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BARRETT-JACKSON ZOOMS INTO TOWN

The Royal Palm Beach Village Council approved an ordinance Thursday, April 7 that will provide for the tracking and maintenance of abandoned and vacant property. Page 3

Bellissimo Makes Big Donation To PBCHS

The Palm Beach Central High School band is getting brandnew uniforms thanks to a generous donation from Equestrian Sport Productions. CEO Mar k Bellissimo, along with President Michael Stone and Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, presented a check for $14,000 to the band Tuesday, April 12. Page 5

Wellington Grant Program Will Help Make Homes Safer

Residents in Wellington’s transitional neighborhoods can get a little help from the village to offset the cost of making their homes safer, thanks to the Defensive Measures Grant, a new program passed Tuesday by the Wellington Village Council. Page 7

Open House For The New Angel’s Recovery Facility In Wellington

Angel’s Recovery held an open house Friday, April 8 to introduce its unique five-star substance abuse treatment facility in Wellington. Located on 2.5 acres, the 4,000-squarefoot home has a pool, horses and dogs to help create a home atmosphere. Page 15

OPINION A Season Of Renewal, Redemption & Rebirth

This upcoming week marks the Jewish holiday of Passover and the Christian observance of Easter. Though dif ferent in practice and custom, both share the central themes of redemption, rebirth and renewal, as well as hope for the future. It’s only appropriate that in the middle of the two celebrations is Ear th Day, which will be observed Friday, April 22. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 15 OPINION ................................ 4 CRIME NEWS ........................ 6 NEWS BRIEFS .......................8 POLO & EQUESTRIAN .........17 SCHOOLS .....................18 - 19 PEOPLE........................ 20 - 21 COLUMNS .................... 29 - 30 SUMMER CAMPS ........ 31 - 35 BUSINESS ...................37 - 39 SPORTS .......................43 - 46 CALENDAR...................48 - 49 CLASSIFIEDS ...............50 - 55 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

The ninth annual Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction roared into town April 7-9 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. During the three-day celebration, hundreds of cars were sold. Shown here are Kirk Alexander, Dr. Veronica Pedro and Evan Ale xander with Dr. Jim, Zoe and Amy Jo Osborne of the Austin Hatcher Pediatric Cancer Foundation, which got $175,000 from the sale of a 2012 Chevy. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 24 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

RPB Task Force Completes Work For April 21 Council Presentation By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report At its final meeting Tuesday, the Royal Palm Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant Task Force assigned percentages for residential, recreational, commercial and industrial land uses on the 150-acre site. The task force settled on 55 percent single-family residential, which would allow 207 homes at 2.5 units per acre, 25 percent recreational, 10 percent industrial and 10 percent commercial, with the industrial and commercial uses being low-intensity uses such as RV and boat storage and education centers, and 30 percent of the recreational use set aside for natural areas. The task force’s recommendation will go to the Royal Palm Beach Village Council on April 21. Task Force Member Joseph Boyle asked how it will be presented to the council, saying that he felt that one of the members should do it. Fellow Task Force Member Michael Axelberd agreed. “Since we are the ones

chartered, it should be presented by one of us,” Axelberd said. Boyle also raised the issue of format, explaining that he thought the task force should give a detailed explanation of how it arrived at the recommendation, rather than the few paragraphs that ultimately will be sent to the Florida Department of Community Affairs for review. RPB Senior Planner Bradford O’Brien said the recommendation did not need to be detailed. “What you’re recommending is a land use,” O’Brien said. Boyle said he thought the report should give detail of the several months of meetings the task force had held and should be about 20 pages long, rather than a few paragraphs. “That’s the only way we can give a fair accounting of the thinking of 12 people,” Boyle said. Councilwoman Martha Webster said that the comprehensive plan recommendation will be simple, but Boyle insisted that they should prepare a detailed report. “It is not a chart and not a number,” Boyle said. “It should be reality.”

Webster said the accounting of how the task force reached its recommendation is all detailed in the minutes and in recordings of the meetings. “All this is is a recommendation to the council,” she said. “That recommendation will probably be less than four pages.” Boyle persisted. “We have 12 citizens who are speaking to the council based on our deliberation,” he said. “We don’t want you to rubber-stamp it.” Task Force Member Jeff Sabo pointed out that the recommendation will be made to the council in a public forum where task force members will be able to make comments. Axelberd, who is one of two representatives of Madison Green, which is south and west of the site, said he thought there should be more residential and was unhappy with the industrial and commercial designations. He characterized Crestwood Blvd. as a winding and dangerous road that is inappropriate for industrial and commercial uses. He added that he felt that the $125,000 per home See TASK FORCE, page 22

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Wellington To Stay The Course With Patriot Memorial Despite Expense By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Wellington Village Council was divided Tuesday over a decision to forge ahead with construction on the Wellington Patriot Memorial, which is estimated to cost six times more than originally expected. In a 3-2 decision, members of the council voted to proceed as planned on the $485,000 memorial. Mayor Darell Bowen and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig dissented. The issue of whether to scale back or scrap the memorial was brought up at Monday’s agenda review meeting. Last month, Bowen, who was concerned about the amount of public money going into the project, initiated a discussion on the cost. When the memorial was approved in January 2010, it was expected to cost between $70,000 and $80,000, much of which was to be raised through private financing. Village Manager Paul Schofield said that the current contract to build the memorial has costs “not to exceed” $485,000, with about $112,000 raised through the Wellington Community Foundation. But the difference will be paid by Wellington, coming from money left over from capital projects. The memorial will be located between Scott’s Place playground and the new Wellington Municipal Complex and will feature a fountain, eternal flame, pergolas, a glass-etched wall and a 36-foot piece of steel from the World Trade Center. It is set to be unveiled during a countywide ceremony on the 10year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this Sept. 11. On Monday, Wellington staff presented three options: the coun-

cil could go ahead with the memorial as planned, scrap it completely or cut back on some of the features and add them later as donations come in. The scaled back suggestion cut the price to $306,000 by removing several key features, including the pergolas, glass wall and fountain. But during the public meeting, four out of the six speakers asked that the memorial be kept the way it is. “Don’t do to it what previous councils did to the Wellington Veterans’ Memorial,” Ernie Zimmerman said, noting that the site is inaccessible to disabled or older veterans and used only twice a year. “Dogs in Wellington have a better place than veterans do. For you not to build it the way it is, shame shame shame. We will be the laughingstock of the country.” Former councilman Bob Margolis recalled how Wellington came together after 9/11 and said that although he understood the concern of costs, public safety workers in the village deserve to be recognized, he said. “This is not about one councilman’s dream,” he said. “It’s about what we are as a community. The people who make me sleep better at night deserve this.” Other residents worried that the cost would come back to the taxpayers. “I have no problem building it with private funds like it was initially intended,” resident Mike Poza said. “But it seems now we have a bait and switch. Taxpayers don’t want to see the village come back and say ‘we don’t have enough money’ and raise our taxes.” Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore clarified that the source of See MEMORIAL, page 7

TASTY NIGHT AT FLAVORS

Election Request Could Trigger A Water District-Town Merger By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District delayed a decision Monday on a petition to change its election procedures in order to give legal staff more time to review the petition. But the anticipated high cost of going through a complicated election process led supervisors to discuss the idea of merging with the Town of Loxahatchee Groves and becoming a dependent district. LGWCD Administrator Clete Saunier said the district received a petition on March 2 seeking to have one or more of the district’s supervisors chosen by direct election, rather than the proxy vote by acreage system currently used. An estimated 20 percent of Loxahatchee Groves’ qualified electors signed the petition circulated by residents Marge Herzog and Don Williams, asking for a

referendum of qualified voters to change the voting procedure used from one-acre, one-vote to a oneperson, one-vote system giving equal say to all resident property owners who are registered voters. LGWCD Attorney Mary Viator said she still has some issues with the petition and needs to request a voter list and establish a precinct for all the voters in the district. “There is already a list by the Town of Loxahatchee Groves but not a list of district landowners,” Viator said. In order to set up a voting precinct, the district will need to obtain “shape files” from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office, but its computers have been down, Viator said. Next, they need to meet with the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser for a list of property owners and merge both those files for a list of qualified voters. “We are in the process

of clarifying all those numbers,” she said. LGWCD Chairman David DeMarois asked how much the district has invested in the process so far and how much it would cost to go through the process. Viator said less than $10,000 had been spent. Saunier estimated the cost of a referendum at $5,000 and a total of $25,000 for geographic information systems mapping and other costs, which does not include the cost of a popular election if the referendum should pass. Viator said that if the referendum fails, petitioners cannot ask for another referendum for two years. Supervisor John Ryan said he felt it’s an expensive process but one the petitioners are entitled to. Viator explained that people who would vote in the referendum must sign an affidavit that they are See LGWCD, page 22

Flavors of Wellington, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, returned for its eighth y ear on Friday, April 8. Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, guests were able to sample the best in food and drink from more than 23 local restaurants, enjoy live music and watch equestrian events in the arena. The award for Best Taste went to the Wanderers Club at Wellington, Best Plate Presentation went to Sushi Moto, Best Display went to Cupcake Cottage and Best Dessert went to Cofftea Café. Shown above are the Wanderers Club’s Daphne Urso and Executive Chef Tam Ha with their award. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 13 PHOTO B Y LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Wellington Invites Utility Customers To Try Online Service By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington residents and business owners who sign up to pay their utility bills online will receive a one-time, $35 credit with the village if they register over the next month. Last week, Wellington announced that it would provide the credit to residents who sign up by Friday, May 20 for the bill notification and automatic payment programs available at www. wellingtonfl.gov. Residents must use the service for 90 days, and then will receive coupons by e-mail with unique serial numbers, which can be ap-

plied to utility bills or any of Wellington’s recreational programs. By signing up for electronic bills, residents will receive an email with their statement rather than a paper bill via traditional mail. And automatic payments allow the village to charge residents for the bill two days before it’s due. In the tiered program, residents would receive a $10 credit for signing up only for the electronic billing, and an additional $25 for signing up for automatic payments. By providing an incentive to use its e-services, Wellington hopes to save money while lessening its

carbon footprint and cutting down on long lines at the Wellington Municipal Complex. “When we opened the building, we had a lot of people come in with simple transactions,” Deputy Village Manager John Bonde said. “Lines sometimes were long, and people would become frustrated. We would sometimes get complaints from residents who had to wait 15 minutes in line.” As part convenience for customers, and part of the village’s green initiative, Wellington hopes to encourage people to pay their bills from their own home. “I wonder sometimes why, when we’re trying to save money,

people don’t want to be familiar with our online transactions,” Bonde said. “It saves them money. And with a discount for jumping on board, they get a direct benefit in a reduction on their payment. And it saves them the time and effort it takes to come in, and what they spend in gas. It’s more efficient.” Additionally, it’s more efficient for Wellington. “You don’t have to deal with the paperwork,” Bonde said. “When you do a simple transaction, the staff member has to take the time to wait on a resident, take their money, make change, print a receipt, enter the payment in the

computer system, cash the drawer out at the end of the night and turn it in to an accountant. When you add that up, it becomes a lot of money to process.” But using e-services would cut out the middleman. “Online, many of those steps are done automatically,” Bonde said. “In a day when we’re trying to cut back everywhere, it makes sense to use these services.” But, he said, Wellington understands that not all residents have access to computers or feel comfortable using the Internet for transactions. “It’s going to be a slow proSee BILL PAY, page 22


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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNEY HELD IN ROYAL PALM BEACH

The Knights of Columbus held its 12th annual golf tournament Saturday, April 9 at the Village Golf & Country Club in Royal Palm Beach. The event was held to raise money for a charity to be chosen by KOC Council 12376, which is affiliated with Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church in Royal Palm Beach. PHOTOS BY ERIC WOODARD/TOWN-CRIER

Victoria Mericle, winner of the Women’s Longest Drive. Rusty Lamm, Adam Balun, Steve Thibodeau and Mike Gauger, who shot 59 to finish in first place.

Victoria Mericle, Mark Rodgers, Diane Giordano and Ken Ohrstrom.

Bob Techman, Father Harry McAlpine, KOC Two-Year Trustee William Chamberlain and Robert Preat o.

Jack Schnur, Fred Rodgers, Scott Danielski and Don Ammon.

Fred Rodgers on the green.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Jess Santamaria invites you to his April 20th, 2011

COMMUNITY FORUM Palm Beach County’s Charter Review • Learn the major contents in the current Palm Beach County Charter. • What do you like about the current Charter? • What would you want to change/add to the current Charter?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the “original” Wellington Mall LOCATION: The “original” Wellington Mall is located at the southeast corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and Wellington Trace Community Forums are Audio Recorded


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Bill Malone Highlights Education-Themed P.W. Chamber Lunch By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report After two months on the job, Acting Superintendent Bill Malone explained his goals and discussed the future of the Palm Beach County School District at a Palms West Chamber of Commerce luncheon held Monday at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center.

Malone, previously the district’s chief operating officer, came out of retirement in February to replace controversial former superintendent Dr. Art Johnson. “It’s no secret that the school district has struggled the last couple of years,” Malone said. “I can tell you the first day I came to work, which was Feb. 22, it was like it was a different place. Peo-

ple were smiling. No matter which side of the issue they were on, they were ready to put that behind them and move forward. That was a definite blessing for me and my family. It made it easier as we worked through the issues that still remain.” Malone noted that while the district once anticipated a $100 million budget shortfall this year, it is

Scholarship recipients gather with chamber officials and scholarship sponsors.

no longer that high. “It’s probably about half that,” he said. “We’re closing in on it. We’re anxious to put it to bed and get the first vote on the budget, which will happen in July.” Another contentious issue has been the teacher contract. “The relationship that I think we have had with the leadership of the Classroom Teachers Association

is good and it’s improving,” Malone said. “I’m optimistic that we can get something put together that everybody can live with. We expect to go back to the negotiating table next week.” Malone said his top goal has been to help things settle down and get moving in the right direction. “That’s been very easy,” he said.

“It kind of happened automatically.” His next goal has been to stay out of the spotlight and let a tumultuous situation settle down. “We have pretty much stayed off the front page of the newspaper, and that’s wonderful,” he said. “It makes life a lot easier.” After originally agreeing to stay See CHAMBER, page 17

Palms West Chamber CEO Jaene Miranda, Palm Beach Atlantic University President Bill Fleming, Acting Superintendent Bill Malone, Pizza Hut food sponsor Gail Catalan and Palms West Chamber Chairman Carmine Priore III. PHOTOS BY R ON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

Royal Palm Council Approves Ordinance To Track Vacant Property By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council approved an ordinance Thursday, April 7 that will provide for the tracking and maintenance of abandoned and vacant property. Senior Planner Bradford O’Brien said the village is seeking to require the mortgage holder to register vacant property so that the village can track responsible parties to establish maintenance standards and see that the buildings are secure. The council gave preliminary approval to a similar ordinance at its meeting March 3 after a discussion on how the properties would be tracked and concerns that the method might put homeowners or renters at hardship who are living in and maintaining homes that are in the foreclosure process. Village Attorney Brad Biggs said enough changes have been

made to the ordinance to warrant another first reading. “What changed, and the reason we are having this first reading again, is because we were talking about vacant and abandoned property before in the title, and now we’re talking about registration of properties subject to foreclosure,” Biggs said. The tracking method would probably utilize a court filing method called lis pendens, which means “lawsuit pending.” This does not necessarily mean that a home is going to be foreclosed on or that the home is abandoned. Biggs explained that someone could be living in the home and they’re in a no-man’s land before getting foreclosed, or the bank may own the home but it is occupied and maintained. O’Brien said the mortgagee or an authorized representative would be required to register foreclosed property with the village’s code enforcement officer when

the owner is under notice of default or notice of sale by lender, the bank has retained the mortgage or the property is transferred to the mortgagee in lieu of a foreclosure sale. If the property becomes vacant, the mortgagee becomes responsible for maintenance of the property, as well as notifying the village that the property is vacant, O’Brien said. At that time, the mortgagee must also post the name and 24-hour contact information of the local property management company. Biggs said one of the problems in the previous version of the ordinance was that the way it was written, a notice would have been posted on property where the foreclosure process had begun, but the property might still be occupied. “People could still be living there, but it’s not abandoned; they’re just in the middle of some terrible problem,” Biggs said. “Now, only if it shows evidence

of an abandoned state would there be a notice on the window for the neighbors to know, for everybody to watch out now and make sure nobody is getting in there [or committing] vandalism.” Biggs said the village should not be labeling people when they’re having problems. “Only when they are abandoned will there be some signage outside,” he said. Councilman Fred Pinto said he was glad to have the language straightened out after a long discussion at the March 3 meeting. Pinto asked what would become of property that was already in the foreclosure process or abandoned. Biggs said those properties would be identified through the lis pendens process, and that Royal Palm Beach has actually identified a large number of those properties. “We have been trying to do that in code enforcement, and now we may be operating with a ven-

dor to help us locate them,” Biggs said. Vice Mayor Richard Valuntas said one of his concerns was the registration fee with the village, which he feared would put an additional burden on an already stressed property owner. “I think it was addressed here; the registration fee and the process is all done by the mortgage holder now,” Valuntas said. “It’s not going to be put on the property owner.” Councilman David Swift asked what controls the village would have over the vendor doing the research, since the vendor would be representing the village. Biggs said appropriate limitations would be laid out in the contract. Councilwoman Martha Webster asked about situations where a renter is living in and taking care of a home that is going through the foreclosure process. Biggs said if the renters are keeping it up, it would not be apparent to the

neighborhood that it is in foreclosure. “If they are keeping it up, no notice is posted,” Biggs said. During public comment, Dionna Hall said the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches still could not support the ordinance the way it is written because of the lis pendens trigger mechanism. “The reason this matters is because many of these distressed properties in lis pendens will never become vacant or have maintenance issues, which means your citizens still living in their homes will have their properties registered and the village will be collecting a fee from that property,” Hall said. She asked that if the ordinance is approved, the village keep the fee as low as possible and that the only properties required to be registered be the vacant and abandoned properties. Pinto made a motion to grant preliminary approval to the ordinance, which carried 5-0.


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Easter, Passover & Earth Day: Holidays Share Common Themes This upcoming week marks the Jewish holiday of Passover and the Christian observance of Easter. Though differing in practice and custom, both share the central themes of redemption, rebirth and renewal, as well as hope for the future. With that in mind, it’s only appropriate that in the middle of the two celebrations is Earth Day, which will be observed Friday, April 22. Like Easter and Passover, Earth Day is about renewal and hope for the future. However, whereas the religious celebrations are steeped in tradition and timehonored rituals, there are many ways to celebrate Earth Day. Not everyone will spend the day outside planting trees or picking up litter, and that’s OK. If nothing else, though, people should take an honest look at themselves and how wasteful they are on a daily basis. How many unnecessary trips in the car do you make? How many lights really need to be on in the house? Is it really necessary to get a shopping bag for a single item? Do you really need to drink water from a bottle? Why not at least buy bigger bottles? These are small steps anyone can take to become better environmental stewards. Not only is cutting down on consumption good for the planet, but it will save you money, too. This is true on a larger scale as well, as many agencies and businesses have discovered. As belts continue to tighten across all levels of government, green technology has helped save money through the constructing of buildings that are LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified, such as the new county branch library under construction in The Acreage. It will be the first LEED-certified county building, and its design will provide the county savings on operating costs. The use of hybrid and electric automobiles — such as the new ZapVan Shuttle in Wellington — will also

help governments reduce their carbon footprint while sidestepping the rising gas prices. While some are reluctant to change, there’s no excuse for being lazy or careless when it comes to the environment. Earth Day is about being conscientious and realizing that all of our actions have consequences. And besides, it’s not even about us. It’s about our grandchildren and their grandchildren — and so on. It is absolutely crucial that we teach children the importance of environmental responsibility, instilling this knowledge at a young age so they don’t grow up with the same wasteful habits many adults can’t seem to kick. They are the future and — as with Easter and Passover — we’d like to think there is hope. But as long as we’re still talking about “going green” and not “gone green,” then there is much progress to be made. To get more directly involved in cleaning up the earth, several groups throughout the western communities will take part in the Great American Cleanup this Saturday morning. In Wellington, volunteers will participate in cleanups from 9 a.m. to noon on property between 50th Street South and Lake Worth Road and in the Folkstone neighborhood. Royal Palm Beach volunteers will meet at the RPB Recreation Center to clean up village roads, parks and rights-of-way. Volunteers in The Acreage will meet at 8 a.m. behind Walgreens at the southeast corner of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Orange Blvd. to clean a portion of Seminole Pratt. In Loxahatchee Groves, one group will meet at 8 a.m. on the sidewalk on Okeechobee Blvd. north of Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School, while another will convene at Loxahatchee Groves Park at 8 a.m. Learn more at www. keeppbcbeautiful.org.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Kudos To RPB’s Valuntas I suppose I’m not the only one who is disappointed with the elected officials in the Village of Royal Palm Beach. Imagine, since 2001, our village has either not noticed, was not interested or “too busy” to question the levying authority of the Indian Trail Improvement District. The lawyer representing Indian Trail has publicly admitted that he could find no evidence of any authority for Indian Trail to tax people in the Village of Royal Palm Beach during the last 10 years. Now, one might suppose that the legal department of Royal Palm Beach would have noticed this discrepancy and informed the mayor and the village council, and that the mayor and the council would have sometime during the past 10 years, challenged Indian Trail! The truth is apparently quite different from the reasonable supposition, and the truth is that it took the newest councilman’s vigilance and action to pursue the matter. Had not Richard Valuntas uncovered this illegal tax, many in Royal Palm Beach would still be paying this tax to Indian Trail. We owe a special debt of gratitude for not only uncovering this matter, but in his continuing to pursue this unlawful tax. Mr. Valuntas has proven he’s worthy of our support now and in the future. And for the members of the council of very long tenure, who obviously are too busy, perhaps they’ve enjoyed it long enough. Richard Nielsen Royal Palm Beach

Don’t Four-Lane Okeechobee Through Groves I am a resident of Loxahatchee, and I think Loxahatchee Groves is a wonderful, quaint old community, and I hope that it always remains a wonderful, quaint community. I would like to point out some facts and possibilities to our Loxahatchee Groves neighbors. When the Groves was incorporating, the county was moving on plans to expand Okeechobee Blvd. to four lanes. Once the town incorporated and told the county that it did not want Okeechobee Blvd. to be expanded, the county acquiesced to the town’s wishes. You are legally a town now. Do only what your residents want and not what outsiders and the county want. Please note that your town already has a “main drag” that is mostly six lanes with some eightlane sections, this being Southern Blvd.

