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ITID Board Remains Frustrated With Acreage Park Delays

Volume 40, Number 36 September 27 - October 3, 2019

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The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors in a 4-1 vote last week stopped short of rescinding its contract with Rosso Site Development for construction of Acreage Community Park’s southern expansion. However, at the Sept. 18 meeting, supervisors agreed that they were frustrated with delays at the park that have put completion of the project behind schedule more than a year. Page 3

Royal Palm Beach Hosts A College Career Day

The Village of Royal Palm Beach hosted a College Career Day on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Vendors handed out information on careers to high school and college-age people. Page 5

Kids Cancer Foundation Hosts Childhood Cancer Awareness Event

The Kids Cancer Foundation held its “Go Gold: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Celebration” on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Kids Cancer Center in Royal Palm Beach. Childhood cancer patients living in the area, along with their families, were invited to participate in the event. Page 10

The Rotary Club of Wellington and the Village of Wellington hosted a World Peace Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Wellington Rotary Peace Park. The local event coincides with the United Nations International Day of Peace. Each year, awards are given to students in the Wellington area for essays, posters, poems and more. Shown above are student winners Vanessa Phan (SMART Award) and Haley Askey (essay winner) of Palm Beach Central High with Dahlia Rubinowicz (essay winner) of Wellington High School. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 11 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Lox Council Approves Interim Contract With Coastal Waste

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council approved an interim contract for solid waste collection with Coastal Waste & Recycling at a meeting Thursday, Sept. 19 after its current contractor Waste Pro withdrew from consideration. “We were extremely grateful and recognize what an effort it was for Coastal to step up and start a contract on Oct. 1 that had been awarded to them just a few weeks earlier,” Assistant Town Manager Francine Ramaglia told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “It was a herculean effort. We’re hopeful that the transition will be as smooth as they promised, and that the only change that the residents will see is the name on the truck and the customer service. Of course, we hope that the customer service is better.” The interim contract was

brought to the council last Thursday as an emergency item due to Waste Pro’s abrupt withdrawal. Ramaglia explained that the council had talked in May about a cooperative agreement with the Solid Waste Authority, but decided to seek a request for proposals (RFP), receiving two responses, the current provider Waste Pro and Coastal, which she said was offering a different approach to a service contract. “The selection committee ranked Waste Pro number one but had a list of things to negotiate,” Ramaglia said. “We met with Waste Pro; they were not negotiating. Their rate was $35.50 [monthly] with the existing cans, $37.60 with the new cans and a $42 rate with a one-year renewal, and they were not going to consider any of the negotiating items that the selection committee recommended.” One of the negotiating items

was unlimited yard waste pickup, which Waste Pro had limited to 6 cubic yards. Residents have said that is a small amount for 5-acre lots. The council directed staff to go ahead with negotiations with both Coastal and Waste Pro. Waste Pro, however, was not willing to talk about changes to its contract. “We brought that back to the council and the council decided to award the RFP to Coastal,” Ramaglia said. “We were to bring to the council the permanent agreement with Coastal, as well as an extension of the Waste Pro agreement for 60 to 90 days because there would be a transition time.” Staff was proceeding down that path and sent proposed agreements to Waste Pro and Coastal for review, but did not get a response from Waste Pro, which did not agree with some of the provisions, See COASTAL, page 7

Big Dog Ranch Providing Help To Four-Legged Dorian Victims

RPBHS Wildcat Football Squad Improves To 3-1 With A 22-14 Victory

The Royal Palm Beach High School football team hosted Port St. Lucie on Friday, Sept. 20 and bested the Jaguars 22-14 in a game that was a nail-biter to the closing minute. The Wildcats improved to 3-1 on the season, which is evidence of the players buying into the new leadership under head coach Davis Lowery. Page 15 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS...............................3 - 16 LETTERS.................................. 4 NEWS BRIEFS......................... 7 PEOPLE................................... 8 SCHOOLS................................ 9 COLUMNS............................. 12 BUSINESS............................. 13 CALENDAR............................ 14 SPORTS................................. 15 CLASSIFIEDS.................17 - 18 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report Nine planes, two cruise ships and a 245-foot superyacht have all played a role in the work that Big Dog Ranch Rescue is doing to help the dogs — and even a few cats — who were victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. “We have rescued 132 animals between ourselves and with our rescue partners,” Big Dog Ranch Rescue CEO Christopher Kraus

said. “About 30 right now are available for adoption. Not all of them will be adoptable — some will be reunited with their owners.” Kraus explained that the first shipment of animals from the Bahamas came directly from a shelter that had dogs already healthy and ready for new homes. “The other dogs require not only a 30-day quarantine period, but we are also working with the Bahamas to make sure that if it is a dog that

Big Dog volunteers deliver supplies bound for the Bahamas.

could be reunited, we want to do everything possible to make that happen,” Kraus said. The Loxahatchee Groves-based nonprofit is using a network of inbound photos, e-mails and sharing photos of the rescues in an attempt to find missing owners. “We’ve already done about 35 reunites,” Kraus said. “Lauree Simmons, our founder and president, has personally gone over three times on rescue missions and done a lot of those reunites herself.” Unfortunately, many pet owners were unable to take their pets back. “Many owners have told us that they are in no position now to care for their dogs,” Kraus explained. “They’ve lost everything, and they requested that we find them a wonderful, loving home.” BDRR has also coordinated the transportation of tens of thousands of dollars in medical supplies, pet food and equipment to assist animal-related efforts in the BaSee BIG DOG, page 4

Wellington Council OKs Luxury Condos At Players Club Site

By Gina M. Capone Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Village Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday, Sept. 24 to the Players Club Residencies project, which proposes to tear down the existing Players Club building and replace it with a 50-unit luxury condominium building to be known as Coach House Wellington. The approval encompasses three ordinances — a comprehensive plan amendment and a zoning text amendment regarding the building’s height, and a comprehensive plan amendment regarding the project itself. All three were approved by the council unanimously. Jon Schmidt of the architectural firm Schmidt Nichols represented owner Neil Hirsch and Sperin LLC. Schmidt presented renderings of the site and discussed the proposed 50-unit condominium

building on the 5.58-acre parcel located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. “Thank you for your consideration tonight for the Coach House, which is the new name for the project,” Schmidt said. “I feel really honored to work on this project. These high-end projects don’t come to our office too often. So, it’s really nice to be involved with them. We have been working on this project 10 months just with staff. We submitted this in December, but we started considerably before that.” Schmidt gave the council a project overview. He produced renderings of the building to show the council what it will look like. “This is a concierge service ultra-high-end luxury condominium,” Schmidt explained. “We feel we are responding to a niche that has a void in the Wellington market for a luxury, lock-andSee CONDOS, page 4


SoBol, a café specializing in acai bowls and fruit smoothies, opened its doors last weekend in Wellington’s Courtyard Shops. While the new location is the 37th overall in the SoBol franchise, it is the first location in Florida. Shown above is franchise owner Suzanne Madison with her friend Jennifer Senitt, who came down from New York to celebrate the grand opening. STORY & MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 3 PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

Developer Seeks RPB’s Help To Get Charter School Project Moving

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council discussed several items related to developer Brian Tuttle’s Tuttle Royale project on Thursday, Sept. 19. Discussion of Tuttle’s project, located on the south side of Southern Blvd. west of State Road 7, began with the council approving a land use change for a 13-acre parcel from low residential use to open space. The land will eventually be used to accommodate the project’s recreation requirements. Tuttle followed the vote with a presentation on the project by Urban Design Kilday Studios and his own comments. “I just wanted to give a level set as to where we are going, and then to ask for help in a couple areas,”

Tuttle said. “The total taxable value on this property will be approximately $650 million. That’s a big number. You’re going to get almost 2 percent of that, which is almost a $1.2 million budget increase, which will help for the future.” Tuttle expressed a desire to get the venture moving to combat the perception that the project is stalled. After working on the property for six and half years, he emphasized the planned charter school being key to the project’s success. “The big issue for the project is we need to get the charter school going so it can be open by next August,” Tuttle said. “To do that, we have to work together. We need help from you to get Erica See TUTTLE, page 14

Aronberg Talk Shines Light On Human Trafficking

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg as its guest speaker at a luncheon held Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Aronberg took the opportunity to give a detailed presentation on human trafficking to a room full of local business leaders. Aronberg brought a touch of humor to an otherwise very serious subject by noting some of the high-profile cases that have come out of his office in recent years. “This county has the craziest cases in the country. I challenge you to find another office that has

as many well-publicized cases as Palm Beach County. We’ve had some of the most famous misdemeanors in the world,” Aronberg said. Aronberg has worked for years in the fight against the opioid crisis, which led to his more recent focus on human trafficking. “When I took over, I saw there was a real issue with corrupted sober homes and drug treatment centers, and it was feeding the opioid epidemic. So, we targeted them through our Sober Homes Task Force, and that led to a 40 percent decrease in opioid overdose deaths. We are very proud of that number because it’s saving lives,” Aronberg said. He next defined human traffick-

ing and explained the two types: labor and sex trafficking. Both of these include the exploitation of another person. “Silence is the enemy when it comes to human trafficking,” Aronberg said. “We need you to be our first level of defense. Say something if you see something.” He then explained how human trafficking is modern slavery, referencing a Time magazine story that there are more slaves today than at any other point in human history. “Exploitation is the key. Most victims are not kidnapped or smuggled,” Aronberg said. “The majority of sex trafficking victims are from the United States. They are runaways and others. The maSee ARONBERG, page 14

State Attorney Dave Aronberg explains how to identify the signs of human trafficking. PHOTO BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER

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Healthy Eating Café SoBol Opens New Location In Wellington

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report SoBol, a café specializing in acai bowls and fruit smoothies, opened its doors last weekend in Wellington’s Courtyard Shops. While the new location is the 37th overall in the SoBol franchise, it is the first location in Florida. Franchise owner Suzanne Madison is proud to bring SoBol to the community she loves. “This is where I live. I love Wellington, and I just thought it would be so good to put a SoBol in the community where I live,” Madison said. “It’s a very family-oriented community, and a lot of people are making the healthy choice.”

As a mother dealing with her daughter’s severe allergies, Madison has an intimate understanding of the struggle parents face trying to keep their children healthy and safe while still enjoying great food. “I have a whole section dedicated to any kind of nut or other allergies. I understand the battle with cross-contamination,” Madison said. “We are vegan-friendly, gluten free and dairy free, too.” Madison noted that many people come down to Florida from the New York area and will be happy to find a taste of home here in SoBol. However, she also carries a passion for reaching out to future SoBol fans in the local community.

“The SoBol brand is new to Florida, but I want to get the community really involved. I use a local producer, right around the corner, and we have the produce delivered and cut fresh every day,” Madison said. “Products like the granola are homemade by SoBol and shipped down, but we get our kombucha from a local guy out of West Palm Beach, and the coffee is from Pumphouse Coffee Roasters. I wanted to use all people from my community.” Nick Pesko, the director of marketing for the SoBol brand, flew down from New York to assist the local SoBol team as they open the doors to the new café.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce President Stuart Hack, Kyle Pickins, Alyssa McCrodden, owner Suzanne Madision, Roxanne Stein, Louis Eisenberg and Jack Rosen at the ribbon cutting.

