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Features 28 A Look At Wellington’s New Headquarters

Wellington has a bigger building to operate out of after opening its new municipal complex, consolidating most of the village’s operations under one roof. By Lauren Miró

34 Gay Polo League’s Talbot Logan Living His Dream

Talbot Logan hopes that his involvement with the Gay Polo League will encourage more people to get involved, showing that polo is open to everyone. By Heather Bellock

42 Wellington Fashion: Rescuing A Champion

Janet Conary was in the market for a new horse. Never did she think she would end up rescuing a former racehorse. Tired and thin, Darby needed a hero. With love and perseverance, Darby is healthy at his new home on Conary’s Wellington farm. We celebrate this success story with a fun fashion pictorial this month.


44 Chatting With Show Jumping Great McLain Ward

McLain Ward is entering his third decade atop the show jumping equestrian scene. With two Olympic team gold medals to his name, Ward is once again competing in Wellington, chasing a chance at that elusive individual title. By Deborah Welky

50 Wellington Residents Help Habitat For Humanity

For a quarter-century, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County has been providing simple, safe, affordable homes for families in need — and two Wellington residents are instrumental in the local chapter’s success. By Matthew Auerbach

56 Wellington Star: Young Polo Player Nicolas Escobar

Nicolas Escobar has spent all his life on the polo fields of Wellington watching from the sidelines as his father dominates the sport. But at 10 years old, he’s leaving his own mark on the game and competing against men three times his age. By Lauren Miró

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Wellington Social Scene Hundreds Attend Successful Vinceremos Benefit Auction Chabad’s Wellington Jewish Center Celebrates 10 Years ‘Wellington’s Finest Ball’ Supports Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wild Things Art Show Benefits Rare Species Foundation JustWorld International Raises $238,565 At Wellington Event


62 Wellington Home

This month, we visit a custom-designed home in Paddock Park. Designed by Katherine Shenaman, it has a British Colonial aesthetic that pairs antique furniture and family heirlooms with a clean, spacious design. By Lauren Miró

68 Wellington Table

For a taste of global cuisine right here in Wellington, try Pangea Bistro in the Pointe at Wellington Green. Owned by Grethel Boscan, the restaurant offers a unique variety of food, flavors and atmosphere. By Lauren Miró

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Wellington Watch Wellington Dining Guide Wellington Calendar Around Wellington ON THE COVER Rescued horse Darby with models Eva Kosmos and Milena Hale at Janet Conary’s Wellington farm. Hair by Melrose Telles of david K space; makeup by Devious Body Art. Image by Tara Inc. Photography/www.taraincphotography.com


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A Message from the Publisher

Visit Wellington’s New Headquarters volume

Seasonal visitors may have noticed some big changes when they arrived for the winter now that Wellington is nearing completion of its new Town Center. The centerpiece of this development on Forest Hill Blvd. is the new Wellington Municipal Complex, which consolidates most of the village’s operations under one roof. In this issue, we tour the 54,000-square-foot, $10.5-million building with Mayor Darell Bowen and learn how the facility will save Wellington taxpayers big money in the future.

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Published by Wellington The Magazine, LLC Barry S. Manning chairman/chief executive officer Maureen Budjinski vice president Wellington The Magazine is published monthly in Wellington, Florida. Copyright 2011, all rights reserved by Wellington The Magazine, LLC. Contents may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. The publisher accepts no responsibility for advertisement errors beyond the cost of the portion of the advertisement occupied by the error within the advertisement itself. The publisher accepts no responsibility for submitted materials. All submitted materials subject to editing.


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The winter equestrian season is in full swing, and we’ve searched to bring readers unique stories from the horse community. Among them is a heartwarming tale about an abandoned champion given a new lease on life. When Janet Conary was in the market for a new horse, she didn’t expect to end up rescuing a former racehorse. Tired and thin, Darby needed a hero. He’s now thriving on Conary’s Wellington farm, and we thank Janet for allowing us to tell Darby’s story in this month’s Wellington Fashion pictorial. A force on the show jumping scene since the early 1990s, McLain Ward is back in action here in Wellington this season, and Wellington The Magazine got a chance to chat with this Olympic champion about his goals for the future. Meet 10-year-old polo player Nicolas Escobar in this month’s Wellington Star feature. Raised on the sidelines, this youngster is already used to playing against players several times his age. His story shows how Wellington serves as an incubator for the polo stars of tomorrow. Also on an equestrian theme, we preview next month’s second annual International Gay Polo Tournament by featuring rider Talbot Logan and celebrate the return of the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach with new sponsors and a new venue. With so many people in need of quality housing, we visit this month with the local nonprofit Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. Learn how Wellington residents are instrumental in the organization’s success, both in full-time staff members and volunteers — and find out how you can get involved in this great cause. Also featured this month is longtime local ob/gyn Dr. Ronald Ackerman. Wellington Home visits a Paddock Park estate designed by Katherine Shenaman in a British Colonial style, while Wellington Table samples the world cuisine at the new Pangea Bistro in the Pointe at Wellington Green. Until next month, enjoy the season — and the perfect Wellington spring weather! Joshua Manning Publisher/Executive Editor

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WHAT IS MAKOPLASTY®? MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) ® of the knee. It is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing.

During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again. HOW DOES MAKOPLASTY® WORK? The RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System features three dimensional pre-surgical planning. During surgery, the RIO® provides the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning. It is this optimal placement that can result in more natural knee motion following surgery. WHO WOULD BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE MAKOPLASTY® PROCEDURE? Typically, MAKOplasty® patients may experience knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position. The knee pain is often located on the inner knee, under the knee cap, or the outer knee. Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication may qualify you as a perfect candidate for MAKOplasty® . HOW MAY MAKOPLASTY® BENEFIT ME? The MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration and potentially offers the following benefits:  improved surgical outcomes  less scarring  less implant wear and loosening  reduced blood loss  joint resurfacing  minimal hospitalization  bone sparing  rapid recovery  smaller incision

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Hundreds Attend Successful Vinceremos Benefit Auction

(Left) Vinceremos Executive Director Ruth Menor, Young Professionals Chair Devon Kane, Event Chair Tuny Page and Celebrity Hostess Tami Hoag. (Right) The many Vinceremos supporters who adopted the center’s 22 horses for $4,800 each.

The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Benefit Auction Dinner & Dance was held Friday, Feb. 18. The sold-out event had 500 guests in attendance at the Nespresso Grand Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, and most stayed late into the evening to watch the mechanical bull riding championships. During the evening, Vinceremos honored its riders and volunteers of the year, and thanked supporters who agreed to “adopt” all of the center’s 22 horses.

(L-R) Olympian Margie Engle with Vinceremos Rider of the Year Chris Nardone; Brad and Kelly Hallenbeck with Lissette and Robert Rodriguez; Vinceremos Rider of the Year A.J. Zembruzski with his parents and Olympian Margie Engle; Volunteers of the Year Tony Pellegrini, John Castillo, Cherie Reese and Deb Levinsky; and James Fairclough, Kevin McCarthy, Nikko Ritter and Turea Wilson of CWD, the winning bull riding team.

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Chabad’s Wellington Jewish Center Celebrates 10 Years

(Left) Members of the dinner committee. (Right) Honorees Ben and Debbie Pincus with son Sam.

The Wellington Jewish Center celebrated 10 years of growth Sunday, Feb. 13 with an anniversary dinner at the Wellington Community Center. The event honored Ben and Debbie Pincus with the Outstanding Community Leadership Award, Amy Dow with the Pillar of Jewish Education Award, and Livna Nativ with the Pillar of Chessed and Volunteering Award. For more info., visit www. wellingtonjewishcenter.org.

(L-R) Sue Weinstein with honoree Livna Nativ; Rabbi Mendy Muskal addresses his guests; Jackie Brant, Lisa Weisberg and Myra Sherman enjoy the evening; honoree Amy Dow with her husband Randy; and Annie Royer gets the auction started.


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‘Wellington’s Finest Ball’ Supports Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

(Left) Honorees John and Toy Wash, Kelly Smallridge, Craig Stein, Event Chair Jeff Greer, Terri and Carmine Priore III, Mike Sexton, Susanne Bennett, Aaron Menitoff and Julie Larson. (Center) Cystic Fibrosis Foundation patient ambassador Anthony Weiss speaks. (Right) Jean Salem and Barbara Safranek.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s inaugural “Wellington’s Finest Ball” was held Saturday, Feb. 12 at the new Grande Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Many local dignitaries were on hand for an evening that featured a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions, live music, dancing and awards to honor Wellington community leaders.

