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22 WHS Band Program Ready For Another Stellar Year The Mighty Wolverine Sound inspires students at Wellington High School to pursue their passions and strive for greatness. After a banner season last year, the band will step out this year with a polished look to match its impeccable sound. By Lauren Miró

26 Miss Wellington USA Brie Baldrica Fights Bullying Brie Baldrica, 22-year-old winner of this year’s Miss Wellington USA pageant, is using her title to shed light on a cause very close to her heart — the fight against school bullying. By Alexandra Antonopoulos


Wahoos Swim Program Continues To Grow


Rich Whalen, eight-year head coach of the Wellington Wahoos swim team, has big plans ahead for one of the village’s signature athletic programs. By Sharon Robb

36 Speech And LAnguage Pathologist Marci Chaves

Marci Chaves of Wellington’s Marcimouth Speech & Language Services runs a growing practice that treats mostly children with a variety of vocal difficulties. By Anne Checkosky

41 Juancito Bollini: A Next Generation polo Star

Born in Argentina, Wellington High School grad Juancito Bollini grew up watching his father play polo around the world. Now, he is following in his footsteps. By Sharon Robb

46 Indulge Yourself At The New Eye Candy Lash Lounge Get the eye lashes you’ve always dreamed of with a visit to the new Eye Candy Lash Lounge in Wellington, and while you’re there, enjoy other spa services. By Lauren Miró


54 Wellington Volunteer: PTA PResident Tanya Siskind Binks Forest Elementary School PTA President Tanya Siskind is the August nominee for Wellington The Magazine’s Volunteer of the Year Award. By Matthew Auerbach

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Wellington Social Scene Wellington Children’s Theatre Campers Perform ‘Best Of Broadway’ Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club Hosts ‘Friend-Raiser’ Wellington Marks Fourth Of July With A Day Of Patriotic Fun Chamber Hosts Health & Wellness Festival At Whole Foods Plaza

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Wellington Home visits a stunning residence reminiscent of a Palm Beach mansion right here in Wellington. Located in the Olympia community, the four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom home features more than 4,000 square feet of living space, all impeccably decorated. By Lauren Miró

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Wellington Watch Wellington Health Wellington Real Estate Wellington Dining Guide Wellington Calendar Around Wellington ON THE COVER Miss Wellington USA Brie Baldrica. Her fight against bullying is featured this month. Photo by Houston Costa

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It’s Time To Head Back To School... 10, number 8 August 2013


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As we prepare our annual back to school issue, Wellington families are preparing for the first day of the new school year. As I watch young kindergartners get excited about their first lunch box and teenagers rolling their eyes as mom tries to help pick out “cool” new folders, I can’t help but feel the empty nest syndrome starting to creep in. It feels like yesterday that I dropped my twins off for their first day at elementary school. Now, they have already completed their first year of college. Featured on this month’s cover is Brie Baldrica, who is using her title Miss Wellington USA to help fight the scourge of bullying. Check out our feature story on her this month to learn why the issue is of special importance to this rising Wellington star. Marching to the beat of its own drums, Wellington High School’s Mighty Wolverine Sound is ready for another year of wowing the crowds. We spoke with Director of Bands Mary Oser, along with several students, about what to expect this season. Oxbridge Academy student Kella Merlain-Moffatt has big plans for the future, and she is well on her way, taking first place in the recent Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League Grand Finals. We profile this impressive young woman this issue. Also keeping with the back-to-school theme, our Wellington Volunteer of the Year Award nominee this month is Binks Forest Elementary School PT President Tanya Siskind. Have you ever had the feeling that something isn’t right with your child’s speech? Push your pediatrician for a referral! That’s the advice from speech and language pathologist Marci Chaves of Marcimouth Speech & Language Services. Profiled this issue, she creates an individualized plan for each child.

much-needed recent facelift. On the field, teen polo player Juancito Bollini, profiled this month is quickly becoming one of polo’s next generation of stars. Son of Juan Bollini Sr., the two share a love for a sport often passed down from father to son. Indulge yourself this month with a visit to the new Eye Candy Lash Lounge on South Shore Blvd. Congratulations to Colette Miller, our lucky August winner, who will be treated to a day of pampering, including Eye Candy’s signature lash care. Wellington Real Estate profiles Winston Crosbie this month, while Wellington Health features Dr. Taryn Silverstein, a Wellington native who has returned home to practice gastroenterology. Rounding out this month’s departments, Wellington Table visits the new Lindburgers in the Courtyard Shops, where guests can choose from 50 gourmet burgers on the menu, and Wellington Home stops by a stunning Olympia estate that brings the Palm Beach aesthetic to Wellington. Finally, as we go to press, we are excited to welcome the newest members of our Wellington The Magazine family, twins Diana and Micah. Welcome home!

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Relaxing at the pool has helped many of us keep cool in the sweltering Florida heat, but for the Wellington Wahoos swim team, a day at the pool is anything but relaxing. Head coach Rich Whalen notes that the team has grown in recent years, and he projects more years of growth ahead, especially now that the Wellington Aquatics Complex has enjoyed a

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wellington social scene Photos by Lauren Miró Wellington Children’s Theatre Campers Perform ‘Best Of Broadway’

(Left) Wellington Children’s Theatre Director Karen Braunstein thanks the audience for attending. (Right) Jayna Manohalal as Peter Pan leads the campers in “I Won’t Grow Up.”

The Wellington Children’s Theatre Musical Theatre Camp Players presented “The Best of Broadway” on Saturday, June 29 at Wellington High School. The children learned songs and routines from classic Broadway shows over the three-week summer camp and performed for family and friends. For more info., visit www. wellingtonchildrenstheatre. com.

(Left to Right) Mary Gresh as Oliver Twist and Sasha Victome as the Artful Dodger perform “Consider Yourself;” Lily Edmiston and Anna Gilbert in “Marry the Man;” Amelia Haymond in Thoroughly Modern Millie’s “Not for the Life of Me;” Sebastian Diaz performs “Under the Sea” as Sebastian the crab; and Hailey Goldstein as Annie (center) in “Hard Knock Life.”


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The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club held a “friend-raiser” on Thursday, July 11 at the new Wellington facility. Money was raised for equipment for children’s activities. Guests enjoyed a tour of the club, as well as food and drinks. Several guests made donations to the club. For more info., visit www.

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(Left) Grant and Mason Perry pet a bunny in the petting zoo. (Center) Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis and his wife, Linda, check out the petting zoo. (Right) The sack race drew some fierce competition.

Wellington celebrated the Fourth of July with a day of festivities and fun. The day kicked off with a Patriotic Pool Party at the Wellington Aquatic Complex. Then, families headed to Village Park, which offered inflatable rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, food, music and more. The evening ended with a fireworks spectacular.

(Left to right) The Manohalal family, dressed in stars and stripes, enjoys the festivities at Village Park; Gianna and Taylor Priske with Dora the Explorer and Mickey Mouse; Wellington’s Jim Barnes, Eric Juckett, Bruce Wagner and Bruce Delaney; and Jaiden and Leia Almodovar enjoy rides atop some festively dressed ponies.

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The Wellington Chamber of Commerce sponsored its annual Health & Wellness Festival on Saturday, June 22 in the Whole Foods Market plaza. Vendors from the health, beauty and fitness industries, among others, gave out samples and discount coupons. There were cooking and karate demos, as well as mini massages, pet therapy and more.