“We’ll try to spend as much time as possible here to help get them started, trained and feeling comfortable with the product, brand and process. This is the first one in Florida and is the flagship location. Suzanne is a pioneer for this market,” Pesko explained. “We have expectations to really grow in Florida and already have interests in Tampa and North Florida.” SoBol is located at 13860 Wellington Trace, Suite 36, in Wellington. To place an order for pickup or delivery, visit or call (561) 631-9900. SoBol is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Wellington Village Council Finalizes Annual Budget And Tax Rate

By Gina M. Capone Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Village Council finalized its budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2019-20 on Tuesday, Sept. 24 after a second public hearing. Both the $106.27 million budget and the tax rate of 2.47 mills were approved unanimously 5-0. Director of Administrative & Financial Services Tanya Quickel gave the council an overview of the budget document for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. “We are here for the second public hearing to adopt the fiscal year 2020 annual budget and millage rate,” Quickel said. The proposed budget of $106.27 million is an increase of $9.4 million from last year. The budget increase is mainly from the following areas: $5.3 million is for utility debt service, capital projects and operations; $1.6 million






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and intergovernmental revenue is at 7 percent or $7,715,368, and impact fees and interest bring in 5 percent or $5,843,720. Expenditures in the budget show that running the government costs $19,920,713 or 19 percent for administration, finance, information technology, code enforcement, community services, senior programs and neighborhood grants. Public works takes up 18 percent of the expenditures or $19,605,574 for maintaining roads, facilities, landscaping, park maintenance, engineering and pest control. Utilities and solid waste services, which include collection and recycling, totals $18,302,212 or 17 percent of the budget expenditures. Capital projects like storm water facilities and the sheriff’s substation makes up 16 percent of the budget at $17,171,500. Transfers and debt service total 16 percent of




for personnel costs, equipment replacements and operations; $1 million for building permitting and inspections; $500,000 for law enforcement services; and $1.0 million for indirect costs and transfers. Revenues in the budget range from charges on services to permit fees and assessments. Water and wastewater services, recreation revenues and Wycliffe drainage amount to 23 percent of the revenue, equaling $24,528,942. The ad valorem property taxes bring in 19 percent of the revenue, which amounts to $20,381,267. Reserves and transfers make up 17 percent at $17,815,387, while utility, local fuel and use taxes are 12 percent of revenue or $13,271,000. Non ad valorem assessments are 8 percent at $8,990,050, while permits, fees and assessments are budgeted at 8 percent or $8,696,300. Sales tax

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the budget at $16,640,849, while public safety like law enforcement and emergency operations cost the village $10,055,050 or 9 percent. Recreation and culture, which include athletic, aquatics, cultural and community programs, is 5 percent of the expenditures at $5,546,167. From the 2019 Budget Challenge Survey, Quickel explained that residents prioritize law enforcement, neighborhood safety, flood/drainage control and code enforcement. Other comments pointed to supporting events at the Wellington Amphitheater. The largest group responding was 45 to 65 years old. Major capital improvement projects over the next year include the Wellington High School Sports Complex, Sheriff’s Substation Planning & Design, the Town Center Boardwalk and improve-

ments to neighborhood parks. Quickel calculated the millage rate at 2.47 over time, as requested by the council. While the rate is slightly lower than last year, some residents will pay more due to rising property values. “The 2.47 millage rate is 2.87 percent higher than the rollback rate of 2.401 mills,” Quickel said. “The rollback rate is the rate that applied to this year’s total assessed valuation of $8.69 billion yields the same ad valorem tax revenues as the previous year or $19.81 million, adjusted for discounts. Adopting a proposed rate of 2.47 mills generates $20.38 million, adjusted for discounts, for an increase of approximately $734,000 from last year. The proposed millage rate of 2.47 mills for the Wellington governmental budget including Acme Improvement District funds is a 7.1 percent operating increase

over the prior year. The proposed millage rate of 2.47 mills for the Wellington governmental budget excluding Acme Improvement District and enterprise funds is 7.8 percent operating increase over the prior year.” Quickel told the council that the levels of service from last year will be maintained. “Residents will get great services, great schools, great parks and great neighborhoods. This makes Wellington a great hometown,” she said. Quickel further noted that Wellington was recently listed as Number 78 on Money magazine’s Best Places to Live 2019 list. The magazine lists Wellington in the top 100 places to live in the United States and one of the eight best places to retire in the U.S. Wellington has also been listed as Number 33 on Florida’s 50 safest cities, according to


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ITID Board Remains Frustrated With Acreage Park Project Delays

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors in a 4-1 vote last week stopped short of rescinding its contract with Rosso Site Development for construction of Acreage Community Park’s southern expansion. However, at the Wednesday, Sept. 18 meeting, supervisors agreed that they were frustrated with delays at the park that have put completion of the project behind schedule more than a year. Attorney Rick Chaves, hired by the district to pursue the option of rescinding the contract, was present at the meeting. “We issued a letter that has terminated that contract that is subject to ratification tonight,” Chaves said. “The basis for the termination was non-performance and untimely performance, which we outlined in the letter and sent it to Rosso and to their surety. They have responded, and on Monday,

we had a meeting here where they have expressed a request that the board rescind the termination and let them complete the project. We have explored the opportunity to hire outside folks to complete the project. I’m not sure where the status of that is.” Chaves said the board has the option of ratifying the termination and finding another contractor or rescinding the termination and keeping Rosso, allowing the contractor to proceed with a plan they provided to finish the work. ITID President Betty Argue said it was her understanding from discussions with the project manager, engineer and staff that there is about 30 days of work remaining to be done. “At our meeting on Monday, we asked that they provide us with a letter of commitment, as well as a schedule proving when they intend to be complete,” she said, adding that Rosso did provide a checklist of items left outstanding.

She said there were some items that are tied to change orders that had not been approved by the board because they had not been requested within the necessary timeframe. “Their proposed final completion looks like Dec. 19, with substantial completion by Nov. 18,” Argue said. Originally, Rosso’s most recent completion date was Oct. 31, but the firm’s letter cited delays relative to a weed eradication program that had to be done before laying sod. “It’s my understanding that if the board chooses to rescind the termination, we’re not agreeing to the schedule,” Argue said. “If the board chooses to rescind, we would have another meeting where we would sit down with Rosso and negotiate the balance of outstanding items so that we come up with one change order to bring back to the board that would address things like liquidated damages and extensions. Right now,

we’re 397 days over schedule in liquidated damages.” Supervisor Tim Sayre favored ratifying the contract termination letter, calling out Rosso for “smoke and mirrors.” “They were asked to give a completion date. They haven’t given a completion date. This is the way they’ve played the game for over a year and a half, two years now that I’ve been on the board,” Sayre said. “It’s always, ‘Oh, we’ll have it done in 90 days,’ or ‘We’ll have it done in 60 days,’ but they won’t commit. We have given them multiple opportunities to complete the park.” He pointed out that the board voted unanimously to hire Chaves to draft a termination letter. “Right now, I’m not in favor of rescinding the termination based on the fact that they’re not even here tonight, and they haven’t given us a final date,” Sayre said. “They’re talking about a punch list that ends Dec. 19, and then you’ve

Westlake City Council Approves New Budget Keeping Tax Rate Unchanged

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Westlake City Council gave final approval to its budget with a tax rate unchanged at 5.125 mills at a public hearing Monday, Sept. 23. There was little public comment on the fiscal year 2019-20 budget of $4,256,700, which is 29.3 percent greater than the 2018-19 budget for the rapidly growing community. City Manager Ken Cassel said one of the challenges for a growing city is understanding where it came from, where it’s going and how it is set up. “In late 2013, Minto purchased about 4,000 acres of land, which included the Seminole Improvement District, which is responsible for water operations, wastewater, stormwater and other governmental powers, Cassel said. “The only thing that Seminole did not have was comprehensive planning and zoning, building and police department functions.” At the end of 2013, Minto submitted an application to Palm Beach County for a master-planned development, and about a year later received approval for 4,554 dwelling units and 2.2 million square feet of non-residential development. Immediately after that, Minto filed for a staff-level permit to begin development. “The vision was to set up a unique city that utilized the power of the state as well as the powers of the city to create a government light, streamlined development process minimizing bureaucratic delays,” Cassel said. “During this process, significant analysis was done to ensure that the plan was both viable and feasible and a


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continued from page 1 leave building. This project will receive international and national exposure.” The 50 high-end condominium units will have an underground parking area with private garages, elevators and a rooftop pool, replacing the existing restaurant and club building located on the site. The assessed value will be somewhere around $140 million with permit and impact fees to Wellington of over $1 million. There will be more than 500 jobs for construction and 12 full-time positions at completion. The total ad valorem taxes to the county will be $4 million, and to the village $1.5 million. Schmidt believes there is a high tax climate that’s pushing a lot of people to relocate to Florida. He thinks the property will enhance the Wellington brand. Schmidt added that many local residents with large estates might like to downsize. Having a full-service, high-end building will fulfill their needs. “It’s a four-story, tiered design,” Schmidt said. “I call it a wedding cake design. We move from the outside in as you go higher. We

strong emphasis to assure that the tax structure was roughly in the middle of the jurisdictions within the county.” In April 2016, a conversion plan was submitted to the Seminole Improvement District and subsequently approved by that board, he said. “The information in that original plan was based on roughly 50 homes per year and a 5.125 millage rate,” Cassel said. “The plan also provided for a council/ manager form of government and an employee-contracted city, contrary to what most municipalities are in this county.” The election was certified, and Westlake was incorporated on June 21, 2016. “The conversion incorporation plan had a 5-year plan with 5.125 mills through 2021,” Cassel said. “The city set up an administration, city attorney, planning and zoning, building and engineering departments, and adopted the disclosed budget.” In October 2016, the city issued its first building permit, and in January 2017, more than 500 acres were cleared. “Roads were being installed, lights were being done [and] infrastructure was being put in the ground,” Cassel continued. By January 2018, the entire Hammocks community was platted, and houses were being built. In June 2019, the Hammocks was completely built, the Meadows was under construction and land was being cleared for the Cresswind project of 850 active senior adult units, and the 236 units of Sky Cove. According to Cassel, accomplishments over the past year include the approval of more than 10 plats, housing, public facilities, six chapters of land development reg-

ulations, site plans for the Meadows, Sky Cove and Cresswind, a 7-Eleven store, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation, a surgical center, an average of six single-family units per week and numerous other applications. Almost 100 homes have received certificates of occupancy. In 2020, Cassel said he looks forward to approving at least five commercial plats. “I anticipate at least three commercial developers coming in the next year,” he said. “We will continue to finish the remaining 13 chapters of the city’s land use development regulations over the next year. One of the items looking forward is reworking the city’s web site, including a communications process with a public relations firm. We’re going to be updating, as required, the city’s comprehensive plan.” This will include a continued aggressive residential development schedule. “With one developer, we were processing six a week with three homebuilders,” Cassel said. “I would expect anywhere from six to 15 a week potentially, depending on how fast they move, but right now as the market is going, they’re averaging about six applications a week coming in.” In 2019, Westlake generated about $238,900 with the 5.125 millage rate. “Under the current evaluation of $109 million, the proposed tax revenue is about $539,600,” Cassel said. “About $1.1 million is anticipated in permitting fees, and $1.9 million in developer contributions.” Ad valorem taxes generate about 13 percent of the total revenue, permitting is about 28 percent

and 48 percent is from developer contributions. Of the $535,600 in ad valorem revenue, about 15 percent will come from current residents, with the remaining 84 percent coming from Minto and other developers. In 2017, Minto contributed $1.1 million; in 2018, it contributed $1 million. “This year, it’s going to be close to $1 million,” he said. “Next year, they’re scheduled to put in $1.9 million. That may change, depending on the revenue from the licenses and applications.” The percentage of tax revenue from ad valorem taxes last year was 8 percent, and the percentage this year is 13 percent. “One of the questions brought up last week at the meeting was confusion over the millage rate,” he said. “The millage rate is the rate per thousand dollars of taxable value used to calculate taxes. For example, if you have a property that’s worth $100,000, and it’s a one-mill rate, it’s $100 in taxes. Taxing authorities look at the amount of revenue needed to provide the services outlined in the proposed budget to meet the needs of the city, then they look at the value of the property and come up with a millage rate that would generate that revenue.” Cassel stressed that the vast majority of taxes paid by Westlake residents go to other taxing authorities, not the city. Those include Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, the South Florida Water Management District, the Children’s Services Council, the Health Care District and other smaller taxing entities, which amount to a total tax rate of 22.8794 mills.

have considerably higher setbacks, higher green spaces and reduced traffic [compared to the previous restaurant use].” In order to allow the project, the comprehensive text amendment and the zoning text amendment were required to change the rules regarding the height of buildings as they relate to multi-family structures within the Wellington PUD. To make sure that the change does not lead to a proliferation of four-story buildings in central Wellington, a list of conditions were placed on such parcels. In order to comply with the change, the applicant had to incorporate an additional setback, be within a planned development, be within residential classifications E, F, G or H, and be at least two acres in size for anything over 35 feet. Currently the code provides that for every foot above 35 feet, one must provide another foot of setback. If one goes over 56 feet, there is a limitation of 15 percent, limited to areas that are not living or dwelling units. “We are proposing two simple changes to allow additional height in residential E, F, G and H, and that all buildings that are exceeding 35 feet, they are subject to your approval,” Schmidt explained. “This allows your council to look at projects on a case-by-case basis and apply these codes.”