(L-R) Honorees Carmine Priore III and wife Terri with Marie and Wellington Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore; Mike and Marie Bianchini with Ashley and Joe Maguire; Ben and Joanna Boynton with Linda and Larry Smith; and Ashley Maguire, Denise Meers and Kristy Desith.

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‘Wild Things Art Show’ Benefits Rare Species Foundation

(Left) Gisela Pferdekamper with RSCF Director Dr. Paul Reillo and Curator Karen McGovern. (Right) Bobbe Miller wears a necklace and earrings created by Emma Boehringer.

The fifth annual “Wild Things Art Show” benefiting the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation was held Saturday, Feb. 12 at Gisela Pferdekamper’s art studio in Loxahatchee Groves. The show featured wildlife-inspired art, sculpture and fine jewelry from some of the area’s leading artists and designers, with special “wild” guests from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. For more info., visit www. rarespecies.org.

(L-R) Jean Hutchison drops her raffle ticket in the cup; Cheryl Wise, Dr. Paul Reillo, Karen McGovern and Dr. Mark Davis with caracara Amanda; Tami Hoag purchased a second-century Roman pendant and earrings from Donatella Linari; and Norma Morris admires Stimulus by Gisela Pkerdekamper.


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JustWorld International Raises $238,565 At Wellington Event

(Left) Alexa Adelson, Jessica Newman and Molly Newsome with the “Night in Paris” dancers. (Right) Will, Sophie, Ty and Nicole Simpson.

Over 650 guests attended the annual JustWorld International fundraiser held Friday, Jan. 21 at Maria Newman’s Belle Herbe Farm in Wellington to help raise $238,565 for the not-for-profit humanitarian organization working as a catalyst for positive change in the developing world through education and nutrition programs for impoverished children. Olympic champions joined local dignitaries and foreign guests for “A Night in Paris.” For more information, visit www. justworldinternational.org.

(L-R) Sam, Max and Libby Edelman; Bobby and Laura Kraut; Pierre and Martha Jolicoeur; and Akaash Maharaj and Maria Newman with the dancers.


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Wellington May Open Employee Clinic Wellington employees and their families may soon be able to take advantage of the village’s healthier outlook on life. Wellington officials are seeking options to provide a wellness clinic at the new municipal complex to provide routine care to employees. “We’re putting together a request for proposals,” Director of Financial Management & Budget Mireya McIlveen said. “We are considering maybe a partnership with area hospitals and nearby clinics. We plan to accept proposals and look at different options and consider the different costs associated with each option.” The move is part of Wellington’s push toward healthier living. Currently, it provides a gym on premises to its employees. Providing a place where they could stop in for a checkup, renew prescriptions and get small, routine medical care would not only benefit employees, but also increase productivity, McIlveen said. “There are a lot of benefits to having something like that,” she said. “It can help to increase productivity. If your eyes are bothering you at work and you have a headache, or if you feel a cold coming on, you could go to the clinic site and get the care you need, then possibly go back to work. That way, employees don’t have to take time off and spend two or three hours going to a doctor’s office.” The move could benefit the village by lowering its health insurance premiums. Patriot Memorial Groundbreaking — Wellington’s planned Patriot Memorial is well underway after a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the end of January and construction began last month. The memorial will sit at the entrance to the new Wellington municipal complex. It will feature an eternal flame, a flagpole, benches and a fountain. “We all remember where we were on Sept. 11, 2001,” Mayor Darell Bowen said at the groundbreaking. “And by building this Patriot Memorial

and making it an integral part of our Town Center, we’re going to ensure that people never forget what happened, or those lives that were needlessly taken.” Central to the memorial will be a 36-foot-by-8-foot steel beam pulled from the wreckage of the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. Vice Mayor Matt Willhite conceived of the project as a way to commemorate Patriots Day. “We brought up the idea of building a memorial in the village so that people never forget,” he said. “There’s just been an overwhelming amount of support from this community.” The memorial will open next September on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Boys & Girls Club Update — Plans for the new Wellington Boys & Girls Club building are underway, and officials hope the facility will be ready by September 2012, according to a staff presentation to the Wellington Village Council on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Rather than tear down its old building on South Shore Blvd., which is too small, the club struck a deal last year with Wellington to turn the existing 15,000-square-foot facility over to the village and construct a new building near the wastewater treatment plant on Wellington Trace. The approximately 23,000-square-foot, $3-million facility will be paid for through donations and grants, with Wellington covering $700,000 in construction costs. The village’s share will come from recreational impact fees. Moving the club will allow the village to partner with it for programs at the nearby Safe Neighborhoods Office and have it serve as a joint facility with the village and a place for children in the village’s transitional neighborhoods to go. The new facility will follow the design of a recently completed Boys & Girls Club structure in Riviera Beach. Once the new building opens, the current club headquarters will be handed over to the village.

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A Look At Wellington’s New Headquarters Ultra-Modern Municipal Complex A Great Leap Forward For The Village


he Village of Wellington has a new, bigger building to operate out of after it opened its new municipal complex in January, consolidating most of the village’s operations under one roof, from code enforcement to the council chambers. “It’s a great building,” Mayor Darell Bowen said. “It’s a place we can do business, and it gives Wellington a place to call home.” The building joins the barrier-free Scott’s Place Playground, the Wellington Amphitheater, the existing Wellington Community Center and its aquatics complex and tennis courts, and the planned Patriot Memorial as Wellington’s new Town Center. Coupled with improvements to Forest Hill Blvd., the new building gives Wellington a public face it had previously lacked, Bowen said. “Residents can come here to do business, and then go enjoy the park or the amphitheater,” he said. “It’s a place for the village to come together.” The project was a long time coming. In the late 1990s, the village purchased the property that is now the Wellington Community Center, along with an adjacent five-acre lot where the municipal complex now stands. Today, the 54,000-square-foot, $10.5-million building is the new home of the village’s administrative offices, including a clock tower, employee courtyard, council chambers that seat 166 people and a “quick-stop” where residents can pick up permit applications and pay utilities. Previously, Wellington operated out of the old municipal complex off Greenbriar Blvd., as well as several satellite offices in the original Wellington Mall and throughout Wellington. By consolidating under one roof, the village expects to save money on rent, communication and travel costs.


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Wellington’s new 54,000-square-foot municipal complex is located on Forest Hill Blvd. adjacent to the Wellington Community Center. The new building allows most village services to be centrally located, rather then spread out across the community.

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(Above) The new building includes a state-of-the-art council chambers. (Below, left to right) The open, airy reception area lets in plenty of sunlight; a behind-the-scenes look at the council dais; and the latest in technology for Wellington employees.

“I believe the last estimate was $630,000 a year,” Bowen said. “Not only do we have a great building, but the taxpayers are saving money because of it.” Savings come not only in rent, but also in less time commuting between village locations and therefore lower costs in gas and vehicle repair. “We’re saving money by having everything under one roof,” Bowen said. The municipal building was funded through extra money in the village’s capital improvements budget and federal stimulus money that Wellington received, as well as developer impact fees from the boom years. “I think the best thing about the building is that it was paid for without taxpayer money,” Bowen said. “It’s just


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a beautiful building and a great benefit to Wellington in every way.”

an energy-efficient system to regulate the air conditioning and heat.

It is also a “green building,” which means the village will receive certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Additionally, the facility uses reclaimed water to flush its toilets. A cistern outside in the parking lot catches rainwater and utilizes it for toilets in most of the building.

Director of Operations Jim Barnes said that the village could qualify for either silver or gold certification. “We are still going through the process of certification,” he said.

Employees also have a new videoconferencing system that allows them to talk to others from their own desks rather than gathering for a meeting.

Some of the building’s green features include parking for energy-efficient cars, as well as a place to charge electric vehicles. It has motion-activated lights that save energy, as well as windows throughout to bring in natural light and save on power costs. There is even

“We still hold meetings,” Barnes said. “But I can video conference in [multiple people] right from their desks rather than having to go find them.” Everything in the new building is up to date including the council chambers,

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which have 72-inch televisions to display council documents and presentations, as well as individual computer monitors for each council member to view the documents. “We’re moving toward complete digital documentation,” Barnes said. “We hope that we’ll be able to go paperless. We scan everything from plans, letters and memos. Anything that isn’t generated digitally is scanned and stored electronically.” To encourage less paper use as well as promote recycling, throughout the building are new, modified trash and recycling bins that allocate a small portion of the bin for actual waste, while the rest is zoned for recycling. “You’ll see that the emphasis is really to get rid of the paper,” Bowen said. “The cans are only dumped out once a week, and they’re not very large.” Another perk to the new building is that it contains a fitness center for employees. Outfitted


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with treadmills, weight machines and full-service locker rooms, it provides both a benefit to employees and village costs. “We save a considerable amount of money on our insurance premiums by having a gym on the premises,” Bowen said. “And it’s a great way to encourage our employees to be healthy. They can use the gym at any time, before work, on lunch break or after work in the evenings. It’s a great benefit to have it here for our employees.” Bowen said that the new digs have changed the face of the village and the attitude of employees. “It does a couple of things,” Bowen said. “It creates the image for Wellington that we want Wellington to have. The other is that its functionality makes us more efficient as a village. I expected it would change things, but I never knew how great of a change it would be.” The new Wellington municipal complex is located at 12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov.