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Council Approves Dressage Festival The 2014 Global Dressage Festival season is on. Members of the Wellington Village Council gave necessary approvals July 9 to allow for the upcoming dressage show season at the controversial Equestrian Village site. Council members unanimously approved both a plat and a seasonal equestrian use permit for the site, located on the northeast corner of South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road. Under the special-use permit, the dressage shows will be allowed on approximately 100 dates between Nov. 1 and April 30, with training and other related equestrian uses allowed between shows. Though property owner Wellington Equestrian Partners requested show hours to run from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., council members agreed to extend the hours to 11 p.m. only on certain Friday and Saturday nights, and one Thursday night. All other nights, the shows would end by 10 p.m. Show promoters also had to abide by several conditions, including having Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies direct traffic after events and coordinating times with the Winter Equestrian Festival to avoid congestion. Vice Mayor Howard Coates made a motion to approve the plat application, which passed unanimously. He then made a motion to approve the specialuse permit with staff conditions, as well as conditions on the hours of operation. Other council conditions included not allowing entertainment before 9 a.m. and providing adequate signs and illumination at the entrance. The motion passed unanimously. Tax Rate, Acme Assessment Up — On July 9, the council voted unanimously to set its preliminary tax rate at 2.5 mills, up slightly from last year’s rate of 2.47 mills. Residents will also see a $100 increase in their assessments for the Acme Improvement District. That money will go largely to improve drainage throughout the village. Wellington staff proposed a tax rate of 2.47 mills, which

will bring in about $770,000 more in revenue due to increased property values and a rise in new construction projects, Village Manager Paul Schofield said. For the first time in many years, Wellington’s budget has grown. Next year’s proposed budget of $78.7 million is up $4.24 million or 5.7 percent. Councilman Matt Willhite suggested preliminary approval of a higher tax rate, concerned that the increased funds could be needed if the village faces another storm like Tropical Storm Isaac. However, several council members said they might lower the rate before the final budget is adopted. To help mitigate future drainage issues, residents will be assessed $100 more in their non-ad valorem assessments for the Acme Improvement District, which manages water in most of Wellington. The increase will fund about $29.3 million in improvements, including increasing water storage, improving canals and elevating low-level roads. The projects will be done over 10 years. More Medical On SR 7 — Also July 9, Wellington Village Council members agreed to allow medical use on the Wellington Parc site, located on the west side of State Road 7 near Palomino Drive. The 15.83-acre site was originally approved for 31,830 square feet of office space and some townhouses. The new approval will allow the office space to include medical use. Growth Management Director Bob Basehart explained that medical office space and professional office space are different in Wellington’s code, necessitating the change. Councilman Matt Willhite was concerned about connectivity between the Wellington Parc site and the adjacent Palomino Park medical site. “I think we need to come up with a solution for the traffic,” he said. Village Attorney Laurie Cohen said that she’s continuing to have conversations about it with the applicant. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig made a motion to OK the change, which passed unanimously.

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Talented Wellington High School Band Program Ready For Another Year Of Wowing The Crowd Story by Lauren Miró  Photos by Lois Spatz

With a strong and fervent beat, the Mighty Wolverine Sound inspires students at Wellington High School to pursue their passions and strive for greatness. After a banner season last year, the band will step onto the football field with a new, polished look to match its impeccable sound. Director of Bands Mary Oser has led the Wellington High School program for 22 years now, and they have seen great success under her leadership. With 150 members marching, the Mighty Wolverine Sound is stacked with talent. Oser characterized her band students as a diverse and well-rounded group of passionate musicians. “They like to have fun,” she said. “You can see that if you go to a football game and look for them in the stands. For almost every song we play, they have choreography. They’re a lot of fun to watch and listen to.”


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Though the students are brought together by their passion for music, many of them have diverse interests, she said. “They’re not just band students. A lot of them play on sports teams, or are involved in other clubs and activities. They are also some of the best students at the school,” she said. Molly Cuthbertson, a senior flute player, said the passion students have for music is evident.

everyone has for the band,” she said. “We’re not a competition band, which makes us different from many other bands. But we can still compete on their level because we all love it so much. It’s something we love to do, so we work hard.” The band program began in 1988 and has racked up numerous superior ratings in the Florida Band Association District Marching Band Assessments over the past two decades.

“I think that you can see the passion “We enter three district assessments each year with our marching, concert and jazz bands,” Oser said. “Last year, we were rated superior in all three categories.” The marching band’s show last season was a big hit. “The Dark Side of the Mouse” featured the tunes of numerous Disney villains. “The students really enjoyed playing it,” Oser

Members of the WHS Mighty Wolverine Sound marching band during their recent visit to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

(Above, left to right) Band members Matt Harrington, Christian Jansen, Eric Jansen and Caleb Jansen. (Right) The drumline (top) and the majorettes (bottom).

This year, the theme is “Rained Out.”

want to keep our success going,” she said. “They want to see us get better every year. They do a really good job of representing us out in the community.”

“It will be all sorts of songs about rain,” Oser said. “Hopefully it will bring us better weather.”

Oser believes in empowering her students, giving them leadership roles and responsibilities.

For Oser, music is about reaching people — both the students in her program and members of the community.

This year, the head drum major is Joey Hempfling, a three-year member of the band who has been a member of the All-State Band each year. “It’s the highest level you can reach in Florida,” Oser said.

said. “They’d been asking for Disney music for years.”

“We’re always going to play really great music, but music that the audience will be able to get involved with, too,” she said. “The audience knew all our Disney themes, and you could hear them singing along from the stands. We want to make sure that we can connect with our audience.” The students take a lot of pride in their organization, Oser added. “They

He is joined by assistant drum majors Thomas Davis and Zachary Landress. Hempfling credits Oser for the band’s success. “She has found a way to inspire students through her passion,” he said. “She’s incredible. She’s very good at inspiring us and also creating a great leadership team.”

Thanks to generous donations from across the community, the Mighty Wolverine Sound now has new uniforms that will make an appearance on the football field for the first time this month. With 15-year-old uniforms that were falling apart at the seams, the band was desperate for new threads, but had only raised about $20,000. “We knew if we didn’t get help, it was going to take another nine years,” Oser said. Wellington Equestrian Partners Managing Partner Mark Bellissimo donated $14,000 to the band for new uniforms. “We were so grateful,” Oser said. “That got us a lot closer.” The remaining $39,000 was donated by William Wilson, along with Allen and Pirjo Seaman. The funds were donated in memory of Wilson’s late son, Scott, a WHS alumnus. |wellington the magazine| August 2013


“There are just no words,” Oser said. “It was great for the kids to see that there’s this type of good in the world.” The new uniforms will help students make a statement on the field for many years to come, but they won’t forget who helped them get there — each hat has a note of thanks to Bellissimo, and each uniform has “In Memory of Scott Wilson” sewn into it. “The new uniforms are beautiful,” Hempfling said. “I’m so excited to wear them this season. It’s going to be awesome.” Oser said the new uniforms will do wonders for the students’ confidence. “When we march out onto the field for that first football game, it’s going to be amazing,” she said. “The students are going to stand taller and march better.” Cuthbertson agreed. “It’s going to be so exciting for senior year to have new uniforms that aren’t ripping off in the middle of the show,” she said. “It will really represent the pride that we have for our organization.” The Mighty Wolverine Sound got to try out its new uniforms when it traveled to Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor to perform on the USS Missouri. The band was invited by the USS Missouri Memorial Foundation and brought 65 students to represent Wellington. “We always do a patriotic program so the students understand the significance of where they are,” Oser said. “It really is an amazing experience for them.” Oser partially credits the success of the WHS band program to the feeder program at Wellington Landings Middle School. “A high school band can only go so far without a good middle school feeder,” she said, “and we’ve had one of the best middle 24

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school bands in the county feeding us for years.” Hempfling, who learned to play the clarinet at Wellington Landings, agreed. “That’s the main reason we have the number of students in the band that we do,” he said. The band’s music has resonated with the community. When many other schools have cut back on arts programs, Wellington has offered support.

“The atmosphere is so motivating,” she said. “It teaches you a lot about life. We’re not just learning about music, but life lessons that will help us in our professional lives.” Check out the Mighty Wolverine Sound this season on the Wellington High School football field or in district competition at the new Wellington High School theater. For more information, visit www.whsband. com.

