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Volume 32, Number 24 June 17 - June 23, 2011


MBSK Presents Copeland Davis Concert In RPB

My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust presented the fourth annual “An Evening with Copeland Davis” on Sunday, June 12 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. There were live and silent auctions as well as a 50/50 raffle and a buffet dinner donated by several local restaurants. Page 2

Governments Share Ideas On Dealing With Vacant Properties

Area officials described their municipalities’ attempts to address issues with vacant, foreclosed properties at the Western Communities Council meeting Friday, June 10 at Royal Palm Beach Village Hall. Page 3

Billy Undercuffler and the Free Fallin’ Band performed a Tom Petty tribute concert Saturday, June 11 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Pictured abo ve, Andrew, Reece and Mindy Boersma relax on the lawn before the concert. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 11 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Sheriff To County: Don’t Blame Me For Your Budget Problems

Crazy Games Arrives For The Summer In RPB

The first week of Crazy Games’ four -week summer session kicked off Saturday, June 11 at Lindsay Ewing Park in Royal Palm Beach. Crazy Games is a sports and fitness program for children that combines fundamentals from every sport imaginable into a newer and wackier sports program. Page 5

OPINION Take Time Out To Honor Dad On Father’s Day

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. Some might argue that having an official holiday to honor dads is not really necessary — that we shouldn’t have to be told to celebrate our family members, and that it’s all a big marketing ploy to sell greetings cards. However, with modern life the way it is, it’s impor tant that a day exists where everyone is expected to focus solely on spending time with their fathers. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 14 OPINION ................................ 4 CRIME NEWS ........................ 6 NEWS BRIEFS .......................8 SCHOOLS .............................15 PEOPLE........................ 16 - 17 COLUMNS .................... 23 - 24 ENTERTAINMENT ................29 BUSINESS ...................31 - 33 SPORTS .......................37 - 40 CALENDAR...................42 - 43 CLASSIFIEDS ...............44 - 49 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw appeared before the Palm Beach County Commission on Monday to defend his office’s budget, which has been criticized of late for being too expensive in an era of budget cuts and belt tightening. Bradshaw explained that although his budget has been cast as being more than half the overall county budget, it encompasses many responsibilities that are explicitly the county’s, not the sheriff’s. He added that much of the money that appears in the PBSO budget is actually returned to the county, refuting charts and graphs county staff presented during workshops showing how much the PBSO’s budget has grown.

Using the current $464 million annual budget, Bradshaw pointed to items that make it appear expenditures are larger than they really are. “If you start removing the things that artificially inflate my budget, it starts going down dramatically,” Bradshaw said. Municipal contracts, for instance, take up $47.1 million, he said. “Those are all the cities that we took over, and private contracts,” Bradshaw said. “I get $47.1 million back, so it comes out to a zero, but that’s $47.1 million that starts running it up.” Off-duty permits, deputies who work off-duty jobs, account for $4.5 million, which is paid for by the entity hiring the deputies. “I get it back; that’s a zero,” Bradshaw said. He then listed at least three oth-

er county responsibilities that appear in the sheriff’s budget: Cor rections Operations — “The county builds and operates the jails. The county decided to let the sheriff run the jail, and you put that number in my budget. That’s $135.8 million,” he said. School Crossing Guards — “State statute says the county provides school crossing guards, not the sheriff. That’s $4 million in my budget,” he said. Courthouse Security — “Same thing, the county is responsible for courthouse security, not in the courtrooms with the judges, but the larger security, $5.2 million,” he said. The Regional Crime Lab at $6.9 million is another county responsibility that appears in the PBSO budget, Bradshaw said, pointing See SHERIFF, page 18

State Law Change Lets LGWCD Begin Long-Delayed Road Work By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Board of Supervisors authorized district staff Monday to obtain financing quotes for paving projects and a culvert improvement on D Road after being informed about state approval of a law change that gives them authority to move ahead with the long-planned projects. The board also authorized a contract with the district’s surveying consultant, A&B Engineering, to produce and record easement maps for the affected roads. The district’s local bill passed unanimously in the State House on April 29. The State Senate passed the bill unanimously on May 2, and Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law on June 2. The new law authorizes the district to pave four road segments

that were approved in voter referendums more than a year ago. Supervisor John Ryan told the Town-Crier that the law clears up easement issues on the road segments and allows the district to make the road improvements. “It will be similar to the surface on South F Road. We have found that the residents on F Road have really appreciated the better road surface, and there have been no speeding tickets or accidents that we’re aware of, particularly the accidents that involve going into the canal because of excessive speeding and loss of control,” Ryan said. Residents on North A Road, North C Road, North B Road and South C Road approved paving with open-graded emulsified mix (OGEM), but the board has been trying to resolve a number of easement acquisition issues hampering the projects, including foreclosure, divorce proceedings and deceased trustees, as well as a lack of re-

sponse from some property owners regarding requests by the district for easement access. The LGWCD does not have the power of presumptive use on rights of way that municipalities employ when they make road improvements. The new law grants the district that right for the specific roads in question. The paving projects will include A Road from Okeechobee Blvd. to North Road, and North Road about one-quarter mile east from the A Road intersection; C Road from Collecting Canal Road to Okeechobee, and Collecting Canal about one-quarter mile each way, east and west, from the C Road intersection; C Road from Okeechobee to North Road, and North Road approximately onequarter mile each way, east and west, from the C Road intersection; and D Road from Okeechobee to North Road, and North Road approximately one-quarter See LGWCD, page 7

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New Signs Will Help Visitors Navigate Around Wellington By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington residents and visitors soon will have an easier time finding their way to local landmarks after the Wellington Village Council voted Tuesday to award a contract for the installation of way-finding signs at key intersections. The $174,262 contract was awarded unanimously to Royal Concrete Concepts in a sealed bid process. Director of Operations Jim Barnes said bids were received from two companies, Royal Concrete and West Construction, which bid $192,024. The contract will cover 22 signs in three sizes: 8-foot, 6-foot and 4-foot. The signs are priced per unit, meaning that Wellington has a set price per sign with Royal Concrete for one year should officials decide to put up more than the 22 signs included in the contract. Once given a notice to proceed, Royal Concrete would have 75 days to complete the project. “Based on the contract provisions,” Barnes said, “the prices per unit are valid for one year. So we may go back, with council authorization, to award additional signs

An artist’s rendering of what the new signs will look lik e. beyond the scope of this project.” The signs, which feature four, six or eight slots, will direct visitors and residents to local points of interest, including equestrian venues, hospitals, parks, schools, police stations, government buildings and more. Vice Mayor Matt Willhite asked whether the council’s local preference policy played any part in the awarding of the bid. Barnes said that local preference was not an issue because neither company’s home office is in the western communities. “In this case, it did not play a part in it,” Barnes said. “In other selections, we would consider loSee SIGNS, page 18


The Philippine American Society hosted the 2011 Philippine Summer Festival on Saturday, June 11 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. There was music, dancing, food and fashions depicting Philippine culture. Shown above are John and Shirley Bartolome, Lily Marifosque and Norma Bustos at the Philippine American Society Cultural booth. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 13 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

Wellington Warns Homeowners About Dry Irrigation Pipes By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Wellington is cautioning its residents to be aware of where they draw irrigation water from, warning that low water levels may damage irrigation pumps. With water levels at an all-time low and many municipalities cracking down with water restrictions, Wellington is asking residents who live on or near canals, ponds and lakes and use them to draw irrigation water to monitor their intake pipes. “We’re trying to save residents from a very expensive accident,” Deputy Village Manager John Bonde said. “Replacing a pump

could cost them between $500 and $1,000. When times are tight, that’s an expense you don’t need.” When the water levels sink below the pipes that draw water to the pump, the lines begin to suck in air, causing the pump to run continuously and eventually burn out, Bonde explained. “Wellington wants to make residents aware of this,” he said. “Some residents may not even be aware of where they draw their water from. We want to get the word out so that people don’t have to spend money needlessly.” Bonde noted that Wellington doesn’t keep a record of which See PUMPS, page 7

$14 Million Project Underway At Crestwood Middle School

Crestwood’s ne w building will feature 40 classrooms. PHOTO BY R ON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report A $14 million expansion project at Crestwood Middle School in Royal Palm Beach is adding 40 classrooms in a two-story building to replace the temporary classrooms that have been on the campus. The modular-style building going up on the school’s southeast side is about 54,000 square feet, according to Jim Cartmill, general manager of program management for the Palm Beach County School District. Workers are also expanding the parking lot and resurfacing the existing lot, as well as expanding the school’s cafeteria, redoing the

clinic and replacing the lighting in most corridors and classrooms. General site work is being done by Moss Construction, while the classrooms are being done by Royal Concrete Concepts. Crestwood opened in 1983 as the first middle school serving the western communities. The expansion will increase the capacity of the school from 1,276 to 1,595 students, although Crestwood has technically been overcapacity with the use of the temporary classrooms, Cartmill said. “Right now, there are some modular units and portable units that will go away,” Cartmill said. “We’re really not changing the service area for the school, and

we’re really not planning on putting more students in there than are there presently.” The classroom addition and parking lot will be ready by August, he said. “Some of the interior work will continue on into the fall; the lighting replacement will not be done by August,” Cartmill said, explaining that what is not completed by the time school begins will be done at night so normal school functions can take place. The wood portables will be demolished, while the concrete portables will be moved to other schools, he said. The project has been in the disSee CRESTWOOD, page 7

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MBSK PRESENTS A COPELAND DAVIS CONCERT AT THE RPB CULTURAL CENTER My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust presented the fourth annual “An Evening with Copeland Davis” on Sunday, June 12 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. There were live and silent auctions as well as a 50/50 raffle and a buffet dinner donated by several local restaurants. CHECK OUT VIDEO FROM THIS EVENT AT WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

MBSK Board members with Copeland Davis and friends.

Copeland Davis performs on the piano.

Maggie Zeller, Tom and Carla Neumann, Karen Hardin, and Henrik and Bradle y Nordstrom.

Chris Santamaria receives a $1,081 check from Chris Hanley of the University of Central Florida Medical School Admissions Symposium.

Barbara Johnson and Dr. Wes Boughner.

Tom Neumann wins 50/50 raffle money from Chris Santamaria.

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Indian Trail Board Honors Visiting Brazilian Exchange Student By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail improvement District Board of Supervisors recognized exchange student Raphael Santos on Wednesday, June 8. Santos attended Royal Palm

Beach High School over the past year through the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Santos, 17, was born in Brazil and has been an exchange student since last August. His host has been Acreage Rotarian Roland

Exchange student Raphael Santos with ITID supervisors.

Greenspan, whose daughter Leelah is an exchange student in Taiwan. Santos has spent the year living in Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee, completing a second senior year at RPBHS, since he had already graduated in Brazil. ITID President Michelle Damone asked Santos about his jacket, which featured numerous buttons and other mementos of his visit, including an American flag with many signatures on it, a Miami Dolphins pin and a Royal Palm Beach High School patch. Santos explained that the buttons are part of a competition that exchange students participate in. “Every time we meet another exchange student, we exchange buttons,” he said, adding that the American flag was signed by friends he made during the year. Damone asked him what experience stands out most for him, and he said it was when he first got off the airplane. “I was in a totally different country, I didn’t know anyone, and no one could speak Portuguese,” Santos recalled. “It was then I realized it was real.”

Despite the language barrier, he worked hard to get involved with his school and community. He volunteered with the RPBHS Interact Club and other Rotary-sponsored activities, including the Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5K Run and the Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay for Life. In his classes, Santos said he tried to share his experience as a foreign student and perform his best in order to honor his family, country and Rotary. “I have been successful in becoming an outstanding student in all of my classes and ended up being fourth in my graduating class, being granted the opportunity to walk across the stage during graduation with my colleagues,” Santos said. Upon his return to Brazil, he plans to attend college, pursuing a major in computer programming and specializing in artificial intelligence. Santos thanked Rotary for hosting him. “It has been an awesome experience, a lot because of my host family who is here with me today,” he said. “It has been a plea-

sure for me to be here and learn a little more about the American culture and exchange a little bit of my knowledge.” Greenspan presented Santos with a certificate for excellence in exchange students awarded by his Rotary district, which extends from Boca Raton to Titusville. “Our district awarded one certificate to one exchange student in this district for academic excellence, and it was signed by our governor and the academic exchange chairperson, and it is my privilege to be able to present him with that certificate,” Greenspan said. Greenspan said his daughter graduated a year early from Seminole Ridge High School in order to be able to spend her fourth year in Taiwan as an exchange student, where she has been almost a year. “In her district in Taipei, the capital, there were 75 to 80 foreign exchange students from all over the world, so any time she ever wants to go anywhere, she’ll never have to pay for a hotel room,” Greenspan said. “That’s the beautiful thing about this. It creates

memories they’ll have forever.” Greenspan said Rotary offers both short-term exchanges for the summer and long-term exchanges in which students attend school for a year. “We have 30 countries that Florida deals with throughout the world, and the kids pick the top five countries they want to go to, they go through an extensive interview process, and Rotary picks the country that’s most appropriate for them, based on our experience with their personality,” he explained. Greenspan said the students usually stay with three or four different families during their year abroad. “The reason behind that is the kids have an opportunity not only to experience the culture of that country, but even within that country, everybody is different, their homes are different, their religions are different, their experiences are different, so we give them a culture within a culture,” he said. Greenspan said his Rotary district currently has eight students in exchange programs. They will all be coming home this month.

Area Governments Share Ideas On Dealing With Vacant Properties By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Area officials described their municipalities’ attempts to address issues with vacant, foreclosed properties at the Western Communities Council meeting Friday, June 10 at Royal Palm Beach Village Hall. Royal Palm Beach Community Development Director Rob Hill explained the ordinance his village enacted recently to track foreclosed properties. “I think we all know what the problems are out there,” Hill said. “All our communities suffer from distressed properties, foreclosed properties, abandoned properties — everything that’s putting a strain on property values that are already struggling with the downturn in the economy.” Hill said the problem in Royal Palm Beach is shared by most every government entity trying to avoid the neighborhood blight brought on by unkempt, abandoned homes. “As my counterparts in Wellington will certainly agree, we’ve been struggling with this for several years,” Hill said.

He said code enforcement that patrols the neighborhoods manage to abate a large number of distressed properties through the code enforcement magistrate, except in the case of abandoned properties where the owner cannot be located. “Contacting the owners or being able to pin down the contact person for these properties becomes very difficult,” Hill said. While the names of the owners are available through public records, the success rate of finding them has not been very high. “Mortgages change hands, the owners change hands,” Hill said, “and we’ve had lenders extend this foreclosure process as they try to work with different owners in their particular situations.” The situations become health and safety issues when conditions arise such as algae- and mosquito-infested swimming pools, overgrown grass and insecure properties with broken glass and squatters. “We deal with neighbors across the street who are trying to maintain their properties and are quick

to point to properties that they feel are certainly a blight,” Hill said, Another issue is the expense the village incurs when staff must go out and maintain the properties. “We wanted to come up with a more proactive approach, and instead of driving through our neighborhoods and spotting these eyesores and running them down, we were looking for a tool that would bring that information to us,” Hill said. Royal Palm Beach modeled its new ordinance on one Boynton Beach recently enacted, with changes to suit RPB’s needs. “As a property falls into default, that would trigger a registration,” Hill said. Public records are reviewed, either in-house or through an outside contractor. “Right now, it’s inhouse for us to try and identify those homes that are identified as in default,” Hill said. “Through non-payment or whatever means, the mortgagee has decided that this property is at risk. That’s enough for us to initiate the request to them that they have to register.”