Okeechobee Blvd. and Southern Blvd. are parallel roads only one mile apart. So there is no need to bisect the center of your town by four-laning Okeechobee Blvd. unless that is what your residents want. Please remember that once you four-lane it, you can never go back. Take a look now at our Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, which is now being four-laned. This is what your Okeechobee Blvd. would look like. Now, because Seminole Pratt is only two lanes, we can only travel as fast as the car in front of us. With four lanes, those days will be over, meaning that the speed limit is 45 miles per hour, which you have to do if the car in front of you is doing 45 mph with the current two lanes. But with four lanes, this allows cutting in and out of lanes as quickly as possible to get every bit of open road to speed up beyond 45 mph, all day long, up and down Okeechobee Blvd. if it is four-laned. The traffic on Okeechobee, both car, truck and trailer, will increase tremendously if four-laned, when Callery-Judge’s 3,000 new homes and their hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial is built. Please do not forget that Lion Country Safari at the end of Okeechobee Blvd. has been approved for increased residential development and traffic. Then there is GL Homes’ 4,900 acres and the EB Developers’ 1,200 acres adjacent to Callery’s west end. Both are slated for residential development. The four-laning of Okeechobee Blvd. will make it basically a cutthrough drag strip through the heart of your town, even while there is located one mile south of it, the six- to eight-lane Southern Blvd. So choose wisely so that you will be able to live safely and happily, as will those who will live there over the next 100 years. Will it still be a quaint old town then? Or will it be another Military Trail? Ed Zakrzewski Loxahatchee

Don’t Tie Hands Of Inspector General Why are some government officials determined to tie up the hands of the inspector general? Perhaps they have watched the undoing of the town of Belle, Calif., and its corrupt officials from the top to the bottom try to thwart the investigative process through various methods, all designed to delay or to deter a thorough investigation of their conduct while in office. And, in my opinion, those who are trying to tie up the hands

of the inspector general are trying to limit the scope of a mandate from 72 percent of the people. I, for one, want to know who these are, for it seems to me that “we the people” have spoken, but somehow a small percentage of a nameless group is able to tie up the hands of the inspector general, and this is wrong. It’s not what 72 percent of us voted for, and I want to know who this group of persons is who has the tail wagging the dog. Those who stand to lose the most when the inspector general is allowed to do the job that we have mandated: in my opinion, it will be them — finally them — for whom the “Belle” tolls. Thomas Goff Wellington

Groves Had Protection Through The County The residents and council members of Loxahatchee Groves seem to have forgotten that what our council members have negotiated away we had already received in public policy in the Palm Beach County comprehensive plan. The transportation element section 1.4 R-S policy stated, “to further protect rural tier communities and to prevent the encroachment of incompatible uses, proposed roads… which pass through existing communities shall be aligned… along the periphery… and not sited so that they bisect communities.” Further, I was at the county commission meeting when, consistent with policy, E Road-140th Street was removed from the future thoroughfare identification map of Palm Beach County. There is no such road. Also forgotten is the fact that the Department of Community Affairs already approved the Loxahatchee Groves comprehensive plan such as it was. Callery-Judge Grove sued us out of greed, and our Loxahatchee Groves council members blinked. As previously stated, maybe it is time to unincorporate. Joan Shewmake Loxahatchee Groves

Goldenrod Closure Is Needed Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to Timothy Palmer’s letter (“Don’t Close Goldenrod Road,” April 1). Mr. Palmer, a property owner of a multifamily unit on Goldenrod since 2005, wrote an opinion in objection to the closure of Gold-

enrod stating that, “If we closed every road that had speeding issues, we wouldn’t have any roads open at all.” “If speeding is the true issue, then incorporate traffic circles, speed bumps, rumble strips, post a 15-mph speed limit and have the road routinely patrolled by law enforcement... Why punish the law-abiding drivers and citizens who use the roadway as a legal and legitimate route by closing the road?” However, Mr. Palmer fails to realize the difference between roadways meant for through traffic and those intended to be part of a community. Why would drivers cease speeding in a 15-mph zone if they are already speeding in a 35-mph zone, and why should neighborhood residents have to suffer additional wear-and-tear on their cars driving over speed bumps and rumble strips or give up property to create traffic circles? Mr. Palmer then decides to lash out at those who live on Azure, stating, “I’m pretty sure the road was built with its established route when you moved into the house; did you think you would never hear or see a car driven by?” Perhaps Mr. Palmer should realize that while Azure was in place when homes were purchased many years ago; the adjacent shops were not. Traffic has increased to the shops as many nonresidents use the neighborhood to bypass the traffic signals that are installed on streets intended for through traffic. A closure of the connection between Azure and Goldenrod is only a fix of an error made years ago. Mr. Palmer then states that, “Regarding the issue of security… when you put up barriers… you create animosity, tensions and imbalance between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots.’ Dividing is not the way to bring a community together.” I’d like to know exactly to what history, what examples, Mr. Palmer can point where the closure of a single road caused such social upheaval. Do the many gated communities in Wellington anger the residents on Goldenrod? I suppose that shoplifting, burglary and drug trafficking are much better ways to bring the community together than trying to take action to reduce crime. Mr. Palmer further asks, “What proof does the village offer that by shutting the road, crime will go down on both sides of the road closure? And if it’s not an equal deterrence to both sides, how is that fair representation to the taxpayers?” This is straightforward: reduced access provides more security and this is not questioned by Mr. Palmer. But why would the town need to show that crime would decrease on both sides of

the proposed closure? Most taxpayer dollars are spent to benefit many or most in society but rarely if ever does the expenditure directly benefit everyone. Does everyone use parks? Does everyone have a child in school? The benefits of government projects can be direct as well as indirect, as in this case. We all pay for every crime. We pay increased prices for goods driven by increased insurance premiums and the need for better theft deterrent systems; we pay for additional law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders, judges and all their offices and buildings. Less crime to anyone is better for everyone. Mr. Palmer then concludes by suggesting “…there are other ways to deter crime: additional street lighting, police presence, crime watch, citizen patrol...” There are already increased police patrols, which we now pay for in the form of increased taxes, and there are neighborhood watches. A plan to add street lighting is also already in motion. Unfortunately, these suggestions call for the lawabiding citizens to modify lifestyle or infrastructure to address the symptoms of crime rather than addressing or treating the cause of the problem. And in reference to citizen patrols, Mr. Palmer, the point is to increase citizen safety, not to have hardworking, untrained citizens patrolling the streets placing themselves in harm’s way. Perhaps, landlords should be doing better background checks, cease offering short-term leases, and have some idea about who is actually living in their apartments and not assume their tenants aren’t allowing potentially criminal family or friends to share their apartments. Therefore, we should begin holding landlords that allow their communities to slip into havens for crime partially responsible for the crimes committed by their tenants in the neighborhood. Assuming some burden of proof that a reasonable landlord should have known about nefarious activity by their tenants, how about criminal charges for landlords such as accessory to (fill in vio-

lent crime) if someone is injured or killed by a tenant, a $5,000 fine for felonies committed (e. g., drug sales, burglary), $2,500 for lesser crimes (e.g., shoplifting) of a tenant? Maybe that additional revenue could offset the costs of additional patrols and burglar alarm installations that you are asking the victims of these crimes to cover, or it could cover the cost of the losses suffered by the innocent at the hands of those from which you profit. Jason Crawford Wellington

Flavors 2011 A Success! The Wellington Chamber of Commerce Flavors 2011 was once again a smashing success. Our event attracted more than 700 attendees. We wish to thank our host venue, our chairmen and host committee, our vendors, our sponsors, our members, our volunteers and our residents for this success. Flavors of Wellington brings together the best of the best Wellington Chamber restaurants, catering venues, wholesale and gourmet markets, and country clubs to showcase their businesses, products, menus and exceptional service staff. This event could hot happen without their participation, and we are so grateful to each of them for joining us last Friday evening. Each year our attendees enjoy See LETTERS, page 22

For The Record A story in the April 8 edition titled “Several Lox Council Members Push For Management Change” reported that a motion to prepare a request for proposals for a new Loxahatchee Groves town manager failed 3-2. The vote actually failed 4-1 with motion originator Councilman Jim Rockett voting in favor. Councilman Tom Goltzené, who seconded the motion, ultimately voted against it. The Town-Crier regrets whatever confusion this might have caused.

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The Yankees’ Derek Jeter On His Way To Joining The ‘3,000 Hit Club’ Barring an unpredictable injury, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees should join that most exalted baseball fraternity known as the “3,000 Hit Club” this season. The pundits predict the popular Yankee captain should reach the lofty goal sometime around midseason. Surprisingly, despite the dugout full of Yankee immortals like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio,

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Equestrian Sport Productions Donates $14,000 To Bronco Band By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School band is getting brand-new uniforms for the first time since the school opened, thanks to a generous donation from Equestrian Sport Productions. The company’s CEO Mark Bellissimo, along with President Michael Stone and Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, presented a check for $14,000 to the band Tuesday, April 12. The money will help the band purchase new cooldry uniforms. The band has been wearing uniforms that were purchased years ago when the school opened. They are hot, heavy and have to be dry cleaned, Band Director James Yaques said. But the new uniforms are washable and made of a special material to keep students cool. “It’s a wonderful thing,” Yaques

said. “We’re going to be able to save money on dry cleaning, and the kids will be more comfortable.” Bellissimo initiated a partnership between the school and the horse show company when he asked the band to play at the Nations Cup. They came recommended by Bowen, who suggested them as an entertainment act during the event. “They gave up a Friday night to come out and play for us,” Bellissimo said. “And they didn’t ask for anything in return. I was very touched that they would give up their night to come out and play, and they did a great job.” When Bellissimo heard that the band was trying to raise money for new uniforms, he wanted to help. “I heard that they were $14,000 away from their goal,” he said. “So in the spirit of the evening, I

Band Director James Yaques, Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, and Equestrian Sport Productions’ Mark Bellissimo and Michael Stone w atch as the band performs a Beatles song.

Mark Bellissimo and Michael Stone (center) present a check to the PBCHS Band. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

thought it would be nice for us to provide them with the funds to get the uniforms. I think they’ll look as good as they play.” Yaques said he was thrilled for the support from Equestrian Sport Productions and for his band to be recognized. “It means a lot that they would come out and support the school and the band,” he said. “The kids put in a lot of work and do a lot of stuff in the community. And to be recognized for it is wonderful.” For Bellissimo, giving back to the community is part of his goal. “Our success is going to be based on what kind of contribution we make to our community,” he said. “This is money well spent for a group of kids who are so dedicated to what they love. They’re a very talented group of people.” Stone agreed, noting that the

opportunity to give the students new uniforms was touching. “We’re really trying very hard to be part of the community and to help,” he said. “Something like this is fantastic. To see all those kids [get new uniforms], it’s emotional. If we can help and give anything back it’s great.” Bellissimo said that he hopes to continue a partnership with the school and the band, with plans to invite the band back to play at next year ’s events, as well as invite other students from the school to the show grounds. “This is one of many initiatives we will be working on in the next few years,” he said. “I think that we’re going to try to work with the principals here and see if there’s a way to bring students out to our events.” Bellissimo noted that the partnership has been mutually beneficial, allowing the community to

The $14,000 check presented to the PBCHS band on behalf of Equestrian Sport Productions. highlight the students and also allowing students to see another part of Wellington. “It gave us an opportunity to see what great things [students] have to offer, and hopefully we can provide them with an opportunity to see the things we have to offer,” Bellissimo said. Bowen said he was pleased to

see a member of the business community giving back to those who need it. “These are great guys,” he said of Bellissimo and Stone. “It’s wonderful to have people like this in the community, who take an interest in other aspects of the community besides their own business.”

Residents Of Wellington’s Greenbriar Circle Host A Block Party

Block party attendees enjoy the event.

Neighborhood residents gather at the block party.

Residents of Greenbriar Circle and the 12th Fairway in Wellington held a block party Saturday, April 9. More than 40 residents participated in the event. Each family brought a food item and beverages. The residents provided a bounce house for the youth and several water activities. Representatives from the Neighborhood Services Department were invited to attend and were pleased to see just one example of what a great hometown is really all about. Wellington is encouraging people throughout the community to engage their neighbors to host a block party in their neighborhood

— inviting their neighbors to come together, get to know each other, develop relationships, and commit to their neighborhood and the community as a whole. Wellington commended the residents of Greenbriar Circle for providing a wonderful example for other neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Services office will assist residents of any neighborhood who would like to host a similar event. The Neighborhood Services office is located at 1100 Wellington Trace. For more information, contact Tracy Lamport at tlamport @wellingtonfl.gov or (561) 7914000.


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Unknown Man Fires An Assault Rifle At Counterpoint Home By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report APRIL 7 — A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to Counterpoint Estates last Thursday afternoon after a man with a gun fired a shot into the back yard of a home on Ryan Lane. According to a PBSO report, four people were inside the home at approximately 3:55 p.m. when they observed an unknown black male approach the home with an AK-47 rifle. The occupants fled into the back yard of the home. According to the report, the suspect walked to the north side of the home and fired the rifle one time as the occupants fled into the neighbor’s back yard. The perpetrator then fled the area in a Dodge Neon. None of the victims were struck, and they told the deputy that they didn’t know the man or why he was at the home. ••• APRIL 7 — A resident of Shoma Drive called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach last Thursday morning to report a burglary in progress. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 10:30 a.m., several deputies were called to the scene after a witness observed three black male juveniles trying to enter a home on Shoma Drive through the side window. The first deputy arrived and observed a male wearing a burgundy shirt fleeing the scene. According to the report, the witness came home from work early after his wife reported seeing three suspicious juveniles hanging around near the home. The witness heard a knock at his door and looked out the peephole to see the three juveniles. According to the report, the witness then watched the suspects knock on another door. He observed the suspects put on green surgical gloves and remove the screen from a window near the home’s front door. The witness then called 911 and relayed the information. During this time he accidentally moved the blinds, and the juveniles fled on foot. According to the report, the juveniles are between 15 and 17 years old; one was wearing a burgundy shirt with black shorts and was about 5’11” and 175 lbs. with a thin build and no facial hair. The second suspect was in a black shirt and dark-colored shorts with white sneakers, about 6’1” and 185 lbs. with a short afro hairstyle. The third suspect was in a red shirt with dark-colored shorts, about 5’9” and 175 lbs. also with a short afro. According to the report, the deputy discovered a television and a red T-shirt across the street from the home near the dumpster; however, it was not clear if the items were from another burglary or merely trash. A high school student ID card was also found in the stairwell. APRIL 8 — Two men were arrested last Friday evening following an armed robbery in La Mancha. According to a PBSO report, the two victims were walking down Ponce de Leon Street in La Mancha when they made contact with 20-year-old Brendon O’Rourke of Royal Palm Beach and 20-year-old Adam Shepherd of West Palm Beach in a vehicle.

The victims knew one of the suspects and were invited into the vehicle to drink beer and talk. According to the report, a suspect in the back seat of the vehicle pointed a gun at one of the victims and asked for his wallet, which he turned over with $500 cash in it. The suspects then exited the vehicle, and O’Rourke and Shepherd drove away. The victims contacted the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach and a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle. O’Rourke and Shepherd were arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where they were charged with armed robbery. APRIL 9 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to the Seminole Lakes community last Saturday night following a hit and run. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 8:18 p.m., a suspect driving a small black sedan tried to force through the exit gates of the community. As a result, the vehicle was damaged on the right passenger side and caused approximately $1,000 in damage to the community’s gate. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 9 — A Loxahatchee Groves man was arrested late last Saturday night on drug charges following a traffic stop on Forest Hill Blvd. near State Road 7. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Wellington substation observed a Jeep Cherokee driving down Forest Hill Blvd. with an expired tag. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who was discovered to have two warrants. The deputy then made contact with the passenger, 44-year-old Jose Valencia, who was discovered to have a warrant for failure to appear in court. According to the report, as the deputy was detaining Valencia, he told the deputy that he had a small amount of marijuana in his front left pants pocket. The deputy recovered approximately five grams of marijuana. Valencia was arrested and taken to the county jail where he was charged with failure to appear in court and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. APRIL 10 — An employee of the Macy’s department store in the Mall at Wellington Green called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Sunday to report a theft. According to a PBSO report, the employee put her purse in a cubby by her register at approximately 3 p.m. When she was preparing to go home at 6:30 p.m., she discovered that the purse was missing. According to the report, the victim and other employees searched for the purse and found it hidden behind some boxes; however, $200 cash was missing. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 11 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Monday regarding a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8 a.m. last Sunday and 1 a.m. the following morning, someone stole a white EZGO golf cart from the properSee BLOTTER, Page 22

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Nicholas “Nick” Morris is a white male, 6’2” tall and weighing 220 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of birth is 05/05/ 82. Morris is wanted on a felony charge for failure to appear on a charge of grand theft and a traffic violation for failure to appear for a DUI. His occupation is unknown. His last known address w as Mont erey Way in Royal Palm Beach. Morris is wanted as of 04/14/11. • Anquavis Weston is a black male, 6’0” tall and weighing 185 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of bir th is 04/ 12/90. Weston is wanted f or felony charges of smash and grab burglar y, grand thef t from a dw elling (three counts), burglary of a dw elling (three counts), criminal mischief (two counts) and grand thef t; and misdemeanor charges of battery and failure to appear on a charge of trespassing (tw o counts). His occupation is unkno wn. His last known addresses were Sparrow Drive in Royal Palm Beach and the 12th Fairway in W ellington. Weston is wanted as of 04/ 14/1 1. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime St oppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestopperspbc.com.

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New Wellington Grant Program Will Help Make Homes Safer By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Residents in Wellington’s transitional neighborhoods can get a little help from the village to offset the cost of making their homes safer, thanks to the Defensive Measures Grant, a new program passed Tuesday by the Wellington Village Council. The grant would match up to $500 in costs for security measures on the outside of properties within the Folkstone/Yarmouth, Goldenrod, 12th Fairway/White Pine, Hawthorne, Periwinkle, Westhampton, Guilford and Montauk neighborhoods. “It’s a twist on a grant we have had for some time,” Deputy Village Manager John Bonde told the Town-Crier Wednesday. “We had

the Beautiful Wellington Grant. This is a new evolution of it.” He noted that the Beautiful Wellington Grant allowed neighborhoods to propose projects that would be co-funded through the village, but with the declining economy, few neighborhoods wanted to spend the money. This grant, instead, would allow homeowners in transitional neighborhoods to put up safety lights, abrasive plants and other security measures, and the village would match the cost dollar for dollar up to $500. “This is for defensive measures such as lighting on the property, not on the roadway or sidewalks,” he said. “It could be floodlights, or lights on the corner of the home that come on with movement.”

