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2409 Golf Brook Drive, Wellington, FL 33414 | $2,750,000 This Golf Brook home has been completely renovated with too many upgrades to name! The enormously long driveway leads to this breathtaking 5 bedroom, 5.1 bathroom home. From the Tumbled Travertine flooring throughout the house, Handmade Cuban tiles in the cabana bath, to custom poured Pewter Island Countertops...this house offers more unique features than imaginable! Included are impact doors, windows, garage doors, skylights, and a full generator, and is also being sold furnished! The patio, with retractable screens, overlooks an amazing saltwater pool and spa. This backyard was made for relaxing or entertaining, as you enjoy the sunset over the water and golf course!

12474 Equine Lane, Wellington, FL 33414 | $725,000 Sitting on an oversized corner lot, this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home in Equestrian Club boasts many upgrades. Hard wood floors are featured throughout the main part of the house, new laminate flooring in 4 bedrooms and porcelain tile in the master. The kitchen has granite counter tops, custom wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and double ovens. Plantation shutters, custom blinds, and a real wood burning fireplace add to the uniqueness of the gorgeous home. The deck surrounding the newly resurfaced Diamond Brite pool has been re-tiled and new fans installed on the patio making this backyard the perfect place to enjoy with friends and family!

15564 Palma Lane, Wellington, FL 33414 | $2,725,000 This 5.44 acre property is a must see in coveted Palm Beach Point! The upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops opens up to the large family room, which leads to the lovely pool and patio. Marble floors and high ceilings add to the beauty of this spacious home. A stone path takes you to a gazebo on the pond, perfect for relaxing after a long day. The property also includes a 4 stall barn with room to enlarge, build a ring and add paddocks. This is an amazing opportunity to make YOUR equestrian dreams a reality in Palm Beach Point!

11587 Manatee Bay Lane, Wellington, FL 33449 | $749,000 This amazing 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4 car garage home, in the Isles, sits on .3 acres of lake front property. The kitchen includes stainless appliances, double ovens, granite counters, and tumbled marble back splash. The main living area has beautiful marble flooring and crown molding. A cherry staircase leads to the second floor where the loft can be used as a playroom, media room or converted to a 5th bedroom. The master suite has a large sitting room, roman tub and oversized shower. The backyard has a lovely view of the lake, with plenty of room for a pool/spa, making it the perfect place to relax!

4560 Island Reef Drive, Wellington, FL 33449 | $850,000 This beautiful home, in the Estate section of the Isles, features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, office/den, loft, 3 car garage, just under 4800 square feet. The gourmet kitchen is open and bright with cherry cabinets, granite countertops, center cook island, and mosaic tile backsplash. The elegant wood and wrought iron staircase, leads to the Master Suite, which includes an office and coffee bar area plus his/her closets. Finally, there are three additional bedrooms with two additional baths on the upstairs level. The backyard is a tropical paradise with a freeform heated salt water pool and is surrounded by beautiful landscaping with a spectacular view of the lake.

14475 Wellington Trace, Wellington, FL 33414 | $3,950,000 Rare opportunity to acquire 30+ stalls in coveted Saddle Trail. This tropical equestrian hideaway sits on 4.97 acres and is the perfect property to create your dream equine center. Currently under renovation, some upgrades include new stall fronts and the addition of a 60’ round pen. This amazing property also offers a 110 x 200 arena, 70 x 200 mirrored dressage arena, 70 x 140 covered arena and generous paddocks. Just a short hack from WEF, this location is perfect for seasonal or year around living and offers excellent lease opportunities. Four adjoining acres available for sale, could make this the largest equestrian compound in Saddle Trail!

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Very private, 3 bedroom/2.5 bath, 2-story home within walking distance of the PBIEC. Additional large family room addition. Private front courtyard, screened patio with room to add a pool. . $995,000.

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Palm Beach Polo and Country Club: 4 bed/4 bath home on one of the larger lots with golf and water views. 2 studies. 3-car garage. Fresh, neutral paint. Screened pool area with spa, waterfall, grill and extensive landscape lighting $995,000

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Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. 3-bedroom/2.5 bath + den. Immaculate and move-in ready. Covered/screened patio. Private,tropical pool area. 2-car garage. New roof. $595,000.

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Equestrian Club - Lake Worth Road. Lake front pool home with Master bedroom and 2nd bedroom on first floor. 5 bedroom/4.5 bath/3-car garage. Large, 2nd floor bonus room/6th bedroom/den/office/playroom. Open and covered/screened Patios. $819,500.

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Palm Beach Polo and Country Club: Incredibly charming architecture in this custom built 3 bedroom/4 bathroom pool home overlooking the golf course and views of the Big Blue Cypress preserve. 2-car + golf cart garage. $1,695,000.

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PALM BEACH COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY DAVE ARONBERG After three and a half years on the job, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg is proud of the successes he has achieved. In a wide-ranging chat with Wellington The Magazine, Aronberg discusses the many changes that he has put in place as the county’s top prosecutor. By Ron Bukley

MEET WELLINGTON’S THREE COUNSEL ON THE COUNCIL The Wellington Village Council has included lawyers before, but one of the striking differences about the new council seated after the March election is that three members — a majority — are attorneys. Councilmen John McGovern, Michael Drahos and Michael Napoleone are the counsel on the council. By Julie Unger

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TESTIFYING MADE SIMPLE PREPARES WITNESSES FOR TRIAL Attorney Michelle Santamaria used her criminal prosecutor experience to create her successful company, Testifying Made Simple. When working on trials, Santamaria noticed that witnesses sometimes have a difficult time expressing themselves. She designed Testifying Made Simple to explain exactly how the trial works and prepare witnesses for the stand. By Julie Unger

SURI WEST PRESENTS ITS FIRST RUNWAY FASHION SHOW Suri West in Wellington held it first fashion show in March. The successful event had more than 300 guests in attendance. Orchestrated by owners Maureen and John Pata, the fashion show allowed local designers to showcase the hottest trends in fashion. Unique to this show was that if patrons saw something they liked, they could purchase it that night.

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WELLINGTON WIN JUST THE START FOR CHARLOTTE OSTROV Until you’re standing next to her, it is easy to forget that 2016 Wellington Idol Charlotte Ostrov is just 14 years old. Her stage presence and personality are those of a seasoned performer. As she finishes up eighth grade at the Bak Middle School of the Arts, her artistic adventures are only just beginning. By Julie Unger

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Chamber’s Flavors 2016 Brings Hungry Crowd To PBIEC Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party Raises Money For Brooke USA Wellington Garden Club Hosts A Tour Of Beautiful Private Gardens International Gay Polo Tournament Returns To IPC In Wellington Many Kids Enjoy The Annual Egg Hunt At Village Park In Wellington

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Wellington Home this month visits a house in the heart of Wellington, decorated to perfection in a coastal cottage style. With three bedrooms and two baths, and a completely renovated kitchen, the home also features a crystal-clear pool, a sun-drenched deck, a shady gazebo and even a koi pond. By Deborah Welky Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, bland and tasteless. Curating a fast, fresh and bold way of eating, Bolay is an innovative build-your-own-bowl restaurant with creative, satisfying and nutritious offerings. The food is so good, you’ll forget that it is also good for you. By Julie Unger

WELLINGTON EDUCATION WELLINGTON HEALTH WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE WELLINGTON DINING GUIDE WELLINGTON CALENDAR AROUND WELLINGTON ON THE COVER Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who is featured in this month’s issue. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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LAW & JUSTICE: Our Annual Legal Issue

This month, we take a look at some of the area’s top legal professionals and get a glimpse into the legal services they have to offer. In our special legal section, learn more about the firms Pike & Lustig; Greenstein & Associates; Ellis, Ged & Bodden; and Morris & Shields. In keeping with our legal theme, on our cover is Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who shares how he is proud of the successes he has achieved after three and a half years on the job. One in particular is the office’s conviction rate, which has improved dramatically from the lowest in the state to a much-improved 85 percent for county court convictions and 92 percent for felony convictions. Aronberg, who previously represented the Wellington area as a state senator, also shares some other key initiatives of his office and his plans for the future. The Wellington Village Council has had lawyers serving on it before, but one of the major differences after the most recent election is that there are now three council members — a majority — who are attorneys. Councilmen John McGovern, Michael Drahos and Michael Napoleone are the counsel on the council. How will this shape the next several years in Wellington? Along with legal experience, attorneys are known for their negotiating skills and the ability to keep personal feelings separate from the business at hand — and all three explained how that is something they feel will benefit our community. Wrapping up our legal section, we sat down with attorney Michelle Santamaria, who used her criminal prosecutorial experience to create her own successful company, Testifying Made Simple. She found her niche working within the criminal justice system. She often asked whether anyone helped to prepare witnesses for trial and was told that there wasn’t such a program, but many people wished there was. So she created Testifying Made Simple, which started in Palm Beach County, then expanded to Florida and across the country. It has trained witnesses from more than 100 organizations, including the FBI. Also this month, we visit an amazing runway fashion show staged at Suri West, meet up with 2016 Wellington Idol Charlotte Ostrov, profile rider and trainer Steve Heinecke and his new company Sock Inc., and learn about the important work being done by Best Buddies Palm Beach. Starting this month, we launch our new Wellington Designer department, which will get you acquainted with some of the area’s top design innovators. This issue, we introduce you to the team at the Wellington Interior Design Center, showing how they help clients transform their homes. This month’s Wellington Education feature profiles Palm Beach Atlantic University Professor Nicholas Palmieri, who assists adult students in achieving their full potential. Wellington Health checks in with Dr. Michael Rathjens of Palm Beach Psychological Associates; while Wellington Real Estate features Ann-Louise Cook of Illustrated Properties, who shares her love of horses and real estate. Wellington Home visits a centrally located gem uniquely designed in the coastal cottage style. Finally, Wellington Table visits Tim Gannon’s newest eatery, Bolay, to try one of its signature dishes, the Paleo Bowl. As we wind down the incredible winter season here in Wellington, we are ready to heat things up for the summer. Be sure to check out our education issue coming up in June, as well as our health and wellness issue in July. Meanwhile, all of us here at Wellington The Magazine would like to send sincere wishes for Mother’s Day to all of the special moms out there!

