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Clerk Joseph Abruzzo Gives First Report To County Commission

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Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Joseph Abruzzo gave his first report to the Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 5, promising a non-political and financially clean office. Abruzzo, previously a state representative and state senator, was elected to the countywide office in 2020 and sworn in on Jan. 5, 2021, replacing former Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock. Page 3

New Pet Supplies Plus Store In RPB Hosts Grand Opening Party

The new Pet Supplies Plus store in Royal Palm Beach held a grand opening party on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 with prizes and giveaways, store discounts, free dog training and pet wash, and visits from Peggy Adams Animal Rescue and Ali Cat Rescue. The store is located in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza. Page 5

RPB Rec Board Hears Plans For Recreation Center Expansion

The Village of Royal Palm Beach is planning a major expansion of the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center and is seeking input on the types of improvements that the public feels would expand its functionality. Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio discussed the project at the Monday, Sept. 27 meeting of the Recreation Advisory Board. Page 7

P.B. Central Broncos Remain Undefeated On The Gridiron

On Friday, Oct. 1, the Palm Beach Central High School football squad put their undefeated record and their No. 5 Class 8A state ranking on the line when they hosted the Jupiter High School Warriors. When the final horn sounded after 48 minutes of play, the Broncos prevailed 43-21 to improve their record to 5-0. Page 21 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 18 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 SPORTS......................... 21 - 23 PEOPLE................................. 24 BUSINESS............................. 27 COLUMNS............................. 28 CLASSIFIEDS................ 29 - 30 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

The Binks Forest Elementary School PTA presented it fourth annual Party With A Purpose casino night with a “Havana Nights” theme on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The evening included dinner and casino games, along with auctions, baskets, prizes, a DJ and more. Money raised will purchase educational tools for teachers. Shown above are Tony Calkins, Karen Berard, Gladys Vargas, Janine Stumm, Brandie Soto and Laurie Michaels. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 8 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Acreage Incorporation Committee Holds Its First Town Hall-Style Meeting

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Now that the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors has divested itself of the incorporation process, the Citizens’ Committee for Incorporation held its first town hall-style meeting with about a dozen residents Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Hamlin House. The committee is made up of residents Louis Colantuoni Jr., Elizabeth Accomando and Acreage Landowners’ Association President Bob Morgan, who clarified that he is on the board as a resident, and that the ALA has taken a neutral stance on incorporation. Colantuoni said he favors incorporation to push back at development going on in the surrounding area, fight the threat of the district being annexed into surrounding

municipalities, protect The Acreage’s agricultural lifestyle and gain tax revenue he feels that area residents are not receiving. Amid the din of residents talking among themselves, he answered a question from a resident about Rustic Lakes, which was annexed into Palm Beach Gardens several years ago and then sued the city to get out over concerns of losing their property rights. “Rustic Lakes is the perfect example,” Colantuoni said. “There’s a rural community that has been taken over by Palm Beach Gardens, which I would not consider to be rural in any way. And now it’s their code enforcement, their rules.” He said that incorporation will give Indian trail residents the power to govern themselves. “If we become incorporated, we

get to decide how we’re going to shape the future of the community, how code enforcement is going to act, whose police department we want to use, or are we going to have our own,” Colantuoni said. “This is really important. The area outside of us that’s being grabbed up by these land developers that want to put all those high-density houses in there and flood our roads with traffic, they’re either going to have to pay because we will hold them accountable to expand and improve the roads, or they’re not going to be able to access them.” He pointed out that Minto/Westlake wants access to ITID roads, and ITID has taken action to make that difficult for the developer. “They became their own city,” Colantuoni said. “Gee, I wonder why they did that? They have See TOWN HALL, page 14

Alonso: Numbers Are Better, But Don’t Let Guard Down

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The COVID-19 numbers in Palm Beach County are coming down from the latest spike, Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso told the Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 5. “We have some good data for you here today,” Alonso said. Like the county’s numbers, the national numbers are also coming down. “Nationwide, the current sevenday average of daily new cases is 106,395, and it has decreased by 13.3 percent compared with the previous seven days,” she said. Locally, the numbers are even more favorable in Palm Beach County. The numbers have dropped sharply to 2,416 new

cases last week with a new case positivity rate of 6.5 percent. Alonso added that 75.8 percent of people ages 12 and over have received at least one vaccination. “We’re slowly moving up that percentage, which is also very important if we’re going to get this under control,” she said. “Our number of vaccinations have been increasing.” She noted that children ages 12 and under are still not being vaccinated. “But you can see that there is a decline after our peak here of vaccinating, and it’s very similar to what’s going on here in Palm Beach County,” Alonso said. Nationally, more than 214.3 million people have received at least one vaccination, and about 184.6 million, or 55.6 percent of

the population, have now been fully vaccinated. She also distinguished between booster shots and a third dose, explaining that there is a lot of confusion over the difference. “The booster shots have now been approved by the FDA for the Pfizer vaccine only,” Alonso said. “For those people who have completed their initial series at least six months prior can now get a booster. That is for people who are at least 18 years of age who live in long-term care settings or have underlying medical conditions, and also those who work in highrisk settings or live in high-risk settings.” This would include people such as healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, educational workSee VIRUS, page 14

County Planners Support Increased Density At Fleming Land Near Arden

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Planning Commission recommended approval Friday, Oct. 1 of a privately initiated amendment that would increase the allowed density for the Fleming property, located just east of Arden near 20-Mile Bend on Southern Blvd. Ken Tuma with Urban Design Studio, representing the applicant, said that initiation of a land use change is the first step in the process for the Palm Beach County Commission ultimately to consider a request for 892 residential units on the 446-acre Fleming property. “Ultimately, our request will be to come back and ask for two dwelling units an acre as an agerestricted community,” Tuma said, explaining that the amendment would allow the Fleming property

to become part of the adjacent Arden community. “The program that’s proposed today is to allow for it to be a residential development at exactly the same density that Arden has.” Palm Beach County Planner Bryce Van Horn explained that the Arden zoning was the result of the county’s preventing the Village of Wellington from annexing any property north of Southern Blvd. in order to protect the Everglades Agricultural Area to the west and prevent encroachment by urban or suburban uses. “This request would be for a text amendment to revise the Glades protection overlay to expand eastward to incorporate the subject site,” Van Horn said. “Also, concurrently, they are proposing a zoning change from the current agricultural residential zoning See FLEMING, page 4


The Royal Palm Beach Young at Heart Club held its first luncheon of the season on Friday, Oct. 1 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The theme for the year is “Explosion of Colors.” Z.Z. and Mr. Keys of the music group It Takes Two sang oldies rock ’n’ roll. The event was sponsored by Healthy Partners with catering from Gun Club Café. Shown above are Decorating Committee members Berit Hogan, Lee Messina, Colette Cardinale and Mary Ann Robinson. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 18 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Lox Groves Council Changes Election Qualifying Period By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council approved the first readings of several ordinances Tuesday, Oct. 5 regarding the way town elections are held, including qualifying dates for the March 2022 council election and calling for referendums to amend election procedures in the town charter. The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office has provided notice that all county municipalities with elections scheduled in March will be required to move back their candidate qualifying periods so that all candidate names will be provided to the supervisor’s office 95 days prior to the

municipal election date. The town charter currently provides that the qualifying period for March elections is in January, which is short of the new mandate. The first ordinance provides that for the next municipal election, scheduled to be held on March 8, 2022, that the qualifying period be set to noon on the second Tuesday in November through noon on the fourth Tuesday of November. Vice Mayor Laura Danowski asked if a referendum is necessary to change the qualifying dates, and Town Attorney Elizabeth Lenihan said that this particular ordinance was to specifically change the qualifying dates just See ELECTION, page 14

Cypress Trails Elementary Principal Reports On The School’s Successes And Challenges

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Cypress Trails Elementary School Principal Bruce Saulter reported on the status of his school at the Monday, Oct. 4 meeting of the Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board. Now in his third year as principal at Cypress Trails, Saulter also introduced himself and spoke about his background. Originally from Indiana, he attended Hanover College, where he was an athlete. “When you go to a liberal arts college, you don’t necessarily get a degree as much as you get preparation for life, so that was

really important to my upbringing,” he said. His career in education started at Royal Palm Beach Elementary School. “I was 23 years old and moved down here from Indiana,” he recalled. “That was when I got the opportunity to learn how wonderful the Village of Royal Palm Beach is. I then journeyed over to Seminole Trails Elementary School, where I was the assistant principal for six years.” Saulter took over at Cypress Trails in 2018, just in time to begin planning for the school’s 30th anniversary. Cypress Trails, which opened in the 1989-90 school year, had the opportunity

to celebrate that milestone just before the COVID-19 crisis limited activities. The school currently has 480 students, which is an increase of 40 students from last year, along with two additional teachers. “We had a student intern who stayed on with us in an interim capacity, so I was able to hire her in a full-time position, and I was also able to hire a tutor, who was a retired teacher who has been tutoring for us,” Saulter said. “I guess we made her feel so welcome that she wanted to go back into the classroom. Luckily, I was able to fill both of our vacancies with home-grown people.”

He added that students falling behind in their expected levels of achievement are only taught by experienced teachers. “We have veteran teachers who are familiar with the curriculum and are able to collaborate together,” Saulter said. “That is done intentionally. I know some schools can’t control that, but we can, and it’s something that we definitely pay attention to.” Seventy-six percent of teachers at Cypress Trails have seven or more years of experience, he noted. Cypress Trails is the only Title I elementary school in the western communities, he said. “We are barely Title I, 70 per-

cent. We always float around that 70 to 72 percent mark, but especially last year, there was a lot of factors that were in play, but our families fully understand the importance of applying for free or reduced-price lunch, even if you don’t use it,” Saulter said. “We do a marketing campaign to try to be sure that every single family applies so that we can continue to receive that funding.” The school is 42 percent Hispanic, 29 percent white and 21 percent black. “In my now fourth year as principal, our Hispanic population has grown,” he said. “The other See SAULTER, page 14

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Clerk Joseph Abruzzo Gives First Report To County Commission

