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INSIDE Drought Could Make Fighting Fires In Lox Groves More Difficult

Volume 32, Number 5 Februar y 4 - February 10, 2011


As drought conditions continue to deepen in South Florida, the Loxahatchee Groves T own Council learned Tuesday that the community might not be granted another variance to back-pump water from the C-51 Canal to keep water levels up in the town’s canals — leaving residents vulnerable in the case of a fire. Page 3

Wellington Hosts FunFilled Special Event To Promote Volunteerism

The Village of Wellington and the Citizens Volunteer Organization hosted “Volunteer 2011!” on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about volunteering opportunities at more than 20 service organizations. Page 5

Hugs And Kisses Offers Financial Help To Cancer Patients

It all started with a single bracelet. Now it’s Hugs and Kisses Inc., a registered nonprofit with a mission to help cancer patients with dire financial needs meet their cost of living. “We let the cancer patients know they’re not alone,” explained founder Jean Morris. Page 10

OPINION Time Is Now To Start Thinking About Water Conservation Efforts

According to the South Florida Water Management District, 2010’s rainfall level was well below average, and predictions for this year indicate more of the same. With the rain season still several months away, now is the time to star t focusing more on conserving water. Page 4 DEPARTMENT INDEX NEWS ............................. 2 - 13 OPINION ................................ 4 CRIME NEWS ........................ 6 NEWS BRIEFS ....................... 8 POLO & EQUESTRIAN .........15 SCHOOLS ..................... 16 - 17 PEOPLE........................ 18 - 19 COLUMNS .................... 27 - 28 BUSINESS ................... 35 - 37 SPORTS ....................... 41 - 44 CALENDAR...................46 - 47 CLASSIFIEDS ...............48 - 53 Visit Us On The Web At WWW.GOTOWNCRIER.COM

Wellington Christian School held its ninth annual homecoming parade on Thursday, Jan. 27 with the theme of classic car toons. Each grade chose a show, built a float accordingly and performed a skit. The winning float belonged to the senior class, which performed a skit from Scooby-Doo. Pictured above, the Scooby-Doo crew are sur prised by a ghost. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 2 PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/TOWN-CRIER

Board Election Could Settle Paving Fight In The Aero Club By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The fate of the grass runway in Wellington’s Aero Club has come down to a vote — though not the one pushed for by some residents. Instead, residents were scheduled to vote Thursday for the community’s board of directors, who will decide whether to pave the runway, keep it grass or leave the decision up to the community. The debate over whether to pave the runway began in August when the then-board of directors sent residents a survey notifying them that the board had directed its Runway & Taxiways Committee to study pav-

ing a 55-foot-wide strip of the runway. The Aero Club is a western Wellington community of about 250 homes clustered around a 3,900-foot grass runway. It was built 30 years ago with a 75-footwide grass runway and now has a 105-foot-wide grass runway. A subsequent decision to push forward with paving the runway divided the community. In October, a group of residents calling themselves the Fair Play Group, consisting of both “grassers” and “pavers,” initiated several recall elections to remove the sitting board. The group does not specifically favor pavement or

grass, but advocates that the decision be put to a community vote. The sitting board resigned before the results of the recall could be certified, and appointed likeminded members in their place. George Switlyk, who assumed the presidency of the board at that time, said that the previous board was intimidated into resigning. “The ‘Unfair’ Play Group sued members of the board to intimidate them,” he said. “That normally never happens. People wouldn’t run if they believed that having personal interests different from the community might cost them.” The group then filed for an inSee AERO CLUB, page 22

Speed Signs Coming Soon To Seminole Ridge High School By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Palm Beach County Commission approved flashing speed zone signs Tuesday for portions of roadways in front of Seminole Ridge and West Boca high schools. According to County Engineer George Webb, the new school zones will set a speed limit of 20 miles per hour when students are arriving at school each morning and leaving school in the afternoon. While Tuesday’s decision only affects two county high schools, the commissioners ordered traffic studies to be done at other high schools located on county roads. The issue came to a head last year when a Seminole Ridge student was hit by a bus — just one of a string of accidents that have occurred on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road near the school. Angela Usher, manager of in-

tergovernmental relations for the Palm Beach County School District, asked commissioners to install the speed limit signs at all high schools, but county staff members said signs are not needed at all schools; and in some cases, the locations are out of county jurisdiction. “The school board feels that having slower speeds in front of the schools would help in keeping the students safe,” Usher said, pointing out that according to county studies, the highest number of accidents occur with high school-age students. Elementary and middle schools already have speed zones in place. “I know in Palm Beach County there are some schools with speed zone signs; however, we do want to extend it,” Usher said. “County staff has been extremely helpful with policies in helping to address public concerns, but based on the policy that limits [speed zones] to

elementary and middle schools, they could not go beyond that. So, I am here today asking you to support installing these speed zone signs at high schools.” Commissioner Paulette Burdick suggested working with Usher to identify all the schools. “Together, the school district and our county commission can work with the folks up in Tallahassee to change those rules,” Burdick said. Commission Chair Karen Marcus pointed out that the county can install the signs now on county roads. “If we decide today that we want to have flashing lights in the zones, we can do that,” she said. “I don’t have a problem doing that. As a policy, we can just go ahead and direct them to put them up on county roads.” Webb said his staff did studies of all roads around the high schools and found that “there is a mix of high schools on state roads, See SIGNS, page 22

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Bid Award Starts Phase Two Of Huge RPB Park Project By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Royal Palm Beach’s 160-acre Commons Park project is slated to take another major step forward this week with the expected approval of a $15.3 million bid to construct the long-planned facility. The Royal Palm Beach Village Council was scheduled to award the contract Thursday to West Construction. “They were recommended as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder,” Village Manager Ray Liggins told the Town-Crier on Wednesday. “It was well within our budget.” The original budget was $22 million, including the $2.6 million for the now complete Phase 1 shaping of the park landscape. Seven bids were submitted, with the highest being $19.5 million. “It’s a really competitive price,”

Liggins said. “It’s well under the numbers we had outlined with our consultants and ourselves.” The bid approval was on the consent agenda for Thursday’s meeting, and actual results were not available at press time. Phase 2 will fully finish the park. “The 160 acres will be a completed park when this project is done,” Liggins said. “Granted, we’re not building a nine-hole golf course [as originally planned], but all that land will be irrigated and mowed and will be open to the public. The council directed us to shape the land as designed by the golf course designer, less the tall tee boxes and greens. It’s 60 acres of rolling hills.” Once the $15 million project is complete, Liggins believes it will be a huge benefit for the Royal Palm Beach community. “When See RPB PARK, page 22

Dozens On Hand For Wellington’s Home Preservation Event By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report More than 100 residents were able to meet face-to-face with their mortgage lenders on Saturday, Jan. 29 as part of Wellington’s efforts to keep homeowners in their homes. During Wellington’s Home Preservation Event, residents facing foreclosure or pre-foreclosure or who can’t make the payments on their homes had the opportunity to meet with some of the biggest lending institutions in the area. “This is a great event,” Mayor Darell Bowen said. “Even if one person walks out of here today having gotten the help they need to stay in their home, then it has been a success.” Held at the Wellington Community Center, participating institu-

tions included Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, SunTrust Bank, PNC Bank, Ocwen and Housing Partnership Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping with the foreclosure crisis. Together, they saw 125 residents who came looking for help with loan modifications, foreclosure concerns and other issues. Bonnie Conrad, a director with Housing Partnership Inc., said that a foreclosure devalues a neighborhood by $80,000. By helping residents stay in their homes, the village is preventing its neighborhood values from falling even more. “People don’t want to come and listen to someone talk,” she said. “They want to talk to people about their specific circumstances.” But for those still looking for See FORECLOSURE, page 7


The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) Loggia Michelangelo Lodge #2864 held a tasting evening featuring Italian food and wine Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Shown here, PRP Wine International’s Lane Griffin pours wine for Sam Pittaro. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 9 PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Tom Goltzene Files To Run In Groves Council Election


By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report Tom Goltzene has filed to run for Seat 5 on the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council in the March 8 election against incumbent Vice Mayor Dennis Lipp. A 20-year Loxahatchee Groves resident, Goltzene entered the race on Tuesday, the last day to file for election. Seat 5 is the only council seat open this election cycle. Lipp has held the seat for four years. Goltzene said he is running to give Loxahatchee Groves voters a choice. “I was concerned that in the previous election, there was only one person running, and it seemed like that was going to happen again,” he said. “I felt the people needed

a choice. I know I’m a political newcomer, but I feel that I’ve gotten involved with the Southern Blvd. issues and worked with people to a good result so far.” Goltzene said he has worked with various people in his neighborhood, which is near the proposed commercial developments on Southern Blvd. “I live on South C Road just north of Southern, south of Collecting Canal, so I am pretty much living at ground zero of that new development, so I want to make sure there is sufficient preservation and consideration given to the neighbors, both in my area and on Collecting Canal, and also the birds and wildlife that have been living there for a long time,” he said.

Goltzene began operating a tree farm in 1996 and specialized in native varieties and wetland mitigation. “The tree aspect of the business is over now, and I’m involved mostly in cattle services,” he said. “The construction industry went down and there has been very little mitigation work, which is a lot of what I did. There’s really no customers for the native plantings anymore.” Goltzene said he is aware of the issues that concern town residents and feels he can be an unbiased listener without an agenda. “Many people feel passionately about their issues, whether it’s paving or the connector roads or bird noise or whatever the issue,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I chose to run, because I see a real

democracy going on, and I don’t really come to the table with predecided ideas. I’m open to hearing what people think about the various issues, and they’ve got good points on each side. I believe I can use my skills to weigh the issues and make a decision.” Goltzene said the council has made some decisions that he doesn’t particularly like. “I know that there are many folks in the community that I have heard from on the Southern Blvd. issues who feel dissatisfied, and at the same time, no one was really doing anything about it from a standpoint of contesting the election,” he said. “I wanted to give the opportunity for people to have an alternative.” Goltzene said he would like to See GOLTZENE, page 22

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CARTOONS ABOUND AT WELLINGTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE Wellington Christian School held its ninth annual homecoming parade on Thursday, Jan. 27 with the theme of classic cartoons. Each grade chose a show, built a float accordingly and performed a skit. The winning float belonged to the senior class, which performed a skit from Scooby-Doo. F or more info., visit PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRĂ“/T OWN-CRIER

The freshman class portrays the characters from Peanuts.

The senior class gathers with their Scooby-Doo float.

Top Cat (Gabby Biernat) causes trouble for Officer Dibble (Evan Stimely).

Fred Flinstone (Connor Kelaher) and Wilma (Amanda Dill) share a dance.

Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen with judges Jan Lamca, Michelle Strassel and Eileen Hamilton.

Charlie Brown (Cody Ballard) performs in the skit.

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Drought Could Make Fighting Fires In Lox Groves More Difficult By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report As drought conditions continue to deepen in South Florida, the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council learned Tuesday that the community might not be granted another variance to back-pump water from the C-51 Canal to keep water levels up in the town’s canals. Town Manager Frank Spence reported on a joint meeting that took place Monday at the South Florida Water Management District with its staff, members of the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Commander Nigel Baker and Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Administrator Clete Saunier. “We have a package of interconnected groups that pose a problem for this town that we need to face,” Spence said. “It starts out with the South Florida Water Management District declaring a drought and preparing for a drought. They monitor Lake Okeechobee, and it’s dropping. They are very concerned. The rain a couple of weeks ago was an exception. When there is a drought, the water table goes down. When the water table goes down, our canals go down.” That poses a serious problem, Spence explained, because PBCFR uses canal water as a backup, and with the canals low, they cannot adequately fight fires in Loxahatchee Groves. The only pumper PBCFR has that services Loxahatchee Groves has a 3,000-gallon tank. “When that tank runs out, they have to go to either Southern Blvd. or North Road to refill their tanks,” Spence said, noting that takes about 12 minutes, and during that time the fire is blazing. Spence said that he and Saunier had discussed tapping into the reuse water line that runs along Okeechobee Blvd., explaining that the county had put hydrants at each of the east-west roads from A to E for future tapping in, so that fire hoses could be connected there. Another option would be bringing Palm Beach County water service into the community. “The county utility department said also that to expand fire suppression, they’re willing to connect potable water into the various neighborhoods,” Spence said, pointing out that having the water lines would significantly decrease homeowners’ fire insurance premiums. “Right now, the county fire department is very concerned

about their ability to fight any large fire because of the limited amount of water. This is an interagency problem that we’re all looking at.” If the town decides to install water lines, the county would do it, he said. “There is a cost, and the county already has the contractors,” Spence said. “I think it’s coming, and I think we need a workshop to discuss the details.” During public comments, former councilman Dr. Bill Louda said when he was on the council, the idea had been raised of running a grid of reclaimed water through the Groves for fire suppression. “I’m shocked to hear now they are considering potable water,” Louda said. “They can sell it,” Vice Mayor Dennis Lipp added. Louda said putting in municipal water is the first step toward the installation of other municipal infrastructure, including sewers and paving. “It’s time to start looking at grants again for doing this,” Louda said. “Fire suppression is a biggie. Put potable water under the table. Go back to the gray water system, and anybody who wants to buy that reclaimed water can use it on ag and cut their fertilizer costs way down.” Saunier said he thought the meeting was a warning that the SFWMD had given the LGWCD a variance once before on the condition that it look into ways of becoming self-sufficient for water in drought periods, and he had to tell them the district had done nothing because available solutions would cost millions. “In my opinion, the summary of this meeting was the South Florida Water Management District saying, ‘We’re indeed looking at tightening things up here very soon potentially, if Lake Okeechobee drops much more,’” Saunier said. “I think they said it was at 13 feet above sea level.” When the level gets to 11.5 feet, water will no longer flow out of the lake. Saunier said another workshop will be scheduled, at which Baker will be presenting what his department would actually have to do if a fire were to break out in areas where water supply is an issue. Spence said at that workshop, county water utilities officials will also present cost estimates for installing hydrants along the Okeechobee line and other options. He said he would also start working on a date for the council to hold a workshop to pursue solutions.

Reorganized ALA Begins Work On Neighborhood Plan By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Acreage Landowners’ Association is reorganizing to become a part of the governing process again. The changes started with the creation of a full board of directors at the January meeting, said former Indian Trail Improvement District Supervisor Mike Erickson, who pledged to reinvigorate the ALA after deciding not to seek re-election to the ITID Board of Supervisors last year. “We have a full complement of board members; nine were elected at the January organizational meeting,” Erickson said. Officers are Bob Renna, reelected as president; Domingo Flores, vice president; Rebecca Larrabee, secretary; and former ITID Finance Director Margie Perez, treasurer. Erickson was elected government liaison. The ALA board discussed highlights of strategic planning for 2011. “The main emphasis was on the Acreage Neighborhood Plan,” Erickson said, pointing out that the plan was to be updated annually but has not been since it was written in 1995. “We formed an Acreage neighborhood planning committee to meet the third Tuesday of every month at Indian Trail.” The first meeting had a dozen people attend, Erickson said, adding that anyone who wants to join is welcome. The group will meet once a month until the plan is fully updated. Heading the committee is Jay Sweet, a certified planner and longtime Acreage resident, Erickson said. At the first meeting, committee members discussed the plan in general terms. Land use and density were among the aspects reviewed, with “the concept of dis-

Mike Erickson cussing the whole region, not just within the boundaries, but the adjoining properties that are the big issues, similar in concept to the sector plan,” Erickson said. The group also discussed portions that are outdated, although they were important when the plan was written, such as regulation of trailers and mobile homes. Attendees also went over the evaluation and review process, which the county now is looking at. “From a local planning standpoint, it looks like this could very well tie right in with what is needed,” Erickson said. “We are going to work on what is needed, and then down the road, once we know what needs to be updated and the direction we want to go, we’ll bring the county into the process. The Acreage Neighborhood Plan is one of about a dozen local plans that the county formally recognizes. At the planning meeting, members also discussed bringing back elements of the failed sector plan. “We got a lot of data from that,” Erickson said. “There’s talk of See ALA, page 7

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Time Is Now To Start Planning Your Water Conservation Efforts We’re still in the early part of South Florida’s dry season, and already it appears that we’re in for a rough ride. Water conservation and protecting against wildfires will be key themes over the upcoming months. The recent freezing temperatures may have eased up for now, but even if they don’t come back, the dry conditions that accompanied them aren’t going anywhere. Dry season is a fact of life here, though sometimes it’s a tough lesson learned. And if we have learned anything about living in this region, it’s that we can no longer count on the summer rains to necessarily balance out the winter drought. The only thing we can expect is significant water restrictions to remain in place for the foreseeable future. Conservation is not an option, but something everyone must practice 365 days a year. According to the South Florida Water Management District, 2010’s rainfall level was well below average, and predictions for this year indicate more of the same. With the rainy season still months away, now is the time to start focusing more on conserving water. The first step toward doing that is educating yourself. The SFWMD web site located at www. offers plenty of information on conserving water, including instructions on how to make a rain barrel and tips on home gardening with low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. It also offers a calculator that determines how much water you use in a day and how much you could be saving with more efficient fixtures and appliances.

