet, but the issue might come up at a meeting Thursday, Oct. 6, Mayor Matty Mattioli said. That meeting, however, occurred after the Town-Crier went to press.

The mayor’s seat and two others will be up for election in Royal Palm Beach next winter. Among them is the seat recently vacated by longtime Councilman David Swift. The council decided last month to keep that seat vacant until the upcoming vote. If Royal Palm Beach does move its election, qualifying will get underway early. In 2008, candidates had to qualify for the January ballot in November. Bucher said she was relieved by last week’s decision. “We had expressed concern to the clerks of the municipalities. If it would have gotten too close, we would not have been able to bring our scanners back from one election, clear them out and reprogram them, test them and send them back out in time,” Bucher told the Town-Crier on Monday. “We now have plenty of time.”

Bucher said that Wellington had discussed moving its municipal election but had dismissed the idea. “It is at their option, and on Friday, as soon as the commission announced the date, we sent out the contracts,” she said. “We enter into contracts with the cities every year and let them know that this was the contract for 2012.” At that time, Bucher informed them that it was not necessary to move the election. “If they prefer to do that, we need to hear from them immediately,” she said. Bucher added that the ramifications of redistricting that she expressed concern about at a recent meeting of the state redistricting committee in Boca Raton — that waiting too long to finalize new district lines would throw local elections offices into disarray — have been mitigated somewhat. “We have had some better news



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on that,” she said. “Sen. [Don] Gaetz, the incoming president, just sent out notification and they must have heard me, because their calendar is the calendar that we were requesting,” Bucher said. “The deadline to submit a Senate map for redistricting is Nov. 1, and they desire to have teleconferences as town hall meetings to show some of the Senate maps, and then they think that they’re going to go into committee and work on those maps and actually vote them out of committee, and hopefully vote them out of the House and Senate the first week of session [in midMarch].” Getting new district maps finalized will make the election process much easier next year, Bucher said. “That would be great because it doubles their time frame and, as I stated at the hearing, I was very

concerned we would get the information about redrawing the maps on June 1, and we would have to be able to qualify candidates on June 4,” she said. Bucher pointed out that 20 years ago there were 13 lawsuits over redistricting, and 10 years ago, there were five. “This kind of gives some wiggle room, so that if there are some legal actions, then it can go through the system and we still hopefully will get the information in a timely manner,” Bucher said. “If they keep to this schedule, we’re going to live. I don’t know how many lawsuits. I don’t know how long it will take, but the sooner the better, because I need to tell candidates where their territory is to go campaign, and I need to be able to tell voters who they should be watching as potential candidates.”

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Fixing Our Region’s Water Woes Needs Less Talk, More Action Another meeting this week ended with another decision not to decide on what to do about the region’s serious water woes. We don’t need any more new ideas or proposals; we have plenty. What we desperately need is for the ideas that have been discussed to be put into place. What we will likely get, however, is another decade of inaction while our problems get worse year after year. This Tuesday, Palm Beach County commissioners discussed a proposal to work with other agencies to create a new reservoir in western Palm Beach County to store water in the rainy season for use in the dry season. Looking at the plan in a vacuum, it sounds like a good idea. Unfortunately, given the history of such talks (which have been going on for a decade now) and the location of the planned reservoir site (near the L8 reservoir at Palm Beach Aggregates), it’s difficult to feel optimistic that anything will come of it in a reasonable time frame, if at all. There are still environmental concerns with the original reservoir, and the commissioners were concerned that placing a new reservoir on that site would be premature. They want more information. And that’s the problem: This seems to be an ongoing experiment that ends up back at the drawing board. This type of government inertia is frustrating enough when it’s causing delays in road construction projects, but when it comes to finding ways to maintain the water supply, frustration is the least of our worries. This has become a public safety issue.

We’re about to head into our dry season, and we’re actually in worse shape than we were a year ago. With Lake Okeechobee, our chief backup water supply, at record low levels for this time of year, and our canal system also lower than normal, finding a solution to our water woes is becoming increasingly urgent. Despite significant rainfall we experienced in July and August, the amount that actually was retained for the region’s water supply was minimal. The fact that many are now praying for a tropical storm to hit the area should be all the evidence needed to show how bad our situation is. We don’t need another decade of discussion. What we need is for the ideas that have been discussed to be put into place. As it stands, the only thing that can be done on a practical level is to practice water conservation. Right now, there’s not much residents can do but wait until the government decides on a solution to our water problem. Until then, we must continue to practice conserving water as much as possible. That means cutting back on lawn watering and car washing, as well as indoor water use. Look in to getting a low-flush toilet or modifying your toilet to use less water. And though a hot shower feels nice, every extra minute you spend is a lot of wasted water. It’s unfortunate that it’s come to this, but until the water powers that be can figure out a long-term answer, we’re stuck having to mitigate their inabilities. Better water management, water desalinization, water storage... all have a role to play in the solution. But it’s time to stop talking, and time to start solving.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Wellington, Thanks For The Parking Ticket Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen. A copy was sent to the Town-Crier for publication. Dear Mr. Bowen: Congratulations on apprehending a pernicious scofflaw who perpetrated the crime of parking overnight on the grass adjacent to the street in front of his relatives’ home because their driveway was full and there is no space for on-street parking. Yet more congratulations are due to your dedicated parking enforcement agent who ticketed this vehicle — at 2:12 a.m. — but somehow overlooked another vehicle parked on the grass in front of another home, less than 70 feet away. Payment for parking violation citation No. P30005 has been remitted. I’ll be sure to refrain from future visits to Wellington without first ensuring that the single

driveway parking space at my relatives’ home is unoccupied. P.J. Rebhan Monroe, N.Y.

President Obama Has Worked To Create Jobs Here are a couple of easily verifiable facts: President Obama has cut taxes more than George W. Bush did. Also, President Obama has created more jobs in two years than Bush did in eight years. President Obama has not abandoned the stimulus policies, because every noted economist on the planet, including Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, agrees that stimulus spending is the correct solution to a recession or sagging economy. In fact, the non-partisan factcheck organization Politifact has compiled a list of numbers that all Republicans really need to look at and try to remember. The Congressional Budget (CBO) estimates that President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package saved or created between 1.3 mil-

lion and 3.6 million jobs. HIS/Global Insight estimates the stimulus created/saved 2.45 million jobs. Macroeconomics Advisors says 2.3 million jobs were saved or created, and Moody’s says President Obama’s stimulus bill saved or created 2.5 million jobs. Anyone can search the Bureau of Labor Statistics to see the charts that clearly show that unemployment drastically increased under President Bush and has gradually decreased since President Obama took office. Republican concern for small businesses is touching, but I wonder if they are aware that President Obama has created 16 tax cuts for small businesses. We understand that Republicans despise government regulations of any kind on any business. However, regulations on the auto industry (like rear-view mirror standards, seatbelt regulations, etc.) save lives, which, in my liberal opinion, is priceless. Regulations on the banking industry are necessary, as we have just learned the hard way; and regulations on oil, coal and other pollution-causing corporate

activities are essential to the health of our children and our planet. Thanks to the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, and an Obama tax cut for the middle class in 2009, our taxes are the lowest they have been since the 1950s. So where are the jobs that the wealthy “job creators” are supposed to have created? The right-wing trickle-down economics (voodoo economics, according to the first President Bush) does not work. It has never worked and will never work. It is demand for goods and services that creates profit, and it is the working-class American who creates demand. Without jobs, the working class cannot create demand. If corporations do not use their profits to manufacture goods or create jobs, then the entire economy suffers. Banks, investment firms and corporations are sitting on their record profits, rather than reinvesting into our economy. So, I respectfully disagree with the Republican/Tea Party assertion that we cannot tax, borrow and spend our way to job creation. We need the super-wealthy to pay

their fair share in taxes and stop stuffing their billions into foreign banks. We may need to continue to borrow until our economy is back on its feet, and we definitely need to spend in order to create jobs. If congressional Republicans continue to obstruct every effort that President Obama attempts to improve unemployment, they will find themselves back in the minority in 2012. Gwynne Chesher Wellington

Justice Thomas Must Step Aside When any Supreme Court justice appears before a group for or

against any case the Supreme Court is going to hear, he or she needs to recuse himself or herself. It is the only ethical thing to do. But Justice Clarence Thomas does not subscribe to ethics. He lied on his answers when he was being considered for the court; he lied about his wife’s involvement with the Tea Party’s efforts to kill the Obama healthcare bill; and he lied about his own income derived from his wife’s activist activities. Who can make the highest court of law in the land do what is ethical and right? The people must speak out against such hypocrisy. Demand that Justice Thomas step down. Shirley Bass Wellington

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Somalia: A Sad Tale Of A Country Without A Central Government Yes, things are a lot different in Somalia, a nation without a truly functioning central government for two decades. For example, Shabab, one of the most powerful of the religious groups in the battle-scarred country, recently ran a contest for youngsters ages 10-17 to determine the best in Shabab trivia and reciting the Koran.

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin The first-place and secondplace winners were rewarded with fully automatic AK-47 rifles, some

money and Islamic books. The third-place finisher was even more fortunate — he won two hand grenades! The awards ceremony featured “moderate” Shabab leader Sheikh Mukhtar Robow (also known as Abu Monsur). His glorified words of wisdom: “Children should use one hand for education and the other for a gun to defend Islam.”

Incidentally, Somalia is suffering from serious famine, and tens of thousands have already starved to death. In areas controlled by Shabab, last year a bevy of new rules and regulations were put in effect. School bells were outlawed because they sounded too much like church bells. The group has also banned

soccer, gold teeth, dancing and bras as un-Islamic. It has also barred many Western aid groups despite the nation’s horrific living conditions. The story of Somalia is a sad one in the 21st century. Without a serious functioning central government, it is now split into a crazy quilt of “zones” loosely controlled by clan militias, Islam-

ic groups and so-called “regional administrations,” plus the mushy central government, which is somewhat supported internationally. All clash with each other in endless ways. It is a mess. But rewarding kids with hand grenades and AK-47 automatic rifles… that is the bottom of the barrel of human behavior.

Updates To Correctional Facilities Should Slow The ‘Revolving Doors’ My agency’s three jail facilities hold nearly 2,500 inmates on any given day. Many are new arrestees awaiting arraignment or trial. Others are offenders sentenced for lesser crimes. Some are accused of probation or parole violation. And some are illegal immigrants awaiting transfer to federal custody. That’s a lot of people — and responsibility. I use the word “responsibility” for a reason; for too long, our jails have been revolving doors for troubled individuals. We need a smarter approach to rehabilitate them and restore them as productive members of our community. We have a responsibility to stop warehousing these people and wasting our precious public resources on ineffective programs. This spring, my office took a big step

POINT OF VIEW By PBC Sheriff Ric Bradshaw toward addressing these tough issues. My staff, working with county facilities manager Audrey Wolf and county planners, completed the $130 million expansion of our western jail facility near Belle Glade as part of a long-awaited plan to enlarge and modernize our aging correctional system. The project also included

construction of other county facilities in the area. By adding on nearly 650 beds and upgrading laundry, cooking and many other outdated jail components, we are able to create significant cost savings to our system. But, perhaps more importantly, we are able to offer inmates more social services aimed at changing their bad behaviors and teaching them consequences for their actions. The new facility’s efficiencies are in its state-of-the-art design. There’s better use of space in the cell blocks, allowing us to have fewer deputies on duty and saving us staffing costs. There are more meeting rooms to permit outside groups to come in regularly and provide drug counseling, parenting classes, high school diploma

training and other much-needed programs. There’s also additional recreational space, enabling inmates to stay active and reduce tensions. And for inmates’ families and friends, there is now more opportunity for interaction — which is important because statistically, inmates who feel closely connected to their loved ones are better able to avoid trouble once they are back home. Our new video visitation program allows families to come to our central jail facility next to the South Florida Fairgrounds and do live conferencing via computers with inmates. Please understand that I have little to no control over who is held in our jails, which are mainly used for the detention of people at various points in the criminal

justice system. My statutory job is to manage this volatile population that often presents a great range of risks and needs. But I see a deeper role for myself: continuously working with judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers and many others to make systematic reforms to the jails, like diverting people charged with nonviolent offenses and acts that are driven by mental illness or drug dependence. With our new jail expansion, I truly feel we can now make more headway with slowing the revolving doors of justice, which cost taxpayers millions of dollar each year. That’s my challenge — and responsibility.

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continued from page 1 meeting should not turn into an election soapbox. “I’d want to keep the workshop out of politics,” Goltzené said, adding that he also wants to give the new Roadways, Equestrian Trails & Greenways Advisory Committee time to meet. “They could use some time to get their feet on the ground. They still have not had a meeting.” Browning and Councilman Jim Rockett also favored holding the workshop in January. Goltzené added that several discussion sessions might be necessary, but only one would need to be a special workshop format. “I

don’t think more than one of them needs to be on a Saturday,” Goltzené said, noting that followup discussions can be held during regular meetings. While the idea of merging the town and the district has been discussed from time to time, Browning did not feel that such a move is necessary. Rockett agreed, adding that the two entities have distinct responsibilities, but those responsibilities should be better defined. “The community should be aware of the process and what kind of costs may or may not be saved,” he said. Goltzené agreed that the upcoming meeting should not be about the preconceived notion of a merger but a discussion of who maintains roads. “I think what ev-


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eryone is looking for is an intelligent discussion,” he said. During public input, former Councilman Dennis Lipp said one of the things he would like to see discussed is a bond issue for a comprehensive road paving plan, including the alphabet roads and some east/west roads, including Collecting Canal Road. “I would encourage you to have that discussion and in November 2012 have it on the ballot,” Lipp said. Browning said he would also want input from owners of larger parcels, whose assessment are affected more by the district, as well as property owners who do not want paving. LGWCD Supervisor John Ryan said there has been discussion of paving all the roads but pointed out that residents have spent

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council should set a traffic light on Okeechobee Blvd. as its top priority for capital improvements, as well as a road paving plan. Goltzené agreed that a traffic light on Okeechobee should be first priority, but felt that they should seek the county’s help, since it is a county road. He also favored developing a road plan, but said discussion of specific roads now is premature because more information is needed. Goltzené said dirt roads could be preferable in areas with larger lots, but tend to be unsightly and difficult to maintain in areas with a denser population. “District roads are one thing when you own a home on dirt road,” Goltzené said. “It is another look entirely in areas with halfacre lots.”

