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Cultural Diversity Day

Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach hosted the annual Cultural Diversity Day on Saturday, May 7 at Veterans Park in Royal Palm Beach. Page 3

RPB Council Hears Report From Water Plant Task Force

The Royal Palm Beach Village Council voted unanimously last week to accept the report by its Wastewater Treatment Plant Task Force regarding a pr oposed land use designation for the 151-acre parcel. However, the council deferred further action on the site. Page 4

PBCHS Awarded Pizza For Taking Part In ‘Cell Phones For Soldiers’

As a prize for winning second place in the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program, Palm Beach Central High School students were treated to free pizza May 4 and 5. Page 5

ACS Relay For Life Returns To Wellington

ThinkPINKkids held its annual 5k “Walk to Win the Battle Against Breast Cancer” on Friday, May 6 at Wellington High School. Students walked to raise funds while enjoying food and drink as well as live performances and raffle prizes. All proceeds go to Scripps Florida and Your Bosom Buddies II. Pictured above are thinkPINKkids committee members. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 13 PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Work began Tuesday on the new state-of-the-art dressage facility that will soon be the home of the Global Dressage Festival set to debut for the 2011-12 equestrian season. Members of Wellington Equestrian Partners, along with prominent dressage riders and members of the equestrian community, broke ground Tuesday on the future multimillion-dollar facility at the 57-acre site of the former Palm Beach Polo stadium at the northeast corner of South Shore Blvd.

and Pierson Road in Wellington. The new facility will be an expansion of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, where competitors from around the world come for high-level hunter and show jumping events during the winter months. The expansion will allow for the same level of competition for the sport of dressage, which is rapidly growing in popularity. “There’s a great following in Wellington,” Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo said. “It’s probably the fastest-growing discipline in equestri-

OPINION On the f inal day of its recent session, the Florida Legislature finally pulled the trigger on the long-awaited “pill mill bill” aimed at cracking down on how pain clinics operate throughout the state. The bill is not perfect, but make no mistake: it is a necessar y first step to break Florida’s reputation as the nation’s primary source of illegal pharmaceuticals. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 3 - 15 OPINION ................................ 4 CRIME NEWS ........................ 6 NEWS BRIEFS ....................... 8 SCHOOLS ..................... 16 - 17 PEOPLE........................ 18 - 19 COLUMNS .................... 27 - 28 SUMMER CAMPS ........ 29 - 32 ENTERTAINMENT ................33 BUSINESS ................... 35 - 37 SPORTS ....................... 41 - 44 CALENDAR...................46 - 47 CLASSIFIEDS ...............48 - 53 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Wellington Council Favors Rebuilding Community Center By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Plans to knock down and rebuild the Wellington Community Center are underway after the Wellington Village Council voted unanimously Tuesday to direct staff to pursue the $5.1 million project. The Wellington Community Center, known once as the Wellington Club East, was built more than 30 years ago as a country club. In October 1998, the village inked a deal to purchase the club and turn it into the community center. In its time as a civic building, the Wellington Community Center has been home not only to the council but also to many popular activities for children, adults and

seniors. Over the years, it has been remodeled to suit the needs of the community. The building was not designed to be a community center, however, and has several design flaws. The most critical is a steep hill at the entrance of the center, which poses a problem for elderly residents. Because the building was built before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was in effect, better access wasn’t required. However, senior services are among the key functions the building is eyed to serve now that the council has moved to the new municipal complex. Director of Operations Jim Barnes noted that to continue using See REBUILD, page 7

Show Promoters Break Ground Park Project, Roads On Large New Dressage Facility Loom Large In Next Year’s ITID Budget

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will return to Wellington this weekend. The overnight event will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, at Village Park on Pierson Road. The cancer-fighting event will star t at 2 p.m. Saturday and last 18 hours to raise money for cancer-fighting programs. Page 7

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Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo and Olympian Robert Dover at the groundbreaking. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

an sports. We always had a longterm goal to have it, but we just didn’t do it well in its current incarnation. We decided that we wanted to work on something on an international scale.” And to do that, Bellissimo partnered with six-time Olympic dressage rider Robert Dover, dressage enthusiast Kim Boyer and prominent dressage journalist Ken Braddick. “We decided to craft a vision of what dressage could look like in Wellington in a dedicated facility,” Bellissimo said, “and really change the world market.” Recently, Equestrian Sport Productions received a special use permit to hold dressage competitions on the property, as well as a land development permit to begin construction on the iconic site, which is considered by many to be the birthplace of equestrian sports in Wellington. The new facility will feature plenty of amenities to attract dressage riders and enthusiasts alike, including an exhibition area with several arenas, a covered arena and lighted practice space, as well as permanent stables and bridle trails. Also planned for future phases are a hotel/condominiums on site, See DRESSAGE, page 22

Supervisor Darlene Crawford Drops Out Of LGWCD Election By Lauren Miró LGWCD Attorney Mary Viator Town-Crier Staff Report told the Town-Crier that because Loxahatchee Groves Water the filing date for new candidates Control District Supervisor Dar- had passed, the seats would autolene Crawford announced Mon- matically go to Widing and Schiday, May 9 that she is abandon- ola. “They’re considered elected,” ing her bid for reshe said. election to a seat on LGWCD Referendum However, Viator the LGWCD Board On Voting Change noted that Crawford of Supervisors. Could Be Expensive, would have to subAt the board’s mit in writing her PAGE 4 meeting Monday, resignation from the Crawford said she made the deci- election to the Palm Beach Counsion for personal reasons. ty Supervisor of Elections. Crawford was one of three canIn other business, the supervididates running for two seats on sors voted unanimously to desigthe board in a proxy vote by acre- nate a portion of the E Road canal age election scheduled for June maintenance road as a pedestrian 27. Supervisor Don Widing is also and equestrian greenway trail. up for re-election, while commuThe pathway runs along the canity activist Frank Schiola was nal easement on E Road north of hoping to secure a seat on the Okeechobee Blvd. to North Road. board. It now is blocked by several gates,

which were put up by property owners. Crawford originally broached the subject with the board, suggesting that the pathway would be a great area for pedestrians or equestrians. LGWCD Administrator Clete Saunier said that the district contacted the two property owners who had put the gates up. He said they were amiable to removing the gates but had some concerns. One asked to place a gate across the bridge on his property. Both were concerned about unauthorized vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles, being used on the property and the liability incurred with it. Supervisor John Ryan worried that the staff’s recommendation to See LGWCD, page 22

By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors discussed its proposed 2011-12 budget on Wednesday, May 11. The budget, which is expected to slightly lower assessments for most units, will be dominated by road projects and the Acreage Community Park expansion. ITID Financial Director Emily Poundstone told the supervisors that the proposed budget is the lowest in five years, with assessments approximately 4 percent less on average than the current year, and 19 percent less than in 2007. Among the major budget goals expressed by the board at its budget workshop were to keep assessments low while maintaining the current level of services, road maintenance, “Welcome” signs at The Acreage’s borders and progress on the southern expansion of Acreage Community Park. The largest portion of the budget, about 31 percent, will be focused on road maintenance, Poundstone said. That includes a budgeted $1.4 million reserved for

road improvements. “And there are no assessment dollars related to these projects,” she said. Poundstone noted that there are approximately 41 road projects either completed or set to be completed by September as part of last year’s budget. About 24 percent of the budget will consist of utility sale funds, which includes the park expansion. Poundstone said that $4 million is reserved for the park expansion. “The board stressed this as a priority in the budget workshop,” she said. Because of the use of the utility sale funds, the district reserves would be down about $4.3 million, she said. The parks budget is down 30 percent, Poundstone said, due to the number of capital improvements completed last year. “Most of these were one-time projects approved by the board last year,” she said. “There isn’t as much in the plans for this year.” Another area with a slight decrease is the maintenance and operations department. Supervisor Carol Jacobs said See ITID BUDGET, page 22


The Palms West Chamber of Commerce held its 14th annual Teacher Appreciation Social on Thursday, May 5 cent er court at the original Wellington Mall. Shown here are Pierce Hammock Elementary School’s Marie Zarecki, Kristen King, Natalie Garcia and Rogaya Miller. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 5 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/TOWN-CRIER

P.W. Chamber Members Try Their Hand At Budgeting By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Members of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce got the opportunity to put their budgeting skills to the test at a luncheon Monday, May 9 as they tried to balance Wellington’s municipal budget for the upcoming year. Held at the Wanderers Club at Wellington, the program was sponsored by the village and posed four budgetary questions to the attendees and asked them to vote on how they’d spend Wellington’s limited funds. Wellington Director of Financial Management & Budget Mireya McIlveen told chamber

members that the village is facing another tough year, with tax revenue falling about 10 percent. “That’s our budget challenge this year,” she said. “We’re facing a $650,000 to $1.5 million deficit.” To help residents better understand the budget process, Wellington has put together an interactive budget challenge available at, where anyone can try to balance Wellington’s finances by choosing which programs to cut and how much. “It guides the participant through a series of budget questions that our council and staff are

actually dealing with,” McIlveen said, and they include, “how are we going to deliver the services, and what level of service are we going to deliver to our residents.” Wellington will be hosting similar presentations with other groups, hoping to get the word out about budget cuts early, long before the budget must be approved. For the chamber luncheon, participants were given four areas to either finance with the same amount of money, cut money from or provide more: law enforcement, parks and recreation, the Safe Neighborhoods initiative and landscaping. Each table had to come to a con-

sensus on what to do about each area, lock in their vote, and then the results were instantly tabulated and put into a graph on an interactive screen at the front of the room. McIlveen noted that about $3 million in cuts have already been made and that the numbers in the exercise reflect those cuts. “We’ve cut the budget,” she said. “We’ve flipped our service delivery model. We’ve gone to all of the department heads to find out in what areas we can reduce. After that, we still have [a deficit].” Deputy Village Manager John Bonde explained that Wellington has contracted with the Palm

Beach County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement in the village, at a lower cost than running its own department. “We spent this year $7.8 million on law enforcement,” he said. “Law enforcement is our biggestticket item. It’s 60 percent of the taxes that we collect.” That total includes the cost for 59 core deputies, five civilian staff members and 53 crossing guards. Chamber members could vote to keep the law enforcement budget the same, increase it by 2 percent, which would add two deputies or 10 crossing guards, cut it by 2 percent, which would lose See CHAMBER, page 22

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South Florida Green Conference Next Week In West Palm Beach By Chris Felker Town-Crier Staff Report The 2011 South Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference/ Expo, produced by the Palms West Chamber of Commerce, will be staged Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. This one-of-a-kind program focuses on education and networking designed to advance entrepreneurs and their businesses in America’s new green economy. Speakers, intensive sessions, panel discussions and workshops focused on building socially responsible and sustainable enter-

prises will be combined with opportunities to engage in dialogues with leading industry, government, consumer and academic experts. The 2011 conference will again feature the “100 Cities Summit” program that brings together leading policymakers and sustainability managers from cities throughout Florida to create a coalition of support for long-term “green” strategic objectives. That program is by invitation only. The chamber is also excited about the return of its special education program designed to “pass the baton” to future environmen-

talists attending Palm Beach County schools, according to the chamber’s Anitra Harmon. The highlight of the day for the 70 or so local schoolchildren expected to attend, she said, is the announcement of the winners of the conference’s essay contest. “We work very closely with the school district on the program. This is the second year of the program, and we have environmental and science students from five Palm Beach County schools, two high schools and three middle schools,” Harmon said. “The idea is to encourage the young environmentalists of the future. They

participate in their own special two-hour program, which this year is all about the Lake Worth Lagoon, and then we bring them into the main ballroom during lunch, and the winners of the essay contest are announced.” Local political leaders who will make presentations at the conference include U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-District 19), State Sen. Maria Sachs (D-District 30), State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-District 27), State Rep. Joe Abruzzo (D-District 85), Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs.

Among the expert presenters are David DeVos, global director of sustainability for Prudential Real Estate Investors, and Claude Ouimet, senior vice president and general manager of InterfaceFLOR Canada & Latin America. The county leaders will be sharing their experiences as members of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a joint commitment by Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties to partner in mitigating the causes and adapting to the consequences of climate change. Continuing Education Credits are available for professionals at-

tending breakout sessions pertinent to their area of expertise. Sessions run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The convention center is at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more info., visit www. or call Harmon at (561) 790-6200 or e-mail

COLORFUL COSTUMES, PERFORMANCES MARK RPB’S CULTURAL DIVERSITY DAY Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) and the Village of Royal Palm Beach hosted the annual Cultural Diversity Day on Saturday, May 7 at Veterans Park in Royal Palm Beach. Guests enjoyed food, entertainments, arts, crafts and performances celebrating a varie ty of different cultures. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Members of Palm Beach Hindu Mandir.

Erick Maldonado, Dimitri Poulard and Robert Killby of Actors on the Run perform a comedic version of Romeo and Juliet.

Gabriel Estopinan and Juli Bruscino call in the lions from the Ni Ma Lion Dance Performing Team.

Elizabeth Torres performs a violin solo.

The Ni Ma Lion Dance Performing Team wows the cr owd.

Diversity Day event committee members Winsom Martin, Hope Francis, Elet Cyris, Ernie Garvey and Shirley Mars.

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‘Pill Mill Bill’ Is Far From Perfect, But It Is A Necessary First Step On the final day of its recent session, the Florida Legislature finally pulled the trigger on the long-awaited “pill mill bill” aimed at cracking down on how pain management clinics operate throughout the state. This comes several months after a portion of previous legislation had been put on hold as part of Gov. Rick Scott’s freeze on new state regulations. Supporters of the legislation are relieved that it has finally become a reality. However, although most have celebrated the bill’s passing, not everyone shared the same level of optimism for the final form. While many were pleased that the House and Senate were able to hash out their differences and manage to include the key elements, critics argue that there are serious loopholes that will undermine the bill’s overall efforts. One of the biggest loopholes concerns exemptions for special types of doctors. Whereas physicians running their own office must adhere to the new rules, that’s not the case for surgeons, anesthesiologists, neurologists and pain management doctors with board certification and extra training. Were they a minority group that comprised only a small percentage of pain clinics in the state, this wouldn’t be a problem. But the number of clinics owned by such doctors is quite sizeable. Still, just because a doctor’s office is exempt doesn’t mean laws will be broken. The law is not designed to stop legitimate doctors from operating, only unscrupulous practitioners who run the so-called “pill mills,” using a phony medical practice as a license to deal in illicit drugs.

The bill is not perfect, but make no mistake: it is a necessary first step to break Florida’s reputation as the nation’s primary source of illegal pharmaceuticals. If this bill succeeds, then when we look at state statistics years from now, not only will we see a decrease in the number of pill mills, but the number of deaths from prescription drugs will have reduced as well. After all, saving lives is what is at the heart of this legislation. However, while this undoubtedly will prevent people from becoming addicts in the future, it begs the question of what will happen to the scores of current addicts whose drug supplies are about to be cut off. Presumably, these are the people the state is looking out for, yet their well-being has largely been absent from this conversation. To assume they will simply stop using drugs is naïve. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with their condition may prevent them from seeking the treatment they need. Perhaps there should be some effort into making treatment more accessible. Right now the main concern has been how to get the bad guys. There have been plenty of obstacles to keeping them in line, and the recent legislation will make enforcement far easier. But in the end, that’s not enough. What is also needed is education for the young and a way out for the addicts. If the state could make significant progress in either of those areas, we could do to these white-collar drug dealers what no amount of law enforcement can — steal their customers.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Chamber Supports Wellington Campus Editor’s note: The following letter by Wellington Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michela Perillo-Green was written on behalf of the chamber’s board of directors and executive committee and is addressed to the Wellington Village Council. Honorable Mayor Bowen and Wellington Village Council: The Board of Directors of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce supports the suggested use of the “K-Park” property owned by the village for a college/university campus, specifically that proposed by Palm Beach State College. In addition to the direct investment in our community, the ripple effect through future years including but not limited to local expenditures of students, faculty, staff and the college, their contributions to demand for local business, and the value of public uses of the college’s facilities and its public events should be more positive than the other activities currently envisioned for the site. Although it is impossible at this early stage to estimate the true economic impact of establishing a Palm Beach State College campus in Wellington, there is ample evidence from neighboring com-

munities to suggest that it would be quite significant. In 2008-09, PBSC generated $344 million in economic impact and created 2,400 full- and part-time jobs in the county. The campus would have a certain impact by providing increased tax revenues, raise wages by providing a more educated work force, attract new businesses and better jobs, and provide facilities for community use. Locating the campus of Palm Beach State College in the Village of Wellington will broaden the local tax base and help to secure a more stable financial future. We encourage the council to consider pursuing the current proposal put forth by Palm Beach State College. After proper consideration of due diligence and valuation issues and with the understanding that the village may be required to make a financial contribution, we urge you to enter into negotiations and an agreement to sell the entire 68-acre parcel to the college and bring this western communities campus to Wellington. Michela Perillo-Gr een, Executive Director Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Patriot Memorial An Honorable Undertaking I take exception to the letter by

Barbara Tucker, “Memorial Is Not Needed” published in the April 29 Town-Crier. The Patriot Memorial is a wonderful thing for Wellington. Wellington will have a landmark for all who come to visit will see how its citizens have chosen to honor the victims of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001 — even more importantly now that Osama bin Laden has been made into fish food. The fact that the money will come from private donations is a plus for the village’s stretched budget. Some of the money has already been raised privately, no doubt much of the total will eventually. Whatever fraction the Wellington Village Council will share will well be worth the investment as people from all over the world will make it their business to see this when traveling to South Florida. Ms. Tucker appears to “protesteth too much.” She needs to lighten up. Federal budget cuts and Tallahassee fiscal wrestling are not about Wellington making a place for honoring the 9/11 victims. So what if we don’t have a piece of the Pentagon or of the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania? We are doing what we can. It is admirable and honorable. Aside from my disagreement with her, her seemingly gratuitous and supercilious attack on Mr. [Ernie] Zimmerman was uncalled for and distasteful. She needs to apologize. Mr. Zimmerman is a

well-respected citizen of Wellington, a combat veteran and a lineof-duty-injured New York City police officer. There is no justification for singling him out for abuse. By extension, I also observe another gratuitous attack on anyone from New York. This is truly baseless. Yes, the World Trade Center was in New York City. New York City is just as much a part of the United States of America as is Wellington. To honor the victims with a memorial made of salvaged parts of the WTC here in Wellington is a worthy and worthwhile cause and has nothing to do with politics, distrust of New Yorkers, or any other xenophobic mendacious sophistry some narrowminded, truth-challenged persons choose to employ. Dick Farrel WDJA 1420 AM West Palm Beach

Inspector General’s Final Hurdle To Cross On May 17, the Palm Beach County commissioners are scheduled to approve the final draft for the 38 municipalities to join Palm Beach County in setting up an inspector general for them. The last hurdle is who will pay to fund the inspector general’s $3.5 million budget? The original idea, the one Mi-

ami-Dade uses and the one Palm Beach County originally approved, was for the vendor/contractors to bear the brunt of the cost by paying a small fee of 25 cents for ever $100 spent on all contracts with the county government. However, the Palm Beach County commissioners later changed the method of payment from the vendor/contractors to the taxpayers. The taxpayers will now be funding the program, and the vendors/contractors will be paying nothing. The rationale given was that it is too complicated, and it would cost $500,000 to reprogram the county’s computerized billing system. As a result, the City of West Palm Beach’s share of the projected annual budget will be $335,000, and Wellington’s share will be $76,000.