(Above) Mayor Darell Bowen with one of the modified trash containers designed to encourage more recycling. (Far left) As part of the “green� building design, the municipal complex makes special accommodations for electric cars and other fuel-efficient vehicles. (Right) The new building features a gym open to all Wellington employees.

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Gay Polo League Member Talbot Logan Living His Dream Story by Heather Bellock

Talbot Logan has been involved with the Gay Polo League for three years. He got his start in the sport of polo five years ago when a fellow horseman invited him to Argentina to play. Interested in the game, Logan accepted the invitation and got on a polo pony for the first time. The first few days, he focused on learning how to swing the mallet and understanding some of the basic principles and rules. “I was immediately comfortable on a polo pony,� said Logan, who had been riding for 10 years before venturing into the world of polo. Logan, who got his start with equestrian Federico Sztyrle riding hunter jumpers, had an advantage due to his previous experience as a horseman. By the third and fourth day in Argentina, Logan was striking the ball with more and more consistency. Due to great hand-eye coordination from many years of tennis and squash, Logan found himself playing in informal practice chukkers within days, and ever since he has been hooked on polo. After that first trip to Argentina, Logan continued to practice the sport and even returned to play in Argentina in the following years. During one of these trips, Logan met

Talbot Logan off the polo field (above) and in action (left) is looking forward to the second annual International Gay Polo Tournament set for Saturday, April 2 in Wellington. Photos Courtesy Phelps Media Group

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Logan graduated from Princeton, following in his father’s footsteps, earning a degree in English literature and theater art. He moved to New York to pursue a career in advertising, and after 15 years in the field, Logan now serves as vice president of marketing for Polo Ralph Lauren. Logan enjoys working for and being part of such a dynamic and iconic company. Along with his career successes, Logan is also proud of his personal accomplishments. “Knowing that I always wanted to start riding and having been able to do that is one of the best accomplishments,” Logan said. Logan hopes that his involvement with the Gay Polo League will encourage more people to get involved with the sport of polo. Logan and the GPL strive to expose the sport to a broader audience and present all the opportunities polo has to offer to those who are interested. Logan hopes that more people will realize that the sport is open to everyone and be inspired to start playing. GPL is the sole international polo league to comprise primarily lesbian and gay players. Founded to enable gay men and women to share their interest in this unique sport, the group has created a community of passionate, like-minded athletes. GPL’s mission is to provide the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community with the opportunity to develop and refine the necessary skills for participating in the sport of polo. As part of its mission, GPL is hosting a major polo tournament next month in Wellington. The second annual International Gay Polo Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Grand Champions Polo Club, located at the corner of Lake Worth Road and South Shore Blvd. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. General admission is $20 and includes a field side view with the option to bring your own chair. Tailgate space is offered for $175 and includes eight general admission tickets and one tailgate parking space. VIP tables are offered for $2,500 with eight seats at a private table in the VIP tent; gourmet foods and beverages will be served. For more information about the GPL, or for tournament sponsorship information, visit www.gaypolo.com or call (561) 753-3389.

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Doctors Helping Bring Art To Life Through The Royal Palm Art & Music Festival


ocal doctors are joining forces with the Palms West Chamber of Commerce to bring a 16th-century tradition to Palm Beach County’s western communities — street painting. On March 26 and 27, crowds are expected to gather at the Royal Palm Art & Music Festival to watch as fine works of art emerge and transform the southern tip of Royal Palm Beach Blvd. into the largest artist canvas in the area. The presentation of the event would not be possible without the support of its sponsors — South Florida Radiation Oncology, Independent Imaging and Premier Family Health & Wellness. They are taking an active role in the development of the event. “We are in the process of recruiting our artists, who will be asked to create works of art of no less than four feet by six feet,” said Dr. Kishore Dass of South Florida Radiation Oncology. “The artists are provided colorful pastel chalks and their section of the

street for painting, but the inspiration and creativity is all theirs. The artwork is guaranteed to be spectacular.” Dr. Daniel Ghiragossian of Independent Imaging will once again join forces with the Palms West Chamber to help present the event, which will be offered free to the public. “Last year, this event made history by being the first two-day festival to close down one of the western communities’ major traffic arteries for more than the typical few hours,” Ghiragossian said. “We were very happy with the results of the inaugural festival and look forward to our partnership with the Palms West Chamber and the Village of Royal Palm Beach to make this a premier, regional festival.” Stage performances will also be a major component of the event. The chamber is working with local volunteers to recruit both amateur and professional bands. “Music provides the energy to any festival; it sets the

Artists hard at work during last year’s Royal Palm Art & Music Festival.

mood,” said Dr. Vincent Apicella of Premier Family Health & Wellness. “Our musicians will provide jazz, blues, classic rock and country. We offer a little something for everyone. We are most proud to present bands from our area schools. Showcasing young talent is a critical component of this festival.” Other festival activities include a juried art show presented in collaboration with the Wellington Art Society, kayak races, a chicken wing eating contest, carnival rides, food vendors, a business expo, street performers and two special tiki bar presentations by Tree’s Wings. A “must-see” will be the laser light show that will be presented at nightfall on Saturday, March 26 over Lake Challenger. “We encourage our local area residents to bring their portable chairs or blankets and enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique event,” Dass said. “We are extremely appreciative of the support we have received from our presenting sponsors,” said Jaene Miranda, CEO of the Palms West Chamber. “South Florida Radiation Oncology, Independent Imaging and Premier Family Health & Wellness are all businesses that are flourishing in the community due to their local, grassroots marketing efforts. They each set a positive example of improving their business brand awareness while improving their local communities through philanthropy.” For more information on the Royal Palm Art & Music Festival, visit www.royalpalmbeachfestival. com or call (561) 790-6200.

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Dr. Ronald Ackerman: Ob/Gyn Practicing In The Wellington Area Since 1984 By Deborah Welky

Looking for a doctor with experience? Dr. Ronald T. Ackerman has been an obstetrician/gynecologist in the western communities since 1984, when he started a solo practice here. Ackerman had been offered a position at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, where he was chief resident, but wanted to move to Florida so his children could be near both sets of their grandparents. Today, Ackerman is part of the team at Advanced Women’s Ob/Gyn Associates, the result of the April 2010 merger of two ob/gyn practices on the campus of Palms West Hospital. “We merged to expand on the ability to cover obstetrical services and to combine areas of strength and expertise, focusing on all areas of women’s health, both preventative and therapeutic,” Ackerman said. The six doctors within the group — Dr. Ronald T. Ackerman, his son Dr. Joshua S. Ackerman, Dr. Steven Pliskow, Dr. Sharon Dai, Dr. Raul Valdescruz and Dr. Marcos Kornstein — offer complete gynecological services, obstetrics (high-risk and low-risk), fertility services, advanced operative laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, colposcopy for early diagnosis of precancerous conditions, advanced contraceptive techniques, evaluation and treatment of perimenopause and menopause, bioidentical natural hormone therapy, cervical cancer screenings/vaccinations, 3D ultrasound and mammography. Of special interest to Ackerman is preventive medicine for women through the HPV virus vaccine, pap smears and cervical cancer prevention. He has also delivered a paper on

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perimenopause and menopause to the North American Medical Society. And, although he no longer regularly practices obstetrics himself, his son Joshua has “carried the baton,” adding a focus on robotics and advanced operative laparoscopy, surgery with minimal incision and blood loss. “All those years, I told him not to play so many video games,” his father recalled, “and it only worked to help him.” It was the senior Ackerman who delivered the first baby ever born at Palms West Hospital. He was founding director for the hospital’s Your New Life Center in the 1990s and was chairman of quality assurance there and vice chairman of the board. “Joshua always wanted to work with me,” Ackerman said. “I used to take him on rounds with me when he was a little boy and let him sit at the nursing station with a coloring book while I met with my patients. Some of those nurses are still working at the ob/gyn unit, and patients absolutely adore him.” Today, in addition to his practice, the elder Ackerman is assistant clinical professor at Nova Southeastern School of Medicine. He is on the faculty of Kansas City University’s School of Medicine & Biosciences, has published numerous articles on menopause and continues at Palms West Hospital as clinical rotation director.