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Joseph Abruzzo gave his first report to the Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 5, promising a non-political and financially clean office. Abruzzo, previously a state representative and state senator, was elected to the countywide office in November 2020 and sworn in on Jan. 5, 2021, replacing former Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock. In that role, he leads a team of 650 employees overseeing an annual operating budget of $70.5 million. “As you will hear me say time and time again, we have more than a thousand different statutory duties, so somewhere along the line, our residents touch our office, and obviously as the clerk to you, the Board of County Commissioners,” he said. “We interact at every waking moment.” When he came into office, Abruzzo brought a philosophy

that was different than some of the other clerks from around the state, he said. “We are here not as a co-equal, but we are here to serve you,” he said. “We are here to serve the Board of County Commissioners and the residents. With that culture, brought a couple of changes. One of the very first things that I did when I was fortunate enough to take office was to weed out all politics in the office.” He eliminated all political contributions by employees and their families. “I’m not taking contributions from vendors or anybody that does business with our office to weed out any potential conflicts,” Abruzzo said. “I pledged publicly… when my time is done in this office, you will never see me go work with a vendor or somebody that did business with this office.” He added that from his experience in the legislature, he saw many changes at state agencies, and when a new director or secre-

tary came in, they would bring in a new political team. “I did not do that,” Abruzzo said. “I was fortunate enough to have an eight-month indoctrination to the office before I took the office. I had a promote-fromwithin philosophy — and that’s exactly what we did.” When he took the position, he requested through State Sen. Janet Cruz (D-District 18) that the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee, which he used to chair, run an operational audit on his office. “I wanted a clean bill of health,” he said. “We are expecting the findings of that audit very shortly. It will be submitted to us in writing. They’ll give it to us first. We’ll have a point to respond to the findings, and then it will become public.” Abruzzo said he also made some changes at the executive level. “I am proud to say we have the most diverse upper management that this office has ever had,” he said. “[Chief Deputy Clerk]

Shannon Ramsey-Chessman is no stranger to you all. Shannon served as chief of finance in her prior role for the majority of time that she was under Clerk Bock.” Abruzzo said he did not fill the position of chief of staff and instead promoted Ramsey-Chessman to chief deputy clerk. “I will tell you that our synergy amongst our chiefs is really good, and I think that has transcended down to the rest of the organization,” he said. Abruzzo said he got to know former Chief Operating Officer Amy Borman before he took office. Borman was promoted to chief of courts. “She was the director down in courts,” he said. “Courts is the largest part of our office. It has more than 400 employees. It also encompasses our recording. It also encompasses a lot of those thousand different statutory duties. Amy is also in charge of running our passport offices and some other things.

He added that Chief Operating Officer Radcliffe Brown is the chief of finance. “Shannon and I [are] at the top, and Amy serves as the chief of courts and Radcliffe as the comptroller’s side, which we call finance,” Abruzzo said. “I think its safe to say that I’m more involved with the finance aspect than some of the other clerks, but [the funds are] important to me, and Radcliffe does a great job of managing a very complex side of the house.” As far as investments, Abruzzo will be bringing a couple of recommendations forward in the near future. “I would like to see our Israel bonds be doubled,” Abruzzo said. “We are headed into a period where many of our long-term investments are maturing. The products out there… are not paying nearly what they were years ago. The Israel bonds are a great product. We only operate right now at 2 percent invested in Israel

Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Joseph Abruzzo bonds, so we can absolutely get that doubled.” Learn more about Abruzzo’s office at www.mypalmbeachclerk. com.

RPB Zoners Approve Plans For Raising Cane’s Restaurant On SR 7

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval Tuesday, Sept. 28 for a series of variances, waivers and architectural changes for Raising Cane’s Restaurant, which is planned for current Applebee’s site at 100 N. State Road 7 at the northeast corner of State Road 7 and Southern Blvd. The Applebee’s restaurant is still open and operating while Raising Cane’s, a fast-food chain based in Louisiana that specializes in chicken fingers, goes through the approval process. Planning Director Bradford O’Brien told the Town-Crier that Raising Cane’s intends to buy the Applebee’s property. Raising Cane’s requested architectural approval for a major site plan modification, architectural approval and special exception use for a 3,633-square-foot restaurant, with the addition of a 366-squarefoot outdoor dining area and a two-lane drive-through at the site, as well as a landscape waiver, sign and parking variances. The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of all the changes, except a wall-

mounted cabinet sign of 30.7 square feet, where the village code allows for only 10 square feet. The landscape waiver would allow the restaurant four canopy trees within a perpendicular divider strip to count toward nine trees required along the north property line. O’Brien said the applicant contends that the four well-established trees compensate for nine younger trees. Joni Brinkman with Urban Design Studios, representing the property owner, said the divider strip has four large palm trees on the strip, in addition to the four canopy trees, and the applicant’s landscaper was concerned about planting more trees within the well-established root system on the strip. She pointed out that village staff supports the request. Vice Chair Philip Marquis made a motion to recommend approval of the waiver, which carried 5-0. The commissioners also recommended approval of a variance to allow for two menu pricing signs where only one is allowed in the village code, but recommended denial of a wall-mounted cabinet sign of 30.7 square feet where village code allows for only 10 square feet.

O’Brien said the applicant contends that two menu boards are necessary to accompany two drive-through lanes planned for the redevelopment of the property, as it will increase the efficiency of the drive-through lane, which would converge into one lane at the checkout window. He said that village staff is in general agreement with two pricing signs and the split-lane drivethrough, but recommended denial of the wall mounted cabinet signs. Commissioner Ray Nazareth made a motion to recommend approval of the two pricing signs but denial of the wall-mounted cabinet signs, which carried 3-2. The requested variance to allow for 56 parking spaces where village code requires 59 spaces was also approved, although O’Brien said that village staff recommended denial of that variance. Brinkman said the applicant has an agreement with the adjacent Christ Fellowship Church to allow any overflow parking from the restaurant on the condition that the restaurant will not open before 11 a.m. on Sundays to allow adequate parking for its parishioners, adding that she felt the restaurant did not need the 56 spaces being provided.

Raising Cane’s is seeking the Royal Palm Beach approvals necessary to open at the site of the current Applebee’s location on State Road 7. Marquis made a motion to recommend approval of the variance request, which carried 4-1 with Nazareth opposed. The main application requesting a major site plan modification, architectural approval and a special

exception use for a drive-through also received a recommendation of approval. O’Brien pointed out that if a motion for architectural approval is made, it would exclude the request for the oversized cabinet

sign, since the commissioners had recommended denial. Commissioner June Perrin made a motion to approve the application, except for the request for the cabinet sign, which carried 5-0.

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Lox Council OKs F Road Work Amid Road Striping Discussion

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday, Oct. 5 approved the continuation of an agreement with Hardrives Inc. for $447,267 to pave F Road from north of Collecting Canal to North Road, including 40 feet east and west on Collecting Canal Road. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia, who pulled the item from the consent agenda for discussion, said she did not want to talk about a specific road, but about road striping. “I had mentioned at the last meeting, can we do an 18-foot standard for the town?” she said, as opposed to 20 feet. “Can we just make the town standard 18 feet with one stripe?” Maniglia felt that using a single

stripe would save the town a lot of money. Mayor Robert Shorr said that the Florida Department of Transportation standard calls for double striping, but Maniglia replied that the town roads are not FDOT standard roads. Shorr said that if the road is 18 feet, it would use FDOT standard striping. “That’s what the contractor is doing,” he said. Maniglia said that the roads in the Deer Run neighborhood are single striped. “It seems sufficient, and one stripe is a no passing, and I think we are paying something like $15,000 or $30,000 a stripe, depending on the length of the road.” Shorr said he did not like spending the extra money, but he felt the double striping was safer.

Vice Mayor Laura Danowski said she would want to see a cost breakdown of single versus double striping. “Like in this Hardrives quote, it says install 12 new speed humps, striping double yellow, two edge lines and seven stop bars, $73,000,” Danowski said. Danowski added that she did not know if the town could declare 18 feet as its standard because the drivable surface of some roads is not 18 feet. Councilwoman Marge Herzog asked if the double striping protects from people trying to pass, and Maniglia said a single stripe would indicate no passing as well. Danowski said she did not feel that the council could decide on a standard that evening, pointing out that the town attorney has been

studying the roads and found no standard. “I’m not trying to shoot down the idea, but we have no consistency,” she said. Maniglia asked if town staff could bring back a report for the main connector roads. “If the standard is 18 feet, could we go one stripe, and if you have the 20 feet, you could go the two stripes?” she asked. “This way, you’re not narrowing your lanes.” Shorr noted that some of the roads have varying widths, such as B Road North, where it narrows from 20 feet on the south end to 18 feet farther north. “Is that a no-no in the road world to transition from two lines to one line on the same road?” he asked, noting other roads with a similar issue. Maniglia said a “road narrows” sign could be added at that point.

“That may be a positive, but I don’t know how the road gods view doing that,” Shorr said. Danowski made a motion to approve the $447,267 contract with Hardrives for the paving of F Road, which carried 4-0 with Councilwoman Marianne Miles absent. Maniglia asked if she could get the information she had asked for about striping. “I don’t want to hold up the repair of the OGEM,” Maniglia said. Shorr said F Road would not present a question because its width is 20 feet all the way. “I think B Road North is next, so I think that would be the one where we try to cross this hurdle,” he said. Town Manager Jamie Titcomb

said that an analysis could be done on upcoming road projects where they make sure they have the footprint or not. “You decided North C Road, for example, would go to the 18-foot footprint because of a utility pole interference,” Titcomb said. “Had we had this discussion back then, you might have opted for a single stripe.” The F Road approval is part of a resolution passed in February authorizing the use of several vendors for paving and resurfacing. Hardrives was selected to repair and overlay multiple OGEM roads, including A Road North, C Road North and South, and D Road North and South, based on council direction to continue the OGEM repair and overlay program.

Wellington Finalizes $134 Million Budget For New Fiscal Year

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the Wellington Village Council finalized its budget for fiscal year 2021-22, holding the second public hearing and final adoption for the $134 million spending package. The budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 includes a local property tax rate unchanged at 2.47 mills and does not have any loans required to balance the budget. However, some homeowners will see an increase in their net local taxes if their assessed property value increases.