“We have an administration that is very committed to our arts programs,” Oser said. “Especially our principal, Mr. [Mario] Crocetti. Whenever I’ve needed something, I know that I can go to him and he’ll do his best to provide it to us.” And parents have been key in supporting the organization through the Wellington High School Band Boosters, Oser said. “We would not be able to do half the things we do without our Band Boosters organization,” she said. “They are the best in the county. They really work hard and put everything they have into supporting these kids.” Cuthbertson said that the band is not just about music, but about passion and learning life lessons.

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Miss Wellington USA Brie Baldrica Puts Her Focus On Fighting The Scourge Of Bullying Story by Alexandra Antonopoulos  Photos by Houston Costa

Brie Baldrica, the 22-year-old winner of this year’s Miss Wellington USA pageant, is using her title to shed light on a cause very close to her heart. Baldrica’s pageant platform is focused on bullying, and she wants people to understand just how big of an issue bullying is, particularly for children in school. Baldrica herself is no stranger to bullying. In fact, the reigning Miss Wellington USA endured years of ridicule and ostracism by classmates in middle school. “When I was in eighth grade, I was severely bullied by girls who started rumors about me,” Baldrica recalled. “I would go home crying every day. I started going to school wearing a lot of black hoodies and sweatshirts and eyeliner. I became a totally different person. I was eating lunch in the bathroom and the library. I even stopped eating at one point. I was at my wits’ end.” As the bullying continued, feeling that she had nowhere to turn, Baldrica even considered suicide to escape the daily torment and loneliness. She knew it was time for a change when her younger sister uttered words that broke her heart. “When [my sister] was six she said, ‘Brie-Brie, who are you? I don’t know you anymore.’ She didn’t know what was going on, but I wasn’t myself. I wasn’t happy or laughing, I would just go to my room,” Baldrica said. “That changed me. At 13, it was really hard to do, but my love for my sister and wanting to be there for her was really the reason that I turned

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around so fast. I wanted to be the best role model and mentor she could possibly have.” Embracing change and focusing on the positive, Baldrica enrolled in a homeschool program and sped past her peers academically. She was simultaneously enrolled in community college courses and excelled in this new environment, graduating high school at age 16. “It has always been my dream to be an actress. I wanted to pursue my career,” Baldrica said, which is exactly what she did next. Right out of the gate, Baldrica booked several guest-starring roles and landed her first lead in a movie, Forget Me Not, when she was 17. “I just kind of changed my life around,” she said. Baldrica attended Pepperdine University in California, but was nervous to reenter academia given her torturous social experiences in middle school. “After being bullied, I was really leery of women,” Baldrica said. She was hesitant to join a sorority, but decided it was the right move after

meeting a few of her soon-to-be sisters, who had been part of an anti-bullying movement known as the Kind Campaign. “It’s a nationwide campaign, and it’s against girl-on-girl crimes,” Baldrica explained. After becoming involved with the sorority, she started working with the SMART Girls Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, implementing much of what she was learning from the Kind Campaign in the programming there. “We would talk about self-esteem issues and boys, but the main focus was on bullying,” she said. “I absolutely loved it. It’s something that I want to bring to Wellington.” While in college, Baldrica, who majored in psychology, competed in the Miss California pageant twice, placing first runner-up and second runner-up in the two years she competed. Family and career brought her back to Wellington, where she earned her most recent title. As Miss Wellington USA, Baldrica is spreading her anti-bullying message and preparing to compete for the title of Miss Florida USA. She hopes that her pageant role will give her

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“I want to go on to Miss USA and implement a state program on antibullying. I’m so passionate about helping out, and I want to be that role model girls can look up to,” Baldrica said. The fight against bullying must start early, Baldrica said. “We need to start talking about this at a younger age, in elementary school,” she said, adding that by using exercises and games, the programs teach girls, “how to be kind, and how not being kind makes the other person feel.” The future is bright for Baldrica, and she is thankful that she prevailed over the trying circumstances of her childhood. Other kids, she notes, are not as lucky, adding to the urgency of dealing with the epidemic of bullying in our nation’s schools. Offering words of advice for children who are bullying victims, Baldrica said, “Continue being yourself and know that in the end there is a light. You’re going to make it through, and [the bullies] are the ones with the issues. It’s not you. Stay strong and positive and love who you are. There is no one else like you.” 2515 State Road 7, Suite 210 Wellington, FL


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Oxbridge Academy Debater Kella Merlain-Moffatt Has Big Plans For The Future “U.S. Secretary of State Kella MerlainMoffatt” — it has a nice ring to it. At least that’s how the 14-year-old Oxbridge Academy freshman feels. Of course, there are a few things to be accomplished first, like graduating from high school, going to college and getting a law degree. But Wellington resident MerlainMoffatt is well on her way, taking first place in the Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League Grand Finals, held at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in March. MerlainMoffatt competed against seven other students in the Declamation event, a part of the Interpretation side of debate. “You find a speech, and you cut it down to seven to 10 minutes,” she explained. “You use the exact same words, but deliver it in your own style.” Merlain- Moffatt took the top spot for her successful delivery of Bill Cosby’s notable “Pound Cake Speech,” originally 20 minutes long. “The speech was given at the 50th annual NAACP convention commemorating the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and celebrates African-Americans who step up and accept their responsibilities rather than blaming everyone else for their faults,” Merlain-Moffatt said. 30

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She was judged on her presentation of the speech, her stance, good eye contact and the organization of the piece. “Depending upon how you cut, it gives a different message,” she noted. Unfortunately, right before the contest began, Merlain- Moffatt discovered that another competitor was giving her own self-edited version of the exact same speech. “At that point, my only goal was to beat her and rank higher,” MerlainMoffatt recalled. “So when I won first, I was ecstatic. I didn’t know what to think.” As a result of winning that tournament, Merlain-Moffatt advanced to the National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament, which took place in Philadelphia over Memorial Day weekend, where she finished in the top 40. “Nationals are mind-blowing — and humbling, too,” she said. “In local tournaments, you look around and say to yourself, ‘That person is not that great. I know that person over there is not that good.’ But at nationals, everyone is really good. You need to put a lot more effort, care and emotion into delivering your speech. It was definitely something new and something I’ll never forget.” Because Merlain-Moffatt won the honor of representing Florida, her plane fare and hotel costs were paid

by the Catholic Forensic League and Oxbridge Academy. The other costs (food, cab fares, etc…) were absorbed by Merlain- Moffatt herself.

When her Oxbridge Academy mentor asked her what she was interested in, debate popped up as the logical answer. So, despite the fact that Merlain- Moffatt was not enrolled in debate classes, her mentor suggested to debate coach Shawna Dooner that it might be mutually beneficial for them to work together. “Mrs. Dooner gave me my first piece to work on, and that’s when I fell in love with it,” Merlain-Moffatt said. “She worked with me during my study hall, or I would go to her classroom and practice before or after school or during our break times.” Located at 3151 N. Military Trail, the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches was founded by Oxbow Carbon CEO William I. Koch in 2011. The school’s mission is to provide a challenging and dynamic education in the classroom, laboratory, art studio and athletic fields that produces leaders through integration of meaningful student research, collaboration, creativity and lifechanging service learning. For more information, visit


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Big Plans Ahead For Growing Wellington Wahoos Swim Program Story by Sharon Robb  Photos by Scott Fisher

When Rich Whalen was hired as head coach of the Wellington Wahoos swim program eight years ago, it was a homecoming. Whalen was first a swimmer for the original head coach, Hall of Famer Buddy Baarcke, in the late 1970s. Then in the 1980s, he was an assistant coach for Lui Echerri, the second head coach, from 1981-87 and again from 1991-94. Echerri retired in 2004, and Whalen was hired the following year.

Beach. He liked the idea of returning to Wellington to renovate the program. Whalen knew he had his work cut out for him when he returned to the Wellington Aquatics Complex, which serves children and adults of all ages.

“It was always like a home for me,” Whalen said.