The grant is available for homeowners and landlords, and is available by application for each home on a property. Landlords may apply for the grant on each property they own. To receive the money, residents must fill out an application, have a site check and be approved. The defensive measure must be considered a crime deterrent and must meet Wellington code, Bonde said. “This is not an opportunity to replace broken lights or fixtures,” he said. “It has to meet code; you have to get the proper permits and connections.” The grant can be used not only for the fixtures themselves but any other costs, such as electrical costs, Bonde said. There is no limit on how much

a resident may spend, but the village will only match up to $500, meaning that if a resident spends $800, the village will put in $400, but if a resident spends $1,500, the village will put in only $500. Bonde said that the grant is meant to curb crime and put residents at ease in some of the older neighborhoods. “One of the things that has come up at our neighborhood meetings is that people say that the older neighborhoods don’t have enough modern lighting,” he said. “In the older neighborhoods, the streetlights are farther apart and there isn’t as much light. We’re having to retrofit these neighborhoods not only with regular street lighting, but also with lighting on the homes.”

Though Bonde noted that the village is in the process of updating lights in some of the neighborhoods, this grant gives homeowners the option to secure their own property. “A lot of times what goes on in these neighborhoods is we have people who look for dark areas where they can’t be seen,” he said. “They gather in dark places. But if lights are put up, people with bad intentions move on to somewhere else. If someone comes up to one of these homes and a light comes on, they are likely to go away.” Bonde noted that often, crimes committed in these neighborhoods and across Wellington are crimes of opportunity, which can be prevented with some security features

such as lighting, fencing or other measures. “In most auto burglaries, people have left their cars unlocked,” he said. “And in the home, people forget to check their sliding doors. But the people who commit these crimes usually commit them in the dark. They look for areas with no lights around. They feel safe in the dark.” Wellington hopes that residents will take advantage of the program and feel more comfortable in their homes. “We hear over and over again that people don’t feel safe in their homes and want to feel safe again,” Bonde said. “Anything you can do to help residents feel comfortable in their homes is worth doing. And this is something we can certainly do to help.”

Lox Groves Council Eyes Adding Okeechobee Blvd. Traffic Light By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council agreed last week that a traffic light on Okeechobee Blvd. to slow down and provide breaks in traffic might be an alternative to widening the roadway to four lanes. At a meeting April 5, council members discussed the results of a workshop on Okeechobee Blvd. last month, where residents were largely divided over whether to allow more commercial development there. Many residents stressed that they did not want the two-lane road widened. “I think it’s no surprise that most of the property owners on Okeechobee want commercial and most of the citizens who spoke want to keep it rural with no commercial,” Town Manager Frank Spence said. “The question is, what does the council want to do? What is the next step?” Councilman Ryan Liang said he thought the workshop went well, but poses questions for the future. “Our town charter and our vision says that all commercial is supposed to be on Southern Blvd.,” he said. “Do we need to revisit that. Do we even want to revisit it?” Councilman Jim Rockett said the workshop told council members what they had anticipated. “There were basically two opin-

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continued from page 1 financing from the village would not come from taxpayer dollars. Schofield agreed, explaining that the money would come from surplus funds allocated on the municipal complex, which came in under budget. The funds come from builder impact fees, connection fees and other charges. “Some of those funds are restricted and can only be used for limited [projects],” he said. “They can only be used for new facilities, not to make payroll.” If unused, those funds must be returned to the developer who paid them, he said. Bowen pointed out, however, that the funds could be used instead for the Wellington Community Center, which the village is considering tearing down and replacing. Resident John Donaldson wondered how the project went from $80,000 to its current cost. Schofield explained that the original project was smaller. The addition of several items, including the $50,000 etched glass wall,

ions,” he said. “I’m not sure what an additional workshop would do for us. Maybe what it does suggest is we are basically without any clear new ideas on what to do. I wouldn’t do too much more until we have something new to discuss.” Councilman Tom Goltzené agreed with Rockett. “I don’t believe that we need to open up Okeechobee to development right now by making some sort of specific statement that it’s going to be allowed,” he said. Goltzené added that it was clear to him that most residents want the road to remain the way it is. “I know there are people who own property on Okeechobee who would certainly like to sell their property and make a profit, but they’ll have to come up with something that’s economically viable for the town,” he said. “We certainly don’t need any more strip centers.” Councilman Ron Jarriel said his impression was that most of the speakers at the workshop who live on Okeechobee Blvd. want commercial potential. “I would like to see that if there is any future commercial on Okeechobee, it be done as a special exception, because I believe firmly that if we have a need for something, we don’t need to put it on Okeechobee,” he said. ���If the owner of the property could come to the board and convince

us that there is a need, then I would hope that we could make a special exception.” Jarriel pointed out that there are already commercial uses on Okeechobee Blvd. He felt that there should be another workshop to address safety on Okeechobee Blvd. “We had comment that we can stop it from being four-laned,” Jarriel said, adding that he was going to try to arrange a meeting with County Commissioner Jess Santamaria and see if he agrees. “We’ve been a town now for over four years, and I’d like to find out what route we need to take,” Jarriel said. “I’ve always said that we have a two-lane highway there that’s dangerous. People are getting killed on it; the speed limit’s too high. We need to do something about it, so if a four-lane can make it safer for the residents of Loxahatchee Groves, then that doesn’t bother me at all.” Goltzené pointed out that allowed uses along Okeechobee do not necessarily have to be retail in order for property owners to make a profit. “There are existing nurseries that are very nice along there,” he said. “There’s landscape maintenance companies that are probably better suited on Okeechobee, where they can get on and off the road rather than clogging up the side roads with a lot of maintenance trucks.” Mayor Dave Browning agreed

that applicants seeking commercial approval on Okeechobee must be able to demonstrate a need for a commercial operation and agreed that it should be by special exception. “The neighborhood plan calls for low-impact non-residential along Okeechobee; in our visioning, it was always ‘Keep the commercial along Southern.’ I agree with these gentlemen — take it on a case-by-case basis and move on from there,” he said. Rockett referred to the safety issue and asked whether the town could install a traffic light or speed bumps. Browning suggested that the council empower Jarriel to meet with Santamaria to discuss a traffic light and other road improvement issues. Jarriel said that in past meetings with county officials before the town had incorporated, they had told him they would install the traffic light if the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District would accept the liability. “I personally feel it’s time that, if all they are looking for is to push the liability off on somebody else, then we accept that and go for a red light at E Road. E Road splits Loxahatchee Groves in half, two miles east, two miles west,” he said. At E Road, there are several things that could be done to facilitate a traffic light that would not entail taking people’s property,

Jarriel noted. “We could fill the canals in, and you have these big concrete culverts,” he said. “We could have our turning lanes and all of that stuff.” Rockett asked the town’s legal staff to research the liability involved with installing a traffic light and suggested that if the only remaining issue is cost, the town should pay for it. Browning said the estimated cost of $60,000 to $100,000 is cheap if it saves one life. “I agree, a traffic light will give breaks in the traffic,” he said. “That allows people to get across safer.” Kieran Kilday of Urban Design Kilday Studios, representing Bill Day, owner of property at the southwest corner of Folsom Road and Okeechobee Blvd., said they had applied for a low-impact commercial use there before the workshop but withdrew the application. “I’m not sure you’ll ever get consensus on the issue of overall Okeechobee,” he said. “I wish you could, because I think the whole town would benefit from a comprehensive planning effort.” Kilday added that there are provisions in the town’s comprehensive plan for some low-impact commercial on Okeechobee Blvd. He pointed out that Red Barn has been on Okeechobee for 20 years and provides a needed service for the town. He agreed that a traffic light would resolve some of the

key issues along the road. “Many municipalities purposely put in traffic lights along their main streets to slow down traffic, and Okeechobee is definitely your main street,” Kilday said. Former councilman Dennis Lipp, an administrative assistant to Santamaria, said he thinks the town has an opportunity to do something unique on Okeechobee Blvd. “I would strongly urge that we form this local planning agency, an LPA, to work on an overlay for Okeechobee,” he said. “We can have Okeechobee look like a unique rural road, whether it’s two lanes or four lanes.” Lipp said the town could take a similar approach to Okeechobee Blvd. as Wellington did with Forest Hill Blvd. “They took it over and put lights wherever they wanted,” he said. “The county is still helping them with major projects.” Resident Ken Johnson supported much of what had been said, including the installation of a traffic light and taking over that portion of Okeechobee Blvd. Jarriel said he would prefer to begin with discussion of a traffic light, not taking over the entire roadway. “Four miles of Okeechobee will increase the town’s liability,” he said. “Right now, I’d like to just be concerned about the light, then we can work on lowering the speed limit.”

drove the cost up. “As it went through an evolution, the cost estimate went up,” he said. “We were, to say the least, surprised at what it came in at.” He also noted that some of the in-kind donations, including pouring the base for the steel, would shave off some of the cost. The steel, he noted, did not cost the village. Councilman Howard Coates said that the council knew the cost of the project when they voted to approve the contract in January 2011. “The price was voted for by council in a 5-0 vote on the consent agenda,” he said. “It was so unopposed we didn’t see a need to debate it. We have to take ownership for that vote. The only change that occurred from that time was the perception of how much of the project was going to be satisfied by private funds.” Vice Mayor Matt Willhite, who originally proposed the project, noted that there have been some questions as to why a memorial is being built in Wellington when 9/ 11 happened in New York. He noted that it was not only for the victims of the attacks, but for those who put their lives on the line every day. “I, too, have concerns at the cost of it,” he said. “My hope was that

we were going to have more people come out and donate.” Willhite worried that by scaling back the project, it would take away from the symbolism and focus of the memorial. “This is the new gateway to our community,” he said. “When you come in, what you see around you will set your opinion of the village.” Although he noted that even just displaying the flagpole and steel would make him proud, he felt Wellington should keep its word. “I’d hate to turn back on what we’ve already got on board with,” he said. “I think it will make us look bad as a community.” Willhite refuted claims that it would raise taxes in Wellington, noting that the municipal center was built without raising taxes. “We’re not using tax dollars for this project,” he said. Priore also supported moving forward with the project, noting that the village has been criticized in the past for making decisions that end up benefiting Wellington, such as the purchase of the land where the municipal complex sits. “When we make these decisions, we have to do it with the thought that we think it’s the best thing to do,” he said. “All the projects that have gone on have had controversy.” Priore said that people are less

likely to get involved if they see the image of the memorial without its key pieces. “But when they see it, the community is going to want to get involved,” he said. Both Gerwig and Bowen agreed that the project is important to the community but thought that it could be built in phases once money is raised. Gerwig said it’s a design issue. “The entire thing was designed based on a small piece of steel on a podium,” Gerwig said. “When we chose the larger piece of steel,

the design should have been changed.” Bowen said that though he expected the village to have to spend some money as donations came in, he didn’t expect it to be so much. “At some point we discovered that we didn’t have near the donations that the cost would be,” he said. “I always felt we were going to spend some money … but I wasn’t thinking four to one. My thought is that we scale it back and phase it in as we raise money.”

Ultimately, the council approved the project in its entirety, with Bowen and Gerwig dissenting. Coates said he hoped that although the issue divided the council, it wouldn’t divide residents. “This is clearly intended to unite the community,” he said. “I hope it doesn’t turn out to be something that, in the short run, divides the community.” Donations are still being accepted for the memorial. For more information, call (561) 791-4000.

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Fred Eisinger, Anne Dichele and Kenneth Kennerly.

Honda Classic Run/Walk Brings In $17,000 For Seagull Industries Seagull Industries for the Disabled received $17,000 from the inaugural Honda Classic 5K Run & Walk held Jan. 15 at PGA National Resort & Spa. The event was presented by VirtualBank with the support of PGA National Resort & Spa, the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Nozzle Nolen and FPL. “It is the dream of every nonprofit organization to be associated with an organization as wellrespected and well-known as the Honda Classic,” Seagull Industries Executive Director Fred Eisinger said. “We loved being in on the ground floor of the establishment of the 5K run, and we look

forward helping Honda build the run into one of the most successful events of its kind in the United States. We want to thank [Honda Classic Executive Director] Ken Kennerly and his staff for being so wonderful to us.” Funds raised at the Honda Classic 5k will be used to support Seagull Industries for the Disabled’s educational, residential and work programs for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. Seagull’s programs include a public charter high school, an adult vocational program and two adult residential programs. For more information, visit www.seagull.org.

Women Of The Year ‘Stiletto Award’ Lunch

Santamaria To Hold Community Forum April 20

Golf Outing To Benefit Summer Internships

Palm Beach Church To Host Spring Carnival

The Palms West Community Foundation will be hosting its inaugural Women of the Year “Stiletto Award” Luncheon. The awards luncheon will be held Thursday, April 21 at noon at Breakers West Country Club. The foundation will recognize three outstanding leaders in the business community, who either live and/or work in central Palm Beach County. Award categories include Entrepreneur, Corporate and Non-Profit/Education. The winners will represent women who have become leaders in the business community and, in the process, have helped to strengthen and enrich the quality of our lives by helping to advance the educational, cultural and economic interest of the community. The cost for the luncheon is $30 for Palms West Chamber of Commerce members and $35 for nonchamber members. Sure to be a sell-out, reservations are requested by Tuesday, April 19. To make reservations for the luncheon, visit the Palms West Chamber of Commerce web site at www.palmswest.com, and click on the “2011 Women of the Year Award Luncheon” icon on the right-hand side. Reservations can also be made by calling Maureen Gross at the Palms West Chamber office at (561) 790-6200.

County Commissioner Jess Santamaria’s next community forum will be held Wednesday, April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m., center court in the original Wellington Mall, located at the southeast corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. The main topic will be the contents of and possible changes to the Palm Beach County Charter. Refreshments will be served. For additional information about the community forum, call Santamaria’s office at (561) 355-6300.

Area golfers are encouraged to set aside Friday, June 10 to hit the links in support of the School District of Palm Beach County’s Student Summer Internship Program. The Facilities Management Division will host its annual fundraising golf outing at the Links at Madison Green Golf Club (2001 Crestwood Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). Event proceeds benefit the Student Summer Internship Program, which introduces students to career opportunities in the trades and professions of the construction industry. This award-winning program is in its ninth year. Through this opportunity, high school and college summer interns gain valuable workplace experience that will serve them throughout life. The golf event begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and practice on the driving range and putting green. The golf outing provides a fun-filled morning of golf on a picturesque golf course and opportunities for networking with major corporations. After 18 holes, golfers will feast on lunch and end the day with awards and exciting raffle prizes. Tickets cost $150 per person, $600 per foursome and $35 for luncheon guests. Sponsorships and tickets are available by registering at www.sdpbcfmdgolf outing.com. For additional information, contact Sandra Bridges at (561) 386-1350 or by e-mail at signatureaffair@aol.com.

The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea will host its Spring Carnival and Family “Fun Raiser” on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by welcoming parishioners and the public to a day of family fun at the church. The event is free to attendees and will include games, inflatable fun, food, prizes, a petting zoo, face painting and a visit from the Palm Beach Fire Department. In addition, there will be a merchant’s row with jewelry, handbags and accessories from local designers including Sasha Lickle Designs, Christina Shields Jewelry, Vivi’s Treasures, Francesca Joy, Stephen Bonanno and more. The event is a return to the spring festival last held over 10 years ago at the church. “Growing up, Bethesda always had a spring festival to welcome the season and provide entertainment to our local youth,” committee chairman and parishioner Ejola Christlieb Cook said. “I wanted to be a part of a new concept that could bring back this wonderful day, and I am thrilled that we are able to invite our parishioners and community to enjoy what we hope will become an annual event.” The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea is located at 141 S. Country Road at Barton Avenue in Palm Beach (just south of the Breakers Hotel). For more information, visit www.bbts.org or call Regina (561) 655-4554.

Peter Rabbit Comes To Wellington Bring your lawn chairs and unfold a blanket as Wellington and Immeasurable Theatre present The Tale of Peter Rabbit, a children’s live theater production, at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Families are invited to this free production beginning at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 1315. Families will be dazzled as this classic tale by Beatrix Potter comes to life with Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and, of course, Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor. Spectators are strongly encouraged to bring their own seating. For more information about the performance and cast, call Immeasurable Theatre at (561) 727-6891.


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EWPB To Honor Women In Leadership Award Recipients May 5 Three women who have distinguished themselves as professionals and as community servants have been chosen by the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches to receive its 2011 Women In Leadership Awards. Dr. Melanie Bone, Nancy Marshall and Lois Gackenheimer will be recognized at the annual Women In Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 5 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Explorer, filmmaker and environmentalist Céline Cousteau is the keynote speaker. Bone, a physician, columnist and national speaker, is honored for her work in the private sector; Marshall, an environmentalist and president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, for the volunteer sector; and Gackenheimer, a nurse educator, for the public sector. The Women In Leadership Awards recognize women whose talents and qualities have had an impact in the community. They may be unsung heroes who make extraordinary effort for worthy causes, entrepreneurs who translate their enthusiasm and concepts into successful businesses, or public servants who understand the meaning of service and deliver it with pride and excellence. Bone, a gynecologic surgeon and an expert on hereditary cancer syndromes, has practiced in West Palm Beach for two decades. She graduated with honors from Georgetown University and Alba-

ny Medical College and practiced in the Washington, D.C. area before moving to West Palm Beach in 1991. She opened a solo practice in 1999. A breast cancer survivor, Bone has written two books, Journey Through Cancer (co-authored with Rev. Richard Cromie) and Cancer, What Next? to provide guidance and insight to cancer patients. Her weekly newspaper column, “Surviving Life,” is syndicated nationally, and she lectures about hereditary cancer syndromes. Her Zon fitness equipment is sold nationwide in Sports Authority stores. She donates all royalties and honoraria to charity. Volunteer sector honoree Nancy Marshall is president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to developing and delivering awardwinning, science-based, environmental education programs and grassroots public outreach programs essential for the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem. She also serves on its board of directors. Marshall, a retired Marriott marketing executive, is immediate past president of YWCA of Palm Beach County and a member of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) board in Washington, D.C. She was president of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association; honorary chairwoman of Belfair Artists Association in Washington, D.C.; an honorary

member Phi Sigma Sigma sorority; and co-recipient in 2001 of the Audubon Society of the Everglades’ “Conservationist of the Year” award. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recognized Marshall in 2009 for championing efforts to provide state-of-the-art interpretive Everglades exhibits at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and in 2010 presented her with the Regional Director’s Award. In January, the Everglades Coalition (composed of 54 state and national not-forprofit organizations) awarded her the prestigious George M. Barley Award for her contributions to Everglades restoration and protection. Lois Gackenheimer is president and director of the Academy for Practical Nursing and Health Occupations, a charitable organization and accredited nursing school that provides nursing training and job placement to the underprivileged, underserved and underemployed. Since Gackenheimer became its director in 1990, the school has grown in scope and enrollment. Today it serves more than 400 students, offering practical nursing, professional nursing and associate’s degrees. Gackenheimer takes pride in assuring that all students have safe shelter, food, clothing and transportation in order to fulfill their dreams of becoming a nurse.

Dr. Melanie Bone, Nancy Marshall and Lois Gackenheimer. Gackeneheimer holds a master ’s degree in nursing and doctorate in education. She is a registered nurse and a licensed nursing home administrator, and has been recognized locally and nationally for her leadership and humanitarian services. Following the WILA awards presentation at the luncheon, keynote speaker Céline Cousteau, explorer, filmmaker and environ-

mentalist, will present an inspirational look into the worlds of exploration and filmmaking. She will relate what she has learned about working in the most remote locations on earth and about the commonalities shared by women worldwide. The Executive Women of the Palm Beaches promotes the professional and personal advancement of women through network-

ing, resource sharing and leadership development. Luncheon proceeds benefit its scholarship and grant programs through its Executive Women Outreach foundation. Tickets for the Women In Leadership Awards luncheon cost $100 for members and $125 for non-members. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (561) 684-9117, e-mail info@ ewpb.org or visit www.ewpb.org.

CLASSIC CAR SHOW, RHYTHM CHICKS CONCERT AT WELLINGTON AMPHITHEATER Residents gathered Saturday, April 9 at the Wellington Amphitheater for a classic car show and a tribute to the female musical groups of the 1950s and ’60s per formed by the Rhythm Chicks. For info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

The Rhythm Chicks perform some of the greatest hits by female musicians.

Yvette Carol (left) and Erica Toledo (right) sing their parts.

Doug Bock and Amy Tirillo beside Bock’s 1969 Chevelle SS.


