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Become a Dues-Only Member – No Initiation Fee Required Now you can make The Wanderers Club a year-round lifestyle! We are waiving our initiation fee for a limited number of memberships. • 18-hole championship golf course with no tee times • Second to none golf practice facility, including practice range, two short game areas, and highly skilled PGA professionals • 6 Har-Tru lighted tennis courts, USPTA certified professional instructors • Fine dining at Stables Restaurant and casual fare at Duke’s Bar and Veranda, award-winning executive chef • Polo exhibitions, year-round sporting and social calendar for the entire family • Private, convenient fitness center, junior Olympic-size heated pool, children’s heated pool, and secure play area • Child-friendly programs for golf, tennis, and more

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With a passion for stray, abandoned or unwanted animals, A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue will be the beneficiary of the third annual Howlin’ Hoedown at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington next month. By Lauren Miró


38 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: SEASONAL SHOPPING MADE SIMPLE Holiday shopping for loved ones can be overwhelming. Luckily, Wellington The Magazine is here to take you on a sleigh ride to some Wellington retailers. They came up with a treasure trove of breathtaking, exciting gift ideas to share with our readers.


There is a chill in the air. It’s time to get all warm and cozy with Imposter, a unique fashion brand giving people who love fur the look they want without harming animals. See this growing trend in this month’s Wellington Fashion pictorial.


Founded by equestrian Jaclyn Sharp, Imposter 4 Animals, is changing the face of fur fashion — and giving back to the creatures that inspired the industry but previously lost their lives because of their beauty. By Emily Riden



Sit back and indulge yourself in a trip to Tresses Color Bar Salon in Wellington, where expert stylists and colorists will create “hair couture” just for you. By Lauren Miró


Twins Megan and Laura Kohner of Wellington started their volunteer efforts early, which eventually led them to start Bikes For Kids. They are the December nominees for Wellington The Magazine’s Volunteer of the Year Award. By Matthew Auerbach

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE ‘Pink Fling’ Celebrates Opening Of Breast Center At P.W. Hospital Princess & Pirate Ball At IPC Supports Kids Helping Kids Program Annual Wellington Run/Walk Benefits Jerms McGraw Scholarship Young Professionals Of Wellington Host Costume And Casino Night Plenty Of Halloween Family Fun At Wellington’s Fall Festival


Wellington Home visits a stunning Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club estate featuring classic elegance in an upgraded space. The five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home boasts more than 4,000 square feet of living space on two stories. By Lauren Miró


With authentic flavors and a great atmosphere, the new Casa Tequila restaurant offers fresh, delicious Mexican food. Located in the Wellington Plaza, Casa Tequila opened in September, serving lunch and dinner. By Lauren Miró

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ON THE COVER Model Alica Hall shows off Imposter’s unique line of faux fur clothing and accessories, such as this Russian-style gray faux chinchilla hat.

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Happy Holidays To All Of Our Readers! 10, number 12 December 2013


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Although it never really hits the single digits in South Florida, we certainly have some very chilly nights this time of year. Faux fur fashions by Imposter 4 Animals can keep you warm this holiday season while supporting a great cause. Founded by equestrian Jaclyn Sharp, Imposter is the focus of this month’s cover and Wellington Fashion pictorial, showcasing trendy faux fur items from the company’s line of vests, hats, jackets and more. An accompanying feature explains how Sharp turned her love for animals into this exciting line of clothing and accessories favored by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Sarah Jessica Parker. Not only does Imposter save animals by using faux fur, a portion of the proceeds go to animal protection organizations. Aside from warm and fuzzy outerwear, we feature many more gift ideas in our annual Holiday Gift Guide section. Whether you’re looking for a sparkling diamond necklace or cool new scooter, we are sure the Wellington community has a retail outlet to find exactly what you need for everyone on your list. So shop local this holiday season and show your community support! During this generous time of year, many of us open our home, our hearts and our wallets. This issue features several organizations that do a great job helping those in need, from the Caridad Center, which brings holiday cheer (and year-round healthcare) to hundreds of the region’s most vulnerable families, to A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue, which combines the goal of saving animals’ lives with countless hours of volunteer help from donors, individuals and corporations alike. Both of these worthy causes are featured in this month’s magazine. With this issue, we conclude our Wellington Volunteer of the Year series with double the fun. Twins Laura and Megan Kohner created the nonprofit Bike For Kidz several years ago, and even as they went off to college, they made sure this great

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organization keeps on giving. Be sure to go online and revisit all 12 Wellington Volunteer of the Year Award nominees featured throughout 2013 and help us choose the winner. Voting closes Dec. 15. Wellington Table visits the new Casa Tequila, presenting an open, elegant Mexican dining experience, while Wellington Home tours a stunning equestrian family home in the Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club. Wellington Health visits with Dr. David Simon of Simon Orthodontics, who has been creating amazing smiles for children and adults in Wellington for more than 13 years. In our Wellington Real Estate profile, you’ll meet Doreen and Richard Danton of the Corcoran Group, who share the story of their three decades of real estate success, from New York to Palm Beach. As we go to press with this final issue of 2013 — rounding out 10 years of “bringing you the best of Wellington” — we must turn to you, our village, community, readers and loyal advertisers, to wish each and every one of you, along with your families, happy holidays from everyone here at Wellington The Magazine!

Dawn Rivera, Publisher

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman ‘Pink Fling’ Celebrates Opening Of Breast Center At P.W. Hospital

(Left to right) Carmen Villatoro and Anna Infante; Palms West Hospital Chief Operating Officer Madeline Nava, Breast Center Coordinator Colleen Campbell and Director of Imaging Radiology Joan Sinnett; and Dr. Itzhak Nir with Breast Center Coordinator Colleen Campbell.

The Pink Fling was held Thursday, Oct. 24, celebrating the opening of the new Breast Center at Palms West Hospital. The drink of the evening was a pink flamingo (raspberry, cranberry and lemonade). There were tours of the new facility, goody bags, mini massages, vendors and more. For more info., call (561) 792-4892.

(Left to right) Breast Center interior designers Jennifer Lang and Marilee Maddox; Dr. Donna Kleban with ultrasound technologist Doris Silva; Lorna Johnson, Martha Gilmartin and Donna Gray; and Kyle, Colleen and Ben Campbell.

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Optimal Thyroid?

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

Thyroid hormone resistance is more common than people realize.

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

wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Princess & Pirate Ball At IPC Supports Kids Helping Kids Program

(Left) Cinderella, Snow White, Arielle, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell and Belle greet guests. (Right) Claire Luce aboard Thunder.

The second annual Princess & Pirate Ball was held Sunday, Nov. 3 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. The event benefited Kids Helping Kids, a program of the Center for Family Services. There was food and drinks, bounce houses, pony rides, games and more. For more info., call (561) 616-1222 or visit www.

