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HEALTH & WELLNESS Today’s Trends In Healthcare

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the children’s hospital at palms west presents

summer safety tips Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, June 2014

FIREWORKS SAFETY

BUG SAFETY

pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.

Families should attend community fireworks displays run by professionals rather than using fireworks at home.

PLAYGROUND SAFETY

Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant

DON’T USE scented soaps,

perfumes or hair sprays on your child.

Make sure children CANNOT REACH any moving parts that might pinch or trap any body part.

BICYCLE SAFETY A helmet protects your child from serious injury, and should ALWAYS BE WORN.

PARENTS SHOULD SUPERVISE children on play equipment to make sure they are safe.

When purchasing a helmet, look for a label or sticker that says the helmet meets the CPSC safety standard.

SKATEBOARD, SCOOTER, IN-LINE SKATING AND HEELYS SAFETY Children should NEVER RIDE skateboards or scooters in or near moving traffic.

Helmets are particularly important for

PREVENTING AND MINIMIZING HEAD INJURIES.

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Children under the age of should be closely supervised at all times.

SUNBURN SAFETY

POOL SAFETY

Wear appropriate clothing and sunglasses and apply ample sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher.

Keep a close eye on your kids while they are in the pool.

REAPPLY SUNSCREEN REGULARLY if kids are sweating profusely or spending time in the water.

Make sure there is appropriate SAFETY EQUIPMENT near the pool, such as life rings, reaching poles and a first-aid kit.

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LOCAL HOSPITALS PUT A FOCUS ON UNIQUE SPECIALTIES In this issue, area hospitals put a focus on unique specialty programs. Learn how specialized cardiac care is saving lives at Wellington Regional Medical Center, while the Children’s Hospital at Palms West is now offering Advanced Concussion Treatment with an eye on keeping young athletes safe.

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will open a pediatric specialty center in Wellington in early 2019. The new facility will be the largest specialty center outside of the four-floor freestanding hospital in Broward County. By Lourdes Rodriguez and Kerting Baldwin The Wellington Chamber of Commerce Medical & Wellness Committee aims to educate the community while promoting local health and wellness professionals. The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Medical Board of Governors discusses and gets behind issues that involve the latest advances in science, patient care and innovation. Learn how these groups are leading the way in local healthcare. By M. Dennis Taylor

TAKE A TRIP INTO THE WILD AT LION COUNTRY SAFARI For 50 years, Lion Country Safari has proven to be a roaring good time across its fourmile drive-through safari and 55-acre walk-through adventure park. Five decades later, it’s still as wildly popular as ever — especially in the summertime. By Melanie Kopacz

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THE EUROPEAN WAX CENTER ARRIVES IN WELLINGTON After practicing law for 24 years, Lisa Monica Schiller was looking to own her own business. She was a regular guest of the European Wax Center, so she was familiar with the company’s product and quality of service. When she discovered that EWC had a prime franchise territory available, it was a match made in Wellington. By M. Dennis Taylor

BINKS POINTE LUXURY TOWNHOME COMMUNITY NOW OPEN Years in the making, the new Binks Pointe community has arrived, and residents can finally purchase these high-end, luxury townhomes located off Binks Forest Drive, just across the street from the prestigious Wellington National Golf Club. By Deborah Welky

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Splashes Into Summer With Water Safety Event At Pool Women’s Group Presents Scholarships And Installs New Officers Wellington Braves Rain To Host Shortened Memorial Day Ceremony ‘Building A Stronger Community’ Event Raises More Than $35,000 Wellington’s Premier Family Health Hosts First PremierFest Event

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Kabuki has brought its affordable and delicious Japanese and Thai cuisine to Wellington. The third location of the local restaurant chain opened on State Road 7 in April. Owner Ting Yamsiriwong opened the first Kabuki location in downtown West Palm Beach in 2011, followed by a Palm Beach Gardens location. By Dani Salgueiro

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Wellington Home visits a Paddock Park Phase II home built with recreation in mind. Located on a waterfront, horse-friendly lot of nearly three acres, the main home has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a summer kitchen, heated pool, basketball court and more. There is also a two-bedroom, two-bath guest house. By Deborah Welky

WELLINGTON PROFESSIONAL WELLINGTON SENIOR WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE WELLINGTON CALENDAR ON THE COVER (Left) Lisa Banionis chairs the Wellington Chamber of Commerce Medical & Wellness Committee, while (right) Dr. Lori Lane leads the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Medical Board of Governors. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004

THE MAGAZINE

volume 15, number 7 july 2018

executive editor

Joshua I. Manning

publisher

Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers

Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

account managers

Betty Buglio Evie Edwards Wanda Glockson Joetta Palumbo

bookkeeping

Jill Kaskel Carol Lieberman

photography Abner Pedraza

contributors

Matthew Auerbach Ray Burow Denise Fleischman Melanie Kopacz Eve Rosen Dani Salgueiro M. Dennis Taylor Y.A. Teitelbaum Deborah Welky

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Health & Wellness Issue: Today’s Trends In Healthcare Two chambers, one mission: This month we take a look at the individuHEALTH & als who make up the medical committees within our local chambers. The WELLNESS Wellington Chamber of Commerce Medical & Wellness Committee aims Today’s Trends In Healthcare to educate the community while promoting local health and wellness professionals. Meanwhile, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Medical Board of Governors’ mission is to lead the way as a healthcare organization, discussing issues that involve the latest advances in science, patient care and operational innovation. We also check in with our local hospitals, such as Wellington Regional Medical Center, where specialized cardiac care is saving lives. Just ask Steve Calia, who had just returned from a walk with his dogs when he collapsed. Hypothermia therapy at WRMC was instrumental in saving his life. With emergency room visits for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in children ages eight to 19 topping 200,000 nationwide last year, parents can be reassured that the Children’s Hospital at Palms West is now prepared to quickly evaluate and provide Advanced Concussion Treatment (ACT) for sports-related injuries, falls or accidents. Welcome to our newest medical neighbor, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, which is bringing its specialized pediatric center to Wellington, set to open its doors on State Road 7 in early 2019. Known as one of the region’s leading pediatric hospitals, Joe DiMaggio offers a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly environment. We also profile Dr. Kate Brazzale, a Wellington resident who treats the most vulnerable patients. As director of pediatrics for Trustbridge, a nonprofit hospice organization serving Palm Beach and Broward counties, Brazzale is probably the last physician parents want to see coming to their door — and the compassionate Brazzale understands the dilemma. Next we visit the new European Wax Center, where owner Lisa Monica Schiller has brought this high end, yet affordable service to Wellington. We also get wild with a visit to Lion Country Safari — the perfect escape on a hot summer day. Years in the making, the new Binks Pointe community has arrived, and we stop by these high-end, luxury townhomes located off Binks Forest Drive, just across the street from the prestigious Wellington National Golf Club. This month’s Wellington Professional series profiles Jathy Garcia, who enjoys bringing a woman’s perspective to a male-dominated industry as owner of Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air. Meanwhile, a busy life in Wellington keeps Eda LoVerso young-at-heart. She recalls her wonderful life’s story as this month’s Wellington Senior. Wellington Real Estate visits with Mark Plaxen, who helps clients save money when buying and selling real estate. Wellington Home takes us to a large, horse-friendly Paddock Park estate with plenty of amenities. Finally this month, Wellington Table visits Kabuki, where you can enjoy affordable and delicious Japanese and Thai cuisine. We hope you find our annual Health & Wellness issue informative and feel confident in knowing that if there is a need, Wellington has got you covered with an extensive array of healthcare facilities to choose from.

Dawn Rivera Dawn Rivera, Publisher


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Wellington Splashes Into Summer With Water Safety Event At Pool

(Left to right) Mayor Anne Gerwig with lifeguard Sydney Mutschler; Palms West Hospital pediatric residents at the event; and lifeguard Cash Hollister goes to save drowning “victim” Justin Sprunger.

The Wellington Aquatics Complex hosted “Make a SPLASH” (Safety and Prevention Leaves All Swimmers Happy) on Saturday, June 2. First responders from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 25 were on-hand to discuss water safety. Wellington lifeguards, along with PBCFR personnel, demonstrated neardrowning scenarios. Palms West Hospital pediatric residents and vendors were also on hand to discuss water safety. Learn more at www.wellingtonfl.gov/aquatics.

(Left to right) Kids enjoy a water fight; Hudson De Oliveira jumps off the diving board; lifeguards Alex Refowich, Cash Hollister and Justin Sprunger demonstrate a rescue procedure; and PBCFR Lt. James Reid and Paramedic Ryan Reddoch prepare the “victim” for transport.

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Women’s Group Presents Scholarships And Installs New Officers

(Left to right) Scholarship recipients Gisell Rodriguez, Taylor Lunford, Henry Calderon and Janae Steen, along with LaKisha Burden (standing in for Amani Burden), Tai Nguyen (standing in for Janetta Lam) and Frank Buzzanca (standing in for Olivia Buzzanca); President Cheryl Dunn Bychek presents a check to Mary Cauthen of Harmony House; and guest speaker Verdenia Baker with Phyllis Gauger.

The Women of the Western Communities held its annual scholarship presentation and installation of officers meeting on Thursday, June 7 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The guest speaker was County Administrator Verdenia Baker. The scholarship recipients read their winning essays and received their checks. For more information about the Women of the Western Communities, visit www. womenofthewesterncommunities.org.

