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PATIENTS BENEFIT FROM WRMC WOUND CARE PROGRAM The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center was recently named the Center of the Year, as well as being awarded the prestigious President’s Circle award in recognition for outstanding performance in the areas of patient satisfaction and wound care.





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How did people ever meet and find love before dating apps and web sites? Leon and Grace Kaufman, currently residents of the Addington at Wellington Green, will tell you the answer was blind dates — at least that’s how they met and found 65 years of wedded bliss. By Chance Shay Longtime Wellington residents Frank and Herta Suess are ahead of the curve in the trending field of CBD oil. Oliver’s Harvest, a company named after their son, is dedicated to bringing a natural product to people looking for a safe option for treating a variety of issues from pain and inflammation to insulin control. By Callie Sharkey

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING IN WELLINGTON Four decades ago, two mothers gathered together in Wisconsin, thirsting for mutual understanding. Each woman had a child suffering from schizophrenia, and from small beginnings, the National Alliance on Mental Illness — or NAMI — was created. Now, a NAMI family support group has arrived in Wellington. By Meredith Burow


FIGHTING AMERICA’S ‘PHYSICAL INACTIVITY PANDEMIC’ “Sitting is the new smoking” and “exercise is medicine.” Those were two of the big-picture thoughts that fitness expert Mike May recently shared with the Rotary Club of Wellington when he discussed the national issue of physical inactivity. By Mike May

FOR ATTORNEY JO ANN ABRAMS, THE LAW IS ABOUT PEOPLE For local attorney Jo Ann Abrams, elder law is all about people, not paperwork. Abrams has been practicing law in Florida since 1986. “The thing that distinguishes my elder care practice is probably that I have been doing it for so long,” she said. By M. Dennis Taylor

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Ford’s Garage Restaurant Opens At The Mall At Wellington Green Foundation Thanks Sponsors, Donors And Volunteers At Soirée Realtors Take Part In Fashion Show To Raise Money For Hospice Wellington Art Society Hosts Annual Dinner, Installation Ceremony Wellington Hosts Parade And Ceremony To Honor Memorial Day





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As custodian of the Village of Wellington’s vital public records, Village Clerk Chevelle Nubin leads a department that serves a key municipal function steeped in history that aims to protect the past and the future of the community. By Callie Sharkey The newly opened Meathead’s BBQ is serving up tasty backyard barbecue straight from the smoker to your plate. Marcel Hicks has turned his successful food truck business into a stationary location serving up savory southern barbecue creations to people craving tender meats, like beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausage and more. By Melanie Kopacz

WELLINGTON PROFESSIONAL WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE WELLINGTON HOME WELLINGTON DINING GUIDE WELLINGTON CALENDAR ON THE COVER Dr. Arthur Hansen and Dr. Kathleen Minnick serve as co-medical directors. of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center. PHOTO BY RYAN MERRILL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Welcome To Our Annual Health & Wellness Issue

This month, Wellington The Magazine explores all areas of health, including the latest technology in wound care, the mental health issues that many face today, ways to be more physically active and more. Featured on our cover this month is the award-winning wound care therapy program at Wellington Regional Medical Center, which recently won a series of awards for its patient satisfaction and wound recovery rates. We also preview Baptist Health South Florida’s new ambulatory surgery center opening this fall on the campus of Bethesda Hospital West. Dealing with a loved one suffering from mental illness is a big challenge, but now families in the Wellington area don’t have to go it alone, thanks to a new National Alliance on Mental Illness — or NAMI — family support group in Wellington, which we feature this month. Keeping with our Health & Wellness theme, fitness expert Mike May offers tips for fighting the “physical inactivity pandemic” that is sweeping the nation. Also this issue, we visit the Addington at Wellington Green to meet Leon, 91, and Grace, 84, Kaufman, whose 65-year love story began with a blind date in 1953. We also stop by the new factory outlet store of Oliver’s Harvest in Wellington. Owned by longtime Wellington residents Frank and Herta Suess, the company is dedicated to bringing all-natural, hempbased CBD oil to people looking for a safe option for treating a variety of issues, from pain and inflammation to insulin control. We also speak with dressage star Kasey Perry-Glass about why she has signed on as an ambassador for FullBucket a veterinary supplement company that aims to “be good and do good.” Our Wellington Professional feature this month profiles elder law attorney Jo Ann Abrams, who puts her focus on people, not paperwork. Team Wellington this issue visits the office of Wellington Village Clerk Chevelle Nubin, whose staff serves residents by protecting the village’s vital records. Wellington Real Estate chats with Debbie Swinford of Bowen Realty, while Wellington Home stops by a large residence in the Cooper Village section of Olympia. Finally, Wellington Table dines at the new Meathead’s BBQ, which serves up tasty backyard barbecue straight from the smoker to your plate. We hope you enjoy reading all about the latest Health & Wellness items in this month’s issue, perhaps while sitting poolside as you take in the beautiful days of our South Florida summer, or perhaps as you are in the waiting room at your next doctor’s visit. To all of our readers, advertisers and contributors to this month’s issue, we wish you Health & Wellness!

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It was a special evening on Monday, June 10, when Ford’s Garage held a ribbon cutting to show off the new automotivethemed restaurant located near the food court entrance to the Mall at Wellington Green. Vintage cars of the Ford Motor Company are displayed throughout the burger and beer establishment. Ford’s Garage President Marc Brown was on hand to greet the guests. Joining company officials for the ceremony were village dignitaries, including Mayor Anne Gerwig, and ambassadors from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

(Left to right) Ford’s Garage owners gather with Mayor Anne Gerwig and Wellington Chamber ambassadors to cut the ribbon; Christine Depietto, Kimberly Williamson, Annette Grudin, Sophie Diaz, Michele Pino, Nicole and Arlene Cummings, Joyce Shaiman and Rosanne Cerrito; Chamber Board Member Kevin Shapiro and Chamber President Stuart Hack; and Emilia McGovern, Councilman John McGovern and PBSO Capt. Rolando Silva.

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Foundation Thanks Sponsors, Donors And Volunteers At Soirée

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The Wellington Community Foundation thanked its sponsors, donors and volunteers at a “Thank You Soirée” held on Thursday, May 30 at the Trophy Room. The event was designed as a way for the foundation to thank all of its sponsors, donors and volunteers. The event allowed for easy conversation and a chance for friends to catch up and form new relationships over cocktails and small bites at the local establishment.

(Left to right) Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, Tom Wenham, Royal Palm Beach Councilman Jeff and Carolyn Hmara, and Wellington Councilman John and Michelle McGovern; Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Maria Becker, Liz Herman and Wellington Councilman Michael Napoleone; Tonja Mosley, Diego Verilla, Pam Tahan and Tammy Shiverdecker; Dr. Gordon Johnson, Don McKenzie, Julie Tannehill, Scott and Mair Armand, and J.P. Varvarigos.; and Diane Gutman and Jenifer Brito.

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Realtors Take Part In Fashion Show To Raise Money For Hospice

(Left to right) Event organizer Maureen Gross with Bill Brennan and Donald Gross as the Blues Brothers; Kelly Dunn from WPTV News Channel 5 was the emcee; Brent and Raquel Crowe entertain the crowd as Danny and Sandy from Grease.

Realtors Take the Runway 2019 was held June 5 at the Breakers West Country Club to raise money for the Trustbridge Hospice Foundation. Now in its fourth year, area Realtors walked the runway fashioned by Dillard’s as a packed house enjoyed the luncheon and fashion show. Kelley Dunn from WPTV emceed the affair, while Maureen Gross from Keller Williams Wellington chaired the event, supported by Keller Williams broker Nancy Jennings. The event included plenty of surprises, such as Donald Gross and Bill Brennan dressed as the Blues Brothers.