(Left to right) Max, Kitty and Larry Silverstein with Emma and Amy Guerrieri. Max and Emma were the Kids Committee chairs; Patty Myura received roses and a gift from Kids Helping Kids; Lauren and Jeremy Schneider with Skye and Zachary; USA Junior Ambassador Preteen Amanda Ng meets Cinderella with a curtsy; and limbo contest winner Grace Havlicek.

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The Perfect Match Polo and Brunch

Experience the energy of world-class polo and brunch at the International Polo Club. Delicious food, champagne, celebrity sightings, music, fashion and, of course, polo. Every Sunday at 3 p.m. through April 20 The Pavilion opens at 2 p.m.

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wellington social scene Photos by Lauren Miró Annual Wellington Run/Walk Benefits Jerms McGraw Scholarship

(Left) Matt Tiggs crosses the finish line. (Right) Toni Medvets, Tammy Finn and Maria Diaz finished top three in the master’s division.

The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 16th annual Wellington Community Fitness 5k Run & Walk presented by Royal Palm Toyota on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participants ran and walked from the Wellington Amphitheater, returning to enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and an awards ceremony. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Jerms McGraw Second Chance Scholarship.

(Left to right) Family Dentist of Palm Beach had the largest group. Shown here are Dr. Manoj Patel, Narendra Sirivolu, Christina Martin, Bonnie Walker and Chelsea Sealy; Jessica Clasby, Jill Merrell, Mary Lou Bedford, Taylor Hughes, Maritza Rivera and master of ceremonies Ben Boynton; Claudia Penry and Taylor Hughes; David Killebrew, Paul Tyson and Greg Meehas; and Michael McCarthy celebrates his second-place finish.


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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Young Professionals Of Wellington Host Costume And Casino Night

(Left to right) Marine veterans Jake Michovich, Fred Roger, Kelsey DeSantis, Carlos Garcia, Wylie Meikle and Ruben Ruiz with Air Force veteran Ricky Ste. Croix; Dr. Arianne Weiss with Dr. Cetty and Dr. Bradley Weiss; and Victor and Marla Connor.

The Young Professionals of Wellington presented Wicked, a costume and casino night to benefit the HELO Foundation, on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Wanderers Club. The HELO Foundation provides veterans with scholarship funds. The event featured a silent auction and art sale, casino games, a costume contest, dancing and more. For more info., visit

(Left to right) Andrea and Warwick Arrowsmith; costume contest winners Janice Whitney and Glenn Straub with Michael Drahos; MaryJo Shockley, Joanne Dee, Lee Williams, Silvia Garcia, Susan Wachowich and Hillary Oswald; Alec and Melody Domb with Kelsey DeSantis, Dan Beja, Amy Swerdlin and Melissa Brusie; and Fred Roger, Michael Drahos, Kevin Swerdlin and Kelsey DeSantis.


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Standing firm in the face of gravity. There are fewer things as inevitable as gravity’s toll on your skin. One day, all of a sudden, reality stares you square in the face. You might initially think it’s because you did not sleep well the previous night, but we all know the terrible truth. It starts with a small eyebrow droop and as things progress your drooping problem drops to your jowls. Now it’s official, you are starting to see a hound dog in the mirror! Non-surgical methods to treat laxity of the face and neck are among the most sought-after solutions in aesthetic medicine. Many technologies to tighten the skin have been introduced in the past. Tightening is not the same as lifting and only one device has been FDA approved for lifting on the face; Ultherapy. This device combines ultrasound imaging with acoustic energy to visualize tissue under the skin followed by the precise delivery of energy to the desired depth. Ultrasound: A Non-Surgical Breakthrough As we get older, our faces start to sag and wrinkles appear due to gravity and photo damage. Until recently, the main approach to the improvement of skin laxity was a facelift – an effective but invasive procedure associated with downtime plus a risk of scarring and side effects. Ultherapy uses ultrasound that delivers energy that lifts the skin without cutting. No scalpels, no needles, no downtime. Ultherapy helps reverse the aging process by stimulating and restructuring collagen and elastin. Ultherapy is optimal for patients who do not desire to undergo facial surgery. The beauty of Ultherapy is that there is no downtime. There is usually none of the swelling, bruising or crusting associated with invasive facial procedures, and patients can return to work the same day. It’s aptly called the “lunchtime lift.” Ultherapy uses ultrasound heat to trigger your body’s repair mechanisms at the fibro-muscular layer. As this repair occurs, the layer rejuvenates, causing a lift-

ing effect. During the repair process, the brow firms, the jaw line becomes well defined and the neck lifts. It’s a lunchtime lift without any surgery. And since the collagen continues to grow, results actually improve over the course of a few months. More than 90 percent of patients notice improvement in tone, texture and some tightening within a few weeks, and are even more excited with the results after three to six months, when the deep wrinkles become fine lines and eyes are more open. Ultherapy is, in essence, turning back your own clock. After the 6 month initial response, each patient will then start aging as before. The ideal candidate is someone between 35 and 60 with signs of laxity. These patients see results within three to six months with a single treatment. Patients with more severe laxity may require a second treatment in six months. Whether improving their appearance to look more vibrant or for the associated confidence boost, people perceive this to be important and are turning to Ultherapy for its many advantages over traditional, invasive facelifts. Ultherapy has been extensively publicized in the media as a safe and effective procedure for lifting and tightening of the skin. You may have seen Ultherapy through Dr. Oz, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or other fashion magazines. If you are interested in Ultherapy, it can be found at Rejuvia Medspa, which is located at 10131 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 135 in Wellington. Feel free to schedule a complementary consultation by calling 561-798-8818.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Bernstein is the Medical Director of both The Women’s Health Institute and Rejuvia Medspa. Dr. Bernstein is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of many local, state, and national medical organizations.

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wellington social scene Photos by Damon Webb Plenty Of Halloween Family Fun At Wellington’s Fall Festival

(Left) C.J. Baker, Arianna Lewis, T.J. Lewis and Jordan Baker in costume. (Right) Dee Beaver of Road Rascals with a 1986 Excalibur.

The Village of Wellington and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce hosted the Wellington Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Village Park. There was something for everyone in the family, with bounce houses, trick or treating, costume contests, hay rides, haunted hallways and much more. Guests enjoyed a classic car show, performances by local talent and plenty of food.

(Left to right) Dr. Allen Pearlman, Dr. Shanna Bernkrant and Dr. Ira Freedman of Dent-All Associates; Christine Knapp, Ivan Trabal and Debbie Liquori; Zumba with Esther’s Esther Sierra and Maritza Rivera from the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce; Kelis’Yah Roberson has her face painted; and Arshi Chowdhury and Vanessa Pham.