Hill said Royal Palm Beach has a watch list of 300 to 400 defaulted properties. “We are very much aware that many of these properties are still being maintained,” he said. “They are in default, but they are occupied by owners that do comply and maintain them.” Property owners or tenants, as well as the mortgagee, are notified as soon as the property is registered as in default, he said. Occupants and the mortgage holder are told they must provide the village with 24-hour contact information for who is responsible should it become unmaintained. If the property is occupied and maintained, contact information is not posted on the home. If the property is found to be vacant, the mortgage holder is required to provide 24-hour information for the person responsible at the bank as well as a maintenance contact. The village also posts contact information on the home for neighbors’ use if necessary, Hill said. Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Martha Webster emphasized that the ordinance is intended to maintain neighborhoods,

keep appearance and property values up, and prevent squatters. Wellington Code Compliance Manager Steve Koch said Wellington amended its abatement ordinance in 2008 to encompass abandoned, dilapidated homes, which had begun to number 300 to 400 a year. Originally, the village sent a notice to the property owner to correct the violation within 30 days. The amended ordinance reduces the time to 21 days after a first notice and a maximum of 15 days after a second notice, whereupon Wellington goes to vacant properties and does whatever maintenance is needed. Koch said Wellington staff members clean the pools and mow the grass. “We try to make it look as if someone is living there as much as possible,” he said, adding that code enforcement often works with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to fix distressed properties. Koch said Wellington utilizes free, third-party software driven by property management companies to locate distressed properties,

and also has amassed a large email database of property management companies so that if a distressed property is located, they will send an e-mail asking if it is on any of the companies’ lists. “Every once in a while, we’ll get a hit,” he said. “Sometimes they’ll figure out who has it and work amongst themselves.” Wellington Village Manager Paul Schofield said his community has put community advocates on the streets to help rectify the situation. “Neither code enforcement nor law enforcement are the answer,” Schofield said. “They are simply one of the Band-Aids that you apply.” Schofield said Wellington initiated a program as part of its Safe Neighborhoods initiative to bring the banks into village offices to try to renegotiate mortgages so owners can remain in their homes. He said 138 mortgages have been renegotiated through this program. The key to the success is the neighborhood advocates who go door-to-door offering assistance, See VACANCIES, page 18

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This Sunday, Take Some Time Out To Honor Dad On Father’s Day When the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Wash. in 1910, not only was the typical family unit much different from what it is today, but American culture bore little resemblance to life today. However, the woman behind the first Father’s Day celebration, Sonora Smart Dodd, had one thing in common with many of today’s children — she was the child of a single parent. When Dodd was 16, her mother died giving birth, leaving Dodd’s father, William Jackson Smart, as a single father of six. After hearing about Anna Jarvis’ work in establishing Mother’s Day, Dodd looked at her father and decided he should have his own day as well. Although children already honor dad on his birthday, the idea behind Father’s Day is more about the special one-on-one relationship each person has with his or her father. Still, some tend to treat Father’s Day as a sort of second birthday. Those who were unable to be there for their father’s birthday can make it up on Father’s Day. Conversely, there are others who look at it as a special time to spend an extra day with their old man. It’s unfortunate but true: in light of busy work schedules and other social obligations, sometimes we need an excuse just to relax with family. Now, some might argue that having an official holiday to honor fathers is not really necessary — that we shouldn’t have to be told to celebrate our family members, and that it’s all a

big marketing ploy to sell greetings cards. However, with modern life the way it is, it’s important that a day exists where everyone is expected to focus solely on spending time with their fathers. Sadly, spending time with dad is not an option for many Americans. Besides those whose fathers have moved on, many live far away and are unable to travel this weekend. This is where greeting cards really can make a difference. A carefully chosen card with a thoughtful message in your own handwriting is a good way to show dad that he’s in your thoughts. Of course, a homemade card can make things even more personable. And with the convenience of desktop publishing software, you can easily customize your own and make it look almost as fancy as a store-bought card. But for those who are lucky enough to have the opportunity for a little face time, we recommend trying to make a day of it. If you’re into outdoorsy activities, there’s no shortage of great parks in the western communities, catering to the active types as well as anyone who just wants a relaxing afternoon. Speaking of relaxing outdoor activities, a family barbecue might not be a bad idea, especially if dad’s into cooking. Regardless of what you choose to do, don’t take it for granted. Whether you send a card, make a phone call or share the day together, do your best to create your own “Hallmark moment.”

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR More Pay Cuts Needed In RPB I am pleasantly surprised that Royal Palm Beach Village Council members, who just a little over a year ago defended the outrageously high salaries paid to the village manager and department heads, seem to have finally come to their senses. Recently, the council reduced the manager’s salary. One member even suggested looking into other preposterously high salaries

— I assume those being paid to the numerous department heads. Funny, but when I mentioned this during the mayor’s race in 2010, they scoffed at me and defended those offensive pay rates. I hope now that they have decided to take a positive step toward fiscal responsibility, they follow through and reduce the salaries of department heads. This village does not need, and cannot afford, such highly paid executives. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The next step

should be to impose a freeze on executive salaries for a term of at least three years. There’s approximately a half-a-million dollars a year being wasted on inflated executive salaries and benefits. In doing this, I hope the council members will refrain from punishing the hardworking, underpaid frontline employees who do all the work that their department heads and managers have for so long been taking credit. Steve Petrone Royal Palm Beach

Is Defense Budget Necessary? Congress has passed a $690 billion defense budget while America is broke. Look at all the troops we have lost in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan in the name of defending America! Is war really a continuation of politics “by another means?” Peter Evans Wellington

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Some Precautions To Take To Ensure A Safe Fourth Of July Holiday With Fourth of July festivities around the corner, let’s remember to think about safety. No matter where you live, keep in mind that fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, fireworks also kill or critically injure thousands of people every year. For that reason, fireworks are illegal to use without a permit in Palm Beach County. Please note: if it launches or explodes, it’s off limits. To stay safe, take these precautions: • Use sparklers and other “legal” novelties on a flat, hard surface. Do not light them on grass. • Keep children and pets at least 30 feet away from all ignited fireworks. Also, don’t forget that livestock such

POINT OF VIEW By PBC Sheriff Ric Bradshaw as horses and cows can be frightened by fireworks. • Don’t purchase or use any unwrapped sparklers that may have been tampered with. • Keep a fire extinguisher or water hose on hand for emergencies. Serious incidents involving fireworks

do occasionally happen in Palm Beach County. We’ve even had cases in which improvised explosive devices were found. That’s why my agency has a top-notch bomb and arson squad to handle and investigate such instances, as well as respond to dangerous substances and military ordnances. Again, these incidents are rare. But rest assured that our eight bomb technicians and our partners at Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and state and federal agencies are highly trained to deal with just about any explosives-related situation. Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the subsequent train and bus bombings in Europe, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and many other

law enforcement agencies across the country expanded their bomb and arson units and increased training for them. We had to. No one knew what the terrorists were going to do next. So we needed to be prepared, especially in Palm Beach County where many of the Sept. 11 hijackers lived and where the nation’s first anthrax attack took place. In the months right after the terrorist attacks, our technicians were busy responding to daily calls for suspicious white powder products and unattended packages. We minimized their exposure by purchasing mini-robots to examine hard-to-reach and potentially dangerous devices. Today, things are mostly back to normal. Many of our bomb calls are for dis-

posing of World War II-era grenades found in dusty garage boxes or for removing ignited flares washed up on beaches following off-shore military exercises. (Don’t handle any of them on your own.) Our technicians and arson investigators continue to be trained by the nation’s leading bomb experts. They also practice bomb exercises every month. They are on call around the clock, responding from stations throughout the county. For us, no incident is too small. So this Fourth of July, enjoy your time with friends and family. Be alert and careful around fireworks. But know this: If a serious incident happens in Palm Beach County, our veteran bomb experts will take care of it. They are well prepared.

UN Human Rights Council Came To Its Senses And Rejected Syria It was close, but finally the United Nations Human Rights Council has shut the door on Syria as a new member. Despite the shocking and cynical support of many governments for Bashar al-Assad’s vicious and violent crackdown on his own people, who are seeking political rights and freedom,

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin these shameless “world leaders” kept pressing to push Syria as

one of the council’s new members. Thankfully, the growing groundswell of complaints against the Syrian government from the United States and other Western nations would not go away. Although all foreign journalists have been “bounced” from Damascus, there remains

highly credible evidence that AlAssad’s military and paramilitary thugs have killed many hundreds of fellow citizens and even fired live ammunition at a funeral! Other nauseating Syrian government tactics included pulling wounded demonstrators out of hospital beds for beatings. Thou-

sands have been arrested or are missing and the government remains unrepentant despite the people’s protests growing daily. The live bullets keep coming. Kuwait replaced Syria on the United Nations council. Had it not happened in the last days before the final vote, the world body might well have suffered a

body blow to its image and prestige from which it would have been difficult to recover. After all, this same council recently adapted a resolution urging Syria to “put and end to all human rights violations” and urged an investigation of abuses. Yeah… sure.


Forest Hill Blvd. Project Will Be Complete By The End Of August By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Construction along Forest Hill Blvd. should be complete by the end of August, Village Manager Paul Schofield told the Wellington Village Council on Tuesday. During council comments, Vice Mayor Matt Willhite asked for an update on the project, which he said has concerned residents since it began over a year ago. “I have had residents who are still concerned ask me about Forest Hill Blvd.,” he said. “They are wondering when we will be taking possession of it and starting Phase 2 improvements.” The almost $8 million project, financed primarily by Florida Department of Transportation grants, includes new street lights between State Road 7 and Lyons Road and an entirely new streetscape from State Road 7 to Wellington Trace. The project began last April and was set to be finished in January. Delays due to irrigation, paving and additional landscape lighting, however, pushed the project back. Phase 1 of the project was set to be done in April, with Phase 2 to end in August. But Schofield said that Phase 2 hadn’t yet begun, and could be further delayed. “The biggest remaining item is

the landscaping,” he said. “We are doing a landscape walk-through this week on Thursday. Based on having spent some time on it today, I’m not sure if it will or won’t pass. There’s not enough vegetation there. They have started mowing and cleaning it up. There’s a new landscape contractor working on it.” Schofield said that the council would have the chance to see and approve Phase 2 projects at its June 28 meeting. Phase 2 consists primarily of additional landscaping. “We have the Phase 2 landscaping ready,” he said. “We expect to have the project completed at the end of August.” In other business: • Councilman Howard Coates asked the council to allow advertising on Channel 18 and the Wellington web site for the Florida Department of Transportation’s September meeting regarding the extension of State Road 7 to Northlake Blvd. Coates said he attended the Western Communities Council meeting where the subject was broached about getting the word out for the meeting. “It’s something important to the western communities,” he said. Schofield noted that the council could approve putting the ads


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on the site and the news station for educational purposes. “We can do it to the extent that we can and do remain in compliance with state law that prohibits us from actually supporting the matter,” he said. • While Coates was concerned with SR 7 to the north, Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore cautioned that local leaders have begun discussing plans for the road to the south.

“[The Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization] and [the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization] along with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council have met and talked about the future of U.S. 441, which is our State Road 7,” he said. “There is a movement afoot to create more of an urban atmosphere on the roadway in the south, all the way down to Broward.”

Priore said that he was informing the council and staff of the issue so they would not be caught unaware if the movement were to extend to Wellington. “I think we need to have a place at the table,” he said. “I don’t know if that would work for us or not, but I think we need to be aware of what is happening.” With projects like the Medical Arts District and the possibility of a Palm Beach State College cam-

pus along the road, Wellington has invested along the road already. “We have our own plans for what we’d like to see happen on State Road 7,” Priore said. “I think we need to make sure we know what the county is anticipating wanting to do. Let’s not let it creep up on us and not know what is going on.” He asked Wellington staff to find out about meetings and what plans are involved.

CAFCI Partners With Winn-Dixie Foundation To Support Its Student Assistance Program Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement in Florida (CAFCI) has announced that the Winn-Dixie Foundation has donated $3,000 to help achieve its mission of providing role models and opportunities for youth and adult aspiring artists suppressed because of ideological, economical, political and environmental impediments. The funds provided by the Winn-Dixie Foundation benefited three of six deserving students who were accepted to attend their college of choice after graduating from high school this year.

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Crazy Games Program Continues Through July 2 In Royal Palm Beach By Eric Woodard Town-Crier Staff Report The first week of Crazy Games’ four-week summer session kicked off Saturday, June 11 at Lindsay Ewing Park in Royal Palm Beach. Crazy Games is a sports and fitness program for children that combines fundamentals from every sport imaginable into a newer and wackier sports program. Organized and led by coach Nancy Molina, Crazy Games promotes exercise and team-building skills for children growing up in an increasingly sedentary culture. The kids play different games every week, with more than 100 games filling the program every Saturday until July 2, the last day for the current summer session.

Besides Molina’s own imagination, much of the inspiration for Crazy Games came from her experience as game director for Awana at Grace Fellowship Church. “I figured there are other kids who want to play [the] games even if they’re not affiliated with the church, so I wanted to make it available to all kids,” she said. “A lot of kids need extra motivation, and they like it because it’s more fun; it’s not real competitive.” For one hour, the 12 children who attended were broken up into four teams — red, blue, yellow and green — playing games such as Gladiator, in which sprinters have to retrieve their team’s bowling pin without colliding with the big parachute ball being pushed

A player dodges the big ball during Gladiator.

around by the players on the sidelines. The mission of Crazy Games is to provide children with a positive athletic experience that will ultimately motivate children to grow up active and participate in organized sports, which Molina believes aren’t motivating enough for certain children. “I’m really hoping that we can try to get the obesity epidemic down,” Molina said. “The kids that just tend to want to stay inside on the couch, they need extra motivation, and it has to be fun to appeal to them.” Depending on how well the summer goes, Molina would like to see a Crazy Games session for every season of the year in the near

future. She would also like to see the games expand to the county level. “My goal for the Crazy Games is to have all the different parks and recreation centers — Boca, Jupiter, West Palm Beach — practicing them and then have an annual tournament where all the kids compete,” she said. Also on hand during the event were agents from New York Life Insurance Company, a sponsor of Crazy Games, providing parents with free child identification kits, including digital fingerprinting, for identification in an emergency. For more information about Crazy Games, visit www.crazy

Free time with the big ball at the end of the day.

Coach Nancy Molina instructs a newcomer on the rules of Bean Bag Bonanza.

The children get ready for the start of the obstacle course. PHOTOS BY ERIC WOODARD/TOWN-CRIER


The Solid Gold Twirlers held a car wash Saturday, June 11 at the 7-Eleven on Okeechobee Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. The girls qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics for Baton in New Orleans this August. The car wash was held to raise money for the trip. The next car wash will take place June 25. For more info., call (561) 670-8585, e-mail or visit PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Team members practice with their batons.

The girls hard at work on one of the cars.

The team takes a break from washing car s.