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Ackerman’s most famous patient is probably Jupiter Island’s Celine Dion. “Celine has been my patient for about 14 years now,” Ackerman said. “René-Charles, her first baby, was born at Palms West Hospital on January 25, 10 years ago. The Caesarian was performed by my partner, Dr. Steven Pliskow, and team. As Celine’s husband René Angélil likes to put it, I’m the ‘head coach.’” But Ackerman is more than that. After all, Celine sang at another son Jamie’s bar mitzvah. “And she flew in from Belgium and sang for my 50th birthday,” he added. Jamie is now working in clinical research and studying for his master’s degree in business. A third son, Corey, is an attorney in West Palm Beach. Ackerman made sure he was on hand “as her confidante and adviser” when Celine recently decided to add to her family. “We did in vitro fertilization at Cornell University with Dr. Zev Rosenwaks, Cornell’s chairman of reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Ruel Stoessel, maternal fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Pliskow and my son Dr. Joshua Ackerman were also on the team,” Ackerman said. “There was a tremendous


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level of expertise… Celine was a very high risk at 42 years old with a previous Caesarian, in vitro and twin gestation. The twins were delivered at just under 35 weeks and never required any oxygen or support. They were totally fine.” Another historic event for the doctor was when his son’s wife Amber gave birth. “Josh had made me a grandfather, and the baby was delivered at Long Island Jewish by Dr. Rich Taubman, one of my best friends,” Ackerman recalled. “To see my granddaughter born in rooms where I delivered babies — I was so enjoying every minute of it! And now Addison is four years old... Amber is pregnant again and will be having this baby at Palms West Hospital.” So if you’re looking for a doctor with a track record, you may want to try Advanced Women’s Ob/Gyn Associates in Building 6 on the Palms West Hospital campus. Call (561) 795-2400 or visit www.advancedwomensobgyn.com for more information. The practice also has an office at 603 Village Blvd., Suite 201, in West Palm Beach. “We strive to treat you like one would be treated at the Ritz-Carlton, in a personal and caring atmosphere,” Ackerman said.



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wellington fashion (Above) Model Milena Hale inspired by Darby’s story joins us on location at Conary Farm. Adorning art created by Georgette of Devious Body Art. (Top right) Model Eva Kosmos shows just how gentle Darby can be by riding him bareback in this playful top hat and an artistically designed, long-sleeved, body-art-embellished blouse. (Bottom right) Although Darby no longer looks for the finish line at a racetrack, he truly enjoyed the ending to this long day of photography. Seen here soaking up the love offered by Eva and Milena, Darby once again feels like a Thoroughbred.

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Rescuing A Champion


nce cheered by thousands, a champion left alone in the pasture far removed from glory and fame. That is how Janet Conary found Darby, this former racehorse, on a farm in North Florida. Conary was in the market for a new horse when she began her search. Never in her wildest dreams did she think she would end up rescuing a former racehorse. Tired, thin and with a less-than-desirable coat, Darby needed a hero. Once back on Conary’s Wellington farm, Darby took a few weeks to adjust, but with perseverance and patience, the old racehorse became a healthy new member of the Conary family. In celebration of Darby’s rescue, Wellington The Magazine collaborated with Melrose Telles of david K space and Tara Inc. Photography to showcase this gentle beauty. With the assistance of makeup artist Georgette Pressler, we were able to capture Darby along with models Eva Kosmos and Milena Hale on Conary’s farm.


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Show Jumper McLain Ward

Olympian Entering Third Decade Atop Equestrian Scene Story by Deborah Welky ■ Photos by Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com


f you hear the word “athlete” and think of a horse and its rider working as one in a series of perfectly choreographed jumps, the athlete you are picturing may well be McLain Ward.

The pressure to maintain his excellence in the ring quite naturally followed, but Ward didn’t flinch. Instead, he became the youngest rider to reach the $1 million mark in Grand Prix winnings.

A natural-born equestrian, Ward originally attracted the spotlight as a young rider when he took home both the U.S. Equestrian Team Medal Finals and the USET Talent Derby in 1990 at age 14 — making him the youngest rider ever to do so. Ward went on to repeat the feat through 1992 when he graduated to the Grand Prix circuit.

“Definitely, I started very young and had tremendous opportunity and still do today, through a lot of generous support. So certainly I feel pressure,” said Ward, now 36. “I also feel pressure from myself. It’s a scenario of ‘What have you done for me lately?’ As with many athletics, if you focus on the job at hand, work in the present moment

— if you focus on that, you will be successful.” And it was true. Bigger challenges seemed only to cement Ward’s reputation as an equestrian at the top of his game. Together with his Belgian Warmblood mare Sapphire, Ward went on to take home two Olympic team gold medals (2004 and 2008), a team silver at the FEI World Equestrian Games (2006), the top prize at the CN Worldwide Florida Grand Open (2007), top honors at the $200,000 Budweiser

A key player of the equestrian scene since the early 1990s, McLain Ward has won two Olympic team gold medals competing with the United States Equestrian Team.

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Invitational in Tampa (2008) and the first-place trophy for the 2009 Devon Grand Prix (for the second time). On the home front in Wellington, it was Ward and Sapphire who claimed the top prize in the 2006 Rolex/U.S. Equestrian Federation National Show Jumping Championship and who took first place as part of the U.S. team at the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup at the Winter Equestrian Festival in 2009.

McLain Ward rides Sapphire at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.

With this stellar (and partial) list of achievements behind him, Ward was on a roll and definitely one of the favorites to win the 2010 Rolex FEI World Cup for Show Jumping in Geneva, Switzerland. Yet Ward suffered a serious career setback when Sapphire was eliminated from the finals in a decision that remains controversial to this day. Solidly in the lead after Round 2, ground jury officials determined that Sapphire might be “in pain” despite thermography of her leg showing no abnormalities. The verdict was appealed by United States officials — to no avail. The next day, two veterinarians from other equestrian teams also gave the horse a clean bill of health, but it was too late for the World Cup. That title went to Germany’s Marcus Ehning on Plot Blue. International outrage ensued, with thousands of Facebook fans wondering if Ward had been unfairly targeted. Ward and Sapphire triumphed over adversity, however, going on to win the La Baule Grand Prix and the Rome Grand Prix in the summer of 2010. Atop a different horse (Antares F), |wellington |wellingtonthe themagazine| magazine|March March2011 2011

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Ward won the Dublin Grand Prix last summer as well. And, in September, Ward and Sapphire dominated the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and World Cup Qualifier, setting the bar high as they took a record fifth victory in the Hampton Classic Grand Prix. Competing in Wellington in February, Ward said he continues to push himself hard. Team medals are wonderful, but… “The biggest thing on my radar screen right now is the individual championships,” Ward said. “The big three for any rider are the World Cup Finals, the World Championship and the Olympics.” To that end, Ward puts in a long day, beginning at 8 a.m. “Like all sports, jumping has evolved into not only an athletic endeavor, but also a business endeavor,” Ward said. “I ride between four and eight horses a day and, because I also sell horses, I am often showing horses to customers for sale. Then a portion of my week is geared toward my responsibilities to sponsors, endorsements and the different (Left) McLain Ward rides Phillipa in competition.


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responsibilities I have outside the athletic endeavor in a sport that certainly takes some cash flow.” Sandwiched in between the training, the endorsements and the financial business of being an athlete in today’s high-pressure marketplace, Ward also makes time to give back, participating in a multitude of fundraisers but, more importantly, in a cause that’s very close to his heart, having been there himself.

McLain Ward rides Esplanade 7 earlier this year at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

“We give of our time in an event-related way,” Ward said. “But I try to use my spare time to help up-and-coming riders within our own industry.” Take note, all 14-year-old budding equestrian superstars: you have a friend — but also one inspirationally successful role model — in McLain Ward.