(Left to right) Mary Kastner with scholarship recipient Henry Calderon; Scholarship Committee members Cheryl Dunn Bychek, Teresa Harrington, Melissa Limbaugh and Chair Mary Kastner; scholarship recipient Taylor Lunford reads her essay; Mary Kastner with scholarship recipient Janae Steen; and board members Hospitality Mary Kastner, Recording Secretary Tara Zimmerman, Corresponding Secretary Mair Armand, Treasurer Donna Kuebler, Vice President Membership Lynda Chicano, Vice President Programs Teresa Harrington and President Cheryl Dunn Bychek.

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Wellington Braves Rain To Host Shortened Memorial Day Ceremony

(Left to right) Rabbi David Sislen of Temple B’nai Jacob leads the ceremony’s invocation; Wellington Idol 2018 winner Carly Cantor sings the national anthem; Councilman Michael Napoleone joins veterans Bill Bartle and Dennis Masch to lay the U.S. Navy wreath; and the presentation of colors by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

The Village of Wellington held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28. The parade portion of the event was canceled due to rain. Despite the stormy weather, many residents and veterans showed up to remember fallen heroes and support those who have served.

(Left to right) Regis Wenham, veteran Al Ziker, Councilman John McGovern and veteran Tom Wenham lay a wreath; Rebecca Blitman, Sam and Linda Perlman, Liz Thal, Rabbi David Sislen, and Ramona and Norbert Mizne; veteran Tim Childers (back) with the Moore family; and veteran Dennis Masch salutes the U.S. Coast Guard wreath.

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‘Building A Stronger Community’ Event Raises More Than $35,000

(Left to right) WRMC CEO Robbin Lee presents WCF Chair Tom Wenham with hospital staff donations totaling more than $11,000; Wellington Vice Mayor Michael Drahos, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Tom Wenham and Councilman John McGovern; and Mickey Smith, Jim Sackett and Dr. Gordon Johnson.

The Wellington Community Foundation hosted its 2018 Kickoff Fundraiser on Friday, May 18 at the Wellington Community Center. The event raised more than $35,000, which will be used to help Wellington seniors, children and veterans in need with various home improvement projects, in cooperation with the Village of Wellington. For more info., visit www. wellingtoncommunityfoundation.org.

(Left to right) Julie Tannehill and Maggie Zeller with “screwdrivers” available for a $100 donation; Hope Barron with donors Scott and Mair Armand; donor Victor Connor with Regis and Tom Wenham; and Wellington Community Foundation board members with donors.

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Wellington’s Premier Family Health Hosts First PremierFest Event

(Left to right) Dr. Vincent Apicella, Dr. Dana Desser and Dr. Mariaclara Bago; Premier Family Health staff members Tee Franzoso and Morgan Scaccia facilitate at the bounce house; and Jessica and Ashley Trevino.

Premier Family Health hosted its first PremierFest on Saturday, June 2 at the Wellington Reserve Office Park on State Road 7. PremierFest was open to the public to enjoy the various food trucks, vendors and live bands, a petting zoo, a rock-climbing wall and more. For more information on Premier Family Health, visit www.premierfamilyhealth.com.

(Left to right) Joana and Mariana Arusano with Teresa and Selene Enos; attendees enjoy the petting zoo filled with small goats, chickens and more; the Shareholders perform on stage; and Valentina Martinez, Gina Jimenez and Victoria Martinez.

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Dr. Kate Brazzale Treats Vulnerable Patients With Compassion And Understanding Story by Y.A. Teitelbaum • Photos by James Wooster

Dr. Kate Brazzale still makes house calls. However, as director of pediatrics for Trustbridge, a nonprofit hospice organization serving Palm Beach and Broward counties, Brazzale is probably the last physician parents want to see coming to their door — and the compassionate Brazzale understands the dilemma. “I’m not a savior, I’m not an angel,” the English-born Brazzale said. “There are so few resources for terminally ill children outside of the hospital. While hospice and children shouldn’t be in the same sentence, the limited time that a terminally-ill child has left should be spent at home with their family.” Her territory where she makes home visits includes all of Palm Beach County, and she can go from trailers to multimillion-dollar mansions in less than an hour. It’s not the house that matters to Brazzale, it’s the family inside. She holds the child in her arms. She sees them deteriorate. “I’m the last person they want to see,” said Brazzale, who has lived in Wellington for more than 10 years. “I’m a doctor first; my instinct is to improve

upon possibilities. Contrary to what people may think, I’m here to try to carve out some positive time for people and families in dire situations. I don’t want people to be suffering and merely waiting for death — I want them to be living right up until they die.” But it takes a toll on Brazzale. A regular cozy movie night with her husband and two young children at their home surrounded by trees becomes a welcome respite from particularly arduous days. Dr. Faustino Gonzalez, chief medical officer of hospice services at Trustbridge, is extremely proud of Brazzale. He trained her, and she was the first graduate of their fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine program in 2009. “She set the bar,” Gonzalez said. “She is the yardstick that we measure other graduates by. She has a visceral understanding of what it takes to care, the empathy, the ability to put herself in the shoes of the patient and the patient’s family.” Brazzale took a meandering path to becoming a physician. Both her parents are doctors in England, but she opted to try other professions. At first, she wanted to be an architect, attending the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture in London. That lasted a semester. She opted to switch courses and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree with honors in human sciences at Uni-

versity College London. During that time, Brazzale had multiple temporary jobs at Whittington Hospital, working with oncologists and palliative nurses. Immediately following her undergraduate years, she worked in pharmaceutical sales before deciding to study further, returning to medical school at the very same university at age 24. “Everything seemed to pull me that way,” Brazzale recalled. Currently, Brazzale treats approximately 130 patients in hospice care, all based at home, and sees them in order of need. She also does some work on inpatient hospice facilities, as well as palliative consultations. “Children are always less predictable and need closer supervision,” said Brazzale, who usually spends about an hour visiting with each patient and their family. Her goal is to visit about 25 patients per week when making house calls. However, when doing rounds on various inpatient hospitals and facilities, that number swells greatly. The paperwork involved with each case accounts for almost doubling the work load. “I have some great nurses,” Brazzale said. “Motivated, enthusiastic nurses make a team. We all share our ideas. Hospice is physician-lead, but nurserun. There’s no room for any egos.” Gonzalez marvels at Brazzale’s skills, especially for her calm demeanor and empathy toward patients nearing the end of their lives. wellington the magazine | july 2018

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“She’s a whole person, a classic physician, someone who’s well-rounded… there’s more to them than their clinical skills,” Gonzalez said. “Therapeutically, she’s an excellent physician. Taking care of people [in hospice] requires the ability to empathize without taking it home. She’s kind, she’s smart.” After a day on the road, Brazzale completes her work in her home office, dictating notes, writing prescriptions, sending out e-mails and texts, and organizing herself and the team for the next day. But she always tries to make time for her family. “Having children made me more confident,” said Brazzale, who describes herself as an introvert. “My children ground me and help me value core life principles. Many times, they inadvertently offer me wisdom via their ability to verbalize exactly what is on their minds in straight talk.” Brazzale loves to read and said that for her, running is “incredibly therapeutic.” She also plays the cello and piano, and enjoys art and sculpture, so much so that she often puts large canvases flat on the front lawn and, together with the children, gets creative, artistic and messy, resulting in several “masterpieces” that grace the wall of the family home. “I have yet to conquer my kid’s home24

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I’m here to try to carve out some positive time for people and families in dire situations,” Dr. Kate Brazzale said. “I don’t want people to be suffering and merely waiting for death — I want them to be living right up until they die.

Wellington resident Dr. Kate Brazzale works as director of pediatrics for Trustbridge, a nonprofit hospice organization.

work — the curriculum is very different from the way I learned,” said Brazzale, who also admitted to working on her cooking skills, creating new dinners together with her enthusiastic seven-yearold daughter every Wednesday night. Brazzale believes curiosity about people and their lives can lead to helping a great deal. “I get to hear so many amazing stories,” Brazzale said. “I am privileged to be shown so many wedding photos, vacation photos, family snapshots — it reminds you that each encounter is with a whole person who has touched many others. I truly believe it is very important to all us clinicians to see the person as they were in their prime — before they became ravaged by sickness and exhaustion. The simplest way this can be done is perhaps with a beautiful, typical portrait-type photograph or cheerful snapshot displayed near their bed, whether they are home or in a facility. All those involved in their care are grateful to be reminded of their humanity and appreciate the ability to relate.” In addition to her position at Trustbridge, Brazzale has been a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Family Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale since 2012 and an affiliate assistant profes-

sor of medicine at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami since 2013. She believes the most important teaching lessons happen during the discussions that take place during brief car rides in between patient visits. Her first directive — don’t wear a white coat to home visits, because most people are more comfortable having medical personnel in their home without this typical, more formal apparel. She also teaches the students that they must blend in and respect the family and household within minutes of walking through the door. They must be able to pick up on cues, and echo the environment, setting the tense family and patient at ease. She believes that without making the family and client feel comfortable, there is no way to invite the trust necessary to enable any form of team work. “I love teaching, I want to re-enthuse them, remind them why they got into the job,” Brazzale said. “I am passionate about what I do. Every child I am privileged to care for teaches me more; every parent I encounter humbles me further. Every day I hope my knowledge and awareness continue to grow. I cannot imagine doing anything else.” Learn more about hospice services through Trustbridge at www.trustbridge.com.