(Left to right) Katie Stuart Moon from Engel & Völkers is escorted by Jason Keating; Allison Valley, Jenny Schutzler, Christina Yacaman and Meg Palumbo; Anna Niehaus, Veronica Smith-Celis and Marjorie Carr; (front row) Patricia Valenza, Jo Cudnik and Ginette Pesant, and (back row) Allyson Samiljan, Marvel Lambert, Pandora Alduno and Pam McCarthy; and Melissa Race and Diane Harbison greet guests.



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Wellington Art Society Hosts Annual Dinner, Installation Ceremony

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The Wellington Art Society held its annual dinner and installation ceremony on Friday, June 7 at Hurricane Grill. The outgoing board and some members were recognized for their assistance at club events throughout the year. The new board members include President Carolina King, First Vice President Laura Jaffe, Second Vice President Lara Chapman, Recording Secretary Erica Kyle, Treasurer Faye Ford, Corresponding Secretary Gayle Bernstein, and directors Leslie Pfeiffer, Sandy Axelrod, Susan Mosely and Robin Kasten.

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Wellington Hosts Parade And Ceremony To Honor Memorial Day

Wellington held its Memorial Day remembrance honoring those who lost their lives in service to the nation with a parade from the Wellington Municipal Complex to the Wellington Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 27. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Honor Guard, the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Pipes and Drums, members of American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390, village officials and honorees made a procession up Forest Hill Blvd.

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Patients Benefit From Award-Winning Wound Therapy Program In Wellington It was a simple MRI to determine the cause of pain in Cindy Johnson’s left shoulder. No big deal; this was not Johnson’s first experience with an MRI or healthcare services. As a two-time breast cancer survivor and an amputee of her right hand, she has become a bit of an expert when it comes to healthcare. Zip in, zip out — find the source of the pain and quickly start treatment. As part of the preparation for her eventual hand prosthetic, Johnson was wearing a mesh compression sleeve on her right arm. She was required to wear it for the majority of the day, and she was looking forward to receiving the prosthetic and regaining some use of a right hand. However, it was not long after the MRI started at a local radiology

center that she noticed something was not quite right. “A few minutes into the MRI, I felt pain in my right arm and thought, ‘I should not be having pain’ but decided to endure it since it was only going to be for a few minutes,” Johnson said. “But when the MRI was completed, it was obvious something was not right.”

Her right arm was blistered and had second- and third-degree burns above her right elbow. It turns out that the compression sleeve had silver threads woven into the fabric, and those reacted with the MRI, resulting in the burns to her arm. The burns were significant enough that she would need wound care therapy to heal. However, this is the point where she considers herself a bit “lucky” to be a breast cancer survivor. She had met Dr. Kathleen Minnick, who served as the medical advisor for her breast cancer support group and is the co-medical director of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Welling-

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center was recently named the Center of the Year, as well as being awarded the prestigious President’s Circle award in recognition for outstanding performance in the areas of patient satisfaction and wound care.


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ton Regional Medical Center. Little did Johnson know at the time that meeting Minnick at the support group would eventually be very important to her own health because, in May 2018, Johnson was found unconscious and facedown at her home. It is not known how long, but Johnson was on the floor an estimated three or four days before she was found. The resulting wounds included five significant pressure ulcers on her face, right thigh, left knee, right ankle and her right chest. In addition, her right hand was under her body during the entire time, and the damage was too significant to be repaired. The hand had to be amputated.

“It is such a friendly place. Everybody there knows me and treats me like family,” patient Cindy Johnson said. Because of her previous relationship with Minnick from the support group, Johnson chose to have wound therapy treatment for the hand amputation and the pressure ulcers at Wellington Regional Medical Center. So, when facing wound care again after the MRI burn, she returned to the wound

treatment center that always treated her like an old friend and had such great success. “I chose to come back to the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center because of the success of my first wound care experience,” Johnson said. “It is such a friendly place. Everybody there knows me and treats me like family. I am very appreciative of what they have done for me.”

(Above) Dr. Kathleen Minnick and nurse Marie Neshe, program director of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, work with a patient undergoing treatment. (Left) Dr. Arthur Hansen and Dr. Kathleen Minnick serve as co-medical directors. PHOTOS BY RYAN MERRILL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Having completed her treatments for the MRI burn, the wound care center recently held a “graduation ceremony” for Johnson, which included a graduation hat and tassel. In contrast to Johnson’s treatments to heal wounds from a traumatic injury, John Shore was being treated at the wound center in an attempt to prevent the amputation of his right toe. Shore, a Type 2 diabetic, originally cut his toe on rocks after swimming in the ocean. He was not too worried. After all, it was not much more than a scratch. But, as a diabetic, the risk of complications from wounds on the foot are significantly higher — and his scratch eventually turned into a dangerous wound that not only risked his toe, but his entire foot. “After seeing my doctor, I was imme-

John Shore, who has been emergently treated in the center’s hyperbaric chamber for the past 14 days, is attempting to save his big toe and foot. So far the treatments appear to be working.

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“It is an honor for our team to be nationally recognized by Healogics for our quality, and patients who choose our program for their care can be confident that they have access to the most current treatment protocols and therapies,” Dr. Kathleen Minnick said. diately admitted to Wellington Regional Medical Center because the wound on my toe was so significant,” Shore recalled. “I was given the option to amputate the toe or try wound care in an attempt to save it. After meeting the team at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center, I choose wound care to try and save my toe.” Shore’s wound was so significant, he had to start emergency treatment that same day. Unlike Johnson, Shore was a candidate for the center’s hyperbaric chamber. With hyperbaric treatments, a patient is placed in a chamber that is pressurized to the equivalent of going about 49 feet under the surface of the ocean. Inside the chamber, Shore breathes 100 percent pure oxygen, which is carried by his blood to the wound to help promote the body’s natural wound-healing functions. A patient usually receives about 40 treatments, Monday through Friday, each lasting between 90 and 120 minutes. Shore is 14 treatments into his program and has already seen significant results and said his doctor is amazed at the results so far. 28

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Cindy Johnson, who was being treated for burns on her arm, recently had a “graduation ceremony” from the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center after she completed her treatments.

“The care here has been absolutely phenomenal,” Shore said. “I can’t picture going any other place. It is more than just medical care here. The staff is wonderful, and they treat me like family. Five minutes into meeting them for the first time, we were laughing like we had known each other our entire lives.” The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center recently received the distinguished Center of the Year award. More than 600 centers had the opportunity to qualify for the award, but only six centers received the recognition. In order to qualify, stringent quality measures must be met, such as high levels of healing outcomes, low days to heal and excellent patient satisfaction rates. The recognition is a reflection of the program achieving quality patient care and clinical outcomes. In addition, the center was also awarded the prestigious President’s Circle award in recognition for outstanding performance in the areas of patient satisfaction and wound care. To earn the distinction, Wellington Regional Medical Center’s wound care center achieved patient satisfaction rates high-

er than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal, for a minimum of two consecutive years. “The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center continues to provide advanced treatment therapies for our patients,” Minnick said. “It is an honor for our team to be nationally recognized by Healogics for our quality, and patients who choose our program for their care can be confident that they have access to the most current treatment protocols and therapies.” Dr. Arthur Hansen, co-medical director at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, agreed. “We have known for some time that Wellington Regional’s elite wound care program ranks among the best in the nation,” he said. “This designation is an indication of the medical team’s commitment to providing the best possible wound care services in the country.” To learn more about the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wellington Regional Medical Center, call (561) 7532680 or visit services/wound-care.

