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A FUN EVENING AT HUGS & KISSES

The state of the economy was the main topic when Congressman Allen West (R-District 22) spoke Wednesday to members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. West spoke before a sold-out crowd at a chamber luncheon held at the Wanderers Club. Page 3

Wellington Marketplace Hosts Swap Meet & Sale

A community swap meet/garage sale was held Saturday, Aug. 6 in the parking lot of the Wellington Marketplace. Shopping center tenants offered guests exclusive deals and discounts, while the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office offered child fingerprinting, bike safety tips and car seat inspections. Page 5

The Goddard School Prepares Children For A Successful Education

Studies have shown that early childhood education is a crucial part of development, and the Goddard School in Wellington specializes in early childhood education for infants to kindergartners. The children are taught using the Goddard School’s specialized curriculum called the Flex Learning Program. Page 13

OPINION Get Involved In The Redistricting Process Every 10 years, the legislature redraws Florida’s state and federal district boundaries based on newly released census data. This is the first time the process will be governed by newly enacted constitutional amendments that require more compact and contiguous district lines. After an uphill battle was won to get those constitutional referendums passed, the process is now underway. Public input hearings will be held Monday, Aug. 15 in Stuart and Tuesday, Aug. 16 in Boca Raton. We urge all those interested in good government to take part in the process and make sure that we get the fair representation we deserve. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 2 - 14 OPINION ................................ 4 CRIME NEWS ........................ 6 NEWS BRIEFS .......................8 SCHOOLS .............................15 PEOPLE........................ 16 - 17 COLUMNS .................... 23 - 24 ENTERTAINMENT ................26 BUSINESS ...................29 - 31 SPORTS .......................35 - 37 CALENDAR...................38 - 39 CLASSIFIEDS ...............40 - 45 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Hugs & Kisses Inc. hosted “Date Night” Wednesday, Aug. 3 at its Royal Palm Beach location. Attendees sorted buttons and made button bracelets while enjoying refreshments. Hugs & Kisses uses the bracelets to raise money to pay living expenses for cancer patients in financial need. Pictured here, Shannon Maguire, Andrea McKenney and Andrea Morgan sort buttons. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Northlake Shopping Center Foes Discuss Plans With PBC Officials By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report County Commissioner Jess Santamaria held a meeting Wednesday afternoon with residents living near the proposed Shops at Indian Trails commercial development on Northlake Blvd. Several residents complained about the development at the Palm Beach County Commission meeting last month. The commissioners granted a 30-day postponement on the zoning approval in order for Santamaria and county staff to work out an accommodation between the residents and the developer. The project, located on 30.7 acres on the south side of Northlake Blvd. between Coconut Blvd. and 130th Ave. North, has already received the necessary land-use amendment. Developers propose 107,566 square feet of commercial space, including a grocery store, general retail, two banks, a medical office building, a gas station and a fast-food restaurant. Most of the nine residents attending Wednesday’s meeting held at the county’s Vista Center offices said they did not want the project at all, but Palm Beach

County Planning, Zoning & Building Director Barbara Alterman said it has already received a comprehensive plan amendment. “A lot of people might not know or understand this has been in the county process for three or four years,” Alterman said. “The Board of County Commissioners did approve this as commercial low, so that is kind of a moot issue.” She said what is under consideration now is to change the zoning to fit the land-use designation. Santamaria noted that the property had gone through many public hearings, including at the county level; by the Indian Trail Improvement District, which gave its approval after the developer made many concessions; and by the Acreage Landowners’ Association, which also gave its approval. “The comp plan is the first step, and it has already been designated as a commercial area,” he said. “Now we have to decide what kind of commercial can go there.” Santamaria said he had acted to postpone the decision so he could meet with residents to protect them as much as possible from detrimental effects of the project. “I want this to have the mini-

mum possible impact on your lifestyle,” he said. “My contention has been not to take away from your lifestyle, but it already has commercial designation.” Site planner Joyce Lawrence said at the last commission meeting that there were two outstanding issues, a planned access onto Hamlin Blvd. and additional buffering along Hamlin. The most contentious issue with buffering, she said, was the planned 25-foot landscaped buffer with an 8-foot wall behind the grocery store. She said the minimum allowable is 15 feet and that the developers had agreed to make it 25 feet. After contacting them again, Lawrence said they had agreed to expand that to 35 feet. Traffic engineer Nick Uhren said they were trying to minimize the number of places drivers could make a left turn and that the rightturn-only entrance on Hamlin would serve local residents and actually reduce the number of trips onto Northlake Blvd. Some of the residents said they would prefer a 50-foot buffer, but Lawrence said the developer would have to redesign the entire See NORTHLAKE, page 18

Lox Groves District Approves $13.50/Acre Assessment Hike By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report At a public hearing attended by fewer than 20 residents, the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors agreed Monday to raise its annual per-acre assessment $13.50 to $151.45 per acre. District Administrator Clete Saunier attributed the increase to a recent petition-driven referendum the district conducted, which determined that one or more supervisors should be elected through a direct election process, not the proxy vote method used previously.

Last month, the supervisors approved a resolution adopting a preliminary district budget that included a proposed rate increase of $13.50 per acre for fiscal year 2012. The board directed district staff to notify all property owners of the proposed increase and to schedule a public hearing for this week. The unanticipated additional costs associated with the referendum will be $106,300, Saunier said. This includes not only the cost of the referendum itself, but also the urban area mapping necessary to determine the number of board seats to be chosen by direct

election and amending the district’s enabling legislation. The district’s reserve fund as of Sept. 30, 2010 totaled $182,054, and the district’s fiscal year 2011 projected expenses yielded a shortfall of $22,630. This means the reserve fund would be reduced to $159,424 as of Sept. 30, 2011, Saunier said. Saunier explained that the district’s reserve fund is designed to provide a three-month cash-flow balance at the beginning of each fiscal year to pay the district’s expenses until assessment revenue is received from the county tax See LGWCD, page 7

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Palm Beach State To Buy Simon Property For Fifth Campus By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach State College Board of Trustees on Tuesday authorized $4.5 million to purchase 75 acres of the Simon property in Loxahatchee Groves for its fifth campus. Also known as Loxahatchee Groves Commons, the Simon Property is a 96.7-acre parcel on the east side of B Road at Southern Blvd. The owners of the property have been negotiating zoning issues with the Town of Loxahatchee Groves for several years. Most recently, the town granted the Simon property a land use change from rural residential to mixed use. Co-owner Sandy Simon complimented the PBSC board and especially attorney and trustee Wendy Link, who had led the negotiations in a meeting moderated by Richard Becker, PBSC’s

vice president for administration and building services. After choosing the Simon property as the best site for a campus, Becker said that he, Link and Simon met Thursday, Aug. 4 to hammer out a price. “I just sat back and kind of played referee and watched two skilled negotiators go at it,” Becker said. “After about an hour and a half, we got to the point of having the property offered to us at $4.6 million.” They also discussed a possible discount in return for naming rights on the first building on the site, Becker added. “This has been a very deliberate action by the board of trustees,” Simon said. “Their attention to fiduciary responsibility is refreshing. It’s nice to be able to negotiate with a board that does not have a lot of other agendas going. I must say I’m very grateSee CAMPUS, page 18

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH AT THE MALL

The Mall at Wellington Green celebrated the back-to-school shopping season with a MallStars Kids Club “Back-to-School Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 6. Local vendors offered services for kids, and several stores offered special deals. Pictured here, Home Away From Home Child Care Director Linda Gilbert gives Denise McIntyre some information. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO B Y DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Seeking Green Designation By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington’s green initiative may soon pay off as it pursues certification to become a Florida Green Local Government. The designation, given by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) recognizes both municipalities and counties as “green” for their environmentally minded practices. The Florida Green Local Government Standard was created with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Florida Energy Office, and strives to improve environmental performance. It evaluates governments that provide “in-house” environmental practices, offer incentives and ordinances to foster green practices, and engage in educational activities to improve the environment.

Wellington Principal Planner Bill Nemser told the Town-Crier Wednesday that Wellington’s forward thinking in its environmental policies have helped its eligibility. Notably, the new LEED-certified municipal complex, extensive e-services to cut down on waste and the Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat have helped Wellington to stand out. “We’ve worked very hard in the past on environmental practices and policies,” Nemser said. “If we were given this recognition, I believe we would be one of the first — if not the first — in Palm Beach County.” Currently, Wellington is working with FGBC coordinators to tackle the evaluation process. Nemser said that the detailed process includes a checklist of more See GREEN, page 18

Wellington To Launch Green Market At Amphitheater By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington residents will be able to take advantage of the new Wellington Green Market this fall when it opens at the Wellington Amphitheater. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents will be able to peruse and purchase some of the area’s best locally grown produce. Each Saturday, more than 20 vendors will set up in the parking lot of the amphitheater, selling fresh vegetables, flowers and other treats local to Palm Beach County. “We wanted to bring a green market to Wellington to provide another avenue for our residents to take advantage of fresh produce,” Wellington Parks & Recreation Director Bruce Delaney

said. “The western communities have a lot of agriculture, so it was a natural match, and we think it will be well-received.” The Wellington Green Market will be open every Saturday starting in November and ending sometime in the spring, Delaney said. “If everything goes well, we expect it will run for about six months,” he said. “That would put us sometime in April. An exact end date has not yet been decided.” Wellington is partnering on the project with Peter Robinson, who runs the Lake Worth Farmers Market. “I chatted with the mayor, and he said he felt we needed a green market in Wellington,” Robinson said. “I had done them out west

before, but always on a Sunday. I felt that the area really needed a Saturday market.” The market will open in November with some celebrity appearances, including WPTV’s Roxanne Stein, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Initially, the market will host between 20 and 30 vendors offering locally grown vegetables, wildflowers, local baked goods and other foods, Robinson said. Delaney noted that he hopes to see the market eventually expand. “The idea is to start relatively small and build a nice base,” he said. “We will try to use as much local produce as we can, whether from our neighbors in Belle Glade or right here in Wellington.” In addition to great produce, Robinson said he would be bring-

ing the popular Canal St. South to the Wellington Green Market. “It’s an amazing collection of collectibles and unique items and housewares,” he said. “We have had great success with it in Lake Worth. We even have a few vendors who come from Wellington and sell horse items, so they’ll be offering those to residents.” With its great location in the heart of Wellington’s new Town Center, Delaney expects the market to be a success. “I think that for those people who may be stopping by to use the aquatics complex or taking their children to Scott’s Place playground, they might have a good opportunity to take advantage of the green market there,” he said. Likewise, visitors attracted by the green market may stick around

and enjoy some of Wellington’s amenities. “It will give them the opportunity to see what is going on at the amphitheater or the community center,” Delaney said. To make it a true community event, Delaney said Wellington hopes to bring some of its great entertainment at the amphitheater to the stage during the market to entertain guests. “We’re anticipating bringing in some entertainment on various days,” he said. “Either we’ll have live music or something as an aside to the green market. That way people can come and spend some time there being entertained while they shop.” For more information about the market, or for vendor inquiries, call Robinson at (561) 283-5856.


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Congressman West Addresses Wellington Chamber Luncheon By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The state of the economy was the main topic when Congressman Allen West (R-District 22) spoke Wednesday to members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. West spoke before a sold-out crowd at a chamber luncheon held at the Wanderers Club at Wellington and sponsored by the Connor Financial Group. West unseated former Congressman Ron Klein last November and took office in January. In the brief time he has been in office, West said that he has seen a shift from the government spending to cutting back. “It has been a very interesting month in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “A year ago, the dominant conversation coming out of Washington and all across the country was the healthcare law. But a year later… people are saying that we need to cut more spending. Because if we get to the point where there are more people tied to government either by assistance check or employment check, then that is not going to bode well for the growth of the private sector and the free market.”

West noted that although many talk about taxing the rich, there are many Americans who “don’t pay their fair share.” He noted that the top 1 percent of wage-earners pay about 37 percent of the taxes, with the top 5 percent paying about 52 percent of the taxes, and the top 25 percent of wage-earners paying 86 percent of the taxes collected in America. “But yet 47 percent of wageearning households in America pay no federal taxes,” he said. “What happens when that number becomes 50 percent? What happens when the number of producers equals the number that is now becoming a growing entitlement class?” Only 30 years ago, it was just 18 percent of households not paying federal taxes, West said. “It’s a matter of time before the producers stop producing,” he said, “because the fruits of your labor… are going to a growing public sector that is outpacing the private sector.” Instead, West favors a flat tax for all residents, “because the more money we can put back into your pockets, the greater the investment in ingenuity and innovation,” he said. “We have to have

the right type of economic policies if we are going to turn this economy around.” West also stressed the necessity of easing regulations on small businesses and giving them access to capital. With the recent stock market declines, West said that the private sector needs reassurance that it will be able to thrive in America. “If we do not get some certainty out there for our private sector,” he said, “how are we going to be able to grow our economy?” West said that one of the problems in Washington is that officials are more focused on being reelected than on creating good policy. “We deal in election-cycle sound bytes,” he said. “We think about things every two or four years. That is not enough for a business cycle. We do not go out and forecast 10, 20 or 40 years ahead.” Had the government looked ahead, West said, it might not have enacted the Community Reinvestment Act, which West said contributed to the economic crash. “When government all of a sudden decides that everyone has the See WEST, page 18

Congressman Allen West (R-District 22) addresses chamber members at Wednesday’s luncheon. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Redistricting Forums In Stuart Aug. 15 And Boca Raton Aug. 16 By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County residents will have their chance to comment on the state’s redistricting process next week. The redistricting committee started meeting a month ago in the Panhandle and is working its way south, according to State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D-District 85), who is one of two representatives from Palm Beach County participating in the hearings. Meetings are scheduled in Stuart on Monday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Boca Raton on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We have had public input from all different areas and communities, and it has been very helpful to the committee to hear concerns and things that the residents would like to see remain intact,” Abruzzo said. “There are often some conflicting views. Some want more representation in a specific area, and others would like singu-

lar representation so it’s a one-stop shop so they know where to go.” Every 10 years, the state legislature redraws district boundaries for Florida’s state house, state senate and congressional delegations based on newly released U.S. Census data. This is the first time the process will be governed by newly enacted state constitutional amendments that require more compact and contiguous district lines. At the hearings thus far, some residents have complained that their area has three different representatives, and they don’t know which one to go to. Others say they like having three different representatives because it gives them more people to support their issues in Tallahassee, Abruzzo said. “It’s great to hear this type of public input because it varies by community,” he said. “We’re going to be drawing the lines for the entire state. For me to understand what the different viewpoints are

geographically has been a benefit, and it was a very good idea to have the public meetings. We have ours coming up in Palm Beach County, and I encourage as much input as possible.” Abruzzo noted that individuals interested in participating even have the chance to draw exactly the district maps they desire. Map templates are available at www. floridaredistricting.org. “If the residents have the time to draw a map, it will be put into the public record and it will be something the committee will have to take into consideration once we start drawing the lines during committee weeks,” he said. “It would be a very beneficial tool for individuals or groups to draw maps.” Abruzzo said that so far, the hearings have been open and transparent. “The voters overwhelmingly passed Amendments 5 and 6 and made it clear that they want fair districts, and I am going to be

fighting as hard as I can to ensure that we have fair districts that do not benefit any political party or incumbent.” Abruzzo said that the majority party has indicated that it intends to make the process open and transparent every step of the way, including when it goes to committee, although there are more Republicans than Democrats on the committee. “Speaker [Dean] Cannon has been very stern from day one that he wants the process to be fair and nobody to be playing games, and everything thus far has indicated an honest and honorable process,” he said. When public comment ends, the members will go into committee meetings. The house and senate redistricting committees will meet in the fall, and the final maps will be voted on during the 2012 legislative session. There are actually three redistricting committees, one for each set of lines that need to be drawn.

“I serve on the Congressional Redistricting Committee, where I will be helping shape the look of the U.S. congressional districts in the State of Florida,” Abruzzo said. After the committees meet, full votes will be taken in both chambers, and the maps that pass will be sent to the governor. Abruzzo said there are two state representatives from Palm Beach County participating in the process, himself and State Rep. Mack Bernard (D-District 84). He said he has gained insight as to how people want their districts to look after decades of gerrymandering in the past. “Not being part of the process in the past, it’s hard for me to compare,” Abruzzo said. “However, all I can say at this point is everything has been open and transparent and the Republican leadership has been willing to let Democrats engage every step of the way.” However, it is hard to interject partisanship into public hearings.