Browning said he would also like to seek a hedging company to cut back foliage at intersections. Jarriel said he wanted to establish some priorities now, with the traffic light on Okeechobee Blvd. at the top of the list. He added that they need to continue working on paving and equestrian trail priorities. “Now, we have a committee to work on it,” Jarriel said. He added that paving the LGWCD parking lot should be included, as well as paving of D Road from Collecting Canal Road to Southern Blvd., where the LGWCD and the Florida Division of Forestry offices are located, pointing out that the cost will be lower if the projects are done sooner. “D Road is the main road,” Jarriel said.

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A WEEKEND OF FUN AT THE ST. RITA CATHOLIC CHURCH FESTIVAL IN WELLINGTON St. Rita Catholic Church in Wellington held its Festival of the Guardian Angel on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2. The event included vendors, a silent auction, raffle prizes, musical entertainment, food and games for children. The church is located at 13645 Paddock Drive. For more info., visit or call (561) 793-8544. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Emily Newsome, Monica Schell and Alex Cusell. Chickie and Howard Cohen with Gloria and Al Tanzman.

Lois Pesaturo and Lisa Rubino sell raffle tickets.

Vendors Loretta Ferguson and Chavela Graham.

Theresa Kaminski, Johnna Cesta, Michelle Marchand and Ilse Travarca.

Lucy and Nicole Crews with local Scentsy representative Joann Ramirez.

PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LOPINOT SPEAKS AT WELLINGTON GARDEN CLUB MEETING The Wellington Garden Club held its monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 3 at the Wellington Community Cent er. This month’s guest speaker was former Palm Beach Post photojournalist John J. Lopinot. The club also visits local home gardens and currently is looking for new ones to admire. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Garden Club Vice President Joan Kaplan with guest speaker John J. Lopinot.

Twig Morris and Linda Desanti.

Christine Biscoglio, Dolores Rosen and Alice Alatzas.

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Over $1,300 In Cash Stolen From Starbucks Safe By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report OCT. 1 — An employee of the Starbucks store in the Shoppes at Wellington Green called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Wellington last Saturday morning to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10:30 p.m. last Friday and 8 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the business using a key and alarm code and removed $1,318.04 from the store safe. The employee reported that whoever stole the money had the code to the safe. According to the report, the employee believed the perpetrator was a former employee who had been terminated for stealing money. She said the former employee still had a key and that neither the locks nor the combination to the safe had been changed recently. ••• SEPT. 28 — A resident of Greenview Shores called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Wednesday to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8 p.m. last Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s car and removed two subwoofer speakers and an amplifier. The victim noticed in the morning that the wires had been cut, and believed he may have left the car unlocked. The stolen items were valued at approximately $360. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. SEPT. 28 — An employee of a beauty store on State Road 7 called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Wednesday to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 7:12 p.m., an unknown white female entered the store and picked up a shopping basket. She then placed five Smashbox brand makeup items into the basket, took them out of the packaging and placed them into a black messenger bag. According to the report, the woman placed the basket on the floor and left the store without paying for the items. The stolen items were valued at $208. The incident was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras, but the perpetrator had not been identified at the time of the report. SEPT. 30 — A West Palm Beach man was arrested early last Friday morning on drug charges following a traffic stop on Southern Blvd. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was on Southern Blvd. when a black BMW moved into his lane without using a turn signal. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, 69-yearold Michel De Chabert-Ostland. According to the report, De Chabert-Ostland appeared nervous and was shaking uncontrollably, and when the deputy questioned him, he said it might be due to a medical reason. The deputy called Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and asked De Chabert-Ostland to exit the vehicle. According to the report, the deputy noticed him attempting to return to his vehicle several times and acting suspiciously. The deputy asked if there was anything he should be concerned about, and De Chabert-

Ostland said there was cocaine in the car. According to the report, the deputy recovered .9 grams of cocaine in a cigarette box. De Chabert-Ostland was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug equipment. OCT. 1 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home on Aster Avenue last Saturday regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim is renting a room in the home and had cash in two envelopes totaling $2,200. Sometime between 7 p.m. last Tuesday and 8 p.m. last Friday, someone stole $1,120 from the envelopes. The victim said that the suitcase and the bedroom were left unlocked, and that the homeowner ’s son had several friends in the house during that time. There were no suspects at the time of the report. OCT. 1 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach responded to a hotel on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. last Saturday afternoon regarding a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, the victim was driven to the hotel in her own vehicle by a coworker at approximately 1:30 a.m. The co-worker was picked up by another driver, and the victim returned to her hotel room. According to the report, she woke up at approximately noon and discovered that her black 2008 Dodge Durango was missing. The victim said she still has the keys, did not give anyone permission to take the vehicle and is not late on her car payments. Surveillance video of the parking lot was not available at the time of the report. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 3 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to the Bella Terra community Monday morning regarding a delayed theft report. According to a PBSO report, sometime between Saturday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 21 someone stole the victim’s two designer watches from either his home or his vehicle. The victim said he last saw his Rolex and Cartier watches on the kitchen countertop. According to the report, the victim lives with his wife and two children, and several relatives have been in and out of the house. However, he did not suspect any of them. The stolen watches were valued at approximately $6,800. There were no suspects at the time of the report. OCT. 3 — A resident of Tangerine Blvd. called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation Monday to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8 p.m. last Sunday and 6 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole a Gray Scout black powder rifle, which was lying on the front passenger seat, along with two knives and black powder. The stolen items were valued at approximately $280. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. OCT. 4 — A deputy from the See BLOTTER, page 18

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Arthur Braun is a white male, 5’11” tall and weighing 205 lbs., with red hair and blue eyes. He has tattoos on his back and abdomen. His date of birth is 03/ 30/87. Braun is wanted for grand thef t and dealing in stolen property. His occupation is unknown. His last known address was at large. Braun is wanted as of 10/06/11. • Michael Rochefort is a white male, 5’10” tall and weighing 160 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on a finger of his left hand. His date of birth is 10/31/76. Rochefort is wanted for violation of supervised own recognizance on a charge of burglar y of a dwelling; f ailure to appear on charges of driving while license suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia (two counts); and failure to appear on charges of retail theft. His occupation is construction. His last known address was 88th Place North in The Acreage. Rochefort is wanted as of 10/06/11. Remain anonymous and you ma y be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stopper s at (800) 458- TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc. com.

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Rare Fruit Council President Susan Lerner On A Gardening Mission By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Susan Lerner, newly elected president of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council, is a relative newcomer to the planting world. But walk into her garden, and you would think she is a seasoned pro. In the abundant garden at her home in suburban West Palm Beach, Lerner has created a natural oasis with more than 40 varieties of plant species, flowers and trees. “My garden is not a standard Florida landscaped garden,” Lerner said. “You won’t find the hibiscus and oleander that you would find in a typical Florida garden.” Lerner was first exposed to the Rare Fruit Council after obtaining a free membership pass through the Master Gardener Program at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. “I was immediately elected as secretary,” she recalled. “I served for two years, and then this September, I was elected president.” A native New Yorker, Lerner has lived most of her life in the city, where gardening was a distant dream. “Since my third-grade teacher Mrs. Shea introduced us to coleus, I’ve been in love with plants,” she said. “Taking snips of coleus and watching them grow, root and become plants, I just loved that.”

When Lerner retired in 2005, she moved down to Florida and bought a home with half an acre of land. She began planting in her garden in 2009, and since then it has grown immensely. “I don’t even know how many plants I have,” Lerner said. “I just keep planting.” Lerner’s continued motivation to plant comes from having eaten a raw foods diet for 15 years. She decided that planting her own foods would be beneficial to her eating habits. “I don’t eat anything cooked, and I don’t eat any animal products of any kind whatsoever,” Lerner explained. “I like eating food that’s right off a tree.” Her garden is spread out all around the outside of the house. Many of the plants took years to grow, and some are still getting bigger. The garden features plants native to Florida and fruit trees such as her prized avocado tree, which produces more than 300 avocados a season. She also has a variety of flowers, such as jacquemontia and coral honeysuckle. She recommends that new planters understand the environment they are planting in. “You should know what is invasive and take it out,” Lerner said. “They are destroying our environment and making it hard for our beautiful natives to grow.” Lerner goes out every morning for about an hour and tends her

garden, with her two dogs by her side. “My lab Sophie comes in the garden with me,” Lerner said. “And my new greyhound Shadow does not come out as much because it’s hot.” The dogs run around and play while she walks around and hand waters and picks bugs off her plants. “I say hello to everything,” Lerner said. “The time can just go by and by.” Lerner enjoys planting because it relaxes her. “When I’m with the plants, everything else disappears,” she said. “It’s like being at one with God and nature; there is nothing better than that.” For Lerner, it’s all about creating a sustainable environment — like the way she waters her plants with rainwater that she saves in a barrel. Lerner looks forward to sharing and implementing her ideas as the new president of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council. She also plans to extend membership outreach and services, and recruit guest speakers for monthly meetings. The Rare Fruit Council is dedicated to preserving and furthering the development and progress of the native plant species of South Florida. With 300 members in the chapter, it provides the group with the appropriate planting resources. “It’s really a good way to get tips about planting,” Lerner said.

Rare Fruit Council Palm Beach Chapter President Susan Lerner in her garden. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

CHECK OUT A VIDEO ON SUSAN LERNER AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM “And you can get grafts of what- torium at 531 N. Military Trail, Pruning of Fruit Trees.” ever plants or trees you need.” West Palm Beach. For more information about the The club has monthly meetings, The next meeting will be at 7:30 chapter’s activities, call Lerner at where planting experts give pre- p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, featuring (561) 478-7444 or e-mail her at sentations and advice. The Palm guest speaker Bob Brennan, ar- Beach Chapter meets every sec- borist for Fairchild Tropical Bo- Also visit the “Rare Fruit Counond Friday of the month in the tanic Garden in Coral Gables, giv- cil-Palm Beach Chapter” page on Mounts Botanical Garden Audi- ing a presentation on “Proper Facebook.

RPB Zoners OK Changes For Toys ‘R’ Us And Babies ‘R’ Us Stores By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission approved a site plan modification Tuesday that would combine two parcels of land on State Road 7 and allow for the development of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores on the site. The two properties, owned by Pebb Enterprises Royal Palm Beach Property LLC, include the 8.6-acre Royal Office Park and an adjacent, vacant 4.4-acre property approximately a mile south of Southern Blvd. on State Road 7. “This is an application to combine the two parcels into a single planned commercial development,” Development Review Coordinator Kevin Erwin told commissioners. The Royal Office Park was approved in 2006 for two office buildings. Pebb Enterprises would like to build a 58,341-square-foot retail building that would house Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores on the combined 13.13-acre site. Additionally, the site would include a bank with a drivethrough.

In addition to the site plan modification, Pebb Enterprises requested special approval for the bank and variances for parking and architectural design. Included in the architectural variances was a setback variance for a zero-foot rear setback when the code requires 30 feet. Erwin said that the intent of the setback requirement is being met because of the rear-parking parcel located in an adjacent property that is part of Wellington. The site requires 483 parking spaces, but developers were requesting a variance for 375 parking spaces because there is additional parking on the adjacent Wellington parcel. “It’s located outside of the village boundaries and is a part of Isla Verde,” Erwin said. “It went for site plan modification through Wellington and was approved for 41 spaces located behind the building. They cannot be counted toward required parking since they are outside the village boundaries.” There would also be an additional 81 spaces available outside the Isla Verde development, which

would be accessible by a cross street, Erwin said. Commissioners expressed concern that the parking spaces would continue to be available for the site even if it was later sold. “Was there an agreement for the 41 spaces?” Commissioner Barbara Powell asked. “Does that agreement stay with the village?” Erwin said that the agreement is recorded in the public records. “So if anyone ever sold it off,” he said, “it’s in the public records for anyone who does due diligence.” Powell wondered if this applied for the 81 spaces in Isla Verde. Erwin said that there is a crossparking and a cross-access agreement. Vice Chair Jackie Larson was concerned that the extra spaces were located behind the building. “That means if I park in one of those spaces,” she said, “I have to walk all the way around the front to get in.” Erwin said that the developer intends to use those spaces for employees. “Typically what the board does is to put a condition

that anyone parking in the rear needs to be an employee,” he said. Larson said it should be included in writing, and should specify that employees be required to park there. “It just seems that in looking to make up the difference in the parking spaces, you picked something that would be extremely inconvenient to a shopper,” she said. “If we do put that condition in, that it would be for employees, I could accept that.” Erwin noted, however, that because the rear spaces are not in the village, the zoning agreement could not put in conditions about it. Instead, he suggested that the language say that no employee can park in the 375 spaces in front of the building. Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the parking variance with the condition. Regarding the site plan, commissioners approved the combining of the site and the special exception for the bank without discussion, but were concerned about the architectural design and colors. Don Hearing of the land-plan-

ning firm Cotleur & Hearing, an agent for the developer, said the colors would remain similar to those used in the Royal Office Park. “It’s all in the same hues,” he said. “It’s in the same family.” Larson was concerned and requested to be shown the actual colors in advance. “What some-

one thinks is in the same family might be different,” she said. Coulter suggested that he return at the next meeting with the specific colors for the commission to approve. Commissioners approved the site plan, but agreed to postpone the architectural design decision until their next meeting.