Projects in search of grant funding, such as the planned new sheriff’s substation, are not being built as part of the budget. However, design work for that project is included. Vice Mayor John McGovern noted that the council has a policy of keeping 25 percent in reserves. Deputy Village Manger Tanya Quickel said that this budget keeps to that promise. “We stick to that,” she said. “We have $16 million in unassigned reserves.” McGovern also pointed out that the budget takes care of village staff members. “In the budget, we

did not lay off a single person, and we are giving a 3 percent raise, 2 percent cost-of-living and 1 percent for a merit raise for those who qualify for it… The Keely Spinelli grants will remain at the same level.” Quickel said that the budget is a spending plan that keeps Wellington’s priorities at the forefront. “That is a long-term vision and a great hometown with great neighborhoods, great schools, great parks and our mission to provide high-quality services that create economic, environmental and social sustainability, while

Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing Available At Royal Palm Beach Commons Park

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Free saliva testing for the COVID-19 virus is now being offered at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for at least the next 18 weeks. Saliva testing is a non-invasive alternative to nasal swabs that are FDA approved, and all that is required is for the patient to spit into a tube. The testing is done by Wellington-based Calla Genics Medical Solutions. There is no charge for the service, and personnel will be at the site to assist with the procedure. “They’re out there in the front parking lot at Commons Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,” Assistant Parks & Rec-

reation Director Mike Mikolaichik told the Town-Crier. The times are Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. “It was brought to us due to the issues that are happening with people going to work and kids going to school,” Mikolaichik said. “If somebody gets sick, they really don’t want them to go back to work or school unless they have proven that they do not have COVID-19, so this is an easy way to allow people who are sick to see if they have the virus before returning to work or school.” Rather than taking a nasal swab, which while not painful, is considered by some to be uncomfortable, all they need to do is spit into the tube. Then the saliva is tested,

Mikolaichik said, adding that Calla Genics brought the proposal to the village due to the central location and visibility of Commons Park. No appointments are necessary, and drive-up service is available, he said, reiterating that there is no charge for the service. In an e-mail to the recreation department, Alan Bottorff with Calla Genics said the first day of testing on Sept. 29 had 57 people participate, even before Calla Genics had signage available to advertise the event. Bottorff also indicated that, based on inquiries they did with participants, they might be able to offer early morning testing in the future. Royal Palm Beach Commons Park is located at 11600 Poinciana Blvd. off Royal Palm Beach Blvd.

providing for the village,” she said. McGovern added that Wellington has enjoyed nine consecutive years of increasing property values, and that doesn’t just happen by accident. “New residents and new homeowners have a choice, and we have to be true to ourselves and making sure that our budgeting and planning going forward go


Plan Puts 892 Units On 446 Acres

continued from page 1 district to either a planned unit development, which is similar to what Arden has, or residential single family.” The applicant also produced a thoroughfare improvement map with a connector road between the future Okeechobee Blvd. extension and Southern Blvd. to run concurrent with the applicant’s proposed amendment, Van Horn said. “This doesn’t propose any new policy concepts,” he explained. “It’s confined to the Glades Area Protection Overlay… and also provides an opportunity for the board to consider the connector road concurrently with the proposed amendment.” Van Horn said that county staff recommends initiation of the text amendment. Commissioner Dagmar Brahs asked why the proposed connector road is needed. “I’m not familiar with the history,” Brahs said. Palm Beach County Principal Planner Khurshid Moh said the connector road proposal had been

toward maintaining Wellington and where we can continue having people wanting to come and live here,” he said. Councilwoman Tanya Siskind was impressed by the strength of the budget, particularly after a very challenging year. “To be in this financial position anytime is incredible, but after going through a pandemic, it is truly

incredible,” Siskind said. “We went over this with a fine-toothed comb several times.” Councilman Michael Drahos agreed that all council members and village staff had sharpened their pencils and worked on the effort to create a budget with a financially sound footing. Mayor Anne Gerwig noted that See BUDGET, page 7

brought to the planning commission earlier this year, which it had approved, but was later turned down by the county commission. “We believe that this is an important link that needs to be added, which would help everybody around in that area,” Moh said. “We feel that this is the right time to for us to try to bring it back for consideration.” He added that the Okeechobee Blvd. extension westward from Seminole Pratt Whitney Road that would connect the proposed connector road to Southern Blvd. does not exist currently, but it is on the county thoroughfare identification map (TIM) for future improvements. Van Horn said he felt the reliever road was appropriate with the introduction of the applicant’s private text amendment. “If the board initiates it, they would come back with their land use amendment, if it’s appropriate for them to consider their connector at this time,” he said. “Of course, it would be up to the county commission.” Several of the commissioners voiced their support of the amendments, including the proposed reliever road, considering intense development in the area, having seen that previous reluctance to street development in other areas

of the county had resulted in gridlock. Commissioner Kylie Harper-Larsen said she had seen the results of development with a lack of infrastructure support in other parts of the county. “We have continually encroaching development, and we’re going to cause more traffic congestion,” Harper-Larsen said. “I’m extremely familiar, not just with the current uses of this area, but also having been part of a gridlock traffic jam on multiple occasions. This is something that this area proactively needs if we are going to build more housing in this area.” Commission Chair Dr. Lori Vinikoor said that people on Okeechobee Blvd. must drive down to Southern Blvd. to get to Belle Glade. “I’m very familiar with this area because the South County Mental Health Center now has a facility in Belle Glade, and I travel out there and have to take Southern Blvd.,” Vinikoor said. “I can see that this really could help there.” Commissioner John Carr made a motion to recommend approval of the proposed density amendment, as well as the TIM amendment for the proposed reliever road. The motion carried with no objections.


The Village of Wellington held the opening day of its new Lakeside Market at Wellington Town Center on Friday, Oct. 1 along the Wellington Promenade behind the Wellington Community Center. The opening day of the market, which will be held Friday evenings until the spring, was accompanied by the start of a three-day German-Style Pop-Up Biergarten. The market is pet-friendly, and admission and parking are free. For more information, visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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The new Pet Supplies Plus store in Royal Palm Beach held a grand opening party on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 with prizes and giveaways, store discounts, free dog training and pet wash, and visits from Peggy Adams Animal Rescue and Ali Cat Rescue. The store is located at 11051 Southern Blvd., Unit 160, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza. For more info., call (561) 345-3151. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Pet Supplies Plus staff members David Harrison, Antoinette Beauchamp Harrison, Assistant Manager Anja Denobriga, owner Jim Beauchamp and Manager Philip McMullin.

Nancy Mendenhall and Toto wait for claws to be clipped.

Adrea Guaglione from Ali Cat Rescue with Buttercup, who is up for adoption.

Nate Kameka and Landon Kameka bought fish.

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue volunteers Scott with Athena, Rochelle with Mikey, Kim with Jane, Shannon with Alani, Wally with Saint and Mitchell with Medusa.

Danielle Hernandez washes her dog Chico.

Nicole Ramos holding Sally, who is up for adoption through Peggy Adams Animal Rescue.

Precy Go with Coco.

A family picks out some fish to buy.

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue Marketing Coordinator Marisa Holiday and Off-Site Adoption Manager Niki Gottesman.

Peggy Adams volunteer Kim Santangelo with Jane, who needs a loving home.

Ace gets groomed by Olivia Gordon.

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RPB Rec Board Hears Plans For Recreation Center Expansion

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Village of Royal Palm Beach is planning a major expansion of the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center and is seeking input on the types of improvements that the public feels would expand its functionality. Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio discussed the project at the Monday, Sept. 27 meeting of the Recreation Advisory Board. He introduced architect Bob Hill with DHGA Design Florida. The firm has done other work for the village, including preliminary designs for the recreation center. “We are looking to remodel and expand the recreation center,” Recchio said. “With the number of programs and seniors, they’re going to have their own wing… They will be separate and have their own kitchen and everything.”


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continued from page 4 she had told village staff that she would not support a budget that spent money that hadn’t yet been

Hill displayed a map of the recreation center with an overlay of expansion and remodeling plans as they stand now. “What we’re looking at, number one, is possibly adding another gymnasium to support the existing programs,” he said, adding that the new gym would be on the back side, adjacent to the existing gym so that they can share uses. “We will have connector doors between them. If there is more going on than one gym can handle, you can use both of them so they can work together.” Recchio added that the village currently uses Crestwood Middle School for overflow events. “We don’t want to have to rely on that all the time,” he said. “Having that second gym will be a huge plus.” Additional programming space for senior citizens is planned on the

collected, and she was glad that was not the case with the final budget. Councilman Michael Napoleone was also happy with the budget for fiscal year 2021-22. “I like the way we’re looking toward the future,” he said. “We take community input on every project that’s in this budget. That has to come back to us first. Just

south side of the existing facility. One of the concepts being studied is to convert existing space into program areas for younger, non-senior groups, including an aerobics, dance and fitness near the gym, with men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers, Hill said. The existing portion of the building will be remodeled, including the front of the building, which will be coordinated with the new interior, as well as security provisions to control who enters the building, Hill said. Recchio said that one central entrance and exit is essential to security. “They will have to go through doors that staff has open,” he said. “We want to make sure that we know where everybody and anybody is going.” Councilwoman Selena Samios,

because something is in the budget doesn’t mean the money is spent yet. There’s still more discussion.” Also at the meeting, the council gave final approval to a years-long effort to draft an ordinance regulating the use of golf carts in the community. While an education campaign about the new rules will begin soon, the ordinance is set to take effect on March 28, 2022.

liaison to the Recreation Advisory Board, asked about bathroom renovations other than the locker room additions, and Hill said the existing bathrooms have not been redesigned, but they could be. “That’s pretty much where we’re at,” Hill said. “This is not a final design.” Other capital recreation projects include construction of a large octagonal-shaped pavilion at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, Recchio said. “This is beyond the design phase now,” he said. “We’ll prob-

ably be going out to bid in a month or so.” The pavilion will be an open structure designed to hold up to 100 people. “It’s a big structure,” Recchio said. “It’ll have a metal roof like the other buildings over there and will have the stone base similar to what you’ve got over there now.” The structure’s roof will have a cupola for ventilation, he said. “There will be screened louvres at the top, and we’ve got a large fan at the middle of the top that can blow down or blow up. The

idea is we can blow air in and take it up the top,” he said, explaining that the system will provide some temperature control inside the pavilion. Recchio said the idea of the pavilion had come up after hearing requests for outdoor corporate events and large weddings. “Also, when we have special events like our Rock-N-Fall fest, concessions could be in there,” he said. Recchio said that anyone with suggestions for the design of the recreation center should contact him at the recreation department.

Wellington Equestrian Committee Seeks Greater Input Regarding Future Of Local Horse Industry

By M. Dennis Taylor Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Equestrian Preserve Committee held an extended business meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6 touching on a wide range of topics, but not taking any conclusive action. One key point that came up several times was that the committee would like to have more input into the future of the local horse industry. Committee Chair

Jane Cleveland said that she has been communicating with Mayor Anne Gerwig and other members of the Wellington Village Council, and they have been asking for more input about what equestrian enthusiasts would like to see in the future of Wellington. “Given that there’s interest on the part of the council about what we would like to see for the horse part of the Wellington community, I think we should be able to

collect some good information,” Cleveland said. Assistant Planning, Zoning & Building Director Michael O’Dell, staff liaison to the committee, said such community conversations should be more hands-on. “I really think it should be a conversation, not just a poll or a survey,” O’Dell said. “I think it’s a conversation that you have with your constituents. Clearly, there are other challenges coming up.”

WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY HOSTS OPENING RECEPTION FOR TWO NEW SHOWS The Wellington Art Society celebrated an in-person opening for two new art shows on Tuesday, Sept. 28 — “Resurgence” at the Wellington Municipal Complex and “Rekindle” at the Wellington Community Center. The shows featured 26 artists and more than 100 original artworks. At the event, guests could meet the artists, enjoy artist demonstrations, win door prizes and enjoy refreshments. Learn more at PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Mayor Anne Gerwig and Wellington Art Society President Laura Jaffe in front of “La Vie En Rose” by Brigitte Balbinot.

Jan Riggio paints with minerals and soil from Delaware.

Laura Jaffe, Susan Mosely, Sue Oakes and Faye Ford.

“How Do You See Me?” by Elaine Weber.

Vice Mayor John McGovern, People’s Choice winner Lois Spatz and Councilwoman Tanya Siskind with “Remember,” a photo on canvas.

“Luke Skywalker” by David Ciofalo, shown with Robert and Gerri Ciofalo.