He does not know if partisanship will kick in later in the process. “We haven’t got into the committees where we have truly started to draw the lines yet,” he said. “So we’re not at the point where we’re fighting over what we think is a fair district and what the majority party thinks is a good or bad district line.” At that point, Abruzzo hopes the legislature will think of the public good. “Do I think there will be some disagreements?” he asked. “Absolutely. Do I think that we will make every attempt to work in a bipartisan way and do what’s best for all of Florida to include everybody? I sure hope so.” Local public input sessions will be held Monday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Blake Library (2351 SE Monterrey Road, Stuart) and Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University (777 Glades Road, Boca Raton). Visit www.florida redistricting.org for more info.


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The Fight For Fair Representation: Get Involved In Redistricting Every 10 years, the state legislature redraws Florida’s state and federal district boundaries based on newly released U.S. Census data. This cycle is the first time the process will be governed by newly enacted state constitutional amendments that require more compact and contiguous district lines. After an uphill battle was won to get those constitutional referendums passed, the process is now underway with public hearings being held throughout the state. Public input hearings for Palm Beach County residents will be held Monday, Aug. 15 in Stuart and Tuesday, Aug. 16 in Boca Raton. We urge all people interested in good government to take part in the process and make sure that we get the fair representation we deserve. Before the various redistricting committees draw up the new district maps in 2012, they are gathering input from voters. The upcoming redistricting hearings will allow Palm Beach County residents to have a hand in the process. The goal is to make the redistricting process as transparent as possible, a stark contrast to the way districts previously have been drawn. Up until now, state legislators had the ability to freely decide where the lines were drawn, with minimal rules to guide them. Not surprisingly, this resulted in districts created to benefit incumbents and the party in power. Not only is that an unfair way to stack the electoral deck, but the district maps turned out to be a gerrymandered mess, weaving to and fro with little regard to communities and common interests. Rather than a town, county or group of communities having their own representative, they’ve been diced, sliced and grouped with pieces of other towns, some very far away. It is an unfair practice that makes little sense, but for too long it has been politics as usual. Hopefully, the new rules will put an end to that game.

With public input now playing a larger role in the redistricting process, it is important that people show up to these hearings to share their views and to send a message to Tallahassee that we take this issue seriously. Despite the overwhelming support voters gave to the two redistricting referendums last November, that didn’t stop some of its more powerful opponents from fighting it. One of the first things Gov. Rick Scott did after being sworn into office was to withdraw a federal request to implement the redistricting amendments. His said it was part of a temporary freeze placed on new state rules pending review, but it didn’t sit well with many of the amendments’ advocates. This comes after legal challenges from two members of Congress — Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami) and Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) — and House Speaker Dean Cannon. Clearly, they didn’t get the memo sent by 63 percent of the state’s voters. The word “representative” does not just mean a person who will represent the viewpoints and desires of a particular group, but also that he or she represents them as a person — as one of them. It’s a lot easier for that to be the case when they’re part of that group, not an outsider who has to play catch-up on the issues the constituents care about. And the only way to have true representation is to have district boundaries that are fairly drawn, keeping communities together and partisanship at a minimum. Remember, whatever boundaries we end up with, we’ll have to live with for the next 10 years. Local public input sessions will be held Monday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Blake Library (2351 SE Monterrey Road, Stuart) and Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University (777 Glades Road, Boca Raton). For more information, call (850) 488-3298 or visit www.floridaredistricting.org.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sexton Stands By His Letter I thank the Town-Crier for printing my summary of the Wellington Village Council’s amending of the village’s noise ordinance at the request of the two new golf courses. And I very much also appreciate the newspaper’s printing Mayor [Darell] Bowen’s response. Mayor Bowen claims that I grossly misrepresent facts but cites no example. Obviously, I cannot respond to that sort of criticism. How can anyone rebut a claim of misrepresentation if there is no specific misrepresentation mentioned? I stand by what I wrote. Somehow Mayor Bowen attributes to me full knowledge that “the original ordinance had never been enforced nor adhered to by any golf course in Wellington.” How I am supposed to know such a “fact” is beyond me. I live at the Wanderers course, which was formerly the Wellington Country Club. What I actually know from firsthand experience is that the amount of noise and timing of noise associated with the maintenance of the course increased dramatically after Wanderers renovated the course and began regular operation. And that is how my attention was called to the situation in the first place. And Mayor Bowen seems to forget that my opposition was not specifically to anything Wanderers did. My opposition was to council’s gutting the noise ordinance (with respect to golf courses) without so much as asking for any consideration from any golf course. Binks Forest claimed that they could make an additional $1 million per year if they did not have to follow the ordinance in effect when they assumed ownership. I am sorry that Mayor Bowen believes me to be insinuating that he is personally “in the pocket of their lawyers.” I have never made

such a statement and never would. My actual words, “Among other things, this instance of council action supports the contention of writers to the Town-Crier that our village council is first and foremost dedicated to the chamber of commerce.” I followed that with, “Perhaps the pricey lawyers are not pricey because of their knowledge of the law, but rather their knowledge of the lawmakers.” In other words, they may know that council is usually willing to accommodate commerce. Phil Sexton Wellington

Capitalism Made The U.S. Great In response to Mr. [David] Eisenberg (“Business in Control of the State,” Letters, Aug. 5), it sounds like he went to the school of Karl Marx. This is the voice of a true socialist. Capitalism made this country No. 1 in the world, Mr. Eisenberg, in wealth and power. That’s why people have come here from every country for well over a hundred years — to grab that dream called America, land of the free, to be as rich or poor as you want. It is truly the land of opportunity where one can go from rags to riches overnight. Of course, corporations are moving to China, Mexico, etc. They’re paying the highest corporate taxes in the world — in the world, Mr. Eisenberg. As for larger numbers of prisoners, they’re in there for committing crimes, Mr. Eisenberg: robbery, assault, murder, etc. They’re not political prisoners, as is your implication. As for the death penalty, I guess you have no problem with a man who takes a little girl, rapes and murders her in a horrific manner like burying her alive, for his hour or so of pleasure to continue to breath clean air, enjoy three meals

a day, watch TV, work out in a gym and maybe, just maybe, get out one day on appeal because of some technicality, like the judge fell asleep for 10 minutes during the trial. I am sure you have no problem with partial-birth abortion. And enough with what the rich make. It’s their money, not the government’s. They earned it. Why do socialists love taxes so much but move to a state where they’re low or nonexistent? Go to New York City where you pay a high state tax, a city tax, a surtax, a 9 percent sales tax and $12 for a pack of cigarettes. And with all these taxes, they’re in deep financial trouble due to all these social programs. I notice I don’t hear you complaining about the Hollywood elites, sports figures and the like. They’re all millionaires. And let’s not forget GE [CEO Jeff Immelt], who just moved his company to China and yet is on the president’s staff. No comment? Let me end with this: Businesses large and small provide jobs and benefits. What do you provide? Thomas Euell Wellington

Bowen Deserves An Apology Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to letters published last week by Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen and Phil Sexton regarding the village’s noise ordinance as it relates to golf courses. I believe it is time that we recognize the difference between facts and innuendo. The recent exchange between Mayor Bowen and Phil Sexton is a prime example. I’ve lived in the area, and it is common knowledge among the golfing community and interested parties that Mayor Bowen is quite correct in his assertion that the Village of Wellington has allowed maintenance an hour before golf.

The fact that the original ordinance was never enforced should not lead any reasonable person to conclude that Mayor Bowen had done anything improper, but it does lead readers to reasonably conclude that Mr. Sexton is extremely careless when it comes to gathering facts or Mr. Sexton is allowing his personal feelings to override his better judgment. In any case, Mr. Sexton should have done his homework. Reckless abandonment of facts brings into question the real reason for the letter. At the very least, Mr. Sexton owes Mayor Bowen an apology. Richard Nielsen Royal Palm Beach

Is Florida’s New Drug Testing Law Constitutional? The recently enacted welfare reform statute requires that certain adults who have in their custody children less than 18 years of age are required to submit to drug testing as a prerequisite to the infant’s entitlement to welfare benefits. The statute does not require the infant to be tested. Some legal scholars argue that the statute is unconstitutional. Perhaps the court will distinguish testing the adult who is not the intended beneficiary from the cases that hold that a recipient may not be tested as a prerequisite to receiving welfare benefits. In welfare cases where the issue is whether the state can require a drug test, the Fourth Amendment applies, which prohibits unreasonable searches; therefore, courts will employ the highest standard, which is “strict scrutiny.” That means the state has the burden of proving that its action is necessary to achieve a compelling or overriding governmental purpose. The court will also take into consideration whether

there is a less restrictive means to accomplish the objective. The state will have a difficult task in proving that the drug test does not violate the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, but the task is not impossible. The issue is not without precedent. In the matter of Ferguson v. Charleston, the court decided that a state hospital’s performance of drug tests on pregnant women receiving prenatal care to deter their use of cocaine was not permissible without their consent. In Ferguson, the recipient was being tested. Under the Florida statute, the minor is the intended beneficiary, and the adult who is to be tested is merely the caregiver and not the actual recipient. The state’s attorney general [Pam Bondi] might argue that testing the caregiver, who is not the actual recipient of the benefit, is not a prerequisite for obtaining welfare benefits for the child because any caregiver who qualifies as such can administer the benefits on behalf of the child. The state would have an interest in assuring that the caregiver will not divert the funds to her own use, given that the caregiver is responsible to see that the minor enjoys the benefit.

Arguably the state has an interest in protecting the minor by requiring the caregiver to be tested before disbursing money to her for the child’s benefit. A Michigan law that authorized suspicion-less drug testing of welfare recipients as a condition to receiving benefits was struck down by the court holding that the drug testing requirement violates the Fourth Amendment. In that case the court held that there must be some indication of a concrete danger to public safety in order to satisfy the reasonable search standard of the Fourth Amendment. Florida’s attorney general should seek to distinguish the Michigan case in light of the fact that Florida is not actually testing the recipient of the benefit; rather it is testing the caregiver who is not the intended beneficiary. The adult caregiver must be a responsible person and because the Florida law does not require the infant beneficiary to be tested, as to the infant beneficiary who is the welfare recipient, there is no Fourth Amendment issue. Frank Morelli Wellington

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Some Interesting Statistics About Our Current Spending Habits OK. Factor in the recession and general economic malaise, and naturally our personal spending priorities have changed. But how they have changed gives us an interesting insight on how Americans think. For example, since 2007, the biggest jump in comparative

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin spending was for cell phone services, up 31 percent. But would

you guess the biggest drop in personal spending came in postal and mailing services, down 28 percent? On the plus side, spending for watches was up 13 percent and for movies the trend was 12 percent positive. Check that against clothing and repairs, which was down 19 percent. Gambling casi-

no revenues plummeted 16 percent, but lottery purchases finished up 16 percent. Go figure. Foreign travel into the United States climbed 17 percent during this four-year stretch, and bicycle sales were up 9 percent. Overall new car sales fell 12 percent, and museums and libraries were off 9 percent. Yet booze sales, of

all sorts, rose 5 percent and jewelry was a downer by 7 percent. Fortunately, higher education climbed over 6 percent, used cars did well at a plus 4 percent, and hospital services catapulted 11 percent. Surprisingly, veterinary services dropped 6 percent, nursery school attendance slipped 6 per-

cent and dental services ground off 4 percent. While you digest these figures, keep in mind that the rate of spending growth in 2003 to 2007 was about 14 percent. Between 2007 and 2011 that rate fell to 3 percent. Tough times certainly do make our priorities shift. And, of course, so they should.

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County Offers Program With Local Vets To Help Adopted Pets Get A Healthy Start Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control has started a program providing each new pet owner with a free veterinary visit within seven days of adopting a pet. Due to the successful growth of the year-long trial period, the program is now operating on a permanent basis. Upon adoption, participating veterinarians generously provide a healthcare certifi-

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WELLINGTON MARKETPLACE TENANTS HOST COMMUNITY SWAP MEET & SALE A community swap meet/garage sale was held Saturday, Aug. 6 in the parking lot of the Wellington Marketplace. Shopping center tenants offered guests exclusive deals and discounts. Additionally, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Of fice offered child fingerprinting, bike safety tips and car seat inspections. The event was co-sponsored by the Asphalt Angels Car Club, which raffled of f prizes during the event. For more info., visit www.thewellingtonmarketplace.com. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

PBSO Explorer Patrick Shields, Deputy Mark Smith and Lt. Rober t Freytes with McGruff (Sgt. Cassie Schwartz).

Anne Cardozo and Brianna Nardi of Realm of Fae sell items.

Nature’s Table Café owner Bedonna Flesher at the Wellington Marketplace booth.

Tutoring Club of Wellington owners Denise and Roger Thomas.

Crystal Stone and Eric Ocando of Dance All Night offer dance lessons.

Ashley Hammond, Stacy Jacobson and Karina Abarca of Youfit Health Club.

PARTICIPANTS HAVE FUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE AT HUGS & KISSES ‘DATE NIGHT’ Hugs & Kisses Inc. hosted “Dat e Night” Wednesday, Aug. 3 at its Royal Palm Beach location. Attendees sorted buttons and made button bracelets while enjoying refreshments. Hugs & Kisses pays living expenses for cancer patients who are in desperate financial need, allowing them to focus on getting medical treatment and continuing their care. For information on donating, or to volunteer, visit www.hugsandkissesinc.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Patrick McKenney and John Maguire sort buttons.

Hugs & Kisses founder Jean Morris and her husband Pete (seat ed) with Date Night participants.

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Man Arrested For Attacking Sheriff’s Deputy In Wellington By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report AUG. 7 — A suburban Lake Worth man was arrested early last Sunday morning for battery against a law enforcement officer following an incident on Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington pulled over 42-year-old Scott Stern for suspicion of driving under the influence. According to the report, Stern began to raise his voice and chest-bumped the deputy. Stern was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where he was charged with battery against an officer and driving under the influence. ••• AUG. 2 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 56th Place North last Tuesday night regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim was in her home at approximately 10 p.m. when she received a phone call from a neighbor, who told her that unknown perpetrators driving a black truck had entered her yard and stolen her kayak. The kayak was described as gray with a cougar on both sides and was valued at approximately $500. There were no suspects at the time of the report. AUG. 6 — Residents of Pine Trace at Binks Forest called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Saturday morning to report vehicle burglaries. According to separate PBSO reports, two residents on Whispering Willow Drive discovered that someone entered or attempted to enter their vehicle. According to one PBSO report, sometime between 10:30 p.m. last Friday and 6:30 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole a TomTom GPS and a Sunpass. The stolen items were valued at approximately $145. In a second PBSO report, the victim parked and locked his vehicle in his driveway at approximately 10 p.m. last Friday. When he returned to his car at approximately 9 a.m. the following morning, the victim discovered that someone had attempted to pry open the driver’sside window. The perpetrator(s) damaged the window, weather strip and paint, causing approximately $1,000 in damages. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of either report. AUG. 6 — A resident of Binks Estates called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Saturday morning to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 6:45 p.m. last Friday and 8:30 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s vehicle and stole a white purse containing the victim’s credit cards, driver’s license and sunglasses from the center console. The victim was notified by her bank that one of her cards was used at a gas station in Royal Palm Beach. The stolen items were valued at approximately $500. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. AUG. 6 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home in the Preserve at Binks Forest last Saturday afternoon regarding a theft.