Indian Trail Seeks Nov. 5 Parade Floats The Indian Trail Improvement District is seeking float participants for its parade on Saturday, Nov. 5. So far, participants include Lion Country Safari, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and ITID. Following the parade festivities, PBCFR will hold the “Acreage Fire Festival” at Acreage Community Park. The event will include a special operations team to perform some extrication techniques, chopping

up cars, the Trauma Hawk and PBSO helicopters for display. Other equipment displayed will include an airboat and a ladder truck. Entertainment for the kids will include a bounce house, popcorn machine, snow cones and a cotton candy machine. Additional parade float participants are needed as soon as possible. For more information, contact Kim Hutchison at (561) 793-0874, e-mail khutchison@indiantrail. com or visit

Lawrence Logan Of Royal Palm Beach Honored As CAFCI ‘Outstanding Citizen’ Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement honored Lawrence Logan last month as 2011 Outstanding Citizen. Logan accepted his award at the 22nd annual CAFCI Friendship Ball held Sept. 22 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Logan received the honor for his dedication to family, friends, church and community, as well as his continued service and commitment to CAFCI, according to presenters. Logan was born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica and later moved to Kingston, where he met his wife, Gwen. They were married in 1959 and shortly thereafter moved to the United States, settling in Brooklyn, N.Y. for 27 years. In New York, Logan CAFCI Honoree — County Commissioner Jess Santamaria honors 2011 Outstanding Citizen Lawrence Logan. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER


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continued from page 1 Beach and Boca Raton, providing a hydrologic buffer to saltwater intrusion there. Modeling has shown that such a project would far exceed the needs for central and southern Palm Beach County and could leave extra water to be transported to Broward County as well. “As a result, a number of Broward utilities are very interested in this project,” Beaudet said. The project would also reduce the sedimentation and excess nutrients that have been a problem in the Lake Worth Lagoon, where stormwater has been discharged historically. Beaudet said future considerations would be to decide how the project would be governed, how much water is needed for environmental purposes, demand from water utilities, permitting methods and conveyance methods, as well as cost estimates and interlocal agreements. “It is a very conceptual project,”

Beaudet said, noting that it is likely to take years before the plan gets a final go-ahead. “What is in front of you today is a memorandum of understanding,” Beaudet said. “It’s non-binding. It’s a way of showing willingness by Palm Beach County to partner in this project that we believe will be a key to sustainability of the future water supply in South Florida.” Beaudet said that the Lake Worth Drainage District and the South Florida Water Management District have already signed on, as well as several water utilities in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Commissioner Shelley Vana supported the project going forward but asked what was meant by “governance.” “When you talk about governance, are we talking about privatizing this project?” Vana asked. “I want to go on record that privatizing the water supply is something I would not be interested in.” Vana also pointed out that the present L-8 reservoir project is not working, but would work if the necessary pumps were installed. She asked if that project would be operational before the second reservoir is started.

worked as an accountant in the Garment District for many years before he became a partner in his own travel agency. He and Gwen were known to friends as world travelers, fun-loving people and excellent cooks. Logan was also a founding member of the Excelsior Past Student Association, where he was instrumental in raising much-needed funds that benefited his former high school in Kingston. In 1993, the Logans retired to Royal Palm Beach, following several friends who had come before them. Logan attends St. David’ s-in-thePines Episcopal Church, where he has held numerous positions including vestry member and usher. He is active with

the church food pantry and helps out at many church occasions, service and events. Logan is also a community activist who has volunteered and contributed to numerous organizations and groups in Royal Palm Beach. He was active in the Crestwood Performing Arts League and the village’s senior meals program. He is also an active supporter of the Young at Heart Club, as well as CAFCI, which he joined in 1993. Over the past 18 years, Logan has served in many capacities with CAFCI, including three terms as president beginning in 1999, the year CAFCI became a nonprofit organization, and three terms as chairman of the board.


Palm Beach County Director of Water Resources Ken Todd said he had arranged a meeting with stakeholders on how the L-8 reservoir can be used to mitigate the coming dry season. “Until we’ve had that meeting, I’m not sure what direction that will take,” Todd said. “I can say that this year from last year, with lower lake elevations in Lake Okeechobee, the drought is extending.” An insufficient rainy season, coupled with a deficit last year going into the rainy season, has left water managers projecting a more serious drought problem over the coming year. “We are starting out with a lower level in most of the canals,” Todd said. “It’s a totally different scenario than what we had last year, and we would like to see the L-8 reservoir exercised because that does help with cleaning out the chloride issue.” The L-8 reservoir has been plagued by excess chloride, which water managers believe will be solved once the system is put into full operation. Dean Powell, head of the SFWMD’s water supply bureau, said the district has installed a temporary pump at the L-8 reservoir

to run tests on its effectiveness, and it has budgeted money for the design and construction of a permanent pump. “We’re doing the design now, and it should be constructed in a couple of years and the pump will be operational, and we’ll truly have a facility that we can operate,” Powell said. Beaudet said most of the work to begin the C-51 project has been completed and that the memo of agreement is more symbolic, to indicate who is interested. “If you look at the next steps, there are a lot of things that have to be done,” Beaudet said. “Before anything gets done, it takes money. I will be back in front of the commission making sure that you approve it.” During public comment, environmentalist Rosa Durando said she thought there was a lack of scientific proof that the project would work. “The absence of scientific data is amazing,” Durando said. “I don’t mean personal insults, but there is a lot of disregard for physics on the ground.” She asserted that the project cannot demonstrate a way to convey the water south yet and that local municipalities need to show more on-site retention.

Durando also pointed out that the stormwater retention areas, which are supposed to cleanse water that is to be fed into the Everglades, are not adequate and need about twice as much area. “The reservoir will store it, all right, but it sure doesn’t clean it up,” she said. Commissioner Paulette Burdick agreed that there are obstacles to overcome. “I can’t support this until I see that the L-8 is in fact up and running,” Burdick said. “I’ve sat here under a year. The Glades Water Utility has a problem, the Aggregates has a problem, what’s happening down in Miami-Dade [is a problem]. I know you are all very bright people, but the science and theory isn’t matching up with the end result.” Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he agreed that there is not enough specific information for him to feel comfortable with the project. “We have been working four years on this,” Santamaria said. “In those four years, the information is still too general.” Commission Chair Karen Marcus had concerns about seepage in the existing pit and also questioned if the L-8 project would work at all.

Vana supported the project. “I think it is something we should seriously consider,” she said. “If we want to know what’s going on, I would rather participate and have someone sitting at the table.” Commissioner Priscilla Taylor agreed that the county must participate. Commissioner Burt Aaronson said other methods of water recovery, including reverse osmosis, also need to be explored, pointing out that Israel desalinates water for 20 percent of the cost at American plants. “Find out the cost to desalinate from the Atlantic Ocean,” Aaronson said, pointing out that the previous SFWMD studies had said desalinization would be cheaper than or equal to the cost of water reservoirs and pumping. The SFWMD’s Powell said the district had done studies on the cost of desalinization of ocean water, as well the lesser cost of desalinizing deep-water aquifers, and was prepared to compare the costs once the cost of reservoir retention is done. The commissioners unanimously directed county staff to continue working with the group on the C-51 project and bring back regular updates.

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Famed Actress Nancy Stafford To Speak At RPB Church Event As part of a special holiday program, First Baptist Church of Royal Palm Beach welcomes the public to hear a message of self-love and appreciation from actress/author Nancy Stafford. Stafford will serve as the guest speaker at the Women’s Christmas Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 10. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church (10701 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). Tickets cost $25. A friend of the church, Stafford is best known for her roles as Ben Matlock’s law partner on the TV series Matlock, and for her multiple-year run as the face of City Furniture television commercials. She recently starred in the movie Christmas With a Capital C, set to be released on DVD in November. Stafford is now traveling the country, speaking to groups about self-confidence. As a young girl growing up in South Florida, Stafford struggled with her appearance. She blossomed into a beautiful woman in college, but continued to struggle with insecurities. Through the years, Stafford learned valuable lessons and shares those life lessons in her book Beauty By the Book. She shares her faith and why the Christmas season means so much

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Nancy Stafford in helping her deal with her insecurities. Stafford advises young women to pay attention to their inward beauty, as well as their outward appearance. “I hope to provide a perfect and very personal Christmas message to remind us of God’s love and intimate knowledge of our lives,” Stafford said. She will be spending this Christmas in South Florida with family. For more information about the Dec. 10 event, call First Baptist Church of Royal Palm Beach at (561) 793-2475.

NEWS BRIEFS RPB Volleyball ‘Dig For The Cure’ Oct. 13 On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Royal Palm Beach High School girls volleyball teams will host visiting Summit Christian School for their fourth annual Dig for the Cure volleyball game. The junior varsity game starts at 6 p.m., and the varsity game follows at 7 p.m. The Lady Wildcats team started this event three seasons ago when the mother of one of the players was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. All fans and friends are encouraged to wear pink to the event to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Donations will be accepted at the door or online at the team’s Dig for the Cure web site at teams/team_page/1866. There will be prizes, items for sale and Chick-Fil-A will be running concessions. For more information, e-mail tamara.cook@

Wellington Fall Festival Oct. 22 At Village Park Wellington and the Palms West Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce that the annual Fall Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Sponsored by Waste Management, this family event will feature a haunted hallway, hay rides,

door-to-door trick or treating, face painting, inflatable rides, music, vendors and much more. The cost of an advance all-access bracelet is $7 and can be purchased at Village Park. Bracelets purchased the day of the event are $10. There will be a costume contest with prizes for the scariest, most original and most look-alike character. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation office at (561) 791-4005. Anyone interested in being a vendor at the event should contact Marc Schlags at the Palms West Chamber office at (561) 7906200 or visit www.palmswest. com and click on the “Fall Festival” icon.

Oasis Agency To Host October Open Houses October has been designated Oasis Compassion Agency Awareness Month by a recent proclamation from the City of Greenacres. This is done in an effort to remind the public of the great work of the agency, and the many families it serves. A series of open houses are planned for October. Make a Difference Day will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. Serve the community by bringing non-perishable food items to help fill the Oasis food pantry (canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned pasta, spaghetti sauce, cereal, jelly, peanut butter, rice, beans, etc.) and take a tour of the agency. Pastries and drinks will be provided. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, join Oa-

sis Director of Development Susan Warmington in the Oasis thrift store from 5 to 8 p.m. for ideas on holiday decorating and fashion. On Thursday, Oct. 27, Oasis will feature “Cooking Experience with Chef Wolfgang” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Watch and taste as the chef cooks up some incredible dishes. He holds a degree from the Culinary Institute in Munich, Germany and has won numerous recipe contests, including the grand prize from Family Circle magazine for one of his original recipes. For more information, visit or call (561) 967-4066.

Wellington Water Disinfection Begins Oct. 10 Wellington water utility customers may notice a slight chlorine taste and odor in their drinking water Oct. 10-31. This will be the result of a temporary change in the water disinfection process. During this period, the water disinfection process will change from the normal combined chlorine/ ammonia treatment to a temporary free chlorine treatment. Periodic use of this temporary treatment process is recommended by the Health Department and the American Water Works Association as a precautionary measure to ensure the water remains free of bacteria. These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects. Due to the temporary change in

the disinfection process, specialized users of water, such as tropical fish owners, residents with pools, businesses, hospitals and blood/dialysis clinics may need to make adjustments in order to continue to maintain their present water quality parameters. Customers may also notice additional fire hydrant flushing by Wellington’s Water Utilities Department personnel during this time period. Flushing ensures that the free chlorine residual is reaching all portions of the distribution system. This temporary treatment process will be discontinued on Oct. 31, at which time treatment will revert back to the normal combined chlorine/ammonia process. To learn more about your water, Wellington’s water quality report is posted at www.wellingtonfl. gov. If you have any questions, call Water Treatment Facility Supervisor Sean McFarland at (561) 791-4037 or Utilities Director Frank Ferrano at (561) 753-2466.

Trunk Show At Wellington Landings Oct. 27 Wellington Landings Middle School will host a trunk show Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The community is invited to come shop, eat and support the school. The school is located at 1100 Aero Club Drive. For additional information, call Kimberley Seow at (561) 662-4365.

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The Palms West Community Foundation presented its inaugural Howlin’ Hoedown on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Breakers West Country Club to benefit the foundation and Big Dog Ranch Rescue. There were silent and live auctions, an open bar, buffet barbecue dinner, live music by Midnight Rodeo and line dance lessons by Nancy Jenkins of R enegades. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Howlin’ Hoedown event committee members.

Keith Jackson, Mary McNicholas, Iseult Broglio, Barbara Richardson and Geoff Sluggett.

Debbie Plaxen, Maggie Zeller and Rhea Caswell.

Nancy Jenkins from Renegades gives line dance lessons.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue President Lauree Simmons, Vice President Meg Weinberger and Director Lorrie Browne.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue volunteers Ron Patton, Sue Patton, Lauren Gordon, Sue Gould and Barbara Hughes.


St. Michael Lutheran Church in Wellington held its third annual “Paws for a Blessing” Sunday, Oct. 2. Dog and cat owners with their pets took part in a service and received a blessing from Pastor Marjorie Weiss. The event is in honor of the Oct. 4 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Pastor Marjorie Weiss with Abbey and Benjamin Eidelman, and Mickey.

Hilary Benson with Romeo.

Carolyn Hedrick and Danielle Dicenso kiss Natalie.

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The National Night Out Against Crime was held Friday, Sept. 30 in the parking lot of the Super Target store in Royal Palm Beach. Representatives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office met with local residents and displayed crime-fighting vehicles and other resources that are available to keep them safe. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Deputy Rosanne Young, Carol Verdigi and Nancy Woolley.