Door prize winners Ken Lee, Jeanette Childress, Raymonde Talleyrand and Vincent Jablonski.

Susan Odell looks at “Am I Blue?” by Lou Ann LaBohn.

Bill Commerford, Cindi Taylor and Madeline Schaeffer with Cindi Taylor’s “Hummingbird.”

NEWS BRIEFS Wellington American Legion To Meet Oct. 13

American Legion Post 390 of Wellington will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Local veterans are invited to come join the organization, which is looking for help in various positions, including officer roles. For more information, e-mail wellingtonlegion390@

Wellington’s Hometown Holiday Food Drive Returns

Wellington wants to ensure that no village resident goes without a hot meal this Thanksgiving. Do you want to help make the holiday season bright for families in need? Wellington is accepting donations for its annual Hometown Holiday Food Drive now through Nov. 15. Residents are encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items. Be sure to check expiration dates. Items needed include mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn bread muffin mix, canned vegetables (green beans, peas, corn, sweet potatoes), packaged stuffing and turkey gravy. Drop-off locations include the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.); Village Hall (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.); the Lake Wellington Professional Centre (12133 Ken Adams Way); the Wellington Tennis Center (3100 Lyons Road);

and Village Park (11700 Pierson Road).

St. Rita Garage Sale Nov. 6

St. Rita Catholic Church will hold its 10th annual Garage Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parish Center (3645 Paddock Drive, Wellington). There will be small appliances, automotive equipment, baby items, books, clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, outdoor power equipment, sports goods, toys, tools, bicycles, seasonal decorations, collectibles, refreshments and baked goods for sale. For more info., call (561) 779-9950 or (561) 714-4422.

Wellington Fall Festival Returns On Oct. 16

Wellington’s annual Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 3 to 10 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Admission and activities are free, with the exception of purchases made from food trucks or vendors. Enjoy one of many spooktacular attractions, including bounce houses, hayrides, laser tag, a petting zoo, a pie-eating contest, trick-or-treating in the vendor area, and more. Approximately 20 food trucks will be on-site with sweet and savory food and beverage items for purchase. Attendees can also enjoy live performances on the sound stage or participate in costume contests for prizes, with first through third place awards for each of the following age groups: under 3; ages 4 to 6; ages 7 to 10; ages 11 to 14; and age 15 and older. Costume

contests will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free shuttle service will be available from the Palm Tran bus stop located near Macy’s at the Mall at Wellington Green, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The village thanks the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center, the Fall Festival’s featured sponsor, for its generous support of the event. Some attraction start and end times may vary from the event time frame. For more info., visit or call (561) 791-4005.

Cruizin’ For Crime Stoppers Event Oct. 24

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County will host its 11th annual motorcycle ride Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers on Sunday Oct. 24. The 100-mile ride starts at the Wellington Municipal Complex, located at 12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., where the riders will receive breakfast. The ride is escorted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Motor Unit, and road assistance will be provided by the Nam Knights. The riders will proceed to the Pahokee Marina for refreshments, and then go on to Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter. While at Abacoa, the riders will be served lunch, listen to live music by Groove Merchant and be able to purchase tickets for raffle prizes. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and kickstands are up at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $30 per bike, which includes a free t-shirt. The fee for an additional passenger rider is $15 per bike. The fee is $35 for walk-up registration on the day of the event.

The fundraiser helps Crime Stoppers pay rewards to anonymous tipsters, helps law enforcement reduce and solve crimes, as well as continue to remove weapons and drugs from schools. To register, call Heidi Schalk at (561) 385-1500 or visit www. The rain date will be Nov. 14. Local businesses and members of the community are invited to help sponsor the event.

Film Festival In Wellington Oct. 14-17

The Palm Beach Film Festival recently announced its first edition, which will take place from Oct. 14 to Oct. 17 at the Movies At Wellington with a billboard that will present some of the new and best film productions. The event will begin with an Opening Gala on Thursday, Oct. 14 starting at 6 p.m., which will be attended by several of the directors, producers, actors and actresses of the selected films, who will walk the red carpet and share during a celebration that will take place in the lobby of the theater itself, located in Wellington Marketplace. Among the selected feature films, The Laureate stands out, a production directed by William Nunez, who confirmed from New York his attendance at the event for the opening night and who will share a question-and-answer session after the screening. The Laureate stars renowned actors Tom Hughes and Dianna Agron. Learn more about the Palm Beach Film Festival, including the film lineup, at www.pbfilmfestival. com.

Big Dog And Prominence Partner On Senior Program

Everyone knows that a dog is a human’s best friend, but who knew that senior dogs paired with senior citizens offers actual health benefits? A study by the Gerontological Society of America noted that, “Dog walking is not only beneficial for older adults, but it may also be an activity that promotes walking behavior in general.” Because helping seniors live healthier is the mission of Prominence Health Plan, the company has partnered with Big Dog Ranch Rescue to introduce senior dogs, over seven years old, to Wellington seniors over 65 years old. The rescue organization started a Seniors for Seniors program to address one of the most at-risk categories of canine populations — senior dogs. The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). “Our Seniors for Seniors program has proven to be a win-win on so many levels,” said Amanda Atwater of Big Dog Ranch Rescue. “Any time we can match an older dog with a senior ready to provide a loving home, both find so many benefits, from increased health to more joy every day.” According to Prominence Florida Director of Sales Staci Martin, this event is one of several the company sponsors to promote healthy living to seniors. “We organize such fun gatherings as laughter therapy workshops, painting classes and more, all with the goal to help seniors enjoy long and healthy lives,” she said.

For additional information about Prominence Health Plan, call (844) 929-9900 or visit www.

Murder Mystery Dinner Nov. 6

The chills are multiplying with the in-person return of Wellington’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater to the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Nov. 6. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The theme for the event is “Death at the Disco” and features actors portraying characters in a 1970s nightclub. When someone drops dead, there’s a panic at the disco, but is it Saturday night fever or something more sinister? It’s up to our guests to get the skinny from the suspects and ID the killer before it’s too late. Tickets cost $60 per person and are on sale now at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) and at the Wellington Community Center. A table of eight can also be reserved for a discounted price of $420. The ticket price includes appetizers, dinner, beer and wine. Because this is an adult-themed event, Wellington will provide free on-site child care for children ages 5 to 12 only, including pizza and plenty of fun activities. The child care room will be separate from the event. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite 1970s disco-themed attire and will have the opportunity to participate in costume contests for prizes. Masks will be required for attendees when moving about the event, except when seated with their tables. This event is expected to sell out, so be sure to reserve your seats today. For more information, visit www.

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The Binks Forest Elementary School PTA presented it fourth annual Party With A Purpose casino night with a “Havana Nights” theme on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The evening included dinner and casino games, along with auctions, baskets, prizes, a DJ and more. Money raised will purchase educational tools for teachers. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Paul and Michelle Priore with Jamie and Roderick Tizol.

Ali and Dr. Rabia Chaudhry.

Bob and Karen Cavanagh, Kristen Cavanagh and Steven Courson.

Debbie Wilson, Lisa Moobogot and Principal Michella Levy.

Megan Shirley, Glady Vargas and Vanessa Aragones.

Laurie Michaels, Vanessa Aragones and Gladys Vargas.

Lauren Lemon, Jenny Rodman, Audrey Cook and Melissa Ranieri.

First grade team members Nicole Haggerty, Missy Cheatham, Robin Peck and Alissa Sanchez.

Jeff and Benaaz Russell with Grit and Mark Ritz.

PTA board members Uzma Aijaz, Melissa Bark, Lauren Martin, Serena Richards, President Cara Reddoch, Jen Kuras, Principal Michella Levy, Dara Lustig, Katie Gurvitch, and Party with a Purpose Chairs Kathy Anderson and Jenny Rodman.

Matthew Lupardo tries his luck at the roulette table.

Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Principal Michella Levy, Anthony De Lorenzo and Analucia Toral.

DJ Lexey entertains guests.

(Seated) Dara Lustig, Serena Richards and Katie Gurvitch; and (standing) Uzma Aijaz and Melissa Raineri.

Alissa Sanchez and Mauricio Neira.

John and Mary Martel.

Stacie and PBSO Deputy Scott Poritz.

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Conveniently Located at the Corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. PRIVATE SCHOOL



United States Post Office

#1 Education Place 753-6563

Town-Crier Newspaper & Wellington The Magazine

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Raja Indian Cuisine 855-2765

Dr. Rosa Fernandez, M.D. 793-3232

Dr. Steven Miller, DDS 798-8023





Children’s House of Wellington 790-3748

Dr. Michael Harris 204-3242

Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce 790-6200

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Advanced Imaging Specialists 800-354-6868

Chris Barker Insurance 242-3603

Children’s Pediatric Dentistry 793-7515

Temple B’nai Jacob 793-4347

Alan Gerwig & Associates, Inc. 792-9000

Animal Medical Clinic 798-2900

Taylor Chiropractic Center 793-5050









RJ Behar & Company 333-7201

Sunvest Mortgage Group 337-4848

Edward Jones & Co. 798-6184

Woody’s of Wellington 798-1440

Villari’s Studios of Self Defense 792-1100

South Shore Title, Inc. 798-9092

Glamorous Nail Spa 422-8882

AeroGear Telemetry 223-2590









PC Pros of Wellington 420-0554

Barron & Kogan, CPAs 795-4448

JDC Development 790-4471

Marshall & Sterling Insurance 318-5604

Wellington Jewelry 798-6110

Andrea Rusher, LCSW 444-7230

Dunamis Capital Consulting 313-0535









FirstService Residential 795-7767

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Spillane & Zahul, CPAs 790-1488



La Mundial 459-1629

Tom Wenham, Inc. 333-9843

Nutinfits 795-3278

True Angel Care Services Inc. (954) 326-8551

Calla Genics 252-5398

Arturo Fashion Cuts 328-7176

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The Wellington Seniors Club hosted a drive-through box luncheon event on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Village Park. Seniors arrived by car and enjoyed a luncheon featuring food from TooJay’s Deli. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Evelyn Regan takes part in the luncheon event.

Ernie and Sharon Zimmerman.

Kyle Ostroff with PBSO Deputy Jennifer Baker.

Susan and Bob Soper.

