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Features 22 Amphitheater Marks A Successful First Year

Joe Piconcelli, a Wellington community leader since the 1970s, is excited about his latest gig — lining up programming for the new Wellington Amphitheater. This month, the amphitheater is celebrating its first anniversary, and the new venue continues to chalk up great reviews. By Deborah Welky

26 Wellington’s Al Salopek of ‘Bee understanding’

The next time you’re about to swat a honeybee that has been buzzing around your head, Wellington’s Al Salopek wants you to think about this: that little guy and his millions of pals are responsible, through pollination, for approximately 30 percent of the food we eat. By Matthew Auerbach


Maggie Zeller honored for community service If you’re involved with nonprofits in the western communities, odds are good that you’ve worked alongside Maggie Zeller. Well-known as a community activist and business leader, Zeller was recently recognized for her efforts with the Palms West Community Foundation’s inaugural “Corporate Stiletto Award.” By Lauren Miró

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45 clinical Psychologist Dr. Michael H. rathjens

Dr. Michael H. Rathjens has been in the field of clinical psychology for more than 20 years. He moved his practice to Wellington 10 years ago, and splits his work nearly evenly between children and adults. By Deborah Welky

46 Wellington Star: meteorologist Stephanie Abrams

All across the United States, Americans wake up and begin to plan their day with the help of Wellington native Stephanie Abrams, an on-air meteorologist for the Weather Channel. This month’s Wellington Star, Abrams can be found on the air every weekday morning from 6 to 11 a.m. By Deborah Welky

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Wellington Social Scene ThinkPINKkids Breast Cancer Walk At Wellington High School Palm Beach Zoo Animals Visit With Kids At Scott’s Place Story Time Wellington Garden Club Installs Officers At Spring Luncheon Wellington Chamber Celebrates Perfect Smile’s Ninth Anniversary American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Returns To Wellington Palms West Chamber Installs New Officers At Polo Club Gala

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58 Wellington Table

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Wellington Watch Wellington Dining Guide Wellington Calendar Around Wellington ON THE COVER Wellington native and Weather Channel meteorologist Stephanie Abrams, this month’s Wellington Star. Photo BY Chris stanford/the weather channel |wellington the magazine| June 2011


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Meet Wellington’s Meteorologist... volume

June begins hurricane season, as South Floridians keep a keen ear to weather reports and an eye on tropical waves. Luckily for Wellington, we have one of our own ready to help us get through stormy skies. The Weather Channel’s Stephanie Abrams, morning meteorologist for the national network, is a Wellington High School graduate who went on to earn degrees from both the University of Florida and Florida State University. This month’s Wellington Star, she can now be found beside celebrity weatherman Al Roker every morning helping Americans rise and shine, and we’re thrilled to be able to feature her in Wellington The Magazine.

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It was a year ago this month that the new Wellington Amphitheater was completed, and as the popular venue celebrates its first anniversary, great reviews keep pouring in. This issue we chat with Joe Piconcelli, the Wellington staff member responsible for programming at the amphitheater, about what the community can expect from this new local gathering spot. Piconcelli has deep roots in Wellington, having spent decades as a community activist before joining the village’s staff in 2008. Also this issue, we profile Al Salopek, a longtime local restaurateur whose current passion is saving the humble honeybee. He has launched Bee Understanding, an educational group aimed at teaching the importance of bees in the environment. Also profiled this month are Rotarian Maggie Zeller, who was recently honored for her community service work, and clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Rathjens, who has more than 20 years of expertise in his field. Wellington Home visits the exclusive Palm Beach Point community this issue, stopping by a secluded estate located on a peaceful pond. Wellington Table dines at Yano’s Italian Deli, a community staple undergoing a renaissance under the new ownership of Susan Rispoli. All this, and six Wellington Social Scene pages from around the community. With this issue, we also welcome back our special seasonal advertising section Summer is Golden. Call (561) 793-7606 to find out how Wellington The Magazine can help you heat up your business during the summer months. Joshua Manning Publisher/Executive Editor

vice president Wellington The Magazine is published monthly in Wellington, Florida. Copyright 2011, all rights reserved by Wellington The Magazine, LLC. Contents may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. The publisher accepts no responsibility for advertisement errors beyond the cost of the portion of the advertisement occupied by the error within the advertisement itself. The publisher accepts no responsibility for submitted materials. All submitted materials subject to editing.


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wellington social scene Photos by Lauren Miró ThinkPINKkids Breast Cancer Walk At Wellington High School

(Left) ThinkPINKkids committee members. (Right) Students from Villari’s Studio of Self Defense gave a demonstration at the event.

ThinkPINKkids held its annual 5k “Walk to Win the Battle Against Breast Cancer” on Friday, May 6 at Wellington High School. Students walked to raise money while enjoying food and drink as well as live performances and raffle prizes. All proceeds go to Scripps Florida and Your Bosom Buddies II. For more info., visit www.thinkpinkkids.com.

(Left to right) Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen with event coordinators Janet Rosenthal and Dr. Amy Aqua; student volunteers Hailey Lord, Chelsea Boretti, Hannah Lord and Reagan Kelly; Elizabeth Dibel with her aunt Annie Belton during the survivors lap; and Morgan Hearns and Terah Kalk (front), and Sebastian Ferro and Sarah Wager (back) sell food and drinks to raise money.


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wellington social scene Photos by Joshua Manning Palm Beach Zoo Animals Visit With Kids At Scott’s Place Story Time

(Left) Wellington Volunteer Coordinator Kim Henghold and her daughter Cassidy with Story Time book reader Michelle Sohn. (Right) Councilwoman Anne Gerwig with her son Luke.

Story Time at Scott’s Place Playground featured animals from the Palm Beach Zoo on Saturday, May 7. Dozens of youngsters were entertained by animal-themed stories before getting up close and personal with guests from the zoo: a tortoise, a possum and an American alligator. After a summer break, Story Time will return in September.

(Left to right) Toby Smith pets Kobe the tortoise; kids get to pet Banjo, an American alligator; Cassie Klein, education specialist with the Palm Beach Zoo, introduces a possum; and Francine Ramaglia holds Georgie Lamport as mom Tracey stands by.


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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Wellington Garden Club Installs Officers At Spring Luncheon The Wellington Garden Club held its annual Spring Luncheon and Installation of Officers on Monday, May 2 at Oli’s Fashion Cuisine restaurant in Wellington. In addition to the installation, various adult and youth awards were presented, there was also a Chinese auction and music.

