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August 2011

Features 22 Weedoo Boats Help Clean Weed-Choked Waterways Weedoo Boats, owned by Wellington businessman John Grimes, is a company that manufactures eco-friendly vessels that help clean lakes and canals of harmful vegetation without the use of chemicals. By Matthew Auerbach

26 teen Tops on The Soccer Field And in The Classroom Wellington teenager Jessica Steen has the dedication, determination and talent to be a force on the soccer field and running track, as well as in the academic arena. With dreams of making the national women’s soccer team, she is truly one young lady to watch. By Lauren Miró

30 Laura corzo Named Hispanic Teacher of The Year

Born in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, Elbridge Gale Elementary School teacher Laura Corzo was recently named “2011 Hispanic Teacher of the Year” by the Hispanic Human Resources Council during a banquet at the Palm Beach Airport Hilton. By Deborah Welky

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36 Experienced Tutors Prepare Students For The SAT

Students are under intense pressure when preparing for college. However, with proper test preparation from an experienced SAT and ACT tutor, students are more likely to achieve their target grade and reduce their stress level. We visit three local tutoring centers to get tips on how to properly prepare for these crucial tests. By Jessica Gregoire

48 Wellington Star: YouTube Sensation Ricky Ficarelli For Ricky Ficarelli, it all started in May 2010 when he began drumming to popular songs and posting his videos on YouTube. This earned him a spot in YouTube’s first DigiTour, a 27-city series of shows this spring that started in Los Angeles and wrapped up in Fort Lauderdale. This month’s Wellington Star, Ficarelli is now back in L.A., trying to figure out what’s next in his exciting adventure. By Chris Felker

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Wellington Social Scene Palms West Chamber Hosts Women’s Golf Clinic At Madison Green Wellington Chamber Celebrates Opening Of Solo Mexican Cantina National Retailer Opens New Store Near Mall At Wellington Green Wellington Amphitheater Hosts Songwriters Festival And Car Show Wellington Celebrates Fourth Of July With Festival And Pool Party


52 Wellington Home

We visit a tropical oasis located in the Quiet Waters community featuring a private, lakefront beach. The 4,339-square-foot home boasts not only one, but three master suites. By Lauren Miró

Table 58 Wellington When you’ve got a craving for something sweet, Yogurbella in the Mall at Wellington Green offers a tasty treat with all of the pleasure and none of the guilt. By Lauren Miró 21 61 62 66

Wellington Watch Wellington Dining Guide Wellington Calendar Around Wellington ON THE COVER Wellington native and YouTube sensation Ricky Ficarelli, featured in this month’s Wellington Star feature. |wellington the magazine| August 2011


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A Message from the Publisher

It’s Time To Head Back To School... volume

As we head past the doldrums of summer, Wellington The Magazine looks forward to the cooler fall weather and all the excitement that another school year brings. And when students head back to school, so do we. In this month’s issue, we stop by several local tutoring centers to learn more about ways students can prepare for those crucial college entrance exams, the SAT and the ACT. Hear from the experts at Score at the Top, Private Tutoring Services and the Huntington Learning Center on this all-important topic. We also visit with Laura Corzo, a teacher at Wellington’s Elbridge Gale Elementary School who was recently named the 2011 Hispanic Teacher of the Year. Corzo explains how her background has helped and shaped her experience in the classroom.

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We also look toward the next generation this month, profiling emerging Wellington musician Ricky Ficarelli, who has parlayed YouTube fame into a shot at stardom. Right now, Ficarelli is in L.A. planning his next career moves, and we chat with him to learn more. Also featured this month is Jessica Steen, a Wellington teen whose stellar soccer skills are matched by her abilities in the classroom. An entrepreneur is someone who can see a void and come up with a business designed to fill that void. That’s what longtime Wellington equestrian John Grimes has done with Weedoo Boats — vessels specifically designed to help property owners clear lakes and canals of aquatic weeds in an environmentally friendly manner. Learn more about Grimes’ groundbreaking work in this issue. Our medical profile this month is on gastroenterologist Dr. Krishna Tripuraneni of Palm Beach Gastroenterology Consultants. Wellington Table visits Yogurbella in the Mall at Wellington Green, a place where you can get a guilt-free, tasty treat to keep cool during the hot summer months. Wellington Home stops by a tropical oasis in the Quiet Waters community featuring a private lakefront beach and a home with three master suites. Special thanks to all the people who entered our Wellington’s Cutest Dog contest. There’s still time to enter your pooch. See page 65 for details, and keep an eye out for the winners, to be announced next month. Joshua Manning Publisher/Executive Editor

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Palms West Chamber Hosts Women’s Golf Clinic At Madison Green

(Left) Madison Green Golf Club General Manager Ron Miranda with his wife, Palms West Chamber CEO Jaene Miranda. (Right) Head Golf Pro Brian Govi with the participants.

The Palms West Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 2011 Women’s Summer Golf Clinic on Thursday, July 14 at the Madison Green Golf Club. Head Golf Pro Brian Govi gave individual instruction on how to properly grip the club, position the body, etc. It was the first of four Thursday golf clinics. Each session costs $45 and includes hors d’oeuvres and wine after each session. Call Maureen Gross at (561) 792-6200 or visit www. for more info.

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wellington social scene Photos by Jessica Gregoire Wellington Chamber Celebrates Opening Of Solo Mexican Cantina

(Left) Wellington Chamber of Commerce members join Solo Mexican Cantina staff for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Right) Cheri Pavlik, Barbara Richardson and Steve Phillips.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce held a mixer and ribbon cutting Thursday, July 14 at Solo Mexican Cantina, a new restaurant that opened last month in the Mall at Wellington Green. Drinks and appetizers were served as members mingled and passed business cards around. For more info., call (561) 7918886 or visit www.solocantina. com.

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman National Retailer Opens New Store Near Mall At Wellington Green The appliance and electronics chain hhgregg held its grand opening Thursday, July 14 at its new store near the Mall at Wellington Green. More than 150 people waited in line, and more kept coming to take advantage of the special sale prices and giveaways. For info., visit

(Left) Store officials Steve Basar, Dave Barber, Linda Barber and Joel Padgett cut the ribbon. (Right) Staff members welcome shoppers into the new hhgregg store.

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Wellington Amphitheater Hosts Songwriters Festival And Car Show

(Left) Pauly Granato and Bobby Gugliuzza on stage. (Right) Big Dog Ranch Rescue volunteers Denise Guevara with Connor, Sindy Conover with Brewster, Carole Browne with Butterscotch, Lorrie Browne with Snoop, Denise Driscoll with Enzo and Barbara Hughes with Sally.

The Wellington Amphitheater held another Songwriters Festival and Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 9. The concert opened with young vocalist Taylor Renee, followed by Bobby “G” Gugliuzza and Pauly “G” Granato of Wehumanz, and concluding with Suzanne Cannon and John Smotherman of Illumination.

(Left to right) Taylor Renee sings on stage; Martin Zobel with his 1934 replica Mercedes; John Smotherman and Suzanne Cannon of Illumination perform; and Phyllis and Marty Goffe enjoy the evening at the amphitheater.


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wellington social scene Wellington Celebrates Fourth Of July With Festival And Pool Party Photos by Jessica Gregoire

Wellington celebrated the Fourth of July with its annual Family Fourth Celebration at Village Park on Pierson Road. The event included field games, inflatable rides, food, music and fireworks at the end of the day. Earlier in the day, Wellington hosted a pool party at the aquatics complex. Pool patrons beat the heat as they cooled off with a swim in the pool or a trip down the waterslide.

(Left) Pablo, Judy, Jose and Alejandra Maradiga wait for the fireworks to begin. (Right) Andrea Saenz and Juliana Romero.

(Left to right) Chomi, Paul and Isabella Ryan listen to the musical entertainment; Terri Vinardell with her grandchildren Tyler, Julie and James Sanders; Alan Laforge with his grandson Christopher at the pool party; and kids beat the heat in the Wellington pool.