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Wellington Cares Luncheon Oct. 15 At Wanderers Wellington Cares will host its fifth annual luncheon on Friday, Oct. 15 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. This year’s keynote speaker is Tino Negri, a national speaker and Alzheimer’s disease expert. Negri was instrumental in the development of a dementia training program called DementiaWise, a nationally certified dementia care program that teaches caregivers how to improve the lives of those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The event will be emceed by Tim Byrd, from True Oldies 95.9 FM and 106.9 FM Byrdman’s Get Up and Go Show. “We are excited to have Mr. Negri as the keynote speaker at our firth annual luncheon,” said Wellington Cares Board Chair Cheryl Anders, founder and CEO

of Think Big Healthcare Solutions. “Tino’s dynamic and engaging presentations earned him a speaker role at the 2015 Alzheimer’s Community Care Educational Conference on the importance of music when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.” Negri’s love of music, coupled with his expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care, led him to develop a program called Joyful Melodies, an interactive music program held at more than 35 assisted living facilities, memory care facilities and day centers each month that integrates familiar tunes from the past to encourage patients to become engaged in a participatory, sing-a-long program. Individual luncheon tickets are $65 per person and sponsorships start at $600. Program ads are

available starting at $75. For more information, call (561) 568-8818 or visit Sponsors include: Advocate Sponsors - Equestrian Sport Productions and Baptist Health South Florida; Valet Sponsor - FPL; Gift Bag Sponsor - Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith; Media Sponsor - the Town-Crier newspaper; and Table Sponsors - ComForcare Home Care, Professional Bank and Think Big Healthcare Solutions. Wellington Cares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization committed to coordinating volunteers of all ages to assist in enabling people over the age of 65 to remain in their home with the support of the community, residents and local organizations. The goal is to build, within the

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Wellington Partners With CROS Ministries On Mobile Food Pantry Program At Village Park

Wellington has partnered with CROS Ministries to provide a mobile pantry program to serve residents in need. Organizers and volunteers from CROS Ministries will distribute food at a walk-up food pantry at Village Park, located at 11700 Pierson Road. The pantry, located near the east side gymnasium lobby, is open Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Some Fridays may be excluded depending on scheduling. Due to the rise in COVID-19, the pantry offers pre-bagged food items with limited choice grocery food items. The goal of the pantry

is to transition to a choice pantry, where participants are able to select the grocery food items of their preference. The pantry operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and recipients must bring a photo ID. CROS Ministries serves the hungry and operates pantries throughout Palm Beach and Martin counties through community collaborations. This no-cost public service was made possible through an in-kind donation of facility space by the Village of Wellington. For more information, and to verify hours of operation, call 211 or contact CROS Ministries at (561) 233-9009.

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Dinosaur Invasion At The South Florida Fairgrounds Oct. 16-17

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continued from page 1 home rule powers and laws on their side. That’s all I’m asking us to have.” He said incorporation papers had been turned over to the committee by ITID, which had been authorized by the state legislature to do an incorporation feasibility study and draft a proposed charter. A resident asked what the next step is to continue the incorporation process, and Colantuoni said the committee has presented an incorporation packet to the state legislature that is going through


Qualifying Dates Are Changing

continued from page 1 for the upcoming election. Separate ordinances would deal with referendums to remove the old qualifying dates from the charter and add the new ones. Councilwoman Phillis Maniglia made a motion to approve the ordinance, which carried 4-0 with Councilwoman Marianne Miles absent. The second ordinance approved by the council called for a referendum on March 8 to remove the old qualifying dates from the charter. Maniglia made a motion to approve the ordinance, which also carried 4-0. The third ordinance called for a referendum to add the new candidate qualifying dates to the charter. Maniglia made a motion to approve that ordinance, which also carried 4-0. A fourth ordinance called for a referendum on March 8 to amend signature requirements in the charter to provide that signatures on ordinances and resolutions be

The attraction, which has had many sold-out events across the U.S. in the past year with its drivethrough format, has now converted its business model to a new indoor experience. The show will provide

families with an interactive walkthrough dinosaur adventure! The pop-up event offers the opportunity to experience and learn about more than 50 animatronic dinosaurs, up close and personal,

committees. The packet will go before the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation on Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Clayton E. Hutchinson Building on Military Trail in West Palm Beach, where it will be introduced by State Rep. Rick Roth (R-District 85). “If that goes through, all it does is give us the right as a community to hold a referendum to vote on incorporation,” Colantuoni said. If the local bill is approved in Tallahassee during the 2022 session, residents will have the right to vote on incorporation within a year. Colantuoni said incorporation would give The Acreage the power to do things with fire, police and other public services, and use its power to annex land and stop overdevelopment.

“What it does is it gives us the equal power that Palm Beach Gardens or Westlake has, or Wellington has, or West Palm Beach has,” he said. Colantuoni also pointed out the advantages of additional tax revenue that would come to a municipality. “We pay taxes out, and we hardly get anything back,” he said. “If we get incorporated, we will get 20 to 30 percent of all the property tax that now stays with the county.” Morgan said that a web site has been set up at www.votelox2022. com, where a petition is available under the “Take Action” tab, as well as more information about the incorporation process. Dates for future incorporation committee meetings have not yet been set.

completed by the mayor rather than all council members. Lenihan said the change is legally sufficient and would create efficiencies in the finalization of town documents. Danowski said she felt it was important that ordinances and resolutions be signed by all council members. Lenihan said that the proposed ordinance applied only to ordinances and resolutions that have been approved by the council. “They are approved by the full council, but this is just to be signed,” Lenihan said. Town Manager Jamie Titcomb stressed that no change is being made to how ordinances and resolutions are approved by the full council. “The signature piece becomes a ministerial function,” he said. Councilwoman Marge Herzog agreed that requiring only the mayor to sign would increase efficiency. “You’re handed a stack of maybe 25 or 50 papers,” Herzog said. “You don’t have a chance to read what the ordinance is. You’re just taking it on the faith of the clerk and the staff.” Town Clerk Lakisha Burch said all ordinances and resolutions are

reviewed and approved twice by the council. Titcomb added that the signing is just a formality. Maniglia made a motion to approve the ordinance, which carried 3-1 with Danowski opposed and Miles absent. A fifth ordinance called for a referendum on March 8 to amend the makeup of the canvassing board as noted in the town charter. Lenihan explained that Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link had notified the town that she will no longer participate in canvassing boards for municipal elections, but has offered to have the municipalities designate the supervisor to establish a single canvassing board for all municipal elections. If the town council does not accept this change, the town would have a separate canvassing board made up of the town clerk and two residents. The town clerk would certify the election results. Titcomb said the canvassing board’s responsibilities include examining ballots in close elections that might not have been marked properly or signatures that do not appear to match the voter records. Danowski made a motion to approve the ordinance, which carried 4-0.

from the most famous dinosaurs to the most rare and fascinating ones. For an enhanced experience, download the free Dinosaur Invasion App available in iOS and Android to learn shocking fun facts and play a trivia game for each dinosaur. After surviving the tour, guests are greeted by a massive pre-historic playland filled with dinosaur-themed inflatable bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses. Families can pet five different baby dinosaurs, kids can race raptor-shaped ATVs or ride Jurassic Jeeps through their very own personal dinosaur drive-through experience. Concessions and merchandise are available as well. “The drive-through show was great, but we are so excited to finally offer an interactive walkthrough experience where people can get close, take as many pictures as they want and make a


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Cypress Trails Update

continued from page 1 two demographics remain pretty consistent.” The school has 12 percent of its students who speak languages other than English, as well as 12 percent with disabilities, Saulter added. Cypress Trails maintained its A rating in the 2018-19 school year for the fourth consecutive year, the

This T-Rex is one of more than 50 animatronic dinosaurs on display. day of their dinosaur experience,” the kids not even realize they are owner Troy Diskin said. learning while having as much fun Director of Marketing Jim Wo- as possible,” he said. jdyla agreed. “As dads of littles For tickets and more info., visit ourselves, the main goal is to make those who are severely or moderately immunocompromised, especially for those who may not build the same level of immunity from the two-dose vaccine. “Those people should receive a third dose,” she said. “It’s very important that if you go ask for the third dose of Moderna or Pfizer that you make that statement, that you want a third dose, because if you ask for a booster, you’re not going to get it.” The third dose is available 28 days after the initial vaccinations. She said that most of the United States, including Palm Beach County, remains under conditions of high transmissibility. “We cannot be complacent, and we can’t let our guard down,”

Alonso said. “The CDC is still recommending the use of masks, even if you’re vaccinated, because we are still in high community transmission.” She said most of the high community transmission is due to the Delta variant. “The Delta has basically taken over all the variants,” Alonso said. “The predominant variant is the Delta in all our states, as well as here in Florida.” Cases per week in Palm Beach County are going down. “We hope that we can sustain that until at least the winter months,” Alonso said. “We’ll see what happens.” Learn more about Palm Beach County’s COVID-19 response at

last time the ratings were conducted by the state. “In the school district, we were one of only two A-rated Title I schools for four consecutive years,” Saulter said. “That’s something that we’re very proud of. This is a village effort. It starts in the early years with local daycares… Title I schools are not traditionally A-rated.” Cypress Trails has also been given the title School of Excellence. “That category comes with your test scores being in a certain percentile of the state,” he said. In 2020-21, the school maintained or improved its language

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Wellington Garden Club Partners With Village For Tree Planting

The Wellington Garden Club held its annual tree planting on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Wellington Environmental Preserve. The club was happy to move forward with its annual tree planting after the 2020 planting was canceled due to COVID-19. This community-wide event is a partnership between the Wellington Garden Club and the Village of Wellington. Event Chair Kathy Siena said that almost 1,000 native South Florida slash pine seedlings were planted in pre-dug holes by approximately 125 volunteers. The seedlings and pre-dug holes at the Wellington Environmental Preserve were prepared in advance by Wellington Landscape Superintendent Will Gurney. Wellington Village Manager Jim Barnes and members of the Wellington Village Council joined in for the tree planting. Other

volunteers included Wellington Garden Club members and friends, local scout troops, high school students and many other community members. This special event was held on National Public Lands Day, which was established in 1994 and is celebrated annually at various public lands across the United States to promote earth stewardship and volunteer conservation of beautiful public lands. The Wellington Garden Club thanks the Village of Wellington for its ongoing support of the event, which continues to beautify the village and help fulfill the National Garden Club initiative “Plant America-Plant Trees” and the “Million Tree” initiative, which is committed to increasing the urban forest by planting trees. To learn more about the Wellington Garden Club, visit www.

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Jim Thompson, Scott Fletcher, Kathy Siena and Michael Sands with young trees ready to plant.

Attendees walk down the preserve planting trees.

Jim Thompson, Chrissy Wood and Twig Morris.

Will Gurney, Kathy Siena, Village Manager Jim Barnes, Vice Mayor John McGovern and Amelia McGovern.

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The Royal Palm Beach Young at Heart Club held its first luncheon of the 2021-22 season on Friday, Oct. 1 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The theme for the year is “Explosion of Colors,” and each monthly luncheon will feature a different color. Z.Z. and Mr. Keys of the music group It Takes Two sang oldies rock ’n’ roll, and guests had fun singing along and dancing. The event was sponsored by Healthy Partners with catering from Gun Club Café. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Young at Heart Club board members President Sandy Rubin, Vice President Mary Ellen Paulton, Secretary Francine Bryant, Membership Chair Lee Messina, Hospitality Chair Dolly Hughes, Sunshine Chair Rhonda Ninfo and Decorating Chair Mary Ann Robinson.

