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WIDE OPEN SPACES: GOLF IS THRIVING AT AREA CLUBS If you’re looking for a great game of golf, look no further than Wellington. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy 18 holes, be sure to check out the fantastic area facilities, such as the Wanderers Club, Wellington National Golf Club and the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. By M. Dennis Taylor

PRIVATE SCHOOLS OFFER STRONG ACADEMIC PROGRAMS The old adage “live and learn” is alive and well in the Wellington area. The living is wonderful, and the learning opportunities include some of the best private schools in the nation at all grade levels. By M. Dennis Taylor

PREP SPORTS PROGRAMS SHINE AT AREA PRIVATE SCHOOLS Winning state championships and having elite programs year after year are part of the fabric of life at the King’s Academy, American Heritage School and Oxbridge Academy. The 2017-18 school year at these three private schools is proof of that. By Y.A. Teitelbaum

MADDIE BROWN COMPETING ON NBC’S ‘WORLD OF DANCE’ Wellington’s deep reservoir of untapped talent continues to find its way to shine. Most recently, an up-and-coming star from the community is being featured this summer on NBC’s “World of Dance.” Madison “Maddie” Brown, a 12-year-old Wellington native, can be seen on Season 2 of the hit summer show. By Deborah Welky Students at Elbridge Gale Elementary School have rallied as only the young and energetic can to battle an unlikely foe — blood cancer. This year marked a decade of them participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program.

SENIOR REGIS WENHAM LOVES HER LIFE IN WELLINGTON As half of one of Wellington’s most well-known couples, Regis Wenham is no shrinking violet. When she is not supporting her husband, former Wellington Mayor Tom Wenham, in his endeavors, she has spent many years enjoying her own close social circle in the community. By Ray Burow

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Seniors Enjoy ‘Spring Fling’ Dinner Dance At Mayacoo Flag Painting Party At Oak Bistro Supports U.S. Marines Group Wellington Holds Earth Day, Arbor Day Celebration At Amphitheater Wellington Elementary Fine Arts Academy Performs ‘The Lion King’ ‘Lei’d Back Luau’ Concludes Series Of Events On Lake Wellington

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Wellington Home visits an estate in Wellington’s exclusive Equestrian Club community with a lake view, a three-car garage and a gorgeous lap pool and spa. Built as one of the sought-after Stockton styles, it has a unique upgrade that expands the living space. One of its five bedrooms has been opened up to become a game room/bar. By Deborah Welky After much anticipation, The Beauty and The Beeeef finally opened at the Mall at Wellington Green last month. On May 10, the innovative burger joint opened its doors to “burger savages” of all ages, bringing a variety of burgers, poutines, eclectic mason jar cocktails and more to hungry folks in Wellington.

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WELLINGTON PROFESSIONAL WELLINGTON SENIOR WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE WELLINGTON HEALTH WELLINGTON CALENDAR ON THE COVER American Heritage School Valedictorian Meghana Vemulapalli was accepted to and will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004

THE MAGAZINE

volume 15, number 6 june 2018

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Joshua I. Manning

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

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Private Schools Our Focus In This Special Education Issue

In our special education issue this month, we focus on the amazing educational opportunities available at area private schools. Many of these schools offer strong academic programs for all grade levels. We visited some of these schools, from the top-rated programs at the American Heritage School to the individualized learning environment available at Education Place to the programs available for younger learners at the Wellington Preparatory School and Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool. Once we’ve looked at the academic programs, we also explore the top-ranked athletic programs at area private schools. Aside from schools, we also visit the wide open spaces of local golf courses this month. If you’re looking for a great game of golf, look no further than Wellington. Members and their guests need only climb into a cart to discover that our area is a great place to play a round of golf. We chat with the golf pros at the Wanderers Club, Wellington National Golf Club and the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club to learn more. Also featured this month is Madison “Maddie” Brown, a 12-year-old Wellington native who can be seen on Season 2 of NBC’s hit summer show “World of Dance,” which began airing May 29 and wraps up in September. Brown grabbed the attention of judges and dance superstars Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and host/mentor Jenna Dewan to score a spot on the show. Meanwhile, Wellington students are helping out in the fight against blood cancer through the Pennies for Patients program, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Palm Beach Area Chapter. Learn more in this issue. Wellington Professional this month chats with creative digital designer Ryan Mishkin of rm5 Design, who has been crafting all-inclusive business branding and marketing products for more than 10 years. Our Wellington Senior series continues with a profile of Regis Wenham, half of one of Wellington’s most well-known couples. When she is not supporting her husband, former Wellington Mayor Tom Wenham, in his endeavors, she enjoys her own close social circle in the community. Wellington Real Estate visits with Jill Merrell of Illustrated Properties. The owner of Ultima Fitness for almost three decades, this longtime local businesswoman is returning to her real estate roots. Wellington Health focuses on the new Club Pilates Wellington, which is bringing reformer-based Pilates group classes to Palm Beach County. Wellington Home tours an exclusive Equestrian Club estate that features expanded living space and many upgrades. Finally, Wellington Table stops by The Beauty and The Beeeef, an innovative burger joint that opened last month at the Mall at Wellington Green. We hope you are all enjoying the start of a relaxing Wellington summer. We’ll be back next month with our annual health and wellness issue.

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Wellington Seniors Enjoy ‘Spring Fling’ Dinner Dance At Mayacoo

(Left to right) Eda LoVerso, Hermine Palmer and James Mandolos; Tony and Mary Alfalla; and Margaret and Bob Kruger.

The Wellington Seniors Club held its Spring Fling Dinner Dance on Friday, April 27 at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. The local seniors celebrated the season with an evening of dining and dancing to songs sung by Marcel Rasa.

(Left to right) Marian and Patrick Stone with Sherie and Bob Scalcitti; Kelvin and Pamela Lopez, Eileen Dix, Mary Rowe, Tony and Mary Alfalla, Marcel and Simona Rasa, Pat Kohn and Virginia Pagan; Estelle Rubin and Howard Trager; (seated) Valerie Parks, Bill Parks and Art Beyer, and (standing) Elfrieda Beyer and Ingrid Biegler; and Mary Rowe sings with Marcel Rasa.

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Flag Painting Party At Oak Bistro Supports U.S. Marines Group

(Left to right) Marines Ronnie Goode, David Franta and Noah Narut; Oak Bistro owners Lisa and Brian Jacobsen; and Dawson Craft signs a wooden flag going to Camp Pendleton.

Oak Bistro & Wine Bar in Royal Palm Beach hosted a benefit painting party for the U.S. Marines 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Association on Thursday, May 10. Participants created signed wooden flags to be sent to Camp Pendleton along with a check. The money will be used to create a living memorial and pay medical bills for U.S. Marine veterans needing assistance. The event was staged with help from KB Social Artworking and included raffles and a ticket auction.

(Left to right) Noah Narut gets help from KB Social Artworking owner Kerry Carnes; Lisa Moline, Joe Peters, Stefanie Peters and Jerry Lucey; Amanda Somers and Jenna Bailey enjoy painting; Chris Corrigan with her flag; and Joanne Kaminski, Jackie Grebinar, and Madison, Al and Lenyce Boyd.

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Wellington Holds Earth Day, Arbor Day Celebration At Amphitheater

(Left to right) Wellington officials gather to plant a tree; FLOWER (Fabulous Landscape of Wellington Earning Recognition) honorees Randi Cosola and Dave Jiminez with program chair Stormi Bivins (center); and Waste Management’s “Cycler” with William and Breanna Arthur.

The Wellington Amphitheater played host to environmental education and entertainment on Saturday, April 21 to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. Attendees watched demonstrations such as tree pruning and met members of the Wellington Tree Board, the Wellington Garden Club and the Florida Forestry Service. Kids got their faces painted, worked on a mural and met Smokey Bear. Food trucks were on site, and giveaways included tree seedlings and reusable bags.

(Left to right) Jersira Johnson creates a tie-dye shirt; Waste Management’s Government Affairs Manager Ellen Smith and Community Relations Coordinator Shiraz Kashar; the Palm Beach Central High School Environmental Society; and Wellington Garden Club members Ann Finch, Lisa Ferrano and Linda DeSanti.