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Wellington Chamber’s Flavors 2016 Brings Hungry Crowd To PBIEC

(Left) Dr. Randy Laurich, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Mike Ferreira, Johnny Meier and Blanca Greenstein. (Right) The team from Bolay won Best Display Area, Best Plate Presentation and Best Dessert.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce presented its Flavors Wellington Food + Wine Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Friday, April 8. Dozens of great local restaurants and caterers were on display offering tasty samples. The food offerings were judged by Nic Roldan, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Michael Stone, Mike Ferreira, Stephanie Mitrione, Roxanne Stein and Debbie Crompton. Awards were given to Bolay Restaurant and Chef Shannon Atkins of Grand Champions Events.

(Left to right) Chef Shannon Atkins of Grand Champions Events won the award for Best of Taste; Michael Stone and Sharon Lasko; Suri West served up samples with flair; the Studio 54 Band entertained the crowd; TaOne Asian Fusion staged a creative display; and Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers offered several unique creations.

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Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party Raises Money For Brooke USA

(Left) Michael, Paige, Katherine and Mark Bellissimo. (Right) Cheryl McAloon with donkeys.

More than 500 guests gathered at the Wanderers Club on Thursday, March 31 for polo star Nic Roldan’s first Sunset Polo & White Party. The event featured a pool-side party and a fourchukker polo exhibition. The event was hosted by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo to benefit Brooke USA, a nonprofit that helps working equines around the world. More than $120,000 was raised. For more information, visit www.brookeusa.org.

(Left to right) Nic Roldan with Brooke USA Ambassador Margaret Duprey; George and Coco Switlyk, Jean Oberg, Brian Dixon, and Katy and Pelon Escapite; Jessica Springsteen, Nic Roldan and Paige Bellissimo; Diego, Lucas and Sara Echeverri; and Mark Bellissimo with Brooke USA Executive Director Emily Dulin.

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Wellington Garden Club Hosts A Tour Of Beautiful Private Gardens

(Left to right) Anne Hlasnicek in front of a mural in her garden; Courtney, Gabrielle, Kimberly and Tom Helms in their garden, joined by Archimedes the cockatiel; and Stormi and Tom Bivin sit in their garden.

The Wellington Garden Club held its Glorious Gardens garden tour on Saturday, April 9. Guests were invited to visit five beautiful private gardens in the Wellington area. For more information, visit www. wellingtongardenclub. org.

(Left to right) Maia Derrevere looks at a crown of thorns bush; Laure and Plamen Hristov in their garden; Regina Smit-Sio, Leilani Kianna Sio holding Olivia and Carlos Sio in their garden; Laurie de Castro takes a picture of the water lilies; and Troop 22222 volunteers help out with the plant sale.

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International Gay Polo Tournament Returns To IPC In Wellington

(Left) Ron Neal, Todd Jenard, Kalin Payne and Mason Phelps. (Right) The Brunch at Tiffany’s tailgate.

The 2016 International Gay Polo Tournament took place Saturday, April 2 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Tailgating party tents and guests on both sides of the field were decorated with flair for an elaborate competition as the Cedar Crest, Seminole Casino, Phelps Media Group and RSM teams battled for the championship. For more info., visit www.gaypolo.com.

(Left to right) Daniel O’Boyle, Karen and Tim Arnold, and Bryan White; Sarah Lee Garrett and Tula; Robert and J.C. Wiltshire; Rachael Scott-Howe and Pamela Alvarez; and Claude Bouvier, Brian Sare, John Turgeon and Jill Kravitz.

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Many Kids Enjoy The Annual Egg Hunt At Village Park In Wellington

Wellington’s annual egg hunt returned to the Village Park softball fields on Saturday, March 26. The egg hunts were divided into four age groups: ages 2 and under, ages 3 to 4, ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 10. At each egg hunt, two eggs held a pink bunny ticket inside, indicating a special prize. There was also face painting and coloring at the Easter-themed event.

(Left to right) Kids run onto the field as the egg hunt begins; Gabby Bingeino with Bella and Julianna Beato; and Ava Cooper, Griffen Falcha and Anna Cooper with their eggs.

(Left to right) Councilman Michael Napoleone with his son Luca; Gabriela and Juliana Polo with the Easter bunny; Savannah and Ashlyn Guererri with Andrew D’Amico; Wellington Councilman John McGovern with family members; and Alex and Ava Cardenas with their egg collections.

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Dave Aronberg Proud Of His Successes As Palm Beach County’s State Attorney Story by Ron Bukley • Photos by Abner Pedraza

After three and a half years on the job, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg is proud of the successes he has achieved. “When I ran for this office, I was concerned about the low conviction rates,” said Aronberg, who previously represented the western communities as a state senator. “This office had the lowest conviction rate in Florida among state attorney offices. Out of 20 offices, we were ranked 20th. Our conviction rate in county court was around 52 percent and, in felony court, it was in the 70s. Now, I’m pleased to say, our county court conviction rate is 85 percent, and for felonies, it’s 92 percent.” That puts Palm Beach County eighth out of the 20 state attorney offices in overall conviction rates. “At the same time, the direct-file numbers have gone down. That refers to the number of juvenile cases being tried as adults,” he said. “We continue to take violent crime very seriously, whether it’s committed by adults or juveniles, but when it’s a nonviolent juvenile who would be better served in the juvenile system, but is thrown into an adult court, we have done a better job of treating them with the right proportionality.” Aronberg added that his staff has gotten quicker in their prosecutions as well, noting that when he took over, it

took an average of 123 days for a case to go from filing to final deposition. “Today, it takes 88 days,” he said. “Justice delayed is justice denied, so we’ve done a better job of creating efficiency in the criminal court system.” The office has reverted from the federal model put in place by former State Attorney Michael McAuliffe, to a horizontal system that had been in place under McAuliffe’s predecessor, longtime State Attorney Barry Krischer. Aronberg brought Krischer in as an adviser, and also brought back several key leaders from the Krischer administration, such as Chief Assistant State Attorney Alan Johnson, a longtime Wellington resident, and Mike Edmondson, Krischer’s former executive assistant who now serves that role for Aronberg, and Craig Williams, who leads the felony division. “We brought back some really strong prosecutors with experience, and I think one reason we had an increase in our conviction rates is that Al Johnson, along with [Assistant State Attorney] Sherri Collins, created an emphasis on teaching and continual training to make sure that the prosecutors are at the top of their game,” Aronberg said.

He credits interim State Attorney Peter Antonacci, who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2012 to fill out final few months of McAuliffe’s term, with changing the way charges are filed to a committee system. Antonacci is now executive director of the South Florida Water Management District. “When Pete came in, he immediately saw the problem with the filing process,” Aronberg said. “I continued what he started on that.” Aronberg explained that Krischer had a horizontal intake system in which felony charges were decided by a committee of experienced prosecutors, rather than a vertical model used by the federal system where the same prosecutor takes a case through the entire process. “The problem with that model is it really doesn’t work at a state level because at the federal level you have many fewer cases,” he said. “Here, we had 126,000 cases last year, so it’s impossible to have that system work.” The office now has a committee of experienced prosecutors that decides how to charge defendants. “That’s a unique specialty, and you want to have the right people doing it, because the consequences of getting it wrong are enormous,” Aronberg explained.

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As a constitutionally elected officer, Aronberg is on equal footing with the other countywide officers, including Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. A good working relationship with Bradshaw and his office is essential, but Aronberg noted that there are occasional differences of opinion. “We are all human beings, and so you’re always going to have disagreements along the way, but we have an excellent professional relationship,” he said. “The community expects its law enforcement agencies to work together to keep our streets safe.” As a directly elected representative, Aronberg answers only to the voters. “My only boss is the people of Palm Beach County,” he said. Of specific interest to the western communities, Aronberg has put more of a focus on animal cruelty cases. It has been shown that animal cruelty often escalates to human cruelty, and that’s one reason Aronberg has strong feelings about the issue.

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“We’ve made animal cruelty a priority in this office, and in fact, my first case that I tried myself as state attorney was a felony animal cruelty case,” he said. “We got a conviction in that case, and I want to send a message that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated in Palm Beach County.” A recent animal slaughter case in Loxahatchee Groves has drawn one conviction, while some defendants agreed to a negotiated settlement. Some of the cases are still pending, which limits what Aronberg can say on the issue. “One of the frustrating things… is that because we cannot discuss pending cases, [people] send me nasty emails saying, ‘Hey, how dare you drop this case.’ I can’t respond to it even if the allegation is completely untrue,” Aronberg said. Aronberg has also continued his work from prior to his election as state attorney to shut down illegal pill mill operations. He worked on that issue

with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I was proud of our work to shut the pill mills, and it was a team effort,” he said. “We couldn’t do it alone; it had to be a bipartisan, total commitment from many different agencies and individuals to shut down the pill mills that contributed to seven deaths a day here in Florida.” Aronberg’s current staff of 400-plus handle more than 126,000 cases annually, from driving with a suspended license (DUS), all the way to high-profile murder trials. “By far, the most common charge we have in this office is DUS,” he said. “That also includes driving without a license, so that whole [area is] something we’re working on with the public defender, trying to create some kind of system where we can more efficiently dispense with these issues.” Aronberg said he is trying to get funds to establish a DUS diversion program.