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Habitat For Humanity

Wellington Residents Crucial To Active Palm Beach County Chapter Story by Matthew Auerbach


hese days, millions of Americans are affected by the troubled housing market. But even in rosier financial times, many low-income, hardworking families were having trouble finding good homes. Where could they turn to find anything but the substandard housing that seemed to be their destiny? For 35 years, the answer has been Habitat for Humanity. Since 1975, Habitat for Humanity has been providing simple, safe, affordable homes around the globe for families in need. For a quarter-century, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County has been doing just that in our own area — and two Wellington residents are instrumental in the local chapter’s success. Executive Director Bernie Godek and Retail Operations Director Peter Gates are relative newcomers to Habitat for Humanity, working with the local nonprofit organization since 2007 and 2006, respectively. All you have to do is listen to either of them talk about what drew then to Habitat to understand the depth of their commitment. “This is the best job I’ve ever had,” Gates said. “You get a total reward for your efforts. There’s nothing better than helping people live better lives.” 50

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Wellington resident Bernie Godek serves as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. photo by abner pedraza

For Godek, Habitat was the logical place to use what he’d learned in the business world. “I had a lot of business and managerial experience,” he said. “I wanted to share it with a nonprofit organization while, at the same time, give back to my community. Habitat for Humanity’s mission attracted me in a big way.” That mission was started 36 years ago when Millard and Linda Fuller launched the Habitat for Humanity concept in Americus, Ga. Nine years later, retired general contractor James Bramuchi formed Habitat for Humanity’s Palm Beach County affiliate in a Sunday school classroom at Wagg Memorial Methodist Church in West Palm Beach. “It took two years to build the first Habitat home in West Palm Beach,” Godek said. “Since 1986, we’ve built 111 homes in our service area.” That area includes Hypoluxo to the south, the Martin County line to the north and the Atlantic coast west to Lake

Okeechobee. The pace has sped up in recent years — 40 of those 111 single-family homes have been built since May 2007. While none of those homes have been in Wellington, the community provides much of the volunteer service the nonprofit relies on. “We haven’t had an opportunity to acquire land [in Wellington],” Godek said. “But Wellington has been an enormous help to our organization in so many ways.” “So many residents from Wellington and Lake Worth have made themselves available to us,” Gates added. “They volunteer to work, helping us build homes, or in our offices and stores.” In terms of support, Godek singled out one group in particular. “The Wellington Garden Club, headed by Barbara |wellington the magazine| March 2011


“So many residents from Wellington and Lake Worth have made themselves available to us. They volunteer to work helping us build homes or in our offices and stores.”

Peter Gates Retail Operations Director

Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County volunteers (right) and future homeowners (below) construct a new home. Since 1986, the group has built 111 homes in the area. Photos courtesy hfhpbc

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Hadsell, has been tremendous,” he said. “The men and women have donated their time, labor and materials for all homes that have been built.” Habitat has also partnered with numerous churches and congregations of all faiths in their service area. “I’m responsible for overseeing the day-to-day goings-on of this affiliate’s financial resource development,” Godek said of his role. “I coordinate my findings with the board of directors. I’m also heavily involved with coordinating the responsibilities of our volunteers.” Gates’ job is a more hands-on position. “I’m in charge of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 631 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach,” he said. “We sell donated merchandise that will be specifically used to build homes. I’m talking plumbing and lighting materials, fans, bathroom and kitchen materials, appliances, even furniture. You could say it’s a kinder, gentler version of Home Depot, only Home Depot won’t come to your home and remove usable stuff.” There’s also a Habitat for Humanity thrift store in Jupiter that accepts clothing and other more traditional thrift store items. Both men have found their niche in the organization. Godek used his corporate talents to rise to the position of executive director, while Gates came to Habitat on the ground level. “I’m a graduate of Colgate University,” Gates said. “After Hurricane Andrew, the South Florida alumni association of the college went to Homestead to build a Habitat house. My wife and I helped out in the process. That was my first taste of Habitat for Humanity.” These two Habitat honchos have

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nothing but praise for the community in which they live. “Wellington is beautiful,” said Godek, a resident since 2007. “It’s safe, it has great schools and it’s well-maintained. It’s an ideal place for families to live and has so many activities for kids. All the facilities you need are close by.” Gates, who has lived in Wellington since 2003, gave a special shout-out to the residents of the Aero Club. “They continue to be a great source of donations,” he said, “as does the equestrian community.” Like any organization, Habitat realizes that a continued infusion of new blood is intrinsic to its continued success. They’ve got that angle covered locally, as well. “We have partnered with Seminole Ridge High School’s construction academy,” Godek noted. The high school students will construct a modular house. The process will take approximately a year and a half, and all construction will be done on school grounds. Once completed, the house will be transported in four sections to a site in West Palm Beach and become the home of a family chosen by Habitat. “We’re hoping to do two homes,” Gates added. “It’s really a win-win situation for everyone concerned. Needy families will get a place to live, and the students will learn a trade while helping those less fortunate than themselves.” With a plan like that in place, the future of Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County is set to thrive for many years to come. For more information about Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, visit www. habitatpbc.org. |wellington the magazine| March 2011


wellington star Young Polo Player Nicolas Escobar 10-Year-Old Aims To Carry On The Family Legacy Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Susan Lerner

Nicolas Escobar has spent all his life on the polo fields of Wellington watching from the sidelines as his father dominates the sport. But at 10 years old, he’s leaving his own mark on the game and competing against men three times his age — and winning, a feat that makes him this month’s Wellington Star.


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just want to be a polo player,’” he recalled. “I didn’t want to do anything else. People would ask, ‘Why don’t you be a golf player or a football player?’ But I’d say, ‘No, I just want to play polo.’”

The eldest son of champion polo player Luis Escobar and grandson of Francisco Escobar, Nicolas has been surrounded by the sport from an early age.

Luis said that he knew early on that his son would join the sport. “He was trying to grab the mallet and hit the ball before he even learned to walk,” Luis said. “When he learned to crawl, he would take a plastic club we bought for him and use it to hit the ball. I knew it was coming.”

“I’d watch my dad play and I’d say, ‘I

And as soon as he was steady on his

(Left and right) Shown here, Nicolas Escobar wears the red colors of Santa Clara polo. The 10-year-old son of polo star Luis Escobar has been learning the game since before he could walk and now is used to playing the sport against adult players several times his age.

feet, Nicolas could be found on the sidelines with a mallet in hand, playing stickball, a game of polo played on foot. “When I was about three years old, I had my mini mallet,” he recalled. “I’d watch all the kids playing foot polo, and I’d just keep on practicing.” By age six, Nicolas had learned to ride and hit the ball on horseback, and he hasn’t looked back. “My mom says that I remind her of Nic Roldan when he was little,” he said, referring to another current polo superstar. “I started playing young.” Recently, Nicolas finished playing on a six-goal polo team with his father and hopes to move up to eight-goal and tengoal matches starting this summer. “We play together in goal matches, and I play against adults,” he said. “I’m already playing with people bigger than me.” His first foray into the competitive sport, however, was in a children’s polo league against the kids of other top polo players. Children can play in the league until age 15. Though Nicolas plays with Luis in goal matches, he still loves to play against kids his own age. “It’s harder than playing against the adults,” Nicolas said. “There’s a lot of kids who are really competitive, and some of the adults that I play against are just beginning.” But Nicolas knows that you have to start |wellingtonthe themagazine| magazine|March March2011 2011 |wellington

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wellington star somewhere and has steadily moved up the ranks of the low-goal matches. “Right now, I’m playing four-goal with my grandpa. We’ve been doing well,” he said. Nicolas is a strong offensive player with a competitive streak that makes him a force to be reckoned with on the field. Luis said that his son has what it takes to be a top player one day. “He’s naturally very athletic,” the proud father said. “I’m not sure where he gets it, from me or from his mother, but he’s very competitive. Now we are teaching him to play the game and to think quickly. He has the winning combination.” Nicolas has big aspirations for himself: to top his famous father’s handicap. Luis, currently rated a seven-goaler, expects his son will do just that. “He’ll surpass me one day. He has a long way, but it’s coming,” Luis said.


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wellington star And Nicolas has big aspirations for himself: to beat his dad’s handicap. “I want to play at a way higher level,” he said. Luis, currently rated a seven-goaler, said that’s probably not a big stretch. “It’s completely possible,” he said. “He’ll surpass me one day. He has a long way, but it’s coming. He’s on the right track”


Already, the Escobars have played in family tournaments together with Francisco, Luis, Nicolas and Lucas, his eight-year-old brother, all on the field.




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“It’s the best,” Luis said. “It’s unexplainable. You get to watch them play, watch them improve, watch them out on the field scoring a goal. It’s a feeling that only parents who have kids playing polo will understand.” Nicolas said that his father and mother, Georgette, are his biggest and loudest fans. But he also knows that they worry about him. “Whenever I fall off the horse, my friends will have to hold my mom back because she’ll run right out onto the field,” he said. Currently Nicolas has his own string of polo ponies and will have to acquire more as he moves up the ranks. He currently rides Jet, Hollywood and Angelina. “Angelina was my dad’s,” Nicolas said. “He gave her to me. She’s like a machine. She’s one of the best horses I’ve ever played on.” And he’s even nice enough to share his prized pony with his father. “I let him use her in his 20-goal string,” he said. “But she’s mine.”