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Wellington Elementary Fine Arts Academy Performs ‘The Lion King’

(Left to right) Mufasa and Sarabi in front of Pride Rock; Young Simba Brett Hobbs first meets Timon and Pumba; and Simba, played by Emiliano Gando, and Nala, played by Madison Neltner, sing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”

On Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16 the Wellington Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Musical Theater Group staged its presentation of Disney’s The Lion King Kids. Approximately 50 students performed songs from The Lion King under the musical direction of Dave Morrison.

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‘Lei’d Back Luau’ Concludes Series Of Events On Lake Wellington

(Left to right) Aolani from Aloha Islanders teaches kids how to hula dance; Wellington Vice Mayor Michael Drahos with daughters Sophia and Julia; and Amberly and Bethany Rodriguez enjoy creating tie-dye shirts.

The Village of Wellington held a Lakeside Lei’d Back Luau on Thursday, April 26 on Lake Wellington behind the Wellington Community Center. There was face painting, a balloon artist, a bounce slide, lawn games, music and more. It was the final event of Wellington’s Lakeside Family Fun series. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/lakeside.

(Left to right) Sharon and Denzil Soleyn watch the show; Hula dancing with Jason Loucks, Kiulani, Werner Raschdorf, Aolani and Nestor Gasset; Viviana Amoroso with her grandmother Veronica Baez; Aloha Islanders Aolani, Mahina and Kiulani; and Madelyn Rutherford, Averly Lukens and Chloe Sooklal play with wooden blocks.

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If you’re looking for a great game of golf, look no further than Wellington. Members and their guests need only climb into a cart to discover that our area is a great place to play a round of golf, offering beautiful courses, wide open spaces and a touch of the equestrian lifestyle. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy 18 holes, be sure to check out the fantastic area facilities, such as the Wanderers Club, Wellington National Golf Club and the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club.

The Wanderers Club

A championship golf course with excellent conditions is the challenging, yet enjoyable course at the Wanderers Club. Offering an elite golf experience with relaxed professional service, no required tee times and extremely limited membership, a game at the Wanderers Club is a pleasurable experience — and with five sets of tees, it’s pleasurable for every skill level. “Member service is the best possible. That is what separates us and is unique in the area,” said General Manager and Director of Golf Justin Thompson, a PGA member. “Playing here is an opportunity to relax and enjoy the day on an uncrowded course that is a U.S. Open qualifier.” Thompson was the club’s first director of golf and has been there more than 10 years, designing the entire golf program to offer members a top-flight experience. “It is the best possible golf experience in a quiet atmosphere, well away from the hustle and bustle. Members can arrive when they want and play as quickly or leisurely as they desire,” Thompson explained. “We have a fully stocked pro shop with logo products, and our director of instruction is PGA Hall of Fame member Michael Hebron.” Thompson added that the Wanderers Club offers innovative instruction from a full complement of certified PGA professionals with many years of experience, backed by state-of28 june 2018 | wellington the magazine

Wanderers Club General Manager and Director of Golf Justin Thompson.

the-art swing analysis and expert club fitting. “The full-service country club has recently undergone multimillion-dollar renovations, including brand-new golf carts — although players can walk if they choose — and new bunkers on the course, lighted tennis courts with a Har-Tru clay surface that is maintained twice a day, an upgraded pool area and a new 4,000-squarefoot fitness center with great equipment like Peloton cycles,” Thompson said. “And we have recruited an amazing group of well-qualified professional instructors to teach fitness classes.”


There is space available for private dinners to a complete ballroom where award-winning Executive Chef Tam Ha serves up some of the best food in Wellington. “This is a great benefit to members, as no reservations are required, and they can get an excellent meal,” Thompson said. The Wanderers Club is a family-centric facility with an onsite child care center featuring two areas, one for movies and one for games with a playroom. It provides year-round activi-

ties ranging from cooking classes to summer camp to golf tournaments. Thompson feels that the family dynamic of the club is augmented by the staff offering personalized service. “We take a lot of pride in that the friendly staff makes members feel welcome,” he said. The Wanderers Club is located at 1900 Aero Club Drive in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 795-3501 or visit www. wanderersclubwellington.com. wellington the magazine | june 2018

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Wellington National Golf Club A club with a definite equestrian feel to it is the Wellington National Golf Club, located on Binks Forest Drive. “You’ll definitely see some horses in the neighborhood,” said David Alpeter, one of the golf pros at the club, along with PGA Hall of Fame member Bob Toski. “The challenging Wellington National Golf Club course was recently rebranded and renamed when it was purchased in March 2016,” General Manager and Director of Golf Ted Strelec explained. “The private course, designed by legendary Golf Hall of Fame member Johnny Miller, is very challenging, offering tree-lined fairways, good

undulating greens, seven sets of tee variations for all skill levels, and an emphasis on accuracy and testing your short game. It provides a no-tee-times feature and limited membership, so the course is always ready to play, as quickly or as slowly as one would like.” Strelec has been a PGA-certified pro since 2007 and has been the director of golf at Wellington National since October 2017. Before that he was at Bear Lakes Country Club for 27 years. He brought in Alpeter as an instructor to improve and expand the junior and ladies programs. “These are two demographics we are now serving much better,” he said. “We just hosted the South Florida Junior Team Championship with 88 players.” Strelec noted that it was a wonderful event, and it was great to see so many young players compete. Alpeter has been a PGA member since 1991 and grew up in the business as a builder of golf clubs, later teaching

other PGA pros how to build and repair clubs. He spent eight seasons splitting his time between the Fountains Country Club in West Palm Beach and as a head golf pro in Fargo, N.D. “Wellington National is a fantastic facility with a very demanding, beautiful course that will test your game. It changes daily with the wind conditions,” Alpeter said. “Every hole is different, and it has extremely fast greens.” The club is currently focused on establishing a bigger program for all skill levels. “This includes ladies, juniors or teen programs, couples and playing lessons,” Alpeter said. “We are also upgrading the driving range and providing a good practice environment.” Strelec stressed that Wellington National is a place for the entire family. “The family-friendly amenities also offer two food and beverage options, a casual bistro that is like an upscale sports bar, as well as a wine bar,” he said. Strelec added that dining ranges

“The private course, designed by

legendary Golf Hall of Fame member Johnny Miller, is very challenging.” TED STRELEC

Wellington National’s Dave Alpeter and Ted Strelec.

30 june 2018 | wellington the magazine Wellington National Golf Club • 400 Binks Forest Drive • Wellington • (561) 333-5731 • www.wellingtonnationalgolfclub.com


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from an outdoor space, intimate indoor choices and an available ballroom. The club also features a newly renovated, resort-style pool and piazza, plus a new state-of-the-art fitness center. “The award-winning service provided by the staff is family-oriented and

very accommodating,” he said. “The atmosphere is casual, fun and friendly, with a relaxed environment. People looking to go to a golf course want to get away.” Alpeter added that Wellington National is just the place if you’re looking

to get away from it all for a while. “Wellington National Golf Club feels like you’re in the country,” he said. The Wellington National Golf Club is located at 400 Binks Forest Drive in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 333-5731 or visit www.wellingtonnationalgolfclub.com.

(Below and left) Wycliffe Golf & Country Club Director of Golf Paul Rifenberg.

“There are full 18 and nine-hole leagues and all kinds of competition for mixed and single-gender match-ups.” PAUL RIFENBERG

Wycliffe Golf & Country Club Not one, but two premier, championship courses that cater to golfers at all skill levels, along with complete resort amenities, are available to members at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Embarking on a complete $18 million renovation next year under the direction of General Manager Rob Martin, this club features an active membership and a wide array of social activities. “The East course, designed by Karl Litten, is challenging yet forgiving and has hosted an LPGA Tour event in the past,” said Director of Golf Paul Rifenberg, a PGA member who has been with the club for 18 years. “The second course is more challenging and was de32

signed by John Sanford. It is target-driven with tight, undulating greens.” World-renowned instructors Chris Ardolina and Christi Dorece are available for private and group lessons, clinics, tips and instruction to improve one’s game, as is a full practice facility with a range and a new short game area. “There are full 18 and nine-hole leagues and all kinds of competition for mixed and single-gender match-ups, including member-guest tournaments,” Rifenberg said. Complete golf club and cart sales, service and repair are on-site, and members receive pricing benefits in the fully stocked pro shop. “Numerous social activities are always

going on, and anything you can imagine is available from bocce to golf to tennis,” he said. “The membership is very social and really cares about each other.” The extensive renovation includes the complete clubhouse, the locker rooms, the spa and fitness center, pool, and the food and beverage features. Most of the amenities will remain operational during the makeover. Plus, new Executive Chef Christopher Park will continue to serve excellent, tasty sensations. The Wycliffe Golf & Country Club is located at 4650 Wycliffe Country Club Blvd., off Lake Worth Road just west of State Road 7. For more information, call (561) 9649200 or visit www.wycliffecc.com.