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Council OKs New Equestrian Village Plan A settlement has been finalized for the controversial Equestrian Village project after members of the Wellington Village Council declined to reconsider the issue at a Nov. 12 meeting. Although Councilman Matt Willhite asked the council to reopen the issue to clarify a motion made at the Oct. 24 meeting, he was without support on the dais. Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of property owner Wellington Equestrian Partners, said he’s prepared to drop the lawsuits that were filed after several permissions were revoked for the site. “We will accept the settlement,” he said. “I believe that there’s a great path forward for this community, and we should do everything we can to distance ourselves from the controversy.” At the Oct. 24 meeting, the site’s master plan was approved unanimously with a condition that would leave an entry point at Pierson Road as it exists today instead of moving it further east. The accompanying compatibility determination was approved with several additional conditions, chief among them that the applicant not be allowed to construct a left-turn lane into the site on Pierson Road. Instead, council members requested additional studies be done over the next year to see if the turn is necessary. The motion passed 4-1. But during a break following the vote, representatives of the property owner voiced concerns about the conditions. When the council reconvened, Vice Mayor Howard Coates asked to reopen the issue. Coates suggested, among other things, removing a condition that the final site plan must “substantially comply” with the conceptual plan. His motion passed unanimously. Cell Tower Approved — The decision to allow a 120-foot cell tower in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza split the Wellington Village Council in November. Despite concerns that led Wellington staff to recommend denial of the project, council members approved it 3-2 with councilmen John Greene and

Matt Willhite opposed. “To me it’s undisputed that there’s a problem with coverage,” Vice Mayor Howard Coates said. The tower will be built in the parking lot behind Park Avenue BBQ. Wellington’s staff suggested other sites for it, but Charles Bernardo, director of site acquisition for Clearview Tower Co., said there were not many options. While Greene supported the cell tower, he did not want it built as high as 120 feet. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said it was an issue she believed all the council members were having. “No one really wants this tower, but we want the service, and it’s an issue of safety for our residents,” she said. Zoners Question Grooms’ Quarters — Concerned about opening up parts of Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve for overdevelopment, Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board postponed a decision in November that could allow for expansion of grooms’ quarters in barns. The proposal would change what Wellington considers grooms’ quarters, calculating living space separately from the allowable square footage for a barn. Wellington Projects Manager Mike O’Dell said Wellington has considered grooms’ quarters part of the overall barn structure, which is limited to 1,250 feet per acre of barn area on lots of 5 acres or less, or to 20 percent of the total lot coverage on properties of more than 5 acres. The change would allow space for grooms’ quarters in addition to the footage for barns. Lots smaller than 5 acres were previously allowed a variance of up to 15 percent for barns. PZA Board Member Marcia Radosevich worried changing the calculation would allow for overdevelopment.“What we’re talking about is allowing greater density of people and horses on five acres or less,” she said. Several board members felt the issue was too complex to vote on that night and decided to hold a workshop on the issue with members of the Equestrian Preserve Committee.

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ach year, the Caridad Center, a free health clinic located in western Boynton Beach, organizes holiday events designed to help Palm Beach County families in need. This year, Caridad is asking for the community’s assistance to support three critical holiday programs — Adopt a Family, Meet Santa Day and Christmas in Wellington. “The families that are helped by these holiday programs are 200 percent below the poverty line. It means so much to them to have some help over the holidays,” Caridad’s Executive Director Laura Kallus said. The Adopt a Family program allows individuals or families the chance to provide a low-income family with essential daily items and gifts, and to consider fulfilling each family member’s one special Christmas wish. Once the Christmas gifts are ready, the family is invited to the Caridad Center to pick them up. At that point, the option of meeting the family is available.


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On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Wellington Equestrian Group will host its annual Christmas in Wellington party and lunch for Caridad families. In 2012, the group donated more than 600 bicycles to the children who attended. Activities planned this year include a performance by a magician, a visit from Santa Claus and raffles for the parents. Each child who participates will receive a gift of his or her choosing. To attend, a family member must have been a Caridad Center patient for at least one year. Meet Santa Day will take place on Saturday, Dec. 21. This event enables more than 1,000 children to meet Santa Claus, munch on Christmas sweets and goodies, and enjoy festivaltype activities such as face-painting, arts and crafts, and a bounce house. Each child will be given a stuffed animal and a Christmas stocking full of donated gifts. Children will also be able to choose one age-appropriate gift from a table of presents. To participate, parents must pre-register their child on the Caridad Campus, located at 8645

W. Boynton Beach Blvd. in western Boynton Beach. Quite a few organizations make Meet Santa Day possible, including the Wellington Equestrian Group, the St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, the Caridad Center Girl Scouts and other Girl Scout troops, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton, Spirit of Giving, Faith United Methodist Church in Boynton Beach, the Love Doctors Charity of Port St. Lucie, as well as several businesses in the community that collect toys. Interested donors, sponsors and underwriters are asked to call Caridad’s development office at (561) 853-1638. Volunteers are also needed and can call (561) 737-6336, ext. 115 for more information. To adopt a family, contact Scarlett Fave, director of outreach services, at or (561) 737-6336, ext. 115. The Caridad Center is the largest free healthcare and dental clinic in Florida, serving the working poor and recently uninsured throughout Palm Beach County. More than 400 doctors, dentists and other medical professionals donate their time and provide services valued at more than $2.3 million a year. The center serves 5,600-plus patients annually, bypassing costly emergency-room visits, which saves county taxpayers an estimated $4.8 million annually. In addition to medical services, the Caridad Center provides college scholarships, baby supplies, crisis intervention services, back-to-school supplies and more. In 2013, the center was named Non-Profit Business of the Year by the South Florida Business Journal. For more information, visit


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With a passion for stray, abandoned or unwanted animals, A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue has formed a community of caring individuals who work to find homes for pets in need.

Volunteers are the backbone of the organization, Beadle said, providing their time to attend adoption events, fostering animals and helping in a variety of other ways, all for the great feeling of putting a pet in a loving home.

The entirely volunteer organization was formed in 2007 and has brought together hundreds of people with a passion for saving animals.

“It’s entirely volunteer based,” she said. “Not a single person is compensated for their time. We’re very lucky to have so many people who really dedicate their time to our organization.”

To help the rescue organization accomplish its goals, the community will come together Saturday, Jan. 25 for the third annual Howlin’ Hoedown at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Proceeds will benefit A Second Chance Rescue, and there’s still time to get involved. Director of Volunteer Services Lisa Beadle said she was drawn to the organization because of its close network of volunteers who provide foster homes for the animals. “What I liked about it was that it was a fosterbased organization,” she said. “When our adoption events are over, these animals go back to families in their homes.”