“It wasn’t perfect, but we worked at it,” he said. “I took over at a bad time. The team was floundering after Lui retired at the end of the high school season. They didn’t hire a coach right away, and there were things that had to be done to make it a competitive program.”

A 30-year coaching veteran, Whalen built programs at Santaluces High School in Lantana, Lake Worth Aquatics and Aqua Crest in Delray

In recent years, the village remodeled the facility, improving it and making it more competitive with other swimming facilities in the region.


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The facility added a scoreboard with electronic touch pads in 2010 and made the Olympic-size (50-meter by 25-meter by 25-yard) pool deep enough to host Florida Gold Coast swim meets, raised and widened the pool deck and installed stainless-steel gutters to absorb waves. Whalen, a teacher at Wellington High School for 20 years, knew that with the families in the village, it was only a matter of time before the program would flourish once again. “I knew it was a good area, it always has been, with a lot of families and kids,” said Whalen, who teaches American government, economics and history. “It was just a matter of getting everything back in line and picking up where the

program left off when Lui was there. The kids, the people and history were there.” The popular program has mushroomed from a handful of swimmers to 170 kids and 40 masters. Berean Christian School, Palm Beach Central High School and Wellington High School also train there during the high school season, which gets underway in September. “We have grown a whole bunch over the years,” Whalen said. The 2012 London Olympics, with

headliners Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, also helped promote the popularity of swimming in the area.

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“Every Olympic year there is a bump in numbers, and we did have one in the summer,” Whalen said. “The bump lasted through the winter, where we had 140 to 150 kids.”

The Wellington program has produced its share of top swimmers, including 1988 Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Matt Cetlinski. He lives in Gainesville but annually returns to give clinics to the young swimmers.

During the equestrian season from January through April, Whalen usually takes on a few additional swimmers when family members are showing at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Nieces of Olympic swimmer Cynthia (Sippy)

The program also has its share of honor students, including American Heritage 2012 valedictorian Matthew Romanelli and several others in advanced classes. “We are starting to develop swimmers who come in

Cody Cline pushes through the water at the Wellington Aquatics Complex, home of the Wellington Wahoos. (Above) Swimmers dive into the pool.

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we are now, compared to where we started,” Whalen said. “It’s the highest we’ve been in a long time.” Whalen and his staff are always looking for new swimmers of all ages. Every week, Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 5 p.m., Whalen and his staff meet with new swimmers, watch them in the pool and evaluate their level of skill. There are also lessons and clinics. “We are a growing program and enjoying the growth that we have,” Whalen said. “We have all things available for swimming. The kids are loving it. It’s a good, wholesome sport and atmosphere. They come out and get positive results.” The Wellington Aquatics Complex is located at 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., visit www.wellingtonswimming. com.

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Speech & Language Pathologist Marci Chaves Leads A Growing Practice In Wellington Story by Anne Checkosky  Photos by Abner Pedraza

If your instincts tell you something isn’t right with your child — whether it’s a speech, language or feeding issue — push your pediatrician for a referral. That’s advice from Marci Chaves, a speech and language pathologist with Marcimouth Speech & Language Services in Wellington. Chaves treats children and adults, but mostly children, with a variety of speech, language, feeding, vocal disturbances and cognitive difficulties. She moved her practice to the Wellington Plaza at 12777 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 1503, in March, which allowed her to double the number of patients she sees from 40 to 80 per week. A Wellington resident for 10 years, she has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for more than 28 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in New York and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Brooklyn College, also in New York. In addition, she is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. At Marcimouth, an individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient. Treated issues include: articulation and motor speech disorders; autism spectrum disorders and genetic syndromes (Down syndrome, for example); neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injury and seizure disorders; receptive and expressive language disorders or delays and specific language impairment; fluency/ stuttering, phonologic disorders, semantic and/or pragmatic language disorders; auditory processing

disorders; cognitive/attention impairments; and feeding or swallowing issues, among others. Since children — ranging in age from as young as 2 months to as old as 18 — make up the majority of her practice, most of the treatment is conducted through play. Play might be board games or one of the more than 10,000 iPad games geared toward speech therapy that are now available. It also might be blowing bubbles to get patients to sound out the letter “B.” Whatever form it takes, Chaves structures it to get desired results. And she encourages parent participation, even giving them homework to do between sessions, which typically don’t last longer than an hour. Parent participation is critical to the success of treating the child, she stressed. “We want the parents to invest,” Chaves said. If the child hasn’t made any progress from one session to the next — sessions are generally once or twice a week — then she knows the parents didn’t try. Not that she’s placing blame. “Some parents are scared,” she said. Another thing you won’t hear at Marcimouth is the word disability. “We treat the ability,” she explained. That treatment includes speech and language therapy, sensory integration therapy, feeding and swallowing therapies, cognitive therapy, augmentative communication therapy and behavioral therapy. Again, treatment is based on individual need, so some patients might require more of one type of therapy than another, depending on the problem.

One thing that Chaves sees as problematic among young children is overuse of a pacifier or “binky.” Children older than age three and a half who are still using a binky run the risk of elevating their palates, she said. If the palate is raised, the teeth will curve in, producing potential eating and speaking problems, and possibly a frontal lisp, Chaves said. She also treats children with apraxia. That’s where a child isn’t speaking, but not for lack of trying. “They give up,” Chaves explained. They try to make sound, but it’s difficult for them, and rather than keep trying, they just stop talking. A growing part of the practice is feeding therapy. These are preschoolage kids, for the most part, who aren’t eating solid food for a variety of reasons. It’s up to Chaves to determine the problem and fix it. It might be the child is experiencing acid reflux after eating. It could be food aversion, in which case the child might go days without eating and often rejects food from entire categories such as meats, fruits or vegetables. Chaves has seen toddlers who exist purely on liquid diets, which is problematic on a number of fronts. She has a kitchen-like area in the back of her offices where she conducts the feeding sessions, bringing in food, cooking it and having the kids share in the process. In one group, the children were allowed to combine whatever they wanted into sandwiches, Chaves said. Many of the ingredients she saw the children putting together would be |wellington the magazine| August 2013


Marci Chaves (seated) with intern Flavia Sosa.

off-putting to many, but because the children were making it themselves, there was incentive to eat it. And all but one child in the group finished their sandwich, Chaves said.

therapist. Tammie Carle was recently hired as a speech and language pathology assistant, and Chaves has two speech interns who are helping her this summer.

One part of the problem is kids are being presented with too many choices at mealtimes, Chaves said. It used to be that mom, dad and kids would sit down for a family meal. Now, a parent might prepare 19 different things and there’s no such thing as mealtime since everybody is on the run with scheduling conflicts common, Chaves said. She urges parents to go back to a traditional mealtime model, especially if their child is not eating or is experiencing other problems with food.

Chaves gets referrals from the School District of Palm Beach County and from area pediatricians. “You just don’t see much one-on-one therapy in the schools anymore,” she said.

In a typical work day, Chaves sees about 14 children, and her hours often run from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. She currently finds herself in need of adding a third

Chaves is also active in the community. She and her husband are raising their son here, and she is on the board of directors of Temple Beth Torah and is an ardent supporter of the Wellington High School Marching Band. “We love this community,” Chaves said. Marcimouth Speech & Language Services accepts most forms of health insurance. For more information, visit www.marcimouth. com, call (561) 790-1864 or e-mail





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in polo and how they play the game today.

Born in the polo hotbed of Argentina, the Wellington High School graduate grew up watching his father play polo around the world. Now, he is following in his footsteps.

“He has a love for the game and the horses as I do, but he is a different style player than I am and has more opportunities than I ever had,” Juan Sr. said. “I don’t have the talent he has with the ball — the timing, spacing and fluidity. He has so much natural talent.”

t 17, Juancito Bollini is polo’s next generation.