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Golf Classic A Major Success ‘Fore’ The Hanley Center Foundation No matter how you sliced it, the 12th annual Hanley Center Foundation Golf Classic presented by Proforma Sunshine State proved to be a day of fun and camaraderie for a very good cause. Nearly 70 golfers played in the annual tournament on April 4 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa in Jupiter and helped raise $50,000 to support the Hanley Center’s

Hope Fund. The special fund provides financial assistance to those seeking treatment for alcoholism or chemical dependency, but are unable to afford it due to limited financial resources. “Thanks to the support and dedication of our chairs, attendees and sponsors, the Hanley Center can further its mission to save the lives of those struggling with the dis-

Peyton Cole, Jef f Huffman, George Merck and Paul Gonzalez.

ease of addiction,” Hanley Center Foundation CEO Dr. Rachel Docekal said. Under the direction of co-chairmen Jack Barrett and David Rinker, the event began with a breakfast buffet and golf clinic by the LPGA’s Jessica Carafiello. Golfers then played the legendary 18 holes at the Ritz-Carlton’s Audubon-certified, Jack Nicklaus signature Golf Course, followed by an awards luncheon and silent auction. The low net winning foursome with a score of 48 was Jacques Hovius, Barry Snader, Meredith Snader and Hanneke van Den Boomen. There was a first-place tie for low gross winners between foursome Dan Dowdle, Woody Geissmann, Mike Walsh and Dan Zondervan and foursome Peyton Cole, George Merck, Paul Gonzales and Jeff Huffman. Committee members included Brian Bastin, Jack Bloomfield, J. Michael Callaway, Meredith D. Doerge, W. Anthony Dowell, Mike Hanley, Dick Hellawell, Seymour Holtzman, Michael Keenan, Jack Lansing, Dan McCarthy, Tim Reever, Michael Walsh and Patricia Warner. In addition to presenting sponsor Proforma Sunshine State, major sponsors included the Hanley Family Foundation, Braman Motorcars, David Dawson and Nova Southeastern University, Pat and Dick Hellawell, Weekes & Callaway

Hanley Center Foundation CEO Dr. Rachel Docekal with Board Member Dick Hellawell. Inc., BE Aerospace Inc., Greater Yamaha, AutoNation, Lexus of Palm Beach, and Brad Weekes. Founded in 1986, the Hanley Center Foundation is a nonprofit entity designed to support the Hanley Center, one of the country’s preeminent nonprofit residential addiction treatment, education and research centers. The foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support the broad spectrum of innovative and effective programs offered by the Hanley Center and the Gate Lodge Hanley Center at Vero Beach, a 28day residential treatment facility. To learn more about the Hanley Center and the programs it offers, visit www.hanleycenter.org.

Desmond Dogan, Jack Barrett, Jono Ehrlich and Jessica Carafiello.

David Rinker and Greg DuBose. PHOTOS BY ALISSA DRAGUN

WILDCAT SOFTBALL PLAYERS HOLD CAR WASH TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE TEAM Royal P alm Beach High School Wildcat softball team members held a car wash Sunday, April 10 at 7-Eleven. The money raised from PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER the car wash will be used to purchase team uniforms.

Team members gather with their car wash signs.

Be thany Alex, Rebecca Russell, Bayley Cook and Arianna Hernandez hard at work.

Jenna Bellach and Erica Lloyd sell Wildcat softball clothes.


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WELLINGTON CHAMBER’S FLAVORS 2011 PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL EATERIES Flavors of Wellington, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, returned for its eighth year on Friday, April 8. Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, guests were able to sample the best in food and drink from more than 23 local restaurants, enjoy live music and watch equestrian events in the arena. The award for Best Taste went to the Wanderers Club at Wellington, Best Plate Presentation went to Sushi Moto, Best Display went to Cupcake Cottage and Best Dessert went to Cofftea PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER Café.

The Wanderer s Club Executive Chef Tam Ha serves up a plate.

Judges Maggie Zeller of Iberia Bank and Carmine Priore III of FPL sample some of the desserts.

Lisa Hamilton of Cupcake Cottage accepts her award for “Best Display.”

Cofftea’s Rodolfo Molina accepts the award for “Best Dessert.”

Alec Domb thanks Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo for sponsoring the event.

Taylor Made Café’s Taylor Blauweiss and Nikolett Devai.

Nature’s Table Café owner Bedonna Flesher (right) and Nick Haughn with a table full of tasty and health wraps and salads.

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OPEN HOUSE HELD FOR THE NEW ANGEL’S RECOVERY FACILITY IN WELLINGTON

Angel’s Recovery held an open house Frida y, April 8 to introduce its uniq ue five-star substance abuse treatment facility in Wellington. Located on 2.5 acres, the 4,000-square-foot home has a pool, horses and dogs to help create a home atmosphere, and there is an outpatient treatment facility on Pierson Road. For more info., call (561) 685-8302 or visit www.angelsrecovery.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Counselors Ben Ricker and Sandra Kattan with CEO Alan Bostom.

CEO Alan Bostom visits with Cricket.

The Angel’s Recovery main entrance.

Angel’s Recovery founder Margaret Bostom with Scarlet and Kaluha in a luxury suite.

Margaret and Alan Bostom by the swimming pool.

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Peter Lutz Wins $25,000 ESP Grand Prix At Spring 4 Horse Show The Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 4 Horse Show was a great success last week, with many fun classes offered. Competing in the International Arena is a great opportunity, and riders from small ponies to Grand Prix jumpers were able to do just that. The horse show offered special events such as the Huntland Farm Pony Hunter Derby Style Classics under the lights last Saturday evening, the $1,500 Tackeria NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic under the lights last Friday evening, the $10,000 Pennfield Feeds Open Jumper Welcome Stake, and the $25,000 ESP Grand Prix, a USEF Ranking List class, last Sunday. Peter Lutz and Davenport Inc.’s Indiana 127, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, were able to come home with the fastest time to win the $25,000 ESP Grand Prix out of 35 entries in the class. Their jump-off time of 31.423 seconds edged out Christine McCrea and Baloubet Junior Z, owned by Candy Tribble and

Windsor Show Stables, who stopped the timers in 32.148 seconds. Lauren Hough took third and fourth places with Laura Mateo’s Casadora and her horse Spencer III. Both were double clear and just behind in 32.248 and 32.316 seconds. Blythe Marano and Urban, owned by Riverview Farm LLC, were fifth in 32.806 seconds. Earlier last week, Felipo Godinho took home the top prize in the $10,000 Pennfield Feeds Open Jumper Welcome Stake with Valencio, owned by Rafael Jose Contreras. Lutz and Indiana 127 finished second. There were an impressive 54 entries in the class. Last Friday night, it was the children’s and adult jumpers on center stage. Lindsey Tomeu and Mahogany, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, were the fastest in a jumpoff of three competitors for the win in the $1,500 Tackeria NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic. Last Saturday night was a big night for pony riders as they com-

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continued from page 3 for an interim period of six months, Malone has since agreed to stay on for at least a year. “We quickly realized that accomplishing a superintendent search in a six-month period of time will simply be too difficult to do, so they asked me to stay until sometime next summer,” Malone said. “My wife and I agreed to do that, and we’re looking forward to helping them with that process. My goal, as I told my board, is to have a new superintendent on board the first half of June 2012. That will give him or her the entire summer to get settled in.” Malone said he thinks the public education system needs to be competitive. “The people in this room are our customers,” he said. “We produce a product that we want you to buy, and in order to do that, we need to produce a product that meets your needs and helps you fulfill your objectives, and we intend to do that.” He said there are hard decisions that have to be made, such as re-

Superintendent Bill Malone was the keynote speaker. balancing the choices in magnet programs so there is not a system of haves and have-nots. “We need to balance that and put the career academies where they need to be so that all schools can compete, providing their product on an even playing field,” Malone said. Ethics is a big issue with the Palm Beach County School Board right now. “It’s always a big deal when you have a board member who has said publicly that she

peted in a derby-style hunter classic in the International Arena. Daisy Farish dominated the $1,000 Huntland Farm Small Pony Derby Classic. She rode Shine, owned by Lanes End, to first place with a two-round total of 246 points. She and Elation, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, were second with 241 points. Hana

Bieling rode Prince Monticello for owner Ashley Delgado to third place with 239.5 points. In the $2,000 Huntland Farm Medium/Large Pony Derby Classic, it was all Meredith Darst. She picked up the top three places in the class, taking first place with Dr. Betsee Parker’s For the Laughter and second with Enchanted

Meredith Darst rides For the Laughter to a win in the $2,000 Huntland Farm Medium/Large Pony Derby Classic. wants us to be looked at as the most ethical organization that there is,” Malone said. “I’m on board with that 100 percent. One of the specific areas that we’re going to be looking at is our discipline policy so that we can apply discipline that is appropriate, and we’re not talking about students, we’re talking about our own employees.” Malone said he is excited to have a role in shaping the future of public education in Palm Beach County. “I’m glad to be here in the middle of it, and I appreciate everything the chamber and everyone else does for us along the way,” he said. Luncheon sponsor Palm Beach Atlantic University is another local institution undergoing leadership changes. Bill Fleming, previously the university’s vice president of development, took over as university president last month in the wake of the surprise resignation of former PBAU president Lu Hardin stemming from charges of financial impropriety at Hardin’s previous job at the University of Central Arkansas. Fleming, a longtime PBAU official, also addressed the chamber Monday at a luncheon that featured the awarding of nine high

school scholarships by the chamber. Fleming congratulated the nine recipients. “Let me suggest that as you begin to chart your future course in higher education and careers that you consider seriously returning to Palm Beach County,” Fleming said. “It’s a wonderful place to live and work and launch a career.” Fleming said it is unfortunate that many young people who go away to college do not return to Palm Beach County. “They think the grass is greener elsewhere,” he said. “It’s not. The green grass is right here in Palm Beach County, and I hope that you will consider returning and engaging yourself in the marketplace and civic endeavors of this community.” Fleming said he is happy to be a Wellington resident and that he and his family are involved in numerous civic and faith-based activities in the community. “I’m an enthusiastic resident of the western communities, and I brag about all of you all the time,” he said. “This is an amazing place to live, and we are delighted to be a member of the Wellington community… there is no other place like the western communities to live

Forest. She was third on Rosmel’s Uncontested, owned by Alexandra Crown. The ESP Spring Circuit will continue through April 17 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Highlights include the $30,000 USEF Computer List Grand Prix under the lights on Saturday evening, $7,500

High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Stakes class on the grass at the stadium, and the $10,000 Pennfield Feeds Open Stakes class. For more information or the prize list, visit www.equestrian sport.com. For full results, visit www.showgroundslive.com/esp/ results.

Peter Lutz rode Indiana 127 to win the $25,000 ESP Grand Prix. and work in Palm Beach County.” Fleming said he was happy to have been paired with Malone in speaking, pointing out that Malone’s wife Kathy is a graduate of PBAU with a master’s degree in education. “We’re delighted that Bill and Kathy have returned for a special assignment in Palm Beach County,” Fleming said. “We know that you are already building a community within our public schools and really reinventing the culture, which is the best environment in which our students and young people can learn and grow, and we thank you for taking on this new assignment.” Fleming pointed out that PBAU was the first postsecondary education institution to put a campus in the western communities. “Palm Beach Atlantic University was the first to take the western communities seriously and to build an academic university community here,” he said, referring to PBAU’s campus at the Wellington Reserve on State Road 7. “We’re pleased to be there, and we’re pleased to have brought academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level to the western communities.” He said PBAU was proud to be

the luncheon sponsor for the chamber ’s education-themed luncheon. “We hope that as you talk to neighbors and friends who may need an educational boost, you might think first of Palm Beach Atlantic,” Fleming said. The food sponsor for the luncheon was Pizza Hut. The following students each received a $1,000 scholarship: • Jessica Benette and Donalle Johnson of Belle Glade High School, sponsored by TKM Farms. • Christopher Nickell of John I. Leonard High School, sponsored by the Village Shoppes. • Maria De la Rotta of Palm Beach Central High School, sponsored by Southern Palm Crossing. • Rashaa Fletcher of Royal Palm Beach High School, sponsored by Republic Services. • Christina Dearth of Seminole Ridge High School, sponsored by Callery-Judge Grove. • John Cassel of Wellington High School, sponsored by Fidelity Investments. • Emily Kraemer of Suncoast High School, sponsored by Florida Power & Light. • Flannery Winchester of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, sponsored by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.


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TKA Fourth-Grade Class Visits St. Augustine

Crestwood eighth-graders who read all 15 books on the state’s recommended list for three years.

Crestwood Students Shine At Reading Almost 700 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Crestwood Middle School met their reading goals by reading the required Sunshine Books. Florida State Sunshine Books is a statewide reading program composed of young adult contemporary fiction to motivate students to read. This is the 18th year that Crestwood Middle School has participated. Students vote on their favorite Sunshine book and the results are sent to the state to be tab-

ulated with other schools — like the Academy Awards, but for books. Crestwood students were entertained by the Crestwood Step and Pep Club as they enjoyed pizza, cookies and lemonade. The following eighth-grade students achieved the ultimate; they read all 15 titles all three years while attending Crestwood: Miguel Pena, Jonathan Dang, Landen Fresch, Erica Flannagan and Jacques Oreste.

PANTHER RUN KEEPS COOL AT LEMON ICE KING

On March 30, teachers and staff from Panther Run Elementary School served up some cool treats at the Lemon Ice King of Wellington. It was a fun evening and a good fundraiser. The turnout was great. Students were thrilled to see their teachers and Principal Scott Blake dishing out scoops of real Italian ices. The Lemon Ice King is located in the Cour tyard Shops. Shown above, second-grade teacher Susan Bryant and Principal Scott Blake ser ve ices to Panther Run families.

Recently, the fourth-grade class of the King’s Academy took a trip to St. Augustine to explore Florida history. The class visited the Castillo de San Marcos (the fort), the St. Augustine light house, the alligator farm, the Spanish and Indian villages, the oldest jail, the Heritage Museum, and the church that Henry Flagler built in memory of his daughter and granddaughter. The students took a trip by tram to see St. Augustine as it was in years past. They met a jailer who joked with the students that if they spit on the sidewalk, she would have to put them in jail. The students were very obedient, so they visited the jail as visitors, not inmates. The students also climbed the 219 steps to get to the top of the lighthouse. After the steep climb, they were able to enjoy the view of St. Augustine down below. The children especially enjoyed visiting the Spanish and Indian

villages, where they participated in many hands-on activities. They made candles, jewelry, played games and worked on digging out a canoe. They also had fun getting their faces painted like the Timucuas Indians. “This trip is an excellent opportunity for students to see what they have been learning in history class,” fourth-grade teacher Kim Phillips said. “They especially enjoyed seeing the Castillo de San Marcos and watching the firing of a Spanish cannon. Their faces lit up when they saw the magnitude of the fort.” The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The King’s Academy serves

King’s Academy fourth-graders during their trip to St. A ugustine. 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. More information about the King’s Academy is available online at www. tka.net.

Dream Middle Celebrates National Pi Day Dream Middle School math teacher Dave Van Popering has one thing on his mind every March, and that’s pi. Pi Day is celebrated every March 14 in honor of the irrational number (3.14159…) that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. “Math is part of everything we do in life, and every March we look forward to showing that in ways that excite and interest the students here at the Dream Middle School,” Van Popering said. The day of mathematics and fun started with students designing and painting their own Pi Day Tshirts and finding places where pi existed in the Dream Middle

School building. Students participated in a contest reciting pi from memory out to at least 25 decimal places. Two students memorized the number out to 75 decimal places, but the winner was Kali Ashurst, who knew pi out to 96 decimal places and won a gift certificate for lunch at a local restaurant. “The students’ favorite event was the Pi Raffle,” Van Popering said. “The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders voted for the pi Tshirts they thought were the best. The top ten winners’ names were put into a raffle, and one of our eighth-grade students won the chance to pie the teacher of his choosing.”

Language arts teacher Tom Dyde received the honor of being pied for the second year in a row. “We had a great time, and students ended the day by eating a piece of their favorite pie,” Van Popering said. “We’re looking forward to it again next year.” The Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School employ unique, project-based curriculums encouraging both understanding and application of knowledge. Their expertise in innovative education draws students from preschool through eighth grade throughout Palm Beach County. To find out more about the school, visit www.dreamideal. com or call (561) 791-2881.

WLMS To Host Breakfast/Silent Auction April 30

eteria. The school is located at 1100 Aero Club Drive. Band Director Chris Martindale is proud that the intermediate band ranked “Excellent” and the advanced band ranked “Superior” at the Florida Band Association competition. Breakfast tickets can be purchased at the door for $7. The silent auction/raffle will include items and services from area businesses; those tickets will also be sold at the door. Anyone who

wants to make a donation or obtain additional information should contact Barbara Lagana at barblag2001@aol.com.

The Wellington Landings Middle School Band Department will host its second annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction/Raffle on Saturday, April 30 from 8 to 11 a.m. The event will include performances by all four school bands and will be held in the school caf-

Polo Park Athletics Golf Scramble May 15 The Polo Park Middle School Athletics Department will host its inaugural Stallion Golf Scramble on Sunday, May 15 at noon at the

Kali Ashurst, winner of Dream Middle School’s Pi Day contest. Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. The format will be four-man best ball and will cost $100 per player. Included will be a replay pass for Binks Forest Golf Club, free on-course beverages, a buffet dinner following the round and a raffle/auction following dinner. Contact Blake Combs at (561) 333-5539 or michael.combs@ palmbeach.k12.fl.us for more details.


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CHARACTER COUNTS AT CRESTWOOD MIDDLE

CRESTWOOD STUDENTS STUDY HARD FOR PI DAY

PEP RALLY MOTIVATES KIDS AT NEW HORIZONS

Crestwood Middle School honored nine Character Counts winners for the month of April. These students were nominated by their teachers as students who exemplify outstanding character. Pictured above are the students, listed with the character trait they excelled in: (front row, L-R) Courtney Thornberry, respect; Lukas Beltrame, citizenship; and Reilly Dean, responsibility; (second row) Shyeanna Alexander, citizenship; Carson Ruffa, respect; and Juleos Decenteceo, responsibility; (back row) Principal Stephanie Nance; Nick Freytes, respect; Wei Lin, responsibility; Kimani Caughman, caring; Landen Fresch, citizenship; Daniel Perez, responsibility; and counselor Joseph Suhrbur.

Pi Day came early for the Pirates Team at Crestwood Middle School. Each student was given 1,000 digits to memorize approximately one month prior, and the challenge was to recite as many digits from memory as they could. The student who recited the most digits in each of Johanna Jurado’s five math classes received a Pi Day certificate and a pie to enjoy for a job well done. Students also had the opportunity to design their own Pi Tshirts for smaller “pie” prizes. Shown above are Jurado and her student Daniel Guerrero, who recited 156 digits.

New Horizons Elementary School students in grades three through five recently participated in a pep rally encouraging them to do their best in all they do all the time. Students have been watching daily video clips titled “Doing Your Best on the FCAT,” created by Pub Publisher’s founder Keith Courtney with performances by Buddy the Russian Wolfhound. They also have been receiving weekly messages from Buddy with tips on how to succeed in school. As a special treat, Buddy and Courtney presented a pep rally with dog tricks encouraging students to always be positive, plan, prepare and perform. Students received “I Always Do My Best” wristbands as a reminder that “their best will take care of the rest.” Shown above are fourth-grade students with Buddy and Courtney, teacher Allyson Luna and guidance counselor Lynne Bray.

FAU Recognizes Seminole Ridge Art Teacher Florida Atlantic University will honor Seminole Ridge High School art teacher Gwenn Seuling with its Outstanding Professional Educator Alumni Award at a reception ceremony set for April 15. “As one of the instructional

leaders in your school district,” the FAU awards committee wrote, “you occupy a key role in promoting successful collaboration among your faculty members and our university in mentoring the development of Florida’s future educators.”

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like it is their room from day one. I hope I am an outstanding educator, and I’m flattered to be receiving this honor. If I am outstanding, then it is because I was taught by outstanding educators who were not only teachers, but also exemplary role models.”

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David Hausmann Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Dr. Laurence Grayhills, Dr. David Burke and Dr. Vikram Mohip.

Dentists Mohip And Burke Earn Fellowships Dr. Vikram Mohip and Dr. David Burke, of Grayhills and Mohip Dental of Wellington and the Laser Dental Centre, recently received their fellowships from the American Dental Implant Association. Although Mohip has had numerous years of implant placement following his general practice residency, he undertook this rigorous course to augment his prior training. “The scope of the general dental practitioner has

changed drastically over the years,” Mohip said. With an expansion of capabilities and training, many general dentists are able to offer their patients a variety of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry, implant placement to replace missing teeth, orthodontia, treatment of sleep apnea and much more. For more information, call Grayhills and Mohip Dental of Wellington and the Laser Dental Centre at (561) 798-1600.

LEGO LEAGUE ENDS THE YEAR WITH SHOWCASE

The Royal Palm Lego League (M.A.R.S.) finished its season with an end-of-year showcase. The kids completed their individual presentations, displayed their “show-me” posters and showed off their Lego designs. It was a great experience and all the kids did an amazing job. Pictured above are Kelsie Barnett, Brayden Reece, Levi Rushing, Nathan Rushing and Samuel Wilson with their award medallions.