During public comment, attorney Alec Domb spoke on behalf of Palm Beach Polo owner Glenn Straub. “My client is opposed to the approval of these items, and I’m here to express that on his behalf,” Domb said. “As you know, we came before you and asked for a master plan amendment on commercial recreation, to play sports, and that was turned down. But here tonight, in order to fix the sins of the Players Club, which has been somewhat of a black eye in this community, you are actually contemplating allocating 50 DUs [dwelling units] — or cramming 50 DUs — onto a 5.5-acre parcel of property creating one of the most densely used parcels of land in Wellington, allowing the tallest building perhaps in Wellington, and changing commercial recreation to multifamily residential, and allowing access points off the property onto South Shore. There have been issues with traffic there.” In other business, the council heard a presentation by Shawn Hall, manager of government affairs for Palm Tran Connections, and Anna Bielawska, senior transit planner for Palm Tran Palm Tran Connections is a shared ride, door-to-door paratransit service that provides transportation for disabled residents and

visitors in Palm Beach County under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Division of Senior Services and the Transportation Disadvantaged Program. “We appreciate the opportunity to present to you tonight on the key updates initiative that we are doing at Palm Tran,” Hall said. “The reason we are here tonight is to provide you with some updates to our service changes. These are things we are continually improving upon.” Hall explained that Palm Tran provides nine million rides per year, making it the most-used transportation mode in Palm Beach County. They have 32 routes and more than 2,900 stops throughout the county. Bielawska explained how Palm Tran is helping Wellington residents. “I want to give you a brief overview of current Palm Tran services in the Village of Wellington,” Bielawska said. “Currently, there are five routes, which are routes 40, 43, 46, 52 and 62. There are 25 stops in the Village of Wellington with annual boardings of more than 292,000.” Bielawska said her agency has been working to improve its service. “We have improved ridership, extended routes and added weekend services,” she said. “This has had a positive impact on


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still got to get all the permits signed off. We’re talking about 2020 now, and this was supposed to be done in March 2018.” Argue pointed out that Rosso has continued to work on the park project despite being put on notice. “I’m not saying that they are not in the wrong. I’m saying that they have continued to work,” she said. “They are not off the site not working, so they are attempting to do work and get to completion, and they did provide what we asked for on Monday.” Sayre said that the lack of weed eradication that prevented the laying of sod was the contractor’s fault. “If they had done this 398 days ago, there wouldn’t be weeds there,” he said. “I don’t care if they’re out there working now. They should have been working a year ago.” Supervisor Jennifer Hager said she was frustrated at the delays in the project but did not favor changing contractors, which will likely lead to more delays. “Is it going to make a difference if we allow them to continue?” Hager asked. “They’re already here, doing the job. But if we go out for someone else, then we’ll have to go through the whole process again.”

Argue said the board would not have to seek a formal request for proposals, but the project manager and engineer would have to create a scope of work to get competitive estimates. “Everybody’s really busy in the construction industry right now,” she said. “However, that could be part of our claim in terms of loss of use of the park and things like that. All the extra costs, all the extra time, it could end up being something that we have to litigate in order to get a fair compensation for that.” Argue added that the park is so near completion that the district could take it over and finish the work in house, but that is not an option because it is a government project on land that is leased to ITID by Palm Beach County. After more discussion, Sayre made a motion to ratify the termination of the contract, but it failed for lack of a second. Hager then made a motion to rescind the termination, which then carried 4-1 with Sayre dissenting. Argue said that ITID representatives would continue to meet with Rosso on a weekly basis, with the understanding that the board could still rescind the contract at any time.


Loxahatchee Groves Mayor Robert Shorr sits in front of the pump at the D Road canal, which was removed recently for an overhaul. The pump is the town’s sole source of back-pumping water from the C-51 Canal when water gets low in Loxahatchee Groves canals. The work will include installation of a soft-start device that can be activated automatically when electric rates are lowest, eliminating the need for a staff member to come out and start the motor. the Village of Wellington because we’ve improved Route 46, which is the Forest Hill corridor, which goes from West Palm Beach to the Mall at Wellington Green.”

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Palm Tran’s mission is to provide access to opportunity for everyone, safely, efficiently and courteously. To learn more, visit out in those areas. We’re, obviously, just focused on the four-legged friends.” Funding these efforts is no easy task, and donations are still accepted as relief efforts continue. BDRR’s Director of Development Robin Friedman is excited about one of their unique upcoming fundraising events. Barks & Brews is one of the many ways the facility funds the work being done on behalf of Bahamas relief programs. “There will be dogs there for adoption. It’s a $25 ticket, and we’ll be taking donations at the event as well,” Friedman said. “It’s just a fun event because Downtown at the Gardens is putting it on, as well as the Yard House. They are supplying beer and food, and there’s a music concert.” The Barks & Brews event is Friday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Downtown at the Gardens (11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens). For more information, or to make lifesaving donations to Big Dog Ranch Rescue, visit www.


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The Village of Royal Palm Beach hosted a College Career Day on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Vendors handed out information on careers to high school and college-age people. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

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Rogue Theory Band Plays To A Packed House In Wellington

By Gina M. Capone Town-Crier Staff Report The Rogue Theory Band was in town from Nashville this month and performed at the Village Music Store & Café in Wellington. South Florida local Harry Rogue, who plays violin and sings, founded the band in 2012 and was glad to make a stop home on his South Florida tour. Rogue returned to his West Palm Beach roots, where in Wellington he taught violin at Village Music. Suzuki trained, he has been playing the violin since the age of three with private instruction along the way. He attended the Dreyfoos School of the Arts and juggled an education in performing arts and theater into his college years. At the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Rogue studied theater and public relations, but in between built work performing in New York and Europe. “I worked for Disney while I was in school,” he recalled. “I did a Broadway show when I was in college.” He was mentored by Ben Vereen and Gregory Hines and other classic Broadway greats like John Kander of Kander and Ebb. Rogue can tap dance, play piano and sing. “I got to meet a lot of really great people through Disney,” Rogue

said. “I would work for Disney during school because they are in Orlando. From high school into college, there were outside things happening during the summers. School was really something I had to get done, but in the summers, I was always active in entertainment.” Rogue participated in an Ann Reinking theatre project. He completed a workshop with the TV show Arrested Development, which added to his experience in the arts. But having a band with his own sound was etching in as he approached his career direction. Music was where he wanted to spend his time, instead of performing in theater shows. At the end of the tour in Europe, Rogue made a decision to build a repertoire of his own songs and form a band. “I have always played in a band,” Rogue said. “I have been writing songs and composing music all my life. I wanted to put my all into one thing. It had to do with exploring the original songs I had been writing. I didn’t explore music enough creatively.” Rogue played his acoustic violin everywhere, but when he developed a love for flex pedals, he started playing electric after that.

“I never really intended on violin or playing in a band being my ultimate goal,” he said. “I really played with as many people as possible. I played a lot of open jams.” The last seven years, he has been building his own projects. Moving to Nashville was a step to ensure that his sound would find a place to grow and increase exposure. “For the last seven years, I have been focused on writing and playing music and producing,” Rogue said. “We have found a lot of success doing that.” Nashville was the place Rogue was already going to showcase the band and write. But two years ago, he moved there. “Nashville’s New York City for music,” Rogue said. “I always felt like I wanted to explore it, to be there for at least a couple of years and dive into it. I wanted to grow and learn. Nashville is an interesting town. If you are an actor, you go to LA. If you’re a musician, you should definitely spend some time in Nashville.” As a musician, he loves working in the studio while in Nashville. “There is a calling for me to produce the kind of music I have in the back of my head,” Rogue said. “There are things I have been writing for years, trying to orchestrate

them, and create an album.” Rogue wants to build a way that musicians in Florida and musicians in Nashville can play with each other. He wants to bring Florida artists to Nashville to perform a show and bring Nashville musicians to South Florida to perform. “My ultimate goal is to build a bridge between Nashville and South Florida,” he explained. “There are many similarities in the music; it’s not just country but rock and funk. There is a lot of talent in South Florida that doesn’t get out of Florida.” As he works on that goal, he continues to express himself creatively. “I believe in the arts; it’s like my religion. People need a form to express themselves, being able to connect and communicate with people. Being able to see an influence, whether it be a monologue or a dance piece. I have always been involved with as many things as possible.” Rogue Theory is a live performance band, playing private and public shows in Nashville, the Caribbean and at venues across South Florida. They have been building a cosmopolitan fan base. The sound is a unique mix of music with a tight ensemble.

Rogue Theory includes (L-R) Johnny Frasca on guitar, Harry Rogue on violin, Garrett Kealer on drums and Johnny Hayes on bass. “We are like family,” Rogue said. “We communicate through music.” The regular setup to the band is Harry Rogue on violin, Johnny Frasca on guitar, Johnny Hayes playing bass and Garrett Kealer on Drums. The sound is funk, rock and

jam, according to Rogue. According to fans, it is a band you should catch whenever they are in Wellington and South Florida. Look for their new album to be released soon. To learn more about Rogue Theory Band and upcoming shows, visit

Royal Palm’s Rec Board Reviews Sales Surtax Fund Projects

By Callie Sharkey Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board met Monday, Sept. 24, where they were brought up to date on the progress of ongoing projects funded by the one-cent sales surtax approved by county voters in 2016 and the many village programs in the works for the month of October. Village Engineer Chris Marsh gave a detailed presentation on the ongoing projects funded by money


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continued from page 1 including unlimited pickup of yard waste, as well as shifting some of the clients to commercial accounts, which she said probably should have been there in the first place. “We have not heard back from Waste Pro, so we had no choice than to put aside our permanent negotiations on the new contract, which we will now bring back on Oct. 3, and to go full speed into a temporary services agreement to replace the extension that we thought we were going to have with Waste Pro,” Ramaglia said, explaining that the temporary agreement with Coastal is a mirror of the existing Waste Pro contract. “All it does is pick up the time from Oct. 1 until when a new contract can be implemented.” She said Coastal intends to start with the new contract as soon as

generated by the sales surtax. Each municipality receiving sales surtax money must have an oversight board, and Royal Palm Beach assigned that task to the Recreation Advisory Board. Marsh first spoke about access improvements to Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. “What we are looking to do is purchase land to create better non-vehicular access to the park. This will be for bike and pedestrian access,” Marsh said. “The park is

centrally located in the village. So, the goal is to connect the community using Commons Park, and with events like the Fourth of July, to encourage people to use other methods of transportation than driving there with their car.” There is also a plan in place to build a new Royal Palm Beach Village Hall. “The current project is to build a new Village Hall and then demolish the existing building,” Marsh said. “Staff can stay in the building

possible. “They have prepared a postcard to go out to everyone in the community, based on the landowner list,” she said. “They are putting a Spanish translation together as well. They have agreed that they will take some advertising or put some notices in social media and other venues, and they will also do a town hall in the first week of October.” She added that Coastal will have a fully manned customer service department on duty, as well as a devoted web site and e-mail. “The rate that they are proposing to charge us is that which Waste Pro would have charged us, which is $42,” she said. Town Manager Jamie Titcomb said the interim contract would be from Oct. 1 to at most Dec. 31, when it will be replaced by the new contract unless it is finalized sooner. “They will continue to mirror the current pickup days at a mirrored rate,” Titcomb said. “We felt it was very important to negotiate

and make sure that there was seamless transition to the citizens, and that their garbage and their waste got picked up and serviced without them having to adjust with practically no notice, which will give Coastal the ability to roll out the full community education campaign that goes with the new contract services.” Councilman Dave DeMarois made a motion to approve the interim contract, which carried 4-0 with Councilwoman Lisa ElRamey absent. Ramaglia said the new Coastal contract will be a new business model. “There’s a lot of opportunity for us to better serve the community,” she told the Town-Crier. In other business, the council approved final reading of the town’s $5.8 million budget for the new fiscal year with the tax rate remaining at 3.0 mills. The proposed millage rate generates property tax revenues of $1,012,998, which is an increase of $73,128 from fiscal year 2018-19.