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By M. Dennis Taylor

The old adage “live and learn” is alive and well here in the Wellington area. The living is wonderful, and the learning opportunities include some of the best private schools in the nation at all grade levels, preparing students for the next stage of their education.

American Heritage School As one of South Florida’s top private schools, the nationally recognized American Heritage School teaches knowledge, integrity and compassion to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, with a low student to faculty ratio of eight to one. The fully accredited school features a 240-acre campus in Delray Beach, as well as a 40-acre campus in Plantation in Broward County. The co-ed, non-sectarian college preparatory day school has an enrollment of approximately 4,300 students. “One of our strengths is the broadness of our curriculum with almost 300 different course offerings in the high school alone, including 30 different Advanced Placement courses, with the highest passing rate in Palm Beach County, a 92 percent passing rate,” American Heritage Vice President Dr. Douglas Laurie said.

American Heritage School Robotics Program Director Taiowa Donovan works with students. The school’s robotics team is ranked among the top teams in the world.

One key strength of the school is its strong specialty programs. “We have a pre-medical program and a pre-law program,” Laurie said. “Right now, we are building a multi-million-dollar science research and engineering building for our engineering, robotics and science research program.” A key strength of the programs is who is teaching them. “All three of these programs are taught by medical doctors, attorneys and engineers who are on staff teaching the courses,” Laurie said. “These are courses that no other school has, like medical terminology, embryology, pathology, electrical engineering, trial advocacy, moot court, criminal law, mock trial, family law, business law, civil engineering — and they’re all advanced courses.” American Heritage students also get real-world experience outside the class-

room. “Students can serve internships and visit with doctors and lawyers and engineers, and see the practice of medicine and law and engineering to help them decide if that’s what they want to do,” Laurie said. “That’s one of the unique things that we have.” The school also has an extremely accomplished math competition program. “We are the number three private school in the nation in math competition, and the number one school in Palm Beach County,” he said. “In the science competition, we’re one of the best in the country.” All these programs make sure students have the ability to shine academically. “We’re wont to find competitive outlets for students with high academic standards to be able to compete, and so we make sure that we challenge them in the classroom and we treat these wellington the magazine | june 2018

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“One of our strengths is the broadness of our curriculum with almost 300 different course offerings.” DR. DOUGLAS LAURIE

academic competitions as a team, like a lot of schools might treat a sports team, because the students are competitive and highly intelligent,” Laurie said. “We want to make sure they have a chance to shine, and it bodes well for the college resumes.” Students from the school, representing the United States and 43 other countries from around the world, have three times the national average placement at prestigious U.S. colleges and universities. There is also an award-winning fine arts program with 75 choices for students. “So, if someone’s interested in the fine arts, it’s also a great place to be,” Laurie said. The school provides a rigorous private school education with participation in community involvement, a wide variety of service activities and a technologically advanced and well-rounded environment. Express bus transportation is offered from the Wellington area, which is home of many American Heritage students. Each campus features athletic teams with a no-cut policy, extensive after school activities, a gymnasium, Olympicsize pool and tennis complex. The school seeks to graduate students prepared in mind, body and spirit to maximize their potential and meet the requirements of the colleges of their choice. For information about American Heritage School, call (561) 495-7272 or visit www. ahschool.com.

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Wellington Prep serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade. (Inset) Students learn to play the violin.

Wellington Preparatory School The Wellington Preparatory School offers an accelerated program for kindergarten through sixth grade. Its mission is to deliver a top academic education while providing supportive co-curricular activities in a co-educational, non-sectarian, private school environment. The school was founded by Jeffrey Altschuler after a successful career growing Meritas Schools, a premium kindergarten through 12th grade family of college preparatory schools around the world. Wellington Prep follows an accelerated program that encompasses a modified gifted curriculum with various supplemental programs. “We are an advanced college preparatory school always staying one grade level ahead, with a small ratio of 15 students per teacher,” Principal Sandy Montoya explained. The core curriculum includes math, science, social studies and language arts, including reading, writing and phonics. “Co-curricular activities provide for the study of violin, art, karate and Span-

ish,” said Montoya, adding that Wellington Prep students also learn about health and nutrition. “The program is highly focused on academics with an emphasis on security.” As academic performance is directly related to instructional time spent on each subject, the school devotes specific hours to core subjects. Additional cocurricular activities are available before or after school for parents requiring additional time at the beginning or end of the school day. Each student learns conversational Spanish, as well as how to read and write the language, and students take a violin class. In addition to helping with the music education and coordination, the study of a non-fretted instrument has been shown to assist with math and reading skills. Children are exposed to the lives and art of the great masters at each grade level, with a more in-depth experience as they grow older in the Meet the Masters art curriculum. For more information about the Wellington Preparatory School, call (561) 649-7900 or visit www.wellingtonprep.org.

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“We have a very small population of about 100 students with a small ratio of seven students for each teacher.” JUDY BLAKE

When a flexible schedule is of paramount importance in a student’s life, Education Place in Wellington is on hand to meet their educational requirements. “We provide for professional children, athletes, those whose parents have constrained schedules and students who find other environments too overwhelming or prefer flexibility in their education,” explained Judy Blake, director of the Lower School at Education Place. “The school is by no means easy. There’s a lot of accountability for the student.” Nationally and internationally accredited, the school covers grades one through 12 and teaches many equestrians in the Wellington area from around the world, allowing these students to

continue their educations by working from outside a traditional school. “We have students who participate in polo, jumping and dressage, plus child actors and athletes,” Blake said. “They work individually or in small groups, on-site or as they travel. We have a very small population of about 100 students with a small ratio of seven students for each teacher.” The Education Place program is tailored to each student. “These teachers can provide a lot of instructional support depending on what works best for the student,” Blake explained. “They get to know the students very well. The program is student-driven with the children managing their time and their academics. They take personal responsibility, learn

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to be independent and manage their time and their academics, even in the first grade. As they grow older, they are given more demands and responsibility. Our high school graduates find they can go to any college they want and frequently have scholarships available to them.” Education Place runs 12 months a year because students travel with their sport or career, and this maximizes their opportunities to learn. “The school also serves the general population, as well as students who are professionals and children of professionals,” Blake said. “It succeeds whenever flexibility is a big factor.” For more information, call (561) 7536563 or visit www.1educationplace.com. wellington the magazine | june 2018

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Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool

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Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool for children ages 2 to 5 is a place where little learners thrive academically, in an atmosphere of joy, curiosity, self-esteem, friendship and respect. As the only NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and Gold Seal accredited program in the western communities, its educational strategies are based on cutting-edge research in best practices for young children. “Our mission is to provide academic readiness, and to instill cultural identity, Jewish values and character development in all of our students,” said Sandy Wilensky, the school’s director. The program offers a combination of secular and Judaic developmental curricula, designed to empower all children

The preschool offers a challenging learning environment.

to reach their potential. Challenges that exceed the level of present mastery are offered throughout the day, providing opportunities to learn, practice and expand newly acquired skills and recognize and nourish individual variations. The preschool’s integrated academic program embeds all of the learning objectives in children’s experiences so that each child’s learning is unique and meaningful. “For children under 6, the research on early learning shows that more of what is learned must be meaningful on the day it is learned, in addition to its context for future learning,” Wilensky explained. In addition to the indoor classrooms with centers for learning, extensive outdoor spaces include gardens planted and cared for by the children and materials to learn fine motor control, such

as outdoor chalkboards and drawing boards. Throughout the day, the school’s teachers combine carefully framed learning objectives with the spontaneity that emerges from children active in the learning process. Themed areas of study, including problem solving, scientific exploration, math, language, writing and literacy, along with creative art, music, movement and dramatic play, are an integral part of every child’s day. The Assessments Teaching Strategies GOLD method assures that the children are progressing in all areas of kindergarten readiness. For more information about Temple Beth Torah’s Leonie Arguetty Preschool, call (561) 793-2649 or visit www.templebethtorahpre school.com.