The cities are up in arms. Some are complaining that they do not have enough money to fund their police and firemen, let alone the inspector general. But it does not have to be that way. Let’s say it does cost $500,000 to reprogram the computerized billing system. That is a one-time expense. West Palm Beach alone over 10 years will pay out $3,350,000. They would save most of that money if the vendors/contractors go back to paying 25 cents for every $100 spent on contracts. It is ridiculous to change from the Miami-Dade program that has worked for 13 years, and has saved them many millions. Let’s go back to the original concept and help save Palm Beach County, and the 38 municipalities, millions of dollars in fraud, waste and mismanagement. Morley Alperstein Wellington

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RPB Council Hears Final Report From Water Plant Task Force By Eric Woodard Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach Village Council voted unanimously last week to accept the report by its Wastewater Treatment Plant Task Force regarding a proposed land use designation for the 151-acre site northwest of the intersection of Crestwood and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. However, at the May 5 meeting, the council deferred further action on the site. The task force concluded that it

would recommend 55 percent of the land be used for single-family residential homes, which would add roughly 200 new houses. Additionally, 25 percent would be allotted for recreational purposes, 10 percent for commercial purposes and 10 percent for industrial uses, with some of those acres being specifically designated for RV and boat storage. Residents who attended task force meetings offered differing opinions as to certain land uses, such as commercial and industri-

al, as well as the percentages allocated to them. Mayor Matty Mattioli said he thought the presentation was suitable but that the time was wrong for anything to go forward. “I’ve heard this story for the last year, and it hasn’t changed,” Mattioli said. “Those who want commercial, those who don’t want commercial, those who want industrial, those who don’t want industrial ... I want to put it on the shelf for a year, and we’ll dust it off a year from now. If the econo-

my improves, we will further consider your recommendations.” Other major concerns from attendees included whether the specific allotments of the plan would actually be carried out, the future safety of schoolchildren crossing multiple lanes of traffic, and whether commercial and industrial space would negatively affect neighboring residential areas. Task Force Member Joseph Boyle had been chosen by the group to present the findings. He gave a 35-minute presentation,

explaining the designations and the panel’s rationale for them. According to Boyle’s presentation, the land use “should be compatible with, though not necessarily exactly the same as, the current neighborhood, should reasonably maintain the current neighborhood character, and should not negatively affect the already volatile property values.” During council discussion of Boyle’s presentation, Councilman Fred Pinto addressed the issue of land use compatibility.

“It was clear to me after hearing from the citizens that we need to focus on compatibility,” Pinto said, “putting something that’s going to be compatible to the surroundings, and to me that does not spell industrial and commercial.” Boyle listed seven of the considerations by the task force: generation of revenue, environmental impact of the land use, capacity of local schools to accommodate the land use, whether the location of the site favors one land See TASK FORCE, page 22

Vote Referendum’s Cost Concerns Groves District Supervisors By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Unanticipated expenses caused by a referendum that could change the election procedures at the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District worried several supervisors at a meeting Monday, May 9. In March, the district received a petition to have one or more of the district’s supervisors chosen by direct election, rather than the proxy vote by acreage system currently used. An estimated 20 percent of Loxahatchee Groves’ qualified electors signed the petition, which was circulated by residents Marge Herzog and Don Williams. It requested a referendum of qualified voters to change the voting procedure used from one acre, one vote, to one person, one vote. The referendum election was set for June 27, before the district’s annual meeting of property owners. Though none of the supervisors disagreed with residents’ right to hold a referendum and change the voting procedure, they worried

about the cost of doing so, which is estimated at $36,160. LGWCD Administrator Clete Saunier said that the costs would cover up to $25,000 in legal fees, $1,500 for a database consultant, $8,650 for auditing services and $1,000 for legal notices. He noted, however, that the estimate includes costs only up to and including the referendum. Additional costs, such as urban area mapping, would be incurred if the referendum were approved. Supervisor John Ryan expressed concern that the cost would be even higher if the referendum passed, noting that the district may already have to issue a special assessment to cover the costs. “It could mean a special assessment of $7 or more per acre,” he said. “I think it’s only fair that all residents know what is going on. These are real costs. We don’t have a rainy-day fund for these items.” Ryan said that the district should look toward drafting a notice for a one-time assessment increase to help cover costs. He said he felt


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that residents should be informed about the process and what it means for the district. “People won’t be happy with this process,” Ryan said. “Those who want change will feel that it’s not giving them as much voting authority as they’d like. And the large landowners will worry about the change in how decisions are made.” Supervisor Don Widing said that he respects the concern about everyone having a right to vote but worried about the cost. “Originally we thought it would cost $10,000,” he said. “Now we’re looking at $36,000. I don’t feel responsible spending that kind of money. I respect what is being done, but we have to weigh the costs.” He also noted that the point could be moot if the district decides to merge with the Town of Loxahatchee Groves. Supervisor Darlene Crawford wondered whether there is anything the board could do to avoid the costs. “Is there any way to undo this once it has been set in motion?” she asked.

LGWCD Attorney Mary Viator said that the government is obligated to continue with the referendum once the petition has been certified. Crawford also wondered whether the referendum had to be held in tandem with the next regularly scheduled election and what would happen if there was not an election. Viator said that timing would be an issue and that she was unsure what would happen if the district doesn’t hold an election as scheduled. “If we wait six months, we are in a new fiscal year,” she said. “We would not be able to collect special assessments until the following year.” Widing suggested deferring the decision to approve the referendum election policy and move money from the reserve funds until the next meeting on June 13, so that the district’s legal staff could find the answer and draft the special assessment notice. Saunier noted that a referendum requires a 30-day notice. “If we defer this decision,” he said, “then


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it’s a given that we can’t hold the referendum at the June 27 meeting.” Viator said that the board could hold a special meeting on the matter. “We have to have a notice to residents in the paper by May 28,” she said. But Supervisor Robert Snowball said he’d rather have the referendum done earlier. LGWCD Chairman David DeMarois agreed. “If we delay the inevitable, we’re going to pay more money for it,” he said. “People will vote one way or the other.” But Widing wanted to be sure that there was enough time for residents to have all of the information. Snowball suggested sending out a letter detailing the costs of the election. “That way they’re informed when they come in and vote,” he said. During public comment, Herzog told the board that by law they have to hold the referendum on the same day as the annual meeting on June 27. “That meeting was scheduled a year ago,” she said.

“I don’t see how you can get around it. You’re obligated by your charter to have it.” Herzog also wondered what provisions would be made for absentee voters, or voters who could not attend the meeting. Viator said that voting would be open from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and qualified voters could submit ballots until the start of the annual meeting. Proxy or absentee votes, however, weren’t required under the law, she said. DeMarois made a motion to approve the election process with the addendum that a letter be sent to residents relaying the cost of the referendum along with a possible assessment increase. The measure passed 4-1, with Widing opposed. A second motion was made to approve the qualified electorate referendum election procedures. It also passed 4-1, with Widing opposed. A third vote to approve the transfer of $36,150 from the reserve funds to the general budget passed 3-2, with both Widing and Crawford opposed.

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PALMS WEST CHAMBER HONORS LOCAL TEACHERS AT ANNUAL MIXER PARTY The Palms West Chamber of Commerce held its 14th annual Teacher Appreciation Social on Thursday, May 5 center court at the original Wellington Mall. There was food, raffles, goodie bags, karaoke, a DJ and dancing, as well as vendor booths with representatives from Costco, the Gold Coast Credit Union and McClellan Chiropractic. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Kacey Atkinson sings karaoke. Royal Palm Beach High School teachers.

Margarette Marturano, Kathy Peers, Erica Woener-Goldrich and Richard Tran of Seminole Ridge High School.

Principal Rich Myerson (front) with teachers from Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School.

The Palms West Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

Mary Lou Bedford and Eric Gordon of the Palms West Chamber.

PBCHS AWARDED PIZZA FOR TAKING PART IN ‘CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS’ As a prize for winning second place in the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program, Palm Beach Central High School students were treated to free pizza May 4 and 5. Little Caesar’s Pizza provided 375 pizzas and 2,850 bottles of water. More than 500 cell phones were collected through the program. They will be refurbished and sold, with the money being used to buy calling cards so soldiers can call home. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Little Caesar’s Pizza owner Louis Elosta, Jaime Ortega and PBCHS Cafeteria Manager Scott Kalkstein.

(Front, L-R) Jose Bolgar and Brad Smith, and (second row) Collin Douglas and Joanna Miguel enjoy their pizza.

Academy Coordinator Carl Rosenberg and Erin Allison of Maroone Chevrolet, which collected phones from students.

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Con Artists Target Elderly Man In Royal Palm Beach By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report MAY 10 — A 78-year-old man called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Royal Palm Beach on Tuesday afternoon regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, the victim was sitting on a bench outside the Publix store in the Crossroads shopping plaza at approximately 11:30 a.m. when he was approached by two Hispanic males who said they needed help contacting immigration. According to the report, one male identified only as “Manuel” said he was an illegal immigrant and had a winning lottery ticket for $800,000 that he was unable to cash. The other suspect, identified as “Evan,” said he offered to cash the lottery ticket, but Manuel wanted a $50,000 cash security deposit. According to the report, the men drove to the Bank of America on Okeechobee Blvd., and Evan returned with a pouch he said contained $30,000 cash. However, Manuel said he wanted $50,000 and Evan asked the victim if he had $20,000 to make up the difference. According to the report, the victim said that he had $2,600 in cash as well as some jewelry at his home that he could give them as a security deposit. According to the report, the victim gave the men $2,600 cash, three gold rings, a 24” gold necklace valued at approximately $300, and a gold bracelet valued at approximately $100. According to the report, Manuel then began complaining of stomach pains, so Evan drove the victim and Manuel to the CVS Pharmacy on Royal Palm Beach Blvd., and the victim was given $5 and asked to run in for some medication. According to the report, when the victim returned, the suspects were gone. The victim said he had no contact information for the men and he could not provide a make or model for the car. According to the report, the deputy spoke with the branch manager at the Bank of America, who said that no $30,000 cash transaction had occurred. ••• MAY 5 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington responded to a home in Pinewood East last Thursday in reference to stolen auto parts. According to a PBSO report, the victim’s 2008 Cadillac Escalade was parked in the driveway sometime between 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday and 5:30 a.m. the following morning when someone stole the vehicles rims and tires. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY 6 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to the Super Target store on Okeechobee Blvd. last Friday afternoon regarding a delayed theft. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 9:58 p.m. last Thursday, the victim left the store with her children and left her wallet containing her credit cards, driver’s license and $302 cash inside the store, but didn’t notice it missing until she returned home. The victim said that by the time she realized her wallet was missing, the store had closed. She called the store at

12:30 p.m. the following day and spoke with a loss prevention officer, who said her purse had been turned in by an unknown white male who entered from the parking lot and said he had found the purse outside the store. According to the report, the victim’s missing items were recovered except for the $302 cash. Video surveillance shows the victim walking out of the store with her child, looking at her cell phone, with nothing else in her hand. The man who turned in the purse is not believed to be involved in the theft. MAY 9 — A resident of Greenview Shores called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Monday night to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, the victim’s 2004 Ford F-250 was parked on the road in front of the house. At sometime between 6:30 and 10 p.m., someone entered the unlocked vehicle and stole a black suitcase containing miscellaneous clothing items and a black book bag. The deputy canvassed the area but found nothing suspicious. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. MAY 10 — A juvenile suspect was arrested Tuesday on drug charges following a traffic stop near the intersection of Royal Palm Beach Blvd. and Sandpiper Ave. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation pulled over a silver Jaguar that matched the description of a vehicle in another case. The deputy made contact with the driver and the juvenile suspect, and noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. According to the report, a search of the vehicle found a marijuana cigarette with between two and four grams of marijuana in a pack of cigarettes, as well as a glass pipe used for smoking. Both the driver and the juvenile suspect denied that the marijuana was theirs, however the juvenile suspect was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. MAY 11 — An Eastwood resident called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Wednesday morning to report a vandalism incident. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 7:27 a.m., the victim was informed by his neighbor that someone had spraypainted several obscenities on his garage door, sidewalk and mail box. The victim could not think of anyone who would have done this. The graffiti unit was notified. Pictures were taken and entered as evidence. MAY 11 — A man was arrested for drug possession early Wednesday morning following a traffic stop in Wellington. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 12:42 a.m. a deputy from the Wellington substation responded to South Shore Blvd. to provide backup for the traffic stop. While the first deputy on the scene was doing a background check on the driver, 26-year-old Sean Finnerty of Wellington, the other deputy conducted an inventory of the vehicle and noticed a strong smell of marijuana. According to the report, the deputy searched a backpack on the passenger seat and discovered a clear plastic bag containing marijuana.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Hector Rivera, a.k.a. Carlos Berra and Dominguez Mendez, is a white male, 5’8” tall and weighing 185 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. His date of bir th is 05/ 01/68. Rivera is wanted for felony attempted first-degree murder and misdemeanor violation of probation on a charge of domestic batt ery. His last known address w as Lancaster Drive in Greenacres. Riv era is wanted as of 05/12/11. • Joshua Walsh is a white male, 5’7” tall and w eighing 160 lbs., with brown hair and br own eyes. He has a tattoo on his right arm and a scar on his abdomen. His date of birth is 06/22/87. Walsh is wanted for failure to appear on a charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault/batt ery, burglary of a dwelling (two counts) and burglar y with battery. His occupation is construction. His last known address was 58th Place Nor th in The Acreage. Walsh is wanted as of 05/ 12/11. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime St oppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit

Hector Rivera

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Abruzzo: Session Brings Some Success, Several Disappointments By Chris Felker Town-Crier Staff Report State Rep. Joe Abruzzo (D-District 85) scored some successes in the 2011 legislative session, but overall, he was disappointed with much of the legislation that passed in Tallahassee, including the budget. In an interview this week, Abruzzo pointed to three bills he had sponsored that are now on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk: House Bill 75, which would reduce penalties for “sexting” by minors; a measure to establish the statewide Silver Alert system in Florida law, on which he teamed up with State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-District 27); and the Post Disaster Relief Assistance Act, which would “protect businesses and private citizens who freely provide housing to first responders during a natural disaster or state of emergency from undue litigation.” “Sexting” refers to the act of sending explicit photos of oneself via mobile device, which has been an issue primarily among teenagers. Currently, those convicted of such indiscretions face harsh penalties and can be treated as sex offenders. The bill that passed the legislature would make a first offense non-criminal, a second offense a

misdemeanor and downturn. It’s just only the third offense completely wrong, a felony. Asked and I can’t support whether Gov. Scott it.” would sign the bill, Abruzzo noted Abruzzo said, “I sure that more than $1 hope so. The fact that billion in cuts will it did pass unaniaffect public educamously in both tion; hospitals and chambers should nursing homes will send a clear indicabe out about $700 tion to the governor million in Medicaid that this is important payments. A change and we are unified in in the transportation standing behind this State Rep. Joe A bruzzo trust fund will mean legislation.” $150 million less for As for the disappointments, highway projects, which AbruzAbruzzo started out by harshly zo said will cost the economy criticizing portions of the state thousands of jobs. budget. “I voted against the bud“That’s why I supported meaget,” he said, noting that one pro- sures to bring online poker into vision, which requires some pub- destination resorts,” he said, lic employees to contribute toward “which would have brought biltheir state pensions for the first lions of dollars into the State of time, “was really a 3 percent in- Florida, so we didn’t have to make come tax on teachers, police of- these kinds of cuts to education ficers, firefighters and other pub- and healthcare.” lic-sector workers.” But the budget does contain He also pointed out that the bud- several bright spots, he said. get raises tuition by 8 percent at Abruzzo backed the corporate inevery state university and college come tax cut that will save an exand allows universities to increase tra $1,100 a year on average for tuition by up to 15 percent. 15,000 small businesses in Flori“They’ve been increasing tuition da. “I believe this will be the first every year since I was elected,” step in a multi-year effort and will he said. “They keep going down really benefit our small and medithis route during an economic um-sized businesses,” he said.