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It can also increase the chance that the patient will wake up. Jill recalled waiting anxiously with their three sons for her husband to regain consciousness. Then, while she was standing by his bedside with their son Tommy, he opened his eyes. “The first thing I remember was my son telling me to squeeze his finger,” Steve recalled. “I still didn’t really grasp the situation. In my mind, it wasn’t real.” He then got to know the hospital team that had been supporting and caring for him. “The staff was great,” he said. “It’s not just being good with the patient, they were also very helpful to the family,” Jill added. Chintala noted that Steve also received antioxidant therapy to support his recovery. This involved providing a combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10) to help protect the neurons in the brain from getting damaged.

“The first thing I remember was my son telling me to squeeze his finger,” Steve Calia recalled. “I still didn’t really grasp the situation. In my mind, it wasn’t real.”

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Children’s Hospital At Palms West Now Offering Advanced Concussion Treatment

By M. Dennis Taylor

Emergency room visits for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in children ages eight to 19 topped 200,000 nationwide last year. As these statistics have more than doubled in the last decade, parents can be reassured that the Children’s Hospital at Palms West is now prepared to quickly evaluate and provide Advanced Concussion Treatment (ACT) for sports-related injuries, falls or accidents. “When we were kids, there wasn’t really a big focus on it, but now with enhanced awareness of concussion, return-to-play protocols, and just the fact that being in Wellington with such a high amount of sports activities, people are becoming aware,” said Krista Hawkinson, director of emergency services at the Children’s Hospital at Palms West. “There’s a lot of activity here that can contribute to increased concussions due to the fact that we are in a perpetual state of summer year-round.” Children who sustain a concussion almost always recover completely in a relatively short period of time. “Young athletes — some as young as five or six — their brains are still developing. We want to ensure that, first of all, we are providing testing for any children who are playing sports in Palm Beach County,” Director of Pediatric Services Caren Bock explained. The best way to achieve a good outcome from an incident is to ensure that a child is evaluated and assessed by experts with special training in brain injuries. “That’s so important to us because their brain is developing. To have continuous baselines, at least once a year or every two years, is so helpful if they do feel the effects of a concussion,” Bock said. “With children’s smaller heads, there could be more problems than

the parents or the physicians can know from observation alone. As children do naturally bounce back quickly, it’s helpful to have a comparison of a baseline, over time, so you can compare any injuries throughout their childhood.” Concussion symptoms to look for include: temporary loss of consciousness, balance problems with unsteady walking, dizziness or “seeing stars,” double or fuzzy vision, confusion or feeling “foggy,” slurred speech, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light or sound, head-

ache or a feeling of pressure in the head, nausea or vomiting, memory problems, irritability, crankiness or fatigue. Left untreated, concussions can lead to severe brain injury, and while the majority of young athletes recover from concussions, athletes who are not fully recovered from an initial concussion are at higher risk for receiving a second. When a child has a second concussion before the first is fully recovered, significant cognitive and behavioral changes can occur. This can leave the child at risk for Second Impact Syndrome, a rare condition with often catastrophic results. Second Impact Syndrome can result from even a mild concussion that occurs days or weeks after the initial one. Many concussions go unrecognized. It has been estimated that more than half of the concussions occurring at the

“There’s a lot of activity here that can contribute to increased concussions,” Krista Hawkinson said.

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adolescent and high-school level are never recognized or diagnosed by the team coach, trainer or physician. It is extremely important that these injuries are recognized and treated immediately. “The Advanced Concussion Treatment program has been in the planning stages for a year now,” Bock explained. “We wanted to make sure that it was a comprehensive program, so we worked with teams from all the disciplines to ensure that we are providing education to patients and families in the field about sports-related injuries. We have an outpatient center that residents can come to as well. Collaborating with local schools and recreational sports teams, Palms West Hospital is providing ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) baseline assessments for athletes, prior to suffering a concussion. “This is the national gold standard for concussion screening,” Hawkinson said.

“The Advanced Concussion Treatment program has been in the planning stages for a year now,” Caren Bock said. “The National Football League uses this baseline test,” Bock added. “The child sits at a computer and what it is looking at is neurocognitive.” Student athletes are given these computerized neurocognitive tests before the sports season begins, showing their normal, healthy level of cognitive function. Memory, information processing and reaction time are all objectively measured. If the athlete sustains a concussion, then neurocognitive tests are given again, which will help to determine the impact of the concussion and provide

important information about managing the concussion. “We can see if there’s any changes after a concussion or if it’s just a small injury,” Bock said. This process allows each athlete to have an individual plan for their safe return to playing sports. “What they do is provide baseline testing to the child for their cognitive abilities,” Hawkinson said. “This allows us to see where we need to target their treatment plan, and physical therapy is based upon that screening tool.” With the fall sports season just around the corner, it’s important for parents to learn about the signs of a concussion and get a baseline concussion test done for their young athletes. In some areas, the $25 assessment is mandatory. If you think your loved one has had or is suffering from a concussion, or for information on pre-injury preparations for an objective baseline, visit the Children’s Hospital at Palms West or call (561) 345-7009. Visit www.palmswesthospital.com to learn more.

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By Lourdes Rodriguez and Kerting Baldwin

Wellington provides a unique quality of life filled with an abundance of parks, quality schools, charming neighborhoods and engaging equestrian interests. Joining the community will be Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, with its first pediatric specialty center in Wellington set to open its doors in early 2019. The new center will be the largest specialty center outside of the fourfloor freestanding children’s hospital. Known in South Florida as one of the region’s leading pediatric hospitals, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital offers a comprehensive scope of healthcare ser-

vices and programs in a child-friendly environment. Located in Hollywood, the pediatric hospital has several satellite physician offices throughout Broward County and southern Palm Beach County. The Wellington location, which

has already broken ground, is located on State Road 7, north of Lake Worth Road and south of Forest Hill Blvd. The new specialty center is a 30,000-squarefoot facility and will house board-certified pediatric specialists, an outpatient surgery center, pediatric rehabilitation services and comprehensive imaging services with state-of-the-art technology. The Pediatric Specialty Center in Wellington will provide services such as pediatric otolaryngology/head and

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neck surgery (ENT), pediatric general surgery, pediatric orthopaedics and U18 sports medicine, pediatric pulmonology, pediatric endocrinology and pediatric neurology. In addition, there will be pediatric rehabilitation services, including pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and sports physical therapy as part of the U18 sports medicine program. The Pediatric Specialty Center was designed to foster collaboration with area pediatricians, as well as other healthcare providers, by extending the hospital’s highly specialized pediatric services closer to home for patients and their families in the Palm Beaches. This will be the third pediatric specialty location in Palm Beach County for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, with the other two located in Boca Raton. “We are excited to expand our services into Wellington and meet the growing and diverse needs of Palm Beach County,” Vice President of Palm Beach Operations Dawn Quaranta said. “Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital understands the importance of becoming a community partner. Our special-

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Dawn Quaranta is the vice president of Palm Beach operations for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

ists provide high quality comprehensive care for children in the region.” Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, part of the Memorial Healthcare System, is a freestanding, four-story, 226bed facility. The hospital showcases an overall “Power of Play” philosophy with each floor displaying themes of sports, arts, games and dreams. Patients, families and visitors experience a whimsical

world in which treatment and healing intertwine with medical expertise to provide an experience like no other in the Florida healthcare landscape. This patient and family-centered care culture will be incorporated into the Pediatric Specialty Center in Wellington. “Since opening our doors, our culture of patient-centered and family-centered care has been consistent. It means that families and healthcare professionals are true partners, working together to serve in the best interest of the patient,” said Chantal Leconte, administrator and chief executive officer of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. This practice has earned the hospital a world-wide recognition as a “Planetree Designated Person-Centered Organization.” It was the first children’s hospital in the world to receive this accreditation. This provides the hospital and its facilities a unique commendation for the compassion and care provided to patients beyond the clinical treatment, and places them in a distinguished network of only 86 other healthcare organizations worldwide with the same designation.


The hospital’s patient and family-centered care culture will be incorporated into the Pediatric Specialty Center in Wellington.

On the clinical front, the hospital has more than 650 physicians on staff, the region’s largest diversity of boardcertified pediatric specialists. It has developed into a premier, specialized, quaternary care facility qualified to treat some of the most complex and critical medical conditions. Hence, it has been ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report among the best children’s hospitals in the nation for five consecutive years. “From its beginnings, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was designed to

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stand out as a strong advocate for children’s health and wellness,” Leconte said. “As we extend our services to areas where patients need us, we look forward to further developing our partnerships with pediatricians in the Palm Beach community.” Through the years, its clinical expertise has grown to offer programs from rehabilitation to dialysis, as well as oncology, cardiac surgery, intensive and emergency care, to name a few. In 2010, the hospital received federal approval from the United Network for Organ

Sharing (UNOS) to launch a pediatric heart transplant program, clearing the path for the first heart transplant in the hospital’s history. Since then, the cardiac surgery team has performed 45 pediatric heart transplants. The hospital is now preparing to launch a pediatric kidney transplant program. Established in 1992, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital combines advanced technology and the expertise of the largest, most diverse group of boardcertified pediatric specialists in the region. With its 2011 expansion, the hospital now has 226 beds and is South Florida’s newest freestanding children’s hospital. It is part of Memorial Healthcare System, one of the largest public healthcare systems in the country. The hospital has pediatric specialty practices in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Miramar, Weston and Hollywood. For more information about the Memorial Healthcare System, visit www.mhs.net. For additional information about Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, visit www.jdch.com.