(Left) Grace and Leon Kaufman today. They now live in the Addington at Wellington Green (above).

Began With A Blind Date For This Couple Who Now Call The Addington Home

By Chance Shay

How did people ever meet and find love before dating apps and web sites? One Wellington couple will tell you the answer was blind dates — at least that’s how they met and found 65 years of wedded bliss. For readers not familiar with the concept, the blind date was typically a setup, arranged by friends or family. You couldn’t just swipe left to get out of it if you didn’t find love at first sight. You had to give the other person a chance. And that’s what Leon, 91, and Grace, 84, Kaufman did after their blind date in 1953. She thought he was a little too short. He thought she should have worn heels. She thought he was fresh. He thought she was difficult. But before long, they both thought the other was just perfect. Now six decades, three children

and four grandchildren later, the Kaufmans’ blind date certainly seems to have played out well. Finding a lifelong relationship that’s fulfilling and loving has always been one of life’s great challenges. Social media, dating apps and FOMO (fear of missing out) make modern singles feel like building that sort of relationship is almost impossible. But Leon and Grace have a few lessons worth sharing with people today looking for lasting love. According to the Wellington couple, you just have to keep it simple.

Both hailing from the New York area, the Kaufmans didn’t meet until after Leon served his country during World War II. He was a part of a U.S. Navy team aboard the USS Lorain before continuing his service in the U.S. Coast Guard. The couple now calls the Addington at Wellington Green home. Formerly known as NuVista Living at Wellington Green, the 120-bed post-acute care center and 52-bed assisted living facility originally opened in 2011. The Kaufmans enjoy their private apartment and the facility’s intimate, familylike living experience. On any given day, they take advantage of the Addington’s wide variety of on-site social activities and are an inspiration to everyone around them.

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While both Leon and Grace made some initial judgments on their blind date, they learned their lessons and now say that it’s important to focus less on outside appearances and more on the connection you feel with the other person. Grace had been told by her friend before the date not to wear heels because Leon was a shorter man. Grace always wore heels, but she took her friend’s advice. Nervous but hopeful, she arrived to meet Leon. “She didn’t have high heels on, and I didn’t find that too attractive,” Leon recalled, and he told her so. The date was off to a rough start, and Grace cut it short. But Leon wasn’t ready to call it quits. He knew that there

was something about this woman that he was drawn to — heels or no heels. So, shortly after the first date, Leon apologized, and Grace gave him a second chance. A year after that first date, the couple were married. Shortly after they wed, Grace dropped out of school so that Leon could finish his degree in interior design. They started a family. But Grace wanted to finish her own degree, so, to support her dream, Leon took a turn staying home with the kids. Being a stay-at-home dad raised some eyebrows and was considered very progressive for the time. However, Grace believes that this was one of the hallmarks of their successful marriage. She said that the most important thing

young lovers can do is to “let each other grow.” It worked out for the couple. Not only did it lead to their lifelong marriage, but the approach also led to two successful careers. After earning her master’s degree in education administration, Grace landed the role of a school district executive while Leon built a career in interior design. “I could never have gone to school, I could never have finished and gotten a master’s without him taking care of the

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kids,” Grace said. “When we were first married, he was the bread winner. We took turns with almost everything that we did.” The Kaufmans are constantly having a healthy exchange of ideas and lively conversation. The lesson they learned is that each person in the relationship needs to understand what’s important enough for them to take a stance on, and then just let everything else go in one ear and out the other. “Adjust your hearing aid,” Leon said. “Selective hearing goes a long way!” Life’s good living at the assisted living facility they now call home. Like many others, the Kaufmans sought a smaller community where they could socialize and develop tighter personal

connections. And they’ve done just that with both residents and staff. “It is extraordinary to see how love continues to flourish and remains strong between Grace and Leon,” said Lisa Ireland, wellness director at the Addington at Wellington Green. “You see it in the small affections, like when Grace rests her hand on Leon’s hand to comfort him, and when she looks across at Leon with her warm smile and affectionate eyes to reassure him that everything will be fine. They’re still best friends and want to do everything together — including weekly Zumba classes.” Now coming up on 66 years of marriage, Leon and Grace have looked back on their relationship and realized that at its core is a relentless commit-

ment to allowing the other person to grow. And as the couple continues to grow individually, they’ve grown ever closer together. “She made a wonderful life for me. It’s the best thing I ever did,” Leon said. “I learned that I have to live longer than most people of my generation so that I can spend more time with her. When you catch the right one, don’t let it go.” To learn more about the Addington at Wellington Green, visit www.addingtonwg. com.

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Brings Natural CBD Oil To Wellington By Callie Sharkey

Longtime Wellington residents Frank and Herta Suess are ahead of the curve in the trending field of CBD oil. Oliver’s Harvest, the two-year-old company named after their son, is dedicated to bringing a natural product to people looking for a safe option for treating a variety of issues from pain and inflammation to insulin control. The variety of products available is impressive. Herbal supplements help with specific issues, such as joint support, sleeping issues and blood glucose management for Type 2 diabetics. Tinctures are concentrated CBD oils that provide more broad-spectrum support for general wellness. “CBD with melatonin — I take that,” said Frank Suess, who has used CBD oil since before starting this venture. “I used to take Lorazepam, which is a prescription and addictive. I switched

to our product, and it works well. With the Lorazepam, you need time to wake up, but with this, I felt rested and not drowsy.” Suess has been involved in the healthcare industry through his Wellingtonbased businesses for decades, so it was a natural fit to base Oliver’s Harvest here as well. Early on, Suess realized that while his pharmacist’s recommendations were solid, to develop a full product line, he needed an expert. So, he brought in a

biomedical researcher to keep them on the cutting edge of the field. That is when Jamila Mammadova joined the team as the company’s research and development director. “We want to refer to scientific data behind everything we claim,” Mammadova said. “We have studies on rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, inflammation, pain sensitivity, insulin sensitivity for Type 2 diabetes and social anxiety. Currently, there is a clinical trial going on in Israel for inflammatory bowel diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Currently, there is no cure for these chronic diseases, and people are just living with it. They need an anti-inflammatory that will be able to calm down the body’s response, and CBD does exactly that.” wellington the magazine | july 2019


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CBD — which stands for cannabidiol — can also be purchased in treats like gummies and honey sticks. These offer full-body effects and an energy boost. “That’s one of the huge advantages of CBD — it does not have side effects. It doesn’t make one nauseous, it doesn’t numb your emotional responsiveness,”

Mammadova explained. “You can’t damage your liver if you take it long term, and you can’t overdose with CBD. Because it’s such a natural product, it is safe for consumption.” The company uses one source for its hemp-based CBD oil — a farm located in North Carolina where the Suess sons

Oliver and Marcus work in the business. The hemp is grown, and the oil extracted, in the same facility. “We want to control the quality,” Suess said. “Oliver does the bulk shipping from up there, and Marcus runs the extraction facility, which is like a brewery for CBD.” Considering the connection between hemp and the soil, knowing where and how the product is grown and managed is vital. “The quality of the soil is so important because hemp absorbs everything in the soil. It used to be used to clean the soil from contaminates. That means that anything in the soil becomes part of the plant, and what is in the plant becomes part of the extract,” Mammadova explained. “That’s why you want to keep soil as clean as possible for growing hemp. We also send out samples to an ISO-accredited third party for lab tests, ensuring that the product is high quality.” Another popular CBD oil product 38