Thanks to the leadership of David Hausmann of local Boy Scout Troop 160, Wellington Landings Middle School has a beautiful new entrance, and Hausmann is now an Eagle Scout. Hausmann, a 15-year-old sophomore at Wellington High School, has grown up in Wellington, and attended both WLMS and Wellington Elementary School. Troop 160 currently meets at WLMS each week, and Hausmann has always commented on how the front flagpole area needed some sprucing up. When he began preparing for earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Hausmann knew that fixing this area is what he wanted to do for his leadership project. Hausmann met with WLMS Assistant Principal Damian Milanak, and they looked at a plan that had been developed by Dale Barnhart, a horticulturist employed by the Palm Beach Coun-

ty School District. Hausmann was told that the school was looking for landscaping to beautify the flagpole area. He spoke to numerous local landscapers, who suggested plants that not only were Florida natives but also drought resistant. Hausmann then created a layout incorporating six different plants. In such a high-traffic area of a school with over 1,000 students, Hausmann knew it was imperative to have some sort of barrier around the area. Borrowing from the history of the school, which incorporates a ship’s bell from a boat that patrolled the waters off the Treasure Coast, Hausmann decided to create a wood-and-rope fence to resemble the docks where a naval ship would come to port. Coordinating the help of close to 30 volunteers, including friends and fellow scouts, Hausmann was able to create a beautiful and wel-

Eagle Scout David Hausmann stands by the entrance at WLMS. coming entrance to Wellington Landings. Both staff members and students are thrilled with the new look of the school entrance. Milanak said the project “trans-

formed our school’s entrance.” He also said it has “awakened an appreciation for our school’s history by integrating our nautical theme” into the project.

LLS Kicks Off 2011 Man & Woman Of The Year The Palm Beach Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) kicked off its Man & Woman of the Year event March 31. All 13 candidates and nearly 100 guests gathered at a cocktail reception hosted by McCormick & Schmick’s in West Palm Beach. On hand to get the kickoff started were honorary chairs Meredith McDonough and Paul Lagrone of WPBF News Channel 25. They spoke about the importance of raising funds for blood cancer research through events such as the Man & Woman of the Year campaign. After recognizing the event’s co-chairs, Joey Fago and Beth Beattie, and the nominating committee for their efforts, they introduced the 13 candidates who

Daniel Jaramillo and Abby Alonz, Boy and Girl of the Year.

will be participating this year. The candidates for 2011 are Mary Aguiar of Christine D. Hanley & Associates; Jason Brian of Autocricket Corporation; Kristi Lei Bryan of Kristi Lei Interiors; Denise Fraile of Verati Design; Donna Lewis of SunTrust Bank; Adam Lipson & Chris Grubb; Jennifer Martin of Bodhi Hot Yoga; Miles McGrane of Cole, Scott & Kissane, PA; Jeff Neve of PNC Bank; Dr. Lorne Stitsky of Personal Choice Family Practice; Lindsay Tapp of Caregiver Services Inc.; Ilya Tatarov of LostEvidence; and Gretta Vitta of Powerful Marketing. These candidates will raise funds for a two-month period, in hopes of being named the Man or Woman of the Year. They are judged on a philanthropic basis by generating funds for the LLS. The female and male candidates that raise the most “votes” (each dollar raised is equivalent to one vote) during the 10-week campaign will be crowned Man and Woman of the Year. Each year, a Boy and Girl of the Year are appointed to inspire the candidates. These children know firsthand the importance of raising dollars to find a cure for blood cancers as they personally have lived with the disease and it is in their honor that the funds are raised. The Boy of the Year is 11-

The LLS 2011 Man & Woman of the Year candidates. PHOTOS BY BOB DOBENS PHOTOGRAPHY

year-old Daniel Jaramillo, an ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia) survivor, and the Girl of the Year is 12-year-old Abby Alonzo, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. Both children are in remission and doing well. Their parents shared how difficult the cancer journey has been for them, but reiterated that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, especially thanks to advances LLS has made toward finding a cure. Following the ten-week fundraising period, the Man and Woman of the Year will be announced

at the grand finale at the Cohen Pavilion on June 10. The winners will be featured on buses throughout Palm Beach County, in a fullpage USA Today ad and in local print media. All proceeds raised by the candidates will benefit LLS. The mission of the LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. For additional information, call Senior Campaign Director Darby Collins at (561) 775-9954.


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Arthritis Foundation Event Nets $50,000 The Arthritis Foundation’s 14th annual Magic of Caring Children’s Fashion Show and Luncheon was truly a magical event this year, raising $50,000 on behalf of children with juvenile arthritis. Deborah Jaffe and Christine Pitts, co-chairs for the event, announced that the money will enable the Arthritis Foundation to send South Florida children with juvenile arthritis to summer camps designed specifically for children with arthritis. The luncheon was held at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott, with fashions provided by Bealls Florida. The models were all children from the area who have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and understand the pain and rigors that accompany the disease. The event allows these kids, who

Danielle Tetrault and Ricky DeCamps.

Danielle Tetrault, Ricky DeCamps To Wed In September Thomas and Edie Tetrault of Wellington have announced the engagement of their daughter Danielle Tetrault to Ricky DeCamps, son of James and Lordes Jordan of Houston, Texas. Tetrault is a graduate of Florida

State University and works at Laird Plastics in Austin, Texas. DeCamps is a graduate as well of Florida State University and is employed as an engineer in Austin. The wedding is planned for Sept. 4 in Austin.

live with daily pain, to shine in the spotlight, while spreading the word that “kids get arthritis too.” More than 50 million Americans currently battle arthritis, which is one of the nation’s leading causes of disability. The Arthritis Foundation’s Mideast Region is located in West Palm Beach and funds raised from events like this one help provide local services that include four free clinics offering physician care for the medically indigent, wellness programs, tai chi and aquatic exercise classes, the Quick Family Rehabilitation Center, and a series of educational lectures that are free and open to the public. For more information on local arthritis programs, or to volunteer, call Susie Rhodes at (561) 8331133.

JEWISH WAR VETERANS DONATE TO VA CENTER

The Sylvia & Hyman Solomon Jewish War Veterans Post 684 recently made a $3,000 donation to the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The money will be used for homeless veterans, a winter sports clinic, women veterans and to help with the burial of indigent veterans. To date, more than $135,000 has been donated. Shown are Post Quartermaster Jules Horowitz and Mary Phillips, chief of voluntary/recreation therapy services.

Event co-chairs Christine Pitts and Deborah Jaffe.

Susaneck Makes Johns Hopkins Dean’s List Rachael Susaneck of Wellington was named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2010 semester at Johns Hopkins University. To be selected for this honor, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in a program of at least 14 credits with at least 12 graded credits.

Susaneck is the daughter of Fred and Donna Susaneck and attended the Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn. She is majoring in psychology and is scheduled to graduate this May. Johns Hopkins University is a world-class university in Baltimore, Md., offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. For more info., visit www.jhu.edu.

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Commissioners Learn About New ‘Video Visitation’ For Inmates By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission heard a presentation Tuesday on the new video visitation system at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s three correction centers and the Central Visitation Center. The system at the Central Visitation Center on Process Drive between Southern and Belvedere just east of State Road 7 has 100 video kiosks for use by visitors. “The center is easy to find, and maps and directions are available when scheduling a visit,” Assis-

Task Force

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continued from page 1 used for revenue calculations was low and that the figure should be $375,000 per home. Citing a comment by O’Brien, Axelberd added that vacant housing is being filled in the village and that seniors are still attracted to Florida because there is no state income tax. Axelberd said that economists are predicting that the housing market will turn around in 2013. “The inventory of distressed homes will be used up in a year,” he said. “We don’t have to build by 2013 or 2014.” The task force had tentatively designated a portion of the site for conservation, but decided to combine that with recreational use after O’Brien explained that most of the 24 acres of wetland are lowgrade, which could be mitigated.

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continued from page 1 a qualified elector, meaning they must be at least 18, a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident of Florida, a property owner or property owner’s spouse, a resident of the district and a registered voter. She said it is a first-degree felony for anyone who falsely signs the affidavit. “It’s a very convoluted process,” she said. Supervisor Robert Snowball said the change might present a good opportunity to look into becoming a dependent district of the town. “The bottom line is nobody wants this job anyway,” Snowball said. “I have been here 11 years

tant County Administrator Audrey Wolf said. The video visitation system has two primary components, the video visitation units themselves and an automated visitation scheduling system. There are also 15 visitation kiosks in operation at the West Visitation Center and 60 units for inmate use in the West Detention Center in Belle Glade. “Video visitation technology will be expanded to the Main Detention Center in the near future and to the stockade when redeveloped,” Wolf said. The benefits of the system in-

clude reducing the costs to build high-security visitation facilities by constructing them as they would any other public assembly structure. “We saved over $5 million in capital costs,” Wolf said. The new system will reduce PBSO costs for moving inmates and visitors within the three facilities by eliminating inmate transport within the detention centers, and it will allow visitation to be administered by civilians rather than sworn officers, she said. The system will also increase the opportunity for visits between inmates and their professionals,

reducing court costs and reducing transportation for court visits through the video court program. It will also substantially reduce the transfer of contraband into the detention centers and expand visitation hours, allowing more visitation options for children and families. The scheduling system enables visitors to know when they can visit and when their inmate is available, whereas previous visitations were first come, first served. It decreases check-in time and congestion in the parking lot, as well as congestion and confusion in the lobby, Wolf said. The

system also eliminates geography as a factor for locating prisoners in a facility, which has resulted in more efficient use of prison bed space. Visits can be scheduled from any computer with Internet access through the sheriff’s web site at www.pbso.org. Visitors to the center can check in immediately. Visitors can also schedule future visits via kiosks at the center by swiping their driver’s license. The centers are manned entirely by civilians who are able to monitor the visits and perform all administrative duties, including suspension or termination of a vis-

it if there is a rule violation. A countdown timer on the screen tells the visitor the amount of time remaining. There are kiosks for multiple and handicapped visitors, as well as visitation rooms at the centers and the courthouses for professionals such as attorneys and social workers, Wolf said, adding that professional visits are not recorded. Commission Chair Karen Marcus compared the new system to the Internet video phone service Skype. “Instead of going to see them, you Skype them,” Marcus said.

Task Force Member Alexa Lee said she would like to see some of the wetland preserved for a nature center where residents could observe wildlife. “There’s still wetlands out there,” she said. “There are places there where animals can go. We are eliminating the opportunity to have a nature conservatory.” O’Brien pointed out that as a former wastewater treatment site, conservation would be marginally appropriate. The task force did decide that most of the recreational use should be low-intensity and passive such as open space, walking, hiking and bike trails. Task Force Member Bruce Drummond said he had considered about 25 percent of the recreational space for a bike path around the perimeter of the site, but Village Attorney Brad Biggs said that would take up only about 2 acres. Thirty percent of the site would be about 45 acres, O’Brien said.

Boyle said he would be more comfortable with recreational use if it were specified that a certain percentage of it be open or passive space, and O’Brien said it could be required that a certain percentage be for passive recreation. Drummond suggested that the spaces available for boat and RV storage be increased about three times its current area to 5 acres. “You can always take away,” Drummond said. “It’s harder to expand.” Drummond had also suggested senior residences and a convalescent home, but Axelberd said he did not feel that was appropriate. O’Brien noted that no public transportation is available there. “The first thing seniors lose is transportation,” O’Brien said. “They are going to be isolated.” But Drummond said if they are in a park situation, they are not isolated. Webster asked whether they

could discuss the remaining uses of commercial, which include business or trade schools or vocational colleges. As an example of space requirements, O’Brien said South University at State Road 7 and Belvedere Road, with a 40,000-squarefoot building, is 10 acres. He added that the school, which opened just recently, has full enrollment. Lee said that is because many people are going back to college now since they are unemployed. Boyle agreed with educational centers as a use. “We have to give them the opportunity to develop skill sets,” he said. Boyle said that 5 or 6 acres for open space and 5 acres for conservation were probably reasonable. O’Brien asked whether they had considered the expense of maintaining the recreational uses, and Boyle said, expense notwithstanding, the communities in the north end of the village had been

shortchanged on recreational areas. Sabo pointed out that H.L. Johnson Elementary School has open recreational space available after school hours but that it is not utilized because no bathrooms are available when the school is closed. Task Force Member Diane Queller asked whether the county might help, but Webster said it is unlikely because the county has a severe budget problem. Axelberd said increasing housing and taking out the industrial and commercial would cover the cost of park and open space maintenance, but Lee pointed out that more revenue can be generated from industrial and commercial than residential. Webster added that board members, some of whom were not present that evening, had already voted to have some commercial and industrial. “We’re not representing every-

body by squeezing out industrial and commercial,” she said. “I do have to stand up for those who are not here who voted for some percentage of industrial and commercial. We also had comments from the public.” Sabo suggested having more open space, but Webster said even open space is expensive to maintain. She added that recreational programs are run on a break-even basis and usually at a loss. The task force finally agreed to 50-50 open space and recreation with 20 percent of the open space reserved for conservation. Webster asked for a motion to accept 55 percent single-family residential, 25 percent recreational, 10 percent industrial and 10 percent commercial. Drummond made the motion, Boyle seconded, and the motion carried 7-1 with Axelberd opposed. Members also selected Boyle to make the presentation to the council.

on this board. I think I’ve run against somebody once, and the guy didn’t show up. I’ve said it, and I’ve heard other board members say it, the town is almost to the point that they don’t need us anymore. There’s no reason to have 10 guys presiding over this town. Within the next two years, I can’t see us up here anymore. So, to me, it’s a complete waste of money for the very people who complain we waste money.” Supervisor Darlene Crawford said she thought the subject came up for political reasons and that going to popular elections would make the process more expensive. “There’s people out there who think there are these large landowners in a good-ol’-boys network and they never get a shot at being on the board because all these proxies are collected by all these large landowners,” Crawford said.

Crawford also pointed out the inequity of a single woman she knows who owns 20 acres of land and pays far more in assessments as someone who owns a smaller lot. “If it’s an idea whose time has come, then we’re obligated to proceed with it,” Crawford said. “We’ve been presented with the paperwork; we have no choice. We must proceed. We must make sure that it’s all done right legally.” She said whether the district merges with the town will be a continuing discussion. “I can’t wait to see how this turns out,” Crawford said. Supervisor Don Widing said he has no problem with a popular vote, explaining that it takes time to collect proxies, and that merging with the town would probably save money. “When you look at the budget and the numbers, I get bad news

every day at work,” Widing said. “I study revenue like a mouse chasing cheese. We’re not out of this recession. We’re a long way from it, so as a community, if we want to try and grow and do something with this place, we’re going to have to look at our efficiencies and quit this ‘us and them’ power struggle.” Widing said divisiveness in the community is inhibiting its progress. “If I thought there was a better way that we could congeal and be whole, I’d walk out of here right now if we could have a body of elected officials that can speak intelligently and not take anything personal and move this place forward,” he said. Saunier said the first hurdle would be a referendum at the annual meeting. “We have to confirm that the petition signatures represent 10 percent of the qualified electors, and we’re working

diligently to do that,” Saunier said. “Once that’s done, we have time to get the noticing out, assuming that it is correct, and be able to have the referendum at the annual meeting on June 27, and by proxy, have the election for the two seats that are open.” Incumbents Crawford and Widing are up for re-election this year, and resident Frank Schiola has also filed as a candidate. “If the referendum passes, we have considerable time to work out all these details, who files and who runs for what seat,” Saunier said. DeMarois said the supervisors will meet again May 9 to determine whether they should move forward on the referendum. “Hopefully, at the next meeting we’ll be able to do something solid,” he said. Ryan made a motion to accept the petition with 221 signatures as satisfying the requirement to go

and Bob Salerno. The host committee included chamber ambassadors Mark Bozicevic, MariEllen Sheldon, Ramon Hernandez, Denise Carpenter, Maggie Zeller and Laura Jaffe. Special thanks to our incredible board of directors who supported the outstanding sales for this event: Michael Stone, Bill Tavernise, Diana Tashman, Mike Nelson, Darell Bowen, Nan Martin, Dale Grimm, Victor Connor, Cheri Pavlik, John Wash, Mason Phelps, Marc Wiskoff, and of course Alec Domb and John and Saundra Mercer. Thank you to our VIP table sponsors: Alec Domb Esq., Browning Party, Budget Gate Systems Inc., Chris Gambino Party, Connor Financial, Creative Marketing Products, Diabetic Support Program, Effective Solutions Inc., Elite Networking Pros, Equestrian Sport Productions, Floridian Community Bank, FPL, Frank and Herta Suess, Iberia Bank, IPC/ Wanderers Club, Karen L. Bloom, Katz & Associates, Lake Wellington Professional Centre, Palm Beach Pearl Company, Pharma Supply Inc., Phelps Media Group International, Prescriptions Plus Inc., Spectrum Speech, StarBound SportHorses LLC, the Town-Crier, the Wellness Experience, Ventura Construction Inc., the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, the Wellington Cancer Research Chapter of the Papcorps, the Village of Wellington CVO, Wellington The Magazine and the Village of Wellington. Celebrity judges were Roxanne Stein, WPTV News Channel 5; Mayor Darell Bowen, Village of Wellington; Jose Lambiet, The Palm Beach Post; Carmine Priore III, FPL; Michael Stone, Equestrian Sport Productions; Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, Equestrian Sport Productions; and Maggie Zeller, Iberia Bank. The Wellington Chamber also wishes to thank the Town-Crier and the Village of Wellington in their support in the promotion of Flavors. With their consideration, many residents learned of our event and attended as a result of their efforts. A very special thank-you to Don Myers and the Key Club at Palm Beach Central High School, the fantastic kids from Wellington

High School, Kim Henghold and Meridith Tuckwood, the Wellington CVO and their phenomenal volunteers, and my fantastic membership team Cindy Bovay and Laura Hanchuk for all their hard work on the event! Last but not least, we want to thank the Wellington residents and Wellington Chamber of Commerce members who support this event each year. You make it a pleasure hosting Flavors, and with your participation, we can only grow this event each year. For more information on the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and upcoming chamber events, call us at (561) 792-6525. Michela Perillo-Gr een, Executive Director Wellington Chamber of Commerce

fee are not limited to the wrongdoers but apply to honest contractors and officials who are the majority, thus, the connection criteria is lacking. The assessments should not exceed the amount reasonably necessary to cover the costs of running the office. There is no limit on increasing the amount of the assessment; therefore, the ordinance violates the “cost” criteria. Finally, since funding would also come from local governments, the ordinance violates the “controls” criteria. Oversight together with a fee on local government contracts may violate the Municipal Home Rule Powers Act. The act gives municipalities the exclusive authority over the terms of their contracts. The county ordinance superimposes the authority of the inspector general to determine what terms are acceptable. § 166.042. Legislative intent of

the “Powers Act” provides that municipal offers shall have exclusive discretion to exercise their powers, which would include deciding on the terms of its government contracts. “Fla. Const. Art. VIII, § 2 (2011) § 2. Municipalities (b) Powers — Municipalities shall have governmental, corporate and proprietary powers to enable them to conduct municipal government, perform municipal functions and render municipal services, and may exercise any power for municipal purposes except as otherwise provided by law…” There are other legal challenges that I do not have room for in this letter. Unless the Village of Wellington questions the authority of the county to collect the assessment on the new municipal complex, this year taxpayers will be billed $10,000, and for what purpose? Frank Morelli Wellington

forward with a referendum process, which failed for lack of a second after Viator reiterated that she was concerned about certifying that the petition is valid. During public comment, Town Councilman Ron Jarriel said he thought the supervisors were wise to hold off. “I’m glad you heard legal advice and you’re not going to rush into this,” he said. Jarriel added that he felt it was time that the LGWCD become a dependent district, citing the alternative of an expensive election process to have popularly elected supervisors. “Maybe I’m dreaming, but I think you will be dependent before the next election,” he said, adding that the only demand he’d have would be that assessments remain the same and that the amount of water pumped remain sufficient to support district needs. “As a town council member, I’m not going to support spending $25,000 that is unnecessary. If it were my decision, I think it’s time to research becoming a dependent district. Some of you guys can run for my spot.” Herzog told board members there should be no question of the certification of the signatures. “The property appraiser gave me a copy of every voter in the district,” she said. “We personally went door to door and met with the people who signed.”