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(Front row) Sarah Palmer, Amanda Millman, Jenn Cohen, Dr. Max Cohen and Laura Hansen; (back row) Chris Seal, Jessie Henderson, Meghan Buser, Lisa Banionis, Tiara Singh and Lisa Schiller; and (not pictured) Lauren Cushing, Dr. Lori Mazza, Johnny Meier, Yesenia Moreno, Dr. Howard Shullman, Kelly Sudell and Kathryn Walton.

Story by M. Dennis Taylor • Photo by Dani Salgueiro

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce Medical & Wellness Committee aims to educate the community while promoting local health and wellness professionals. This is a mission that is very important to Lisa Banionis, a health and wellness industry professional who serves as the current chair of the committee. She uses her expertise to provide leadership as the business and marketing director at Palm Beach Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine and Florida Interventional Pain Management. “I’ve worked professionally in marketing, education, and the health and wellness industry,” Banionis said. “As a certified health coach and with my master’s degree in education, I am able to follow my passion for health and wellness and provide health coaching to patients.” She has made education a key focus of her work with the chamber. “Chairing the committee gives me the opportunity to educate the community through the various outreach programs and events that we do every year, along with helping these businesses showcase their services,” Banionis explained. “I am passionate about functional medicine, knowing the ‘why’ you feel sick versus ‘what’ you have and just giving

a prescription. Educating people how to take care of themselves the right way has been my mission for many years.” In addition to chairing the Medical & Wellness Committee, Banionis is on the board of Women of Wellington, an arm of the Wellington Chamber. “I have become involved in giving back through the many charities that Women of Wellington support,” she said. “One such charity is Place of Hope, an organization caring for abused and neglected children, where I counsel girls on nutrition and health.” The Medical & Wellness Committee includes a diverse group of individuals who share the common goal of informing and educating the community. “Our committee provides valuable resources regarding health, wellness, spiritual and safety issues as it pertains to quality of life matters in Wellington,” Banionis said. “We differ from most

other health and wellness committees in that we strive to bridge the gap between eastern and western modalities and incorporate wellness into people’s daily lives. Committee members range from physicians and orthodontists to acupuncturists and holistic healers.” Banionis said that people today are seeking innovative approaches to healthcare. “We have seen it in our own practice with our patients, hence the reason we added platelet rich plasma, stem cell therapy and, most importantly, functional medicine,” she said. People can find such innovative approaches locally. “The medical and wellness industry in Wellington is aware of these trends and are incorporating them into their practices — from adding high-tech equipment and services such as three-dimensional imaging, minimally invasive robotic surgery, laser surgery, neonatal intensive care units, platelet rich plasma and stem cell therapy to preventative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic services, acupuncture, health club memberships, yoga, Pilates, barre, boxing, CrossFit and boot camps, just to name a few,” she said. wellington wellington the the magazine magazine || july july 2018 2018

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Banionis explained that medical and wellness businesses have doubled in the last few years due to the demand for such services. “Wellington is a health-conscious community, and the people are all about taking care of themselves,” she said. Also on the committee is Dr. Howard Shullman, an orthodontist with an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and a doctorate in dental medicine, both from the University of Florida. He also served as chief resident in the Department of Orthodontics at Nova Southeastern University. Shullman has been serving the Wellington community for more than 13 years and treats patients of all ages. He feels that a benefit of the committee is that he and his staff brainstorm with other committee members. He commented that his involvement directly impacts how he educates his patients. By participating in the various

committee events, Shullman has been able to address orthodontic concerns that many families share throughout Wellington. He believes that patient education is the key to understanding treatment, and through the committee efforts, he is able to provide that education to a broader audience. Shullman said that his involvement with the committee has opened his eyes to what other like-minded health and wellness business owners are doing in the community. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, which will open a new Pediatric Specialty Center in Wellington next year, also has a place on the committee. Amanda Millman, director of business development, has found the committee an important factor as the hospital grows its presence in Wel-

lington. “The committee has been a true asset in developing relationships with fellow health and wellness professionals in the Wellington community,” she said. “Being part of the committee has given us the opportunity to get to know other healthcare organizations within Wellington.” Through this organization, she has come to know many others in the local healthcare industry. “As a committee, we meet monthly to discuss new projects and initiatives, as well as travel to fellow committee members’ facilities. We have the opportunity to see their organizations firsthand and experience the wonderful work that they do,” Millman said. “We are excited to be part of such a healthdriven community and look forward to providing specialty care for the children and their families.” To contact the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Medical & Wellness Committee, visit www.wellingtonchamber.com or call (561) 792-6525.

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Central Chamber’s Medical Board Of Governors Leads The Way On Healthcare Issues

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(Front row) Lorna Kernizan, Robbin Lee, Dr. Lori Lane and Mary Lou Bedford; (back row) Dr. Adam Bromberg, Dr. Jeffrey Bishop, Dr. Ishan Gunawardene, Dr. David Soria, Dr. Kishore Dass and Dr. Edward Becker; and (not pictured) Dr. Mike Mikolajczak, Dr. Kathleen Minnick, Dr. Daxa Patel, Dr. Nick Sama, Bruce White, John Hornberger, Dr. Daniel Ghiragossian and Dr. Juan Gomez.

Story by M. Dennis Taylor • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Nearly a decade ago, the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce established its Medical Board of Governors, a group of leading medical specialists, hospital administrators, and key executive leaders in the healthcare and medical sector in Palm Beach County, with a specific mission: “To lead the way as a healthcare organization, to advocate, explore, integrate, develop, promote, mentor and inspire.” This unique group discusses and gets behind issues that involve the latest advances in science, patient care and operational innovation. It has addressed healthcare issues and provided recommendations that require the expertise of the medical leadership to the county’s business community, schools and local government. Some issues that the board has taken a stand on in the past several years include: continuity of patient care, the opioid crisis, and a proposed freestanding emergency facility that would have had an unintended negative impact on healthcare jobs and on the community. “We have a very large healthcare presence in our footprint,” explained Mary Lou Bedford, CEO of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber. “We are fortunate to have medical leaders who

are willing to give their expertise to weigh-in on the issues that can impact the community.” Chairing the group since 2017 is Dr. Lori Lane, a podiatric surgeon with offices in Wellington and West Palm Beach. Certified by the American Board of Wound Management, Lane has developed a passion for wound healing. She is involved in advanced treatments, including several clinical trials for the development of wound healing products and medications. Lane believes that the Medical Board of Governors is a unique asset to the greater community. “On it are physicians and prominent healthcare professionals with a combined 300-plus years of service to our community,” Lane said. “We live here, we work here, we raise our children here, and we experience the same com-

munity health issues as do all Wellington and central Palm Beach County residents. That is why we feel obligated, as well as honored, to provide professional insight into key community issues.” Recently, the board took action on the critical issue of opioid addiction. “Last year, we offered an educational luncheon to the community on the opioid crisis — an issue we as professionals experience first-hand daily,” Lane said. “Statistically, we know that most employers will have employees or employees with family members compromised by addiction. We want our board to be a resource on where to find help.” A closely related issue will be the focus of an upcoming luncheon. “This year, our healthcare luncheon, scheduled for Sept. 13, will center around mental health and the effects it has on our communities,” Lane said. “We know that so many of the tragedies happening in communities are rooted in mental health issues, especially around disparities in diagnoses, stigmas and treatment programs.” This is a particularly timely issue, given recent events. wellington the magazine | july 2018

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“School and workplace safety, increasing rates of suicide and the ongoing opioid epidemic are a few timely examples,” Lane said. “We are currently working with [Palm Beach County] Sheriff [Ric] Bradshaw and his agency to help provide awareness of his objectives and be a vehicle to help find solutions.” Dr. Daniel Ghiragossian chaired the Medical Board of Governors from 2015 to 2017 and remains an active participant. “Besides the mission, the board seeks to provide a medical destination of community-based medical and wellness information,” Ghiragossian explained. “We try to develop strategic partnerships of physicians and non-physicians to ingrain in the community a practice of excellent services, with our only interest in the community welfare, and no interest individually. We want to establish a recognition that Palm Beach County is the place to come to be well.”

Dr. David Soria led the board from 2012 to 2015 and is proud of the great work it has done. “The board has rigorous objectives and a very specific mission statement,” Soria said. “The chamber has a huge medical community, but there was a void between patients and medical communication and education. We provide cutting-edge news and bridge the gap between the patient experience and the communication aspects. The board provides a valueadded benefit for residents of the community.” Dr. Jeffrey Bishop, a longtime healthcare leader in the western communities, was the first person to chair the Medical Board of Governors. “Our mission statement really says it all. The purpose of forming the board, which is made up of varied physicians and other medical busi-

ness leaders, was to be an avenue or conduit of medical information, whether it be the latest medical news or medical political changes, and to be able to share it with chamber members and the other businesses of the community,” Bishop said. “We, as a group, have been influential in effecting some positive changes in our community. We are in collaboration alongside some special task forces to improve the needs of our community, whether it be education, serving the underserved or input into the opioid epidemic.” Bishop added that the Medical Board of Governors is always welcoming new initiatives, and Lane agreed. “The Medical Board of Governors is an asset to the community unlike any other,” Lane said. To contact the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s Medical Board of Governors, call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.cpbchamber.com.