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“We’re going to continue to find ways where we can more efficiently handle this enormous amount of cases that have come in,” he said. “In fact, a third of all our misdemeanors are DUS, which is around 33,000 cases a year.” He also is an advocate for victims’ rights, which he believes are not addressed sufficiently, and why his office has shown solidarity with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, observed every April. “There is no one in the criminal justice system to speak up for them except for us,” Aronberg said. “Part of our job is to stand up for victims. Victims are not mentioned anywhere in the United States Constitution, although the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of defendants and suspects in the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, the Sixth Amendment and the Eighth Amendment.” However, victims are mentioned in the Florida Constitution, which gives them more rights here than in other states. “It’s incumbent upon us to speak up for victims when otherwise they may not have any voice in our criminal justice system,” Aronberg said. Aronberg will celebrate his first anniversary with wife Lynn this month. They live with their basset hound Cookie, adopted four years ago from Big Dog Ranch Rescue. “I was so grateful for being able to serve in the state senate for eight years. I loved the job,” Aronberg said. “This job is very different. It’s apples and oranges, because this job has a lot more responsibility. In my senate role, I was 1/40th of

one half of one of three branches of government. Here I’m one of one, and my only boss is the people of Palm Beach County. Our decisions have great weight to them, because it’s the ultimate power of government to deprive someone of their freedom.” He strives to use that power with humility. “When you get it wrong, you can destroy someone’s life in the process,” Aronberg said. Currently, Aronberg does not face a challenger in his bid for re-election later this year, but there’s still some time before filing closes. “I don’t want to be presumptuous to assume that I will be re-elected,” he said. “It’s up to the people to make that decision, but I love this job. It’s like an ongoing job interview. I have to keep proving myself every day.”

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COUNSEL ON COUNCIL

Three Attorneys Now Represent Wellington Residents On The Dais Story by Julie Unger • Photos by Abner Pedraza

The Wellington Village Council has included lawyers before, but one of the striking differences about the new council seated after the March election is that three members — a majority — are attorneys. Councilmen John McGovern, Michael Drahos and Michael Napoleone are the counsel on the council. McGovern is a trial lawyer, or litigator, who represents people injured by the negligence of someone else, be it an individual or a corporation. He earned his law degree at the University of Florida in 1999 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2000. McGovern is a managing partner at McGovern Gerardi Law P.A., while balancing life as husband to wife Michelle and father to daughters Emilia, 10, and Victoria, 8. McGovern anticipates more brief, succinct council meetings in the coming years with three lawyers sitting on the dais. He believes that it will provide a benefit to residents to have three individuals, who just happen to be lawyers, working for the good of one client — the community of Wellington. “Wellington has a village attorney,” McGovern said. “Another challenge of having three lawyers on the council is we are not Wellington’s lawyer. We are not here practicing law. That’s not our job, and that’s one of the things, since being appointed a year ago, that I’ve worked very hard at.” He is always quick to remember his role on the dais. “In dealing with the village attorney, I’m the client, not the lawyer,” he said.

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The job of the council, McGovern explained, is to safeguard what is best for the future of Wellington and its residents. As a father, McGovern explained that striving to do the right things for the right reasons becomes even more important as his daughters learn more about his occupation and position on the council. “There’s nothing harder than trying to explain a decision at the dinner table at your own house,” he said. But he can’t imagine doing anything else, given his healthy respect and curiosity about the law. “Through the law, even the largest of problems can be resolved in a fair and equitable way, such that an individual, a community, a neighborhood, can get a result through an orderly process, and I think that’s what the law is,” McGovern said. “It’s a way to solve problems.” Drahos found law to be his calling when he was in eighth grade and saw the movie A Few Good Men. “There was something about that movie, and the dramatic nature of courtroom cases and watching them unfold; I was drawn to that immediately,” he said. “Ever since I was young, it’s a

profession that I found to be admirable and one that could do a lot of good in people’s lives. I’ve found it to be exactly as I expected, which is rare. I consider myself really fortunate.” Drahos specializes in civil defense, where he defends corporations and other clients in large-exposure personal injury cases, focusing mostly on maritime medical malpractice, as well as liability. “Any type of product, from roller coasters to bicycles to basketball hoops to automotive component parts to agricultural parts, I handle them all,” he said. Drahos graduated from Florida State University in 1999 with an English degree before attending Nova Southeastern University for law school, graduating in 2002. He has spent his entire legal career with Fowler White Burnett P.A. He predicts that council meetings will flow more efficiently with a more professional tone. “We, as lawyers, are trained to be adversarial on behalf of our clients, but most good lawyers are able to know, when the job is over, you don’t take it outside of the courtroom,” Drahos said. “I believe this will translate well into this council, because we are inevitably going to have debate up there over what we feel is best for Wellington, but when that debate is over, we’ll be able to move on to the next issue without carrying baggage. That is exactly what Wellington needs.”


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Councilmen John McGovern, Michael Napoleone and Michael Drahos believe their backgrounds will help them with their work on the dais.

He believes that having the three lawyers on the council will help to ensure that decisions are carefully thought through. “You don’t need to be a lawyer to know when a good deal is good and when a bad deal is bad,” Drahos said. Lawyers tend to look at things differently because of their experiences, he said. “We’re trained to think two, three, four, five steps ahead,” Drahos said. “I think the decisions that we’ll make… will be beneficial today, but also calculated to be beneficial tomorrow and into the future, because that’s the way we’re trained to think.” For Drahos, working to better Wellington includes safeguarding his family, including his wife, Nathalie, and daughters Julia, 8, and Sophia, 6. “I want to make them proud,” he said. “Julia has really taken this in, and I think has an appreciation for what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, and that makes me extremely proud.” As an attorney, Drahos is honored

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to serve on the council. “The legal profession and public service have always been sort of a natural fit,” he said. “I don’t find it surprising that there are three of us now on this council, but what I do expect is that we are going to honor our profession and our community in a way that is going to make everybody proud.” Napoleone works at Richman Greer P.A. representing corporations and individuals in the field of business and contract negotiation. He attended the University of Florida, studying criminology and psychology, before attending law school at St. John’s University in New York. The legal field appealed to Napoleone, who enjoys the intellectual challenge of solving a problem. He believes that having three lawyers on the council is an advantage. “Our training is designed to teach us to analyze an issue from all sides and ask the right questions to get the information you need to make a deci-

sion,” he said. “From that standpoint, I think it’s a benefit, because you have people who have a day-to-day job that is to probe into an issue and ask good questions… and that’s really what the council’s job is.” Letting staff do its job, and bringing in experts regarding fields where the council members themselves are not experts, is important. That will allow the experts to do what needs to be done to run the village, Napoleone said. “I’m hoping that we can disagree without being disagreeable,” he said. “We do different things, but we generally are in court a lot. When you do that, you learn that you can’t take things personally. You can’t personalize your client’s issue... When I’m in court with another lawyer and we’re arguing before the judge, it’s never personal.” Going out for coffee or lunch after a session in court isn’t uncommon, he said. “We don’t personalize and carry that argument over to our actual lives,

and I think that’s what you have to do on the council,” Napoleone said. You can’t make everything personal. It’s not one councilperson versus another. We may disagree on an issue, but we must respect that person’s point of view. Disagreements and arguments and having good debate are all good things, as long as you can recognize at the end of the day that we’re all in this together.” Napoleone has worked on numerous boards in the past and has noticed that lawyers have a tendency to ask more questions in the path of making a decision, and do well with the additional reading necessary as a council member, since they already read tremendous amounts of material as counselors. “We’re prepared to be prepared,” he said. Napoleone’s family has been supportive and eager to learn about his new position. Wife Cyndi and sons Christopher, 10, and Luca, 2, like the idea that he’s working to make a difference in Wellington.

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Through Testifying Made Simple, Attorney Michelle Santamaria Prepares Witnesses For The Courtroom By Julie Unger

Attorney Michelle Santamaria used her criminal prosecutor experience to create her successful company, Testifying Made Simple. “That’s where I found my niche. It’s a system that I’ve worked in personally,” she explained. “I’m passionate about trials in the criminal system, and I’ve focused on that audience.” Her name might seem familiar. She has worked for television news stations, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and even run for the Palm Beach County Commission seat previously held by her father, Jess Santamaria. Santamaria brings a long list of accomplishments to Testifying Made Simple, a company designed to help law enforcement witnesses. A quick glance at her résumé, and you might expect Santamaria to be much older than 39. Not only did she earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Stetson University, she earned an MBA from Rollins College and has studied at several other institutions, including Harvard Law School and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Aside from her work with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, she has worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Training Force USA, the Florida Public Safety Institute, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center and more. She worked as an assistant state attorney in West Palm Beach and, in 2009, started Testifying Made Simple, which has trained witnesses from more than 100 law enforcement agencies, academies and organizations, including the FBI. At Stetson, Santamaria was drawn to its top-rated trial advocacy program, she said, adding that their “competition program… really helped me prepare for what I do now, because it’s such a phenomenal program.”

Santamaria’s volunteer work has spanned many venues, including volunteering at Youth Court and American Heritage High School’s Mock Trial competition, emceeing for My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Scholarship Foundation and working with many other organizations. “I’ve always been interested in public speaking, and trial advocacy is a great way to get in front of the people, get involved, and do something more active in the court system,” she said. After graduating from law school, Santamaria became a criminal prosecutor. “I loved being involved in the court system and helping people, along with doing trials,” she said. When working on trials, Santamaria noticed that witnesses sometimes have a difficult time expressing themselves. After each trial, she’d receive feedback from the witnesses and discuss what needed more work. She often asked whether anyone wellington the magazine | may 2016

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helped to prepare witnesses and was told that there wasn’t such a program, but many people wished there was. “I filed that in the back of my head,” she said. “After doing trials for many years, I decided to move on and created exactly the curriculum that I wished the witnesses knew.” Testifying Made Simple is designed to explain exactly how the trial works and explain everybody’s role in it. “If they know what to expect ahead of time, they’re able to effectively communicate in court,” Santamaria said. It helps law enforcement witnesses, specifically, but others as well. “If you can spell everything out ahead of time, then a person, regardless if they’re law enforcement, or any type of witness, a medical doctor, an accountant, can effectively communicate,” she said. “You teach a law enforcement officer how to shoot a gun, how to collect evidence and how to write a report. But if you don’t teach them and

prepare them for what to expect in court, the whole case can end. It really completes the circle on the criminal justice system.” Positive feedback for Testifying Made Simple is the norm for Santamaria, who often hears about how well someone’s testifying has improved. The company started in Palm Beach County, then expanded to Florida, and then across the country. Within just a few years, Santamaria was approached by the FBI due to their interest in her program. “I was really excited to have such a wonderful opportunity because the FBI is the gold standard,” she said. Santamaria now has a dream job where she takes what she is passionate about and combines the components to give people the confidence to testify effectively. “I love being able to help people, regardless if it is in one trial today or it’s throughout the course of their life,” she said. “It’s something that transcends criminal and civil law.”