Juan Bollini, a former banker who started late in the game in his early 20s, rose quickly through the rankings, eventually becoming an eight-goaler. The comparisons between father and son are inevitable, but there are few similarities in how they got their start

Juan Sr., 51, is known for his fiery, physical style of play and powerful hitting. Juancito, rated at 1.5 goals, is more of a finesse and technical player. “I always wanted him to play polo,”

Juan Sr. said. “I love the game, and it has done so much for me. I met my wife playing polo. I hope one day he is 10 goals and better than me. I hope he appreciates what he has and the opportunities he has been given.” Juan Sr. came up the hard way in polo. His parents sold their farm in Argentina because of the economy. He played polo on weekends with his uncle and cousins, and worked for everything he got in the game. Juancito was exposed to polo at an early age, watching his father play in Argentina, England and the United Juancito Bollini leads the pack during a medium-goal game at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington.

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States. A versatile athlete, Juancito played tennis, soccer, swimming, golf and rugby, but it was polo that would become his passion.

me everything I know. I am always thinking what he would do when I am playing. I mix everything he taught me with how I want to play.”

“It’s the sport I love the most,” Juancito said. “My dad does it, and I have everything I need to play. “I know my dad had it hard trying to make it in polo. He never had polo as a career until he met a sponsor who took him to Wellington when he was 23 and rated three goals. He just played and was naturally good at polo. I do appreciate what my dad has done for me.”

During the 2013 polo season, Juancito competed for Audi during the 20- and 26-goal season as a substitute for injured team captain Marc Ganzi. His father is a longtime player for Piaget during the high-goal season.

Bollini Jr. turned a huge corner when he got serious about polo at age 14. “That’s when I started thinking if I wanted to do this my whole life, and I do,” he said. “Obviously, my dad taught

Juancito Bollini playing for ELG during a medium-goal tournament at the Grand Champions Polo Club. (Right) Juancito carries his polo mallets and equipment to the players’ tent (top), and later buckles his boots, preparing for the game (below).

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Father and son competed against each other during the medium-goal spring season at Wellington’s Grand Champions Polo Club. Juancito is spending the summer playing in Aspen, Colo., with Marc and Melissa Ganzi. “It’s a huge advantage to be so young and to be playing at this level,” Juan Sr. said. Juancito agreed. “When you’re

younger, you’re like a sponge — you absorb everything that everybody tells you and you never let it go,” he said. “If you play good polo with good people, you’re learning faster than other kids who don’t have the opportunity. I try to get as much advice as I can from all the good polo players. After playing 26-goal, I know what I am going up against in the near future. That experience is huge for me.” Juancito has played with and against 10-goalers Gonzalito Pieres and Adolfo Cambiaso. Juan Sr. gives much of the credit to the Ganzi family, longtime friends, who have treated Juancito like another son and given him the chance to ride on well-bred horses and compete at a level at which few teenagers get the chance to play. “Marc and Melissa are the

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Juancito Bollini plays against Kris Kampsen (left) and his father, Juan Sr., at the Grand Champions Polo Club. (Right) Father and son talk strategy in the players’ tent.

most generous people I know,” Juancito said. “They have given me everything, and thanks to them I am playing.” The younger Bollini graduated from Wellington High School in May and will be attending classes at Florida Atlantic University in the fall. He plans to major in business management. His college choice was based on being able to play polo. “It was a good school where I could go back and forth and still be playing polo at the same time,” he said. “This was important to my mom; she’s very into education. My mom has always been supportive of my polo. If I play bad, she will tell me I played terrible. If I want a real opinion of how I played in a game, I go to my mom.” Cecelia and Juan Bollini have three children: Mariana, 22, a 44

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communications major; Juancito, 17; and Santos, 13, a polo and soccer player. “He’s right. I always made it a point that it’s very important for him to get an education,” Cecelia said. “Polo is something both he and his father enjoy doing together. It is tough on them both to get along because they are so different, but they have so much going for them and are intelligent enough to appreciate how good they are and learn from each other. Sport is a great way to grow up in and share experiences.” Juancito feels like he is living a dream. “Since I moved here, I have been living the life I wanted,” he said.

The up-and-coming player currently has a green card and is applying for U.S. citizenship. After going back and forth to Argentina for 15 years, his family now lives in Wellington yearround. “I think polo and this country have given me everything,” Juan Sr. said. “I appreciate what this country has done for me and my family. I would like Juancito to be an American. It is a great country, full of opportunity.”

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space where you can relax and sip on a “lashtini” or mimosa and feel fabulous. And when it’s time to get your lashes done, you can slip into one of the intimate rooms, draw the curtains and take a break. “We want clients to have their own cozy space, where they’re not on top of someone else,” Gorham-Moister said. “We want every client to have a personal, one-on-one experience where they can relax.” Guests can choose from 10 different looks, from the demure “Doe Eyed” and “Miss Goody Two Shoes” to the sassier “Spoiled Brat” and “Eye Candy Vixen.” “It all depends on how they feel that day,” GorhamMoister said. Using the highest-quality products made specifically for eyelashes means guests only have to come in

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indulge once a month, rather than every 10 days. And each client walks away with a care kit to keep their lashes looking great even after they go home. “It’s our application process that really sets us apart,” Gorham-Moister said. “I make sure that before every client leaves, every lash is separated. We do one lash on one lash, that’s why we don’t get damage.” But Eye Candy will also work on damaged lashes, helping them to grow in healthy. “Once they come in, their lashes actually get healthier,” GorhamMoister said. “By the third visit, they can do any look they want.”

Eye Candy Lash Lounge is unique, offering simultaneous services. Guests come in for lash care — extensions, tinting, perming, straightening and even adornment with Swarovski crystals — and can also indulge in a manicure, pedicure, reflexology massage, waxing, teeth whitening or other services. There is also a hair bar, where guests can get their hair blown out or styled. The goal was to give women a space where they could sit back and pamper themselves without having to go to several different locations. “They are here for two hours getting their lashes done,” Gorham-Moister said. “If they’re here anyway, why not get it all

done at once? Women can get three to four services while they’re laying there.” And you won’t mind passing the time in one of the cozy rooms, listening to ambient music and getting pampered. Gorham-Moister said that by the time clients leave, they’ve become part of the Eye Candy family. “We hug every client when they leave,” she said, “physically and metaphorically.” Eye Candy Lash Lounge is located at 12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 107, in Wellington. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (561) 360-3342 or visit

This Month’s Indulge Contest Winner Congratulations to Colette Miller, lucky August winner of Wellington The Magazine’s Indulge Contest. Miller will be treated to a day at the Eye Candy Lash Lounge, where she will be pampered from head to toe while creating her new defined lash that will have all eyes on her when she’s done. Can you use a distraction from your daily grind or know someone who can use some “me” time? If so, enter this ongoing contest today. All you have to do is submit a short letter about why you feel you or your nominee should be chosen, along with a recent photo, to: Wellington The Magazine Indulge Contest, 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 31, Wellington, FL 33414. Then watch for upcoming issues, where we continue to highlight some of Wellington’s top salons and announce more lucky winners!


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Could you have


Food Allergies?

“I can barely leave the house,”Heidi said, squinting her eyes the entire time.