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By Melanie Kopacz

For 50 years, Lion Country Safari has proven to be a roaring good time across its four-mile drive-through safari and 55acre walk-through adventure park. Five decades later, it’s still as wildly popular as ever — a Palm Beach County gem that continues to shine, especially in the summertime. “Every visit is a different experience,” said Haley Passeser, public relations associate for Lion Country Safari. “People can drive at their own pace in the comfort of their own vehicle and stop and

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take pictures when they would like. We’re really the only one people can drive through themselves.” Florida’s only drive-through safari includes 1,000 animals. It has recently been ranked as one of the 10 best wildlife parks in the nation, and one of the best savanna exhibits in the world. The park is a destination for many residents and out-of-town visitors alike, where they experience up-close animal encounters within inches from their vehicles — similar to being on an African safari, where animals roam freely like they do in the wild. It’s also home to the country’s largest herd of zebras and one of the largest herds of giraffe in North America. “It’s really naturalistic, not only in the landscape we provide and the habitats we have here, but also the manner in which they’re in the social groups,” Passeser said. And the animal families are expanding. “When you drive through, there’s a bundle of babies running around,” she said. “It’s really cute.” Since last September, six babies have been welcomed, including two water buffalo, as well as four giraffe calves. With the world’s giraffe population going through a silent extinction — a 40 percent decline of the wild population over the past three years — Lion Country Safari has partnered with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Giraffe SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program, and also supports the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. “Coming in to hang out with the babies is a great opportunity while they’re still young,” Passeser said. “They all hang out like a giraffe daycare around their moms.” For those who want a wilder expe-

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Lion County Safari’s day camp gives future zookeepers plenty of animal encounters.

rience, there are several tour options available for an additional fee, including a one-hour guided walking tour through Safari World that includes an encounter with three different animals. Visitors looking to capture some great moments on camera can take the 90-minute guided photo tour that brings animals to you while driving

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through the preserve with vehicle windows rolled down. The newest tour is geared toward the youngest of animal lovers. Kids age five and under can take the toddler tour, where they go behind the scenes to see prehistoric animals or a personal experience at the petting zoo. “We wanted to develop something


more geared toward them that’s kidfriendly to keep their attention, not run too long, but also still fit in interaction and information,” Passeser said. “We have some animals that aren’t typically on the petting zoo floor like our mini zebu cows or our donkeys, so we try to include our encounters or feedings with those animals as well.” Kids who dream of becoming a zookeeper can have their chance at one of the safari’s summer camps. The safari day camp for kids ages 6 to 13 is a huge draw. Campers get to learn about conservation, in addition to special interactions. “They get to do behind-the-scenes activities regular visitors don’t get to do, so it makes it extra-special for them,” Passeser said. “Anything from one-onone time with the keeper, like making diets, to up-close and personal encounters. For example, during rhino week, they meet the rhino keeper and get to touch the rhinos before they go out first thing in the morning.” On hot summer days, the two water slides at Lion Country Safari are a perfect way to cool off, including a 108-foot-long freefall slide, as well as a 214-foot-long loop water slide. There’s also the water wars water balloon challenge and a 4,000-square-foot water spray ground, complete with newly resurfaced padding. Many umbrellas dot the seating area to keep families cool. Several refreshment stands serve up cool drinks and snacks, or for a meal, try the African-themed restaurant with its revamped menu. Be sure to visit one of the several gift shops as well. There are dozens of animal exhibits in the walk-through park, including animal theater, giraffe feedings, flamingos

and reptiles. Or hop on a ride, like the carousel, dry slides, an elephant amusement ride, mini-golf or paddle your way by boat near islands filled with monkeys and chimpanzees. Visitors can also view the animals in action aboard the Safari Queen pontoon boat tour. “Our chimp habitat island setting is really special and unique to us. In the wild, chimpanzees are naturally nomadic, as they move around and forage for food and build new nests every night. They like to be on the move quite a bit, so we like to simulate that and make it as natural as possible,” Passeser said. “We’ll create giant popsicles, throw a bunch of produce in a bucket and freeze it, and provide the chimps with a great snack on a hot day.” For a more rustic adventure, the nationally ranked KOA Campground is next door, where campers can hear the nighttime sounds of Africa. Lions can be heard first thing in the morning within a five-mile radius. Rain or shine, visitors are welcome every day of the year from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $26 for kids; those 2 and under are free. For a discounted rate, buy online. For a substantial savings, check out the Summer Savings Pass. It’s $58 for adults and $48 for children 3 to 12. It includes four parks, with unlimited visits to Lion Country Safari, the Miami Seaquarium, the Museum of Discovery & Science and Zoo Miami until Sept. 30. With huge savings like that, it’s time to get wild! Lion Country Safari is located at 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, off Southern Blvd. For more information, call (561) 7931084 or visit www.lioncountrysafari.com.

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European Wax Center Brings Unique Expertise And Stellar Customer Service To Wellington

Story by M. Dennis Taylor • Photos by Robert Vigon

After practicing law for 24 years, Lisa Monica Schiller was looking to own her own business. She was a regular guest of the European Wax Center, so she was familiar with the company’s product and quality of service. When she discovered that EWC had a prime franchise territory available, it was a match made in Wellington. “I couldn’t imagine a better opportunity for me than owning an EWC franchise,” said Schiller, whose new business opened in May near Whole Foods Market on State Road 7. “Corporate did its research and saw a need for an EWC in the Wellington area,” Schiller explained. “I was lucky enough to be presented the opportunity. I can’t imagine a better location than Wellington’s unique hometown, family environment. Our center is the perfect addition to a community that expects and deserves the highest quality services. Where better to offer the ultimate wax experience and pampering from the moment a guest steps into the center to the moment they strut out?”

Since her grand opening, Schiller has been thrilled with the community’s initial response. “The business is seeing a rapid increase in new guests and a consistent increase in our repeat guests,” she said. “Our scheduling books are getting busy, and our guests seem to be thrilled with the services.” Schiller said that EWC’s success can be attributed to exceptional customer care, premium quality services and products, and the belief that luxurious waxing should be attainable to anyone seeking beautiful skin. Regular waxing, she noted, ensures that hair grows back softer, finer and sparser, making ongoing maintenance much more comfortable. Her new location has been steadily building clientele with her local marketing. “This includes our refer-a-friend program — for every friend referred, the guest receives $10 on their account — our advertising, our e-mail and local mail campaigns, meeting people out and about in Wellington, partnering with neighboring businesses, and our involvement with the local chamber of commerce and the community.” The focus, however, is on providing the ultimate guest experience so that existing clients are so happy with the experience that they tell others. wellington the magazine | july 2018 53


EUROPEAN WAX CENTER “One of our first acts as a new business was to join the Wellington Chamber of Commerce,” said Schiller, adding that she and her manager are members of the chamber’s Medical & Wellness Committee. “Additionally, we were the host business for the Women of Wellington’s Luau Summer Mixer to benefit Animal Care & Control. We are very excited to have been able to host this wonderfully successful event. We have additional events in the works throughout the second half of 2018 with local businesses and charities.” Schiller is proud that her franchise has become an integral part of the Wellington community. “Our facility, like each and every EWC, features the highest level of professionalism, timeliness, unparalleled products and the top experts available in waxing and customer service — all in a chic and sophisticated European-inspired center,” she explained. “But the number-one reason our guests return

European Wax Center owner Lisa Schiller with her staff.

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of our most popular products, as well as our back-to-school brow kit,” Schiller said. “Additionally, through the summer, we will be offering $10 off any $45 or more full-priced services for anyone who mentions that they saw our ad — or this article — in Wellington The Magazine. We will also offer, throughout the summer, our specially priced wax pass, which allows guests to buy nine services and get two free, or buy six services and get one free. Plus, we offer our 12-month unlimited bikini, eyebrow, underarm or full-face wax pass, as well as our student wax pass, which allows those with a valid student ID to purchase four services and get one complimentary.” Schiller expects to add other promotions over the next few months. “Guests should also check back through the summer for surprise promotions, specials and new product launches, including our newest face mask, which not only hydrates, but is the only mask on the market that con-

“Our center is the perfect addition to a community that expects and deserves the highest quality services.” tains hair growth inhibitors,” she said. “And for first time guests, we will continue to offer women their first eyebrow, underarm or bikini line complimentary, or 50 percent off their first Brazilian, and for men, their first eyebrow, nose, ears and brows treatment is complimentary.” As a brand, EWC is dedicated to delivering an unparalleled experience, Schiller said. “Our center offers our guests a luxurious waxing experience with our proprietary, trademarked comfort wax, in a modern environment featuring crisp, clean centers, with our private waxing suites and the most professionally trained waxing experts with exception-

al service,” she said. “There are other businesses that offer wax services, but here at EWC, that is all we do, and it’s what makes us the experts in waxing.” Founded by siblings David and Josh Coba in 2004, the EWC concept is to bring its unique waxing expertise and experience to women and men across the United States. The Wellington location is open seven days a week, with late evening hours to accommodate busy schedules. “And with close to 700 centers open nationwide, guests can enjoy our firstclass experience that is competitively priced and consistent every single time at every location,” Schiller said. “Plus, guests have the luxury of using their wax passes in any EWC throughout the country.” European Wax Center in Wellington is located at 2557 S. State Road 7 in the Whole Foods Market plaza. For more information, call (561) 257-5099 or visit www.waxcenter. com.