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The two partners are also firm believers in giving back to the community. Pike is an avid supporter of his daughters’ Wellington school and several local businesses. Lustig is the president of Families First and is also active with the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Networking Hispanos, several local chambers and the Palm Beach County Justice Association, where Pike served as a past president. Their experience allows Pike and Lustig to understand their clients’ litigation needs in both state and federal courts, and take a strategic, proactive approach to resolving disputes at the earliest possible stage. The firm’s commercial litigation attorneys have a history of handling complex litigation, including significant cases involving electronically stored information or “ESI.” By placing clients’ interests first, the firm begins by detailing a litigation strategy that is both goaloriented and financially acceptable to clients. If the opportunity presents itself, the firm may take on business matters on a commercial-contingency basis, which means there are no upfront, out-of-pocket attorneys’ fees incurred by the client, and the firm’s payment is based on the client’s recovery. Pike & Lustig LLP is prepared to represent clients’ interests in all litigation situ-

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News this Month: Greenstein & Associates, LLP is very pleased to announce that it will soon become Greenstein & Lubliner, LLP. Richard Lubliner successfully defended a large fraud and conspiracy claim on behalf of a Fortune 100 client after a three (3) day trial.

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Greenstein & A ssociates The Equestrian Question: When Is It Important To Hire An Attorney? By Blanca Greenstein and Richard Lubliner, Greenstein & Associates LLP

The pursuit of equestrian sports involves the excitement and the joy of ownership, an investor’s interest, or perhaps the art of equine competition in the jumper, hunter or dressage rings — but it also involves equine business. Any equine participant knows that owning a horse (or horses) involves different levels of obligations, like equine contracts among riders, trainers, buyers, sellers and often third parties to buy or lease a horse or stall. At times, endorsement deals or business operating agreements come into play. Here are some of the key things to keep in mind when making such agreements: • Before You Sign, Read Every Line: Every time you sign any type of contract, it’s wise to have an attorney review it so you can protect your interests before you sign. People think they only need a lawyer when they are being sued. Individuals

have the most leverage before the contract is signed. This is the time to clarify duties, prevent litigation and clearly set forth the terms of the contract. A law firm can significantly assist in negotiating better terms, so that in the event of a dispute, protection is maximized. Do your contracts always have a prevailing party provision? Contact us to learn more. • Key Disclosures: Purchasers need to understand who is truly representing their interests. Florida Statutes requires that: “(1) The agent receiving, and the person or entity making, the payment disclose in writing the payment to both the purchaser and the owner; and (2) Each principal for whom the agent is acting consent in writing to the payment.” To create transparency, participants in equine agreements need to require disclosures prior to the deal. If one is uncomfortable asking for them, consider letting the other know that it is standard practice to work with an equine attorney and get approval. • Do You Need an Equine Lawyer? Our thought: any time you enter into a trans-

action that involves a threshold amount of $25,000 or more, or an annual commitment exceeding that amount, you should consider hiring a lawyer to ensure that the contract fully protects, outlines the obligations, defines consequences when obligations are not met and that a prevailing party attorney’s fees provision is included. • Can You Draft the Documents Yourself? When buying a horse, a bill of sale is a must. We recommend that you hire a firm, such as ours, to help. If you choose to fly solo, be sure to analyze the details and call us anytime with quick questions or for guidance, and be sure to include the necessary components required by Florida Statutes. If you “like” our Greenstein & Associates Facebook page or visit www.greenstein-law.com, you can read our article called “The Puzzle Pieces of a Proper Bill of Sale.” At the end of the day, the choice is yours. Please feel free to call us any time, and we hope you enjoy the equestrian journey. Greenstein & Associates has offices in Wellington and West Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 222-2222 or visit www.greenstein-law.com.

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Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A. Attorney Ronda Ellis Is A Leader In Automobile Insurance Claims Since moving to Florida from Massachusetts more than two decades ago, attorney Ronda Ellis has made her dedication and personal approach to clients instrumental in establishing Ellis, Ged & Bodden’s reputation as a leading law firm in the area, providing compassionate, comprehensive legal counsel in several areas of law, including automobile insurance claims. Early in her career, Ellis focused on class action and mass tort cases involving defective medical devices, dangerous drugs, and manufacturer and product recalls. These cases involved breast implants, Accutane and Fen-Phen. Since then, both Ellis and the firm have become leaders in the field of automobile insurance claims. Developing an entire division dedicated exclusively to auto accident claims has allowed the firm to help medical providers collect the money rightfully owed to them under Florida law. The firm assists doctors, hospitals and other medical providers throughout Florida in recovering unpaid, underpaid or wrongly de-

nied insurance benefits for medical services rendered to car accident victims. Such efforts involve a professional team auditing five years of claims to identify unpaid benefits. To date, the firm has recovered more than $10 million in lost insurance benefits for medical providers. Legal services for unpaid claims are provided at no cost to clients, since all fees and costs are paid by the insurance company. Ellis and her team are also actively involved in advocating for legislation to protect the integrity of the provisions of Florida’s automotive insurance laws. Focusing on her responsibilities as the firm’s managing partner and chief operating officer, Ellis helps develop a vision and strategy for the firm, and utilizes her position to strongly encourage a diverse workforce. It is worthy to note the diversity among the firm’s three partners — Jamaican, female and male. “We are dedicated to diversity and empowering each individual within the firm,” Ellis said. As a result, the firm boasts employees who speak six different languages, come from various countries and include many single mothers. Ellis embraces her unique opportunity and responsibility to serve as one of the key voices to promote a forwardthinking work environment.

She inspires a positive, high- performance workplace. “I am surrounded by talented and dedicated people who contribute to the success of the firm,” she explained. “It is my job to create a positive work environment that encourages teamwork and, most importantly, collaboration. I believe it certainly takes a village. Today, effective leadership is more side-by-side than the old days.” In addition to her busy work schedule, Ellis also finds time for charity work. Taking an active role in a number of organizations, she champions many events and activities benefiting children and families. She is active in her church, at St. Andrews School, the Boy Scouts of America, Food for the Poor and Wellington’s polo community. Ellis is also passionate about the Boys & Girls Club in Wellington. “We all have a duty to give back, and there is no better fulfillment than working with an organization that helps children in need,” she said. A graduate of the New England School of Law, Ellis received her law degree with honors in 1991 and is admitted to practice law in Florida and Massachusetts. Ellis, Ged & Bodden’s main office is located at 7171 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. The firm also has several other offices around the state. For more info., call (561) 995-1966 or visit www. egblaw.com.

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Morris & Shields Facing A Foreclosure Action? Call An Attorney Before Your Lender Attorney Les Shields of Morris & Shields has been in practice for 23 years. Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1993, he has since gained a vast amount of experience representing both lenders and homeowners in mortgage foreclosure actions. Foreclosure actions peaked several years ago and are now on the decline. “The number of foreclosure actions over the last year are down about half,” Shields said, estimating that he worked on 50 in 2015. When a homeowner isn’t able to pay his or her mortgage, due to hardship or a change in circumstances, homeowners are given the option to approach a lender before a foreclosure suit is filed to request a loan modification that could lower their payments. Typically, two or three payments can be missed before the lender begins a foreclosure action. Shields recommends that homeowners in such a situation contact an attorney prior to contacting a bank, and do so as soon as they are

unable to pay the mortgage in full. “The banks have their attorneys, who are very wise, and looking out for the best interest of the bank alone,” Shields explained. “The individual person seeking the loan, or a mortgage, should have an attorney looking out for their interest and making sure that the bank, the lender, doesn’t take advantage of them.” An attorney, he explained, can make sure that the correct charges are being made. For example, with title insurance, in some areas the buyer pays and in some the seller pays. The typical person may not know what jurisdiction they are in. But if the lender writes into the contract that the buyer pays, even if the seller is supposed to pay, then the buyer has to pay the fee. “A foreclosure defense case is very difficult,” Shields said. “Most people want to keep their homes, so they try to do a loan modification. The problem is that the bank, the lender, proceeds with the foreclosure lawsuit at the same time that the homeowner is trying to do a loan modification, and if the bank gets their foreclosure action to judgment before you get the loan modification in place, then you’re out of luck.” An attorney represents the homeowner in the foreclosure action to do all that is possible to help the client not lose his

or her home. They make sure that the lender doesn’t take any shortcuts to expedite the process before a loan modification goes through. “The attorney can save you money. If you are foreclosed on, whether you do a modification or foreclosure, the attorney can negotiate lower payments for you,” Shields said. Calling the bank and telling them that you will be unable to make a payment won’t do the homeowner any good, he stressed. “You should call an attorney, and he would ask you the details of your loan and advise you of the best ways to proceed, given that you’re not going to be able to make the payment,” Shields said. If served with a lawsuit, homeowners should bring the lawsuit, their mortgage paperwork and any correspondence with the bank with them to an attorney. If possible, all communication with the bank should be in written form. Recently, Shields has been seeing an increase in civil litigation cases, specifically breach of contract and evictions. “This indicates that in a tight economy, people are more willing to spend money to get what’s due to them,” he said. “People are willing to sue to enforce their rights more so than ever.” Morris & Shields is located at 685 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Suite 205. For more info., call (561) 793-1200 or visit www.fllawman.com. wellington the magazine | may 2016