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Elite Sports Programs Shine At

Area Private Schools By Y.A. Teitelbaum

Winning state championships and having elite programs year after year are part of the fabric of life at the King’s Academy, American Heritage School and Oxbridge Academy. The 201718 school year at these three private schools is proof of that. 42

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The TKA boys track team was regional champion for the first time in school history, while girls track captured the team’s second regional championship, and first since 2006. Together, the Lions sent 26 athletes to the Class 1A state meet.

Highlighting the track team’s performance at states was Brianna Oats, who brought home two third-place finishes in the 300-yard hurdles and in the 100-yard hurdles, where she was just 1/100th of a second out of second place. Justin Bridgewater had the best


(Left) The King’s Academy’s conference championship football team in action.

finish, placing second in the 800-meter run. Cheerleading has been one of TKA’s best programs over the last decade, and this year was no different. The competitive cheer team, coached by Jenn Allen, was the runner-up in the Class 1A medium division non-tumbling, and also earned National Grand Champion honors for a second time at the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders Championships. The girls volleyball team went 26-1, winning the district and finishing as the regional runner-up. Madeline Furtado was named the National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA) National Player of the Year, and Ashlei Furtado was NCSAA Coach of the Year. The Lions football team won the South Florida Conference championship for the second consecutive season, and the boys lacrosse team had a breakthrough season, going 16-2 and finishing as the district runner-up. “It has always been my desire and goal to support our teams, help with resources, and encourage a pursuit of excellence in all of our individual programs,” TKA Athletic Director Adam Winters said. “We have seen a resurgence in many teams, with others really encouraging and pushing their athletes to reach their potential. Many of our teams have become competitively relevant, while others are taking strides forward in competing at a high level. I am proud of our coaches, their desire to impact lives for the lord, while building champions from elementary through the high school levels.”

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The American Heritage School boys soccer team, featuring a lethal combination of speed and skill, rose to the top once again, capturing the Class 2A state championship with a dominating 5-0 triumph over the Bolles School in Jacksonville. It was the team’s second consecutive shutout, as the Stallions outscored their opponents 15-3 in the five state playoff games. It was the fourth state championship, but first since 2011, for American Heritage. The Stallions also won titles in 2009 and 2006, reaching the state final on three other occasions since 2004.

But the team struggled in the last five years relative to these past successes, failing to reach the final four every year since 2013. That changed this year as the veteran American Heritage squad got goals from Nick Ludovico, Alex Guichard, Doug Phillips, Nick Marchionni and Giovanni Fraser and cruised to victory, getting back to a familiar position as the premier team. The Stallions also dominated the Class 2A tennis finals with Melissa Sakar winning the girls individual and overall singles titles, and added the girls doubles title with Hayden Bethea. Not

American Heritage School’s girls lacrosse team won its first state championship this year.

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The American Heritage baseball program has been led by manager Carm Mazza for 20 years and is almost always one of the top teams in the county.

to be outdone, Steven Sun captured the boys singles overall title and added the doubles overall crown with Hunter Robbins. American Heritage ended the season on a high note when the girls lacrosse team, coached by John McClain, captured its first state title, defeating Lake Highland Prep 10-7 for the Class 2A crown. It was the second state tournament appearance in the past three years for the Stallions, who were ranked No. 1 in the country for a short time and spent most of the season in the Top 10. The program began just four years ago. The Stallions were led all season by sophomore Caitlyn Wurzburger, who reached the 100 goals/100 assists mark for the third time; reportedly only the third time it has been done by a high-

schooler. She had a lot of help, including from Allegra Catalano, Kylie Hazen and Megan Mangines, who all return next season. The Stallions were dominant en route to the title game, eliminating 10time state champ Vero Beach 11-5 in the state semifinals and advancing to the final four with a 16-4 win over perennial powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. They finished with a 21-1 record. The American Heritage baseball program has been led by manager Carm Mazza for 20 years and is almost always one of the top teams in the county. The squad reached the state semifinals in 2017, and in mid-April, Mazza earned his 400th career victory. This season, the team amassed a 22-6 record and reached the regional final in mid-May with an eye on the state title.

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The highlight this year for the Oxbridge Academy was its dominating victory in the Class 5A girls basketball championship game. Four players scored in double figures en route to a 55-39 triumph over Lake Highland Prep. There were no seniors on the roster. Alexa Zaph led the ThunderWolves with a game-high 18 points, supported by Haley Howarth (13 points), Aaliyah Stanley (12 points) and Kaylon Smith (10 points). It was the school’s first state title in girls basketball and second overall state crown. Last year, the girls soccer team captured the Class 2A championship. “For us, the scoreboard will never determine our success,” Athletic Director Patrick Hollern said. “We want our students to make a positive impact in the next 10, 15 years.” Individually, Hannah Kanjian won the Class 2A state title in the high jump and was also a member of the soccer team that reached the state championship game this year, dropping a 4-0 decision. Kanjian cleared 5 feet, 3.75 inches on her third attempt in the three-way jump-off to earn the title.

There isn’t a regulation track at Oxbridge, but the school now has a high jump pit. “It shows her determination,” Hollern said. “She adopted that spartan mindset.” The Oxbridge football team also reached the state championship game, but their rally fell short, losing 31-28. The ThunderWolves finished with a 10-2 record. “Their great comeback showed great resolve,” Hollern said. “It was an emotional game, and I know the team can learn from it. We learn from the setbacks, and we learn from the successes.” Other top performances included Jen Secrest’s third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly at the Class 1A state swim meet, as well as Jamian Lovett’s sixth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the Class 2A meet. What impresses Hollern is how the teams and athletes compete at Oxbridge, which has about 525 students while completing its seventh year. “We’ve done well with wins and losses, but I’m hoping we make a bigger impact than that,” Hollern said.

Top-ranked athletics remains a key driving force at these and other local private schools, and as the teams work to prepare for next year’s seasons in the various high school sports, you’re sure to continue hearing about the successes of these elite programs. (Below) Student athletes choose their college on Spring Signing Day at the Oxbridge Academy.

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‘World Of Dance’

Wellington’s deep reservoir of untapped talent continues to find its way to shine. Most recently, an up-and-coming star from the community is being featured this summer on NBC’s “World of Dance.” Madison “Maddie” Brown, a 12-year-old Wellington native, can be seen on Season 2 of the hit summer show, which began airing May 29 and wraps up in September. Brown grabbed the attention of judges and dance superstars Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and host/mentor Jenna Dewan. The 16-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions brings amazing dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more. The contestants are handpicked from qualify-

ing events around the nation and thousands of online submissions. New this season, the competitors are divided into four divisions based on age and number of dancers on the team. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system based on performance, technique, choreography, creativity and presentation. The competition consists of five rounds. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final, the winners from each division compete against each other for the grand prize. What began in 2008 as a single event is now a continent-spanning, tour de force of human spirit and amazing dance moves. The World of Dance Tour attracts YouTube stars, industry icons and tens of thousands of fans to events in more than 25 countries. And in the mix this year is Brown, vying to stand out among the competition because, if she comes out on top, she’ll receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million and the title “Best Dancer in the World.” wellington the magazine | june 2018