Abruzzo noted that there is $7.3 million in the budget for a Palm Beach State College western communities campus that will allow them to start construction, and possibly have the first phase of a campus open within two years. Before his re-election last November, Abruzzo listed stopping Florida’s reputation as the nation’s “pill mill” capital as a top priority. “Last year I sponsored pill mill legislation that passed into law, and this year we passed another pill mill bill. This is going to be an issue that we run legislation on, in my opinion, every single year, because every single year their tactics are going to change,” he said. “Those whose intent is to break the law will always try to find some gray area in our statutes, and we need to always come back and work on the language to make sure we’re staying ahead of those who try to capitalize on the illegal prescription trade.” Another group of people high on his priority list were those suffering from traumatic brain injuries. “We had some tremendous success, not as far as legislation, but in the budget, we were able to secure $6.8 million for long-term in-home service,” he said. “That program had a large waiting list, so this funding now will help clear

many individuals and families off that list.” Abruzzo also sought to stiffen state physical education requirements and filed a bill to do so this year. “Unfortunately, it did not pass,” he said. “This was something that the legislature did not want to take up this session, but I will be bringing it back.” He said he also worked to protect homeowners through insurance and property-tax measures, and noted that although a bill passed that would allow the staterun windstorm insurer, Citizens Insurance, to raise rates by 10 percent a year, “I’m proud to state that I did not support any of the insurance bills that would raise rates for consumers.” About his Post Disaster Relief Assistance Act, Abruzzo said: “It is imperative that we look after not only the first responders in times of distress, but those who support them in doing their job effectively.” The act’s provisions would kick in after hurricanes and disasters such as last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In that instance, Abruzzo said, “we were in a situation where we had emergency personnel from all around the state and from out of state coming to the area to assist and they

didn’t have anywhere to stay, so this will help open up hotels and people’s homes by giving them the relief that they’re protected as well.” Abruzzo noted that “there were a lot of bad bills that came through this session.” He specifically noted his opposition to a bill that limits tenure for public school teachers and a series of measures to restrict abortion rights. He also objects to “a terrible election bill, which is truly going to make it harder to vote, especially for young people in colleges and universities.” In summery, Abruzzo said, “I had some very good successes, in being able to pass three pieces of legislation. But only 285 bills passed out of over 2,000 filed, the lowest number of bills passed in modern times.” During the hiatus before the next session, Abruzzo said he plans to focus his attention on the upcoming redistricting process. “I was appointed to one of the redistricting committees in the House, and we’re going to be having dozens of meetings all throughout the state this summer,” he said. “So I will be digging in and working hard and making sure we have fair districts drawn in the State of Florida.”

Relay For Life Returns To Wellington Village Park This Weekend By Jackson Wolek Town-Crier Staff Report The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will return to Wellington this weekend. The overnight event will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, at Village Park on Pierson Road. The cancer-fighting event will start at 2 p.m. Saturday and last 18 hours, as teams of people help to raise money by donating all proceeds toward cancer support programs and research. Teams of 10 to 15 people have formed to participate in the event, with the cost of entry per team at a $100 minimum donation. While at the relay, team members take turns walking around a track nonstop for the 18 hours. Organizers are expecting about 17 teams in all, formed by participating groups, families, friends, businesses and schools. The relay will start with an opening ceremony that will recognize people who have survived cancer. They will be announced on stage and receive a purple T-shirt

to wear so that they can be recognized throughout the event. Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, Roxanne Stein of WPTVNews Channel 5 and Deena Lang from 97.9 WRMF will be in attendance for the ceremony as well. Afterward, the survivors will start the first lap around the track while spectators cheer them on. “They are the whole reason why we are having the event, to show them that we love and support them, and they give courage and hope to everyone else,” American Cancer Society event coordinator Teri Lane said. After the survivors lap, their caregivers will then walk another lap with them called the caregivers lap before being treated to a luncheon sponsored by Bonefish Grill. Events will then be taking place throughout the rest of the day and evening, featuring live bands and DJs, dance performances, vendors and a variety of fun things for children and families to enjoy.

Many of the activities and vendor booths will be run by the teams themselves and brought in by them, too. All the proceeds will then be put toward helping fight cancer. “They are each having an onsite fundraiser, selling food, drinks, different things for just a dollar, $2 or $5 so the community can support the American Cancer Society by coming to the event,” Lane said. Some teams started to raise money long before the event, such as Karen Folino’s team, the Seminole Cancer Kickers, for example. Folino has raised $1,600 on her own, and the team’s total stands at $5,200. “My dad had passed away from kidney cancer in March of last year, so I wanted to be able to fight back and hopefully participate to find a cure,” Folino explained. “I have two children, and I know how much of an impact it was on them and the whole family, so I don’t want anyone else to have to go through that.”

At 9 p.m., the Luminaria ceremony will begin. This is when all the lights will be turned off, and candles will be lit inside bags filled with sand, each representing someone who has been touched by cancer, and especially those who have lost their battles with the disease. Each designed in their own special way, the bags, which will number around 200 to 300 in all, will surround the track as participants take one lap around in silence in order to remember those who have been lost. A tribute video showing pictures of those touched by cancer will also be played during the ceremony, which will last until around 9:45 p.m. Event chairman Bill Smith is hoping to raise $35,000 from this year’s event, but he stressed that the purpose is not only to help raise money but also to educate the general public about cancer. “In between bands and performances, our education chair will

The Seminole Cancer Kickers are among the teams raising money at this weekend’s Relay for Life. PHOTO COURTESY KAREN FOLINO

come up on stage and do a oneminute PSA in a manner that will be somewhat educational, but not so people will zone out or be bored by it,” Smith said. The week following the Wellington relay, Royal Palm Beach will also be featuring the event on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22,

at Crestwood Middle School. Both events are free for the general public to enjoy, but donations are appreciated. For more information about the Wellington Relay for Life, call Smith at (561) 654-6644 or visit fl.

Wellington Planning ‘Community Improvement Days’ In Guilford

Assistant Neighborhood Advocate Scott Campbell and Code Com pliance Officer Debra Mitchell assist in power washing during a previous community improvement day event.


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continued from page 1 the facility, the building must undergo either a renovation or a complete rebuilding. “We have some repairs, renovations and/or replacement of the facility to complete in order for us to be able to continue to use the facility as intended,” he said. Barnes noted that, at minimum, $450,000 would have to be spent to weatherproof the community center if the council does not choose to rebuild it. “That work has to be performed,” he said, “regardless of any other options, unless you choose to rebuild.” The council could choose to simply weatherproof the building, or to make façade and interior improvements as well. Façade improvements would include renovations to match the exterior of other buildings in the Town Center complex, impact doors and windows, and access to the building at the ground floor, among other things, all to the tune of $1 million. “This would address the [access] issue at the front of the facility,” Barnes said.

Interior renovations would include modifications to both the first and second floors, including rooms and room sizes, relocation of some non-load-bearing walls, along with updated finishes, at a cost of $1.7 million. “It would be a renovation of the facility to handle more appropriately the programs that we currently run out of there,” Barnes said, “and other programs that we currently can’t accommodate due to the layout of the facility.” If the council chose to spend the $3.1 million to waterproof and renovate the building entirely, village staff estimated that Wellington would get another 10 years of useful life from the building. Spending an additional $2 million to completely rebuild the facility, however, would net Wellington a community center with 50 years of usable life. “The new facility construction would have the lowest cost when considering the life cycle of the intended renovation,” Barnes said. According to the staff report, the new facility will be two stories and 20,000 square feet with first-floor access. It will have space for youth, adult and senior programming, as well as a separate tennis facility. It will also have adequate space for any new uses,

By Jackson Wolek Town-Crier Staff Report To keep Wellington a beautiful place in which to live, everyone must do their part to keep their neighborhoods clean. In that spirit, many Wellington residents will be participating in a community improvement day Saturday, May 14 in the Guilford neighborhood on Guilford Way, and Saturday, May 21 in the same neighborhood on Lantern Tree Lane. Wellington’s utility and Safe Neighborhoods staffers will be scanning through the neighborhood all week, looking for unsightly areas that need work. If a house is deemed to have a problem, the homeowner might be cited for a violation, but included will be a courtesy notice letting the homeowner know about the two community improvement days. “The whole point is to both build social capital within the

neighborhood and also clean up the neighborhood,” coordinator Scott Campbell said. “Ultimately, we want our neighborhoods to be pleasing places to live.” Campbell said that much of what is usually needed is pressure cleaning of the driveways and walls of homes. Roofs may need pressure cleaning, too, but that service will not be provided during the community improvement days due to liability issues. Campbell and Neighborhood Advocate Meredith Tuckwood will be renting out pressure cleaners for people to use and will be going door to door throughout the week asking people about volunteering to help out in any way they can. Last month, the pair went into the Westhampton neighborhood, where they focused on planting and keeping the lawns looking nice, as well as pressure cleaning, which has its advantages in the

sense that it can be done rather quickly. The cleaning effort will last from 9 a.m. until noon each day, and lunch will be provided to those who participate. Other than the importance of keeping the neighborhood clean, it also helps foster a sense of community and allows neighbors to get to know each other and become friendly. Guilford is a great example of the importance of neighbors working together, because it is a multifamily community. “It gets to the point where you see the two neighbors obviously are not talking because one half of the roof will be clean or one half of the driveway will be clean, and the other half will be dirty,” Campbell said. “Because multifamily housing is such a condensed area, it is necessary to really have a strong relationship with your neighbor.” In the end, the cleanup could

help stop crime as well due to neighbors finding out more about each other and forming stronger bonds. A close-knit, well-maintained community is often one with better abilities to deter the criminal element. “It’s something that the residents strongly desire, and we want more people to get active because we want every neighborhood to have a crime watch and to have block parties and to be more neighborly,” Campbell explained. But these neighborhood cleanup efforts depend upon support from the residents of the neighborhood itself. If residents are willing to volunteer, and then take that civic ethic and incorporate it into their everyday lives, then the three-hour community improvement day can have a huge impact for years to come. For more information, or to volunteer, call the Safe Neighborhoods office at (561) 791-4796.

and be comparable to the new municipal building. Several council members wondered about financing for the new building. Village Manager Paul Schofield said that money for the project would come from existing capital improvement funds. “Those funds exist today,” he said. “They are principally impact fees; they are park fees. The money is there.” Schofield said that the project would not result in an increase to the tax rate. Vice Mayor Matt Willhite asked what the time frame for construction would be. Barnes said the project could be completed in about one year from the start of construction if the council chose to rebuild. A renovation would take about six to eight months. Willhite asked whether the separate tennis facility could be built before demolition of the community center so that the program could continue to operate, which Barnes said is an idea that would have to be studied. Several council members were also concerned about the design criteria for the building, noting difficulties with the design of the nearby municipal complex. “I really want us to get the de-

sign we want,” Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said. “I want to make sure it’s what we want.” Barnes said a more detailed design criteria package would be drafted before the project goes out to bid. “Then we’ll know what we’re getting,” he said. “Some of the decisions are already made. We know it’s going to have a white roof.” Council members were strongly in favor of rebuilding the community center rather than renovating it. Gerwig said that renovating it would not bring an increased lifespan, nor the energy savings that more modern designs provide. “There’s some issues we won’t be able to fix, like ceiling heights,” she said. “So while it may look like we save $2 million, you would lose 40 years and the savings we’d see.” Councilman Howard Coates agreed. “Doing nothing is really not an option,” he said. “If we look at renovation, it will give us a building at $3.1 million that we have for 10 years. For an extra $2 million we get … five times what we’d be getting if we just paid for repairs.” The council voted unanimously to move forward with rebuilding the facility.

In other business, council members unanimously gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would allow commercial businesses near residential areas to come before the council and request extended hours of operation. Director of Growth Management Bob Basehart explained that currently, commercial space near residential areas is limited to hours of operation between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.; however, he added that some businesses, such as the planned Dunkin’ Donuts in the Wellington Plaza, could require extended hours. “If you’re within 300 feet of a residential property, your hours

are limited [to] between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.,” Basehart explained. “However, if you’re more than 300 feet away from a residential property you have no restrictions. You can be open 24/7.” He said that the change would allow a business owner to approach the council to request extended hours, but any extension would be subject to council approval. Council members expressed concern about where the 300-foot limit extended, and whether it included outdoor areas. Basehart said it would start from the point of the activity closest to the residential area, including patios.

The Wellington Community Center building is over 30 years old.

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Kait Parker To Speak At May 18 Wellington Chamber Luncheon The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has announced that local celebrity and meteorologist Kait Parker of WPTV News Channel 5 will be the guest speaker at its next luncheon on Wednesday, May 18 at the Wanderers Club at Wellington. Brickman will be the presenting sponsor. Parker is the meteorologist for “Today on 5” on Saturdays and fills multiple other roles within the weather department during the week. She joined the News Channel 5 team in December 2010. Parker came to News Channel 5 from Montgomery, Ala., where she was the weekday morning meteorologist at CBS af filiate WAKA. While in Montgomery, Parker also coordinated all the station’s community events benefiting local charities and non-profits. While studying at the University of Missouri, Parker had the opportunity to begin her on-air work as a meteorologist for the local NBC affiliate. She also taught a class to freshmen students about storm chasing for two years and was a member of both the Storm Chase Team and Meteorology Club treasurer. Parker also interned for WFAA in Dallas, Texas where she gained a great deal of knowledge and fine-tuned her on-air work. The luncheon is expected to sell

Kait Parker out, so get your reservations in early. The cost to attend is $20 for chamber members with RSVP, $25 for members with no RSVP and $30 for the general public. Registration will take place at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon begins promptly at noon. Tickets can be purchased by calling the chamber or online at on the “Pay for Tickets Here” tab. For further information on attending on this or any future Wellington Chamber of Commerce event, or general information on the chamber, call (561) 792-6525.

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NEWS BRIEFS Justin Bartlett Memorial Golf Tourney May 14 The second annual Justin Bartlett Foundation Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, May 14 at the Links at Madison Green in Royal Palm Beach. The tournament is “dedicated to helping people, families and charities throughout our local community in honor of Justin Gregory Bartlett.” Don’t miss the opportunity to win the car that Al Packer Ford has agreed to offer for as a hole in one prize. Attendees will also be able to meet professional long driver Bobby Bradley, who will be providing help with 300-plus-yard drives. If you’re not a golfer, come out for the fun and cheer on your friends. A dinner will also be available starting at 6 p.m. Last year’s event featured more than 120 golfers and helped raise over $8,000 for A Second Chance Puppies & Kittens Rescue. Bring a golf team ($380/team) or sign up as an individual ($100/ golfer), or just come for the festivities. Registration will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by the putting contest at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Dinner will take place at 6 p.m.; dinner tickets are available for $30. Sponsorships are also available starting at $100. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. The Links at Madison Green is located at 2001 Crestwood Blvd. N. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call Todd Perez at

(561) 723-3266 or Dana Silva at (561) 628-9626, e-mail justinb or visit www.justinbartlettfoundation. org.

Graduation At Education Place Set For May 21 #1 Education Place of Wellington will hold its 2011 graduation ceremony Saturday, May 21 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. This year’s graduates are Alec Ceravolo, Matt Ceravolo, Mariano Gracida, Beatrice Mack and Brandyn Rojas. Following the ceremony, the school is hosting a buffet dinner and pool party for the graduates and their families, and for the faculty, students and parents of the #1 Education Place community. #1 Education Place, located in the Wellington Plaza, serves students in grades one through 12. It offers an accredited curriculum in an alternative school environment, and specializes in meeting the needs of equestrian families. For additional information about the school, call (561) 7536563 or visit www.1education

Palm Tran Open Houses Palm Tran, Palm Beach County’s public transportation system, is currently updating its Transit Development Plan (TDP) that will guide planning, development and operations for the next 10 years.

The TDP is important for securing Palm Tran’s funding and for future changes to Palm Tran service. Public involvement is a key component in developing the TDP. Therefore, Palm Tran will host three open houses at the following county branch libraries: • Wednesday, May 18 — Belle Glade branch, 530 South Main Street, Belle Glade. Accessible via Palm Tran Route 47. • Thursday, May 19 — Lantana Road branch, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. Accessible via Palm Tran Routes 63 and 71. • Tuesday, May 31 — Jupiter branch, 705 Military Trail, Jupiter. Accessible via Palm Tran Route 10. Open houses will start at 6 p.m. and run until approximately 8 p.m. at all three locations. Riders of the transit system are encouraged to attend and offer feedback and suggestions for the Transit Development Plan. For more information, visit

May 17 Event For Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren The University of Florida/Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension is hosting a resource fair for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The fair will be held Tuesday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clayton E. Hutcheson Agricultural Center, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. There are a variety of situations

requiring grandparents to raise their grandchildren. Parenting the second time around is unavoidable for many grandparents, and their jobs are imperative in providing strong, nurturing environments for grandchildren. The event is free to all grandparents who are looking for necessary resources for themselves and their grandchildren. For more information, call (561) 233-1742.

Free Yoga For Members Of The Military Moksha Yoga Studio in Wellington is offering free yoga class for veterans and military personnel every Monday from 3 to 4 p.m. Ralph Iovino, a Marine Corps combat-wounded Vietnam War veteran, has created a specialized yoga flow to help soldiers control their emotions and reactions and help reintegrate into civilian life. The effects of an overseas deployment can often last for years. Soldiers often have unwelcome thoughts, emotions and memories. These yoga techniques can be used to recall whole, healthy and intact memories that have not been touched by trauma. The free yoga class focuses on learning skills proven to help you connect to the present, leaving anxiety behind while learning to feel safe and in control. All military personnel are welcome. Moksha Yoga Studio is located at 3340 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 5 in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 427-1767 or visit

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Perfect Smile Dentistry in Wellington celebrated its ninth anniversar y Thursda y, May 5 by hosting a Wellington Chamber of Commerce mixer. Guests enjoyed food and drink, as well as raffle prizes including a free session of teeth whitening. For more info., or to schedule an appointment, call (561) 204-4494 or visit PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Wellington Chamber Executive Director Michela Perillo-Green with Nature’s Table Café owner Bedonna Flesher. Dr. Rasmi Akel and Dr. Barbara Bates of Perfect Smile with Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen.