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Thief Steals 190 Gallons Of Gas From Lox Shell Station By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report JUNE 6 — A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Acreage/Loxahatchee substation was dispatched to the Shell gas station on Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves last Monday morning regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 and 9 a.m. on Monday, June 6, someone stole 190 gallons of diesel fuel from the gas station. According to the report, the gas station owner opened the station last Monday and discovered that his diesel tank was 190 gallons short. Upon review of the station’s surveillance video footage, the victim discovered that a red semitruck had pulled up over the tank field and pumped diesel into the truck directly from the ground. According to the report, the same truck was found stealing gas from the victim in a previous case. There was no further information about the truck available at the time of the report. JUNE 7 — A resident of 52nd Road North called the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation last Tuesday to report a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. last Tuesday, someone used a pry tool to open the rear garage door of the home. The perpetrator(s) then attempted to open the door between the garage and the home, but were unsuccessful. According to the report, the perpetrator(s) then pried open the screen door to the patio and used a brick to smash the glass pane on the French doors, which were locked with a double-key deadbolt. The perpetrator(s) then pried open the French doors and gained access to the home, stealing several pieces of jewelry and a 42inch television. The perpetrator(s) exited through the front door, which was found unlocked from the inside. The stolen items were valued at approximately $7,550. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 8 — A deputy from the PBSO’s Acreage/Loxahatchee substation responded to a home on 83rd Lane North last Wednesday morning regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim parked his work truck in his driveway at approximately 8 p.m. last Tuesday night and after a meeting at 8:30 a.m. the following morning, he discovered his truck had been broken into. The perpetrator(s) took his Tom Tom GPS unit and watch. The stolen items were valued at approximately $139. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 10 — A resident called the PBSO substation in Wellington last Friday to report a case of fraud. According to a PBSO report, the victim was at a restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when she lost her wallet. Last Friday, she received a call from her bank that several large purchases had been attempted at a Target store in Boynton Beach. The victim said that she had not made the purchases, and her card was deactivated. However, a $150 transaction had gone through. The stolen wallet also contained the victim’s driver’s license and Social Security card.

JUNE 10 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to the Pointe at Wellington Green last Friday night regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim parked his 2000 Toyota Tacoma at the rear of LA Fitness at approximately 6 p.m. When he returned at approximately 10 p.m., he discovered that someone had taken the catalytic converter from his truck. According to the report, it appeared to be cut off with some kind of saw. The stolen item was valued at approximately $120. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 11 — A Lake Worth man was arrested on charges of drunken driving following a traffic stop early last Saturday morning on Okeechobee Blvd. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was on Okeechobee Blvd. near Wildcat Way when he observed a blue SUV with a dim headlight traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the road. The deputy followed the vehicle and observed it swerving in and out of the lanes. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, and the vehicle continued about a half mile before coming to a stop in the center median of the road. According to the report, the deputy made contact with 40-year-old David Moreno, who smelled of alcohol and appeared to have bloodshot and glassy eyes. Moreno told the deputy that he spoke little English. A second deputy arrived on scene to communicate with Moreno and asked if he would submit to roadside tasks, which he refused. According to the report, the deputy asked Moreno to exit the vehicle, and in doing so, Moreno almost fell twice. Moreno was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where breath tests revealed he had a .240 blood-alcohol level. He was charged with driving under the influence. JUNE 12 — A Loxahatchee man was arrested last Sunday night for driving under the influence following a traffic stop near the intersection of Wellington Trace and Skipton Avenue. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Wellington substation was on duty when he observed a Ford Explorer being driven by 40year-old Morten Petersen traveling west on Wellington Trace and swerving between lanes. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Petersen, who appeared to be impaired. A second deputy arrived on scene to conduct roadside tasks, and Petersen was arrested. He was taken to the county jail where breath tests revealed he had a .192 bloodalcohol level. He was charged with driving under the influence. JUNE 13 — Residents of Pinewood Grove called the PBSO substation in Wellington last weekend to report burglaries in the area. According to one report, sometime between 5 p.m. last Saturday and 7 p.m. last Sunday, someone pried open the door to the victim’s rear shed and stole a tool box with several tools valued at approximately $50. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. According to a separate report, sometime between 8 p.m. last Sunday and 7 See BLOTTER, page 18

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in f inding these wanted fugitives: • Arturo Calderon is a white male, 6’0” tall and weighing 250 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of birth is 01/31/87. Calderon is wanted for trafficking in cocaine and violation of probation on a charge of burglary of a dwelling. His occupation is unknown. His last known addresses were Meadow Breeze Driv e in Wellington and Carousel Court in R oyal P alm Beach. Calderon is wanted as of 06/16/11. • Tanya Perham is a white female, 5’3” tall and weighing 130 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. Her date of birth is 07/25/74. Perham is wanted for violation of probation on charges of possession of Xanax and culpable negligence. Her occupation is unknown. Her last known address was Linda Court in Royal Palm Beach. Perham is wanted as of 06/ 16/11. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit

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Abruzzo, Benacquisto Visit Chamber With Tallahassee Updates By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (DDistrict 85) and State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-District 27) gave updates on the legislative session at the Palms West Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday at the Wellington Community Center. Abruzzo said creating jobs for the private sector has been at the forefront of the agenda. He said he was able to support many measures and termed the session a success. As a fiscal conservative, Abruzzo said he was glad lawmakers passed one of the biggest corporate tax cuts since he was elected in 2008, noting that it will save about 15,000 businesses $1,100 in corporate income tax. “In my opinion, it’s the first stage of cutting deeper into the $2 billion corporate income tax pocket we have in the legislature,” he said. “This is probably the biggest impact you are going to see as a business owner.” Abruzzo also supported cuts to research and development taxes aimed primarily at the space industry but applicable to some other industries. “This is a very good policy, especially with the budget shortfall that we’re facing,” he said. Abruzzo cited a medical malpractice tort reform bill that will make it more difficult to file frivolous lawsuits against emergencyroom doctors and personnel, and a bill exempting hotel owners from liability during declared states of emergency. A member of the Coast Guard, Abruzzo said he has noticed that in emergency situations in Florida, whether it’s a hurricane or an oil spill, there is often not enough hotel space for emergency workers. “One of the


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continued from page 1 homes pump water from canals, but said that residents near natural water sources should watch where they get irrigation water. Wellington is recommending that residents check their suction lines weekly to be sure that the water levels are high enough to completely cover the end of the pipe. “With the area in severe drought, we’re not getting the rain we need to keep those canals and lakes at a high enough level,” Bonde noted. “Residents have to be aware of those levels.” Should the water level drop too low, Wellington suggests that residents override the automated tim-


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continued from page 1 mile each way, east and west, from the D Road intersection. In other business: • District Administrator Clete Saunier reported that the South Florida Water Management District approved a temporary waiver to allow the district to increase its water use in June from 57.5 million gallons to 155 million gallons. The permit is valid through July 15. The district submitted a variance application for additional water use on April 29 on the basis of fire protection and to keep well fields charged. The variance application requested that the SFWMD allow additional water to be back-pumped when insufficient rain has fallen for the district

main reasons that businesses and hotels are afraid of opening up their doors in a time like that is because of lawsuits,” he said. The legislature also passed a measure allowing HMOs to offer reduced-cost policies for employees who practice healthy habits. “If you and your business have a health policy such as not smoking or regular exercise, [it] will hopefully drastically reduce the burden on your health insurance, so I’m encouraged by that as well,” he said. In education, Abruzzo said he is working on a bill that supports an organization called Step Up For Students that expands the role of Internet classes in schools. “We are now requiring that every student take one class over the Internet,” he said. “That is very important, as we see the trend in public education and more and more things going online,” he said. However, Abruzzo said there was a lot of bad legislation that he was happy to see did not pass, including a bill that died in the Senate that would have deregulated businesses including mold inspectors, auto mechanics, interior designers and movers. “Basically, this bill stated that if you wanted to operate an auto shop, you could do it without any licenses,” he said. “It could be a big problem.” Abruzzo said he did not support the unemployment compensation reform that cut benefits from 26 to 23 weeks. “In an economic downturn, I could not support that measure,” he said. “We have people from all walks of life who are unemployed at this point, and I did not think that was appropriate.” He also did not support what he called a tax on public workers in Florida, including firefighters, police and teachers, that requires er and operate the pump manually or, if there is still water available, lower the suction line into sufficient water. Though Bonde said that Wellington is not sending workers out to adjust the pumps for residents, residents can contact Wellington’s Operations Manager Bill Conerly at (561) 753-2576 with questions. “We’ll be happy to talk residents through the process,” Bonde said, “even those residents who aren’t sure how to readjust the timers on their sprinklers.” With increased water restrictions limiting watering to one day per week, Bonde noted that it’s important for residents to be aware of their water situation. For more information about the South Florida Water Management District’s restrictions on landscape irrigation, visit to maintain a stage of 15.5 feet above sea level. Saunier said a new expiration date past the temporary date of July 15 may be forthcoming. He pointed out that SFWMD staff made it clear that the variance was approved only for the current restrictions and no additional variances will be granted if the district does not modify its system, which may require further analysis in cooperation with the Town of Loxahatchee Groves into the use of a potable or reclaimed water supply system. • Saunier also reported that staff members have notified property owners who are in a database of “qualified electors,” in response to a petition submitted to change the way supervisors are elected. A referendum of qualified voters will be held June 27 from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the district office located at 101 W. D Road. On March 2, Marge Herzog and

State Rep. Joseph A bruzzo (left) and State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (right) report on the recent legislative session. them to donate 3 percent of their telling her what they expected income to their retirement fund, from her. “You are gifted with which was previously paid by the their story,” she said. “They share state. with you their challenges, their Abruzzo complimented Benac- hopes, their dreams, their ideas for quisto on her first year in Talla- what we can do better. If you’re hassee. “Sen. Benacquisto did tre- really committed, and when you mendous work,” he said. “She has set foot on the Senate floor the helped on so many issues. It very first time, it all hits you, the doesn’t matter if you’re Demo- weight of the responsibility we cratic or Republican, it was a tre- carry as a legislator to do the right mendous session to work with thing for all of you back home.” Sen. Benacquisto.” She said she thinks of her serBenacquisto said the general vice as an honor that she takes theme of the session was to “get with great humility and responsigovernment out of the way,” to bility. allow private businesses the most Benacquisto said she was hapopportunity to rebuild the econo- py to have been able to get a coumy. “We did just that,” she said. ple of bills passed, including the “We transformed the Medicaid Silver Alert bill that she worked system; we transformed the way on with Abruzzo, which creates a we deal with our educational sys- program to locate elderly persons tem… [we’ll be] paying our teach- who become lost. “With the popers more, and I couldn’t be more ulation in Palm Beach County and proud.” Florida as a whole, we were very Benacquisto, formerly a mem- committed to seeing that pass,” ber of the Wellington Village she said. Council, said many people have Her priority bill was the Andrew asked her what her first year as a Widman Act, named after a Fort senator was like. She said through- Myers police officer who was shot out her campaign, people were See CHAMBER, page 18

The Palms West Chamber of Commerce awarded its two Business of the Year awards Monday. (Above) Two Men and a Truck was honored in the small business category. Shown here are Chamber Marketing Manager Mary Lou Bedford, Two Men and a Truck owners Joel and Janelle Dowley, and Chamber CEO Jaene Miranda. (Below) The Palm Beach Post was honored in the large business category. Shown here are State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, Palm Beach Pos t Publisher Tim Burke, Chamber CEO Jaene Miranda, Post Call Center Revenue Manager Ellen Sanita, Post Events Manager Tara Pregnolato and Post Public Relations Manager Scott Velozo. PHOTOS BY R ON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER


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continued from page 1 trict’s plans for several years, but design work didn’t start until last fall. “We started site-work construction in December, we started

working in the existing buildings around March, and we started adding the modulars in April,” Cartmill said. He added that Royal Concrete Concepts has been working six days a week, 10 hours a day, to get the new school building completed in time for the new year.

A home irrigation pipe shown above the water level of a nearly dry canal in Wellington. Don Williams submitted a petition calling for a change to a direct, popular vote election for some of the supervisor seats, rather than the proxy vote system in place now. The petition was found to be in compliance with statutory requirements, and LGWCD staff contracted a consultant from Palm Beach County Information Services to merge two different databases from the Supervisor of Elections Office and the Property Appraiser’s Office to create a list of “qualified electors.” The process was labor-intensive because the two databases were in different formats, requiring extensive manual review and modification to develop a final database, Saunier said. Ryan explained that being a qualified voter is complicated, requiring that he or she be both a property owner and resident. The spouse of a registered property owner may vote, but not children.

Renters do not qualify. “The voting process is going to be expensive in itself because it’s essentially a 12-hour process, with an audit firm, affidavits and other formalities,” Ryan said. • The board also heard a report that the Johnson Group, developers of Grove Medical Plaza at the corner of F Road and Southern Blvd., is in the process of restarting work on the 22,342-squarefoot project. The developers began the project in 2006, but stopped when the real estate market collapsed. Saunier said that initial review of the project plans determined that the road design was based on an obsolete survey and the funding agreement for improving F Road was unacceptable to district legal staff. He said he anticipates that the final agreement, plat and F Road improvement drawings and permit application will be presented at the board’s July 11 meeting.

Construction barriers have gone up along Sparrow Drive.

A construction t eam works at the Crestwood site. PHOTOS BY R ON BUKLEY/TOWN-CRIER

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NEWS BRIEFS Kickoff Party For Community Fitness Run/Walk

AT&T Pioneers volunteers present a check to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach representatives.

AT&T Foundation Supports Forgotten Soldiers Outreach The AT&T Foundation has announced an AT&T Cares grant of $5,000 to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, sending monthly “we-care” packages to U.S. troops serving overseas since 2003. The AT&T Cares Special Grants Program was established in 2007 to recognize employee volunteerism. Through this program, AT&T pioneer chapters, employee resource groups and other qualified international organizations that have demonstrated a commitment through volunteerism to the communities where they live and work, have the opportunity to nominate a nonprofit organization to receive a one-time $5,000 grant. This year the AT&T

Foundation plans to provide $255,000 in grants to 51 organizations. The funding received from the AT&T Foundation will assist FSO in the shipping of at least 250 wecare packages for the month of June. On a monthly basis, FSO ships out between 250 to 500 individual we-care packages, as well as squad boxes, to benefit even hundreds more military personnel serving overseas. All of the recipients are registered with the FSO and receive monthly we-care packages for their full deployment. The packages serve over 1,000 individuals in any given month, being sent to U.S. troops covering all world theaters.

The Palms West Community Foundation is has announced it will partner with the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation to present the 2011 Wellington Community Fitness 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, Nov. 5. Beef Wellington Steakhouse & Social Club in Wellington Plaza will host a kickoff party for the Community Fitness Run/Walk on Tuesday, June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. With a $10 donation to the Community Fitness Run/Walk at the door, attendees can enjoy two complimentary drinks and some delicious hors d’oeuvres. “Everyone who has been involved in this great community event over the past 14 years is invited to attend,” Palms West Community Foundation Director of Development Maureen Gross said. “All our past sponsors, volunteers and participants are invited to come out to the kickoff to celebrate the past achievements of this great event, and to hear about the exciting plans for the 2011 Community Fitness 5K Run/ Walk.” In past years, the Community Fitness Run/Walk had donated money to Hospice, so this year’s decision was an easy one. The Palms West Community Foundation and this year’s event committee unanimously agreed that they would like to return their efforts to supporting Hospice of Palm Beach County.

“Hospice was delighted to renew their connection to this event,” Gross said. “They had been involved with the event for a number of years, and Hospice always has had such a strong base of support in the western communities. This partnership is a win for everyone involved.” For more information about the 2011 Community Fitness 5K Run & Walk or about the kickoff party, call Gross at (561) 790-6200 or e-mail maureen@palmswest. com. Additional information can be found online at www.palmswest or

Annual CAFCI Talent Show July 23 In RPB CAFCI, Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement, will present its 16th annual talent showcase Saturday, July 23 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). The show will feature local youth and stars of tomorrow. As always, it promises to be an exciting and fulfilling event. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Proceeds will benefit the CAFCI Scholarship Fund. This event is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Auditions will be held Friday, July 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the cultural center. Call Nadine at (561) 351-6895 or visit the CAFCI web site at for additional information.