Because of its foster families, A Second Chance Rescue is better able to gauge a pet’s temperament and match them with the perfect new home. “It gives us good insight as to how the animal would be in the home,” she said. “You know if a dog has lived with a cat and how they will react. You can say that the cat is used to living with dogs.” In 2012, A Second Chance Rescue adopted out more than 1,200 animals, including 900 dogs and 300 cats. Many of these animals come from high-kill shelters in rural areas where resources aren’t available to care for them long enough for them

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to be adopted. “For many of these animals, once they are in the shelter, their only way out is through a rescue,” Beadle said. The animals are then transported — sometimes by plane through the Pilots ‘N’ Paws Program — to Palm Beach County, where a network of foster families have agreed to open their homes. “We’re very fortunate,” she said. “We recognize that volunteers are the backbone of what we do. It’s amazing that we have so many families willing to bring these babies into their homes.” Beadle said the organization is always in need of volunteers for everything from fostering to attending adoption events and more. “Some of our volunteers come out once a week, some of them do it once

a month or only during the summers,” she said. “We will take whatever time they have to give. We will find ways to use their talents, and we always appreciate it.” Volunteers, or those looking for a new best friend, can find out more by visiting In its third year, the Howlin’ Hoedown will help A Second Chance Rescue. The event saw success the past two years, growing so large that it has been moved this year to IPC to accommodate more people. “We are beyond excited,” Beadle said. “The ladies on the event committee are amazing. They understand what we do and see our passion. When you run an all-volunteer organization, you have to tap into that passion.” Howlin’ Hoedown Chair Hope

Barron recognizes the hard work the organization puts into its cause. “They do great work in the area,” she said. “They are a fostering program, which keeps costs low, but they can certainly use the money.” As the organization continues to expand, volunteers and board members dream of opening an office to help facilitate adoptions and store supplies, along with vehicles and other necessities. With the help of the funds raised from the Howlin’ Hoedown, Beadle hopes this dream can come true in the near future. “I’d like to see us use the money to establish a base for our facilities,” she said. “And if we had an emergency situation, it could be a temporary place to hold the animals.” The event promises to be a howlin’ (and meowin’) good time. “It’s a casual event where people can come in jeans, cowboy boots and hats and

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This 18K white gold and diamond heart pendant is created with two carats of invisibly set fine white diamonds of VS quality. It is available with or without the neck chain for $4,500. Also available in three and four carat sizes, and in yellow gold and platinum. Van Dell Jewelry Wellington: 13860 Wellington Trace, Suite 20, Wellington Royal Palm Beach: 11051 Southern Blvd, Suite 120, Royal Palm Beach (561) 753-7937 •


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Give the gift of music this holiday season. Village Music Wellington offers a full line of musical merchandise as well as gift cards for its comprehensive lesson program. Equipped with an array of the latest products for musicians, including guitars, keyboards, amplifiers, PA gear, drums and percussion instruments, violins, brass instruments, accessories, sheet music and more, the store also offers spacious soundproof rooms for lessons. Among the lines featured are Dean, G&L, Takamine, Casio, Ovation, Peavey, Latin Percussion, DDrum, Hohner, Seagull and Fender. Stop in and take advantage of Village Music’s many holiday specials, or ask for information on their lesson program. Village Music Wellington 10660 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 140, Wellington Wellington Green Square (between Fresh Market and Joey’s Outback) (561) 798-5334 •


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Wheels of Wellington is the bicycle shop to visit for all of your cycling needs. The store stocks children’s, BMX, comfort, fitness, hybrids, dual sport, aluminum and carbon, hardtail and full suspension bicycles. Wheels of Wellington is an authorized dealer of Trek, Jamis, Nirve, Redline, Mirraco and Phat bicycles, and offers a full selection of parts and supplies. Meet up with their friendly service staff, who will give your bike the attention it deserves to get you back on the road or trails quickly. Thanks to generations of loyal customers, Wheels of Wellington has been serving the western communities since 1995. Haven’t visited in a while? Stop by and say hello! Wheels of Wellington 12794 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 36, Wellington (561) 795-3038 •


Just in time for the holidays, Pandora Jewelry, the world-renowned international fine jewelry retailer known for hand-finished designs made from genuine materials at affordable prices, has released traditional yuletide symbols to celebrate the magic of season. Each charm is sterling silver and featured items include charms with enamel, sparkling cubic zirconia and even charms with a built-in clapper that makes a light noise when moved. Charm prices start at $35. Capture the beauty of the winter season with Pandora Jewelry! Pandora Jewelry 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington The Mall at Wellington Green, Upper Level overlooking Grand Court (561) 333-7177 •


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Imposter founder and CEO Jaclyn Sharp with Draco, the Thoroughbred rescue that inspired the brand.

Celebrity-Favorite Faux-Fur Brand Imposter Breaks Onto Wellington Equestrian Scene Story By Emily Riden  Images by Shannon Jayne Photography

Eight years ago, Jaclyn Sharp rescued her first Thoroughbred, Draco. No one, including Sharp, knew at the time, but the abused, emaciated horse soon would become the inspiration behind a powerful animal-friendly fashion symbol and lifestyle brand. Today that brand, Imposter 4 Animals, is changing the face of fur fashion — and giving back to the animals that

inspired the industry but previously lost their lives because of their beauty. A passion for animals and their welfare has always been a part of who Sharp is. She grew up riding at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Conn., and has maintained horses and animals as a part of her life ever since. After rescuing Draco and watching him

transform from forgotten racehorse to an affectionate and beloved partner, Sharp knew she would devote her life to protecting animals. Her focus and path became clear unexpectedly while trying on a coat at Nordstrom. “I could not tell if the collar was real or faux fur. It immediately occurred to me what a problem that was, because, as a huge animal supporter, I did |wellington the magazine| December 2013



Thanks to its highend quality, beautiful appearance and the incredible mission behind it, Imposter’s products have been a favorite of celebrities, including Christina Applegate, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmy Rossum, Carrie Underwood, Freida Pinto, Dakota Fanning, Kerry Washington, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Palermo, Angie Harmon and Jessica Lowndes.


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not want to inadvertently become a walking advertisement for real fur,” Sharp said. “Even if I knew the coat was cruelty-free, other people could easily mistake it for real fur. At that moment, I realized that an animalfriendly product symbol could solve the problem and give animals a share of the entire industry.” Before long, the IM Imposter symbol was created, and it would quickly become nature’s trademark within the fashion industry — with the support of luxury stores such as Henri Bendel, Barneys, Nordstrom and Anthropologie.

product symbol, like the recyclable symbol or the Gore-Tex trademark,” Sharp explained. With the strong design of the IM Imposter symbol, the company launched its first signature faux fur line. Utilizing the highest quality faux fur available in the world, the Imposter signature collection includes everything from hats and scarves to vests, jackets, coats and earmuffs.

The IM Imposter symbol itself mirrors the stride of a prancing horse, and the diamond at the center of the symbol is in honor of Draco, who bears a perfect white star on his forehead.

Thanks to its high-end quality, beautiful appearance and the incredible mission behind it, Imposter’s products have been a favorite of celebrities, including Christina Applegate, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmy Rossum, Carrie Underwood, Freida Pinto, Dakota Fanning, Kerry Washington, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Palermo, Angie Harmon and Jessica Lowndes.