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Charles Lynn was remembered last month as a loving husband and father, a great community leader and a gentleman who deserves a great deal of credit for shaping Wellington into the community it is today. Lynn, Wellington’s first permanent village manager, died July 12 of complications following heart surgery at age 58. Lynn arrived in Wellington just months after the village’s incorporation and led the community for 11 years. A Wellington resident, Lynn is survived by his wife Patsy, daughter Molly and son Michael. The inaugural Wellington Village Council hired Lynn in 1996. He arrived in September of that year and ran the day-to-day operations of the village during its boom years. Despite an evolving government, growing community and changing council, Lynn was a mainstay in Wellington. Former Mayor Tom Wenham credited Lynn with making Wellington the best community in Palm Beach County. “He was the perfect manager for the Village of Wellington,” he said. “He was just what we needed at the time. He took an interest in the village, and he was a good person.” Current Village Manager Paul Schofield remembered him as a Civil War buff who loved to play the violin. “To a number of staff members, he was a good friend, and those friendships became even stronger after he left. He’s someone we’re all going to miss,” he recalled.

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whose property is assessed at $175,000 after exemptions would pay $437.50 in village property taxes next year. Next year’s Wellington budget is proposed to be $73.9 million, down about 2.4 percent from the current year. Public hearings on the final adoption of the proposed budget and tax rates will take place in September. Though officials chose to hold the line on the tax rate, the amount of money Wellington will receive in property taxes next year — approximately $12.76 million — will decline by about $50,000 due to falling property values. Wellington is using $600,000 from its rate stabilization fund reserves to balance the budget. Goldenrod To Close — The Wellington Village Council voted unanimously June 28 to close Goldenrod Road at the C-5 Canal, as the road turns into Azure Avenue. In March, Wellington conducted public meetings on the issue and sent out surveys. “There was a predominance of support for the road closure,” Long Range Planning Director Tim Stillings said. Mayor Darell Bowen, who once lived on Azure, said that the road has been a problem for a long time. “It has a considerable amount of traffic,” he said. “It wasn’t designed to be an arterial street.” During public comments, the majority of the 16 residents who spoke were in favor of the closure. Resident Kim Dube, who has lived on Azure Avenue for more than seven years, said she is concerned about the safety of children who play near the street. “I feel like I live in a Mayberry neighborhood with a speedway through it,” she said. But other residents worried that cutting off the road would segregate the community. Dr. Naomi Katzowitz said she would rather see the money spent to put in more lights for safety and speed-alleviating measures. “I think it sends a bad message to residents if we say, ‘You stay on your side, we’ll stay on our side,’” she said.


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(Above) The Weedoo was designed to let property owners clear their own waterways of weeds without using chemicals or calling in the experts. (Left inset) Owner John Grimes demonstrates the system.


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Wellington-Based Company Weedoo Boats Helps Clean Weed-Choked Waterways Story by Matthew Auerbach Photos by Abner Pedraza and courtesy Weedoo Boats

Many people express their concerns about the precarious state of the environment. Some take action and do something about it; some don’t. John Grimes is a man of action. Grimes is the owner of Wellington-based Weedoo Boats, a company that manufactures eco-friendly vessels that help clean our local water supply without the use of the chemicals. For Grimes, the main reason for the Weedoo was literally lying in the weeds. “Aquatic weeds have been a big problem for a long time,” Grimes said. “Thousands of years ago, there was a normal, balanced level of natural phosphates in all water. Once man got here and brought agricultural and urban development, the amount of phosphoric fertilizers increased, which spurred the growth of more vegetation.” So what exactly is bad about that? “The answer is simple,” Grimes said. “First of all, the overgrowth of weeds severely affects swimming, boating and fishing. More often than not, chemicals and herbicides are used to deal with the problem. While this approach kills the vegetation, it causes the dead weeds to sink to the bottom and creates a fertilized base where the whole process begins again.” There is another method used to deal with underwater vegetation: emissions-heavy, gas-powered airboats. They can do the job in large, open areas but are unwieldy on smaller lakes, rivers and canals.

Grimes said that both of these accepted approaches have negative effects on the environment above and below the waterline. “You can’t poison your water to make it better,” he said. “So we had to figure out a way to do it mechanically.” The niche Grimes recognized was to find a way for individuals to deal with the scum, algae and loose weed problems on their own. “There was just no simple way available to the average person to help clean the lake or stream on their property without doing a massive amount of damage to the water and the amphibious life inside it,” he said. “I was determined to come up with a solution that would allow people to improve the quality of their water in an environmentally friendly way.” Enter the Weedoo. “In 2004, I decided to consult a marine architect,” Grimes said. “The plan was to design an optimum vessel that was safe, strong, practical and could do the job.” Grimes knew that conservationists recommended cutting the weeds below the surface and collecting them for compost. “That seemed to be a solution that worked for the environment,” he said. “So the plan became clear: What we would eventually produce had to be easy to use, easy to maneuver and capable of tackling all the problems associated with clearing all types of waterway

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There was just no simple way available to the average person to help clean the lake or stream on their property without doing a massive amount of damage to the water and the amphibious life inside it. I was determined to come up with a solution that would allow people to improve the quality of their water in an environmentally friendly way.

Weedoo Boats Owner John Grimes contamination. It also had to be affordably priced and attract both waterfront homeowners and professionals as well.” With that in mind, the next year was spent developing what would become the Weedoo 300 series. According to information provided by the Weedoo web site (www., the 300 series is a small, fiberglass/aluminum boat measuring just over 10 feet in length. It comes equipped with a walk-on checker-plate deck with vegetationcollecting attachments, a powerful swing arm underwater mower and cutter system and the Lakesavers skimmer/bagger attachment designed for fast removal of algae and duck weed. “The 300 series is exactly what I hoped it would be,” Grimes said. “It’s a versatile work boat that fills a void that had existed much too long.”

that weren’t eco-friendly. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?”

frog is our canary, and the water is our air.”

Grimes has called Wellington home since 1995. It wasn’t the prospect of opening a successful business that drew him to the area. Rather, it was the sport the community is famous for hosting.

Frogs can’t survive in contaminated water. The fact that the amphibian population has consistently dwindled since the 1980s isn’t lost on Grimes.

“I started coming here in 1994 to play polo,” he said. “My wife, Tara Lordi, is a show jumper. We were naturally attracted to the equestrian community and liked the area in general, so we wound up moving here.” Lordi and Grimes have a 22-year-old daughter, Mackenzie. Grimes believes Weedoo is good for Wellington. “I consider what we’re doing a 21stcentury industry,” he said. “As the business grows and more and more people become aware of it, the village can only benefit.”

Solving problems and filling needs comes naturally to Grimes. He comes from a long line of manufacturers, but is most proud of his family’s involvement with a product that can be found in every toolbox.

Not to mention the local frogs.

“We were the first family in the United States to make sandpaper,” Grimes said. “I’m a fifth-generation sandpaper maker. The only reason we’re no longer in the business is the fact we couldn’t convince companies we were working with to stop using materials

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“Back in April, we took part in Save the Frogs Day,” Grimes said. “Those little green guys are an enormous help to us.”

“In the old days, miners would bring a canary down into the mine,” he said. “They didn’t do that for company. If the canary fell over, that meant the air down there was not fit to breathe. The

“That tells you all you need to know about the state of our environment in general and our water in particular,” Grimes said. Grimes is proud to have come up with the concept for the Weedoo but doesn’t see himself as any kind of visionary. “I look at it very simply,” he said. “Before John Deere tractors, very few people mowed their own lawns. They just didn’t have the machines to do it. It’s the same with our water and Weedoo boats. Folks can now manage their own waterways and, in that small way, do something positive for the environment.” Weedoo Boats is located at 13501 South Shore Blvd., Suite 102, in Wellington. For more information, visit www. or call (561) 204-5765. (Below) Weedoo Boats founder John Grimes at his desk.

