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Palm Beach Polo • Muir Circle: A jewel in the heart of the polo club with everything you could ever want but rarely available in a house this size. Fully renovated from top to bottom and provides endless opportunities to entertain. The back yard is fully fenced with mature landscaping Offered turnkey at $895,000

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Palm Beach Polo • Hunter’s Chase: Effor tless elegance describes this impeccable home. Upgraded exterior lighting showcases the backyard oasis featuring lush landscaping and an oversized screened patio with built in BBQ and cabana bath. It is the perfect place to call home seasonally or annually. Offered at $1,635,000

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Dues-Only Membership – No Initiation Fee Required Full Golf or Social Memberships Available Traditional golf with no tee times, tennis, and fitness Casual dining at The Duke’s Bar, Veranda, and poolside • Fine dining at Stables Restaurant A junior Olympic-size pool, kiddie pool, and play area • Year-round social calendar and child-friendly programs An extensive summer reciprocal membership program For membership information, call 561.795.3501. • 1900 Aero Club Drive • Wellington, FL 33414 Dues-Only Membership may be recalled once the Club Membership reaches its full complement, beginning with the last in, unless the then established membership deposit is paid. All memberships are prorated as of initiation date.



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KIDS WILL BE HELPING KIDS AT PRINCESS & PIRATES BALL When the International Polo Club Palm Beach is filled with tiny tiaras and pint-sized pirates on Sunday, Nov. 16, guests know this event is more than just a ball — it’s a chance for the youngest members of society to change the lives of their peers.











For a bride and groom, their wedding day will likely be one of the most memorable days of their lives. This makes it a powerful story to share with the world. “Tell Us Your Wedding Story” allows our readers a glimpse into just how the featured bride and groom’s special day came together. By Deborah Welky Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon, a full-service bridal boutique, recently hosted a Gown Giveaway for military brides at its Wellington location through Brides Across America. For the 11 participating brides, “Operation Wedding Gown” was in full effect. They came from all across Florida to Bacio Bacio to sort through breathtaking dresses. By Julie Unger Matthew Morrissey is the grand-nephew of Gene Mische, the legendary founder of Stadium Jumping. With his father, Michael Morrissey, now at the helm, Matt and his family preside over some of the most iconic equestrian events in the country. By Carrie Wirth

Neil Newstein, a Wellington resident, has spent a lifetime helping thousands of families with special needs, the last 28 of them with the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) and the Levine Residential Family & Children’s Service. By Deborah Welky


WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Art Cellar Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Wellington Studio Party At Palms West Hospital Helps Launch The New School Year American Legion Hosts Future Heroes Charity Golf Tournament Wellington Remembrance Ceremony Honors Lives Lost On 9/11 Women Of The Western Communities Kicks Off Exciting Season Waste Management Donates School Supplies To B&G Club





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Lindsey Guthrie, this month’s contestant in Wellington The Magazine’s Wellington’s Next Top Model competition, knows that following her dreams into the modeling industry isn’t easy, but she is ready for the challenge. By Julie Unger

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Wellington Home visits a beautiful equestrian estate on six acres in the Palm Beach Point community. The home features luxurious details, such as crystal chandeliers, marble flooring, intricate ceilings and more. A gourmet kitchen, grand living room, library and well-appointed master suite are just some of the unique attributes. By Julie Unger Romeo’s Italian Cuisine in the Wellington Marketplace will soon be offering its tastetempting, authentic delights in a much larger space. Owner Tony Manglaviti is expanding Romeo’s into two adjacent bays, tripling the space. Diners will find a wide variety of classic Italian dishes, along with much more. By Chris Felker


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PALM BEACH BRIDES 2014: Tell Us Your Wedding Story! The return of our annual bridal issue is always exciting. It’s such a fun concept to explore. This year, we invited our readers to “Tell Us Your Wedding Story.” Carly and Michael Tanner, our cover couple, join three other local newlyweds in sharing their wedding story with our readers. “Tell Us Your Wedding Story” offers a glimpse into just how their special day came together. By sharing their story, we hope our readers will find their own wedding inspiration. Also on a bridal theme this month, we have the heartwarming story about how Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon joined with Brides Across America to help military brides find the perfect wedding dress for their big day. Finally, we get a look at some popular Wellington wedding venues. The October nominee for our Wellington’s Next Top Model contest is Lindsey Guthrie, a college student who has her sights set on a future in modeling. Owner Brianne Purnell and the team at Tresses Color Bar Salon put together an “it girl” look for Lindsey’s big photo shoot. Teaming up with Zest Clothing for the latest in fall fashion, Lindsey was ready for the runway! Our contest continues through the month of November. Be sure to watch for our November nominee announcement and all the information on how to vote for your top model, helping us decide who will be named “Wellington’s Next Top Model” and be December’s cover girl. Also in this issue, we chat with Matt Morrissey and his wife, Tiffany Cornacchio-Morrissey. Matt is the grand-nephew of Gene Mische, the legendary founder of Stadium Jumping and creator of the Winter Equestrian Festival. With his father Michael Morrissey now at the helm, Matt and his family keep close ties to Wellington while presiding over some of the most iconic equestrian events in the country. Meanwhile, the third annual Princess & Pirates Ball returns to the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Sunday, Nov. 16 to raise money for the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County. IPC will be filled with tiny tiaras and pint-sized pirates for an event designed to let the youngest members of society help their peers in need. This month’s Wellington Hero is Neil Newstein, a man who has dedicated his life to taking care of people in need. Wellington Real Estate checks in with Ann-Louise Cook, an equestrian specialist with Illustrated Properties, while Wellington Health visits with Dr. Ira Grossman at Palms West Veterinary Hospital. Wellington Table stops by the expanding Romeo’s Italian Cuisine, and Wellington Home tours a breathtaking equestrian estate in the Palm Beach Point neighborhood. As we go to press with this issue, we turn our attention to a very exciting November issue, where we plan to bring you Wellington’s official “Equestrian Season Preview.” Keep your eye out for it!

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Art Cellar, a combination art school and wine bar, held its grand opening on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Owners Kim Hernandez and Jen Hernandez provide an artistic atmosphere for an arts-and-crafts adventure, made even more enjoyable with wine and beer options. The studio is located in Wellington Green Square at 10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more information, call (561) 792-2272 or visit

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman American Legion Hosts Future Heroes Charity Golf Tournament

(Left to right) Event organizers Ed Portman, John Isola and Mike Pancia; John Isola with first-place winners Marcos Vazquez, Derek Hurwitch and Craig Eaton (Dan Egertson not pictured); and second-place finishers Rusty Lamm and Dorothy and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw with John Isola (Fred Rogers not pictured).

Wellington American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 held annual Future Heroes Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Wanderers Club. Awards were given out during a buffet dinner. There were raffles and a silent auction, as well as golf on the greens. Proceeds benefit the Future Heroes Scholarship Fund and local support programs.

(Left to right) John Isola with third-place finishers Mike Schatzberg, Hector Mena, Chris Cole and Don Wright; Rusty Lamm (closest to the pin) and John Powers (longest drive) with John Isola; Cameron Meek and Brett Allen receive golf balls from Commander Max Nelson; and Aaron Paylor, David Hogue, Clark Henderson and Ryan McKenzie from Park Avenue Grille.


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wellington social scene By Julie Unger Wellington Remembrance Ceremony Honors Lives Lost On 9/11

(Left to right) John Napolitano with his daughter and grandson Dawn and Johnny Grasso, and a picture of Lt. John P. Napolitano, an FDNY firefighter who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks; Wellington Idol winner Jessica Pereira leads the national anthem; and Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis with some of the scouts on hand for the event.

Wellington Village Council members joined public safety personnel and members of the community on Thursday, Sept. 11 for a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Wellington Community Center. Speakers honored the lives lost that day, sharing memories and paying respects. The guest speaker was John Napolitano, a Wellington resident who lost his son on 9/11.

(Left to right) PBCFR Division Chief Nigel Baker and PBSO Corporal Alex Nunes; Jon Elardo with guest speaker John Napolitano; Sebastien Rodriguez, Michael Mitchell, Master Chef Chick Hawksley and Alexandro Rodriguez; and Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue officers attend the ceremony.


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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Women Of The Western Communities Kicks Off Exciting Season

(Left) Allyson Samilijan, Michelle Haines, Mary Rowe and Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig. (Right) Deborah Nuessly, Carmella Librizzi, Marge Sprecht and Carole Anderson.