According to a PBSO report, at approximately 2 p.m., the victim washed her patio furniture and left it in the driveway to dry. Approximately 45 minutes later, she went outside and discovered it was gone. The furniture is described as a wicker set with two chairs, a bench and two tables. The stolen items were valued at approximately $500. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. AUG. 7 — A resident of the South Shore neighborhood called the PBSO substation in Wellington early last Sunday morning to report a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 7 p.m. last Saturday and 1:50 a.m. the following morning, someone pried open the front door of the victim’s home to gain access to the house. Once inside, the perpetrator(s) pried open a safe that was bolted to the laundry room floor and stole $9,000 in cash, along with two Rolex watches, a Jovina gold watch and approximately $20,000 in miscellaneous jewelry. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. AUG. 7 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach responded to a home in the Willows neighborhood last Sunday morning regarding a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8 a.m. last Tuesday and 9 a.m. last Sunday, someone entered the home and stole a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and a Glock .40 pistol. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim believes that the perpetrator(s) may have entered through an unlocked door. AUG. 7 — A West Palm Beach resident called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Sunday to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, last Friday the victim reported her wallet stolen to the West Palm Beach Police Department. She later discovered that the perpetrator(s) used her cards to make several charges at businesses in Royal Palm Beach. The perpetrator(s) made two charges at BJ’s for $971.42 and $135.44, a charge at Old Navy for $369, a charge at Olive Garden on Forest Hill Blvd. for $54.86 and a charge at the Walmart Supercenter on Belvedere Road for $330.69. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. AUG. 7 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to a home on 60th Court North last Sunday evening regarding a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim returned to her vacant home after two months to discover that it had been burglarized. The perpetrator(s) broke a rear window and stripped copper wire from the breaker box to the exterior meter. The stolen items were valued at approximately $2,000. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. AUG. 9 — A West Palm Beach man was arrested Tuesday night following a suspicious incident outside a gas station on Okeechobee Blvd. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was on See BLOTTER, page 18

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At Chamber Lunch, Rooney Recounts First Year In Tallahassee By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report After spending his life in the business world, freshman State Rep. Pat Rooney (R-District 83) told Palms West Chamber of Commerce members Monday that he has had to adjust to not seeing the effects of what he does immediately. “When I decided to run, a lot of people questioned my sanity, and now that I’ve gone through it for a year, they were absolutely right to do so,” Rooney said at a lunch held at the Madison Green Golf Club. “It is really an interesting process, to say the least, in terms of legislating and lawmaking.” As owner of two restaurants and managing partner of the Palm Beach Kennel Club, any decision he makes is incorporated into the business plan that day, if possible, so he can see quickly whether it was a good decision. “That’s not how it happens in the legislative process,” said Rooney, whose northern Palm Beach County district includes much of The Acreage. Any idea Rooney introduces has to go through committees and a vetting process before it comes up for a vote in the house, then the state senate and governor have to agree to it. “After many, many months, you get to see whether it is successful,” he said. Rooney said he ran on a platform of promoting business. “That’s where I felt I could be of the most use,” he said, adding that he got high grades from the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Florida for his voting record. “I take a lot of pride in that. We dealt with unemployment compensation; we dealt with some tort reform.” Lawmakers also gave the governor money to use to try to attract new business to Florida. “I am a conservative, both fiscally

and for the most part socially, but really the reason I ran was to help business, so, we’re on the right track,” he said. One piece of legislation he said he is proud to have seen pass was the pill mill bill, which addresses issues regarding pain clinics that have become a problem in MiamiDade, Broward and, increasingly, Palm Beach counties. “It was years in the making to get to this point and, hopefully, will now give law enforcement and our state attorney the tools that they need to fight corrupt and unscrupulous pain management clinics,” Rooney said. Rooney was disappointed that the state legislature did not pass an immigration bill this year, adding that he expects one will be taken up again in the next session. Other issues he said he would like to take up in 2012 include an online sales tax, which would compel out-of-state, online-only companies to pay their fair share of taxes. “These companies are out-of-state or out-of-country, and, in a way, the citizens are not paying the proper sales tax,” Rooney said. That issue, and others, is of great concern to him, but it might have to wait until he gets the seniority necessary to advance his agenda. “If leadership does not want to take an issue on, it’s not happening until you get in that senior position,” Rooney said. He said he anticipates some movement on what he calls the “Expedia bill” that would address a related issue with online travel companies. “There was an issue with impact on our bed tax of these companies charging a service fee, and services are not taxed in Florida, which in my opinion, gave them an unfair advantage over some of our local hoteliers,” he said. “That did not pass last year, but it will be brought up again.”

Chamber Luncheon — (Left) State Rep. Pat Rooney adresses Palms West Chamber members. (Center) Ron Miranda, general manager of luncheon host Madison Green Golf Club. (Right) Tensy Caine (cent er) of luncheon sponsor PNC Bank accepts a certificate of appreciation from Palms West Chamber Chairman Carmine Priore III and Mary Lou Bedford. PHOTOS B Y RON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER Personal injury protection (PIP) auto insurance reform is an issue that Rooney said he thinks the governor will be behind. “When we buy a car, we all pay insurance where it doesn’t matter whose fault it is in an accident,” he said. “People on the evil side of things figure out ways to fraudulently take advantage of that. I think you’re going to see some movement on the PIP auto insurance reform, specifically because that is something the governor wants to deal with.” Further education reform is another issue Rooney wants to take up, noting that he has formed an education task force advisory committee in his district to ask teachers, principals and parents to advise him how to improve the system. “I absolutely believe in the no-tenure system for our teachers,” he said. “I think [tenure] is the wrong way to incentivize teachers to do the job that we need

them to do. I think paying them is the best incentive, but I’m not an educator, so I want to rely on folks in that field to tell me in an advisory position what we can do to make it better.” Redistricting is another issue that will be addressed in the upcoming session, he said, reminding people that the redistricting committee will hear public input at a meeting Monday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterrey Road in Stuart, and Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. “The Redistricting Committee is going around the state right now taking testimony from folks like yourselves,” he said. “They take that testimony, and they will put that in their report, how districts will be determined going forward.” Rooney is also working on a bill that would permit committee tele-

conferencing. “A lot of the committee meetings just give you information on issues that may be coming up for that committee, and they’re not anything you’re voting on,” he said, explaining that it would be more economical to sit in on the sessions via computer or teleconference. “We’d save the taxpayers a lot of money.” He also hopes to advance the athletic training bill he brought up last year that would require a certified athletic trainer to be present at high school games. “Right now, it is pretty much up to the coach to determine if a kid goes back in to play football or soccer or whatever, and they might not have the medical training to ascertain whether the kid should be put back in,” Rooney said. He is also working on a mortgage fraud protection bill that would enable property owners to more easily evict deadbeat renters, as well as a bill to give incen-

tives to corporations to support local charities. During questions, Wellington resident Gina Rascati asked Rooney to support the State Road 7 extension to Northlake Blvd., which is adamantly opposed by residents of Ibis, where Rooney lives. It is a key issue supported by the Palms West Chamber. “We are really pushing to get State Road 7 connected to Northlake,” Rascati said. “I was wondering what you can do to help us.” Rooney agreed that SR 7 is a big issue. “I live at Ibis, which is the primary opponent right now,” he said. “That group of residents there does not want to have it. While I live at Ibis and represent Ibis, I also recognize that I represent the district as a whole, so we’re constantly trying to work out a way to make this more amenable to all parties so that we can have some type of reliever road at some point.”

Property Appraiser Nikolits Sending Out TRIM Notices Aug. 23 By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office announced last week that Truth in Millage (TRIM) rate notices were being printed and would be mailed to property owners Aug. 23. Local officials say they have held the line on tax increases despite a lower tax base due to decreased property values. Wellington Deputy Village Manager John Bonde said the village held the millage the same at 2.5, below the rollback rate of 2.5277. “The TRIM notice is a statutory requirement that early on lets taxpayers know the worst-case scenario,” Bonde said, explaining that governments can lower that tax rate but cannot raise it. “Property owners can see what’s being

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continued from page 1 collector. The proposed assessment increase of $13.50 per acre would be needed to maintain adequate cash flow reserve for the beginning of fiscal year 2013 and to pay all expenses associated with the new election process through the end of fiscal year 2012. Saunier noted that over the past five years, the district had maintained the same assessment rate by significantly reducing most operating expenditures, and he did not believe enough cuts could be made to avoid the shortfall. “A 33-percent reduction in field

proposed, and if they want, they can discuss it with elected officials before those budgets are finalized.” Because Wellington decided not to raise the rate, Bonde did not believe many taxpayers will be alarmed by the village’s portion of the TRIM notice. “This year, we’ve been able to hold the line and not experience any increases, even though we have a diminishing tax base, so we’ve had to make some additional cuts in order to meet that requirement,” he said. In recent years, Bonde said, there has not been much public input at the budget hearings. “They seem to be understanding the direction that we’re going in and what we’re proposing, and we’ve not been increasing taxes,” he said. “We’ve ac-

tually been holding the line.” However, Bonde added that Wellington will not be the only taxing body on the TRIM notice and encouraged property owners to look at all of the entities involved. “You have to look at all the agencies and see what caused the impact,” Bonde said. Most other taxing bodies that affect local property owners have proposed tax rates lower than or at the rollback rate, according to the list from the Property Appraiser ’s Office. The Palm Beach County Library System gave notice of a 0.5491 millage, below the rollback of 0.5624; Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue proposed a millage of 3.4581, below the rollback rate of 3.547; the Florida Department of Education proposed a millage of 5.682, below the rollback of 5.7962; the Palm

Beach County School Board proposed 2.498, below the rollback of 2.5599; and the South Florida Water Management District proposed 0.1954, below the rollback of 0.2847. Palm Beach County proposed a millage at the rollback rate of 4.8751. The rollback rate is defined as the rate that will bring in the same amount of tax revenue as the previous year. Wellington’s public hearings are set for Sept. 12 and 26 at the regular council meetings on Tuesday evenings. Loxahatchee Groves also held the line at 1.4 mills, which will actually mean a reduction in taxes because the rollback rate would have been 1.5033. “The assessed value dropped almost 7 percent from last year’s value,” Town Manager Frank Spence noted.

Loxahatchee Groves’ public hearings are set for Sept. 6 and 20 at 6 p.m. Royal Palm Beach held its tax rate the same as the previous year. It is the first year in more than a decade that RPB has not actually been able to reduce the millage, according to Village Manager Ray Liggins. “I’m pleased that we were able to hold it at the same rate,” he said. Royal Palm Beach’s public hearings will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 and 15. Property owners who disagree with the proposed amount of their property taxes can voice their objections at public hearings held in September by their respective taxing authorities, according to the Property Appraiser’s Office. The dates and times are also listed on the notice.

“My office receives thousands of calls each year from property owners to complain about their property taxes, but my office cannot help them with taxation issues,” Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits said. “However, if the property owner has a problem with our Jan. 1 estimate of market value or was denied an exemption or classification, they should call my office for an explanation.” The Property Appraiser’s contact numbers are on the notice. “If we are unable to resolve the matter, the property owner can file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board,” Nikolits added. The VAB petition-filing period begins Tuesday, Aug. 23 and ends Friday, Sept. 16. The petition can be filed online at www.mypalm beachclerk.com/vab.aspx.

staff would reduce total expenditures a sufficient amount to cover the unanticipated costs,” Saunier said. “However, the district would be left with insufficient field staff to meet our statutorily required stormwater management and transportation maintenance obligations.” He added that further staff reductions would also hamper disaster response and recovery operations in the event of a natural disaster. The $13.50 increase would cover all current and future expenses associated with implementing the new voting process, would finance all required work for the district to remain in compliance with statutes and would bring the total assessment to $151.45 per

acre for fiscal year 2012, Saunier said, adding that the increase would cover a one-time expense, and the rate can therefore be lowered in future years. Loxahatchee Groves Councilman Ron Jarriel, previously a LGWCD supervisor, said he was disappointed that the board must raise the assessment rate during the current trying economic times. “For the record, it bothers me that we’re raising the assessment for this one reason,” he said. Although Saunier recommended a one-time increase, Jarriel asked whether the increase might have to continue in light of the lean budget the district has maintained. “I would like to know the possibility of it continuing,” he asked. “I can tell you people are in worse

shape this year economically than last year.” Jarriel also pointed out that the town has more than $2.4 million in its contingency fund and wondered if it could help bail out the district, in addition to the $150,000 the town has already pledged for fiscal year 2012. He also pointed out that the referendum had been approved largely by small property owners, but “the large landowners will be the ones who take the brunt.” Resident Mary Ann Miles said she agreed with Jarriel that she would prefer not to have her taxes raised, but speculated that the light turnout was a sign of resignation by district property owners. “There are people out here with little income, yet we have to

pay for it,” Miles said. “We have a hard enough time getting money for expenses that we have.” Supervisor John Ryan pointed out that the district has not had an increase for five years, largely because of continued support from the town’s gas tax fund. “We don’t have unencumbered reserves to cover unanticipated expenses like this referendum,” Ryan said. “Nobody is happy with this process. Supervisors don’t get what they want; large landowners feel excluded.” Nevertheless, Ryan said he thought the district had no choice, since it would run out of money without the increase. Supervisor Frank Schiola said he was reluctant to raise the assessment but was surprised that

more property owners had not shown up. “This is for nothing but consultants and engineers; money that will be spent outside Loxahatchee Groves,” he said. “I have a big problem with this.” Supervisor Robert Snowball agreed. “We were blindsided by this,” he said. “I would love for the town to come up with something to legally cover it.” Ryan made a motion to approve the resolution setting the assessment at $151.45 per acre. “We can’t bind the board for next year, but I can say I believe the expenses will be incurred in the 2012 fiscal year and don’t anticipate further expenses,” he said. The motion carried 3-0, with Supervisor Don Widing and Chairman Don DeMarois absent.


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World Breastfeeding Week Celebrated At Wellington Regional Although breastfeeding is intimate time between mother and baby, a strong support network makes all the difference in mothers achieving their breastfeeding goals. Wellington Regional Medical Center celebrated World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7. The theme of “Breastfeeding Support: Stay Connected” focuses on the importance of communication networks with family, friends, health professionals and others to help mothers and babies achieve the significant health benefits of breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life. Thanks to the resources of the Internet and mobile phones, opportunities for breastfeeding support are now greater than ever. Chat rooms, forums, networks and web sites are devoted to connecting mothers with each other to share ideas, frustrations and successes. Social media sites such as Facebook give families new means by which to connect over great distances and with breastfeeding professionals. At the Centre for Family Beginnings at Wellington, moms turn to international board-certified lactation consultants, health professionals with specialized knowledge of breastfeeding and child development, to find solutions

International board-cer tified lactation consultants Gina Johnson and Pat Rizzo. when questions arise, providing information, reassurance and support. The hospital’s celebration of 2011 World Breastfeeding Week included educational exhibits placed throughout the hospital and special gift bags presented to new mothers. Lactation services at WRMC provide: prenatal breastfeeding education classes, consultation and support to new mothers in the hospital, outpatient consultation to mothers following discharge, ongoing monthly support groups, breastfeeding equipment and supplies, and monthly support groups. For more information, call (561) 798-8664 or visit www. wellingtonregional.com.

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NEWS BRIEFS Audition For ‘The Nutcracker’ In Royal Palm For the first time ever, Giselle’s Dance Studio in will bring The Nutcracker to Royal Palm Beach. Auditions for all parts will be held Sunday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 3. Auditions are open to everyone age 4 and older. Rehearsals will be held Saturday afternoons starting Sept. 10 and running through Dec. 3, with the exception of Nov. 26. The performance will take place Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). The audition schedule for Aug. 28 and Sept. 3 is as follows: 2:30 to 3 p.m., ages 4 to 6; 3 to 3:30 p.m., ages 7 to 10; and 3:45 to 4:15 p.m., 11 and older. The participation fee is $120 due by Oct. 15. This includes 12 rehearsals, costumes, accessories and two tickets to the performance. Giselle’s Dance Studio is located at 298 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. For info., call (561) 7539543, e-mail gisellesds@hotmail. com or visit www.gisellesdance studio.com.

Help With Homebound Mitzvah Program Now in its 15th year, the MorseLife Homebound Mitzvah program and its volunteers will make a difference to Jewish frail homebound seniors over the High Holidays who otherwise would not be

able to experience its joys and traditions. According to MorseLife Director of Community-Based Services Linda Sevich, more than 300 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life will have prepared Homebound Mitzvah program packages and will deliver them on Monday, Sept. 26 to seniors throughout Palm Beach County. “For some people, particularly seniors with family members who have passed on or live a distance from them, the holidays can be the loneliest time of the year,” Sevich said. “It has been such an honor for us to be able to bring the joys and traditions of the High Holidays to them. It is truly a beautiful mitzvah.” The High Holidays, the most important period of prayer, reflection and celebration of the New Year for Jewish people, begin with Rosh Hashanah on the evening Wednesday, Sept. 28 and end with Yom Kippur, which begins on the evening of Friday, Oct 7. Homebound Mitzvah Program volunteers will gather for their deliveries from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the MorseLife campus in West Palm Beach (4847 Fred Gladstone Drive, off Haverhill Road) and at the Jewish Community Center campus in Boynton Beach (8500 Jog Road). Volunteers deliver packages to the homes of area Jewish seniors that include kosher meals prepared by Morse’s Culinary and Nutritional Services Department, prayer books, a DVD of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, and other items. Just as important, volunteers provide quality

time to Homebound Mitzvah Program recipients — sitting and talking with them for a while to bring some additional warmth to the delivery. Since 1997, the Homebound Mitzvah program has been reaching out to the area’s homebound elders in hopes of diminishing the loneliness and isolation frequently felt over Jewish holidays. It was founded by Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, who had nurtured a similar program called Dorot in New York to help isolated seniors, and is made possible through the generosity of community philanthropists and a grant from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. For more information about the Homebound Mitzvah program, call (561) 282-5388.