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Young Athlete Jessica Steen Tops On The Soccer Field & In The Classroom Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Susan Lerner

Wellington teenager Jessica Steen has the dedication, determination and talent to be a force on the soccer field and running track, as well as in the academic arena. With dreams of making the national women’s soccer team, coupled with the brains to be successful no matter what she does, she is truly one young lady to watch. Jessica, 14, began playing soccer at age four. Her father Ed played throughout high school and college and introduced the sport to his daughter. “He has coached me since I was little,” she said. The family’s walls are a testament to that, covered with photos of Jessica and Ed from when she began playing up to this past year. As she grew, Jessica showed clear talent for the sport. She began playing travel soccer with the Royal Palm Beach Strikers, and joined the school team at Polo Park Middle School. Jessica said that soccer is one of her passions, and a part of her life that she dedicates a lot of time to. “I’ve been playing for so long,” she said. “It’s a big part of my life.” A midfielder, Jessica has the advantage of speed, her father said. “One of her assets is her speed,” he said. “We go to any tournament, and she’s the fastest girl out there. It really makes a difference.” Recognizing her talent, Ed suggested that Jessica try out for Polo Park’s track and field team in the sixth grade. Though the two sports aren’t directly related, Jessica said it gives her an advantage. “You don’t

have to be fast to play soccer,” she said. “But it definitely helps.” She is a sprinter for the team, competing in the 100-, 200- and 500-meter dashes among other races. And last year, Jessica won seven medals in track at the county championships. Coupled with her success in soccer, she was named most valuable player (MVP) in both sports by Polo Park Middle School, as well as Female Athlete of the Year. But middle school success is just the beginning. Jessica has her sights set higher. “I’d like to play professionally,” she said. “I enjoy the game, and I like to play competitively.” Though she’s humble about her accomplishments, her father said that her competitive spirit comes out on the field. “She’s a great kid,” Ed said. “She works hard at it. If I tell her she needs to get up and go running before school, she’ll get herself up. She wants it.” Jessica agreed, noting that she enjoys playing travel soccer, where she can thrive under the competition — a trait she gets from her father. “Travel soccer is just a little more competitive,” she said. “I’m not as competitive as my dad, but I’m definitely competitive.” Between travel soccer and playing for school, Jessica plays year round, practicing three nights a week with competition as well. “I love it,” she said. Jessica was thrilled to see the women’s national team (Right) Young Wellington athlete Jessica Steen with some of her awards.


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this year in the World Cup. She said she hopes one day to be like stars Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach. “One thing I really admire about Rapinoe is that she comes off the bench and she can play just as well as anyone else,” she said. But what makes Jessica a true star is that not only is she a great athlete, she’s also a great student. She graduated from Polo Park with a 4.0 GPA and straight A grades, earning her the Presidential Award. She will start at Suncoast High School this month — one of the top high schools in the nation — in the school’s prestigious International Baccalaureate program. Her father said that he’s glad to see his daughter recognized both for her


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athleticism and academics. “The night she got her athletic awards,” Ed said, “it was a great feeling because we had just, an hour before, come from across the school where she got awards for her academics.” Jessica said she has a love of horses and though she’s focused on becoming a star soccer player, could see herself becoming a veterinarian. She hopes to continue to study hard and get an athletic scholarship before pursuing her dream of playing soccer professionally. But no matter what she does, Ed said that he’s confident his daughter will be successful. “It’s great because she’s a great athlete and she’s a phenomenal student,” he said. “She can do anything, and I’m excited to see what she does with it.”

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Elbridge Gale’s Laura Corzo Honored As Hispanic Teacher Of The Year Story by Deborah Welky Photos by Abner Pedraza

Wellington’s Elbridge Gale Elementary School has a celebrity in its midst. During a banquet at the Palm Beach Airport Hilton on May 10, Laura Corzo was named “2011 Hispanic Teacher of the Year” by the Hispanic Human Resources Council. Nominated by peers at her school, Corzo had to fill out an application that asked about her background, teaching duties and community service. Ultimately, 30 teachers from Palm Beach County schools were nominated, and three finalists were chosen. “When I was a finalist, they came into the classroom with flowers — representatives from the school district, the Hispanic Human Resources Council and friends,” Corzo said. Yet Corzo feels she shares her award with all teachers, whether of Hispanic descent or not. “The title ‘Hispanic’ — why? I represent all teachers in the county. They’re all deserving,” she said, although she acknowledges that receiving the award helped her reminisce. “It has helped me reflect on my parents moving here. The many opportunities I’ve had here have certainly helped me to get to where I am now. I came here and didn’t speak English.”

where Corzo attended Glades Day School in Belle Glade and eventually got her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, graduating with a major in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. She taught at South Olive, Liberty Park and Indian Pines elementary schools before coming to Elbridge Gale six years ago. The field of education always intrigued Corzo. Her father’s father was a chemistry teacher in Cuba, and his mother owned a sewing academy. Her own mother was a teaching assistant in Palm Beach County for 16 years, and her sister Lucy had been teaching high school Spanish and French for five years in Palm Beach County before Corzo joined the ranks 20 years ago. “I’ve always loved working with kids,” Corzo said. “It’s something I’m passionate about.” Today, Corzo teaches fourth-grade advanced/gifted language arts (which includes enriched reading, writing, spelling and some Spanish language curriculum) and also English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Elbridge Gale. “I can relate to them,” she said. “I know what that’s like.”

Corzo was born in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents who immigrated to the United States when she was 12. “They were looking for a better way of life for us,” Corzo said. The family initially moved to Louisiana, then to Florida, 30

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Corzo has expanded learning opportunities for her students by creating reading partnerships in the classroom and designing the “Reading At Home” program. She has gotten financing for these programs by applying for and

Elbridge Gale Elementary School teacher Laura Corzo with her “Hispanic Teacher of the Year� certificate.

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receiving grants from the Education Foundation, Citibank and Target. “I have also gotten books for my classroom that way,” she added. Even outside the classroom, Corzo works to get books into the hands of children. She collects books for the library and toys for the playroom of the Palms West Hospital pediatrics unit, where she also volunteers. Around the holidays, she collects pajamas that help young patients feel more festive than they would wearing hospital gowns.

It has helped me reflect on my parents moving here. The many opportunities I’ve had here have certainly helped me to get to where I am now. Laura Corzo, Hispanic Teacher Of The Year

Corzo runs collection drives at school that include seeking cell phones for soldiers and money for the Bravery Hearts program, which gives beads to young cancer patients one at a time as they complete each step in their cancer treatments.

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community work,” Corzo said. “I ask them to make bookmarks for the children at the hospital based on one of their own favorite books. They bring in toys for the playroom, saying, ‘I don’t play with this anymore.’ It’s neat to see that.” Another project that Corzo supports is the Scholastic Book Clubs’ “ClassroomsCare” reading program that awards books to disadvantaged children based on the number of books read by Corzo’s students. “We keep track online and by adding stars to a poster,” Corzo said. “Reaching our goal is another way to motivate students — even myself. It’s difficult with the FCAT to keep momentum going in the classroom because so much of your time is spent on test preparation.” One of her most popular projects is sending her fourth-grade students into kindergarten classrooms as “guest readers.” “They wear funny hats, and the little ones absolutely love them,” Corzo laughed. “I had some students who asked in the very beginning of the school year if they could be a guest reader because they remember having one in kindergarten. Now they wanted to be the guest reader themselves. They feel important, and it helps them with their reading skills.” It’s Corzo’s deep interest in the development of children that brought her the Hispanic Human Resources Council’s Teacher of the Year award. “The most rewarding thing is to see how these kids grow throughout the school year, not only academically but also socially and as a human being in their own world. At the end of the year, it’s hard to say goodbye,” she said sadly, brightening with, “Then you get a new batch!”