Letters continued from page 4 an evening of dining and dancing to the Music Masters International 20-piece stage band. We literally receive calls five months in advance each year with people hoping to see the Music Masters band. Their unique music makes this event unlike any other. Congratulations to our winners of the evening: the Stables at the Wanderers Club for Best Taste, Sushi Moto for Best Plate Presentation, Cupcake Cottage for Best Display and Cofftea Café for Best Dessert, as well as our fantastic showcase vendors: Beef Wellington Steakhouse and Social Club, Binks Forest Golf Club, Chick-filA, Cofftea Café, Cupcake Cottage, Ice King of Wellington, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Nature’s Table Café, Nespresso, Starbucks, Sushi Moto, Taylor Made Café, the Stables at the Wanderers Club, the Fresh Market, the White Horse Tavern, Tijuana Flats, Total Wine & More, Whole Foods Market and Wines for Humanity. If you have not visited any of these establishments in the past, please make it a point to stop in and try them out. Each one offers a unique flair, and why go anywhere else when we have so many exceptional choices right here? Plus, you will be supporting our local economy. The event staff at Equestrian Sport Productions is nothing less than superb. Without the exceptional generosity of the Bellissimos, the logistical expertise of Vaneli Bojkova and Paul Regal, and the exemplary event staff at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, this event could not be possible. This group of consummate professionals allowed this evening to happen without fail, and our gratitude to them is beyond measure. We could not be a success without our sponsors and host committee. Our deepest gratitude goes out to Mark and Katherine Bellissimo and Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions. Don Kiselewski and Carmine Priore III of FPL, and Maggie Zeller from Iberia Bank, our platinum sponsors. Our valet sponsors Dr. Randy Laurich and the Wellness Experience and the Law Offices of Alec L. Domb. Our exceptional chairmen for the event were Alec L. Domb, Esq.

County Attacks Municipal Home Rule Most of the support for the new inspector general of Palm Beach County seems to be that it will save money. Miami-Dade has a similar office. Last year it purportedly saved taxpayers less than $2 million and it cost taxpayers and contractors more than $5.5 million to fund. The Palm Beach County ordinance that created the inspector general’s office, provides oversight not only for contracts entered into by the county, but also, those entered into by local governments. California has considered the question as to whether the county lacks the authority to compel local governments to incur costs that are paid to the county and which lack the three “Cs” that distinguish fees from taxes: connection, cost and controls. • Connection — There must be a reasonable connection or nexus between the assessment and the program or service it is supposed to fund. • Cost — The amount of the assessment must reflect the reasonable cost of providing the government service. • Controls — Funding of the program must be limited. The Palm Beach County inspector general ordinance provides that those who must pay the

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Blotter continued from page 6 ty. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 11 — A resident of Martin Circle called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Monday afternoon to report a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., someone entered the victim’s home by prying open the rear patio door and stole three televisions. The victim’s daughter came home from school at approximately 3 p.m. and discovered that the front door was unlocked. The stolen televisions were valued at $1,500. APRIL 11 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington

was dispatched to the Macy’s department store in the Mall at Wellington Green on Monday regarding a delayed theft. According to a PBSO report, an employee of the store was working last Saturday at approximately 2 p.m. when she left her desk to go to lunch. She left her black Apple iPhone on her desk, and when she returned an hour later, it was gone. The phone was valued at approximately $200. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 11 — A resident of the Isles of Wellington called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 2 p.m. last Saturday and noon the following

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continued from page 1 cess,” he said. “A lot of people still don’t have computers. For those people, we have a kiosk in the lobby where they can pay instead of waiting in line. But we’re not saying you can’t pay the traditional way. Some people just don’t like giving out their credit cards. We understand the reluctance; we just hope people see the benefit.” But for those who just haven’t made the change because they’re accustomed to paying in person, Wellington hopes that the credit will be enough to change their minds. “If you’ve always done it one way, you’ll always do it that way — unless you’re motivated to change,” he said. “We want to encourage people to jump on board with the program by putting money on the table.” afternoon, someone entered the victim’s unlocked truck and stole a Gerber multi-tool knife from the cup holder as well as a Garmin GPS. The stolen items were valued at approximately $400. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. APRIL 12 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home in the South Shore community Tuesday regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 9 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. the following morning, someone entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and removed a bag containing the victim’s wallet and credit cards, along with $150 cash.


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HUNDREDS OF VINTAGE CARS SOLD AT ANNUAL BARRETT-JACKSON AUTO AUCTION The ninth annual Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction roared into town April 7-9 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. During the three-day 40th anniversar y celebration, hundreds of cars were sold. For more info., visit www.barrett-jackson.com. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

This 1966 Batmobile replica sold for $100,000.

Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction Chair and CEO Craig Jackson with Darrell Gwynn and President Scott Davis.

NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle racer Valerie Thompson with Evel Knievelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harley for auction, which sold for $9,350.

Barbara Walker with the Orange County Chopper, which was made to auction off for Reach Out to Haiti.

Representatives from the Austin Hatcher Foundation receive a check for $175,000 from the sale of a 2012 Chevy.

This Super Bee on the auction block sold for $42,900.

LEADERCHEER GIRLS HOLD CAR WASH IN RPB TO SUPPORT INJURED TROOPS The Royal Palm Beach competition cheerleading squad LeaderCheer held a car wash to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Sunday, April 10 at the 7-Eleven store on Okeechobee Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. The girls raised almost $700 for the organization. For more info., visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org or www.leadercheer.us. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

The girls gather outside the 7-Eleven store.

Madison Lloyd, Madison Paynter, Jordan Young, Jordyn Sleek, Shelly Fell and Joya Mignano.

Ashley Zak , Kendall Curtis, Tiffany Elliott, Cour tney Johnson and Harli Wolfe advertise their car wash along Okeechobee Blvd.


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It’s never easy dealing with the death of a f amily member, whether human or animal. Most pe t owners have had to come to terms with the death of a cat, a dog, a bird. But horses, due to their size and relative longevity, present a completely dif ferent problem. Ellen R osenberg’s Column, Page 29

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PBCHS Bowlers Get Championship Rings

Members of the Palm Beach Central High School boys bowling team were presented with their state championship rings on Thursday, April 7. This is the first team to earn a state title in any sport at the school. Page 43

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Seven years after upgrading from a mobile shop to having a storefront, Silver Spur Equestrian owners Cris and Floyd Burwell have expanded their business again, having grown the size of the store while adding new merchandise. Located in Royal Palm Beach, Silver Spur Equestrian is an equestrian boutique specializing in English and western etiquettes with a full scope of equestrian goods. Page 37

Sports Bronco Flag Football Squad Pulls Narrow Win Over Wildcats

The Palm Beach Central High School girls varsity flag football team defeated rival Royal Palm Beach 12-7 on Thursday, April 7 at home. The game remained close until late in the fourth q uarter when Bronco Katie Kramer caught a pass for a t ouchdown. Page 43

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Dealing With A Horse’s Death Is Never An Easy Experience It’s never easy dealing with the death of a family member, whether human or animal. Most pet owners have had to come to terms with the death of a cat, a dog, a bird. But horses, due to their size and relative longevity, present a completely different problem. How do you know when it’s time to send them on? What do you do with the body? “It’s very subjective. When the owner and the vet both agree that there are no medical options, or if the owner can’t afford those options, it’s time,” veterinarian Dr. Eileen Gesoff said. “If the horse’s quality of life is horrendous, then the horse shouldn’t be made to suffer.” Unfortunately, with horses, the time to make that difficult decision often comes without warning. A horse can be perfectly fine at morning feeding and be at death’s door a few hours later. That’s what happened to Janelle Burnett of Lake Worth last year. Walter, her Appendix-Quarter Horse, was fine. Then, he wasn’t. “He had never been sick. I knew he was old, at 23, but he was never unwell or even lame,” Burnett recalled. “I had him 11 years. He was an important part of everything in my life. My husband and I even held our wedding in a tent on our property so he could be in the ceremony. I called Walter my ‘Fairy Tale Horse.’ We shared a birthday: May 28.” And then, one evening, Walter had a problem. “I got home and he was down and rolling,” Burnett said. “The vet came right over. Walter’s vitals were bad. The vet said he could

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg put Walter down right there or I could bring him to the clinic for an ultrasound. My head was spinning; I was crying. I called Joe, my husband, and decided to take Walter over to the vet’s to see if there was anything they could do.” At the clinic, it was determined that Walter was having cardiac distress and also had a twisted gut. “At his age, surgery wasn’t an option. I had to say goodbye to my best friend. I was signing all kinds of papers, I didn’t even know what they were,” she said. “Walter wouldn’t have made it back to my barn in the trailer, so I left him there at the vet’s. One of the vet techs braided Walter’s tail and clipped it off and gave it to me, so I could keep a part of him.” It was an experience that made Burnett feel extremely uneasy. “I beat myself up over what I did, just leaving him there like that, driving away. I felt such pain,” she said. “I called the vet the next day. They tried to make me feel better. They told me it wasn’t my fault. They made me feel like I did the right thing. The removal service came and hauled Walter off,

after he’d been put down. I chose not to know what happened to him after that.” If she had it to do all over again, Burnett would make other choices. “In retrospect, I wish I’d had Walter put down at home. My other horse, Liberty, only saw Walter go away in the trailer and never come back,” Burnett said. “She never knew what happened to him. She was running along the fence and calling when we left, and she was still running and calling when we got back. She screamed for him for a week. Three weeks later, I let her sniff his tail. She got the weirdest expression on her face. I told her it was Walter’s. I wondered if she understood.” Everyone who has horses needs to have a plan and know their options, Burnett said, especially if you have a horse over 20. “They live in our care, and even though they seem strong, they’re really fragile creatures,” she said. “One tiny thing can go so wrong so quickly. I regret not having had a plan in place for Walter. It’s an important responsibility.” Burnett, by the way, used her experience to create a business. “I had Walter’s tail, and I wanted to do something special with it,” she said. “I figured that other people who had lost their horses might feel the same way.” Burnett started the Fairy Tail Horse (www.thefairytailhorse.com). She designs custom keepsake mementos and jewelry out of horsehair. The bracelets and necklaces come in a variety of styles, and can be multicolored, with varying thickness and pendant

Janelle Burnett with Walter. options, and may be one of a kind. All end caps and closures are sterling silver. Prices depend on which necklace and pendants are chosen. A standard necklace without a pendant starts at $65. Clients can use tail hairs from their own horses, and instructions are given on how to collect the hairs. Burnett also has tail hair in See ROSENBERG, page 30


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Things Would Be Different If ‘We The People’ Ran D.C. Aw, nuts. For a while there, the federal government was promising to shut down — but it didn’t happen. Somewhere in the collective wisdom of Congress, in the greatest assembled minds of our age, a little bell went off suggesting that shutting down a week before the entire country’s taxes were due might not be such a good idea. Even the victims of Hurricane Katrina begged not to be relocated the day before they got their Social Security checks. Even the lowliest part-time employee knows enough not to quit the day before payday. Eventually, this basic reasoning made it to the top. Before they changed their minds, however, they had sent out a press release to the effect of “Remember: even if we shut down, you still have to pay your taxes,” and the media obediently ran it as a headline but the rest of us were, like: “Oh, yeah? Make me!” “The check is in the mail” is the perfect excuse if the post office is closed. It would just be “the check is in the mailbox.”

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The Sonic BOOMER I wish the government would have shut down. The everyday people of this country would’ve taken control in a heartbeat. Government? Who needs it? I can see it now — the District of Columbia as one giant theme park. Kids climbing onto Abe Lincoln’s gigantic marble lap... people swimming in the Reflecting Pool... senior citizens checking out a book from the Library of Congress. And, oh, are the cherry trees in bloom? Good, because I’m going to want some free cherries. Or maybe We The People will charge for

the cherries. Get this country back on its feet. Maybe even rent out the White House for weddings: “Mr. and Mrs. Smith request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Anastasia Smith to Dweezil Philbottom. Please join us in the Blue Room.” The reception would follow in the Rose Garden, and then the Happy Couple would fly off for their honeymoon aboard Air Force One. Speaking of awesome transportation, imagine the fun we’d have renting our rides from the National Air and Space Museum. I’ve always wanted to zip over the Grand Canyon in a Stealth bomber. I’d get in line for this experience without buying a ticket, arguing that I’ve already paid for the thing with my taxes, but We The People would counter with “User fees, lady,” and I’d have to cough up the dough. It’s OK. It’d be worth it because I’d get to drive. If I were running things in D.C., I’d put teen-

agers in charge of my new, improved Washington Monument. I’d have them amp up the speed of the elevator and get some good rock music pounding through there; add some strobe lights and a fog machine; let extreme sportsters rappel from the top. I’d keep it open 24/7 with a light show going on outside so the monolith turns pink, then green, then blue. Talk about user fees! Attendance would double overnight! And, yes, we would accept MasterCard. Eventually, the project would get so big we’d have to hire Disney to run it. Every inaugural parade would end with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Hmmm. Maybe it was a “fear of the creative” that caused the politicians to break their promise. They worried that if they gave up control of the government — even for a short time — it would never be the same when they got it back. If they got it back. Red, white and blue mouse ears, anyone?

‘Arthur’ A Mediocre Remake Of A Classic Comedy Film The theme song for the new version of the comedy Arthur should be “When you get caught between the moon and remake city.” I am certain that Hollywood, the wonder center of creativity, figured that since the studios were making comedies that went nowhere, it made sense to remake one of the most successful ones ever. After all, the first one, made in 1981, made a fortune. Why not do it again? But the director decided that people’s taste in comedy had changed. So while the basic structure of the plot remained, he took out most of what was really funny from the original. The late Dudley Moore played the alcoholic billionaire pretty much as he played most of his parts, as a bumbling guy, one more akin to Chance the Gardener (usually called Chauncey Gardiner) in Being There. Moore just sort of moved around in a general fog. Tough New Yorker Liza Minnelli as his girlfriend did more of the acting, and it was her reactions to him that helped move the movie. John Gielgud as his ever-patient butler won an Oscar for his role. But Moore was the one acted upon; things happened to him. Russell Brand is a very different comic actor. He is frenetic, a King Stork to Moore’s King Log. He is hyper-kinetic, forcing the pace

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continued from page 29 stock, for people who just like the jewelry. “These beautiful works of art make a perfect gift for horse-crazy friends or family,” Burnett says on her web site. “They are also a fabulous way to share your passion for horses with the world. You may even choose to memorialize your precious friend who has passed away by having his hair woven into a timeless piece of wearable art that you can cherish forever.” Next week’s column will contain some options available to horse owners needing to decide what to do with a dead or dying horse.

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler of the film. As a result, things are balanced differently. The love of his life, Naomi (Greta Gerwig), is charming; she writes children’s books and supports herself as an unlicensed tourist guide. Minnelli basically pushed Moore around; here, the roles are switched. Helen Mirren, who portrays Arthur’s nanny Hobson, is one of the best actresses in the world. But a nanny is different than a butler. What nanny of any sort would allow a kid to grow up as weirdly as Arthur? Well, of course, if Lindsay Lohan had one… But that begs the question. Moore’s Arthur was not really a child, simply a comedy drunk. Brand’s Arthur, while still alcoholic, just churns everyone’s

waters. Hobson should have been fired years earlier for neglect by the family. Another problem is that times have simply changed. Who really believes that a billionaire family would not simply hire people to run the business and keep the kid in some sort of a trust fund that would protect everyone? Instead, there’s a push to have him wed to a thoroughly unpleasant striver (a badly cast, because she usually is so wonderfully charming, Jennifer Garner). He would make her crazy quickly. A well-crafted trust fund would prevent damage far more simply. And people today really are not as fond as they once were of drunks. Watching Brand stagger behind the wheel of a car, I could imagine Mothers Against Drunk Driving screaming in agony. I work rather too hard, and am basically retired, and I resent the goofing up. Somehow, the message seems to come, people who are filthy rich because their ancestors made money are better than we are even when they are drunken fools. There are laughs in the movie. I cannot say it was boring. But times do change. Director

Jason Winer has claimed that people laugh at different things than they did 30 years ago. And since he is one of the creators of Modern Family, he does understand comedy. The problem is that rehashing a story that was well-done from years ago does not mean it works today. We are in the middle of a nasty economic downturn. Back in the days of the Great Depression, it was the common man who took center stage. These days, many film makers still look to the really rich as a target. Of course, a middle-class guy who drinks like Arthur would probably wind up as a tragedy. True Grit was a real re-imagining of a classic film. Characters were altered slightly, but the Coen Brothers built up the suspense, the sense of desperation and anger of the very driven young woman. That is why it worked so well for us now. Arthur does not. It may be the best movie of the weekend, but, unlike the western, it will not get any mention for any awards. It is a decent, not really great, comedy. Save your money. The really big movies of the summer season will soon be upon us.

USA Vs. South Africa Tennis Match To Be Featured At IPC The International Polo Club Palm Beach is proud to serve up its inaugural International Weekend featuring some of the world’s topranked tennis players on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Matches will feature American favorites Ryan Sweeting, Rajeeve Ram and Mikael Pernfors taking on South African players Wayne Ferreira, Izak Van De Merve and David Schneider. Making his way to the courts is the fierce double-handed backhand player and hometown favorite Ryan Sweeting, who just came off of a win at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston. The former Florida Gator won his first ATP title, playing the best tennis of his career, where his win moved him up to No. 71 in the world rankings. Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Sweeting has lived and trained for most of his career in Fort Lau-

derdale and is formerly rated as a No. 2-ranked junior player in the world. Alongside Sweeting is tennis ace Rajeev Ram, another U.S. citizen and NCAA Champion. Ram is an ATP Tennis Hall of Fame Singles and Doubles Champion and is currently ranked in the top 35 in the world for doubles with a career singles high of 78 in the world rankings. Mikael Pernfors, a native from Sweden and now an American citizen, is a backto-back NCAA Singles Champion, French Open Finalist and has successfully beaten many tennis greats. In addition to the pros will be Sunday Bhat, who at just 15 years of age has been ranked in the top 15 in the country in both the 12s and 14s. Playing against the American team are South African players Wayne Ferreira, Izak Can De Merve and David Schneider. Ferreira’s credentials include an Olympic Silver Medal and

an extensive career with ranks as the world’s top Junior Doubles Player and No. 6 in singles. In addition, Ferreira was a semi finalist at the Australian Open and holds the record for most consecutive Grand Slam appearances. Izak Van De Merve, originally from Johannesburg, reached the NCAA semifinals in 200405 and holds a career high ranking at No. 140 in the world. Schneider, also from Johannesburg, is a formerly ranked ATP player holding an 82 ranking in singles and within the top 50 in doubles. Limited seating is available and tickets are required. General admission is $15, and bleacher seating is available at $50 per ticket. The tennis event is a part of IPC’s International Weekend also featuring rugby, cricket, field hockey, croquet, golf and polo. For more information, call (561) 204-5687, ext. 107 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com.