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For Nicolas, his favorite thing about playing polo is the fun atmosphere. “I don’t know why,” he said. “I just love the sport. I can’t explain it. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.”

World Dressage Masters Palm Beach Returns March 9-11 To Jim Brandon Center Story by Karen Robinson


he World Dressage Masters Palm Beach presented by the International Polo Club Palm Beach will take place at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center on March 9-11. The World Dressage Masters is the world’s richest dressage series, with 100,000 Euros in prize money offered at the Palm Beach event alone. It attracts many of the world’s top competitors, including Olympic and World Championship medalists. Six European and eight North American riders have already been invited to the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach, including the world’s leading American and Canadian dressage riders, Steffen Peters and Ashley Holzer. Peters, riding Akiko Yamazaki’s gelding Ravel, won the individual Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle bronze medals at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Holzer was the second-highest-placed North American, finishing eighth in the Freestyle on Pop Art. Both riders are familiar faces at the World Dressage Masters. Peters won the Grand Prix and was third in the Freestyle at the 2009 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach. In 2010, he again won the Grand Prix and was second in the Freestyle. “I’m hoping three’s the charm,” said Peters about his third appearance at the event. “Ravel is actually doing better than he was at the World Equestrian Games, according to my trainer Shannon Peters. I’m really looking forward to the masters.” Peters said that the World Dressage Masters is the only opportunity for North American riders to compete on home soil against Europe’s best, apart from when a major championship is occasionally held in North America. “This is the only chance we have for the European riders to come to us,” he said. “If the World Dressage Masters can keep on inviting European riders annually, it has a huge benefit for the U.S., and (Left, top to bottom) Dressage riders Tinne Vilhelmsson of Sweden and Americans Tina Konyot and Steffen Peters. Photos by SusanjStickle.com

helps to keep the momentum we have seen develop in dressage in this country.” The American leg of the World Dressage Masters, North America’s only CDI 5* competition, was in danger of being cancelled for 2011, but thanks to the generous support of the Goodman family, the International Polo Club Palm Beach and the show management team of Wellington Classic Dressage, the show will go on. Wellington Classic Dressage has entered into an agreement to host the event for the next three years. The 2011 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI 5* will be held concurrent to the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II CDI 3*, featuring a gala dinner by International Polo Club Catering on the evening of Friday, March 11. A “South of France” theme will be featured in the cuisine, décor and wine. Ringside tables, where spectators will enjoy a four-course meal, will create an intimate atmosphere with an excellent view. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The following American, European and Canadian riders have been invited to the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach: American — Steffen Peters, Tina Konyot, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Todd Flettrich, Pierre St. Jacques and Jan Ebeling. European — Tinne Vilhelmsson (SWE), Anne Van Olst (DEN), Michal Rapcewicz (POL), Valentina Truppa (ITA), Anja Ploenzke (GER) and Christa Laarakkers (NED). Canadian — Ashley Holzer and Evi Strasser. In addition to the World Dressage Masters’ brand new presenting partner Axel Johnson Group, official partners are Team EXQUIS, Moorland Investments and Moorlands Stables, Nürberger Versicherungsgruppe and Jerich International. Information about tickets and table seating for the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach can be found at www.internationalpoloclub.com. |wellington the magazine| March 2011


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British Colonial Elegance With Antique Charm In Paddock Park Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Claudia Uribe

This beautiful, custom-designed, single-family home in Wellington’s Paddock Park is an oasis of elegance that will whisk you away to the West Indies. Designed by Katherine Shenaman, the home has a British Colonial aesthetic that pairs antique furniture and family heirlooms with a clean, spacious design to give it character and charm. The 3,831-square-foot home is set on more than 1.3 acres of land with landscaping features to ensure privacy. It boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a loggia and outdoor entertaining space with a pool.

(Above) The master bedroom features a sitting area, perfect for quiet relaxation with a comfortable, oversized chair and view of the outdoors. It is decorated with bright, muted colors that highlight the family heirlooms scattered throughout the room.

(Right) The dining room, set off the front entranceway, features dark wood floors and vaulted ceilings. The Colonial-inspired all-glass chandelier acts as a centerpiece to the room, hovering over an antique dining table and chairs. The solid mahogany arched front door is hurricane-resistant with high-impact glass and gives the room more architectural character.


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The living room features a West Indies design with white walls and dark floors that showcases the antique furniture and accessories throughout the room. It highlights the Plantation-style chairs and framed, antique artwork, giving the space a Colonial feel.

The bright, white kitchen is updated with Calcutta Gold marble countertops and dark wood floors that give the space an airy, open feel. It looks over the home’s great room, serving as the perfect spot for family meals. The space features an in-home office and glass-front cabinets to display china. It also has two large cabinets, giving the room extra storage and a unique design.

This converted loggia features three sets of French doors that open to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. The space is clean and bright with wicker furniture and a tongue-in-groove ceiling. A fourth set of doors opens to the master bedroom, but can be closed and shaded for privacy. The loggia makes for a perfect entertaining space or for a comfortable place to relax and marvel at the beauty outside.

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wellington home (Below) The master bedroom is a relaxing, inviting space with a soft green palette that highlights the antique end tables. Bamboo window shades keep the room bright while maintaining privacy, and the room has French doors leading to the loggia. The room has a tray ceiling that gives it an open feel, while the windows keep the room bright.

(Above) The foyer boasts high-vaulted ceilings, white walls and dark wood floors. A classic lantern hangs in the entranceway, but the star of the room is the antique wooden desk and chair.


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(Above) Churrasco skirt steak with Florida heirloom tomatoes, baby rocket, pickled onions, blue cheese and chimichurri vinaigrette. (Far left) Pangea Bistro’s General Manager Jessica Nunez with Corporate Chef Ryan Vargas. (Left) The inside dining room features a modern, geometric feel.


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Unique, Global Cuisine At New Pangea Bistro Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Abner Pedraza

For a taste of global cuisine right here in Wellington, look no further than Pangea Bistro. In the Pointe at Wellington Green, Pangea offers a taste of the best food from all around the world.

as a chef for the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts for nine years, including the Four Seasons Hualalai Hawaii and most recently the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.

Owned by Grethel Boscan, the family business brings a unique variety of food, flavors and atmosphere to Wellington.

Vargas created an inspired menu of “Hawaiian fusion cuisine” that incorporates flavors and techniques from all over the world.

“The family wanted to open a restaurant,” General Manager Jessica Nunez said. “They decided to open in Wellington so that people don’t have to go far away to enjoy a good quality meal in a nice environment.” The restaurant sets itself apart by being one of the few independent restaurants conveniently located near the Mall at Wellington Green. “There’s a lot of the same chain cuisine that, no matter where you go, will taste the same,” Nunez said. “We really offer something different.” Different is certainly on the menu. Pangea is true to its name, offering food from across the globe and a unique flavor palate you won’t find anywhere else in Wellington. “The name Pangea came up because it’s the name from when all of the continents were one,” Nunez explained, noting that the idea was to create a restaurant that brought all the continents together once again. That concept was the inspiration for the menu created by Corporate Chef Ryan Vargas. A native of Hawaii, Vargas worked

“Everything kind of came together,” Nunez said. “He created the whole menu with that idea. It’s doing the ‘Pangea twist’ as we call it. Our food is similar to the standard bistro food, but with a twist — it’s a different combination of flavors.” Vargas hopes his food is able to transport Pangea patrons to another part of the world. “You don’t have to have a passport to travel around the world,” he said. “You can come here and enjoy food from all over. The beauty about working here is the freedom I’m given by my general manager and the owners. I don’t have to stick to one style of cuisine. If I feel like doing Moroccan, if I feel like doing Latin, or if I feel like surfing the globe, I can do it.” And guests will feel like they are in another world when they step into Pangea Bistro. The restaurant has a bright, eclectic feel to it with a combination of worldly and modern décor. The space is open. Gray walls offset wood paneling, and the space is decorated with photos from across the globe.

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(Left) A look at a the comfortable outdoor patio dining area. (Center, L-R) Corporate Chef Ryan Vargas, server Kim Francois, server Ryan Rocha, bartender Elliot Moore and Sous Chef Michael Rollinson. (Right) The indoor bar area at Pangea.