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Gastroenterology specialist Dr. Krishna Tripuraneni offers a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services at his Wellington office, Palm Beach Gastroenterology Consultants. The center offers a number of cutting-edge treatments for problems of the liver and digestive system, such as capsule endoscopy. Endoscopes are used to inspect the beginning and end of a patient’s digestive tract, but these flexible scopes cannot examine the middle part, the small intestine. In capsule endoscopy, the patient swallows a pill-shaped camera that records the digestive system at a rate of two images per second. “This can see what the endoscope can’t,” Tripuraneni explained, noting that the device can be used to locate bleeding, polyps and even cancer. The office also specializes in monitoring esophagus pH. An electrode is placed in the throat and records its acidity throughout the day. The data is sent to a box the patient wears, which also has buttons to be pressed when patients eat, drink or feel pain. This helps Tripuraneni see how stomach acid affects a patient and allows him to provide an appropriate treatment. Both the pill camera and the pH monitor send data wirelessly to a small device worn on a belt. The data is then downloaded and viewed on a computer. Infrared coagulation is offered at the office as a treatment for hemorrhoids. A small, infrared light is placed next to the tissue and is activated for a few seconds. This coagulates the blood in the hemorrhoid and causes it to recede. The process is almost pain-free and very fast. Liver biopsy is another service offered by Palm Beach Gastroenterology Consultants. If the team determines that the liver is not functioning properly, they use a syringe to remove a small piece of the organ and examine it. This procedure is done at Palm Beach Surgery Center, where the team does all its endoscopic and surgical procedures.

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One of the standard procedures performed at the surgery center is the colonoscopy. A flexible scope with a camera is used to inspect a patient’s colon to check for common problems. The colonoscope also has a device to remove growths and painlessly take tissue samples for further analysis. Tripuraneni started Palm Beach Gastroenterology Consultants in 1997 on the Palms West Hospital campus. In 2003, he moved to his own building on State Road 7. Tripuraneni became interested in medicine at an early age. His father was an otolaryngologist, a head and neck doctor. The elder Tripuraneni would let his son accompany him while he was doing rounds. “He even let me watch as he performed surgery, from a distance, of course,” he recalled, noting that his father was “one of the first surgeons to perform microsurgery on the middle ear bones.” Tripuraneni grew up in Hyderabad, India. He went to medical school at Osmania University in India and completed his residency in internal medicine at Hahnemann University in Pennsylvania. He is board-certified in internal medicine as well as gastroenterology and liver diseases. A Wellington resident, Tripuraneni and his wife have two college-aged children: a son who just finished his undergraduate degree in finance and a daughter who is in her final year studying medicine. His practice is affiliated with both Palms West Hospital and Wellington Regional Medical Center. Palm Beach Gastroenterology Consultants has offices at 1157 S. State Road 7 in Wellington and 1200 S. Main St., Suite 102, in Belle Glade. For more information, call (561) 795-3330 or visit |wellington the magazine| August 2011


Experienced Tutors Prepare Students For The SAT, ACT & Beyond Story and Photos by Jessica Gregoire

Students are under intense pressure when preparing for college. With so much on the line, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT) are a student’s gateway to the future. With proper test preparation from an experienced SAT and ACT tutor, students are more likely to achieve their target grade and reduce their stress level. The SAT and ACT are similar national college entrance exams; either one may be required for getting into a college or university. The higher the score, the better chance a student has of getting into the school of his or her choice. It’s recommended that students study at least 36 hours for the tests to ensure getting the best possible grade. There are many methods of preparing, from text book study guides to College Board practice tests. Although many of these methods are helpful, having a tutor who is experienced in the testing techniques and skills gives students extra assistance in preparation. “We have the experience,” said Barry Mallis, Wellington office director of Score at the Top. “It would be like going to a driving school, or like going to a golf pro, or like getting tips from your soccer coach, or going to a person who knows how to do a good pedicure. You go to the people who can do it and do it well.” Mallis recommends preparing for the tests early. “Students should never wait until senior year or the very end of junior year to prepare,” he said. Score at the Top offers expert, one-on-one, personalized tutoring for ACT and SAT prep as well as small group workshops. “From 2005 to 2008, I was one of about 2,000 people in the U.S. who scored the essay that the students had to write,” Mallis said. “So I have some really good insight as to what readers look for in a well-composed piece of writing.” The SAT and ACT both are based on strategy and skills. 36

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Results have shown that students who receive tutoring are more knowledgeable and familiar with the material and score higher on the exams. “It can be a difference of 300 or 400 points for students who come here,” Huntington Learning Center of Wellington owner Mary Fisher said. The test preparation method at Huntington Learning Center begins with the student taking a sample SAT or ACT exam. “We plug the test into a computer that we have. It scores as if they were taking an actual test. We break down the scores into English, reading and math,” Fisher explained. “Then we break each section’s score down… This helps us see where the student’s strengths and weaknesses are so that we can work on them.” At Huntington Learning Center, the focus is not only on the skills and strategies of test-taking, but also on preparation for the future, Fisher said. “When the students leave here, they are going to know how to write for college and they’re going to be ready,” she said. “They are going to learn skills not just for the SAT, but beyond the SAT.” Students must be determined to put forth the work and preparation for the test. “The students who come here have some degree of motivation already. We don’t have any claw marks on the door,” Mallis said. “Because they feel like, ‘Hey, you know what, I have to get good scores on these things because I want to go to the University of Central Florida or the University of Miami.’” The immense pressure of the exam could cause some students to become emotionally drained and unenthusiastic. Joanne Weiner, founding director of Private Tutoring Services, understands the frustration that students may have in preparing for the SAT or ACT. “Our students sometimes come in here begrudgingly,”

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Weiner said. “But they understand that they are learning techniques that will help them throughout their academic careers.” Private Tutoring Services has created a relaxed environment for students. By having classrooms set up as living rooms, students can sit on coaches and have a snack while getting tutored. “We understand that these kids are crammed in desks all day long at school. They don’t want that when they study,” Weiner said. “That is why our students love our environment. But even though we are very comfortable and casual, we are also very serious about their academic excellence.” Weiner recommends that students set realistic goals. “In this day and age, we see a lot of pressure for kids to score so high and they compare themselves to other students,” she said. Private Tutoring Services assist students in finding and focusing on what school they want to attend based on their grades and extracurricular activities, 38

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and then they determine the student’s target score. “In the State of Florida, sometimes it’s a numbers game,” Weiner said. “And we sometimes have to say to the children, realistically, you are not going to get a 2400 on the SAT; you should be happy with an 1800. That is 600 on each part, and that is a really good score. Top schools will look at you.” Finding the best way to study is also an important part in test preparation. Some students work best in one-on-one interaction, some in a group setting. Tutors understand those needs and offer both options. Parents should also get involved in helping their children get the best grades possible, such as by “sitting with your children and reading anything from a magazine to a short story together,” Weiner said. “There is a lot of vocabulary on the exams, and reading can make a difference in their score.” Tutors also understand the needs of the parents. “Most parents are looking for

that Bright Futures scholarship,” Fisher said. “And currently, to get a Bright Futures, on the SAT you have to have a combined score of critical reading and math of 900. On the ACT, you have to have a score of 20.” Tutors strive to not only prepare students for the test, but also for success in the future.

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Pizza lovers will argue whether it’s the best cheese or the perfect crust that makes the perfect pie. At Pizzano’s Pizza, a mom-and-pop pizzeria whose owners know good Italian, you don’t have to choose. Margaret and Al Dinuzzo took over the tiny pizza place in the Royal Plaza at the northeast corner of Royal Palm Beach and Southern boulevards a year ago. The pair had owned a pizzeria in Connecticut where pies were baked in a brick oven. At Pizzano’s the pizza is baked uniquely, the pies come out more quickly, and Margaret still makes the sauce fresh. Al, who spent his childhood in Italy, used a cousin’s recipe for his dough, adapting it for the quicker-cooking ovens. The homemade pies, with generous sprinklings of toppings, are winning a loyal following. “We took the time to perfect the dough,” Al Dinuzzo said. They serve regular or thin-crust – like authentic pizzas in Italy.