Free Native Plant Giveaway At Spookyville

Join members of the Native Canopy Education Program for frightening festivities at Spookyville in Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27. At the event, the Native Canopy Education Program will be distributing free native trees and shrubs

in three-gallon containers and offering lots of information about native plants and invasive ones, as well as games and coloring book pages. Plant recipients must be Palm Beach County residents. Limit of two plants per household, while supplies last.

The Native Canopy Education Program is a joint effort by the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management and the Cooperative Extension Service. For more information on Spookyville, visit www.

and then transition over. The new building will also serve as our EOC [emergency operations center]. Right now, we have to move the village facilities and have to shut down village services to make that transition. That will be another advantage of the new building.” Other major projects include resurfacing pathways at Todd A. Robiner Park and the addition of a kayak launch there, the construction of new all-access playgrounds at Commons Park, canal system dredging and a road resurfacing program scheduled for 2022. Another major project coming up is the renovation and expansion of the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center. “We are adding a new gym, new offices, new restrooms and a kitchen,” he said. “It’s hot here during the summer, so having air-conditioned recreation space is a plus.” Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio stressed the importance of the expansion. Currently, there are more programs than space, and the expansion would allow the village to discontinue its use of Crestwood Middle School’s gym for regular programs. “The whole idea is to have a wing separate for senior programs,” Recchio said. “The lobby will be centralized, and that’s why this whole thing came up. We decided to keep senior programs at the rec center.” In total, the sales surtax list contains 20 projects in the works over the next five years. Assistant Parks & Recreation Director Mike Mikolaichik then gave a presentation highlighting programs during the month of October. “I’m going to limit it to October because we are very busy,” he said. “If we go beyond that, we’ll be here all night.” Mikolaichik noted that upgrades are underway that will allow the village to relaunch its successful early childhood program at the Recreation Center. “We found out after several years of success that the Department of Health requires you to

be a childcare licensed facility,” he said. “So, we had to do some renovations. We added a fire-rated door, a door with a magnetic card reader, additional smoke alarms and an outdoor play area.” The hope is to get approval so the program can be back up and running before the end of the year. Mikolaichik also announced that registration is currently open for the Sunday adult basketball league and the youth basketball programs for grades K through 8. The senior-focused Young at Heart Club is also ready for a busy year. “Last year, we had about 395 members, so we are hoping to surpass that number,” he said. The first Young at Heart luncheon is set for Oct. 4 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center with a “pirates” theme. A jukebox bingo social is scheduled for Oct. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center, where participants identify era music on bingo cards. On Oct. 30, the group travels to the Maltz Jupiter Theater for a performance of Dracula, followed by dinner at the Waterway Café. Other senior programs include free technology workshops on the first Tuesday of each month at the Recreation Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and a senior lunch and learn program at the Cultural Center. “Starting Monday, Oct. 7, we will be a meal site breakfast program facility at the Recreation Center. It’s a program put on by the county, and it’s free to seniors,” Mikolaichik said. “The plan is to have the breakfast, have some activities in between and then also have the lunch.” A Halloween party is scheduled for seniors on Oct. 31 at the Recreation Center from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $3, and lunch is provided. A food truck expo and a movie night at Commons Park is planned for Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m., featuring a screening of the Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus. “We have a new home and day for our green market. It is set to

begin on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Village Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” Mikolaichik said. “Those will be held on Saturdays now. We believe that there is more visibility, and we think Saturdays will be a better day.” The first ever Rockin’ Fall Festival will take place Friday. Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. This combination of Rocktoberfest and the Fall Festival is a new way to merge the fun of both events. Friday evening’s celebration will be an adult-oriented Rocktoberfest featuring live rock entertainment, craft beers, food trucks and an adult costume contest from 5 to 10 p.m. “On Oct. 26, we are going to turn it over and have more of a family-oriented Fall Festival event,” Mikolaichik said. “There’ll be a kids’ fun zone, pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving contest, trunkor-treating, hayrides, a costume contest and more.” The village’s first ever haunted house, presented by Catskills Haunts, will run at Commons Park from Oct. 25 through Oct. 30, from 5 to 11 p.m. The cost for the haunted house is $10 per person. The 3,000-square-foot complex involves live actors, strobe lighting and animatronics. In other business, the Recreation Advisory Board unanimously approved the retention of contracts with the village’s youth sports providers and also put into place an automatic renewal of the contracts to streamline the process in the future. During the meeting, Board Member Denis Seibert voiced concerns over the lighting at a small pavilion located at Homeplace Park. “This time of year, it’s so dark, and there are teens there standing in the dark,” he said. “It gets better when the time changes, and I think that pavilion with a light would be a safer place. There used to be one there. That’s the only reason why I’m bringing it up. I think it is something to be looked into.”

ated the trauma system that sends critical patients to St. Mary’s. The Chesters have held multiple board and leadership positions within the community. Don is a past president of the Forum Club, while Sally is a past president of Leadership Palm Beach County. Tickets are $40 for members and $60 for guest tickets ordered by members, $125 for public tickets and $550 for a table of 10 ordered by members. Tickets are currently on sale and can be reserved on the Forum Club’s web site at www.

even more people to this beautiful urban sanctuary,” said Cynthia Kanai, CEO of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. “We invite the public to tour our grounds, including Ann Norton’s studio and her magnificent sculptures, the historic home where Ann lived, and the almost two-acre gardens with a beautiful landscape of more than 250 species of rare palms and cycads. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to create their own sculptures surrounded by all things meaningful to Ann — her art, rare gardens, music and friends.” Visitors will also be able to view the exhibition “Expanding Horizons: Nontraditional Approaches to Photography,” which will be on display in the historic home. In partnership with JL Modern Photography, the exhibition includes photography featuring works by Kimiki Yoshida, Bernard Faucon and Steven Wilkes. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is a nonprofit foundation established in 1977 by resident sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). The compound comprises Norton’s historic house with exhibition galleries, her studio, monumental sculptures and tropical gardens. For more info., visit or call (561) 832-5328.

NEWS BRIEFS Wellington Seeks Public Input On Town Center Plan

Wellington invites residents and local businesses to take part in two upcoming public input opportunities for the village’s Town Center Master Plan. On Friday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., Wellington Planning & Zoning staff will host an open forum at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The goal of the meeting is to allow residents to stop by and provide the master plan design team with their comments and suggestions. The following day, Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wellington staff and the master plan consultant team will be at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road), requesting that sports participants and spectators complete a survey regarding future improvements to the town center area. During this day-long outreach initiative, survey teams will be based out of five Wellington tents, located throughout Village Park. At these tents, participants can review concept boards, learn more about the Town Center Master

Plan and take part in a survey. Members of the survey team will also be walking through the park with surveys to request participation. Visit towncenter to learn more about Wellington’s Town Center Master Plan planning process.

Art Society To Sponsor Art Fusion Pop-Up Gallery At Mall

The Wellington Art Society will sponsor an Art Fusion Pop-Up Gallery at the Live 360 Studio at the Mall at Wellington Green from Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. There will be live demonstrations by art society members in the Grand Court. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 6. A private reception will be held for artists, sponsors and their families on Oct. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m., with a public reception on Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. A $5 donation is requested for the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. A total of 23 artists will feature more than 70 works of art, most of them for sale. The following

artists will be represented: Brigitte Balbinot, Lara Chapman, Hildegard Donavan, Lynn Doyal, Gail Erikson, Norman Gitzen, Cynthia Hockaden, Laura Jaffe, Robin Kasten, Carolina King, Erica Kyle, Rachel Laub, Joseph Marcou, Charles Moses, Leslie Pfeiffer, Candace Platz, Suzanne Redmond, Ernesto Rodriguez, Vasantha Siva, Rochelle Snyder, Lois Spatz, Raymonde Talleyrand and Jean Williard. This promises to be a fun exhibit for everyone. The artists will be there to talk with the guests, and there will be something for everyone. For more information, visit

Forum Club To Meet Oct. 7 At Kravis

On Monday, Oct. 7, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches will host Brigadier General Robert Spalding for a discussion on 5G and the threats China presents. The luncheon will be held at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Community leaders, Don and Sally Chester, will also be recognized with the organization’s

Outstanding Public Service Award at the event. Spalding retired from the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general after more than 25 years of service. Throughout his career, he was recognized for his knowledge of Chinese economic competition, global trends and cyber warfare. From 2014 to 2016, he was a lead China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. He also served as a senior defense official and defense attaché at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Spalding then became the senior director for strategic planning with the National Security Council, where he advocated for a nationalized 5G plan to defend U.S. technological infrastructure from Chinese interference. In recognition of their longtime service to Palm Beach County, Don and Sally Chester are the recipients of the Forum Club’s Outstanding Public Service Award. With multiple connections to the healthcare industry, Don Chester has been in leadership positions at St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital for more than 40 years with Sally as a registered nurse. The Chesters were instrumental in forming the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, which cre-

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Open House Oct. 5

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, located at 253 Barcelona Road in West Palm Beach will host a free community open house event on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For one day only, the public can step through the garden gates free of charge to experience garden and exhibition tours, refreshments in the courtyard, music and some special surprises. “With this free community open house, we hope to introduce

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Literacy Coalition Launches Read Together Palm Beach County 2019

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County receives delivery of the new van.

Bridgestone Grant Gives Boys & Girls Clubs New Passenger Van

One of the biggest challenges for low-income families in Palm Beach County is transportation. Without it, young people miss out on crucial life skills developed through afterschool activities. And the staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County sees this first-hand with the hundreds of children they serve annually. Recently, the club received a much-needed new passenger van to transport local kids to and from activities, giving them access to more experiences and learning opportunities that will ultimately

set them up for success in life. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County obtained the new van through a transportation grant it received from Bridgestone, the owner of Firestone auto care stores. This van was delivered during an exciting surprise celebration, complete with food and fun for the kids. The club is already using the van in many ways this school year, including out-of-school STEM activities, career advancement opportunities and more.

McDowell Completes Air Force Training

U.S. Air Force Airman Isaac K. McDowell recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward a degree through the Community College of the Air Force. McDowell is the son of Vernham and Karen McDowell of Loxahatchee. He is a 2017 graduate of Seminole Ridge High School.