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SURI WEST RUNWAY FASHION SHOW Suri West in Wellington held it first fashion show on Tuesday, March 10. The tremendously successful event had more than 300 guests in attendance. Orchestrated by owners Maureen and John Pata, the fashion show allowed local designers to showcase the hottest trends in fashion, while guests enjoyed the updated and newly redesigned Suri West restaurant, formerly Coach House. Unique to this runway fashion show was that if patrons saw something they liked, they could purchase it that night. Featuring local designers Posch Boutique and Roxy Lulu, as well as hats by Designs by Rebecca, guests were sure to see something that caught their eye. After the show ended, the guests headed into a beautiful tent where everyone was free to browse, touch and take home some of the amazing looks that they just saw on the runway. The feedback from event guests was positive, especially since at most fashion events, attendees get a glance capturing the latest trends, but not the ability to purchase what they see the same night. That was the crucial element to event coordinator Maureen Pata. “I loved it,” guest Amanda Pedraza told Pata. “I always hate going to a show and leaving empty handed.” More than just a runway fashion show, the party kicked off at 7 p.m. with DJ Supreme launching the night’s festivities. Guests dined on the beautifully lit back patio, where they chose from a special fashion show menu and enjoyed the evening’s signature drink, a “Perfect Martini” made with Perfect Vodka, a sponsor of the event. After dinner, guests made their way to sit stageside along the runway to enjoy 45 minutes of nonstop looks featuring the latest fashions, showcased on exquisite models, along with the perfect hair and makeup touches to complement each look. Edmund James Salon was responsible for creating all the fabulous hair styles on all the models, while makeup was done by Arnovich Polania of Aarvada. The master of ceremonies for the event was Jule Guaglardi owner of Roxy Lulu, one of the first designers of the evening, which also showcased fashionable looks by Posch Boutique of Wellington. The beautiful hats seen on the models were from Designs By Rebecca, along with jewelry from B+ (Be Positive) Jewelry Co. Pata thanked everyone for their support, with a special thanks to the team at Suri West and expressed gratitude to Nicky Rogers Jimenez for Event Coordinator Maureen Pata all of her help and support. Suri West looks forward to more events like the March fashion show in the future as a way to thank all of its returning customers while meeting new customers and building new friendships. Owners Matthew Barger and John and Maureen Pata invite you to stop by Suri West, located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. The restaurant is open Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight. For more information, visit www.surirestaurant.com or call (561) 795-0080.

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2016 Wellington Idol Charlotte Ostrov Has Her Sights Set On Broadway Story and Photos by Julie Unger

Until you’re standing next to her, it is easy to forget that 2016 Wellington Idol Charlotte Ostrov is just 14 years old. Her stage presence and personality are those of a seasoned performer. As she finishes up eighth grade at the Bak Middle School of the Arts, her artistic adventures are only just beginning. “I’ve been taking singing [lessons] for four years,” Ostrov said, noting that she has studied with Lynn Pernezny and Adriana Zabala. Their teaching, along with Ostrov’s current training, have paid off. She wowed the judges when singing “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Misérables in the recent Wellington Idol finals and was told to get an agent. Like many, she would often sing in the car and shower — “badly, I was never good,” she said. Then, her father, Robert, introduced her to musical theater. “I just fell in love with it,” Ostrov said. “I’ve been doing it ever since, and it’s still my goal to be on Broadway.” Though that may be a steep climb, Ostrov seems to have a better shot than most. “I want to be famous, and I have since I was a baby,” she said. “I wanted to be a director in Hollywood, but that was not for me.” But Ostrov didn’t let that discourage her; she took a step back and refocused.

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“As I started training, I said, ‘I want to be on Broadway. How do I get there?’ I started taking singing, acting and dancing lessons. I wasn’t that bad at it, so I started to pursue it from there, when I realized it was something I enjoyed, something I can do and something that is appreciated,” Ostrov said. “I also love going to the theater. It’s a great experience. It can be educational, uplifting and inspiring. The theater is a magical place.” While she can’t pick her favorite show, Ostrov was able to come up with her top five: Les Misérables, The Lion King, Hamilton, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fiddler on the Roof. Ostrov has had parts in many school productions, and also at the Wellington Children’s Theater. She has performed in Les Misérables, And The World Goes ’Round, Maids on Broadway, The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Annie. When it came time to choose her song for the finals of Wellington Idol, a conversation with her mother, Kathleen, helped her pick. “Les Mis was the first legit musical I saw, and that’s what made me fall in love with theater. However, most pieces in Les Mis are really, really overdone. It

wasn’t really something that I practice a lot,” Ostrov said. “I don’t sing Les Mis a lot anymore, but my mother loves ‘I Dreamed A Dream,’ and she loves the way I sing it.” And with that, her winning song earned her this year’s Wellington Idol grand prize. “Winning this competition, I am not kidding, is a dream come true for this girl,” her mother said. “This is what she wants to do. She wants to sing, she wants to perform. She was made to be up there performing.” Ostrov, who will be singing at many official Wellington events during the next year, has already sung at Wellington’s 20th anniversary celebration and is looking forward to singing the national anthem at Memorial Day and Fourth of July observances. For a local girl — Ostrov moved to Wellington from New York when she was 4 years old, attending Temple Beth Torah and the Little Place for preschool, then Wellington Elementary School and Bak — the Wellington Idol victory is a recognition that means a lot. “I’m really grateful for the opportunities that they’re giving me,” she said. “I like to be involved in the community.” As she advances in her career, Ostrov would like to try more professional theater, and wants to sing publicly as much


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as possible. She focuses on musical theater, is a soprano, and her voice can be described as operatic. Any ceremony or event that needs a singer, Kathleen said, her daughter would be happy to lend her talents. “Book me!” Ostrov interjected, as only an excited teenager could. Friends and family are in her corner, cheering Ostrov on every step of the way. “My family is so supportive, and my grandparents are my biggest fans. My grandmother screamed when I told her I won,” she said, also thanking her sister Hannah and friend Jakob Littell. Kathleen is thrilled for her daughter’s early success. “I’m very proud of her, and I think that whether it turns out that she has a life on the stage or not, it doesn’t matter because she’s fulfilling her dream right now. She’s succeeding at it,” she said. When Ostrov isn’t practicing, she en-

joys listening to music, learning about history and reading plays. “I’m reading The Crucible right now,” she said. This summer, she is working on securing an internship, focusing on local government and an off-Broadway program in New York City. In the late summer, on Aug. 30, the Ostrov family will also find out whether her father, a lawyer, is elected as a circuit court judge for Palm Beach County. Either way, Ostrov is dreaming big, ready to conquer the world and Broadway. In April, she secured the next step: a spot in the freshmen class at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. “I’m going to keep singing, so you can expect to hear more from Charlotte Ostrov in the future if you live locally, and hopefully in other countries, you’ll hear about me, too,” she said. To contact Charlotte Ostrov about bookings, visit www.twitter.com/charostrov or www.facebook.com/charlotte.ostrov.


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Best Buddies Palm Beach Gearing Up For Friendship Walk On May 14 By Jason Stromberg

Best Buddies Palm Beach is a nonprofit organization that advocates for and helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Megan Moye, the program’s area director, has been with the Best Buddies Palm Beach program since its inception in June 2013. “I would say the friendships that our programs have made over the years have been incredible,” she said. “Seeing how much fun the participants have and the friendships that have developed has been wonderful.” Local volunteer Kelly Hallenbeck was named the No. 1 fundraiser in Florida in 2015 and understands the impact that she can have through this handson program. “My family is about giving,” Hallenbeck said. “My heart goes out to those in need, and I will walk the walk for those who have a child with IDD. That’s why I am so passionate about raising money for this cause.”

Moye and Hallenbeck are currently prepping for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, a key local fundraising event for the organization. The two expect another great turnout for the third annual event, which is set for a 9 a.m. start on Saturday, May 14 at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. “The walk is more of a celebration of our School Friendship programs,” Moye said. “That is the main purpose of our walk. It encompasses three laps around CityPlace, totaling a 5K. We are celebrating people with and without disabilities. It’s about social inclusion.” Hallenbeck, who is chairing the upcoming event, was exercising one day with a friend, who mentioned Best Buddies. As someone who is raising a special-needs child, Hallenbeck didn’t

think twice about helping out with the walk. “I’ve added more to my role, which means securing sponsorships for the walk, as well as private fundraising within my home and at restaurants, such as Lindburgers,” Hallenbeck said. Hallenbeck organized the March 29 fundraiser for Best Buddies at the Wellington Lindburgers restaurant. “Fresh Best Buddies Vice President David Quilleon with his sister, Kendra Holden.

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that Farrell has been participating in the walk since its inception. “Since Wesley has become part of our program, he is now an ambassador for Best Buddies.” The Best Buddies Ambassadors program offers people with IDD the opportunity to gain the public speaking skills, self-esteem and confidence needed to successfully advocate for themselves, their peers and the Best Buddies program. It has really helped Farrell shine. “His enthusiasm, his drive toward speaking in front of crowds, and his ability to help improve his life are second to none,” Moye said of Farrell, who also attended the Best Buddies International Leadership Conference at Indiana University. “He believes in being a self-advocate, and to inform people that he and others with disabilities can do the same things that those without can.” Some of those things include getting a steady job. Moye noted that there aren’t a lot of job opportunities for those with disabilities after aging out of high school. “We would like to bring a jobs program to Palm Beach County — an integrated employment program where participants with disabilities work within local corporations to earn a steady wage,” Moye said. Best Buddies Palm Beach currently runs its School Friendship and Ambassador programs. “For me, being able to

see that our funds are benefiting our local community, that has been the most rewarding thing,” Moye said. “The funds from the walk will help sustain our current programs and also help bring new programs to the area.” Another local fundraising event that helped the Best Buddies Palm Beach program was one at Wind Song Farm in Wellington. Organized by Hallenbeck, the event featured the designer clothing company W By Worth. “It was a lovely affair,” Hallenbeck said. “Thirty-seven women came to shop for the cause. Everyone had a wonderful time.” Best Buddies focuses on inclusion of people with IDD in schools and the workplace. It also helps those with IDD and their supporters to get involved in the disabilities rights movement. For example, they can pledge support and get further involved at web sites such as www.r-word.org, Moye said. Best Buddies Palm Beach runs programs from Boca Raton to Vero Beach, including here in Wellington. The Best Buddies national organization was founded in 1989 and is based in Miami. For information on donating to or participating in the upcoming Best Buddies Friendship Walk at CityPlace, visit www.bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/palmbeach. To learn more about other Best Buddies programs, visit www.bestbuddies.org.