Sof ia Perez on a Wildlands ATV with Deputy Nelson Robinson.

Dr. Teresa Vitous, Joann Steinhauer, and pharmacy techs Stephanie Munson and Sheena Henry at the Target table.

Deputy Sherry Johnson-Stinnett with Justice.

Grill masters: Sgt. Mike Stroat, Deputy Kevin Igo, Det. Ron Carhart, Allan Ortman and Lt. Pete Tartaglione.

Capt. William Bruckner, volunteer Jacqueline Freeman, Col. James Stormes, Deputy Jason Tucciarone and Cpl. Alex Nunez.

SEM RIDGE CHORAL GROUP HOSTS BOOK FAIR FUNDRAISER AT BARNES & NOBLE Seminole Ridge High School’s choral group held a book fair Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Barnes & Noble store near the Mall at Wellington Green. The students of fered face painting, storybook reading, arts & craf ts and sang songs. A portion of the book sales w ent toward PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER trips for the choral group to performances at Walt Disney World and in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Waymire and Sophia Ramos read to children.

Ebony James, Sam Weigt and Ayanna Talton.

SRHS choral members gather for a photo.

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Interdisciplinary Studies For Berean Students

Shown above and below, Elbridge Gale fourth-graders show the bookmarks they made for pediatric patients.

Students At Elbridge Gale Share Their Love Of Reading Students in Laura Corzo’s fourth-grade classes at Elbridge Gale Elementary School made bookmarks for pediatric patients at Palms West Hospital. The bookmark project was an assignment given to students in which they had to create a bookmark with an illustration that depicts their favorite book or author. The students had the option of making a second bookmark to donate to the hospital. All of the students made a second bookmark and were happy to be able to

spread their love of reading with other children. Besides the bookmarks, the students also donated books they already have read. They wanted to share their favorite books with other children. “It is so nice to see students so eager to help others, especially those children who are hospitalized,” Corzo said. The bookmarks and books will be part of the Keely’s Place children’s library that is located on the pediatric floor of the hospital.

At Berean Christian School, English and art aren’t just another two subjects on a high schooler’s schedule; they are classes that teach a common skill — communication. Teachers around the school understand that their subjects often overlap and have adopted the musketeers’ motto as their approach to teaching: “All for one and one for all.” The following are just a few of the responses from Berean Christian School students to an interdisciplinary prompt in an English classroom last week: “The crayons in this work symbolize creativity that lingers in the mind, as colors often do” ... “When we were young, our lives were lively and full; the crayons oozing freely down the canvas show how our imaginations ran wild as kids” ... and “The crayons symbolize how our childhood melts away as we grow up.” The AP English students were presented with a work of art titled Childhood. When they were done

analyzing how the artist communicated her message, they were told the actual title was Overworked and that they should reevaluate their analysis based on this information. The point of the exercise was to examine the power of one word. Although the English message got through, the students also learned art techniques and viewing skills they would need to discuss the artist’s methods. While the English students are analyzing art, the art students learn to communicate an identifiable message through their work. But these are not the only classes the Bulldogs are seeing connections in. Math and art cross over while teaching perspective, and science and English teach and require the use of the same research skills. All classes have written components on tests, and now some are even adding visual components or allowing students to draw out the answers to a few questions. As one teacher put it, “Not only do these strategies help ensure that


Each year, New Horizons Elementary School fourth-graders participate in the Wellington Rotary Club’s peace poster contest. Students create posters with a World Peace theme. Veronica Garcia-Parra’s poster was chosen by the club as the first-place winner for New Horizons. She also was chosen as the top poster winner for all the elementary school students in Wellington. Pictured here are Assistant Principal Mickey Simmel, Veronica and her mother Jacqueline Garcia-Parra, fourth-grade teacher Jill MacCloud, and Katherine and Enrique Garcia-Parra.

AP English students analyzed and discussed works of art. we reach all learners; [they show] them that what they are learning is not simply ‘subject-specific’— it is an applicable life skill.” Berean students know that just as in sports, collaboration is key in academics. With an emphasis

on unity in every part of life, they continue to fulfill the school’s core values: “empower, enrich and experience.” More information and additional photos can be found at www.


Wellington High School DECA will host a community garage sale Saturday, Oct. 15 at the WHS bus loop. Spots will range from $15 to $20, depending on the location of the spot. Each space will be 12 feet by 12 feet, and all participants are responsible for providing their own tables to display and place their items for sale on. Set up will start at 6 a.m., and the sale will end at 1 p.m.; however, participants are not required to stay the entire time. A Goodwill truck will be present at the event to take any goods that were not sold that participants still wish to get rid of. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 11, and space is limited. If you’re interested in participating, or want more information, call Susan May at (561) 795-4919. Pictured here are WHS DECA members.

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King’s Academy Juniors Selected For Youth Leadership 2011-12 The King’s Academy juniors Brett Cobb and Simeon Gobin were selected as members of Youth Leadership 2011-12. The countywide leadership development program selects 45 juniors each year to participate in the eight-month program. Following an orientation session and a full-day Ropes Course Retreat, Cobb and Gobin will attend monthly full-day sessions covering topics such as Palm Beach County’s business and development, cultural diversity, media, health and human services, the environment, public safety and career exploration. The curricu-

lum presented builds foundational leadership skills, awareness of community issues, appreciation of regional diversity and commitment to community service. Cobb and Gobin will also have the opportunity to network and develop mentor relationships with alumni of Leadership Palm Beach County and adult community leaders. The King’s Academy appreciates the collaboration with the Youth Leadership Program in developing young leaders by developing their social awareness. “Brett and Simeon possess leadership skills that are already noticed by their fellow classmates,

as well as TKA’s faculty and administration,” Secondary Principal Sonya Jones said. “But we are excited that they have been afforded an opportunity to foster and grow as informed community leaders through the Youth Leadership Council. The King’s Academy’s mission is to grow Christian leaders that will impact their community, and we continually pursue ways to assist the development of our students in all aspects of academics, athletics, service and spiritual life.” The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school serving approximate-

ly 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. TKA serves students and their families across Palm Beach and Hendry counties at its main campus at Belvedere Road and Sansbury’s Way in West Palm Beach, its Clewiston campus on Caribbean Avenue, and its satellite preschool campuses in Greenacres, Palm Beach Gardens and Royal Palm Beach. For more information, visit

A ’50s-Style Math Lesson At New Horizons New Horizons Elementary School fourth-grade students went back to the 1950s for their Math in Motion presentation, “Back to the ’50s with Our Math.” New Horizons music teacher Veronica Dillingham composed a mini musical for the fourthgrade performance. Included were several ’50s favorites rewritten with a math theme by fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Lay, the Math in Motion coordinator,

and Musical Director Veronica Dillingham. These included “Catch a Falling Math Fact” (“Catch a Falling Star”), “Let the Math Games Roll” (“Let the Good Times Roll”), “Math Around the Clock” (“Rock Around the Clock”) and others. Helping with the performance were the other the fourth-grade teachers: Deb Hansen, Allyson Luna, Jill MacCloud and Jude Valdov.

Brett Cobb

Simeon Gobin

SRHS Singers Honored

Students perform “Back to the ’50s With Our Math.”

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Four Seminole Ridge High School choristers earned honors in the Florida Vocal Association District 14 All-State musicianship and sight reading tests Sept. 24. Joel Iglesias, Sidney ClarkeLequerique, Alexis Rizzolo and Gabriella Thomas passed both exams and moved to “Music Minus One Testing” Oct. 17 to qualify for All-State. In other school news, the Seminole Ridge swim teams competed in a swim and dive meet Sept. 22 against John I. Leonard. The SRHS boys team suffered a defeat but the girls team was victorious. The following Seminole Ridge swimmers earned firstplace finishes in their events: girls 400-meter freestyle relay –

Brittany Godfrey, Taylor Godfrey, Taylor Hess and Katie Rawls; girls 200 medley relay – Danielle Davis, Brittany Godfrey, Taylor Godfrey and Savannah Kowalski; boys 200 medley relay – Robert Botkin, Levi Coleman, Ethan Dennis and Jesse Valiente; girls 200 free relay – Danielle Davis, Taylor Hess, Savannah Kowalski and Michelle Ward; boys 200 free relay: Kane Camacho, Ethan Dennis, Daniel Specian and Shane Walker; girls 200 freestyle – Taylor Godfrey; girls 200 individual medley – Katie Rawls; girls 100 backstroke – Danielle Davis; girls diving – Michelle Ward; and boys diving – David Freund.

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Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 122 in The Acreage recently participated in a packing event for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. The scouts packed a total of 21 boxes for the soldiers. Included were personal-hygiene products, snacks, batteries, DVDs and many other items. Additional information regarding Forgotten Soldiers Outreach can be found at For information regarding Troop 122, call Tim Leonard at (561) 248-1479. Pictured above are: (front row, L-R) Alex Mullen, Ty Richards, Kyle Brader, Chandler Levesq ue and Allen Leonard; (back row) assistant scoutmaster Dean Richards, Scoutmaster Tim Leonard, John Montanelli, Madison Bailey, William Shock and assistant scoutmaster Lee Fabian.

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Dining Benefit For Quantum House A Success “Good Food, Good Wine, Good Friends... Great Cause” to benefit the Quantum House took place to a sold-out crowd Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Russell’s Blue Water Grill in Palm Beach Gardens. Proceeds from the evening will be used in the purchase of new appliances for the Quantum House Family Kitchen. This fun and exciting evening featured gourmet fare from awardwinning celebrity chef Charles Coe, star of the television show Catch, Clean, Cook on the Lifetime Real Women Network and the Pursuit Channel. Guests dined on items such as mini Maryland lump crab cakes and mango remoulade, blue-fin tuna tartar and prime beef with asparagus and wild mushroom medley roulade, among other selections. A dazzling array of wines and

Event co-chairs Joy Simmons, Michelle Cochran and Leeann Whelan enjoy the evening.

champagne rounded out each selection. An exciting auction and chance drawing featured items such as a deep-sea fishing trip for six, fabulous jewelry, golf outings to various local prestigious golf courses and private wine tastings. The evening was hosted by Quantum House volunteers Michelle Cochran, Joy Simmons and Leeann Whelan, who are frequent participants in Quantum House’s Chef for a Day program. “We are so overwhelmed with the generosity of our friends and community,” event co-chair Joy Simmons said. “Because of their support, the deserving families of Quantum House will be able to enjoy meals for years to come. The proceeds from this fantastic evening will be used to purchase much-needed appliances for the Quantum House Family Kitchen.” Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Quantum House is the only facility of its kind between Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Chef for a Day is a community outreach program in which groups prepare a home-cooked meal for the families staying at Quantum House. For more information about the Quantum House, visit its web site at

Megan Malynn, Tony Pollak, and Beth and Dr. Jesse Eisenman.

Quinn Briscoe, Annie Erneston, Georgeanne Lewis, Karen Degan and Stacey Hopkins.

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Cara Young Wins Lead In Kravis Center Opera GREG & SUZANNE DUVAL Fourteen-year-old Wellington resident Cara Young, a freshman soprano in the music vocal department at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, auditioned for and won the lead female role of Aninka in an upcoming production of the children’s opera Brundibar . The famed opera will be performed Oct. 21 and 22 in Dreyfoos Hall at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Brundibar, by Hans Krasa, is a joint production by the Palm

Cara Young of Wellington.

Beach Opera, the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, inSIGHT Through Education and the Kravis Center; it is a Kravis Center Community Outreach event. This children’s opera tells the story of a brother and sister who seek money through singing in the street to buy milk for their ailing mother, only to have the quest thwarted by the evil organ grinder Brundibar. Extolling the triumph of good over evil, Brundibar has become an allegory of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Today, the opera provides a vehicle to instruct children in the importance of responsibility and courage in standing up against bullying and tyranny. Performed by children during the Holocaust, Brundibar was used by the Nazi regime as a propaganda tool to delude the outside world into thinking the Jewish prisoners were being treated humanely. Tickets start at $12 for the performances and are available at the Kravis Center box office at (561)


The cast of Brundibar with YSPB Executive Director Beth Clark. 832-7469 or online at www. Friday matinee tickets are not available online. Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is Palm Beach County’s community-based children’s choir, a multi-cultural arts education organization based centrally in West Palm Beach at the Kravis

Center. Its enrollment is composed of singers in grades three through 12 from all parts of Palm Beach County’s diverse racial, ethnic, geographic and socio-economic communities. For more information about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, visit

WHS Students Take Honors In Photo Contest Three students from Wellington High School took top honors in a photo contest, which was part of the annual International Day of Peace celebration, sponsored locally by the Wellington Rotary Club and the Village of Wellington. Sept. 21 is the day declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day of Peace, a day devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. In a ceremony at Wellington’s Peace Park on Sept. 21, senior Allison Parssi (first place), junior Taylor Podder (second place) and junior Briana Erickson (third place) were honored to see their photographs on display. They were further honored when each was presented with a check for their efforts. The contest was open to all high school students in Wellington. Also honored at the event were students and teachers from schools in the area who produced poems, essays and posters. Taking top honors in the poetry contest were Wellington Landings Middle School student Natalie Gomez and Emerald Cove Middle School student Judy Yang. The high school essay contest winners

were Palm Beach Central High School student Kayla Goldstein and Wellington High School student Tyler Bergman. The winning poster was submitted by Veronica Garcia-Parra, a student at New Horizons Elementary School. Her poster became the official poster of the celebration.

The evening’s events included a flag presentation by the PBSO Color Guard; songs by the Traditions choral group from Palm Beach Central; the reading of “may peace prevail on earth” in eight languages; a proclamation delivered by Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen designating Sept.