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Described as a beguiling, heart-wrenching and funny work of art, this year’s Read Together Palm Beach County book is The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. The story revolves around a friendship between a 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant woman and an 11-year-old Boy Scout obsessed with Guinness world records. The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County kicked off the “Read Together Palm Beach County” campaign at its annual Mayors’ Literacy Initiative Luncheon, where the book was announced. The campaign is aimed at getting adults throughout the county to read the same book at the same time. The goal is to get people engaged in discussing the themes of the book and to help entice those who can read, but seldom do, to get in the habit of reading again. Copies of the book are available

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As it celebrates its 52nd anniversary of identifying and providing resources, support and funding for patients and caregivers while working toward finding a cure for the millions affected by debilitating inflammatory bowel diseases, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is planning the West Palm Beach Take Steps Walk. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 at FITTEAM Ballpark at 10 a.m. The 11th annual Take Steps Walk is one of 125 occurring across the country to support the more than 3.1 million Americans who are affected by IBD. The local event features a festival of fun including live entertainment, food, kids’ activities and a full slate of educational materials. Participants are encouraged to create teams or walk with a friend and enjoy numerous fundraising goal prizes. “Take Steps is not only for those affected by a digestive disease but also for family and friends to celebrate the efforts that have been put forth toward finding a cure,” said Katie Keohane, executive director of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation South Florida Chapter.

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The King’s Academy Conservatory of the Arts and Manhattan Concert Productions are proud to announce the Golden Anniversary Broadway Spectacular set for Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., celebrating the 50th anniversary of the King’s Academy. Broadway stars Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Quentin Earl Darrington (Once On This Island), Lauren Jelencovich (TKA 2004/Yanni

Principal Soprano), Adam Kaplan (Newsies), Norm Lewis (Les Misérables), Emily Padgett (Bright Star), Tess Soltau (TKA 2005/Wicked), Tony Yazbeck (On The Town) and Josh Young (Amazing Grace) will join TKA students, alumni and a professional orchestra to perform selections from their favorite shows. In combining this star-studded cast with the high-caliber performance quality for which the

TKA Conservatory is known, the concert will not only be a highlight of the season, but also serves to broaden the national recognition of the King’s Academy. The Golden Anniversary Broadway Spectacular is sure to offer students, collaborating partners and the community an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. To purchase tickets, visit www. or call (888) 7184253.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Wednesday, Sept. 11, Lindburgers of Wellington in the Courtyard Shops hosted a fundraiser for the Wellington Elementary School PTO. The restaurant donated a percentage of profits to the school. Students, staff and families came out to show their school spirit. It was a great time for families to have fun and get together for a delicious meal.


U.S. Navy Senior Chief Michael Forjan surprised his two sons Logan (kindergarten) and Christian (fourth grade) at Panther Run Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The children thought their father was still in Iraq. The students were invited to the media center and told they would be book buddies. As soon as the boys saw their father, they ran into his arms. Forjan will be spending as much time as possible with his family before he heads back to Iraq in two weeks. Fourth-grade teacher Shari Krebs with her two boys, Jake and Trey.

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Students and community job seekers will be able to meet recruiters from various companies, healthcare providers and government agencies at two October job fairs to be held at Palm Beach State College campuses in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton. Free and open to the public, the fairs will bring a combined total of more than 70 employers hiring for full-time and part-time openings, ranging from entry level to managerial positions. All attendees are reminded to wear business attire and bring copies of their résumé.

On Thursday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Palm Beach Gardens campus in the BioScience Technology Complex, Room SC 127, as many as 45 employers are expected, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott, Delta Business Solutions, the School District of Palm Beach County, Clearent, ChildCare Careers, Solar Scot, Entrusted and U.S. Health Advisors. For more info., call (561) 207-5350 or e-mail watkinsp On Wednesday, Oct. 23 from

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Students in the Pre-IT, AVID and NJHS programs at Emerald Cove Middle School recently joined forces as one to help make a difference for those who were affected in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian. Working in conjunction with the Village of Wellington, students collected needed items such as baby supplies, hygiene kits, toiletries, cleaning products, first aid kits, batteries and much more over the last two weeks.

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The Kids Cancer Foundation held its “Go Gold: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Celebration” on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Kids Cancer Center in Royal Palm Beach. Childhood cancer patients living in the area, along with their families, were invited to participate in the event featuring a petting zoo, face painting, cotton candy, crafts stations and more. To learn more about the Kids Cancer Foundation, e-mail Michelle O’Boyle at or visit PHOTOS BY MEREDITH BUROW/TOWN-CRIER

Addisyn Joyner, 3, stays close to Sweetheart, the pony her family brought for the petting zoo.

Childhood cancer awareness is represented by a gold ribbon, and there were many hanging from a tree in the Kids Cancer Center.

Emma, 9, chose an owl mask to color as she sits on her mother Ashley LaPaglia’s lap.

Brothers Baran (right), 7, and Aiden (left), 11, paint wooden birdhouses.

Aubrey, 6, shoots a basket as her mother, Mary Imig, watches from the sidelines.

Dylan (left), 4, and Piper (right), 6, color wooden masks.

Along with a friendly pig, the petting zoo included chicks, goats, guinea pigs, a horse and a rabbit.

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Countdown 2 Zero Pet Adoption Event Sept. 28 At Fairgrounds The sixth annual Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) Pet Adoption Event, presented by the Lois Pope Life Foundation, will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. This free event is the county’s largest annual pet adoption event and will feature hundreds of animals — dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and more — from Palm Beach County seeking new families and homes. Organized by the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, Countdown 2 Zero is a collaborative effort of more than 20 local rescue and partner groups dedicated to saving the lives of Palm Beach County animals. The

past five C2Z adoption events found more than 1,300 animals their forever homes. Both admission and parking are free for the event. Many of the rescue groups will be offering special discounts and adoption incentives, and all new pet parents will receive swag bags filled with special gifts, including rabies tags compliments of Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control, for each adopted pet that will reside within Palm Beach County. There will also be a children’s activity area. Adoption events like this enable rescues to make space to rescue more animals in need, such as those in the Bahamas recently affected by Hurricane Dorian. “The Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event is the largest pet adop-

tion event in Palm Beach County, and we are excited to announce that the Lois Pope Life Foundation is returning as a sixth year presenting sponsor. Mrs. Pope’s dedication and love of helping homeless animals find forever homes is astounding,” said Rich Anderson, executive director and CEO of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Other sponsors are also crucial to the event’s success. “This lifesaving event is also supported by the Petco Foundation and Bobs from Skechers,” Anderson said. “C2Z is a true collaboration to achieve the goal of saving lives in our community. It’s exactly what Countdown 2 Zero is all about — adopting from a local shelter when looking for a new pet.”

Rescue organizations participating in the sixth annual C2Z Adoption Event include the Adopt A Cat Foundation, Amber’s Animal Outreach, Animal Rescue Force of South Florida, Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Blessed Paws Animal Rescue, Coastal Boxer Rescue, Delilah’s Second Chance, East Coast Rabbit Rescue, Forgotten Florida Felines, Great Dane Rescue of South Florida, Heaven’s Gate Senior Dog Sanctuary, Josephine’s Rattery & Small Pet Rescue, Juno Humane, Luv-A-Pet, Rising Star Rottweiler Rescue, Save A Pet Florida and Tri-County Animal Rescue. Partners include American Humane, Loxahatchee Lost & Found Pets and the South Florida Link Coalition.

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The Rotary Club of Wellington and the Village of Wellington hosted a World Peace Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Wellington Rotary Peace Park. The local event coincides with the United Nations International Day of Peace. Each year, awards are given to students in the Wellington area for essays, posters, poems and more. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard started the event, which included a proclamation by Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig and a performance by the Traditions choir from Palm Beach Central High School. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

“May peace prevail on earth” was read in eight languages. (L-R) Wael Gendy (Arabic), Ekaterina Chich (Russian), Ravi Culbertson (English and Hindi), Lily Cho (Chinese), Junko Goldman (Japanese) and Rudy Schoenbein (German). Not shown: Rabbi Mendy Muskal (Hebrew). Wellington Councilman Mike Drahos, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Mayor Anne Gerwig and Councilman John McGovern.

Don Gross and Randy Pfeiffer with Community Peace Award winner PBSO Deputy Dwayne Brown (center).

Panther Run teacher Krissy Davis with Ashley Glazer, the overall poster contest winner.

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George Kinoshita with Haley Askey, the essay winner from Palm Beach Central High School.

Emerald Cove poetry winner Deborah Mensah with Susan Odell.

Elbridge Gale poster contest winner Tucker Allen with Donald Gross.

Wellington Landings poetry winner Adora Girard with Susan Odell. The Palm Beach Central High School Traditions choir, directed by Scott Houchins.

Teacher Lisa Gifford and Binks Forest poster contest winner Kristin Haggerty with her mother Nicole Haggerty.

Palm Beach Central High School student Vanessa Phan, winner of the SMART award, with Jay Broder.

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A Visit To The Dallas Stadium Gave Me A Look Into A New World I was in Dallas last weekend while the Cowboys were playing, and my sister-inlaw Linda took me for “the nickel tour” of the sports complex — just a drive-by, really. I know nothing of sports. I am a writer whose happiest days are spent hiding up in my garret — reading, writing and reading some more. Here’s what makes me happy — rain. Sounds great on the roof, calms the atmosphere, magically keeps people from calling me. Love it. Now that I have seen Dallas tailgaters, I am aware of a whole new world. I also understand why football players make so much money and are cared for as if they are prized polo ponies. They are responsible for the weekend happiness (or sorrow)

When I was a teenager, I remember buying a ticket to a Led Zeppelin concert at the ridiculously expensive price of $7. I just toss that out there as a rate of comparison. The cheap seats at a Cowboys game cost 10 times that. To get into the parking lot of the Dallas stadium will cost you $50. If you decide to park a mile away in, say, the lot of a medical office building, that’ll still cost you $30. I was ready to buy a store, never open it and just rent out the parking spaces. Geez! But evidently — rain or shine — the parking lot is the place to be. They have barbecue grills, tents, coolers, lawn chairs and all their friends around them. “When does the game start?” I asked Linda.

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“Oh, it started an hour ago,” she replied. I thought tailgating was something you did until the game started, but no! I looked closer, and these people are watching the actual game on TV! They have big-screen television sets strapped into the back of their pickup trucks with little tarps over them to shut out the glare. (It was not raining last Saturday, but it was 95 degrees.) They line up their lawn chairs in front of their TVs — hundreds of feet from bathrooms, ice makers and air conditioning — so far from the action that they can’t even hear the roar of the crowd. Why? Linda’s son told me that even when you have a good seat in the stadium ($178 and up), you watch the game on a TV, the

Jumbotron. “You can’t really avoid it,” said his wife. So, this is obviously a cult thing. Thousands of people make the trip to Mecca, set up their campsite and spend an hour or five worshiping their favorite team. Then, sunburned and a little tipsy, they head for home, where they will spend another couple of hours talking over the game and then, on Monday morning, reviewing it with friends. An “away” game means they are forced to do this in the comfort of their own homes or at a bar, surrounded by strangers. I don’t understand it, but I do know one thing: there are never really any “strangers” among Cowboys fans. Whereas writers, we’re as strange as they come.

New ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Is Only Good If You Loved The Show There are a lot of fans of the TV show Downton Abbey and the new movie of the same name will be a real treat for them. For those who have not followed the ins and outs of both the “quality folk” and their retainers, there will be a bit of confusion, since most of them were established within the show during the years it ran. The movie begins in 1927 when the royals, King George V and Queen Mary, are coming for a visit. There are many intrigues going on, including problems with a dress and some fun battle royales between a couple of battle axes (Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton), but the coming of the royals makes everything pale beside that. Lady Mary (Michele Dockery) is in a real quandary. Times are not good, even for those with palaces. Suddenly, all the little crises build up as everyone, both upstairs and downstairs, have to prepare for a royal visit. She asks

story with a beginning, middle and end. It is more like an extended episode of the television series. If you have not been following the series, it is difficult to find someone to really like. Essentially, it is an elegant episode of a soap opera. Almost every character seems to be defined by a role they play: the gay servant, the possible traitor, the officious chef, a broken marriage. I must admit that part of the problem for me is that I really dislike these kinds of things. We have the pretense that somehow the “quality folk” are somehow better than their servants. Frankly, just about all of the wealthy are living off the doings of their ancestors. From King George V, who inherited from his father, who inherited from his mother, down to most of the lords and honorable around, they are generally just super consumers. They live really well and do fairly little and, of course, in that

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler Carson (Jim Carter), the retired former butler to come and take over. While all of the rich folk are sniping at each other, the servants have some of their own issues, and we get a glimpse of the coming problems of Northern Ireland and acceptance of homosexuality. All the details are perfect, buffed to a shine like bright silver. There is nothing jarring us out of the era. But, unfortunately, the movie seems obsessed with the details. There is no real plot. This is not a regular

age, it was considered quite acceptable to pretend that those who did nothing useful had some value to society. There is some discussion of the “troubles,” strikes by underpaid workers, but none of these folk had to worry about getting food on their tables. Of course, by showing this, it becomes a comedy of manners, critical of the rich. Even worse, they show servants as (mainly) groveling, fully accepting their low status. It is not very much different from the stories of plantations in the U.S. before the Civil War, when we used to see slaves groveling to their masters. The racial element may not be present, but my discomfort level is very high. The cast was very polished as well. Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton did steal most of the good lines. Most of us would hate to have them in our families, but it is fun to watch them put down each other and quibble about inheritances.

Staunton’s character is thinking, horrors, of leaving her estate to a beloved servant. The rest of the cast is very good. I have always loved Dockery, and she provides a nice center for the film. Carter seems brought in simply because he was popular in the show. I am not an Anglophile. I have nothing against them in general, but the love of some people for the unduly proud and undeserving, confuses me. Why should we care about any of these people? Director Michael Engler has reduced almost all the characters to stereotypes in order to create a plot. But in doing so, he has ruined most chances at creating real characters. Everything is smooth and light, but essentially, unless you already know a lot about the characters before seeing the film, there is no real connection. This is good film if you are a fan, not really so good if you’ve never watched the show.

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Clerk & Comptroller To Offer ‘Operation Green Light’ Oct. 19

A suspended driver’s license can stand in the way of so much. It can make it difficult for residents to get to work, take their children to school or even just get to the grocery store. The Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office is setting aside one special day to help residents get back on the road. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the office is authorized to waive collection agency fees — some as high as

40 percent — for anyone who pays off their court obligations in full or signs up for a monthly payment plan. Florida law requires the clerk’s office to turn over unpaid tickets and other outstanding court fines and fees to an outside collection agency if the debt is not paid within 90 days of the due date. The clerk’s office is opening all four of its courthouse locations during the one-day event, called “Operation Green Light.” Those

who pay their debts or go on a monthly payment plan will also be able to reinstate their suspended driver’s license in most cases. “The consequences for failing to pay court obligations can be severe,” Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock said. “Operation Green Light is a chance to pay accrued fines, restore driving privileges and move forward with productive lives. Our goal is simple. We want

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West Palm VA Going Smoke-Free Oct. 1

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and all of its outlying clinics will go smoke-free effective Oct. 1. The VA’s new policy prohibits smoking on the grounds of its healthcare facilities by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors,

vendors and employees. The policy applies to the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, any other combustion of tobacco, and e-cigarettes, vape pens and e-cigars. The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center offers smoking cessation treatment services for veterans through their assigned primary care clinic. In addition, tobacco cessation classes are offered every

be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at all four of the clerk’s courthouse locations: • Main Courthouse, 205 N. Dixie Highway, Room 2.23, West Palm Beach. • North County Courthouse, 3188 PGA Blvd., Room 1203, Palm Beach Gardens. • South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Avenue, Room 1S-124, Delray Beach. • West County Courthouse,

2950 State Road 15, Room S-100, Belle Glade. Payments will be accepted by cash, check, money order and credit card. A 3.5 percent service fee will be applied to all credit card payments. Clerk’s offices throughout the state will be hosting Operation Green Light events Oct. 12-19. To learn more about Operation Green Light, visit www.mypalmbeach

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ABWA To Meet Oct. 9

The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens). Networking starts at 6 p.m., and the cost is $25. Guests are welcome. The speaker for the October meeting is Yvette Temple on the topic of “It’s Go Time! Build Your Tribe, Relationships and Your Bank Account with the Touch of One Button!” Temple works at the School District of Palm Beach County as an intensive reading

to help people take responsibility, save money and get back on the road.” Collection agency surcharges will be waived during Operation Green Light for overdue traffic tickets or criminal court obligations in Palm Beach County. For a driver with a $206 ticket for going 10-14 mph over the speed limit, that amounts to a savings of as much as $91.60. Operation Green Light will

Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Room 3B-260 at the main medical center and every Thursday at 2 p.m. at community-based outlying clinics in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Stuart and Vero Beach. Veterans who have questions about smoking cessation should contact their primary care team or call (561) 422-7282.

Comcast is increasing download speeds for some of its most popular Xfinity Internet packages for customers in Wellington as well and throughout the Palm Beach County. About 85 percent of local Comcast Internet customers that subscribe to one of four speed tiers will have their download speeds upgraded, whether they purchase Xfinity Internet on a stand-alone basis or as part of a package. Performance tier customers will have their speeds increase more than 60 percent from 60 Mbps (megabits per second) to 100 Mbps; Blast tier customers will have their speeds increase more than 30 percent from 150 Mbps to 200 Mbps; Extreme tier customers will have their speeds increase 20 percent from 250 Mbps to 300 Mbps; and Extreme Pro tier customers will have their speeds increase 50 percent from 400 Mbps to 600 Mbps. These speed increases are the

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Palm Beach County Unemployment Rate Steady At 3.7 Percent

Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for August dropped slightly to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent a year ago, but up from July’s 3.6 percent. In addition, for 10 consecutive months, there are more job openings in Palm Beach County than unemployed people — 29,831 job openings in the county in August versus 27,700 unemployed people, according to the latest monthly reports released by CareerSource Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. While Palm Beach County’s

unemployment rate for August is above the state’s 3.5 percent rate, it remains below the 3.8 percent national rate, continuing a 31-month streak where the county’s rate has stayed below or matched the national rate. Meanwhile, wages and salaries in Palm Beach County are up 3.1 percent, besting the national wage growth of 2.8 percent, according to the latest quarterly report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “With the low unemployment rate, more jobs are looking for people to fill them and businesses are having to boost wages to attract

and keep employees, particularly as we near the active winter season. Palm Beach County gained more than 13,000 jobs over the year, and the county’s unemployment rate has remained at or below 4 percent for nearly two years,” said Steve Craig, president and CEO of CareerSource Palm Beach County, the nonprofit organization chartered by the state to lead workforce development in Palm Beach County. On a percentage basis, job gains in August were led by the manufacturing sector with 5.5 percent over-the-year job growth,

besting a 2.9 percent increase statewide. Palm Beach County also had the fastest job growth rate in the state in the financial activities sector. The Conference Board produces a monthly report of real-time labor demand captured through job advertisements. The latest report shows that there were advertisements for 29,831 full-time and part-time jobs in Palm Beach County in August. The top 8 most advertised jobs in the county are for registered nurses, retail salespeople, first-line supervisors of retail sales workers, customer

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continued from page 1 jority of labor trafficking victims come from out of the country.” Florida ranks third in the nation in human trafficking, and Palm Beach County is third in the state for suspected cases. Over a third of all sex trafficking cases involve minors, often as young as age 12. Aronberg pointed out the county’s thriving agricultural and tourism industries, combined with the diverse demographic, create an environment vulnerable to human trafficking. He then focused on identifying the signs. Look out for those who travel frequently or use only prepaid phones. Individuals who avoid eye contact and respond with scripted or rehearsed answers to questions and are unusually fearful when law enforcement is around are all indicators that there could be a problem. “It’s the worker at the nail salon who is not allowed to handle the cash and won’t look you in the eye. It’s the high school girl who shows up with an older boyfriend one day and starts wearing expensive jewelry and has his name tattooed on her eyelids. That’s the reality of modern-day slavery — it’s a barcode tattooed on a young girl’s neck,” Aronberg said. He also noted that most human trafficking cases are never reported or investigated. Sometimes this is


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continued from page 1 Blvd. going under construction and to get the charter school under construction. I’d like to have a brainstorming session with the staff where we can look through the code and figure out how we can get the permits issued.” His goal is to have the charter school break ground by January. Village Manager Ray Liggins explained the criteria needed to get the project moving. “[Tuttle] needs to get the preliminary plat. He needs to get construction drawings and permits in place, and he needs to get a final plat with a guarantee,” Liggins said. “He’s going to need a conditional building permit. He’s going to need permission from the council.” Liggins added that one piece of land still requires proof of ownership. The option to remove that section, Pod 2, from the plat is still available if needed. Tuttle replied that the ownership is being clarified, but that his office has been waiting on the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office to get the paperwork finished. He expects to have that by Oct. 3. “We want to work together

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NEWS due to language or cultural barriers, or a fear of being deported. Yet Aronberg’s dedication to the problem remains steadfast. “As part of the job, you get to choose your own priorities. The governor is not my boss; the attorney general is not my boss. You’re my boss, the people of Palm Beach County,” he said. For more information on human trafficking, Aronberg shared contact information for a variety of resources. These include the Florida Abuse Hotline (800-96-ABUSE), the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches (www.htcpb. org), the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (, and the PBSO’s e-mail humantrafficking@ and phone number (561) 688-3000. The luncheon was sponsored by Palms West Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Palms West. The sponsor’s guest speaker was Dr. Judith Merchant, a diagnostic radiologist and breast-imaging specialist who recently came to the area from Kentucky. A recipient of the 2016 Patient’s Choice Award and third-degree black belt in taekwondo, Merchant was attracted to the area for many reasons, including the equestrian community, as she is also an avid horsewoman with an interest in dressage. “It was difficult to leave, but while I was here, and when I spoke with the people at Palms West Hospital, I really felt like

these people were very dedicated. They really hold a level of excellence that I wanted to be a part of,” Merchant said. She believes that this area has a need for her services as a breast-imaging specialist. “I hope to bring that expertise to the community, and education is really important to me,” Merchant said. “It’s a really beautiful place to be. It’s a comforting place, and I’m really happy to be here. My door is always open.” For more information about the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and its events, visit www. To attend future chamber luncheons, guests must RSVP no later than the Friday prior to the event.