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For her, it all started with a phone call. “I thought it was another interview call,” said Brown, who explained that the show’s producers had already called four or five times with questions. “They had already been asking me how much I liked to dance, how I felt about what was going on, what I’d do if I won or didn’t win, what I wanted to be when I grew up. I didn’t realize that this time they were calling to tell me I’d made it onto the show.” Brown’s father, Redick, was at her side during the phone call, but as soon as she hung up, Brown called her mother, Jennifer Mazyck-Brown. Then they drove to the Lents Dance Company studio in Boca Raton to tell Brown’s coach, Brittany Lents. Family was next. “Everybody was super-excited and happy for me. They were proud of me for making it,” Brown said. “And my brother and sister (Trey, 11 and Jordan, 8) were excited that their older sister was going to be on a TV show.” She is very happy with all the support she has received from friends and family. “They thought it was super-cool, and I’m hoping we can all come together and watch the show sometime,” Brown said. “When I told other dance teachers who’d pushed me, they were happy that all the hard work we do paid off.” No one in Brown’s extended family has embraced the art of dance like she has. The youngster has been dancing since she was a tot. “I started when I was two, just because my parents thought it would be a good outlet for me,” Brown said. “I would be able to make friends and be a little less shy. I took to it right away.” By age six, she was entering dance competitions — and winning. Today, she dances five or six hours a day, six days a week. “I lost myself in the music and movement, and it helped me express myself, to become more of an open person in general,” Brown said. “You can be shy when you’re dancing, too, but dance helps me work on talking to people who aren’t my friends and family.” Turns out she would need those communication skills. Meeting “World of Dance” Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez and the other stars of the show might rattle some young fans, but Brown felt she already had a connection. “‘Jenny from the Block’ was my mom’s nickname, and Ne-Yo was one of my dad’s favorite singers. Derek Hough was one of my favorites on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ It was pretty awesome to learn from them and get their feedback,” she said. “I felt like they all had a positive vibe and were nice and sweet.” Because of her previous experience in dance competitions, Brown knows both victory and defeat. “I think that competing becomes easier as we do it more often,” she said. “When you don’t win, it is always a little bit disappointing, but it doesn’t affect my love of dance. If anything, a loss propels me to work harder.” For the “World of Dance” competition, Brown chose 48

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“contemporary solo” as her style. “It combines ballet with other styles that I enjoy,” she said. “Contemporary was a way to show a lot of my best qualities.” “World of Dance” enjoys an audience of 8.3 million viewers with another 30 million per month watching performance videos online, making it the largest dance entertainment channel on YouTube. “That’s a lot of people. I hope that they enjoy my art and that I am able to strike a chord with them,” Brown said. A big influence on Brown is Misty Copeland, a dancer with American Ballet Theatre, one of the nation’s leading classical ballet companies. “I watch her videos all the time,” Brown said. “Misty Copeland is a huge inspiration, and, as a young dancer of color, I’m aware that the opportunities for me have not always been there. She gives me confidence that I can achieve my dreams and become an inspiration to others.” Brown’s dream is to move to New York and become a principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre, just like Copeland, her idol. In the meantime, Brown believes that Wellington is a great place for aspiring dancers to grow up. “There are lots of studios for dancers who want to start,” she said. “I’ve met a lot of nice and friendly people here. In New York, people are on-the-go and not so easy-breezy.” To the people of Wellington who will be glued to their screens, watching this local girl throughout the summer, Brown said, “I’d like to thank them for all their support. It’s a wonderful feeling to have the community stand behind me and cheer me on for success. I want them to know I will always be my best and represent my community.” And if she does win the grand prize? “My parents might let me get a dog,” she dreamed. “Even if I just did ‘pretty good,’ I think I would still get a dog for working that hard… Hopefully.” Watch “World of Dance” on Tuesdays this summer on NBC. Learn more at www.nbc.com/world-of-dance.


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For 10 years, the students of Elbridge Gale Elementary School in Wellington have rallied as only the young and energetic can to battle an unlikely foe — blood cancer. This year marked a decade of the students participating in the Student Series Pennies for Patients program, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Palm Beach Area Chapter. In 2018, they raised more than $10,000, all while having a ton of fun. On March 15, the students put their teachers and administrators to the test during the annual Pie Day. Students paid $10 to “pie” a teacher, $20 for the assistant principal and $30 for the principal. “This was our fourth annual Pie Day, so our kids look so forward to this event every year, and now it runs like such a well-oiled machine,” said Nicole Martinez, guidance counselor at Elbridge Gale Elementary School and Pennies for Patients coordinator. “We all try to have fun with it, as we know what an amazing cause it supports. The kids think it’s the best thing ever when they get to pie their teachers.” Since 2008, the Elbridge Gale students have also held dress down days, bake sales and skate nights to support blood cancer patients and their families. During that time, the students have raised more than $100,000 total, one penny at a time. “We are truly grateful to the students and faculty of Elbridge Gale Elementary School through our Pennies for Patients campaign. Their commitment to instilling leadership

and support for those fighting cancer will add tremendously to our mission to find cures for blood cancers,” said Pamela Payne, executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Palm Beach Chapter. Students of other Wellington-area schools also accepted the challenge to raise as much money and awareness as they could during the month of March in small, yet meaningful ways. By collecting the smallest dominator of U.S. currency, they raised thousands of dollars. Three schools challenged each other to a “Penny War” among the students and staff of the Renaissance Charter School at Wellington, the Renaissance Charter School at Cypress and the Renaissance Charter School at Palms West.

(Left) Pie Day fun at Elbridge Gale Elementary School. (Right) Renaissance Charter School at Wellington students with their donation.

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The Renaissance Charter School at Wellington emerged victorious, collecting $2,281.82 in donations in three weeks. An award ceremony and check presentation was held on March 27 with Principal Mary Beth Greene; Karla Santiago, administrative assistant to the Principal; and teacher Jessica Fischer, the school’s Pennies for Patients coordinator. Kindergarten and first-grade students were also in attendance. Other participating Wellington schools included Binks Forest Elementary School, which has consistently raised between $4,000 and $6,000 for the past seven years, and Wellington Elementary School, where students finished strong this year by doubling the amount they raised in 2017.

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Digital Designer Ryan Mishkin Enjoys The Creative And Analytical Sides Of His Work Story by Dani Salgueiro • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Creative digital designer Ryan Mishkin has been crafting all-inclusive branding and marketing products for businesses throughout South Florida for more than 10 years. Raised in northern Virginia, Mishkin relocated to Florida to attend the University of Florida. He moved to Wellington

10 years ago, where he is currently raising his family and running his successful graphic design business. Mishkin first found his passion in marketing and design while working for a record company in Fort Lauderdale. “I started with the record company around 2004, I [originally] didn’t want to do marketing or designing; I wanted to make records,” he recalled. “But I had a design background from college and high school, and the need for design work came up quick. So, that evolved into creating visual representation, artwork and labels, which then turned into my job in marketing.” Though Mishkin always envisioned a career in the music industry for himself, he transitioned into the freelance creative designer he is today in 2012. Mishkin began by designing the public faces of the startup businesses his college friends were launching. Eventually, he formed his own creative design company, rm5 Design. “I had, at the time, enough skills under my belt to take things out on my own,” Mishkin said. “I was excited to make my own clients and do something different. I had a lot of friends from Gainesville down here who were ready to start their own businesses, so through them, I was able to get work early on, doing the branding for those businesses.” For the last six years, Mishkin has built a referral-based clientele that has allowed him to work closely with established and startup companies in Wellington and across South Florida. “I like to say, ‘I don’t work for anybody, I work for everybody.’ And, I would say that I am probably 90 percent referrals,” he said. As Mishkin’s marketing skills developed, his professional abilities opened up opportunities through which he has been able to utilize both his creative and analytical skills. “I need and like the balance. I think my brain needs the coding and analytical side of it all, [along with] the creative component that goes into, for example, building a web site,” he explained. “It keeps me able to do what I want to do.” Mishkin diligently works to help companies with web site coding and designing, advertisement layouts and overall branding of his clients’ companies. As a creative digital designer, he also builds business logos, profiles and all stationery supplies, such as letterheads and business cards, for his clients. His work, though, ranges from the complexities of buildwellington the magazine | june 2018

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ing unique and informative business web sites to running social media accounts. “I’m happy to do whatever a client wants and needs,” Mishkin said. In any of his jobs, Mishkin’s goals are to listen to the needs of his clients in order to help them get their businesses up and running by supplying them

with necessary branding resources. “Ultimately, I want to make my clients happy. It’s their business, so whether I like a design or not doesn’t matter,” he said. “I’m going to give clients what they want for their business because, really, that’s what it’s all about.” In Wellington, Mishkin has offered his creative services to several businesses such, as Cholo Soy, Animo and Ultima Fitness. Mishkin also does all brand designing for and is part owner of the company producing Florida Kush, which is a blue agave spirit, distilled out of Fort Lauderdale. It is currently sold in most Total Wine stores and distributed at numerous bars across Florida and Michigan. “Florida Kush is a lot like tequila, but locally made in Fort Lauderdale,” he explained. “Through it, we’ve been

able to be part of many local events, like restaurant openings and vendor events. I’ve also been able to learn a lot about doing marketing for that side of the business, since the alcohol business is really interesting.” Since his professional fulfillment has been ultimately rooted in helping people meet their business goals, it is fitting for Mishkin to be thoroughly involved in the Young Professionals of Wellington organization. “I’ve been involved with them for four years now,” he said. “We’re really about community involvement and doing what we think would benefit Wellington in the future. Ten years from now, we want to see our efforts have a positive impact.” For more info., contact Mishkin at ryan@ rm5design.com or visit www.rm5design. com.