Women of the Western Communities resumed its monthly meetings Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Wanderers Club. After a summer hiatus, the group is ready with fresh ideas for raising money and collecting items to donate to the YWCA Harmony House. The group meets the first Thursday of the month. For more info., contact Mair Armand at or (561) 635-0011.

(Left to right) Women of the Western Communities President Mair Armand and Treasurer Faye Ford; Terri Priore and Michelle Haines; Liz Bloeser, Phyllis Gaugher and Betsy Carroll; and Terri Chevalier and Lisa Schwartz with Donna Kuebler and Lynda Chicano.


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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Waste Management Donates School Supplies To B&G Club

(Left) Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County CEO Jaene Miranda and Ellen Smith of Waste Management with club members Marcus, Wendolyn and Gia holding school supplies. (Right) Children get their school supplies.

Representatives from Waste Management visited the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington on Thursday, Aug. 28. The company was on hand to donate a wide assortment of school supplies for the kids. Visit www.bgcpbc. org for more info.

(Left to right) Dawn McCormick, Ellen Smith, Glenn Miller, Kendra Peterson and Boys & Girls Clubs CEO and President Jaene Miranda; D.J. and Mya with Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig and Waste Management’s Glenn Miller; Waste Management’s Glenn Miller, Noel Martinez and Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig unpack school supplies; and Noel Martinez and Dawn McCormick bring in more school supplies.


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Kids Will Be Helping Kids At The Princess & Pirates Ball Nov. 16


hen the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington is filled with tiny tiaras and pint-sized pirates on Sunday, Nov. 16, guests know this event is more than just a ball — it’s a chance for the youngest members of society to change the lives of their peers. The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County (CFS) will welcome families to the third annual Princess & Pirates Ball from 3 to 6 p.m. that day. Those attending will enjoy a full array of fun activities, including a bounce house, a DJ, rock climbing, a beauty bar by Frank Cassi Hair & Beauty, and many more enchanting and adventuresome games. Guests can refresh themselves with dinner by the bite and cocktails or “mocktails.” The early-evening event is a time for celebration and joy, and it is also a time for children to discover how philanthropy can begin at nearly any age. CFS is a nationally accredited, nonprofit social service organization with the goal of ending the generational cycle of family violence, protecting children and strengthening the family,

Phoebe and Sharon Apple.

The ball is the signature event for the CFS Kids Helping Kids Club, which aims to increase awareness of philanthropy among youth while making a difference in the life of another child. Proceeds from the ball will be used to support the Pat Reeves Village Shelter, the only 24-hour emergency shelter in Palm Beach County serving families. The shelter also provides life-changing services to families with children who are either homeless or at risk for homelessness. Young members of the Kids Helping Kids Club create welcome baskets for new residents to the Pat Reeves Village, attend and help to organize monthly family nights, help with the Pat Reeves Village Garden, and assist with food donations and the organization of the village’s food pantry. Another one of the popular programs offered by the center, which has a location at 12773 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 1205, in Wellington, is Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), an instructional, home-based program designed to help parents learn how to teach children ages

(Above) Amy Guerrieri with Elizabeth and Emma Guerrieri and Lauren Miller. (Below) Olivia Sauerberg and Melissa Parker.

(Above) Sienna, Nicole and RJ Munder. (Below) Nana Winters, Abigail Beebe, Amie Swan and Kerry Stanis.

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three to five to succeed in school. Parents are empowered to be their children’s first teachers and create an educational environment in the home that promotes literacy. This program, which is available in Palm Beach County only through the Center for Family Services, works alongside the CFS’ Positive Parenting Program, which aims to prevent behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in children by enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of parents. While many of CFS programs are devoted to the well-being of children, additional services, including counseling, are available for adults as well. Among the counseling services offered by CFS, the Safe Kids program is the only one in Palm Beach County recognized by the Florida Department of Health Children’s Medical Services as an official sexual abuse treatment provider. Other programs include recovery from substance abuse counseling, individual and family counseling and the revolutionary Life Enrichment Employee Assistance Program, which offers full-


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service employee assistance for employers, employees and their families in a cost-effective manner. All these programs are assisted by incredible volunteers, and whether through donations of money or of time, they are invaluable — something each Kids Helping Kids Club member discovers during an outing to the Pat Reeves Village. And the best part? This magical journey can begin with an enchanting ball. The third annual Princess & Pirate Ball starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave. South, Wellington). Abigail Beebe and Amie Swan will serve as co-chairs; Ilana Stoll, Jake Apple and Ava Murray are the kids committee chairs; Emma Guerrieri and Max Silverstein are the junior honorary chairs; and Sonja and Mark Stevens are honorary chairs. Tickets are $150 per adult and $95 per child. PNC Bank is the event corporate sponsor. For more information about Kids Helping Kids or the third annual Princess & Pirate Ball, visit or call (561) 616-1232.

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Optimal Thyroid?

“I have tried every diet known to man (or moms) these last few years – to no avail.” Alyson continued to tell me her story. “For example, this past summer, my best friend flew me to their home in Sonoma for an entire month. We ate nothing but organic everything, lean protein, I drank 150 ounce-plus of water a day and did a high intensity workout every morning mixing up interval training with boot camp at her gym. In exactly 30 days – I lost a grand total of THREE pounds. I didn’t even lose the initial ‘water weight’ everyone else loses.” I empathized, “It’s hard to stay motivated with minimal results.” “I’m willing to starve myself, if that would work. I even did two rounds of hCG. My wallet’s lighter, but that’s about it.” “The FDA recently published a website,, detailing how hCG diet products are illegal, and how restrictive diets such as that one can cause electrolyte disturbances, an irregular heartbeat and are potentially fatal.” I continued, “But looking at your diet history, I don’t think the problem is one of eating too much.” “Dr. Woliner, what else could it be? I have a friend that blew up taking Abilify for her depression, and another while on Actos for diabetes, but I’m not on any medications.” “It’s true that many drugs have weight gain as a common side effect [1]. But there are other causes of weight gain. With your other symptoms of cold intolerance, fatigue, and constipation, I’m thinking that you have an untreated thyroid condition [2].” “I begged my other doctors to treat me for that, but they all said no.” “Some doctors focus too much on lab tests without considering the patient’s history and physical exam findings [3]. Thyroid hormone resistance is more common than people realize.” Alyson sat with a puzzled look on her face. “So, even if these doctors said my tests were normal, I might still have a thyroid problem? [4]” “The word ‘normal’ has many meanings. There is a difference between ‘common’ and ‘optimal’ [5]. Rather than using a range that includes people who are overweight and being treated for high cholesterol and other conditions, perhaps it would be better to use narrower ranges of persons who feel ‘dandy’ [6].” “Does anyone even use that word anymore?” “My practice is built on patient-to-patient referrals. Just liking my bedside manner is not enough to convince your friends to see me. You have to glow. So yes, I do plan on making you feel dandy.” After finishing Alyson’s physical exam, my staff used our Korr indirect calorimetry machine to measure her metabolic rate [7]. “You’re at ‘minus 20%’. That’s one of the slowest metabolism’s I’ve ever seen!” “How do we fix that?” “I use a holistic approach that combines behavior changes, diet, exercise, supplements, and of course medications [8,9]. I prefer to use T3 based drugs as they have been shown to cause significantly more weight loss than T4 drugs such as Synthroid alone [10].” As I ramped up Alyson’s dose of thyroid medication, her fatigue and other symptoms began to resolve. To be on the safe side, I periodically rechecked her EKG and bone density, which remained normal [11]. “Dr. Woliner, your scale says I only lost 49 pounds, but at home, naked, I’m down 51!”

Thyroid hormone resistance is more common than people realize.