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P.B. Central Broncos Remain Undefeated On The Gridiron

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report On Friday, Oct. 1, the Palm Beach Central High School football squad put their undefeated record and their No. 5 Class 8A state ranking on the line when they hosted the Jupiter High School Warriors. When the final horn sounded after 48 minutes of play, the Broncos prevailed 43-21 to improve their record to 5-0. The Broncos have averaged more than 50 points per contest during their first four games. On Oct. 1, the team continued to get big production from quarterback Ahmad Haston, wide receiver Javorian Wimberly, running back Markel King and running back Aldorson Estinvil. In the win against Jupiter, Haston threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Wimberly caught two passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, while King caught one 30-yard touchdown pass and ran 30 yards for another touchdown. Estinvil ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Palm Beach Central head football coach Scottie Littles was pleased with his team’s victory over Jupiter, which provided stiff competition for the squad. Littles knows his team can and must play better. “Jupiter presented some challenges for us with its wing-T offense,” Littles explained. Even though his team has an undefeated record, Littles knows they can and must play better moving into the second half of the season. “Right now, we are nowhere near where we need to be,” Littles said. “We are working at getting better every week.” The Broncos will seek their sixth-straight victory when they play at home against the Cobras from Park Vista High School on Friday, Oct. 8. This game will be one of the featured high school football games in the state, as both the Broncos and the Cobras will be entering the game with identical 5-0 records. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. “We’re excited to play against

another undefeated team at home in front of our fans,” Littles said. “We’re just trying to go 1-0 every week.” Seminole Ridge Hawks Notch Two More Wins — On Sept. 24, Seminole Ridge High School running back Sebastien Christian ran for 244 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries to lead the Hawks to a convincing 52-18 victory over Inlet Grove High School in Riviera Beach. Hawks quarterback Will Rimes added 93 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns in the game. As a team, the Hawks had 484 yards of total offense. The game was competitive for the first quarter, as Inlet Grove led 12-10 after the first 12 minutes of play. But the Hawks took the lead and kept it in the second quarter, leading 24-12 at halftime. Seminole Ridge’s offense continued to generate points in the second half, but the defense only allowed Inlet Grove one second-half touchdown. The Hawks improved their record to 5-1. On Oct. 1, Christian ran for 144

Palm Beach Central quarterback Ahmad Haston is leading Palm Beach Central’s offense, which averaged more than 50 points a game through the team’s first four games. PHOTO BY MORGAN WATERS

yards and a touchdown to lead the Hawks to another victory on the road — a 34-0 win against Fort Pierce Westwood in a district matchup. Rimes also had a strong game, as he ran for 60 yards, which included a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter and an eightyard touchdown pass to teammate Brian Trowbridge in the third quarter. Placekicker Hayden Gray added a pair of second-half field goals in the game. The Hawks, now 6-1, led 14-0 after the first quarter of play and 21-0 at the intermission. The Hawks have a bye week on Friday, Oct. 8. On Oct. 15, Seminole Ridge returns for the first of three consecutive home games against Sebastian River High School, Park Vista High School and William T. Dwyer High School, before concluding their regular season on Friday, Nov. 5 at Wellington High School.

Wellington Claims Two Shutout Victories — On Sept. 24, the Wellington High School Wolverines earned their second victory of the season and evened their record at 2-2 when they blanked the Lancers from John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, 49-0. The victory also leveled Wellington’s district record at 1-1. The Wolverines sprinted to a 22-0 lead after the first quarter and led 36-0 at halftime. Wellington added 13 second-half points. Of Wellington’s 345 yards of total offense, the Wolverines churned out 246 yards on the ground. On Thursday, Sept. 30, the Wolverines hosted the Wildcats from Royal Palm Beach High School for their annual rivalry battle for gridiron supremacy. The Wolverines earned football bragging rights for the next year, as they blanked the Wildcats 43-0. Wellington struck quickly with

a 22-point first quarter. The Wolverines added another 14 points in the second quarter to give them a 36-0 halftime lead. The victory improved Wellington’s record to 3-2, while the Wildcats fell to 0-5. The Wolverines’ next game will be on Friday, Oct. 8 when they host the Santaluces High School Chiefs. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tough Season for RPBHS Wildcats — It has been a tough season to date for the football team from Royal Palm Beach High School and its head football coach Darin DeCosta. Back on Sept. 24, the Wildcats lost their fourth game of the season when they fell at home to Park Vista 69-0. That was followed by the 43-0 loss to Wellington. The Wildcats’ next game will be a district matchup on Friday, Oct. 15 when they host Palm Beach Gardens High School starting at 6:30 p.m.

Quarterback Will Rimes (left) and running back Sebastien Christian (right) carry the ball for the Hawks during the team’s 52-18 victory over Inlet Grove. PHOTOS BY RICHARD AREYZAGA JR.

Boys And Girls Golf Is On The Upswing At Seminole Ridge

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report The boys and girls golf teams at Seminole Ridge High School are having a strong season heading into the district tournament. The boys varsity golf team is young, getting better, focused on the present and looking forward to the future. According to head coach Mychal Teman, his team of five players has a targeted mindset. “The team has shown improvement through dedication and hard work this season,” said Teman, who is in his first year as the school’s boys golf coach. “We have a couple of beginners who are now finishing rounds in the 50s for nine holes. As a beginner, that is great! We are learning the intricacies of golf that have helped us to feel confident and as if we belong with the top teams.” Teman’s golf team this fall consists of freshmen Jake Wallace and Jack Marshall, sophomores Nicholas Kohl and Nathan Vertes, and junior Zachary O’Neill. Two of the players are consistently shooting the best scores for the team. “Right now, we have two guys who have separated themselves as the top two players on the team,” Teman said. “Nathan Vertes and Zachary O’Neill have nine-hole averages of 43 and 44, respectively. Nathan Vertes has a very consistent swing and is very strong

minded. These two characteristics are key to being successful in golf. Zachary O’Neill hits the ball extremely far, which allows him to have shorter shots to the green, which is definitely an advantage.” According to Teman, Vertes has the “shot of the year” for the team so far this fall. “He chipped in from 40 yards out in one of our matches,” the coach said of Vertes. After the team’s first 10 matches, Seminole Ridge has five wins and five losses, but the team’s win-loss record is not a reflection of their success this fall. “We are having a great year as a team and improving daily,” Teman said. “This year, there is a lot of great competition in the district and throughout Palm Beach County.” While the boys golf program at Seminole Ridge is solid now, it could be very exciting in the nottoo-distant future. “As a team, we are returning every player for next season, and we are looking forward to the future,” Teman said. “Our players understand where they are as players and what each of their goals are for their future.” The immediate goal for Teman’s squad is to get physically, mentally and emotionally ready for the Class 3A district golf tournament, which will be held at the Wellington National Golf Club on Monday, Oct. 25. A strong performance by the team and any indi-

viduals at the district tournament will continue their season into the Class 3A regional tournament on Nov. 2 at the Deer Creek Golf Club in Deerfield Beach. After that, it’s the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A state championships on Nov. 16-17 at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills near Orlando. Stacey Critchlow, the head coach of the girls varsity golf team at Seminole Ridge, knows what it takes for high school golfers to advance to the FHSAA’s annual state golf tournament. “Top golfers are serious about the game, practice hard and work each day on improving their

skills,” said Critchlow, who has been the head coach of the girls team at Seminole Ridge since 2005. “As a coach, I’ve been fortunate to have been to the state tournament two times.” While Critchlow’s current girls golf team may not be ranked as one of the top high school teams in the state, her squad is talented, driven and has improved throughout the season. “Each girl has improved their game by shaving off strokes each match by working on their short game,” explained Critchlow, whose team practices and plays its home matches at the Village Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach.

The SRHS Boys Golf Team — (L-R) Assistant coach Randy Gailey, Nicholas Kohl, Jack Marshall, Zachary O’Neill, Nathan Vertes and Jake Wallace.

Critchlow’s current squad features five players, four of whom will be returning next year. This year’s squad includes senior Dakota Demarco, junior Kylie Martin, sophomores Sydney Rogers and Cristina King, and freshman Annika Collado. According to Critchlow, Collado and Martin are her two steadiest and most consistent players. Collado’s nine-hole average score is 48, while Martin averages 50 shots for every ninehole match.

All five members on the Seminole Ridge girls team have time to hone their skills before they play in the Class 3A district golf tournament on Oct. 25 at the Wellington National Golf Club. Critchlow is hopeful that some of her players will extend their season beyond the district golf tournament. “I’m always hopeful that we can advance at least one player to regionals, and I’m hoping to see that with either Annika and/or Kylie,” Critchlow said.

SRHS Girls Golf Team — (Front row) Kylie Martin and Cristina King; and (back row) Annika Collado, Sydney Rogers and Dakota Demarco.




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Small Palm Beach Central Girls Golf Team Is A Work In Progress

By Mike May Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School girls varsity golf team may lack “girlpower,” but it doesn’t lack willpower. According to head coach Don Persson, his team this fall only has three players: senior Jadin Holmberg, sophomore Kimber Kinney and sophomore Natalie Rimeriz.

His one senior has limited experience playing golf, and both of the sophomores are new to the sport, but they are passionate about learning the game and getting better. “My two sophomores never played until August, and my senior had not picked up a club for some time and decided to take the game up again,” Persson said. “They all have improved from the first day, and I am very pleased with their progress.” When the Palm Beach Central girls golf team plays matches against other schools, the com-

Senior Jadin Holmberg lines up her shot.

petition is not a traditional team match. “Because we don’t have a full team, all [team] matches are individual matches,” he explained. According to Persson, Holmberg is shooting the lowest scores and is showing weekly progress. “Jadin has the ability to drive the ball excellent distances, so she can overpower golf holes,” Persson said. “If Jadin continues to improve at the pace she is showing now, she could do well at the district tournament.” The district tournament will take place on Monday, Oct. 25 at the

Sophomore Kimber Kinney.

Wellington National Golf Club. Not surprisingly, Holmberg pulled off the “shot of the year” for her team. “Jadin found herself behind a high tree at the Village Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach,” Persson recalled. “Her options were very limited, and it looked as though she would have to take a [penalty] drop and then chip out to the fairway. She then thought she may be able to go over the tree with her lob wedge. It was very risky. Somehow, she pulled off the shot, and it went over the tree, saving her at least two strokes.”

Sophomore Natalie Rimeriz.

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The Wellington Wrestling Club brought two wrestlers to the recent Grappler Fall Classic Nationals in Myrtle Beach. Tyler Gray earned All-American honors by placing fourth in his division (13U, 96 pounds) and James Kosza finished in seventh place (13U, 122 pounds). The club’s next session begins on Oct. 11 for grades K-8. Practices are held at Village Park in Wellington. Contact coach Travis Gray at for more information. Shown above are wrestlers Tyler Gray and James Kosza.