(Left) Newly installed Wellington Garden Club President Susan Hillson with her parents Natalie and Jerry Steinmetz. (Right) The newly installed officers for 2011-12.

(Left to right) Denise Friedlander, Dottie Hovan, scholarship recipient David Ramos, Palm Beach State College Professor of Horticulture Dr. George Rogers and Garden Club President Susan Hillson; Carol Hoenich, Ann Cavaleri, Andra Karp and Marilyn Walvoord don lovely hats; outgoing club president Barbara Hadsell passes the gavel to Susan Hillson; and Derby Day hat contest winners: Doreen Baxter for Best Use of Theme, Andra Karp for Best Fascinator and Marilyn Walvoord for Best Hat.

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(Left) Dr. Rasmi Akel and Dr. Barbara Bates of Perfect Smile with Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen. (Right) Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig with former Wellington Mayor Kathy Foster and Mike Nelson.

Perfect Smile Dentistry in Wellington celebrated its ninth anniversary Thursday, May 5 by hosting a Wellington Chamber of Commerce mixer. Guests enjoyed food and drink, as well as raffle prizes including a free session of teeth whitening. For more info., or to schedule an appointment, call (561) 204-4494 or visit www. perfectsmiledentistry.com.

(Left to right) Wellington Chamber Executive Director Michela Perillo-Green with Nature’s Table Café owner Bedonna Flesher; Dr. Rasmi Akel pulls a winning raffle ticket; and Laura Jaffe, Frank O’Brien and Karen Alleyne-Means enjoy the evening.

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wellington social scene American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Returns To Wellington Photos by Lauren Miró

Wellington residents came out to fight for a cure during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on Saturday, May 14 at Village Park on Pierson Road. Participants stayed up overnight walking the track to raise money, participating in activities and enjoying live entertainment. For more info., visit www.relayforlife.org.

(Left) Andrea Mattes, Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen and WPTV’s Roxanne Stein kick off the relay with the survivors lap. (Right) Cancer survivors carry a banner as they start the relay with an honorary lap.

(Left to right) Your Bosom Buddies II founder and president Teresa Franzoso with event chair Bill Smith and Brandon Pilarski; members of the Seminole Cancer Kickers; Jason Shields embraces children Kaycee and Sean during the opening ceremony; and members of Your Bosom Buddies II.

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Palms West Chamber Installs New Officers At International Polo Club Installation Gala The Palms West Chamber of Commerce held its 28th annual installation gala Friday, April 29 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Carmine Priore III was sworn in as the chamber’s chairman for the second year in a row. In addition, many awards were presented and there were silent and live auctions, and live music and dancing.

(Above left) County Commissioner Jess Santamaria swears in the 2011-12 officers. (Above right) Chamber Chairman Carmine Priore III is sworn in by his father, Wellington Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Carmine Priore. (Right column, top to bottom) Dr. Jeff Bishop, Kevin DiLallo and Dr. Ishan Gunawardene; Madison Green Golf Club owner Todd Schoenwetter with chamber CEO Jaene Miranda and her husband Ron; Robin van Hoffman and Wanda Butcher (seated) with Dale Butcher, Sharon Fitzgerald and Jason van Hoffman (standing); Dr. Nick Sama, Dr. Veronica Pedro and Dr. Harvey Montijo; and artist Norman Gitzen with PNC Bank’s Tensy Caine.

(Middle row, left to right) Carmine Priore III (center) presents awards to David Albright and Greenacres Mayor Sam Ferreri; Selena Smith, Mair Armand and Terri Wescott; and David and Brooke Unversaw with Jacqueline and Dr. Juan Ortega. (Bottom row, left to right) Julie Tannehill, Maggie Zeller and Susan Giddings; Carmine and Teri Priore with Erika and Bland Eng; and Mike Nelson and Kathy Foster with Kathy and Alan Zangen.


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Plans to knock down and rebuild the Wellington Community Center are underway after the Wellington Village Council voted unanimously last month to direct staff to pursue the $5.1 million project. Though the current building has served many purposes for Wellington, it was not designed to be a community center and has several design flaws. To continue using the facility, the building must undergo either a renovation or a complete rebuilding. If the council chose to spend the $3.1 million to renovate the building, village staff estimated that Wellington would get another 10 years of life from the building. Spending an additional $2 million to completely rebuild the facility, however, would net Wellington 50 years of usable life. According to the staff report, the new facility will be two stories and 20,000 square feet with first-floor access. It will have space for youth, adult and senior programming, as well as a separate tennis facility. Village Manager Paul Schofield said that money for the project would come from existing capital improvement funds and would not result in an increase to the tax rate. Council members favored rebuilding the community center rather than renovating it. “Doing nothing is really not an option,” Councilman Howard Coates said. “For an extra $2 million we get … five times what we’d be getting if we just paid for repairs.”

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Wellington Takes Budget On The Road — Members of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce put their budgeting skills to the test at a luncheon May 9 as they tried to balance Wellington’s municipal budget for the upcoming year. Wellington Director of Financial Management & Budget Mireya McIlveen said that the village is facing another tough year, with tax revenue falling about 10 percent. “That’s our budget challenge this year,” she said. “We’re facing a $650,000 to $1.5 million

deficit.” To help residents better understand the budget process, Wellington has put together an interactive budget challenge available at www.wellingtonfl.gov, where anyone can try to balance Wellington’s finances by choosing which programs to cut and how much. Participants were given four areas to either finance with the same amount of money, cut money from or provide more. Overall, members voted to keep the law enforcement, recreation and Safe Neighborhoods budgets the same, and cut the landscaping budget by five percent. The majority of participants also voted to raise the tax rate in order to maintain the same net income. “These are only four of the many questions Wellington Village Council members and staff have to face,” McIlveen said. Dressage Groundbreaking — Work began last month on a new state-of-the-art dressage facility that will soon be the home of the Global Dressage Festival set to debut for the 2011-12 equestrian season. Located on the 57-acre site of the former Palm Beach Polo stadium, the new facility will be an expansion of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. “There’s a great [dressage] following in Wellington,” Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo said. “We decided that we wanted to work on something on an international scale.” And to do that, Bellissimo partnered with six-time Olympic dressage rider Robert Dover, dressage enthusiast Kim Boyer and prominent dressage journalist Ken Braddick. “We decided to craft a vision of what dressage could look like in Wellington in a dedicated facility,” Bellissimo said. The new facility will feature plenty of amenities to attract dressage riders and enthusiasts alike, including an exhibition area with several arenas, a covered arena and lighted practice space, as well as permanent stables and bridle trails.