Fourth Of July Event In Wellington The public is invited to Wellington’s annual Fourth of July Family Celebration at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). The event will begin at 6 p.m. with inflatable rides, face painting, paint-less paintball, traditional games, food for purchase and more. Live entertainment by the Life Church Band will begin on the stage at 6 p.m. Free bingo will begin at 6:30 p.m. inside the gymnasium, sponsored by Humana Inc. The event will conclude with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free shuttle transportation service will be available from the Mall at Wellington Green Palm Tran bus stop beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information on this event, call the Village Park gymnasium at (561) 791-4005.

Register Now For RPB Firecracker Tournament Royal Palm Beach is accepting registrations now for its annual Firecracker Golf Tournament, to be staged on Monday, July 4 at the Village Golf Club (122 Country Club Drive). Carlos Morales, facility manager at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center, urges golfers to sign up soon for the tournament because “we are limited in the num-

ber of foursomes and tee sponsorships we may have for the event.” The scramble-format tournament will begin with a shotgun start promptly at 8 a.m. on the holiday and will include cart and green fees, a 50/50 raffle, a longest-drive contest, a closest-to-thepin competition and prizes. A barbecue lunch will be provided for participants. The fees are $60 for a single entrant or $240 for foursomes, and hole sponsorships cost $100. Golfers are asked to register online at www.royalpalm or at either the golf club, the cultural center at 151 Civic Center Way, or the Royal Palm Recreation Center at 100 Sweet Bay Lane. Call the cultural center at (561) 790-5149 to reserve a tee sponsorship opportunity or get more information on the tournament. Anyone seeking course information should call the golf club at (561) 793-1400.

RPB Summer Community Band Concert Series Cool off this summer with the Royal Palm Beach Community Band as they offer up a great indoor summer night family activity. The free concert series continues with a second performance on July 12 and will wrap up the summer on Aug. 23. Concerts will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served during the intermission. For more info., call the cultural center at (561) 790-5149.


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Billy Undercuffler and the Free Fallin’ Band per formed a Tom Petty tribute concert Saturday, June 11 at the Wellington Amphitheater. A classic car show was held before the concert. For more information about events at the amphitheater, call (561) 753-2484.


Don and Mary Voils relax before the concert. Billy Undercuffler and the Free Fallin’ Band perform.

Allen Hunter and Nancy Evans enjoy popcorn.

George Ranallo with his 1959 Buick Electra.

Randy and Leslie Pfeiffer.

Lisa Garza and 10-week-old Mercedes.

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE HOSTS SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER AT ELKS LODGE The Marine Corps League of Palm Beach County held a spaghetti lunch fundraiser Saturday, June 11 at the Elks Lodge #1352 on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. The proceeds benefit the veterans programs of the General A .A. Vandegrift De tachment. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Senior Vice Commandant Thomas Totz Jr., Vice Commandant Cary Haerlin, Commandant Diane Bradley, Esquire to Elks Lodge Jerry Marenga and past Exalted Ruler Patty Phillips.

Mom Ronda, Kara, Collin and dad 1st Sgt. Jonathan Clark enjoy spaghetti.

Young Marines gather at the spaghetti lunch fundraiser.

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PHILIPPINE AMERICAN SOCIETY HOSTS SUMMER FESTIVAL AT THE FAIRGROUNDS The Philippine American Society hosted the 2011 Philippine Summer Festival on Saturday, June 11 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. It was also the 113th celebration of Philippine Independence Day. There was music, dancing, food and fashions depicting culture from around the different regions of the Philippines. For more info., visit www.thephilippineamericansociety. org. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Arabella Dancers Cami Guarnizo, Margarett Sochachai, Ruth Broughton, Eugenia Ruiz and Avelina Kassar.

Participants in a Philippine fashion sho w.

Event Chair Cecelia Lim, County Commissioner Jess Santamaria, scholarship recipients Nina Colosos and Daniel Flores, and Scholarship Chairman Vi Rosario.

Desmond Murray dishes up Jamaican cuisine.

Hazel Gonzalez enjoys a halo-halo.

Dr. Violetta Chiong and Dr. Vicente Chiong dance.


The Palm Beach County School District’s Student Summer Internship Program hosted a golf tournament Friday, June 10 at the Links at Madison Green. This event raised money to support the intern program, which will hire 15 interns next year to help out in various departments at the school district. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

First place: Paul Colby, James King, Matthew Marks and Jerry Bolink of the Morganti Group.

FPL team members Juan Del Calvo, Jerry Sotelo, Ely Perez and David Jones.

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Bill Malone and Chief of Facilities Joseph Sanches.

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KIDS LEARN ABOUT AGRICULTURE AT THE S.F. FAIRGROUNDS AGU-CATION CAMP The South Florida Fairgrounds held Agu-cation Camp June 6-10 at the Agriplex. Agu-cation is an interactive week-long program to educate children about Florida agriculture. The kids learned about vege tables and sugar cane by visiting farms in Belle Glade and a dairy farm in Okeechobee. In addition, local horse owners brought horses and tack, and kids got to groom horses as well as ride. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Agriculture Operations Assistant Chantal Fain (center front) joins the kids for a slippery fun ride.

Daniel Clein grooms Tootsie Roll.

Tommy and Caity Wallsmith (front) with A griculture Operations Manager Bettye Thompson and Farm Bureau Assistant Director of Field Ser vices Eva Webb.

Maria Puleio aboard L.B., a.k.a. Lover Boy.

Jason Marshall ropes a “cow.”

Luna loves the massage owner Ruth Phillips gives her.

Community Foundation Approves Grants For Food, Housing Systems On May 18, the board of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties approved a total of $489,000 in grants for the Alleviate Hunger and Affordable Housing initiatives, as part of the foundation’s “beyond grantmaking” leadership work in the region. The two initiatives help build partnerships between the agencies in the food and housing systems, with the ultimate goal of improving the access to food and affordable housing in local communities. In order to leverage the foundation’s nearly $500,000 in grants and double the amount of grant investment to $1 million, the foundation has issued a one-to-one matching challenge. Organizations that received the grants will

have until October to meet their match opportunity. Currently, over 1,700 children in the Palm Beach County School District are homeless and over 50 percent of children are receiving free or reduced-price lunches, with that number increasing to over 95 percent in the Glades area. It is estimated that there are over 200,000 families that are paying in excess of their income for housing, often forcing families to choose at the end of the month paying rent over purchasing food. More than 30 percent of working households in Florida are housing cost-burdened. These grants, made possible through dozens of local philanthropists, will help the nonprofit organizations increase the capac-

ity of hundreds of local food pantries and feeding programs, increase the number of children receiving dinner meals after school, and assist at least 2,500 people in the online application process for food benefits. The grantees will also help a minimum of 450 families to maintain stabilized housing, rehabilitate 100 homes abandoned homes, and build nearly 50 new affordable homes. Donors are invited to make a gift directly to the organization of their choice, while donor advised fundholders of the foundation may recommend a matching grant distribution directly from their fund. For help in establishing a donor-advised fund, contact Vice President for Development Danielle Cameron at (561) 659-

6800 or Matching challenge participating agencies are: Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches Inc., C.R.O.S. Ministries, the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, CredAbility, Families First of Palm Beach County, Florida Impact, the Glades Initiative Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Martin County Inc., Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, the Housing Partnership Inc., Indiantown NonProfit Housing Inc., Neighborhood Renaissance, the Lord’s Place Inc., the Village Baptist Church/Feed the Hungry, the Treasure Coast Food Bank and the Urban League of Palm Beach County Inc.

Alleviate Hunger and Af fordable Housing initiatives grant recipients gather for the check presentation.

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Poinciana Day School Students Learn About Jobs At Career Day There was no shortage of career choices represented for kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Poinciana Day School’s annual Career Day. Presenters were Dr. Celia Oberto, a veterinarian from All Care Animal Clinic; Dr. Karen DeMara from St. Mary’s Hospital; Nancy Quinlan, former state prosecutor and former White House correspondent for the Jimmy Carter administration; Woody Woodman, senior story board artist for Digital Domain animation; Irene Berman and Iris Goldschmidts, CEOs of Airport Wireless; Ed

Ackerman, engineer with Sikorsky Helicopters; Kait Parker, WPTV meteorologist; Mark Alston, probation officer with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; Lt. Michael Wingate of the PBSO Robbery Division; and Dan Kahan, an architect with Smith & Moore Architects. At the conclusion of the day, students wrote about the career path that they would most like to follow, based upon the sessions that they attended. “Today’s sessions really inspired our students,” Head of School Ann Simone said. “We are

PBAU Names RPB’s Kevin Abel Dean Of Students Palm Beach Atlantic University Interim President William M.B. Fleming Jr. recently announced the promotion of Royal Palm Beach resident Kevin Abel to dean of students effective July 1. Abel, who joined Palm Beach Atlantic in 2005 as director of residence life, has served as associate dean of students since 2009. Previously, he has served as a student development professional at Keystone College in Pennsylvania, Ashland University in Ohio and Blackburn College in Illinois. Abel holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in history from Bluffton College and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. He is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Colorado State University. Abel and his wife Angie have two daughters, Sophie and Camille. They attend Christ Fellowship in Royal Palm Beach. Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees, with campuses in West Palm Beach, Orlando and Well-

thankful to have so many wonderful community members who took time out of their day to speak with our students. It was a great day for everyone. Exposure to so many different professionals and careers will definitely influence our students’ academic choices in high school and beyond.” Poinciana Day School is an independent private school for students in pre-k through eighth grade where “every child is an honored student.” If you would like more information, or to schedule a personal tour, call (561) 655-7323.

Woody Woodman explains how animation w orks.

Fourth-grade students Emmie Osuna and Kayla Quinn consider healthcare as a career.



The Seminole Ridge High School band and color guard took part in band camp last w eek, practicing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday under the direction of the Band Director Tim Skinner. For the 2011-12 school year, the color guard will be directed by Alexandra Davis and Cassidy Yerks, both graduates of Seminole Ridge High School.

New Horizons Elementary School recently hosted Camp Invention, a national organization under the umbrella of Invent Now Kids. A total of 150 cam pers under the direction of eight area teachers and 32 counselor s, local high school and college students, had a blast participating in a week filled with hands-on science adventures. Shown above are campers and counselors.

Panther Run Artists Enter Stamp Competition Kevin Abel ington. The university is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare its students for learning, leadership and service. For additional information, visit the university’s web site at

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Every year students in the Panther Run Elementary School Art Club participate in the Junior Duck Stamp competition. This year there were 17 winners from the club, which is overseen by art teacher Lyda Barrera. The Junior Duck Stamp competition begins each spring when students submit their artwork to state or territory contests. At the state level, students are judged in four groups according to grade level: kindergarten through third grade, fourth through sixth grade, seventh through ninth grade and 10th through 12th grade. Winners are as follows: Madison Root, 10, first place; Haley Johnston, 9, first place; Christian

Culp, 9, first place; Jamie Jerchower, 9, second place; Brianna Soublette, 8, second place; Sophia Lorello, 10, third place; Joshua Peluso, 10, third place; Francesca Cocilovo, 9, third place; Delaney Carr, 9, third place; Sophia Bustamante, 10, honorable mention; Gabrielle Thaw, 9, honorable mention; Cole Chalhub, 11, honorable mention; Brendan Beaubien, 11, honorable mention; Ashley Cavallo, 10, honorable mention; Jared Hunter, 9, honorable mention; and Jaclyn Pacella, 9, honorable mention. Winning artwork will be displayed at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Oct. 1622.



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Liz Cayson Receives Traffic Safety Committee Heroism Award Health Care District of Palm Beach County Community Relations Specialist Elizabeth “Liz” Cayson of The Acreage was honored by the Traffic Safety Committee of the Palm Beaches as one of this year’s recipients of its Heroism Award. The awards, given annually by the organization to honor police officers, traffic safety professionals and citizens who have gone beyond their normal duties to promote traffic safety, were presented at the 26th annual Traffic Safety Awards luncheon Thursday, June 2 at the Palm Beach Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach. In April 2010, Cayson rescued an 8-month-old baby, abandoned in the hot sun in the middle of NW

Avenue D, just off busy Main Street in Belle Glade. Cayson was returning to her Health Care District office after making a Career Day presentation at a local school. When she witnessed what looked like a baby being left in the road without a car seat — and a car driving away — she immediately drove to the scene, picked up the child, and called 911. She cradled him in her arms for more than two hours while the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Children & Families investigated. “I’m humbled to receive this award and thankful I was able to save a life,” Cayson said. “If I had to do it again, I would. I hope my story encourages others to step

forward and make a difference in someone’s life.” Over the course of her 16-year career with the Health Care District, Cayson, a Pahokee native, has received numerous awards for outstanding leadership and service as a member of many community civic, cultural and governmental committees and organizations. In August 2010, she was recognized by the Belle Glade City Commission, the Pahokee City Council, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners and U.S. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, who named a day in his congressional district after Cayson in her honor. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson also recognized Cayson for her humani-

tarian efforts. Then in October 2010, Families First of Palm Beach County, a private nonprofit family service agency that for 20 years has sought to build stronger families and communities, presented Cayson with the Harriet Goldstein Families First Award in recognition of her more than two decades of service to children and families in the Glades. “Caring for people is at the core of our mission in Palm Beach County,” said Ronald J. Wiewora, the district’s interim chief executive officer and chief medical officer. “We are proud of Cayson’s willingness to extend that care beyond her daily work in community relations to protect one of our community’s youngest citizens.”

Elizabeth Cayson with PBSO Chief Deputy Mike Gauger and Capt. Earl Brown of Florida Highway Patrol Troop K.

LGLA Members Gather To Clean Dried Canals Members of the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association have been busy cleaning some of the mostly dry canals on the east side of the Town of Loxahatchee Groves. Some of the canals have pools where fish are trapped. Doreen Baxter asked for residents to help her rescue the trapped fish and take them to canals that have deeper water. Baxter worked with Jeffrey Rodriguez and Willow Hindle for a few hours capturing and transporting fish from North E Road to Collecting Canal Road. Connie Kilgore, Darcy Murray and Marge Herzog have been meeting almost weekly to spend Chris Hanley with one of the kids at a local special needs facility outside Asuncion, Paraguay.

Chris Hanley Of RPB Visits Paraguay On Medical Mission Chris Hanley, a 21-year-old premed and pre-law double major at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and son of Brian and Mary Anne Hanley of Royal Palm Beach, recently took an eight-day medical mission trip to Asuncion, Paraguay with International Medical Outreach. Hanley was a part of a group of 11 pre-med students who provided donations and health education workshops for local hospitals and

schools, alongside performing basic medical evaluations under the direction of a physician to promote self-wellness for the underserved population who have limited access to healthcare and other resources. Additionally, Hanley and his peers were able to participate in hospital rotations in various departments such as emergency medicine/trauma, surgery and pediatrics.

a few hours in the canals removing debris. They have cleaned most of North F Road and much of North E Road. Other residents have also been busy getting into the dry canals in their areas working to beautify the town’s canals. Canal cleanup will continue as long as the canals are dry enough so that cans and bottles can easily be removed. Anyone wishing to help can contact Herzog at marge to find out when the next organized cleanup will take place. (Right) Doreen Baxter, Willow Hindle and Jeffrey Rodriguez clean a dried-out canal.

American Legion Auxiliary Hosts Poppy Day

Ruth Hamlyn sells poppies with Meagan Davis and her mother Kathy Davis.