“Perhaps if we turned off the fluorescent lights, you’d be more comfortable. I can see well enough with the light coming through my window treatments.” “Thank you Dr. Woliner. Bright lights definitely make my migraines worse. If you could only fix my IBS with a flip of a switch …” “Tell me more.” “Some weeks I’m constipated, not having a BM for five days or more, even with laxatives. Lately it’s been the opposite; I’m in the bathroom at least ten times a day. My bum is so irritated that I now see blood on the toilet paper each time I go. And the bloating! I can go from being normal to 5 months pregnant in the span of a few hours.” I empathized, “I can see how frustrating that can be. What have your doctors told you?” “The GI looked at me from top to bottom, literally. He said I had acid reflux, so he put me on Nexium. I don’t have Crohn’s, just hemorrhoids that bleed pretty bad.” “Anything else?” “I had ‘sludge’ in my gallbladder, so they took that out. Didn’t help. The ER thought I had appendicitis, so they removed that too.” “Have you ever been tested for food allergies?” “Like peanuts? I had a skin test that came out normal.” “There are many types of adverse reactions to food, and swelling up due to a nut allergy is only one of them. I was actually thinking about the other things: lactose intolerance, gluten allergy, and intolerances to food and food additives, such as MSG [1].” “Dr. Woliner, I brought you all my old records. If it isn’t in there, then I guess not.” I moved onto my physical exam, “Say Ahhhh.” As I looked into her mouth, I saw this white/yellow coating all over Heidi’s tongue, as well as two canker sores on the inside of her cheek. Heidi’s breath didn’t smell too good either … “I think we have our answer. You’re not digesting your food, you’re fermenting it!” “I don’t understand.” “In addition to our teeth (and a fork and knife), we digest our food chemically, with stomach acid, digestive enzymes, and good bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophillus, etc). Acid blocking drugs such as Nexium interfere with that process, allowing bad bacteria to grow and putrefy your food [2]. The byproducts irritate your gut, causing canker sores, dyspepsia, and diarrhea [3]. Proteins you’d normally break down, are absorbed intact, leading to food allergy symptoms of migraines, arthritis, and depression [4].” “How do we find out what I’m allergic to?” “I start with a blood test for 150 different foods and additives to see which ones are most likely to be a problem, but the gold standard is a ‘Double-Blind, PlaceboControlled, Food Challenge’ [5]. I want to know for sure you have a bad reaction, so I don’t restrict your diet unnecessarily.” “So I’ll have to avoid some foods the rest of my life?” “Perhaps not. That bad bacteria, ‘Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO)’ is what they call it, causes a ruckus inside your gut [6]. Eliminating the bad bugs, and replacing them with friendly probiotics helps reduce food allergy symptoms [7]. After your GI tract is cleaned up, you may be able to tolerate foods you were previously sensitive to.” In addition to having an overgrowth of Pseudomonas, which happened to be

I test for 150 different foods and additives.

resistant to several antibiotics; Heidi’s tests showed responses to egg white, pork, onion, chicken, milk and coffee [8]. Challenge testing proved that coffee was a false positive, for which Heidi was extremely thankful. A short course of treatment, combined with a pharmacologic dose of probiotics improved Heidi’s bowel movements to two “Class 4-5 Stools” per day [9]. Upon Heidi’s follow-up visit three months later, “Dr. Woliner, you can keep the lights on; I don’t get headaches anymore [10].” REFERENCES:

[1] Degaetani MA, Crowe SE. A 41-year-old woman with abdominal complaints: is it food allergy or food intolerance? How to tell the difference. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010 Sep;8(9):755-9. [2] Uzunismail H, et al. PPIs and food allergy. Am J Gastroenterol. 2010 Apr;105(4):963-4. [3] Campbell AK, et al. Bacterial metabolic ‘toxins’: a new mechanism for lactose and food intolerance, and irritable bowel syndrome. Toxicology. 2010 Dec 30;278(3):268-76. [4] Zopf Y, et al. The differential diagnosis of food intolerance. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2009 May;106(21):359-69. [5] MacDermott RP. Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome in outpatients with inflammatory bowel disease using a food and beverage intolerance, food and beverage avoidance diet. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2007 Jan;13(1):91-6. [6] Ghoshal UC, et al. Frequency of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and chronic non-specific diarrhea. J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2010 Jan;16(1):40-6. [7] Savilahti E, et al. Pre and probiotics in the prevention and treatment of food allergy. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Jun;8(3):243-8. [8] Breneman JC. Allergy elimination diet as the most effective gallbladder diet. Ann Allergy. 1968 Feb;26(2):83-7. [9] Bristol Stool Scale.

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Gastroenterologist Dr. Taryn Silverstein Returns To Her Hometown

Story by Ron Bukley  Photo by Abner Pedraza

Who says you can’t go home again? Dr. Taryn Silverstein, a gastroenterologist who grew up in Wellington, recently joined Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches after earning her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis and spending a year with AmeriCorps before studying at the Nova Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. “I did my training in Massachusetts, but Wellington’s home, so I knew that I wanted to come back,” Silverstein said. “For me, it was kind of a no-brainer. We have two kids, and my parents are here. My brother and sister-in-law and their two kids are here.”

when she grew up, but in a positive way. “We used to travel to go to a mall. Now people travel to come to the mall here,” she said.

developed Crohn’s, that became more of a passion and focus, and I learned a lot about Crohn’s well before medical school.”

Silverstein, 35, attended preschool at the Little Place, went to Wellington Elementary School (Wellington’s only elementary school at the time) and Wellington Landings Middle School before graduating from Wellington High School in 1996.

If the gastrointestinal tract is functioning appropriately, Silverstein said, people feel well most of the time. “I’m sure a cardiologist would say the same thing about the heart and a neurologist would say the same about a brain,” she said. “I also knew that when my brother’s disease was under control, he was well and he was happy, and that always affected me.”

“I know that I had a comfortable upbringing here and a good education and nice family, so it was exciting to me to bring my family back here,” she said. “It didn’t take much convincing my husband because he loves fishing and golfing and is very tight with my family.”

Wellington is a whole lot different than Silverstein’s father and brother are Realtors with the Shapiro/Pertnoy Companies, and her mother runs a small business out of their house. Her mother is also very involved with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, because of Silverstein’s brother, Kevin Shapiro, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 8.

After some initial anxiety about coming back to Wellington after completing her residency and fellowship, Silverstein is now confident that she made the right decision. “I like the people I’m working with, and I have no doubt that I’m doing the right field for me,” she said. “I feel lucky.”

Silverstein always wanted to be a doctor, and set out to become a cardiologist after a visit to one as a child, but her brother’s affliction affected her decision during medical school to switch her focus to gastroenterology.

Silverstein joined Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches because it was already well-established, with primary care doctors as well as multiple subspecialties. “I like that multi-disciplinary approach to patient care,” she said. “Even if we weren’t under the same umbrella, I would still be able to communicate with other physicians, but the fact that we’re all in the same group, we’re all able to see each other’s notes and consults, blood work and imaging. I feel like it provides great continuity for patients.”

“I myself have a congenital heart defect, so cardiology was what I knew when I was little,” she said. “When my brother

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After A Career With Motorola, Winston Crosbie Found His Calling In The Real Estate Industry Story by Deborah Welky  Photo by Abner Pedraza

Winston Crosbie came to the United States from Jamaica in 1969 to pursue “education and opportunities that you don’t have on a small island.” He worked as a mechanic with a trucking company, then for Motorola in Boynton Beach for 27 years, until it closed. “It was about retirement time anyway,” he recalled. Not that he was thinking of retiring. He did want a career change, however, and real estate interested him. “It’s not a 9-to-5 job,” he explained. “It’s not static. I like the flexibility, and I do like meeting people from all walks of life and exchanging ideas with them. Talking about where they’re from helps to enlighten me about other places.” Crosbie had friends who were real-estate brokers, and they encouraged him. After he got his license in September 2003, he was invited to join Strategic Real Estate, which, at the time, had offices in Palm Beach Gardens and The Acreage. Crosbie worked out of both. When the company closed those offices, Crosbie made the switch to Keller Williams Realty-Wellington. “I specialize in residential real estate — buying, selling and investments,” he said. “I am seeing a lot of cash buyers right now. These are people taking money out of the stock market and putting it into real estate, since that market is currently low. I also see a lot of Canadians coming down to invest because their dollar is strong right now.” Crosbie is happy to report that the market is coming back — and at a reasonable pace. “The crash was devastating not only to buyers and sellers, but to Realtors as well,” he said. “It was a buyers’ market, but is becoming a sellers’ market again. True, the amount of properties is not as abundant as it was, but prices are slowly creeping up, but not as drastically as before the bubble burst.” It will be a market with a different type of investor, Crosbie said. “I knew people who owned six or seven properties, and

they had to walk away from all of them,” he said. “They just couldn’t afford them anymore. But in a case where we have cash buyers, those purchases don’t affect the mortgage situation. The properties have been purchased free and clear.” One thing that helps Crosbie stay connected is his community involvement. He has been both president and vice president of the Acreage Landowners’ Association and is very active in Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement and Palms West Alliance Church. He has also been a Rotarian, and is currently a member of both the Rare Fruit Council and Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden. An amateur nature photographer, Crosbie also runs a tropical fruit nursery on his Acreage property. “If their homeowners’ association allows it, my new home buyers often receive a fruit tree as a welcoming gift!” he said. As his motto states, he would like to be “Your Personal Real Estate Consultant for Life.” To reach Crosbie, call the Keller Williams-Wellington office at (561) 472-1236, his cell at (561) 628-7803 or e-mail winston@

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Tanya Siskind with some of the awards won by the Binks Forest PTA.