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Regis Wenham Loves Life In Her Adopted Hometown Of Wellington Story by Ray Burow • Photos by Abner Pedraza

As half of one of Wellington’s most well-known couples, Regis Wenham is no shrinking violet. When she is not supporting her husband, former Wellington Mayor Tom Wenham, in his endeavors, she has spent many years enjoying her own close social circle in the community. Wenham met her future husband more than six decades ago. Raised in Needham, Mass., she was 15 years old when she met the 19-year-old at a Fourth of July picnic. Their first meeting was a surprise to both of them when the young woman mistook the handsome airman for his brother. Naturally, since the party took place at a nearby lake, she snuck up behind someone she thought was her friend. She playfully, but mistakenly, shoved Tom Wenham and could only look on embarrassingly as this stranger tumbled into the water. The story plays like a black-and-white movie. One night in 1952, Wenham told her mother that she was going out to visit a girlfriend, but in actuality, she and Tom were going out on their first date to an amusement park. “He was what we call a hunk,” Wenham recalled. “Still, to this day, he calls me his sweetheart.” Tom returned to his U.S. Air Force base soon after their first date, and the couple began a long-distance relationship, writing to one another daily. “My mother knew that he was writing to me, because he used to send them to the house. I’m not sure if she ever opened any,” Wenham said. On some level, Wenham believed that her mother knew that she and Tom were involved, but her mother also figured that her teenage daughter was safe in her attraction, since her military suitor remained far away. 58

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If her mother had opened those letters, she would have learned a huge secret. The couple planned to sneak away to New Hampshire, where a 15-year-old could marry without permission from her parents. In January 1953, the night before Tom was deployed to Korea, Regis became Mrs. Tom Wenham and no one was the wiser. The couple successfully kept their secret until his return a year later. Wenham admits to tough times as a child, but she doesn’t reflect on those difficult days. However, she is convinced that her early challenges contributed to a level of maturity, which in turn allowed her mother and grandmother to be more accepting of her young marriage. “I was never a young person. You know how there are some kids who are old and some never grow up? I was never a kid. You grow up fast,” Wenham said. When her husband returned from overseas, the couple moved away to begin their new life together in Nevada, where Tom was stationed. Regis busied herself with finishing high school. Surprisingly, she wasn’t the only married student to graduate from Las Vegas High School. Unlike Massachusetts, it wasn’t illegal to attend high school as a married student. “What helped Tom and I was when he came back, we left for Las Vegas with everything we owned,” Wenham recalled. “We didn’t know a soul. You either got along or you didn’t get along.

There was no one to run home to. So, you learned to work it out.” Two years into their marriage, they had a son. They decided to move back east following Tom’s discharge. He attended Northeastern University, and his wife worked from home making draperies and slipcovers. Soon Wenham was working for several decorators but grew tired of the work. She then began working as a temp, which she loved. The variety of jobs she encountered provided just the type of challenge she needed. “I had a ball, and I learned more stuff. They were very happy to teach you,” Wenham recalled. She had multiple job experiences, working in the reception area of various agencies, also as a switchboard operator and finally with computers. Wenham had a front-row seat at the emergence of the computer industry. There is a slight regret in her voice, as she explained that she didn’t stick with it. It then came time to move again. Her husband had a friend who continued to entice him to work in Florida, especially when the weather was cold up north. But it wasn’t until Regis’ mother suddenly passed away that the couple decided to take him up on the job offer, and they moved to Wellington. Once in Florida, she began working for a temp agency called “Atta Girl.” The name was later changed to “Personnel One,” and Wenham supposes it was because the name was deemed offensive. “I suppose it was sexist, now that I think of it,” she said with a chuckle. Temp work provided Wenham the type of flexibility she needed to explore a new interest. She became interested in golf, started playing the sport and began volunteering with the Chrysler Team Championship Tournament.


wellington | senior (Right) Regis Wenham grew up in Massachusetts. She has been married to her husband, former Wellington Mayor Tom Wenham, for more than 65 years.

Still new to Florida, golf opened a way for Wenham to meet a lot of people. The Chrysler Team Championship Tournament took place each November. The same people who played back then at Palm Beach Polo, Greenview Cove and the old Wellington Club, now play on the senior tour. Wenham volunteered for the tournament, but after a while, the owners hired her to work in the office. She advanced in the field and became the president of the Greenview Cove Golf Association, playing on the Traveling Women’s Interclub Golf team. “In the summer, when everything was quiet here, you could play the clubs that we couldn’t normally play in the winter, the private ones,” she said. “I wasn’t a good golfer; I just liked golf. You can like golf and not be good at it.” Golf continued to be a driving force for Wenham, who started working as a volunteer for the Florida State Golf Association, first for the women’s tournaments, and then for 20 years with the men’s events. Her husband also shared Wenham’s love of the sport, and the two won several husband-and-wife tournaments. Wenham attributes their victories to a pact the couple made. “We made an agreement — don’t tell me what to do on the golf course,” she said. “You can’t believe how some of the husbands and wives would argue.” Now 81 years old, it was just last year that Wenham stopped volunteering with the Florida State Golf Association. Aside from golf, literacy is also important to her. Wenham has spent nearly 20 years as a member of the Palm Beach County Library Advisory Board. “Since 1999, we have met once a month, and I haven’t missed a meeting,” she said. Wenham’s love for learning and exwellington the magazine | june may 2018

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periencing new things has been a driving force for most of her life. However, there was one new experience that she didn’t relish jumping into. She admits that the first time her husband ran for office, back before Wellington was even incorporated, she didn’t vote for him. “I didn’t want him to run, and he knows this. I didn’t vote for him. I didn’t vote for the other guy either. I just didn’t vote,” Wenham said. However, Tom Wenham went on to serve on the Acme Improvement District Board of Supervisors and was later elected to the inaugural Wellington Village Council. He went on to serve eight years as mayor of Wellington. Wenham made her peace with her husband’s political career, and they’ve continued to enjoy a good life in Wellington. “When we moved here and looked out the back door, there were birds and trees. It’s just nice. When we bought our house, it became our retirement home, our vacation home and our resort,” she said. “I’ve gone to all kinds of places, so there’s really no place that I really want to say, ‘Gee, I am sorry I never got there.’” In the same way that she embraced Wellington, Wenham has also embraced her age, viewing her 81 years as a blessing. As she said, “It’s better than the alternative.”