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is a line of pain creams specifically designed for tackling localized pain. Creams are combined with either lidocaine or capsaicin to treat pain in two ways. “Lidocaine and capsaicin are analgesics that will numb the pain for shortterm relief. The CBD component goes into the source of the pain and reduces inflammation to keep it from coming back. This is both short- and long-term pain treatment,” Mammadova said. “Capsaicin has additional properties. It is a neuroprotectant. That means it prevents nerves from being damaged. That works well for diabetic neuropathy or for any kind of pain that comes from nerve damage, like sciatic nerve pain or carpal tunnel syndrome.” For many people, pets are family members who deserve the best of care, like any of their human relatives. Oliver’s Harvest has a line of products to help animals, including dogs, cats and even birds cope with pain and anxiety. “It actually works faster with pets,” Mammadova said. “They have more receptors that will respond to CBD, so at the first dose, we see results.” Helping both people and animals is important to the company. “It fits in with the medical supplies because we already had pet supplies. We have glucometers for diabetic pets, for example. So, it was a natural extension,” Suess said. “We participate in the Noble Paws program, too. For every product that we sell for a pet, we donate a product to a rescue facility.” Pet products for inflammation, arthritic pain and anxiety come in bacon-flavored tinctures or supplements and peanut butter. The latter is a tasty favorite of dogs that provides a broadspectrum, full-body effect. The company is working on additional products, such as a special supplement that combines 10 herbs with CBD to combat anxiety and stress, and another designed for PMS symptoms, including mood swings and cramps. They are also bringing in cigars made with CBD flowers.

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CBD oil from hemp comes from the same family of plants that produce marijuana, but there is a key difference. “The difference between these products and medical marijuana is the THC,” Mammadova said, referring to tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana. “That will impact your functionality through the day because you feel high, you feel euphoric. You do not get those feelings by ingesting CBD; you only get the relief.” Suess understands the concern of many professionals, including police officers, firefighters and truck drivers, to name a few. He stressed that CBD will not impact them in a negative way. “We are even working with somebody who is developing CBD to treat addicts. Many addicts get started on opioids because of pain. High-strength CBD works for pain,” Suess said. “There are now quite a few trials going on because CBD is non-addictive. So, you can give CBD to help get addicts off pain medications.” The Oliver’s Harvest factory outlet store is located at 3361 Fairlane Farms Road in Wellington. The doors are open Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but staff is always happy to answer questions and take orders over the phone and online. Drop by the warehouse in person and receive a 10 percent discount on your purchase. For more information about CBD oil products from Oliver’s Harvest, call (866) 634-3134 or visit

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Having an outpatient surgery procedure is about to get more convenient for residents in Wellington and the surrounding communities. Baptist Health South Florida is opening a new Ambulatory Surgery Center this fall on the campus of Bethesda Hospital West. At the Ambulatory Surgery Center, surgical procedures that once required a hospital stay of two to three days can now be performed at the new outpatient facility, allowing patients to make faster recoveries and keep their healthcare costs more affordable. Equipped with the latest in clinical innovation and advanced technology, the Baptist Health Surgery Center is a 15,000-square-foot center designed to offer patients comprehensive outpatient surgical services in a spa-like environment. Upon entering the new center, patients will be greeted by a team of board-certified surgeons and specialty trained surgical nurses who are dedicated to providing the highest levels of quality and safety. As patients prepare for surgery, families are ushered to the tranquil, natural light-infused waiting room, where they will be able to track their loved one’s progress during their procedure in real time and enjoy complimentary wi-fi. Thanks to modern medical advancements, such as minimally invasive procedures and new anesthesia techniques that reduce complications, patients can return home sooner from procedures such as orthopaedic knee replacement

The new Ambulatory Surgery Center will open this fall at Bethesda West.

procedures and gynecologic surgeries. Looking ahead to 2020, Bethesda Hospital West will embark upon its largest expansion to date. Currently 80 beds with all private rooms, the hospital is going to add 35 medical-surgical beds in all private inpatient rooms, with two new operating suites. Because of the hospital’s butterfly design, the new rooms will be built on the side opposite the existing patient tower. In this way, construction noise can be kept to a minimum for patients at rest. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023.

Bethesda Hospital West was designed to grow to 400 inpatient beds as the community grows. It offers medical and surgical care, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation services, an intensive care unit and a 24-hour emergency center for adults and children. “These two new additions to the Bethesda Hospital West campus demonstrate our commitment to the people in western Palm Beach County,” said Roger L. Kirk, CEO of Bethesda Health. “Together with Baptist Health South Florida, we are making outpatient surgical care and inpatient hospital care more accessible, reflecting our continued commitment to providing compassionate care that will meet our community’s needs.” Bethesda Hospital West, along with Bethesda Hospital East and its affiliated facilities, joined Baptist Health in 2017 to expand access to high-quality, compassionate healthcare across South Florida. Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals — Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital — and nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, spanning four counties. Learn more at wellington the magazine | july 2019


By Meredith Burow

Four decades ago, two mothers gathered together in Wisconsin, thirsting for mutual understanding and in desperate need of empathy and support. Each woman had a child suffering from schizophrenia, and from small beginnings around a kitchen table, the National Alliance on Mental Illness — or NAMI — was created. The purpose of the organization is to support families of those with mental illnesses by providing education, advocacy and support, striving to see families and their loved ones sail smoothly through stormy seas. Now, a NAMI family support group has arrived in Wellington. Since its conception in 1979, NAMI has grown to an organization consisting of 1,000 affiliates nationwide, with the Wellington group falling under the umbrella of NAMI Palm Beach County. While the national nonprofit is currently based in Virginia, it is constantly establishing and equipping affiliate branches around the country. These individual branches then continue to organize family support groups within their respective areas, the newest in Palm Beach County being the Wellington group. The members began their monthly meetings in March of this year, meeting at Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 30 at 9610 Stribling Way. They continue to meet at the same location, beginning at 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month. Each meeting is

experienced and empathetic help when dealing with the issues of loving somebody with a mental illness. “When you have somebody with a mental illness, you need a resource,” Bem said. “You need people with the same situation.” Murphy noted that peodifferent, but they all center ple without an accepting around the encouragement and understanding commuand support of family memnity may have a lower chance bers of individuals with menof caring for their loved one tal illnesses. as effectively as individuals This isn’t the first NAMI who do have this type of supgroup that has attempted to port system. “If families are set sail in Wellington. Accordisolated, alone, they don’t ing to Katherine Murphy, have resources, they don’t the director of programs for Katherine Murphy have support,” Murphy said. NAMI Palm Beach County, there was a Wellington group that tried “They might not have that endurance to to start up a few years ago, but it never continue to support their loved ones.” According to Murphy, the hope is earned its sea legs. That’s when Tracy that these NAMI family support groups Bem stepped forward. While Bem had frequented the pre- can reinforce the family members and vious Wellington group, she started get- provide them with helpful tools and reting more involved with NAMI. “I start- sources to press on. Bem added that people who don’t ed hooking up with the NAMI group and taking all the classes again, and I have a loved one with a mental illness realized the need for a support group don’t understand the frequent difficulout in the western communities,” Bem ties of the situation. Bem compared the said. “That’s when I talked to them, and seriousness of mental health conditions I took the training so that I could do it, to that of a disease like cancer. Unless people see mental illness as an actual because it definitely meets needs.” There is a significant stigma sur- — often deadly — disease, she said, rounding people struggling with men- they tend to think the family member tal health issues. Both Bem and Mur- is merely going about things the wrong phy emphasized the importance of way.