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A community activist and Wellington resident for 35 years, Joe Piconcelli is currently serving as Wellington’s director of cultural programming. In that position, he puts together the programs offered at the new Wellington Amphitheater.


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A Successful First Year For The Wellington Amphitheater Story by Deborah Welky Photos by Susan Lerner and Lauren Miró

Joe Piconcelli, jack-of-all-trades and Wellington pioneer, is excited about his latest gig — lining up programming for the new Wellington Amphitheater.

program. Eventually, he joined the staff full-time. “I brought Little League back,” he explained. “Little League had boundaries, and they wanted boundaries in Wellington.”

A speech and theater major in college, Piconcelli racked up credentials as assistant director for the Kalamazoo, Mich., Civic Theater — one of the largest civic theaters in the country — and in New York as a producer/ director of plays.

Pleased with his Little League work, Wellington moved Piconcelli over to its Safe Neighborhoods office shortly after its opening in 2009. Separate from the Parks & Recreation Department, Safe Neighborhoods was tasked with providing recreational programming for at-risk kids who didn’t have a way to get to the Village Park gym on Pierson Road.

But when Piconcelli bought his Wellington home in 1976, he was a salesman for Alcoa Breakwater Housing, Wellington’s early developer. He also spent a few years selling houses at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach before returning to Wellington as sales manager for Corepoint, which had taken over as the community’s master developer. As his job in sales became more and more routine, Piconcelli decided he wanted to go into the building business himself. In 1988, he founded Florida East Coast Development and spent the next 21 years building high-end, custom homes. During that time, Piconcelli also spent five years serving as president of First Wellington, the community’s now-defunct master homeowners’ association, sat on the board of the Greenview Cove Homeowners’ Association, started Cub Scout Pack 118 and Boy Scout Troop 118, brought Little League baseball to Wellington in the mid-1980s and founded the Western Communities Football League in 1993. He served on the WCFL board for 14 years, including a seven-year stint as president. Given his long background in local recreation, in 2008 Wellington asked Piconcelli to step in to help straighten out the youth baseball program, which at that point was no longer associated with the national Little League

“I did 3-on-3 basketball and dodgeball,” he recalled. “We started movie nights, and we did things in the kids’ local neighborhoods.” When the new Wellington Amphitheater opened last summer, Piconcelli seemed the natural choice for program director. “They knew I had a theater background,” he said. “At Kalamazoo, we put on 16 major productions in a nine-month period. I was assistant director for nine, directed five experimental shows and did the children’s shows as well. The amphitheater challenge brought me full circle.” Adjacent to the Wellington Community Center and the new municipal complex, the Wellington Amphitheater sports a full 25- by 40-foot stage with a green room, two dressing rooms and storage in the back. “Seating is on a wonderful manicured lawn in front that looks like the greens on a golf course,” Piconcelli said. The big attraction is that just about all events and shows are free. “It’s a wonderful place to bring your family,” he said. And Piconcelli has done his best to provide |wellington the magazine| June 2011


entertainment for all. There’s a performance series, a festival and event series, a concert series, a movie series and a comedy series. “We have movie nights beginning at dark (roughly 8:30 p.m.) on the first and third Fridays of each month, and, beginning in June, those will go to every Friday night,” he said. “Titles include old favorites like Young Frankenstein and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to new releases. They are shown on a large screen, and we have a great projector and wonderful sound system. Bring your blanket, sit back under the stars and enjoy the movie.” Moviegoers are invited to bring their own snacks, although Italian ices, popcorn, candy, soft drinks and water are sold on site. Sometimes there are even hot dogs and hamburgers for sale. “We want to emphasize that the

entertainment is free,” Piconcelli said. “It’s all free, so far.” Part of Piconcelli’s job is to locate sponsors for the various events taking place at the amphitheater. Levels go from $500 to $5,000. A $500 sponsor gets backstage passes as well as having his name announced at the event. Top-level sponsors get that plus their names in the program and on the web site. In addition, a $5,000 sponsor can set up a tent and hand out publicity materials at all the events for a year — and more than 100 are planned. In addition to 12 weeks of Friday night movies, summer events include: • June 11: car show (5 p.m.) and Tom Petty tribute concert (8 p.m.) • June 18: tribute to Neil Diamond by Neil Zirconia, “the ultimate faux Diamond” (8 p.m.)

• July 9: classic car show (5 p.m.) and South Florida Songwriters Festival concert (8 p.m.) • Aug. 13: classic car show (5 p.m.) and Rebound Highway concert (8 p.m.) • Aug. 20: Steel Pony band (8 p.m.) The Tale of Peter Rabbit was staged in May by the Immeasurable Theater Company as part of a live performance series that Piconcelli hopes to see grow. Another is scheduled for the fall. “I want to bring attendance up,” Piconcelli said. “Attendance has steadily been building as people become more aware of the amphitheater. Our movies are averaging 200 people; concerts are 300 to 700, depending on the performer. About 700 people came out for the ‘Touch of Broadway’ in April, and we had good attendance when the four

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high schools previewed the musicals they were doing.” The Wellington Art Society did its two-day Fall Fling show there, and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s WinterFest attracted thousands for an event featuring rapper and Wellington resident Vanilla Ice. “I’d like to see a high school jazz festival, and we’re planning to do ‘Wellington Has Talent’ in February,” Piconcelli said. “That should be very interesting.”

(Above) The Wellington Amphitheater as viewed from on stage (left) and Forest Hill Blvd. (right). (Below, clockwise) Recent amphitheater programs have included Lonny “Earthman” Smith at a special Earth Day event; the folk-rock group Gathering Time; a New Year’s Eve party; the children’s play The Tale of Peter Rabbit; and rapper Vanilla Ice at Wellington WinterFest.

Piconcelli is also proud of the Songwriters Showcase series and the Laugh Out Loud comedy series. “I think the future for the amphitheater is exciting, especially as we get more community organizations involved,” he said. For more information about the Wellington Amphitheater, or to become a sponsor, call Piconcelli at (561) 791-4756.

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Longtime Wellington resident Al Salopek has begun an educational campaign called Bee Understanding to teach people about the importance of the honeybee to our food supply.