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 367 were busy on the Saturday before Memorial Day collecting donations for poppies that were made as part of the veterans rehabilitation program at Bay Pines Veterans Medical Facility in Tampa. The funds donated by residents are used for the benefit of veterans, their family and their needs. The unit would like to thank the many people who stopped by to talk about how grateful they were for what the military has done for the country and the many sacrifices that were made. Unit members were proud to have help from Girls State delegate Meagan Davis, who will represent them

during her week of government study in Tallahassee in early July. Davis was accompanied by her mother Kathy Davis, who pitched in to help, and the oldest member of Unit 367, Ruth Hamlyn, who recently turned 98 and loves to work to help the veterans in any way she can. Unit 367 thanks them all of their continued support for veterans and their needs. Anyone who missed the poppy ladies and wants to make a contribution can send it to ALA Unit 367, PO Box 211582, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33421. For additional information about the American Legion Auxiliary, email Marge Herzog at marge@

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Vote For Daniela Stransky’s Step Forward Plan At Pepsi Refresh Project Web Site Junior jumper champion Daniela Stransky believes horses are the key to helping disadvantaged and disabled children realize a fuller and happier life. To help jumpstart the therapy riding program at Stransky’s Mission Farm at Le Club Wellington, the 15-year-old came up with the Step Forward campaign and sent her idea to the Pepsi Refresh Project. The program will start by assisting the Miami-Dade and Palm Beach communities, with the ambitious goal of expanding to serve other communities in the U.S and around the world. To vote for Step Forward, visit www.refresh For the second year, Pepsi has asked people from across the United States to submit bold ideas that have the power to move communities forward, focusing on education, communities and arts/music. “I came up with this Step Forward because I ride horses and they are a constant inspiration in my life,” Stransky explained. “I love horses, assisting others and helping others help themselves. My Step Forward equestrian therapy program will help kids experience horses and learn from them, feel empowered, make new friends and dream new dreams. I know personally, horses can become your best friend, and this program will allow kids who need

a best friend to have one.” The Step Forward riding program will not only help children but assist adding much-needed employment opportunities for members of the community by training local residents to work with horses and children. “The hardest part of doing this therapy riding program is that we need to continue to raise money that is needed to serve as many children as possible and help educate people and then employ them to work for the program,” Stransky said. Believing that every individual can refresh the world, Pepsi is enabling innovative ideas through the Pepsi Refresh Project, a platform for inspiration, learning and taking action. By awarding more than $1.2 million each month to ideas that receive the most votes at, Pepsi aims to encourage fun ideas that capture the youthful optimism in all of us. Stransky’s “Step Forward” riding program is among the 1,500 ideas selected randomly and posted on www.refresheverything. com for voting. “I will know that I’m halfway to achieving my goal when at least 250 kids have the chance to come experience horses,” Stransky said. “Much of my motivation comes from the support of my family and friends who help out with the pro-

Daniela Stransky with Step F orward rider Marvens Godfrey. gram, and by seeing the smiles on each and every kid when they get to be around these amazing animals.” If Stransky wins the Pepsi Refresh grant for her Step Forward plan, it will become an ongoing reality at Le Club Wellington. The total estimated cost to train and certify staff, employ workers, care for horses, transport participants and run the actual program is $25,000. Breakdown of costs can be found at www.refreshevery

In partnership with GOOD, the Pepsi Refresh Project’s social impact partner, Pepsi will continue to provide support to Refresh Project grantees. GOOD will continue to work closely with grant recipients to activate their projects, ensure the greatest impact possible, and tell the inspiring, fun stories of grantees making a difference in their communities. Pepsi will also continue its partnership with Global Giving to administer grant disbursements and monitoring.

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Talia Fradkin Of Wellington Wins DAR Poetry Award Wellington resident Talia Fradkin, an eighth-grader at the Atrium School, won first place in the nation in the Junior American Citizens Poetry Contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. This is Fradkin’s third win. Her poem, titled “Gardener of the Past,” describes the role of a genealogist in preserving history. “It’s important to recognize the work of those who came before us,” Fradkin said. She currently serves as president of the Chief Tiger Tail Society Children of the American Revolution, and is an active volunteer in her community. For additional information about the Daughters of the American Revolution, visit the organization’s web site at

Talia Fradkin

Yacaman Named To Delta State Dean’s List Delta State University student Jazmin Yacaman of Wellington has earned dean’s list honors for compiling a 3.50 to 3.79 grade point average while attempting 12 or more academic hours during the

2011 spring semester. Delta State University is located in Cleveland, Miss. For more information about Delta State University, visit the school’s web site at

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Whole Foods Wellington Hosts ‘Block Party’ In Honor Of Dad By Jessica Gregiore Town-Crier Staff Report Whole Foods Market in Wellington hosted an in-store block party Tuesday evening in honor of dads for Father’s Day. Every department in the store participated by preparing foods celebrating Father’s Day. Marketing Director Lauren Belinsky said Whole Foods hosts block parties twice a month. “Since this block party was in honor of dads,” she said, “I had all the teams pick something that reminded them of their dads, or, if they were a dad, something that they like.” The food was displayed at stations throughout the store. Guests

were invited to sample the offerings and vote for their favorite station. Each of the nine stations offered an individual style and great taste. The first station, “Dirt,” was set up to greet people as they walked in and was hosted by Whole Foods Market produce employee Brandy Mateu. “‘Dirt’ is made with a layer of organic chocolate cake, a layer of organic chocolate pudding and Cool Whip on top,” she said, “and above all those, crumbled toffee bars.” It was a decadent treat for everybody entering. Customers were given a ballot when they came in, with a list of departments to vote for. The de-

partments competing included meat, which laid out wings. After trying one, customer Ruth Ramos said: “It’s so good. Where can I get this?” The Whole Body Department served movie-style popcorn, popped with coconut oil by Ronni Young, a representative from Barlean’s Organic Oils. The popcorn was then topped with flax seed oil for an extra-tasty flavor. The seafood department served a shrimp dip. The specialty department served “Copper Bell Beer” and hot pepper jelly with black cheddar cheese on everything flatbread. The grocery department served mini-waffles and sausage links.

The PFDS department served pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw. The bakery served an organic chocolate and vanilla cake that looked like a golf course. And the last station, “Genji,” served stromboli. The block party in honor of dads was very popular, and customers enjoyed sampling all the stations. “We are having such a great time sampling all the foods with the kids,” Lisa Fitter said. Whole Foods Market is located at 2635 State Road 7 in Wellington. For more information about the store or future events, visit www.wholefoodsmarket. com or call (561) 904-4000.

Charlie Neuschafer (center) with Whole Foods employee Michael Thompson and Barlean’s representative Ronnie Young.


Ric, Melissa, Jessica and Victoria Terkovich.


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continued from page 1 cal preference, even in sealed bid situations.” Willhite asked how that process would work when it’s a sealed bid. Village Manager Paul Schofield said that, per council decision, if the second-lowest bidder had local preference and was within 5 percent of the low bid, that bidder would have the opportunity to match the low bid and be awarded the contract. Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore noted that the point of local preference was to offer the opportunity for a local company to lower its bid. “It’s not a guarantee,” he said. “If the second-lowest bidder does


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continued from page 1 out that the state is supposed to provide about 75 percent of that financing but does not. “That takes us down to about $260 million,” he said. Subtracting other revenues the PBSO collects — much of it in traffic citations, which goes to the county — Bradshaw said his core budget is $238 million. “That is not 50 percent of the county’s budget; that’s 24.8 percent,” he said. Bradshaw said he was not advocating giving up items that are in his budget. “I don’t mind running them, but if we’re going to say my budget is so huge and have these graphs showing how voluminous it’s been, at least let’s be fair to say what’s in it and what is artificially inflated,” he said. “I just wanted to level the playing field a little bit.” Bradshaw said his office is still trying to reduce costs year-round. “It’s a constant process all the time, looking how to save money,” he said, citing the example of the PBSO implementing crossdistrict deployment to keep overtime down.


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continued from page 7 while answering a domestic dispute. “The perpetrator was a fellow who was a violent repeat offender. He shouldn’t have been out on the streets, and he had nothing to lose. He shot Officer Andrew Widman and killed him,” she said. The Andrew Widman Act gives the judicial community the ability to look at prior records and re-arrest a suspect immediately if they deem it appropriate. “These law enforcement officials do not have to go looking for those individuals again,” she said. “They know who they are; they need to stay in jail, and our communities will be safer as a result.” Benacquisto also supported a

William Rossi and his sons Ryan and Omar try some “Dirt.”

not choose to drop the price and take advantage of that 5 percent, then the bid goes to the original low bidder.” Schofield agreed, noting that the council drafted the policy to offer work to local companies but not ostracize companies outside the community. “The council was very specific about providing local preference but not wanting to pay more,” he said. “But this gives them the opportunity to match the low bid if they are within 5 percent.” Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz said, however, that Royal Concrete was recently sold and that its main office is in the western communities. “They are a local business at this point,” he said. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig asked whether the contract price was for all of the signs. “Is this for all of the signs that we see in [the agenda packet]?” she asked. “And we’re just do-

ing them incrementally?” Barnes said it was for 22 signs total, with the larger eight-slot signs to be installed first, and then staff would determine which others sizes Wellington needs. “If we’d like to put in more eight-slot signs, then we could do that,” he said, noting that because it’s unit pricing, the contract price would cover it. Councilman Howard Coates noted that in the fiscal impact portion of the staff report, the wayfinding capital improvement budget was $221,929.24. He asked if that would be enough to complete the entire way-finding project. Barnes said that as the project was presented, with the 22 signs, it was within the budget. He noted, however, that if staff decides after putting up the eight-slot signs that more are required, they could return to the council for additional financing. Coates said that he would pre-

fer finishing the project within the budget. “I think the amount is pretty substantial for signs to begin with,” he said. “I would be hardpressed to want to go beyond what we’ve already budgeted for it. But if you’re telling me you think we can complete it, then I’m OK with it.” Barnes said that they could. “We can do all these signs here for sure,” he said. “And we may not even do as many as are listed here.” Gerwig noted that the signs could be reconfigured as they are built to be eight, six or four. “We may reconfigure them as we’re seeing them being used,” she said. “That’s why we’re starting with the ones with the most on them, so we can see how effective they are.” To clarify concerns raised by Willhite and Coates, Barnes stressed that the contract covers

Also, volunteers, reserve deputies and civilians have taken on a tremendous workload, he said. The recently implemented virtual visitation system for the corrections centers will be another large savings. Establishing a wellness center for PBSO employees has resulted in reduced insurance premiums. “We’ve reduced the number of claims, and our healthcare premiums are going down,” Bradshaw said. The PBSO has a hiring freeze and has extended the life of police cruisers from 75,000 to 110,000 miles. Also, a buyout program offers higher-paid employees a chance to leave, replaced by lower-paid employees. Civilian Community Service aides are deployed to handle many traffic accidents, write parking citations and take minor reports, which frees up deputies for more serious work, Bradshaw said. Similarly, at the jail, now the office has civilians in many positions, such as opening doors, which used to be done by deputies. Agency volunteers have been a big asset. “If you look at the Civilian Observer Patrol, with 320,000 hours, that’s about a $7 million resource that I use in the neighborhoods [and] don’t have to put road patrols in,” he said.

Civilian volunteers with more than 30,000 hours constitute another $630,000 in savings. The PBSO also eliminated a $725,000 contract to transport inmates. “Our reserves do that now,” he said. Two big items at the jails are inmate medical coverage and food, he said, pointing out that when he was elected in 2005, those costs were rising quickly. “We’ve been able to take those costs and stabilize them with less than a 1 percent increase each of the successive years,” Bradshaw said. The PBSO also has aggressively negotiated the Police Benevolent Association contract. “I’ve told them again this year there will be no cost-of-living raise,” Bradshaw said, adding that all the contracts, including the civilians who recently voted to join the PBA, will be scrutinized when discussions begin in October. The PBSO has also sought alternative resources for agencies such as Homeland Security. “Since I have been the leader in Homeland Security, I have secured $11.1 million in grants to pay for things in that agency, which before had to be budgeted,” he said. “We’re talking port security, DNA processing, some special operations.” Overtime has been cut for the

bill that redefines what a failing school is in Florida, allowing D schools to receive extra financing and resources they need to improve — money that was only available previously to F schools. “I think I’m most proud of that,” she said. She added that she was glad lawmakers passed a bill awaiting the governor’s signature providing that anyone viewing child pornography on the Internet is subject to prosecution as a child pornographer. She was also happy that legislation passed to crack down on “pill mills,” although she commented that the pill vendors seem to always find a way to circumvent the law. As for future priorities, Benacquisto said she would continue to try to get money for Palm Beach State College to build a central western communities campus; an allocation of $7.3 million was ve-

toed. She also wants to make sure that the Glades Correctional Institute remains open. “Our goal is to see that Glades does not close, because we understand, 49 percent unemployment in Belle Glade, 42 percent unemployment in South Bay, it would be catastrophic to allow those facilities to close,” she said. Benacquisto encouraged people to participate in reapportionment hearings, which will take place over the summer. “It will be the most transparent, the most interactive, the most citizen-focused reapportionment process in history,” she said. People can build their own ideal districts online and submit them at a hearing. Local hearings are scheduled for Aug. 15 in Stuart and Aug. 16 in Boca Raton. For more information, visit www., or call (850) 488-3928.

fourth consecutive year. Bradshaw said he has reduced costs for transporting prisoners to hospitals by creating in-house clinics. “We’re not paying emergencyroom costs, and we’re not having to guard them in the hospital,” he said. Bradshaw also noted that he has worked with alarm companies to reduce the cost of answering false alarms. “Every time we go to one, it’s three or four deputies,” he said. “Ninety-nine percent of them are false alarms. The problem is that one percent is very dangerous. What we’ve done is reduce them by almost 21,000 calls by working with the alarm companies.” Bradshaw said many other innovations, such as virtual visitation to the jails and filing police reports online, will enable further savings. He pointed out that his department still has made significant accomplishments despite budget constraints, such as reducing gang violence and crime. “I think people have forgotten where we were at when there were 14 people a day getting shot by the gangs,” Bradshaw said. “We’ve reduced the number of gang-related homicides by 58 percent. From 2006 to 2010, we arrested over 3,200 gang members… and took over 1,800 weapons off the street. Nobody in this state has done as much against gangs as your sheriff’s office and the gang task force.”

Blotter continued from page 6 a.m. Monday, someone entered the victim’s unlocked truck and stole his wallet containing the victim’s credit cards, driver’s license and $420 cash. According to the report, the victim’s credit cards were later used at a gas station on Okeechobee Blvd. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 13 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a home in Paddock Park on Monday regarding a burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 8:30 a.m. last Thursday and 4:20 p.m. Monday, someone entered the victim’s home through an unlocked

Lisa, Rich, Joshua and Talia Fitter. PHOTOS BY JESSICA GREGIORE/TOWN-CRIER

$174,000 in way-finding signs. It would cost more only if additional signs are needed. Schofield agreed. “Yes,” he said. “It takes care of every sign that we have identified. Once you see them up, if staff or the council wants to change, we will have to come back to you. But right now, the anticipation is that at $174,262, we can handle these signs. The balance of what was funded will roll back into the capital account.”

Willhite said he felt that the 22 signs recommended in the contract would be enough. “I think there’s been a lot of research into where these are going,” he said. “We already have some, and I think there’s enough with what is recommended to adequately meet our needs.” Coates agreed, and noted that he was happy to see a potential savings from what was budgeted. “We’ll save close to $50,000,” he said.