Laura Jaffe, Frank O’Brien and Karen Alleyne-Means.

Bedonna Flesher wins a new electric toothbrush in the raffle.

Maggie Zeller, Stacy Kaufman and Monica Hoffman.

Wellington Councilwoman Anne Ger wig with former Wellington mayor Kathy Foster and Mike Nelson.

South Florida Science Museum Unveils Two New Exhibits May 21 Hang out at the South Florida Science Museum and your skin might not be the only thing crawling from two new exhibits, both opening May 21. “Attack of the Bloodsuckers” and “Tree Houses” are sure to entertain, educate and excite curiosity through the hands-

One of the structures in the exhibit “Tree Houses.”

on, interactive exhibits. The exhibits run through Sept. 11. “Attack of the Bloodsuckers” will explore the science of what’s biting you. The kid-friendly exhibition examines the biological wonders of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other creatures that eat blood. Stinky feet can make you more attractive — to a hungry mosquito, that is. Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem and how to keep them out of your system. Visitors can look a real leech in the mouth, receive a big hug from a giant inflatable tick, get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of “Twitcher” (a buggy variation on the game Twister) or learn helpful hints for avoiding these sometimes annoying creatures. “Both of these brand-new ex-

hibits will immerse our visitors in the facts and foibles of our ecosystem and the natural world,” said Lew Crampton, chief executive officer of the South Florida Science Museum. “They offer lots of fun and edutainment for all with a strong emphasis on hands-on fun and games. A perfect spring and summer excursion for the family that takes place in air-conditioned comfort.” Spend time hanging out in the trees while exploring firsthand who lives high up in the branches through stereoscopic viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sound. The lively setting of the exhibit “Tree Houses” will have visitors roaming from tree to tree to house as they discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals

large and small — and people, too. Guests can look for signs of animal tree dwellers as they walk through an indoor tree house and across a wobbly connecting bridge, play a computerized forest game where they can harvest trees without harming wildlife, watch how a forest becomes a house, view the tree houses people have built around the world and even design and build their own, listen for animals inside the tree house and try to guess their sounds on an “animal dance floor,” or wander through a “kitchen” to discover not-so-obvious tree connections in our own houses. For more information about the South Florida Science Museum, call (561) 832-1988 or visit

A giant tick is part of the exhibit “Attack of the Bloodsuck ers. ”

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Story Time at Scott’s Place Playground featured animals from the Palm Beach Zoo on Saturday, May 7. Dozens of youngsters were entertained by animal-themed stories before getting up close and personal with guests from the zoo: a tortoise, a possum and an American alligator. After a summer break, the Story Time program will return in September. PHOTOS BY JOSHUA MANNING/TOWN-CRIER

Toby Smith pets Kobe the tortoise.

Cassie Klein, education specialist with the Palm Beach Zoo, introduces a possum.

Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig with her son L uke.

Wellington Volunteer Coordinator Kim Henghold and her daughter Cassidy with Story Time book reader Michelle Sohn.

Kids get to pe t Banjo, an American alligator.

Francine Ramaglia holds Georgie Lamport as mom Tracey stands by.

RPB YOUNG AT HEART CLUB CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO AT CULTURAL CENTER The Royal Palm Beach Young at Heart Club celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 6 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Cent er. After lunch, the mariachi band Voices America performed Mexican songs while members sang along and danced. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

C.S. and Alice Stern share a dance.

Natalie Levine, Dorothy Sacks, Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattioli and Ernie Thowdin.

Voices America performs mariachi music.

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ThinkPINKkids held its annual 5k “Walk to Win the Battle Against Breast Cancer” on Friday, May 6 at Wellington High School. Students were able to walk to raise funds, enjoy food and drink as well as live performances and raffle prizes. All proceeds go t o Scripps Florida and Your Bosom Buddies II. F or more info., visit PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

Wellington Mayor Darell Bo wen with event coordinators Janet Rosenthal and Dr. Amy Aqua. Student volunteers Hailey Lord, Chelsea Boretti, Hannah Lor d and Reagan Kelly.

Morgan Hearns, Sebastian Ferro, Sarah Wager and Terah Kalk sell food and drinks to raise mone y.

Elizabeth Dibel with her aunt Annie Belton.

Villari’s Studio of Self Defense teachers and students.

Hannah Perez and Abriel Fuller during a Villari’s demonstration.

WELLINGTON SENIOR QUILTERS AIM TO BRING COMFORT TO DISABLED VETERANS The Wellington Senior Quilters have been busy making “quilts of valor,” which they plan to giv e to local disabled veterans sometime in the fall. The group is accepting donations of 100-percent cotton fabric preferably in red, white and blue colors, and cotton thread. For more info., call (561) 596-7881. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Beverly Perham irons down seams.

Louise Connolly helps Susan Freudenthal display one of her finished quilts.

Joan Kelley embroiders stars to be used t o adorn a quilt.

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SCHOOL MUSICIANS PERFORM IN JAZZ FESTIVAL AT WELLINGTON AMPHITHEATER Palm Beach Central High School hosted its seventh annual Groovin’ Hard Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 7 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Hundreds gathered in the grass for a program that also included the Emerald Cove Middle School jazz ensemble. For two hours, the student ensembles performed standards by Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Louis Armstrong and Tito Puente, along with renditions by the Beatles. PHOTOS BY ERIC WOODARD/TOWN-CRIER

Emerald Cove student Nigel Davis. Matt Jensen conducts the Emerald Cove ensemble’s rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World.”

Emerald Cove’s Michael Perez solos on Buddy Rich’s “Groovin’ Hard.”

Br onco Jazz Band tenor saxophone Najee Lee solos.

Audience members listen from the lawn.

Edwin Reyes plays trombone during the last song of the evening, “Sunny Ray.”


The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County held its annual Bell Society Dinner on April 13 at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Entertainment was provided by seven-time Grammy winners Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Thr ough advocacy, education, research and outreach, the MHA seeks to improve access to services and mental wellness. For more info., visit

Dr. Ron Davis, Candy Davis, Pam Gionfriddo and Paul Gionfriddo.

Maddy Singer, Suzy Minkoff and Elayne Flamm.

Denise McCann, Rev. Dr. Barbara Nielsen, Dick Robinson, Gail Worth, Dr. Thorne Donnelley. Jr., Trish Donnelley & Sally Robinson.

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SRHS Students Learn The Rules Of The Road During Traffic Safety Month May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month, and Seminole Ridge High School students wore white ribbons last week as a visible reminder to “help white out teen crashes.” Teens ages 15 to 19 have the highest crash rate of any age group in Florida. The following are statistics from the state’s 2009 traffic crash report: 772,910 teens are licensed to drive in Florida; 29,485 crashes involved teens last year; 153 teens died in those crashes; 19,292 teens were injured in them; Florida’s teen drivers are twice as likely to crash as their parents, and three times as likely to crash as their grandparents; and teens represent five percent of Florida’s driving population, but they are involved in more than nine percent of Florida’s vehicle crashes. • Chamber Choir Takes Atlanta Bronze — The SRHS chamber choir received gold and a “Superior” rating at the Heritage Music Festival in Atlanta, coming in third overall among all competitors. “Cedar Ridge from North Carolina and their army of 50 came in first, and Huffman from Alabama came in second,” Choral Director

Wes Rainer said. “We were small in numbers, but mighty in strength.” • TV Production Wins State Silver — Seminole Ridge TV production students had another successful showing, including a second-place finish at this year’s Florida Scholastic Press Association state convention. More than 1,200 students from across the state attended the Orlando event, and SRHS students competed in several carry-in and on-the-spot contests. The team of Danny Carrazana, Kaytee Hammesfahr, Tynesia Heath and Jake Weininger took the silver in the video photojournalism competition, which allowed them a two-hour deadline to shoot five minutes of unedited footage on a particular topic. Their footage was then judged based on composition, video quality, sound quality and creativity. SRHS students also received an honorable mention in the “Every Student Has a Story” news feature carry-in competition, judged by acclaimed CBS News network photojournalist Les Rose. Hawk reporter Zuzanna Zatorska and videographer Mike Roy submit-

ted a feature story on foreign exchange student Zviadi Esartia, who shared growing up in the Republic of Georgia as Russian soldiers and tanks came through his hometown. The Hawks also competed in cinema editing, news package, commercial and news anchor competitions, and attended journalism workshops taught by broadcast professionals. “FSPA competitions give students the valuable experience of working under tight deadlines, and the challenge fuels their excitement for learning journalism,” TV production program director Earle Wright said. • JROTC Performs for Elementary School — The Hawk Battalion armed exhibition drill and saber teams performed to military music in a demonstration of precision moves, wowing the crowd of over 100 at Acreage Pines Elementary School’s 20th anniversary festival April 30. The saber team was: Cadet Lt. Col. Robert Whippy; Cadet Capt. Devon Redmond; Cadet Sgt. Jimmy Marchand; and cadet corporals James Aspenwall, Alexandra Bon-

illa and James Bukowski. The armed exhibition squad: Cadet Capt. Jeremy Aponte; cadet first lieutenants Jonathan Fernandez and Timothy Ruback; Cadet Sgt. First Class Jake Winthrop; and cadet corporals Jonathan Pacheco and Joshua Pacheco. • SECME Fundraiser — After Seminole Ridge’s graduation ceremony Monday, May 23, the school invites supporters to join the SECME group for a meal at Sweet Tomatoes on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. The all-you-can-eat restaurant is only two miles from the convention center, and no reservations are required. For under $10, Sweet Tomatoes lets you build your own delicious meal from a 55-foot salad bar. Choose from among fresh vegetables, tossed salads, deli salads, soups, pasta, muffins, focaccia and softserve ice cream. Guests are invited to arrive throughout the afternoon and evening, especially from 5 to 8 p.m. • Industry Partners Honor Science Hawk — The South Florida Industry Partners for Education has recognized Seminole Ridge biotechnology academy student

Ken Klammer and students from his driver education class show their white ribbons. Cindy Dosch as the county’s SECME Outstanding High School Student of the Year. Dosch, who will attend the University of Florida in the fall, ranks in the top five percent of this year’s senior class and is a member of the National Science Honor Society. “I like this club because it has so much to offer,” Dosch said. “I get to see science in action and

have the opportunity to truly comprehend it.” The South Florida Industry Partners for Education, made up of county, industry and school district representatives, assists in the support, development, training and expansion of talented students prepared to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

NEW HORIZONS STUDENT Panther Run Students Celebrate Earth Day All Week Since Earth Day, April 22, fell swamp, looking for animals to exHONORED AT CHARACTER onschool, a day in which there was no amine and learn about as inhabitSusan Bryant, Panther ants of a wetland, found apple Run Elementary School’s “Profes- snails and learned how important COUNTS AWARDS sor Green,” decided that Wednes- they are as the snail kites’ only

New Horizons Elementary School fifth-grade student Bailey Maisano was honored at the annual School District of Palm Beach County Character Counts Awards ceremony. Maisano was nominated by his teachers for always showing that he cares about what he says and does. He is an example to other students of someone who is kind, honest, humble, respectful and responsible. Pictured here is the Maisano family at the awards ceremony: grandmother Sue Maisano, father Ron, Bailey, brother Brenan, sister Breana and mother Shannon.

day, April 27 would be a good day to celebrate. Students at Panther Run decided to help the earth by riding or walking to school that day. Approximately 150 students participated, which resulted in a lot fewer cars in the drop-off and pickup lane, and a lot less energy spent driving to and from school. Panther Run’s second- and third-graders also went on a field trip to Grassy Waters Preserve on Northlake Blvd. This was the highlight of their weeklong Earth Day celebration. It gave them a true understanding what Earth Day is about and why they need to protect the planet. They went there to learn about the importance of protecting a local wetland habitat. The students loved it. They waded and used dip-nets in the

food. They found ghost shrimp, crawdads/crayfish, tadpoles, dragonfly larvae and many other examples. Men on an airboat were counting the snail kites and how many nests were there. The hike along the boardwalk brought helpful Florida plants to their attention, such as the wax myrtle, a tree whose leaves can be used as a natural bug repellent. It made Earth Day real for the second- and thirdgraders. The Village of Wellington also did its share to assist student in helping the environment. Saplings were delivered to the school so that the students could take them home and plant them. Accompanying the little trees were sheets introducing each sapling and how to care for each individual species. The information

Jaden Bartick, Alyssa Foglia, Phi-Hung Tran, C.J. Mills and Mason Lester stand by the Ear th Day bulletin board. was provided by University of Florida IFAS Extension and distributed by the Village of Wellington.

The types of saplings delivered to the students were red maple, pond cypress, mahogany, wild tamarind and diamond leaf oak.

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Holocaust Remembrance Week At RPBHS On Friday, May 6, Royal Palm Beach High School Holocaust and Jewish history teacher Darrell Schwartz took his first-period class down to the courtyard to plant a tree in remembrance of the Holocaust. Holocaust Remembrance Day was May 1. Schwartz extended it to be Holocaust Remembrance Week, speaking on the announcements every morning, giving information and reading poetry. The weeklong commem-

oration culminated in the treeplanting ceremony. “I chose an oak tree because it is strong, it lives a very long time and will continue to grow,” Schwartz said. “It represents the strength of mankind, the strength of the future and the strength to prevent further atrocities.” Before planting the tree, Rabbi Barry Silver spoke a few words to the crowd to explain the significance of the ceremony. “Trees convert sunlight and

Rabbi Barry Silver, Principal Jesus Armas and Darrell Schwartz.

carbon dioxide into action and growth,” Silver said. “Hate and indifference were what caused the Holocaust. This tree will symbolize growth and spreading our branches.” On May 1, 1945, Germany announced to the public that Adolf Hitler was dead. Sixty-one years later, the death of Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda’s leader was announced. “Their humanity was dead long before they were,” Silver said. “We are here to combat indifference and silence, because we shouldn’t be silent. Silence kills. Education doesn’t end here; we must be motivated to act.” In attendance was Principal Jesús Armas, who said he hopes that through education, repetition will be prevented. “This should encourage students to break the silence in more ways than what has been said today,” Armas said. “By breaking the silence we can take down bullying as well as many other problems. This tree will serve as a reminder to all students to break the silence.” Schwartz was grateful for the opportunity to share this information with the school and proud that he was able to bring a living symbol of remembrance to the campus. “I was very excited about the participation of my students and that I was able to share what I did on the announcements this

week,” Schwartz said. “Through this, students learn that they should speak up against injustice.” Schwartz’s students didn’t hesitate to begin digging through the soil to make a spot for the new addition to the courtyard. They understood the significance of the event and were fully supportive. “I’m really glad we’re planting the tree,” said Alexandra Jordano, a student involved in the planting. “A lot of people don’t remember or don’t really care about what happened so long ago, so I think this tree will help remind them and will encourage peace.” Schwartz plans to expand the memorial to include an area where students can pause for reflection. “It will be a garden with trees, a reflection bench and a plaque to commemorate the area’s purpose,” Schwartz said. Schwartz said he hopes the symbol will teach tolerance among everyone in the community and will encourage them to step forward and stand up for what they believe they should. “With all the forms of technology today, we can just turn off the television or the computer when we see something we don’t like,” Schwartz said. “But things that are happening in the world don’t just go away with a click of a button.” — Andrea Aguirre

A plane flies over the western communities carrying a message from the Ideal School.

Ideal School’s Message To Students Takes Flight Ideal School owner and principal Wendy Soderman believes the sky is the limit when it comes to educating children. Recently, Soderman met with teachers, students and parents at the school to come up with a message to spread that belief throughout the Royal Palm Beach community. “Each year our teachers travel to attend conferences in Washington and at Harvard University to learn what our nation’s schools should be doing to prepare our children to be leaders and entrepreneurs of the future,” Soderman said. “The message is that we need more students who can think for themselves.” There are plenty of people who can memorize information and do well taking tests, Soderman noted. “What our business community is telling us is that they don’t have enough employees who are creative problem solvers, and they

have too many people who look to their co-workers or management for solutions,” Soderman said. “This is a recipe for failure in an entrepreneurial economy.” Soderman decided to take what the Ideal Elementary and Dream Middle schools do in the classroom and state from high above what they believe education should be for the 21st-century learner. “Beginning the week of May 9, you’ll be seeing a plane to flying high above the western communities from 7 to 9 a.m. sending out our message, so keep looking up,” Soderman said. There are six flights scheduled to fly in the mornings from 7 to 9 a.m. The banner reads, “Creative thinkers are the future.” For more information about Ideal Elementary School and Dream Middle School, visit www. or call (561) 7912881.