In addition to pizzas, Pizzano’s serves up a small selection of pasta dishes-try the spaghetti and meatballs; it’s just like homemade-and a selection of hot grinders. Not to be confused with subs, Pizzano’s grinders are hot stuffed crust meals. They take pizza dough, then stuff it with combinations of cheeses and meats or vegetables, roll it into a pocket and bake it. They’re served with marinara sauce. The chicken Parmesan is one of the best sellers, Margaret says. You can also get a traditional 10-inch hot sub. The small pizzeria has become known for its events as well as the homemade fare. A bulletin board full of snapshots shows birthday parties, team parties, and even a heart-shaped pizza for a non-traditional I Love You. Check out their menu at

“And we don’t put just a little bit of toppings on it,” Margaret Dinuzzo added. “Our pizza’s loaded.” Pizzano’s is not only family-owned but also family-operated. Most days, Margaret and Al are behind the counter and in the kitchen. “It feels at home in the kitchen,” Margaret says. For folks in the western communities looking for an alternative to chain pizzas, Pizzano’s delivers – to everyone. They take pizzas as far west as the FPL power plant, north to Northlake Boulevard, east to Florida’s Turnpike, and south throughout Wellington. “And we go to their house, not just a meeting at the corner,” said Margaret, noting how difficult it is for people in the far reaches of The Acreage to get delivery. How can they serve such a large area? They keep a driver on call for every shift. If there are several deliveries to be made, the additional driver comes in. Specialty pizzas include a meat lovers, Hawaiian, veggie, white pizza, barbecue chicken, Philly cheesesteak and meatball deluxe. But feel free to mix and match your own toppings.


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Good Food at the Right Price It’s midmorning, and Hilary’s is buzzing with regulars, many who will eat several meals a week at the Royal Palm Beach institution. “Here he is,” a waitress calls as a big man in overalls enters and saunters to a table. Yes, he was expected. She’ll have his beverage to the table before he opens the menu. He waves to Mark, who’s running the register, and to owner Mary Rakoff, across the room. Another man and two ladies enter, pausing briefly by the register, and Mark grabs a towel. “How we doing, Steve? Hold on, let me get your table cleaned up for you,” he says. There are other tables available, but Steve has his favorite, and the proprietors know it, like they know most of the orders before the regulars place them.

“We have something we call a leaf plate – a scoop of chicken salad and fruit for lunch, so it’s not a big, heavy meal.And then we have our gourmet wraps like the European wrap with roasted red peppers, feta, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, red onion and Greek olives.” Hilary’s is a mixture of Florida and New York. While the round tables and wicker chairs evoke a Florida lanai, the movie art and Broadway playbills let you know where the flavor comes from. The dinner menu is the kind of stuff you might have eaten around the family table – beef brisket in onion au jus, mile high meatloaf, chicken Parmesan or stuffed cabbage. There’s also fresh seafood, hand cut steaks, and a different nightly special each weeknight.

The Rakoffs – Mary, and sons Mark, Shawn and Steven, have been serving their friends and neighbors from the restaurant in the Royal Plaza at the northeast corner of Royal Palm Beach and Southern boulevards for the past 10 years. Mary’s husband, the late Hilary Rakoff, a life-long chef who infused the menu with family recipes and tastes from his childhood in New York, opened Hilary’s in 2001.

But for many, Hilary’s is as much about the company as it is the food. On Thursday’s the bowlers come in, and on Fridays, it’s the golfers, Mark says. And then there’s the ROMEO’s – Retired Old Men Eating Out.

“Serving Comfort Food” is their slogan. It’s a place known for its $3.99 and $4.99 breakfast specials as well as New York style overstuffed sandwiches on homemade rye bread.

One of the few places serving at 6 a.m. Mary knows the rhythm of the regulars, the seasonal residents and the shift workers.

“All the people know us,” Mary says. “The customers are family. “They come for the breakfast special, and they come back for corned beef, Ruebens and such,” Mary says. “If they want breakfast for dinner, they can get it. Whatever they’re in the mood to eat, they can always get it.”

“We used to have a man come in at 6:30 or 7 o’clock for a corned beef sandwich. He was just getting off work in the morning,” she said.

The menu is extensive with grilled items, a dozen different salads, and a variety of homemade and overstuffed deli sandwiches. And that doesn’t even include the daily specials, gourmet wraps, or lighter items.

“You should hear this place when they come in,” Mark says.

She walks across the room and hugs another diner. “I just got back last night,” the woman says, as she and Mary chat about the family. “This place is home,” she says.


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The Gypsy’s Horse brings Ireland to Wellington In what once was its own remote corner of Palm Beach County, folks in Wellington always have found a place where everybody knows their name. Colin Jackson insists the greeting come with an Irish brogue.

beer and banter, The Gypsy’s Horse provides something difficult to find in most South Florida eateries – a unique menu. “All the recipes are from home,” Jackson says

So finding no traditional pubs around, he opened one six years ago. He is coproprietor with Paul Rowan. He built the heavy wood tables himself, and imported the chairs from Ireland. The beer barrels serving as high toppers actually once held whiskey. He installed a tiny stage in the corner for live music and ensured that the bar was as stocked as any in the Old Country. And he made sure that regulars could have their own inscribed pint to drink from. Throwing a nod to the surrounding equestrian life, he christened it The Gypsy’s Horse. It’s tucked inside the original Wellington Mall, but most people enter through the outside, where an open-air patio provides additional seating. “It is a traditional Irish pub,” Jackson says. “Around 5 o’clock the bar is full of people who will be here 2 to 3 times a week.” Tacked above the barstools are a couple rows of small gold plaques inscribed with the names of those people in the exclusive 25 Club. “We have 25 different drafts. You must drink one of each in a week,” Jackson says. “It’s only a pint. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who have tried and failed. Some people have tried to do it in a day,” he says with a knowing smile. You’ll find Guinness and Murphys and Harp among the traditional pub brews. There’s also Strongbow Cider and Magners Cider, Stella, and Yuengling. But in addition to

Come during happy hour and try some Irish samples, such as Scotch eggs – a hardboiled egg wrapped in a sausage mixture - or Grandma Rita’s Irish Sausage – a cheese and potato-filled sausage wrapped in bacon. And yes, Grandma Rita is real. She’s the chef’s grandmother, whose recipes flavor the menu. “We have a lovely 14-ounce strip sizzling Gaelic steak (Don’t ask. The sauce is a secret), and another very popular dish is the braised pork shanks in a cream sauce,” Jackson says. On this menu, The Pie Shop doesn’t refer to desserts. There’s shepherd’s pie, chicken potpie, beef-n-Guinness pie and traditional Cornish pasties in which seasoned meat and veggies are served in puff pastry. In fact the pies are so popular, Jackson has taken to freezing some so folks can take them home for another night’s meal. And what Irish menu could be complete without potatoes? The Gypsy’s Horse menu says, “The Potato Famine is Over.” Get yours stuffed with your favorite toppings. “We have this one we called The Dubliner. It’s filled with corned beef and onions and cheese. The thing is addicting,” Jackson says. As in true pub fashion, you don’t need to be hungry to visit, though. There’s live music every Friday and Saturday with no cover charge. On the far side of the bar is a pool table and dartboards. And on Thursdays, the karaoke microphone is open. “We have a lot of fun here,” Jackson says.


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El Toro

The Best Mexican Food In Town! El Toro – Authentic Mexican Restaurant Overlooking Lake

The sun glistens across the water and a light breeze ruffles the palm fronds on the edges of the patio dining area. A small group is gathered around the bar under the wide tiki hut.As the waiter approaches, the air fills with the appetizing aroma of seasoned beef and the unmistakable sizzle of fresh-made fajitas. The only thing more appealing than El Toro Mexican Family Restaurant’s authentic Mexican food is being able to enjoy it on the outdoor patio overlooking the lake. Overlooking wide Lake Challenger in Royal Palm Beach, El Toro is the only waterfront restaurant in the central western communities.

Marinaded steak goes on the grill along with onions and green peppers. It’s cooked slowly enough for the flavors to meld and the vegetables to become tender. More vegetables are added to provide crisp-tender crunch. It’s served sizzling on a griddle that has been basting in a flame. Alongside are fresh pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and rice and beans.

“Everyone loves the patio when the weather is nice,” said owner/manager Angelina Johnson. “And even from the inside, you can see out to the water.”

“We brought a lot of our recipes from home,” Johnson says. “Some of the other favorites are carne asada, (char-broiled skirt steak garnished with guacamole,) pollo azado (char-broiled breast of chicken smothered with mushrooms and covered with Monterrey Jack and cheddar,) and our seafood Fruta Del Mar,” she said.