Flavor Palm Beach Kickoff Event Aug. 26 Flavor Palm Beach, the fourthannual dining showcase of Palm Beach County, kicks off Friday, Aug. 26 with an al fresco tasting party on downtown West Palm Beach’s spectacular waterfront. The event launches the popular month-long discount dining promotion beginning Sept. 1 and benefits the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. The kickoff event will serve up a delicious sampling of signature menu items and cocktails from many local restaurants, including downtown hot spots Pistache French Bistro, Roxy’s Pub, Duf-

fy’s Sports Grill, Morton’s Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, Top of the Point and more. In addition to the array of culinary temptations, Flavor Palm Beach’s launch party will offer musical entertainment by the String Theory Band, live ice sculpture carving, dance performances by Palm Beach Atlantic University, a light show and more. For the first time, this year’s patrons will also have the chance to vote on which restaurant will receive the title of “Best Bite” of Flavor Palm Beach. Admission to the kickoff party is free to the public from 6 to 9 p.m., with dining tickets costing $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Event sponsors include the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Beluga Vodka, Golden Bear Realty, the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 97.9 WRMF and American Express. For more information on the West Palm Beach DDA, visit www.wpbgo.com.

CAFCI Annual Ball Sept. 24 At Cultural Center Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) will hold its annual ball on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Way). For more information about the ball, call Lawrence Eagan at (561) 7910162. For more information about CAFCI, visit www.cafcipbc.org.


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MALL AT WELLINGTON GREEN’S KIDS CLUB HOSTS BIG ‘BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH’ The Mall at Wellington Green celebrated the back-to-school shopping season with a MallStars Kids Club “Back-to-School Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 6. Local vendors offered services for kids, and several stores offered special deals. For more about the mall, visit www.shopwellingtongreen.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Jadin Holmberg and Kolby Wilson make crafts.

Lauren Belinsky of Whole Foods Market makes healthful lunch suggestions.

Maria, Mauricio, Nicholas and Bianca Alvis get some trail mix from Alexis Toohey.

Jacob and Jasmine Nave compete in a game show hosted by Robert Guerra.

Lindsay and Leah Ogden get their faces painted by Adrianna Lopez.

Kim Dillacrusis, Sheri Smallwood, Malini Sawh and Jessica Jerchower compete in a game show, which Sawh won.

YOUNG ACTORS WOO THE AUDIENCE IN LAKE WORTH PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTION

The Lake Worth Playhouse recently wrapped up its summer camp program with performances on Aug. 3-5. Campers ages 8-14 learned acting, voice, dance and stage movement through daily activities and rehearsals, which culminated in a full-scale production of Disney’s The Aristocats Kids. When Madame’s jealous butler cat-naps Duchess and her kittens, they are abandoned in the countryside. Luckily, Thomas O’Malley, pla yed by Marlin Wagner, and his alley cats come to their rescue. Directed and choreographed by Ricky Nahas along with assistant choreographer Shenise Nunez, the performers brought audience members to their feet when the array of kittens, geese, dogs and one mouse took their bow.

(Front row, L-R) Marlin Wagner, Johanna Powell, Maddie Weiz and Yael Pomerance; (back row) Ricky Nahas, Valentina Diaz and Shenise Nunez.

“Aristocats” Valentina Diaz, Johanna Powell and Maddie Weiz.

English geese Kayla Licata and Sarah Morgan sing “Gabble.”


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SOUTH FLORIDA KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE OFFERS HUGE BARGAINS FOR ALL

South Florida Kids Consignment held a sale Aug. 5-7 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, just in time for back-to-school bargains. Approximately 30,000 pieces of merchandise from more than 200 sellers were available for purchase. For more info., visit www. southfloridakidsconsignment.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Luke, mom Wendy and Katie Shelhamer check out the toys.

Kim and Alex Farah choose a sweatshirt.

South Florida Kids Consignment co-organizer Damian Maravankin (third from left) with workers.

Kelly Wernhardt looks at some wallets.

Michelle Ogden finds some bargains.

Sophia De La Vega has fun in the toys section.

TAILWAGGERS HOSTS AGILITY TRIALS AT THE JIM BRANDON EQUESTRIAN CENTER Tailwaggers held agility trials Aug. 5 and 6 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Dogs and their owners came from near and far to compete in novice, open and advanced dog agility trials. For more info., call (561) 804-WAGS or visit www.tailw aggers.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Tailwaggers board member Cheryl Katzman, President Andra Weber, Secretary Maite Dezendorf (with Zac), Vice President Judy Leitzsch (with Sophie), and judges Bob Jef fers and Tom Slattery.

Judge Bob Jeffers with Landis Diggs and Bootsie.

Kathy and Tom Brown with Mico.


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The Goddard School Prepares Children For A Successful Education By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Studies have shown that early childhood education is a crucial part of development. The Goddard School in Wellington specializes in early childhood education for infants to kindergartners. “Children are like sponges,” Goddard School onsite owner Patricia Weisz said. “They learn everything early in life, and their brains store everything.” The children are taught using the Goddard School’s specialized curriculum called the Flex Learning Program, which is based on research into how children learn. “Our curriculum is not like a boxed curriculum,” Weisz said. “When the children are playing, they are learning.” Goddard School Director Maydine Alcid-Digsby believes the Goddard School is one of the best schools for early childhood education because of its unique curriculum. “It has the best curriculum designed for children,” she said. “The Flex Learning Program is a fun learning experience for them.” Every area in the school is set up to engage the children in interactive, playful learning activities. “Even our playground is not just a playground,” Alcid-Digsby said. “It’s a complete learning center.” The Goddard School play-

ground encompasses the Flex Learning Program from the piano, where children can learn to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” to a table where children can learn Braille. The school sets goals for each child based on what he or she must know by the end of the school year. For children who need oneon-one interaction, the school also offers personalized attention as well as learning in a socialized group setting. “The students do activities together,” Weisz said. “And the teachers work with the children in small groups of only five-to-one.” The teachers are specially trained through the Flex Learning Program, which prepares the children for kindergarten education. “We do language arts activities, computers, reading, science, yoga and American Sign Language,” Weisz said. “So we focus our activities to whatever topic we are doing.” The school fully prepares children for any school they go to. “They are prepared for all kindergarten standards, whether public or private,” Weisz said. She recommends that parents begin preparing their children for childhood education as soon as possible. “But it really does depend on the parent,” Weisz added.

Goddard School Director Maydine Alcid-Digsby and onsite owner Patricia Weisz in one of the classrooms.

Onsite owner Patricia Weisz puts away toys in one of the engaging classrooms. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

The school tailors learning activities to babies by incorporating educational aspects in everything they do, from teaching the baby colors while changing a diaper to teaching Braille to help the child communicate without words. “A child can learn at any age, so we start teaching the children from as early as four months,” Weisz said. “But at that age, what they really need most is affection, affection and affection, and we give that to them as well.” The Flex Learning Program fo-

cuses on the child’s needs. “No two children are created equal. We are all diverse,” Alcid-Digsby said. “Each child has his or her own portfolio, so the teachers as well as the parents can track that child’s growth and performance.” The Goddard School also offers VPK classes for pre-kindergarten children. “Studies have shown students who come to school early learn quicker and are more apt to finish high school, and are more able to read when they get to elementary

school,” Alcid-Digsby said. “We offer that foundation and social interaction with other children that they would not receive if they were to stay at home with mom and dad all day long.” The director recommends that parents provide their children with early childhood education, or they will be behind many students. “Children who leave the Goddard School know their vowels, consonants, sounds, blends and how to read on a first-grade lev-

el,” Alcid-Digsby said. “So how is another child going to compete with a child who received the foundation and early education from us?” The Goddard School is a franchise operation with more than 300 schools across the country. The Wellington location is the only one in Palm Beach County. It is located at 2665 State Road 7. For more information about the Goddard School, visit its web site at www.goddardschool.com or call (561) 333-2020.

Jamaicans Of The Palm Beaches Celebrates 20 Years In The Community By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report In celebration of its 20th anniversary as well as Jamaica’s 49th year of independence, Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches hosted a dinner and dance Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. More than 200 guests gathered in formal attire for dinner, dancing and live performances, and to listen to guest speakers from Jamaica and the local community. The featured speaker was Jamaica Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett. “We specifically invited him to come and talk to us about what is going on in Jamaica,” said Dr. Ann Marie March, one of the organizers of the event. Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991 by a small group of Jamaicans who wanted to preserve

their culture while assisting lowincome families in need. “We serve the community and the underserved,” March said, “especially in the health-related fields because there are a lot of medical people in the organization. So we are actively in the community teaching health awareness.” Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches hosts many fundraising events from charity walks to an annual fundraising cruise. All proceeds from the Aug. 6 celebration go to the Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches fund for programs and activities in the community. March hopes the event will raise awareness about the organization and its purpose. The Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches is based at 408 17th St., West Palm Beach. For more info., visit www.jamaicansofpbc.com or call (561) 804-9660.

Rev. Winston Wright, Dr. Ann Marie March and Jamaica Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett.

Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement members Winsom Martin and Ernie Garvey. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER


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BANKATLANTIC BRANCH IN ROYAL PALM BEACH HOSTS A NETWORKING MIXER BankAtlantic in Royal Palm Beach held a business networking mixer Thursda y, A ug. 4. The mixer included complimentary food and beverages from local businesses, music and raffle prizes. The guest speaker was Dr. Luz Van Meek, president of the East Florida chapter of UN Women, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting gender equality and the advancement of women. BankAtlantic is located at 11161 Southern Blvd. For more information on UN Women, visit www.unwomen.org. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Dr. Luz Van Meek with BankAtlantic Relationship Manager Carolyn Pikuza.

Jamie and Joshua Brown with John Singleton of Rising Star Bakery.

BankAtlantic Relationship Manager Carolyn Pikuza, Windstream Communications consultant Barbara Burns and BankAtlantic Sales and Ser vice Manager Shaheen Abdullah.

Hurricane Grill & Wings General Manager Terry Myers with Kitchen Manager Jason Dykas.

BankAtlantic’s Ivan Bruno-Gaston, Thirty-One Gifts’ Melissa Willson and Advanta Realty’s Constance Crawford.

Claude Jenkins of Management Solutions for Profit with Sally Keating of BankA tlantic.

POPULAR FILM AND TV COSTUMES ON EXHIBIT NOW AT NORTON MUSEUM OF ART

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach is presenting a special exhibition titled “Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes From Film and Television.” Costumes from popular TV shows and movies such as Star Wars, Star Trek, The Terminator and more are on exhibition through Sept. 4. For more info., call (561) 832-5196 or visit www.norton.org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

William Wyckof f checks out a Ghostbusters jumpsuit.

Christopher and Robert Rodrigues look at a Batman costume.

Annemarie, Arthur, Vincent and Kimberly Weiss look over a Star Wars stormtrooper helmet.


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Wellington High School Dance Team To Hold Carwash Fundraiser The Wellington High School Lady Wolverines dance team will hold a car wash Saturday, Aug. 20 in the parking lot near Blockbuster Video and Starbucks in the Wellington Plaza (corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace). The dancers and their parents will be washing cars from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 for cars and $10 for SUVs, vans or trucks. All proceeds from the car wash go directly to the team to help offset competition expenses, as well as costume, choreography and other costs. In past years, the team has relied heavily on sponsorships from local businesses. However, with today’s economy, many businesses are not able to make monetary donations.

The Wolverine dancers would like to thank their sponsors for their generosity during the 201011 season: A&G Management, Advanced Dermatology, the Antezana family, Apex Automotive, pediatrician Dr. Amy Aqua, the Binks Forest Golf Club, Bob Doss Carpet, the Boynton Financial Group, Boyum Family, Braman BMW, Campagnola restaurant, Chase & Rowan Financial Consultants, Clear & Clean Pool Supplies, Cybermax Computer Services, Dance Unlimited, Diamond Consultants of Florida, the Doss family, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Eclipse Salon & Spa, Edible Arrangements, Edward Jones, Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center, First National Realty Service, Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute, FloridaSportsXchange.com, Gen-

erations: A Hair Salon, Jeffrey A. Ginsberg DDS PA, Ann Glassberg, Gumucio Dental, Hair Spray Inc., the Halburian family, Renee Hasak/Westwind Realty, Healthy Family Dentistry, Joseph’s Classic Market, Kids Cuts on Wheels Inc., Deborah Lubell DMD PA, Dr. Michael Mauck, Anthony Mazzeo, Glenn and Beth Mazzeo, Lisa Mazzeo, MedExpress, Nelson Morales, Motor City Carwash, Renee Novack, Organize Me, Pak Mail, the Papper family, the Pearce family, Players Club Bar & Restaurant, Portable Diagnostics, Puppy Love Mobile Dog Grooming Inc., PyroGrill, Regal Paint Body & Customs, Rock Star Cleaners, Rockline, Rocky’s Ace Hardware, Royal Palm Auto Spa, Royal Palm Nails, Howard B. Schullman, Simon Orthodontics,

the Small family, Smarinsky & O’Grady DDS PA, Mark and Judy Smith, South Shore Animal Hospital, Stephanie’s Beaded Closet, Strathmore Bagels, Streamline Pool Company Inc., the Thomas family, Tijuana Flats, Urology Associates, Vantage Pointe Dance Studios, WellingTan, Wellington Auto Collision and Wheels of Wellington. The Lady Wolverines dance team is under the direction of coaches Brenda Lavorano and Wendy Filipowski. The team promotes school spirit, participates in community events and attends regional, state and national competitions. They earned first place in Pom at the national competition level. The dancers are hardworking and dedicated to every perfor-

Members of the Lady Wolverines dance team. mance. Anyone wishing to sponsor the team or make a donation of any amount can contact Lavorano through Wellington High School, or simply mail a check

made payable to: Wellington High School, ATTN: Dance Team Coach, Wellington High School, 2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414.

School District Wins International Technology Achievement Award

Charlie Fitzpatrick of Esri, Susan Oyer of the Palm Beach County School District, Esri President Jack Dangermond, Dr. Donna Goldstein of the school district and George Daily of Esri.

With 187 public schools in Palm Beach County, it could be difficult to figure out where your child is supposed to attend school. But with the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology, school centers and the public are quickly able to find what schools students are zoned to attend. Recently, the Palm Beach County School District received a special achievement in GIS SAG Award at the Esri International User Conference. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of Esri’s GIS technology. School District GIS Coordinator Dr. Donna Goldstein and Susan Oyer, a teacher at Boca Raton Middle School, accepted

the award on behalf of the school district. The school district has been making the most of the GIS site license by bringing together staff from both the academic and operational units to address the needs of the district. A project charter was developed which included personnel from throughout the district and involved three phases of GIS implementation. The development team was composed of Dr. Donna Goldstein, GIS coordinator; Kristin Garrison, planning director; Mary Vreeland, former Choice & Career Options director and department staff; Mark Howard, educational IT; Ed Harris, IT; Sally Rozanski, curriculum planner; Fred Barch, principal; Debbie Simpson, school

police; and Susan Oyer, middle school teacher. The first phase was focused on supporting school centers and included, with the help of Esri professional services, the creation of the address locator application. This web-based application allows school centers and the public to quickly find out which schools students are zoned to attend. The web site receives between 20,000 to 30,000 hits a month, has expedited the registration process for school personnel, and saved the district thousands of dollars in staffing and printing. The second phase was directed at enhancing GIS operations at the departmental level. This was accomplished by developing a webbased application to assist the vol-

unteer community-based Attendance Boundary Committee (ABC) with loading of schools and the creation of school boundaries. This tool adds transparency to the process and affords the ABC Committee the ability to make timely and effective decisions. Finally, the third phase involved integrating GIS into the K-12 curriculum. This effort included training of teachers, configuring classrooms with GIS and lesson plans for students. “The SAG Awards highlight extraordinary achievements and efforts to improve our world,” Esri President Jack Dangermond said. “Each year I look forward to being part of this ceremony. It is a tradition that means a great deal to Esri and to GIS professionals.”

FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Fall Classes Begin Oct. 10 In Jupiter Florida Atlantic University has announced the Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter course offerings for the fall 2011 semester, which will begin Monday, Oct. 10. Taught by FAU professors and distinguished guest lecturers, course offerings include such varied subjects as foreign policy, political science, film, music, art history and literature. The Lifelong Learning Society was established to provide adults of all ages the opportunity to enrich their lives through non-cred-

it, university-level courses with no homework or tests. Fall courses are held in the Lifelong Learning Society complex and include: • “Understanding Everyday Science: Questions You Wished You’d Asked Your Teacher” taught by Robin Jordan, Ph.D., a retired FAU professor of physics. This course will explore the answers to scientific questions that people often think about but rarely investigate fully. • “U.S. Prosperity, Financial

Stability and the International Monetary System” taught by Mark Tomass, Ph.D., a research fellow and instructor at Harvard University. This course will examine the foundations of the U.S. monetary system and its associated financial markets, including the development and evolution of its various financial instruments and institutions. • “The Woman’s Revolution in American Theatre: The Dramatic Works of Six Female Playwrights” taught by J. Barry Lewis,

the resident director of Palm Beach Dramaworks. The course will explore the theatrical work of prominent women playwrights such as Edna Ferber and Lillian Hellman, who helped shape the course of modern theater. • “Region in the Age of Globalism” taught by Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., an assistant professor of American literature at FAU. This course engages issues of region and globalism from a cultural studies perspective, paying attention to cultural production from a

U.S.-centered perspective, looking at how Americans have dealt with these issues in the past, how they deal with them now and the strategies that might be employed for the future in the U.S. • “Olbermann, O’Reilly, Oh My!” taught by Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., a leading authority on the affects of technology on politics and campaigning. He has lectured extensively on American politics and has been cited by The New York Times, Washington Post and the L.A. Times. This

course will explore the way that mass media influences politics in America. • “Music Americana: The Magic of Song” taught by Rod MacDonald, a singer and songwriter who performs in festivals, clubs and concerts locally, and throughout North America and Europe. This course will examine the work, biographies and enduring importance of musical performers such as Gilbert and Sullivan, the Marx Brothers, Edith Piaf, Harry Connick Jr. and Rod Stewart.