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Wellington’s Al Salopek Out To Protect The Humble Honeybee Story by Matthew Auerbach Photos by Abner Pedraza

The next time you’re about to swat a honeybee that has been buzzing around your head, put that rolled-up newspaper down and think about this: that little guy and his millions of pals are responsible, through pollination, for approximately 30 percent of the food we eat. Here’s another number to ruminate on, albeit one that’s much more frightening. In the past half-century, the honeybee population has been reduced by half. Longtime Wellington resident Al Salopek is determined to raise awareness about this problem and the need to protect the honeybee through an education campaign called Bee Understanding. Bee Understanding is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the plight of honeybees and the benefits of backyard beekeeping. Salopek has always been buzzed about bees, but an incident three years ago turned his interest into a passion. “My neighbor José told me he had a nest of honeybees inside the eaves of his house,” he recalled. “He asked if I knew how to get rid of them. I told him not to do anything and to let me do a little research.” What he learned changed his life. “We ended up buying a beehive and moving the bees from his house to his back yard,” Salopek said. “That pushed my interest to another level. I joined the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association to learn everything I could. Soon after that, Jose and I went from one hive to six in our back yards, and I was officially on a mission.” That mission crystallized into Bee Understanding and a plan to take honeybees into every classroom he could to teach grade school students the importance of the work these insects do. Salopek recently received a grant for educational purposes. Along with donations, he was able to create a large honeybee

observation hive at Pine Jog Elementary School and Environmental Center. “It’s like an aquarium for honeybees,” he said. “I built it out of glass so kids can get a really close-up look at all the different jobs bees perform.” The observation hive is encased in what looks like a twosided, double-door closet. There is a round opening on one side that allows the inhabitants to come and go. “The kids marvel at all the activity,” Salopek said. “They watch the bees come and go, watch the females lay eggs and get a real sense of what a honeycomb looks like.” There are always instructors at the facility available to help the curious. If you can’t make it to Pine Jog, Salopek can bring a smaller version of the observation hive to you. “I have one made especially for presentations in classrooms,” he said. “It’s virtually an exact replica of the original, except there’s no entrance/exit. After all, you don’t want honeybees flying around a roomful of students.” Salopek is used to dealing with crowded rooms. A Wellington resident since 1982, Salopek spent many years in the restaurant business. “When I was 19, I opened Al’s Pizza at the corner of Belvedere and State Road 7,” he said. “I went on to become the head concierge at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club in the early 1990s. But it was his next gig that saw him literally make a name for himself. “I owned and operated the Bizarre Avenue Café in Lake Worth, where I was known as ‘Bizarre Al,’” Salopek smiled. “I always chose to believe it was an affectionate nickname.” Through all these changes, Salopek married his wife Keely. They have two children: 16-year-old son Alexei and 13-yearold daughter Natasha. Salopek sold the café in 2008 after nine years at the helm, |wellington the magazine| June 2011


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“Last year, I was involved in getting the new restaurant Beef Wellington up and running,” he said. “I was primarily a consultant and was glad to use my experience to help out.” These days, Salopek is using his experience in his newfound field to spread the word about the dangers honeybees are in and what each of us can do to help rectify the situation. “Colony Collapse Disorder — CCD — is having a disastrous affect on the honeybee population,” he said. “We don’t really know the causes of it; it might be pesticides, it might be synthetic nicotine or niconoids.” When the bees come in contact with these niconoids, they immediately show signs of dementia. “They can’t make it back to the hive,” Salopek said. “These niconoids are becoming ingrained with the soil. Their use has been banned in Europe for the past three years.” So what can one person do to help? Plenty, he said. “Backyard beekeeping accomplishes more than people might think,” Salopek said. “It’s become a fastgrowing industry. Think about this: each honeybee hive contains anywhere from thirty to sixty thousand bees. Many beekeepers are leaving the business due to the high cost of replenishing hives, so individual involvement becomes that much more crucial.” This is where Wellington plays an important role. “The village is one community that allows backyard beekeeping,” Salopek said. “We can

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If you’re involved with nonprofits or service organizations in the western communities, odds are good that you’ve worked alongside Maggie Zeller. Well known as a community activist and business leader, Zeller was recently recognized for her efforts with the Palms West Community Foundation’s inaugural “Corporate Stiletto Award.” Zeller, 58, was born in the suburbs of New York City and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Newton, Mass., which has since merged with Boston College. “Right out of college, I went into banking,” she recalled. “My father was in banking. Every summer from the time I was 16, I worked part-time as a teller. I really liked it.” Zeller began her career with Chase Manhattan Bank in the credittraining program, and then worked at Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Currently, she is vice president and business development officer at IberiaBank. Zeller first moved to Florida 20 years ago, living in Boca Raton with her family. She is mother to sons Christopher and Adam. In fact, Zeller said that her biggest accomplishment in life has been, “raising two wonderful sons. I’m very proud of them.”

when she moved to the western communities, settling in Royal Palm Beach. “On weekends, I would drive from Boca up [State Road 7] when it was a two-lane highway,” she said. “I thought it was a nice place to live.” Zeller is well known throughout the community for her participation in local chambers of commerce and other endeavors. She said that community involvement is something that has always been important to her. “When I was raising my children in Pound Ridge, N.Y., I was active with the Junior League,” she said, recalling the start of a long line of volunteerism. After moving to Royal Palm Beach, she began working for Sterling Bank, now IberiaBank, and joined the local chambers of commerce. “That was the beginning of how I networked,” she said. “I was new in the role of business development, and wanted to get out into the community.” Currently, Zeller is an ambassador with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce. She

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is also active in the Wellington Rotary Club, where she serves on the board of directors as the service project chair. Zeller has been successful both in the banking business and as a community leader due in part to her approachable nature. “I think I’m a people person,” she said. “The banking business is a very personal field. As long as people feel comfortable with you, they will do business with you. I think I relate to people very well.” The list of local organizations she has supported over the years is long, and includes: Hugs and Kisses, Little Smiles, the Palms West Community Foundation, the Lord’s Place, the YWCA, Back to Basics, Easter Seals and the American Cancer Society. “I believe in volunteering,” Zeller said. “Our company feels strongly about investing in the communities we serve, and is very supportive of our employees giving our time and talents to local organizations. I personally believe that community service is an important part of the fabric of a community.” And in doing so, Zeller is able to support the community while experiencing the joy that comes with helping those in need. “Over the years, I’ve been involved in many organizations,” she said. “I feel that whenever I give my time and help others, I always end up enriching my life and getting so much more back.” As she grows older and eventually retires, Zeller hopes to dedicate more time to the causes she cares so much about. The list of local organizations Maggie Zeller has supported over the years is long, and includes: Hugs and Kisses, Little Smiles, the Palms West Community Foundation, the Lord’s Place, the YWCA, Back to Basics, Easter Seals and the American Cancer Society.