REFERENCES: [1] Singh T. Aripiprazole-induced weight gain. Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2005 Jun;2(6):19. [2] de Moura Souza A, Sichieri R. Association between serum TSH concentration within the normal range and adiposity. Eur J Endocrinol. 2011 Jul;165(1):11-5. [3] Kalra S, Khandelwal SK. Why are our hypothyroid patients unhappy? Is tissue hypothyroidism the answer? Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Jul;15(Suppl 2):S95-8. [4] Dickey RA, Wartofsky L, Feld S. Optimal thyrotropin level: normal ranges and reference intervals are not equivalent. Thyroid. 2005 Sep;15(9):1035-9. [5] Gurnell M, Halsall DJ, Chatterjee VK. What should be done when thyroid function tests do not make sense? Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2011 Jun;74(6):673-8. [6} Shomon M. The Optimal Treatment for Hypothyroidism – Interview with Dr. Ken Woliner. January 10, 2011. [7] Kim B. Thyroid hormone as a determinant of energy expenditure and the basal metabolic rate. Thyroid. 2008 Feb;18(2):141-4. [8] Singh P, et al. The impact of yoga upon female patients suffering from hypothyroidism. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Aug;17(3):132-4. [9] Schomburg L. Treating Hashimoto’s thyroiditis with selenium: no risks, just benefits? Thyroid. 2011 May;21(5):563-4. [10] Celi FS, et al. Metabolic effects of liothyronine therapy in hypothyroidism: a randomized, double-blind, crossover trial of liothyronine versus levothyroxine. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Nov: 96(11):34466-74. [11] Ricken R, et al. Long-term treatment with supraphysiological doses of thyroid hormone in affective disorders - effects on bone mineral density. J Affect Disord. 2012 Jan;136(1-2):e89-94. Dr. Kenneth Woliner is a board-certified family physician in private practice in Boca Raton . He can be reached at 9325 Glades Road, #104, Boca Raton , FL , 33434 ; 561-314-0950;;

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Carly & Michael

C Said I Do May 24, 2014

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“The most magical moment for me was having my dad walk me down the aisle to my Prince Charming,” Carly recalled. “Since I was a little girl, I had always dreamed about that moment. Also, I had recorded a personalized voice message to Michael, and it played right before I walked down the aisle. He was so surprised — the look on his face was priceless!”


Carly and Michael immersed themselves in every bit of their wedding day, enjoying the entire experience from beginning to end. A wedding is a magical time, a celebration that is both a beginning and an end. Years of dating and months of planning culminate in a very special day. Yet “happily ever after” sometimes begins when one least expects it. You’re immersed in your daily grind, going about your business, and suddenly — there it is. Something clicks. Glances are exchanged, then words, then a phone number. Before you know it, you’re exchanging vows in front of everyone you love. Two become one — a family. For Carly and Michael Tanner, the magic began in college. In addition to their studies at the University of South Florida, both were working as servers at a Chili’s restaurant. There was a mutual attraction, a spark, but any flickering flames were quickly doused — both were dating other people. It took five years and the intervention of a mutual friend for destiny to right itself. Now free, the two began dating. But marriage? “I knew he was the one the first month we started dating,” Carly said. “He was the boy version of me. He treated me like a princess and was everything I always wanted.” For Michael, the feeling was mutual. “He says, ‘I knew she was the one after our first date,’” Carly said.

A surprise trip to San Francisco held yet another surprise for Carly. “We were biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, and we stopped to take pictures. The next thing I knew, he was down on one knee, asking me to marry him.” Fast forward to May 24, 2014 and Carly is walking down the aisle of St. Ann Catholic Church in a gown by Liancarlo. She had secretly embroidered her new name into the hem: “Mrs. Michael Tanner.” Awaiting her arrival at the altar are maids of honor Mary Brooks and Diana Lossing. Alongside Michael are best men Christopher Gaj and Edward Douglas. “On my bouquet, I had my Alpha Delta Pi sorority pin, and all the pins of my bridesmaids who were in my sorority as well. I also had Michael’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon pin on there from his fraternity,” Carly said. “It added a memorable touch.” The event was photographed by Sarina Babb of His Eyes Photography and recorded by Christian DaSilva of DaSilva Productions. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace and the two danced to “I Have and I Always Will” by Dave Barnes. It was their first dance together as husband and wife. Michael swept Carly off to a twoweek honeymoon in Sydney, Australia and Bora Bora, Tahiti. “It was absolutely amazing,” Carly said. It was a wedding fit for a princess.

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TJ & Bryan

Said I Do July 12, 2014

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“Bryan and I decided not to have a ‘first look’ session with the photographers, so we saw each other for the first time while I was walking down the aisle,” TJ said. “I was certainly overwhelmed by joy and excitement, and it was so reassuring to finally take his hand and make my vows. This was made even more special as I walked down the aisle escorted by my dad, Matt Playne.” October 2014 |wellington the magazine| 10th Anniversary


Trinity Joy (“TJ”) Ingram reflects back on what brought her and her husband Bryan together. They met in the youth choir at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach in 2004, but things took time. “We didn’t really start getting to know each other until 2007, when we started playing tennis while on breaks from school,” TJ recalled. “We started officially dating on July 5, 2009 and got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2014.” From there, things moved along at a faster pace. The wedding took place on July 12 at the church where they met. Between 2009 and 2014, they faced challenges, both personally and as a couple. “We each walked through a lot of adversity while we were dating, and even together as friends before,” TJ said. “I knew I wanted to marry him, and he knew he wanted to marry me, when we realized what strong support we had in each other. I truly believe we are stronger and better together than we are apart.” The night Bryan proposed was memorable. “Bryan and I went out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. After dinner, we went to the beach in Jupiter where we had our first date,” TJ said. “We walked for a little while and then he got down on one knee. Shortly after I said yes, a private party nearby had a fireworks show that we were able to see from our spot on the beach. It was an amazing surprise for both of us!” The reception was held in the oceanfront pavilion at the Hilton Singer Island. TJ wore a gown from David’s Bridal and was attended by Matron

of Honor Mattie Gunter and Maid of Honor Talia Playne, her sisters. Bryan’s friend Robert Glass served as best man. As the couple danced to “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz, they were photographed by Rebecca and Matthew Enslein from The Studio B Photography. “Several things brought character to the wedding,” TJ said. “As my ‘something old,’ I wore a diamond and ruby bracelet that my mom, Geri Playne, gifted to me on the day of the wedding. My garter was a custom-made Florida Gator garter from my mother-in-law, Lorrie Ingram. During the ceremony, we braided a ‘cord of three strands.’ The significance of the cord is taken from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12... Two of the strands symbolize the bride and groom, and the third strand symbolizes God, who holds the marriage together.” The ceremony also included a duet by friends Josh and Melissa Rowell and a scripture reading by friends Kevin and Teresa Gilmore. In was officiated by Jimmy Fogleman, a former youth pastor to the bride and boss to the groom. TJ credits friends with making the reception a success. “Our good friend Josh Delasant was the DJ, and he did an amazing job,” TJ said. “My other bridesmaid, Holly Cunningham, and the other groomsmen, Christian Ramos and Justin Kearse, made the reception so much fun and brought life to the party.” A honeymoon in Costa Rica was icing on the cake, but TJ and Bryan both agree that the most memorable moment of the day was when they initially set eyes on each other in the church.

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scape and finely detailed interior. The Stables restaurant boasts a wine list topping more than 400 exquisite wines to pair with meals inspired by flavors from around the world. The intimate atmosphere at the Stables, or the club’s two bars, overlooking the pool or the driving range and polo field, offer beautiful settings for wedding activities. For parties preferring the great outdoors, casual receptions on the pool deck provide a beautiful backdrop for photography. The club’s elegant ballroom is wonderful for a more formal affair. Custom requests are always welcome, and the Wanderers Club can enhance any wedding with a wedding canopy, theatrical entertainment, floral and décor, music, lighting, photographers and videographers. For weddings with extra flair, fireworks are also an option, upping the wow factor of the event. All styles of weddings are possible at

the Wanderers Club, where the staff is committed to providing the ultimate atmosphere for an unforgettable dream wedding. To learn more about hosting wedding-related events at the Wanderers Club, call Whitney Buchanan at (561) 795-3501, ext. 206, or visit

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Laurie &Stan

L Said I Do June 8, 2014

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The day was made even more special by sharing it with the milestones of their parents. “ My parents, Pam and Lee Gilbert, were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary, and Stan’s parents, Bill and Sil Brown, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary,” Laurie said. 44