For residents of The Acreage, Loxahatchee Groves and other areas with large amounts of vegetation, the dry season presents additional problems. With the increased likelihood of wildfires during times of drought, keeping one’s yard cleared of brush and well irrigated is less about appearance and more about safety. However, the basic rule to follow during storm season also applies to dry season — remove as much extra vegetation from your yard as possible. The same fallen tree branches that can become projectiles during a hurricane will act as kindling under the right conditions. And with less water available to fight fires, preventing them is crucial. If water conservation hasn’t been high on your priority list, now is the time to change that. Reading up on a few basic facts and figures — and understanding the severity of low water levels in Lake Okeechobee — will make it easier to see the gravity of the situation. Unless conditions improve over the next several months, and South Florida receives more rainfall than is expected, it’s very likely we’ll be under tight water restrictions soon enough. Either way, the days of excessive water use are a thing of the past… and completely unnecessary. As the SFWMD web site shows, you can get by on much less water than you may think. You just have to make a commitment to learn how, and put those plans into action. A little water — and a bit of education — can go a long way, and now is the time to make it happen.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR County Plans For Glades Not In Best Interests Of The Residents If you’re wondering if the Palm Beach County commissioners intend to create permanent privatesector jobs in manufacturing in the Glades, the answer is no. According to a story in last week’s TownCrier (“County Planners Ask For More Time To Make New Projections”), “[Senior Planner Patricia] Behn said the county has limited options there since its comp plan applies only to unincorporated areas, and the cities of Pahokee, South Bay and Belle Glade are the areas most profoundly affected.” In other words, for the county to implement its plan, it must first take over control of the land that is now incorporated into the three cities. So what is the plan for the residents of those three cities? I have been saying for more than a year now that the plan is for the county to take complete control; it already provides police, fire and money for infrastructure. Move all the low-income people out of the area, and create a recreation area for all the high-income people who own boats and who want luxury homes on the beaches of Lake Okeechobee. This is what one of the commissioners reportedly said: “We need housing out there. We talk about

Lake Okeechobee being a wonderful attraction, but if you don’t have housing, you won’t get people to go there. The three cities out there are almost bankrupt, and we might need to take over the cities.” Perhaps the reason why Commissioner Jess Santamaria, who represents the Glades, has not visited the idea of creating a free-enterprise authority that would create at least 2,000 new, clean, airconditioned jobs manufacturing textiles is that manufacturing, like the inland port, is not compatible with creating a high-end recreation area. According to the Town-Crier article, “Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he is confident the Glades can be developed. ‘The Glades has a lot of potential,’ Santamaria said. ‘There are three marinas; the Glades, South Bay and Pahokee marinas are diamonds in the rough. They need a little more enhancement.’” “A little more enhancement” is code for “we need to spend more taxpayer money.” They have already spent at least $10 million in taxpayer money on the marinas, and about $80 million on other “improvements.” So what will all the new money buy? Considering that all the taxpayer funding so far has not created any significant jobs, the new money will be used to pave the way for urban renewal that will bring high-income whites in

and move low-income blacks out. Obviously, something has to be done about the high crime, the high unemployment (40 percent), and the nearly 90 percent of the children entering public school who are entitled to free or reducedcost lunch programs. I proposed a government free enterprise authority to build production facilities and turn them over to an employee owned non-profit corporation, but there is no government money for that idea. Instead the county is proposing a flagitious plan, especially if you are a poor black father who wants to support his wife and children. It is not a plan to give a black child in the Glades an opportunity for a better future. It is not a plan to help the faithful, self-respecting, hardworking, intelligent black man, woman or child. The county’s plan is not jobs. It is bread and circuses. Frank Morelli Wellington

A Salute To All The Volunteers Traditionally, I am reminded that the new year is a time to continue or take new actions. It is also a time, when we are reminded of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s and President John F. Kennedy’s calls for community service. I am adding my voice to many others who have commended the

community service efforts of residents, government staff and officials of Wellington. The Citizen Volunteer Organization (CVO) and government partnership, including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s Wellington substation and our business community, serve as a worthy model of what actions can be taken to make the entire Wellington community safer and healthier. This partnership also includes the Safe Neighborhoods program and assistance to other individuals, e.g. needy families and seniors. Many thanks to all involved. Your actions will encourage others to become partners in this very important effort. Lydia Patterson Wellington

Stop The GOP Fearmongering We’ve been watching CNN today to find out the details of the shooting in Arizona. CNN keeps asking if rhetoric on both sides are responsible. CNN is cowardly. What Democrat has ever said anything like, “If ballots don’t work, bullets will,” or “Second Amendment remedies” or any of the violent references that people like Sarah Palin frequently spew, or shows crosshairs across the states on the map, on every news program, and on the Internet, where we know everyone gets their “news?”

Who was it who hung Nancy Pelosi in effigy from the congressional steps, at her election, to the cheers of the Republicans in the streets? It was a Republican leader. Who was it who spit, yes, spit on a black congressman as he walked up the steps to his chambers? Not a Democrat. Who was it who called out in the House of Representatives, where we have always had respect for the president of the United States, even if we didn’t agree with him, the words “you lie?” It was not someone from the gallery, and it was not a Democrat nor an independent; it was a Republican, Rep. Joe Wilson, to be specific. Who was it who yelled “hell no” in the House where there is supposed to be respect? John Boehner, and we all know the leader he is now. Who was it who yells over and over, at the podium in the congressional houses, where there is

supposed to be respect, and from every talk show left or right, and from every mountain top that he can get on, “My only goal is to bring Obama down,” even if it means bringing the country down? Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. Why is the media so afraid to point the finger at the fearmongers, gun advocates and those who are so intent on inciting violence? We hope that NBC and all the newspapers and television talk shows have the courage and integrity to tell the story straight and truthfully. If anyone wants the truth, they should watch The Daily Show. Jon Stewart is the only one who has the courage to have all the politicians on his show and to take them on in a real debate, and never lets the lie live. Shirley Bass Wellington

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Is College Basketball Wiz Kenneth Faried The Next Dennis Rodman? The smartest of basketball coaches will quickly tell you that rebounding is right there with shooting and defense in deciding almost every game. And Dennis Rodman — he of the multi-color hair styles and crazy, quirky hijinks off the court — was a master at that talent. Now meet Kenneth Faried of Morehead State College of the Ohio Valley Conference, who

Footloose and... By Jules W. Rabin ranks as today’s supreme college cage rebounder, and who may well be chosen No. 1 in June’s NBA draft.

At last check, Faried (or Nard, as he’s also known) repeatedly tops all college players in rebounding. And when Billy Donovan, the very highly esteemed coach of the University of Florida, flatout says, “I’d be taking him with my pick if I was a general manager,” you know this young man is a giant at his hardwood specialty. “He’s Dennis Rodman all

over again,” Donovan exclaimed. After all, the Florida basketball maestro should know. He mentored three of the very best college and NBA rebounders ever in Joakim Noah, Al Horford and David Lee. Interestingly, just three years ago, Nard was 6’7” and a spindly 185 pounds. Today his chiseled frame is 6’8” and a muscu-

lar 228 pounds. This helped him tally double doubles (double scores in both points and rebounding) in 15 of this season’s first 19 games. He reached 25 games with double doubles each of the past two years. All of Nard’s basketball rebounding heroics had been accomplished prior to this season, despite his having a deviated septum. One of his nasal passag-

es was blocked completely; the other was 25 percent blocked. He had surgery during this off season to correct the problem. Another problem Nard will be correcting next NBA campaign will be to positively impact his fortunate team’s rebounding shortcomings. That’s for sure, whether he is selected numero uno in the draft, or even a few slots lower.


Lox Council Asks Treasure Coast Planners To Help With Okeechobee By Ron Bukley Town-Crier Staff Report The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council agreed Tuesday to conduct a workshop on the future of Okeechobee Blvd. to be facilitated by staff from the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. Dana Little, the planning council’s urban design director, explained that the council provides planning services to Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties and is one of 11 such agencies in the state. “We wear many hats, including economic development and disaster preparedness. We review developments of regional impact and land use amendments for our region,” he said. “There are 55 municipalities in that region.” Little said he was attending the meeting at the request of Vice Mayor Dennis Lipp, who had been at a TCRPC meeting recently and invited him.

The TCRPC has been providing planning services to the region for more than 20 years, beginning with planning downtown Stuart in 1987. “We’ve done a few laps around the region, and thankfully there is continued interest,” Little said. “And as the challenges grow more difficult and in some cases more significant over time, we do our best to help the counties and municipalities within the region.” The region stretches from Boca Raton in the south to Vero Beach in the north. “It’s very large, and the context of all the municipalities change,” Little said. “Some areas are very urban, like central Palm Beach County, the Town of Jupiter, Scripps, things like that, and there are areas that are very rural like Indiantown and Sebastian, so we’ve been fortunate to work in all contexts over time.” In the past five years, the agency has been working on reestablishing passenger rail service on


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the FEC corridor, the old Flagler Rail Line. “Getting the land uses in places to areas that haven’t benefited from rail service in over 40 years is very important because it’s a billion dollars worth of infrastructure, and we want there to be the infrastructure and land uses to accommodate it and take full benefit of it over time,” Little said. A project with similarities to what is needed on Okeechobee Blvd. is Becker Road in Port St. Lucie, where land development regulations have been overhauled in a corridor that was dominated by residential lots. Through a workshop, an overlay and urban redevelopment area was developed. The number of connective streets relates directly to how a community functions. “The less connected an area is, the bigger the streets must be,” Little said. “The more connected an area is, the smaller the streets can be.

We’ve created this mantra that we’ve been saying up in northern Martin and St. Lucie counties because as they start to apply where their funding is going to go in the future for road improvements, it’s important to understand that connectivity directly has an impact on the community.” Port St. Lucie had a road-widening dilemma because leaders are concerned about the character of the community, he said. “At the same time, it was primarily, if not all, single-family lots facing this road that was slated to become four or six lanes in the future, so there was also an issue of transitioning over time,” Little said. Becker Road was under pressure because of planned developments between Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 95, and transportation models showed it had to be widened. The community had approved commercial development on some lots, and others were be-


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ing taken for future stormwater retention. TCRPC conducted a workshop and came up with a plan that blended residential and commercial, putting commercial where it made the most sense, so that it was not a long row of strip centers, keeping the road four lanes in most areas so that it is crossable by foot. A grid was planned to give other options to local traffic. Lipp said he had attended several TCRPC meetings and invited Little because of the similarities between the Becker Road project and issues along Okeechobee Blvd. “They really do a lot of research that’s very solid,” Lipp said. “My intent of inviting him here is that we have Okeechobee Blvd. that we really have to face because we have 65 landowners along Okeechobee, and no one agrees on what it should be.” During workshops for the com-

prehensive plan, participants had agreed that commercial development would take place along Southern Blvd., and property owners indicating they want commercial development along Okeechobee Blvd. came as a surprise, Lipp said. “In the long run, we need to allow the property owners and the town to come together,” Lipp said. “My intent for inviting Dana was not to ‘do a Becker Road,’ but to facilitate as an outsider with no dog in the fight, and help us through this one event that we’re going to have.” Town Manager Frank Spence said he would work on a date and location to hold a workshop, probably in March. All residents of Okeechobee will be notified, Spence said. As a public agency, TCRPC’s meetings are open, Lipp said. Visit for more information about the planning council.

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WELLINGTON HOSTS FUN-FILLED SPECIAL EVENT TO PROMOTE VOLUNTEERISM The Village of Wellington and the Citizens Volunteer Organization hosted “Volunteer 2011!” on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about volunteering opportunities at more than 20 service organizations, as PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER well as enjoy a family-fun day with bounce houses, face painting, food and entertainment.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life volunteer John Watts with community representative Teri Lane. Wellington volunteers Matt and Elenor Lukasiewicz, and Barbara Salemme.

Wellington librarians Melissa Richie and Susa Zimmerman.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office COP Major Helmut Schmitt and Lt. Sandra Love Semande sign up volunteers.

Wellington CV O President Stacy Somers with Carey Ritmiller.

Taylor Renee (Taylor McNevin) performs for the crowd.

AREA BIKERS JOIN IN THE ‘CRUZIN FOR CRIMESTOPPERS’ MOTORCYCLE RIDE Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County held its inaugural motorcycle ride “Cruzin for Crimestoppers” on Sunday, Jan. 30. The ride was a safe escorted ride courtesy of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Unit, star ting at the Village Shoppes plaza in Royal Palm Beach and ending at Pineapple Groove in Delray Beach. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY CAROL PORTER/TOWN-CRIER

U.S. Congressman Allen West with PBSO Capt. Rober t Allen.

Participants check in before the star t of the ride.

Tracey Callaway with her motorcycle.

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Youth Attacked And Robbed In Royal Palm Beach By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report JAN. 28 — A deputy from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a home in the Willows last Friday evening following a complaint about a robbery. According to a PBSO report, the juvenile victim was riding his bicycle on Sparrow Drive when three males jumped out of the bushes. One of the suspects asked him where someone lived and then pushed the victim down and punched him in the face. According to the report, the victim fought back and the other two suspects took his bicycle and fled westbound on Sparrow Drive. The victim returned home and told his father, who contacted PBSO. The victim described the suspects as two Hispanic males wearing white shirts and a black male wearing all black. There were no other witnesses at the time of the report. ••• JAN. 27 — A Royal Palm Beach man was arrested last Thursday night on drug charges following a traffic stop near the intersection of Shoma Drive and Victoria Groves Blvd. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was on patrol in the Victoria Groves neighborhood when he observed a silver Lincoln LS with an inoperable light traveling southbound on Shoma Drive. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, 22year-old Anthony Morgan III. According to the report, the deputy smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Morgan was found to have one gram of marijuana in the vehicle. Morgan was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail where he was charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams. JAN. 27 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach was dispatched to a company on Business Parkway last Thursday afternoon regarding a theft. According to a PBSO report, sometime between midnight and 3 p.m., someone stole copper pipes from the air conditioning units behind two businesses. The air conditioning units were located on the east side of the building, which backs up to an abandoned building. According to the report, the area is poorly lit at night and there was no surveillance video footage. The stolen pipes were valued at approximately $400. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JAN. 28 — A Lake Worth man was arrested on drug charges last Friday night in the Southern Palm Crossing plaza on Southern Blvd. According to a PBSO report, a deputy from the Royal Palm Beach substation was on patrol in the plaza when he observed 27year-old Walker Louitus walking along the west side of the parking lot. Louitus removed his shirt and threw it on the ground near some bushes and then walked away. The deputy made contact with Louitus and discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. A search of Louitus revealed he was in possession of 1.5 grams of marijuana. Louitus was arrested and taken to the

county jail where he was charged with failure to appear in court and possession of marijuana under 20 grams. JAN. 30 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a business in the Marketplace at Wycliffe late last Saturday night regarding a burglary. According to a PBSO report, at approximately 11:37 p.m., someone broke into the business through the glass front door and stole money from the safe. Video surveillance footage showed an unknown male break into the building, jump over the counter and turn the handle on the safe. The suspect then grabbed an envelope with the money and ran out. The envelope contained approximately $3,200 in cash, and the suspect caused approximately $5,000 in damage. JAN. 30 — A Palm Beach Gardens man and two juveniles were arrested last Sunday evening on charges of burglary. According to a PBSO report, a resident of Madison Green called the PBSO substation in Royal Palm Beach to report a burglary that had just occurred. According to the report, two black males and a Hispanic male wearing a purple shirt and a Batman backpack entered the victim’s open garage and stole two bikes. One of the bikes had a flat tire and was discarded outside. The victim followed the suspects from her home to the Crossroads Plaza on Okeechobee Blvd. The deputy located the two black male suspects crossing Okeechobee Blvd. and observed the Hispanic male enter a nearby store. According to the report, he made contact with the adult suspect, 20-year-old Jeffrey Banaszewski, who said that a friend gave him the stolen bike. Banaszewski was able to identify one of the other suspects. According to the report, one of the juvenile suspects was stopped by another deputy and brought to the scene. The victim arrived and identified both Banaszewski and the juvenile as the suspects who had entered her garage. According to the report, the deputy observed another black juvenile male wearing a Batman backpack acting suspiciously. The deputy asked Banaszewski if he knew the male, and he said yes. The deputy made contact with the juvenile suspect, who said that he was going to the library. However, he did not know where the library was. According to the report, the second juvenile suspect could not tell the deputy where he lived and was very evasive. A search of the suspect’s backpack revealed four shirts from Marshalls with the price tags still on. According to the report, it was determined that Banaszewski and the two juvenile suspects had stolen the items, valued at approximately $235, earlier that day. All three suspects were arrested. Banaszewski was taken to the county jail where he was charged with petty theft. The two juvenile suspects were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. JAN. 31 — A resident of the Isles at Wellington called the PBSO substation Monday to report a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime See BLOTTER, page 22

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s help in finding these wanted fugitives: • Hilton Luciano, a.k.a. Hector Luciano, is a white male, 5’6” tall and weighing 250 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos. His date of birth is 04/1 9/70. Luciano is w anted for fleeing or att empting to elude law enforcement (high speed/reckless). His occupation is unknown. His last known address was Royal P alm Beach Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. Luciano is w anted as of 02/ 03/11. • Jan Michalek is a white male, 5’9” tall and weighing 180 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. His date of birth is 03/30/74. Michalek is wanted for violation of probation on a charge of grand thef t. His occupation is unknown. His last known addresses were Sparrow Drive in Royal Palm Beach and Yarmouth Court in Wellington. Michalek is wanted as of 02/03/11. Remain anonymous and you may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477) or visit

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Expert At LGLA Meeting: Waste-To-Energy Is Wave Of The Future By Carol Porter Town-Crier Staff Report Thomas Mueller, southern regional director of environmental services and community affairs for the Fort Myers-based company Covanta Energy, outlined the benefits of waste-to-energy facilities at the Jan. 27 meeting of the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association. Representatives of the firm, including Mueller, will be speaking before the Solid Waste Authority at its February meeting. Mueller’s goal was to clear up misconceptions about waste-toenergy facilities, which incinerate trash and produce energy in the process. Covanta is among three applicants being considered to build a new waste-to-energy facility in Palm Beach County. There are 11 waste-to-energy facilities in Florida, he said, five of them affiliated with Covanta. The United States has 87 waste-to-energy facilities, with Florida having the most. “Here in Palm Beach County, you have had waste-to-energy for a long time,” Mueller said. “You outgrew the capacity of the [existing] facility. Currently, Palm Beach County is looking to enlarge or build a separate facility.”


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continued from page 3 bringing parts of the Northlake corridor study group information into the plan because that’s also a recognized and done process.” Committee members also talked about integrating elements of the Northeast Everglades Nature Area plan intended to tie together more than 165,000 acres of natural areas such as the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the DuPuis Management Area, the Loxahatchee River and Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Past discussion at the county level has included The Acreage as part of a flow-way to connect Corbett to the Loxahatchee River. The Acreage Neighborhood Plan is similar to a comprehensive land use plan used by municipalities. “It has all those things that Indian Trail doesn’t have jurisdiction over that the county has,” Erickson said. All the subjects will be covered in detail, and each month will bring a new discussion item. At the January meeting, the group passed two resolutions, one supporting the State Road 7 extension to Northlake Blvd. and another backing the removal of a 10-percent surcharge to Acreage users of county potable water that goes to the Village of Royal Palm Beach. “I will be presenting those resolutions to the Indian Trail board at their next meeting, and then to the county after that,” Erickson said.