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Michael H. Rathjens, Psy.D., P.A., has been in the field of clinical psychology for more than 20 years. He moved his practice to Wellington 10 years ago, following a decade as chief psychologist at a Sunrise rehabilitation hospital, where he helped patients deal with the mental anguish caused by spinal cord injuries, traumatic burns, chronic pain or cancer. Dr. Michael H. Rathjens, Psy.D., P.A.

“A person may have the best oncologist, surgeon or plastic surgeon, but unless the person’s head is OK, he or she won’t be able to benefit from those kinds of help,” Dr. Rathjens said.

Dr. Rathjens, however, can only help people who want to be helped. The quest for help must come from within.

His Wellington practice is split nearly evenly between children and adults. “What I tell parents is that 95 percent of what I do will be with them,” he said. “There’s a lot of education and specific treatment goals that parents need to follow up on with their children.”

“I only work with people who feel they are suffering in some way and want to make some changes,” he said. “I am not there to convince them they need help. I can offer them an objective, nonjudgmental and confidential opinion on steps they can take.”

Dr. Rathjens also treats adults struggling with marital problems, substance abuse, general depression or anxiety. He said the troubled economy is taking its toll on people. “People are under a lot more stress,” he said. “When you are unemployed or underemployed, it affects the whole family. They need to stay focused on what they have control over.”

The stigma of previous generations against seeking professional psychological help is fading, Dr. Rathjens said. “People are being educated more accurately,” he said. “It takes courage and commitment to want to make something different in your relationship or within yourself.” Quite often, therapy is only a short-time need.

Dr. Rathjens said it helps to itemize all the things that are in your head. “If you don’t do that, the five or 10 things you’re really trying to stay on top of can seem like 100 things. I tell my patients to write down those things that we need to focus on, and we keep a running log of the status of each of those things.” And healthy habits can also help. “I stress how important it is to do some type of physical activity each day — walk, ride a bike, jog, do something for 30 minutes each day so you give your body that physical release. It is also important to keep your diet consistent and healthy, whether you need to lose weight or not.”

“The process of therapy is not always for months on end, let alone years,” he said. “Everyone’s got something they need to do some work on, but not everyone needs therapy... On average, people with sleep issues or general stress management problems or some depression can have things resolved after four to six sessions. They are then free to view the psychologist as a resource if things were to develop. They’ve established a connection.” The office of Michael H. Rathjens, Psy.D., PA, is at 12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 108, in Wellington. Call (561) 790-7975 for further information or to make an appointment. |wellington the magazine| June 2011


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Wellington’s Stephanie Abrams Helps America Wake Up Each Morning Story by Deborah Welky

All across the United States, Americans wake up and begin to plan their day with the help of Wellington native Stephanie Abrams, an on-air meteorologist for the Weather Channel. Starting bright and early at 6 a.m., Abrams co-hosts Wake Up With Al beside celebrity weatherman Al Roker. When Roker signs off at 7 a.m., Abrams sticks around for another four hours, co-hosting Your Weather Today with fellow meteorologist Mike Bettes from 7 to 10 a.m. before Roker returns for another hour. A graduate of Wellington High School, Abrams recalled how she was drawn to a career in meteorology. “My dad is a physician based out of JFK Medical Center who also worked out of Wellington Regional Medical Center,” Abrams said. “Growing up, we always had science in our life. We visited Yellowstone, watched Halley’s Comet and talked about science around the dinner table. So I knew my career was going to have something to do with science.” A family summer trip to the Florida Keys shortly after Hurricane (Left) Stephanie Abrams on the set with meteorologist Mike Bettes, her co-host on Your Weather Today weekday mornings from 7 to 10 a.m. Photo courtesy Chris Stanford/The Weather Channel

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Andrew ravaged the area in 1992 piqued Abrams’ scientific curiosity still further. “We watched it on TV when it was coming in, and then our trip took us through Homestead,” she said. “I was interested to know how something like that happened — the wind, the rain.”

(Above) Stephanie Abrams with celebrity weatherman Al Roker. They host Wake Up With Al every morning on the Weather Channel. Photo courtesy Stephen clark/The Weather Channel

Upon graduation from WHS, Abrams enrolled at the University of Florida, where she immediately signed up for every science course she could, seeking to refine her career search. The field of meteorology was particularly enticing, but UF didn’t offer the program. There was a well-known meteorology program at Florida State University, but by that time, Abrams considered herself a Gator. (She remains a huge fan of college football to this day.) “What do I do?” she asked herself. “I contacted some alumni for advice and ended up majoring in geography, because that was something I’d need anyway.” Abrams earned her bachelor’s degree in geography from UF with a minor in mathematics, then attended FSU for two years to earn another bachelor’s degree in meteorology.

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“My advice to anyone who has a dream is to pursue it. It’s just hard work,” Abrams said. “I was always intimidated by math and science. I’m no genius. But don’t be ashamed if you don’t understand something. I always raised my hand and asked. Usually the majority of those around you don’t know the answer either, but they’re scared to ask. You have to have self confidence.” Abrams’ first post-college job was presenting the weather at an ABC affiliate where she worked weekends until she was tapped to do a morning show. Still looking to improve her

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situation, she put together a resume tape consisting of her weather spots and sent it out. “I have no shame,” she laughed. “I sent it to New York, to L.A. I’d say, ‘Hi! Do you have any openings? Could you give me some tips?’ I had a list of FSU alumni, and I would just ask them to critique me. I sent a new tape to [the Weather Channel’s] Terri Smith every couple of months to critique.” Her persistence paid off. Abrams started at the Weather Channel in 2003. In 2004, a historic season for hurricanes, she asked if she could go out into the field. “When you do hurricane coverage, you’re not out there with hair and makeup,” Abrams said. “You have to know how to rough it. You’re eating Pop Tarts and Sun Chips and peanut butter sandwiches with everybody else. You’re going to Walmart before the storm hits just like

everybody else. You’re out there for hours on end in what are not ideal working conditions for anybody. But I learned so much about what the people were going through, and it helped me understand the weather better.”