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Laurie Gilbert met her future husband, Stan Brown, at Park Vista High School, where they are both teachers. “We are both very outgoing people,” Laurie recalled. “So the more we hung out, the more we realized that we were each other’s ‘other half.’” And Stan knew what would make a memorable marriage proposal for his other half. “My favorite location in Palm Beach is the kapok tree behind the Royal Poinciana Chapel,” Laurie said. “Stan knew that it was a very special place to me, so he blindfolded me, walked me there and, when I took off the blindfold, he was down on one knee in front of my tree!” On June 8, 2014, Thompson Photography Group and Fandango Wedding Films were on hand to document the marriage of Laurie and Stan — at the Royal Poinciana Chapel, of course. The reception was held at the Lake Worth Casino, but the fun had begun the night before when the wedding party went on the Visit Palm Beach Booze Cruise. A trolley transported the group, there was a photo booth, and Laurie’s brother and his girlfriends sang three amazing songs for the couple. On the big day, with Laurie’s grandparents’ ring making up her engage-

ment ring, groomsmen teasingly told her 8-year-old nephew, the ring bearer, that the wedding band could not be found. Best Man Bill Brown, Stan’s father, and Maid of Honor Katie Gilbert, Laurie’s sister, were in on the joke. Of course, the ring was “found” in time for Laurie to walk confidently down the aisle in a gown by Maggie Sottero. John Legend’s “All of Me” was playing as Laurie and Stan danced their first dance together as a married couple, then it was off to Costa Rica for their honeymoon. “The most magical part of our day was the speech given to us by Rev. Dr. [Robert] Norris at our ceremony,” Laurie said. “His words and advice were beautiful. He was also able to incorporate our parents into his speech, because they were both celebrating anniversary milestones in 2014. My parents, Pam and Lee Gilbert, were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary, and Stan’s parents, Bill and Sil Brown, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary!” What started out at an on-the-job friendship has now blossomed into a lifetime adventure for these newlyweds as they embark on what is sure to be the most memorable journey of their lives — marriage.

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McKenzie &Daniel Click Here To Share Their Special Day

Said I Do March 8, 2014

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There was one special highlight of the day that McKenzie will always remember. “It was my dad, walking me down the aisle and giving me away to the man that I am going to spend the rest of my life with,� she said. 48

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McKenzie Crouse will be forever grateful for the key role that her best friend and co-worker Sean played in her union. Sean thought that newlyweds McKenzie and Daniel Crouse would make a great couple and introduced them. McKenzie knew Daniel was “the one” within a month. She could tell this would be the man she would spend the rest of her life with. The year was 2008. “I told my mom, ‘That’s the guy I’m going to marry.’ My mom told me not to say that,” recalled McKenzie with a chuckle. “Two years later, we were engaged.” When asked how the proposal went down, McKenzie recalled how March 8 became such a special date for her and Daniel. “We were on a date on March 8, 2010 when the proposal took place,” she said. “We were at the Cheesecake Factory at Downtown at the Gardens. After dinner, we walked to the little lake in front of the Cheesecake Factory, and he popped the question.” McKenzie and Daniel’s wedding took place exactly four years later, on March 8, 2014, on the golf course at Breakers West. Standing by their sides were Maid of Honor Kimberly Mallard and Best Man Sean McHugh. In a stunning dress designed by

Maggie Sottero, McKenzie glowed as she walked down the aisle. Rachelle and Kenneth of the Thompson Photography Group took the pictures, as Kat Small of Cinema Chic Videography recorded the event for the couple to reminisce about with family and friends in years to come. Inside the exquisite ballroom at Breakers West, the new Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Crouse danced their first dance to “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton. There was not a dry eye in the room. Just in case fathers feel left out of all the wedding planning and excitement, one of the major highlights for McKenzie was the walk down the aisle. The short trip with her father became the most memorable moment of the entire day. It felt like such a wonderful transition, she explained. “My most memorable moment was my dad, walking me down the aisle and giving me away to the man that I am going to spend the rest of my life with,” McKenzie said. Although the honeymoon is still in the planning stages, slated for perhaps the summer of 2015, McKenzie and Daniel slipped away after the reception for some quiet time with one another after spending an amazing day with family, friends and loved ones.

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It’s All About Family For Wellington’s Matt Morrissey & Tiffany Cornacchio-Morrissey By Carrie Wirth

Matthew Morrissey is the grand-nephew of Gene Mische, the legendary founder of Stadium Jumping, who created the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. With his father, Michael Morrissey, now at the helm, Matt and his family preside over some of the most iconic equestrian events in the country, such as the American Gold Cup, the American Invitational, the Lake Placid Horse Shows and the New Albany Classic. Matt rode as a child but was never serious about competing — he preferred other sports. In particular, he loves to fish, a passion he shares with his father. “My father is also one of my fishing buddies,” Matt said. “If both of our cell phones are off, it means we’re 40 miles offshore.” After Matt finished college and the time came to start a career, the choice was natural and obvious. In 1998, he started working at Stadium Jumping, managing the vendors. “From college on, I have worked in the family business,” he said. “I do take other jobs with other horse shows, like the

National Horse Show and the Hampton Classic. But overall, I mostly work alongside my father.” Matt had known Tiffany Cornacchio for many years. He met the quietly sassy rider with the winning smile along the equestrian circuit. They shared mutual friends. About eight years ago, the pair started dating, then married 5 years ago and settled in Wellington. Originally from New York, Tiffany Cornacchio-Morrissey competed at the highest level as a junior rider, ribboning in all the major equitation finals, including a second-place finish at the USET Talent Search Finals in 2000. Now, Tiffany owns and operates East Wind Farms, a 32-stall, bustling hunter/jumper show barn with a very busy show schedule. “We do a little bit of everything,” Tiffany said. “Training, sales, kids, adults, I ride — every aspect. I try to always have some nice young horses for myself. Maggie Gould works for me; she rides, trains and goes on the road with me. I have several junior jumper kids who are really competitive as well.”

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Matt and Tiffany now plan their travels around each other’s schedules so they can be at the same shows whenever possible. The Morrissey family is known for having the gift of keeping cool in the face of the many challenges that arise in running major equestrian events. Matt shares that ability with his family and has earned respect in the industry for being direct, fair and calm. “Working and being side-by-side with my father and my great-uncle, I learned and fed off my father’s and Gene’s reactions to sticky situations,” Matt said. “We get along great in my family.” Over the years, Stadium Jumping has created an extended Morrissey family with its network of loyal staffers and officials. “There are so many people who have worked with or for us since I was a little kid,” Matt said. “Kiki Umla has been around since then. She tells stories of doing the $5 ring at WEF; now, it’s the $30 or $50 ring! We have Mary Silcox, who most people probably don’t know. She works out of the Stadium Jumping office and has been there for more than 30 years. She does all the work with the USEF and creates the prize lists and more. David Orlando of Shownet and his family, we’ve known for so long. Steve Stephens is one of the original extended family members, in addition to have been

the course designer at the invitational for all but four or five years.” Looking back, the Stadium Jumping family has built many wonderful memories. But with the pace of equestrian sport today, they must move quickly and forge ahead — and they do. The American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm has become one of the most heralded equestrian events of the outdoor season. In 2013, they successfully hosted the ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships along with the FEI CSI 4*-W and welcomed a capacity crowd of 5,000. This year, the American Gold Cup will be featured in a 90-minute NBC Sports Network broadcast. The beautiful Lake Placid Horse Show has expanded into a three-week circuit. The Stadium Jumping team is hard at work planning the American Invitational in its second year, partnered with the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium, which is undergoing a major upgrade. Throughout the busy schedule, Matt and Tiffany will steal moments to be together at the shows, and, when the schedule allows, they’ll even sneak in a little down time at their Wellington home. (Right) Tiffany Cornacchio-Morrissey aboard Cornishman at the Southeast Medal Finals. PHOTO BY RANDI MUSTER

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With chocolate-brown eyes and chestnut brown hair, 18-year-old Lindsey Guthrie, a college student at Florida International University, has her sights set on a future in modeling. She knows that following your dreams isn’t easy, but Lindsey is ready for the challenge. Meanwhile, Lindsey is taking classes in the exploratory health sciences while studying to become a speech therapist, because one of her goals is to work with deaf children. With an upbeat outlook, she hopes to encourage others as she enters the spotlight through Wellington The Magazine’s Wellington’s Next Top Model competition. “I’m most excited about being able to show everyone that you can follow your dreams just by taking the first step,” Lindsey said. When her parents told her about the competition, Lindsey took her own advice. “Submitting the photo was my first step, and I didn’t think that I was going to get a call,” she said before her photo shoot. With her family’s encouragement, Lindsey submitted her information and photograph and waited, wondering if she would be chosen. Over the years, she has watched shows like America’s Next Top Model, and the idea of modeling was in the back of her mind. “This past year, I wanted to expand on it and make a career out of it, if I could,” she said. Lindsey didn’t always want to be in front of the bright lights, though. “I’ve always been interested in photography, but soon I realized that I wanted to be on the other side of the camera,” she said. “It has always kind of been a dream to become a model.” One of Lindsey’s goals with Wellington’s Next Top Model is to be a role model for others, showing that taking the first step could put you on a new, exciting path in life. “I’m just looking forward to being able to show that it is possible for anybody to achieve their goals,” she said. “If you take the first step, you never know what can happen. Your dreams can become a reality.”