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Binks Forest Elementary PTA President Takes A Team Approach To Volunteering Story by Matthew Auerbach  Photos by Abner Pedraza

Those involved in volunteerism will tell you that more than anything else, it is the ability to inspire and be inspired that defines the commitment, time and energy required to be an effective volunteer. So it is with Tanya Siskind, president of the Binks Forest Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), this month’s nominee for Wellington The Magazine’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Siskind credits a family member and a total stranger with providing her with the impetus to become a volunteer. “I think I had a unique perspective from a very young age about volunteering and helping others,” Siskind said. “My uncle has Down syndrome, and I learned that if there are things we can do to help others or make someone else’s life a little better, we should do them.” But it was the words of another volunteer, coupled with her uncle’s condition, that led Siskind to volunteerism. “When I joined the Junior League of the Palm Beaches eight years ago, I was motivated by the women in the league,” she said. “One past president in particular, Jodi Chapin, was truly inspiring to me and instilled the idea that one person can make a difference. Jodi speaks from the heart and is a great motivational speaker. She gave a speech one night with such conviction about the Power of One, and I never forgot it.”

Siskind grew up in Glen Arm, Md., a horse community in the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where she received a bachelor’s degree in 1990. Around that time, she met her future husband. “I met Jeffrey on Maryland’s eastern shore aboard his sailboat, and we were married six months later,” she recalled. “We knew we wanted to wait to start our family, as we both had the desire to continue our education.” Having already earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University, her husband enrolled at Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles. Siskind, meanwhile attended Pepperdine University’s executive MBA program. “We lived in Los Angeles for three years and, after receiving our degrees, we moved back to Maryland,” Siskind said. “Our families were still living there, and my husband had planned to work at his father’s Baltimore law firm, but the appeal of living in Florida was too great, and 18 months after the birth of our first child, we decided to move to Florida.” The Siskinds now have three children: Samantha, 13; Jack, 10; and Scarlett, 7. They almost ended up residing in West

Palm Beach because of the proximity to Jeffrey’s law firm, but Wellington won out. “Wellington offered everything a family could wish for in a community — great schools, terrific parks and recreation, and a safe place to live and raise a family,” Siskind said. “We moved to Wellington in 2001, and with the improvements at events such as the Winter Equestrian Festival, polo, dressage and the addition of great new restaurants and shops, it is an even more amenable place to live today. Both of our families have relocated to Wellington full time now to be near our three children.” Siskind has been PTA president at Binks Forest for the past two years and has just re-upped for another two-year run. She credits her involvement to a simple twist of fate. “I really kind of fell into the role by accident, but I’m glad that I did,” she said. “My friend, Sherry Derrevere, invited former PTA President Shauna Hostetler to her house for coffee one morning to find out about volunteer opportunities, and before we knew it, we were president and vice president [for] ways and means. We still laugh about it today.” Whatever successes have been

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wellington volunteer For Siskind, the rewards of volunteering come from enriching the lives of others, and as she knows all too well that a volunteer’s job is never done.

accomplished under her presidency over the past two years, Siskind believes the credit should be equally distributed to all members of the association. “I always considered us a team,” she said. “No one can do it alone. I’m looking forward to working with the new board and taking things to the next level. We also have the most wonderful administration, teachers, staff and families at Binks Forest. It is an honor for me to serve as their PTA president.” Like most people dedicated to volunteerism, Siskind finds time to lend herself to several organizations.

The Binks Forest Elementary School PTA has won a number of state and regional awards.

“In addition to serving as PTA president at Binks Forest for the next two years, I just took on the role of treasurer with the Palm Beach County Council of PTAs/PTSAs for the upcoming school year,” she said.

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“Also, I am co-chairing the Pink Palm Committee this year with Junior League of the Palm Beaches, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.” For Siskind, the rewards of volunteering come from enriching the lives of others, and as she knows all too well that a volunteer’s job is never done. “It brings fulfillment knowing that I am attempting to make a difference in the lives of children and in the community,” she said. “Wellington is a fabulous community and has a high level of volunteerism, but it is not without its needs. There is always something more that can be done.”

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To be an effective volunteer, Siskind’s advice is simple: keep your eyes on the prize. “It takes a positive attitude and perspective,” she said. “If you think something is possible, then it is. Volunteering is a powerful way to make a difference. You never know what you can accomplish until you try. A great volunteer is one who is devoted to their cause. It’s also important to be realistic and organized and never underestimate your contribution or ability.” Siskind thinks that Wellington’s strong tradition of volunteerism is bound to continue in the future. “My vision is that Wellington continues to maintain its tradition of excellence and high level of volunteerism,” Siskind said. “It would be great to have more unity among volunteer organizations. Sometimes we are working toward the same goals, and I think we could have a bigger impact if we worked together.” |wellington the magazine| August 2013


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Stunning Olympia Estate Brings Palm Beach Aesthetic To Wellington Story by Lauren MirĂł Photos courtesy Jacqueline and Paul Morris

This stunning home is reminiscent of a Palm Beach mansion right here in Wellington. Located in the Olympia community, the four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom home features more than 4,000 square feet of living space, all impeccably decorated. It has a large office with a built-in desk and bookshelves, as well as a second-story retreat complete with a home movie theater and billiard room. The outdoor space has a covered patio as well as a raised pergola spa. The home is rife with unique mill work and architectural details — pieces of superior craftsmanship that add to the Old World aesthetic.

(Above) The home, modeled after Palm Beach mansions, has a beautiful exterior with superior architectural details. Visitors enter the home via a manicured walkway and through an iron gate leading to an intimate courtyard. (Opposite, clockwise from top left) Family Room: The home features an open floor plan and soaring ceilings. The large family room, located off the kitchen, has beautiful architectural details, from crown molding to unique ceiling detail. Central to the room is a large, built-in entertainment unit. Dining Room: The formal dining room has a Palm Beach feel from top to bottom. The room boasts wood floors, stunning wall details, decorative columns and an arched ceiling. Retreat: Located above the garage, the retreat is perfect for entertaining. The space has its own home theater, a comfortable space to watch movies, as well as a billiard room, wet bar and full bathroom. Living Room: The formal living room is located off the foyer, with access to the office and formal dining room. The space is large and bright, with plenty of architectural details, from the tray ceilings to the crown molding and decorative columns. The stunning details give the space gravitas, with dĂŠcor and furnishings that emphasize the aesthetic. Kitchen: The gourmet kitchen features the best in woodwork and upgrades, from stainless-steel appliances to a walk-in pantry with organizer. The quality wood cabinets provide plenty of storage space, and there is also a center island with a breakfast bar.


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Take Flight With One Of The 50 Gourmet Burgers At Lindburgers Story by Lauren Miró  Photos by Abner Pedraza

Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at the new Lindburgers restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. Originally established in Delray Beach, Lindburgers has been a local legend for 30 years. Don Meyers opened the family restaurant in 1983, and it has since expanded to four other locations. The name is a clever play on the famed pilot Charles Lindbergh. “My dad’s friend was a pilot,” owner Mark Meyers said. “He has a bunch of propellers in his warehouse, and it just made sense. There was a need for a burger place in the area, and it was successful from day one.”