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Greg Perreault Wins Elks Donate To Down Syndrome Organization Writing Competition Greg Perreault, a 2002 King’s Academy graduate and former intern at the Town-Crier, recently won the top student paper award in a writing competition sponsored by the Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Perreault’s winning entry was based on his research on the coverage of Islam in the Egyptian English press. His work contained extensive analysis of English language publications in Egypt and nearly a dozen interviews with Egyptian journalists who cover Islam or religion in general. Perreault, from Wellington, is currently the program coordinator and instructor for BestSemester’s Washington Journalism Center. Perreault holds a bachelor’s degree in news and information from Palm Beach Atlantic University, a master’s degree in communication, culture and technology from Georgetown University, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in journalism at the University of Missouri. Perreault also has an unabashed love of creative writing. His most recent novel The Pendant of Power was recently submitted for publication. “We are always thrilled to see King’s Academy alumni using the talents that we recognized and nurtured while they were students in order to become successful leaders in their fields,” TKA Sec-

Greg Perreault ondary Principal Sonya Jones said. “Greg is certainly one example of this, and we are proud of his accomplishments.” The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. It serves students and their families across Palm Beach and Hendry counties at its main campus at Belvedere Road and Sansbury’s Way in West Palm Beach, its Clewiston campus on Caribbean Avenue and its satellite preschool campuses in Greenacres, Palm Beach Gardens and Royal Palm Beach. For more info., visit www.tka.net.

The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, a nonprofit providing education, social, support and advocacy programs for children and adults with Down syndrome and their families, has received a $1,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation through the West Palm Beach Elks Lodge 1352. The grant was awarded at a presentation on July 29. Elk Lodge member George Zocchi is the grandfather of Connor Pulver, a child with Down syndrome who participates with his family in the Learning Program and other social activities of the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. The Pulvers reside in Lake Worth. The Elks Foundation Grant will be used to support some of organization’s educational initiatives including the Learning Program for children ages 2-14; Smart Start, for children entering kindergarten; the Exceptional Educator Program, which trains teachers of students with Down syndrome; and the Book Club, which promotes ongoing literacy development for adults with Down syndrome. “The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Or ganization is so pleased that the Elks have reached out to assist with our efforts to help children with Down syndrome maximize their abilities,” Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization Executive Director Terri Harmon said. “We are very fortunate to have partners like the Elks, who play an important role in our work to expand and build awareness of

the capabilities of persons with Down syndrome in our local community.” The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization is a local nonprofit group that has been serving families of children with Down syndrome in Palm Beach County since 1980. No other group dedicated to advocating specifically for persons with Down syndrome exists in Palm Beach County. The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization is a health, educational resource, support and advocacy organization with a goal of empowering individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The organization supports the inclusion of persons who have Down syndrome in all areas of life as contributing and valued members of society. The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization provides current and positive information about Down syndrome to new parents, sponsors social opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, provides parent training and educational advocacy, and strives to ensure that individuals with Down syndrome can grow up to live, learn, work and play in their community. In 2010, Gold Coast received the National Down Syndrome Congress prestigious National Parent Group Award. The Buddy Walk, a family fun morning of walking followed by children’s activities and a silent auction and raffle, provides most of the funds for Gold Coast oper-

George Zocchi, Terri Harmon and Bill Hopkins. ations. This year’s walk will take place the morning of Sunday, Oct. 16 at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. To learn more about the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization and the Buddy Walk, visit www.goldcoastdownsyndrome. org or contact Anne at ad.gcdso @bellsouth.net or (561) 9121231. Elks Lodge 1352 is located in

West Palm Beach. Its members sponsor many activities to help young people in the community including college scholarship programs, drug awareness information, hoop shoot, a junior golf program, the Dictionary Project and soccer shoot. To learn more about Elks Lodge 1352’s membership meetings, social activities and charitable work, call Lowell P. Tyler at (561) 686-6118.

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Donations Sought For Teacher Facing Illness, Rising Medical Bills Jennifer Gargiulo of Wellington is currently struggling for her life in a hospital in Portland, Ore. after suffering a massive brain aneurysm while visiting friends in that city. She is in a coma and connected to a ventilator. Gargiulo’s family members are constantly by her side, hoping to see any sign of life. But she lies still in intensive care, unresponsive. All they can do is wait and hope for a miracle. Gargiulo, otherwise known to her students as “Ms. G.,” began her science research and teaching career as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, where she taught an organic gardening course. She later researched genetically modified plants at UF’s Belle Glade Agricultural Research Center and won first place at the national American Society of Horticultural Sciences research competition. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in

horticultural sciences, her research in both micropropagation and GMO plants was published. Furthering her science research and education skills, Gargiulo interned at Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center’s Future World pavilion “The Land,” where she studied hydroponic farming and led educational tours through the greenhouses. Having a love for both education and sustainability, Gargiulo initiated the Agricultural Training and Production Center at the Seminole County Correctional Facility in Florida. She managed two hydroponic greenhouses, where she trained and educated female inmates in how to produce and harvest vegetables. All the vegetables are organic and harvested for the jail’s food supply. The training center was the first of its kind in the nation in 1997 and still thrives today. Deciding to make a difference in children’s lives, Gargiulo began teaching science in Florida and

New Hampshire before venturing on to teach around the world. She tutored and taught middle school math, science, research and international music in London, England; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Doha, Qatar; and Bangkok, Thailand. She began the schoolwide recycling program in Dubai and received a curriculum grant from the United Nations Environmental Program. She helped to lead student field trips to Kenya, the United Arab Emirates and Girl Scouts summer trips throughout the East Coast of the United States. She has taught students from over 25 nations and has trained Middle Eastern teachers how to teach the American curriculum. Gargiulo returned to her childhood home in Wellington in August 2010. She became certified to teach Krupalu Yoga and currently teaches at the PremYoga Center in West Palm Beach. Her love for world music led her to also learn to teach the African

djembe drum and is currently teaching the eighth grade at Dream Middle School in Royal Palm Beach. The summer 2011 science camp “Earth Explorers” is the latest of Gargiulo’s endeavors. It began June 13. Campers learn to live healthfully and sustainably in a fast and changing world. Gargiulo’s background brings to students the current international topics in science and sustainability. She intended to teach science to all students in grades three to eight at Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School for the 2011-12 school year. Sadly, Gargiulo will not be able to teach as planned. If she survives, she will require extensive rehabilitation and therapy, which may be ongoing for several years. Her family recently discovered that her health insurance policy was so limited it will not cover the costs of her hospitalization, medical treatment or therapy. Anyone who wishes to make a

Jennifer Gargiulo in happier times. donation to cover the costs of Gargiulo’s medical treatment or therapy may do so at www.paypal. com. Go to “Send Money,” choose “Send Money Online” and

“My payment is for: Friends and Family” and insert the amount of the donation and the following email address sakashagargiulo@ aol.com.

Marshall Foundation Making Plans For Annual River Of Grass Gala Arthur R. Marshall Foundation President Nancy Marshall has announced that Joyce McLendon will serve as the honorary chair of this year ’s River of Grass Gala. Kathryn Fox will serve as chair. The official co-chairs of the upcoming River of Grass Gala will be Bob and Michelle Diffendorfer and Harvey Oyer III and Monique McCall. With a “Back to Nature” theme, the sixth annual fundraising event that will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion. Among the highlights of this year’s River of Grass Gala will be: • The presentation of the Marshall Foundation’s fourth annual Champion of the Everglades Awards to individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution toward Everglades restoration over many years. • Beautiful, one-of-a-kind and purchasable centerpiece sculptures (Let the Dance Begin) by renowned Wellington artist Norman Gitzen. • A silent auction that will be pro-green, high-tech and virtually paperless as each attendee re-

ceives a handheld device pre-loaded with every auction item, including description, value, bid increments, photo and donor information, allowing guests to make wireless bids on “must-have” items throughout the evening. The members of this year’s River of Grass Gala planning committee include Robbyn Ackner, Jimmy Cates, Roberta Drey, Leslie Garcia-Furey, Kelly Gebhart, Sheri Gilbert, Norman Gitzen, Paula Henderson, Bobbi Horwich, Haylee Kaye, Josette Kaufman, John and Nancy Marshall, Barbara McDonald, Reneé Plevy, Bernadette Shalhoub, Bobbi Shorr, Jennifer Signore, Paul Suschak, Kathe Thompson, Marilyn Tully, Phyllis Verducci and Barbara Wilkinson. “We are overjoyed that our valued friends and supporters have generously agreed to play leading roles in this important annual event,” Nancy Marshall said. “We know that their active involvement — and that of our soon-to-be-announced Ambassadors and Jewels of the Everglades — will ensure that this year ’s River of Grass Gala will be bigger and better than ever.” Marshall noted that she appreciates all those who are helping to

River of Grass Gala Committee members Haley Kaye, Kelly Gebhart, Jimmy Cates, Paula Henderson, Kathr yn Fox, Paul Suschak, Jennifer Signore and Reneé Plevy hold their wireless communication devices.

Gala Chair Kathr yn Fox, Norman Gitzen, Honorar y Chair Joyce McLendon and Marshall Foundation President Nancy Marshall holding Gitzen’s sculpture/centerpiece Let the Dance Begin.

make this event a reality. “As always, I am humbled by the number of people who tirelessly volunteer, sponsor and support our annual River of Grass Gala that funds 100 percent of our grassroots environmental projects throughout the year,” she said. “In fact, 100 percent of all funds raised at the gala goes directly toward ed-

Based in Palm Beach County, the Marshall Foundation champions the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem through science-based education and outreach programs. Annually, more than 15,000 students in Palm Beach County actively participate in the Marshall Founda-

ucating the next generation about the critical importance of the Everglades, our national treasure, on the entire state of Florida.” Tickets for the Marshall Foundation’s sixth annual River of Grass Gala cost $250 per person. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (561) 233-9004 or visit www.artmarshall.com.

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tion’s various education programs. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit organization has in recent years awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships and internships, planted nearly 100,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas, and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects.


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continued from page 1 site to do that and would probably not agree to it. “We have recommended everything possible so the site is not visible from Hamlin,” Lawrence said, pointing out that two landscaped wetland areas on the southeast and southwest corners of the development would also serve as effective buffers. “We took resi-

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continued from page 1 ful that my brother Ernie became the lawyer in the family, not me, because I would not want to face Ms. Link in court. She is very tough.” Simon said that the 96.7-acre property had been under contract for about $7.5 million with developers who wanted to build a shopping center there. “We are able to sell it to the school, and we would like to do that,” he said. “We would like for the school to be there. Our family has been in Palm Beach County since 1912. My cousin, Ed Eissey, was the president here [at the college] for many, many years, and we have a connection with the school.” Originally, PBSC was looking at a number of sites for the long-

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continued from page 3 right to own a home,” he said, “when government gets involved in the mortgage industry, then you have subprime mortgages, then you have collapse.” Going forward, West said that he would like to see tax code reform and more control on the spending of the federal government. “We’re running a ship in a storm,” he said. “Right now, seven of the 12 appropriations bills have been passed in the House. None have been worked on in the Senate. We’re not scheduled to go back into session until Sept. 7. The fiscal year ends Sept. 30. That means we are going into another fiscal year without appropriations bills and without a budget.” By not passing a budget, West said that Congress has failed in its constitutional mandate. “The one constitutional mandate that is given to the House and

Acreage residents discuss the plans for the project with county staff members. PHOTOS BY R ON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

dents into consideration. We have conditions above and beyond to protect the residents.” Resident Gert Kuhl asked who came up with the idea of wetlands, and former ITID Supervisor Mike Erickson said that was a recommendation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “The Corps said they would like to see a wetland rather than a lake,” Erickson said. Kuhl said he liked the wetland, but was concerned that wetlands would have high potential for further development than lakes. “What will restrict from further development?” he asked.

Alterman said there is a square footage restriction in the comp plan, and there are also strong provisions for wetland preservation. “Any of those things would go through public hearings,” she said. Kuhl added that he felt residents were not given sufficient notice about the plans and that notifying people within the required 500 feet was not sufficient. “The issue of public notice has to be on the basis of who is affected,” Kuhl said. “The notification on this should not be people right next to it but every individual who drives through there.”

He explained that the intersection of Coconut and Northlake boulevards is a bottleneck that would cause severe traffic issues when accidents occur there. Resident Larry Marcum said the signs posted on the property notifying the public of a proposed land-use change should have been larger and more informative. Resident Anne Kuhl also pointed out that county staff had recommended denial, but the commission approved it. “We felt safe in that the staff had recommended denial,” she said. Alterman said there are limits to informing the public. “There’s

only so much you can do,” she said. Santamaria said the key to the residents getting their desires is to show up in numbers. “Everything you’re doing today, I’ve done a thousand times,” he said. “If you really want to show me what you are made of, get a hundred people to show up at the next meeting.” Anne Kuhl asked if they can get the square footage reduced, and Alterman said that is not set until it’s approved by the county commission. Santamaria pointed out that he is only one vote, and he has to have support from the floor to sway other commissioners.

Alterman also pointed out that the developers’ agent, Bob Bentz of Land Design South, would be on the other side defending their position. Gert Kuhl said that Bentz did not have the best interests of the residents at heart. “He wants to make this happen and move on,” he said. “We’re going to have to live with this monster.” Alterman said her staff would take the recommendations and post them on the county web site by Aug. 23. The commission zoning hearing is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

planned fifth campus, including two parcels on State Road 7 in Wellington, the Simon property and land being offered by CalleryJudge Grove on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. At a meeting in late June, the Simon property and the CalleryJudge land were named the top contenders. In the end, the college preferred the more central location of the Simon property. Simon said the college got an appraisal of $5.6 million a month ago for the 75-acre parcel that they wanted, while the Callery-Judge land was appraised at $4.1 million, which he said underscores that his site was the preferable site. He said Link also had asked about the cost of off-site development for the school if a shopping center on a site to the east of the property is developed at the same time. Simon said if that happened, there would be no off-site development costs for the school. “My point is this: We are delivering a property at $1.1 million

less than the appraised value,” he said. Simon stressed that the $4.6 million figure would be available just for that evening, at which point PBSC Chairman William Berger asked, “Will you take $4.5 million?” “Will you buy it tonight?” Simon replied. Link, who had arrived late due to a flight delay from Tallahassee, said she was pleased with the outcome of negotiations. “I would characterize the meeting as very charming,” she said. “It was very clear to me he did his homework. I left that meeting believing that $4.6 million was the best offer.” She noted that they had discussed a $300,000 discount for naming rights for one of the buildings at the campus, but she was concerned about details and that the figure was less than naming rights they had negotiated for other buildings. “I would favor $4.5 million tonight, I think with much gratitude; are you ready for a motion?” Link asked.