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Binks Pointe Luxury Townhome Community Now Open To Residents

By Deborah Welky

Years in the making, the new Binks Pointe community has arrived, and residents can finally purchase these high-end, luxury townhomes located off Binks Forest Drive, just across the street from the prestigious Wellington National Golf Club. As the original families of Wellington look to downsize and new couples seek homes in the family-friendly community, Binks Pointe couldn’t have found a better time for its grand opening. Perfect for families or the semi-retired, each of these three-bedroom, twoand-a-half-bath homes comes with a two-

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car garage, impact doors and windows, and use of the 4,750-square-foot clubhouse with its spacious Grande Hall, bistro bar area, fully equipped fitness center, game room, catering kitchen, heated swimming pool, sundeck, putting green and horseshoe pit. Priced from the $370,000s, each of

90 units has an open plan, quality finishes and high ceilings. “We’re a very small, intimate builder,” Mike Smolak of Schickedanz Builders Group explained. “We’ve been in South Florida since 1981. We make every effort to make our homes as qualityminded as possible, and that goes not only from the structure itself, in meeting — and exceeding — all the building codes, but to our service. If you’ve got a problem, we’re going to be there to take care of it. You don’t have to call an 800 number somewhere. We’re accessible.”


The development will include 90 units, along with a 4,750-squarefoot clubhouse with a spacious Grande Hall. The townhomes at Binks Pointe are all surprisingly spacious. (Left) The front elevation shows that the homes each have two-car garages. (Right and below) The model homes show off the bright and airy open floor plans with large, comfortable bedrooms and wellappointed baths.

Sales agent Teresa Appelgate stressed that it is a family-owned builder business with the highest of integrity and quality. “Our clients are never disappointed when they close,” she said. “I meet the buyers, help them with their color choices and so on. We’re getting young families that are here specifically for the schools — Binks Forest Elementary School, for instance — and many current Wellington residents from the Binks Preserve and the Binks Estates, who know the value of the Binks Forest area. They want to downsize, so they can lock and leave without worrying about mowing the grass, putting up hurricane shutters and dealing with a pool. We are also getting some seasonal equestrians looking for a second home. It’s a very nice neighborhood for people — and they still get a new house, not a re-sell.” Schickedanz Building Group chose Wellington carefully, even as the community approached the maximum build-out for new construction. They liked its “hometown character.”

“For the people who want to live in Wellington, the schools may be important for them, the Wellington lifestyle would be important to them,” builder Garry Schickedanz said. “There aren’t that many opportunities in Wellington to buy a new home.” Wellington has been named among the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine based on it having more than two dozen neighborhood parks and its reputation as the international epicenter of equestrian sports. The community’s newly renovated, world-class Wellington National Golf Club is within walking distance of Binks Pointe. The townhomes of this small gated community feature walking trails with numerous gazebos, a nature preserve

with a boardwalk and lookout, and abundant guest parking. “When you walk into this townhome, it feels and lives like a home,” Smolak said. “You’ve got volume ceilings on both the first and second floors — it just gives you a feeling of expansiveness. We’ve incorporated a covered patio on the first floor, and above it, off the master bedroom suite, is a covered balcony. You’ve got a huge master bedroom area, along with two very large walk-in closets, over 12 inches of vanity top with two sinks. You’ve got a shower that is just magnificent. You’ve got to come see that to believe it. It has frameless doors and two showerheads.” Appelgate agreed that the homes are surprisingly spacious.

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Binks Pointe is located just across the street from the Wellington National Golf Club.

“That’s one comment that we do get frequently,” she said. “When people come in, they say it doesn’t feel like a townhouse. The volume ceilings, the downstairs open area, there aren’t a lot of chopped-up areas.” When designing the Binks Pointe townhomes, Schickedanz Building Group took into consideration what is of primary importance to families today: • The main living space offers 8-foot-tall doors, LED lighting and oversized tile. The carpeted stairway has a red oak handrail with black ornamental balusters. The entire home has been pre-wired for telephone, cable television, high-speed internet and entertainment system speakers, and has a built-in security system. • The eat-in kitchen features solid quartz countertops with a backsplash, maple cabinetry with soft-close drawers

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and doors, under-cabinet xenon lighting, a stainless-steel appliance package, crown molding, recessed lighting and a separate breakfast bar. • The powder room has polished chrome fixtures and a pedestal sink, while the second bathroom offers maple cabinetry and a quartz vanity. The master bath offers maple cabinetry with soft-close drawers and doors, a quartz vanity top with a dressing table and two sinks, that awesome shower and a linen closet. • The master suite has an elegant coffered ceiling, 8-foot-high doubleentry French doors, two spacious closets with 8-foot mirrored sliding glass doors, and a covered second floor balcony with a railing. “In today’s world, there’s nothing more important than quality,” Smolak stressed.

By mid-June, eight units had been completed. One was being used as a model, one buyer was moving in at the end of the month, and three families were already firmly ensconced in their new luxury townhomes. A seven-unit building will soon be move-in ready, and a second model is being prepared to show an interior unit. The new Binks Pointe development will have only 17 buildings at closeout, making it a rather friendly little neighborhood. If that sounds like what you’re looking for, you may want to hurry. Binks Pointe is located at 15700 Binks Pointe Terrace, just off Binks Forest Drive. Model tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.binkspointe.com or call (561) 508-1324.


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Jathy Garcia Enjoys Bringing A Woman’s Perspective To A Male-Dominated Industry Story by Dani Salgueiro • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Owner of what she describes as a “plumbing boutique,” Jathy Garcia is shattering glass ceilings as the operator and public face of Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air. Through the family-owned and operated business, Garcia is adding a woman’s perspective to an industry often dominated by men. “I know people don’t meet many women in this industry, and it has become something that I have a strong passion and love for,” Garcia said. Garcia was born and raised in South Florida. A resident of the western communities for decades, she has a background in property management and marketing, and transitioned into the plumbing business in 2000 when she and her husband, Abiel Garcia, officially started their own plumbing company. Garcia’s background in marketing and management, along with her husband’s years of plumbing experience, have allowed their firm to provide reliable and well-rounded plumbing services to clients throughout Palm Beach County. “Fusing both of our backgrounds together has made us an exceptional team that offers exceptional service to all of our customers,” Garcia said. “My husband is the qualifier of the company, and I’m more of the face of the company. I have my background in marketing and doing the business side of things, and he has the expertise of knowing how to do the work and overseeing the technicians. We’ve always been a team.” As a woman in a trade profession, Garcia not only has managed to become a self-sufficient employer, but also has been able to incorporate unique business qualities into a field that oftentimes lacks the structure and organization of a non-trade profession. For starters, Garcia has emphasized,

more than anything, gaining and maintaining the trust of her clients. Hiring trustworthy employees has become a top priority for Garcia, and something that she feels has shaped her business to be successful in the industry. “We live in an era where we always wonder who is coming into our houses,” she said. “We have amazing software, [through] which our customers actually get a picture and a bio of the technician before they even arrive. Little details mean a lot. We background screen all of our guys and do drug tests like all other companies.” Having the right personality when talking to clients is another expectation of Garcia’s employees. She requires that her employees be personable and educative when explaining plumbing and AC issues and solutions. “We go the extra mile. Our guys actually have to pass a personality test. Again, to meet with the criteria of this being a woman-operated business, I want them to understand that they need to have the right personality. It’s all about teamwork and educating the consumers,” Garcia said. Garcia also guarantees that plumbers and AC technicians will always be respectful of all clients’ homes. “People think of plumbers, and they

think of dirty guys who just come into your house, but we are all about cleanliness,” she said. “As a woman, I value being clean. So, our guys are always in uniform, they wear shoe coverings to go into people’s homes, and we have special mats that they put down to protect coverings — just things that I feel a woman thinks about more.” Garcia explained that ensuring technicians are trustworthy, have the right personalities to work with people and are respectful of people’s homes are some of the qualities that she, as a womwellington the magazine | july 2018

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Jathy Garcia looks over some of the many fixtures available at Ferguson Enterprises in West Palm Beach.

an, has brought to the trade business. “I always have the mindset of ‘what would I expect,’ so we try to portray that with every customer. We treat others as we want to be treated,” Garcia said. Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air ultimately runs on the foundation of teamwork. Garcia’s purpose, for the last 18 years, has been to ensure that her team provides the best services possible. “We wouldn’t be here almost 20 years later if it wasn’t for the team that we have,” Garcia said.

Garcia naturally stands out in the world of plumbing and air-conditioning services, but she also has uniquely incorporated a new important mission into her company: encouraging clients to make environmentally conscious plumbing and air-conditioning choices. “We have been coaching our customers on the money-saving fixtures and equipment available,” she said. “For instance, changing toilets that waste eight gallons of water per flush for new toilets that will do a one-gallon flush.”

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Garcia and her husband incorporated the air-conditioning services to their business — originally known as Hi-Tech Plumbing — in 2015, as they are hoping to provide people with all-inclusive services that often times go hand-in-hand. For Garcia, her hard work and dedication truly pays off when she is part of helping clients deal with the unwanted problems of broken AC units or leaking pipelines. “If we are going to do something, we’re going to do it 100 percent,” she said. “We only think about our AC or plumbing when it’s broken, so it’s all about seeing the smile on their faces when they know their plumbing is back to normal or that their AC is finally kicking in.” Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air offers services throughout Palm Beach County, with a concentration in the western communities, for residential and commercial properties. For more information, call (561) 790-6966 or visit www.hi-techplumbingandair.com.