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Wellington Teen John Hanes Takes His Medical Skills To Cambodia John Hanes of Wellington has dreamed of becoming a doctor since he was 8. This summer, he will be closer to that dream. Hanes will be interning and volunteering at the Sihanouk Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH) was established in 1996 by HOPE Worldwide, an international charity operating in more than 60 countries. The mission of the SHCH is to provide a center for the further education and clinical training of medical professionals, while delivering 24-hour, high-quality medical care to the poor and disadvantaged in Cambodia, com-

pletely free of charge. “It is an honor for me to serve at the hospital and the people of Cambodia,” the Lake Worth High School junior said. Hanes is in the pre-medical and allied professionals magnet program. Last year, he attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, which solidified his desire to pursue medicine with his goal to become an orthopedic surgeon. He will be working in the operating room under the supervision of Surgical Director Dr. Cornelia Haener. “It is an amazing opportunity to have the privilege to ‘shadow’ this world-class Swiss-born surgeon who has giv-

en up the comforts of a first-world home and lifestyle to give to those in need and to train doctors in Cambodia,” Hanes said. At the hospital, Hanes will help in many capacities, including transporting and positioning patients, helping clean up the OR after procedures, assisting in the post-anesthesia care unit and observing the surgical procedures. More than half of the SHCH patients live on less than $1 dollar a day and would never have hope of accessing good healthcare. For this reason, many in Cambodia refer to the SHCH as the “Angel Hospital” and as “a place that gives new life.” While he admits

that living in Cambodia will be an adjustment, Hanes is grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “I am thankful to have been given this chance to live in Cambodia and work at the hospital this summer,” he said. While at Lake Worth High School, Hanes has already received invaluable training providing a foundation for this summer. He is a certified medical assistant and EKG assistant. Hanes has been trained and certified in basic life support and has completed training in HIV/AIDS and HIPAA compliance. Hanes’ volunteer service includes programs sponsored by Florida Atlantic University’s

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. He has volunteered for CARD as a coleader of the local Teen Aspergers support group. This year CARD has chosen him as their constituent to provide a biography and interview for their new informational packet. Concurrently with this recognition, Hanes has also been selected to represent the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida as an ambassador in the upcoming National Epilepsy Foundation’s Speak Up Speak Out conference in Washington, D.C. Hanes is the son of John and Vivian Hanes of Wellington.

John Hanes

Student Artists Honored By PBC School Board Student artists were honored at the Palm Beach County School Board meeting April 20. The six winners took part in a contest created by Western Pines Middle School students Christine Hamilton and Yanliz Gonzalez to combat underage drinking. Through a grant, Project SMART Manager Linda Salzman and Alexa Lee worked with the Acreage/Loxahatchee Rotary Club to oversee the contest and received over 500 entries. Three thousand people in Palm Beach County voted to determine the winners, whose artwork now appears in the district’s more than 900 school buses. Each student’s poster included a fact about alcohol and a positive message to encourage students to stay alcohol-

free. Wellington resident Talia Fradkin’s poster depicted alcohol and memory loss. Her message was simple: “stay sober.” “Alcohol is dangerous, especially to young people,” Fradkin said. “They don’t realize how it can negatively impact their life. It can affect their health and their emotions.” The six student winners were: Fradkin, seventh grade, Atrium School; Kyle Maglietta, tenth grade, Seminole Ridge High School; Alicia Torres, third grade, Meadow Park Elementary School; Samantha Licciardi, fourth grade, Manatee Elementary School; Victoria McKee, seventh grade, Independence Middle School; and Mia Fielding, tenth grade, South Tech Academy.

Student Artists — Kyle Maglietta, Mia Fielding, Project Smart Manager Linda Salzman, Alexa Lee, School Board Member Karen Brill, Talia Fradkin, Alicia Torres, Christine Hamilton and School Board Member Frank Barbieri.

Kendall Crowned Junior Teen In Beauty Pageant Suzanne Lurie and Gregory Duval

Suzanne Lurie, Gregory Duval To Wed May 29 Beverly and Joseph Lurie of Wellington have announced the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Suzanne Robin to Gregory Duval, the son of Bobbi and John Duval. The wedding is set for Sunday, May 29. Lurie graduated from Florida Atlantic University and is em-

ployed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Duval graduated from St. Michael’s College and is employed by Propayroll Inc. of Boynton Beach. The couple will reside in Boynton Beach following their wedding.

Heather Kendall, daughter of Margaret and Jeff Kendall of Royal Palm Beach, was crowned Miss America’s Beauty Pageant, Junior Teen, West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale/Miami on Sunday, April 17 in Fort Lauderdale. Kendall was one of over 100 girls between the ages of seven and nineteen chosen to participate in the pageant. The girls were scored on poise, confidence and presentation, as well as beauty. Kendall presented herself in the categories of “Casual Wear,” “Personal Interview” and “Formal Wear.” Kendall gained the judges attention when she stepped on

stage in “Casual Wear” wearing her lion dance costume and performing a portion of the symbolic dance. Kendall will now be continuing on to the “Cities in America” competition this December in Orlando, with more than $20,000 in college scholarships available. The competition will include the winners from all of the America’s Beauty Pageants held in various cities around the United States. Kendall has also received a modeling contract from John Casablanca modeling in Miami. Kendall is a freshman at Seminole Ridge High School in the Accipiter Program and is active in the yearbook class, Mirage liter-

ary magazine, and FACE Club. She also holds a red belt in karate and is a member of the Ni Ma Lion Dance team. Kendall thanks the following for helping her to receive the crown: A Paradise Found Pest Control Company of Royal Palm Beach, Ni Ma Lion of Royal Palm Beach and Cricket Cleaners of Lake Worth. Individual sponsors include Fred Wilson, Sharon and Jim Shockley, Mike and Pam Wilson, Claudia Perkins, Hyacinth Brown, Kemet Higginbotham, Lisa Engel, Chichi Martinez, Colleen Ortega, Amanda Meyer, Mary Bruscino, Nicki Salter-Bruscino, Bonnie DesPlas and Nicole Hallowell.

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Student Birthday Celebration A Fundraiser

Chelsea Martin (center) with her friends at lunch.

At this year’s dinner and auction, the King’s Academy auctioned off a special opportunity for parents to bid on a birthday celebration for their child. TKA parents J.C. and Maria Martin were the high bidders and won the special opportunity for their daughter Chelsea to experience the “best birthday ever.” Proceeds from the event support the King’s Academy’s annual fund. On Thursday, April 21, Chelsea was surprised throughout the day as she celebrated her 17th birthday with her teachers and friends. Her day began with a special birthday greeting on the school mar-

quee and a personalized birthday message read during the morning announcements. If that wasn’t enough to let everyone to know that Chelsea was celebrating a birthday, her decorated locker, signs at each classroom, a singing telegram and flowers delivered by high school choir students, did the trick. During lunch, Chelsea and 12 friends enjoyed a catered picnic lunch generously donated by Chick-Fil-A. At the end of the day, Chelsea was presented with a scrapbook keepsake full of pictures that captured memories of her “best birthday ever.”

CUB SCOUTS FROM RPB PACK 120 RECEIVE AWARDS Royal Palm Beach Cub Scout Pack 120 held its April pack meeting Monday, April 25 at the Harvin Center. The scouts started the meeting with a flag raising, followed by ent ertainment in the form of two skits. The scouts in the Bear den received their photography belt loops, and the Webelos scouts received their artist pins. Several other scouts also received pins, belt loops and patches for their accomplishments. The meeting ended with an Easter egg hunt on the grounds around the Harvin Center.

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Dr. Vallejo To Be Honored At Charity Auction Aug. 12 Palm Beach State College Provost and Wellington resident Dr. Maria M. Vallejo will be among those honored as the 2011 Hispanic Women of Distinction. “Community, Culture, Charity” is the theme this year surrounding the 10th annual charity luncheon honoring 12 Latinas and a Latina Pioneer in South Florida. The event takes place Friday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Signature Grand in Davie. Bank of America, in partnership with Latina Style magazine, the nation’s leading magazine for Hispanic women, have returned as sponsors once again. This high-powered, entertaining salute to distinguished Hispanic-American women will benefit the Light of the World Clinic, a free healthcare facility serving the community’s indigent population since 1989. A sell-out crowd is expected once again with over 1,000 guests. A series of activities for the 10th anniversary leading up to the luncheon will truly honor these talented and professional women. Co-sponsoring is the Nielsen Company, the world’s leading provider of marketing information, audience measurement, and business media products and services. In addition to a silent auction, sponsor exhibit and raffles there will be complimen-

tary “mojitos” as guests arrive, and a runway high-couture fashion show presented by co-presenting sponsor, and the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, completing the exciting afternoon. Past honorees will walk the 120-foot runway welcoming the next 12 Latinas to their special group. This event also officially kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month. The highlight of the day will be families, friends and business associates honoring the 2011 honorees, who were selected among more than 90 applicants by four judges. Nominations were made by former Hispanic Women of Distinction honorees and community leaders. The 2011 Latina Pioneer of the Year will be announced in the next few weeks. This prestigious award recognizes a woman whose work and commitment to community has paved the way for other Latinas to achieve their goals. Past Latina Pioneers include Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Maria San Juan, Columba Bush, Dr. Isabel Diaz, Caridad Asensio and Joyce Kaufman. Tickets to the luncheon cost $75 per person. Sponsorships and program advertising to salute the honorees are also available by visiting or by calling (954) 527-0627.

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Kids Cancer Foundation Brings Area Kids To ‘Prom To Remember’ On May 6, more than 200 cancer patients, ages 12-19 traded in their hospital gowns for prom dresses and tuxedos to attend the second annual “A Prom to Remember,” a gala red carpet evening designed in their honor. All the festivities were provided free of charge, including hair and makeup, wardrobe and limousine service, food, music and dancing. Thanks to a generous donation from the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, the kids partied in style. The idea for “A Prom to Remember” was inspired by the Friends of Scott Foundation in San Diego, an organization committed to helping families receive needed support in dealing with this devastating disease. Friends of

Scott was founded in memory of Scott Delgadillo, who lost his battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia at age 14. Brandon Opre, Friends of Scott advisory council member and chair of the Florida prom committee, learned of the success of the event from a friend and wanted to partner with local charities and businesses in South Florida to bring the heartwarming experience here. The Kids Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit that provides hope and support to local children and families battling cancer, joined in the event by organizing a special day for the girls attending the prom and their mothers. After meeting up for a quick snack, the girls and their moms

traveled in style in a party bus to Becca’s Closet to pick out their dresses. It was a special day for all involved and a happy memory that both mother and daughter will never forget. That itself is a priceless thing for these kids and families battling cancer. Young female patients at Palms West Hospital spent the early part of their day at Pizzazz Hair Design at Kobosko’s Crossing and at Capricious Salon & Spa in Wellington where they were treated to an afternoon of glamour in preparation for the evening festivities. Kids Cancer Foundation volunteers chaperoned the children from Palms West Hospital who attended the prom. “All the kids are so excited

The girls gather in their prom dresses outside the bus.

about the prom,” Kids Cancer Foundation President Michelle O’Boyle said before the event. “It has really given them something to look forward to and help take their mind off of their daily battle with cancer.” Tuxes for the boys were donated by Men’s Warehouse in Wellington. The hair, nails and makeup were all done at no cost to the girls and donated by Capricious and Pizzazz; Loriana Santarpia did the makeup. To learn more about “A Prom to Remember,” visit www.aprom or call (877) FTLPROM. To learn more about the Kids Cancer Foundation, visit or call (561) 371-1298.

(L-R) Katherine Hernandez, Allison Leslie, Adam Coffindaffer, Courtney Wolfe, Rachel Goldenberg and Teresa Morales.

Cynthia Santiago gets made up by Loriana Santarpia.

Jose Ramirez, William Sotelo, Frank Cordero, Blaize Woodson, Tyrik Jackson, Baltazar Nolasco, Bryan Jackson and Adam Coffindaffer.

DROWNING PREVENTION COALITION HOSTS GOLF TOURNAMENT AT BINKS FOREST The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County hosted its 2011 charity golf tournament on Saturday, May 7 at the Binks Forest Golf Club. Following the tournament, there were Chinese and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and barbecue dinner. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Diane Hennessey gives gift bags to volunteers Hannah Collins and Macy Hutchins.

Tom and Diane Gilmer with Lynn and Ron Curcio.

Event Committee members Linda Papele, Gerri Penney, Kevin Rattey, Drowning Prevention Coalition Manager Anna Stewart and Laura Rosenthal.

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NEWS BRIEFS MorseLife To Host Stroke Of Hope Event On May 22 MorseLife, the charitable nonprofit senior care organization in Palm Beach County, will host its inaugural Stroke of Hope 5K Run/ Walk on Sunday, May 22 at 7 a.m. on its 37-acre campus in West Palm Beach. The campus is located at 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive, off Haverhill Road, three miles north of Okeechobee Blvd. The event will be a chip-timed run, combining runners in fiveyear age groups. People of all ages and abilities are invited to run or walk, including youngsters under the age of 18 with the permission

of their parent or guardian. The goal of the event, noted organizer Judy Gelpey, is to build awareness of stroke and stroke prevention. Additionally, she said, funds raised will help to support MorseLife’s Aphasia Center, which provides therapies, education and support to stroke survivors (called “victors”) with communication deficits. The event takes its name from the Stroke of Hope Club, the nonprofit founded 27 years ago to provide therapies, counseling and support to stroke victors and family caregivers. The Stroke of Hope Club is now under the auspices of MorseLife. The general registration fee for the Stroke of Hope 5K Run/ Walk is $25, except for children under the age of 12, who pay a $5 registration fee. Donations

are gratefully accepted. To register for the Stroke of Hope event, visit www.morselife. org/strokerunregistration, or contact Judy Gelpey at (561) 6875743 or for a registration form.

ning from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers; membership costs $25. For more information, call (954) 856-0751, visit www. or e-mail

Palms West Republican Club To Meet May 18

Yard Sale At Acreage Church

State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-District 27) will be the featured speaker at the Palms West Republican Club meeting Wednesday, May 18 at the Players Club (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington). The public is always invited and welcome. A social hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres will start at 6 p.m. with the general meeting run-

Grace Fellowship Acreage will host a community yard sale Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the church property at 75th Place North and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, just north of Publix. Gates will open for setup at 7 a.m. Space is free but setup and cleanup are your responsibility. To make reservations, or for more information, call Cindy Potts (561) 301-5205.


At the May 3 mee ting of the Palm Beach County Commission, Commissioner Jess Santamaria presented a proclamation declaring May 2011 as “Drug Court Month” in Palm Bach County. (L-R) Dorrie Tyng, Judge Ronald Alvarez and Chief Judge Peter Blanc with Santamaria.

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continued from page 1 allowing for spectators, exhibitors and other equestrian enthusiasts to stay nearby. Additionally, there will be a retail area for restaurants, shops and offices. Competition is set to begin at the site in December. “We’re going to try to get the rings and equestrian components done by December 2011,” Bellissimo said. “And then we’re working in parallel for an amendment to work on a hotel and the retail property.” Dover called it “a dream come true” for the sport. “Not just in Florida or in America, but in the world,” Dover said. “It affords an opportunity for people from all around the world to enjoy what our friends in the jumping and hunter world have known for many years: that Wellington is a lifestyle that can be had no place else on Earth.”


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continued from page 1 two deputies or 10 crossing guards, or reduce it by 5 percent, which would mean losing five deputies or 25 crossing guards. The majority of participants voted to keep the law enforcement budget the same.

And already, excitement about the new facility and competition is being drummed up around the world, Braddick said. “In Europe, the response has been, ‘Let us have at it.’ This is the most exciting thing,” he said. “This is probably the most exciting development in dressage in the United States in the history of the sport.” Braddick said that in his recent travels overseas, he has been approached by some of the top riders in the sport to find out when the facility will be ready for competition. Braddick noted that previously, top riders have shied away from coming to the U.S. because of the lack of facilities and prize money. “One of the sad things about dressage in the U.S. is … there’s no prize money, there’ s no crowds,” he said. “The sport has a huge following and a very devoted community. And the Europeans absolutely love coming here. So you give them a venue, you give them some prize money, and it’s going to be great.” Speaking to the crowd gathered

for the groundbreaking, Bellissimo noted that dressage often has been the “orphan” of equestrian sports in the community. “Not that there haven’t been great efforts going on,” he said, “but there wasn’t the sense of community that is consistent with the hunter and jumper world.” Bellissimo said that the new facility would help to show off the sport of dressage and bring the community closer together. “I think this is going to be such a showplace for the sport,” he said. “It’s a really great opportunity to really transform it. This is one of the most valuable equestrian properties in Wellington, and it’s going to be a showplace.” The new facility will also help Wellington make an identity for itself in the dressage world and the community as a whole, he said. “I think this is going to be the equestrian center of Wellington,” Bellissimo said. “And we need one. If we want to distinguish ourselves in the world, we need to have this set up in a way that is world-class.”

Neighborhood Services Manager Tracey Lamport spoke on behalf of the Safe Neighborhoods initiative, noting that the PBSO has credited the program with helping to reduce crime. Lamport explained that the program aims to raise the quality of life in several aging neighborhoods. Participants could choose to maintain the program’s budget, increase it or cut it by 2 percent.

The majority voted to maintain its budget. Wellington Cultural Programs & Facilities Manager Joe Piconcelli explained that the parks and recreation athletic budget serves thousands of residents each year by providing sports leagues for all ages. The question presented was to increase its budget, cut it or keep it the same. Participants chose to keep it the same. Cuts came from Wellington’s landscaping budget, which a majority of participants voted to cut by 5 percent. Chamber members were given a final question to raise revenue by raising the millage rate. Participants could choose to maintain Wellington’s tax rate of 2.5 mills and reduce property tax income by $1.3 million, to maintain the same revenue by increasing the tax rate, to increase the tax rate slightly to 2.6 mills to raise some revenues, or to reduce the tax rate to 2.4 mills. “By having the same exact tax rate as we did last year,” McIlveen said, “our revenue will decrease

by $1.3 million. In order to have the same revenues as last year, we have to increase the tax rate.” The majority of participants voted to maintain the same revenue by raising the tax rate. Overall, chamber members

were able to put Wellington in the black by cutting some areas and raising revenue. McIlveen noted, however, that the exercise represented only a fraction of the tough decisions that municipalities are facing.

“In this simulation, we were actually able to balance the budget,” McIlveen said. “However, these are only four of the many questions Wellington Village Council members and staff have to face.”

cent cut. And I don’ t want to see it cut from maintenance; I want to see it cut from other departments.” ITID Administrator Tanya Quickel noted that the staff was already aware of some changes to the budget. “On Friday we received … information about the 3 percent that employees will be required to contribute,” she said, referring to pending changes to the state’s public-sector retirement program. “This has not been signed into law yet, but we anticipate this being done. So we will make those changes for the next meeting.”