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audience is standing up and taking note — and with good reason. Not only do Imposter’s products save the lives of animals through their cruelty-free faux fur, they simultaneously give back to animals. Imposter falls into what is being called “the fourth sector.” Part of a growing trend, the company is a for-benefit corporation, meaning it is a hybrid between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. A portion of all of Imposter’s proceeds go directly back to protecting the animals that have inspired Sharp and Imposter 4 Animals. Imposter and the Humane Society of the United States have joined forces to protect the lives of animals. Wayne Revision 1 presidentRevision Pacelle, of the2 HumaneRevision 3 Society, has called Imposter “a serious Creative Proofer 1: AS Proofer 1: game-changer for animals and the Creative Proofer 2: AS Proofer 2: fashion industry.”

“Imposter provides a practical example of how to build the humane economy — where business ventures are married with animal-protection values,” Pacelle said. As Imposter moves forward, the company is going back to its equestrian roots. With the draw from the Wellington equestrian community, and the equestrian community in general, Imposter’s brand-new spring and summer 2014 line features beautiful equestrian-inspired apparel. Beyond that, there are big things on the horizon. “Imposter could have been inspired Date: by a turtle or a hamsterInsertion — I do love Client: all animals — but the brand was Job Number: inspired by an abused and forgotten Product/Pub: Revision 4 ex-racehorse,” Sharp Thoroughbred Size: said. “I never believed in fate, but I do Production: Date: now. What animal could beWork a better ambassador for Imposter 4 Animals

than a magnificent rescue horse, whose great-grandfather was Bold Ruler, Secretariat’s sire? Draco is Imposter’s ambassador because he was meant to be. He is breathtaking, and his story is inspiring, even for people who don’t know animals.” By 2014, Imposter will take the lead on a new National Horse Protection Network, in partnership with the Humane Society. The program will improve communication within the equestrian industry. One focus will be a new app and technology that gives the equestrian community a united platform and marketplace that helps to protect horses. 11/1 Keiser-College of Golf “We will help the Humane Society of 231-1434-WM-YourShot-7x4 the United States and all equine allies Wellington Magazine to pass the SAFE [Safeguard American 7.375 x 4.75 RCFood Exports] Act in the U.S., to 10/2 prevent more than 130,000 horses from being exported to Canada and

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It’s All About The Color At Wellington’s Tresses Salon Story by Lauren Miró  Photos by Abner Pedraza

With its energetic and welcoming atmosphere, Tresses Color Bar Salon offers talent and style that will make you look and feel great. So sit back and indulge yourself in a trip to Tresses, where expert stylists and colorists will create “hair couture” just for you. The energy is apparent from the moment you walk in the salon. Its industrial ceilings and disco ball, coupled with the vibrant, stunning artwork of the unique color bar, give Tresses a youthful exuberance. Owner Brianne Purnell wanted to bring the chic but fun atmosphere of New York City’s Soho salons to Wellington. “I’ve been in Wellington since 1981,” she said. “I just didn’t feel there was anything like this here. There isn’t anything artsy and different. I wanted to bring a highend salon to Wellington without the Palm Beach prices.” Though it may have a fun atmosphere, Tresses is all business when it comes to making sure that clients are being taken care of. “All of our clients are treated with the utmost respect,” Purnell said. “We do a great job, but we have a lot of fun. It’s like an old-time beauty

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shop, where people come by to hang out. We’re more of a family and friends than customers and clients.” Technological upgrades, such as iPads hanging on the walls, or having a database of the customer’s color formulas, make it easier for Tresses to focus on clients. “If a client wants to show us a hair style they like, they can do it right on the iPad,” Purnell said. “And if one of our stylists isn’t available, and they have to go to someone else, I know that they’ll be getting the same great service no matter who is doing their hair.” The salon focuses mostly on hair, offering styling, color treatments, extensions, hair Botox and more. Purnell noted the salon is known for its up-dos, and it is the perfect place for proms, weddings or special events. But Tresses is really known for its fantastic hair coloring. “Everyone in the salon is a master colorist,” Purnell said. “We do everything from natural hair colors to pops of funky color in the hair, and even a three-tone hombre look, if that’s what you want.” Tresses offers organic lines, putting the focus on hair

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care as much as great color. “The products are all organic,” Purnell said. “There is no ammonia, so it’s a lot better for the hair. We also have gluten-free lines, which some of our customers need.” It’s not just about great color, Tresses also offers styles hot off the runway. Purnell said she believes in educating her staff to keep on top of the latest trends. “Education is very important for me,” she said. “I used to be an educator for L’Oreal.” For Purnell, it always comes back to serving the client’s needs. “We always try to take into consideration the

condition and quality of the hair before we do any color services,” she said. “We want customers to love their hair, and we want it to suit their lifestyles.” Tresses Color Bar Salon is located at 13873 Wellington Trace, Suite B4, in the Wellington Marketplace. The salon is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday by appointment only. For more information, visit or call (561) 290-2547.

THIS MONTH’S INDULGE CONTEST WINNER Congratulations to Jennifer Benoit, lucky December winner of Wellington The Magazine’s Indulge Contest. Benoit will be treated to a day at Tresses Color Bar Salon. 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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Dr. David Simon Aims To Give Patients Straight Teeth And Beautiful Smiles Dr. David Simon knew as a child he wanted to be an orthodontist. He has achieved that goal with Simon Orthodontics, a kid-friendly practice with plenty of entertaining distractions from the serious business of straightening teeth. “I’ve been in practice here in Wellington for 13 and a half years now, and I’m honestly doing what I’ve always dreamed of doing,” Simon said. Simon had issues with his teeth when he was young and became interested in orthodontics. “Growing up, I read books about teeth,” he said. “I did science fair projects on teeth all through elementary school. I knew all through high school and college I was planning on going to dental school and going on to orthodontics after that.” He remembers hearing tennis star Ivan Lendl in the 1980s mention that he never liked to smile because he was embarrassed by his teeth. “That always stuck with me, and my goal was to give people beautiful smiles so they’re not embarrassed by them,” Simon said. “Not just straight teeth, but a nice smile as well.” For Simon, it’s not just about excellent orthodontic results, but a great experience for both the patient and the parents. “We pride ourselves on great customer service,” he said. “It’s a long relationship. It’s an ongoing relationship for two years, sometimes longer.” Simon utilizes modern orthodontic techniques including the Damon system, which provides a gentler straightening method that requires a shorter treatment time than conventional braces. “It allows for

much lighter, gentler forces on the teeth,” he said. “In turn, that allows for better patient comfort and for faster tooth movement.” The Damon system has also eliminated the need for palatal expanders required with conventional braces. “Because of the light forces, we are able to increase the width of the upper jaw,” he said. The Damon system also has eliminated the need for the extraction of permanent teeth in most cases. “We are able to gain space in different ways than we could before without having to remove teeth,” Simon explained. The Damon system can be used in conjunction with the computerized Insignia method of designing custommade braces for the individual patient. “Insignia still uses the Damon braces, but we take a very detailed impression or mold of the teeth at the beginning of treatment, and then each brace is custom-made for every tooth in that patient’s mouth,” Simon said. “It allows for shorter treatment time.”