Wide picture windows give El Toro diners lots of light and the feel of a shaded Cantina. El Toro opened on the waterfront spot inside the Royal Inn on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard in 2006. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and includes a private party room that can hold up to 70. While the setting is a far distance from the Guadalajara homeland of Johnson and the rest of the Hernandez family who run El Toro, the authentic Mexican recipes are not. Sizzling fajitas are among the most popular on both the lunch and dinner menus, Johnson says. A peak in the very large kitchen, and it’s understandable why El Toro serves so many.

El Toro’s flour tortillas are as light as the sun streaming through the windows. The steak is fork-tender, and the flavor of the marinade comes through.

“And nobody makes the salsa like us,” she says, adding, “Nothing is from the can.” Another delicious surprise is the rice and refried beans. The rice has a nutty flavor, and these two traditional sides are light and flavorful. After lunch, you’ll feel satisfied. Having spent a little time in the sun-filled retreat, you’ll be able to return to your day. But you won’t want to.



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Buffalo wings might have been created in a restaurant in New York, but they were perfected in a small kitchen in Royal Palm Beach where restaurateur Andy Maynard created a system for turning out perfectly juicy, yet crispy wings. Tree’s Wings and Ribs was perfecting their formula long before wings were a staple on every casual dining restaurant menu. The comfortable, family restaurant with big wooden tables opened in the Royal Plaza at Royal Palm Beach and Southern Boulevards in 1995. It was one of the first places around the area to offer take-out and delivery. “We have our own proprietary way of doing wings,” Maynard said. “We’ve perfected a three-fryer cooking system.” Don’t ask him to tell you more. It is a restaurant secret. The system, coupled with sauces made in the restaurant, makes Tree’s the “go to” place for wing aficionados. Original owner Glenn “Tree”Thompson formulated both the unusual cooking system and the flavorful sauces. A year later Maynard bought him out. He has operated by the credo, “Don’t mess with success,” tweaking the system only to keep up with the growing volume. Perhaps the best testament to Tree’s is its awards: It has been voted Best Wings in Forum Publishing’s Best of the West contest for 12 years in a row. Tree’s also won the People’s Choice award for best ribs at the WIRK Rib Round-up at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

“He deliberately and purposefully put in a multitude of unusual ingredients so nobody could copy it,” Maynard said. They make batches daily at the restaurant. For such a small place, the menu is huge. Popular starters include jalapeno poppers and mozzarella stix, said General Manager Erin Peel. “And we have ginormous nachos. The dish feeds the whole table,” she said. Another favorite is the smoked marlin dip – one of the few places in South Florida that uses actual smoked marlin in its housemade recipe. There’s also a selection of seafood dishes, burgers, and salads. But most customers know what they want even before they’re seated. They return to Tree’s time and again for the succulent wings and ribs. With beer specials, Tree’s Wings is the perfect place to sit back and watch a ball game. Tree’s also caters to families. With two separate dining areas – one set aside just for grown-ups - everybody can have dinner the way they want it, whether it’s all facing the big screen or with the kids around a big family table. If your favorite family table is at your own house, Tree’s has a few special deals on the take-out menu, including the famous Family Deal of the Decade. It’s a combo of wings, ribs and sides sure to satisfy even the biggest appetites. Now, customers are eating for less at Tree’s since every order earns a spin of Tree’s prize wheel for “Tree’s Dollars.” Win anywhere between $1 and $10 to put toward your next order. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Tree’s serves only baby back ribs. These ribs get their tenderness and flavor through a slow-cook, multi-step process that’s another restaurant secret. And then of course, there’s Tree’s delectable barbecue sauce. Tree himself concocted it.

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Wellington’s Ricky Ficarelli is now in L.A. trying to build a career out of his YouTube stardom.

Wellington’s YouTube Star After A Successful Tour, Ricky Ficarelli Heads To L.A. By Chris Felker

For most teenagers, the summer when they’re 18 is that magical time when they can look forward to finishing high school, graduating, and perhaps leaving home to enter college or “find themselves.” Ricky Ficarelli of Wellington is also at that point, except he’s already left home and is well on his way to finding himself. Next year at this time, the young man may find himself in a band and the veteran of two nationwide tours, thanks to his status as a fan favorite on YouTube.

guess we’ve got a show again. What I’m focusing on now is all the people who are bigger, and all the top people in the YouTube community are located in Los Angeles, so just to be out here in that sense is good, so that I can collaborate, work with everybody and just be involved with the community more.” Ficarelli returned to Wellington after the spring tour and finished his junior year. He plans to complete his senior year online through the Florida Virtual School.

That status, which he started building in May 2010 when he began drumming to popular songs and posting his videos on YouTube, earned him a spot in the Internet video site’s first DigiTour. The six-week, 27-city series of shows started in Los Angeles in April and wrapped up in Fort Lauderdale in May.

“As of right now,” he said, “my plans for my education are finishing high school with strong grades and then, I guess, depending on where I continue to go with an entertainment career over this next year, to decide whether or not I want to go to college straight away or continue doing what I’m doing.”

Ficarelli is now back in L.A., where he spent the early part of the summer preparing for YouTube’s VidCon 2011 held at the end of July.

Ficarelli is very excited about all the possibilities surrounding him in Los Angeles. “Right now, I’m just kind of out here, trying to look into opportunities and get things going,” he said.

The conference is a huge meet-andgreet event consisting of talks and lectures by established YouTube performers and vloggers, concerts, classes, comedy acts, panel discussions, concerts, receptions, signings and more concerts. Thousands of participants were expected at the conference. “It’s a good way to meet a lot of the people who are big on YouTube,” Ficarelli explained. “The guys I played with on the tour, they’re playing there too, so I

He’s taking some time to explore other avenues to adventure, too. “I do have a meeting with an acting agent in the next couple of weeks. In addition to music, I figured while I’m out here, I might as well try acting… go out on auditions and just see what I can make happen,” Ficarelli said.

Ricky with the stars of the show Big Time Rush.

Ricky hangs with musician Iyaz.

Ricky with fellow YouTube star and tour headliner Dave Days.

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Right now, I’m just kind of out here, trying to look into opportunities and get things going. I do have a meeting with an acting agent in the next couple of weeks. In addition to music, I figured while I’m out here, I might as well try acting… go out on auditions and just see what I can make happen. Ricky Ficarelli

“I’m focusing on becoming more present on social media, working with all these other YouTube people,” he said. “Especially in this scene, things come and go, things fall through and things happen and don’t happen, every day.” Ficarelli signed a production deal with Greenhouse Productions, the company owned by the producers of the DigiTour, before the tour started last spring. So the next big thing he’ll be working on after VidCon is trying to see where he might fit into the plans being laid by the tour producers, Chris Rojas and Meridith Valiando. “They want [the DigiTour] to become an annual thing,” Ficarelli said. “Our plan for the next year is to get a band together, record an EP/album and go on the tour next year with me having a band and trying to get a record deal.” Ficarelli declared in an interview last May after the DigiTour had ended that his aspiration was to get a band together, so it now appears that dream will begin to gel and just may come true over the next several months. “That’s the big project in mind, to hold castings and auditions through the Internet,” Ficarelli said. “Honestly, I don’t have much control over 50 August August 2011 2011 |wellington |wellington the the magazine| magazine| 50

everything; the people who run the production company, obviously, they’re holding the castings and auditions and will pick the people and will really have the final say.” He has a great deal of respect for Rojas, a producer with top musical credentials. “He has worked with everyone from Pink to the Backstreet Boys, big Nickelodeon bands; his songs are on TV all the time,” Ficarelli explained. “And after we get a band together, I guess I’ll be writing together with Chris and recording music and building a solid foundation. Chris has showed me some stuff he’s worked on, and we bounce ideas off each other, but the real writing process isn’t going to start until we get the band together. Right now, we’re getting ready to start looking for people.” During the DigiTour, Ficarelli played mostly with headliner Dave Days and rapper DeStorm. “They were on the whole tour, and really the only solid acts for each show,” he said. “Then throughout the rest of the tour, it’d be random people. Some people would come on for three shows and leave.” This let Ficarelli play with a wide variety of acts. He will be in Los Angeles through at

least the end of summer, Ficarelli said, and doesn’t know exactly when he’ll be returning to Wellington. Meanwhile, he’s enjoying the moment. “It’s really cool. This is, I hope, only just the beginning,” he said. “It’s really weird, but it’s nothing crazy. I’m not Justin Bieber. I don’t walk around and get mobbed or anything, but, right now, I’m living with Dave Days in his apartment, and he lives just off Hollywood Blvd. We will go to get groceries, and we just want to go to the store and come back, and we’re walking around and people might recognize him from YouTube.” Ficarelli said he likes California, noting that on the Fourth of July, he visited the beach, but it was a bit strange. “In California, you can’t really swim; it’s not like Florida where you have awesome water, because here the water is really ridiculously cold all the time. Not many people go in the ocean here, so that was really kind of a bummer.” And he doesn’t surf — “maybe one day, but not yet.” Learn more about Ricky Ficarelli on his popular YouTube channel, com/RickyFicarelli.