Quickel asked the board to consider adding to the budget the provision that would allow the new state-mandated 3 percent deduction to come from employees’ paychecks. Supervisors were also asked to consider a 3 percent merit raise being added into the budget. Supervisor Ralph Bair said he would approve the merit raises. “I’m in favor of the merit raise,” he said. “I think the merit system is the way to go. It won’t affect everyone, but it will give them an incentive to work harder.” Board President Michelle Damone said she wanted to see mer-

it raises based on true merit — “not based on using merit to supplement this [retirement deduction],” she said. “At some point, when the economy levels out, I think we need to go back to the system of providing each of our employees with a merit raise on their actual performance.” Damone said that she believed employees could contribute the 3 percent retirement deduction but didn’t want the deduction to get confused with the merit raise. “I am not supplementing 3 percent by merit,” she said, “because then that’s a false merit.” Quickel said that there had been

merit raises last year of up to 3 percent only for hourly employees if they qualified based on evaluations. The board voted unanimously to support the state’s recommendation of the 3 percent deduction to come from employees’ paychecks. Supervisors also voted to return to a “true merit” system during the upcoming fiscal year for employee raises, based on evaluations. ITID will host a public hearing on the budget Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. In other business, the supervi-

sors voted to continue ITID’s financial audit services with the firm of Rampell & Rampell, P.A. According to a staff report, the district put out a request for bids for an independent certified public accounting firm to provide annual external financial audits. There were five respondents, with Rampell & Rampell ranked as the top choice. The contract would be renewable annually for up to five years at the board’s discretion. The board voted 3-1 to approve the measure, with Supervisor Carlos Enriquez opposed and Supervisor Jennifer Hager absent.

dents,” Webster said. “What you have before you are a few people who don’t agree with that.” Boyle said residents were concerned about traffic safety, especially along Crestwood Blvd. Resident Tom Dinges was concerned about commercial and industrial usage and how it would affect traffic since the only entrance and exit to the tract would be from Crestwood Blvd. Dinges compared it with the traffic flow of larger roads such as Forest Hill and Southern boulevards. “You have [State Road 7] that’s eight lanes, you have Forest Hill that’s six lanes, you have multiple entrances and exits out of there, so the flow of traffic you don’t even notice because it works so well,” Dinges said, “but if you take something like [the tract], and you have one way in and one way out, it’s going to be completely different — you’re going to have a traffic debacle over there.” Boyle said that the more than 650 homes served by the Crest-

wood and Saratoga intersection don’t currently merit a traffic light, according to local traffic experts. “From a safety perspective, 200 homes would not significantly add to the traffic on Crestwood Blvd.,” Boyle said. “Therefore, the task force recommendation is compatible with the existing properties and will provide short- as well as long-term revenue streams and will not add any additional safety concerns to those that may now need to be addressed anyway.” Boyle said goals for the site need to be based in reality, not unrealistic wishes. “Royal Palm Beach is a bedroom community, which supports businesses in Palm Beach County; it is not an area readily conducive to creating a demand for higher-paying jobs,” Boyle said. “We need to focus on our citizens here. Our village needs to provide locally the needs for our current citizens to develop and enhance their job skills.” The greatest number of com-

ments from the community involved potential recreational uses. Boyle noted that recreational areas don’t generate revenue to the community but cost the taxpayers money. Councilman David Swift echoed the concern for potential revenue. “At the end of the day, could this land use breakdown potentially generate revenues?” Swift asked. Swift said that he was, in general, in favor of the recommendations by the task force, but felt the village should shelve the issue until the economic climate was better. Pinto made a motion to accept the report, rather than move forward immediately with the task force’s recommendation. Vice Mayor Richard Valuntas seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. The council agreed to revisit the issue once the real estate outlook has improved.

Wellington staff members John Bonde and Tracey Lamport explain budgetary issues.

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continued from page 1 that she’d like to see more deductions across the board. “This budget needs to come down a little more,” she said. “These are hard times. We have a lot of places we need to cut.” Jacobs suggested cutting from areas such as food and travel expenses. “I just think we really need to go through it and cut,” she said. “I’d like to see closer to a 10 per-

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continued from page 4 use or the other, site characteristics that would limit or prohibit development, usefulness of the existing building, and legal constraints that would encumber development of the site. Boyle said that the task force had been given the broadest possible latitude to recommend land uses that would meet the needs of the village. “It was the duty of each task force member to evaluate this information, separate fact from opinion and interpretation, and attempt to place these in perspective of their individual thought processes,” Boyle said. Vice Mayor Martha Webster, the council’s liaison to the task force, commented on its representativeness to village residents. “What we have brought before you is the consensus of the resi-

Gr oundbreaking — Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo speaks before the groundbreaking, alongside Equestrian Sport Productions President Michael Stone, Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, Olympian Robert Dover, dressage rider Kim Boyer and Katharine Bellissimo. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

The chamber presents Wellington staff members with a plaque for sponsoring the luncheon. PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER


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continued from page 1 open the pathway for a “pedestrian-accessible walkway” excluded equestrian uses. “I thought it would be open to horses,” he said. Widing agreed. “We can’t say horses can’t go down the property,” he said. “We should just open it for equestrian uses.” He also suggested including signage designating the pathway as an approved equestrian trail. Crawford wondered whether, for the path to be designated an equestrian trail, fencing would be required to keep riders off the adjacent private property, but Viator said it would not. Widing said he didn’t think that would be a problem. “I feel that the equestrian community is respectful,” he said. “I don’t think they’ll ride on other people’s property.”

Resident Anita Corning noted that the pathway has weeds from not being maintained and that many of the properties along the path already have fences. She encouraged the board to consider connecting equestrian trails throughout the district. “When you put an equestrian trail through the neighborhood, connectivity is important,” she said. “Otherwise it’s like having a railroad system with no way to get to it.” Crawford wondered whether it would be up to the property owners who put up the gates to take them down at their own expense. Viator said that was the case. Widing suggested setting a date by which the gates would have to be taken down. Viator suggested giving them at least 30 days if not 60 days. The board voted unanimously to approve the designation of the pathway as a trail for pedestrians and equestrians.

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Vinceremos Has Been Life Changing For Legato Family

Af ter years of wondering how to help her son Jason deal with his autism, Louisa Legato heard about the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee Groves. Jason didn’t need physical therapy, so he began therapeutic riding sessions tailored to meet his unique needs. Ellen R osenberg’s Column, Page 27

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WHS Athletes Sign On To Play College Sports

Several Wellington High School seniors signed to play for the colleges of their choice on National Athle tic Signing Day held Thursday, May 5. The signees are Austin Peavler, Lucas Riebe, Alex DiNardo, Amir Pollock, Chris Thomas, Mercedes Queen and Brandon Lustgarten. Page 41



Business Wellington To Be Featured On The TV Show ‘Luxe World With Anolan’

Anolan Dragitsch, executiv e producer and host of the television program Luxe World With Anolan , debuts a new season this month, showcasing Wellington early on in one of the shows. The show features the best of the best in luxury lifestyle. Viewers are offered an exclusive look into world-class destinations, the latest in fashion and beauty trends, and everything in between. Page 35

Sports SRHS Volleyball Boys Top Gardens To Win The District Title

The Seminole Ridge High School varsity boys volleyball team traveled to Palm Beach Gardens where they defeated the Gators in four games to win the District 5 championship Thursday, May 6. The Hawks defeated Wellington High School in the regional finals Tuesday. Page 41

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Vinceremos Has Been Life Changing For The Legato Family It was about 10 years ago that Louisa Legato, then living in Pennsylvania, noticed that there was something different about her son Jason. Though he was By Ellen only 2, he wasn’t interRosenberg ested in the same things as his peers. When Louisa brought him to Mom- chee Groves. “I’ve ridden all my and Me classes or other my life,” Louisa said. “Up events involving other tod- north, I was deeply involved dlers, she could see it. in pony club. I taught, I had “He wasn’t into social horses, the whole nine yards. things; he didn’t talk at all,” In fact, I used to bring Jason Louisa recalled. “I just knew along with me to the barn there was something going when I was giving lessons. on. I brought him to my doc- He always seemed interested. tor, who said it was because He clearly liked horses. Then Jason was an only child and I found out about Vinceremonly around adults most of os, and I thought it was an the time, so he didn’t need to awesome idea, a great way talk — all his needs were be- for Jason, then five, to reconing met.” nect with horses.” But it wasn’t that at all. JaLouisa had sold her horses son was autistic. before moving south. She’d Fast-forward to December watched some of the Winter 2002. Louisa and her family Equestrian Festival shows moved to Wellington. A but hadn’t had any real conwhile after that, in August tact with horses. She couldn’t 2005, Louisa read an article afford to keep one or even in the Town-Crier about the take lessons. Vinceremos Vinceremos Therapeutic seemed like it would fit the Riding Center in Loxahat- bill in many ways.

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Jason and Louisa Legato with Cracker Jack.

“I called them up and spoke with Ruth Menor, the executive director, and we set up Jason’s first session. We both loved it. Jason could ride, and I could ride and get my horse fix. I started volunteering. It was a good fit. I had all of the pony club background. I just had to learn about the NARHA requirements.” NARHA, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, is a nonprofit organization formed in 1969 to promote equine-assisted therapy for individuals with special needs. The group’s mission is to change and enrich lives by promoting excellence in equine-assisted activities and therapies. It certifies and accredits programs such as Vinceremos. “Vinceremos is an amazing place,” Louisa said. “A lot of children have physical disabilities, but autism is a disability that most people can’t see. When you have an autistic child, it can be difficult to go out in public. Autistic

children tend to be overactive. People stare. They judge you as being a bad parent unable to control this child. At Vinceremos, no one is judgmental. Jason is free to be who he is. We can go there and feel safe. All the parents understand. They’re dealing with the same or similar issues.” Jason didn’t need physical therapy. He received therapeutic riding sessions tailored to meet his needs. Since he didn’t have a lot of expressive language, following directions became a large part of his riding, helping him concentrate and participate. “He has to use words to tell the horse to walk or trot,” Louisa explained. “He has to understand directions, like making a circle or weaving through the poles. He has to express an opinion, telling the instructor what he wants and doesn’t want to do. Riding gives him a lot of sensory input, which he craves. It’s also helped him a lot with his coordination and fine motor control. Jason is still a man See ROSENBERG, page 28

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The Estate Sale Business Is Fun, But Has Its Challenges Sometimes I surprise myself with my timing. Last year, I began running estate sales for people, and now, as Baby Boomers begin to downsize, it’s all the rage. When I started out, I barely knew what an estate sale was. Now I know — it’s a garage sale on steroids. But it takes place inside the house as well as in the garage because just about everything on the property is for sale. When someone has inherited the contents of a household, they are often amazed (and somewhat intimidated) by the number of things it is possible to accumulate over the years. Plus, they have no idea of the value of some of these things. Plus, they don’t want to clean out that whole house. Yet they need to sell it. Enter me, Deb Welky. As an enthusiastic cleaner-upper; as someone who can spot value when I see it; as someone who has more enthusiasm than common sense, I go in there and take care of everything for them. I clean

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The Sonic BOOMER out the cabinets, arrange things on tables as if the place is a store, contact my buyers, run the ads, hire the help and conduct the sale. At the end of the day, the seller has a big fat check, and I have a headache, an aching back, an unidentified fungus, a group of weary workers with their hands out and a little bitty check. Yet I love this business. I ran an estate sale last Saturday for a guy whose mother had died suddenly. He (wisely) had invited the relatives over to take whatever they wanted, but he was still stuck with the

clothes, the linens, the dishes, the office supplies and any furniture too big, heavy, outdated and/or ugly to have been carried out the door. On the initial walk-through, I knew this was going to be a challenge. The dishes were made in China, the knickknacks were plastic, and the furniture wasn’t exactly from the Federal period. I spent a week unearthing everything, washing the neglected stuff and pricing it. I set aside the family photographs, the coin collection, the driver’s license and the stash of gold jewelry I found between the mattress and the box spring. Those would not be part of the sale. Neither would the food. But anything else was fair game. Sheet sets went for $5, curtains for $20. Bath towels were $2 each. Art (and I use the term loosely) was priced at $5 to $50. CDs, paperbacks and halfused bottles of Windex were priced at 50 cents apiece. The non-flat TVs didn’t sell (they never

will), nor did the record player. (“What’s that for, Mommy?”) They tried to buy the garden hose off the back of the house. They tried to buy my table covers. They tried to buy my A-frame signs. At 2:30 p.m., the leftovers went to half price, and then the house was pretty near empty. It looked like a band of gypsies had ravaged the place. I sold three couches, four chairs, a bed and some bookcases, but, at the end of the day, the real money hadn’t been made on the big stuff. It had come in a dollar at a time through shoelaces, sewing supplies and books. The owner made a couple thousand dollars, and I made almost $1,000. I hauled away all the unsold items, and the house is now “broom clean” and ready for sale. In addition to my cut, I got first pick of the leftovers for my shop. And I met my goal — earning enough money to be able to pay my chiropractor!

‘Thor’ Movie Destined To Be A Strong Summer Blockbuster Summer has finally more or less arrived with the first (well, actually, second) of the big summer movies, Thor. Since I had zero interest in Fast and Furious Five, which opened last week, this is the start of the summer season for me. And that means I get to see huge, big budget movies that are generally more or less brainless and a lot of fun. And Thor fits that bill perfectly. If you want heavy drama with a sense of greatness in a summer film, go watch The Dark Knight on DVD. For Thor, be grateful for a bit of fun, a lot of action, a good dose of cynical humor and special effects that are not stateof-the-art but do work in context. The film is based on secondhand Norse mythology, secondhand in that it works through the Marvel Comics version of the myths. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the bad boy son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), the ruler of Asgard. Paying no attention to his father’s orders, he leads a small group of his friends to Jotunheim, land of the ice giants, to wreak revenge for an attempted theft of a power source his father had taken in a previous war. Thor’s actions push the worlds to war, and Thor is banished to Midgard (Earth), where he has no powers. His luck changes when he is hit by a car driven by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and they begin a tentative


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continued from page 27 of few words, but he’s learning to make his wants and needs known.” Jason rides one time each week, working with the same instructor each time. This is important, Louisa explained, so there’s continuity of communication and a mutual feeling of trust and understanding. And no, Louisa doesn’t teach Jason. “Jason knows how to get around Mommy. It’s much better for him to interact with others,” she said. Louisa volunteers 12 to 15 hours each week. She went ahead and received her NARHA instructor certification for therapeutic riding in September 2006. She had to take two online

‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler relationship (not quite “me Thor, you Jane” but not far from that). Thor learns humility, and winds up back fighting for the throne. Sequel to follow in probably two years. Director Kenneth Branagh, best known for his Shakespearean work, tries to create that type of family dynamic in this film. Thor’s halfbrother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is a schemer with a whole raft of Freudian problems. Instead of being flat-out evil (which he tends to be in most Norse legends), he’s basically a mixed-up kid. That does not help the plot. Thor just does not face much in the way of challenges. The main conceit of the film is that Thor cannot use his famed magic hammer Mjölnir unless he is worthy. And he becomes worthy very, very fast — actually, more or less overnight. In the real Norse mythology, Odin sacrifices an eye to get wisdom (not to mention a stretch of time more or less crucicourses, attend a two-day seminar, pass both a written and a practical test, and then work as a student teacher with another certified instructor for 25 hours. “I love working with our clients,” she said. “Some are more challenging than others. Some have cognitive disabilities, one is blind and deaf — it really doesn’t matter. Everyone enjoys being here. I get the joy of seeing innumerable things. I get to see children being just as successful as any other children, and all because of a horse. Everyone touches your life. I enjoy spending time at Vinceremos. I love being around everyone — the clients, the parents, the staff and other volunteers. It’s truly like a huge family.” For more information, visit www. or call (561) 792-9900.

fied on Yggdrasil, the great tree). Thor gets it after urging a group of unarmed people to get away from a gigantic killing machine sent by Loki. Wow! The cast is excellent, so good that for most of them, the acting demands were ridiculously easy. Portman will not win an Oscar for this performance, nor even be nominated, although she was fine. Stellan Skarsgård, as an old friend and mentor, is basically wasted. Kat Dennings as Jane’s assistant has a few really funny lines. Hopkins gets to bluster around in fine Shakespearean mode, and it was nice to see Rene Russo back onscreen as his wife, even if only for a few minutes. The only actor whose acting is central to the plot, Hemsworth, is large and good-looking. He seems to follow directions well but adds little in the way of subtlety to the plot. Yet it is a fun movie. My friends and I all agreed on that as we left the theater. It will not

win any awards, except perhaps at the box office. The theater was crowded even though it was Friday afternoon, and we went to the 2D version. Like most 3D action movies that are out, this was designed for 2D, with the real 3D effects mostly scenery. But the plot was good enough that it kept our interest throughout. Yes, it was a bit blustery with all of the family argument bits. And, yes, it occasionally lingered a bit too long on the scenery, particularly in the ones that were “off Earth.” But there was enough good humor, not to mention some really good battle scenes, mixed with enough personal relationship pieces, to make it fun to watch. It is, of course, something of a “guilty pleasure,” but we should remember that despite the guilt, there is also pleasure. It is a good movie to watch, buying the overpriced popcorn and then sitting back and relaxing. In other words, a classic summer movie.


At the Palm Beach County Commission meeting May 3, Commissioner Jess Santamaria presented a proclamation to Nancy McBride declaring May 25 as “National Missing Children’s Day” in Palm Beach County.