Although things have eased up for Abrams somewhat, doing live shows that air daily from 6 to 11 a.m. has its challenges. She has to be at the studio by 3:30 a.m. “I’m not a morning person. If I could sleep until 8 or 9 o’clock, I would,” she said. “As it is, I have to have all my ducks in a row the night before. I shower the night before, prepare my food for the next day and lay out my clothes. Fortunately, I live very close to work, so I get up about 3 or 3:15 a.m., jump out of bed, put on my shoes and go out the door. Then I go right into hair and makeup, which are so nice to have. I have an iPad and go through my e-mails and look at the weather models while I’m in there.”


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Private Estate In Wellington’s Palm Beach Pointe Is Located On A Peaceful Pond Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Lisa M. Timm

Located in the exclusive Palm Beach Point community, this home offers all the best amenities. Adjacent to a peaceful pond, the 3,836-square-foot residence boasts four bedrooms and five bathrooms in a split-floor plan where each bedroom has its own bath. Located on five acres, the home has a large patio with an outdoor kitchen and unique water feature.

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(Above) Each of the four large bedrooms has its own bathroom, a perfect feature for busy families. The bedrooms are in a split-floor plan and feature walk-in closets. The master bedroom (left) has beautiful, triple-coffered ceilings, his-and-her walk-in closets and a door leading to the patio.

(Left) The master bath is a private oasis with a large Jacuzzi tub centered under a dome of beautiful lights. It features a walk-in dual-head shower with glass-block windows for privacy, as well as a separate water closet. The bathroom has marble floors and fixtures and is located down a private hallway from the master suite.

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(Left) The large kitchen features solid wood doors, granite countertops and upgraded appliances. It has a gas stove with a decorative hood, dual ovens, a side-by-side refrigeratorfreezer, and an island with a prep sink. High ceilings make for extra cabinet and storage space, and each cabinet shelf rolls out for easier access.

(Above) The large brick patio is perfect for entertaining with an outdoor summer kitchen complete with grill and cook top. It has a cabana bath for guests, as well as ample room for seating. The large yard is filled with fruit trees and native plants. (Left inset) The home features a beautiful decorative driveway, a three-carplus garage and a large covered entryway. It is fenced with its own private access gate in addition to the community’s gated entryway. The front door is made from etched impact glass and is set off by tall decorative columns.

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New Ownership Breathes New Life Into Yano’s Italian Deli Story by Lauren Miró • Photos by Abner Pedraza

For tasty Italian cuisine, visit Yano’s Italian Deli in the Wellington Marketplace. Family-owned and operated, Yano’s offers the best in homemade food right in the heart of Wellington. While Yano’s has been a Wellington staple for years, it re-opened in February under the new ownership of Susan Rispoli and her husband Jerry. Rispoli, a New York native, grew up in the kitchen cooking with her grandmother, who taught her a love of food that she’s since turned into a career. “She was the most wonderful cook,” Rispoli said. “I was by her side since I was three years old, helping her and watching her.” Her foray into true Italian cooking came years later when she met her mother-in-law, a native of Naples, Italy. “She opened a whole world for me,” Rispoli recalled. “She would wake up in the morning and start to cook dinner. It was a feast every night. I took that tradition from her and was determined to be the best cook in the family.” Aside from her mother-in-law, Rispoli’s authentic Italian dishes come from a variety of aunts, grandmothers and other relatives from both hers and Jerry’s families. “My cooking is a mix of family recipes,” she said. Rispoli began her professional career in New York as a caterer. Later, she opened Sweet Sue’s, which specialized in chocolates and desserts. In the 1990s, the family moved to Las Vegas and Rispoli opened Nikki Lee’s, an Italian sports bar named after her two daughters. Later, she opened an Italian restaurant that doubled as a gaming bar, enabling her to serve a larger variety of home-cooked dishes. Last year, Rispoli and her husband moved to Wellington to be closer to her family. “It just seemed like such a young, energetic place to be,” she said. “I fell in love with Wellington — the people, the area. It’s really unique; it’s a little niche in Florida.” To continue her cooking career, Rispoli saw an opportunity to re-open Yano’s, keeping the name as a tribute to its longstanding history in the community. And walking into Yano’s today is like walking into the Rispoli family

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(Above) Yano’s owner Susan Rispoli at the Wellington deli. (Left) A homemade manicotti plate.

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wellington table kitchen. Not only is the food inviting, but so is the staff behind the counter. Rispoli herself is warm and welcoming, making friends with each customer who sets foot through the door. “I want people to come in and enjoy their experience,” she said. “Maybe I made them laugh or smile. I want to make them happy.” If the family environment doesn’t bring you back, the food will. Rispoli has honored some of Yano’s favorite dishes, while bringing in a menu all her own. But don’t ask her what to order, or you’ll walk out with a bit of everything. “I cook all of the things that I love,” she said. “I have people ask me which dish is my favorite. It’s my restaurant, so everything I cook is my favorite.”

(Top to bottom) Yano’s chicken salad plate; imported Italian items for sale; the Italian combo hero and and the popular meatball parmigiano hero together on a plate; one of the display cases at Yano’s.

And Rispoli makes sure that each dish is perfect down to the last bite, something she says comes from her own love of food. “I love food,” she said. “I love cooking. I’m a people pleaser. I want people to enjoy it. When I cook and I eat, I don’t just want to say that it filled my stomach. I want it to be delicious. If I’m going to eat it, I want to say ‘mmm, this is so good’ after every bite.” The menu features everything from sandwiches and salads to chicken Parmesan and strawberry cheesecake, all made fresh every day by Rispoli. A large glass counter displays trays of mouth-watering food, all available for dining in or taking home.

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sauce. The dish is light and satisfying, with the cheese offsetting the zesty sauce. For something more substantial try the chicken Yano ($13.95), consisting of a chicken breast either grilled or fried and topped with a bed of fresh tomatoes, red onions, basil, mozzarella, olive oil and vinegar. The dish is a delicious blend of classic Italian flavors presented so that each bite is a medley in your mouth. For something quicker, try one of 29 listed varieties of sandwiches ($8.95), available on an Italian or multigrain hero, flour or whole wheat wrap. Rispoli is known for her meatballs, and her meatball sub is a great example of the classic sandwich. Or, opt for a classic Italian combo with ham, capicola, salami, pepperoni, provolone and a variety of vegetables. If you’re looking for something a bit sweeter, Yano’s is the perfect spot to stop for an authentic Italian espresso and some dessert. Rispoli makes most of her own desserts, including cannolis ($2.95 each), which are made to order. Another popular option is the homemade bread pudding ($4.95), made with a brandy sauce. Whether you’re in for lunch, dinner or dessert, Yano’s food is sure to satisfy. And that’s because Rispoli puts all of her passion into cooking each day.