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“They blame it on you, but when it’s a mental illness, you need somebody who totally understands it to share with,” Bem said. “So that is a huge need. I mean, there should be a support group every day of the week.” NAMI, according to Murphy, works to educate the family members on the best ways to communicate with a mentally ill family member. “Sometimes, if we don’t have training in communication or different techniques, different ways to work around things, we might not have the whole toolkit,” Murphy said. “One of the things about NAMI, the family support group, and everything we try to do, is to empower families and to give them the tools and resources. There’s the emotional support, but then there’s also the very concrete tips and tricks.” Each family support group facilitator

goes through a two-day training of the NAMI model and guidelines, and they are all volunteers who are loved ones of a person with mental illness. “What we offer at NAMI is the ‘lived experience,’ so our groups aren’t led by clinicians, they’re led by family members,” Murphy said. “It’s family members speaking to other family members — people who understand what it’s like to sit in the waiting room, people who understand what it’s like to have to call 911 when times get tough, and people who know what it’s like to go on that journey.”

For this reason, NAMI considers itself a complement to clinical care and not a replacement for it. Along with the family support groups, NAMI provides services such as NAMI Connection, a group for people with mental health conditions, as well as mentoring programs, mingling activities and more. Everything NAMI offers is free-ofcharge, Murphy noted. “NAMI’s goal is to help the family to be there for the long term,” Murphy said. “We want to provide them with the tools, support and resources to continue to support their loved one for the rest of their life.” If you have a loved one struggling with a mental illness, or if you would like to learn more about NAMI Palm Beach County programs, call (561) 588-3477 or visit www.

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With many titles to her name, including an Olympic bronze medal and an FEI World Equestrian Games silver medal, dressage star Kasey Perry-Glass could be content with her busy life. However, while she is a competitive athlete driven by success, her passion for philanthropy also plays a large role in her life. Her drive for success with horses began young, and she quickly advanced up the levels as a young rider when she decided to focus on dressage at age 14. Little did she know that years later, her determination and dedication to the sport, in combination with the talent of her Danish Warmblood gelding Goerklintgaards Dublet, would lead her to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she would help Team USA secure the bronze medal. Fast forward a few years, and the pair have had other notable performances at the FEI World Cup Finals, the FEI World Equestrian Games and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Originally from California, PerryGlass is based in the winter equestrian capital of the world during the season.

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cational tools we provided, makes our journey even more special.” The devotion of FullBucket’s time and resources to social issues close to her heart epitomizes the philanthropic aspirations of Perry-Glass. “We were thrilled to have Kasey as our first official rider in our athlete ambassador program,” co-founder Dr. Keith Latson said. “When we launched FullBucket as a supplement line that developed first-class products for veterinarians to use for digestive issues, we quickly realized that our team shared an innate ambition to help others. We redesigned the business from the ground up to align with our personal objectives to help others and working equines. Kasey shares our passion to try your best each day and to leave people, animals and

the world better than you found them.” Together, Perry-Glass and FullBucket Health are committed to continuing their philanthropic efforts into the future, and she looks forward to joining them on a future giving trip to Guatemala to see the good FullBucket brings to communities in dire need of assistance. As a team, they hope to bring light to the conditions of the working equines that aren’t always lucky enough to receive top-of-the-line care, or even any care at all. Beyond the beautiful properties of Wellington, there are animals that need help and can benefit directly from FullBucket’s “Be Good & Do Good” mantra. Learn more at www.fullbuckethealth. com.



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EXERCISE IS MEDICINE Fighting Physical Inactivity Is Crucial IN MODERN AMERICA

By Mike May

“Sitting is the new smoking” and “exercise is medicine.” Those were two of the big-picture thoughts which I shared with the Rotary Club of Wellington on Thursday, June 13. On that day, I discussed the national issue of physical inactivity during this gathering of Wellington community leaders. In addition to writing for Wellington The Magazine, I also serve as the director of communications for PHIT America, a national nonprofit group working to reverse the current “inactivity pandemic” in the United States. I have also

spent more than 30 years working in the communications sector of the sporting goods and fitness industry. Right now, this “inactivity pandemic” impacts the lives of 81.7 million Americans. The issue of physical inactivity

negatively impacts healthcare costs, academic achievement and military readiness. During my recent presentation, I shared a number of facts about the magnitude of the physical inactivity problem in America. I could tell by the expressions on the faces of the Rotarians that they were surprised by the depth of physical inactivity in the U.S. How bad is the state of physical inactivity in the U.S.? According to the Physical Activity Council, nearly 82 million

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“To get started on the path to physical activity, you don’t even have to leave your desk.”

Rotary Club of Wellington President Tom Carreras with Mike May at the June 13 meeting.

Americans are physically inactive. This is largely driven by America’s sedentary lifestyles, which has prompted many medical doctors in the U.S. to declare that “sitting is the new smoking,” and the medicinal benefits of exercise are so strong that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) uses the mantra “exercise is medicine.” Sadly, 40 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese. Parents and other adults must get physically active during their free time. You can’t sweat on the Internet, so start by putting down cell phones and turning off laptops. Then, they will be free to lead family fitness sessions in their neighborhoods, after dinner on weekdays and during the weekends. Adults must get physically active for their own benefit, and they must serve as role models for their children, as physical inactivity is affecting the vast majority of young people in the U.S. In fact, less than 10 percent of children ages 6 to 17 are physically active to healthy standards, according to the CDC. To further confirm the importance of parents and grandparents serving as fitness role models for their children 52

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and grandchildren, there is a recent study performed by the British Journal of Sports Medicine that examined fitness levels of children from 50 different countries. Sadly, the results of the study revealed that U.S. children ranked 47th in global fitness. Overall, American children are just not physically fit. Kids, too, need to put down their cell phones and take a break from their tablets. To get started on the path to physical activity, you don’t even have to leave your desk. There are five simple forms of exercise that don’t require any kind of equipment or athletic experience. They are called “deskercizes.” They can be performed at home, at work or at school. • Paper Pushups — With your arms outstretched, while grabbing the edge of your desk, lean at 45 degrees and start doing pushups. Consider 20 every hour on the hour. • Book Press — Pick up the heaviest book that you can hold with both hands. Then, extend the book above your head, and then lower it down behind your neck. This will help your triceps. • Shoulder Blade Squeezes — To im-

prove your hunched posture, stand up and squeeze your shoulder blades back and forth. Hold the squeeze on your shoulder blades for 10 seconds. • Chair Squats — Stand a few inches from the edge of your chair, lower yourself until you are seated in your chair, stretch out your arms parallel to the ground and keep your back straight. • Standing Calf Raises — While grabbing the back of your chair, put your feet together, and get up on your tippy toes. This process strengthens your calf muscles. Physical inactivity in the U.S. is having a major impact on military readiness. Believe it or not, but the U.S. Army went on record with PHIT America in 2017 to produce an op-ed to address physical inactivity in the U.S. In U.S. Army & PHIT America Respond To Obesity News: National Defense Is At Risk If Physical Inactivity Is Not Reversed, the U.S. Army made a plea to U.S. education leaders to bring back daily physical education to schools because too many military recruits coming out of high school are not physically fit, and, therefore, not capable of making it through boot camp without getting injured because their bodies are not used to basic levels of physical activity. Learn more about how fighting the “inactivity pandemic” at