Mueller explained that more than 90 percent of trash in this country is still being dumped into landfills, and that means a large amount of potential power is going to waste. Mueller compared the process of waste-to-energy to that of building a campfire: it generates heat and light, with two byproducts — steam, which turns a turbine generator, and ash, which is easier to dispose of than the raw trash. “We take the trash and combust it at 2,000 degrees,” Mueller said. “In Florida, 50 percent of our energy is from natural gas, and as far as the country is concerned, 50 percent of it is from coal. One ton of trash and a barrel of oil have the same amount of energy. So it’s amazing what we can process and the power we can make. Today, only a small percent of the trash in this country is being used for energy.” Mueller said that the U.S. Department of Energy calls his business “the clean guys” and that his industry pollutes less than generators burning fuel oil. Mueller noted that European countries have a better handle on recycling and reusing. “In Europe, they use a hierarchy known as reduce, reuse and recycle, and then recover,” MuelThe ALA also has moved its meetings forward a week to be on Tuesday, the night before the ITID board meeting. Erickson explained that the meeting date was changed “so the group can take action prior to the Indian Trail meeting but after the agenda comes out so that we have the ability to chime in on any issues in front of the Indian Trail Improvement District that the ALA decides to take a position on.” Topics for future meetings probably will include Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue. “They’re making some serious cuts out here,” Erickson said. “They’re eliminating manpower and equipment out here. They don’t meet the level of service now, and they’re going to cut people and equipment.” Erickson said one of the big objectives is to increase the ALA’s membership and create the communications tools necessary to get word out to the community. “We need them to be informed voters, and we need them to be available to make their opinion known when an issue is in front of one of these agencies,” he said. The ALA also plans to put out a newsletter, the first of which will probably appear in March. It is also updating its web site, “People have a lot of things on their plate, and getting to meetings doesn’t seem to work in this community, so it’s our intention to try to come up with a method whereby people can cast their vote for an issue online using a password and their member ID,” Erickson said. The next ALA meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the ITID offices.

ler said. “Today, our kids know reduce, reuse and recycle, but none of them know recover. That’s what we do. We recover the heat. We recover the metals. We are making clean and renewable energy 24/7 and getting rid of the product that nobody wants, which is their garbage.” The economic benefits are substantial, he said. “In Lee County, we have among the lowest cost per person or per household. The revenues the facility generates go into reducing the average homeowner’s bill,” Mueller said. “We also don’t have to worry about hauling trash somewhere else and getting rid of it. We are totally selfcontained.” Mueller said that if the Solid Waste Authority taps Covanta as the firm to build the new wasteto-energy facility, the company would make sure that residents of Palm Beach County would be hired. “There will be a large number of green jobs,” he said. After his presentation, Mueller took questions from LGLA members. Some asked about fires within the facility and the risk of the facility catching fire. Mueller said that there is little risk for one of the facilities to burn out of control, because all parts of the process are tightly controlled.


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continued from page 1 help, Conrad offered some advice. “Don’t pay anyone up front to help you with your mortgage,” she said. “Look for someone who is HUD-certified. Understand that it’s not over when you get foreclosure notices, but if you don’t respond, they will take the house. You have to decide if you want to stay in it. It’s a personal decision.” If a homeowner chooses not to stay in his or her house, Conrad suggested consulting an expert about a short sale. If they decide to stay, she suggested contacting a lender to see if that’s possible.

In answer to a question about environmental standards and emissions, Mueller said that his company’s plants operate well within the standards. He noted that the byproduct, the ash, is used in roadbeds and construction in Europe but not in the U.S. There is concern about lawsuits in the U.S., he said, so the ash is not used in that capacity here, although it is considered to be safe. On a question about landfills, Mueller pointed out that there are

The 2011-12 LGLA Board includes (L-R) At-Large Member Ann Parker, Sergeant-at-Arms Claus Von Grote, President Marge Herzog and At-Large Member Diane Von Grote. Not pictured: treaPHOTOS BY CAROL PORTER/TOWN-CRIER surer Ken Johnson. 66 active landfills in Florida. makes sense to make clean, re“When I look at a landfill, I think newable energy out of something it’s sad,” he said. “You see the we don’t want,” he said. energy you are losing and the At the end of the meeting, amount of metals that are being LGLA President Marge Herzog lost. The environment wins when accepted nominations for the you use a waste-to-energy facili- 2011-12 LGLA board. The posity.” tions of vice president and secreWith the right policies in place, tary still are open, so the new ofMueller said, landfills could be ficers are Herzog as president, eliminated with much cleaner fa- Ken Johnson as treasurer, Claus cilities such as his plant in place, Von Grote as sergeant-at-arms, and the savings would be felt by and Diane Von Grote and Ann taxpayers and the environment. “It Parker as at-large members.

“The goal is that your housing payment should be 31 percent of your income,” she said. “But if it’s less than 35 percent, then that’s not bad.” Conrad noted that there are affordable programs out there for those who will actually be living in their home, but that it’s harder to find help for an investment project. “There is no one-size-fits-all answer,” she said. “One option is to try to get a loan modification to get you out from underwater. If you can’t afford your half-milliondollar home, then you need to do what is going to be the least hit to your credit.” Outside the event, attendees were greeted with alternative information to what their lenders

might offer. Several people representing the group Foreclosure Hamlet gathered outside the community center with signs to encourage residents to seek more information. “We’re not protesting,” said Lisa Epstein, who started the group. “The reason we’re here is that we want to show another side to the situation. Loan modifications are very unlikely to be a good solution for everyone. They may be a solution for some people, but there is a lot of information that a homeowner is not given.” A pamphlet handed out by the group noted that loan modifications can affect credit scores. It also stressed that not everyone will qualify for a loan modification and that homes still could go into fore-

Thomas Mueller of Covanta Energy discusses the benefits of waste-to-energy facilities.

Lisa Epstein (third from left) and members of Foreclosure Hamlet offer residents more information on foreclosures outside the Wellington Community Center last Satur day. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/T OWN-CRIER

closure even if the owner is on time with all of his or her payments during the modification trial period. “Loan modification is a complicated process that can cause more problems for you,” the pamphlet stated. “The process should not be attempted without an attorney. A loan modification may not enable you to avoid foreclosure, even after reducing your monthly mortgage payment. Banks and mortgage services are being investigated by nearly every law agency in the country for defrauding and lying to borrowers.” Epstein noted that some banks would put homeowners on trial loan modifications “as a way to take the last of [their] money.” Epstein is a Palm Beach County resident and former nurse who became embroiled in the mess of foreclosure fraud when her condo went into foreclosure. She started as a place to network with other homeowners facing the same problem and has since become an advocate for those facing foreclosure across the nation. She said that one of the most important things to know if served with foreclosure papers is that you have 20 days to respond. “You can’t just ignore it and hope it goes away,” Epstein said. “You can ask the court for more time while you seek legal advice, but you have to respond within those 20 days.” Epstein noted that it’s important to fight for yourself and not to be embarrassed because of the situation you’re in. “We want to reduce the stigma that comes with foreclosure,” she said. “There’s no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. It’s happened to millions of us across America.”

Lizbeth Benacquisto, Joe Abruzzo Sponsor Silver Alert Legislation This past committee week, State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-District 27) and State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D-District 85) introduced SB 664/HB513 “The Silver Alert Law.” The Silver Alert program, currently issued by executive order and subject to change at any time, is a program that unites law enforcement and everyday Floridians to help locate

missing elderly people often with dementia or similar disabilities. “Florida boasts one of the highest senior populations in the nation. It is imperative that we utilize every tool we have to help find a loved one after they have gone missing,” Benacquisto said. “This would give law enforcement many sets of eyes to help bring this loved one home. Silver Alert saves

lives, and every life is worth saving.” The statewide Silver Alert is a plan to aid local law enforcement in the rescue or recovery of a missing elderly person who suffers from irreversible deterioration of their own mental abilities and is driving a car. These safety efforts are much like Amber Alert systems, which notify the public

when law enforcement determines that a child has been abducted. The program uses media broadcasts such as TV and radio as well as on DOT highway signs. This bill will make the Silver Alert system law in the State of Florida. “Our two greatest responsibilities are our children and our parents,” Abruzzo said. “This law protects our parents to the same

extent we protect our children.” Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said it’s an issue that requires much attention. “The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will continue to devote every available resource necessary in all investigations of a missing person, be it an Amber Alert for a child, a Florida Silver Alert for a person suffering from Alzheimer’s, or an

alert for any person missing in Palm Beach County,” he said. “Each case, regardless of circumstance, will be treated with the utmost importance.” “It is important that we have a consistent and systematic way to find our senior citizens when they are in need,” Benacquisto said. The legislative session begins Tuesday, March 8.

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NEWS BRIEFS Story Time At Scott’s Place This Saturday

PBSO Capt. Eric Coleman, Deputy Doug Carranza, Sergeant Daniel Fellows and Detective Gabe Carino.

RPB Rotary Club Honors PBSO’s Carranza, Carino On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club recognized Deputy Doug Carranza as the Officer of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2010. Carranza was recognized by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for his diligence, dedication and willingness to serve the members of the community throughout 2010. In addition to working his assigned sector on the day watch, Carranza has taken on the additional responsibility of handling crime prevention duties throughout the district, meeting often with residents and business owners to provide security surveys or suggestions on how to reduce the likelihood that they will become a victim. He also partici-

pated in numerous community events, such as Shop with a Cop, the Unified Food Drive, Girls Scouts training events and the Royal Palm Art & Music Festival. The club also recognized Detective Gabe Carino as the Officer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2010. Carino was recognized by the PBSO for his diligence, dedication and investigative skills throughout 2010. He investigated several highly organized retail theft rings that were responsible for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from area retailers. In addition to Carino’s investigative efforts, he was recognized for creating a training brief and training 50 deputies in the use of the PBSO pawn shop system.

At Wellington’s February story time, children of all ages will find out what happens in Valentine’s Day-themed stories. Parents and children are invited to Scott’s Place Reading Corner (12193 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. Wellington will provide free Valentine’s Day giveaways to all child participants. Two books will be read, including Will You Be My Valenswine? by Teresa Bateman and Be My Valentine by M.J. Carr. If time permits, children will also be treated to Eve Bunting’s The Valentine Bears and Wake Up, Groundhog! by Susanna Leonard Hill. Wellington hosts Story Time at Scott’s Place Reading Corner on the first Saturday of every month with stories and giveaways corresponding to each month’s theme. Story Time participants are welcome to enjoy Scott’s Place barrier-free playground before, during and after the event. Scott’s Place is designed with large play structures and ramps, ensuring children of all abilities can play together. For more information, call Volunteer Coordinator Kimberly Henghold at (561) 791-4137.

Vendors Sought For Feb. 19 SRHS Barbecue The Seminole Ridge High School band is preparing for its

sixth annual Hawk Family Barbecue on Saturday, Feb. 19. Admission is free, and the event includes a car show, drum line competition, games and inflatables for kids, a concert under the sky, a silent auction and plenty of great food. Vendor spaces cost $30 for a 10foot-by-10-foot space or $60 for a 20-foot-by-20-foot space before Feb. 11. Call Cathy at (561) 7905977 to register.

Kickoff For Acreage/Lox Relay Feb. 7 A kickoff party for the 2011 Acreage/Loxahatchee Relay for Life will be held Monday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Indian Trail Improvement District office (13476 61st Street North). Anyone interested in taking part in this year’s relay is invited to learn about the event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. New teams can register during the meeting as well. To RSVP, or for more information, call Bianca Frye at (561) 373-1560.

Wellington Art Society’s Next Meeting Feb. 9 The Wellington Art Society will hold its first meeting of 2011 on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the Wellington Community Center (12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), featuring a painting demo by local artist Joanne Baker MacLeod. Light refreshments will be

served beginning at 6:30 p.m. The general meeting begins at 7 p.m., followed by a collage demonstration by MacLeod. MacLeod, a prize-winning artist with a fine arts degree, will demonstrate her skills in oil painting and will talk about the rules she uses to help her create pleasing paintings through the use of color, value and design. MacLeod has won numerous awards for her paintings of landscapes, people, animals and flowers. She has been featured in many “Art in Public Places” exhibits, including her flower painting currently on display at Palm Beach International Airport. Last December, MacLeod won a first-place award at a Lake Worth Art League show. Her work is in many private collections around the United States. To view samples, visit www.baker The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County. Membership forms will be available at the open house for anyone interested in becoming a Wellington Art Society member. A charitable organization, the group’s mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in the western communities. For more informa-

tion about the Feb. 9 meeting, visit the Wellington Art Society’s web site at www. wellingtonartsociety. org or call President Suzanne Redmond at (561) 791-2194.

Lincoln Day Dinner Feb. 24 At Kravis Center The Republican Club of Palm Beach County will host its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 24 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. The dinner begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Brief awards also will be announced and presented to key volunteers in the county. Confirmed speakers include keynoter Newt Gingrich, Congressman Tom Rooney and Congressman Allen West. The Lincoln Day Dinner is a long-standing tradition with county Republican parties across the state to honor both President Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and the local networks of campaign and election workers who work tirelessly, year-round, to elect Republicans to public office. The Lincoln Day Dinner is the major annual fundraiser for the Republican Party of Palm Beach County. Previous speakers have included former Congressman John Kasich, former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and last year’s speaker, retired Gen. Alexander Haig. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the dinner, call (561) 686-1616.

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The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) Loggia Michelangelo Lodge #2864 held an Italian food- and wine-tasting event Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Lodge #2864 was formed last year and is one of 40 lodges in Florida that raise money for charities and give scholarships to local students. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. For more info., call Pasquale DeVivo at (561) 249-1298. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Anthony Gargiulo, Lou Sciano, Joe Belluccio, President Pasquale DeVivo, Joe Miranda, Sam Pittaro and Bill Connor.

PRP Wine International’s Lane Griffin pours wine for Judy Hayes, Tony Porpora, Jan Schneider and Vinnie Porpora.

OSIA Delray Lodge President Joe Dente, Michaelangelo Lodge President Pasquale DeVivo and Region VI State Trustee Sam Pittaro.

Vinnie Porpora leads the members in song while Joe Belluccio plays the accordion.

(Front row, L-R) Jennifer and Sheila Gargiulo; (back r ow) Anthony Gargiulo, and Bill and Mary Simeone.

Sons of Italy members enjoy the evening.

S.T.A.R.S. BENEFIT EVENT IN ROYAL PALM BEACH SHOWCASES YOUNG TALENT A benefit event for S.T.A.R.S. Mission International was held Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Royal Palm Sandbar & Grill in Royal Palm Beach. There was live entertainment throughout the evening, and the cast and crew from the local film Bryden’s Pharm were on hand, along with actress/drama coach Lee Marlow. S.T.A.R.S. Mission International is a faith-based program that helps t een artists. For more info., visit PHOTOS BY CAROL PORTER/TOWN-CRIER

S.T.A.R.S. founder Kim Str yker with Paul and Maria Plesca.

Mackenzie McGahee (left) and Isiah Jorgenson (right) per form.

Actress/drama coach Lee Marlow with Jonathon Wolley.

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Hugs And Kisses Offers Help For Cancer Patients With Financial Woes By Kristina Webb Town-Crier Staff Report It all started with a single bracelet. Now it’s Hugs and Kisses Inc., a registered nonprofit with a mission to help cancer patients with dire financial needs meet their cost of living. “We’re the AFLAC of charities,” said Jean Morris, founder of the group. “We let the cancer patients know they’re not alone.” With dozens of volunteers and partnerships with local businesses and schools, Hugs and Kisses is still about the bracelets. Jean’s 18-year-old daughter Evelyn made the first bracelet “to satisfy boredom,” Jean said. Evelyn called her mother to tell her about the amazing bracelet she made using a piece of leather thread and old buttons. After getting off the phone with Evelyn, Jean received a call that would change her life — her mother had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A month later, while Jean was making a care package for her mother, Evelyn brought another bracelet to her. Jean instantly saw it as an opportunity to cheer up her ailing mother. “It was just so cute and whimsical and innocent,” Jean recalled. “It’s just a touch of joy and lightheartedness to help combat cancer.” A friend saw one of Evelyn’s bracelets and suggested to Jean that she should partner with the American Cancer Society’s upcoming Relay for Life. After meeting with ACS staff, Jean realized

she had an amazing opportunity to raise money to fight cancer. Jean called her mother, who came up with what is now part of the group’s slogan, “Button down the cure.” At the same time, Evelyn was on Facebook drumming up volunteers to help make bracelets and collect donations. “In 10 minutes, we had a slogan and we had a team of 12 high school kids,” Jean said. Next, Jean called her sister in Minnesota. “Come to find out, she collects buttons, and she was able to donate several pounds,” Jean said. “You never know what your adult siblings are collecting.” Her sister also suggested the second part of the group’s nowtrademarked slogan — “Button down the cure with Hugs and Kisses.” Jean said the meaning of the organization’s name is simple: the hugs come from the O shape of the buttons, and the kisses come from the X formed by the thread holding the buttons together. “It’s just poetic how it all came together,” she said. Jean and her husband Pete work together in their storefront location in Royal Palm Beach. The two left full-time positions to work on their new enterprise with Hugs and Kisses. Pete often works hands-on with the cancer patients helped by Hugs and Kisses. One woman, he said, was so far behind on her bills that FPL turned off her electricity — electricity she needs to run a machine to keep her lymph nodes clean.

Hugs and Kisses founder Jean Morris sorts through buttons with Jimmy McAfee, a 46-year-old developmentally disabled man. “FPL will work with most people who are in need like that,” Pete said. “But there’s a process to go through, and sometimes they aren’t told about it or just don’t know to ask.” The woman, a single mother, had a Stage 4 cancer. When Pete went to visit her home, he realized she needed new appliances. The charity spent about $250 at garage sales and Faith Farm to provide her with a new microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven and stove. Then, through the generosity of local businesses Armand Professional Services and Gy-Tek Electric, the woman’s home was rid of pests and rewired. “With cancer patients, it’s not

‘Wellington’s Finest Ball’ On Feb. 12 At the upcoming Wellington’s Finest Ball, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, guests will have the unique opportunity to purchase a piece of patriotic art by the late artist Tom Gruenbaum. The 58” x 50” original oil on canvas — a post-modern view of the U.S. flag-draped 59th Street Bridge in New York City — will be auctioned. Artist Michael Kuseske has graciously shared his painting “Splendor” to be used for the invitations and programs for the ball; additional Kuseske paintings will be part of the decor at the event. Other donated works of art, in-

cluding a photograph by Larry Bennett and an oil painting by Jeanette Parssi, will available for purchase at the event. Honorees being celebrated are Susanne Bennett, Aaron Menitoff, Terri and Carmine Priore III, Michael Sexton, Kelly Smallridge, Craig Stein, and Toy and John Wash. Wellington’s Finest Ball is being held on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the new Grande Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. To purchase tickets or donate an auction item, call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation office at (561) 6839965 or e-mail

This painting by artist Tom Gruenbaum will be auctioned at the Feb. 12 gala.

just about treatment,” Pete said. “It’s about relieving that financial burden to remove that stress.” As part of that enterprise, Hugs and Kisses seeks to empower local youth by teaching them business skills through volunteer work. From word of mouth, volunteers and donations have poured in from around the country. The group now works with local middle and high schools, and the store is open for birthday parties. “We call it partying with a purpose,” Jean said. “They’re not just having a good time, they’re making bracelets and donating toward the fund.” The group constantly is looking for volunteers and donations. However, Jean said she isn’t looking for money. “We always need buttons,” Jean said. “Money is great, but with buttons we make something where the funds go directly to cancer patients, and that matters more than anything.” The group also would like to work more closely with a corporation to allow them to offer the bracelet-making parties to more schools. In the end, however, Jean said what really matters is making a difference in the lives of cancer patients throughout the nation. “It all starts locally,” she said. “Ultimately, my goal is to share this bracelet with every illness.” For more information about Hugs and Kisses, visit www.hugs or call (561) 8199471.