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Quiet Waters Home Features Three Master Suites And A Private Lakefront Beach By Lauren Miró

A home that highlights the South Florida lifestyle, this tropical oasis located in the Quiet Waters community offers a private, lakefront beach — a relaxing getaway just a few steps from the back door. The 4,339-squarefoot home boasts four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a formal living room and family room. It is unique in that it has not only one, but three master suites. The entire second story was recently updated and houses two larger, 23-foot by 14-foot bedrooms, each with a separate walk-in closet, private bathroom and wet bar. The home also features a den, custom upgraded kitchen and a two- and three- car garage. If that’s not enough storage, there is also a covered RV park, perfect for a vehicle or a boat. The estate also offers an outdoor space oasis replete with native tropical plants leading down to the private white-sand beach. Or, if you’d rather relax around the pool, there’s a large patio and pool with a raised spa and waterfall.

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(Above) The living and dining area is a large room that opens to the patio. The space houses the main living area with a large dining table, pool table, sectional sofa and entertainment system, providing easy access to the den as well as the two upstairs master suites. (Left) The centerpiece of the formal living room is its ornate fireplace surrounded by coquina. The room is big and bright with tall ceilings and tile flooring. A large window looks out over the patio and pool, letting in plenty of light. (Right) In the kitchen, overlooking the pool, there is a custom wine bar with upgraded granite counter tops and custom wood cabinets. The bar has plenty of room to display a large selection of wine bottles, as well as a beer tap.

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(Above) The spacious kitchen is newly upgraded with granite counter tops, custom cabinetry and high-end appliances. It features a double oven, stainless steel appliances, a cook top with a hood and plenty of storage. The large island in the middle houses a sink and also provides space to eat. The kitchen also has a large breakfast nook and custom wine bar with access to the patio. (Left) The ground-floor, 16-foot by 16foot master suite is spacious with vaulted ceilings, carpeted floors and patio access. There are three large master suites with walk-in closets and private bathrooms.


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Get A Guilt-Free, Tasty Treat At Yogurbella Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Abner Pedraza

When you’ve got a craving for something sweet, Yogurbella offers a tasty treat with all of the pleasure and none of the guilt. Located near Macy’s inside the Mall at Wellington Green, Yogurbella offers an all-natural alternative to ice cream with more than 20 flavors and a variety of mix-ins. The company was founded in 2004 in Coconut Grove by South Korean businessman Jin Park. Frozen yogurt has long been a popular alternative to ice cream in South Korea, and its popularity here in the United States has been growing. Wellington owner Ken Brown — previously a senior executive with Levitz Furniture — joined the company in 2009 and opened his first store in Naples in May 2010. The Wellington store followed, opening July 10, 2010. “I wasn’t really a yogurt person; my wife was the one who ate it,” he recalled. “But once I had my first taste, I was hooked.” And Brown encourages everyone to come in and try a sample. “Once people come and try it, they love it,” he said. “There’s something for everyone, whether you like chocolate, or something a little more tart.” In its first year, Yogurbella of Wellington has


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already established a strong following with many coming in for their “yogurt fix” each day, Brown said. “It’s nice to see repeat business,” he said. “You know you’re doing something right, and when your employees come in on their day off to have some, that’s a sign of a good product.” On top of a great-tasting product, Brown chose to join Yogurbella because of its fresh, allnatural ingredients. “We make everything fresh,” he said. “We make everything on site daily.” And Yorgurbella brings to Wellington something it hasn’t really had — a treat that is both refreshing and good for you, Brown said. “We wanted to put a new twist on healthiness, and the mall wanted us here,” Brown said. “They came and checked us out in Miami and asked us if we wanted to open a store in Wellington. They gave us a great location. It was truly a home run.” Located upstairs between Macy’s and TooJay’s, Yogurbella is the first thing mall customers see as they come up the escalator. The store stands out with its bright, airy feel and signature bright colors. The décor is

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wellington table modern, with clean lines, pops of color and modern furniture, as well as a big, bright glass front. “It’s a very clean look,” Brown said. “I was impressed when I got into the business how simple everything is.” Customers can dine in at one of the booths or brightly colored tables, or take their treat to go. Brown plans to install a flat-screen television for customers to enjoy while they eat, and the restaurant also offers free Wi-Fi. But the true star of Yogurbella is its yogurt. The company offers more than 20 flavors, with five that rotate weekly. Main staples include the original flavor, a more tart taste, along with strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. Other flavors include coconut, peach, mango, pistachio, bubble gum, tiramisu, amaretto and many more. On top of the flavors to choose from, you can top them off with more than 40 toppings ranging from classic fruits to nuts, cereal, chocolate and candy. That way, customers can choose to be healthy, or indulge in something sweeter. “If you want to splurge with M&M’s, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup and chocolate yogurt, you could do that,” Brown said. “Or you can get fresh fruit.” Yogurbella is organic, fat free and low in calories. Brown said that although the flavors vary, chocolate, for example, has 75 calories in a 5 oz. cup.

out by nutritionists,” he said. “It’s a great, healthy alternative.” The yogurt powders come from Italy and are organic, flush with pro-biotics and live culture. Brown explained that often companies buy pre-made products that cut costs but aren’t as healthy or flavorful. But Yogurbella prides itself in its fresh-made daily yogurt. “We strive to maintain consistency in our quality,” he said. “Our team leaders and I make the yogurt in the mornings, and we really try to maintain consistency.” In addition to yogurt with toppings, customers can choose from other treats including shakes and smoothies, and a popular dish called the Artic Twist. “It’s the hottest thing,” Brown said. “It’s shaved ice, topped with condensed milk, mochi — which is a Japanese rice cake — your favorite yogurt and three toppings with more condensed milk. It’s served chopped up in a cup, and it really gives you a nice cold burst in your mouth.” As for smoothies and shakes, customers can choose from pre-made flavors or ask the Yogurbella staff to make anything they desire. And while Yogurbella is becoming known and loved throughout South Florida, it is also beginning to branch out all over the world with 20 stores to open in Saudi Arabia and more opening in the U.S. all the time.

“We’ve had all of our products checked (Top left) Just some of the tasty topping selections at Yogurbella. (Middle left) Yogurbella Team Leader Michael Pesce. (Bottom left) A serving of the soft-serve strawberry yogurt.

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“It really is a great product,” Brown said. “Customers love it, employees love it, it tastes great and it’s great for you.” Yogurbella is located in the Mall at Wellington Green at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 244. For more info., call (561) 753-8669 or visit

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. 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 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. 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. 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

Pangea Bistro in the Pointe at Wellington Green offers a taste of the best food from all around the world. Pangea is open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday. For reservations, call (561) 7939394 or visit

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. 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

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. 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 for more info.

Enjoy wonderful sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and fruit at Jason’s Deli, 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, in the Mall at Wellington Green near the food court, is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. For more info., visit or call (561) 798-7433.

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

Lock Stock and Barrel Restaurant, located at 3208 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is your neighborhood grill for steaks, chops and seafood. Enjoy a full bar with wines and cocktails that complement wonderful appetizers, salads and sandwiches for lunch, as well as a selection of the finest steaks, chops and featured seafood entrees. A children’s menu is available. For info., call (561) 649-4545 or visit

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 or call (561) 791-1535 for more information.