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Brianne Purnell, owner of Tresses Color Bar Salon, transformed Lindsey for her photo shoot modeling trendy chic fashions from Zest Clothing in Wellington. Lindsey was treated to stylish eyelash extensions and airbrushed makeup by hairstylist Lorraine Brophy. For color and thickness, Tresses added Great Lengths extensions. Lorraine added texture with a combination of different curling irons and the latest hair products. “Lindsey has a natural beauty, so we wanted to keep her natural look and enhance it just a bit with earth tone colors and a pop of color on her lips,” Lorraine said. “We also gave her soft, natural curls that help her hair look thick, youthful and playful.” Photography Abner Pedraza Story Julie Unger

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a professional photographer with Wellington The Magazine. Each month, we will feature a different model and share a bit about their pursuit of becoming a professional model. When the series is concluded, we’ll ask our readers to help decide who should be named “Wellington’s Next Top Model,” earning the top prize: a professional modeling portfolio, in print and digital versions, valued at more than $2,500, as well as being featured on Wellington The Magazine’s December cover.

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Her Equestrian And Law Experience To Help Clients Story by Matthew Auerbach  Photo by Abner Pedraza

The love of all things equestrian has moved many people to pick up stakes and start their lives anew in Wellington. So it was with Ann-Louise Cook, a broker associate and luxury/equestrian lifestyle specialist with Illustrated Properties. Starting her career with her own office in Massachusetts, Cook has 20-plus years of real estate experience. In 2000, she left Martha’s Vineyard and relocated to Wellington. “It was my passion for riding and interest in equestrian training that brought me to Wellington,” Cook said. “From the moment I arrived here, I felt a connection because of the natural beauty, the warm, friendly people and the strong sense of community. I was born and raised in Manhattan. Wellington is a world away from the big city, and that suits me just fine.” In her view, not only do the worlds of riding and real estate overlap, they complement one another. “Riding and training a horse for competition requires focused discipline, commitment to a goal and the ability to deliver on stage,” Cook said. “The ability to perform under pressure has contributed to my character and success in real estate in the same community that has embraced me as a competitor in dressage. The tradition of dressage is an art upon which I model my style and approach to real estate, which appears precise and effortless.” Cook also has a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, which comes in quite handy on what many times is a bumpy road to the completion of a transaction. “My law experience ensures business situations go as effortlessly as possible,” she said. “I pay meticulous attention to detail in contract language, which helps me to skillfully negotiate highly complex transactions. When there are potential roadblocks in the course of getting a deal done, I am there to

smooth them out to my customer’s total satisfaction.” Cook is dedicated to helping her clients succeed and encourages them to become involved in the process of buying or selling a home. “My clients’ time is valuable, so my job is to understand their goals and educate them so they can make informed decisions,” she said. “Maintaining open communications between myself and my clients is very important. When we keep the lines of communications open, together we will achieve their goals.” Being a part of Illustrated Properties allows Cook to stay ahead of the curve and provide the level of service she believes her clientele requires. “I am able to integrate Illustrated Properties’ latest online marketing tools and strategies to ensure optimal exposure for attracting highly qualified equestrian and luxury real estate buyers,” she said. Cook specializes in Wellington real estate, where her personal knowledge of the equestrian lifestyle has made her a top asset in the community. “Wellington is the winter equestrian capital of the world; an international destination that has urban perks with a country feel,” she said. “It’s close to the ocean, Miami, Orlando and West Palm Beach, which has been transformed into a worldclass city. Wellington has something for everybody.” For more information, call Cook at (561) 301-4626 or visit Illustrated Properties at 11294 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 18, in Wellington. 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| October 2014


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Palms West Veterinary Hospital Offers Modern, 24-Hour Service In A Rustic Setting Story and Photo by Ron Bukley

Because pets, like humans, might have a medical crisis at any time, Palms West Veterinary Hospital in Loxahatchee Groves offers around-the-clock support for small-pet owners. Veterinarian Dr. Ira Grossman, who owns and runs the facility, said this meets a need in the Wellington area. “We’ve been 24 hours for the last three years or so,” he said, adding that at least one doctor and a skilled technician are available at all times. During weekdays, four or five doctors are on duty from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. “There’s always a doctor in the building,” Grossman said. The 5-acre facility has horse stalls for rent, but the practice focuses on small animals, treating everything from lacerations to bite wounds and more. “We see a lot of emergencies at night — bite wounds, hit by cars, different trauma — that we stabilize overnight,” Grossman said. “We’re not a specialist practice, so we do stabilizing, and if it’s better, we transfer to their regular vet, or it goes to a specialist or it stays here. We like to send them back to their regular veterinarian after the emergency is stabilized.” Originally from New York, Grossman earned his veterinary degree at the Tuskegee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and then returned as an intern at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, considered one of the top animal hospitals in the world. He practiced in New York for 15 years. Originally intending to be semi-retired when he moved to Florida, Grossman started doing relief work at local veterinary clinics before joining Palms West Veterinary Hospital and eventually buying the practice. The practice is a family affair. His wife works there on weekends. They have three college-age children. “I have one son who is in medical school at Ross University,” Grossman said. “My daughter is a senior at the University

Glen Grossman (left) and Dr. Ira Grossman (right) of Palms West Veterinary Hospital examine a patient.

of Florida undergrad, applying to veterinary school, and my third son is here as my business manager. He graduated from Santa Fe College in Gainesville.” At age 62, Grossman thinks about retiring, but the profession keeps pulling him back. “I enjoy working, and I love the animals,” he said. “I feel that if we can make a dog’s day better, and then a human’s day better on top of that, it makes it very worthwhile.” Living in Wellington’s Little Ranches, the Grossmans also have an animal family, including a horse and several dogs. “It’s not just a job, not just a profession; it’s a life,” he said. “That’s why my two kids are pursuing this, because they do see the life that it leads to, and it’s very rewarding.” Grossman said the pets and their owners feel comfortable in the rustic setting of the farm, which formerly catered to equine veterinary needs. Now, the Grossmans board horses but don’t treat them. “Our clinic dogs come in here wagging their tails, and they’re not afraid,” he said. “It’s a very relaxed area here. It’s very different than any clinic that I’ve been associated with. The animals seem to love that.” Although the setting is quaint, the hospital has the latest equipment, including ultrasound, digital X-ray, on-site blood testing for results in 15 minutes, laser therapy, anesthetic machines, blood pressure and heart monitors, and oxygen cages to help stabilize emergency patients. The detailed, immediate digital X-rays can be transmitted instantly to a specialist or the patient’s regular vet. Palms West Veterinary Hospital is located at 556 Folsom Road in Loxahatchee Groves, just off Crestwood Blvd. and near Southern Blvd. For more information, call (561) 798-2780 or visit 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| October 2014


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Wellington Man Has Dedicated His Life To Taking Care Of People In Need Story by Deborah Welky  Photos by Abner Pedraza