Retired art teacher Barbara Tyler and Seminole Ridge High School student Brenna Nephew make bracelets.

A window display at the group’s storefront location holds samples of work done by volunteers. Each piece of je welry is given as a gift in exchange for a $5 minimum donation.

Make-your-own bracelet kits are available at the RPB store. PHOTOS BY KRIS TINA WEBB/TOWN-CRIER

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THE 2011 SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR CONCLUDES WITH A FINAL WEEKEND OF FUN The 2011 South Florida Fair concluded its 17-da y run on Sunday, Jan. 30. The final week saw more contests, performances, demonstrations and other “really cool stuff,” as part of this year’s theme. Fair staff is busy planning next year for the fair’s 100th anniversary. PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/T OWN-CRIER

Allen and Gail Fox get a fair schedule from Marge Herzog.

Miss South Florida Fair Cassie Stafford holds piglet Gertie.

4-H member Sarah McRae and her horse Ginger won two blue ribbons.

2010 Florida Quarter Horse Association Queen Stacy Saltzman of Loxahatchee with Rusty.

Yesteryear Village volunteers Becki Powell and Tamara Bennatti.

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Cake-decorating contest winners Celia Perez-Guzman and Hermalinda Hernandez.

Fair volunteers Beth Kaplan and Joe Schelorke march in the parade on Thursday, Jan. 27.

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Lucchese Slips By Patagones In Ylvisaker Cup Polo Action At IPC The warm temperatures and sunny skies made for the perfect backdrop for polo last Sunday at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos kicked off the afternoon with the official coin toss before joining Florida State Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner and state senators Lizbeth Benacquisto and Ellyn Bogdanoff, among others, at IPC’s famed

Sunday brunch. The new Nespresso Grande Pavilion was abuzz with spectators who took in the featured Ylvisaker Cup match between Lucchese and Patagones. Patagones entered the field under the field command of the legendary Memo Gracida, and the team hadn’t forgotten its last meeting with Lucchese, an 18-10 drubbing in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup. Lucchese moved out to a 3-1

Florida State Senate Republicans spend Sunday at polo. (L-R) Senators Joe Negron, Andy Gardiner, Lizbeth Benacquisto, Ellyn Bogdanoff, Mike Haridopolos and Don Gaetz. IMAGES COURTESY LILA PHOTO

lead by the end of the second chukker. Both teams battled their way into the second half, with Patagones getting a pair of goals from Gracida and another goal from Martin Donovan. Kris Kampsen scored for Lucchese, and the chukker ended with Patagones holding on to a narrow 6-5 advantage. The Lucchese attack pressured the Patagones defense without mercy in the final chuk-

ker, and forced fouls put Lucchese players at the penalty line. Kampsen scored twice in the final minutes and Luis Escobar added a goal for the 10-9 win for Lucchese. The 2011 Ylvisaker Cup continues with the 3 p.m. featured match on Sunday, Feb. 6 between ERG and Lechuza Caracas. For more information, or to purchase your tickets ahead of time, visit

Young polo fans seek prized autographs.

Lucchese’s Luis Escobar takes charge on Piaget Field.

Pablo Barrios Takes Top Prize In $40,000 Surpass Grand Prix Pablo Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11, owned by G&C Farm of Wellington, captured the top prize in last Saturday night’s $40,000 Surpass Grand Prix, CSI 2*. A crowd of 4,700 spectators were there to enjoy top show jumping and all that the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center had to

offer during the third week of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. The course designer in the International Arena was Olaf Petersen Sr. of Germany. There were 41 entries in the Grand Prix, and 12 were able to keep all of the jumps up to advance to the jump-off. Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11

Pablo Barrios rides G&C Quick Star 11 to victory.

were fourth in the jump-off and set the time to beat with a clear round in 39.87 seconds. “I was early in the jump-off,” Barrios recalled, “and there were no clears, so I tried to set a fast time, put a little pressure on, and see what happened with the rest of class.” McLain Ward and Rothchild, owned by Sagamore Farm, were the next to go clear, and they were just off the pace in 40.18 seconds to finish in second place. “He jumped really well last week, and he was beautiful tonight,” Ward said of Rothchild. “He had a very nice, long rest after indoors, which was well needed. I was maybe a little conservative... Pablo did well, and he has a very fast horse. He was hard to beat.” Schuyler Riley and Lapacco, owned by South Beach Stables, set a time of 43.79 seconds with no faults and finished in third place. The final entry, Andres Rod-

riguez and Larkanaro, had the fastest time of the night in 37.86 seconds, but an unfortunate four faults at the second to last fence relegated him to fifth place. Barrios competed with G&C Quick Star 11 last week in the 1.40m Jumpers, where they won the class in a jump-off. For that night’s class, Barrios felt that the course suited his mare. “I really liked the course for the mare when I walked it,” he acknowledged. “At this height, she feels very comfortable. She can jump bigger, but at this height she answers every question. She is one of my best horses.” In the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper class, Rodrigo Pessoa and his always speedy HH Palouchin, owned by Double H Farm, brought home the win. Pessoa and HH Palouchin (formerly named Palouchin de Ligny, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding) have been a dynamic duo in the speed classes for many years, and this morning’s class

was no different from their winning ways. They set the time to beat at 61.125 seconds. Enrique Gonzalez and Katina were close to catching them in 61.989 seconds in the closing rounds of the class, but just missed out for second place. Week 1 winners Nick Skelton and Unique, owned by Beverly Widdowson, were third in 64.212 seconds. Irish rider Darragh Kenny and Gael Force, owned by Missy Clark and North Run, earned top honors in round three of the $31,000 WEF Challenge Cup last Thursday afternoon. Ten of the original 42 horse and rider combinations jumped clear to advance to the jump-off round. Competitors were then asked to navigate a short course that displayed dynamic speed and power. Four were able to jump double clear, and it was the fastest round of Kenny and Gael Force in 43.31 seconds that earned top honors. The pair left out a stride in the last line that made the difference.

Brianne Goutal and Onira, owned by Remarkable Farms LP, were second fastest with their time of 44.77 seconds. Third place went to McLain Ward and Louisburg Farm’s Vocas with their clear round in 45.29 seconds. The victory marked Kenny’s first Grand Prix win at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. The young rider, who recently turned 23 years old, was pleased with the class and praised Gael Force on his consistency. Gael Force is a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Yann Candele won last Friday’s $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge over a starting field of 46 competitors with Liz Currie’s Carolla Z. Candele went early in the order and set a pace that couldn’t be beat in 61.175 seconds. There were 16 clear rounds in the class. Pablo Barrios and G&C Napoleon were just behind for second place with a clear round in 61.507 seconds. Ronan See WEF WEEK 3, page 22

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New Horizons Rally Celebrates Responsibility

Frontier physical education teacher Brian Brophy with fourth-graders Olivia Campbell and Dylan Leonard.

Frontier Students Get ‘Dol-Fit’ At Dolphins Training Camp On Jan. 12, students at Frontier Elementary School in The Acreage once again were able to experience the Miami Dolphins training camp. Physical education teacher Brian Brophy organized the camp and has done so for many years. For 250 students in grades three through five, it was a learning experience they’ll never forget. The camp was run by Miami Dolphins player Nick Cook.

“The reason we are doing this event is so that students can have fun and learn the three things they need to do to become ‘Dol-fit,’” Cook said. “The way to get ‘Dolfit’ is to increase your daily physical activity, become educated and make positive choices.” Everyone had a terrific time. They were excited to play football and even try out some cheerleading moves from a Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

New Horizons Elementary School celebrated responsibility recently with a school-wide pep rally. Students experienced a program with a variety of presenters demonstrating responsibility. An honor guard including members of New Horizons Cub Scout Troop 118 presented the flag and led students in the pledge. The Wellington High School Pep Band under the leadership of teacher Mary Oser and student directors Sidney Oser and Matt Tenore performed many selections including the national anthem. The student band directors challenged students to show responsibility even in the little things they do. Sidney Oser told students he has learned through his training as a responsible band leader that “early is on time and on time is late.” Students were encouraged by

event planner New Horizons Guidance Counselor Lynne Bray to make good choices by getting to school on time, focusing on learning and doing the right thing all the time. New Horizons music teacher Veronica Dillingham, organizer of the New Horizons movement and dance ensemble, led that group in a selection titled “Put on Your Thinking Cap.” She introduced the New Horizons Young Composers — Alyssa Goldin, Augustina Romero, Kristina Wantman, Bernard Scott and Aaron Taylor — a group of students who meet weekly on their own time to compose and practice drum and Orff selections. Assistant Principal Mickey Simmel challenged students to show tenacity by having the courage to say “I need help” when they do. Principal Betsy Cardozo en-

Pep rally participants gather for a photo. couraged students to do their best in all they do and thanked band members who gave their own time to participate in the program. Veronica Dillingham challenged students to learn to their

fullest potential by always focusing on the presenter. She rallied students by leading them in chanting the New Horizons student motto, “I am a safe and respectful learner!”

WESTERN ACADEMY’S FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT Western Academy Charter School in Royal Palm Beach held its annual Family Literacy Night on Wednesday, Jan. 26. There was a pasta dinner served for all of the students and their families. Students and parents participat ed in literacy activities throughout the school. Students presented poetry readings, stories and plays. There was also a silent auction and a raffle. It was great to see the community come out and support the school. Shown here, students and their families enjoy a pasta dinner in the cafe. Send school news items to: The Town-Crier Newspaper, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. Fax: (561) 793-6090. E-mail:

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Western Pines Honors Students Of The Month Students Using Social Western Pines Middle School Principal Robert Hatcher is proud to announce the students of the month for January. The students were selected by their language arts teachers for their contributions in and out of the classroom. Sixth-grader Jasmin Tarakmi is an exceptionally focused student who always does her best each day at Western Pines. Tarakmi asserts herself in class as she completes all requirements with enthusiasm, paying close attention to details. She enjoys learning, but more importantly, Tarakmi strives to do her best on all assignments. Tarakmi goes the extra mile, offering a smile to everyone she meets. She is a genuinely giving person and is willing to lend a helping hand. Tarakmi sets a high standard for learning each day. She continues

to dedicate her success at Western Pines with a keen focus on her academic goals. Alexis Dominguez is a seventhgrade student who takes charge and full responsibility of her learning at Western Pines. She is a student who takes her learning seriously and does well on her assignments. Dominguez is a kind person who cares for others. She encourages others to do their best in class. To be sure, Dominguez will accomplish all that she dreams. Eighth-grade student of the month Teresa Ciofoletti is an exemplary young lady inside and outside of school. In the classroom, Ciofoletti is inquisitive, respectful and well-liked. She is always ready and willing to offer help to teachers and classmates

Networking To Promote St. Baldrick’s Event

Students Of The Month — (L-R) Alexis Dominguez, Teresa Ciofoletti, Principal Rober t Hatcher and Jasmin Tarakmi. while never failing to have a bright smile and positive attitude. Ciofoletti strives to excel in school and is consistently on the honor roll. She is a member of the medical academy, the National Junior

Honor Society, the Yearbook Club and SAC. Ciofoletti is also active outside of school where she participates in dance and volunteers there as well as at an elementary school.

TKA Students Return From Trip To Costa Rica Thirty-nine students from the King’sAcademy recently returned from a five-day mission trip to Costa Rica. The trip was led by TKA teacher Tim Wilcox, who is also a director with Pura Vida Missions in San Ramon, Costa Rica. The students applied to participate in the trip by writing a personal essay explaining their reasons for going to Costa Rica. While in San Ramon, the students were divided into teams to share Biblical stories, testimonies, songs, crafts and activities with more than 200 children in need. These activities were a component of Pura Vida’s strategic plan to impact local communities with free education opportunities and with the gospel of Christ. Students were encouraged to put their personal faith into action by serving fami-

lies and used their Spanish language skills to communicate effectively. After serving, the students spent their final day experiencing the Costa Rican rain forest. A canopy tour zip line, a visit to a volcano and hot springs, and a tasting of typical native foods provided the trip’s final highlights. King’s Academy students often return from the school’s service trips with different perspectives and attitudes as well as a continued desire to share their faith and serve others. This trip was no exception. A number of students indicated their desire to return to Costa Rica next year. TKA Spanish teacher Fatima Silva, academic counselor Jeff Gentry, student life director Michelle Kolar and math teacher Dr. Charlene Urso accompanied the students on the trip.

Students at Palm Beach Central and Wellington high schools are using the latest in technologies and social networking to raise money and awareness for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteerdriven charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Over the past two years, the schools have raised more than $200,000 for the cause, in which participants commit to shaving their heads and have sponsors donate money to the foundation on their behalf. Last year the event drew more than 250 “shavees” and dozens of volunteers. This year’s event will place Friday, March 25 at 3 p.m., and will be even bigger and better, with not only the two high schools participating but also a number of middle and elementary schools as well. The event has grown so large that it had to be moved out of Palm Beach Central High School and will take place at Wellington Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). This year’s event is making exten-

sive use of the Internet to get the word out. In addition to the Wellington Kids Care event homepage ( wellingtonkidscare), Facebook, Twitter and CrowdTogether are being used to advertise and promote the event. At www.crowd together. com participants can submit entries to design the T-shirt that will represent and be sold at the event. Once entries are submitted, anyone can help pick the winner. Submitters can promote their designs on Facebook or Twitter. “By using the latest technologies like Facebook, Twitter and CrowdTogether, we are able to get our supporters more involved and engaged in our event,” Event Chair Peri Diamond said. “It took less than 15 minutes to get our event T-shirt contest set up on CrowdTogether and now not only will we get a great T-shirt design, but we can get our event participants directly involved and excited about the process. It’s all about engagement and allowing people to be a direct part of something they care about.”

Wildcats Qualify For State DECA Competition

The King’s Academy Costa Rican mission team.

Royal Palm Beach High School DECA students competed in the DECA District Role Play Competition on Friday, Jan. 28 at Northwood University, where they qualified to move on to the DECA State Competition in Orlando. The students are as follows:

Michelle Ramnanan, fourth place, Business Services; Grant Clapper, fifth place, Business Services; Meaghan Sherman, third place, Principles of Hospitality; Stephon Gordon, third place, Principles of Business Management; and Shady Sharifeh, fourth place, Principles of Marketing.

Seminole Ridge High School Spanish Honor Society Inducts Members On Jan. 27, the Seminole Ridge High School chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, sponsored by Patricia McKillican and Enny Cannestro, welcomed numerous students and two honorary faculty members into the ranks of “Los Halcones.” Student inductees include: Giana Abrams, Whitney Augustin, Melanie Bean, Grethel Bot, Mario Brown, Jessica Bruckner, Victoria Colditz, Stephanie Cuellar, Taylor Daly, Isabelle Dunne, Alexander Fah-

Sang, Olivia Fitzgerald, Julia Frate, Cassidy Heitman, Carli Higgins, Jamie Ho, Jenny Hunter, Mallory Kochersperger, Savannah Kowalski, Bianca Lagos, Nataly Masutier, Jamie Murray, Andrea Olave, Jonathan Pavicic, Andrey Piroozgar, Jakob Raymond, Aileen Roblero, Summer Roque, Alexander Santacroce, Nicole Serrano, Daniel Specian, Kris Stewart, Trace Thome, Amanda Trainor and Mitchell Vasquez. The faculty inductees weree Carola

Armas and Rose Carbone. • FACE Club Challenge to Save Summer Camp — The SRHS FACE club recently held its first meeting of 2011, with club sponsor Peggy Larson challenging student members to raise $2,000 by the end of the school year. That money would save a summer weekend craniofacial camp whose funding was cut by the Florida Legislature. Camp Superstar is a weekend family event that has been held at

Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus for the past three years. Children ages 8 to 16 who were born with facial anomalies attend with their families at no charge. Several FACE Club who volunteered their time as a family “pal” at the camp say the experience is priceless. The club has several upcoming fundraising events planned and is looking for financial support from the Acreage community as well. “This year was our first having

local businesses support our events, and we’d like that trend to continue,” said Larson, thanking Tree’s Wings & Ribs and Pascalli’s for donating food at last month’s holiday event. For more information, contact Larson at (561) 603-4958 or • Hawks Checkmate Wildcats — The Seminole Ridge chess club toppled Royal Palm Beach in tournament competition Jan. 21. The first round, five against five, saw

Lew Clarke, Sean Farmer and Jesse Mendheim each win against their opponents, while the remaining two matches ended in a draw and a stalemate, earning the Hawks four points to the Wildcats’ one. In the second round, Clarke earned the single win for the Hawks. In the third round, SRHS took three of the matches, with Farmer joining Daniel Lopez and Sam Smith for wins. The final round ended in a draw. The final score was 9.5-3.5, Hawks.

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Polo With Pedro Pre-Event Raises Thousands Enthusiastic supporters celebrating the best-attended preevent for the seventh annual Polo with Pedro benefit stood elbow to elbow on Thursday, Jan. 27 as roving models including female equestrians and high-goal polo players donned fashions by Worth Avenue boutiques. The show was created by Sarah Scheffer with celebrity models Marc Ganzi, Kris Kampsen, Brandon Philips, Tommy Morrison, Marley Goodman, designer Caryna Nina, Ali Solimine, Erika Phillips and master of ceremonies Kirsten Braden. The Cosmo & Co styled models/athletes wore the clothing as a fashion raffle to benefit the YMCA of the Palm Beaches as a precurser for Polo with Pedro, which takes place Sunday, Feb. 27 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. More than 200 people including members of Pedro Morrison’s family, polo enthusiasts and longstanding friends of Morrison attended this first event of the Polo with Pedro series, raising over $15,000. With the Gentlemen of the Garden’s support, the YMCA’s capital campaign to build a muchneeded replacement preschool building on the grounds of the YMCA has now been kicked off. “A lot of local low-income families rely on the YMCA preschool. It is a vital need in the community, and right now we cannot provide for them adequately without a building, which was recently condemned,” said Mike Green, CEO of the YMCA of the Palm

Furlong Graduates Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Training Army Pvt. Sean P. Furlong has graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. The course is designed to train service members to maintain, prepare and load ammunition for firing; operate and perform operator maintenance on prime movers, self-propelled Howitzers and ammunition vehicles; store, maintain

The YMCA’s Mike Green and Jonathan Cameron-Hayes. Beaches. “Polo with Pedro events are our largest fundraisers to fund the new replacement building, and we hope that it significantly kicks off our capital campaign.” Pedro G. Morrison was in the prime of his life when he passed away while playing polo. He was a generous philanthropist and served many years on the board of the YMCAof the Palm Beaches and touched numerous lives through his charitable contributions, most of them geared toward helping children. The event is a tribute to Morrison that began in 2005 to help continue his legacy of caring about others. Tickets for the Polo with Pedro brunch at the International Polo Center Palm Beach on Feb. 27 are available at $165 per ticket or $1,500 for a table of ten. Afterbrunch polo party tickets cost $50. To purchase tickets online or for information about sponsoring the event, visit www.polowithpedro. org or e-mail Green at

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Loy Anderson draws a raffle ticket from Kris Kampsen’s boot as master of ceremonies Kirsten Braden looks on.