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Clear Damon braces are also available that achieve the same result as the metal ones. Although the wires are visible, the braces are clear and do not stain. The majority of Simon’s patients are children or adolescents, but about 20 percent are adults. “You’re never too old for braces or orthodontic treatment,” he said. “It’s for anybody who wants straight teeth and a beautiful smile.” Simon supports many community activities, including Wellington’s FatherDaughter Dance. Simon Orthodontics has been the event’s presenting sponsor since 2008. “My daughter loves going, and I love going,” he said. Simon Orthodontics has two offices, one at 10115 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, and one at 3472 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 333-3055 or visit www.

Simon also employs clear Invisalign braces that can be appropriate for some patients. “Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners,” he said. “Each one moves the teeth a little bit farther along until we get to the final result that we want to achieve.” Simon consults with the individual patient on the best treatment method. “There are many situations where I would recommend braces over Invisalign because of the complexity of the situation,” he said. “On the flip side, there are plenty of patients where it is a personal choice.” |wellington the magazine| December 2013




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Doreen and Richard Danton have been partners for 30 years — both in business and in life. “I was a choreographer and modern dancer in Brooklyn — a starving artist — and, in the evenings, I waited tables at a very elegant downtown restaurant,” Doreen recalled. “Richard was a developer who turned single-family brownstones into cooperatives without compromising the architectural integrity of the buildings. When I met him in the restaurant, I told him I was ready to learn how to make money, and he told me I’d be great in real estate.” That was 1983. By 1984, Doreen had her license. But how did the couple end up in Palm Beach County? She and Richard were living in a historic farmhouse in New Jersey when they suffered a tragic house fire. “We lost everything, material-wise,” Doreen said. “It made us re-look at life and restart. That’s when we came to the island of Palm Beach. Richard did rehabbing of multifamily dwellings on the island, turning rentals into condominiums, and we had a brokerage company called Coconut Row Investment Company. Together we listed and sold many properties. I also did all of the marketing and listings and sales for all of the conversions Richard created, as well as servicing clients.”

“We trailblaze. Wherever we go, it’s then that people see the value there,” Doreen, who is multilingual, said. “I had 14 homes for sale in Breakers West and sold 13 of them within eight months. Not everyone has that kind of ability to see ahead and bring out a property’s full potential.” Being able to see the full spectrum of a property’s value — as a home or as an investment — is what sets the Dantons apart. They only sell properties they believe in, and they can tell people exactly why they believe in them. “If you want to get out of an investment property two or three years down the road, we will be able to assist you,” Doreen said. “I’ve had people sell their property three or four months later and make $50,000 to $100,000 by reselling. Our clients have complete confidence in us. They know they are going to make a great purchase.” For more information, call Doreen Danton at (561) 310-1660 or Richard Danton at (561) 309-8726.

This background makes the Dantons a valuable real estate team. “Our clients get the benefit of our 75 years’ combined experience,” Doreen explained. “Richard did about 50 to 75 co-op conversions in New York as well as commercial shopping centers in New Jersey, and our clients get that knowledge and expertise for free. I consider myself a top listing professional. I’m out there promoting and marketing and getting our listings out to the public, and I’m good at motivating people. Richard does the detail work with title companies, attorneys, inspection companies and subcontractors. He takes it across the finish line.” Their current focus is on Wellington, the Breakers West Country Club, the Downtown Historic District of West Palm Beach, the island of Palm Beach and the Antique Row Art & Design District. There, the team sells commercial as well as residential properties, and Richard is a bit of an expert when it comes to renovations. |wellington the magazine| December 2013


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Bikes For Kidz Founders Started Their Volunteer Efforts As Young Children Story by Matthew Auerbach  Photos by Abner Pedraza

The act of sharing is the essence of volunteerism. You give freely of your time, energy and concern to ensure others will have a chance at a better life. Those on the receiving end of your efforts appreciate your commitment to them. It’s a bond not unlike that between family members. Twin sisters Megan and Laura Kohner, the December nominees for Wellington The Magazine’s Volunteer of the Year award, know all about bonds. The 19-year-old Wellington residents share a passion for learning, music, business and helping others. They made their first foray into the world of volunteering while still in elementary school, and that desire to raise others up continues today as they begin their college careers in Texas at Southern Methodist University. It should come as no surprise that volunteering runs in the Kohner family. “Our dad Michael gives his time to many different organizations, as does our mom, Kimberly,” Megan said. “Dad volunteers for local charities and his college alma mater. He recently co-founded a not-forprofit organization of the financial, accounting, legal and social sectors to promote local philanthropy. We hope to be involved with that or a similar organization after we finish our education.” Laura cites their mother and brother Andrew as inspirations, as well. “Mom has volunteered for several organizations, including every school


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we’ve attended, which made her very visible to us,” she said. “Andrew volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters in schools, served as a medical volunteer in India and coached Wellington Recreation lacrosse. He somehow finds time while attending college in Houston to volunteer at elementary schools, hospitals, soup kitchens and Habitat for Humanity.” The girls’ first taste of volunteering came more than a decade ago, when they helped make tiles for the playground at Tiger Shark Cove Park. “After that, we found other ways we could help,” Laura said. “We made blankets and activity kits for children undergoing chemotherapy treatments. We volunteered with the Kids Cancer Foundation’s fundraising golf tournaments and galas, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation galas. Megan and I were also very excited to be able to volunteer at the Okeeheelee Nature Center and care for the animals that we’ve been visiting since we were very young.” It was their own involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters as mentors at Title I elementary schools, where they helped students work on their homework, reading skills and physical fitness, which took their volunteering to an entirely new level. “We got the idea to start Bikes For Kidz when Big Brothers Big Sisters stopped their operations in our

location,” Megan said. “We had all become very close to the kids we had worked with and knew that we wanted to continue to work with the students. We felt that the sudden end left the kids feeling abandoned and without ‘the next step.’ Because of the abrupt dissolution, we realized that at some point, we would no longer be there for the kids, and that self-motivation is very important to their long-term success. We decided that we were not going to let the kids go until they were ready to succeed on their own.” The decision to remain connected to the students in a positive way led to many sleepless nights wondering just what could be done to improve their lives. “We know that the basis of learning is reading, and we felt that physical fitness and having a physical outlet is also important in learning and feeling good about yourself,” Megan said. “Literacy, physical fitness and self-motivation became our mission. Now we faced the dilemma of deciding what physical activity would work the best for young kids. We decided that bikes were the perfect solution. Biking does not require more than one person but can accommodate several participants. Besides, what kid wouldn’t want a shiny new bike?” But just how would those bikes be purchased? Along with Andrew and his friend Cody, Megan and Laura went through the process of

Laura and Megan Kohner have founded a nonprofit organization known as Bikes For Kids.