Neil Newstein’s parents, both social workers, wanted a doctor in the family, and they got one. It just wasn’t Neil; it was his sister. “As an undergraduate back in 1966, I was exposed to professional social work through some college professors, who sent me out into the field to work with families in trouble,” Newstein recalled. “That’s when I saw that life was not always common, pleasant and middle-class. I became enamored with the field and got a graduate degree in it. I didn’t know my parents had wanted me to become a doctor. But they were thrilled. Social work is in my blood, as well as in my mind.” Newstein, a Wellington resident, spent the next 48 years helping thousands of families with special needs, the last 28 of them with the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) and the Levine Residential Family & Children’s Service. He retired as CEO, planning to stay on in a volunteer capacity. “My retirement lasted all of three weeks,” Newstein said. “Then I was asked to be the interim director of JFCS in Broward until they find a new director. So I’m back in the saddle.” Newstein, 72, expects the search for a director to last four to six months. “Then I’m really set on hanging up my armor and briefcase,” he said. “Of course, I’m still volunteering in West Palm Beach, and I’m going to continue to do that.” Having helped create both the LifePlanning and Guardianship programs for JFCS, Newstein looks forward to his volunteer status. It will allow him to keep an eye on things, even though he has full faith

in the current CEO, Jenni Frumer. After all, she is his wife. Newstein said the mission of the agency is to provide a safety net for people. “Social services, especially for the mentally ill and disabled, hardly exist in Florida. We rank at the bottom of the U.S. In fact, most mental health services are provided in jails. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has said that the jail has become one big psychiatric hospital,” Newstein explained. “That’s not really the purpose of jail and, with no follow-up, it’s a revolving door.” The LifePlanning program reaches out to families, especially those in which an aging parent is trying to plan for the future of a disabled adult child. Information and individualized consultations both are available. “We were running into situations where we were trying to help an 80-year-old with medical problems get into a nursing home and a 50-year-old disabled adult would be sitting in the corner wondering what’s happening to mom,” Newstein said. “We saw that over and over again. We run educational seminars on a series of subjects, including public benefits, private financial planning and residential facilities that might be helpful. We work with other children to help the disabled child. We talk about vocational opportunities and about how to appraise your child’s abilities realistically.” The seminars are offered throughout the year,


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Monica Mattedi graduated with honors in Interior Design Technology and since 2005 has completed design projects in a variety of styles all over South Florida. She orchestrated the design of a magnificent 7,760-square-foot model home profiled in the CBS series “CSI Miami.” Her talent for interior design has been recognized and published nationally. Monica also has a great passion for art and has attended painting lasses at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. She is recognized for her ability to work on a wide variety of mediums and styles and create unique artwork for her clients. Monica is now working at Wellington Interior Design Center, where she has the opportunity to help her clients in all their design needs. “I am very passionate about my work, and my goal is to create unique, beautiful designs that are also functional,” she said. “Extraordinary design comes from combining my client’s dreams with my vision and experience, and settling for nothing but perfection to make them come true.”


Set The Mood With One of the most affordable, exciting and easy ways of transforming the feeling and look of any space is by simply changing the color of the walls and adding some colorful accessories, such as artwork and accent pillows. Let’s think about the living room... Unless you are planning to change your main furniture every couple of years, the best approach is to invest in a good quality sofa with a neutral-tone fabric and accessorize it with colorful pillows that can be changed from time to time. Before you commit to your favorite color, think about both the physical and the psychological effects it will bring to your home. You can definitely create a mood and change the way people feel in the space. “Warm Colors,” such as red, orange and yellow, can bring a lot of excitement and even raise body temperature. Many fast food chains use that trick to get us excited about their food! Since red is such a powerful color, it is wise to use it as an accent color, because it can be very intimidating and overpowering if overused. “Cool Colors,” like blue, green and violet, are calming and soothing… When I look at nature, I understand why God has decided to use those colors everywhere. Imagine having to look at yellow skies and red trees all the time? People would be even more agitated… Parents should think about that when painting their toddlers’ bedrooms! “Neutral Colors,” such as white, off-white, black, gray and brown, create a feeling of sophistication, comfort and peacefulness. These are timeless colors that can be freely combined with themselves and also with all the others.

Keep in mind that dark colors enclose space while the lighter ones seem to expand it. So if you have low ceilings, you should use lighter tones. Of course, all these colors can be totally changed, depending on their shade. When we add a lot of white to red, we create a light pink, which can be very soothing. When choosing wall paint, the best way is to get those quart-size samples with your favorite colors and test it in the area where it will be used. Color is affected by both lighting and surrounding colors and can vary dramatically. I have seen gallons and gallons of paint wasted because people wouldn’t try the samples first. If you are a trendy person, it’s cool to buy new accessories and change the look of your house depending on what is in vogue. Pantone has already announced nine palettes for home interior design in 2015. Each palette combines several colors that work very well together, so you can choose one to be the wall color, and two or three others for pillows, accessories, artwork, etc. It’s important to choose colors that are complementary, work well together, and have some repetition and rhythm in the room. Having several colors in the same room appearing only once doesn’t work. Another big mistake is having artwork that is totally disconnected from the colors in the rest of the space. Most important of all, have fun and show your personality… And if you want to break all the rules, just do it. If it makes your house feel like a your home, go for it! That’s what real design is all about! W

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Plenty Of Space In This Magnificent Palm Beach Point Equestrian Estate Story by Julie Unger • Photos courtesy Abby Jones

This beautiful equestrian estate is situated in the private Palm Beach Point community. Sitting on six acres, the six-bedroom, four-bath home features luxurious details, such as crystal chandeliers, marble flooring, intricately molded ceilings and more. A gourmet kitchen, grand living room, library and well-appointed master suite are just some of the home’s unique attributes. Outside, a covered lanai overlooks a majestic swimming pool. This estate is a dream for equestrians, close to riding trails and only a short hack to the show grounds. The property sports nine large paddocks and an all-weather riding arena with a beautiful gazebo. The horses are treated to a 12-stall show barn with plenty of upgrades. Also on the property is an additional guest house featuring two separate one-bedroom, one-bath apartments, as well as a groom’s efficiency. LIVING ROOM: Nothing short of amazing, the grand living room is appointed with a glass wall, French doors offering picturesque views and a beautiful fireplace decorated with custom carvings. A baby grand piano provides an elegant and functional touch, taking advantage of the intricate ceiling work.

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MASTER SUITE: With its blue raised ceiling and a sparkling chandelier, the master suite’s light and airy feel melts with luxury. An ideal rejuvenating space, the bedroom has a calming atmosphere. MASTER BATH: Adjacent to the master bedroom are separate his and hers marble bathrooms with beautiful wood cabinetry and molding. Relaxing in the tub after a long day of riding is a favorite way to unwind. POOL DECK: Any season is swimming season with a 50-foot by 16-foot heated saltwater pool. After jumping or training horses in the nearby paddocks and arena, splashing around is a real treat. SHOW BARN: Specially approved as a quarantine facility, the barn features a tongue-and-groove ceiling and rubber flooring. Beauty, elegance and functionality are all present in this show barn with temperature-controlled feed and tack rooms, a farrier area and a marble bath. RIDING ARENA: The enormous all-weather riding arena is perfect for setting up jumping sequences, practicing gaits and enjoying the scenery.


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Delicious, Authentic Food At Newly Expanded Romeo’s Italian Cuisine Story by Chris Felker • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Romeo’s Italian Cuisine in the Wellington Marketplace will soon be offering its taste-tempting delights in a much larger space. Owner Tony Manglaviti is expanding Romeo’s into two adjacent bays, tripling his space. He expects the additional space to open sometime this month. Manglaviti opened the restaurant in a cozy corner of the shopping plaza back when he was 28. Now 36, Manglaviti and his staff of about two dozen have obviously been doing it right over the years, because Romeo’s is the top-ranked Wellington eatery on The extensive offerings on the diverse menu feature Italian names used for the groupings and individual dishes with descriptions in English below. Diners will find a wide variety of not only what are commonly thought of as “classic Italian” dishes such as lasagna and ziti, but also exotic pasta and vegetable combinations with chicken, seafood and certified Angus beef. There are nearly a dozen items on the antipasti (hors d’oeuvres) list, another half-dozen insalate e zuppe (salads and soups) and two full pages of pollo e vitello (chicken and veal), pesce (fish), bistecca (steak), contorni (vegetables and salads) and pasta dishes to choose from. And that doesn’t include the many mouth-watering combinations of New Yorkstyle pizza on the menu. A full lunch menu includes