Galo Rizzo Completes Basic Army Training Army Pvt. Galo S. Rizzo has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, Rizzo studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayo-

Caryna Nina fashion lineup: Marley Goodman, Sarah Schef fer, Caryna Nina, Ali Solimine, Erika Phillips and Kirsten Braden

and distribute ammunition to using units as a member of battery or battalion ammunition section; perform crew maintenance and participate in organizational maintenance of weapons and related equipment; and establish and maintain radio and wire communications. Furlong is the son of Devin and Peggy Furlong of Lake Worth. He graduated from Palm Beach Central High School in 2005.

net training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. Rizzo is the son of Donna Rizzo of Wellington. He graduated from Wellington High School in 2002.

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Gardens Mall Hosts Fashion Show For Breast Cancer Survivors Hundreds of people cheered on eighteen local breast cancer survivors as they modeled spring fashions during two fashion shows at the Gardens Mall on Saturday, Jan. 22. The shows were a highlight of mall’s sponsorship of the 20th annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, which took place Saturday, Jan 29 in downtown West Palm Beach. The upbeat program featured fashions from Gardens Mall retailers including Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, Caché, Cole Haan, Edward Beiner, Eileen Fischer, Lilly Pulitzer, Lululemon Athletica, M.A.C., Saks Fifth Avenue, Sunglass Hut, True Religion Brand Jeans, Vineyard Vines and White House/Black Market. “It is so important to the Gardens Mall to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure and their efforts to find a cure for breast cancer,” said Debbie Negri, marketing director for the Gardens Mall. “This is our second year partnering with the South Florida Affiliate, and our entire team is excited for the race.”

The first show opened with a moving and inspirational introduction by Komen founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker, who also signed copies of her book Promise Me in the mall’s grand court. Karen List, co-chair of the 2011 race, highlighted each participant’s compelling story: for example, one was a four-time survivor, one was celebrating her 28th anniversary of recovery and one was male. The participants had accumulated more than 150 years of survivorship between them. “All of survivors had a wonderful time participating in the fashion show, and we are so grateful for the Gardens Mall,” List said. “We can’t thank them enough for once again stepping up in such a big way as a race sponsor and for hosting such a fabulous community event.” In addition to the fashion shows, hundreds of shoppers registered for the race and picked up their race T-shirts. The Gardens Mall is a premier sponsor of the 20th annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure. Additional sponsors of

Karen List, Nancy G. Brinker and Mary Booher. the race included presenting sponsor Florida Power & Light, host hospital Good Samaritan Medical Center, Palm Beach Ford Dealers, La Croix, Panera Bread, the Breakers, Primary Care Specialists, and media sponsors WPTV Newschannel 5, The Palm Beach Post , Palm Beach Illustrated , Palm Beach Daily News, KOOL

105.5 and WILD 95.5. The South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. They join more than a million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network

Heather Walters, Patti Abramson, Lynn Levy and Jessica Bailey. PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER FAY

fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, the Komen South Florida Affiliate has invested $10 million in community breast health programs in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the affiliate stays in the local service area. The

remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, call (561) 514-3020 or visit www.komen

Agencies Promote Active Lifestyle For Kids CUB SCOUTS CELEBRATE For the first time ever, three of Palm Beach County’s leading environmental and educational nonprofits are joining together for a specific campaign. The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, the Palm Beach Zoo and the South Florida Science Museum will be co-hosting several “Back To Nature” events on Friday, March 25, featuring Richard Louv, author of the groundbreaking book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Remember when kids played outdoors after school, on weekends and all day long during the summer? They could be found playing ball in the vacant lot down the block, climbing trees, exploring nearby fields, hiking and fishing with friends, etc. Today’s young people are housebound, plopped in front of a TV or computer, growing fatter and more lethargic, completely disconnected from their natural environment. Deep concern about this worsening generational crisis has motivated these three major nonprofit organizations to join forces with Louv to host several public events.

They include a 10 a.m. press conference with Louv at the Palm Beach Zoo, with children asking some of the questions, and a special “Back To Nature” luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. Both events will be co-hosted by the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, which champions the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem; the Palm Beach Zoo, a zoological organization located in Dreher Park that houses more than 1,400 animals within 23 acres of lush, tropical habitat; and the neighboring South Florida Science Museum, which features more than 50 hands-on exhibits, a digital planetarium, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as natural history exhibitions. Louv is a journalist and author of seven books about the connections between family, nature and community. His most recent book, Last Child in the Woods , has been translated into nine languages and published in 13 countries. He is also the chair and cofounder of the Children & Nature Network ( In 2008, Louv was awarded the


Lew Crampton of the South Florida Science Museum, Nancy Marshall of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation and Terry L. Maple of the Palm Beach Zoo are teaming up for “Back to Nature.” PHOTO BY CORBY KAYE/STUDIO PALM BEA CH

Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London and other major publications, and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News and several programs on NPR, including Morning Edition , Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation.

The Palm Beach Zoo is located at 1301 Summit Blvd., just east of I-95 between Southern and Forest Hill boulevards. For more information, visit www.palmbeach For more information about the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, visit For more on the South Florida Science Museum, visit

Royal Palm Beach Cub Scout Pack 120 celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by participating in a flag raising ceremony at the RPB Cultural Center on Monday, Jan. 17. More than 40 scouts turned out in their uniforms for the annual holiday celebrating King’s life. The pack is also looking forward to their annual Blue and Gold celebration in February, which recognizes the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. Shown above are the scouts during the Jan. 17 ceremony.

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JustWorld Fundraising Event In Wellington Raises Over $238,000 More than 650 guests attended the annual JustWorld International fundraiser held Friday, Jan. 21 in Wellington to help raise $238,565 for the not-for-profit, humanitarian organization working as a catalyst for positive change in the developing world through education and nutrition programs for impoverished children. Olympic gold medallists joined local dignitaries and foreign guests at this year’s fundraising event held at Maria Newman’s Belle Herbe Farm. Managed by Dazzle Creative Events and titled “A Night in Paris,” the event took place in the presence of the Consul General of France in Miami and Mrs. Gael de Maisonneuve. Event sponsor Whole Foods Market created sumptuous Parisianinspired cuisine while Delray Wine Cellars provided the beverages, which of course included champagne. A Parisian dance troupe performed numerous routines to the delight of the guests while official photographer Sportfot documented the evening’s special moments. JustWorld International Executive Director Jessica Newman welcomed guests and spoke about the progress JustWorld has achieved thanks to the strong support of the equestrian industry. Special guest Juan Pablo Romero

Fuentes of the Los Patojos project site in Guatemala traveled to the U.S. — his first-ever trip outside his home country — to speak about the enormous impact JustWorld’s support has had on the lives of hundreds of children benefiting from the group’s programs. Equine Canada CEO Akaash Maharaj explained the important partnership between Canada’s national federation for equestrian sport and JustWorld, and encouraged others to follow Canada’s lead. When the live auction got underway, the bidding was fierce on several unique items, including a one-week vacation stay in the exclusive Ile Saint-Louis in Paris which fetched $8,000, a signature barbecue dinner for 20 prepared by Olympic gold medallist Will Simpson, which went to Alexis Stein for $7,000, and a VIP table at the 2011 Hampton Classic Horse Show that went to lucky bidder Barbara Borg for $6,100. The silent auction featured a wide variety of goods and services, including a June Harrah Lord antique won by Michael Smith for $4,500, a three-strand pearl necklace won by Barbara Curico, Voltaire custom riding boots won by Stephanie Tidball, and a threecourse dinner catered by Chez Gourmet won by two-time Olympic gold medallist McLain Ward. The $238,565 in funds raised will support JustWorld’s activities

Sam, Max and Libby Edelman. Georgina Bloomberg, Bobby Murphy and Heather Hays with Parisian dance troupe members. PHOTOS COURTESY SPOR TFOT.COM

and awareness for its project sites in Brazil, Cambodia, Guatemala, Honduras and Senegal. JustWorld would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2011 event, including gold sponsors Cloud Hill Farm, Jessica Newman, Maria Newman, the Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation and Horseware Ireland. Bronze sponsors included the Bancalari family, Georgina Bloomberg, Bur Oak, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, the Intracoastal Family Office at Capital Guardian, FTI Consulting, Ernest and Joan Kalman, the Kessler family, the Morrissey fam-

ily, Rose Hill Farm and Warm Wind Farm. JustWorld would also like to thank sponsor TripleCrown. Founded in 2002, JustWorld International raises awareness and funds in the equestrian community to support humanitarian projects that benefit impoverished communities and children in the developing world. Cooperating with local partners, JustWorld implements sustainable, culturally sensitive education, health and vocational projects. For more information on JustWorld International, visit www.

Bobby and Laura Kraut.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HOSTS ‘TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN’ AT AREA BAKERY The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County Building Bridges presented “A Taste of the Caribbean,” its inaugural event to promote diversity, Saturday, Jan. 29 at Caribbean Choice Bakery in West Palm Beach. Speakers included Mary Ann Gosser and Elena Machado of Florida Atlantic University, who discussed Caribbean culture, history and food. For more information about the league, visit For more about Choice of the Caribbean, call (561) 784-3737. PHOTOS BY CAROL PORTER/TOWN-CRIER

Florida Atlantic University’s Mary Ann Gosser and Elena Machado discuss Caribbean culture.

Audience members learn about all things Caribbean.

Caribbean Choice Bakery co-owner Michael Bartley.

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NEW CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST OPENS LOCAL OFFICE IN WEST PALM BEACH U.S. Congressman Allen West (R-District 22) held an office opening ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 1 for his Palm Beach County office, located at 3111 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 308 in West Palm Beach. Among the speakers were West Palm Beach Commissioner Bill Moss, Palm Beach County Commissioner Karen Marcus, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches CEO Dennis Grady and former Congressman Mark Foley. PHOTOS BY CAROL PORTER/TOWN-CRIER

Rep. Allen West welcomes people to his new office.

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continued from page 1 junction to keep the runway grass while the results of the recall were figured out. A judge granted the group a three-month injunction while the two sides went to arbitration. “Unfortunately, the Fair Play Group was not able to oust the existing board,” Tom Cooper, a leader of the group, said. “All of the [recall] attempts fell just short of the 51 percent needed.” Though the community’s bylaws require two-thirds of voting

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continued from page 1 we see this 160 acres, there’s going to be a lot of potential for doing things that we haven’t begun to imagine,” he said. Village Engineer Chris Marsh, who has designed or managed construction of all the village’s parks and recreation facilities for the past 10 years, said the village has a 365-day timetable starting in April. “We are trying to get it through the building department as quickly as possible, so we look to be under construction within two months,” Marsh told the TownCrier on Wednesday. Liggins said the goal is to have the park finished by the summer of 2012. It will be the largest project the village has ever undertaken, he said. “Not even our water and sewer projects came out this big,” Liggins said, noting that the five-acre



continued from page 1 high schools on municipal roads and high schools on county roads,” he said, adding that most municipalities have not assigned reduced-speed school zones. “The county has no control over those, so as far as a policy, we would only be addressing the ones on county roads.” Webb said the issue came before the county commission because Seminole Ridge and West Boca high schools specifically requested the consideration. “The staff’s bottom-line recommendation is that we don’t believe from a consistency standpoint that we need them everywhere,” he said. Some schools do not have a great number of students walking, Webb said, mentioning Royal Palm Beach High School on Okeechobee Blvd. as a case in point. “You can go out there on any morning or any afternoon, and

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continued from page 15 McGuigan rode Chin Chon, owned by Eduardo F Cepeda, to third place in a time of 63.312 seconds. The third week of competition wrapped up last Sunday afternoon with a $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Classic. The class was won by Paulo Santana and Taloubet over a starting field of 31 entries. This win was the pair’s first WEF victory. Santana and Taloubet, owned by Jennifer Santana, were the fastest of three double clear rounds to

Dignitaries join Rep. Allen West for the ribbon cutting.

Palm Beach County Republican Party Chair Sid Dinerstein, Congressman Allen West and former Congressman Mark Foley.

residents’ ballots to win a recall election, a newer state statute requires 51 percent of all residents’ votes to win. Cooper said the group is still considering whether to appeal the decision. “That’s a very high standard to achieve,” said Gary Kozan, a former leader of the Fair Play Group. “But we fell just a few votes short.” Switlyk said that the group failed to get enough votes because more of the community wants to see the runway paved. “It’s a small group that likes the grass,” he said. “[The Fair Play Group] has aligned itself with people who don’t have airplanes and don’t want to spend any money.” Though the pavement project would cost $500,000 up front, he

said that the cost would be paid back in five years because of savings on maintaining the grass. “We pay a lot more for the grass than we would for a paved runway,” Switlyk said. “I think eventually the runway will be paved. We have 55 acres of grass with the taxiways; we’ll be changing less than nine acres of it.” Last month, the board began a drainage improvement project that Cooper said is really a start to paving the runway. “The construction plans and permit clearly say they are for drainage and runway pavement,” he said. But Switlyk said that the board went ahead with the drainage project to alleviate flooding problems that the community has faced

in the past. He noted that the injunction did not prevent the board from doing work on the drainage system. Kozan agreed with Cooper. “They’re calling it a separate project, but we’ve always contended that the only point of it was to provide drainage for the concrete,” he said. “But they’re still calling it a drainage repair project.” The Fair Play Group ran into a second roadblock last week when its injunction expired and Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Thomas Barkdull III would not issue an extension. But Switlyk said that the board decided not to go ahead with the pavement project until the community had a chance to elect a

new board this week. Kozan said it was not the community vote he wanted, but that he was relieved that the board hadn’t signed any contracts for paving. “I’m happier than I would have been if they would have gone ahead and signed contracts,” he said. “I was afraid that they would bind the next board by their decision… In that regard, they did the right thing.” Kozan said that there are 10 candidates running for the sevenmember board. Five consider themselves “Fair Play” candidates, with two board members running for re-election, two former board members running and another candidate who sides with the board.

All of the “Fair Play” candidates have promised to give the community a vote on the matter. “I think you’ll see that most people will vote along party lines,” Kozan said. “But it has been very difficult for some of our candidates to run a fair campaign.” Kozan noted that there have been changes to deadlines in paperwork and new requirements about how residents can vote. “There have been some questionable things done regarding the election,” he said. “Things that have never been done before. The board’s law firm is overseeing the election. That’s like having the fox in the henhouse.” Results of the election were not available at press time.

Veterans Park cost $4.5 million. “This is 163 acres.” Completion of the park will bring the ratio of parkland to residents to 30.2 acres per thousand people. A three-story building to be constructed in the central part of the park will overlook a 10-acre area called the great lawn, which is surrounded by 20 acres of interconnected lakes with docks and bridges to each of the islands. “Within the great lawn, the grass area can hold everybody in the town,” Liggins said. Marsh said the project removes the parking lot on the north side of the Harvin Center on Royal Palm Beach Blvd., landscapes that area, and puts the lot to the east so that it serves a dual purpose for the Harvin Center and a new maintenance building. The park will have an on-street bike path along the entrance road, as well as a 10-foot off-street path on the south side of the road that will branch off to the south into a heavily landscaped area, which

will tentatively include a future horticultural area for individual gardening plots. One branch of the bike path will lead onto a boardwalk that goes over the water onto a small island with seating overlooking the lakes. The path will then turn toward the central portion of the park, over a bridge that leads to the great lawn and to one of two large playground areas that will be built at a total cost of $215,000. “They’re pretty elaborate playgrounds,” Marsh said. A perimeter pathway will weave around a mix of large and small pavilions. “Some of the pavilions will actually have docks behind them that reach into the lake,” he said. Within the great lawn area, there will also be two volleyball courts, and at the back of the great lawn will be an assembly stage with a restroom building that will double as the backdrop for the stage. Behind that will be another bridge that leads over the lake to nearby Bobbie Jo Lauter Park. “That will serve as another con-

nection back into the neighborhood,” Marsh said. “There will be a 10-foot pathway where the people from that part of the neighborhood can enter the park.” Turning to the north on the east side of the lake, the bike pathway system splits from 12 to 6 feet and will be set up as a mixed-use system for bicyclists, joggers and walkers. “Anybody who wants to be out there walking will have enough room where cyclists and joggers and walkers will all be able to utilize that facility,” Marsh said.

“That will lap all the way around the lake system and circle back to the sporting center.” The sporting center will have storage and a small office on the first level, and the second story, which will feel like ground level, is planned to accommodate a restaurant and kiosk for kayak rental and other services, including a snack area. To the back of the building will be a large, covered plaza that overlooks the great lawn where parties, receptions or weddings can be held. “Working your way around the

side, we have carved an area into the lake bank, a seating area that looks down at one of the pockets of water that could serve as a wedding garden,” Marsh said. “On the other side of the building, which will actually be the front of the building, will be an interactive fountain about twice as big as what you see at Veterans Park, with brick pavers and landscaping built into it.” Across the road will be a driving range building housing restrooms and a ball vending machine, with a covered area.

you’ll find some students adjacent to the school, but there are crossings, so a reduced speed zone as far as an effect there, we don’t think would be appropriate,” he said. Webb suggested that, rather than installing the signs at all the schools, which would greatly increase the cost, county staff work with the school district and do engineering studies. “That’s what the state does; there is a specific study for a specific location,” he said. Webb also pointed out that the county studies found very few accidents near the high schools and that school zones would not necessarily help. “The child out at Seminole Ridge was hit by a bus turning onto the main road,” he said. “A speed zone would have done nothing in that case.” Marcus suggested working with the school district to determine where speed zones are needed most, doing engineering studies and reporting on the ones that are the worst. Studies cost $25,000 to $30,000 each, and Webb said there are six

schools on county roads. He asked for $150,000 to cover the cost. Commissioner Shelley Vana said she would support working with the school district to prioritize the areas in most need. She agreed that Royal Palm Beach and Seminole Ridge high schools are very different. “I live by Santaluces High School, and the other issue is parents and kids making U-turns on the road itself so that they don’t have to get into traffic,” Vana said. “Kids are crossing over from the west side to the east side of Lawrence Road to get to school where people are doing curlicues with their cars, and it’s craziness.” Commissioner Burt Aaronson made a motion to install signs at Seminole Ridge and West Boca high schools and do the studies for the other schools on county roads in cooperation with the school district. The motion carried unanimously. Webb told the Town-Crier on Wednesday that 20-mph flashers, similar to those at elementary and middle schools, have been ordered for the two high schools.