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Sock Inc. owner Steve Heinecke rides Dicaprio in Wellington.

It Was A Season Of New Beginnings For Steve Heinecke And Sock Inc. Story by Taylor Renner • Photos by Sportfot

Since developing a passion for equestrian sports at the tender age of 6, Steve Heinecke has gone on to establish himself as a highly competitive professional hunter rider, trainer and judge. He has helped develop and produce some of the top junior and adult riders and horses in the nation. Heinecke grew up in Connecticut and, throughout his successful junior career, claimed numerous champion titles at some of the most prestigious horse shows across the country, including the 1983 Connecticut Hunter & Jumper Association Junior Medal Final, the 1985 Rolex-Maclay National Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show, the New England Equitation Championships and the Devon Horse Show. Today, Heinecke owns and operates Sock Inc. — affectionately named after

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Dicaprio, and the Adult Amateur 50 & Older Hunter division with Jane Olson Fisher and So Lucky. Having been with Heinecke for almost 16 years, Fisher is fond of his teaching style and personality as a trainer. She is thrilled with the recent launch of his new business and is excited to be a part of the Sock Inc. team. “I’m very attached to Steve and feel really safe with him as a student,” Fisher said. “I know he’s going to take top care of my horses. Nothing is forced or manufactured. This is Steve’s passion, and I can’t imagine him doing anything else. He really can do it all. I love him dearly and wish him the best of luck with it.” Heinecke is a veteran of WEF since first coming to Wellington in 1979. As a result of his long experience and understanding of how the show has evolved and how to prepare for it, the Sock Inc. team remained consistent throughout the entire 12-week long circuit, which


ran from January to April, grabbing top placings each week. Sock Inc. clients also broadened and tested their versatility and effectiveness as riders while at WEF this year, competing in new divisions and disciplines. Wilson showed in the jumpers for the first time ever with HiHopes Farm’s Lucie Oken’s Aaron 287. Wilson loved the sport and Aaron so much that she ended up purchasing the 14-year-old Rhinelander gelding during the last week of the circuit. She plans to continue to pursue the fast-paced sport of show jumping, while also still competing in the hunter divisions with Dicaprio. “I like that I’ve never done jumpers before Aaron,” Wilson said. “I like that I get to be doing something different. Aaron and I just clicked. We were perfect from day one. This season was a very big learning experience, in a good way. We started off winning champion the first weekend in the hunters. Since then, Steve has really transitioned to

Sock Inc. rider Paige Wilson rides Aaron 287.

teaching me more about connection.” As the spring and summer show season gets underway, the Sock Inc. team will head to Tryon, N.C., in May and June for Tryon Spring V-VIII next, and then to Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows series in July and August. “WEF 2016 went off really well,” Heinecke said. “Apart from the ribbons, we

also had a number of sales this season, so it was very successful overall. It was a season of change for me — a transition. It was a great winter circuit, and I can see clearly where we’re going from here. I’m looking forward to a great spring and summer season.” To learn more about Sock Inc., visit www. steveheinecke.com or www.facebook.com/ sockincequestrian.

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Palm Beach Atlantic’s Nicholas Palmieri Helps Adult Students Achieve Their Full Potential Story by Chris Felker • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Professor Nicholas Palmieri is nearing his 30-year anniversary in the field of guiding adult students who are seeking more meaning and fulfillment out of life after devoting decades to nurturing careers and families. To this day, he is still thrilled when such a student succeeds. “When a student realizes that he or she has something important to offer in this world, and she finds the courage and the means to express all of what she has to offer through her unique set of gifts and talents, that is extremely rewarding,” Palmieri said. Palmieri is an instructor at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He lives in Royal Palm Beach with his wife, Tress. The couple celebrates 40 years of marriage this month. Palmieri is a professor of adult education, teaching in the Catherine T. MacArthur School of Leadership. He gives classes both there and at the main campus in West Palm Beach. He has also served as a faculty development coach. For 16 years before he joined Palm Beach Atlantic in 2004, Palmieri was on the faculty of the University of South Florida in Tampa. He grew up in the Pittsburgh area, earning a bachelor’s degree in counseling from the California University of Pennsylvania, then continuing his education at Penn State to earn his master’s degree. “I began my career working in social services,” he recalled. “I was providing professional development training for people who wanted to be foster and adoptive parents.” That experience got him interested in teaching adults, rather than primarily young adults, at the undergraduate level. He decided to get his doctorate at USF while working at the Florida Mental Health Institute. 66

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“It was there that I provided professional development for police officers and for public and private social service agencies that helped protect children,” Palmieri said. While there, he worked with a small group to develop a statewide instructor certification program, and earned his doctoral degree in educational program development with a specialty in adult education. Right now, Palmieri is teaching many empty-nesters who are transitioning, in many cases, toward second careers that more closely reflect their true passions. “Quite a few of my students are already in leadership positions — with the [Palm Beach County] Sheriff’s Office, fire-rescue services, with hospitality companies, with nonprofit organizations,” he said. Palm Beach Atlantic caters to people working full-time, offering a one-night weekly evening program. “It’s at both campuses, and master’s classes start back up again in the fall at the Wellington campus,” Palmieri added. The leadership school, which has had enrollees associated with Leadership Palm Beach County, aims to hone these adults’ altruistic instincts. “Our Master of Leadership program is distinctive in that in addition to equipping students to cast vision, conduct thorough organizational assessments, develop strategic plans, and coach and consult, it helps them establish their own virtue-based foundation for leading with integrity, wisdom, cour-

age, humility, altruism, hope and perseverance,” Palmieri said. He instructs multiple generations of students. “We have an undergraduate degree in organizational management, and we also offer a psychology degree, and those are specifically tailored for adult students who are working during the day,” he said. “We have quite a few students who are raising families, who are supervisors in healthcare facilities and things like that, and they want to earn the degree, and many go on for an advanced degree.” Palmieri is proud to work with many local undergraduate and graduate students. “This is something that’s unfinished business for them,” he said. “What’s happening is they’re coming into a new chapter in their life and they want to explore some of their deep interests and passions, look for a meaningful life, and create a life that is in sync with their deepest intentions.” In about two years, Palm Beach Atlantic’s leadership school will host a groundbreaking event for the county. “We have a connection with some of our students working with the organization that has the World Leaders’ Conference, which will be at the convention center, and we’re also going to be partnering with the International Leadership Association for 2018,” Palmieri explained. “There’ll be leaders from all over the world coming into Palm Beach County to have their 2018 Global Conference, and we’re going to be the partner school.” It’s for both governmental and private-sector leaders, and there will be many different workshops and networking opportunities, he said.

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Palmieri, who turns 64 this month, isn’t ready to start contemplating retirement, but his interests outside education will be enough to keep him busy indefinitely. Last year, he took a sabbatical and began an initiative to help bring character development into secondary school curricula in El Salvador. That involved trips to Bogota, Colombia and Peru, and along the way he became enamored with Latin music. Now, Palmieri, who plays guitar, is also studying music online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston, taking songwriting classes, and has his own music publishing company called Suavoro Music Co. So, is he contemplating his own second career? “I love that question. I’m going into a new chapter in my life, and it has to do with elevating the quality of life for children and families in Central and South America. That’s one part of it. And the other part is [doing] the music to generate funds for my travels,” Palmieri explained. Palmieri is interested in having his music used in other genres as well. “I’d like to play one or two of my Spanish songs in a Latin film, as background music for different themes,” he said. “I’ve also been doing some Christian music that I hope to bring to the Gospel Music Association.” It seems that the dreams of his students have rubbed off on him. For more information about Palm Beach Atlantic University, visit www.pba.edu.


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Dr. Michael Rathjens Provides Patients With Psychological Support And Assistance

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Dr. Michael Rathjens developed a passion for helping those in need while attending Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. The Wellington resident was drawn toward the study of psychology. After graduating from Oglethorpe in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Rathjens completed his master’s and doctoral degrees at Nova Southeastern University in 1990. He then completed his internship and residency training at the University of Miami. “I worked for the first 10 years of my practice as the chief psychologist at a physical rehabilitation hospital in Fort Lauderdale, where I was the program director of spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, oncology and traumatic burns,” recalled Rathjens, a clinical psychologist who has been practicing for 20-plus years. Since that time, Rathjens has moved on to provide support for patients at his own practice, located in the Lake Wellington Professional Centre. “Biology and psychology go handin-hand with the psychological adjustments to people’s physical problems,” Rathjens said. “The primary focus of my private practice for the past 20 years has included helping people who have had difficulty with relationships, substance abuse and parenting, which has led to symptoms of depression and anxiety.” Rathjens relishes the opportunity to help patients understand their feelings and solve their problems. “Once the patient begins to focus on what he can control, or in other words, if we can put our energy on the focus on what the person has control over, that makes them feel so much better moving forward,” Rathjens said. “We answer for ourselves only. If we stay focused on what we have control over, and what is truly worth our energy, it makes it easier for us to accomplish our goals to be a better parent, or someone who can stop

using substances, or can have a better relationship.” Rathjens tells patients, regardless of what they face, not to internalize everything or blame themselves or carry guilt for things for which they’re not personally responsible. A common issue that Rathjens deals with involves an adolescent coping with his or her parents’ divorce. “They need to adjust to the fact that their parents are separating despite the fact that they want things to be what they once were,” he said. “This can affect school, work and social things. Typically, people need to get their perspective back.” All of this can depend on the age of the child. “You still need to do your job, get your work done in school and be with your friends,” Rathjens said. “These are things we can’t lose sight of. You can’t control your parents’ decisions, but you can control the way you live your life.” Rathjens’ favorite success story is when parents apply a consistent way to help their children cope with what they are dealing with and see the improvement in each child’s life through everyone’s efforts. “It’s very rewarding. I’m very impassioned by that,” said Rathjens, who noted that married couples having trouble in their relationships make up about a third of his practice. He also works with people who have been through traumatic situations. “What I feel most satisfied and passionate about is when a person has had a traumatic injury and is able to regain a sense of independence,” Rathjens said. “For example, when someone is paralyzed from an automobile accident, or someone is diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, through their ef-

forts and therapy, they are able to become independent, when they once felt that this was never going to be possible.” The cornerstone of Rathjens’ profession is the importance of confidentiality and the respect that he holds for a person who is willing to work with him on his or her concerns. “You can always go for an initial consult just to see if this doctor can be helpful to you,” Rathjens said. “I practice cognitive behavioral therapy, which is problem-specific, with focused treatment goals. So, in that initial consultation, you’ll know whether the treatment that is being proposed to you is going to work.” A comfort level between the psychologist and the patient is crucial. “Everyone has something to work on, but not everyone needs therapy,” he said. “If you’re suffering from those issues, at least have a consultation to see what direction you should take.” To contact Rathjens, call (561) 790-7975 or e-mail him at drrathjens@bellsouth.net.