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Academy for Child Enrichment — In the heart of Royal Palm Beach, the Academ y for Child Enrichment offers free all-day VPK. Infants through after-school day and night care, 6:30 a.m. t o midnight (Monday through Friday), meals included. Qualified staff. Se habla Espanol. Special rates for all registration. The Academ y for Child Enrichment is located at 700 Camellia Drive in Royal P alm Beach. Call (561) 7983458 or visit for info. Breaker s West Summer Camp — For the summer of a lif etime, children ages 5-14 are invited to join the 2011 summer camp at Breakers West. Enjoy wildlife demonstrations, science e xperiments, magic shows, arts & crafts, cooking classes, golf, tennis, baske tball, soccer, daily swimming instruction and much more! Camp runs June 6 - Aug. 19 (excluding July 4-8), Monday –through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sessions are $300 per camper, per week , plus a one-time registration fee of $50, which includes a camp essentials bag. Discounts are offered to families regist ering multiple children and/or for multiple sessions. Af ter-care is available. Space is limit ed. To register for Breakers West Summer Camp, call (561) 653-6333. Camp Giddy-Up — Ravenwood Riding Academy has been located in Wellington for 21 years. Licensed and insured, with all safety equipment provided, they are located on a beautiful, safe and clean f arm with plenty of shade. Ravenwood is now accepting 12 students per session, ages 6-14. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Campers learn safety, horse care and grooming, with riding lessons daily, as well as scheduled visits with a blacksmith, horse vet and equine dentist. Weekly sessions are $185. Sibling discounts or multi-session discounts are available. Camp Giddy-Up has a full staf f and a hands-on director. Register today by calling (561) 793-4109 or visit Hurry, sessions f ill up quickly! The King’s Academy “Camping Around the World” — TKA’s summer cam p welcomes ages 5 through 8th grade. Experience different cultures through craft projects, science experiments, f ield trips, music and more. Counselors are q ualified teachers, first aid certified and offer a lo ving environment. Day camp/ sports camp with daily lunches run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m with many options and before/after care. Field trips to Calypso Bay, the South Florida Science Museum, the Palm Beach Zoo, Lion Countr y Safari and more, all for one inclusive price. Regist er now at and sa ve $25 when you mention this offer. Call Helga Van Wart (56 1) 686-4244 for more info. The Learning Foundation of Florida’s Academic Summer Camp — TLFF’s Elementary, Middle, & High School Summer Academic Camp Program has several different ser vice options available to assist the diverse needs of students. TLFF’s kindergarten thr ough eighth grade summer program focuses on individualized academic remediation using thematic units and a varie ty of teaching strat egies, including a multi-sensory, hands-on approach. TLFF’s high school program focuses on grade f orgiveness and or acceleration. Students who have received Ds or Fs in classes can redo them for a higher grade. Both programs are open Tuesday through Thur sday from 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. For more information, call (561) 795-6886. Loxahatchee Countr y Preschool — Loxahatchee Country Preschool will start of f this summer with a “home run!” Baseball, football and soccer activities will take place throughout the summer. The school has been here for 20-plus years and provides a safe environment with small ratios for summer campers, which means the children are well supervised. Throughout the summer, the camp program offers ar ts and craf ts, field trips (attended by the management team), swimming lessons, Spanish lessons, movies, a bounce house, bowling and much more. A free pizza lunch will be pro vided Fridays. The school provides a safe envir onment for the children, while providing an excellent educational program. In a letter sent to the school, the Kings Academy wr ote, “ What preschools are better prepared for Kings? Loxahatchee Country Preschool was mentioned with enthusiasm!” Call (561) 790-1780 for more info. Movement Arts Dance Academy — Movement Ar ts will be holding five w eeks of fun-filled summer camp from June 20 through July 29. Weekly themed mini camps (Monday through Thursday from 9 - 1 1:30 a.m.) for ages 3-5 will include arts and crafts and games in addition to learning se veral styles of dance. Full day camps (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) for ages 6-11 will include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and more. Early care and af ter care are available at an additional fee for the full-day camps. A pizza par ty and performance will be held each Friday of the full-day camp sessions. The studio is conveniently located on State R oad 7, just south of Okeechobee Blvd. F or more information, call (56 1) 792-9757 or visit The Royal Palm Beach Elementar y Bobcat Summer Camp — Bobcat Summer Camp offers a magnificent schedule of f ield trips, four or five times per week, which include: bowling, skating, swimming, the Discovery Museum & IMAX Theater, Rapids W ater par k, fitness festival, Chuck E. Cheese, Fun Depot, Veterans Park, movies, Lion Country Safari, Super Play USA, U-Bounce, Golf World, the zoo, Carnival Fun Station and an Orlando trip. On campus activities include: sports, craf ts carnivals, computers, academics, game room, shows, carnivals, D.J. par ties and more. The professional staf f is dedicated to providing a q uality summer camp. It is Gold Seal certified and an award-winning camp. For a summer of fun, call Deb Pagliaro at (561) 633-4431, ext. 30. Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool — If y our child is between 2 and 6 years old, “Summer of Fun” Enrichment Camp at Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool is the place to be! Here, your child will enjoy a variety of fun activities that will mak e them smile, while promoting learning and social development. A ctivities include: arts & crafts, gymnastics, computers, spor ts, nature, cooking, water play and a state-of-the-ar t playground. They’re sure to love the weekly entertainment, including High Touch High Tech, storytellers and animal shows. All of this in a loving and nurturing environment. Eight w eeks, full and part time. Free summer VPK. Now enrolling for preschool 2011-12. Contact Sandy for more information at (561) 793-2649 or psdirect TNT Gymnastics Center — TNT is of fering a great summer program with flexible hours and fun-filled days. They pr ovide a safe, positive environment for your child to enhance self-esteem and physical fitness through gymnastics, trampolines, rock climbing, group games, arts & crafts, water play, martial arts and much more! TNT owner Tina Tysk a is a former Class 1 gymnast coached by two-time Olympian Kim Chase. She has over 25 years of coaching experience, including toddlers thru Level 9 gymnasts as well as specialneeds children. TNT Gymnastics is located at 3120 Fairlane Farms Road in Wellington. F or more info., call (561) 383-TNT1 (8681). Wellington Tennis Center — Have fun and learn to play tennis this summer! Children ages 6 to 13 at all levels of play (beginners through advanced) are welcome. All instruct ors are USPTA/USTA QuickStar t certified. The new QuickStart format will be used for ages 6 to 8. Camp runs Monday through Friday, June 6 - Aug. 12 (excluding July 4-8). Tennis camp only (9 to 11 a.m.) is $100 for Wellington residents ($120 for non-residents) per camper, per week. Extended camp (9 a.m. t o 1:30 p.m.) includes tennis, lunch and super vised swim and costs $150 for Wellington residents ($170 for non-residents) per camper, per week . Discounts are offered for registering multiple children in one family or for multiple w eeks. Pick your weeks and register early! Space is limited. To register, call the Wellington Tennis Center at (561) 791-4775.

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

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

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

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

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‘Project Tandem’ Opens May 19 At P.B. Photographic Centre Palm Beach Photographic Centre President and CEO Fatima NeJame has announced the museum’s next major exhibition will be “Project Tandem: Two Bicycles, Two Photographers, One 11,000Mile Ride” by Morrigan McCarthy and Alan Winslow. It will open Thursday, May 19, with a special lecture by the artists Wednesday, May 18. McCarthy and Winslow completed a year-long, 11,000-mile bicycle ride around the United States in 2009. “Project Tandem” is the multimedia result of that journey’s goal: to photograph and interview everyday Americans about their views on the environment. They rode from Rockland, Maine to St. Augustine, west to San Diego, then up to Seattle, and zig-zagged their way back to New York through the American Midwest. McCarthy and Winslow rode through 30 states photographing and interviewing people they met along the way, camping at night and gaining a great appreciation for

the kindness of strangers. Bicycling allowed the two men to immerse themselves in the various subcultures and communities they visited so they could better understand the way the rest of America felt about climate change and the environment. After interviewing and photographing hundreds of people all around the country, McCarthy and Winslow have put together a show of portraits and a looping audio track of voices from all over America speaking candidly about the environment. The show illuminates the differences in opinion between regions and individuals, but it also somehow seems to bring people together. “Project Tandem” will run from May 19 through June 18. An opening reception will take place May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Opening June 24 and running through Aug. 20 at the Palm Beach Photographic Center will be the annual juried show “Infocus” and “Picture My World” featuring pho-

A photograph from Jackson, Mont.

tographs taken by local children and young teenagers. Dedicated to the enrichment of life through education, exhibitions, community programs, workshops and cultural activities that promote the art of photography and digital imaging, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre has been hailed by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the world’s leading photo centers. Every January, the Photo Centre hosts FOTOfusion, a five-day festival offering more than more than 100 workshops, lectures, panel discussions, multimedia presentations, portfolio reviews, hands-on computer classes, demonstrations and photo shoots taught by an impressive faculty of industry leaders and photographic giants who donate their time and expertise to educate, mentor and encourage creativity among participants of all levels and ages. FOTOfusion attracts participants from around the globe. In addition, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre hosts more than 200 seminars and workshops throughout the year, with students coming from all 50 states and around the world. These classes are instructed by master photographers who skillfully communicate the intuitive and intangible aspects of image making. The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (561) 253-2600, or visit www.workshop. org or

Photographs from Mamou, La. (above) and Saratoga, Wyo. (below).

CGSM Gallery To Host Book Signing With Local Artists May 20

A Raku piece by Maria Hayden.

The Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Cooperative Gallery in Lake Worth will host a book-signing event to celebrate the five local artists who have been selected to appear in Lark Press’ latest publication, 500 Raku: Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique. The artists were among 500 selected from thousands around the country who applied for the honor. A book signing featuring these artists will take place at the gallery Friday, May 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Three artists from the gallery were among the five selected. Jesse Showalter has been exploring and expanding his work in Raku for over a five-year period. Once an artist with a strictly functional line of work, Showalter began pushing the boundaries of his craft, taking his many students with him. His explorations into the chemical reac-

tions of natural elements and fire have produced breathtaking effects. Maria Hayden has taken the basics of the Raku technique and pushed the bounds, creating exquisite forms embellished with the distinct Raku surface. Her use of color defines her pushes elevates her work to fine art status. Betty Wilson, owner of the Craft Gallery in West Palm Beach has taught countless artists and amateurs the art of Raku firing. A prolific artist who is at home in many media, her Raku works stand out as unique tributes to her many talents and abilities. She currently serves as president of the Palm Beach County Ceramics League. Included in the book signing are two friends of the gallery, both talented artists with followings in Palm Beach County. Kara Taylor is both a clay artist and photographer. Her

abilities to teach and work with young children are well known. Rhea Moss has been a clay artist for several decades and has worked with Raku under the tutelage of Showalter. Moss is a member of the Palm Beach County Ceramics League. The 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. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The gallery is located at 605 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. Gallery openings take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month. For info., call (215) 205-9441 or visit

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Anolan Dragitsch interviews Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen for Luxe World With Anolan, which features Wellington’s equestrian scene.

Wellington To Be Featured In The Television Show ‘Luxe World With Anolan’ By Damon Webb Town-Crier Staff Report Anolan Dragitsch, executive producer and host of the television program Luxe World With Anolan, debuts a new season this month, showcasing Wellington in one of the early episodes. Luxe World With Anolan showcases “the best of the best in luxury lifestyle” in an exciting television program. Viewers are offered an exclusive look into world-class destinations, luxurious yachts, the latest in fashion and beauty trends, and everything in between. In addition, Luxe World With Anolan offers in-depth interviews with celebrities and VIPs, which offer a peek at how the other half lives. “I like to keep a pulse on things new, now and next,” Dragitsch said. “With my show, I’m able to provide a window into the lifestyles of very influential people who live throughout South Florida and beyond.” Luxe World With Anolan has been featured on E! Entertainment Television Latin America and Travel Panama, and has been seen in over 25 countries throughout Latin America. “I have been fortunate to meet some amazing, talented people and travel to some aweinspiring destinations,” Dragitsch said. “I am ready to bring my show to the U.S.” And one of the main U.S. locations Dragitsch has her sights on is Wellington. “When I decided to move my home base to Palm Beach, I wanted Wellington to be one of the areas I featured on a regular basis,” Dragitsch said. “For this season, I filmed some segments of the show during the Winter Equestrian Festival and saw first hand what mass appeal it had with the media as well as the guests who attended. The Winter Equestrian Festival is the ultimate equestrian lifestyle destination.” In the Wellington segments, Anolan has exclusive interviews with Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo and rider/trainer Victor Segovia at Wonderland Farms. “I am looking forward to profiling more people in the area and showcasing Well-

Anolan Dragitsch on horseback. ington as a top equestrian location,” Dragitsch said. Anolan also interviews top polo player Nic Roldan, Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, International Polo Club Palm Beach President of Operations John Wash, Toy Roxanne Wash, polo player Agustin Molinas and polo announcer Tony Coppola. Anolan is currently in negotiations with Fox to produce her own segment for a weekly series dedicated to the always-alluring and glamorous lifestyle scene of South Florida. “I’m excited about this opportunity to work with Fox. South Florida is definitely the place for me to be,” she said. “This is where the rich and famous come to play.” Luxe World With Anolan airs daily from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on HolaVision TV Digital Channel 12.2, West Palm Beach Comcast channels 212 and 618, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale Comcast Channel 81. For more information, call (786) 499-1607 or visit

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The Palms West Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Perfect Cut Lawn Care Solutions, a lawn maintenance and landscaping company providing professional and manicured lawn ser vices throughout Palm Beach County. Perfect Cut Lawn Care Solutions has been in business for over ten years. Perfect Cut Lawn Care Solutions owner Roberto Marques strives to bring only the best services to all customers. To contact Perfect Cut, call (561) 7900777. Shown above are Perfect Cut Lawn Care Solutions staff members with Palms West Chamber ambassadors.

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Morici Named To Hospice Board

The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation has announced the appointment of five respected business leaders to its board of directors: Thomas Burns, a partner with Cocuy, Burns & Co., P.A.; Robert Friedman, president of RMF Financial Inc.; Alfred G. Morici, Esq, of counsel with Cohen, Norris, Scherer, Weinberger & Wolmer; Marilyn Siebrasse, vice president and wealth management advisor at the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank and Beth Walton, president and chief executive officer of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. “Our strength in the community is a reflection of the leadership of

our board of directors,” Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation President Greg Leach said. “We are honored to have these outstanding community leaders join us in our mission.” Morici has served as the past president of the Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council and has served on the boards of South Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Boca Raton Estate Planning Council. He is currently a member of the Palm Beach Yacht Club. He holds a bachelor ’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his juris doctorate is from University of Santa Clara, and his master of law

Alfred Morici degree is from Georgetown University. He resides in Wellington and has one daughter.

Final Deadline For Property Taxes Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon is reminding property owners that the deadline to pay delinquent property taxes is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. After that date, all unpaid taxes will be listed for sale at the annual tax certificate auction. This year, 32,146 property owners are delinquent. “I know that many families are struggling,” Gannon said. “If you have the ability to put together a payment, I strongly encourage you

retire this obligation now. A delay will only result in escalating costs and fees. That’s because once a tax certificate is sold, our agency is required to apply interest and fees.” Florida law requires tax collectors hold an annual tax certificate sale for delinquent property taxes on or before June 1. A tax certificate, often referred to as a first lien, is placed on a delinquent property and sold through a competitive bid process. The party who purchases a

tax certificate does not actually own the property. They own the tax certificate, the first lien. Delinquent taxes cannot be paid online. Payments must be made at a service center or by mail. Mail payments must be received, not postmarked, no later than 5 p.m., May 31. Delinquent taxes must be paid by cash, money order, certified check, bank draft, U.S. postal order, cashier’s check or wire transfer. Credit cards are not accepted.

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Local FSEA Chapter Breakfast Celebrates End Of Tax Season Enrolled Agents and members of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents recently took time off to enjoy a post-

tax season breakfast. After discussing the books that they want to read, vacations that can now be planned and the growing

Enrolled Agents David Kaiser, Janet Hayes, Barbara Aho, Roland Manuel, Jeffrey Schneider, Bill Pike, Rose Weible, Gail Lauterborn, Anita Manuel and Elisa Sparks. Not pictured: Charlene Bothof, Danny Underwood and Gail Hanna.

length of to-do lists, the topic of conversation settled back on recent tax law updates. Also discussed at the breakfast was the second annual Shred Fest 2011, scheduled to take place Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. To better serve the north county community, the event will be held at 1070 East Indiantown Road in Jupiter in the parking lot of the America Plaza. The event is free to anyone concerned about identity theft and wants to dispose of personal and sensitive documents. This event is a complimentary service provided by the Palm Beach Chapter of the FSEA. Enrolled Agents (EA) are federally authorized tax practitioners who have the technical expertise in the field of taxation and who are empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections and appeals. For additional information about the Shred Fest 2011 on June 4, visit the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents web site at www.fseaonline. org.

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The Palms West Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Pie Thai Restaurant in Royal Palm Beach. Pie Thai is located on the corner of State Road 7 and Southern Blvd. in the Kmart plaza. The new owner has more than 25 years in the restaurant business. The restaurant’s selection of delicious dishes includes the freshest sushi and Thai specialties. Pie Thai is open every day for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers an early bird menu from 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call (561) 790-3979. Shown above are Pie Thai staff members with Palms West Chamber ambassadors.