Regarding measures to deal with the drought and fire danger issues that are vexing the town, Goltzene thinks that the buffers for the commercial areas recently approved could be used for water retention. “I created a plan for the Collecting Canal area that would use the buffers that are proposed for the developments as well as other undeveloped land to create a wetland park that would serve to store and treat water,” he said. “I’ve had preliminary discussions with people, but nothing has been brought to the floor because of funding issues. With it becoming such an issue, I’m sure the priority should be reset. We should have our own storage area rather than rely on outside sources.” He said his idea is similar to an

environmental preserve recently completed by Wellington off Flying Cow Road. “They created an impoundment where the water that is excess… would be put into, and then as there is need to replenish the canals’ water, it can be let back out,” Goltzene said. “That’s also valuable for well recharging, as well as the benefit of cleaning up the water.” Goltzene said he is familiar with the project because his business provided plantings for it, as well as Wellington’s 26-acre Peaceful Waters Sanctuary. Goltzene, 51, has been married for 28 years to wife Irene and has six children and four grandchildren. They live and run a farm on a 2.6-acre plot and also lease 40 acres in Loxahatchee.

continued from page 6 between 6 p.m. last Friday and 8 p.m. Monday, someone entered the victim’s 2010 Porsche Cayenne and stole a Sig Sauer P229 .40-caliber handgun from the center console. The victim said that his daughter had gone into the vehicle and may have left it unlocked, as there were no signs of forced entry. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. JAN. 31 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington was dispatched to a business in Commerce Park East Monday evening regarding a vehicle burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. Monday, someone smashed

the passenger-side window of the victim’s vehicle and stole a red plastic bag containing her tap shoes and a pair of green socks. The perpetrator(s) caused approximately $400 in damage, and the stolen items were valued at approximately $42. DNA evidence was taken at the scene, but there were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 1 — A deputy from the PBSO substation in Wellington responded to a home in Greenview Shores on Tuesday after noon in reference to a residential burglary. According to a PBSO report, sometime between 5:15 a.m. and 1:59 p.m., someone used a tool to pry open the front door of the home and steal a 35-inch Samsung television, a yellow and white Bulova watch

and several pieces of jewelry. The stolen items were valued at approximately $3,900. The perpetrator(s) also broke the wood frame around the front door. A canvass of the neighborhood yielded no results. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report. FEB. 1 — A resident of Saddle Trail Park called the PBSO substation in Wellington on Tuesday to report a stolen vehicle. According to a PBSO report, sometime between noon last Friday and noon last Sunday, the victim left her garage open and someone stole her all-terrain vehicle from inside. The deputy questioned neighbors who said they didn’t see anything. There were no suspects or witnesses at the time of the report.

take home top honors. An 11-yearold KWPN gelding, Taloubet was smooth and confident in the jumpoff and earned great praise from his rider. The pair went second over the short course and put down a clear, fast round in 34.537 seconds that would hold up for the win. Nick Skelton and Carlo 273, owned by Beverly Widdowson, were fast and clear, but stopped the clock just short of the target time in 34.905 seconds to finish in second place. Ken Berkley and Ax-Cent, owned by Rivers Edge, jumped clear in 36.508 seconds to finish in third. It was another successful week of competition in the hunter and equitation rings. Green divisions started the week off in the hunter rings. The Green Conformation

Hunters showed off last Wednesday and Thursday. The Green Conformation Hunter division awarded Scott Stewart top honors aboard his own entry Touchdown, a six-year-old Oldenburg gelding. Stewart rode to the tricolor among a starting field of eight entries. He was off to a great start last Wednesday, the first day of competition, when he and Touchdown won both over fences classes, and placed fifth under saddle. The pair won another over fences class the second day of competition and was fifth in the remaining class of the division. As the weekend approached, the adult amateur riders began competing in various hunter divisions. One of the many successful amateurs was Visse Wedell and

the Far Niente Equine LLC entry White Cap, a 13-year-old chestnut gelding. The pair was champion for the third week in a row in their section of the Low Adult 2’6” Hunters. Wedell and White Cap secured the championship by winning three classes, and placing second and third in the other two classes. “White Cap is so easy. Sometimes he is the hardest one to ride because he is the easiest. It has taken me a little while to get used to not having to do anything,” Wedell said. “It’s nice to have a horse you can depend on. Rain or shine, he just goes.” The weekend arrived and the junior hunters stepped into the spotlight. Victoria Colvin, riding Becky Gochman’s Waterford, was champion in the younger section

of the Large Junior Hunters. Waterford is a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Colvin, who only recently began showing Waterford, secured the tricolor by winning one class over fences, placing second in another class, placing third in two more classes, and seventh in the remaining class. Colvin said that she loves riding Waterford because “he is sweet and very easy.” She went on to say, “He has a really fun jump because he has a big neck, so you can hold on to it!” The Children’s Hunter riders wrapped up the third week of WEF last Sunday. Isabel Portela was all smiles when she was named the Coldwell Banker Children’s Hunter Horse 15-17 champion. Portela was aboard Milles-

ime Du Valy, an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding owned by James B. Pirtle Enterprises Inc. The duo opted not to compete in the fifth class of the division, the under-saddle, but they still had enough points over fences to secure the championship. Portela saw only blue the first day of showing when she won both of the over fences classes on Saturday. Sunday, the pair was also third in an over fences class. “Hopefully next weekend I’ll be in the juniors,” Portela said when asked about her goals for the future. The 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running through April 3. Visit or call (561) 793-5867 for more information and complete results.


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continued from page 1 see more respect and cooperation between people and less factionalism, noting that he was not involved in the incorporation effort or the factions that ensued. “Really, I am not on a side,” he said. “I’m an independent person, and that’s what I intend to remain.” Regarding the town’s comprehensive plan, Goltzene feels that the people have spoken and do not favor the proposed settlement agreement with Callery-Judge Grove. “I’m in full agreement that we should not accept the settlement,” he said.


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Animal Dynamics Helps Horses Feel Better

A licensed massage therapist, Animal Dynamics’ Don Doran’s main objective is to identify and evaluate the root causes of performance problems, change those, and promote healing. Ellen Rosenberg’s Column, Page 27

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Wellington Lacrosse Star Commits To Ohio State

No one embodies Wolverine spirit at Wellington High School more than Olivia DiCarlantonio. She is the student government secretary, wearer of the Wolverine mascot suit and star player of the girls varsity lacrosse team. On Jan. 22 she verbally committed to Ohio State University. Josh Hyber’s Column, Page 41



Business Palm Beach County Trauma System Celebrates 20 Years Of Saving Lives

Twenty years ago, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, a public safety-net healthcare organization, established the county’s lifesaving Trauma System. The Trauma System took flight in 1991 after the Health Care District’s board approved the purchase of a Trauma Hawk helicopter to airlif t critically injured patients to two local trauma centers. Page 35

Sports RPBHS Basketball Boys Fall 63-41 To Summit Christian

The Royal Palm Beach High School boys varsity basketball team fell to host Summit Christian School 63-41 on Monday, Jan. 31. Summit took control of the ball from the first minute of game play, and the Wildcats struggled to keep up but were unable to do so. Page 41

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Animal Dynamics’ Don Doran Helps Horses Feel Better Born and raised on Long Island, Don Doran had his life taken over by horses early on. He spent every spare minute at nearby Belmont Racetrack, working his way up from hot walker to groom to assistant trainer. At 18, he joined the U.S. Marines. Three years later, he was back on the track. He managed two Thoroughbred stud farms: first in Ocala and later in New York’s Catskill Mountains, in 1979. “I got tired of those Catskill winters,” Don recalled. “I ran Broadlands Farm for 10 years. That was enough. In 1989, I came back to Ocala, but I also wanted a break from managing stud farms. I decided to switch to a completely different field.” Don became a licensed massage therapist and in 1990 founded Don Doran Equine Sports Massage with his wife and partner Lisa. Their main objective is to identify and evaluate the root causes of problems, change those, and so promote healing. “I’ve been looking at and working with horses my whole life,” Don said. “On the racetrack, you’re always visually evaluating horses, noting problematic areas. Muscles don’t lie. Riding is a unique sport. The partners are from different species. The way one partner moves affects the other. Most riders are righthanded and unconsciously ride more forcefully on that side, making the horse unbalanced. I can bring awareness to the rider of what he’s doing, and once aware of a problem, it can be modified. Through massage and stretching exercises, I can balance the horse’s

Tales From The Trails By Ellen Rosenberg muscles and start him on a more natural pattern. When a rider understands how his riding affects his horse, he begins to unravel the puzzle of why the horse moves and behaves the way he does.” Don works with non-horse people as well. From 1990-93, he was the sports massage therapist for the University of Florida track team. He found that human running injuries correlated with horses’ running injuries... they have the same biomechanics. One huge difference is that horses carry an unnatural weight: riders. “The wrong equipment can lead to all kinds of problems,” he said. “The wrong sneakers can hobble a runner. The wrong saddle can cripple a horse.” Don and Lisa have pursued a lifelong study of saddle fitting and learned from master saddlers, such as Blake Kral. “A saddle is a support system,” Lisa explained. “There’s not one component which defines whether or not it fits correctly. You have to consider everything.” When evaluating a saddle, Lisa said first

Don and Lisa Doran of Animal Dynamics work with Frosty. you check for its integrity by looking at the underside. The tree can’t be twisted or broken, and the gullet (the recessed center line) must be wide enough so it doesn’t bear down on the horse’s spine. The panels on either side should be straight and symmetrical. The saddle should sit balanced, front to back, on the horse, and not be placed too far forward on

the withers. A well-fitting saddle distributes the rider’s weight evenly over the horse’s back without pinching or interfering with his ability to move freely. “Most saddles are bought because they’re comfortable and look good,” Lisa said. “Many riders rely on a famous brand and a high price See ROSENBERG, page 28

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After Years Of Preparation, Grandparent Dreams Pay Off! It’s funny how the world works. During one’s teen years (especially if you’re a girl teen), a big topic of conversation is avoiding pregnancy. Conversations include whispered cautions and outright demands and even a few horror stories tossed in for good measure. Many fathers would just like to enclose their daughters in big plastic bubbles until they reach the age of consent — say, 55. This continues until the day after the girl’s wedding when the very same people now want to know when she is going to have a baby. My poor daughter, who is now 33, has become an expert at fending off these conversations, often holding up her dog in the questioner ’s face and insisting that he is just like a child (insert game show buzzer sound here). I love my granddog, but he is not a child. In some ways, he’s better (you can leave him home alone), and in some ways he’s worse (he won’t wear a diaper).

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The Sonic BOOMER So I try, try, try not to bring up the topic of grandchildren and how much fun they are for the non-custodial (grand)parents, i.e., us. After visiting any one of our four children, my husband Mark and I look at one another and wonder where we went wrong in their upbringing that not one of them strayed off the garden path we laid out for them to produce a grandchild — even an accidental grandchild! We’re not picky! Year after year, we celebrate Easter and Thanksgiving and Christmas in a fairly sane, normal fashion, with no one making a volca-

no of their mashed potatoes or fighting over drumsticks or having a tug-of-war over a stuffed toy rabbit. Finally, finally, the youngest one of the bunch had the good sense to go out and marry a girl with two children from a previous marriage. We had them over for dinner and, even though the date fell somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Mark roasted a turkey, and I lit Christmas treeshaped candles, and we waited for the fun to begin. Unfortunately, these children were extremely well-behaved and polite and barely spoke unless they were spoken to, and, since there were only the two, each one got a drumstick and that was that. They wore their paper hats without complaining and, after cleaning their plates, carefully folded their napkins, asked if they could be excused, and went out to play. Man. Where’s the insanity?

So last Sunday was Mark’s birthday — a big, landmark birthday — and we were sitting at our table with a demure little low-fat cheesecake and no cholesterol-laced ice cream and sensible, useful gifts when the phone rings. It’s our eldest son. He’s going to be a daddy! Mark is going to be a granddaddy! And I am going to be a grandma. Well, technically, we were already a grandpa and a grandma. But that time it happened without the preamble. Being a person who thrives on anticipation and expectation and drama (well, other people’s drama), I love the preamble as much as the event itself. So today I am going out to buy something, anything, in pink — and another in blue, just in case — and maybe a set of earplugs for me because my first grandchildren have lulled me into a complacency that is sure to shatter with the first cries of a newborn. And I can’t wait!

What’s Missing From Our Big Movies Today? It’s The Passion! We went to see the great musical Les Miserables in Broward last weekend. It was marvelous and has special meaning for both of us. But on the ride home, I began comparing the show to the top movies of this year. After all, entertainment is entertainment. And the movies fell short. When did we stop wanting passion in our films? The main story of The Social Network, which has won many awards, is how a backstabbing, emotionally stunted young man becomes a billionaire. There were no moments of real emotion. The King’s Speech, also highly praised, shows how a king learned to overcome his stammer. And perhaps the key moment is when he can actually curse without messing up his words. Hardly a “Rain in Spain” moment! Our movies this year lack passion. Recall some of the great movies. We still thrill at the moment in Wizard of Oz when the door opens and everything’s in color. Rhett Butler ’s passion for Scarlett, eventually ending, is a thing of legends. Remember Peter O’Toole looking out over the desert in Lawrence of Arabia. Remember the tears shed at the end of Titanic. And we still have that


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continued from page 27 tag as proof that they’ve gotten a good saddle. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The average consumer doesn’t know what to look for, and no one wants to hear they’ve just wasted a few thousand dollars. When we evaluate saddle fit, we try to be diplomatic.” Lisa said the best way to buy a saddle is to try riding in it first and have a knowledgeable expert evaluate it. “A poorly fitting saddle is going to have a negative impact on a horse,” she said. “Younger horses can put up with it longer than older horses, but eventually, back problems will arise. If you’ve ever had a bad back, you

kind of passion, but only intermittently. Last year’s Avatar had that sense. This year, Black Swan overdid it, but at least there was real feeling. My favorite movie this year, True Grit, had it, even if only in the determination for revenge by the young woman Mattie Ross. But real passion is seldom seen, and then usually saved for horror movies (which, in its own way, Black Swan really is). Yes, 127 Hours was powerful, even if a bit stomach-wrenching, but that was more of a tour de force performance. The Fighter was best on family dynamics, although it did pack a good punch. On the other hand, Les Miserables focuses on Jean Valjean, sentenced to years of hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread to try to save

his starving nephew’s life (in the book, the nephew dies). He escapes that world, is saved by a clergyman who tells him that “he has bought his life for God.” But even after great success, he sins through omission, letting Fantine, one of his workers, face injustice that leads to her death. He pledges to protect her young daughter despite being chased by an unwearying police inspector. The young girl eventually finds love, Valjean rescues her young man in the midst of revolution, people sacrifice themselves for their beliefs or for love, and in the end, Valjean finds redemption because of his love and sacrifice for the young girl. The books by Hugo have been classics for over a century and a half. The show is a classic that people have returned to for a quarter of a century. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts was packed for this touring company. Why? Because of the power of emotion. The finale of the first act is a stirring call to revolution. The finale at the end of the show is, using the same tune, a call for redemption. Mark Zuckerberg’s main passion was keeping control of the company he created. King

George VI was an “accidental king” who was a decent family man, although the film glossed over his preference for Neville Chamberlain over Winston Churchill. Mattie Ross was far closer to the fanatic Inspector Javert from Les Mis than Valjean. We no longer have many movies, particularly good ones, where the stories are big, where the stakes are really high, except in monetary terms. Perhaps that is why fewer DVDs are being sold. We’ve seen the big movies and generally know that there is almost no point in seeing them over. Some friends have spoken of wanting to get the DVD for Inception, but mostly they just want to figure things out better. Ironically, animated films seem to now pack more emotional power than those with human actors. Toy Story 3 had a lot of emotions, but it was the toys that had them, not the people. That is why the creators of Les Mis can rest easy, knowing they will have a lifetime income from crowds who want feelings, who want to see young people sacrificing for love and parents giving everything for their children. It is what we want to believe about ourselves, that we are capable of it.

know what that means: nothing else works right. While the top of the saddle belongs to the rider, the bottom belongs to the horse. Both have to be happy. Saddlery is huge.” “Horses can’t verbally communicate when something hurts,” Don added. “But problems always show up, either in performance or attitude. Horses act as they do for a reason. A hurting horse doesn’t want to work, so he may rear or buck to try to avoid a painful situation. Some pain is acute, some chronic. Every horse tells a story. Massage removes that wall which blocks communication.” Don uses several different techniques when working with clients. “Finding the root cause of a problem and solving or removing it, through a combination of massage, a change in saddle or altering the training routine, allows the horse to move comfortably,” he said. “Treating symptoms doesn’t fix anything. It

only masks things for a while, and can actually exacerbate the underlying problem.” Don’s company, Ocala-based Animal Dynamics, manufactures pads than can help in many common situations. “If a saddle has a fatal flaw, like a broken tree, or if it absolutely doesn’t fit, then no pad will help,” he said. “If a saddle is almost right, the right saddle pad, custom fitted for that particular saddle and that particular horse, can go a long way toward making the fit close to perfect. The best pad is a dense wool-felt pad which distributes the rider’s weight evenly.” Pads by Animal Dynamics are made one at a time, hand-sewn to specifications. English pads run $200, and Western ones $225. A pad lasts about a year and then should be replaced, Don said. Don also offers herbal formulas and acupuncture. He and Lisa visit Wellington every two weeks during the show season.