And if you can’t make it in, Yano’s offers both delivery and catering.

“In life you have to have a passion,” she said. “Pick what you love and be the best that you can be. I love what I do. I love people. I love to cook. I love food. I make my restaurant a place where people want to be.”

For a classic Italian dish, try the manicotti ($2.95 each), made from fresh crepes, stuffed with cheese and covered in a delicious, homemade red

Yano’s Italian Deli is located at 13833 Wellington Trace, Suite E8 in the Wellington Marketplace. For more information, or to place an order, call (561) 795-7333.

wellington dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices. Create your own “Pasta-Bility” with Agliolio’s 100-percent fresh pastas and homemade sauces full of bold and fresh flavors. Ask about the “Perfect Pair” entrees. Agliolio offers an extensive wine list by the glass and the bottle. For more info., call (561) 798-7770 or visit Agliolio in the Wellington Plaza at 12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. at the corner of Wellington Trace. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is located on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. Specializing in family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo is known for its large portions designed to serve several people. If you’ve got a large party, reserve the Pope’s Room; for a unique experience, reserve the table in the kitchen. For more info., call (561) 790-3287 or visit www.bucadibeppo.com. Christy’s NY Cheesecake offers delicious baked goods that leave you wanting more. Christy’s is now open in its new, larger location at the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 110. Call (561) 795-3244 for more info. For a quick pick-me-up on the go, or a place to sit and relax over a cup of coffee, visit Cofftea Café in the Courtyard Shops at the corner of Greenview Shores Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 798-4050. Enjoy a delicious drink, a beautiful water view, fantastic music and authentic Mexican food all without packing your suitcase at El Toro Mexican Family Restaurant adjacent to the Royal Inn at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. Dine in or enjoy the patio bar. For more info., call (561) 296-7102. Drop by the Gypsy’s Horse Irish Pub & Restaurant and relax in a warm, traditional Irish setting complete with oak-barrel tables and a full bar with

many types of beer flowing from the taps. Regular live entertainment is offered. The Gypsy’s Horse is located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Call (561) 333-3700 for more info. I’m Greek Today features a menu with a strong emphasis on one of the world’s healthiest diets — food that is simple and elegant, fresh, timeless and Mediterranean. Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine as well as wines from around the world. I’m Greek Today is located in Southern Palm Crossing at 11051 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 333-4233 or visit www.imgreektoday.com. Enjoy wonderful sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and fruit at Jason’s Deli, located at 2605 State Road 7 near Whole Foods Market in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 333-1263 or visit www.jasonsdeli. com. Joe’s American Bar & Grill, in the Mall at Wellington Green near the food court, is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. For more info., visit www.joesamerican.com or call (561) 798-7433. Lock Stock and Barrel Restaurant, located at 3208 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is your neighborhood grill for steaks, chops and seafood. Enjoy a full bar with wines and cocktails that complement wonderful appetizers, salads and sandwiches for lunch, as well as a selection of the finest steaks, chops and featured seafood entrees. A children’s menu is available. For info., call (561) 649-4545 or visit www.lockstockandbarrelrestaurant.com. Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, offering all the quality and style of Palm Beach in the heart of Wellington. For more info., call (561) 792-2220 or visit www.olis restaurant.com.



Pangea Bistro in the Pointe at Wellington Green offers a taste of the best food from all around the world. Pangea is open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday. For reservations, call (561) 7939394 or visit www.pangeabistro.net. The Players Club Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington) features gourmet cuisine along with a popular piano bar, outside dining, two outside smoking bars, live entertainment and catered events. Call (561) 795-0080 for more info. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. The gourmet American fare features delicious entrees with the perfect wines to accompany. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stone woodgrill.com for more info. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli in the Mall at Wellington Green for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. Specialties include signature overstuffed sandwiches, chicken noodle soup and traditional deli classics. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit www.toojays.com. Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or pick up your order of signature wings, ribs, chicken and more. Tree’s also delivers mouthwatering menu items, and caters events and parties. Visit www.treeswingsand ribs.com or call (561) 791-1535 for more information. The White Horse Tavern serves up bold, hearty flavors from a convenient location adjacent to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Located at 3401 Equestrian Club Road in Wellington, White Horse Tavern opens for dinner at 5 p.m. nightly. For more info., call (561) 333-1150.

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Friday, June 3 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, June 3-5 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.). Visit www.festivalofantiques.com for info. • Free Movie Nights will take place at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) on Fridays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 253-2484 for more info.


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Saturday, June 4 • Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will present “Farm Your Backyard Vegetable Garden” on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This hands-on workshop will show how to successfully grow vegetables. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Summer Reading Program kickoff event “Midnight Magic” on Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. Master magician Gary Midnight will delight all ages with his mesmerizing illusions. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “It’s a Mad World Tea Party” on Saturday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m. for ages 9 to 17. Kick off your summer Wonderland-style. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Sunday, June 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “The Magic World of India” on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. for adults. Discover the rich and diverse culture, food and dancing of India. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Monday, June 6 • The South Florida Fair’s Summer Ag-ucation program will be held Monday through Friday, June 6-10 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. all days in the Agriplex (9067 Southern Blvd.). Call (561) 790-5229 or visit www.southfloridafair.com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host the “Great Library Scavenger Hunt” on Monday, June 6 at 4 p.m. for ages 10 to 13. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, June 7 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Government Center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., sixth floor, West Palm Beach). Visit www.pbcgov.com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Slipper Society” on Tuesdays, June 7 and 14 and Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m. all days for age 5 and up. Slip on your fanciest shoes to attend a ball each week as the library travels the globe to meet storybook Cinderellas from different countries. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, June 8 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Puppets from Around the World” Wednesdays, June 8 and 22 at 11:15 a.m. both days for age 9 and up. Explore the use of puppets in other cultures and make one of your own. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Dynamite Duct Tape Wallets” on Wednesday, June 8 at 4 p.m. or Thursday, June 9 at

6:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Make a cool wallet for Father’s Day or keep it for yourself. Duct tape will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, June 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Magician’s Apprentice” on Thursday, June 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 11:15 a.m. all days for age 8 and up. Unlock the hidden secrets behind the art of magic during four weeks of apprenticeship. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Family Board Game Fun” on Thursday, June 9 at 2 p.m. for age 4 and up. Bring the family and play different board games. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, June 10 • The School District of Palm Beach County’s Student Summer Internship Program will host a golf tournament at the Madison Green Golf Club (2001 Crestwood Blvd., Royal Palm Beach) on Friday, June 10. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and practice on the driving range and putting green. Register at www.sdpbcfmdgolf outing.com or contact Sandra Bridges at (561) 3861350 or signatureaffair@aol.com. Saturday, June 11 • The Philippine American Society will host the Philippine Annual Summer Festival on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. Admission is $5. Visit www. thephilippineamericansociety.org for more info. • A Tom Petty Tribute Concert featuring the Free Fallin’ Band will take place Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., call (561) 753-2484. Monday, June 13 • A Palms West Chamber of Commerce luncheon will take place Monday, June 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) featuring guest speakers State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto and State Rep. Joe Abruzzo, along with the presentation of the Business of the Year awards. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Call Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 7906200 or e-mail marylou@palmswest.com for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Extreme Tween Challenge” on Monday, June 13 at 4 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. Ever wanted to be in a Japanese game show? Try the library’s version of Takeshi’s Castle. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, June 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Introduction to Irish Dancing” on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. Marie Marzi of the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance will guide you through beginner steps based on traditional dance forms. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. Wednesday, June 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Chopstick Frames on Wednesday, June 15 at 4 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Make a chopstick frame — they’re not just for eating! Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Advisory Group Meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 5 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, June 16 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Tutor.com Résumé Resources” on Thursday, June 16 at 3 p.m. for adults. Learn about online library resources to support your job search. Work on job searching, résumés and/or filling out online applications. Bring a flash drive to save your work. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register.

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wellington calendar Friday, June 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Brent Gregory: Magical Stories from around the World” on Friday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. for age 4 and up. Enjoy magical illusions from other countries, comedy, music, puppets and audience participation. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, June 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Hurray for Fathers!” on Saturday, June 18 at 10:15 a.m. for age 2 and up. Show how much you love dad with stories, songs and a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Palm Beach Multicultural Organization will present the fourth annual West Palm Beach Carnival on Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd.). Visit www. westpalmbeachcarnival.com for more info. • A Neil Diamond Tribute Concert starring Neil Zirconia will take place Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., call (561) 753-2484. Monday, June 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Workforce Alliance to Help Job Seekers” on Monday, June 20 at 10 a.m. for adults. Counselors will be available to register first-time users in the Employ Florida web site, to help them fill out applications and learn about career opportunities. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Kingdom Keepers” Monday, June 20 at 4 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. Test your knowledge of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. Tuesday, June 21 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the Govern-


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ment Center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., sixth floor, West Palm Beach). Visit www.pbcgov.com for more info. Wednesday, June 22 • The American Red Cross 10th annual Community Courage Awards Luncheon will be held Wednesday, June 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). For info., visit www.pbtcredcross. org/courage or call Maura Nelson at (561) 650-9131. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Live Action Battleship” on Wednesday, June 22 at 4 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Players take the place of game pieces. Come and sink your friends. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, June 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Stories in Shadows & Shapes” on Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m. for age 5 and up. What’s that lurking in the shadows? Is it a puppet or a shape? Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, June 24 • The South Florida Science Museum (4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach) will host “Under the Sea Nights at the Museum” on Friday, June 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. Families of all ages will enjoy awesome ocean activities including the opportunity to pet live sharks and stingrays. Call (561) 8321988 or visit www.sfsm.org for more info. Saturday, June 25 • The June Flea Market & Garage Sale will be held Saturday, June 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. Admission is $3; free for kids under 12. For booth info., call (561) 790-5219 or e-mail annabell@southfloridafair.com. • Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host its “Tropical Fruit Fes-

tival” on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Palm Beach chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International will explore the delicious world of tasty tropical fruit. Admission is $5. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www.mounts.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “One World, Many Sounds” on Saturday, June 25 at 10:15 a.m. for age 2 and up. Hear music from around the world performed by the Clarion Handbell Choir. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Monday, June 27 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Positively Africa!” on Monday, June 27 at 2 p.m. for all ages. Julius and Julia Sanna will help kids experience music and culture by playing African musical instruments. Learn simple Swahili songs. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Fear Factor” on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 17, featuring trivia, physical challenges and gross food. Can you push past your fear? Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, June 28 • The Palm Beach County Commission will hold a workshop on Tuesday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the Government Center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., sixth floor, West Palm Beach). Visit www.pbcgov.com for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. Wednesday, June 29 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host its Business Tune-up Series on Wednesday, June 29 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the chamber office (13901 Southern Blvd.). Call (561) 790-6200 or email marylou@palmswest.com for info.

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Great Strides Walk — The Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis was held Saturday, April 30 at Village Park in Wellington. Participants walked two miles around the park before returning for some food, fun and activities. Shown here are Kingston’s Gold Rush team members with their award for bringing the most people to the event.

PBCHS Pizza Party — For winning second place in the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program, sponsored by General Motors and Maroone Chevrolet, Palm Beach Central High School students were treated to free pizza May 4 and 5 from Little Caesar. Shown here (front, L-R), Jose Bolgar and Brad Smith, and (second row) Collin Douglas and Joanna Miguel enjoy lunch.

Folk-Rock Concert — Gathering Time, a New York-based acoustic folkrock trio, played a concert Friday, April 29 at the Wellington Amphitheater. The group features Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong and Glen Roethel. Guests enjoyed classic folk-rock music from storytellers such as Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and more, as well as some original songs by Gathering Time.

Entrepreneur Award Presentation — Tony Coppola (left), owner of the Tackeria, recently accepted his 2010 Wellington The Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Barry Manning. All through last year, the magazine profiled successful local business leaders. Those profiles became the nominees for the year-end award, won by Coppola, who has been providing horse supplies locally since the 1970s. (Left) Golden Stiletto Award Winner Julie Kime (center) with Maureen Gross and Jaene Miranda. (Below) Award winners with all the nominees and Palms West Community Foundation representatives.

Inaugural Stiletto Awards — The Palms West Community Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce, hosted the inaugural 2011 Women of the Year Stiletto Awards luncheon on Thursday, April 21 at the Breakers West Country Club. The Golden Stiletto Award went to Julie Kime for her dedication to the area for more than 30 years. The Corporate Stiletto Award went to Maggie Zeller of IberiaBank, the Nonprofit/ Education Stiletto Award went to Sharon Gill of the Oasis Compassion Agency and the Entrepreneur Award went to Susan Giddings of Spare Hands. |wellington the magazine| June 2011



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