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stromboli, calzone, specialty paninis and more. There’s also a good selection of beer and wine. We started with a few appetizers. Funghi Ripieni di Granchio — jumbo lump crab-stuffed mushrooms with a baked herb crust and roasted garlic sauce drizzle — was simply delicious, with a light sauce perfect to complement the steaming hot hors d’oeuvre. Tonno a Torre featured fresh ahi-grade tuna, drenched in soy sauce with fresh ginger, avocado and green onion, tickling the taste buds with its wonderful texture and tangy taste. Finally, Carpaccio Di Carne — cured Angus beef, thinly sliced, served with field greens, capers, mustard aioli sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese — was out of this world, melting in the mouth and setting the stage for the main courses. Head waiter Roberto Olivieri appeared bearing two enticing entrees. The Sea Bass Oreganata featured a thick cut of Chilean sea bass topped with homemade oreganata panko, in a light lemon sauce, served with sautéed Brussels sprouts and pancetta. This dish featured fabulously flaky sea bass, which was absolutely scrumptious with the crunchy Brussels sprouts, bacon and vegetables. “Our Sea Bass Oreganata, many people say, is the best ever in Florida,” Olivieri said before also offering up Romeo’s Linguini Allo Scoglio, which features pasta with mussels, clams, shrimp, cala-

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wellington table mari and chopped tomatoes, lightly spiced. “That’s my favorite plate. For me, it’s like mama used to make,” he said in a thick Italian accent. The noodles were perfectly al dente, the sauce was light but very tasty, and there were generous portions of seafood — eight or nine clams, a half-dozen shrimp, several mussels and plenty of calamari in the delicious dish. Olivieri, 26, has only been in Florida for two months. “I grew up in Italy. We are very close friends, from the same region of Italy — Calabria,” he said, nodding at Manglaviti. “He called me saying he needed help, so I came.” Manglaviti imports not only many of his ingredients and staff from Italy, but also equipment. His latest authentic “old country” addition is a handsome wood-fired pizza oven, with which he brought in pizza chef Giuseppe Nigro, 43, who’s also from the boot of Italy. “He’s our expert. He’s part of the package,” Manglaviti smiled. “This oven was handmade in Naples, and with shipping and handling and everything it cost almost $20,000. It cooks a pizza in 90 seconds, where traditional New York-style pizza takes eight to 10 minutes. It’s going to be visible soon, where we’ll do wood-fired pizza.” Plans are to wrap the bar around the front of the oven so patrons can observe Nigro making the pies. “And we’re going to be approved by the Italian association, it’s called La Vera Pizza Napolitana, and you have to follow certain rules,” Manglaviti said. That refers to true Neapolitan pizza, cooked in a prescribed manner and with particular required ingredients. The association in Naples has to certify Romeo’s so it can use the trademarked name. Manglaviti manages the eatery with the assistance of a cousin, Sebastiano Romeo. He came of age in the kitchen of his father’s and sister’s fine dining restaurant near Naples, Italy, and said he pursued his dream to have his own place while learning American-style Italian cooking at his uncles’ restaurants, also called Romeo’s, in West Palm Beach after emigrating to the United States 16 years ago. While his uncles had classic pizzerias, Manglaviti is going

his own way. “I’m coming from a background more of fine dining in Italy,” he said. “I learned a lot of the techniques there. Then I came here, and my uncles had a different style. I wasn’t even aware that some of those New York-AmericanItalian dishes existed because they were invented here in this country. For example, you go into a restaurant in Italy, and they don’t have lasagna or meatballs. It’s more of a homemade style. Over there the cuisine is more based on seafood and specialty pastas, stuffed and handmade sausage and home-raised meats.” The expansion was necessary, Manglaviti said, but for him the renovations are more about the kitchen than the added capacity. “About a year and a half ago, we reached maximum capacity to provide service. The kitchen couldn’t do any more,” he said. “Some Friday nights, we had to tell customers we can’t take any more tables. We were doing a lot of take-out.” So, Manglaviti negotiated with the landlord for more space. “Now, the kitchen is huge,” he said. “It’s like a hotel kitchen. It’s bigger than this dining room, lengthwise. I like to work with a nice, organized kitchen.” Manglaviti plans to add roughly a dozen more staff but won’t change his offerings much. “I want to bring it to another level,” he said. “We’ll still have the basic stuff that people have gotten used to... but we want to bring something new to the community. The menu is going to be updated, and we’ll be adding a few more specialty items.” He’s happy with the community’s response. “We’re always busy,” Manglaviti said. “But the best thing about the restaurant, during season when the weather’s nice, is the outdoor seating. We had a gazebo, but now we have to put in a new one. It’s really nice out there. People love it, and it’s really busy. We have, indoor and out, about 190 seats. It’s going to be a big place.” Romeo’s Italian Cuisine is located at 13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace. Call (561) 793-7100 or visit www. for more information.

(Left) Head waiter Roberto Olivieri, owner Tony Manglaviti and chef Giuseppe Nigro. (Right) The new wood-fired pizza oven.


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wellington dining guide 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 or call (561) 798-6227. Brooklyn Bagel in Wellington has been in business for more than 20 years, offering customers handmade, authentic bagels and more. Brooklyn Bagel is located at 13873 Wellington Trace, Suite B9, in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For more information, call (561) 784-5501. 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. For more info., call (561) 7903287 or visit 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. Coach House Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd.) features gourmet cuisine along with a piano bar, bistro area, outside dining, smoking bars, entertainment and more. For more info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit First Watch, the Daytime Café, is now open in Wellington at 2335 South State Road 7 in front of the Mall at Wellington Green near Office Depot. First Watch is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. For more info., call (561) 795-5500 or visit 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


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Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro. For an authentic, elegant Italian experience, visit Franco Italian Bistro at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 103, in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 615-1551 or visit 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 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. 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 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 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 more info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit Romano’s Macaroni Grill, located at 2535 S. State Road 7 in Wellington, serves innovative Italian cooking in a comfortable atmosphere. The menu includes the popular create-your-own pasta dishes. For more info., call 561-792-2248 or visit www.macaronigrill. 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 for more info. 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 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 A wide variety of food choices can be found at Welli Deli, located at 13501 South Shore Blvd. For more info., visit or call (561) 784-5884. World of Beer (2465 State Road 7, Suite 100) offers more than 500 varieties of choice brews. For info., call (561) 383-6115 or visit


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wellington calendar Wednesday, Oct. 1 • Palms West Hospital will host Settle Your Tummy on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at noon in Classroom 2. Dr. Ali Sedagheh Pakravan will talk about acid reflux, heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems. Call (561) 345-7009 for more info. Thursday, Oct. 2 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. Introduce little ones to Mother Nature through stories. Class activities may include live animals, games, nature walks and/or crafts specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers. The cost is $2 per child. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • Students and local job seekers will be able to meet hiring employers at the Job & University Transfer Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the BioScience Technology Complex on Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus (3160 PGA Blvd.) The event is free and open to the public. For more info., visit www.palmbeachstate. edu/career, or contact Gary Karl at (561) 207-5349 or • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults Thursday, Oct. 2 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. Saturday, Oct. 4 • The Audubon Society of the Everglades will carpool around Storm Water Treatment Area 1E on Saturday, Oct 4 at 7 a.m. For more info., visit www., e-mail asetripinfo@gmail. com or call Linda at (561) 742-7791. • The seventh annual Run for the Animals & Family Fun Day will take place Saturday, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Micanopy Pavilion at Okeeheelee Park. The 5K run and walk will begin at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m. The one-mile family/

dog walk will begin shortly thereafter. Call Barbara Masi at (561) 688-3981 or e-mail animalkindness@ for more info. • The Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host Urban Farming: Vegetable Growing on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. Learn techniques on site preparation, seedling establishment, planting, maintenance, pest and disease control, watering efficiently and harvesting, and the best way and time to start planting vegetables that grow in South Florida. For more info., call (561) 2331757 or visit • St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will hold its Fall Community Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with craft vendors, a barbecue dinner, a bake sale, on-stage entertainment, kids games and more. For more info., call Lori Maxwell at (561) 6324484 or e-mail • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a Nature Walk for all ages Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a free guided nature walk through the pine flatwoods forest and learn about the local plants and animals. Call (561) 233-1400 for info. • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host “Family Fun Day: Yom Kippur” on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. with storytime, activities and snacks. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Bird Bonanza for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. Fly in for fun stories featuring feathery friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Sunday, Oct. 5 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage on Sunday, Oct. 5 at noon with a special storytime featuring Pio Peep with activities and snacks to follow. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. • Shtulman Family Chiropractic (8855 Hypoluxo Road, Suite C-11, Lake Worth) will hold its third annual Fall Family Festival on Sunday, Oct. 5 from

noon to 2 p.m. with pumpkin painting, fall treats, giveaways and more. Everything is free and open to the community. RSVP to sasha@welladjustedfamily. com or (561) 275-2525. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “With You, Chile!” for adults Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. Celebrate the beautiful Chilean culture through dance, music and handcrafted art. Call 7906070 to pre-register. Monday, Oct. 6 • The Wellington Garden Club will meet Monday, Oct. 6 in the Greenview Room at the Wellington Community Center (12159 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), with a business meeting at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a program at 12:15 p.m. on farmhouse tomatoes. Guests are welcome. To reserve a seat, call Mary Ann Hesser at (561) 792-6690. For more info., visit Tuesday, Oct. 7 • Palms West Hospital will host “aBREAST of Your Health” on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at noon in Classroom 2. Doctors and other experts will talk diagnostic breast screenings, robotic surgery and more. Call (561) 345-7009 for more info. • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host “Special Storytime: Books With No Pictures” on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. with activities and snacks. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pokémon League for ages 8 and up Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Oct. 8 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will hold a Full Moon Party on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Come dressed as a werewolf for a special storytime to kick off the spooky days of Halloween. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info.