Sandy Ferrel, who shows hunters at WEF, is a client. “I heard about Don through a friend,” Sandy said. “I was completely impressed with how he handled my horses — kind, slow, patient. He’s done acupuncture and massage, whatever the horses needed, and they responded beautifully. He pinpointed specific problem areas with 100-percent accuracy. He’s suggested changes in my training routine to prevent future problems. I’d recommend him to everyone. I respect him tremendously. My horses always look forward to him coming.” Don and Lisa Doran are passionate about what they do. “It’s all about bettering horses’ lives and educating people, allowing horses to be full partners rather than adversaries,” Don said. For more information, call (352) 342-1607 or visit

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‘It’s A Nano World’ Opens At South Florida Science Museum What is nanobiotechnology? How many nanometers tall are you? Have you ever seen yourself at 200x magnification? The South Florida Science Museum’s current exhibit “It’s a Nano World” gives guests a giant’s-eye view into the world that lies outside of our 20/20 vision. “It’s a Nano World” is a brand-

Children play “dust pinball.”

new, fascinating, 3,000-square-foot, hands-on, interactive exhibition that introduces museum visitors to the biological wonders of the infinitesimal nano world that’s too small to see in our everyday life. The exhibit features videos, games and handson learning with very tiny tools to discover more about living things we can’t typically see. “You can’t imagine the ‘other world’ that exists when we can view things that the naked eye would normally miss,” South Florida Science Museum CEO Lew Crampton said. “‘It’s a Nano World’ will show guests the wonders of this other world by using the tools scientists use to see these very tiny things. Children will be fascinated by what they are learning without even realizing it.” The hands-on exhibit focuses on the adventures of very itsy bitsy things. At the “Magnification Station,” visitors use microscopes of different strengths to look at items such as shells, paper, sand and hair. Children can become larger than life at the “Giant Magnifying Glass” and can learn about the effects of small things in the air while play-

ing “germ, dust and pollen pinball.” There is also a “Giant Blood Drop,” a large ball pit filled with more than 1,000 red balls representing red blood cells and the challenge is to hunt for the one white ball representing a white blood cell. The exhibition was created through a partnership of the Nanobiotechnology Center at Cornell University and the Sciencenter. It will be on display at the museum through May 15. The South Florida Science Museum delivers entertaining and educational journeys through the many worlds of science and technology for curious minds of all ages. Located just off I-95 and Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach, the museum features more than 50 handson exhibits, a digital planetarium, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as natural history exhibitions. Other museum happenings include the Bugz exhibit, an amateur radio center open weekends and holidays, as well as aquarium feedings and shark pettings Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Each year the museum welcomes

Youngsters explore the various magnifying stations. more than 125,000 visitors and reaches more than 45,000 students through workshops at the museum and outreach programs to schools. Established in 1961, the museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exciting curiosity and furthering the understanding and appreciation of science and technology. The South Florida Science Museum is located at 4801 Dreher Trail

North in West Palm Beach. Museum admission, which includes the “It’s a Nano World” exhibit, is $11.95 for adults, $10.50 for seniors 62 and older, $8.95 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for museum members and children under 3. For more information about the South Florida Science Museum and “It’s a Nano World,” call (561) 832-1988 or visit

The Phantoms Recommend Vic & Angelo’s Italian Restaurant A taste of Italy blended into their food, service and atmosphere. Everybody has a favorite restaurant, bar or night spot they frequent, and Vic & Angelo’s has been one of ours since we were invited to their opening night on Oct. 26, 2006. We eat dinner here about two to three times a month, and when guests are in town, it’s a “must-do” for a memorable night out. Vic & Angelo’s is located at the east end of PGA Commons Plaza on PGA Blvd., just west of Military Trail and less than a halfmile from both I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike, a great location, and well worth the trip! Restaurateur David Manero is known for his casual but classy eateries such as the Office restaurant and Vic & Angelo’s restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, DeVito’s restaurant in South Beach, and his latest venture, BurgerFi in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. If you ever visited any of Manero’s establishments, you cannot help but notice his impeccable attention to detail in every aspect, including food for everyone’s taste, fantastic service and décor second to none (his wife and restaurant co-owner Lynn Manero handles this aspect), all adding up to an enjoyable dining experience every time. Vic & Angelo’s appetizers offerings include ($6.95 to $16.95): ahi tuna, giant old-school meatball with whipped ricotta cheese, the best Sicilian chicken wings, baked clams, grilled artichoke and Prince Edward Island mussels. Two of our favorites are eggplant parmigianino or the grilled calamari with a kick of olives, capers, peppers, arugula and lemon vinaigrette. When you select any of the above and combine it with a nice glass of wine or

an oversized cocktail from their inside Italian-style bar or the great outside social bar, a great meeting place, get ready for a great night! There is also a nice array of salads ($9.95 to $16.95) from which to choose. The signature Angelo’s is a blend of fresh greens, eggs, cucumbers, beans, tomatoes and onions drizzled with flavorful red wine vinaigrette, and their No. 1 seller, Italian antipasti, has a blend of salami, vegetables, provolone and house vinaigrette. Our favorite is the Misticanza, a unique blend of caramelized walnuts, arugula, gorgonzola, navel oranges, shallots and mustard vinaigrette. They also have a shrimp cobb salad in the main plate salads category ($16.95 to $19.95), and the thinly pounded chicken cutlet or veal cutlet Milanese also deserves a mention. All the produce is locally sourced and organic whenever possible. Pizza lovers, welcome to pizza heaven. Coal oven pizzas ($18.95 to $22.95), thin crust, and baked to perfection with 16 additional toppings to enhance your individual taste bud satisfaction. Our favorite here is the Mulberry Street, a spicy combination of eggplant, mozzarella and reggiano cheese, and crushed red peppers to kick it up a notch. Main plate selections include a large variety of house-made pastas, ranging from $15.95 for the cappellini Telefono with fresh mozzarella and basil, to $37.95 for linguine alla frutti di mare, large enough to share, loaded with fresh lobster, clams, shrimp and calamari, and topped with their delicious spicy San Marzano tomato sauce. We love the ricotta gnocchi with herb pesto ($17.95), probably our most-ordered item, and Nona’s Sun-

day Gravy Macaroni ($28.95) with the giant meatball, just like mamma use to make back in Philadelphia. The other pasta favorites of ours are the butternut squash tortellini ($17.95) and the shrimp penne alla vodka ($26.95) and the house’s bestseller, rigatoni alla bolognese ($20.95). Vic & Angelo’s also has mouth-watering dry-aged steaks ($26.95 to $36.95): New York strip, skirt and filet mignon; veal selections of scaloppini, picatta and chops ($24.95 to $37.95); or simAn inside view of Vic & Angelo’s. ply fresh fish ($22.95 to $29.95): trout with artichokes, roasted sea- ly dine at Vic & Angelo’s. We firmly believe bass, wild salmon, yellow-tail snapper that good service makes the food taste better. francese served with creamy parmesan risot- The well-trained staff at Vic & Angelo’s — to. Our two favorites are the black grouper under the direction of General Manager Jastopped with jumbo crab lump crab and esca- on Bellemare, Manager Edward Cristal and role, and a Mediterranean treat, mouthwater- our excellent waiter John Pannitti, who aning grilled Branzino bass. A variety of chick- ticipated our every need — made our visit en entrees ($19.95 to $22.95) include pan- more enjoyable. roasted chicken breast with garlic and roast Needless to say, we highly recommend you potatoes, stuffed chicken Francese and chick- visit Vic & Angelo’s or any other of David en Telefono, a parmagiano dish recently en- Manero’s fine restaurants. Vic & Angelo’s is joyed by comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his fam- located at 4520 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach ily. Finally, Vic & Angelo’s has the best prime Gardens. For reservations, or further inforgrass-fed burger with gruyere cheese, served mation, visit, or call either on a bun or a lettuce wrap. (561) 630-9899 or (561) 278-9570 in DelFor dessert, we recommend the zablione ray, and please tell them that Joe and Kathwith fresh berries or the ricotta cheesecake, ryn, the Phantoms, mentioned their taste of both freshly made. Italy, with the best happy hour and daily speNow you can understand why we constant- cials in the Palm Beaches!

Joe & Kathryn, the Phantoms, are featured writers for the Town-Crier and Comments and recommendations are welcome at

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The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Trauma Hawk in action.

PBC Trauma System Marks 20 Years Of Saving Lives Twenty years ago, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, a public safety-net healthcare organization, established the county’s lifesaving Trauma System. The Trauma System took flight in 1991 after the Health Care District’s board approved the purchase of a Trauma Hawk helicopter to airlift critically injured patients to two local trauma centers. The first trauma patients received care in May 1991. Since then, the Trauma System, which is overseen and funded by the Health Care District, has treated 50,000 traumatically injured patients. “Thanks to the skill and dedication of the professionals who support the Trauma System in Palm Beach County, tens of thousands of trauma victims have survived,” said Jonathan R. Satter, chair of the Health Care District Board of Commissioners. “This milestone is the result of a successful private and governmental partnership.” Based on a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services report, Palm Beach County’s Trauma System meets the guidelines of a national model because it encompasses all of the recommended components for an inclusive Trauma System. The Trauma System in Palm Beach County is also a pioneer in that its implementation plan was the first of its kind approved by the State of Florida. This coordinated emergency-response system includes: employees with the district’s aeromedical program, which features two Trauma Hawk air ambulances; the county’s enhanced 911 communications and dispatch system; the county’s EMS providers, who support the Trauma System’s pre-hospital component; the trauma physicians, nurses and staff at the county’s two privately operated trauma centers and their rehabilitation facilities; and staff with the district’s Trauma Agency, who oversee a system-wide quality management program. “Each year, our Trauma System delivers safe, rapid transport and specialized medical treatment to nearly 3,000 traumatically injured patients,” said Dwight D. Chenette, chief executive officer of the Health Care District. Through its aeromedical program, the dis-

trict owns and operates two Sikorsky S76C+ Trauma Hawk air ambulances, which are dispatched when travel time for ground transportation exceeds 20 minutes. The highly skilled and experienced flight crew includes commercial instrument-rated pilots, a Florida-licensed registered nurse who is also a state-certified paramedic and an additional state-certified paramedic. The medical team members are Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue personnel. “In a county that measures more than 2,300 square miles — the largest by area in Florida — it is critical that air transport be readily available,” said Debi Gavras, RN, the Health Care District’s core operating officer. “For a trauma patient, every passing minute without care can mean the difference between life and death.” Gerald M. Pagano, the district’s director of medical transport and aeromedical facilities, was the first Trauma Hawk pilot to fly a patient to a trauma centers for treatment in 1991. He is proud of the aeromedical program’s exemplary safety record. “Our mission is to provide excellent patient care and safe, efficient air transportation,” Pagano said. “Our strong safety culture has allowed us to maintain a zero accident rate.” Depending on their geographic location, trauma patients are transported to the trauma centers at either St. Mary’s Medical Center or Delray Medical Center. Each trauma center staffs a 24-hour, on-site trauma surgery team. The trauma surgeon is immediately available and, depending on the type and extent of the patient’s injuries, other highly specialized physicians may also provide treatment. The district’s Trauma Agency, as overseen by Medical Director Dr. Sandra Schwemmer, ensures the operational components of the Trauma System function as a cohesive unit. The agency also administers a system-wide quality management program that assures quality care from the point of a patient’s injury through rehabilitation and recovery. For more information, visit www.hcdpbc. org/trauma.

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The Palms West Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at CT Kids, located at 10200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 110, near Five Guys Burgers & Fries in the Pointe at Wellington Green. Classic Trends provides fashionable clo thing from inf ants to age 12. The company’s goal is to sell clothes that help kids feel good about themselves. CT Kids offer s clothes that will foster a sense of individuality and confidence for children. For more info., visit or call (561) 793-2622. Pictured above are CT Kids staff members with Palms West Chamber ambassadors.

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TD Foundation Gives $6,500 Grant To P.B. School For Autism

Palm Beach School for Autism has been awarded a grant of $6,500 from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, for the Everyone Needs To Enjoy Reading (ENTER) Project. The goal of the ENTER Project is to design and outfit a library with materials specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorder. This library will provide the students with resources currently not available to them. The TD Charitable Foundation carries a legacy of supporting notfor-profit institutions and their important work throughout the region. Since its inception in 2002, the foundation has contributed over $67 million in grant funding to not-forprofit organization in the communities where they work, live and do business. “We believe that the Palm Beach School for Autism plays a significant and important role in the community,” TD Bank Regional Vice President Linda Bozzuto said. “We love what they do for all of their students.” The Palm Beach School for Autism, a charter school located in Lantana, provides a developmental-

Karen Zuckerberg, Randee Gabriel and Kevin De Souza. ly appropriate intense behavior intervention program for children with autism and related disabilities. It addresses the learning needs of its students through individual educational plans, a highly trained teaching staff and choice of curric-

ula to suit the individual needs of the student. For more information about the Palm Beach School for Autism, contact Josh Hirsch at (561) 5339917 or via e-mail at joshh@, or visit

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Ackerman Named Leading Physician Field Of Greens Launches New Catering Menu Dr. Joshua S. Ackerman of Advanced Women’s Ob/Gyn was recently named among the “leading physicians of the world” and selected as a top obstetrician/gynecologist for 2010-11 by the International Association of Obstetricians & Gynecologists in West Palm Beach. Ackerman joined Advanced Women’ s Ob/Gyn last August. He graduated from the American University School of Medicine, completed his internships and residency programs at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Queens Medical Center , Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he completed training as an advanced laparoscopist and robotic surgeon. Ackerman is accepting new patients at both the West Palm Beach and Palms West office locations of Advanced Women’s Ob/Gyn. He has become an expert in gynecological robotic surgical procedures. This highly technical surgical application using the da Vinci Surgical System

at Palms West Hospital is the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecological conditions. These conditions may include: cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding. “This procedure is less invasive with much smaller incisions, a quicker recovery and operates with greater precision and control,” Ackerman said. “It gives the user a 3-D high definitional view inside of the patient.” Ackerman has used the robot in his training and private practice surgeries. “I feel the patients have a much better recovery with less hospitalization,” he said. “This is the high-tech future of medicine, and I am very fortunate to have the education and experience to provide this service to my patients.” Raised in Wellington, Ackerman is following in his father’s footsteps. He completed his education, returned to the area where he was raised and joined Advanced Wom-

Dr. Joshua Ackerman with the da Vinci Surgical System. en’s Ob/Gyn with his father, Dr. Ronald T. Ackerman, who was the founding chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Palms West Hospital and has practiced in the area for the past 27 years. Ackerman lives in Wellington with his wife Amber

and their four -year-old daughter Addison. The couple is expecting their second child. Advanced Women’s Ob/ Gyn’s Palms West office is located at 12953 Palms West Drive, Suite 101, Loxahatchee. For more info., call (561) 795-2400.

Field of Greens, the perennial local favorite for “createyour-own” salads and sandwiches, has just launched a new catering menu to give locals more options for a healthier lifestyle in 2011. The expanded menu offers more customized options at various price points, including a la carte sandwich or wrap platters or all-inclusive packages. There are also large signature or customized salad options, vegetarian chili pots and gourmet cookie platters. Delivery is free to most areas near its locations in the Pointe in Wellington Green, CityPlace and Midtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens. “Catering corporate meetings or parties doesn’t have to be unhealthy or expensive,” Field of Greens coowner Debbie Lakow said. “Field of Greens of fers healthy, yet delicious options that appeal to everyone. We

deliver to customers for everything from staff and client meetings to a child’s birthday party or a housewarming.” In today’s economy, the store also expanded its menu to offer everything from tasty basics for an internal meeting to a more elaborate spread for a birthday party of large corporate gathering. There are all-inclusive packages for $10.95 per person, which include sandwich or wrap platters, a large salad and a gourmet cookie platter. Customers can also order a la carte for $7.25 per person, with platters including a wrap or sandwich per person and chips. To place a catering order, call the Wellington location at (561) 795-4345, West Palm Beach at (561) 8202465 and Palm Beach Gardens at (561) 625-0036. For more info., visit www.fieldof

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RPBHS Basketball Boys Fall 63-41 To Summit Christian By Lauren Miró Town-Crier Staff Report The Royal Palm Beach High School boys varsity basketball team fell to host Summit Christian School 63-41 on Monday, Jan. 31. “We were up against a much stronger team,” head coach Andrew Quinn said. “But they always compete, and I’m proud of them.” Summit took control of the ball from the first minute of game play, and the Wildcats struggled to keep up. The Saints put four points on the board before Ivenor Rosier cut their lead in half with a basket from the center. But the Saints responded with a two-point basket and a foul shot that extended their lead. Next, Joe Williams and Anthony Wood put in

two-point baskets to narrow Summit’s lead to one point. But the Wildcats were unable to overtake the Saints, who nailed a three-point basket to make the score 10-6. Though the Wildcats trailed only a few points behind the Saints in the first quarter, they let Summit slip away in the second quarter. Only a few minutes into the quarter, Summit took a ten-point lead and continued to pull away. The second half saw the Wildcats struggling to catch up. In the opening of the third quarter, Kervens Charles nailed two points to make the score 42-26. Though Royal Palm Beach fought hard, the Saints were able to overtake them in the second half, finishing 63-41.

Williams and Charles led the Wildcats with 12 points each, and Tyaire Butler nailed a three-point basket. Jean Prophete had 22 points for the Saints and contributed to head coach Murray Smith’s 500th win. “We’re still so young,” Quinn said. “We played six sophomores tonight. [Summit] is just a better team. They have a lot of experience. Those kids have been playing together for four years. But that’s how it is. We just have to work hard at it.” The Wildcats host Seminole Ridge High School on Friday, Feb. 4 for a 7:30 p.m. game and then head into districts next week against Atlantic High School on Monday, Feb. 7.

Tyaire Butler runs around the Saints’ defense.

Stephon Gordon shoots from the foul line.

Joe Williams jumps up for a shot.


Kervens Charles pushes past Summit players for a bask et.

WHS Lacrosse Star DiCarlantonio Commits To Ohio State There is no one student or teacher who embodies Wolverine spirit at Wellington High School more than junior Olivia DiCarlantonio. DiCarlantonio, the student government secretary and wearer of the Wolverine mascot suit for two years, is also the star player of the girls varsity lacrosse team. On Saturday, Jan. 22 she verbally committed to Ohio State University. As a sophomore last season, DiCarlantonio had an astounding 59 goals and 38 assists, the most among underclassmen in the area. The year before, she had 48 goals, 25 assists and 75 draw controls. In both of those seasons, she was named to the Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel first teams. Also in both years, she was named to the First Team All-District while having the most goals, assists and ground balls on the Wellington roster. “Olivia is obviously really good, but she also helps the team by showing us how we can improve our game,” Wellington teammate Caroline Kurtz said. “She’s really energetic during games and gets really serious and concentrated.” Along with playing school and travel la-

Wolverine Watch By Josh Hyber crosse, she also played goalkeeper on the girls varsity soccer team her freshman and sophomore years. “She’s competitive and hardworking, which is why I think we get along so well,” soccer teammate Natalie Puñal said. Aside from her athletic résumé though, she is a ball of energy around campus and a friend to everyone. “She’s the type of friend who knows when you need a laugh and knows when you just need to chill,” friend Mike Lebowitz said. “And she’s the type of person who sticks to her values and knows what she wants to do.” This translates to the field as well. “She’s a great team player and always brings the mood of the game up,” travel team-

mate Olivia Long said. “She’s also a completely selfless player; she’s always looking to make her teammates look good. That’s what makes her such a great player.” Only a junior, DiCarlantonio said schools such as Northwestern, University of Florida and Towson University showed interest in her. But Ohio State is where she felt most at home. In fact, DiCarlantonio was born in Ohio and has family that lives 20 minutes away from the Ohio State campus. “I fell in love with Ohio State the first time I visited,” she said. “The school spirit is insane, and I’m all about that!” Although the time DiCarlantonio arrives in Columbus is still two years away, Ohio State’s schedule always features the toughest teams in the nation, which will fit right in with her style of play. “Her competitiveness is contagious,” Kurtz said. Thankfully, Wellington High School has two more seasons of her liveliness and talent on campus. In other WHS sports news, the boys varsity soccer team won the District 15-5A Championship last Friday, Jan. 28 with a victory

Olivia DiCarlantonio playing with the Stickbenders Lacrosse Club last November in Jacksonville. over John I. Leonard High School. An overtime goal from senior Gonzalo Gelso sparked the 3-2 win. The group played Thursday, Feb. 3 against Davie-Nova High School in the regional quarterfinals, but results were not available by press time.