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starting Bikes For Kids, a nonprofit corporation, in order to solicit donations and write requests for grants from foundations, businesses and individuals. “It was absolutely the most difficult thing we had to do,” Megan said. “Through this process, we learned how to understand and conform to government regulations, how to find and write grants, and picked up valuable business, organizational and leadership skills. It also gave us the opportunity to show adults how serious and responsible we are. There are no words to describe how excited we were when we received our first grant. That grant allowed us to buy bikes for all the kids we were working with and still have funds left over for more bikes.”

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An equestrian family home, this stunning Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club estate features classic elegance in an upgraded space. What sets this stunning home apart from others is its sheer space. The five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home boasts more than 4,000 square feet of living space on two stories, including a guest cottage. Each room is large with big, bright windows that let in plenty of natural light, tall ceilings, marble floors and architectural details. The outdoor spaces of the home are as impressive as the indoors. The home is located on a cul-de-sac and features a large front yard with pristine landscaping. There is also a large courtyard with a pool, as well as views of the golf course.


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(Above) The picturesque formal living room offers style and class. The room has marble floors and Venetian plaster walls, which elevate the look. Central to the room is a stunning fireplace. Large sliding-glass doors provide plenty of natural light, as well as views of the golf course.

(Above) The formal dining room is the picture of elegance. A beautiful archway flanked by marble columns introduces the space, while a stunning chandelier acts as a focal point. The space is large and bright, with beautifully designed architectural details. (Below) The family room offers space for entertaining, with a large entertainment unit and plenty of room for seating. The space is comfortable but still classy. It is bright and airy, and a staircase leads to the second story.

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(Right) Steak Fajitas, tender and flavorful, features a delicious skillet of meat over a bed of sautĂŠed onions and bell peppers. The meal is served with rice, beans, sour cream, guacamole and tortillas.

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(Left) The Fiesta Platter with half portions of quesadilla, taquitos, nachos and queso, so you don’t have to choose.

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Authentic Mexican Flavors At New Casa Tequila Restaurant With authentic flavors and a great atmosphere, Casa Tequila offers fresh, delicious Mexican food that will have you coming back for more. Located in the Wellington Plaza, Casa Tequila opened in September to great reception, serving lunch and dinner in its beautiful dining room as well as on the large patio. Manager Mario Rodriguez said there was a need in Wellington for Casa Tequila. “There really isn’t anything like this,” he said. “The owners really liked the location.” The restaurant is beautiful with a classic hacienda feel. It is split into two main dining rooms with a third room for private parties on an upstairs balcony. “We can accommodate up to 35 people in our private room,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a great space for parties or special occasions.” Guests can choose to sit at a large, comfortable booth, a table or at the fully stocked bar. Central to the dining room is a large tree that brings the outdoors inside and gives the illusion that diners are enjoying their meal al fresco. And with plenty of windows letting in natural light, there is not a bad seat in the house.

Guests can also choose to dine outdoors on the large brick patio with a beautiful fire pit. “We have a really nice patio,” Rodriguez said. “Guests love to sit out there, and when the weather gets a bit cooler, it will be a great place to sit.” But no matter where you are sitting, you’re guaranteed to get a great meal. “Our entire menu is traditional Mexican food,” Rodriguez said. You’ll find classic flavors and favorite dishes, as well as a few must-try dishes. To start, try the grande nachos ($9.99). A bed of crispy corn tortilla chips served with shredded cheese, beans, chicken, sour cream, tomatoes, green onions and jalapeños, the dish is savory and delicious, with just the right amount of crunch.

But it’s the details that give the space an authentic feel. The booths are beautifully carved, and the chairs painted with a stunning landscape that elevates the space.

One classic dish done to perfection is the quesadilla ($9.50). A perfectly cooked flour tortilla stuffed to the brim with cheese, onions, tomatoes and your choice of meat, this favorite dish is flavorful and satisfying.

Rodriguez said the aim is to bring Mexican flavor not only in the food, but also in the atmosphere and the décor. “We plan to have a Mariachi band come and play live music for guests,” he said. “I think people will really enjoy the live music.”

Or try the taquitos ($9.99), a mix of chicken or beef and Monterrey jack cheese, served in a crispy flour tortilla with tomato salsa, sour cream and green onions. The dish highlights the mix of meat and cheese without being overpowering.

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wellington table If you really like queso dip, Casa Tequila has the dish for you. Their cheese dip ($5.99) is full of flavor with freshly roasted poblano peppers, jalapeño peppers and, of course, plenty of cheese. You can choose to have it served with spinach, chorizo or pico de gallo ($1.99 extra), but no matter how you like it, you’ll enjoy the combination of spicy and cheesy. If you just can’t decide, Casa Tequila offers a fiesta platter ($10.99), with half portions of the quesadilla, taquitos, nachos and queso, so you don’t have to choose. One of the most popular dishes on the menu, Rodriguez said, is the fajitas ($11.99-$15.99). You can choose from veggie fajitas, shrimp, chicken or steak


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— or get a trio of meats, all of them flavorful and delicious. The steak fajitas ($14.99) are tender and flavorful, a delicious skillet of meat over a bed of sautéed onions and bell peppers. The meal comes with rice, beans, sour cream, guacamole and tortillas. Another popular dish is the camarones con tocino ($14.95), a unique take on fried shrimp. The shrimp are first wrapped in bacon and then deep fried and sautéed in a red sauce, served fajita-style with onions and bell peppers, then topped with Monterrey jack cheese. “It’s something a little different,” Rodriguez said. “People really enjoy it.”

No matter what you choose, you’re guaranteed to walk away happy. The food leaves you feeling satisfied but not stuffed. “We get a lot of customers who come back over and over again,” Rodriguez said. “They really seem to like what we have, they tell us they have to come back for more.” He encouraged the community to come out and try the food. “Just give us a try and you’ll love it,” Rodriguez said. Casa Tequila is open for lunch and dinner in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more information, call (561) 557-1378 or visit (Below) Mario Rodriguez, Jared Perez-Guerra and Gilberto de la Cruz of Casa Tequila.