Guests can elect to eat and drink outside on comfortable, mossy-green stuffed chairs in a large outside patio setting that truly sets Pangea Bistro apart. “Our idea was to create a comforting, relaxing atmosphere,” Nunez said. Pangea is a place where you can come, sit and relax with a glass of wine or beer for a casual night out, but is also the perfect spot for a romantic date night. Currently, the restaurant serves a variety of 30 different wines and nine different beers from across the globe, but it is in the process of obtaining its liquor license. The real star of the restaurant is the food. Pangea uses all-natural, fresh ingredients and makes everything in-house — even the desserts and all of the sauces. “We don’t buy anything in a bottle,” Nunez said. “It makes a huge difference when you taste it.”

For a tantalizing appetizer, try the Hawaiian Ahi Poke Flat Bread ($12). Served with wasabi aioli, sweet soy sauce and Asian slaw, the dish is a rich blend of sweet and savory, with the texture of the slaw offsetting the delicious tuna. And if you love fish, the Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna ($24) is for you. Served with a side of pineapple crab fried rice and a wasabi ginger vinaigrette sauce, the dish is satisfying without being filling. The fresh-caught tuna is flavored perfectly with the sesame seeds, and the pineapple crab fried rice is a nice blend of flavors that makes for the perfect bite. Or try the Churrasco Skirt Steak. For lunch ($22) it is served with heirloom tomatoes, baby rocket, pickled cipollini onions and a Roaring Forties blue cheese chimichurri vinaigrette. If you’re there for dinner, the steak ($24) is served with yucca frites, grilled asparagus and a chimichurri sauce.

No matter which meal you’re in for, the Churrasco Skirt Steak is an excellent choice for meat lovers. The steak is cooked to perfection for a melt-in-yourmouth meal, and the fresh vegetables and chimichurri sauce add a nice blend of flavors to the dish. One must-have dish is the Cheesecake Flan. Made fresh daily, the dessert is served with a pineapple cayenne caramel and is a delicious, not-too-sweet finish to a great meal. The pineapple adds a burst of flavor, and the cheesecake flan is creamy and smooth. Pangea Bistro is open for lunch and dinner, except for Sundays when it serves only dinner, although a Sunday brunch is planned to start soon. Located in the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 170, Pangea Bistro accepts reservations by calling (561) 793-9394 or online at www.pangeabistro.net.

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wellington dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices. Create your own “Pasta-Bility” with Agliolio’s 100-percent fresh pastas and homemade sauces full of bold and fresh flavors. Ask about the “Perfect Pair” entrees. Agliolio offers an extensive wine list by the glass and the bottle. For more info., call (561) 798-7770 or visit Agliolio in the Wellington Plaza at 12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. at the corner of Wellington Trace. Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill serves seafood, steaks, salads, burgers and pizzas as well as daily specials. Backstreets is located in the Wellington Plaza and is open for lunch and dinner. Call (561) 795-0100 for info. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is located on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. Specializing in family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo is known for its large portions designed to serve several people. If you’ve got a large party, reserve the Pope’s Room; for a unique experience, reserve the table in the kitchen. For more info., call (561) 790-3287 or visit www.bucadibeppo.com. Christy’s NY Cheesecake offers delicious baked goods that leave you wanting more. Christy’s is now open in its new, larger location at the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 110. Call (561) 795-3244 for more info. For a quick pick-me-up on the go, or a place to sit and relax over a cup of coffee, visit Cofftea Café in the Courtyard Shops at the corner of Greenview Shores Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 798-4050.

lington Green at 2465 State Road 7, Suite 300. For more info., call (561) 204-5432. Enjoy a delicious drink, a beautiful water view, fantastic music and authentic Mexican food all without packing your suitcase at El Toro Mexican Family Restaurant adjacent to the Royal Inn at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. Dine in or enjoy the patio bar. For more info., call (561) 296-7102. Field of Greens, located at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Pointe at Wellington Green, serves some of the freshest and healthiest food in town. It is a quick, contemporary restaurant specializing in salads and sandwiches. Enjoy customized salads with homemade dressings, as well as signature salads and wraps. For more info., call (561) 795-4345. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. Grand Buffet is located in the Royal Plaza at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards featuring an all-you-can-eat Chinese and Japanese buffet. Enjoy a 40-foot-long sushi bar, barbecue bar, teriyaki bar, salad bar, dessert bar and hibachi station. Meeting and party rooms are available. For more info., call (561) 784-9902. Drop by the Gypsy’s Horse Irish Pub & Restaurant and relax in a warm, traditional Irish setting complete with oak-barrel tables and a full bar with many types of beer flowing from the taps. Regular live entertainment is offered. The Gypsy’s Horse is located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Call (561) 333-3700 for more info.

Executive Chef David Palmateer runs deVine Bistro & Bar with his wife Sara. The restaurant’s atmosphere is chic yet comfy, and the gourmet menu focuses on hand-selected and all-natural ingredients. DeVine Bistro & Bar is located the Plaza 1 at 1/25/11 WelHilary’s Restaurant, an authentic kosher-style PBO-18713 Wellington Maginad_Layout 11:41 AM Page 1

diner in Royal Palm Beach, serves breakfast and lunch any day of the week and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Good food, generous portions and great service make Hilary’s a hometown favorite. It is located in the Royal Plaza at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. For more info., call (561) 790-7301. I’m Greek Today features a menu with a strong emphasis on one of the world’s healthiest diets — food that is simple and elegant, fresh, timeless and Mediterranean. Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine as well as wines from around the world. I’m Greek Today is located in Southern Palm Crossing at 11051 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 333-4233 or visit www.imgreektoday.com. Jason’s Deli is where all the food is free of artificial trans fats, MSG and high-fructose corn syrup. Enjoy wonderful sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and fruit. You can even build your own sandwich! Jason’s Deli is located at 2605 State Road 7 near Whole Foods Market in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 333-1263 or visit www.jasonsdeli.com. Joe’s American Bar & Grill, a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine, is now open in the Mall at Wellington Green near the food court. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served featuring a menu full of items prepared using the freshest quality ingredients. Joe’s is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Visit Joe’s at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. For info., visit www.joesamerican.com or call (561) 798-7433. La Fogata Restaurant serves delicious Mexican cuisine. The restaurant, located in the Wellington Town Square at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., features a tequila bar. Call (561) 422-1641 for info. Lock Stock and Barrel Restaurant, located at 3208 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is your

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The Players Club Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington) features gourmet cuisine along with a popular piano bar, outside dining, two outside smoking bars, live entertainment and catered events. Call (561) 795-0080 for more info. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Ristorante Vino, located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m. seven nights a week. For reservations, call (561) 790-3232. Spices Modern Thai & Sushi Bar features delicious Asian cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy authentic savory Thai cuisine coupled with a full-service sushi bar. Spices is open every day for lunch and dinner, and is located at 11071 Southern Blvd. in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza behind Bank Atlantic. For more info., call (561) 798-3877 or visit www.enjoyspices.com.

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Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. The gourmet American fare features delicious entrees with the perfect wines to accompany. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stone woodgrill.com for more info. Sushi Yama Siam is located at 12785 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza at the corner of Wellington Trace and Forest Hill Blvd. Specializing in sushi, Sushi Yama Siam also offers exciting appetizers, sushi rolls, temaki, tempura, katsu, stir-fry, curry and signature rolls. For more info., call (561) 747-6875. 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. Specialties include signature overstuffed sandwiches, chicken noodle soup and traditional deli classics. 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 pick up your order of signature wings, ribs, chicken and more. Tree’s also delivers mouthwatering menu items, and caters events and parties. Visit www.treeswingsand ribs.com or call (561) 791-1535 for more information. The White Horse Tavern serves up bold, hearty flavors from a convenient location adjacent to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Located at 3401 Equestrian Club Road in Wellington, White Horse Tavern opens for dinner at 5 p.m. nightly. For more info., call (561) 333-1150. |wellington the magazine| March 2011