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Jill Merrell Of Illustrated Properties Returns To Her Real Estate Roots Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Jill Merrell of Illustrated Properties is a longtime fixture in the Wellington community. Having owned Ultima Fitness for almost three decades, she has helped local residents get and stay in shape. Working as a real estate professional, she makes sure that buyers, sellers and renters find themselves in deals that are best for them. Merrell came to Wellington in 1979, among the first wave of community pioneers. “My husband and I moved to the Wellington area from Fort Lauderdale in search of more space,” she recalled. “We sought out Wellington because of the available land and were surprised to learn how diverse it was. We felt it would be an incredible community to raise a family.” Merrell has held an active real estate license since the early 1980s and worked in local real estate up until the birth of her second child. “At that point, I left the office to work together with my husband building and selling spec homes,” she said. “We purchased Ultima Fitness and have successfully run that for more than 28 years with the support of a loyal and incredible community. Throughout my time in Wellington, I have always been involved in the community through many philanthropic and community-building endeavors.” After the death of her husband in 2012, Merrell relocated to downtown West Palm Beach. Her ties to Wellington, however, remain strong, thanks to Ultima Fitness and her position at Illustrated Properties. “I chose this company for many reasons,” Merrell said. “I have always prid-

ed myself on giving customers the best level of service that they deserve, so it was imperative for me to find a company that I can work with in assisting my clients to achieve their goals. Illustrated is a full-service company, allowing me to offer clients service from contract to close with our multitude of services. They are part of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 500 premier real estate firms.” This allows Merrell to assist customers on any transactions they need anywhere in the world. “In addition, they offer tremendous continuing education for associates, so we are always up-to-date on better ways to serve the customer,” she said. “With the Illustrated Properties Family of Services, I have the ability to assist you on every aspect of the deal, so you can have more control and a better experience.” When working in the Wellington area, Merrell doesn’t have to do all the selling. The community speaks for itself. “There are few, if any, locations where you can get a top-shelf combination of destination, weather, diversity, property values, lifestyle, the equestrian community and events, expansive cultural centers, close proximity to airports and world-class dining options,” she said.

As far as the future of real estate, Merrell gives the local market a big thumbs-up. “Home prices have appreciated, the job sector looks strong and housing remains relatively affordable as compared with the northeast and other feeder markets,” she said. “Palm Beach County, especially downtown West Palm Beach and Wellington, has one more positive attribute: international interest. From the incredible influx of visitors for the international world-class horse shows to the trend of the financial market sector staff and executives relocating to the area, the real estate market is in a great position to expand its overseas trade activity. Add to this the recent frigid winter in most of the country, and it is clear to see why more people than ever before are looking to relocate to beautiful Palm Beach County.” Jill Merrell is based out of the Illustrated Properties office at 1810 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 346-5529 or visit www.jillmerrell. ipre.com. wellington the magazine | june 2018

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An Introduction To Club Pilates Wellington

Club Pilates Wellington is bringing reformer-based Pilates group classes to Palm Beach County. Founded on the idea that Pilates should be accessible to everybody, Club Pilates offers accessible, convenient and diverse class options for all ages and fitness levels.

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With seven signature class types at four unique levels, there’s a Club Pilates workout fit for everybody at the Wellington studio, which opened recently near the Mall at Wellington Green. With more than 350 locations across the country, thousands of people have transformed their bodies and lives through the energizing, fun and lowimpact classes at Club Pilates. These Pilates classes are for anyone looking to build strength, increase flexibility and improve range of motion. Clients can improve their golf game, hone their tennis serve or just tone their entire body. Club Pilates offers a great workout in every sense of the word. As Club Pilates clients gain core strength, better flexibility, enhanced mind-body connection and coordination, they will feel the benefits ripple through their daily experience. “A balanced life, with sustained energy through your whole day and feeling more capable within your own body — what could be more empowering?” said Christine Butta, general manager for Club Pilates Wellington. Classes at Club Pilates are taught by comprehensively trained instructors who have more training hours across more Pilates disciplines than the industry standard. They will guide you through everything the club has to offer, and make sure you feel safe and secure in your practice, even if you’ve never tried Pilates before. While most classes center around the reformer, a Pilates apparatus utilizing spring tension and body weight, Club Pilates also offers several other props and equipment pieces, including TRX, Bosu, EXO, the Pilates ball, the Magic Circle, Triggerpoint foam rollers and more. “With all of the equipment available, the workouts are never boring!” Butta said. In addition to group classes, Club


Pilates Wellington also offers private training. Private training is great for clients who have never tried Pilates before or are looking for a more personalized experience. It is also recommended for those with limiting injuries or very specific individualized fitness goals. “There are many people suffering from injuries, conditions or reasons that make moving difficult,” Butta said. “Club Pilates caters to these needs and allows a person to work out without creating further stress to imbalances.” Clients new to Pilates come from many movement backgrounds, including dance, gymnastics, Crossfit, yoga, boxing, surfing, tennis, football, basketball, golf and more. “It’s typical that any client new to Pilates will be unaccustomed to purposeful mind-body connection no matter their prior fitness background. Physical fitness is not a determining factor in mind-body awareness,” Butta explained. “Many clients new to Pilates may be completely unaccustomed to slowing down the body in

order to connect the mind and perform a conscious movement. Don’t be scared to try something new — you’ll be supported every step of the way!” One of the major concentrations of Pilates is balance with the support of good stability. This is crucial in preventing injuries and in aiding recovery. Without incorporating these fundamentals, injuries could be right around the corner. In order to get the strength and tone that is ultimately desired, exercises, stretches and everyday motions are worked through with the correct muscle balance. “When the body is more balanced, working out is easier and goals are obtained more quickly,” Butta said. “Strengthening your deeper muscles along with your smaller supporting muscles improves posture and creates a more efficient workout. Club Pilates Wellington is truly for everybody.” As Pilates founder Joseph Pilates said, “You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions and have a completely new body in 30 sessions.” Those

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After much anticipation, The Beauty and The Beeeef finally opened at the Mall at Wellington Green last month. On May 10, the innovative burger joint opened its doors to “burger savages” of all ages, bringing a variety of burgers, poutines, eclectic mason jar cocktails and more to hungry folks in Wellington. The restaurant, which prides itself on “making people feel better, one burger at a time,” is located on the upper level of the mall between Paragon Theatres and Macy’s. “We’re just three guys from Montreal who are sick of the cold,” owner and restaurateur Sam Salah said. “We’re ready to enjoy South Florida and share our passion for comfort food, cocktails and culture. Palm Beach County has terrific energy, and we know The

Beauty and The Beeeef will be a nice complement to an already awesome area.” Since childhood, Salah and business partner Mario Habre grew up ensconced in their family’s restaurants. Today, the two friends are each secondgeneration restaurateurs who credit their culinary philosophy to their fathers. “Our fathers were chefs and coowned restaurants together,” Salah re-

called. “We would debate whose dad was the better cook!” Recently, the two men were introduced to Mark Miessels. “We knew it was a business trio made in heaven,” Salah laughed. Open daily for lunch and dinner, The Beauty and The Beeeef has a guest capacity of 300, including al fresco dining. The spacious floor plan has an industrial vibe with a mix of warm fabrics coupled with funky street art murals with a rock ’n’ roll flavor. A curated collection of novelties picked from the Hillsboro Antique Mall adds a splash of whimsical charm. Even the restrooms are aesthetic works of art. The restaurant features an oversized, wall-mounted Scrabble board wellington the magazine | june 2018

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wellington | calendar Friday, June 1 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3. For more information, visit www.wpbaf.com. • The Palm Beach County Medical Society will host Docs Got Talent on Friday, June 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Atlantis Country Club. Several talented physicians and dentists will trade in their stethoscopes for guitars and more to entertain supporters and raise funds for the programs of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. Guests are invited to an art exhibit/reception at 6 p.m. that showcases the artistic side of the doctors’ talents, followed by the dinner and show at 7 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more info., visit www.pbcms.org, call (561) 433-3940 or e-mail deannal@pbcms.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults in June on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, June 2 • Audubon of the Everglades will drive in Stormwater Treatment Area 1-E in Wellington on Saturday, June 2 from 7 a.m. to noon. Visit www. auduboneverglades.org for more info. • The Wellington Aquatics Complex (12072 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Make a SPLASH (Safety and Prevention Leaves All Swimmers Happy) on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Pediatric residents from Palms West Hospital and first responders from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue will be onhand to discuss water safety. Multiple vendors will be on site to discuss the importance of safety in and around the water. For more information, visit www. wellingtonfl.gov/aquatics. • Premier Family Health will host PremierFest, a free outdoor festival open to the entire Wellington community, on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wellington Reserve Office Park campus