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Busy Life In Wellington Keeps Eda LoVerso Young-At-Heart Story by Ray Burow • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Wellington resident Eda LoVerso was born on New York’s Long Island, and though this is where her story begins, reminiscing fondly of her parents and siblings, it’s not until she recalls meeting her late husband that her voice takes on a sparkle. She lovingly brings up memories of a life well-lived. “I met him. We fell in love, and we had a beautiful life together,” she said of her 64-year marriage to Joseph LoVerso Sr., who passed away in 2005. LoVerso met her future husband at a wedding. He was a guitarist, and LoVerso came from a musical family. She credits her initial attraction to the fact that he was a musician. Eda was a keyboard musician, and was taken with the way Joseph played, particularly the song “My Prayer,” which the band played at the wedding where they met. It became the couple’s song. “He was a part of a group of musicians. I met him, and it was a very strong infatuation at first,” said LoVerso, who was 17 at the time. “I needed a lot of prodding to my parents for them to consent for me to marry at that age, but they liked Joe and saw potential.” In the 1940s, young couples often eloped, but the LoVersos had what Eda describes as a “beautiful church wedding,” which was important to her parents and to the bride, who remains a devout Catholic and speaks of her wedding as if it were just yesterday. “My mother was a designer who made one-of-a-kind dresses,” LoVerso 64

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recalled. “She made me an exquisite dress, and my crown was beautiful, made of artificial lilies. I carried a bouquet of a dozen real lilies.” The couple married just six months prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Music was an enjoyable side job for Joseph, a gyroscope technician who worked for Sperry Gyroscope. He had received a deferment from military service because of his job working on giant gyroscopes for battleships. Just over a year later, their first child came into the world. Pregnancy and motherhood took a bit of getting used to for LoVerso. “Well, it was scary at first, but it was a learning experience,” she said. “But you know, things come natural to you after a while. I eventually got the hang of it.” Two children followed their first son, Frank. Daughter Grace came along five years later, followed by their second son, Joseph Jr. LoVerso stayed home for 15 years before taking on a part-time job, but in the interim, she and Joseph Sr., enjoyed making beautiful music together. Through the years, they played and entertained folks at various events.

The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Their sons, also musicians, entertain locally. New Yorkers might recognize their six-piece band, named for the famous Whitestone Bridge in New York. LoVerso follows the band Whitestone like a regular groupie. Whenever she has the chance to be in the audience, that’s where she is. Her sons are certain to play their parents’ song. Listening to music remains an enjoyable pastime for LoVerso, but the music stopped for her and her husband in 1997, when daughter Grace was suddenly taken from them. Following her passing, the couple stopped playing at events. “It’s something I am still living with,” LoVerso said. “We didn’t have that same feeling about playing. That’s the only fall in my life that I’ve experienced. Other than that, my life has been beautiful. I am blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.” LoVerso credits her large family with helping her get through those dark days. “My family; they are there for everything,” she said. “Without their support, I don’t think that we could have survived.” Today, LoVerso lives with her son Joseph Jr. and his family in Wellington. At first, she didn’t like the idea of moving in with family. When Joseph Sr., passed away, her sons began encouraging her to move from her home and to live with one of them. However, LoVerso was still very active, walking three miles a day. She pushed the idea aside.


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(Right) New York native Eda LoVerso remains actively involved in several local social groups while living with her son and his family.

However, in 2015, following a hip surgery, her sons brought up the idea again. LoVerso still wasn’t keen on the suggestion, but this time it made more sense, and she accepted Joseph Jr. and his wife Karen’s invitation to move in. “It was very traumatic for me to give up my house. I lived in Wellington’s Edge. I loved it. It was a nice, cozy little place, but I agreed that they were right,” LoVerso said. “After I got used to the idea, because it is a big step, they made me feel most comfortable. I have a wonderful daughter-in-law.” Her family played a big part in helping LoVerso make the transition, but adjusting to the arrangement could also be credited to her happy and indomitable spirit. She has become acclimated to living in a house with her family, and especially enjoys her grandchildren, whom she said keep her young. LoVerso added that watching the kids through their various stages of growth reminds her of when she was the same age. She enjoys identifying with them, and perhaps this is the connection to how she stays young-at-heart. Additionally, LoVerso is a strong believer in getting along with people. The old idea that mother and daughters-inlaw have to be rivals doesn’t play well with LoVerso. Cultivating good relationships comes easy for her. “I’m Italian and very expressive with my feelings,” she explained. “I feel I am very warm toward them, and I get the same reaction back.” wellington wellingtonthe the magazine magazine || july july2018 2018 65 65


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For women who are not quite as natural in embracing their sons’ wives, LoVerso offered some advice. “Don’t get involved with any of their problems,” she said. “Let them settle it between husband and wife. Be as close to your daughter-in-law and as loving as you can be toward your daughter-inlaw. Only see the best in her. Be warm, and try to continue that warm feeling. It works.” LoVerso has slowed some since her hip surgery, but not so much that a stranger would notice. She still tends plants on her patio, loves to cook and bake, and has a deep love for numbers and puzzles. LoVerso jokingly admits that her penchant for crosswords, word games and bingo is akin to an addiction. She makes her way regularly to St. Rita Catholic Church, where she’s a member of Forever Young and plays bingo. She also attends the Wellington Seniors Club, where she has met many new friends. “Nowhere, that I really know of, offers so much for seniors,” LoVerso said. “They really have all these programs, just to make it easier for us. They deserve all the mention that I can give them. They are just a wonderful group.”

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For Mark Plaxen of 93 Realty, his decadeslong involvement in Wellington real estate began as means to an end. “I got involved in real estate initially because I felt that it was a great investment,” Plaxen recalled. “I started with $50,000 and bought $1 million worth of preconstruction homes, which consisted of three homes in local developments — two in Black Diamond; one in Olympia. When I sold the three, I closed on them all within a day. I made $100,000 on the investment.” Plaxen grew up on Long Island. He graduated from UCLA, where he majored in business. He and his family have been residents of Wellington for two decades. He has had a first-hand view at the prolonged growth spurt that the area has undergone. “After moving to Wellington, Money Magazine reported that it was one of the 20 best communities to reside in the U.S.,” Plaxen said. “When we got here, the village had 20,000 people. Now it has more than 60,000. Wellington has become a unique area with homes ranging from $250,00 to the multi-millions. Our equestrian properties distinguish us from any other town in South Florida.” Plaxen’s field of expertise is a boon to those customers who have never ventured into the real estate market before. “I specialize in first-time home buyers, as well as golf communities with seniors,” he said. “My clients benefit by being represented by someone who has more than 20 years’ experience. Additionally, I have a great team of lenders, title companies, licensed contractors and inspectors.” He believes that 93 Realty occupies a special spot in the marketplace. “Our firm is unique from other Realtors, as we offer to list a house for only 1 percent,” Plaxen said. “Most traditional offices list homes for a total of 6 percent. I recently sold a home in Olympia for $175 per square foot. It sold for $845,000 without a pool and saved the seller almost $17,000 in commissions. There is no difference between us and a full-service broker. Your home is placed on all popular web sites, such as

Realtor.com, Trulia and Zillow. If you’d like an open house, that’s never a problem. We also provide electric lock boxes, which notify us when agents come and go.” Plaxen’s years of experience as a Realtor have taught him exactly what he has to do to satisfy the needs of each and every customer. “A good agent works hard for the buyer and educates them,” he said. “There should be no reason for a buyer to hesitate taking an agent into new homes being built. It’s important for them to understand that the commission in Florida is paid by the seller or landlord. We started a new program at 93 Realty: if you buy from us, we’ll rebate you one-third of the commission. For example, if a home costs $500,000, and the commission is 3 percent or $15,000, the buyer then gets a $5,000 rebate. That’s a huge benefit.” When it comes down to it, Plaxen invites future home buyers to contact him. “Let me help you purchase your dream home!” he said. “Wycliffe is a great place to live. If you want a tour of the property, or to play a round of golf, call me.” To contact Mark Plaxen of 93 Realty, call (561) 352-0298 or email mplaxenpa@gmail.com. wellington the magazine | july 2018

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Family Room: The expansive feel of the main floor continues through the living Dining Room: Arched windows and double doors lead to room, family room and den. A loft area overlooks it all, and a central vacuum sys- this quiet, semi-private formal dining room. There is also a tem makes clean-up easy. family dining room, breakfast area and snack bar.

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Large, Horse-Friendly Paddock Park Estate Features Plenty Of Amenities Story by Deborah Welky

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Located in the heart of Wellington’s equestrian community, this Paddock Park Phase II home was built with recreation in mind. Located on a waterfront, horse-friendly lot of nearly three acres, the main home has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a summer kitchen, heated pool, basketball court, cabana bath and an outdoor shower. There is also a two-bedroom, two-bath guest house on the property. A state-of-the-art private gym is located in one-third of the three-car garage, and there is a separate entry to a nanny suite. As versatile as the 4,600-square-foot house is, the large lot has room for expansion, with plans available for an eight-stall barn.

Living Room: Gleaming, oversized tiles and plenty of skylights throughout the home add a museum-like spaciousness to an already open floor plan. Plenty of glass doors offer easy access to the outdoor entertainment area with its built-in grill, a key feature of the property. The space is centered around an impressive wood-burning fireplace.

Bar Area: A wet bar is conveniently located between the kitchen and one of two family rooms. The kitchen itself offers top-of-the-line Jenn-Air appliances, quartz countertops, an island and more.