After more discussion on naming rights, which were eventually dismissed, Link made a motion that the board allocate $4.5 million to purchase the Simon property and asked whether 60 days for due diligence would be enough. Berger said he wasn’t sure but noted that much preliminary work had been done already. The motion carried unanimously. Simon accepted the offer, reiterating that the price reflected a discount from the appraised value. “This is a great day,” Berger said, and he thanked the Simon family for accepting the offer. Simon praised the trustees for their diligence in locating a proper campus site. “I compliment you all,” Simon said. “You have been on this for many years.” Berger said he was pleased that the board had made a unanimous decision after much deliberation about other sites. “This was the right thing to do

for the school,” Berger said. “We are stewards of the public trust. I think tonight we have done a great job, so I commend my fellow board members.” “My sentiments exactly,” PBSC President Dennis Gallon said. “This has been a very involved and complicated process. It has been one that each of you have taken very seriously.” Gallon said concerns had ranged from the right location, to the cost of the property and whether they should be making such a big decision in a difficult economic time. “The global economy is not good, the nation’s economy is not well and the state’s economy is not well,” he said. “This institution’s economic status is not all that we would like for it to be. However, we want this institution, Palm Beach State College, to serve an unmet need that exists in this community, and I cannot think of a better place for it to be.” Gallon said that if the board completed the acquisition, he would want to start developing the campus as soon as possible. “I would hope that you would give the administration permission to

move forward,” he said. “We do not want to just put this site in mothballs and forget about it.” Gallon said he would like to meet with college staff to decide what programs will be established or transferred to the new site and create a presence in the area. “I would like for us to begin working diligently on creating a master plan,” he said. “We want to continue to work on trying to get the dollars for this facility so that we will be able to create that presence as quickly as possible. I want to thank all of you for creating this opportunity.” Gallon also pointed out that the college does have some money currently available to begin construction. For the past two years, state appropriations to fund the campus have been vetoed by the governor. Most recently, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $7.3 million for the project. Although lobbying for the college was not her primary purpose in Tallahassee, Link said she was able to get commitments of support from state officials while she was there, including Palm Beach County resident Jeff Atwater, Florida’s chief financial officer.

the Senate is to produce a budget,” he said. “I stand here before you all, and I’m ashamed. I know why Congress has a 14 percent approval rating — because we’re not living up to the expectations of our constitution.” A large part of the problem is within Congress itself, he said. “I apologize,” West said. “Once upon a time, I was part of an institution that everyone respected and adored — the United States military. Now I’ve gone a complete 180. I’m part of an institution that everyone absolutely despises. The difference is that the institution I once served in believed in honor, integrity and character. The institution I serve in now, they could not identify those traits if they were right in front of them.” West promised guests that he would continue to work hard “to turn this ship around.” “I know at the end of every day,” he said, “I know that I have done my hardest to try to right this ship. Because I see what can happen, and it concerns me very much.”

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Luncheon sponsor Victor Connor and his daughter Catherine with Congressman Allen West (R-District 22). PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Tenet Florida, Scripps Research Institute Announce Plans For New Medical Center A news conference was held at the Scripps Florida campus in Jupiter on Monday, Aug. 8 to announce a collaboration to build an acute-care hospital and academic medical center on 30 acres of the adjacent Scripps Florida campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Speakers included Palm Beach County Commission Vice Chair Shelley Vana, Tenet Florida’s senior vice president of operations Marsha Powers, Scripps Research

Institute Chief Operating Officer Douglas Bingham and Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders. Plans for the center include an 80-bed acute-care hospital, as well as specialized medical/surgical services in orthopedics, oncology, senior care and digestive diseases. Through a consortium of area medical facilities, the hospital would also afford residency and internship opportunities for med-

ical students enrolled in the newly accredited Florida Atlantic University Medical School, which offers a joint MD-Ph.D. program with Scripps Florida. The estimated economic impact

to the local economy is around $400 million over a five-year period. This includes the creation of 150 to 200 full-time construction jobs and 250 to 300 full-time healthcare-related jobs.

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Blotter continued from page 6 patrol when he observed 38-yearold Zachariah Chapman walk out from behind the bushes of the gas station carrying a backpack. The deputy made contact with Chapman, who appeared intoxicated, and asked if he had anything illegal on him. According to the report, Chapman said he did not and gave the deputy consent to search his backpack. After searching the

backpack, the deputy discovered a prescription pill bottle containing approximately .7 grams of marijuana, as well as rolling papers, a spoon with burnt residue and a plastic bottle containing white wine. Chapman was arrested and taken to the county jail where he was charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug equipment.

continued from page 1 than 300 items that a municipality might meet. “It’s a checklist,” he said. “You accrue points for each practice. There are categories that include everything from administrative practices to transportation to ordinances. Some we meet perfectly; some we won’t meet at all.” The municipality is evaluated for each criterion, and at the end, points are added together to get a score. “The points are tallied up, and there’s a minimum number we have to meet,” Nemser said. “If we meet that, we will be designated a ‘Green Local Government.’” Though the process has already begun, Nemser said it will take several months to evaluate Wellington. “We don’t have an exact time frame,” he said. “We figure around the first of the year we will know. We are working with the coordinators at this time, and they have to take time to ask questions and make comments.” Nemser said he expects Wellington will be given the certification. “We have been proactive in our

policies,” he said. “We have so much open space and conservation area.” Although green buildings may be more expensive up-front, Nemser said that in the end, they pay for themselves. “There’s a longterm savings,” he said. “You have a longer lifespan — the building is something worth preserving. And when dealing with employees, we find that they have 25 to 30 percent less sick days.” Receiving the certification would not only be an honor for Wellington, but also all of the policies, procedures and decisions leading up to the certification would help the village save money and preserve for its future. “It helps us in providing cost reductions in a number of areas,” Nemser said. “Provision of resources and conservation saves us money. Asset management protects the city itself, and it ensures a level of responsibility that the city assumes with planning. It certainly will help to raise property values and make Wellington a great place to raise your family.” It also serves to illustrate Wellington’s commitment for the future, he added. “It commits us to long-term planning,” Nemser said. “We are taking a long-term approach in trying to achieve this standard. We’re really excited about it, and we hope the residents are excited, too.”

Florida Atlantic University President Mary Jane Saunders at Monday’s press conference announcing the new venture.

The Seminole Ridge High School chamber choir, the Musagetes, will perform the national anthem at a Miami Dolphins’ preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on Friday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami). The Seminole Ridge chamber choir is the only school choir at this time that performs for the Dolphins or other pro teams in

Florida. The group has been making the trip down to Miami since 2007. This annual outing is just one of the pre-school activities the program is noted for, along with performances for the Palm Beach County School Board each August. For more information about the Aug. 19 game, visit www.miami dolphins.com.


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Animal Chiropractor Fixes Backs Of Aching Horses

Dr. Tom Trozzi had a successful human chiropractic practice for 27 years in Massachusetts, then became interested in equine health. In 2010, Trozzi completed an intensive program in animal chiropractic. He helps horses, dogs and other small animals. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 23

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Summer Cheerleading Camp In Wellington

The Village of Wellington hosted a cheerleading and tumbling camp from Monday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 12 at the Wellington Community Center. Campers learned a routine and practiced tumbling, aerial stunts and lifts. Page 35

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Ibis Nails & Spa is a new eco-friendly nail salon on Northlake Blvd. The salon offers all-natural products for nail care, massages and facials. By using herbal mixes from lavender to chamomile, owner Jennifer Truong wants customers’ nails to be naturally healthy. The salon does not use any methyl methacrylate (MMA) products, which are chemicals that can damage nails, but products made by OPI, which Truong said are better for nails. Page 29

Sports AllStar Volleyball Club Holds A Week-Long Camp In Wellington

The Village of Wellington hosted a volleyball cam p from Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Village Park gymnasium. The camp was put on by the AllStar Volleyball Club, which seeks to promote boys and girls volleyball in the western communities. Page 35

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Animal Chiropractor Dr. Tom Trozzi Fixes Aching Horse Backs If you’ve ever had a bad back, you know: All the things that were once done easily and effortlessly, like picking something up, putting on shoes, leaning over the sink to brush your teeth, suddenly become painful and problematic. Now imagine adding to that someone sitting on your back and asking you to perform! Horses can’t say, “Wait a minute; my back is out today,” but they can let you know that something’s out of whack in a variety of ways. Dr. Tom Trozzi has seen them all and knows how to recognize — and fix! — jammed joints and stuck spines. Trozzi is a licensed chiropractor living in the Daytona Beach area. He had an extremely successful human chiropractic practice for 27 years in Massachusetts, then became interested in equine health. In 2010, Trozzi completed an intensive program in animal chiropractic. He helps horses, dogs and other small animals. Eliza Velix, of Loxahatchee, is leasing a 4year-old Appendix Quarter Horse named Bear. She hopes to buy him and show him in Western pleasure, but her farrier husband Billy could tell that the horse was out of whack and needed some help. “Because his feet hadn’t been done correctly, his hip, withers, poll and back were not Get updates all week long... follow Ellen Rosenberg on Twitter at twitter.com/ HorseTalkFL or stop by the Tales from the Trails page on Facebook and click “like.”

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg quite right,” she said. “He’s a really sweet and quiet horse, just what I’m looking for. I’m hoping Dr. Trozzi can straighten him out.” Velix said she looked for someone local, but they were few and far between. She searched online, and Trozzi’s name kept popping up. Velix was impressed that he responded very quickly each time she called or emailed. Trozzi wants to develop a clientele in the Wellington area, so he jumped at the chance. He and his wife Barbara drove down July 16 to work with Bear and hold an equine chiropractic clinic for interested horse owners. Trozzi explained that chiropractic care is a holistic approach based on movement and symmetry. It offers a complementary, not alternative, method of care that often is highly successful in supplementing traditional care. It does not, however, replace traditional veterinary medicine. Chiropractic care focuses on the health and proper movement of all joints in the body, but especially the proper functioning of the spinal column.

There are more than 175 joints in the horse’s spinal column. Moving properly, these joints allow for a flexible, happy, healthy animal. Moving improperly, or not at all, these joints can make a horse become sick or stiff. Even if only one joint is “stuck,” the entire spinal column can lose flexibility and the horse may become stiff and resistant. Riders, saddles, confinement, rigorous exercise, strenuous play or just everyday slips and falls all can lead to problems. The symptoms vary from mild to severe. Horses in pain compensate in gait or posture, and often refuse to perform certain tasks. They may refuse to be saddled, buck or refuse to take a lead, go lame, be very sensitive to the touch and even just look miserable. “I love the way horses respond so much faster than people,” Trozzi said. “When I evaluate a horse, I concentrate on the biomechanics — how he moves, weight distribution, symmetry. They all give me clues about what needs correcting.” July 16 was a typical hot and humid morning, complete with annoying gnats and biting flies. Three Loxahatchee horse owners came. Margaret Goodman showed up to watch Trozzi. She was hoping he’d be able to help her Standardbred race again. Cathy Waldrom was there, too. Bailey, her Thoroughbred, has been lame since March. Dianne Tallon’s horse Kiwi has no problems — she just wanted general information. Trozzi explained how many things can

Animal chiropractor Dr. Tom Trozzi shows how to check proper saddle fit. throw a horse’s back out, including improper hoof care and poor saddle fit. Velix brought Bear out of his stall and explained his problems: He had a touchy back, didn’t like getting saddled and had trouble See ROSENBERG, page 24


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My Children Are Together Without Me! What’s Wrong Here? Last weekend, my son flew to Missouri to visit his sister. Her husband is out of town, so it will just be the two of them. I can’t stand this. Since when are the two of them ever alone together without me there? I mean, who’s going to supervise? The answer is: nobody. They have gotten to the age where they are supposedly selfreliant, but I am a mom forever. I know my mom jobs, and supervision is job No. 1. Actually, when they were small, supervision was kind of fun. It took a lot of time, but it gave me a peek into their odd little lives. I was constantly asking myself, “Where did Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer. On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.

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The Sonic BOOMER they come up with that idea?” when they would make steppingstones throughout the house using every one of their picture books (“Pick those up!”); wrap themselves in a dozen towels to see “what it feels like to be fat” (“Put those towels away!”); or overturn a chair, drape it with a sheet and cut out a hole for the window (“Give me those scissors this instant!”). They were experimenting. They were learning. I remember my brother and I holding hands

and stumbling around the house as we played “Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan” and my mother being mystified one day in a department store when she thought we’d suddenly begun speaking in tongues. We weren’t. We just found out we got a lot of attention from strangers if we spoke in a “foreign language,” so we made one up (“Abu da viorsek?” “Che, mongo melitae.”) Kids do a lot of weird stuff. If they keep it up, they often become writers, artists or inventors. If not, they become accountants, doctors or lawyers. Either group can be hugely successful, but the happiest people seem to be the ones who are able to fulfill one of society’s needs while hanging onto just a bit of weirdness. I’m hoping my kids fall into that latter category, but I’m also jealous. What sort of weirdness are they enjoying this week without me?

The mom side of me is grateful, of course, that they still enjoy spending time together at all. But they were always best friends. I never saw a brother and sister so uniquely suited to each other. If one would invent a game, the other would specify the rules. If one had a problem, the other had the solution. If one got yelled at by that Big Bad Mom, the other would cheer them up. They understand each other. So for the next 10 days or so, they will probably invent new games, solve each other’s problems and maybe even reminisce about how Big Bad Mom made them pick up their books, put away the towels and stop cutting holes in the sheets. I can’t butt into that. It’s the way their relationship is consistently renewed. But I will take credit for nurturing their healthy sibling relationship, beginning way back when. I had to. It’s mom job No. 38.

New ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Movie Is A Fascinating Allegory Usually, sequels are not nearly as good as the originals. And in an old franchise like Planet of the Apes where at least a half-dozen movies have been released, the arrival of the new Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a welcome addition. The only one that might compare to it in quality was the original, and even then, the most interesting element of that film was the surprise ending. Most people know at this point that Earth is the planet that the apes have taken over, and the new film explores the reasons; thus, it is actually a prequel. That much of it is quite actually impossible is irrelevant. The movie is a good summer film, and the time flew by while watching it. Will Rodman (James Franco) is looking for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a cause particularly important to him because his father (John Lithgow) suffers from it. He develops a possible cure and tries it out on an ape, which eventually goes nuts but leaves a baby ape named Caesar (played superbly by Andy Serkis through the same type of special effects used when he played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings). Not only does the formula repair brain tissue, but it increases efficiency, and Caesar gains human intelligence. In one of those coincidences vital to some movie plots, Caesar is taken from Franco and mistreated badly but is able to steal an airborne form of the formula that makes all apes brilliant. To make the story work, the formula actually kills people, although only the audience knows that. The second half of the movie focuses on the battle the apes wage against humans. Somehow, they also have superhuman strength, agility and everything else. Of course, the humans are all limited. The most unbelievable element is that the battle involved is for San Francisco. Knowing how the citizens of that city are these days, we can wonder why they didn’t simply accept the monkeys as a new minority, demand protection for the simian lifestyle and take their side. In the movie, they’re just out to kill the monkeys. Unbelievable. The film is allegorical. It is far easier to deal with human issues when they are in the hands

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler (or paws) of non-humans. In the original stories, George Taylor (Charlton Heston) goes into shock when he finds remains of the Statue of Liberty and realizes that humans had destroyed themselves. The film, done during the Cold War, was a reminder of the chances of annihilation through mutual destruction. This new film could stand as a warning

against scientific hubris, about believing that every move toward progress will inevitably prove correct. Or it could be a warning that big government, when using moronic dupes, particularly the likes of Dodge Landon (Tom Felton), a sadistic and not very bright guard watching over and abusing Caesar, can be pretty awful. It could be seen as a commentary on Abu Ghraib. But the film is a good one, perfect for these all too hot summer days or evenings. The story actually has some thought behind it (thank you, writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa) and a real plot. The special effects are incredible, with Serkis doing as exceptional a job as he did as Gollum (for which he should have received at least an Oscar nomination). Caesar is the pivotal character in the movie, and

Serkis’ motion-capture technique, along with great computer graphics, carries off an incredibly difficult part. If his work had not been superb, the movie would have failed. Most of the humans, frankly, are just not that interesting, although Lithgow gives a very affecting performance as Franco’s father. We had a good time at the film. The first part of the film was quite moving, almost a pastoral hymn to good relations with other species. When the changes come, they are powerful. We see Caesar abused, Rodman helpless against the government bureaucracy. And, finally, Caesar rejecting him and humanity. It is one of the best films I saw this summer. August is usually the time for the weaker summer fare. In this case, go watch the monkeys.