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When you grow up in New York City and are drawn to all things equestrian, you might have a hard time making your dreams a reality. AnnLouise Cook, a Realtor with Illustrated Properties, had to wait a while, but she eventually found herself in the right place to satisfy both her love of horses and real estate. “Although school and college took me to the Boston and San Francisco areas, it was not until I settled on Martha’s Vineyard that I was able to incorporate riding and my professional career as a Realtor,” she said. “Then I was invited to spend the winter of 2000 here in Wellington and found the perfect home to follow my two passions: dressage training and successful real estate transactions.” Cook has come to specialize in Wellington’s unique real estate market, working with seasonal equestrians and yearround residents dealing in farms, luxury homes, villas and investment properties. “I provide a full service of representing sellers, buyers, rentals and property management,” Cook said. “There is so much satisfaction in knowing that my work has led to a successful transition, whether for a first-time homebuyer or my sellers, and in finding just the right property for my buyers. My approach is very hands-on — I like to attend every showing of the homes I have listed for sale to ensure that all the property features are highlighted, and then give my sellers immediate feedback.” Cook isn’t new to real estate. She marvels at how far the industry has come from the days of no cell phones or internet. However, she’s not nostalgic for days gone by and realizes how much modern technology has affected and improved her profession. “For today’s buyers, sellers and investors, immediate access to property information is essential,” she said. “My property listings are all represented with professional HDR

photography, video tours and aerial photos. Personal color brochures are given to all prospective buyers and include information about the neighborhood, survey and floor plans.” The fact that Wellington is known around the globe as “horse country” continues to propel its popularity as one of the world’s most unique destinations. Cook will be the first to tell you that’s very good for business. “We are the winter equestrian capital of the world, and we will keep growing,” she said. “The Wellington Equestrian Partners’ plan to purchase the International Polo Club and further expand the Global Dressage Festival and the Winter Equestrian Festival is great for our economy. Wellington continues to attract new visitors. An increasing number of my clients are European professional riders and their clients here for our winter months.” Cook’s lifelong love of horses continues to this day. For the past two winters, she has presented the People’s Choice Award at the Global Dressage Festival for exemplary horsemanship, sportsmanship and performance. “It is another way I am involved with the equestrian community and give a little something back,” Cook said. Illustrated Properties is located at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 18, in Wellington. To reach Ann-Louise Cook, call (561) 3014626 or visit www.annlouisecook.com. wellington the magazine | may 2016

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Wellington Interior Design Team Helps Clients Transform Their Homes Story by Deborah Welky • Photos by Abner Pedraza

It was his expertise in framing images that first led Michael Gordon to his current role as owner of the Wellington Interior Design Center, a full-service design showroom offering one-stop shopping and personalized service for anyone looking to beautify their home.

Renee Clancy, Michael Gordon, and David Campbell of the Wellington Interior Design Center.

Gordon opened the Wellington Interior Design Center nearly four years ago when he decided to transition his Frames America business into a studio that also offers a full suite of home design services. “I had always helped my clients make sure that the framing fits into the room properly and helped them with the design,” Gordon explained. “Most people came in with a preconceived notion and, often, it wasn’t necessarily appropriate for the picture or for the room.” Using those same skills, Gordon works on a much larger scale today, making sure that the picture, the frame, the walls, the window treatments, the floor coverings and the furniture all come together in a cohesive look that shines — and, in so doing, reflects well on the homeowner. Gordon works closely with decorators David Campbell and Renee Clancy to create these seamless looks. “We guide you,” Gordon said. “We begin by doing a home visit with our clients. Taking them by the hand and going through the whole process is what we excel at. We have a large library of wallpaper selections that nobody else has. We sell custom rugs. Everything we do is custom — from fabric to manufacturing to installation. There isn’t anything we don’t do, including bathrooms and kitchens.” wellington the magazine | may 2016

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Not to mention horse barns. “That was probably our most interesting assignment,” Gordon said. “We helped with the flooring, the type of wrought iron for the doors, and the window treatments. For the windows, we used roller shades — not in the stalls, but in windows throughout the groom’s quarters and two apartments.” Window treatments are a bit of a specialty for the Wellington Interior Design Center, which features the full line of Hunter Douglas products. Some of the many window offerings include Parkland wood blinds, the Alustra Collection, Hunter Douglas designer screen shades and design studio, Duette honeycomb shades, Luminette privacy sheers, Pirouette window shadings and Provenance woven wood shades. These treatments all provide privacy, shelter from the sun and an elegant design. “Right now we’re working on the windows in a cosmetics company and, even though the windows themselves are only about 30 inches square, they’re 30 feet in the air with wall-to-wall desks below them,” Gordon said. “We’ll be bringing in lifts to do that job. And extralong cords would never work; the windows will need to be adjustable through remote control or solar power.” The Wellington Interior Design Center works with clients from Boca Raton to Vero Beach, counting well-known shoe designer Sam Edelman as a client. They also do a bit of work “offshore.” Campbell is currently doing the window treatments for a yacht. “That is serious work, but it’s fun, being on the water, seeing how the other half lives,” Gordon said.

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Guest Bedroom: One of two guest bedrooms, this cheerful space features an eye-catching chandelier, one of six in the home. Others hang in the dining room, master bedroom, master bath, over the kitchen island and in the other guest room/office.

Guest Bath: This adorable guest bath looks quaint due to the antique sink that adorns the space, but the room is large enough to have its own shower.

Island Table: With its two large windows, the corner facing the kitchen is flooded with light. This checkerboard tile-topped buffet is being used as an island, particularly useful right now as a complete renovation of the kitchen winds down. Great Room: There are two sets of sliders in this living room and dining room combination, visually increasing the size of the space. When open, the patio becomes part of the living area, allowing family members and guests plenty of room to mingle.

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Home In The Heart Of Wellington Decorated In A Coastal Cottage Style Story by Deborah Welky

• Photos by Abner Pedraza

In the heart of Wellington is this gem of a home, decorated to perfection in a coastal cottage style. With three bedrooms and two baths, it is one of the many Wellington homes in the area that caters to singles, retirees or a growing family. With a completely renovated kitchen, the home also features a crystal-clear pool, a sundrenched deck, a shady gazebo and even a koi pond. Owned by a professional interior decorator, a treasure trove of delightful surprises await guests to the home.

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Entryway: This chaise lounge sits in the home’s cozy entryway. It’s a great place to relax with a good book, while double French doors offer a great view of the front yard. Back Patio: The home’s patio extends along the length of the house and features a terra cotta painted cement deck surrounding a sparkling turquoise pool with a spa. There’s also plenty of green space, along with bright colors and lovely Mexican tiles. Dining Area: This view of the living room/dining area showcases the room’s distressed-look flooring, which extends throughout much of the home.

Master Bedroom: The master bedroom, just steps away from the spa, features a walk-in closet, en suite bathroom with a tub and dresser-style sink, and access to the pool deck from both the bedroom and the bath. An open, arched doorway from the bedroom to the bath completes the look.

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Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, bland and tasteless. Curating a fast, fresh and bold way of eating, Bolay is an innovative build-yourown-bowl restaurant with creative, satisfying and nutritious offerings. They’re so good, you’ll forget it is good for you. “What we have done is put the consumer in the driver’s seat,” explained Outback Steakhouse co-founder Tim Gannon, who created the Bolay concept with his son Chris. “He comes in and says, ‘Wow, look at all this food. Now, here’s how I want to put it together.’ Enabling a consumer in customization is critical, which gives us endless variety and creativity. We’ve taken it from the hands of the chef, creating something unbelievable, to the hands of the consumer, letting them create. That is the engaging part of this enterprise.” The concept is simple. You choose the size bowl you want. Then, you choose your base, or bases. With options like a marinated kale and currant salad, Peruvian quinoa, forbidden black rice, aromatic basmati rice and gluten-

free cilantro noodles, there are plenty of flavorful and delicious choices to set the theme. Atop the base are unique vegetables, such as smoky cauliflower, paleo sprouts, maple-roasted butternut squash, balsamic mushrooms and broccoli with a ginger orange glaze. Following the vegetables are proteins such as sesame tofu, Ponzu tuna, barbeque chicken, lemon chicken, pork tenderloin and Caribbean spiced steak. Adding another layer of flavor are the sauce offerings and additional add-ons. Spicy Thai sauce, cilantro pesto and carrot ginger sauce, along with minted tomatoes, goat cheese crumble, parmesan and an Asian herb mix help to create an endless array of possibilities. Chef Martin Oswald, a former protégé of Wolfgang Puck, helped create the Paleo Bowl,

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and the Bolay team created the other two signature bowls, the Aspen Bowl and the Thai Bowl. The Paleo Bowl features kale, a nutritional powerhouse, with quinoa, mushrooms, sprouts, barbeque chicken, Caribbean steak and a carrot ginger sauce. Everything at Bolay is 100 percent gluten-free. The only dairy is in the cheese topping offered, and instead of sugar in their desserts, they use agave. The restaurant doesn’t use fryers and utilizes small amounts of coconut and olive oil for flavor. Everything at Bolay is about putting together nutrition and flavor, Tim explained.