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For Jo Ann Abrams, Elder Law Is All About People, Not Paperwork Story by M. Dennis Taylor • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Jo Ann Abrams has always wanted to be an attorney. It was a goal dating back to her childhood in New York. Joining the Florida Bar in 1986, she has been practicing law in South Florida ever since, first in Broward County, and for the past 19 years in the western communities of Palm Beach County. Her practice has a focus on elder law and estate planning. Married with four horses and six dogs, Abrams enjoys her work, and in her off hours, she spends her time taking care of her dogs, western-style riding, reading, scuba diving, traveling, working out and riding motorcycles. She has two Hondas, a Rebel 250 and a 750 Shadow, and in cooler months can be seen riding one to work. “Basically, I do elder law, which includes estate planning, Medicaid and Medicare planning, guardianship, wills, irrevocable trusts and more,” she said. The specific field of elder law is growing more important each year as the population continues to age. Wellington records indicate that 12 percent of the population is over age 60, consistent with the county percentage, although that figure is expected to grow with the census in 2020. “I have been in practice for more than 33 years and have seen many situations in life. The thing that distinguishes my elder care practice is probably that I have been doing it for so long,” Abrams said. One of the benefits for clients who work with Abrams is that she is an avid listener. “I really believe that clients should be heard. Listening is the most important thing,” said Abrams, who remarked that when she understands their specific situation, she is ready to offer advice to clients based upon her experience. Abrams’ experience manifests itself most strongly in the way that she listens to each client. “I listen carefully to clients and let them fully express what they want and need,” she said. Abrams explained that her elder care practice includes guardianship, estate planning, probate, preparing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and handling Medicaid and Medicaid planning. “I will explain how to avoid probate of the estate, and I

fully explain what to do with documents I prepare and make it as easy as possible for the client,” she said. Unfortunately, the reality of elder law means that she is often working with clients in difficult situations. And in over three decades of practice, Abrams has seen a lot. “I pretty much have seen it all — well, not everything, because things always come up,” she said. “I have many bad examples to explain to clients.” wellington the magazine | july 2019


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“I have been in practice for more than 33 years and have seen many situations in life. The thing that distinguishes my elder care practice is probably that I have been doing it for so long,” Jo Ann Abrams said.

Abrams strives to ensure that the legal documents she prepares accurately depict the wishes of the client, not a decision influenced by a relative. She said that nobody should be railroaded into decisions, and too often, elderly people are not listened to carefully enough. Abrams spends plenty of time to make sure the client understands what the document is and what it does, and that it

is indeed what the client wants. She added that her practice is a lot more about people than it is about paperwork. While Abrams lives in the area surrounding Wellington, she takes a great interest in the community. “I have many clients in Wellington, I shop there often and have many friends in Wellington,” she said, adding that she was involved with the best management practices for manure disposal when it came up in Wellington. “I mediated the agreement between Wellington and the South Florida Water Management District at that time so that Wellington would not be fined.” Jo Ann Abrams’ practice is located at 11440 Okeechobee Blvd., Suite 216, in Royal Palm Beach. For more information about Abrams and her elder law practice, call (561) 795-9590 or e-mail to


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Village Clerk’s Office Protects The Past And The Future Of Wellington By Callie Sharkey

As custodian of the Village of Wellington’s vital public records, Village Clerk Chevelle Nubin leads a department that serves a key municipal function steeped in history. “The profession of the values its employees, and clerk is the one of the oldest they are such a talented in history, second only to tax team and group of people to collectors,” Nubin explained. work with and work for,” Nu“It is one of the oldest public bin said. “The atmosphere servants in local government, is amazing here — high entracing back before biblical ergy and a demand for extimes. We are considered the cellence. People deliver on hub. We tend to be that link that, and they give you the between the residents of the tools that you need to be succommunity and the governcessful.” ment.” Some people see the With more than 20 years clerk’s office as little more of experience in the governthan secretarial work, answerDeputy Village Clerk Rachel Callovi and Village Clerk Chevelle Nubin. ment sector, Nubin has been ing phones, taking notes and a municipal clerk for most of that time, training. I enjoy it,” Nubin said. keeping meeting minutes. Nubin makes joining the Village of Wellington two After a long tenure with the City of sure that everyone knows that her team years ago. She is a master municipal Delray Beach, coming to Wellington was does so much more than attend council clerk, which is the highest designation a significant transition for Nubin, but meetings. achievable for the position. “We serve as historians, responsible working with team members like Depu“I am also a member, and past presi- ty Village Clerk Rachel Callovi made the for transcribing minutes so that we can dent, of the Florida Association of City change easier. Nubin referred to Callovi provide records to the public. The purClerks. So, I get to do outreach and rep- and her office as more than just a qual- pose for literally transcribing the minresent our profession. I have served on ity resource. utes is to maintain an accurate, unbithe Florida League of Cities Municipal “What I love about Wellington, and ased record of any legislative action that Administration Committee for the past what I saw quickly when I came here, has taken place,” Nubin said. “We also three years and did some webinars for was just the camaraderie. Wellington do the legal advertising for the village,

(L-R) Village Clerk’s Office employees Alice Machiela, Shanti Singh, Adrienne Shaffer and Angie Butler at work serving the residents of Wellington.


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Village Clerk’s Office employees Angie Butler, Tamika Rogers, Alice Machiela, Chevelle Nubin, Rachel Callovi, Adrienne Shaffer and Shanti Singh.

serve as supervisors over municipal elections and a huge part is records management.” When records are created, the clerk’s team of eight people are responsible for following every step of its life cycle. From the initial filing, to the task of properly managing record destruction, the detailed process of having every document housed and scanned into digital form and catalogued is daunting. Digital access means the public, and the village, can save time and get back to work quickly. “We have a team who do all the scanning of our records and archives on a daily basis. It’s a pretty interesting function. Adrienne Shaffer is the records

manager, and she does an amazing job and works directly with the village departments about their records, too,” Nubin said. The clerk’s office has managed to digitize more than half the historic records for the village, which is quite an accomplishment considering the size of the job. Other members of the team include Assistant to the Village Clerk Tamika Rogers, senior administrative assistants Alice Machiela and Angie Butler, Administrative Assistant Shanti Singh and Transcriptionist Traci Mehl. For Nubin, election time is a personal favorite function of the job. Meeting new people, from candidates to poll

workers, directly connects her to the people she serves. “Essentially, we serve as the local elections supervisors. For the village, your clerk is your contact. We also hire the poll workers, gather the elections information, receive the campaign treasurer’s reports, and even go on election night to wait for the results,” Nubin said. “I am responsible for canvassing our absentee ballots. During election day, I travel around to precincts to make sure everything is flowing properly and that our workers have what they need. I am responsible for making sure I order the ballots and have to make sure we have enough. It’s not a glamorous job, but it’s vital.” wellington the magazine | july 2019


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Nubin, is also the official custodian of the village seal, and her team members are direct observers of all government business conducted in Wellington. “No one day is the same, and although our work demands a level of versatility. We have to be alert, we have to be accurate and depending on what situation comes up — whether we are dealing with a resident or another colleague — it may require us to be extremely patient,” Nubin said. This team mentality means everyone works together for residents of the community. Nubin shared a story of such a case. “There was a lady who was extremely upset about the town center project. She had talked to a few people in a few departments, and finally the call came up to me. Upon me picking up the phone, I could tell she was upset. I let her get all of that out,” Nubin explained. “After I thanked her for calling, I continued listening, and in the midst of her comments, there was also a request for information she felt that she was not getting. Finally, after explaining her entire story, we were able to find the information — a survey her father had filed. She needed the survey before making important repairs to her home. That just made our day because, when we called her, she started to cry.” Whenever possible, Nubin wants the answer to be “yes, we can,” not “no, we can’t.” “We always look for a way to help while still being compliant with our charter, our code and the state. The mentality here is that we look for a way to get it done,” Nubin said. “We all have that same goal, and for us, that goal is to serve our residents.”