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Academy for Child Enrichment — In the heart of Royal Palm Beach, the Academ y for Child Enrichment offers free all-day VPK. Infants through after-school day and night care, 6:30 a.m. t o midnight (Monday through Friday), meals included. Qualified staff. Se habla Espanol. Special rates for all registration. The Academ y for Child Enrichment is located at 700 Camellia Drive in Royal P alm Beach. Call (561) 7983452 or visit www.smallworldpbc.com for info. Breaker s West Summer Camp — For the summer of a lif etime, children ages 5-14 are invited to join the 2011 summer camp at Breakers West. Enjoy wildlife demonstrations, science e xperiments, magic shows, arts & crafts, cooking classes, golf, tennis, baske tball, soccer, daily swimming instruction and much more! Camp runs June 6 - Aug. 19 (excluding July 4-8), Monday –through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sessions are $300 per camper, per week , plus a one-time registration fee of $50, which includes a camp essentials bag. Discounts are offered to families regist ering multiple children and/or for multiple sessions. Af ter-care is available. Space is limit ed. To register for Breakers West Summer Camp, call (561) 653-6333. Camp Giddy-Up — Ravenwood Riding Academy has been located in Wellington for 21 years. Licensed and insured, with all safety equipment provided, they are located on a beautiful, safe and clean f arm with plenty of shade. Ravenwood is now accepting 12 students per session, ages 6-14. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Campers learn safety, horse care and grooming, with riding lessons daily, as well as scheduled visits with a blacksmith, horse vet and equine dentist. Weekly sessions are $185. Sibling discounts or multi-session discounts are available. Camp Giddy-Up has a full staf f and a hands-on director. Regist er today by calling (561) 793-4109 or visit ww.ravenwoodridingacademy.com. Hurry, sessions f ill up quickly! Casperey Stables Horse Camp — Casperey Stables is a small, fun-filled day camp for children ages seven to 14. With four riding opportunities each day, arts & crafts and outdoor games, camper s find little time to be bored. The lo w counselor-child ratio ensures your child will receive individual attention. There are camp sessions for spring and winter school breaks, and during the summer, each two-week session has a theme, such as Indian Days, Circus Days and Medieval Days. Casperey Stables has a weekly swim party and ends each session with a horse show and family BBQ. Call soon — this small, q uality program fills quickly! To learn more about the camp, locat ed at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves, call (561) 7924990 or visit www.caspereystables.com. High Touch High Tech — High Touch High Tech has been providing hands-on science experiments to children in South Florida for over 15 y ears. The program brings science to life for children in preschool through middle school. They are happy to introduce “The Lab,” a hands-on science facility now open in Wellington. The y offer summer cam p programs, after-school enrichments and bir thday parties at a new location off Pierson Road. The camp offers af fordable pricing, hands-on science experiments with lots of cool science take-homes, nature experiences, as well as art projects that relate to the scientific investigations. High Touch High Tech knows that children are naturally curious. They tap into that natural curiosity and provide safe, exciting and fun experiments to help them under stand the world around them. The ultimate goal is to give children the tools t o be able to think scientif ically in order to solve problems. Kids will erupt volcanoes, pan for gems, launch rockets, make ice cream, gro w plants, make fossils, observe live animals, dissect o wl pellets and much, much more! Come visit and explore the all-new High Touch High Tech science laboratory! High Touch High Tech is at 3080 Fairlane Farms Rd., Suite 2. For more info., visit www.ScienceMadeFunSFL.net, call (561) 792-3785 or e-mail info@ScienceMadeFunSFL.net. Call now to book a free tour. Jewish Summer Camp — Enjoy a Jewish summer camp on a f arm for girls ages 7-11 at the Good Earth Farm. Featuring a six-week cer tificate of hor se care competency. Candy making, soap making, painting, drawing, 3D design, sewing and crafts. Kayak instruction; European spa comes to the camp for beauty day. Jewish music singing, ar t and a Shabbat program with a local rabbi. Direct or Nancy Fried Tobin (BFA, MAT, MFA, RM, Equine Certified Specialist/Instructor) has been working with kids for year s. Regist ering now; call (561) 792-2666. Located at 2141 B Road in Loxahatchee Groves, the f arm is 25 minutes from anywhere in the Palm Beach area. The King’s Academy “Camping Around the World” — TKA’s summer cam p welcomes ages 5 through 8th grade. Experience different cultures through craft projects, science experiments, f ield trips, music and more. Counselors are q ualified teachers, first aid certified and offer a lo ving environment. Day camp/ sports camp with daily lunches run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m with many options and before/after care. Field trips to Calypso Bay, the South Florida Science Museum, the Palm Beach Zoo, Lion Countr y Safari and more, all for one inclusive price. Regist er now at www.tka.net and sa ve $25 when you mention this offer. Call Helga Van Wart (56 1) 686-4244 for more info. Noah’s Ark — Noah’s Ark is located on Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. They of fer free all-day VPK. Lower rates and special registration for fall. Meals are included. Noah’s Ark offers care for infants and preschool children as well as after-school care. Se habla Espanol. Conveniently located at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. between Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee Groves elementar y schools. Call (561) 753-6624 f or more info. St. David’s Episcopal School — Howdy Pardners, mosey on over to St. David’s Ranch and be a part of west ern-themed summer fun! Campers ages two and a half to eight are invited for arts and crafts, Bible stories, music, games, a shaded outside playground, water play, movie days and more. All activities are super vised by the teaching staf f and take place on the St. David’s campus. The round-up has already star ted, so come in soon to reserve your place. The ranch will be open from June 6 through August 12. For your convenience, y ou may register for one week, or as many as you want. Camp is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. t o 3 p.m.; campers can pick Monday through Friday, Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursda y. So saddle on up and head on over to become a par t of this rootin’-tootin’ summer fun. For more information, call (561) 793-1272 today or visit www.stdavidsepiscopal.com. South Florida Science Museum — Join the South Florida Science Museum f or Summer Camp 2011! Each exciting week will of fer hands-on exploration for young scientists ages 4 to 12 on specific t opics in science. The days are packed with fun science lessons, laborat ories, crafts and outside activities led by expert science educators. Camp starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. with extended hours of structured activities available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Camps are grouped into ages 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Before and af tercare available. Early registration accepted prior to May 1. Register online at www.sfsm.org or call (561) 832-2026. Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool — If y our child is between 2 and 6 years old, “Summer of Fun” Enrichment Camp at Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool is the place to be! Here, your child will enjoy a variety of fun activities that will mak e them smile, while promoting learning and social development. A ctivities include: arts & crafts, gymnastics, computers, spor ts, nature, cooking, water play and a state-of-the-ar t playground. They’re sure to love the weekly entertainment, including High Touch High Tech, storytellers and animal shows. All of this in a loving and nurturing environment. Eight w eeks, full and part time. Free summer VPK. Now enrolling for preschool 2011-12. Contact Sandy for more information at (561) 793-2649 or psdirect or@templebethtorah.net.

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TNT Gymnas tics Center — TNT is offering a great summer program with flexible hours and fun-filled days. The y provide a safe, positive environment for your child to enhance self-esteem and physical fitness through gymnastics, trampolines, rock climbing, group games, arts & crafts, water play, mar tial ar ts and much more! TNT owner Tina Tyska is a f ormer Class 1 gymnast coached by two-time Olympian Kim Chase. She has over 25 years of coaching e xperience, including toddlers thru Level 9 gymnasts as well as specialneeds children. TNT Gymnastics is located at 3120 Fairlane Farms Road in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 383-TNT1 (8681). Villari’s of Wellington — Villari’s is pleased to invite y our child for summer camp this year. Due to the rising demand for summer camps in the western communities, Villari’s is allowing students to book spots early. Villari’s is offering four sessions of camp this year, as well as three Mar tial Arts Boot Camp sessions. Each camp session will consist of five days of games, activities and mar tial arts, starting as low as $29 per day. The Martial Arts Boo t Camp sessions will be limited to 10 students, three days per week , on Monday, Wednesday and Friday fr om 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Summer camp dat es are June 6-10, June 20-24, July 11-15 and July 25-July 29. The program is for ages six and up. Camp will be limited to 20 campers on a first-come, first-ser ved basis. Call (561) 792-1 100 t oday t o reserve your space. For more info., visit www. VillarisOfWellington.com or www.WellingtonMar tialArts.com. Wellington Tennis Center — Have fun and learn to play tennis this summer! Children ages 6 to 1 3 at all levels of play (beginners through advanced) are welcome. All instructors are USPTA/USTA QuickStart cer tified. The new QuickStart format will be used for ages 6 to 8. Camp runs Monday through Friday, June 6 Aug. 12 (e xcluding July 4-8). Tennis camp only (9 to 1 1 a.m.) is $100 for Wellington residents ($120 for non-residents) per camper, per week . Extended camp (9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) includes t ennis, lunch and super vised swim and costs $150 for W ellington residents ($170 for non-residents) per camper, per week . Discounts are offered for registering multiple children in one family or for multiple weeks. Pick your weeks and register early! Space is limited. To regist er, call the Wellington Tennis Center at (561) 791-4775.


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2011 Breakers West Summer Camp Calling all campers for a summer of a lifetime. Sports-minded, adventure-seeking, nature-loving kids, ages 5 – 14, will find something for everyone at Breakers West, where there is fun for all and all for fun. Daily Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer Play & Swimming Instruction Arts & Crafts | Magic Shows | Cooking Classes Wildlife Demonstrations | Science Projects Friday’s Famous Family Cookout And Much More... After Care Available

WEEKLY SESSIONS: June 6 – August 19, 2011 {Excl. July 4 – 8} Monday – Friday 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information or to register, please call 561-653-6333.

Weekly sessions are Monday – Friday. No camp July 4 – 8, 2011. Discounts will be offered to families registering multiple children and/or for multiple sessions. Additional fees apply for After Care. Restrictions apply.


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‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ Opens May 6 At P.B. Dramaworks Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach’s only resident professional theater, will conclude its 11th season with The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a dark comedy by acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh. The production will run Friday, May 6 through Sunday, June 19 at the company’s intimate downtown theater. Specially priced preview performances are slated for 2 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Set in the small Irish town of Leenane, The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a darkly comic tale of a lonely woman and her dysfunctional relationship with her mother. When Maureen Folan has her final chance at love with Pato Dooley, her manipulative mother sets to thwart the romance. Deceptions, secrets and betrayal are interwoven with moments of hope in this applauded play. Palm Beach Dramaworks Producing Artistic Director William Hayes will direct the production, which features Barbara Bradshaw, Kati Brazda, Blake DeLong and Kevin Kelly. The play will include scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Brian O’Keefe, lights designed by Scott Wagmeister and sound designed by Matt Corey. Award-winning writer and director McDonagh has had a successful career in both film and theater, known for his dark humor and

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small-town Irish locations. His film works, including the Academy Award-nominated In Bruges and Academy Award-winning short film Six Shooter, are both examples of McDonagh’s trademark Irish and dark comedy themes. His other works include The Lonesome West, The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and most recently A Behanding in Spokane . The performance schedule is as follows: evening performances will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Matinee performances will take place Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., as well as 3 p.m. on select Wednesdays. There will be no 7

p.m. performance Sundays, May 8 and June 19. Individual tickets cost $47 for all performances. Student tickets are available for $10, and group rates for 20 or more and discounted season subscriptions are also available. The theater is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 322 Banyan Blvd. Parking is offered across the street for a nominal fee, or in the city garage at the corner of Olive Avenue and Banyan Blvd. For ticket information, call the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit the Palm Beach Dramaworks web site at www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.

Kravis Center Will Present Bill Maher Onstage May 28

Comedian, television host and political commentator Bill Maher will perform Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. For the past 17 years, Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on the television show Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC, 19922002), and for the last seven years on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, Maher ’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 22 Emmy nominations. In recent years, this same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, Religulous, the seventh-highestgrossing documentary ever. In addition to his popular TV series, bestselling books, HBO standup comedy specials and concert appearances, Maher is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN and latenight talk shows hosted by Jay Leno and David Letterman. Maher will perform in the Dreyfoos Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. To purchase tickets, stop by the Kravis Center box office at 701 Okeechobee Blvd.,

Bill Maher call (561) 832-7469 or (800) 5728471, or by visiting www.kravis. org. Kravis Center members should identify themselves when making a reservation to receive special priority donor seating. Tickets also are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.

The Phantoms Recommend ‘Crazy For You’ At Maltz Theatre The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is heading into the final show of its 2010-11 season with the splashiest, flashiest musical its stage has seen! The high-energy comedy Crazy for You, the new Gershwin musical, is onstage now through April 17 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. The show is packed with mistaken identity, plot twists and fabulous dance numbers that will keep audiences grinning from ear to ear. Overflowing with hit Gershwin songs, including “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Shall We Dance,” this Broadway hit crosses good, old-fashioned entertainment with a feel-good message about being true to your dreams. Who could ask for anything more? “We are ecstatic to be ending our season with a large-scale, tap-dancing Gershwin-filled extravaganza that will truly excite our audiences, and hopefully whet their appetites to renew their subscriptions next

season,” said Andrew Kato, the theater’s artistic director. “The show is a classic American musical, and it’s filled with a fantastic collection of characters, a boy-meets-girl love story and absolutely incomparable music and dancing.” The musical has been an instant hit since its opening as a new Gershwin musical on Broadway in 1992, winning that year’s Tony Award for Best Musical and lighting up the stage for 1,622 performances. In the 15 years since the show closed on Broadway, audiences around the country have continued to enthusiastically embrace the story of a wealthy Manhattan “ne’er do well” of the Depression: the stage-struck song-and-dance man Bobby Child, who rescues a bankrupt theatre in a Nevada mining town and wins the local girl. The show’s breathtaking score preserves the best of the original numbers from Gershwin’s 1930 smash Girl Crazy (among them:

“Embraceable You”), adds several of their later songs from Fred Astaire films (“Someone to Watch Over Me,”) and adds some undiscovered Gershwin gems (“Naughty Baby”). The show’s songwriters, George and Ira Gershwin, were already gone by the time Crazy for You was born, giving further testament to their music’s longevity. George died in 1937, and Ira in 1983. “This show is absolutely timeless,” said the show’s director, Mark Martino. “It takes some of the greatest songs ever written and reinvigorates them with spectacular dancing, endearing characters, laughout-loud physical comedy, a swoonworthy romance and a plot that taps into that uniquely American ‘let’s put on a show’ spirit. People of all ages will love this show.” Tickets to Crazy for You cost $43 to $60 and may be purchased by calling (561) 575-2223 or by visiting www.jupitertheatre.org. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is an

A scene from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of Crazy for You, which concludes this weekend. award-winning professional notfor-profit regional theater dedicated to the performing arts whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire. The theater is a member of

the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and is located east of U.S. Highway 1 at 1001 East Indiantown Road and State Road A1A in Jupiter.

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Silver Spur Equestrian’s Cris and Floyd Burwell inside their store in Royal Palm Beach.

Silver Spur Equestrian Offers A Full Range Of Goods For Horse Riders By Damon Webb Town-Crier Staff Report Seven years after upgrading from a mobile shop to having a storefront, Silver Spur Equestrian owners Cris and Floyd Burwell have expanded their business again, having grown the size of the store while adding new merchandise. Located in Royal Palm Beach, Silver Spur Equestrian is an equestrian boutique specializing in English and western etiquettes. It covers the full scope of equestrian goods, including clothing, boots, bits, bridles, helmets, saddles, horse supplies and more. Also, it’s possible to order specific specialty items if they are not on hand in the store. “We are proud to be able to accommodate all our customers’ requests,” Floyd said. “We are at the point in our business where we have established ourselves with our vendors. They are more than happy to help us fill our specials orders for our customers.” Silver Spur Equestrian recently underwent a renovation that doubled the size of the store. “The renovation opened up the store and allowed us to organize it and make it more accessible to customers,” Cris said. “Now we can display all our merchandise. We are constantly adding new merchandise to the store, so this couldn’t have come at a better time for us. Plus, when old friends stop by, we can welcome them to their new home.” The Burwells started Silver Spur Equestrian after their daughter Tiffanie, who is a rider, outgrew clothing and other items. They didn’t want to just discard the expensive clothing and items. They decided to set up a mobile shop along the road and sell the items. After a while, friends began to bring the couple their equestrian items, and the business

morphed into a consignment shop. Over the years, the mobile business evolved into a fullfledged store. Today they still do consignment as well as regular-priced merchandise. “We have been blessed to have customers and vendors who have remained with us for over seven years now,” Floyd said. “While the equestrian season is seasonal, our local customers have been our main business since the beginning. We have people who come and see us from Okeechobee all the way to Miami.” While there are similar stores in the area, the Burwells think Silver Spur stands out from the others because of their hospitality. “The first impression is usually the lasting one,” Floyd said. “We want everyone who comes through our doors to feel welcome and at home. That’s always been an important factor for us. Our relationships with our customers usually develop into friendships. We have many people who just stop in randomly to catch up with us and let us know what has been going on with them. This has proven to be very rewarding for us, and it has contributed much to our success.” Silver Spur Equestrian also features their cleanser called Lovi’s Magic. Lovi’s Magic is an all-natural leather cleaner and conditioner all in one. “I wanted to develop a leather cleaner that was all natural with no chemicals or waxes,” Cris said. “By not having these ingredients involved, our cleaner allows the leather to be well cleaned, moisturized and preserved.” Silver Spur Equestrian is located at 160 Business Park Way, Suite 2, Royal Palm Beach. For more information about the store, call (561) 798-6651.

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WRMC PRESENTS $20,000 WORTH OF SCHOLARSHIPS

The Friends of Wellington Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Inc., along with the hospital’s medical staff, recently presented 10 graduating high school seniors with $2,000 Camilla Combs Memorial Scholarships. The deser ving students will be attending college in the fall and will be pursuing careers in the healthcare field. A special recognition ceremony and ice cream social was held Thursday, April 7 at WRMC. Shown above are (L-R) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeffrey Bishop, Auxiliary President Nancy Tuccinardi, Bria Robinson, Alexander Small, Shaun Plunkett, Danaysi Bernal Del A gua, David Posada, Corey Gonzalez, Natalie Chavez, Stephanie Hommel, Scholarship Chair Bea Fries and WRMC CEO Jerel Humphrey. Not pictured: Sophia Bou-Ghannam and Katelyn Webster.

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Wellington Builder Mark Miles Celebrates 35 Years In Business

Mark Miles, the general contractor who built the very first house in the Aero Club and many of Wellington’s early neighborhoods, celebrated his 35th year in business on April 1. Miles was originally hired by Alcoa/Breakwater Housing in 1977 to build the communities of Hidden Landings, Hidden Pines, Tree Tops and Bedford Mews as people discovered Wellington and chose their homes from the models. “After we remodeled the original models, they sold 60 units in 60 days and hired me to build them,” Miles recalled. “At the time, Wellington had only one stoplight, and the nearest grocery store was at Military Trail and Forest Hill Blvd.” Miles continued building Wellington when Gould Florida Inc. took over from Alcoa. “We were a grassroots neighborhood on every level,” Miles said. “I used to play pickup games of polo with the guys from Gould on the field along Forest Hill Blvd. that now holds the Wellington Municipal Complex. We called it the Hubcap Open and passed a beat-up old hubcap back and forth as the trophy.”

Over the last 35 years, “The economy has Miles has seen a lot of reunited families, that’s changes. His original for sure,” Miles said. company, Miles Con“People are no longer struction, built over 50 willing to shell out big new custom homes in bucks for assisted-livthe area as well as nuing facilities when a merous stalls, barns and small ‘apartment’ addgrooms’ quarters for ed to their existing Wellington’s equestrian home is so cost-effeccommunity. He survived tive.” the crash of the savings Like many other and loans in 1980s, then builders in the area, Mark Miles morphed his company Miles is looking forinto Wellington Remodward to better economeling Inc. as the community reached ic times ahead. “I really don’t want build-out. to be the ‘last builder standing’ so I “It was interesting to find myself hope the recent reports of an ecoremodeling the very same houses I nomic turnaround are more than a had built 25 years before,” Miles just a panacea,” he said. “There are said. “But each new owner comes such great real estate deals out there with their own wish list. Today’s cli- right now that people can buy where ents want bigger kitchens, special- they want and then remodel to get ized media rooms and master bath- the exact amenities they want.” rooms built en suite or even two Estimates are done at no charge. master suites.” Call Wellington Remodeling Inc. at Miles says that mother-in-law (561) 722-7195. suites are more popular than ever, “It never hurts to talk to a profeswith aging parents — or even kids sional,” Miles said. “We’ve seen a back from college — moving in lot of homes over the last 35 years, with Baby Boomers whose own re- and we can share some great ideas tirement plans may be on hold. with you because of it.”


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Stroller Strides Launches Online Community For Moms To Connect Stroller Strides of West Palm Beach, part of the country’s largest pre- and post-natal fitness program for new moms and their babies, recently announced the official launch of Stroller Strides’ new web site, and online community for moms. With the site’s enhanced features, moms of all ages can join local groups and find advice from Stroller Strides’ expert blogger community or from other moms in the new online Fit Mom Forum. “With close to 15,000 members nationwide, we’ve maintained a strong and very large ‘offline’ community for years,” said Lisa Druxman, founder and CEO of Stroller Strides. “It seems only logical to bring our community together online. Our new, redesigned site embodies the vision that inspired me to found Stroller Strides and represents the company’s commitment to the growing needs of our franchisees and members.” The new web site offers the following features to community members: • Fit Mom Forum — Find information about everything from nursery decor to choosing the right pe-

diatrician. Moms of all ages can join the forum and get answers to their questions from knowledgeable women who have been there. Some of the categories include topics on pregnancy, parenting advice, preand post-natal fitness, and recipes and nutrition. • Online Education — Stroller Strides is one of the nation’s leading pre-natal and post-natal fitness educators. Fitness professionals can broaden their certifications and receive online continuing education credits for fitness programs that fit all stages of motherhood, including business courses to help them market their services. • Blog Community — Find local blogs from Stroller Strides franchisees all across the country. Also featured are the blogs from Stroller Strides’ board of experts. Experts include pediatrician Dr . Alan Greene, Episencial founder Kim Walls, nutrition counselor Dominique Adair and San Diego obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Robert Biter. “I’m very excited about the new features on our web site,” said Sarah Sproull, owner of S troller Strides of West Palm Beach. “Now

our members can benefit from the experiences and ideas of a wider community of both moms and experts as they share their own thoughts and concerns. In fact, our new web site will benefit our entire community as a source of information ranging from parenting tips to pre- and post-natal online education for fitness professionals.” Stroller Strides of West Palm Beach offers a total fitness program for new moms with exercises they can do with their babies. The program incorporates power walking with intervals of strength and body toning using exercise tubing and the stroller. All classes are taught by nationally certified instructors, and focus on improving cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility. Ranked among Entrepreneur magazine’s “Fastest Growing Franchises in 2010,” Stroller Strides offers classes in more than 1,200 locations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information about Stroller Strides of West Palm Beach, contact Sproull at (800) 390-1028 or sarahsproull@strollerstrides.net.