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11-U Big Red Machine Baseball Team Wins Pre-Season Bash The newly formed 11-U Big Red Machine travel baseball team won the Lake Worth Pre-Season Bash on Sunday, Jan. 23. The team had a record of 5-0 in the nine-team tournament, including a 7-5 victory in the exciting championship game over the solid host Team Titans. Pitching, defense and clutch hitting carried the 11U Big Red Machine to victories over the West Boca Panthers, West Boynton Combat, Team Titans and the Palm Beach Gardens Thunder twice.

The outstanding pitching was led by Tyler Letterman and Mike Panczak’s two wins, Nate Gordon’s complete game win, and the steady relief of Ryan Ali and Trenton Faranda. The five combined for three complete games, a save and allowed only 11 runs in the entire tourney. The pitching was supported by the reliable defensive play (only six unearned runs) led by Dylan Arcadipane ball-blocking at catcher and sprawling catch in leftfield, Myles Cohen who took away three base hits and was in the

RPBHS Dancers Take On National Competition The Wildcat Dancers dance team and Tapazz dance troupe from Royal Palm Beach High School did well competing at the National Youth Dance Academy’s three-day dance competition and workshop the weekend of Jan. 21 in Orlando. The two teams took several different dance workshops during the day and competed against 20 dif-

middle of two crucial ground ball double plays, and Ryan Ali who took away four hits in right field with his arm and glove. The hitting was led by Isaiah Thomas’s two tape measure home runs, while Jacob Weiss, Robert Herrera, Gordon, Cohen and Faranda were getting on base most of the weekend to a clip of nearly .600. Letterman added the clutch three-RBI hit for the game winner in the championship game. Preston Colp showed his resiliency by overcoming a wrist injury to provide some

ferent dance teams from throughout the United States at night. The RPBHS dancers competed in a total of 302 senior level dance routines over the weekend. Their routines “Can’t Be Friends” and “Freak Show” were featured in the NYDA’s web photo album. The Wildcat Dancers and Tapazz competed with 10 various routines choreographed by master teacher Michele Blecher. The teams took the Grand National second-place championship, Outstanding Interpretation Award,

hits and score some big runs. The Big Red Machine includes experienced travel players and coaches from Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and The Acreage. They are coached by Mike Panczak Sr., Barry Cohen, Jason Weiss and Jason Faranda. A hoarse-voiced Panczak commented after the game, “This championship was a total team effort with every kid contributing something to help the Big Red Machine take home the hardware.”

Outstanding Costume Award and 10 trophies.

Berean Boys Basketball Team Tops Benjamin The Berean Christian School boys varsity soccer team traveled to the Benjamin School on Monday, Jan. 24 to play the Buccaneers in the first round of the district tournament. The Bulldogs dropped their two

Big Red Machine players and coaches with their trophies.

regular season games against Benjamin by one goal each time. The Bulldogs played a defensive match. Their strategy was successful in that they did not allow Benjamin to score goals. Both teams were unable to find the back of the net both in regulation and during overtime periods; the game would be decided in penalty kicks. Both teams scored their first penalty kicks, but Benjamin was unable to convert their second attempt as the shot careened off the crossbar. However, Berean once again con-

verted their attempt. Senior keeper Derek Medellin dove full out to the corner to stop the Buccaneers’ third attempt. In the end, Berean would not miss a single attempt, and took the match 4-2 in penalty kicks. “Barak Degler really stepped up in the sweeper position,” Bulldog head coach Luke Schartner said. “Really, our whole team played a solid match. Derek Medellin has been playing better and better with each game. It is really exciting to see these young men realize their potential.”

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Heath Evans Foundation Super Sailfish Bowl A Huge Success The inaugural Heath Evans Foundation Super Sailfish Bowl was a dream tournament for Chip Sheehan. Chip’s Ahoy, a 31-foot Contender owned and captained by Sheehan, won top prize with 12 sailfish. He received $5,000, plus an exoticdesigned autographed football helmet. “It was a dream tournament the way it happened,” said Sheehan, a veteran captain who is based in Boynton Beach. “I was surrounded by some of the best fishermen in the world, and I could do no wrong.”

Chip’s Ahoy had 19 strikes, using mostly live goggle-eyes and live sardines, which Sheehan caught himself. Ten of the 12 sailfish were hooked and caught on kite, the other two on flat lines. “We had a lot of multiple hits,” said Sheehan, who mainly fished in a two-mile area in front of the Palm Beach Inlet. “One time we had five fish on, but only caught three. To catch 12 and win by five doesn’t happen in this sport. It’s cool to win like that. All the little things add up and makes you win.”

Wellington Travel Basketball Tryouts Wellington Travel Basketball will hold tryouts for high school students Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Wellington Village Park gym. Tryouts are open to all student athletes in the area. Tryout times for elementary and middle school students are as follows: 10th-grade boys, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.; ninthgrade, 10th-grade and 11th-grade girls, 2 to 3:15 p.m.; ninth-grade

boys, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.; and 11thgrade boys, 5 to 6 p.m. Registration will take place in Room 2B; each player trying out must register between half an hour to 15 minutes before the start of tryouts for their respective age group. For more information, call Chris Fratalia at (561) 252-9530 or visit

On board with Sheehan were Tony Grayton, who chartered the boat, along with Brian Pike, Ryan Tubbs, Kristie Sanzo and Henry Dombroski. Taylor Sheehan won the top angler prize and Sanzo won the top female angler award. Fourteen boats entered the Super Sailfish Bowl presented by Avid Tackle, which featured a $10,000 purse. De-Bait-Able finished second (7), and Scored One placed third (6). A total of 48 sailfish were caught and released. Evans was pleased with the tournament’s success. “Let’s just say that I’m a better fullback than an angler,” said Evans, when asked about his efforts. “It was a lot of fun, and we were successful in raising awareness and money for the foundation.” Longtime Saints fan Kerri Burrus caught the 44th sailfish with Evans, who wears No. 44, on board her Wicked Wahine. Burrus said she has been a Saints fan for 44 years. Saints tight end Jimmy Graham also participated in the tournament but did not catch a fish. Defensive back Abe Elam and quarterback Jarrett Brown of the Cleveland Browns

attended the captains meeting and kickoff party but did not fish. Proceeds from the events will benefit the not-for-profit Heath Evans Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering hope and healing in the lives of children and families affected by sexual abuse. Evans and his wife Beth Ann have devoted the past several years raising awareness about the insidious nature of sexual abuse with Heath at the forefront. This is a personal and passionate cause because Beth Ann was sexually abused as a thirdgrader. The Heath Evans Foundation provides numerous services to help individual and families, including free counseling and mentoring. “We are a one-stop shop for vicTournament winner Chip Sheehan tims of childhood sexual with football star Heath Evans. abuse,” said Evans, who recently completed his 10th year in by Avid Tackle and sponsored in the NFL and his second with the part by Roxy’s Pub, Cheney Brothers, Tournament Yacht Sales, Guy New Orleans Saints. The Heath Evans Foundation Harvey Outdoors, Palm Beach AuSuper Sailfish Bowl was presented tographs and SnapnTrac Marine.

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Saturday, Feb. 5 • The Royal Palm Beach Parks & Recreation Department will host a Kids Garage Sale on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Veterans Park (1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 790-5149 or visit www.royal • Parents and children are invited to Scott’s Place Reading Corner (12193 West Forest Hill Blvd.) for Valentine’s Day themed stories on Saturday, Feb. 5 beginning at 10 a.m. Wellington will provide free Valentine’s Day giveaways to all child participants. For more inf o., visit www. • The Seminole Ridge High School Performing Arts Department will continue its production of Hairspray Feb. 5, 11 and 12 at the school theater. Show times are 7 p.m. each day, with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 5 and 12. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased a half-hour before the show at the box office. For more info., call the main office at (561) 422-2600. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Mystery at the Library” on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. for ages 10 to 15. Join in a live-action mystery game and investigate the other players’ characters to discover who committed the crime. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 7906030 to pre-register. • The $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes jumper event will take place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington) on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. Call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.equestriansport. com for more info. • Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and all blends of family are invited to take part in Wellington’s annual Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 5. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the party will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Village Park gymnasium (11700 Pierson Road). Tickets cost $50 per resident couple and $62.50 per non-resident couple. For more info., call (561) 7914005. • The benefit event Jump for Home Safe will take place Saturday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). Visit or call Bonnie Barwick at (561) 393-9800, ext. 1203 for more info. Sunday, Feb. 6 • The $75,000 Adequan Grand Prix FEI

CSI 2* will take place Sunday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). Call (561) 793-5867 or visit www. for more info. Monday, Feb. 7 • The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 367 will meet Monday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves). For more info., call Marge Herzog at (561) 791-9875. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Bilingual Story Time on Monday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. for ages 3 to 5. Join in for a story time in English and Spanish with singing and a craft. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Wii Love Games” on Monday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. Share your love of video games with your friends. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present the Deutsche State Philharmonic on Monday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. Visit or call (561) 832-7469 for more info. Tuesday, Feb. 8 • The Nor ton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) will host a “70th Birthday Bash” on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and will include special tours and presentations, and a celebrity cake contest. The day will conclude with champagne and cake for all. Visit or call (561) 832-5196 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host a “Master the Art of Reading” book discussion Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. for adults. Barbara Harnick will lead a discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Sign up and check out the book. Call (561) 790-6030 for more info. • The Wellington and Royal Palm Beach libraries will present “Orisirisi African Folklore” as part of the Moonlight Stories series on Tuesday, Feb. 8 for all ages featuring African drumming and dance, spirited call and response songs and fun-filled audience participation. The event will start at 3:30 p.m. at the Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) and 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center See CALENDAR, page 47

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR CALENDAR, continued from page 46 Way). To pre-register, call (561) 790-6070 (Wellington) or (561) 790-6030 (Royal Palm Beach). • A volunteer meeting for the Wellington Relay for Life will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at On the Border (11121 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). The relay will be held at Wellington Village Park on May 14-15. If you would like to join the Relay for Life in Wellington as a volunteer, team captain or participant, call Bill Smith at (561) 654-6644. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Writer Tim Dorsey on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. The author will talk about his book Electric Barracuda. A book signing will follow. To preregister, visit Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Community Band will perform a “Sweetheart Concert” on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the RPB Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). For more info., call (561) 790-5149 or visit www.royalpalm • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. Wednesday, Feb. 9 • The Garden Club of Palm Beach will present its annual speaker series Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Society of the Four Arts (2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach). In celebration of the Town of Palm Beach’s centennial and the Society of the Four Arts’ 75th anniversary, this year’s topic will take a look back at “Gardens of the Jazz Age.” There is no charge. Visit www.four ar or call (561) 655-7227 for info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host Bilingual Story Time on Wednesdays, Feb. 9 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 6. This is a fun family stor y time in English and Spanish where participants read, sing and create a delightful craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Socrates Café on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. The Society for Philosophical Inquiry initiated the concept for this discussion led by Marji Chapman. Find out this month’s topic when you pre-register. Call (561) 790-6070. • The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will sponsor a kickoff party Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm

Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). The RPB Relay will be held on May 21 and 22 at Crestwood Middle School. For more info., call (561) 650-0134. • The Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus Theatre (11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens) will present pianist Copeland Davis on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. Visit or call (561) 207-5900 for more info. Thursday, Feb. 10 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Fast & Slow Animals Story Time” on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 6. Listen to stories about speedy cheetahs and slow tortoises, sing songs and make a simple craft. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Checker Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. for age 6 and up. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Manga Knights” on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Bring your favorite Manga title and be prepared for lively discussion about old favorites and maybe even discover a new one. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Dolly Hand Cultural Ar ts Center (1977 College Dr., Belle Glade) will present The Bronx Wanderers on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (561) 9931160 or visit • The Wellington High School Performing Arts Department will present the classic musical comedy Anything Goes Feb. 1012 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 for students, and can be purchased at or at the door on the evening of the performance. Friday, Feb. 11 • The second annual Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 11-13 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. Visit for more info. • The Armory Art Center (1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach) will present “Jane Davis Doggett: The Magic of the Everglades” on Friday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit or call (561) 8321776 for more info. Send calendar items to: The Town-Crier, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. FAX: (561) 793-6090. Email:

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HOUSE FOR RENT IN RIVER BRIDGE — Three-bedroom, twobath villa-style home in desirable River Bridge gated community. Newly renovated, modern kitchen with granite and stainless appliances. Tile floor throughout. Twocar garage. Move-in ready. Steps from community pool. Access to private rec facilities. Cable TV, lawn maintenance and 24-hour security included. Available for rent, $1,599/ month. Call Josh at (561) 315-6727 for more info.

3 BED, 2 BATH — 1,104 sq. ft. 1.14 acres offered at $89,000 OBO. Seller financing available. 17845 38 Lane N. Call 954-561-2600 1.55 ACRE LOT — 2 story barn, with loft horse stall, garage, water, electric, phone, $50,000. Call 561572-1782

COACH HOME FOR SALE IN WELLINGTON — 1869 Sq Ft. Coach home on Lake Wellington. 3 BR, 2BA, Loft, screened porch. Mayfair at Wellington, a 55+ gated community. End unit in pristine condition with many upgrades. Must see the only spectacular view of Lake Wellington. 561-236-0420 WELLINGTON 2/2 VILLA FOR SALE — Move-in Ready! New paint, new carpet, new kitchen flooring, outside patio entryway. Light & bright. Call Lorna (561) 319-1292 Keller Williams Realty. $78,500.

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2000 HONDA ACCORD — 209,000 miles, red w/cream leather interior good running condition, good A/C $3,400 OBO 561-7137794 2008 BMW 3 Series 328i — Exterior: T itanium Silver Metallic Interior: Other Drivetrain: 6 cylinder Automatic Model Code: 0845 / Stock: 11GC7134A 45,649 mi. $22,409 Internet Price for more info visit 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited — Exterior: Beige Interior: Other Drivetrain: 4 cylinder Automatic Model Code: PTCS44 / Stock: 11GC7427A 52,256 mi. $7,895 Internet Pricefor more info visit 2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring — Exterior: Light Sandstone Metallic Interior: Pebble Beige/Cream Drivetrain: 6 cylinder Automatic Model Code: RTYP53 / Stock: P2673 30,715 mi. $19,225 Internet Price for more info visit 2005 Dodge Caravan SXT — Exterior: Black Interior: Other Drivetrain: 6 cylinder Automatic Model Code:RSKH53 / Stock: 10SF5438B 78,948 mi. $8,215 Internet Price visit 2008 Honda Accord Sdn 2.4 LX— Exterior: Gray Interior: Other Drivetrain: 4 cylinder Automatic Model Code: CP2638EW / Stock: 11S9036A 24,038 mi. $16,678 Internet Price for more info visit 2009 Honda Accord Sdn EX-L — Exterior: Basque Red Pearl Interior: Ivory Drivetrain: 4 cylinder Automatic Stock: P2665A $22,985 Internet Price for more info visit 2008 Honda Civic Sdn LX — Exterior: Gray Interior: Other Drivetrain: 4 cylinder Automatic Model Code: FA1658EW / Stock: 11S8940A 28,234 mi. $16,349 Internet Price for more info visit SELL YOUR AUTOMOBILE HERE CALL 793-3576 T ODAY TO PLACEYOUR AD

2008 Honda Odyssey Touring — w/ RES/ Navigation Exterior: Taffeta White Interior: Other Drivetrain: 6 cylinder Automatic Model Code: RL3888KW / Stock: 10G4618A 47,163 mi. $26,958 Internet Price visit 2010 Hyundai Accent GLS — Exterior: Gray Interior: Other Drivetrain: 4 cylinder Manual Stock: 11T1362A 7,183 mi. $12,455 Internet Price for more info visit 2005 Hyundai Elantra — Exterior: Red Interior: Other Drivetrain: 4 cylinder Automatic Stock: 10E9727A51,038 mi. $7,985 I n t e r n e t P r i c e for more info visit 2009 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 — Exterior: Black Interior: Other Drivetrain: 6 cylinder Automatic Model Code: B0422 / Stock: 10G6166A 22,415 mi. $28,956 Internet Price 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 — Exterior: Blue Interior: Other Drivetrain: 6 cylinder Automatic Stock: 10G8527A 20,915 mi. $25,986 Internet Price visit 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS — Exterior: Black Interior: Other Drivetrain: 6 cylinder Automatic Model Code: 60552 / Stock: 11S0482A 69,311 mi. $6,985 Internet Price visit 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS — Exterior: Silver Interior: Other Drivetrain: 6 cylinder Automatic Stock: 11T8068A 53,431 mi. $14,256 Internet Price for more info visit 2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS — Exterior: Blue Interior: Other Drivetrain: 4 cylinder Automatic Stock: 11S4001B 67,045 mi. $9,883 Internet Price for more info visit 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X — Exterior: Green Interior: Other Drivetrain: 6 cylinder Automatic Model Code: JKJM74 / S tock: 11S0695A 40,731 mi. $23,019 Internet Price for more info


2000 Lexus LS 400 — Exterior: Silver Interior: Other Drivetrain: 8 cylinder Automatic Model Code: 9100 / Stock: 11G4544B 54,664 mi. $14,523 Internet Price visit 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 — Exterior: White Interior: Other Drivetrain: 4 cylinder Automatic Stock: 11T4251A 11,386 mi. $19,658 Internet Price visit 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS — Exterior: Gold Interior: Other Drivetrain: 8 cylinder Automatic Model Code: M75 / Stock: 11G3763B 77,455 mi. $6,325 Internet Price for more info visit 2004 Saturn Ion 2 — Exterior: Blue Interior: Other Drivetrain: Automatic Model Code: ZAJ69 / Stock: 11S9484B 60,578 mi. $7,865 Internet Price for more info 2005 Scion tC BASE — Exterior: Maroon Interior: Other Drivetrain: 4 cylinder Manual Stock: 10SF2780A 101,443 mi. $6,995 Internet Price for more info visit 2004 Volvo C70 LPT — Exterior: Gray Interior: Other Drivetrain: 5 cylinder Automatic Model Code: C70LTACV / S tock: 11S3630A 58,730 mi. $12,991 Internet Price for more info SELL YOUR AUTOMOBILE HERE CALL 793-3576 TODAY TO PLACEYOUR AD

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