21 as World Peace Day in Wellington; the presentation of an award to Wellington High School student Jake Romano, who received the “SMART” award (Student Mediator Award for Resolution Tactics); and the release of a dozen white doves by Eternal Doves of Florida.

Greg and Suzanne Duval of Wellington have announced the birth of their daughter Kaitlyn Elizabeth Duval. She was born Aug. 24 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 20 inches.

Marissa Angelo Graduates Navy Basic Training

Wellington High School Principal Mario Crocetti, junior Taylor Podder, photography teacher Barbara Brubaker, junior Briana Erickson and senior Allison Parssi.

Navy Seaman Recruit Marissa Angelo, a 2005 graduate of Wellington High School, was recently promoted to her current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Angelo received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also

placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. Battle Stations is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

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Royal Palm Beach High School held its homecoming activities Friday, Sept. 30 during a football game against Santaluces (see page 35 for related story). Kenneth Rodriguez and Macie Ramirez were crowned homecoming king and queen at halftime. The Wildcats attended a homecoming dance the following evening. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Sophomore honorees Vanessa Parra and Alejandro Velez.

Chris-Ann Fishe is escorted by her brother, who stood in for William Matthew.

The senior class float spells it out.

Freshman court members Breyonna Murvin and Juan Pinzon. Juniors Nicole Anzalone and Joshua Miolan.


Years Of Dual Service

continued from page 1 military dovetailed nicely with his duties at the PBSO. “I spent 19 years on our SWAT team,” he said, working both as a team member and squad leader. “A lot of the training I received in Special Forces actually rolled over and helped me with my job here at the sheriff’s office.” In addition to the SWAT team duties, he also worked assignments in the narcotics and property crimes divisions. There have been challenges in wearing both hats, Garten said, although both entities went out of their way to work with him. “The National Guard is not just a one-weekend-a-month job, especially as an officer, so in a lot of my down time on my days off with the sheriff’s office, I was working military matters,” Garten said. “I’ve been very heavily supported by the sheriff. He is very promilitary, pro-Guard, pro-Reserve. In fact, most of the sheriffs — I’ve worked for five sheriffs — were very pro-military, and a lot of my supervisors as well, but sometimes it does get a little tricky.” For example, sometimes while doing an investigation with the narcotics unit, something came up in the military where he had to leave the country. “That requires a lot of coordination between both the Guard and the sheriff’s office, but I was successful with it,” Garten said. On the other hand, there was cooperation on the military’s part. “There were times, too, that if I had an active case going when I


State Of Wellington

continued from page 3 Atlantic University on long-range planning. “Our long-term planning is really important,” Bowen said. “We have been a little weak in the higher education area, but I think things are happening that will make that better.” In addition to FAU’s presence, Bowen noted that Palm Beach State College will be building its new campus nearby and that there are plans for a medical school. Palm Beach Atlantic Universi-

NEWS BRIEFS Wellington Call To Veterans

Jeffrey Garten in his Army Naitonal Guard uniform. was in narcotics, if I had to miss a drill that particular weekend, I could rearrange that schedule in order to fulfill my sheriff’s office commitments,” he said, explaining that the National Guard understands that sometimes with the civilian employer, there is a giveand-take. In a position overseeing dozens of soldiers, Garten also saw the issue from the other point of view. “I was in a position where some of my soldiers would come to me and say they can’t make drill this weekend because, ‘My boss is short, and they don’t have enough employees,’” he said. “I would excuse them for that drill, and they would make it up at another time, so I’ve been in both worlds.” Garten, who is married with two children and two stepchildren, all adults, has lived in Royal Palm Beach for the past 10 years. He will mark his 25th anniversary with the PBSO in January and plans to work there another five years before retiring. ty also hopes to expand its programs offered in Wellington, especially in light of the opportunities available with the Medical Arts District. “They want to work with the Medical Arts District,” Bowen said, “and bring programs to supply the employees that we will need as things develop here.” Overall, Wellington is in good shape looking toward the future, Bowen said. But he reminded chamber members that resident involvement is key to a happy future for everyone in Wellington. “I ask you to get involved in the community to help us in these endeavors,” he said.

Wellington and the American Legion Chris Reyka Wellington Post 390 will be honoring all veterans at a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11. The Veterans Day parade will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. and end at the Veterans Memorial located on the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards. The Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. If you would like to honor a veteran by having their name and service branch listed in the village’s Veterans Day program, added to the pre-recorded roll call and listed on Channel 18, call (561) 791-4082 during normal business hours. To ensure veterans’ names are included in the pre-recorded


County Drops Project

continued from page 1 county was considering withdrawing support,” Harvey said. “Particularly with the economics of the thing, the county is funding $500,000, the state is putting in $500,000 and West Palm Beach doing the maintenance, which is probably worth as much as the $500,000, I ask you to do the right thing and fund this project.” Christine Thrower, director of West Palm Beach Parks & Recreation, said that the city had agreed at the county’s insistence to maintain the road if it is landscaped, although it is not technically in the city limits, like the adjacent developments. “Unless this is moved forward, the state will continue its seven-times-a-year level of maintenance of that area,” Thrower said. “Especially in the summertime, it gets to look pretty bad. I just want you to know that the city is behind this, and we will see that it gets maintained.” Acreage resident Alex Larson said she thought the county should not be financing $500,000 beautification projects when it just cut more than $5 million for road maintenance. “I’d rather have our roads fixed than plant a palm tree,” Larson said. “We’re not going to be repairing our roads, and here we are doing this.” Environmentalist Rosa Durando favored setting up a local taxing district for landscaping there. “If these three sections of land want landscaping, they ought to have a special taxing district,”

Forest Hill

Phase 2 Underway

Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen with Wellington Chamber of Commerce President Michael Stone. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Amanda Bullock is escorted by her father, who stood in for Tremaine McCullough.

continued from page 1 to nine varieties of palm trees. For groundcover along the road, Wellington will also plant more than 30,000 plants, shrubs and bushes such as umbrella plants, bougainvilleas and more. Bonde noted that residents have

roll call, submit names by Oct. 20. If you are an active or retired veteran attending the ceremony, you will have an opportunity to register the morning of the event to be recognized during the ceremony. For more information about Wellington Post 390, e-mail

Howl At The Moon Returns

orative Dog Hats’ Lucy Lanning and “bark painting” by Jan Levy. Other activities include pictures with your pet, pet adoptions, $15 microchip implantations, portraits painted by your pet, face painting, trick-or-treat bags for the dogs and refreshments for all who attend. For more information, call Dr. Marc Pinkwasser at Courtyard Animal Hospital at (561) 784PETS. The dog park is located at 2975 Greenbriar Blvd.

Wellington’s canines will get pampered at the ninth annual “Howl At the Moon” party at the Wellington Dog Park. Come out with your canine friend Saturday, Oct. 22 to show them off and let them know how special they are. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and offers a wide variety of dog activities for all to enjoy. The event will kick off with a dog costume contest, hats by Dec-

The Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach will be the host site for the 2011 District 19 girls golf championship matches Monday, Oct. 17. The first tee time is 8:05 a.m. The top three teams from the

Durando said. “I don’t think it should be the responsibility of the county, especially now.” Durando wondered if West Palm Beach would stand by its agreement to maintain the landscaping, pointing out that the city reneged on road contracts it agreed to years ago, including the State Road 7 extension to Northlake Blvd., Roebuck Road between Jog Road and the SR 7 extension, and the Jog Road extension to Florida’s Turnpike. “That was part of a legal contract, and West Palm Beach is not supporting it,” Durando said. “If you put that kind of money into beautification, you ought to get some pretty good guarantees in return.” Durando also questioned whether the necessary irrigation for landscaping in artificially drained areas was an appropriate use of water. “By the way, these areas were once magnificent wetlands,” she said. County Engineer George Webb said the medians would contain separate irrigation pumps for each section of median. “The plant material is not going to be big royal palms,” Webb said, explaining that the landscaping will be mostly shrubs and trees such as crape myrtle. Webb said the project is a 5050 funding match with the state and zero maintenance in the future, with West Palm Beach on board, but he was also concerned about financing beautification projects in light of losing road maintenance money. Commissioners Burt Aaronson and Shelley Vana both said they would not support spending $500,000 after taking away money for road repairs. “Five hundred thousand dollars

going toward repairing potholes would go a long way,” Aaronson said. “I think that the people in the county are going to be more interested in having the potholes fixed than this one little stretch of land being landscaped.” Aaronson also doubted whether West Palm Beach would hold up its end of the deal, especially after city representatives had failed to show up at a meeting last week to discuss agreements on proposed roadways in that area. Vana agreed. “We have taken away from the road program, and people want them safe to drive,” she said. “I have to say, you have a lot of guts to ask for landscaping when you wouldn’t even show up for a meeting.” Commissioner Paulette Burdick felt the money should be allocated because in the future, the project would be more expensive. “West Palm Beach has already signed to accept maintenance,” Burdick said. “It also affects jobs, business and people’s property values. I think this is a good investment.” Burdick added that she felt it would be a breach of trust to back out on an agreement they had made. “We worked through an agreement, now in the 11th hour, we say no,” she said. “It’s about trust.” Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he felt beautification was important in light of the amount of traffic that uses the road, estimated at 55,000 trips a day on that segment in season. “Businesses will be impacted, hundreds of businesses, no doubt. Really, our decision should be what’s good for the greater number of people,” he said. “I didn’t like what West Palm Beach did, either. They reneged, but the resi-

expressed concerns over the look of Forest Hill Blvd. since Phase 1 was finished. “It’s hard to understand why, when you’ve just finished a road, you’re bringing all this construction equipment back to do all this work,” he said. “They wonder why we didn’t do it the first time. But when you understand how the money came to us, and all the hurdles we had to go through, it becomes very clear

it was the best way to do it.” The hurdles were well worth it, Bonde said, as it saved $5 million in the end. “The money speaks very loudly,” he said. “The money we put into the project for landscaping is comparatively very small — it’s less than 10 percent of the overall budget. In the end, the taxpayers won. They’ll save a lot of money, and we put a lot of people to work, which is what we intended to do.”

Madison Green Hosts Girls Golf Championships

district matches will go on to the regional qualifiers, with the hope of representing their school in the state championship. “We are proud to host the District 19 championship matches,” Madison Green President Todd Schoenwetter said. “Having young people involved in the game is good for the sport, and it’s good for the students.” The team from Wellington High School returns as two-time defending champs. Rated as one of the top 20 courses in Florida, Madison Green is a nationally acclaimed championship golf course, having hosted such prestigious events as the U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifiers, the Florida State Amateur Championship Qualifiers the Florida Golf Association Men’s Senior Championship and more. For more information, visit dents along Okeechobee Blvd. should not suffer.” Commissioner Priscilla Taylor asked what is in the median now, and Webb said it is currently Bahia grass. Webb explained that that segment of Okeechobee Blvd. is a state road that had been under control of the county during the recent widening project. Commissioner Karen Marcus agreed that beautification should be thought hard about during times when funding is scarce. She also pointed out that there are communities in her district fronting on state roads that actively participate in beautification projects. Santamaria said that he could not see how the county could turn down an offer of matching financing with a promise of future maintenance. Taylor asked whether a vote had to be taken that day, and Webb said he would be reluctant to postpone it because the grant agreement with the state expires at the end of 2011. Executing the contract will take time, Webb said, and taking no action would effectively kill the project. Santamaria made a motion to postpone a decision, but the motion failed 4-2, with Aaronson, Marcus, Taylor and Vana voting no. Commissioner Steven Abrams was absent. No further votes were taken.

Blotter continued from page 6 PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 97th Road North on Tuesday regarding a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6:30 a.m. last Saturday and 11:49 p.m. Monday, someone pried open the victim’s sliding glass door and entered the home, where the perpetrators stole two televisions — a 40-inch Sony and a 32-inch Westinghouse. The victim said that the perpetrators went through her drawers and jewelry, but she did not believe anything was taken. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.