wellington calendar Thursday, March 3 • The Wellington Women’s Club will meet Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Binks Forest Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington). Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner and a presentation by Sonia Meyer, author of the novel Dosha: Flight of the Russian Gypsies. The guest fee is $30. To RSVP, call Allyson Samiljan at (561) 798-6741. Friday, March 4 • The $75K FEI Nations Cup presented by G & C Farm will take place Friday, March 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). Call (561) 7935867 or visit www.equestriansport.com for info. Saturday, March 5 • The newly launched Wellington Ballet Theatre will hold auditions Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Dance Arts Conservatory (12260 Fortune Circle, Suite J1, Wellington). For more information, visit www.wellingtonballettheatre.org or call Rocky or Dorie Duvall at (561) 306-0787. • The $35K Hermes Puissance will take place Saturday, March 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). For more info., call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.equestriansport.com. • An International Affair, a benefit for the Diabetes Research Institute, will take place Saturday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Tickets are available for $225 per person. For more info., visit www.diabetesresearch.org/ia2011 or call (800) 321-3437. Monday, March 7 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Monday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill (11141 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). The presentation will be on 2011 real estate trends. For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.palmswest.com. Tuesday, March 8 • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. Wednesday, March 9 • The World Dressage Masters Palm Beach will be at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center (7500 Forest Hill Blvd.) Wednesday through Friday, March 9-11. For more information, visit www.wellington classicdressage.com or call (561) 227-1570. For table reservations or tickets call Maria Feola at (561) 2825334 or e-mail mfeola@internationalpoloclub.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Socrates Café for adults Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. The Society for Philosophical Inquiry initiated the concept for this discussion led by Marji Chapman. Find out the topic when you pre-register by calling (561) 790-6070. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Sensational Steampunk Crafts” for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Blend old-fashioned and modern media styles to create your own steampunk style with accessories made from gears, wheels and chains combined with ribbons and beads. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, March 11 • The Fete Cheval to benefit the EQUUS Foundation will take place Friday, March 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). For tickets, call Lynn Coakley at (203) 259-1550 or e-mail equus@ equusfoundation.org. Saturday, March 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Community Fair on Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. Meet representatives from local organizations and learn more about them. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Challenge of the Americas, an equestrian benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Play for P.I.N.K., will take place Saturday,


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March 12 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. For more info., visit www.challengeoftheamericas. com or call Mary Ross at (561) 852-2591. • The $200,000 Grand Prix CSI W will take place Saturday, March 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). Call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.equestriansport.com for more info.

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Sunday, March 13 • The Palms West Community Foundation will present the inaugural “Big A$$ Auction” on Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m. at the Wanderers Club at Wellington (1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington). Enjoy a poolside barbecue, bingo and a really big auction. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit www.palmswest.com or call Maureen Gross at (561) 791-6200 for more info. • Temple Beth Zion (129 Sparrow Drive, Royal Palm Beach) will serve dinner and present “ReReading: The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant on Sunday, March 13 at 5 p.m. featuring Jewish storyteller Janie Grackin. The Red Tent retells the story of Dinah, which is found in the book of Genesis, Chapter 34. The cost is $18 per person. For more info., call Muriel at (561) 798-8888. Monday, March 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “School Sleuths: You Know Whodunit” for ages 9 to 12 on Monday, March 14 at 4 p.m. Create your own mystery and challenge your friends to solve it. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, March 16 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host its Board Installation and Business Excellence Awards on Wednesday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wanderers Club at Wellington (1900 Aero Club Dr.). Phelps Media Group will be honored for Business Excellence and the Wellness Experience will be honored for Best Emerging Business. Call (561) 7926525 to RSVP. • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host an After-Hours Networking Mixer on Wednesday, March 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at On the Border Mexican Grill (11121 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.palmswest.com. Thursday, March 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “St. Patrick’s Day Origami” for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. Celebrate by making your own four-leaf clover. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Book Discussion Series for adults Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Sara Harris will lead a discussion of Ordinary People by Judith Guest. Sign up and check out the book. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Saturday, March 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) “Chess Club” for age 8 and up will meet Saturday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. Practice your strategy skills with others. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Vita Flex Match Race will take place Saturday, March 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). For more info., call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.equestriansport.com. Sunday, March 20 • The 26-goal U.S. Open will run from March 20 through April 17 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington). For more info., call (561) 204-5687 or visit www.inter nationalpoloclub.com. • The Palms West Chamber Men’s Club will host a golf outing at the Binks Forest Golf Club (400 Binks Forest Dr., Wellington) on Sunday, March 20 with registration at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per golfer ($280 per foursome). For more info., call (561) 790-6200.

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wellington calendar Monday, March 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will hold “1,000 Blank White Cards” for ages 9 to 12 on Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m. How much fun can 1,000 blank white cards be? You won’t know until you try this awesome game. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, March 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Teen Game Night” for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. Play Nintendo Wii and board games. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Ancestry.com: Genealogy Training” for adults on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. Linda Cubias will share tips and tricks on using this genealogy database. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Community Band will perform Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). Refreshments will be served during the intermission. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. Wednesday, March 23 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will present “How to Protect Yourself from Fraud & Identity Theft” on Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. The Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service will offer tips and techniques to reduce your risk of being a victim. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Thursday, March 24 • The Safety Council of Palm Beach County will offer a Basic Driver Improvement Course on Thursday, March 24 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). A motorcycle course will be offered March 24, 26 and 27 at Wellington High School. This combined class-


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room and road course is now required for motorcycle endorsement. For more info., visit www.safetycouncil pbc.org, or call (561) 845-8233 or (800) 640-2415. • Swing into Spring with the College Music Department at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (1977 College Drive, Belle Glade) on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 993-1160 for tickets or visit www.dollyhand.org. Friday, March 25 • The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation will host its Back to Nature Luncheon featuring Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network on Friday, March 25 at noon at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach (100 S Ocean Blvd, Lantana). To register online, visit www. artmarshall.org. • Palm Beach Central and Wellington high schools students will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fundraiser on Friday, March 25 at 3 p.m. at Wellington Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). For more information, visit the Wellington Kids Care page at www.stbaldricks.org/events/wellingtonkidscare or www.crowdtogether.com. Saturday, March 26 • On Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, crowds will gather at the Royal Palm Art & Music Festival to watch as fine works of art emerge and transform the southern tip of Royal Palm Beach Blvd. into the largest artist canvas in the area. For more info., visit www.royalpalmbeachfestival.com or call (561) 790-6200. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “A Glimpse of Chinese Culture through Dance and Music” for adults on Saturday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with the Joy Dance Group of the Chinese Association of Science, Education and Culture of South Florida, as they perform traditional dances and musical numbers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

• The $500,000 FTI Finale Grand Prix FEI CSI 5* will take place Saturday, March 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (14440 Pierson Road, Wellington). Call (561) 793-5867 or visit www.equestriansport.com for info. • The Village of Wellington will host a Community Concert on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater featuring the band Viva. Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. Monday, March 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Legos” for age 8 and up on Monday, March 28 at 4 p.m. Create your own vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. Tuesday, March 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Open Mic Night for adults Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Perform poetry, short prose, an essay, or a dance. Play an instrument or sing a song for an audience of all ages. Pick up the rules when you pre-register. Call (561) 790-6070 for more information. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature a Book Discussion on Clockwork Angel for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. Thursday, March 31 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature an Introduction to Irish Dancing for adults Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. Marie Marzi will teach beginner steps based on traditional dance forms. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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25th Anniversary — Palms West Hospital kicked off its 25th anniversary celebration Thursday, Feb. 10, with cake and cupcakes, memories and reunions. Founding CEO Mike Pugh, along with current CEO Bland Eng and a few nurses who have been around since the beginning, delivered treats throughout the day. Shown here are Eng and Pugh with cake and balloons.

Young Professionals At Polo — The Wellington Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals met for brunch and enjoyed the polo game on Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Mallet Grille at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Shown here are Gigi and Henric Nordstrom, Gina and Tom Leinwol, Chris and Maggie Zeller, and Julie Pickens.

2011 Equestrian Idol — Equestrians from all disciplines gathered Friday, Feb. 4 to enjoy the Equestrian Idol Musical Talent Show at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The top prize of the evening was awarded to Robert Orthwein at an event benefiting the EQUUS Foundation. Shown here are Catherine Herman, winner Robert Orthwein, Patricia Keenan and Rebecca Brewer. Phelps Media Group Photo

WCS Homecoming Parade — Wellington Christian School held its ninth annual homecoming parade on Thursday, Jan. 27 with the theme of classic cartoons. Each grade chose a show, built a float accordingly and performed a skit. The winning float belonged to the senior class, which performed a skit from Scooby-Doo. Pictured here, the Scooby-Doo crew is surprised by a ghost.

Jump for Home Safe — The benefit event Jump for Home Safe took place Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. There was a silent auction, food and an open bar, and a “horseless horse show” for kids. For more information about Home Safe, visit www.help homesafe.org. Shown here are Home Safe Board Member Rex Kirby, CEO Matthew Ladika, Chairman Mike Nichols and Board Member Steve Berstein.

Gallery Opening — The Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Equestrian Sport Productions hosted a champagne reception Thursday, Feb. 3 in the Gallery at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The event featured the work of artist Patricia Powers. Shown here are Wellington Chamber President Bill Tavernise, Executive Director Michela Perillo-Green, Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig and Mayor Darell Bowen. |wellington the magazine| March 2011



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