Stroke Forum June 29 MorseLife’s S troke of Hope Club will present a forum Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m. regarding new advancements in treatment of stroke patients that show “great promise,” according to Greg Goodman, MorseLife’s communications manager. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Tradition of the Palm Beaches, on the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus, 4920 Loring Drive in West Palm Beach (off Haverhill Road, three miles north of Okeechobee Blvd., just south of 45th Street). Participants may register or get more information by calling (561) 687-5749 or emailing Goodman at gregg@ Sandra Davis, P.T., and Carolyn Hansen, O.T., principal researchers from the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence in Gainesville, will discuss how new treatments have been developed that will improve function and quality of life for those affected by strokes and other neurological injuries and diseases.


“The best treatments for stroke are obviously understanding risk factors and signs and symptoms of stroke, and seeking medical intervention immediately,” said Dr. Alan Sadowski, MorseLife’s senior vice president of home- and community-based services. “As a forum for the community, Sandra and Carolyn will discuss important advancements, as well as stroke prevention and treatment.” The Stroke of Hope Club offers a full complement of services for stroke survivors and their families, including aphasia classes that focus on improvement of speech and language deficits; speech therapy; computer, reading and writing instruction; communication support groups; cognitive skill support; caregiver training, education and information; and referral services. The club’s goals are to increase awareness of stroke prevention, improve community education and provide services to enhance the lives of stroke “victors” (as opposed to “victims”) and their families.

continued from page 3 Schofield said, adding that the village has actually bought the worst of the homes and renovated them. “Right now, we’ve got five,” he said. “Three of them are ready for sale. We go in and rehabilitate them. There are criteria for people who buy them, but that’s a program that will continue.” Schofield added that some homeowners’ associations are distressed due to nonpayment of fees and cannot afford to perform maintenance themselves.

Schofield cited one case of an apartment complex that during the peak of the market converted to condominium units, but buyers walked away in large numbers when the market collapsed. “We are trying to put people who can do redevelopment in touch with the communities that are most distressed because, as everybody at this table knows, there is no government money to go in and rehabilitate all the communities,” he said. “We can go in on a worst-case basis, but when you are talking 200 units, no government that I know of in this county has the money to go in and buy those.”

front door and stole several pieces of jewelry, two laptop computers and two televisions. The stolen items were valued at approximately $3,400. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JUNE 14 — Two residents of Victoria Groves called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach on Tuesday to report burglaries. According to one PBSO report, the victim was out of the country from May 24 until this week. He returned home to find that someone had burglarized the house and stolen several weapons including a sub-machine gun with two 30round magazines and a semi-automatic handgun. According to the report, the victim was also notified by his bank that someone was

attempting to use his credit card while he was out of the country and made an $800 purchase. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. In a separate PBSO report, sometime between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, someone entered the victim’s home through an unlocked rear sliding glass door and stole a laptop computer, a Wii game console and several video games. The stolen items were valued at approximately $1,275. During a canvass of the neighborhood, a neighbor’s child said that he had witnessed a black man with curly red hair, acne, light skin and dressed in black looking through the windows and sliding glass door of the home at approximately 10 a.m.

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Nan Martin: Using Essential Oils Can Help Horses

Wellington’s Nan Martin uses essential oils t o aid physical and emotional well-being of horses. According to her web site, essential oils can be used to reduce stress and anxie ty, fight flu, increase concentration, manage pain, detoxify the body and relax muscle spasms. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 23

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Wolverine Ball Players Chosen In 2011 MLB Draft

Wellington High School saw two alumni selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draf t last week. Pitcher John Brebbia was taken in the 30th round by the New York Yankees and shortstop Mitch Morales was taken in the 43rd round by the Washington Nationals. Josh Hyber’s Column, Page 37



Business Generations: A Hair Salon To Celebrate Customer Appreciation Day On July 20

Generations: A Hair Salon stays busy pleasing its year-round clients and hosting events to promote healthy hair and customer appreciation. The salon’s services include shampooing, haircuts, blow drying, keratin treatments and more. Generations, located in the Pointe at Wellington Green, also specializes in color and offers an array of services for both men and women. The owners are planning a customer appreciation day for July 20. Page 31

Sports Area Rugby Players Set To Compete In A World Cup Event

Four players from the Palm Beach Touch Rugby Club will represent the United States this month in Edinburgh, Scotland at the 2011 Touch Rugby World Cup. From June 22-26, Dwight Gray, Tim Oxenford, Marcelo Vilas and Todd Jensen will be competing for the title. Page 37

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Essential Oils Can Help Your Horses Nan Martin has been riding, showing, coaching and training horses in the Wellington area for many years. She has also always been intrigued with alternative health therapies. “All my life, I’ve been into alternative health,” Martin said. “These treatments can be the keys to unlocking trouble spots, especially for horses. They can help you maximize your training results.” Her latest innovation is the use of essential oils. “Back in 2007, I had an essential oil session. I was having continual bad back problems,” Martin recalled. “Anyone who’s had a bad back knows what misery that entails. I was trying all sorts of things. My chiropractor actually was the one who recommended that I try using essential oils. After just one Raindrop session, my back was greatly improved. I was frankly amazed that doing so little could be so powerful. My whole world opened up. That’s when I started using essential oils around the barn.” Martin uses essential oils to aid physical and emotional well-being. This led to her starting her own business, Experience Essential Oils.

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg According to her web site, essential oils can be used to reduce stress and anxiety, fight flu, increase concentration, manage pain, detoxify the body and relax muscle spasms. For example, Martin uses lavender to relieve stress at work, improve her concentration and reduce insomnia, and peppermint to cool her skin during hot days, shrink muscle pain and ease nausea. They are nontoxic and environmentally friendly. Martin stressed that the essential oils she uses are therapeutic-grade, which is not the same as the products on sale in most health food stores. “There’s a huge difference. Even though they may say they’re organic, they can be cut with synthetic ingredients,” she explained. “Although they may smell good, they don’t offer the same healing properties.” Essential oils can be used in three

main ways: topical application, inhalation and internal consumption. They make great insecticides, which can be really important in South Florida. Martin pointed out that many common insecticides use hazardous chemicals, such as permethrin and malathion, which can cause liver, kidney and neurological damage to people and pets. Her web site offers advice for combating flies and horseflies, fleas, ticks, lice, chiggers, aphids, ants, fire ants, roaches, moths, silverfish, midges, slugs, weevils, snails, beetles and everyone’s favorite pest: mosquitoes. Martin has used essential oils to cure a horse’s terrible rain rot, a fungal or bacterial condition also known as Florida crud. The poor horse had pretty much lost all of the hair on its legs. They were just raw, crusted skin. After application of several different oils, the crud went away, and the hair eventually grew back. Martin has also used essential oils to modify horses’ behavior, to help them remain calm and focused. See ROSENBERG, page 24 (Right) Nan Martin demonstrates the use of essential oils on a horse.

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Memories Of Youthful Summers Past Return In A Rush “School’s out, school’s out! Teacher let the monkeys out!” Remember that rhyme? I do. Moreover, I wish I were a monkey. I’d give my right shoe to feel the joyous, expectant exhilaration of that final bell once more — the bell that screams “vacation!” The loud, reverberating clang that puts an end to homework and promises nothing but fun for the next three months. It’s the bell that has the power to release hundreds of energy-packed kids into the outside air for the rest of us to deal with. If bottled, the sound of that final bell would outsell any anti-depressant on the market today. Because all year long, thousands of kids gaze wistfully out classroom windows, watching hopefully for signs of summer. Those whose schools have outlawed windows have to rely solely on the calendar. But once the final weeks arrive, the teachers may as well give up even trying to teach. Everybody knows the big countdown has begun.

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The Sonic BOOMER And every kid has big plans for the summer. These plans might include fishing, building bottle rockets or tricking out one’s bike. They may mean reading comic books, sewing doll clothes and climbing trees. And they certainly include blithesome hours spent watching television, playing video games and downloading music. Have you noticed that one’s weekly allowance is never enough in the summer? To augment the paltry handouts bestowed by parents, some kids choose to mow lawns,

baby-sit or wash the family car. As a result, they can buy movie tickets and popcorn at will. It’s a trade-off — and a carefully calculated decision. How much is one’s free time actually worth? It seems more valuable in the summer. The important thing about June, July and August is that kids learn to make their own decisions. Will they loll on the couch or open up a lemonade stand? Hang out at a friend’s or troll the mall? Bake some cookies or go out for a hamburger? Each and every day is a new adventure, and they have the control. For three fabulous months, no one is requiring them to spend hours sitting behind a desk while their muscles atrophy and their creativity slowly ebbs away. They’re free! They’re empowered! They’re the masters of their destinies! At least that’s how I felt. My baking, biking and movie-going were carefully scheduled so they didn’t interfere with time set aside for

lolling. Throw in a family trip to Grandma’s house, Dad’s company picnic and a few outings with friends, and you had the essence of a perfect summer. The memories of summers past beckoned anew every June. It was torture to spend those tediously long final days of the school year sitting in class while the birds chirped outside and the temperature rose. I remember fervently wishing I were a grown-up so I could do whatever I wanted. And here I am! Finally, finally, I can do whatever I want! I can loll on the couch or troll the mall or go out for a hamburger. I can pack up a fishing pole, mess with my bike or go to the movies. I can watch TV, listen to music or take on a video game. And what do I do? Today, I am spending hours sitting behind a desk while my muscles atrophy and my creativity slowly ebbs away. Somewhere along the line, I made a serious mistake.

‘Super 8’ Movie Features Great Acting, Interesting Plot The problem with the new movie Super 8 is that it never quite decides what kind of movie it is. Is it an homage to Steven Spielberg? Well, it has the feel of films such as The Goonies and E.T. Is it a horror film? It does have elements of that. It certainly does have heart, and if you have to do a sort-of-copy of a film, then E.T. is certainly a better model than The Hangover or Pirates of the Caribbean. What I particularly liked about the movie was its focus on character. Instead of a lot of special effects, and there were quite a few, most of the movie centered on a group of young teens making a movie about zombies (a particularly dumb but amusing one that you can see during the end credits… stay, it is worth your while). Director J.J. Abrams mixes and matches kids with the flair of Spielberg. The central character, Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney), could have been the hero of any one of Spielberg’s great films. He is sensitive and in mourning for a mother who had recently died. He seems to be in the project mostly as a way of bonding with his buddy, who has dreams of cinematic glory, but then falls madly for young Alice Dainard (Elle Fanning). While doing the movie (in Super 8 film),


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continued from page 23 “You can see their behaviors and emotional patterns change. They get softer, more relaxed. They move better,” she said. That’s where Martin utilizes another aspect of her experience. “I have an intuitive component which helps me figure out exactly which oil or combination of oils will work best for a particular client or situation,” she explained. “Everyone has an intuition, but not everyone can readily access it or use it productively. It’s like a mop that

they witness a train crash caused by their science teacher’s driving a truck right in front of the train. The train is carrying a super-secret cargo. Let’s leave it that in this movie, the powers that be should have let E.T. phone home. The kids learn about responsibility and courage really quickly, while still remaining children. And parents who seem not be very caring step up to do their part. The cast is excellent, something important in a film that focuses on character. Anyone could have played roles in Hangover 2 or the upcoming Transformers 3. But the cast here is exceptional. Courtney is really good, pulling off one of the best performances I have seen this year.

He manages to be sensitive when necessary, more than a little clumsy around Alice and, finally, heroic. The film is certainly in the tradition of older movies where heroes do come through. His moral center is clear. And Fanning is marvelous. She is far more than a beautiful young girl in the film. She manages to feel like she does belong with the rather motley crew of boys making the film. She has a lovely scene with Courtney as he puts on zombie makeup for her that, with no words or overt actions, develops the theme of how the two young people begin to care for each other. And in one enormously powerful scene with Courtney, where she reveals a key secret, both of the young people demonstrate enormous acting skills. The scene manages to be both real and extraordinarily moving while explaining a lot of the back story of the plot. Kyle Chandler is excellent as Jackson Lamb, Joel’s father, playing a deputy who winds up playing a leadership, and then parental, role he never envisioned. He projects a quiet strength, perfect for a film of this type. The kids, particularly Riley Griffiths, as the budding filmmaker Charles, are all great.

The film itself mostly focuses on the camaraderie between the kids. Watching them interact, as Charles begins a quarrel with Joel because it turns out he has a crush on Alice, who is focused on Joel, brings back charming memories of childhood. But, underneath it all, is the looming problem of what was in that train. Abrams follows the path of Spielberg in Jaws. We do not see much of what was in the train until very close to the end. But dogs and people go missing; and then people are evacuated from the town. Parents must decide what is most important. And there is also a whiff of marijuana in the air. All in all, it was a very satisfying movie. It does not fit the mold of typical summer fare that we now see, based on movies wholly dependent on special effects or wild times. It is a sensitive, moving reminder of how good movies used to be, back in the days when a Spielberg movie was a major event. It is one of the few movies I have seen that is great for kids as well as their parents. Last week, I said X-Men was the best movie of the summer. It lasted one week in that position. Super 8 now holds the slot.

soaks up all kinds of information. You have to know how to differentiate, to filter out the unimportant parts.” Martin has always been an empathetic person. “I can feel others’ emotions, which helps me get to the root of their problems,” she said. “I can say if you use this oil, you’ll have that response. This is particularly helpful with horses, who are nonverbal. Sometimes horses even choose which oils they prefer.” Martin recalled one particular story to demonstrate her point. “One time, I worked with a rescue horse who had been abused. He was completely shut down,” she said. “He wouldn’t move forward at all, wouldn’t even step over a pole on the ground. Within a few months, his whole attitude had changed. He

was jumping easily around 4-foot courses, and his attitude showed how much fun he was having. That was an amazing and permanent transformation.” Laura Hanson of Jupiter has used Martin’s services. “We’ve known each other for a couple of years, mostly through horse shows,” Hanson said. “Nan was able to help when my horse, Winston, tore his suspensory ligaments and had to remain stall-bound for a length of time. The essential oils helped him remain calm and relaxed during his recuperation. Instead of being edgy and tense, he remained quiet and tranquil.” Hanson was also impressed by Martin’s empathic abilities. “One time while Nan was

giving my nine-year-old daughter, Emily, a riding lesson, she came over to me and asked, ‘How long have you been cancer-free?’ I was stunned. I’d never told her I’d had breast cancer,” Hanson said. “I told her it had been seven years and asked how she knew. She said she was getting an aura of pine needles from me. I was taking Tamoxifen, which comes from the Pacific Yew tree. Nan has a great sense of what’s going on inside of you. She’s a great gal with a kind heart. I’d highly recommend her to anyone who needs some help, especially if you have a bad back or aching muscles. She can definitely help.” For more information, call Nan Martin at (561) 315-6334, or visit