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wellington calendar Thursday, Oct. 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Election Time 2014: Know the Issues for adults Thursday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. State constitutional amendments and local ballot questions will be voted on during the upcoming election. Todd Bonlarron will offer a clear explanation of each item. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “The Crime Scene Effect: How TV and the Media Have it All Wrong” for adults Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Paul L. Friedman from Palm Beach State College will explained crime scene investigation and what really happens behind the yellow tape. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Oct. 10 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit Saturday, Oct. 11 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host a Family Fun Day with Star Wars on Saturday, Oct. 11 at noon. The 501st Legion Stormtroopers and Darth Vader return to Barnes & Noble with live performances, photo ops, storytime and more. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. • Your Bosom Buddies II Breast Cancer Support Group will host its “A Taste of Italy in the Park” fundraiser at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. in the main pavilion. Music will be by Skip Kelly of Kool 105.5-FM. Tickets will be sold in advance and are $25 for adults and $10 for children age 6 to 10. Call (561) 422-6034 for info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Tribute Concerts & Food Trucks on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 5 to 10:30 p.m. A tribute to Chicago by the Brass Evolution is at 6:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on site. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info.


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Sunday, Oct. 12 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host “What is Columbus Day?” on Sunday, Oct.12 at noon with storytime, activities and snacks. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. Monday, Oct. 13 • The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation will host its third annual golf classic on Monday, Oct. 13 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington to raise money for the foundation’s scholarship program. For info., call (561) 351-5762 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Art Club for ages 6 and up Monday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Oct. 14 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host a Paddington Bear Storytime on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. with a storytime, activities and snacks. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. Wednesday, Oct. 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Not Your Grandma’s Bingo for ages 5 and up Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Oct. 16 • The Western Business Alliance will hold a free social on Thursday, Oct. 16 at White Elephant Restaurant in Wellington from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to any business member. Pre-register at Saturday, Oct. 18 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host A Special Masquerade Storytime on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. to prepare for Halloween, with a storytime, activities and snacks. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info.

• Get ready for an evening of family-friendly “spooktacular” fun at Wellington’s Fall Festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Unlimited all-access bracelets are on sale at Village Park and the Wellington Community Center. For more info., call (561) 791-4005. • St. Rita Catholic Church (13645 Paddock Drive, Wellington) will host a charity quarter auction fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 18 to benefit the St. Rita Council of Catholic Women Scholarship Fund. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the auction begins at 7 p.m. Paddles are $2, and there will be drinks and snacks available for purchase, vendors items for auction and a 50-50 raffle. For more info., call Caroline at (561) 798-2853. Sunday, Oct. 19 • Dachshunds of all ages, sizes, colors and coats are preparing for the third annual Dachstoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Great Lawn at Clematis and Narcissus in West Palm Beach. Admission is free. Proceeds from vendors along with entry fees from Doxie Dash Racing and contests will benefit the nonprofit Dachshund Rescue South Florida. There will be a costume contest and owner-pet look-alike competition. Friendly dogs of all breeds are welcome. No retractable or flexi leads allowed. Learn more at or Monday, Oct. 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 6 and up Monday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. Builders create vehicles or buildings out of Legos. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Oct. 21 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Horton and the Kwuggerbug Storytime on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. with a storytime and activities. Call (561) 792-1292 for info.

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wellington calendar Wednesday, Oct. 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Yu-Gi-Oh, anime, Wii games and more. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Friday, Oct. 24 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host Business Academy 1-2-3 in three parts, Fridays, Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and Jan. 9 at the chamber office (13901 Southern Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). Networking, registration and breakfast will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m. with the seminar from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $29 per seminar for members or $75 for all three seminars, and $40 for non-members or $105 for all three seminars. Visit for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the film Transformers: Age of Extinction on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Saturday, Oct. 25 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host “Family Fun Day: Happy Halloween” with a storytime, followed by a pumpkin decorating contest Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Fall Fest will take place Saturday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 9 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. Kick off the fall season with great family fun, a variety of craft vendors and lots of great food and entertainment. The park will be filled with roving entertainers, a Kids Fun Zone, a pumpkin patch, a hayride, a dog costume contest at 3 p.m. and costume contests at 5 p.m. Trick or treat at the park starts at 5 p.m. For more info., visit www. • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host author Steve Alten, promoting his new novel Sharkman, on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. Alten will be available for one-on-one and group discussions, as well as book signings. Call (561) 7921292 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Tribute Concerts & Food Trucks on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5 to 10:30 p.m. a Motown tribute by Motown Magic is at 6:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on site. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Sunday, Oct. 26 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will celebrate Halloween en Español on Sunday, Oct. 26 at noon with a storytime, snack and activity. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. Monday, Oct. 27 • Barnes & Noble (10500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host a Mystery Book Club meeting, featuring Mr. S.C. Ali, author of The Bronze Treasures, on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the Mystery Book Club is invited to stop by. Call (561) 792-1292 for more info. Tuesday, Oct. 28 • The Royal Palm Beach Community Band concert series begins Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served during the intermission. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Wonders of the Night Sky: Telescope Viewing Session” for adults Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Join the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches and learn about constellations as you stargaze. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Oct. 30 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Tribute Concerts & Food Trucks on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5 to 10:30 p.m., with a tribute to Neil Diamond by Neil Zirconia at 6:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on site. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| October 2014


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Ice Bucket Challenge — The Wellington Amphitheater hosted Tribute Concerts & Food Trucks on Aug. 23. As hundreds danced the night away, several Wellington officials participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Shown here are Parks & Recreation Director Bruce DeLaney, Village Manager Paul Schofield, Director of Operations Jim Barnes and Cultural Programs & Facilities Manager Joe Piconcelli.

Temple Open House — Temple Beth Torah in Wellington held an open house Aug. 24. Approximately 200 current and prospective members got a chance to meet Rabbi Andrew Rosenkranz, the temple’s new spiritual leader, and Cantor Carrie Barry, as well as members of the sisterhood and brotherhood. Shown here are Rabbi Andrew Rosenkranz and Erica, Laila and Havi, joined by Cantor Carrie Barry and Blake.

Book Signing — Local children’s author Tracie Gold held a book signing for Bonnie the Bunny on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Wellington TCBY. The event was held to benefit the Renaissance Charter School at Palms West. (L-R) Reagan Wampole, Omaida Milliron, Bonnie the Bunny (Alyssa Gold), author Tracie Gold, Cristy Gutierrez and Lindsay Flicker.

Back To Basics Donation — Members of the Wellington Rotary Club visited Back to Basics on Sept. 6 to present a check to support the nonprofit’s school uniform program. Rotarians also volunteered to organize uniforms and toy donations. Shown here is Back to Basics’ Beverly Perham with Andrew Burr, Maggie Zeller, Tom Eastwood, Tim Chance and Tom Neumann. Firefighters Run — On Sept. 13, more than 1,200 men, women and children came together to run in the seventh annual Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5K and Kids Run in Wellington. Many firefighters ran in gear. Visit for more information. (Left) Tyler Adams, Crista Mockenhaupt, Jeffrey Wunsch, Kenneth Thompson and Joe Falcone in their gear. (Below) Event organizers Chief Richard Ellis and his wife, Rachel.

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