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ALL-STAR KIDS HELPS RAISE MONEY AT RELAY

All-Star Kids Early Learning Center exceeded its goal of raising more than $1,600 for the 2011 Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay for Life. With a team of more than 20 teachers, parents and neighbors, All-Star Kids raised money through donations, candy sales, kite sales and a dedicated parent involvement to exceed its fundraising goal for a fifth straight year. Supplying a volleyball net and other child activities really made it a family effort. All-Star Kids Early Learning Center is located at 14390 Orange Blvd. For more info., call (561) 7925440. Pictured above is the All-Star Kids team at the relay.


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Bronco Flag Football Squad Pulls Narrow Win Over Wildcats By Bryan Gayoso Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach Central High School girls varsity flag football team defeated Royal Palm Beach 12-7 on Thursday, April 7 at home. The game remained scoreless until late in the first quarter when Palm Beach Central junior Ashante Doby ran in for a touchdown. The extrapoint attempt failed, making it 6-0. In the second quarter, Royal Palm Beach senior Gigi Ford intercepted a Sarah Beinstein pass, which re-

sulted in a touchdown, giving the Wildcats a one-point lead after a successful extra-point attempt. Royal Palm Beach quickly got the ball back and made another attempt at a score but were stopped before the half ended. The third quarter found the Broncos close to the goal, but again the Wildcats gained possession with an interception by senior Patricka Moreland. Royal Palm Beach was unable to convert and had to punt. The game remained close until late in the

fourth quarter when Bronco sophomore Katie Kramer caught a Beinstein pass for a touchdown. The extra-point attempt failed, but Palm Beach Central pulled ahead 12-7. Although the Wildcats were able to get the ball back, they failed to score, giving the Broncos the win. “They did not give up,” PBCHS coach Ray Atkins said. “We have a player who transferred from Royal Palm Beach this year, and the entire team rallied to give her a win against her former team.”

PHOTOS BY BRYAN GAYOSO/TOWN-CRIER

Bronco Ashante Doby runs in for a touchdown.

Wildcat K aitlyn Swierzko goes for Bronco quarterback Sarah Beinstein’s flag.

Palm Beach Central’s Myk ayla Sims punts the ball.

Royal Palm Beach q uarterback Michelle Harmon slips away from defenders.

PBCHS Boys Bowling Team Receives Championship Rings By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Palm Beach Central High School boys bowling team were presented with their state championship rings on Thursday, April 7. The team won the FHSAA state bowling championship in November, defeating Wekiva High School, and making this year’s bowlers the first team to earn a state title in any sport at the school. Additionally,

Palm Beach Central is the first county school to win a boys state bowling title. The state championship rings were provided by Herff Jones and awarded to each member by PBCHS Principal Dr. Matthew Shoemaker. The team was coached by Ray Atkins and comprised Alex Dess, Matt Englert, Matt Kennedy, T.J. Miller, Zach Terranova, Spencer Kittredge and Kyle Petersen.

(Left) The state bowling championship rings. (Above) The Palm Beach Central state bowling championship team with head coach Raymond Atkins, Assistant Athletic Director Lauren Thompson, Athletic Director Ron Matella, Principal Dr. Matthew Shoemaker and Joe Griffin of Herff Jones. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER


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Snyder Earns Top Prize At MLGT Event At Binks Forest Golf Club Vaughn Snyder of Massillon, Ohio fired a six under par 66 on Tuesday, April 5 at Binks Forest Golf Club for his seventh victory on the Fuzion-Minor League Golf Tour, his second this year. Snyder, 23, made seven birdies and a bogey and earned $800 from the $3,693 purse, raising his career earnings to $17,093.87 since he joined the MLGT in January 2010. The tour’s 37th tournament this year, and 708th since beginning in August 2004, drew 31 players. Area golfers who competed in the tournament include Tom Carter of Jupiter, who scored 36-33 (69) to earn $425; Chris DeJohn of Jupiter, who scored 37-37 (74) to earn $130; David McAndrew of Palm Beach Gardens, who scored 35-39 (74) to earn $130; Jason Parajeckas of West Palm Beach, who scored 38-36 (74) to earn $130; Philip Arouca of West Palm Beach, who scored 42-34 (76) to earn $66; and Tim Turpen of West Palm Beach, who scored 39-37 (76) to earn $66. For information and entry, visit www.minorleaguegolf.com.

MANEY, BECKER WIN BIG ACREAGE VOLLEYBALL AT VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY GIRLS WIN FIRST PLACE IN IN FORT LAUDERDALE HOLLYWOOD TOURNAMENT

McKenzie Maney and Sam Becker of Seminole Ridge High School won the Men’s “A” Division at the Florida Beach Volleyball Association tournament held April 2 at Fort Lauderdale Beach. The boys did no t lose a single match on their way to the championship. Both play v olleyball for Seminole Ridge High School. Pictured above are Maney and Becker flanking SRHS volleyball coach Austin Clubb.

Acreage girls swept the Girls 14 Division of the Florida Beach Volleyball Association tournament held March 27 at Hollywood Beach. Sullivan Maney and Amber Davis took first place in the tournament, while Samantha Dadamo and Shylah Tomlinson took second, and Dasia Graf ton and Catlyn Drake finished third. Maney and Davis had previously won the Girls 14 Division at the Dig the Beach tournament in Fort Lauderdale on March 13. The girls are coached by Austin Clubb. Pictured above are Grafton, Dadamo, Davis, Maney, Tomlinson and Clubb. Not pictured: Drake.


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Phenomenal Season For PBCHS IPC To Host International Weekend April 22-24 Boys And Girls Track Teams The Palm Beach Central Broncos girls and boys track teams appeared to metaphorically be riding a bronco this season. The reigns of the boys team has been assumed by head coach Donald Louvier and assistant coaches Cornelius Charles and Mike Burke. The girls team is lead by head coach Jon Henry and assistant coach Tom Dawkins. This year, the teams have adopted a new philosophy of training together for different events. The coaches assist both girls and boys for the events in which they compete. Palm Beach Central has bolted out of the gate this season, defeating all of their opponents but Park Vista. Their most coveted victory of the early season was a win over Glades Central and Pahokee during a tri-meet hosted at Palm Beach Central. The Broncos competed in the West Area Conference Meet on March 31, facing off against Palm

Beach Central, Glades Central, Pahokee, Seminole Ridge, Wellington and Royal Palm Beach high schools. During the meet, the girls team became engaged in a points battle with Glades Central that wasn’t decided until the second-tolast race. The boys team was guaranteed victory with four events remaining. The final boys score for Palm Beach Central was 155. Other teams scored as follows: Glades Central, 112; Wellington, 93; Seminole Ridge, 90; Royal Palm Beach 55, Pahokee, 14. The final score for the PBCHS girls was 127. Other teams’ scores were: Glades Central, 120; Royal Palm Beach, 87; Seminole Ridge, 82; Wellington, 68; and Pahokee, 27. This was the first conference title in school history for either team. “I am proud of all the boys’ hard work, team discipline and sacrifice to achieve this goal,” Louvier said. Henry echoed those remarks.

The Broncos’ county conference championship trophy. “Through hard work and dedication these girls proved that good things can and will happen,” he said. During a county meet April 6-7, the girls team finished 12th and the boys finished sixth overall.

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Featuring some of the oldest and most rough-and-tumble sports in history, the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington is hosting the inaugural International Weekend April 22-24. It will feature several internationally played sports including rugby, cricket, field hockey, polo, croquet, golf and tennis. “IPC is excited to present some of the best young talent in the world’s most famous sports, including cricket and rugby, which are similar to America’s favorite pastimes, football and baseball,” IPC Tennis Director Paul Hope said. Fort Lauderdale Rugby Club head coach Gavin Curtis is enthusiastic about the upcoming event, which will feature 7-on-7 rugby, a faster-paced version of the sport. “It’s definitely something special,” said Curtis, who is coordinating the rugby teams. “It’s a first for Florida to be bringing international 7s in our back yard. The quality of these players only comes close on a national level.” The inaugural event is the brainchild of IPC, which wants to utilize the club as an ongoing sporting venue for a variety of traditional, inter-

national sports in addition to polo. IPC also features one of the country’s finest croquet courts and is transforming one of its eight pristine polo fields into an additional cricket pitch. The club’s goal is to create a stage and experience in South Florida of watching and playing cricket in the West Indies. “We at the South Florida Cricket Alliance are looking forward to sharing in the festivities and also exposing our cricket and our culture to the audience at International Weekend,” said Melton Taylor, president of the South Florida Cricket Alliance. With the Republic of South Africa being named as the featured nation of the sporting weekend, other participating nations include Argentina, Canada, Great Britain, Egypt, Jamaica, Trinidad and the U.S. Events in each discipline will take place daily, kicking off each morning at 9 a.m. The weekend will culminate with an Easter egg hunt on the International Field before the featured South Africa-United States polo match Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. To learn more about the schedule of events, ticket prices and how to participate or be a sponsor, call (561) 204-5687, ext. 107.


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TRX Training Can Help Make You ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ By Matthew Meyers Special to the Town-Crier Since 1894, the Olympic motto has been “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” which is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” However, this does not mean faster, higher and stronger than others, but simply faster, higher, stronger. This motto is also very true for goals and objectives of any training program. In order to become faster, higher and stronger, one must have the tools to train this way, so at Ultima Fitness we have added the new and exciting TRX training that will push the body to the limit and deliver extreme results. The TRX method of training falls under the functional training umbrella. Functional training can be defined as “specific exercises that are similar to daily activities in the three-dimensional world.” Functional exercises can allow the body to challenge even more range of motion and increase core stabilization by having to control our bodies through different planes and motions. This is commonly referred to as multi-planar movement. The three cardinal planes used in multi-planar movements consist of the sagittal plane, which divides the right and left portions of the body; the frontal plane, which divides the anterior (front) and posterior (back) portions of the body; and the transverse plane, which divides the superior (upper) and inferior (lower) portions of the body. At Ultima Fitness, we offer a variety of functional training equipment. The newest form of this equipment is the TRX. The TRX, also called suspension training, consists of a high-intensity strength workout that adds the element of instability by using all bodyweightbased exercises. The TRX was developed by a Navy SEAL in search for new ways of working out while on missions. It is also used by many professional athletes including NBA forward Carmelo Anthony, NFL quarterback Drew Brees, UFC fighter Brandon Vera and Elite Performance coach Todd Durkin. The trainers at Ultima Fitness have devoted time learning how to properly train with the TRX in order to share this with our members. Ulti-

Matthew Meyers ma Fitness is currently offering a complimentary 30-minute session to members that are interested in using the TRX. As trainers and students educated in fitness, we are taught to change our training program as frequently as possible in order to see improvements, which can be done by changing the number of repetitions, sets, weight and choice of exercise. How long have you been doing the same routine at the gym? Six weeks? Six months? Six years? Adding the TRX to your training regimen would be beneficial because it challenges your muscles in multi-planar movement using your own body weight for resistance. You will notice a difference in your body! So for those in search of a new way to become faster, higher and stronger, the TRX is the perfect opportunity. Come and see for yourself! Matthew Meyers is an exercise science intern at Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do. Ultima is located at 12799 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 795-2823 or visit www.ultima fitness.com.

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Saturday, April 16 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk three to four miles in Okeeheelee Par k on Saturday, April 16. Meet in the fir st parking lot on the north side of Forest Hill Blvd. at 7:30 a.m. Par ticipants will meet for breakfast afterward at Pete’s Restaurant. Call (561) 439-5780 for more info. • The annual Royal Palm Beach Community Garage Sale will be held Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at Veterans Park located just south of Okeechobee Blvd. on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. The park will be filled with vendors selling their wares to the public. A free shuttle will provide pickup and drop-off for overflow parking available at the Cultural Center and Village Hall. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. • The Indian Trail Improvement District invites residents to participate in the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 16. Registration will start at 8 a.m. behind Walgreens at the southeast corner of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Orange Blvd. (15940 Orange Blvd.). For more info., e-mail lknox@indiantrail.com or call (561) 7930874. • The Palm Beach County Thrift Store (2455 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach) will hold its monthly auction Saturday, April 16. Bidding hours are 8 to 11 a.m. Bid awards are immediately after the close of bidding. Call (561) 233-2256 or visit www.pbcgov. com/fin_mgt/store for more info. • The Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host its Spring Plant Sale & Hibiscus Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and April 17. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. This annual plant sale features more than 80 vendors with an amazing assortment of quality plants and goods. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge. Visit www. pbcparks.com/nature or call (561) 2331400 for more info. • The 2011 Acreage Music & Chili Cookoff will take place Saturday, April 16 from noon to 10 p.m. at Acreage Community Park (6701 140th Ave. Nor th). General admission is $10. For more info., visit www. acreagechilicookof f.com. • The Palm Beach Central High School

Drama Department will continue its spring musical The Wedding Singer Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the PBCHS theater. For ticket info., call (561) 304-1035 or visit www.seatyourself.biz/bronco. Sunday, April 17 • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will stroll the boardwalk at the Green Cay Wetlands on Sunday, April 17 at 7 a.m. Bring your binoculars for some of Palm Beach County’s best bird watching. Participants will meet for breakfast afterward. Call (561) 963-9906 for more info. • The 11th Annual Sweet Corn Fiesta will return to Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, or for more info., or visit www.sw eetcornfiesta. com. • Wellington will host an Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) featuring “Earthman” Lanny Smith in concert. For info., call (561) 7532484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host a “Health Starts Here” tour and demonstration Sunday, April 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Join Whole Foods Market’s healthy eating specialist for an introductory tour of the Health Starts Here program. The tour will be followed by a cooking demonstration. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The finals of the 26-goal U.S. Open will be featured on Sunday, April 17 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington). For more info., visit www.internationalpoloclub.com or call (561) 204-5687. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Local Mingle” hosted by Swank Farms on Sunday, April 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join Whole Foods Market for its fir st mingle in support of local agriculture. A $5 donation will go to Slow Foods Glades to Coast. Call (561) 9044000 to pre-register. • Audubon Society of the Everglades will host a Sunset/Moonrise Cruise on the Lake Worth Lagoon on Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Meet at the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island in Riviera Beach. Bring a picnic dinner if you wish. The fee is $26 per person. To RSVP, call Claudine Laaxbs at (561) 655-9779. See CALENDAR, page 49


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 48 Monday, April 18 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Bunny Story Time” for ages 4 to 6 on Monday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy stories about rabbits and make a cute bunny craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Tuesday, April 19 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “What Can the Center for Minority Veterans Do for You?” for adults on Tuesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. Program Coordinator Debra Marcelle-Coney and experts from the Department of Veterans Affairs will speak about benefits and services available. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Safety First” for age 5 and up on Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. Learn how to navigate the Internet with care and watch out for some of the dangers that lurk there. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature Internet Safety Trivia for ages 6 to 10 on Tuesday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. Learn about Internet safety, then try to win a prize in a trivia competition. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Mounts Botanical Garden (531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host the 2011 Native Plant Auction by the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.palmbeach.fnpschapters.org for more info. Wednesday, April 20 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Understanding Social Security” for adults Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Wright Thompson from the Social Security Administration will discuss available programs. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Turning Waste into Wonder” on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to use their imagination to create a piece of art with things they normally would throw away. There is no charge. Call (561) 9044000 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Fantastic Nails” for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Decorate your nails with great designs. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Thursday, April 21 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Earth Day: Recycled Magazine Beads” for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. Turn old magazines into colorful beads to string on a necklace. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Open Mic Night” for adults Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Perform poetry, short prose, an essay or a dance. Play an instrument or sing a song for an audience of all ages. Pick up the rules when you pre-register. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (1050 R oyal Palm Beach Blvd.). Call (561) 790-5100 or visit www.royalpalm beach.com for more info. • The King’s Academy Vocal Arts Department is teaming up with Disney to present Beauty and the Beast April 21-30. Purchase tickets online at www.tka.net or by calling (561) 686-4244, ext. 353. Friday, April 22 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Happy Earth Day from the Coffee Bar” on Friday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In celebration of Earth Day, Whole Foods Market will offer one free fill of coffee or tea for anyone bringing a reusable coffee mug or tumbler. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature an Earth Day Celebration for all ages on Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m. Join singer and stor yteller Michael Reno Harrell from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina for songs and stories that tickle the funny bone and touch the hearts of children and adults alike. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave., Wellington) will host the inaugural International Weekend April 2224 featuring several internationally played sports including rugby, cricket, field hockey, polo, croque t, golf and tennis. Events in each discipline will take place daily, kicking off each morning at 9 a.m. For more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.inter nationalpoloclub.com. 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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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

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

COLORS BY CORO, INC. — Interior/Exterior, residential painting, over 20 yrs exp. Small Jobs welcome. Free est. Ins. 561-383-8666. Owner/Operated. Lic.# U20627 Ins. Wellington Resident ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE CALL 793-3576

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

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 & painting contractor. Lic. #U21552 Call Butch at 309-6975 or visit us at

AMERICAN TREE SERVICE Tree Trimming, landscaping,removal, hauling & stumps Most Palms $20. Lic.Ins. Free Estimates Call Roy 373-6117 or Jimmy at 329-0213

ClubZ TUTORING All Subjects: PreK-Adult

FCAT SPECIALS 561•333•1980 CLUBZ.COM America’s Largest In-HomeTutoring Co.

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MR. CLEAN PRESSURE CLEANING — 27 years. Roofs $100+up • Wall $75+up • Driveways $50+up and Patios $20+up (Chlorine PreSoak). Licensed & Insured 561-5414339 ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE CALL 793-3576

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 HORIZON ROOFING QUALITY WORK & SERVICE — Free estimates, No Deposit s. Pay upon completion, res/comm.reroofing, rep airs, credit cards accepted. 561- 842-6120 or 561-784-8072 Lic.#CCC1328598 ROBERT G. HARTMANN ROOFING — Specializing in repairs. Free estimates, Bonded,insured. Lic. #CCC 058317 Ph: 561-790-0763. ROOFING REPAIRS REROOFING ALL TYPES — Pinewood Construction, Inc. Honest and reliable. Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Call Mike 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC0067207 ROBERT CHERRY ROOFING INC Reroofing - Repair - W aterproofing 561-791-2612 or 954-741-4580 State Lic.& Ins. #CCC-1326048

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

WE DO WINDOWS — 20 years professional window cleaning. Residential/Commercial references available. Lic. & Ins. 561-313-7098

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT — in Wellington Commerce Park off Pierson Road. Furnished or Unfurnished 575 Sq. Ft. with beautiful view of water. 2 upscale private offices, reception area, bathroom and storage loft. AvailableImmediately $600 per month (561) 722-7195

2 TWIN CRAFTMATIC BEDS — drapes, 112” wide x 8 ft. long, cream colored, Sultan & Son custom made. 1 6x6 glass mirror, 1 sofa mirror. 561-733-8809

SECURITY — American owned local security company in business 30 plus years. Protection by of ficers 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

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

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

SPECIALIZING IN BA THROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. License, bonded and insured. U21006 561-662-9258

2000 HONDA ACCORD — 209,000 miles, red w/cream leather interior good running condition, good A/C $5,000 OBO 561-7137794


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APARTMENT FOR RENT — 1 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen, living room, private entrance, electric & cable included. $700 mo. 561-252-2622

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

TOWNHOME FOR RENT — 2 / 2 2 car garage. Lakefront seasonal or annual lease. No Pets 561-6442019 ROOM AVAILABLE FOR RENT — in Wellington professional only. Use of amenities, and access to pool. 561-236-9702 RENTING OR SELLING REAL ESTATE PLACE YOUR AD HERE CALL 793-3576 FOR INFORMATION 3/2 CONDO THE SHORES — Bright spacious end unit with open floor plan. Community has Pool, Tennis and Unfurnished $1275/ month, call 561-723-8461 for more information EFFICIENCY FOR RENT — fully furnished/full kitchen,TV,washer/ dryer. Private entrance. No smoking.No Pets. Single adult $700 per month includes all! 561-6320464 561-790-0857

WELLINGTON 2/2 VILLA FOR SALE — Move-in Ready! New paint, new carpet, new kitchen flooring, outside patio entryway. Light & bright. Call Lorna (561) 319-1292 Keller Williams Realty. $78,500.

RLS4634 DPBR STATE OF FLORIDA — Serving Acreage, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Palm Beach Country Estates, Jupiter Farms and Coastal areas East Florida Site Planning, Dep Compliance Assured Mapping. 561-5960184 Cell Call for a Quote.

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