(L-R) Wellington Councilman Michael Drahos, Assistant State Attorney Alan Johnson, Mayor Anne Gerwig, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Councilman Michael Napoleone, Councilman John McGovern and Councilwoman Tanya Siskind. PHOTOS BY CALLIE SHARKEY/TOWN-CRIER to get it done, too,” Mayor Fred Pinto said. “Put our best brains to this project.” Liggins explained how meetings could be scheduled through the Planning & Zoning Department to set up a timeline. Also related to Tuttle’s project was the next agenda item regarding a variance request by RD Royal Palm Beach regarding signage at the Town Southern luxury apartment building complex, one of the completed phases at the western end of the project. The Royal Palm Beach Planning & Zoning Commission had recommended denial of the requested variances, which included the retroactive approval of a sign that had already been put up. The council approved variances for the height of signage and a reduction in the setback of a tower structure. Since the Planning & Zoning meeting on Aug. 27, the owner had made adjustments to the variance request and removed the sign located on the 21-foot-tall tower. “I understand that the applicant would be willing to reduce [the sign height] to seven feet,” Liggins said. Planning & Zoning Director Bradford O’Brien explained staff’s position on the 10.5-foot height of the sign. “They still wouldn’t meet the criteria that is spelled out in the

code, but the position as far as the strong denial shifts from a strong denial to a reasonable idea that this sign could look worse if you made it code compliant,” O’Brien said Liggins stressed the willingness of the applicant to make the changes to remain within the code, but he admitted that it was clear that the two entrance signs would better match the rest of the project’s design if the architectural feature remained at 10.5 feet. The council approved the amended requests unanimously. Also at last week’s meeting, the council discussed an updated village tree trimming ordinance in order to come into state compliance. “This ordinance is based on a state law passed during the last session that restricts local governments’ ability to require permits on residential property that have to do with tree pruning and removal. This comes right out of the state law that was passed,” Village Attorney Keith Davis said. Pinto expressed concerns about the change on existing Royal Palm Beach rules. “This pretty much guts what we put in our tree trimming ordinance,” he said. “We have an ordinance that says one thing, and the state says something different. We can’t have an ordinance on the books that is not compliant.” Councilman Richard Valuntas

also weighed-in on the verbiage provided, particularly in relation to a tree planting program that the village is about to launch. “The statute doesn’t care who owns the tree. It just says if you are a residential property owner, you don’t have to comply with this stuff,” Valuntas said. “It says any tree on [private] property. If we put government trees on private property, that’s exactly what this statute gutted. It gutted our ability to regulate these things.” After discussions regarding how to alter the ordinance language to allow the village to move forward with its treescape program while still complying with the state mandate, Davis agreed to make some changes and return with them for the next reading on Thursday, Oct. 17. In other business: • Before the regular meeting, the council held its final public budget hearing. Both the tax rate of 1.92 mills and the proposed budget of $45.1 million for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 were approved 5-0. • The council unanimously approved the final reading of a new 30-year agreement with the Florida Power & Light Company to be the village’s provider of electrical services, including new provisions and conditions and the payment of a monthly franchise fee to the village. • Pinto discussed several trans-

Palms West Hospital’s Ashley Kaufman, Kathryn Walton, diagnostic radiologist and breast-imaging specialist Dr. Judith Merchant and Dilma Bennett.

New President’s Circle member Lee Frankhouser with Wellington Chamber President Stuart Hack. portation issues that came up at a recent meeting of the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency. He reported on a discussion regarding the five-year long-range transportation plan (LRTP). Opposition remains for the extension of State Road 7 to Northlake Blvd., with Pinto noting that new County Commissioner Gregg Weiss (District 2) also opposes the project, along with the City of West Palm Beach. The LRTP includes new Tri-Rail management objectives. “They must establish a plan regarding water levels, bridge heights and condition ratings for bridges within Palm Beach County,” Pinto said. “We are now being given direction at the federal level to address these types of infrastructure issues, and we need to include water level rising in our strategic planning process.” Pinto asked Liggins to research the new TPA guidelines for bus shelters and return with a presentation at a future meeting. “I think bus shelters are more important now than they were 10 years ago,” Pinto said. “We get a lot of traffic, and it’s not getting better because all we do is build more roads. The real answer is to come up with solutions for you to get from point A to point B without taking your car.” Pinto explained that taking the bus could be more palatable by

having better bus shelters. • Councilman Jeff Hmara shared about the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s yearly Read for the Record program. “It gives us a chance to really get into a book that is selected. This year’s book is Thank You, Uma, and it’s a community building thing,” Hmara said. “On Nov. 7, we’ll all be engaging again and reading for the record.” Councilwoman Jan Rodusky followed up with information on the 11th year of Read Together Palm Beach County. “The book is The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood,” Rodusky said. “It looks like a really fun book. They will do the final Read Together finale on Nov. 21.” • The council supported staff’s recommendation to appoint one member and one alternate to the Issues Forum of IPARC (Intergovernmental Plan Amendment Review Committee). The forum is expected to meet four times each year. Councilwoman Selena Samios volunteered for the appointment, and Valuntas volunteered for the alternate spot. • The Education Advisory Board also received a new appointee. Pamela Shetka was moved from her alternate spot to a vacant regular seat. Lisa Ryan, a teacher at Cardinal Newman High School, was unanimously granted the alternate seat.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Saturday, Sept. 28 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike in Jonathan Dickinson State Park (16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound) on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. Bring two liters of water and snacks. Call Amy at (561) 289-5551 for more info. • The sixth annual Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) Adoption Event, presented by the Lois Pope Life Foundation, will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. This free event is the county’s largest annual pet adoption event and will feature hundreds of animals seeking new families and homes. For more info., call (561) 530-6057 or e-mail • The World’s Largest Ghost Hunt will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yesteryear Village, hosted by War Party Paranormal. Visit www.southfloridafair. com/events for more info. • Mounts Botanical Gardens will host Fabulous Crotons of Florida on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about the fascinating global migration of the plant to the Western Hemisphere and South Florida gardens. This class will cover care and culture of the plants as well as suggestions for its use in the landscape. It will conclude with a demonstration of air layering, which is a simple and useful propagation technique for any woody shrub. For more info., visit www. or call (561) 233-1757. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Books & Kids: Bilingual Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10:15 a.m. Join in for stories, songs, rhymes and fun in both English and Spanish. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host It’s Your Move: Chess Club for ages 8 to 17 on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2:15 p.m. Learn how to play the game with members of the Royal Palm Beach High School Chess Club. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Clean Culture SoFlo Showdown 2019 car show will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. Visit www. for more info. • CAFCI will host its Annual Friendship Ball on Saturday, Sept. 28 starting at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. For tickets, call Dennis Wright at (561) 6531586, e-mail or visit • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Journey tribute concert by Odyssey Road on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more info. Sunday, Sept. 29 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will hike in the Seacrest Scrub and High Ridge Scrub natural areas (3400 S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach) on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 a.m. Call Alan Collins at (561) 586-0486 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend and make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Monday, Sept. 30 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Playful Toddlers & Tykes for children under age 4 on Monday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. Join in for a session of social playtime for the little ones. Call (561) 6814100 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Lego Bricks Challenge for ages 6 to 11 on Monday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. Build, imagine and play with Lego bricks. Show your skills by completing timed challenges. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Tuesday, Oct. 1 • Enjoy Zumba Gold on Tuesdays in October for ages 40 and up at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4796 to pre-register. • The Senior Referral Program of Royal Palm Beach will staff an information desk to help seniors and their caregivers identify and access services for their special needs on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and Thursday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center (100 Sweet Bay Lane). No appointment is needed for this free service; just stop by the desk. For more info., call (561) 790-5188. People interested in volunteering are also encouraged to stop by. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Ghost Sand for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. Mix your own batch of spooky sand for a sensory delight. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Oct. 2 • The Village of Wellington will host a series of Classes for Caregivers of loved ones with disabilities on Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). This program will provide caregivers with the tools and strategies to better handle the challenges that come with being a caregiver. For more info., call (561) 753-2476. • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 367 of

Royal Palm Beach will meet Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). For more information, call Doreen Bishop at (561) 795-7293. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host English Exchange for adults on Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. •Enjoy Watercolor Classes on Wednesdays in October from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Spooky Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. Try your luck at bingo and have a scary good time. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office will hold a DIY in Court Workshop: Injunctions for Protection on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Courthouse (205 N Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach). For more info., call (561) 355-2996 or e-mail clerkweb@ • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Knit & Crochet with Project Linus on Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 4 p.m. The crafts you make go to children in need. Bring your favorite pattern, needles, bright yarn and a giving spirit. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. Thursday, Oct. 3 • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host English Exchange for adults on Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Experience on Thursday, Oct. 3; Friday, Oct. 4; Monday, Oct. 7; Wednesday, Oct. 9; Friday, Oct. 11 and Friday, Oct. 25 at 2:15 p.m. Explore, learn, create and play in a 3D environment. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Create a Memory Page: Scrapbooking Fun for ages 16 and up on Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 4 p.m. Bring personal photos or memorabilia. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.)

will host Hooked on Crochet for ages 12 and up on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. Socialize while you crochet. Work on your current project and share ideas with new friends. Some materials will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by the Justified Band, along with food trucks, on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more info., visit www. • A Wellington Lawyers Happy Hour will be held Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. at Stonewood Grill & Tavern (10120 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 110, Wellington). RSVP to • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. Friday, Oct. 4 • The Wellington Art Society will sponsor an Art Fusion Pop-Up Gallery at the Live 360 Studio at the Mall at Wellington Green from Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. There will be live demonstrations by Wellington Art Society members in the Grand Court. For info., visit • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. Visit for more info. • The deadline is Friday, Oct. 4 for local teenagers to apply for nonprofit Philanthropy Tank funding to start a charity. Eighth to 12th graders attending a Palm Beach County school (public or private) or living in the county are eligible. Apply at webportalapp. com/sp/login/philanthropytank-pb-2019. • More than 20 police departments and other organizations seeking law enforcement, corrections and 911 dispatch personnel will recruit at the Criminal Justice Job Fair on Friday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Palm Beach State College Public Safety Conference Center, Room PSD-108, on the Lake Worth campus. For more info., call Annette Rodriguez at (561) 868-3398 or e-mail • The Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Technology Class: Smartphone 101 for ages 55 and up on Friday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. Saturday, Oct. 5 • Audubon of the Everglades will host a birding trip to STA-1E Wetlands (1991 Flying Cow Road, Wellington) on Saturday, Oct. 5

From 7 a.m. to noon. The location attracts a variety of wading birds, ducks, raptors and more. Drive and observe from perimeter roads with little walking. Advance registration is required at • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in John Prince Park (2520 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth) on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:15 a.m. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 963-9906 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Intermediate Tai Chi for ages 12 and up on Saturdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 9 a.m. and Beginners Tai Chi at 10:15 a.m. Wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Children’s Playful Yoga for ages 6 to 12 on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Bring the family to learn relaxing stretches with certified yoga instructor Dr. Maruti Ram Gudavalli. Bring water, a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Call (561) 681-4100 to pre-register. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host Dungeons & Dragons for ages 12 and up on Saturdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 2 p.m. Adventure in the world of D&D with fellow wizards and warriors. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for more info. • The Acreage library (15801 Orange Blvd.) will host an Acoustic Java Jam for adults on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. Experience a caffeinated collection of local talent or bring acoustic instruments and jam out. Coffee will be provided. Call (561) 681-4100 for info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Fun with Coding for ages 7 to 17 on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Learn to code with Code Palm Beach mentors. Fifteen laptops will be provided; personal laptops are also allowed. Parents/ caregivers must attend. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Shania Twain tribute concert by Simply Shania on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, Oct. 6 • Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue will host a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at Mulligan’s Beach House (10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth). For tickets, visit www.justinbartlettanimalrescue. org. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 33, Wellington, FL 33414 or e-mail news@gotowncrier. com.