Master Bedroom: Complete with elegant volume ceilings, the spacious master bedroom suite opens directly onto the pool deck featuring a screened and heated pool. wellington the magazine | july 2018

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Enjoy Affordable And Delicious Japanese And Thai Cuisine At Kabuki Story and Photos by Dani Salgueiro

Kabuki has brought its affordable and delicious Japanese and Thai cuisine to Wellington. The third location of the local restaurant chain opened on State Road 7 in April. Owner Ting Yamsiriwong opened the first Kabuki location in downtown West Palm Beach on Clematis Street in 2011. A Palm Beach Gardens location opened shortly thereafter. Because many customers who dined in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens locations work in those areas but live in Wellington, Yamsiriwong eyed this area for his latest venture. “I like to spread my business out,” he explained. “Many of my clients in the other locations had asked when we would be opening in Wellington.” The Wellington location has already proven to be quite different than the other two locations, mainly due to the

many families filling the restaurant’s tables every night. “I love it here,” Yamsiriwong said. “It’s a totally different crowd. We serve a lot more families here.” Aside from the full menu of dishes ranging from hand-crafted sushi rolls to different stir-fry dishes and pad Thai dishes, a key reason why many Wellington families are dining at Kabuki is the several affordable specials offered every day. Kabuki’s lunch special is particularly enticing. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., patrons can choose any of the available entrees for a discounted price starting at $8.95, or a you-pick-two special in which customers can choose two different su-

shi rolls or one entrée and one sushi roll for $12.95. All lunches also include a soup or salad to start. Some of the available lunch entrees are Kabuki’s variety of curries — red, panang, green, pineapple and massaman — stir-fry, teriyaki chicken and sashimi. The available sushi rolls for the lunch special are Kabuki’s California roll, spicy krab roll and spicy tempura roll. “We wanted to have a way to draw people in and make sure to do so in a reasonably priced way,” said Ann-Marie Sementelli, the restaurant’s manager. “This is a lunch you can do and not break the bank.” For those looking for a way to unwind after work or enjoy time off on a weekend, Kabuki offers a long-lasting happy hour every day of the week startwellington the magazine | july 2018

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(Left) Kabuki offers a fully stocked bar that seats 15.

ing at 3 p.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m. Select cocktails, sakes and well drinks are offered at half price. Beers, such as the Singha, are offered for as low as $2.50. Kabuki’s signature Pom Margarita — made with Jose Cuervo Silver tequila, triple sec, pomegranate liquor and lime — is offered for $6 during happy hour. “I would say these are all classic

drinks that we’ve made into our own. For us, it’s all about the pricing, presentation and quality,” Sementelli said. Also during happy hour, select small dishes and tapas are all $5 or $6. Signature sushi rolls are available for $5, while unique dishes like Kabuki’s fried empanadas — filled with stuffed minced chicken, sweet potato, curry powder

and plum sauce — are available for $6. “My goal was always to be in the restaurant business,” Yamsiriwong said. “I like having a business [in which] people don’t have to spend a lot of money and they can have a comfortable place.” On the regular menu, some of Kabuki’s most popular dishes are the Tuna Yukke, the Pineapple Fried Rice and the Kabuki Lobster Roll. The Tuna Yukke — Kabuki’s most popular appetizer — is best described as a tower of tuna. It is made beautifully with stacked and diced raw ahi tuna, a layer of avocado, a layer of orange, smelt roe and kimchee sauce on top. The simple dish is a restaurant and customer favorite. The Pineapple Fried Rice is famous for its many appetizing ingredients and beautiful presentation. The mixture of rice, shrimp, chicken, pineapple, onions, tomatoes, cashews and raisins is

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wellington | calendar Monday, July 2 • Wellington will host an Abraham Lincoln and Gettysburg Exhibit at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). The exhibit will be on display for public viewing Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6. The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Monday, July 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info., call the Wellington Community Center at (561) 753-2484. • The Western Communities Chapter of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans will meet Monday, July 2 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12500 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). The business meeting begins at noon, and new members are welcome. The program begins and 1 p.m. and will focus on available senior services in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call Nancy Tanner at (561) 793-9677. Tuesday, July 3 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hooked on Crochet for adults on Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or bring current projects to share and work on. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, July 4 • The Village of Wellington will host a day of family-friendly holiday entertainment on Wednesday, July 4. A Patriotic Pool Party will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex (12072 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) with activities scheduled every hour. Wellington’s annual Fourth of July Celebration will be at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) from 6 to 10 p.m. Wellington’s Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by Zambelli Fireworks International, begins at 9:15 p.m. Free shuttle service will be available from the Palm Tran bus stop at the Mall at Wellington Green near Nordstrom beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/July4th or call (561) 791-4005. • The Village of Royal Palm Beach will host its annual Star Spangled Spectacular at Royal Palm

Beach Commons Park on Wednesday, July 4. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and include a kids’ fun zone area, gourmet food truck expo, vendors, live music and more. The Zambelli Fireworks International show begins at 9 p.m. Earlier in the day will be a fishing tournament and a golf tournament. For more info., call (561) 790-5149 or visit www.royalpalmbeach.com. Thursday, July 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Wind Chimes for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, July 5 at 3 p.m. Make the wind come alive with the sound of music from wind chimes. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by the Mason Pace Band, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, July 5 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Writer’s Critique for adults on Thursday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. Friday, July 6 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Friday, July 6 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, July 7 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Wild West Stories for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. Gather ‘round for tales, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Collage Invasion 2018 (Invasión de Collage 2018) for ages 7 to 12 on Saturday, July 7 at 1:30 p.m. Learn to create a work of collage art with Mexican visual artist Juan Pablo Chipe. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a

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free Jimmy Buffett tribute concert on Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Monday, July 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for all ages on Monday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, July 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Cube Mural for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, July 10 at 3 p.m. Show your artistry by helping create a colorful street-art-inspired mural. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • Audubon Everglades will hold its monthly meeting and lecture on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (6301 Summit Blvd.). The guest speaker will be local naturalist Clive Pinnock on “The Delaware Bay Connection: The Red Knot and Horseshoe Crab.” The program is free and open to the public. For more info., visit www.auduboneverglades.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Glass Magnets for adults on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Create little magnets using glass gems and music sheets. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Wednesday, July 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Kindergarten Readiness Class for ages 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25 at 1:30 p.m. Get a head start on your child’s education this summer. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Apps at Your Library for adults on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Discover all the apps the library has to offer. Bring your tablet or phone. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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wellington | calendar Thursday, July 12 • Boca Raton and Jupiter/Tequesta dog clubs will be hosting Paw Prints in the Sand, a four-day cluster of All Breed AKC Dog Shows, at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15. For more info., visit www.facebook.com/JupiterTequestaDogClub. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Game Day for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, July 12 at 3 p.m. Hang out and play Wii U games and board games with your friends. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Eric Clapton tribute concert, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, July 12 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Matthew Joy and His Guitar for adults on Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the genreblending sounds of Matthew Joy. His compositions combine jazz, folk, Latin and classical music into a one-of-a-kind sound. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. Friday, July 13 • Emery Entertainment will present Robert Dubac’s Book of Moron from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15 in the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit www.kravis.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Isle of Dogs on Friday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, July 14 • The Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) will celebrate the French holiday of Bastille Day on Saturday, July 14 from noon to 5 p.m. All activities will be presented with a French twist. Tours and talks will highlight the museum’s world-class collection of French art, while local quartet Les Nuages (The Clouds) will fill the air with gypsy

jazz and romantic French ballads, and Opera Fusion performs French classics. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the museum before it closes on July 16 to complete its transformative construction project, reopening in early 2019. For more info., call (561) 8325196 or visit www.norton.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host the Drums of Noto Hanto by Fushu Daiko for all ages on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. In 1576, the people of Nabune, Japan, saved their village by frightening the enemy away with masks, fires on the beach and drums. This program includes the science of sound, the language of Japanese taiko drumming and learning rhythm patterns. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Steely Dan tribute concert on Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Tuesday, July 17 • The Western Business Alliance will hold its monthly breakfast at Mel’s Way Bistro on Tuesday, July 17 at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www. thewesternbusinessalliance.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Libraries Rock: Rock Painting” on Tuesday, July 17 at 3 p.m. for ages 3 to 12 and 6:30 p.m. for ages 12 and up. Show your neighborhood pride and get involved in the rock-painting craze. Paint rocks to keep or to hide and spread the joy to others. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, July 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles in Japanese with English subtitles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Discussion: Sea Change by Robert B. Parker for adults on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Copies are available at the research desk. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

• Shulamit Hadassah will continue its summer of fun with a movie night featuring Woman In Gold on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:45 p.m. at a local home. RSVP to (561) 512-3172 for the address and more information. The suggested donation is $5. Thursday, July 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Laughing Matters: Simon, Nichols & May” for adults on Thursday, July 19 at 2:30 p.m. Theater Voices will explore the humor of Neil Simon, Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by Bobby G., along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, July 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Friday, July 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Paint Your Own Instrument for ages 4 to 10 on Friday, July 20 at 3 p.m. Paint and decorate a musical rhythm board to take home and enjoy. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Black Panther on Friday, July 20 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, July 21 • Repticon’s West Palm Beach Reptile & Exotic Animal Show will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. For more info., visit www.repticon. com. • The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest will be at the South Florida Fairground Expo Center on Saturday, July 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. For more info., visit www.palmbeachsummerbeerfest.com. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Beach Boys tribute concert on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for additional information.

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Tuesday, July 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hurricane Preparedness for adults on Tuesday, July 24 at 2:30 p.m. The Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management will inform residents on how to prepare for hurricane season. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Space Art for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, July 24 at 3 p.m. Do you like planets, rockets and aliens? Use your creativity to create colorful art work. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will tentatively meet on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov for more info. Wednesday, July 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover on Wednesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

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