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler

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• ACADEMY F OR CHILD ENRICHMENT — In the heart of Royal Palm Beach, the Academy for Child Enrichment offers free VPK. Infants through after school day and night care, 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday. Meals included. Se habla Español. Special rates for fall registration. Visit for more info. The academy is located at 700 Camellia Dr., RPB. Phone: (561) 798-3458. Fax: (561) 793-6995. •LOXAHATCHEE COUNTRY PRESCHOOL — Loxahatchee Country Preschool at 16245 Okeechobee Blvd. has been serving the area for more than 20 years. It is Apple and Gold Seal accredited. Owners Anita and Frank Rizzo purchased the school in 1998. They introduced educational diversity into the curriculum. A Quality Counts School for 21 years! The school tuition includes Spanish lessons, gymnastics, computer and swimming lessons. Their method of self-paced discovery recognizes that all children do not mature and develop at the same rate. They striv e to achiev e a feeling of self-esteem through per sonal discover y and accom plishment. The non-sectarian philosophy promo tes social development through understanding diversity and appreciation of cultural dif ferences. Snacks are included in the tuition price. For more info., call (561) 790-1780. •NOAH’S ARK — Noah’s Ark is located on Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves. They of fer free VPK, low rates and special registration for fall. They offer care for infants and preschool children as well as after-school care. Se habla Español. Noah’s Ark is conveniently locat ed at 14563 Okeechobee Blvd. between Royal Palm Beach and Loxahatchee Groves elementary schools. Call (561) 753-6624 for more info. •SACRED HEART SCHOOL — Sacred Heart is committed to cultiv ating the intellectual, creative, social, moral and spiritual needs of each student. They provide students with an environment that will challenge and encourage them to reach their potential, preparing them for the competitive nature of the w orld. Sacred Heart’s bask etball, soccer and softball teams consistently rank in the top three in the league; the marching, concert and jazz bands have taken top honor s locally and in statewide competitions; their Odysse y of the Mind teams have placed in the top five at the state level. Sacred Heart School will prepare your child for lif e… with love! For more info., call (561) 582-2242 or visit www.sacredheartschoollak

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• ST. DAVID’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL — St. David’s is a small Christian school located at the northwest corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Their mission is to minister t o each child and family by providing an environment of love, security, belonging and learning. They are committed to low student-teacher ratios (Kindergar ten and fir st grade never have more than 12 students per teacher). A combination of the A Beka and Creative curriculums is used for all students ages two and a half through f irst grade. The combined curriculum allows for teaming through student play and exploration, along with the use of workbooks and teacherguided activities. Visit or call (561) 793-1272 for info. • THE LEARNING FOUNDATION — The Learning Foundation is a private school located in Royal Palm Beach. The academic program f ocuses on the diverse needs of students. The program, for third through 12th graders, helps build a student’s self-esteem in order for them to achieve their academic goals. Elementary and middle school hours are Monda y through Friday, 8:30 a.m. t o 2 p.m. with before and after care service available. High school hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; students are required to attend 5 hours each day. The Learning Foundation’s motto “Teaching our Youth How t o Learn” is intergraded into every lesson. For more information, call (561) 795-6886. • THE LITTLE PLACE PRESCHOOL — The Little Place Preschool has served the western communities for more than 33 years. There are two convenient W ellington locations now taking fall registrations. The Little Place offers preschool programs for ages one through five, of fering full-day and half-day programs, and school-aged programs are offered for ages 6 through 8. Named “Best of the West” for tw o years. Contact the Little Place at 1040 Wellington Trace at (561) 793-5860, or 2995 Greenbriar Blvd. at (561) 790-0808. • ST. ANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL — St. Ann Catholic School opened as the first parochial school in Palm Beach County on Sept. 24, 1923. The school served students in Kindergar ten through grade 12 until 1960 when the high school was transferred to Cardinal Newman High School. St. Ann School continues to ser ve the West Palm Beach area. As the school approaches its 88th bir thday, they celebrate their status as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for both the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Primary Years Programme (PYP). St. Ann School is proud to have been the fir st Catholic school in the nation to of fer both IB programs! St. Ann Catholic School is located at 324 N. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 832-3676.

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Two-Part ‘Guys And Gals’ Exhibit On Display At CGMS Gallery A new wave of artists has invaded the Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Cooperative Gallery in Lake Worth, bringing with them down-to-earth works that reflect Florida’s abundance of vegetation and wildlife. Now on display through July 1, the two-part exhibit “The Guys and the Gals” create works that show strength of design and skill that has already attracted an appreciative audience. The work is both decorative and functional. This allows for patrons to live with and use one-of-a-kind art creations as part of their daily routine. “Part I: The Guys” opened June 3, and “Part II: The Gals” will open with a reception Friday, June 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Clay-GlassMetal-Stone, 605 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. There will

A plant-based sculpture by Mary Catello and Teri Salomni.

be a wine and cheese reception. Lake Worth artist Lee Mortensen has recently moved around the corner from the gallery. For many years she had a successful gallery business in Key West. Her finely made stained glass creations, mosaics, panels, sun catchers and architectural installations are now prominent in Clay-Glass-MetalStone Gallery. Mortensen loves the way different types of glass react with each other. Sometimes glass combinations alone inspire a design. Being a perfectionist, some of her bright, colorful sea life and nautical pieces can take three to four months to complete to her satisfaction. Boca Raton artist Mary Catello and Boynton Beach artist Teri Salomni are a mother-daughter team who collaborate on sculptures and basketry woven from the leaves, grasses, reeds and the many gifts nature abundantly discards during its growing process. Adding to their creations are wooden finials created by wood turner Salomni. Catello began to experiment with local plants and trees that could be transformed into art. The material, the preparation and the art form have made Catello acutely aware of the green movement to save the planet. With each woven sculpture she hopes to pass along a “think green” message. Salomni became inspired by her mother’s passion for weaving sculptures from natural resources found locally. She embraced this new medium and started creating her own

A ceramic sculpture by Madeline Gallo. sculptures. “It’s great when someone says they love my sculptures, and I can say it’s created from palm fronds found in your yard,” Salomni said. “I love working on this project with my mom.” Lake Worth Artist Kathleen Kirschner also uses nature’s discards as her found objects in creating wonderful whimsical sculptures, which she displays alongside her brother Rick Cohen’s works. Her swans, lizards and hybrid creatures have been snapped up by aficionados of her designs. Kirschner’s paintings on silk hang in the gallery. A talented seamstress and designer, Kirschner will bring a line of art clothing to the gallery in the near

Kathleen Kirschner uses nature’s discards as her found objects. future. With her brother, Kirschner vocalizes and harmonizes, showing off another side of her multi-faceted talents. Boynton Beach artist Madeline Gallo brings yet another aspect of ceramic sculpture to the gallery. From monumental lawn sculptures to ceremonial wall hangings, Gallo uses a red clay base that she selectively glazes. A veteran of decades of cooperative galleries, Gallo’s works reflect another aspect of the earthy talents of all of the newest gallery artists. The figurative sculptures invite both indoor and outdoor settings; many require group installations. They are reflective of the larger megaliths of the ancients as

well as an accompaniment to the grasses, reeds and toadstools that spring from the earth. A wine tasting, courtesy of artist and wine broker Barbara Eden, takes place at every opening. Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists. The gallery is located at 605 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call (561) 588-8344 or visit

Dixie Art Loft To Host Raymond Gehman Exhibit June 23-28 The Dixie Art Loft will present “Circles of Light,” a photographic exhibit by Raymond Gehman, June 23-28 at the loft, located inside the Craft Gallery (5911 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach). The opening reception will take place Thursday, June 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For 24 years, Pennsylvania-based National Geographic photographer Raymond Gehman has traveled the world chronicling the world’s pristine environments. He has also been shooting closer to home, creating fine, impressionistic photographic art. Everywhere he has found circles of light gracing both the natural landscape and his heart’s own intimate landscape. Gehman’s “Circles of Light” exhibition will open at the Dixie Art Loft in West Palm Beach on June 13, with a reception on June 23. This exhibition features film images representing Gehman’s love of big sky places, from arctic night canopies with swirling beams to duskdrenched mountain tops hanging out under sparkling moons. It also exhibits more recent digital images

One of Raymond Gehman’s pieces from his Florida collection. conveying Gehman’s belief that art can be made anywhere — everyday subjects transformed into the mysterious and bizarre. Having been awarded three National Geographic magazine covers and having been published in

numerous books and articles, Gehman increasingly allows his internal experience to color his images, always searching for wilderness places where people are few and far between, and where numinous luminosity abounds.

Melted Sunflowers by Raymond Gehman. Craft Gallery founder Betty Wilson has been creating invitational group art exhibits to showcase celebrated artists as well as emerging artists in a collaborative event. The invitational group art exhibits now has a home of their

own at the Dixie Art Loft. The Dixie Art Loft presents “exceptional work by exceptional artists.” For additional information, visit or call (561) 585-7744.

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Generations co-owners Anthony Gutilla and Monica Hoffman. PHOTO BY DAMON WEBB/T OWN-CRIER

Generations: A Hair Salon To Celebrate Customer Appreciation Day July 20 By Damon Webb Town-Crier Staff Report Generations: A Hair Salon stays busy pleasing its year-round clients and hosting events to promote healthy hair and customer appreciation. The salon’s services include shampooing, haircuts, blow drying, keratin treatments and more. Generations, located in the Pointe at Wellington Green, also specializes in color and offers an array of services for both men and women. The salon has been open for over two years. Co-owners Monica Hoffman and Anthony Gutilla have known one another for nearly a decade. They decided to bring their talents together to open Generations. Hoffman has a background in marketing and advertising. She serves as the salon’s manager. Gutilla is a third-generation hairstylist with more than 30 years in the industry. A Palm Beach resident, he is a color specialist and also owns another salon in Boynton Beach. With Hoffman living in Wellington, they decided to open the salon in this area. “I love living in Wellington, and we felt we could establish a great presence,” Hoffman said. “We couldn’t ask for a better location than to be so close to the mall. When it came time to choose a name, we wanted something that had meaning. The name embodies the culture of the salon’s history. There are multiple generations that work together and traditions are passed down.” Hoffman has many things set in place to keep the salon going strong. One advantage is the importance of hair in everyday life. “Even though things are a bit tighter as far as people’s disposable income, women are

willing to sacrifice luxuries and other extras in order to have their hair done on a more regular basis,” she said. “There is definitely a connection between someone’s hair and their confidence and self esteem. I am fortunate to say that our business has been able to not only survive during these times, but also thrive.” Hoffman also credits the team’s ability to over-deliver in service and talent. “We have a very talented and dedicated team,” she said. “Our goal is to over-deliver for our clients. For us, hairstyling is an art form. We want to create something that will make them shine.” Hoffman has continued to brand Generations and make it a staple in the community. “We are very active within the community,” she said. “We want to do our part and give back. The western communities are a wonderful place to live, and it’s up to everyone to do what’s within their ability to maintain this quality of living. Engaging in public relations gives us the opportunity to let clients, businesses and people know what we are about and what is important to us beyond the salon.” Two charities supported by the salon are the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Oasis Charity. Generations will host its customer appreciation day Wednesday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The salon will be offering complimentary Phyto hair treatments. Generations is the only salon in the area that carries the French Phyto product line. Generations: A Hair Salon is located at 10240 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 170, near the Mall at Wellington Green. For more information, call (561) 753-2232 or visit the salon’s web site at www.generationsahair

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The Palms West Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Big Momma’s Smokehouse BBQ, located at 123 S. State Road 7 in Royal P alm Beach. Choose from chicken, beef, pork, ribs, beef sausage and catfish. Delicious homemade desserts include red velvet cake, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler and more. For more info., call (561) 333-4744 or visit www.bigmommassmokehousebbq. com. Shown above are owner Kenneth Stephens and employees with Palms West Chamber ambassadors.

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Great Clips Launches Industry’s First Online Check-In Service

For nearly 30 years, Great Clips has been making it easy for customers to get a great haircut without spending a lot of time or money. Great Clips is taking its tradition of convenience to a whole new level by launching the industry’s firstever “Online Check-In.” It puts unprecedented control over the haircare experience in the hands of millions of consumers at just the touch of a button. This new technology is available at Great Clips salons throughout the country. In the western communities, there is one in Wellington (11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., 561204-4705) and one in Royal Palm Beach (1120 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., 561-795-9113). Whether you’re a swamped professional trying to squeeze in a haircut on the drive home, a college student looking to get a quick trim before a big date, or a busy mom trying to get haircuts for you and the kids, Online Check-In means you no longer have to guess at how long your visit to Great Clips will take. Great Clips’ Online Check-In feature is powered by ICS Net Check In, a patent-pending, Internet-based

technology platform developed by Innovative Computer Software. Online Check-in allows customers to remotely log in from a computer or smart phone and view the estimated wait time at surrounding salons. Consumers can click the “Check In” icon to add their name to the list at the Great Clips salon of their choice, and by the time they arrive, they are likely next or almost next in line — saving precious time they might have spent waiting in the lobby for their haircut. “Not surprisingly, our research shows customers don’t want to wait,” Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen said. “We’ve always been focused on keeping wait times low, but with Online Check-In, we can make our customers’ wait even shorter. Our test markets show about 80 percent of folks who check in remotely wait less than five minutes on average once arriving at the salon.” Olsen noted that Great Clips is a leader in the use of technology in the cosmetology industry. “We are the first in the hair care space to introduce this game-changing technology,” she said. “It shows we re-

The check-in service in action. spect the busy lives of our customers and want to make the haircut experience as easy as possible.” Great Clips has nearly 3,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 25,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn advanced skills and the latest trends. No appointments needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. For more information about Great Clips, visit the company’s web site at

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Dr. Matthew Tavolacci Joins Wellington Health & Wellness

Dr. Matthew Tavolacci

Wellington Health & Wellness has announced the addition of Dr. Matthew Tavolacci to the practice. Tavolacci is a board-certified doctor of chiropractic who, in addition to treating traditional musculoskeletal ailments, has a special interest in sports-related injuries as well as extremity injuries. Tavolacci prides himself on treating every patient as a unique individual, using a large variety of chiropractic adjusting and soft-tissue techniques to ensure each patient gets the best care possible. Tavolacci is a native of Welling-

ton and graduate of Wellington High School. He received an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and then went on to graduate from Life University in Atlanta, Ga. with a doctor of chiropractic degree. To schedule an appointment with Tavolacci, call (561) 793-5550 or stop by the Wellington Health & Wellness office, located at 12797 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite B in Wellington. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

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ABWA To Meet July 13 In P.B. Gardens The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Wednesday, July 13 at the PGA Doubletree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. Networking will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $35, and guests are welcome.

The speaker will be Carol O’Neil, the Northern Palm Beach chapter’s outgoing president and president and owner of CEO Financial Services. The program title will be “Chapter Year Review.” The Doubletree Hotel is located at 4431 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. To make reservations, or

for more information, call Sharon Maupin at (561) 624-3816. For directions to the event, contact the Doubletree Hotel at (561) 6222260. For more about the chapter, call O’Neil at (561) 389-1227 or visit the organization’s web site at

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The Palms West Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Abe’s Yogurt in Royal Palm Beach. Located at 563 N. State Road 7 in the Toys “R” Us plaza next to Starbucks, Abe’s has 10 delicious flavor choices and a large selection of fresh toppings. The frozen yogurt is 100-percent natural, packed with healthy probiotics, kosher, gluten-free and nonfat. Abe’s yogurt products are self-serve. Abe’s is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info., call (561) 795-6300. Shown above are Abe’s staff members with Palms West Chamber ambassadors.

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Area Rugby Players Set To Compete In World Cup Event By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Four players from the Palm Beach Touch Rugby Club will be representing the United States as they head to Edinburgh, Scotland for the 2011 Touch Rugby World Cup held this month. From June 22-26, Dwight Gray of The Acreage, along with Tim Oxenford, Marcelo Vilas and Todd Jensen, all from Palm Beach County, will play on one of three American teams that qualified to compete among more than 90

teams internationally for the 2011 Touch Rugby World Cup title in Scotland. Founded in 2009 by coach Ron Vargo, the Palm Beach Touch Rugby Club has seen success in its short time, winning the 2010 national championship at the master’s level. During the championship, scouts from the national team took notice of Gray, Oxenford, Vilas and Jensen. “I’m excited,” said Vilas, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens. “I’ve played [rugby] since I was

young. It’s a great game, and these are all great people.” The club offers opportunities for rugby enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy the game, from beginners to the more experienced, Vargo said. Players range in age from teenagers to the more elder members, and families are encouraged to come out and enjoy the sport together. For more information about the Palm Beach Touch Rugby Club, visit the club’s web site at www.