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Wildcat Football Squad Improves To 3-1 With A 22-14 Victory

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach High School football team hosted Port St. Lucie on Friday, Sept. 20 and bested the Jaguars 22-14 in a game that was a nail-biter to the closing minute. The Wildcats improved to 3-1 on the season, which is evidence of the players buying into the new leadership under head coach Davis Lowery. “Hats off to Port St. Lucie,” Lowery said. “They came back in the second half and played hard, and played with class. I want our kids to do the same. I’m proud of this team at 3-1.” The Wildcats punched their timecard and went to work early. On their first possession of the game, quarterback Peyton Mainolfi found receiver Dishon Francis down the near sideline for a 66-yard touchdown to log the game’s first score, grabbing a 7-0 lead. Royal Palm Beach’s defense stopped the Port St. Lucie offense. The Wildcats had an opportunity

to extend the lead, but a 43-yard Dominick Grosso field goal attempt was blocked. Mainolfi continued to be deadly to the Jaguar defensive secondary, next linking up with Ketron Hadley for a 48-yard touchdown to extend the Wildcat lead to 13-0. As the game entered the second quarter, the Jaguars pushed into the Royal Palm Beach turf but were unable to capitalize. The Port St. Lucie offense had connection issues from the center to the quarterback through the night, which proved to be a factor, losing yardage on bad snaps. The Jaguar defense intercepted a Royal Palm Beach pass that helped them to close the margin with a 24-yard touchdown pass to make the score 13-7 less than a minute before the end of the first half. In the time remaining, Mainolfi led the Wildcat offense 47 yards, capping the drive on a one-yard quarterback keeper to make the Royal Palm Beach lead 19-7 before the half concluded.

Royal Palm Beach quarterback Peyton Mainolfi powers in for the touchdown from one yard out.

Port St. Lucie entered the second half on offense first, and utilized the possession to air it out, scoring on a 46-yard pass play to close the gap to 19-14 with 6:57 remaining in the third quarter. Grosso got another chance to extend the Wildcat lead when the offense placed him in a prime spot to launch a 27-yard field goal to put Royal Palm Beach up 22-14 with 7:17 remaining in the game. The Jaguars appeared to be putting together a solid drive, as they entered Royal Palm Beach real estate, but penalties pushed them back to mid-field. The Wildcat defensive secondary was instrumental in breaking up several pass plays to secure the 22-14 score to the final whistle. Mainolfi had one of his best games to date, passing for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns. “He’s really maturing as a quarterback,” Lowery explained. “He hit eight different receivers last week, and his timing is getting

better and better. If we can keep him protected, we can be very dangerous.” Royal Palm Beach improved to 3-1 on the season, the team’s

best start in three years. They now have Seminole Ridge in their crosshairs, with the “Best of the West” trophy on the line. The Hawks currently hold the trophy,

Royal Palm Beach running back Victor Gutierrrez tries to break free from a Jaguar defender for a first down.

Wildcat running back Derrick Cruickshank attempts to hurdle over a Jaguar tackler for additional yards.

and Royal Palm Beach would like it back. The two face-off Friday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Seminole Ridge High School’s CalleryJudge Stadium.

Royal Palm Beach receiver Dishon Francis makes a stellar grab for a 66-yard touchdown.


Running back Ricardo Rosier has room for a big return.

Wildcat running back Ketron Hadley sprints toward the Jaguar end zone.

WHS Football Outscores Lancers To Grab Season’s First Win

By Gene Nardi Town-Crier Staff Report On Thursday, Sept. 19, the Wellington High School football squad hosted John I. Leonard High School and narrowly outscored the Lancers 31-28, scoring on the last offensive play of the game. On a fourth down and eight from the Lancer 14-yard line, with eight seconds left to play on the clock, quarterback Blake Kendall linked up with Adrian Hector in the back of the end zone for Wellington’s game winner. Kicker Morgan Suarez added the point after to put the Wolverines up 31-28. Wellington squib-kicked the ensuing kickoff in hopes their special teams would stop a Lancer return. John I. Leonard attempted two laterals during the return that ran out the remaining time. “My father never saw me coach,” an emotional Wellington head coach Tom Abel said. “He

passed away not too long ago, and I always wanted him to see me from up there because I haven’t been doing a good job lately, but tonight, the boys did it.” The contest started with defense winning the challenges. The Wolverines struck first when Finlay Toussaint picked off a Lancer pass and returned it 68 yards for the game’s first touchdown. John I. Leonard responded by capping a 15-yard drive with a one-yard quarterback keeper from Jadiel Cruz to tie the game at 7-7. Entering the second quarter, Wellington’s defense continued to pressure Cruz, forcing another interception after the Lancers drove to the Wellington 15-yard line. Matt Barrios picked off the Lancer pass and returned it 96 yards for the go-ahead score to take a 14-7 lead. That lead, however, was short-lived when John I. Leonard marched down the field to cap an 80-yard drive

Wellington’s Stephen Passeggiata in pursuit of the Lancer quarterback.

with a touchdown. The 14-14 tie stood through halftime. Wellington received the opening kick of the second half, and kick-returner Brandyn Butler sped off 86 yards for the end zone after breaking out of a pile that looked to stop him. The return lifted the Wolverines back into the lead 21-14. With just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Lancers attempted to convert on a long fourth-and-20 from the Wellington 40-yard line. Cruz connected with Jonel Dieujuste in the end zone for the Lancers’ third touchdown to tie the game once again at 21-21. Wellington’s defense and special teams had scored on the night, but what the Wolverines needed was for the offense to put points on the board. They delivered, driving deep into Lancer real estate, but ended settling on a Suarez 32-yard field goal to re-

claim the lead 24-21 early in the fourth quarter. The Lancers would not submit and bulldozed their way 80 yards to the end zone to lead 28-24. That score would be their last of the night. Wellington’s offense was slow gaining confidence during the game but delivered when it mattered most. With little more than four minutes remaining to play, they went to work, chipping away at the Lancers’ defense, once converting on a fourth-andshort to move the chains. The drive consumed 56 yards and nearly all the time on the ticker. The fourth-down play was do-or-die for the Wellington offense, which was denied the end zone up until the final play. Kendal found Hector for the game winner from 14 yards out. The score erupted the Wellington sideline into celebration. “I’m so proud of their effort,” Abel said. “We just kept telling them all

Lucas Ligouri carries Leonard defenders for a first down.

week to finish, be playmakers and they finally stepped it up. They wanted it a little more.” Wellington played Forest Hill

High School in a district matchup on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Santaluces High School, but results were not available at press time.

Running back Joshua Schwartz keeps the Wellington drive alive as he powers forward.


Wellington receiver Brandyn Butler finds space to run for a big gain during a return.

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The Wellington American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 held its 10th annual golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The proceeds benefit local youth, patriotic and veteran support programs, as well as the Future Heroes Scholarship Fund. Following golf, there was a buffet lunch, awards, raffles and a silent auction. To learn about Post 390, e-mail PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Longest-drive winner Ryan Gerity and closest-to-the-pin winner Brad McAfee.

John Isola with door prize winner Marc Monroe.

The Learning Express Toys team of Jared Mancil, Carlos Garcia, Bill Moore and Marc Monroe.

Second-place winners: John Isola, Brian Gerity, Ryan Anschuetz, Paul Finley and Ed Portman.

Dick Barber and Andy Macmillan.

First-place winners: Malcolm Anison, Dave Allman, Brad McAfee and Ed Portman.

Third-place winners: Jason Villiers, Henry Tocci, Jeff Gunning, Brian Antonopoulos and Ed Portman.

Members of American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390.


“Batman Day” was celebrated nationwide on Saturday, Sept. 21, and Wellington’s Barnes & Noble store also swooped in to honor the Dark Knight. Employee Carrie Skellen organized an event in which Batman fans, young and old, could participate in a scavenger hunt, coloring pages, puzzles and more. PHOTOS BY MEREDITH BUROW/TOWN-CRIER

Diego, 12, won a “Batman Pop!” figure after correctly answering the question, “Who was the first actor to portray the Riddler?”

Barnes & Noble employee and avid Batman fan Rory Polanco sports a Nightwing T-Shirt in honor of the event.

Anthony Santos’ family won this Batman standee.

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WE WILL MEET OR BEAT ANY OTHER LIQUOR STORE’S LOCALLY ADVERTISED PRICES! Offer valid only when presenting local competitors print ad

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Stuart Location

13860 Wellington Trace

5899 Southeast Fed. Hwy D-1

(The Courtyard Shops) Right Next Door To Publix

(Coves Center)


561-429-3569 VODKA


Svedka Vodka ............................. $20.99 Three Olives Vodka ..................... $24.99 Skyy Vodka ................................ $19.99 Platinum Vodka .......................... $15.99 Pinnacle Vodka (Regular) ............. $18.99 Pinnacle Vodka (All Flavors) ......... $19.99 Tito’s Vodka ............................... $31.99 Ketel One Vodka ........................ $39.99 Stoli Vodka ................................. $29.99 Ciroc Vodka ............................... $29.99 Chopin Vodka ............................ $27.99 Skol Vodka ................................ $13.99 Grey Goose Vodka.......................$24.99 Grey Goose Vodka.......................$49.99 Absolute Vodka ..........................$27.99

1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 750ML 750ML 1.75L 750ML 1.75L 1.75L


Seagrams Gin ............................. $19.99 Beefeater Gin ............................ $26.99 Tanqueray Gin ............................. $35.99 Bombay Sapphire Gin .................. $35.99

1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L

LIQUORS Bailey’s Irish Cream .................... $20.99 Kahlua ....................................... $35.99

750ML 1.75L


Jose Cuervo................................ $33.99 Sauza Tequila (Light/Dark) ......... $22.99 Patron Silver .............................. $39.99 Partido Blanco Tequila ................ $35.99

1.75L 1.75L 750ML 750ML

Dewars Scotch Whisky ...............$26.99 J.W. Red Label Scotch ................$31.99 Chivas Regal ..............................$49.99 Clan MacGregor Rare Blended ....$19.99 J&B Scotch ................................$34.99 Ballentine’s Scotch ....................$27.99 Seagram’s VO.............................$24.99 Jameson’s Irish Whiskey .............$43.99 Courvoisier VS Cognac................$19.99 Crown Royal (Regular) ................$39.99 Canadian Club ............................$19.99 Glenlivet 12 yrs. .........................$79.99 Jim Beam (Regular) ....................$12.99 Jim Beam (All Flavors) ................$14.99 Jim Beam (Regular) ...................$24.99

1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L

Grey Goose Vodka

2/$50.00 750ML $49.99 1.75L

1.75L 1.75L 750ML 1.75L 1.75L

Jim Beam


All Flavors


$14.99 750ML

750ML 1.75L

RUM Captain Morgan Rum .................. $22.99 Bacardi Rum (Light & Dark) ........ $16.99 Brugal Anejo Rum ....................... $37.99 Appleton Rum............................. $25.99 Ron Rico (Light & Dark) ............. $16.99 Mount Gay Rum .......................... $39.99 Don Q Rum (Light & Dark) .......... $21.99 Sailor Jerry Rum ......................... $26.99 Malibu Rum ............................... $22.99 Admiral Nelson 80 Rum .............. $16.99 Cruzan Rum (Light & Dark) ........ $22.99 Ron Zacapa Rum ....................... $39.99

1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L

Patron Silver Tequila $39.99 750ML

1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L 1.75L

These prices good with this ad only. Good thru 10/31/2019. Photos are for illustrative purposes only. We are not responsible for Typographical errors.

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September 27 - October 3, 2019

The Town-Crier

After serving a crowd of over 57,000 people in the World’s Largest Buffalo Wing Festival we are proud to bring home the trophy for THIRD PLACE for our Traditional Hot Sauce! The two-day Festival served up over 24 tons of wings to people who traveled from 48 different states and 37 different countries. The Festival was the center of a heated debate whether Blue Cheese or Ranch was king when it comes to wing dressings. Those of us from the Royal Palm Beach area know the true answer is and always will be Tree’s Wings House Dressing! For a limited time, Tree’s will be offering up the flavors that made a splash on the international scene. visit for more info.

Try the Flavors that took us to the

2019 National Buffalo Wing Competition Friday Sept. 27th - Sunday Oct. 6th

Award Winning Sample Pack

4 Hot Wings 4 FlufferNutter Wings 4 Flamingo Wings *substitutions not available

Tree’s Wings & Ribs


603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. Royal Palm Beach, Fl. 33411


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