(1037 State Road 7, Wellington). Bring your family and friends to enjoy a variety of activities, including two live bands, local vendors, a food truck, pet adoptions, a petting zoo, face painting, a blood drive and more. For more info., call (561) 798-3030 or visit www.premierfamilyhealth.com. • The Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival will be held Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park (11600 Poinciana Blvd.). The festival celebrates the love of all things seafood with plenty of landlubber foods as well, and several large shade tents will be onsite for dining comfort. Guests will enjoy a great lineup of live music and entertainment and will have the opportunity to shop an assortment of unique and nautical-themed merchandise vendors. Sunday’s festivities will bring a car show with more than 100 classic and custom cars. For more info., visit www.royalpalmbeachseafoodfestival.com or call Kathy Gilbert of POTTC Events at (561) 792-9260. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Magical Friends for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and a craft featuring some fantastical friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Fraternal Order of Firefighters will hold its Fire Station Rib Challenge on Saturday, June 2 at noon at the Butcher Shop (209 6th St., West Palm Beach) with 14 West Palm Beach stations participating to benefit the Fraternal Order of Firefighters. Call (561) 812-2336 or visit http://butchershopwpb. eventbrite.com for more info. Monday, June 4 • Wellington’s Community Services Department will hold a Walk and Talk in the Periwinkle/Lily Neighborhoods on Monday, June 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. Tuesday, June 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hooked on Crochet for adults on Tues-

day, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or work on current projects. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, June 6 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host LearningExpress: An Interactive Online Resource for adults on Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. Find test prep, tutorials and e-books for job search and workplace skills, including writing techniques for résumés and cover letters. Learn about a career. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 will hold its annual Veterans Open House on Wednesday, June 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd.). This event will feature guest speakers to raise awareness about the American Legion and the services offered to veterans. For more info., e-mail wellingtonlegion390@gmail.com. Thursday, June 7 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host an economic luncheon on the topic of “Hurricane Preparedness” featuring keynote speaker Rick Murrell on Thursday, June 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the West Palm Beach Marriott (1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). For more info., call (561) 790-6200 or visit www.cpbchamber.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Japanese Fan Art for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, June 7 at 3 p.m. Use colorful materials to create Japanese fans. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Neil Young tribute concert, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, June 7 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host After Hours Networking at Romeo’s Italian Restaurant (13889 Wellington Trace, Wellington) on Thursday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m. For info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com.

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wellington | calendar • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, June 7 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 for more info. Friday, June 8 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tea With Mr. Biddle for ages 4 to 8 on Friday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m. Meet author Anne Mason and world traveler Mr. Biddle. Bring your favorite stuffed animal friend. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of The Lego Ninjago Movie on Friday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

the programs of Seagull Services, will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at Greenacres Bowl (6126 Lake Worth Road). The event includes a silent auction and raffle prizes. The cost is $25 for individuals or $100 per lane for up to 5 people. For more info., call (561) 842-5814, ext. 111, or e-mail emcdermott@seagull.org. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.seagull.org. Monday, June 11 • Wellington’s Community Services Department will hold a Walk and Talk in the Hawthorne Neighborhood on Monday, June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (561) 791-4796 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for all ages on Monday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Saturday, June 9 • The Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show will be held on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. Admission is $5 per person. For more info., visit www. beadshows.com. • The 19th annual Philippine Summer Festival will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The multicultural festival showcases Philippine culture and traditions, along with other Asian and Pacific Island arts and culture. For more info., visit www. paswpb.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by the Studio 54 Band on Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

Tuesday, June 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Summertime Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, June 12 at 3 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Kusudama Flower Class for adults on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. Using music sheets, create a beautiful kusudama flower out of easy origami petals. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

Sunday, June 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host My Father, The Superhero for ages 5 to 12 on Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m. Show your love for the true hero in your life with a super Father’s Day card. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Strikes for Seagull, a bowling fundraiser for

Wednesday, June 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Kindergarten Readiness for ages 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, June 13, 20 and 27 at 1:30 p.m. Get a head start on your child’s education this summer. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

will host Special Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, June 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Has your family, job or income changed this year? It is not too late to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the special enrollment period. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Shrinky Dink Crafts for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. Bring your imagination and creativity to make cute and tiny art that can be used as accessories or decorations. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, June 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “The Amazing Mr. A’s Summer Magic Spectacular!” for all ages on Thursday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. With magic, comedy, ventriloquism and audience participation, Mr. A will leave you laughing. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free 1980s tribute concert, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, June 14 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Genealogical DNA Testing for Beginners on Thursday, June 14 at 6 p.m. Learn how DNA testing can help you break down walls in your family history research, and get help determining which type of test you should take. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, June 15 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Leap on Friday, June 15 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, June 16 • In cooperation with the Compass LGBT Community Center, the Kravis Center for the Performing Art will host “It Gets Better” on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rinker Playhouse. For more info., visit www.kravis.org.

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wellington | calendar • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Three Dog Night tribute concert on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Monday, June 18 • The Palm Beach Central High School boys basketball team will host a Basketball Camp for students entering second through eighth grades next school year. The camp dates are June 18-21 and June 25-28, as well as July 16-19 and July 23-26. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon each morning, and the cost is $80 per session. For more info., or a registration form, contact coach Jason Pitman at (561) 398-9177 or jason.pitman@palmbeachschools.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pinterest for Beginners on Monday, June 18 at 2 p.m. Learn how to register with Pinterest, a visual discovery tool. Participants must have an email address and basic mousing skills. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. Tuesday, June 19 • The Western Business Alliance will hold its monthly breakfast at Mel’s Way Bistro on Tuesday, June 19 at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www. thewesternbusinessalliance.com. Wednesday, June 20 • The Village of Wellington will hold an Android Training Class for seniors on Wednesday, June 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center. Call (561) 753-2476 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Song Jeopardy for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. See who is the king and queen of music lyric trivia. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Discussion: Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky for adults on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Copies are available at the research service desk. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. Thursday, June 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Emergency Department or Urgent Care?” for adults on Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. Dr. Adam Bromberg, medical director of the emergency department at Wellington Regional Medical Center, will speak about how to decide between emergency or urgent care. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Harry Potter Painting for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, June 21 at 3 p.m. Create magical artwork inspired by the famous boy wizard. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by Viva, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. • The Women of the Wellington Chamber will host a Luau Summer Mixer on Thursday, June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the European Wax Center (2557 S. State Road 7, Wellington). The event will benefit Animal Care & Control. For more info., call (561) 7926525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com. Friday, June 22 • The West Palm Beach Boat Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 featuring a wide array of boats and more. For more info., visit www.southflaboatshow.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Meet the Authors for all ages on Friday, June 22 at 1 p.m. Meet children’s book authors Alex Watson, Isabella Watson and Victoria DiSorbo. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Friday, June 22 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, June 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

will host a Palm Beach County Horticultural Extension class on “Preparing Your Yard & Community for Storms” on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. Extension Agent Laurie Albrecht will teach simple steps you can take to help protect your landscape. Receive a voucher for two three-gallon native plants. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Beatlemaniax concert on Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info.

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Tuesday, June 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Suncatchers for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, June 26 at 3 p.m. Celebrate summer by creating a suncatcher using beautiful and colorful designs. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing for Adults on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Beginners and experienced line dancers will learn new line dances to keep you moving and grooving. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. Wednesday, June 27 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, June 27 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, June 28 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free concert by the Flyers band, along with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, June 28 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Career Transitions on Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. Enhance your job search, write an effective résumé and cover letter, or explore a new career path. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, June 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Friday, June 29 at 3 p.m. Explore the science of sound and create vibrant drums. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of the movie Paddington 2 on Friday, June 29 at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, June 30 • The South Florida Fair Garage Sale, benefiting local nonprofit organizations, will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Kayla Cawley at (561) 7905219 or kayla@southfloridafair.com, or visit www. southfloridafair.com. • The fifth annual Palm Beach Haitian-American Music & Food Fest be will at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, June 30 starting at 5 p.m. For additional information, visit www. palmbeachhaitianfest.com. • The Palm Beach County Economic Crimes Unit will hold its third annual Casino Night Fundraiser on June 30 to raise money for law enforcement scholarships. The event will be held at the Palm Beach County PBA Hall from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple and include gaming chips, hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Erin Giannotti at (561) 688-4076 or giannottie@pbso.org. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Blues Brothers Soul Band concert on Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Wednesday, July 4 • The Village of Wellington will hold its Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Village Park on Pierson Road. The evening will end with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/july4th.

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