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continued from page 23 picking up his right lead at the canter. “I’m gonna look for clues,” Trozzi said. He watched Bear walk and found pelvic rotation, a rib out of place, a jammed neck and shortness in one leg. He repositioned the hip, worked on the sacroiliac, and used acupressure at painful trigger points. “Horses love to be adjusted,” Trozzi said. He used an interesting technique to test if an area was good or painful. He’d have someone stand beside the horse and touch a finger to the affected spot, then, with the other hand, touch the tip of their thumb to the tip of their little finger. If the area was OK, Trozzi was unable to separate the two fingers. If it wasn’t, the fingers easily parted. “We’re a conduit for the energy,” he explained. “A misaligned area changes and absorbs our energy. This easy test gives me a road map of what needs fixing.” Bear seemed happier afterward, and he was definitely moving better. Velix thought Bear looked better. Goodman asked Trozzi to stop by her farm and treat her horse. “I’d like people to know that I can help them improve their horse’s performance,” Trozzi

Eliza Velix watches as Dr. Tom Trozzi works on Bear. said. “I’m a good resource to keep in mind.” For more information, call Dr. Tom Trozzi at

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Porcelain, Fine Art & Estate Jewelry Auction Set For Aug. 27 Hundreds of quality lots of fine porcelain, original artwork and wonderful estate jewelry will cross the block in a multi-estate sale planned for Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. Hosted by Elite Decorative Arts, the event will be held in the Elite Decorative Arts gallery in Boynton Beach. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held Friday, Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 27, the date of sale, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Porcelains will include examples by Meissen, Sevres, Dresden, Royal Vienna, Wagner and more. The name Tiffany will also be chanted frequently. One lot is expected to bring $80,000 to $100,000 or more. It is a pair of large bronze and ivory Continental figures, one depicting a warrior wearing a crown with a sword to the hip and the other depicting a warrior wearing a bearskin headdress and scaled armor. The fig-

A hand-painted KPM porcelain portrait plaque circa 1900.

ures, each one 18 inches in height on a round wooden base, were made circa 18th or 19th century. Tiffany pieces will feature a stunning linenfold double-shade student desk lamp with a great brown patina to bronze and marked on both the base and shade (estimated value $15,000 to $20,000); a pair of impressive bronze and Favrile glass picture frames with grapevine design, circa 1900 (estimated value $6,000 to $8,000); and a sterling silver Revival snake urn (estimated value $4,000 to $6,000). Also from Tiffany will be a magnificent ribbed Favrile art glass vase with ribbed design and yellow iridescent color, circa 1900 (estimated value $2,000 to $3,000); an iridescent Favrile ribbed art glass vase in a beautiful yellow and purple color, circa 1900 (estimated value $800 to $1,200); and a sterling silver cut crystal pitcher and sterling silver spoon, both in the Chrysanthemum pattern (estimated value $300 to $500). Meissen pieces — the Germanmade antique porcelain — will be just as and impressive. Star lots will include a hand-painted oval-covered dresser box with a reticulated design (estimated value $2,000 to $3,000); an antique figural group candlestick with four-arm candelabra insert (estimated value $600 to $800); and a pair of hand-painted figural candlesticks with cherubs (estimated value $600 to $800). Still more Meissen will feature an antique figurine of a fishing goddess, showing a nude female sitting on rocks with a serpent at her feet, circa 19th century (estimated value $300 to $400); a figural group of five cherubs dancing, playing music and eating fruit, circa 19th cen-

A Teplitz amphora portrait vase circa 1899-1905. tury (estimated value $300 to $500); and a hand-painted covered teacup and saucer snowball blossom cup (estimated value $200 to $300). One of the top achievers in the original artwork category is expected to be an oil on canvas depiction of a nude female by Russian-American artist Raphael Soyer (18991987). The matted and framed work is estimated to bring $6,000 to $8,000. Other artworks of note will feature an original oil on canvas rendering of a young child by Hugo Oehmichen, matted and framed (estimated value $4,000 to $6,000); and an original oil on canvas still life by P. Dufour of a dinner table with fruit and other items (estimated value $3,000 to $5,000). Two portrait vases are expected to do well. One is an antique Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel ampho-

An antique German Meissen porcelain hand-painted, oval-covered dresser box. ra Trnovany Bohemia hand-painted vase depicting a woman wearing a tiara, in beautiful purples and turquoise (estimated value $4,000 to $6,000). The other is a 19th-century French porcelain Paris Exposition vase depicting three cherubs holding up a bouquet wrap (estimated value $800 to $1,200). A pair of finely painted late 19thcentury German portrait plates by Wagner, one depicting Napoleon Bonaparte and the other Madame de Parabere, are each expected to fetch $500 to $700. Rounding out just some of the day’s expected top lots: a KPM porcelain portrait plaque depicting the bust of a young woman (Berlin, circa 1900, estimated value $4,000 to $6,000); a Royal Vienna handpainted porcelain lidded stein titled The Dancing Graces (estimated value $1,500 to $2,000); and a

bronze figure of a drunk woman by Nam Greb (Franz Bergmann, Austrian, 1838-1894, estimated value $400 to $600). Elite Decorative Arts is an established, third-generation, full-service antique and auction gallery, specializing in fine decorative arts, paintings, estate jewelry and more. The gallery is located in the Quantum Town Center (1034 Gateway Blvd., Suite 106, Boynton Beach). A fulltime, knowledgeable staff is on hand 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Elite Decorative Arts is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece, an entire estate or a collection, call (561) 200-0893 or toll-free at (800) 991-3340, or email info@eliteauction.com. To learn more about Elite Decorative Arts and the Aug. 27 sale, visit www.eliteauction.com.

Jazz Saxophonist Turk Mauro To Perform Aug. 13 In Delray Internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Turk Mauro will perform Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach. The 2003 recipient of the New Times Broward-Palm Beach Best Of award for Best Jazz Artist, Mauro began his professional jazz career at 14 and quickly progressed to playing with noted jazz musicians such as Henry “Red” Allen, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Billy Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Richie Cole. Mauro’s debut is a continuation of the increasingly popular jazz project presented by Creative City Collaborative (the Collaborative). The series has already included icons such as Melton Mustafa, Frederico Britos, Jesse Jones Jr. and Ira Sullivan, just to name a few. Mauro

noted his excitement to add to this list of jazz greats. “We are looking forward to a very swinging night at the Arts Garage,” he said. Celebrating jazz as America’s true art form, the Collaborative is beginning to make Delray Beach an international destination for highquality live jazz in South Florida. Mauro’s musicianship has taken him to international destinations. He garnered success in Paris, starting as a sideman and quickly becoming an in-demand act. His notoriety then followed him to South Florida, where he has resided since 1994. “Mauro’s unconventional life coupled with his incredible musical prowess makes his concerts distinct, rewarding and, of course, highly engaging for the patrons,”

said Alyona Ushe, executive director of the Collaborative. “Audiences love the passion that comes through his saxophone. We are excited to bring such incredible talent to the Arts Garage.” A successful brainchild of the Collaborative, the Arts Garage is a top destination for genuine art seekers and aficionados. The Arts Garage is centrally located in beautiful downtown Delray Beach, and its ambiance reflects the intimate feel of the city. Concertgoers especially enjoy the policy of BYOW (bring your own whatever), in which ticket holders are encouraged to bring their own wine and snacks. “Mr. Mauro’s performance is a testament to the commitment the Collaborative has made to bringing

world-class jazz musicians to Delray Beach,” Collaborative President Tom Carney said. “We are already seeing the mission of the Arts Garage being realized in its short existence. It has become the venue for the best artistic talent, drawing patrons and artists alike from all over the region. We are lucky to live in a city that recognizes the importance of the arts and I’m proud to be involved in keeping them here.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for VIP premium table seating cost $25 in advance. Regular-price tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The Arts Garage is located at 180 NE First Street. To purchase tickets online, visit http:// artsgarage.eventbrite.com.

Turk Mauro

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Ibis Nails & Spa owner Jennifer Truong (left) with the salon’s nail technicians. PHOTO BY JESSICA GREGOIRE/TOWN-CRIER

Ibis Nails & Spa Offers Natural, Eco-Friendly Products And Services By Jessica Gregoire Town-Crier Staff Report Ibis Nails & Spa is a new eco-friendly nail salon on Northlake Blvd. The salon offers allnatural products for nail care, massages and facials. By using herbal mixes from lavender to chamomile, owner Jennifer Truong wants customers’ nails to be naturally healthy. “We try to stay away from chemicals as much as we can,” she said. “In China, they use all these herbs to treat people, and that’s what we try to do here.” According to Truong, the salon does not use any methyl methacrylate (MMA) products, which are chemicals that can damage nails. “We want clients to know exactly what they have on their nails because many clients don’t know what they are putting on their nails,” Truong said. “They don’t know that many salons out there use this product.” Ibis Nails & Spa uses nail products made by OPI, which Truong said are better for nails. “We don’t use MMA products because it damages the nail, and clients don’t know the risk,” she explained. “We don’t hide anything from our clients. Everything is clear and open to them.” The salon also treats badly damaged nails, funguses, calluses and any other nail treatments, with herbal soaks and oil massages. By using more eco-friendly products such as the Green Leaf callus remover, Ibis Nails & Spa is able to heal its clients without harming the environment. “Most of what we use is ecofriendly,” Truong said. The salon uses a reusable nail kit for repeat clients. “Every time a client comes in we take their nail kit out of their box, which has their name on it,” Truong said. “This is better for the environment because we are not using a different nail file every time, which we would have to throw away.” Ibis Nails & Spa offers specialty herbal

soaks, treatments and its popular hot stone massage for nails and skin, which treats anything from stress to congestion relief. “We mix the herbs together to make scrubs for exfoliation and masks for facials,” Truong said. The salon uses disposable liners that line the foot-soaking bowls. “This makes our clients feel safe,” Truong said, “especially if they have a fungus or anything like that.” Ibis Nails & Spa also does acrylic and natural nails, but Truong recommends clients to try Dip-It, a new and more healthful product for beautiful nails. “Clients just dip their nails in a crystal powder that will not damage the nail bed like acrylic or gel,” Truong said. “There are vitamins in it to keep the nail bed strong.” The salon also uses state-of-the-art sterilizers that are used in hospitals to keep tools clean and sanitary. “We sterilize anything metal,” Truong said. “Only hospitals use this type of sterilizer, and it costs over $3,000.” Ibis Nails & Spa has a relaxed spa ambiance with lightly colored painted walls, a water fountain in the front entrance and tranquil music. “We want our clients to feel comfortable in here when they get their nails done,” Truong explained. The salon offers a private room for couples or people who want to have their nails done alone. “We even offer our clients a complimentary glass of red or white wine after five,” Truong said. Ibis Nails & Spa hosts private events for bridal parties, birthdays and any type of spa engagement. The salon holds kids parties in its children’s room, which is set up for small children, with little chairs and specialty foot bowls for them, also with disposable liners. Ibis Nails & Spa is located in the Shoppes at Ibis (10130 Northlake Blvd., Suite 110, West Palm Beach). For more information, call (561) 799-9991.

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School District To Gibbons Earns Top Management Host Matchmaker Credential In Healthcare Field Conference Sept. 14 These aren’t the “lazy days of summer” for members of the Palm Beach Partners. They’re the organizing group that’s pulling together the details for the upcoming fifth annual Matchmaker Conference & Expo next month. This coalition comprises the school district, municipal, county, state and nonprofit agencies that have aligned to optimize opportunities for small businesses in South Florida at the event, set for Sept. 14 at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach. From the opening session titled “The Five Keys to Mastering the New Economy,” presented by Markcom Industries Inc. CEO Marvin Dejean, to luncheon keynoter T. Willard Fair, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami Inc., the day is designed to bring relevant information, strategies, contacts and resources to enterprises in the South Florida region. Power workshops — hands-on, working sessions — will expose small business owners to the latest technology, industry best practices,

and tools and resources that will take their business to the next level. Workshop topics will include business finance, marketing/public relations, law and insurance matters. Past participants have said the best 15 minutes of the conference day comes near the end of the session when participants get to meet oneon-one with the coalition partners and their key decision makers. Partners include representatives from South Florida Water Management District, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the School District of Palm Beach County, the City of West Palm Beach, the Center for Technology Enterprise and Development, the Paragon Foundation of Palm Beach County, Palm Tran Public Transportation and the Palm Beach County Department of Airports. To register for the conference, visit www.pbmatchmaker.com. Call (561) 434-8508 or e-mail michelle. andrewin @palmbeachschools.org for more information.

Lakeside Medical Center Administrator Brian P. Gibbons Jr. recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. The FACHE credential signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE fellow status. “I congratulate Mr. Gibbons on his new fellow status,” said Dr. Ronald J. Wiewora, chief executive officer and chief medical officer of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, which owns and operates Lakeside Medical Center. “His accomplishment only adds to the achievements our public hospital and its staff have attained since the facility opened its doors just 20 months ago.” Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only 8,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education

credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. Gibbons has served as Lakeside Medical Center’s administrator since its opening in 2009 and oversees daily operations. Just last month, the hospital welcomed 10 residents from across the country as it launched its new family medicine residency program. Previously, Gibbons served as administrator of Glades General Hospital while transitioning personnel and equipment to the new Lakeside Medical Center. With his nearly 20 years of hospital experience, Gibbons brings an invaluable background in rural healthcare management. “I am pleased to have earned the FACHE credential and recognize the value that professional development in the healthcare management field brings to my work every day,” Gibbons said. Prior to joining the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Gibbons was chief operating officer of the Sebastian River Medical Cen-

Brian P. Gibbons Jr. PHOTO BY JOHN RICKSEN

ter, an 86-bed, acute-care facility in Sebastian, Fla. From 2003 to 2007, he held executive-level positions at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, N.M. and Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas, N.M. The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. For more information, visit www. lakesidemedical.org.


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Gary Lesser Joins The Florida Bar’s Board Of Governors Gary S. Lesser, managing partner at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, was sworn in as a new member of the 2011-12 Florida Bar Board of Governors for the 15th Judicial Circuit during the organization’s recent 2011 annual convention held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee. As one of the judicial luncheon sponsors that day, LLL&S attorneys were joined by more than 600 guests in welcoming Lesser to his new position. The Florida Bar Board of Governors has exclusive authority to formulate and adopt matters of policy concerning the activities of the bar, subject to limitations imposed by the rules regulating the Florida Bar. The 52-member board consists of the bar president and president-elect, the president and president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division, representatives elected by members of the bar from each of the state’s 20 judicial circuits, four out-of-state representatives elected by Florida Bar members who reside outside of Florida, and two public members appointed by the Florida Supreme Court.

The Florida Bar currently has more than 90,000 members. “Gary has a long record of leadership and service to the bar and will be a valued member of the Board of Governors,” said Scott G. Hawkins of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, who was installed as president of the Florida Bar Board of Governors during the convention. “He ran in a difficult race and defeated two very capable and qualified opponents and has earned the right to serve on the board.” Born and raised in Palm Beach County, Lesser has served as the chair of the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee and is the current chair of the Advertising Committee. Recognized again this year by Florida Trend as a Legal Elite, he was also inducted into the magazine’s Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame (as one of only 67 Florida attorneys recognized as a Legal Elite for at least seven years), and voted again as a Super Lawyer in Personal Injury by his peers. Lesser is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell for demonstrating the highest level of legal ability and ethics. He leads by example and holds LLL&S attorneys and col-

leagues to the same standard. Concentrating his practice in general personal injury matters, Lesser has handled numerous high-profile cases in automobile injury, wrongful/ accidental death, premises liability, negligent security and defective product causing injury. His zeal to balance business success with “giving back” and “paying it forward” to the community is his hallmark. Lesser is very active in the community and serves for numerous legal associations and communitybased organizations, supporting more than 50 vital charitable and business organizations. Under his stewardship, LLL&S recently was presented the coveted PR News Legal PR Award for Social Responsibility or Philanthropy at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for the firm’s “Business Builds Community; Community Builds Business” initiative. Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, the third oldest law firm in Palm Beach County, was established in 1927 by Joseph H. Lesser in West Palm Beach, and has been serving clients throughout Florida for more than 80 years, focusing on serious personal injury and wrong-

David Prather, Scott Hawkins, Michelle Suskauer and Gary Lesser. ful death cases. LLL&S enjoys a reputation in the community for superior legal skills, hard work, client service and high ethical standards. LLL&S is active in the community, and has donated significant time and financial support to numerous charities. The firm has obtained significant settlements and verdicts over the years and is well known to

insurance companies and insurance defense lawyers as skillful advocates. This experience and reputation allows the firm to obtain the best possible results for its clients. For more information about the firm, with offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Stuart, call (561) 655-2028 or visit www.lesser lawfirm.com.

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ALLSTAR VOLLEYBALL CLUB HOLDS WEEK-LONG CAMP IN WELLINGTON Wellington hosted a volleyball camp from Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7. The camp was put on by the AllStar Volleyball Club, which seeks to promote boys and girls volleyball in the western communities. For more information about the club, visit www.allstarvolleyball.net. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Head coach Kelly Barlow helps Brittany Agostini with passing.

Nicole Dorminey practices setting.

Rileigh Ellenson receives the ball as coach Kelly Barlow watches.

Oriana Alcarez keeps her eye on the ball as she returns a pass.

Shayla Rosier jumps up for a set.

Brianne DeRamus gets low to bump the ball.

GIRLS LEARN MANY MOVES AT WELLINGTON CHEERLEADING CAMP

The Village of Wellington hosted a cheerleading and tumbling camp from Monday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 12. Campers learned a routine and practiced tumbling, aerial stunts and lifts. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Jill Chapman helps Madison Gould do a back bend.