Keller Williams Wellington Raises More Than $51K For Veteran Nonprofits

The KW Veterans Golf Tournament Committee, along with the office of Keller Williams Wellington, recently presented Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund each with a check in the amount of $25,687.89. The golf tournament was held on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Wellington National Golf Club, while the check presentation was held Friday, Oct. 1 at Hopportunities in Delray Beach. The Keller Williams Wellington team wanted to thank military members and veterans by holding a charity golf tournament to raise much-needed funds for both nonprofits. Keller Williams Wellington

sold out shortly after publicizing the event, and 120 players participated. Gold Sponsor was Elder & Estate Planning Attorneys PA; Tee Blaster Sponsors were Movement Mortgage, USA Mortgage and CrossCountry Mortgage; Sponsor of the World War II C-47 was Synergy Homes; Silver Sponsors were Waypointe East, Wedgworth Farms, Fox Rothschild LLP, Retreat Behavioral Health and Florida Crystals; Longest Drive Sponsor was Humana; Closest to the Pin Sponsor was Gilbert Chevrolet; Putting Contest Sponsor was Home Sweet Home FL; and Hole in One Sponsor was Everglades Farm Equipment, along with many more sponsors from the community.

Emcee, U.S. Navy veteran and WPTV News Anchor Mike Trim kicked off the event, followed by a flyover from a World War II C-47, while the national anthem was sung by Penny Reilly. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach has helped more than 450,000 of military members all over the world by sending monthly “We Care” packages to troops serving overseas. For more information, visit or call (561) 369-2933. The Wounded Veterans Relief Fund exists to provide emergency financial support to qualified disabled veterans living in Florida. For more information, visit www. or call (561) 855-4207. Keller Williams Wellington

Host Committee Member and CEO Michael Menchise was thrilled with the success of the event. “Pay it forward. These simple three words are very important to the Keller Williams Wellington family of agents,” he said. “My entire team is passionate about giving back and making our community a better place, and there is no better component to our community than our veterans. Not only was this golf event a fun time for all involved, it raised awareness and much-needed funds for a great cause.” The Keller Williams Wellington office is located at 1400 Corporate Center Way, Second Floor, in Wellington.

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Literacy Coalition Promoting This Year’s Read For The Record Book

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is coordinating Read for the Record locally for the 16th year on Oct. 28. This year’s Read for the Record book is Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang. The book is about a little girl challenged with creating a dragon unlike any other to share with her class. The chosen book was announced at the coalition’s recent Mayors’ Literacy Initiative luncheon in Palm Beach. The coalition’s local reading initiative is part of Jumpstart’s national Read for the Record campaign. The campaign brings together millions of adults and

children around the world each year to read the same book on the same day. The goal is to increase awareness about the critical importance of early literacy. Thanks to support from PNC Bank, the Literacy Coalition is distributing copies of the brightly illustrated book to hundreds of childcare centers throughout Palm Beach County. They are also working with municipal leaders, businesses and individual volunteers to read the book to children at dozens of local sites. For last year’s Read for the Record, the coalition distributed hundreds of books to more than 600 local

John Shwiner Honored As Adjutant/Public Relations Officer Of The Year

John Shwiner of American Legion Wellington Post 390 was recently honored as Adjutant/ Public Relations Officer of the Year at the annual Florida Department of American Legion conference held in Orlando. The Florida Department of American Legion consists of approximately 200 posts throughout the state with approximately 2,000 members in attendance. Shwiner was recommended for the award by 11th District Commander Johnny Castro, who detailed all that he has done to support Wellington Post 390 since taking over the position in 2019, including his work on the post’s web page and Facebook page, as well as the work he has done to get publicity for Post 390 through

various media outlets. Shwiner holds a bachelor’s degree in management science and a master’s degree in organizational management. He has received numerous recognition certificates and awards. Shwiner’s extensive background with numerous volunteer programs goes back more than 25 years. He was president of Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County, vice chair of Children of the Western Communities, vice chair of the Western Business Alliance, group lead of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Group West, a volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement and has held several positions with the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation.

John Shwiner (center) receives his award at the convention from Department Adjutant Bruce Comer and Acting Department Commander Jerry Brandt.

childcare centers and coordinated volunteers to read virtually to more than 21,000 children at 75 sites. “Reading aloud to children through events like Read for the Record has many benefits,” said Kristin Calder, CEO of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. “It’s heartwarming for the volunteers to see how engaged the children are in their reading, and it helps bring a story to life allowing the children to comprehend more. It also helps the children develop a stronger vocabulary and increase their attention span.” Visit or call (561) 279-9103 for more info.

Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig at the Mayors’ Literacy Initiative luncheon.

Royal Palm Beach Councilman Jeff Hmara with Literacy Coalition CEO Kristin Calder holding the book Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon.

Wellington Piano Duo’s Festival A Resounding Success

Piano Duo Gastesi-Bezerra, comprised of longtime Wellington residents Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra, hosted the 12th edition of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Hispanic Heritage Festival the last weekend of September. This year, the festival had a conference format, attracting submissions from all around the country. “We had envisioned this expansion of the festival some years ago, and were enthusiastically supported by Palm Beach Atlantic’s College of the Arts Dean Dr. Jason Lester,” Bezerra said. “We had to cancel the event for the past two years, so we were happy

that it actually happened this year, and that it was attended by scholars and artists from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and Virginia, in addition to Florida.” “The participants were of the highest artistic level, thanks to our rigorous, anonymous submission process,” Gastesi added. Besides lectures and presentations, the festival featured two concerts open to the general public. This year, the guest artist was harpsichord player Juvenal Correa-Salas from Florida International University. “He presented a remarkable program of Iberian music for keyboard, from the 16th to

the early 19th centuries — a first in the festival’s history,” Bezerra said. First envisioned and organized by Gastesi and Bezerra as a way to commemorate their 10th year living and performing in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Hispanic Heritage Festival is a celebration of the Iberian-American cultural heritage through a display of art, music and poetry from various countries. According to the piano duo, next year’s festival will be even bigger. “We are pleased to announce the financial support of Dr. John Strasswimmer, and we are actively looking for more community support,” they said.

Estibaliz Gastesi and Márcio Bezerra of the Piano Duo Gastesi-Bezerra. The Piano Duo can be reached through their web site at www.

Grandma’s Angels Planning Sixth Annual Luncheon Nov. 30 On Thursday, Sept. 9, Grandma’s Angels got together at Patti Hadden’s home to continue planning their sixth annual luncheon to benefit Grandma’s Place, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the Sailfish Club in Palm Beach. Co-chairs Jodie Schmitz and Manda Galin welcomed the committee members in attendance: Kristi Bomar, Kelly Brenner, Ali Govier, Patti Hadden, Barbara Hollender, Kat Ogg, Dina Rubio and Lisa Shapiro. Committee members not in attendance included: Missy Agnello, Diane Berman, Susy Burrowes, Leslie Byck, Patty Cooke, Margaret Donnelley, Eleanor Jones, Cynthia Mascia, Anita Mitchell, Mary Lewis Moews, Adreana Moss, Joan O’Connell, Toni O’Brien, Amy Quattlebaum, Eve Sauer, Donna Scully, Valerie Seifert and George Swan Jr. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m.

with a wine reception and a fabulous silent auction. During lunch, there will be a small live auction by Neil Saffer, while local CBS 12 news anchor Liz Quirantes will again serve as the celebrity emcee. This event is in memory of Lou Ann Wilson-Swan, the founder and previous chair of the luncheon. The proceeds benefit Grandma’s Place, which provides shelter and care to children who have suffered abuse or neglect and have been removed from their homes, and also provides respite care for children with disabilities. Tickets are $200 per person or tables can be purchased for $1,800 each. To get an invitation, donate an auction item, purchase a ticket, place an ad in the event program or sponsor the event, call Roxanne Jacobs at (561) 376-0488, e-mail or visit

(Kneeling) Lisa Shapiro; (front row) Dina Rubio, co-chairs Jodie Schmitz and Manda Galin, Patti Hadden, Barbara Hollender and Kat Ogg; and (back row) Kelly Brenner, Ali Govier and Kristi Bomar.

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Halloween season came a bit early to the Village of Royal Palm Beach, which held its Rock-N-Fall festival on Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. Many people came dressed in costumes, and there were several contests. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Yasmin Young and Chloe Charles bought a fall arrangement by Pamela Patterson of Designs by Pam.

The Kluxen family won first place as killer clowns.

Amara Mohammed as Abu and Emily Canales as Jasmine took second place.

Pet costume contest winners Ava Manning and Peepers (third), Lori Carioto and Bonnie Weber with Treble (first), and Fernanda Llano with Millie (second).

Hazel Hager at the petting zoo.

The Goyenechea family won third place dressed as the Addams Family.

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Katrina Mortimer watches while Rae decorates a pumpkin.

Jennifer Pickett, Aryra and Aiden Pickett as pirates.

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K9 Resorts Daycare and Luxury Pet Hotel celebrated the grand opening of its Wellington location on Saturday, Oct. 2. The 8,000-square-foot luxury dog resort and daycare facility is located at 3381 Fairlane Farms Road. This is the first Florida location for the New Jersey-based franchise. Local business professionals, K9 Resorts personnel and prospective clients gathered for the official ribbon cutting on Saturday afternoon, and a series of facility tours were held throughout the event. The facility was closed on Sunday for a deep clean, in accordance with industry best practices following a large public event, to prepare for the hotel’s first guests. Owned and operated by entrepreneurs David and Heather Blevins, K9 Resorts of Wellington features an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor play space, intricate moldings, chandeliers and state-ofthe-art outdoor courtyards. Heather and her brother Glenn

previously owned and operated 21 Planet Fitness locations. As a hotel manager for 22 years, creating a superior guest experience is part of David’s professional DNA. He plans to bring that level of service quality to the hotel and daycare experience for K9 Resorts Wellington’s four-legged guests and their owners. The Wellington facility offers sound-resistant, cage-free accommodations to ensure a calm, relaxing stay for pets, as well as flooring systems with Microban, a PetAirapy UV air purification system, artificial turf with antimicrobial agents, premium Kuranda dog bedding, and luxury executive suites with HDTV systems. K9 Resorts of Wellington will generate at least one dozen competitive paying jobs to the area, with the potential for more once the facility is running at full capacity. For more information, visit

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony opens the new K9 Resorts facility. Dellesa Kirk-Johnson, Alan Bottorff, Dr. Tiffany McCalla, Martine PierrePaul, Chrissi Lee Ramsey, Sandy Collier, Dr. Adam Ramsey, Thais Sullivan, Frank Hayden, Nicole Cummings, Hans Fiquiere, Cassandra Oliver and Brian Oliver at the inaugural SOL event.