Palm Beach Touch Rugby Club founder Ron Vargo (second from right) with World Cup qualifiers Tim Oxenford, Todd Jensen and Marcelo Vilas. Not pictured: Dwight Gray.

Members of the Palm Beach Touch Rugby Club send off the World Cup qualifiers with a beach barbecue held last Sunday at Juno Beach.

Dwight Gray of The Acreage runs the ball.

Two Wolverine Baseball Players Chosen In 2011 MLB Draft Wellington High School saw two alumni selected in the Major League Baseball FirstYear Player Draft, which was held Monday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 8. Pitcher John Brebbia was taken in the 30th round by the New York Yankees and shortstop Mitch Morales was taken in the 43rd round by the Washington Nationals. Brebbia, a right-handed pitcher with Elon University, pitched one year for the Wolverines in 2008 after transferring from the Boston area. In his junior season at Elon this year, Brebbia recorded a 7-1 record with a 1.76 ERA. Brebbia was named team MVP in his sophomore year, when he recorded 23 strikeouts in 28.2 innings with a 1-0 record as a relief pitcher. In his senior season at Wellington, he finished with a stellar 10-1 record with 55 strikeouts and led the Wolverines to the district title. Morales, who graduated this year, was a three-year starter for the Wolverines. The

Wolverine Watch By Josh Hyber shortstop hit .349 during the regular season to go along with 18 RBIs, a triple and four stolen bases. Mostly used as a top-of-the-order hitter, Morales used his high energy and great defense to become a fan favorite at Wellington. Although he was drafted, Morales is currently is signed to play collegiate baseball at Florida Atlantic University. “It’s a great honor to be drafted out of high school,” Morales said. “The feeling of the commentators announcing my name was indescribable. You finally realize all the years

of handwork were worth it and it makes you want to keep working even harder.” Despite the allure of a Major League Baseball contract, Morales said he would rather continue his education and gain baseball experience at the college level. “My family and I decided it would be better for me to go to college,” he said. “My body isn’t ready for a 162-game season. College will help me mature and gain weight.” Seminole Ridge High School shortstop Marcus Mooney — whose brother Peter Mooney (of the University of South Carolina and formerly Seminole Ridge) was drafted in the 21st round by the Toronto Blue Jays — “deserves every bit of it,” Morales said. “He practices every day or at least does something to improve his game every day. If he keeps doing what he’s doing he could be drafted much higher in the next draft he’s eligible for.” There have been many WHS players selected in the draft through the years. Brebbia and Morales are two more to add to the list.

Mitch Morales during a game with the local Police Athletic League team.

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For the four th time in six years, the bo ys volleyball team from Wellington Landings Middle School captured the county championship. The Gators defeated Duncan, Bak and Omni to win the championship. The f inals were decided in three games with scores of 2521, 20-25 and 15-11. The outstanding of fensive player of the playoffs was Yannick Feurich and his support cast of Keegan Sullivan, Jacob Koos, A.J. Starkins and Matt Morales. The defensive MVP went to team captain Brockton Boretti and his suppor t cast of Tyler Dillian, Logan Peluso and co-captain Matt Morales. The floor general of the team was setter Christen Shinn, who as a seventh-grader was the best setter in the area. He had the final kill to secure the win. Coach Maureen Witkowski encourages all students to come try out or learn the game at her summer camp held June 20-23 at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center.

Dance Arts Conservatory Group Performs At Palm Beach Central

Dance Arts Conservatory held its seventh annual recital Dance Expo 2011 on Saturday, June 4 at the Palm Beach Central High School theater. The recital featured students from age 2 to adult performing routines in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater and tap. The show opened with a hip, in-vogue routine to a medley of Madonna songs and ended with Momentum Dance Company performing their award-winning competition dance to Thomas Dolby’s 1980s hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” The show featured performances from owners/ artistic directors/teachers Rocky and Dorie Duvall. Junior Company members are Christina Kohlbeck, Jordyn Kelley, Sarah Marsengill, Carlie Niedzwiedzki, Alexandra Ramey, Andrea Rojas, Allie Terry, Cassandra Wiesner and Quinn Van Popering. Petite Company members are Gina Bernstein, Layla Chalifoux, Sarah Cirincione, Nyla George, Tori Rosenthal, Devan Soloman, Allyson Steinberg and Lara Symons.

This group of dancers per formed to a medley of Madonna songs. Special guests included Wellington Ballet Theater performers Carla Foster, Beth Grabasch, Maureen O’Shea and Alyssa Scheible. Dance Arts Conservatory is located at 11260 Fortune Circle, Suite J1, Wellington.

The studio is currently accepting registration for the summer and the fall dance season. For additional information, call (561) 296-1880 or visit the Dance Arts Conservatory web site at www.

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The Pro Ball Cobras 13-U travel baseball team recently won the Lake Worth Summer Bash Tournament in Lake Wor th. Pictured above are: (front row, L-R) Eddie Deusanio, Chandler Miles, Justin Sotomayor, Jor dan Dobson, Jonathan Rosado and Dylan Santalo; (back row) coach Bruce Martin, coach Jim Jeluso, Logan Goldenberg, Keaton Baird, Rylan Snow, coach Rob Snow, Bruce Martin, Jorge Martinez, Alejandro Rodriguez and manager Oscar Santalo.

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RPB Dancers Perform At Relay For Life On Friday, June 3, the Wildcat Dancers dance team and Tapazz dance troupe at Royal Palm Beach High School took the stage at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach to perform during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The dancers performed a half-hour show choreographed specially for the event by master choreographer and Dance Director Michele Blecher. Each song was hand-picked and choreographed by Blecher to relate

to cancer survivors or their loved ones. The songs and performers were as follows: “On My Knees” — Wildcat Dancers and Tapazz; “Bound To You” — Alexa Blecher and Lucas Gonzalez; “Grenada” — Wildcat Dancers and Tapazz; “My Life Begins” — Gonzalez, Kemar Wilson, Jammell Victor and Matthew Taylor; “Fighter” — Alexa Blecher; “It’s My Turn” — Chary Baez, Melissa Felix, Alexa Blecher, Gonzalez, Wilson and Taylor; and “Hallelujah” — Wildcat Dancers and Tapazz.

Wildcat Dancers and Tapazz members with American Cancer Society representatives.

Genbu-Kai Students Compete In Davie Two students from the Florida Genbu-Kai Karate School participated in the Florida Junior Citrus Cup held May 7 at Nova University in Davie. The students competed in kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). There were approximately 300-plus competitors participating in the event. Maritsa Moore, assistant instructor and daughter

of Chief Instructor Sensai Keith Moore, won third place in both kata and kumite. Eden Martin, who started her training in the adult continuing education program offered at Seminole Ridge High School, has been training for over a year. She currently holds a sixth-level purple belt. Maritsa started with her father at their New York location when she was 4

years old. She is now 15 and a brown belt. Florida Genbu-Kai Karate’s facility is located at 585 105th Avenue N., Suite 18B, in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 804-1002 or visit the school’s web site at www.florida (Right) Eden Martin and Maritsa Moore.

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Saturday, June 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Hurray for Fathers!” on Saturday, June 18 at 10:15 a.m. for age 2 and up. Show how much you love dad with stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach Multicultural Organization will present the fourth annual West Palm Beach Carnival on Saturday, June 18 starting at 11 a.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd.). For info., visit • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “All About Butterflies” on Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. for adults. See live butterflies, caterpillars, chrysalises and learn fascinating butterfly facts from Colleen Wiggins of Butterflies on Wheels. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The AT&T Wellington Green Store (2545 S. State Road 7) will host an event that will include chair massages, face painting, a golf clinic, food and prizes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. WRMF’s Dave Brewster will serve as master of ceremonies. For more info., call (561) 793-3682. • The Jupiter Light Lodge 340 F&AM (Free and Accepted Masons) will host its fifth annual fishing tournament Saturday, June 18 to benefit Quantum House. Weighin will be at 2 p.m. on the east side of Burt Reynolds Park, followed by an awards presentation and barbecue at 3 p.m. See rules and regulations at Call Mike Loeffler at (772) 201-0682 or email for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Creating Comics” on Saturday, June 18 at 3 p.m. for ages 10 to 15. Learn how to write and illustrate your own comic. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature a Health Starts Here “Dad & Me Father’s Day Cook-in” on Saturday, June 18 at 3 p.m. There is no charge. Dads and kids are invited to the Lifestyle Center for an afternoon of cooking delicious Health Starts Here recipes featuring veggie burgers and edamame guacamole with sprouted corn tor tilla chips. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • Donna Tucci’s School of Dance will hold its annual recital “Motown Madness” as a tribute to Michael Jackson on Saturday, June 18 at 6 p.m. in the Royal Palm Beach

High School auditorium. Dancers from ages preschool to adult of all levels will per form. Call (561) 795-0053 for more info. • A Neil Diamond Tribute Concert starring Neil Zirconia will take place Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., call (561) 753-2484. Monday, June 20 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Health Starts Here Lunch & Learn: Summer Salads” on Monday, June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The store’s healthy eating specialist will prepare delicious and simple summer salads. Learn how to make your own homemade salad dressings with no refined oils. This is a great way to reduce calories without reducing flavor. There is no charge. Call (561) 9044000 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Art Exploration: Kevin Henkes” on Monday, June 20 at 3 p.m. for ages 6 to 9. Are you a fan of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse or Kitten’s First Full Moon? Explore different art techniques used by this award-winning illustrator. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Kingdom Keepers” Monday, June 20 at 4 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. Test your knowledge of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, June 21 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the Government Center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., sixth floor, West Palm Beach). Visit www. for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Introduction to Coin Collecting” on Tuesday, June 21 at 2 p.m. for adults featuring Ton y Swicer from the Palm Beach Coin Club. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • A kickoff party for the Palms West Community Foundation’s 2011 Community Fitness Run/Walk will be held Tuesday, June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Beef Wellington Steakhouse & Social Club. With a $10 donation at the door, attendees can enjoy one drink and some hors d’oeuvres. For more info., call Maureen Gross at (561) 790-6200 or e-mail maureen@palmswest. com. • The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council will meet Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at See CALENDAR, page 43

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 42 the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District office (101 West D Road). Call (561) 793-2418 or visit www.loxahatcheegroves. org for more info. Wednesday, June 22 • Peggy Kroll, outreach coordinator for Jewish Family Services, will be the guest speaker at the Acreage/Loxahatchee Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 8 a.m. at Cornerstone Fellowship Church (13969 Orange Blvd.). For more info., call Roland Greenspan at (561) 792-6704 or e-mail acreagerotar • The American Red Cross 10th Annual Community Courage Awards Lunc heon will be held Wednesday, June 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.pbtcred or call Maura Nelson at (561) 650-9131. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Live Action Battleship” on Wednesday, June 22 at 4 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Players take the place of game pieces. Come and sink your friends. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig will be the featured speaker at the Palms West Republican Club meeting Wednesday, June 22 at the Players Club (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington). The public is welcome. A social hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres will start at 6 p.m. with the general meeting starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers; membership costs $25. For more info., call (954) 856-0751, visit www. or e-mail pkrayeski@ • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a meeting of its “Teen Advisory Posse” on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Find out what’s coming and share your ideas for future teen programs. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Anime Club” on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. for teens. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Thursday, June 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Stories in Shadows & Shapes” on Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m. for age 5 and up. What’s that lurking in the

shadows? Is it a puppet or a shape? Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Music Around the World Story Time” on Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m. for ages 4 to 6. Listen to stories from around the world, sing songs and make a simple craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Sushi 101 for Kids” on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 6 to 14. Kids, are y ou ready to roll? Join Whole Foods’ in-house sushi company Genji for a hands-on sushi class. Bamboo rolling mats, chef hats and sushi 101 handbooks will be provided. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Anime Grab Bag” on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. View new anime titles from the library’s grab bag. Pocky will be provided. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. Friday, June 24 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Bubble, Fizz, Bang! Chemical Reactions” on Friday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 8 to 12. Perform chemistry experiments and check out new science project books. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • Two exhibitions, “Infocus” and “Picture My World,” will open Friday, June 24 and continue until Aug. 20 at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre (415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach). An opening reception will take place Friday, June 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info., call (561) 2532600, or visit • The South Florida Science Museum (4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach) will host “Under the Sea Nights at the Museum” on Friday, June 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. Families of all ages will enjoy awesome ocean activities including the opportunity to pet live sharks and stingrays. Food and fun will be included. Call (561) 832-1988 or visit for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will show the movie Australia on Friday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email:

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

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

BACHE DEVELOPMENT INC. — General Contractor Christopher G. Bache 561-662-8353 CGC 1510884. New construction, barns, kitchens, baths, complete remodeling, flooring, painting. Residential and commercial visit us at

THE MASTER HANDYMAN — All Types of Home Repairs & Improvements. No job too big or small done right the first time every time 40 yrs of satisfied customers. See me on Angies List. Tom (561) 801-2010 or (954) 444-3178 Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. BILLY’S HOME REPAIRS INC. REMODEL & REPAIRS — Interior Trim, crown molding, rottenwood rep air, door inst allation, minor drywall,kitchens/cabinets / countertop s, wood flooring. Bonded and Insured U#19699. Call 791-9900 or 628-9215 TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS GET RESULTS CALL T ODAY TO PLACE YOUR AD 793-3576

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

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

FOREST HILL ENGINEERING — wind mitigation/4 point inspections BN#3054 DO IT NOW before it’s too late! 561-718-2822

HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561-572-1782 VERAS HOME SERVICES — House cleaning, Pet Sitting, HOme Organization, window cleaning, and much more! References, honest & reliable. 561-598-0311 HOUSECLEANING AND MORE — affordable high quality work. Flexible, honest reliable, years of experience with excellent references. For more information call 561-3197884 HURRICANE SHUTTERS P&M CONTRACTORS — ACCORDION SHUTTERS Gutters, screen enclosures, siding, soffits, aluminum roofs, Serving the Western Communities. Since 1985. U-17189 561-791-9777

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

GREENTEAM LANDSCAPING — We make your grass look greener than the other side Call now 561337-0658. LANDSCAPE & DESIGN — Commercial & Residential. We meet your needs. Free Est. Tree Trimming, Landscape & Maintenance, Small & Large Gardens. 954-4718034 TNT LAWN CARE — Quality Work & Dependable Service. In Business Since 1989 Monthly Lawn service, yard clean-up & mulching. Expert hedge & tree trimming 561-6448683 TO PLACE AD CALL 793-7376

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

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

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

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

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

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

MINOR ROOF REPAIRS DON HARTMANN ROOFING — Roof painting, Carpentry. Lic. #U13677 967-5580 HORIZON ROOFING QUALITY WORK & SER VICE — Free estimates, Residential /commercial . Rep airs: Shingles, Flat s & tiles, Rotted Facia, & Decking. We also do Flat Roof Coating and Pressure Cleaning credit cards accepted. 561-293-0891 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 561-3090134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC023773 RC-0067207 ROBERT CHERRY ROOFING INC Reroofing - Rep air - Waterproofing 561-791-2612 or 954-741-4580 State Lic.& Ins. #CCC-1326048

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

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

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

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

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SAT. JUNE 18th & SUN. JUNE 19th, 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — electronics, baby and household items and much more. 137 Galiano Street (Ponce DeLeon and Okeechobee)

95 HONDA ACCORD LX — 4 door a/c automatic 88,000 miles good tires, tan exterior, 4 cylinder. 561-718-2822 $3,250


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 storageloft. Available Immediately $600 per month (561) 722-7195

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