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Pure Thoughts Rescue Has Many Horses Available

According to Brad Gaver, co-owner and director of Pure Thoughts Hor se Rescue in Loxahatchee, the rescue center has 64 adoptable horses right no w. There are horses of all different breeds, colors and sizes, Gaver said, for beginner riders through very advanced. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 23

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Wellington Battle: P.B. Central Defeats WHS

On Frida y, Sept. 30, the Palm Beach Central High School varsity football team took down crosstown rival Wellington High School 31-13 on the Wolverines’ home turf. Though Wellington jumped into the lead early in the first quarter, the Wolverines were unable t o hold on to it. Page 35



Business Wellington’s Art Of Life Now Offering Services To Help Promote Businesses

The Art of Life Galler y & Frame Shop has been providing custom art and framing for the past three decades, and now it is expanding its ser vices to meet the needs of its clients. Located in the Pointe at Wellington Green, near L.A. Fitness, Art of Life has evolved into a “one-stop-shop,” according to store owner and founder Dave Friedman. It now offers a variety of business-related services from printing to brand development. Page 27

Sports Royal Palm Beach Football Team Defeats Santaluces 55-19

The Royal Palm Beach High School varsity football team topped Santaluces High School 55-19 during the Wildcats’ homecoming game Friday, Sept. 30. Though the Chiefs fought to hold back the Wildcats, Royal Palm Beach jumped to an early lead and didn’t look back. Page 35

THIS WEEK’S INDEX COLUMNS & FEATURES ...................... 23-25 BUSINESS NEWS .................................27-29 DINING & ENTERTAINMENT ..................... 30 SPORTS & RECREATION ......................35-37 COMMUNITY CALENDAR .................... 38-39 CLASSIFIEDS ....................................... 40-44

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Pure Thoughts Rescue Has Many Horses Available Now I recently spent a few delightful hours at Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue in Loxahatchee. According to co-owner and director Brad Gaver, the rescue center has 64 adoptable horses right now. “We have horses of all different breeds, colors and sizes,” Gaver said. “We have horses suitable for beginner riders through very advanced. They’re all thoroughly vet-checked when they arrive, including X-rays and ultrasounds. They’re all in training, mostly for English hunter/jumpers, and some for Western and polo.” The prices for horses generally range from $1,000 to $1,500. There are 10 free horses that are permanently lame but would make good brood mares or companion horses. The mix frequently changes. “Horses are constantly coming and going,” Gaver said. Here are the four horses I met, up close and personal. Pyrenna is a 5-year-old bay mare. This Thoroughbred stands 15.3 hands and had been abandoned. She’s a very sporty type and would be great for polo or jumping. She likes going out on trails and wants to bond with one person. Her price is $1,500. “She’s got the sweetest personality and is a very easy ride for any experienced rider,” said Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg volunteer Lauren Murray of Palm Beach Gardens, who was riding her the day I visited. “I’ve been working with her for a month now. She likes to work and trusts her rider. She’s very responsive and has a very soft mouth. She needs someone with energy who’s willing to work with her. Before I started volunteering here, I always had perfectly trained horses. Pyrenna is teaching me a lot — she shows me how to train her.” I watched Murray ride. She is a very good rider, balanced and knowledgeable. Pyrenna still had a taste for the track. She liked to canter at speed around the ring, but she was quiet and listening, never trying to get away with anything. One Nice Offer is another Thoroughbred. This 4-year-old gelding is true black and stands 16.2 hands. He’s a recent arrival; a race horse who wasn’t fast enough and so was never raced. His price is $1,500. “He’s our favorite kind — a Thoroughbred with no injuries,” Gaver said. “He’s a diamond in the rough. Very quiet, great ability. So respectful. He takes care of his rider and

Pyrenna with Lauren Murray. wants to learn. He makes everyone feel safe, even beginners and little kids. I think he’ll have a great future in the hunter ring. We haven’t tried jumping him yet, but he’s OK trotting over ground poles. He’s very laidback.” I watched a relatively inexperienced rider work him, and the gelding was quiet and patient, never objecting to the unsteady hands and somewhat unbalanced person on his back. He just went right on, never putting one ear back or one foot wrong. Bebe is a splashy black-and-white Paint.

Picasso with Kylie Brue. She’s a Haflinger-cross with an interesting background. Her mother, Blessing, was a Haflinger that came into the rescue and was adopted, then came back and was adopted again. What no one knew was that somewhere between the first and second adoption, Blessing had become pregnant. The baby, now 3and-a-half years old, was sent back to Pure Thoughts eight months ago. Bebe, a 14.1hand mare, is green broke. Her price is $1,250. “We’ve had her in training for three months,” Gaver said. “She’s super quiet and See ROSENBERG, page 25

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Since It’s Easy To Blame The Federal Government, I Will! OK, I am really tired of this economy now. I consider myself an optimist, but this has been dragging on so long it’s gotten boring. And it’s easy to blame the federal government, so, of course, I will. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when you have the word “boom” as part of a phrase like, say, “Baby Boomer,” that there may be an impact on society. Our government enjoyed the “boom” years when we were all religiously paying “our fair share” into Social Security. Now, evidently, some unforeseen tragedy has occurred in that we Boomers are getting ready to retire all at once. It’s like a retirement boom! How did this happen? Who could have possibly predicted that a whole bunch of babies born all at once would retire all at once? It’s unbelievable! Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.

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The Sonic BOOMER And now we Boomers have the audacity to think that the government we’ve been supporting for the past four decades has wisely invested all these Social Security payments on our behalf. I mean, that’s why they were collected in the first place, right? Because we lowly peons couldn’t be trusted to manage our own retirement funds? Because we wouldn’t watch out for each other and care for each other the way the government could? Best that it do this for us. Good job! And I may be a lowly peon, but I’m pretty sure there were thousands and thousands of

people hired to manage this money. The rest of us in the business world use a term unknown to government called “cost effectiveness.” In order to justify paying someone a salary (their “cost”), we need to continually assess that they are doing a good job (“effectiveness”). This usually means that the employee should be increasing our bottom line — not merely maintaining it but increasing it. Otherwise, what’s the point of having employees? So we’ve paid the costs of the Social Security program for 40 years, and now we want to experience its effectiveness. We want to reap the benefits. We want to retire and relax. Uh-oh! It seems as if there are concerns that the money may run out before our lives do, leaving the federal government with only two options: stiff us or kill us. Hahahaha! That’s a joke. The government can’t kill us. But before you get outraged (because if there’s one thing I do not want to do, it’s rile people up), we need to calm down and look

at this from the government’s point of view. There’s a good reason they’ve gotten us into this pickle, and that reason is: our parents. Who knew, 60 years ago, when all our parents were having babies at once, that they would need Social Security at the same time we did? Who knew they’d live so long? Who knew they’d invent life-prolonging strategies that my generation, in its ignorance, would continue to refine? Advances in medicine and an aging society can hardly be charted. It’s not like one can conduct studies and investigations and census counts to determine those things ahead of time. This problem was thrust upon our government all at once, out of the blue! So please take that into consideration before you accuse a single well-paid federal worker for shortsightedness, poor planning, lousy investing, lack of oversight and gross mismanagement. Anyway, they’ll be gone soon. They’re retiring all at once.

Cancer Comedy ‘50/50’ A Surprisingly Meaningful Movie When I first heard about the movie 50/50, I groaned to myself, “That’s just what we need — another comedy about cancer.” But the movie is so exceptionally good that it turned out to be exactly what is needed. It is not one of those uplifting movies where either the patient is cured so we all applaud or dies so we feel pity. It manages to walk a very fine line between the emotions, moving us, making us laugh and teaching (although the teaching is rather below the surface). The film has the touch of reality, not surprising since it is based on the life of its author, comedy writer Will Reiser, now in his sixth year of remission. And, yes, I did give away the ending there, and it matters not at all. Everything you see and hear seems real, although, of course, it does serve the plot. And that sense of reality makes all the difference. Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a writer for NPR in Seattle. He is the kind of person who avoids any danger: will not drive a car, jogs in place for red lights instead of crossing an empty street, works at eating right. Suddenly, however, his life is turned upside down when the back pain he experiences turns out to be a malignant form of cancer,


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continued from page 23 good on trails. She loves to jump, even though we’ve only done tiny little cross rails with her. I think she’s got a real future in kids hunter. She has the potential to be a real champion. She’s mild, beautiful, has a very feminine face and is smart as a whip. She’s got great ground manners and loves affection, a real little sweetheart. She loves to be loved on and is just a beautiful little girl. I wish they were all as good as her.” I tried riding Bebe. She was cute and comfortable, willing to do what you asked, but with a little bit of attitude — typical for a green pony mare. I could see her, with a few more miles, being someone’s perfect girl.

one that carries odds of only 50/50 for survival. Adam winds up dealing not only with his illness and the absolute horror of the chemo treatments but with the reactions of all the people in his life. Having cancer, easily the scariest word in the English language, changes not only how you feel but how people feel about you. Adam’s girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) pledges her help but backs away and betrays him. His over-controlling mother (Anjelica Huston), already overwhelmed by dealing with a husband with Alzheimer’s, wants so much to control him that Adam builds a wall against her. His therapist (Anna Kendrick) is new at the job and has trouble learning that there are many atypical reactions to the distress of cancer patients.

The only rock he depends on is his friend Kyle (Seth Rogen), a boisterous womanizer who uses his friend’s condition to get women. The cast is marvelous. Gordon-Levitt manages to play Adam very straight; there is no ploy for sympathy. Adam is a rather prickly soul, and the disease isolates him even more from those around him. He is so stoic that when he finally lets go, it is heart-wrenching. Two wonderful character actors, Philip Baker Hall and Matt Frewer, playing fellow cancer patients, teach him more about survival than the doctors and manage to get laughs while doing so. All of the above deserve awards for their performances. Rogen is only a bit more restrained than when he does his over-the-top comedies, but he manages not only to lighten the mood but to teach Adam about friendship. There is a wonderfully moving scene, shortly after we watch Kyle entice a couple of women to Adam’s house by promising medical marijuana, when Adam brings his friend home and, while searching for an extra blanket, finds a book on helping friends cope with cancer. With one stroke, a whole character is changed and deepened. The least likely “helper” turns out

Ascap, whose barn name is Picasso, is a 14.3-hand Egyptian Arabian. He’s 16 years old and has been at Pure Thoughts for five months. His price is $1,500. “Picasso is soft and supple, very welltrained,” Gaver said. “He goes well English, Western and bareback, is terrific on trails and is totally unflappable. He’s patient with young kids and beginners. This would make a great first horse for someone who wants to learn to ride or a relaxing horse for someone who enjoys pleasure riding or wants a safe horse to compete on. We’ve yet to find anything he’s not good at. He jumps beautifully and really wants his one special person.” In fact, his one special person may have shown up at the barn the day I was there. Colleen Brue and her 12-year-old daughter Kylie had driven over from Lake Worth.

“I own a Thoroughbred gelding,” Colleen said. “He’s more mine, good for mom, but too much Thoroughbred for my daughter.” “We checked out their web site and came looking for one of the Paints,” Kylie said. “I tried a couple, but they weren’t so good for me. I wasn’t really interested in Picasso, he’s not so flashy, but then I rode him, and now I’m falling in love with him. He’s a really safe horse.” Indeed, Picasso took care of Kylie when she rode him around the large ring. He quietly did everything she asked, and even slowed to a stop when she lost her balance at the canter. He docilely trotted over the ground poles and tiny cross rail jump. “I’m a beginner rider,” Kylie said. “I plan to do hunters. I like that I’ll be able to learn everything on him safely.”

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler

to be the best. Kendrick is charming as the therapist who learns from Adam as their relationship deepens over time. Cancer patients, despite support groups and loving families, often feel isolated, even tarred with a brush of “unclean” or at least of “nearly dead.” The cancer establishment goes out of its way to try to provide support, and while much of it is extraordinarily valuable, many cancer sufferers work through a quiet desperation. Having five stages in the grief process works nicely for social scientists but is generally meaningless to people facing possible death. 50/50 shows how idiosyncratic each person is and a lot more of the real world surrounding patients. The writer does not mock cancer but can laugh at a lot of elements of the world around it. Those who have suffered through it or have loved ones going through all of the problems can empathize with Adam. His story is not one of those faked, “I made it through the fire” experiences, but a real view of life on the edge of ending. It not only is enjoyable but meaningful. This is the best film I’ve seen this year. It has great drama, brilliant acting and more than a few laughs along with the insights. See it.

One Nice Offer is a Thoroughbred gelding. “I have a feeling Picasso won’t be available much longer,” Colleen added. For more information about these and other adoptable horses, call (561) 951-2108 or visit

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Art of Life owner Dave Friedman (right) with employees John Ilyas, Kris Delgado, Jefferson Lirio and Carole Waldman. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington’s Art Of Life Now Offering Services To Promote Businesses By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report The Art of Life Gallery & Frame Shop has been providing custom art and framing for the past three decades, and now it is expanding its services to meet the needs of its clients. Located in the Pointe at Wellington Green, near L.A. Fitness, Art of Life has evolved into a “one-stop-shop,” according to store owner and founder Dave Friedman. It now offers a variety of business-related services from printing to brand development. Friedman has always had a knack for business, having opened his first shop at the corner of Southern Blvd. and Military Trail 33 years ago. Since then, he has developed Art of Life into a thriving, successful business. Newly added services, Friedman said, include printing, signs and promotional items like shirts, hats and tote bags, which are all a part of its business development service. Art of Life’s newest service is providing custom vehicle graphic signs and full vehicle wraps through a partnership with Jammin’ Grafix, which approached Friedman about the deal. “They were planning on downsizing and asked me if I would be interested in acquiring that part of their business,” Friedman said. “We were already doing that stuff, so it seemed to make sense for us. And it has worked out good so far.” The Art of Life assists businesses with their development. Friedman goes through a consultation with clients to find out their needs. By providing marketing, logo design, printed materials and branding, Art of Life allows clients to have all their business-developing needs done at one location. “When people get in touch with us and they have a new business, it’s a pleasure to work with them on their vision and goals,” Friedman said. Friedman listens to determine what is need-

ed. “Once I know what that is, it’s pretty easy to tailor a logo, design and marketing plan for them that won’t cost them an arm and a leg,” he said. Friedman said he enjoys helping people develop their own businesses. “It’s really exciting for me to do that because we’re a onestop-shop program for all their business needs, from logo design to things they’re going to wear,” he said. For Friedman, it’s all about giving the clients what they need. “I listen to them, and that’s the first thing I do,” he said. “And I make their lives a lot less complex than they think it’s going to be.” Art of Life provides all business-related services at an affordable price. “We keep it affordable for them to help get their business the attention they deserve,” Friedman said. “I do that by finding out what their goals are, their needs are, and what their specialty is, and we tailor our services to that.” The staff at Art of Life is friendly and always ready to assist clients. Friedman attributes the shop’s success to the staff’s hard work and excellent customer service. “My staff is a big and integral part of the success we have,” he said. “They all have can-do attitudes.” The back of the shop is available and open to graphic designers who need to get some things done or printed. “We want to leave it open to graphic designers in the community,” Friedman said. Friedman has an optimistic approach to doing business. “Do excellent work, at top quality and fast,” he said. “We are not interested in reasons why we can’t do things. We are all about getting things done fast for people.” The Art of Life is located at 10120 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 170, in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For more information, call (561) 793-8888.

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BJ’S WHOLESALE CLUB IN RPB HOSTS CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY BJ’s Wholesale Club in Royal Palm Beach held a member appreciation celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24. There was plenty of food as well as children’s activities. BJ’s is located at 500 N. State Road 7. For more information, call (561) 3335055 or visit the company’s web site at (Left) Clown Lil’ Rosie paints the Little Mermaid on Isabella Brenes’ arm. (Right) Customers help themselves to some of the refreshments.