Lindburgers features a 1920s flair with beautiful travel decor. The atmosphere is cozy, and guests can choose to sit at comfortable booths, tables, high tops or at the fully stocked bar. Central to the space is a stunning stained-glass window depicting some of the world’s top monuments. The tables are painted with unique travel destinations, while the walls boast propellers and other travel-themed artwork. The Wellington location is the only one with a fully stocked bar, Meyers said. The restaurant offers happy hour every day from 2 to 7 p.m. Behind the large bar, a sign proudly proclaims Lindburgers as “home of the 50 burgers.” The restaurant is famous for offering up 50 different burgers, piled high with unique combinations of toppings.

Since then, Lindburgers has expanded to west Boca Raton, Lantana and now Wellington. The restaurant opened in Wellington in May, offering a mouthwatering menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and more.

“We’ve won ‘Best Burger’ in Boca the last six out of eight years,” Meyers said. “You can choose from a 7-ounce or 10-ounce burger, and each burger is named for a destination.”

“This area is exactly where we want to be,” Meyers said. “We’re a family-owned business, and we’re really excited to be here.”

The restaurant has also won the Best Burger award from the Palm Beach Post, and also features award-winning sweet potato fries and veggie burgers.

All the burgers can be made as a ground turkey or veggie burger, Meyers said. “All our meat is fresh, never frozen,” he added. “We hand-patty all of our burgers. Everything is made fresh.” Try the Delray Beach Burger ($9.79), crafted for Lindburgers’ hometown. Topped with sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions and crispy bacon, the burger is delicious. The juicy mushroom and onions make a nice bed of flavor for the crispy bacon. Another juicy burger named for a local spot is the Sunrise Burger ($9.79). It’s stacked with a fried egg and bacon, then covered with your choice of cheese — a bit like breakfast on a burger. The combination of fried egg and melted cheese offsets the bacon, making this a standout menu item. But if you’re looking for a meal that will take you places, the Far East Burger ($9.29) has just what you’re looking for. The burger is slathered with Lindburgers’ signature herb cheese and teriyaki sauce. The combination makes for a bold and creamy topping, packing the burger full of flavor.

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wellington table Though the menu is laid out with some great combinations of toppings, Meyers said that guests are always welcome to customize their orders. “Sometimes customers say they want to try one of our burgers, but switch out an ingredient,” he said. “We’re always happy to accommodate people or let customers come up with their own toppings.” If you’re in the mood for something else, Lindburgers has an expansive menu with plenty of options for the entire family. “We have dishes from across the spectrum,” Meyers said. “From vegetarian meals, to sandwiches, chicken dishes and ribs, there is something for everyone.” To start your meal, the Foot “O” Rings

is a must-try. It soars to your table on an airplane, with two of Lindburgers’ signature dipping sauces. The cool ranch dressing is creamy and delicious, while the classic tiger sauce is bold and zesty. The onion rings are hot and crispy and make for a flavorful combination paired with either of the sauces.

own burger favorites. “We’re looking to keep expanding in the right areas,” Meyers said. “We’re looking forward to being in the community for a long time.”

For something lighter, the Lindy’s Chopped Salad ($10.79) is a great option. The salad combines chopped lettuce, tomato, cucumber and grilled chicken, topped with walnuts, dried cranberries and bleu cheese crumbles. It’s drizzled with a delicious fat-free raspberry vinaigrette.

“We have something for everyone,” Meyers said. “We’re a family-owned restaurant, and family absolutely comes first for us. We have wonderful food, and it’s like having a home-cooked meal.”

With plans to expand Lindburgers even more, you’ll have plenty of time to travel the vast menu and pick your

(Left to right) Audrey Bridge, Rozlyn Hazelton, owner Mark Meyers, Krystal Shelton and Brittany Finn.

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He invites people to visit for the familyfriendly atmosphere and stay for the great food.

Lindburgers, located at 13860 Wellington Trace in the Courtyard Shops, opens every day at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. For more information, call (561) 753-0555 or visit

wellington dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar (12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza) offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices featuring fresh pastas and homemade sauces. For more info., call (561) 798-7770. 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. 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 Cilantro’s Gourmet Deli at the corner of Lake Worth Road and Isles View Drive is stocked with irresistible South American and Latin specialties. From catering Argentinean asados and paella for 50 to pizza by the square foot, Cilantro’s has something for everyone. For more info., call (561) 296-6500. With more than 500 items on the menu, there is something for everyone at the Diner of Palm Beach, located at 12041 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach, near the intersection of Southern and Crestwood. For more information, call (561) 7956695. 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 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. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. 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 Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine as well as wines from around the world at I’m Greek Today, located in Southern Palm Crossing at 11051 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 333-4233 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.

piano bar, bistro area, outside dining, smoking bars, entertainment and more. For more info., call (561) 795-0080 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 info., call 561-792-2248 or visit 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. 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. TCBY in the Wellington Courtyard Shops offers selfserve frozen yogurt and more. For more info., call (561) 366-7725 or visit

A visit to Island Jack’s Patio Bar & Grill, located at 4449 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is like a trip to the beach. For more info., call (561) 6872122 or visit

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

JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997.

Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or pick up wings, ribs, chicken and more. Visit www.treeswings or call (561) 791-1535 for more info.

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

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.

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Saturday, Aug. 10 • “It Could Be a Wonderful World,” a concert for children, will be presented at the Lake Worth Playhouse on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. The concert features five of the region’s most popular performers, along with animals from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. Tickets are available at the Lake Worth Playhouse box office and at www.lakeworth The concert benefits the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, the Lake Worth Arts Corridor, Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Cooperative Gallery and the Lake Worth Playhouse. For more info., contact Andy Amoroso at (561) 533-5272 or Joyce Brown at (215) 205-9441. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Studio 54 Disco Tribute Concert on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Tuesday, Aug. 13 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Tween Tuesdays: Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for fun, food, Wii gaming and other interactive games. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Chess Club for adults Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. Practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Anime Grab Bag for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles and create your own candy sushi. Call (561) 7906070 for more info.

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WPC Hosts Pool Party — The Wellington Preservation Coalition sponsored a day of free pool fun at the Wellington Aquatics Complex on Saturday, July 19 for Wellington residents. Swimmers who attended were treated to a free lunch including a hot dog, a bag of chips and a bottle of water. Shown here, Teddy Wildermuth jumps in the pool with Amber and Lori Weiser.

Car Dealer Visits — Members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce learned secrets to success July 22 from Earl D. Stewart Jr., owner of Earl Stewart Toyota. At a luncheon held at the Wanderers Club, chamber members learned about Stewart’s unorthodox approach to operating an automobile dealership. Shown here are Earl and Nancy Stewart with Wellington Chamber President Victor Connor.

Makeover Winner — One lucky woman is getting the chance to change her life with the help of the local business community. Cecile Delmastro won the Change a Life Wellington contest. She will get all the help she needs for a complete makeover, thanks to Dr. G’s Weight Loss and a host of other sponsors. Shown here, Delmastro is hugged by Vanessa Angel and Lisa Butcher after being selected the winner.

Camp Sponsorship — Wellington Preservation Coalition and the Jacobs family sponsored 11 kids for one week of Wellington’s summer camp at Village Park on Pierson Road starting July 16. Participating children also got a t-shirt and a free swim ticket. Shown here is Wellington Preservation Coalition Executive Director Tom Wenham with the sponsored Wellington campers.

Kids Cooking — Whole Foods Market hosted a kids cooking class on Monday, July 15 in Wellington. Children learned to make tropical chicken salad, fruit kebabs with yogurt dip and strawberry lemonade slushies. Then they got to enjoy the food and ate what they prepared. (Below) Luke and Janae D’Orazio show their fruit kebabs. (Right) Megan Schoenberg mixes up fruit and yogurt dip.


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