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, offering all the quality and style of Palm Beach in the heart of Wellington. For more info., call (561) 792-2220 or visit www.olis

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.

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Saturday, Aug. 6 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.). Visit for more info. • A Community Swap Meet/Garage Sale will take place Saturday, Aug. 6 in the parking lot of the Wellington Marketplace. The event will be co-sponsored by the Asphalt Angels Car Club, which will be raffling off prizes during the event. Shopping center tenants will be offering exclusive deals and discounts. Admission is free. The cost for vendors is $10 (bring your own table/setup). Setup will begin at 7 a.m. with the event starting at 9 a.m. For more info., visit www. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will feature “Anime Fest” on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. for ages 9 to 17. Celebrate the end of summer at an anime mini-convention. Participants must have completed the summer reading program. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Sunday, Aug. 7 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Award-Winning Domestic Artisan Cheese Tasting” on Sunday, Aug. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Taste a selection of domestic artisan cheeses from this year’s award-winning producers. There is no charge; no registration is necessary. Monday, Aug. 8 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will hold “Huff and Puff!” on Monday, Aug. 8 at 11:15 a.m. for ages 4 to 7. Inhale and exhale with these stories and experiments about breathing. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce August Luncheon will be held Monday, Aug. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madison Green Golf Club (2001 Crestwood Blvd. N., Royal Palm Beach). The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Call Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 790-6200 or e-mail for info. Tuesday, Aug. 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will feature “Meet the Author: David Haddon” for adults on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 2:30 p.m. The author of Fighting for a Life: The Great Awakening will describe how he used his faith to overcome adversity in his inspirational book. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, Aug. 10 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wanderers Club at Wellington (1900 Aero Club Drive) featuring Congressman Allen West (R-District 22) as the keynote speaker. To RSVP, call the chamber at (561) 792-6525. • The Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College (4200 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth) will present Neil Simon’s Laughter On the 23rd Floor on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For tickets, call (561) 868-3309 or visit www. Thursday, Aug. 11 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host Health Starts Here Taste of Health on Thursdays, Aug. 11, 18 and 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by the new Health Starts Here information station to see what nutrient-dense dish Cheryl Kobal is whipping up. You’ll also get tips on how to incorporate more nutrient-dense foods into your diet. No registration necessary, and there is no charge.

• The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will present singer Bryan Adams’ “The Bare Bones Tour” on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. in Dreyfoos Hall. Visit for more info.

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Friday, Aug. 12 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Free Movie Night with Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story on Friday, Aug. 12 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info.

Saturday, Aug. 13 • The South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd.) will host a Gun Show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Visit www.flgunshows. com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will feature “Chess Tournament for Children” on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Challenge other players for prizes in this all-day tournament. Sign-in begins at 10 a.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature a Classic Car Show & Concert on Saturday, Aug. 13. The car show will start at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Reborn Highway at 8 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Sunday, Aug. 14 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Thai Cooking with Chef Joe” on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join Chef Joe as he demonstrates how to cook Thai foods right in your own kitchen using fresh ingredients. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required at customer service or by calling (561) 904-4000. • Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington will host an open house Sunday, Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find out about the various programs and services B’nai Jacob has to offer the Jewish community of Wellington and the surrounding areas. The temple is located inside the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For info., call (561) 793-4347. Monday, Aug. 15 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host a Health Starts Here information station ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, Aug. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Health Starts Here information station is located in the produce department by the juice bar. The event will be followed by healthy appetizers and an informal store tour. Pre-register at customer service or by calling (561) 904-4000. Tuesday, Aug. 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will feature “Introduction to Irish Dancing” on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. for age 8 and up, and at 6:30 p.m. for adults. Marie Marzi of the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance will teach introductory steps. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Aug. 18 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a Networking Mixer on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s restaurant (11141 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). RSVP to Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 790-6200 or marylou@ • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Award-Winning Domestic Artisan Cheese Class” on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Taste a selection of domestic artisan cheeses from this year’s award-winning producers. Each cheese will be paired with a wine or beer. The cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required at customer service or by calling (561) 904-4000. Friday, Aug. 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host “Flight Time” on Friday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 4. Join library staff for a story time about things that fly. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest

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Wednesday, Aug. 24 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Gluten-Free Cooking: What’s for Lunch?” Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join Chef Joe as he demonstrates how to create a gluten-free lunch that is easy to bring on the road to school, work or to a friend’s house. There is no charge. Pre-register at customer service or call (561) 904-4000. Thursday, Aug. 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will feature “Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease” for adults Thursday, Aug. 25 at 2:30 p.m. featuring nurse Marie MacDonell of Alzheimer’s Community Care. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host “Family Board Game Fun” on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 2:30 p.m. for age 4 and up. Have family fun playing different board games such as Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Matchup and more. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Task Force will meet Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Department of Planning and Engineering conference room at Greenacres City Hall (5800 Melaleuca Lane). Call Scott Brown at (561) 790-6200 or e-mail scott@palmswest. com for more info. Friday, Aug. 26 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will host “Mom’s Morning Escape and Whole Kid’s Club Story Time & Snack” on Friday, Aug. 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. Moms will receive a free mini-massage, coffee or tea, and muffin from the coffee bar. Come with your little ones to enjoy a snack and story in the back of the café. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to attend. Register at customer service or call (561) 904-4000.

Saturday, Aug. 27 • The Kids World Family Fun Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.). Participate in hands-on educational activities, be entertained by one of two entertainment stages, meet your favorite sports mascots and television characters, or have fun bouncing in the Fun Zone filled with inflatables. Visit www. for more info. Sunday, Aug. 28 • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Coffee Basics: A Journey of Great Taste” on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. Participants will get to taste many different coffees from around the world and learn about the growing and harvesting process. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 for more info. Tuesday, Aug. 30 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host “The Better to See You With” on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. for ages 5 to 8. See what a difference eyeglasses can make in these stories. Design your own eyeglasses to bedazzle your family and friends. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will offer “Teen Game Day” on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Play Nintendo Wii and board games. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Whole Foods Market (2635 State Road 7, Wellington) will feature “Are Your Hormones Getting on Your Nerves?” Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Learn natural solutions to hormonal problems with Dr. Tim DeCanio, a board-certified chiropractic neurologist and renowned speaker. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required at customer service or by calling (561) 904-4000.

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Customer Appreciation Day — Generations: A Hair Salon in Wellington held its customer appreciation day on Wednesday, July 20. Shown here, Chris Vernetti works with client Julie Smith. For more info., call (561) 753-2232 or visit

WEI Network Open House — On Wednesday, July 6, WEI Network owner Peter Wein held a grand opening for his studio, which recently relocated to Royal Plaza in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., visit www.weinetwork. com.

Pharmacy Opening — Palms West Hospital held a grand opening celebration for its new pharmacy July 19. The pharmacy is conveniently located on the second floor of the hospital for easy access to the patients’ rooms. It is equipped with an IV prep room, a chemical preparation room and ample storage space for oral and IV medications. Shown here, hospital officials gather for the ribbon cutting.

‘Cow Appreciation Day’ — Chick-fil-A celebrated Cow Appreciation Day on Friday, July 8 in the Mall at Wellington Green. People who came in cow-themed attire received a free meal. Shown here are Daylee Fisher, Toni Tomlin, Dani Jury and Sierra McLaughlin. For more info., visit www.

New Salon — Trini in Private, an upscale salon with locations in Miami, Fort Myers and New York City, recently opened in Wellington, taking over the space formerly occupied by Capricious Salon & Spa. Shown here are Trini Academy Salon Educator Michel Willard, salon co-owners Derna Lopez and Armineh Gharakhani, Trini in Private founder Trini Wagner, salon co-owner John Miran Pust and Toni MacPherson.

Groundbreaking Ceremony — Wellington leaders gathered June 27 to break ground on the planned Village Green Center on State Road 7. Once built, the plaza will occupy 15.89 acres on the west side of SR 7 between Stribling Way and Royale Blvd., south of Whole Foods Market. Shown here are owners Tricia and Jim Ward, Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen and members of the project team at the groundbreaking ceremony.


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