Wellington Launches New Business-Friendly Initiative This week, Wellington launched its Business Ambassador initiative. The program installs a Wellington staff member at a help desk in the municipal complex lobby, giving business owners and associations prompt assistance. “The success of Wellington’s eco-

nomic development efforts are directly influenced by the city’s relationship with the business community,” said Tim Stillings, Wellington’s long-range planning director. “I want our business owners to know that we are here to help them and appreciate them in Wellington.”

Staff will guide business representatives through the processes within Wellington, including permitting, registration and business tax receipts. Staff will also work with commercial owners and the local chambers of commerce for business recruitment and retention.

The goals of this new initiative are to ensure that businesses receive prompt and professional attention, to retain Wellington businesses, recruit potential businesses and to enhance communication between Wellington staff and the local chambers of commerce.

Staff will be available to assist business representatives during Wellington’s regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information about Wellington’s Business Ambassador Initiative, contact Stillings at (561) 791-4000.

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Dr. Randall Laurich To Chair Oct. 15 Wellness Festival The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has announced that Dr. Randall Laurich of

the Wellness Experience of Wellington will serve as chairman of the 2011 Well-

ington Health & Wellness Festival. The free event will be held Saturday, Oct. 15

from 9 a.m. to noon at the Whole Foods Market plaza. Presented by the Welling-


The Wellington Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for the UPS Store in Wellington. Located at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 22, the UPS Store provides a variety of services, including copy and printing, mailboxes, mailing and shipping, packing and moving, business services, notary, passport photos, greeting cards, shredding and more. For more information, call (561) 791-9020, visit 2128 or stop in and see store owner Mark Rosenthal in person. Pictured above is R osenthal with Wellington Chamber of Commerce ambassadors.

Guiding Light Wellness Center is locat ed at 3319 State Road 7, Suite 201, in Wellington. Guiding Light specializes in diagnosing and treating emotional, behavioral and interpersonal problems in children and adults. Since 2005, Dr. Sharon Star has been dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to her patients while maintaining a hometown doctor-patient relationship in her state-of-the-art facility. To contact Star, call (561) 4223314 or visit Pictured above are Guiding Light staff members with Wellington Chamber of Commerce ambassadors.

ton Chamber of Commerce Medical Committee, the goal of this event is to create awareness of the many dimensions of wellness through experiential booth exhibits. It will showcase a variety of specialties, including medical screenings, cutting-edge fitness trends, integrative and holistic medicine, aromatherapy, pet therapy, massages and food samples. The festival has something for everyone. Presenting sponsors are the Village of Wellington, the Wellness Experience of Wellington, Wellington Regional Medical Center and Emergency Specialists of Wellington. Bronze level sponsors are Kangen Water, MedExpress Urgent Care, the Palm Healthcare Foundation and Waterstone at Wellington. The host venues are Schmier & Feurring Properties and Whole Foods Market. Laurich has been practicing chiropractic wellness care since 1998, when he graduated from the Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic. Laurich’s special focus and

Dr. Randall Laurich passion is helping people change the patterns and habits that are preventing the body from healing itself. His broad knowledge in diverse fields including nutrition and exercise therapy, as well as his experience in personal growth and motivational leadership, allows Laurich to partner with each patient to help them achieve their desired health goals. For more information, call the chamber at (561) 7926525.

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Palm Beach Dramaworks 2011-12 Season Starts Nov. 12 Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach’s professional theater, will launch its 12th anniversary season with Arthur Miller’s acclaimed play All My Sons on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at the company’s new downtown theater at 201 Clematis Street. The season will continue with a distinguished roster of plays including The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel, The Pitmen

Jim Ballard and Cliff Burgess in a scene from All My Sons.

Painters by Lee Hall, Master Harold… and the Boys by Athol Fugard and Proof by David Auburn. “It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the inaugural season of our new Clematis Street theater,” Producing Artistic Director William Hayes said. “The larger venue affords us the opportunity to expand our artistic horizons, while staying true to our mission of presenting timeless classic and contemporary plays and ‘Theater to Think About.’ All My Sons and The Pitmen Painters could not have been staged in our current small venue. All of the masterful works slated for next season celebrate our humanity, with all the conflict and beauty intact.” Inaugurating the 12th season in mid-November is All My Sons by Arthur Miller (Nov. 12 through Dec. 4). This morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth-telling examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. The season continues with The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds, the Pulitzer Prizewinning play by Paul Zindel (Jan. 6-29, 2012). The play depicts a mentally unbalanced woman’s farreaching effects on the lives of her

two daughters, and a young girl’s struggle to keep her focus and dreams alive. Following on Feb. 17 and running through March 11, the curtain will rise on The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall. From the writer of Billy Elliot comes the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations. Master Harold… and the Boys by Athol Fugard will continue the season, running April 6-29. When a white South African boy and two black workers he has known all his life connect on one rainy day, their wide-ranging discussions illustrate all that unites us and the gulf that still divides us. The season concludes with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Proof by David Auburn (May 25 through June 17). In this Tony Award-winning play, the daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance — his insanity. The performance schedule is as follows: evening performances will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Matinee performances will take place Saturdays and Sundays at 2

Laura Turnbull, Sky Coyne and Ariel Hoffman in a scene from The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. PHOTOS BY ALICIA DONELAN

p.m., as well as 3 p.m. on select Wednesdays. Individual tickets cost $47 for all performances. Group rates for 20 or more and discounted season subscriptions are also available. Palm Beach Dramaworks is a nonprofit, professional theater and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Flori-

da Professional Theatres Association, the Florida Theatre Conference and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Dramaworks’ new home theater is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information, call the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.

‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Opens Oct. 7 At Lake Worth Playhouse Little Shop of Horrors kicks off the Lake Worth Playhouse’s 59th season Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. This classic musical will leave an impression on anyone fluent in or new to theater. A down-and-out Skid Row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon, Audrey II grows into an illtempered, foul-mouthed, R&Bsinging carnivore, which offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeing its growing appetite, finally

revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination. One of the longest-running offBroadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Lit-

tle Shop of Horrors never fails to entertain. Opening night is Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. Evening performances take place Oct. 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. Matinee performances take place Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $28 and $32 for opening night performances and gala, and $26 and $30 for regular performances. The Lake Worth Playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth. All tickets and subscriptions can be purchased through

the playhouse box office at (561) 586-6410 or online at www.lake Valet parking is available for $5. Street and lot parking is also available. The Lake Worth Playhouse is a nonprofit community theater with a diverse array of offerings, including award-winning dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children’s shows, ballets and operas on film, live concerts, improv comedy and alternative programming. In addition to its main stage theatrical fare,

the playhouse presents year-round independent and foreign films in the Stonzek Theatre, an intimate blackbox style theater equipped with a large viewing screen and high-definition projection. The playhouse is proud to offer a variety of educational programs for adults and children, as well as community outreach initiatives that bring cultural programs into the neighborhoods of underserved youth and also make theater available free of charge for disadvantaged citizens in the community.

Phantoms Recommend The Glenn Miller Orchestra At Maltz I grew up in the late 1940s and early ’50s — the era of big bands. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, formed in 1938, was considered one of the best. In 1953, The Glenn Miller Story hit the silver screen, starring James Stewart in the title role with June Allyson as his wife. I fell in love with her and saw every movie she ever made. This star-studded cast included Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, Frances Langford and the Glenn Miller Orchestra performing such classics as “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Moonlight Serenade,” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” On Sunday, Oct. 9, join in the fun

as the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Guild presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra, a fundraiser to benefit the theater and its Conservatory of Performing Arts. One of the greatest bands of all time, the band will perform its hits “Moonlight Serenade,” “Steppin’ Out,” “In the Mood” and many more. The event is sponsored by Kretzer Piano. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and all tickets cost $40. This is an excellent time to relive the music that defined America’s big band era. The current Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an

average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Tickets to all shows at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre can be purchased by calling (561) 575-2223 or online at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is an award-winning professional notfor-profit regional theater dedicated to the performing arts whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire the community. The theater is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and is located east of U.S. Highway 1 at 1001 E. Indiantown Road and State Road A1A in Jupiter.

The current Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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Wellington Battle: Palm Beach Central Defeats Rival WHS By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School varsity football team took down crosstown rival Wellington High School 31-13 on Friday, Sept. 30 on the Wolverines’ home turf. Though Wellington jumped into the lead early in the first quarter, the Wolverines were unable to hold on to it. They put points on the board early with an 80-yard run by James Foster for a touchdown. Joseph

Bugeja’s extra-point kick made the score 7-0. But the Broncos responded, advancing up the field to the goal line, where Brock Buckowski carried the ball one yard for a touchdown. Cameron Golob added an extra-point kick to tie the score at 7. The second quarter saw both teams fighting to score while each holding the other back. It came down to a field-goal kick that would finally break the tie. Sitting on the 41 yard line, Palm Beach Central

Wellington’s Dannick Duffus avoids a tackle from behind. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

called in Golob, who kicked a field goal to make the score 10-7 going into halftime. Both teams came out of halftime with determination, which caused a stalemate on the field with neither team able to score. The Broncos scored the only touchdown of the quarter when a 20-yard pass from Buckowski found Angelo JeanLouis in the end zone. Golob’s extra-point kick made the score 17-7. Palm Beach Central continued its domination in the fourth quarter with a 4-yard run from Ray Wilson and a 1-yard run from Tommy McDonald. Successful extra-point kicks from Golob made the score 31-7. But WHS wasn’t going to give up so easily. With about 5 minutes left in the game, the Wolverines advanced up the field. Quarterback Tyler Vanacore threw the ball five yards to Cole Smallridge in the end zone to make the score 31-13, which would stand as the final. The Wolverines travel to Cardinal Newman High School on Friday, Oct. 7 for a 7 p.m. game. Meanwhile, Palm Beach Central takes on Park Vista High School at 7 p.m. at home.

The Broncos’ Cameron Golob lines up a kick.

The Wolverines’ Corinthian Neal guards Bronco Angelo Jean-Louis.

Royal Palm Beach Football Team Defeats Santaluces 55-19 By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach High School varsity football team bested Santaluces High School 55-19 during the Wildcats’ homecoming game Friday, Sept. 30. Though the Chiefs fought to hold them back, the Wildcats jumped to an early lead and didn’t look back. Within the first three minutes of play, Royal Palm Beach was up 140. First, quarterback Anthony McGrew threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Tremaine McCullough. An extra-point kick by Austin Lombardi made the score 70. McCullough scored again with 9:22 left in the quarter on a 20-yard run into the end zone. Lombardi’s kick made the score 14-0. The Wildcats continued to dominate the first quarter despite attempts by Santaluces to move up the field. The Chiefs incurred several penalties that cost them yards. McGrew ran in the final touchdown of the quarter, making the score 200. Santaluces continued to make mistakes that cost them. On their next would-be possession, the Wildcats recovered a punt on their own 30 yard line. The Wildcats advanced to the 5 yard line on a pass to JoJo Williams, but fumbled the ball on the goal line, which was picked up by Santaluces.

Anthony McGrew runs the ball around a Santaluces defender. The Chiefs fared better in the second quarter, scoring only a few minutes in. After advancing from their 10 yard line to the goal line, they carried the ball into the end zone. An extra-point kick made the score 20-7. In addition to scoring, Santaluces was able to hold Royal Palm Beach to only one goal in the second quarter. McGrew ran 6 yards near the end of the half to score, and an extra-point kick from Lombardi made the score 27-7 going into halftime. But Royal Palm Beach wasn’t going to be stopped and came out for the second half with more determination. The Wildcats kicked off the third quarter with a 24-yard run by McCullough to score. An extra-

point kick made the score 34-7. Soon afterward, Royal Palm Beach scored again, this time on a 1-yard run by Demarcus Holloway. Lombardi’s extra-point kick made the score 41-7. The Wildcats held the Chiefs to just one touchdown midway through the quarter, making the score 41-13. However, Royal Palm scored again near the end of the quarter on a 28-yard pass from McGrew to Curtis Pryor. A kick by Lombardi made the score 48-13. In the fourth quarter, Santaluces fought to catch up, but each team scored once to finish the game 55-19. The Wildcats host Spanish River High School on Friday, Oct. 7 for a 7 p.m. game.

Demarcus Holloway carries the ball for a touchdown.

Drezon Pankey guards a Santaluces running back. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

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Wellington Wave U-16 Soccer Girls Unbeaten In Last Four Following up on back-to-back shutouts Sept. 24 and 25 in Naples, the Wellington Wave U-16 girls hosted their early season finale Oct. 1 and 2 with a 4-0 win against the South Kendall Sunblazers, and a 11 tie with the Kendall Hammocks Lightning. The Wave started the early season 2-2, but went unbeaten in their last four. Their ending season record tallied at 5-1-2. In their last four, the Wave scored 10 goals, and only gave up one. During last Saturday’s match

against the Sunblazers, the Wave continued their possession style of play, producing several early opportunities, but were unable to capitalize, until after the water break, when midfielder Michelle Nilsen knocked one in from the center. Minutes later, midfielder Kaitlyn Anders made a run down the left side, and launched a shot into the left corner beating the Sunblazer keeper for the 2-0 halftime lead. The Wave dominated possession during the match, and continued making runs toward the net. De-

Midfielder Amanda Nardi takes the ball up f ield through the Naples midfield during the Sept. 24 game.

fender Christina Barbera managed to intercept a Sunblazer pass in mid field, took the ball into space and took a shot, beating the South Kendall keeper and making the score 30. Wellington did not give the Sunblazers much opportunity to generate an offense, until South Kendall found a hole in the Wave defense, breaking through, but Wave keeper Antoinette Walton came off her line blocking the shot, denying the Sunblazer score. Forward Amanda Torres, gave Wellington its fourth goal late in the match, making the final 4-0. Walton earned her second shutout of the season. Last Sunday, the Wave vowed to avenge their earlier 3-2 loss against the Lightning on their home turf. The match was scoreless until midway through the first period, when Kendall was awarded a free kick just outside the 18 from a Wellington foul. The Lightning scored on a high looping ball that dropped in over the Wave keeper, giving them a 1-0 advantage. The game became physical, with several fouls from both sides. Both teams created opportunities but were unable to finish. The Lightning led at 1-0 at the half. Wellington started the second half

Goalkeeper Brianna Labadie leaps up and punches away a Kendall Hammocks shot.