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SRHS Volleyball Boys Top Gardens To Win District Title By Bryan Gayoso Town-Crier Staff Report The Seminole Ridge High School varsity boys volleyball team traveled to Palm Beach Gardens where they defeated the Gators in four games to win the District 5 Championship on Thursday, May 6. The undefeated Hawks arrived sporting various designs signifying team unity shaved onto their heads. They did not disappoint the large crowd that came to cheer them on. The Hawks controlled the first game of the best of five match taking it 25-18. The Gators came back strong in

the second game, pulling ahead of the Hawks for the first time 8-7. The Gators remained charged up with a 16-16 tie, then pulled ahead to make the score 17-16. Seminole Ridge pulled ahead 21-20, but the Gators fired back behind a strong defensive effort and stepped up the kills, giving the home crowd a reason to cheer. The second game ended with a narrow 27-25 loss for Seminole Ridge. The Hawks regrouped and came back strong. Players David Specian, Wes Farber, Ray Collet and David Frazee recorded nearly 50 kills among them the entire match. After

losing the second game, the Hawks never looked back, defeating the Gators 25-14 in game three. “We played defense well and blocked well,” head coach Austin Clubb said. “Everybody came together. It was a team effort. No one player carried the others.” The Hawks’ 25-12 victory in the fourth game let Seminole Ridge celebrate winning the District 5 championship. The Hawks defeated Wellington High School in the regional finals Tuesday to remain undefeated. They will face Hollywood-Chaminade on Friday in the state semifinals.


Hawk Ray Collet returns a serve.

Hawk David Specian sets.

Seminole Ridge’s Tommy Mitchell returns a volley.

SRHS team members with Coach Austin Clubb and their mascot.

Seven Wolverine Athletes Sign On To Play College Sports By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report Several Wellington High School senior athletes signed to play for the colleges of their choice on National Athletic Signing Day held Thursday, May 5. Seniors signing included football players Austin Peavler, Lucas Riebe, Alex DiNardo, Amir Pollock and Chris Thomas, girls basketball player Mercedes Queen, and wrestler Brandon Lustgarten. Peavler signed to play at the Florida Institute of Technology where he plans to study sports management. He has participated in football, basketball, track and field and weightlifting for WHS. He is a twotime Palm Beach Post First Team All-Conference player and a 201011 Second Team All-Area player. Peavler said he chose FIT because it was the best fit for what he was looking for. Riebe, a linebacker and guard for the Wolverines, chose to attend Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., where he will study sports science. He was the 2010 defensive MVP as

well as the 2010 top lineman. He also was a First Team All-Conference player and received an honorable mention for the all-county team. Riebe said he chose Catawba College because it has a great football team as well as great academics. DiNardo will play for Nichols College in Lake Worth where he will study business. He is a First Team All-District and All-County player, a Sun-Sentinel All-County player and also made the Outback Bowl. DiNardo said he chose Nichols because it’s a great school. Pollock signed to play with Depauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he will study philosophy. He has played football and track and field for the Wildcats as a running back and a sprinter. Pollock was awarded fourth place Class 1A in the 100-meter dash, and the Coach’s Award for academics. Pollock said he chose Depauw because it has great academics, great athletics and great people. Thomas chose to play at Webber

International University in Babson Park, Fla., where he will study business administration. Thomas has played both football and lacrosse for the Wolverines as a linebacker and defender respectively. He is a twotime captain for both sports, a Second Team All-Area player for the Sun-Sentinel and the team tackle leader for his senior year. Thomas said he chose Webber because he will get a great education and have the opportunity to play for a nationally ranked team. He credited his parents for his success. Queen signed to play with Pacifica College in Riverside, Calif., where she will study kinesiology and exercise science. She is a point guard for the Lady Wolverines and was the 2009-10 Defensive Player of the Year, 2007-08 Rookie of the Year and a two-time Second Team All-Conference player. Queen said she chose Pacifica because they are the only college to offer only sports-related majors and because of the school’s location. Lustgarten will wrestle for Appa-

Austin Peavler, Amir Pollock, Alex DiNardo, Mercedes Queen, Chris Thomas, Lucas Riebe and Brandon Lustgarten. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

lachian State University in Boone, N.C., where he will study international business. He holds the career and single-season pin record, placed fifth at the Class 3A state tournament, is a two-year team captain, a

two-time state qualifier and has the most career team points. Lustgarten said he chose Appalachian State because of its academics, great coaching staff and quality Division I program.

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RPBHS Dancers Finish The School Year On A High Note The Wildcat Dancers dance team from Royal Palm Beach High School, under the artistic direction of master choreographer and Dance Director Michele Blecher, had a very busy two days Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30. On April 29, Blecher and the Wildcat Dancers were presenters at New Horizons Elementary School’s Career Day. The dancers performed three routines (“Loco,” “Hurt” and “Fireworks”) continuously for several hours to the enjoyment of students and faculty members. The next night, April 30, Blecher and the Wildcat Dancers performed three more routines (“Loco,” “Keeps Getting Better” and “Fireworks”) for the American Cancer Society’s Relevo de Vida (Relay for Life) at the South Florida Fairgrounds. American Cancer Society staff and volunteers were so entertained by the dancers that they invited them to perform at the ACS “Illuminations” event on July 3 at Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach. Blecher and the Wildcat Dancers said they feel honored and privileged to have been asked to perform. In other RPBHS dance news, the school’s dance teams commanded the stage Thursday, May 5 with their

The Wildcat Dancers with students at the New Horizons Career Day.

The Wildcat Dancers and Michele Blecher at Relevo de Vida. final performance for the school season, titled “Last of Me.” The packed audience was amazed by the dancers’ versatility, dancing to chart-topping hits and oldies songs including “Glow,” an in-thedark dance routine with the only thing showing being the dancers’ flashing lighted gloves. The show’s opening routine, “Last of Me,” was performed by the Wildcat Dancers dance team. The show’s momentum grew to a foot-

stomping, crowd-cheering frenzy by the end of the night. During the grand bow, Blecher gave a small speech to each of her graduating senior dancers, handing out fine arts honor cards to her four-year dancers. The rest of the dancers called during the grand bow received certificates of excellence and inlaid gold pins. The RPBHS dancers’ next presentation, “Burlesque,” will take place in December.

RPBHS dancers backstage at the May 5 performance.

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Wycliffe Hosts LPGA Teaching & Club Pros Championship Wycliffe Golf & Country Club was the host of the 2011 LPGATeaching & Club Professionals Southeast Section Championship held April 30 through May 2. The Pro-Am was held Saturday, April 30 and was enjoyed by 20 teams of five. The 36-hole championship was held May 1-2. The field comprised 22 players in the Championship Di-

vision and 11 players in the Senior Division. Jessica Carafiello was the overall champion with a twoday total of 149 (74/75) and will represent the Southeast section in the 2012 LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans. Last year’s defending champion Annette Deluca was runner-up. Judy Dickinson was the Senior Di-

vision champion with a twoday total of 156. The entire Wycliffe community came to show support and cheer on the pros throughout the event. “I was so impressed by the amount of encouragement the members at Wycliffe showed to the ladies,” Wycliffe Director of Golf Lynn Stebbins said. “You could really see

the impact of the cheering in the players’ game.” For additional background information on the event, visit (Right) Wyclif fe pr o Diane McHef fey, Wycliffe member and caddy for a day Dr. Ed Rubin and Wycliffe Director of Golf Lynn Stebbins.

Momentum Dancers Victorious In National Dance Competition Dance Arts Conservatory’s Momentum Dance Company competed at Starpower National Dance Competition April 30 in Fort Lauderdale. Junior company members Christina Kohlbeck, Quinn Van Popering, Alexandra Ramey, Carlie Niedzwiedzki, Sarah Marsengill, Allie Terry, Cassandra Wiesner and Andrea Rojas won first place in open for “They Blinded Me With Science.” Junior Company members

Kohlbeck, Van Popering and Marsengill won first place in tap for “Rock this Town.” Petite Company members Allyson Steinberg, Sarah Cirincione, Gina Bernstein, Nyla George, Tori Rosenthal, Devan Soloman, Lara Symons and Layla Chalifoux won first place in open for “Up.” Dance Arts Conservatory is located at 11260 Fortune Circle in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 296-1880.

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Dance Stars — Junior company members backstage (front row, L-R) Christina Kohlbeck and Quinn Van Popering; (middle r ow) Ale xandra Ramey, Carlie Niedzwiedzki and Sarah Marsengill; and (back row) Allie Terry, Cassandra Wiesner and Andrea Rojas.

Teams from South Florida and North Carolina were the winners Thursday, May 5 at the Wanderers Club in the 31st annual Society of Seniors Ed Tutwiler Memorial Four-Ball golf tournament. Van Lefferdink of Jupiter and Steve Earsley of Hobe Sound won the senior division for players 55-64 years old by three strokes, posting a final round of 69 for 203. They were the only team in the flight to break 70 Thursday. It was the first Society of Seniors title for each play-

er. Over three days, Lefferdink and Earsley were 11 under par on the last five holes. In 54 holes they had an eagle, 19 birdies and eight bogeys, scoring rounds of 6866 the first two days to tie for the second round lead. Earsley eagled the par-5 17th hole on May 4. The Tutwiler, the second of seven Society of Seniors tournaments this year, had 35 teams; most played through intermittent rain May 5 after two days of nearly perfect golfing weather.

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Saturday, May 14 • On Saturday, May 14, letter carriers will fight hunger with the 19th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Postal service customers in Palm Beach County are asked to place a bag of non-perishable food by their mailboxes, which letter carriers will pick up during mail delivery. Residents can also help by volunteering to sort food collected by the letter carriers. To volunteer, contact Feeding South Florida volunteer coordinator Leroy Green at (954) 518-1863 or lgreen@ • Loggia Michelangelo will host a Golf Outing to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital on Saturday, May 14 at the Palm Beach National Golf & Country Club (7500 St. Andrew’s Road, Lake Worth). Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A luncheon and awards ceremony will follow. The cost is $90 per player or $360 per foursome. Call Pat DeVivo at (561) 2491298, Dennis Piasio at (561) 641-1643 or Sam Pittaro at (561) 968-4083 for info. • The Wellington Women’s Club will host its spring fundraiser “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Binks Forest Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit the Mary Rubloff YWCA Harmony House and college scholarships. The cost is $40. RSVP to Cindy Yurecka at (561) 514-1497. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Introduction to Quilting” for adults Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. led by Lorraine Strauss of the Palm Beach County Quilters Guild. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • Wellington will host the American Cancer Society Relay for Life May 14-15 at Village Par k (11700 Pierson Road). The event will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday and continue throughout the night, concluding with a closing ceremony at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. For more info., visit www.rela wellingtonfl, or contact Teri Lane at (561) 650-0134 or • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Chess for Beginners” for ages 8 to 13 on Saturday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. Learn basic moves and play a practice game. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will offer “Tween Creative Writing” for ages 10 to 15 on Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m. Learn about the craf t of writing and do exercises to improve your skills. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register.

• Wellington and Immeasurable Theatre will present The Tale of Peter Rabbit, a children’s live theater production, at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seating. For more info., call (561) 727-6891. Sunday, May 15 • The Polo Park Middle School Athletics Department will host its inaugural Stallion Golf Scramble on Sunday, May 15 at noon at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. The format will be four-man best ball and will cost $100 per player. Contact Blake Combs at (561) 333-5539 or michael. for more info. • The Palm Beac h Little League 12-U Travel Baseball Team will hold tryouts Sunday, May 15 at Seminole Palms Park in Royal Palm Beach. Players should arrive at 1 p.m. and meet at Field 5. The tryouts are being held to supplement the team playing in the Florida Premiere in the fall. The team will also play in USSSA tournaments. Interested players must be under 13 years old. Seminole Palms Park is located at 151 Lamstein Lane, off Southern Blvd. For info., call (561) 308-8239 or (561) 876-8398. Monday, May 16 • Pizzano’s Pizza (601 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach) will host a Hospice Fundraiser on Monday, May 16. Ten percent of sales will go to Hospice of Palm Beach County. For more info., call (561) 790-2345. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a “Pirate Party” for ages 8 to 12 on Monday, May 16 at 4 p.m. Set sail for adventure with fun pirate games and authentic pirate fare. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, May 17 • The 2011 South Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference/Expo will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Call Anitra Harmon of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce at (561) 7906200 or e-mail for more info. • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the Government Center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., WPB). Visit for more info. See CALENDAR, page 47

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 46 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Science in Motion” for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. Perform experiments about forces and motion. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Introduction to Irish Dancing” for adults on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. with Marie Marzi from the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Anime Grab Bag” for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, May 19 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Games Around the World” for ages 6 to 9 on Thursday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m. What games do people play in other countries? Library staff will teach attendees the rules. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “E-Resources for Job Seekers” on Thursday, May 19 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about online resources to support your job search. Work on job searching, résumés and/or filling out online applications. Bring a flash drive to save your work. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Village Council will meet Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Village Meeting Hall (1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.) Visit www.royalpalmbeach. com for more info. • The American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 invites all veterans to attend the Veterans Open House Thursday, May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center featuring guest speaker s raising awareness about the American Legion and services of fered to veterans. For more info., call (561) 7933342 or e-mail wellingtonlegion390@gmail. com. Friday, May 20 • Free Movie Night at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son on Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 253-2484 for more info. • The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservator y (1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter) will

hold a student production of Cats Friday through Sunday, May 20-22. For tickets, call (561) 575-2223. For more info., call (561) 575-2672 or visit Saturday, May 21 • The South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center will host a Gun Show Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22 featuring a wide collection of guns, ammo, knives, hunting supplies and accessories. A concealed weapons course will be available at the show. Admission is $8. Visit for more info. • HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab (125 S. State Road 7, Suite 103) will host its Community/Patient Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 21. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with tours of the facility, educational programs and festive activities for all ages. It is open to the public. For more info., call (561) 7924016. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Wii Gaming: Summer Sports Paradise Island” for ages 10 to 15 on Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Celebrate with a summertime game on the Wii. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. Sunday, May 22 • Wellington’s Temple B’nai Jacob will kick off summer with its annual Picnic in the Park on Sunday, May 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Micanopy Pavilion at Okeeheelee Park. It will be a day filled with fun, food and activities for the whole family. The cost is $12 per adult and $8 per child; children under 2 are admitted free. RSVP to (561) 7934347 by May 16. Monday, May 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Legos” for age 8 and up Monday, May 23 at 4 p.m. Builders create their own vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, May 24 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a Networking Mixer on Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Floor Specialists (11453 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). For more info., contact Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 790-6200 or marylou@ 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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HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER opening in Wellington needs CERTIFIED PART TIME TEACHERS new and experienced elementary & secondary teachers wanted to instruct K-12 in Reading, Math, SAT/ACT Exam Prep. No lesson plans or homework, paid training and flexible hours. Please e-mail resume to or call 561-594-1920 and leave a message TEACHERS/TUTORS P/T SAT/ACT/FCAT- MATH Flexible Hrs. Great Pay. PB County Area Experience required Fax: 828-8128 E-mail VOLUNTEER NEEDED — 14 years and over for community service. Have fun with animals & kids 792-2666 WINDOW INSTALLERS W ANTED Lic. & ins. subcontractors only. Top Pay. No Brokers. Call Matt 561714-8490 DRIVERS WANTED — Full-Time/ Part-Time W ellington Town-Car NIGHT DISPATCHER — for Wellington Town-Car. Call for details 561-333-0181 CHRISTY’S BAKERY NEEDS — Counter help. Experienced only. 2 shifts 5:30am - 1:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Drop of resume. The Pointe@Wellington Green. 10160 Forest Hilll Blvd. CAMP COUNSELORS NEEDED FOR CAMP GIDDY UP NEEDS COMMUNITYSERVICES HOURS? — Call for info 793-4109 14 and over w/horse experience. ATTN: COMPUTER WORK — work from anywhere 24/7. Up to 1,500 part-time to 7,500 full-time. Training provided. or 754-244-2760

POSITION WANTED COMPANION AIDE — Live In/Out, meals, laundry, errands, years of experience. References available. Call 561-3334285 PART-TIME HELP NEEDED — For busy Accounting office. Must know Excel, Microsoft Word. Fax resume 561-333-2680. PART-TIME LEGAL ASSISTANT — wanted for busy Legal office. Must know Word Perfect, Wills,Trusts & Estates & heavy phones. Fax Resume to 561-333-2680 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — Men & Women for god’s creatures, rescued and abused cats. Cat Sanctuary. 561-460-4317

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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

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

JJJ AUTOMOTIVE,INC. — we’re looking out for you! John Lawson. 561-204-2855 600 Royal Palm Commerce Rd. Suite E, RPB. Lic. #MV52657

HOUSECLEANING — 20 yrs experience. Excellent local references. Shopping available. 561572-1782

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

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

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 TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS 793-3576

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

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

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 561-309-0134 Lic. Ins. Bonded. CGC-023773 RC0067207 ROBERT CHERRY ROOFING INC Reroofing - Repair - W aterproofing 561-791-2612 or 954-741-4580 State Lic.& Ins. #CCC-1326048

THIS SATURDAY, MAY 14TH, 8 A.M. - 1 P.M. — Multi-family Sample sale, household goods & more. 1198 Bayview Way, Black Diamond.

JOHN’S SCREEN REPAIR SERVICE — Pool & patio rescreening. Stay tight,wrinkle-free,guaranteed! CRC1329708 call us 798-3132.

THIS SATURDAY, MAY 14TH, 8 A.M. - 3 P.M. — Baby things, truck items, something for everyone. 107 & 109 Meadow Wood Drive. TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS GET RESULTS CALL 793-3576

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

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 BA THROOM REMODELING — Free estimates serving South Florida since 1980. Quality you expect, service you deserve. License, bonded and insured. U21006 561-662-9258 TOWN-CRIER CLASSIFIEDS GET RESULTS CALL 793-3576

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

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J&B PRESSURE CLEANING & PAINTING, INC. — Established 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 at 309-6975 or visit us at

2000 HONDA ACCORD — 209,000 miles, red w/cream leather interior good running condition, good A/C $5,000 OBO 561-7137794 RV MOTER HOME 2005 — 31 ft. fourwinds, Chateau Class C, 4,700 miles, V-10 Ford Chasis, Fullyequipped, 1 slide out $48,000. Offers considered. 561-398-1825

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

JOHN 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

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

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

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

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

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


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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

$139,000 3 bed/2 bath. Call Michelle Burgess 239-834-3589. Tannassee Realty. Make an offer now.

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