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wellington dining guide For a touch of the Florida Keys in your own back yard, visit Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. Located at 10880 W. Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, Bonefish Mac’s offers excellent food in a family-friendly environment. For more information, visit or call (561) 798-6227. Brooklyn Bagel in Wellington has been in business for more than 20 years, offering customers handmade, authentic bagels and more. Brooklyn Bagel is located at 13873 Wellington Trace, Suite B9, in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For more information, call (561) 784-5501. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is located on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. Specializing in family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo is known for its large portions designed to serve several people. For more info., call (561) 7903287 or visit Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring a wide variety of delicious Mexican Cuisine, opened recently in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit www. 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 From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro. For an authentic, elegant Italian experience, visit Franco Italian Bistro at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 103, in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 615-1551 or visit Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest res-

taurant. 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 Offering delicious cuts of steak and succulent seafood dishes, Jordan’s Steak Bistro serves up delicious meals and craft cocktails in a stylish environment. The restaurant is located in the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 793-9394 or visit Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner, including food and drink specials. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For more info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit The Players Club Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd.) features gourmet cuisine along with a piano bar, bistro area, outside dining, smoking bars, entertainment and more. For more info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit

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Monday, Dec. 2 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon will be held Monday, Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Breakers West Country Club featuring a 2013 year in review. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Contact Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 578-4807 or marylou@ for more info. • Morselife will offer a book review for adults age 55 and older on Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford on Monday, Dec. 2 at noon at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) A light lunch will be provided. Preregister in person, online at or by calling (561) 753-2489. Tuesday, Dec. 3 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, Dec. 3 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





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Wednesday, Dec. 4 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Navigating the New Insurance Marketplace on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon. Are you looking for information about the new healthcare marketplace? Speak to a certified navigator about programs you are eligible for and get help with enrollment. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Dec. 5 • The Palm Beach County Commission will hold a zoning meeting Thursday, Dec. 5 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 info., visit • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Activities are specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers. The cost is $2 per child. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your writing. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, Dec. 7 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Mittens & More for ages 3 to 8 on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. Read seasonal Jan Brett stories and make a craft based on her artwork to celebrate her birthday. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Festival of Lights will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd., off Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). Enjoy the sounds from local choirs, bands, dance teams and a live performance by the Samantha Russell Band. A variety of holiday crafts and decorations, games and rides will be available, as well as great food provided by the popular Food Truck Invasion. Santa Claus will also visit. For more info., call the Cultural Center at (561) 790-5149.

• The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Beginning Birding for families and all ages Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. Learn from an expert how to get started with the hobby of bird watching. Practice new skills and identify the birds that frequently visit the nature center. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Women of Note Chorus will welcome special guests, the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches and the Sunshine District second-place quartet Overdrive, for “Holiday Harmonies: To Kids from 1 to 92” on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for students 18 years of age and younger. For tickets, call (561) 207-5900. • The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington will host its 26th Annual Wellington Dinner Dance on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. For info., contact Kevin Murray at (561) 683-3287 or Sunday, Dec. 8 • Wellington’s Holiday Mile, Holiday Park and Parade are set for Sunday, Dec. 8, beginning with the Holiday Park from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Blvd.). The Holiday Mile will begin and finish at the amphitheater at 2:15, followed by the Holiday Parade at 2:30 p.m. along Forest HIll Blvd., with the grandstand at the amphitheater. For more info., call Maritza Clark at (561) 578-4817 or visit • The Autism Project of Palm Beach County’s Renaissance Dinner for Autism will take place Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mar-a-Lago Club Palm Beach. Learn more at Monday, Dec. 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Art Club for ages 8 and up Monday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Live through your art by exploring different mediums. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Dec. 10 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Science for Seniors: Observing Wildlife for ages 50 and up Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Learn tips and techniques for seeing more animal species when out in nature. The cost is $5 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Tween Tuesdays: Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Groundbreaking Reads: Adult Book Discussion Series on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Sara Harris will discuss 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross. Sign up and check out the book. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach Community Band will hold its final performance of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served during intermission. For more information, call (561) 790-5149. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Wonders of the Night Sky: Telescope Viewing Session for adults Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Join the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches and learn about constellations as you stargaze from sunset to 8:30 p.m. outside, if skies are clear. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit Wednesday, Dec. 11 • Representatives from the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office will be in the lobby of Wellington Village Hall (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. to assist residents with questions and/or applications for homestead exemptions. For more info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive,

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Saturday, Dec. 14 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Touch Tank for families Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Get up close and personal with some live marine life. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Wellington Equestrian Group will host its annual Christmas in Wellington Party for families served by the Caridad Center free health clinic. Interested donors, sponsors and underwriters should call Caridad’s development office at (561) 853-1638.



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Tuesday, Dec. 17 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, Dec. 17 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, Wellington) will host Pokémon League for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Chess Club for Adults on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills with other players. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register.

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Wednesday, Dec. 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Paper Plate Christmas Trees for ages 6 and up Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Create festive Christmas trees using paper plates and other materials. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Heart of the Cards for ages 12 and up Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Bring your Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Dec. 19 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. Class activities may include live animals, games, nature walks and/or crafts specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers. The cost is $2 per child. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Holiday Ornaments for ages 6 and up Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m. Make your own reindeer ornament to decorate your house this holiday season. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Teen Game Night for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. Play Nintendo Wii and board games. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Friday, Dec. 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Lapsit Story Time: Jingle Babies on Friday, Dec. 20, at 10:15 a.m. for babies under 12 months and 11:15 a.m. for ages 13 to 23 months. Jingle along with rhymes, songs and rhythmic fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will host a free movie night featuring Miracle on 34th Street on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Bring your own seating. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, Dec. 21 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Puzzle and Game Day on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. Bring the family and stop in to play a board game, piece together a puzzle and draw a picture or two. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Symbiotic Relationships for families Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. Discover the relationships that different species have with each other. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington) will host Chess Club for Kids for ages 8 and up Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. Practice your strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Friday, Dec. 27 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Early Bird Walk for ages 13 and up Friday, Dec. 27 at 7 a.m. Enjoy an informative stroll through the woods at Okeeheelee, and learn to identify and observe birds and their behavior. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. Saturday, Dec. 28 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Call (561) 283-5856 for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Reptile Ecology for families Saturday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. Meet a variety of Okeeheelee’s live reptile residents. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP.

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ANTI-BULLYING RALLY — The Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club of Wellington held an anti-bullying rally on Oct. 25. Vasile Ciuperger of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office explained about bullying and what to do if confronted by a bully. Shown here, Boys & Girls Club children, staff and volunteers show off their anti-bullying t-shirts.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT — Wellington held its annual Trunk-or-Treat at Wellington High School on Oct. 27. Volunteers decked out their cars in Halloween themes and handed out candy to children. There were also food trucks, bounce houses and more. Shown here, the Delgado family hands out candy.

WOMEN’S GROUP MEETS — The Women of the Western Communities held its monthly meeting Nov. 7 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. The guest speaker was Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Coordinator Diane Smith. Shown here are Julie Tannehill, Maggie Zeller, Diane Smith and Maureen Gross.

ARTIST RECEPTION — Whole Foods Market hosted an artist reception for Adrianne Hetherington on Nov.8. The Wellington Art Society and Whole Foods Wellington partner to present a solo artist’s work every three months. Shown here is Hetherington with Lauren Belinsky of Whole Foods and Wellington Art Society President Leslie Pfeiffer.

VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE — Wellington hosted its annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Wellington Veterans Memorial. Local and state officials honored veterans for their service and laid wreaths to honor each branch of the military. (Right) Maxwell Nelson, Mayor Bob Margolis and his wife, Linda, lay the U.S. Army wreath. (Below) Veterans gather in front of the Wellington Veterans Memorial.

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