Forward Sara Maclean jumps up to win the ball inside the Lightning defense.

with better possession, and worked the sidelines with overlaps, creating several scoring chances the kept the Lightning keeper busy. The game was delayed nearly a half an hour due to an injury to a Kendall Hammocks player. Once play resumed, Wellington put together a drive up the center. Forward Sara Maclean took a ball, beating two Lightning defenders right through the middle. The Lightning keeper came off her line, and Maclean punched through the equalizer. Neither team was able to earn the winning goal, and had to settle for the 1-1 tie. The match was so intense, a Kendall Hammocks player was red-carded

and sent off the field near the end of the game. In their last four games, the Wave went unbeaten, scored ten goals, and only gave up one. The strong finish put Wellington in first place in the FLUGSA Premier Division. Wellington will need some help from other teams to bump FC Florida to maintain the first place position. The Wave is at least guaranteed a second-place finish. Coach Hassan Jaddaoui was very pleased with the way the girls finished their last four games. With the conclusion of the early season, the girls will prepare for the upcoming high school season.

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Local Wrestlers Tops At Tourney The Wellington Wrestling Club traveled to Olympic Heights High School on Saturday, Oct. 1 to compete in a USA Wrestling tournament. Seven wrestlers brought home medals. First-place medal winners were senior Eddie Rivera (126 pounds), sophomore Nik Bonadies (126 pounds) and sixth-grader Eric Saber (95 pounds). Wellington’s other place winners were junior Austin Schnaderbeck (145 pounds, second place), freshman Andrew Mitchell (98 pounds, third place), eighth-grader Colton Macfarlane (98 pounds, second place) and second grader Adam Stowell (55 pounds, second place). “All of the coaches were really pleased to bring home some champions this weekend,” coach Travis Gray said. “Eric Saber just started wrestling this past winter and already has a tournament championship under his belt, and Colton Macfarlane finished in second place for the second consecutive weekend, losing to the same wrestler as last weekend at American Heritage, but he is closing the gap. Adam Stowell and Ryan Stowell were our two youngest competitors, and they really hung in there this weekend. Adam wrestled great and finished

Top Finishers — (L-R) Austin Schnaderbeck, Eddie Rivera, Colton Macfarlane, Andrew Mitchell, Nik Bonadies and Eric Saber. Not pictured: Adam and Ryan Stowell. in second place, and his younger brother Ryan didn’t have anyone in his age and weight division so he wrestled in his big brother’s division and competed hard.” The Wellington Wrestling Club’s next competition will be Saturday, Oct. 8 at Wellington High School in a high school-age dual-format tournament. The Wellington Wrestling Club will be holding a registration and

orientation meeting for their winter session on Monday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at Village Park on Pierson Road in Wellington. The club is for kindergarten through eighth grade and will be part of the South Florida Kids Wrestling League. The winter session practices will begin on Nov. 1. For more information, e-mail or call Gray at (561) 827-8595.

Horse Country 10-Mile Race And 5K Run/Walk Oct. 23

The Wellington Runners Club and the Village of Wellington have announced that the seventh annual Horse Country 10-Miler is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7:15 a.m. This 10-mile course will be quiet and serene, and will show off the beautiful equestrian and aeronautical community of Wellington. Returning to the race is the popular Sebastian’s 5K run/walk. This 5K is in memory of Sebastian Sarmiento, a 9-year-old Wellington boy who lost his battle with cancer. The race will start in front of New Horizons Elementary School (13900 Greenbriar Blvd.). Registration is $25 in advance or $30 on race day. Sebastian’s 5K Run/Walk is $20 in advance or $25 on race day. Race day registration begins at 5:45 a.m. Pre-registration is also available online at, or you can pick up a registration form at

FIT2RUN in the Mall at Wellington Green, or at Wellington Community Center or Village Park. Information and application forms are available at www.wellington The race will be chip timed by AccuChip, and the course will have splits at the 5-mile marker. There will be complimentary post-race refreshments for registered participants and first aid stations along the course. The run will benefit the Kids Cancer Foundation of South Florida, a local foundation for children with cancer and blood disorders. Sponsors include Atlantic Filter, Starbucks, Strathmore Bagels, the Children’s Hospital at Palms West, Walgreens, FIT2RUN, Whole Foods Market, Costco, Palm Beach Show Group and A Winning Smile Dental Group. For more information, call Eric Juckett at (561) 753-2497.

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Saturday, Oct. 8 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will host a Bird Walk on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. at Frenchman’s Forest in Palm Beach Gardens (west side of Prosperity Farms Road, 1.5 miles north of PGA Blvd.). For more info., call Linda Humphries at (561) 742-7791. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will conduct trail maintenance at Jonathan Dickinson State Park on Saturday, Oct. 8. Meet at 8 a.m. at the gate on U.S. 1 about one mile north of Palm Beach County line. Call Bea Rogers at (561) 968-4864 for more info. • Wellington Christian School (1000 Wellington Trace) will hold its second annual Boutique Show on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info., call (561) 793-1017. • Paws2Help will host the inaugural “Pup Crawl” Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach with food and drink specials at all the restaurants on the 200 block, kicking off with a pet parade along Clematis Street. For info., call Laurie Steele at (561) 396-6626 or visit • The Wellington Amphitheat er (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Classic Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m., followed by a concert featuring the band Illumination at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature K.D. Lang on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Dreyfoos Concert Hall. To purchase tickets, visit or call (561) 832-7469. Sunday, Oct. 9 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will hold a 24-hour Bird Observation, sitting in a 17-foot circle, on Sunday, Oct. 9. Call Linda Humphries at (561) 742-7791 to pick a time. • “Out of the Darkness,” a community walk to raise awareness and money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will take place Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach (104 Datura St.). The walk will begin at 10 a.m. There will also be face painting, live entertainment and a butter fly release. For more info., call (561) 392-7877 or visit Monday, Oct. 10 • A Lupus Support Group meets the sec-

ond Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at in the main entrance conference room at St. Mar y’s Medical Center (901 45th St., West Palm Beach). The group provides a relaxed, supportive atmosphere where individuals may share their feelings and learn about lupus and other related syndromes. For more info., call the Lupus Foundation at (800) 339-0586 or visit www. • The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Super visors will meet Monday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the district office (101 West D Road). For more info., call (561) 793-0884. Tuesday, Oct. 11 • Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School (16020 Okeechobee Blvd.) will host a “Walkathon for Shade & Sound” on Tuesday, Oct. 11. All classes will walk on the school field for 45 minutes throughout the day. Money donated will go to purchase a cover for the pre-K playground and a new sound system for the stage in the cafeteria. Call (561) 904-9200 for more info. • Na’amat USA, Sharon Chapter in Royal Palm Beach will meet Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). Brought back by popular demand, Suzy Cruz will present a “Day of Beauty with Sunshine Cosmetics” demonstration and boutique. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to (561) 798-2882. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Fairy Tale Senses” on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. for age 6 and up. Discover how acute your senses are by following Little Red Riding Hood’s example. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Crochet Club” Tuesdays, Oct. 11, 18 and 25 at 5 p.m. for ages 8 to 12. Learn basic skills and socialize while you work on projects. Space is limited. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will host a Beginning Bird Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. at Wakodahatchee Wetlands (13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach). Meet at the top of the boardwalk. For more info., call Linda Humphries at (561) 7427791. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Deliciously Raw with Renate” on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Raw foods chef Renate will preSee CALENDAR, page 39

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CALENDAR, continued from page 38 pare dishes for Thanksgiving and share her secrets to living a raw foods lifestyle. The cost is $20 per person. Pre-registration is required. Call (561) 904-4000 for info. Wednesday, Oct. 12 • The next Palm Beach County Mental Health Coalition meeting will take place Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (909 Fern St., West Palm Beach). Speaker s include Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission Executive Director Mike Rodriguez and Pam Gionfriddo, Dr. Paul Peluso, Liz Locke and Raffaela Peter of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County. RSVP to (561) 832-3755 or • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Job Searching Using Library Databases & Career Web Sites” on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 2:30 p.m. for adults. The business librarian will demonstrate career development resources. Find out what skills you need and what they are worth. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Safety Council of Palm Beach County will host a Basic Driver Improvement Course on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). Visit www. safety or call (561) 8458233 for course descriptions. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Socrates Café” on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. The Society for Philosophical Inquiry initiated the concept for this discussion series. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the district office (13476 61st Street N.). Call (561) 793-0874 or visit for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Bailes de Puerto Rico” (Dances of Puerto Rico) on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. Music and folkloric dance will be performed by Aromas de Puerto Rico. Call (561) 7906030 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Bilingual Story Time” on Wednesdays, Oct. 12 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 6. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Whole Deal

Cooking Class” on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Chef Joe will demonstrate how to use fresh ingredients. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required at customer service or by calling (561) 904-4000. Thursday, Oct. 13 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Health Starts Here Taste of Health Thur sdays” on Oct. 13, 20 and 27 from noon to 3 p.m. Cheryl Kobal will give tips on how to incorporate more nutrient-dense foods into your diet. There is no charge and no registration is necessary. Call (561) 904-4015 for more info. • The Safety Council of Palm Beach County will host a Motorcycle Course Oct. 13, 15 and 16 at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). This is a combined classroom and road course, which is now required for motorcycle endorsement. The class is on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call (561) 845-8233 for info. Friday, Oct. 14 • The third annual “Fall Int o Fashion Show” with fashions from Bealls department store will be held Friday, Oct. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach) with local seniors modeling the outfits. The fashion show will include lunch, raffle prizes and enter tainment. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. For more info., contact Dolly Hughes at (561) 790-5149. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Buyers’ Picks Wine Tasting” on Friday, Oct. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join beverage buyers Frank Hawkins and Ricardo Pineda for a tasting of their favorite undiscovered gems of the wine world. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required at customer service or by calling (561) 904-4000. • The King’s Academy (8401 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach) will present Seussical The Musical Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 and 1 and 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Tickets cost $25 for orchestra seats, $15 for center seating and $12 for reserved seating. Tickets can be ordered at or by calling (888) 718-4253. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email:

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

LET US DO THE TASKS — that keep you from other concerns. Of ficework, bill pay, errands or barn chores. Heads-Up personnel are local resident s and horsemen with great attitudes and excellent references. Admin. services available for businesses, short or long term. 561.889.2344

MOBILE-TEC ON-SITE COMPUTER SERVICE — The computer experts that come to you! Hardware/ Sof tware setup, support & troubleshooting w w 561-248-2611 D.J. COMPUTER — Home & office, Spyware removal, websites, networks, repairs, upgrades, virus removal, tutoring. Call Jef f 561333-1923 Cell 561-252-1186 Lic’d Well. & Palm Beach. We accept major credit cards.

STOP SCRATCHING AND GNAWING Promote healing & hair growth. Stamp out ITCHAMCALLITTS! Shampoo with HAPPY JACK itch. No More apply Skin balm add Tonekote to diet. Goldcoast Feed 793-4607

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

HOME INSPECTIONS — Mold inpections, air quality testing, US Building Inspectors mention this ad $20.00 Off. 561-784-8811

HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561572-1782 HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACTORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

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. rCavanagh

ANMAR CO.—James’ All Around Handyman Service. Excellent craf tman Old time values. Once you’ve had me! You’ll have me back! Lic. Ins. Certified Residential Contractor CRC 1327426 561-248-8528

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 ROBERT CHERRY ROOFING INC Reroofing - Repair Waterproofing 561-791-2612 or 954-741-4580 State Lic.& Ins. #CCC-1326048

LANDSCAPE & DESIGN — Commercial & Residential. We meet your needs. Free Est. Tree Trimming, Landscape & Maintenance, Small & Large Gardens. 954-4718034

SECURITY — American owned local security comp any in business 30 plus years. Protection by officers drug tested. 40 hour course. Licensed & Insured. 561-848-2600

MOLD & MILDEW INSPECTIONS Air Quality Testing, leak detection. US building inspectors, mention this ad for discount. 561-784-8811.

JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 798-3132.

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 in 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 visit our website at

THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & 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 & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood rep air, door inst allation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets / countertop s, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 791-9900 or 628-9215

J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, p atios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior p ainting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at

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. — Interior/Exterior, residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident

PILATES MASTER TEACHER — Private reformer lessons $100/hr. Full equipped studio. First lesson FREE (new clients) Call Frankie 561-784-8588

JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded and Insured. CFC1426242. 561601-6458


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 Western 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

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

Quick & Healthy Weight Loss — For over 30 years our team of coaches has been helping people lose weight and keep it off permanently. Our customized programs are designed to fit your needs, lifestyle, and budget. No counting. No food restrictions. No exercise required. Call your local coach, CristinaJ, at (561)288-0124 to schedule your FREE consultation. Why wait? Call TODAY!

DIABETIC TEST STRIPS NEEDED — I buy sealed/unexpired boxes Call Bob (561)463-3876

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Town-Crier Newspaper October 7, 2011  

Local news for Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and the Acreage

Town-Crier Newspaper October 7, 2011  

Local news for Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and the Acreage