Emma Lunsford does a cartwheel.

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P.B. MAKOS HOLDING CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS

The Palm Beach Makos cheerleading squad will hold tryouts Saturday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Downtown at the Gardens Center Stage. It is expected that roughly 50 to 70 young women will be in pursuit of the 22 spots on this year’s team. Training began Sunday, July 24 from 1 to 5 p.m., and preparation for tryouts will continue every Sunday at Powerhouse Gym (6900 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). The Palm Beach Makos is a semi-pro football team. For more info., visit www.palmbeachmakos.com or www.palmbeach makoscheerleaders.com.

Transformers Claim Gold In AAU Junior Olympics In New Orleans

The Acreage Transformers won first place in the 2011Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics 14 and under division for flag football held July 30-31 in New Orleans, La. After competing in a day of poolplay games against teams in the 19 and under division, the Acreage Transformers faced Orange Crush in the gold medal championship game, defeating them 13-0. Quarterback Madeline Harding completed 14 out of 19 passes for a total of 105 yards passing, 15 yards rushing and two touchdown passes. Quarterback/receiver Amber Davis threw two passes, equaling 20 yards passing and 25 yards receiving. Receiver Catie Wegman earned 30 yards receiving and caught two touchdown passes. Receiver Bailee Machado rushed for 10 yards and earned 35 yards receiving. Rushers Madison Machado and Kaci Sleeth sacked the opposing Orange Crush quarterbacks an impressive six times. The Acreage Transformers continue to be undefeated in the 14 and under age division.

Flag Football Champs — Acreage Transformers Sullivan Maney, Taylor Gouveia, Savannah Martinez, Madeline Harding, Catie Wegman, Amber Davis, Bailee Machado, Kaci Sleeth, Madison Machado, and coaches Israel and Mitchell Machado.

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RPB Dancers Perform For Area Seniors PBIR Brings Back Popular Two Wheel Tuesdays Events

The Royal Palm Beach Dancers performed a mini show titled “Dance... Dance... Dance...” on Sunday, Aug. 7 for the residents of Golden Lakes Village in Royal Palm Beach. The show was dedicated to “Great-Grandma” Rose Gould, the adopted great-grandmother of the dance teams. The Royal Palm Beach Dancers is composed of four dance teams: the Wildcat Dancers, the Tapazz Dance Troupe, Liquid Gold and the Cervantettes. The dancers are all under the dance teaching and choreography of master instructor Michele Blecher. All dance teams are based at Royal Palm Beach High School, where Blecher is dance director. Dancers range from middle school students through several college students. The show “Dance... Dance... Dance...” featured the following dance routines all taught and choreographed by Blecher: “Tough Love,” Liquid Gold; “Desert Rose,” Alexa Blecher; “I Wanna Be,” Liquid Gold; “Bound to

You,” Lucas Gonzalez and Alexa Blecher; “Telephone Hours,” RPB Dancers; “Raining Men,” Cervantettes; “She Owns the Night,” Liquid Gold; and “Pandora’s Box,” RPB Dancers. The dancers are looking forward to their new dance season of new choreography, dance lessons, shows and competitions starting in August. Wildcat Dancers dance team members are Kemar Wilson, Tatyana Blackmon, Jennifer Paredes, Paulena Wermuth, Stephanie Ligorria, Lorida Jimenez, Ayana Ford, Amy Flores, Lucas Gonzalez, Amanda Kaplan, Loren Estebanez, Allison Hair, Kimberly Benavente, Summer Rosencrantz, Kaylee Sporrer, Chary Baez, Andres Carzares, Matthew Taylor, Samara Amirova and Jammall Victor. Liquid Gold members are Kemar Wilson, Diana Salgado, Paulena Wermuth, Ayana Ford, Lucas Gonzalez, Melissa Felix, Alexa Blecher, Bryce Blecher, Loren Estabanez, Chary Baez, Andres

Dance Director Michele Blecher and the RPB dancers with “Great-Grandma” Rose Gould. Carzares, Matthew Taylor and Kimberly Benavente. Tapazz Dance Troupe members are Melissa Felix, Alexa Blecher, Samantha Parath, Bryce Blecher, Diana Saldago, Samantha Brown, Loren Estebanez, Allison Hair, Kimberly Benavente, Chary Baez, Andres Carzares, Matthew Taylor, Summer

Rosencrantz, Kaylee Sporrer and Samira Amirova. Melissa Felix, Alexa Blecher and Diana Saldago make up Cervantettes. For more information about any of the dance teams, or if you would like to be in the audience at one of their shows, call Blecher at (561) 792-8694.

In July, the Palm Beach International Raceway started a new program called Two Wheel Tuesdays, in which the two-mile road course was open and available to nonmotorized modes of transportation. Positive feedback and requests from all Two Wheel Tuesday attendees prompted the South Florida track to extent the motorless program for two additional months. Upcoming Two Wheel Tuesdays are now scheduled for Aug. 23 and Sept. 6 and 20. “We experimented with Two Wheel Tuesdays in July, and we had such a positive response from the attendees that we extended the program for two additional months,” Palm Beach International Raceway President and CEO Jason Rittenberry said. “It was great to see all the bicyclers, runners and more on the road course. Some of our Two Wheel Tuesday attend-

ees have even expressed interest in holding bicycle time trials and races at the track. We’re looking to expand the events at PBIR and hosting Two Wheel Tuesdays proved to be a great start.” Two Wheel Tuesdays are scheduled for Aug. 16, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20. Admission to Two Wheel Tuesdays is $5 per entry. Gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. Parking for Two Wheel Tuesdays is free. The Palm Beach International Raceway is a state-ofthe-art venue and one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. PBIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. The raceway is located at 17047 Beeline Hwy., Jupiter. For additional information, call (561) 622-1400 or visit www.racepbir.com.


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Saturday, Aug. 13 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will feature trail maintenance with an easy walk in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, Aug. 13. Call Paul at (561) 963-9906 for more info. • The South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd.) will host a Gun Show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14. Admission is $8. Visit www.flgunshows.com for more info. • The TPX Titans 14-U Travel Baseball Team will hold tryouts for the fall season Saturday, Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. at Freedom Park in Greenacres. For additional info., call (954) 325-0599 or visit www.tpxtitans.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will feature “Chess Tournament for Children” on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Challenge other players for prizes in this allday tournament. Sign-in begins at 10 a.m. Space is limited. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host Health Starts Here: Back to School Lunch Lessons on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Cheryl Kobal will show how to create quick, easy and nutritious lunches. There is no charge, but preregistration is required at customer service or by calling (561) 904-4000. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach) will host “Tween Creative Writing” on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. for ages 10 to 15. Do you enjoy writing stories, poetry or fan fiction? Facilitators will talk about writing a short story with a compelling plot. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • Local students Alex Ng, Devin Wallace and Andre Ferreira will host their annual Backpack Drive on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Duffy’s Sports Grill in Royal Palm Beach (11935 Southern Blvd. in the Crestwood Square shopping plaza). Bring in a backpack or school supplies and receive a 10-percent off coupon to use at Duffy’s (eat in or take out). For more info., call (561) 792-4045. • Wellington Ballet Theatre will hold auditions for its inaugural Nutcracker Tea, which will feature highlights of the ballet The Nutcracker and showcase the company’s winter repertoire. High-level dancers will be expected to dance en pointe. Apprenticelevel and beginning-level ballet students are

also encouraged to attend. RSVP is required by Saturday, Aug. 13. The auditions will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Dance Arts Conservatory (12260 Fortune Circle, Suite J1, Wellington). Call (561) 2961880 or e-mail wellingtonballettheatre@ yahoo.com for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature a Classic Car Show & Concert on Saturday, Aug. 13. The car show will start at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Reborn Highway at 8 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • VFW Post 2007 (1126 Claire Ave., West Palm Beach) will host a performance by Nashville recording artist J.D. Danner on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. The Freedom Café opens at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit VFW Post 2007. Admission is free. For more info., call (561) 833-0687. Sunday, Aug. 14 • Pizzazz Hair Design at Kobosko’s Crossing (9112 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host a hair-cutting event to benefit AdoptA-Family on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also drop off clothes, shoes or food. For more info., call (561) 793-7373 or visit www.pizzazzhair.com. • Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington will host an open house Sunday, Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find out about the various programs and services B’nai Jacob has to offer the Jewish community of Wellington and the surrounding areas. Temple B’nai Jacob is located inside the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 6. For more info., call (561) 7934347. • Visions Hair Salon (12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza) will host its fourth annual cut-athon Sunday, Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cut-athon will benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. For more info., call (561) 790-1696. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Thai Cooking with Chef Joe” on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join Chef Joe as he demonstrates how to cook Thai foods right in your own kitchen using fresh ingredients. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required. Call (561) 904-4000 for info. Monday, Aug. 15 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host a Health Starts Here See CALENDAR, page 39


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about the garden’s history and future vision. This event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Meet at the front entrance. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org. Thursday, Aug. 18 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach) will host “Let’s Go Exploring Story Time” on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 6. Use your imagination to explore your back yard, with stories, songs and a simple craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a Networking Mixer on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s restaurant (11141 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). RSVP to Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 790-6200 or marylou@palms west.com. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Award-Winning Domestic Artisan Cheese Class” on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Taste a selection of domestic artisan cheeses from this year’s award-winning producers. Each cheese will be paired with a wine or beer. The cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required at customer service or by calling (561) 904-4000. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (1050 R oyal Palm Beach Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 790-5100 or visit www.royalpalmbeach.com. Friday, Aug. 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host “Flight Time” on Friday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 4. Join library staff for a story time about things that fly. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach) will feature “Back to School Story Time” on Friday, Aug. 19 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 6 to 9. Make a special craft and listen to stories about going back to school. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheat er (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free screening of the movie The Sandlot Friday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email: news@gotowncrier.com.

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JOHN C. HUNTON AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION, INC. —Service & new installation FPL independent participating contractor. Lic. CAC 057272 Ins. "W e are proud supporters of the Seminole Ridge Hawks" 561-798-3225. Family Owned & Operated since 1996. Credit Cards Accepted LARRY’S AIR CONDITIONING — Air purification and service. Air Purifier, RGF, REME Air purifier. Commercial & Residential service and inst allation. Servicing Western Communites and Palm Beach County. 24 Hour Emergency Service. CA CO49300. 561-996-5537

AUDIO PLUS ELECTRONICS — for all your electronic needs, home theater, stereo, plasma TV, satellite, security systems, computer systems. 561-471-1161

HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER in Wellington needs CERTIFIED P/T TEACHERS new and experienced elementary & secondary teachers wanted to instruct K-12 in Reading, Math, SAT/ACT Exam Prep. No lesson plans or homework, paid training and flexible hours. Please e-mail resume to marlenegiraud@hlcwellington.com or call 561-594-1920 leave msg. VOLUNTEER NEEDED — 14 years and over for community service. Have fun with animals & kids 792-2666 WINDOW INSTALLERS W ANTED Lic. & ins. subcontractors only. Top Pay. No Brokers. Call Matt 561714-8490 CHRISTY’S BAKERY NEEDS — Counter help. Experienced only. 2 shifts 5:30am - 1:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Drop of resume. The Pointe@Wellington Green. 10160 Forest Hilll Blvd. CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED — Available for flexible 20 hours Monday, Thursday, Friday work week. Proficient in Quickbooks, Excel, and Word. Please email resume with salary history and work references to SJOHNOH1@GMAIL.COM NEED 15 PEOPLE TO WORK FROM HOME: Own a computer? Put it to work! Earn up to $1,500/ mo - $7,500/mo PT/FT Will Train. No Telemarketing. BBB Accredited. ApplyOnline www.team30in30.com PART-TIME BOOKKEEPER/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT — Needed with flexible weekday availability. Must be reliable and have dependable transportation. Skill requirements: must be highly proficient in all aspects of quickbooks, payroll, excel and word. Detail oriented and excellent organization and communiciation skills. Seeking Western Community resident only! No agencies, please! Located in Acreage. Fax resume to 561-8282379 WELLINGTON CAB HIRING — part-time dispatcher. Dispatcher experience, computer literate, telephone etiquette. Pro-active self starter individual looking for career. Some days - mostly nights & weekends. 561-333-0181

ENTRY LEVEL RECEPTIONIST — Computer literate. Heavy phones & filing. Fax resume 561-333-2680 LAKE FOUNTAIN TECHNICIAN — Looking for motivated person to service and maintain water features, ie, lake fountains, waterfalls, aeration systems, etc. Must have clean and valid DL Will train but electric and plumbing knowledge is a plus Salary negotiable, Benefits Please send resume to fax 561-790-7220 or email to lpalermo@pbaquatics.com Or call 561-756-1011

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

Experienced and local Content/ Copy Writer available for websites, marketing collaterals and more. Specialize in SEO content writing. Rates vary depending upon the project. For more information call 561-247-2605 or email hello1930@live.com.

STOP SCRATCHING & GNAWING — Promote healing &hair growth. St amp out ITCHAMCALLITS! Shampoo with Happy Jack Itch No More, apply Skin Balm A d d Tonekote to diet. Goldcoast Feed (793-4607) (www.kennelvax.com) ®

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DRIVEWAYS — Free estimates. A & M ASPHALT SEAL COATING commercial and residential. Patching potholes, striping, repair existing asphalt & save money all work guaranteed. Lic.& Ins. 100045062 561-667-7716

THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood rep air, door inst allation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets / countertop s, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 791-9900 or 628-9215

PLACE YOUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AD HERE. CALL 793-3576

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

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

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

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

HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561-572-1782 HOUSECLEANING AND MORE — affordable high quality work. Flexible, honest reliable, years of experience with excellent references. For more info call 561-319-7884

JEREMY JAMES PLUMBING — Licensed plumber, legitimate estimate. Water heaters, new construction. CFC1426242. Bonded and Insured. CFC1426242. 561-601-6458

HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACTORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

GREENTEAM LANDSCAPING — We make your grass look greener than the other side Call now 561337-0658. www.greenteamllc.com LANDSCAPE & DESIGN — Commercial & Residential. We meet your needs. Free Est. Tree Trimming, Landscape & Maintenance, Small & Large Gardens. 954-4718034

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

RJA PAINTING & DECORATING, INC. — Interior Exterior, Faux Finish, Residential,Commercial.Lic. #U17536 Rocky Armento, Jr. 561793-5455 561-662-7102 J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established in 1984. All types of pressure cleaning, roofs, houses, driveways, patios etc. Commercial & Residential. Interior & Exterior painting. Certified pressure cleaning & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch 309-6975 visit our website at www.jbpressurecleaningandpainting.com

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

PLACE YOUR AD CLASSIFIED AD HERE CALL 793-3576 TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION

RECUMBENT EXERCISE BIKE — Schwinn 215p, records pulsespeed-distance & calories burned. $149.95 561-333-0791 FURNITURE FOR SALE — Dining Room Pedestal Table ; with 54” round glass top, 4 upholstered parsons chairs, Curio Cabinet; glass shelves & interior lighting, Coffee table; cream colored base with square glass top, also (2) White Modern Counter Stools. Call 561-523-0324

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763.

YARD SALE NEXT SATURDAY, AUG. 13TH 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Furniture, clothing, housewares, etc. Lakepoint off Big Blue Trace

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

BOB CAVANAGH ALLSTATE INSURANCE Auto • Home • Life • Renters • Motorcycle • RV • Golfcart • Boat Serving the Western Communities for 24 years Call for a quote 798-3056, or visit our website. www.allstateagencies.com/ rCavanagh

SPECIALIZING IN BATHROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. Lic. bonded & Ins. U21006 561-662-9258

ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-3090134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC023773 RC-0067207 ROBERT CHERRY ROOFING INC Reroofing - Repair Waterproofing 561-791-2612 or 954-741-4580 State Lic.& Ins. #CCC-1326048

5 ACRES OF LAND FOR SALE — between Okeechobee & Southern North of Palms West Hospital off Folsom (West on Casey Rd.) motivated to sell $130,000 561-5028026

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

JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 798-3132. www.poolscreenrepair.com ST AN’S SCREEN SERVICE — Pool and Patio since 1973. Call for a free estimate. 561-319-2838 Lic. & Ins.

2/2 NEW APPLIANCES — good condition “The T rails” good area. pool and amenities. 561-714-8376 561-793-1718 $900 monthly. Cable included.

ACCORDION SHUTTERS — Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

STUDIO APT. FOR RENT — spanish tile, furnished on farm. References req. $595/month 966-8791

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

TOWNHOME FOR RENT — 2 / 2 2 car garage. Lakefront seasonal or annual lease. No Pets 561-6442019

APARTMENT WANTED: For single working person $600, a month or less. Non-smoker. References available. Please call 561-572-1782


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