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Ryan Homes Unveils New Model, Sales Office At Arden

Arden, a Palm Beach County residential “agrihood” master-planned by Freehold Communities, recently welcomed a new single-family home collection from national homebuilder Ryan Homes. Ryan Homes’ Sandalwood model is now available for prospective buyers to tour by appointment. Set on a sweeping 70-foot lot, the model has 2,551 square feet with spacious accommodations for the whole family: four bedrooms,

three bathrooms and a three-car garage. With an open living space, Sandalwood has a versatile flex plan for any family’s needs and is perfect for social gatherings. In addition, the model features a gourmet kitchen with a large island overlooking the dining space, a double vanity bath and walk-in closet in the owner’s suite, and private porch access. “We are thrilled to introduce this new collection of homes at Arden,” said Suzanne Maddalon,

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vice president of marketing for Freehold Communities. “Ryan Homes is a respected builder with more than 70 years of experience and known for their craftsmanship, high quality and exquisite designs. We’re very excited to introduce this new collection and the Sandalwood model. Ryan Homes is currently building a two-story model that should open for tours soon.” Over the past several years, agrihoods have become some of the most sought-after residential

communities as homebuyers increasingly value access to nature and the ability to lead a healthy lifestyle. Arden residents enjoy the community’s picturesque wide-open surroundings, 20 miles of nature trails, two expansive lakes, bi-level resort-style pool, and 9,900-square-foot community clubhouse and fitness center. For more information on the Sandalwood model, call (561) 674-9229 or visit

Sophisticated Out Loud recently presented a weekend of business-to-business connections, rest, relaxation and networking, but most importantly business workshops, for minority business owners. The workshops were aimed at teaching business owners about finance, public relations and marketing, overall health and wellness, crypto currency and economic parity. “Many minority-owned businesses need to know what’s available to them, and these workshops will help to level the playing field,” said Frank Hayden, director of the West Palm Beach Office of Equal Opportunity. Event organizers Dellesa Kirk-Johnson and Nicole Cummings, co-founders of Sophisticated Out Loud, were happy with the experience, which took place Friday, Aug. 20 through Monday, Aug. 23 at the Eau Hotel Palm

Beach. “This was a great opportunity to enjoy a luxurious five-star resort and network with other business professionals in a fun, relaxing environment,” they said. Safety was a top priority at this inaugural event. Masks and social distancing were required at all workshops. Event sponsors included the City of West Palm Beach; Hey, Sandy! PR & Communications; Jervonte Edmonds; Socialite Vision; KWA Branding; Stellar Marketing; Calla Genics; and Valley National Bank. The Sophisticated Out Loud leadership team of Nicole Cummings and Dellesa Kirk-Johnson, both with more than 20 years in the entertainment industry, recognized that there are few entertainment options available for the mature professional demographic in Palm Beach County and came up with the annual event. Learn more at

Growing Restaurant Chain Chicken Salad Chick Opens New Location In Wellington

Chicken Salad Chick features its signature chicken salad in a wide array of flavors.

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, recently opened its new location in Wellington. Closely following the owners’ Gainesville opening this past May, the Wellington location marks the 30th Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in the state. Located at 12792 W. Forest Hill Blvd., the restaurant celebrated its grand opening Wednesday, Sept. 29 by offering free chicken salad for a year to the first 100 guests.

Kevin Royal of KBR Corporation opened his first Chicken Salad Chick in Gainesville in May and is now spreading his love of chicken salad down the Florida coast to Wellington, alongside his brother and franchise partner Bryan Royal. During their first visit to a Chicken Salad Chick, the duo was instantly drawn to the simple concept and welcoming experience, and they knew South Florida would be the perfect place to expand the brand. “Dining at Chicken Salad Chick

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delicious desserts, Chicken Salad Chick’s robust menu is a perfect fit for any guest. Founded in Auburn, Alabama, by Stacy and Kevin Brown in 2008, Chicken Salad Chick has grown to more than 200 restaurants in 17 states. Chicken Salad Chick Wellington is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit or

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I Try To Listen, But Then I Learn Stuff That I Don’t Want To Know

Sometimes, I’m a bigmouth — dominating conversations, bragging about myself and my family, going on and on about my day to people who have long since stopped covering their yawns. But sometimes, I’m a listener — not a good listener like my mother, but someone who comes away from a conversation knowing more about the other people than they do about themselves. Amazingly, I eventually discovered that listening is when I learn the most. Whodathunkit? As a result, I have resolved to try to talk less and listen more. This is not going well, in my estimation. Last night, Mark and I were out with friends, and I was busy listening, and

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The Sonic BOOMER here’s what I discovered — our friends are old. The evening began with a rundown of aches and pains, pivoted into the replacement of various worn-out body parts, and culminated with a Google-infested search on how and where one can donate one’s body to science.

I’d like to say I was easily able to keep quiet because I had nothing to add (young whippersnapper that I am!), but that was not the case. I had plenty to add. When did this oldness happen? Worse, I couldn’t even remember the things we used to talk about. I racked my brain on the ride home and managed to remember the topics of my younger days — vacations, mortgages, kids, lawnmowers (for those in the group who were interested in that) and who might be having an affair with whom (for those in the group who were interested in that). And I realized that the big difference between the conversations of then and the conversations of now is primarily that

we used to be in control of the things we talked about — where we would vacation, how we would lower our mortgage, who was responsible for Timmy’s bad grades. Now it’s just people doing stuff to us and whether or not we trust those people. Word-of-mouth recommendations and warnings regarding doctors run rampant among those in my age group. So, I’ve changed my resolution from talking less to talking more — but about cheerful topics. The quandary is how to go about this when every day is a vacation, when the mortgage is paid, when Timmy has long since graduated high school (thank goodness). The nuts and bolts of life have been taken care of. The only nuts

and bolts left are in our knees. As always, I turned to mom, the best example of good living I have ever known, and asked, “What do you talk about, mom? Especially in a group of old people?” “Oh, there’s always something,” she answered, cheerily, not being an old person herself. “Something they’re wearing, or someplace they’ve been or what they think is the best example of something-or-other. Once a topic has been established, they’re off and running. Then I just sit back and listen.” Of course she does. Because listening is what made her so smart in the first place.

All Businesses Act In Their Own Interests, Especially Big Ones

We all understand why our grocery stores put the products they really want us to buy at more or less eye level, and the ones they care less about on lower shelves; it’s simply marketing. Most people don’t know that many products actually pay for their spot. See a whole group of products in an advantageous position? The manufacturer or distributor paid for the spot. What bothers me is that even the rich companies do this now. Go on Amazon and put in the name of a book, and if you’re lucky, it will come up first. Of course, there will be a whole group of books with similar names that you didn’t ask for, but computer indices are often like that. You ask for Ashes of Victory and get Victory from Ashes as well. But there will be a half dozen other books that contain related words. And you will always see “recommended books” in a row when you pull up any book. All of those books are

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler there because they are being advertised. Want more sales? Pay Amazon and have your book listed on the same page as the new Stephen King novel. We all understand things like this. Poor Jeff Bezos, currently the richest man in the world, needs the cash from the advertising more than he needs the small profit he will make from selling you a book, or for that matter, any product. And since he sells so many different kinds of items, he has to make certain that you get to see a great

many of them. But how to decide what to show you? Well, his computers know what you like from their records of your purchases. And they even keep track of what you just looked at and didn’t buy because those things might interest you. So he knows what products to push, and to help the poor little guy along, people pay him to push their goods. Of course, it could be argued that this is a betrayal of you, the customer, in favor of his advertisers but, hey, this is the new America. McDonald’s advertises a lot more that BurgerFi, and gets more customers, even if, well, the food might not match up. The worst offender, at least in my opinion, is Google. After all, what they are is essentially an index. When you want to find information, you should be able to get it. But they’ve also been corrupted. When the lease on our car was running out, we decided we wanted to try a small SUV.

So, we began, and I typed in the words “Honda small SUVs,” not because I was certain we wanted one, but because we had just seen an ad on television. I was careful typing it in, but the first item listed was for a Hyundai. I checked, and no, I had not mistyped. And the second was arguing that if we were interested in buying a Honda, we should look at Volkswagen instead. I shook my head and muttered “advertising.” This was an index; I wanted information. And after those sites there were ones for Kelley Blue Book and for Edmunds and a group of others. Finally, there was one for Honda. After looking at the models, I typed in requests to look at Toyota, Mazda and Buick small SUVs. And I had to go through all those alternate sites before I got to the appropriate sites that could give me the information I wanted and needed. We keep hearing that all of this is done

because of the “algorithm,” the computer code that runs these programs. In other words, decisions are not made by people but by “impartial machines.” That is nonsense. Some person had to design and then write the algorithm, and those people are not necessarily objective. We’ve seen the political arguments over what is real and what is “disinformation” and have noticed that they seem to switch back and forth depending on who is speaking. Have trouble believing that? Just check politically different sites on the virus. The “algorithm” somehow decides for one group that some information is almost certainly true, and another algorithm decides that another’s information is almost certainly true — and they contradict each other. Bottom line: understand that all our institutions, even those that seem ubiquitous and all-knowing, are products created by people who do it in their own interest.


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Early detection and regular screenings key to beating breast cancer October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about a disease that will affect about one in eight American women during their lifetime. Early detection and regular screenings are vitally important factors when it comes to beating breast cancer. Regular breast cancer screenings can help detect breast cancer sooner, sometimes before symptoms appear. Women between the ages of 20 and 39 should have a clinical breast exam by a healthcare professional every 1-3 years. Women ages 40 and older should a have a yearly clinical breast exam by a healthcare professional, as well as a yearly mammogram.

Regular breast cancer screenings can help detect breast cancer sooner, sometimes before symptoms appear. Seventy-five percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors, but the overall risk of death from breast cancer decreases by 30 to 48 percent through routine mammograms. In addition to clinical screenings, women can also perform monthly breast self-exams (BSEs) at home. When performing a BSE, it is important to look for changes to the look or feel of your breasts. Remember, BSEs are not meant to replace clinical exams or mammograms. If you do notice any changes, call your doctor to schedule an appointment. Know your risk There are certain risk factors that can increase your chances of developing breast cancer. Having an elevated risk does not mean you will develop breast cancer; however, it is important to be aware and to talk to your physician if you have one or more of these risk factors: • Increased age • Menstruating at an early age (before 12) or menopause at a late age (after 55) • Having a first child at age 30 or later, or never having given birth • A personal history of breast cancer

• A mother or sister diagnosed with breast cancer • Previous radiation therapy to the breast/chest for pediatric cancer • Drinking alcoholic beverages • Dense breast tissue identified through mammograms • Gene mutations in your family, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2 • Obesity after menopause • Lack of physical activity Women who inherit the BRCA 1 or 2 gene have a significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer. About 12 percent of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives. By contrast, about 55 to 65 percent of women who inherit the BRCA1 mutation and about 45 percent of women who inherit the BRCA2 mutation will develop breast cancer by age 70. If you have an immediate (mother, sister, daughter) or secondary family member (grandmother, aunt, cousin) with breast cancer, you should talk to your doctor about your risk.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR Take proactive steps against breast cancer by scheduling an appointment with your doctor to review your personal risk factors and any appropriate screenings you should have. To learn more about breast health services and mammogram locations, visit

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