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Realtor Debbie Swinford Enjoys Helping The Community She Loves Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photo by Abner Pedraza

A career in real estate can be both financially and personally rewarding. For Debbie Swinford of Bowen Realty, her profession provides a way to perform a task that is very personal: improving the lives of those around her. Swinford, who grew up in West Palm Beach and attended Forest Hill High School, is married with three daughters and three grandchildren. “As my children got married and the grandchildren started coming, I needed something where I could be available to them, as well as provide income,” she said. “Many friends were Realtors; one of my daughters, as well. So, I went to real estate school, and I have found it very rewarding. Real estate has provided me a way to spend time with my grandchildren and family.” Swinford has always been interested in helping people. “I’ve done many medical mission trips to Ethiopia, Africa and Haiti,” she said. Her current job allows her to assist others much closer to home. “I make myself available seven days a week — after church, of course — to my clients in need of direction and answers,” Swinford said. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to be trusted and help out my fellow man. Nothing is more rewarding than to know you did the right thing and brought happiness to people.” Swinford makes every effort to assist buyers and sellers who might be confused about the real estate market and are looking for someone who can help them find the perfect situation for themselves and their family. Her connection to her company is strong. “I will say this industry can be difficult, but when I found Bowen Realty, all that went away,” she said. “We are a locally owned firm that is heavily involved in the community it serves.” Sometimes, that involvement focuses on a community of one. Swinford is part of a group who have come to the aid of a Lake Worth woman whose home is not in the best of shape. “She has many issues with her house,” Swinford said. “But it’s paid for, and she is alone and wants to stay there, so we decided to just start helping her.” Swinford arranged for a company to go out to the woman’s residence and patch her roof — pro bono, she’s proud to say — because raccoons were found running around up there. “We have a long way to go because the large holes in her

roof inside the home need to be totally dry walled,” she said. “We can get her in a better living situation, and as a Realtor, I know how much a person’s home means to them.” Swinford works diligently for her clients. She looks for the best deals and is confident in her ability to get any deal done in a professional and efficient manner. With all that said, she’s guided by the personal principles that ground her life every day. “In today’s age, we must help and be honest with one another,” Swinford said. “Setting our own agendas aside for someone else, we can choose honesty or deception. I choose honesty.” To contact Debbie Swinford of Bowen Realty, call (561) 3704197. wellington the magazine | july 2019 61

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Meathead’s BBQ Is Now Serving Up Tasty Southern Barbecue

Story and Photos by Melanie Kopacz

The newly opened Meathead’s BBQ is serving up tasty backyard barbecue straight from the smoker to your plate. What started as a way to raise money for his kids’ school fundraisers soon evolved into a catering business, turned thriving food truck, serving up savory southern barbecue creations to scores of people craving tender meats. Now, those meat lovers can curb their taste buds with beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausage and more at a stationary location. Meathead’s BBQ pit master and owner Marcel Hicks, along with his wife Shay and their daughters, are ready to take your order at their

newly opened and much-anticipated Royal Palm Beach restaurant. “I want it to have a backyard barbecue feel, like Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina or Georgia,” Marcel Hicks said. The corner spot is already drawing a fast and steady business in its opening weeks. It sits just a few doors down from Publix in the Crossroads shopping center at the northeast corner of Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards. The scent of the smokehouse leads you there.

Meathead’s BBQ has the ambiance of eating in a friend’s backyard, as picnic tables topped with the company logo are within feet of the counter, and customers, workers and the owners share friendly chat. “People ask me about the process, so I show them,” Hicks said. “Their smiling faces make me want to do it.” Hicks has been making people smile with his grilling since he was a child and experimenting with different rubs. That’s when the South Florida native earned the nickname “Meathead.” And he’s proud to show people his craft.

(Below) The sampler platter with tender brisket, smoked sausage, chicken, pulled pork and the Meathead’s BBQ signature sweet sauce. (Inset) The logo can be found on the windows, as well as the inside picnic tables.

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“I smoke the meats in a 72-inch water smoker by Myron Mixon. We’re doing 500 pounds of meat a day just at the restaurant,” Hicks explained. Meathead’s BBQ officially opened June 1 with a ribbon cutting and wishes of success from Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto, who stayed to eat. Hicks is proud to be part of the community and to have his family work alongside him. “I feel so blessed,” he said. The menu includes meat delicacies from melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken, to baby back ribs, spare ribs and whole chicken. “Everything’s from scratch, every day, all fresh. I smoke my brisket and pulled pork for 12 hours. Ribs and chicken for four hours,” Hicks said. “I use a dry rub. Nothing here is injected. What I take great pride in is my brisket.” The three sauces are key. “I like

playing with different flavors,” he said. “There’s the hickory sauce with a mustard inspiration from the Carolina region. The sweet sauce is based on the South Georgia-North Florida area, and then there’s the sweet spicy.” Down home southern sides include collard greens, green beans, candied yams, and mac and cheese, along with potato salad, tossed salad, cole slaw, grilled corn, baked beans and corn bread. The price for a half pound of beef brisket is $16, while a combo plate with two sides starts at $17. Family meals include a whole chicken with two sides for $25 and a full rack of baby back ribs with two sides for $32. Pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches start at $10 for a quarter pound of meat and one side. There’s something for every barbecue lover. “The triple plate combo is

(Top left) The Meathead’s BBQ logo on the restaurant’s back wall. (Middle left) The restaurant’s signature sauces are key to enjoying the sampler platter. (Bottom left) The smoked sausage.



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signature bottled sauces and pit master t-shirts. For this family, they’re savoring the success of their hard work. This year not only marks a milestone as they open their first restaurant, but for high school sweethearts Marcel and Shay Hicks, they’ll soon celebrate their 25th anniversary — a year that is truly sterling for them. The restaurant is open Tuesdays and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. They are closed Mondays. Want your barbecue delivered? Delivery service is offered through Delivery Dudes and Grub Hub. Meathead’s BBQ is located at 1232 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 249-2684 or visit www. or www.facebook. com/meatheadsbbqrestaurant.

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(Top right) Picnic tables inside Meathead’s BBQ create a backyard feel. (Bottom right) The whole chicken is slow cooked with a dry rub.

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wellington | dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar (12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza) offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices featuring fresh pastas and homemade sauces. For more info., call (561) 798-7770. Aroma Indian Cuisine, located at 730 Village Blvd. in West Palm Beach, serves delicious Indian food seven days a week, including a buffet lunch and dinner. For more info., call (561) 619-6437 or visit www. Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12771 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 795-0100. Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring delicious Mexican cuisine, is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For more info., call (561) 355-5900. Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in the Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 642-8700 for info. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in

the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997. Kabuki has brought its affordable and delicious Japanese and Thai cuisine to Wellington. The restaurant is located at 2465 S. State Road 7, Suite 100, in Wellington. For more information, visit www.kabukiwpb. com or call (561) 323-4888. Kaluz Restaurant, an upscale dining experience serving New American cuisine, recently opened in Wellington. Kaluz is located at 2025 Wellington Green Drive just off Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 784-5500 or visit Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit

Paradise Indian Cuisine serves authentic Indian food for lunch and dinner, including an all-you-caneat lunch buffet. It is located at 7667 Lake Worth Road. For more information, call (561) 812-3958 or visit Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit for more info. Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a New York-style deli serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600.

Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit

Tokyo Bay Buffet, located at 165 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach, raises the Asian buffet dining concept to a whole new level with a large sushi bar and a tasty hibachi grill. For info., call (561) 753-5566.

Enjoy great Mexican food in a friendly atmosphere at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, located 1179 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Village Royale shopping plaza, open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info., call (561) 798-1229.

Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its new location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For more info., call (561) 7849055 or visit

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is located at 10600 W. Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 333-9939 or visit

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

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit

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wellington | calendar Monday, July 1 • The Loxahatchee chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet on Monday, July 1 at the Okeeheelee Park Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.), with refreshments at 7 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m. Call Roy Moore at (561) 307-7792 for more info. Tuesday, July 2 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Stars & Stripes Crafting for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, July 2 at 3:15 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day by making red, white and blue art. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, July 3 • Nominations are due July 3 for the Susan G. Komen Florida Warriors in Pink, who will serve as year-long ambassadors for the 2020 Komen South Florida Race for the Cure on Jan. 25, 2020. Komen Florida encourages Warriors in Pink nominations from any of the organization’s South Florida service areas of Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties. To nominate a breast cancer survivor or metastatic forever fighter, download the nomination form at and e-mail For more info., visit or call (561) 514-3020. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Bored? Games!” for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, July 3 at 3:15 p.m. Play a variety of board games, chess, checkers and Wii U games. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, July 4 • Celebrate the Fourth of July at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4. For more info., visit • The Village of Wellington will celebrate Independence Day beginning with a Patriotic Pool Party from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatics Complex. A Fourth of July Celebration will be held

at Village Park from 6 to 9 p.m., with fireworks beginning at 9:15 p.m. Free shuttle transportation service is available from the Mall at Wellington Green at the Palm Tran bus stop beginning at 5:30 p.m. Visit www. for more info. Friday, July 5 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, July 5 through Sunday, June 7. Visit for more info. • The Palm Beach Zoo will host Safari Nights on Friday, July 5 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. with a “Princesses & Pirates” theme. Meet some famous princesses and have a swashbuckling good time. For more info., visit Saturday, July 6 • The Loxahatchee chapter of the Florida Trail Association will walk in John Prince Park (2520 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth) at 7:20 a.m. Walk for an hour at your own pace. Call Paul Cummings at (561) 963-9906 for more info. • The Palm Beach Haitian-American Music Festival will be held on Saturday, July 6 from 4 p.m. to midnight at the South Florida Fair Expo Center, with music, food, cultural drinks and crafts. Visit for more info. • West Palm Beach will host the sixth annual BBQ, Brews & Blues event on Saturday, July 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the city’s Historic Northwest District, three blocks north of Clematis Street on Rosemary Avenue. Guests can enjoy samples of delicious southern soul food and craft beers by local vendors. This year’s event features the blues funk fusion of CeCe Teneal, contemporary blues by Albert Castiglia and the highoctane blues of powerhouse Selwyn Birchwood. Trolley service will be available from downtown West Palm Beach and free parking is available. For more info., visit or call (561) 822-1550. Sunday, July 7 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

will host Sea Creature Stories for ages 2 to 6 on Sunday, July 7 at 3 p.m. Swim on over for tales of favorite animals from under the sea. Enjoy fun songs, dances and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Monday, July 8 • The National Croquet Center (700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach) will open its 2019 Palm Beach County Summer Golf Croquet League on Monday, July 8. Summer league play is on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings running for five weeks. Players will be organized into championship, amateur and beginner blocks. Playoffs between the block winners from all three evenings will be on the final night, Wednesday, Aug. 13 and will be followed by a celebratory lobster dinner and awards ceremony. For more info., call (561) 478-2300, ext. 3, or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club on Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. Wednesday, July 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, July 10 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 a Book Discussion on Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang for adults on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Copies are available at the research services desk. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, July 11 • The Boca Raton and Jupiter/Tequesta dog clubs will host Paw Prints in the Sand, a four-day cluster of all-breed dog shows, at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14. For more information, visit www.

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wellington | calendar • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Foosball in a Shoebox for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, July 11 at 3 p.m. Learn to make one. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free jazz concert by Pieces of Work, along with food trucks, on Thursday, July 11 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will present a free informational seminar on How to Avoid Scammers on Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). The event will be presented by VAST (Volunteers Against Scams Team) and PBSO District 9. RSVP to Tami Shoemaker at (561) 904-8284 or, or Detective Gigi Scantland at (561) 904-8278 or Friday, July 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Coding with Tech Toys: Lego WeDo for ages 7 to 12 on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at 3 p.m. Learn concepts of control, logic and programming. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on Friday, July 12 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, July 13 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Jimmy Buffett tribute concert by the Caribbean Chillers on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m. For more info., visit Sunday, July 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Sunday, July 14 at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend and make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Monday, July 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Aquapainting for Adults with Special Needs on Monday, July 15 at 10:15 a.m. Use water and paintbrushes to make nature images appear. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, July 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Campin’ Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, July 16 at 3 p.m. Create a board and see if summer luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, July 17 • The Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18. For info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Medicare 101 on Monday, July 15 at 10:15 a.m. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) representatives will give an overview of all Medicare options. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host a Hot Topic Luncheon on “Economic & Other Impacts of Tourism on Palm Beach County” with Glenn Jergensen of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council on Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at the Atlantis Country Club. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, July 17 at 3 p.m. Use your science, design and engineering skills to make space landing crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Shulamit Hadassah will host a Po-Ke-No

Night on Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Station 30 (9910 Stribling Way). Call Helene at (561) 512-3172 to RSVP. Thursday, July 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Kindergarten Readiness Class for ages 5 and 6 on Thursdays, July 18 and July 25 at 3 p.m. Get a head start on your child’s education this summer. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free 1950s and 1960s concert by Five Boroughs, along with food trucks, on Thursday, July 18 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl. gov/calendar. Friday, July 19 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Friday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, July 20 • The Repticon West Palm Beach Reptile & Exotic Animal Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. For info., visit • Have fun with the Girl Scouts and see what it is all about on Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. at the Mall at Wellington Green (10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) in the Live 360 room for “Painting with Ms. Lyn.” the cost of $5 includes a patch. To register, contact Peggy at or (561) 723-1285. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Books in Space with Magician Brent Gregory for all ages on Saturday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate the summer with amazing magic, audience participation, music and more. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest will be at the South Florida Fairground Expo Center on Saturday, July 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. For more info., visit

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wellington | calendar • The Palm Beach County Economic Crimes Unit will hold its fourth annual Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday, July 20 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association (2100 N. Florida Mango Road, WPB) to raise money for law enforcement fraud training scholarships. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Erin Giannotti at (561) 688-4076 or Tickets include 2,500 gaming chips, hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Beach Boys tribute concert by the Beach Buoys on Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl. gov/calendar for more info.

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Sunday, July 21 • Have fun with the Girl Scouts and see what it is all about on Sunday, July 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the Movies at Wellington (13881 Wellington Trace) to see The Lion King. The cost of $6 includes a patch. To register, contact Peggy at or (561) 723-1285. Tuesday, July 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Straw Rockets for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, July 23 at 3 p.m. How high can your rocket fly? Use found materials to create and engineer a rocket that flies. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing on Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, July 24 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host A Universe of Stories with Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker for ages 2 to 6 on Wednesday, July 24 at 3:30 p.m. Explore a universe of stories with the county administrator. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Frosted Notes for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. Chat about a book, comic, short story, magazine, fanfic or manga while eating ice cream. Make friends and get ideas for what to read next. Refreshments will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Rock Painting: Space Edition for all ages on Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. Create painted rocks to keep or hide in the community. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, July 25 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free 1980s tribute concert by On the Roxx, along with food trucks, on Thursday, July 25 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host Think & Drink Trivia, a Small Business Roundtable event, on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Hurricane Dockside Grill. Tickets include a complimentary cocktail and appetizers. The evening will feature a pop-up shop from clothing retailer Tyler Brooke. For more information, call (561) 792-6525 or visit www. Friday, July 26 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Bumblebee on Friday, July 26 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, July 27 • The Village of Wellington will host its annual Back to School Bash on the lawn at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit www. for more info. • The PBC Curlfriends Natural Hair Expo will be at the South Florida Expo Center on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info., visit www. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Steely Dan tribute concert by Dirty Work on Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m. Visit calendar for more info.

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