Chris, who won the U.S. Open Polo Championship at age 16 on Outback’s team, has studied trends, and realized that when people go out to eat there is an innate curiosity as to how others eat. With the trend of eating healthier, people want fresh, clean food quickly, he explained. “We’re trying to grab all of those things by being fresh, clean and quick,” Chris said. The high-protein forbidden black rice, Chris explained, is seasoned with ginger, cilantro and kafir lime leaf. There’s a variety of flavor in every bite. “Our restaurant has 20 sauces that we make every day,” he said. “Each item

has its own marinade and its own sauce, and with that comes incredible flavors.” Tim is bringing what he learned about flavor at Outback to Bolay, without the heavy calories. “Here, we want to bring all that flavor that you love at Outback, and we want to infuse it with healthy ingredients,” he explained. “We’re that place that you want to go in, eat great, have great flavor, but walk out and go hit the tennis court, ride horses or exercise. That’s how much energy you’ll have.” Bolay opened in late February in the new Buckingham Plaza on State Road 7. It has already been active in the com-

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wellington | dining guide Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit www.arrabiatas.net. For a touch of the Florida Keys in your own back yard, visit Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. Located at 10880 W. Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, Bonefish Mac’s offers excellent food in a family-friendly environment. For more information, visit www.bonefishmacs.com or call (561) 798-6227. At BurgerFi, gourmet quality is the name of the game. The Wellington location of this growing gourmet burger chain is at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Call (561) 612-7853 or visit www.burgerfi.com to learn more. Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring a wide variety of delicious Mexican Cuisine, opened recently in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit www.casatequilafl.com. Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For info., call (561) 355-5900. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit www.thegrillefashioncuisine.com.

fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997.

Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit www.olisrestaurant.com.

Offering delicious cuts of steak and succulent seafood dishes, Jordan’s Steak Bistro serves up delicious meals and craft cocktails in a stylish environment. The restaurant is located in the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 793-9394 or visit www.jordans steakbistro.com.

Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stonewoodgrill.com for more info.

Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner, including food and drink specials. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit www.lafogatawellington.com. Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit www.lindburgers.com. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, located at 10600 W. Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, has brought its unique style of pizza creations and more to Wellington. For info., call (561) 333-9939 or visit www.mellowmushroom.com/wellington.

India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168.

A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza serves up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties and a great Sunday brunch. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit www.oakrpb.com.

JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers,

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the

A family tradition since 1905, Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a real New York delicatessen, serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at the corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit www.strathmorebagels.com. Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli in the Mall at Wellington Green for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit www.toojays.com. Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or take out wings, ribs, chicken and more. Visit www.treeswings andribs.com or call (561) 791-1535 for more info. Located in the original Wellington Mall, The White Elephant Restaurant serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., visit www.whiteelephantwellington.com or call (561) 469-1109. With a wide and varied menu, the Wild West Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. For more info., call (561) 469-2333 or visit www.wildwestdiner.com.

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wellington | calendar Sunday, May 1 • The Women of the Western Communities will host a fashion show, auction and brunch fundraiser on Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA Harmony House, a safe emergency shelter for abused women and their children, and the WWC Scholarship Fund. Contact Mair Armand at mair.armand1@gmail. com or (561) 635-0011 for more information, or to donate an auction item or purchase tickets. • Elbridge Gale Elementary School student Jaidyn Brody is organizing Hole In One Fore A Cure, a fundraiser benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, on Sunday, May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Madison Green Country Club (2001 Crestwood Blvd. North, Royal Palm Beach). For more info., call (502) 773-3708 or visit www.tinyurl.com/holeinonells. • A Fine Art Exhibition featuring 12 local artists presented by Kathryn Carlyle and Norman Gitzen will be held Sunday, May 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at 8355 Rodeo Drive in suburban Lake Worth. For more info., e-mail kathryn_carlyle@comcast.net. Monday, May 2 • The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans will present a personal and home safety seminar with a spotlight on seniors Monday, May 2 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). The event will feature David D’Eugenio, founder of the HomeSafety Academy in Lake Park. For more info., contact Nancy Tanner at (561) 793-9677. Tuesday, May 3 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “It’s Mother’s Day!” for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day by creating a fun craft for the special lady in your life. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will host a Walk and Talk in the 12th Fairway Community on Tuesday, May 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of

Commerce will host an after-hours networking event at Oak Bistro & Wine Bar (11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, Royal Palm Beach) on Tuesday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be a fundraiser for the Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation. For more info., visit www.cpbchamber.com. Wednesday, May 4 • The Palm Beach International Agricultural Summit will be held Wednesday, May 4 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Visit www.pbias.org for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Star Wars: May the Fourth Be With You” for children Wednesday, May 4 at 3 p.m. Enjoy Star Wars-themed origami, coloring and crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, May 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. with a free concert featuring the band Bachaco at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for info. Friday, May 6 • The West Palm Beach Antique & Collectibles Show returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8. For more info., visit www.wpbaf.com. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Goosebumps on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present Mavis Staples & The Blind Boys of Alabama on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Visit www.kravis. org for more info.

Saturday, May 7 • The Jim Sackett Invitational Celebrity Softball Tournament will take place Saturday, May 7 at the Okeeheelee Park softball fields beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Foster Children. This family-friendly event will include food, appearances by local celebrities and softball. For more information, call Coleen LaCosta at (561) 352-2542 or visit www.friendsoffosterchildren.com. • The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium’s exhibit “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” will open to the public on Saturday, May 7. For more info., call (561) 832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. • Wellington Ballet Theatre will present The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at the Wellington High School Theater (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington). Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (561) 296-1880. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Van Halen tribute concert on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 7532484 for more info. Sunday, May 8 • The Royal Palm Beach Community Band will present a free spring Mother’s Day concert on Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served during intermission. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. Monday, May 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. Practice strategy skills with other players. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, May 10 • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

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wellington | calendar Wednesday, May 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Holocaust Days of Remembrance: Righteous Among the Nations for adults Wednesday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. This documentary chronicles the wartime experiences of Maud Dahme, one of an estimated 5,000 Jewish children hidden from the Nazis in the Netherlands. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, May 12 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks on Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. with a free concert featuring the T.J. Cronin Band at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Scrabble for Adults on Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. Join other Scrabble fans for a fun evening of word-play. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, May 14 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual gala and awards ceremony Saturday, May 14 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave. South, Wellington). Visit www.cpbchamber.com for more info. Monday, May 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Résumé Workshop on Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how Career Transitions and Microsoft Word work together to create and edit effective résumés. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 6 to 12 on Monday, May 16 at 3 p.m. Create vehicles or buildings out of Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will host a Walk and Talk in the Periwinkle/Lily Communities on Tuesday, May 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. Wednesday, May 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

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will host Craftapalooza for ages 2 to 8 on Wednesday, May 18 at 3 p.m. Create multiple crafts from fun selections. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. Thursday, May 19 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks on Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m. with a free concert featuring the Sunshine Band at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Western Business Alliance will hold a social event Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Asador Patagonia restaurant (675 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). For more info., visit www.thewesternbusinessalliance.com. Friday, May 20 • The musical Hair will be at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, June 5. Visit www.kravis.org for showtimes and tickets. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Things That Go for ages 2 to 6 on Friday, May 20 at 11 a.m. Zoom on over for some fun stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Creed on Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 7532484 for more info. Saturday, May 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “A Royal Singalong” for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. Create your own crown or tiara, then sing and dance to Disney singalong songs. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, May 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

will host Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Wednesday, May 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Not Your Grandma’s Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, May 25 at 3:30 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Join the fun and win a prize. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, May 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “I Love Art!” for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, May 26 at 3 p.m. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Mental Health Month Movie: Dark Side of the Full Moon on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. The movie delves into the unseen world of maternal mental health in the U.S. Meet film producer and Wellington resident Jennifer Silliman to discuss the actions being taken to better care for mothers and families. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Monday, May 30 • Wellington will host a Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony on Monday, May 30. The event will start with a parade from the Wellington Municipal Complex to the Wellington Veterans Memorial starting at 8:15 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Wellington Veterans Memorial. For more info., call (561) 791-4082 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Tuesday, May 31 • Wellington will host a Walk and Talk in the Hawthorne North Side Community on Tuesday, May 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info.


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American Equestrians Got Talent — American Equestrians Got Talent, a fundraiser for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, held its finale Sunday, March 20 at Adequan Global Dressage Festival grounds. Shown here (L-R) are first-place winner David Oliver Willis, second-place winner Kayden Muller-Janssen, fourth-place winner Teaghan James and third-place winner Roberto Gallardo with master of ceremonies Robert Dover (center).

Earth Day In Wellington — Wellington celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day on Sunday, April 17 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The Wellington Village Council presented two proclamations that declared April 17 Earth Day and Arbor Day, and a proclamation that marked April 10-17 as Volunteer Week. Shown here, council members and special guests plant a paradise tree in honor of the celebration.

Mimosas & Mallets Polo Brunch — The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation held its third annual Mimosas & Mallets Polo Brunch on Sunday, April 3 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Supporters enjoyed a champagne brunch served field side on the exclusive Mallet Grille patio. Shown here is Hospice Foundation President Greg and Jill Leach with Bill and Cathy Quinn.

Art Society Scholarships — The Wellington Art Society held its annual scholarship awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 13 at the Bootz Cultural Arts Center. The scholarship awards were open to all Palm Beach County high school seniors planning to study art in college. Shown here are the scholarship recipients with the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Committee.

Wellington Relay For Life — The American Cancer Society’s Wellington Relay For Life was held Saturday, April 16 at the Palm Beach Central High School football field. The fun-filled day supported cancer survivors, caregivers and friends. There were costume contests, dance-off contests, a spirit ceremony and a luminaria ceremony, along with survivor stories and fundraising tents. (Below) Survivors Louis Eisenberg, Adrienne and Shana Sasko, Andrea Mattes, Sandy Moran, Mary Unser, Linda Vaillancourt and Gladys Dorsett.

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