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INAUGURAL ARLE & KEN ADAMS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED Some of the best opportunities in life exist in your own backyard. That is especially the case when it comes to high school students searching for college scholarship opportunities. One of those scholarships with roots in Wellington is the new Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship, administered by the Wellington Community Foundation. By Mike May





The American Heritage School-Delray Beach, the number-one private school in Palm Beach County for the highest number of National Merit Scholars, is expanding its academic footprint and looking to improve its already high-level commitment to scientific learning. By Mike May A new tuition-free educational choice for families is opening in Wellington this fall. Somerset Academy of the Arts is now accepting applications for kindergarten through eighth grade.







Mary Jo Walsh-Watson spent 20 years as a pediatric ER nurse and the past 17 as the mother of a son who is deaf and severely autistic. Between home-schooling, doctors’ visits, frequent trips to therapy and other responsibilities, “happy” was taking a backseat. “And ‘happy’ is really important,” said Walsh-Watson, who founded the Mountaineer’s School of Autism in 2014. By Deborah Welky


As a lifelong Floridian and horse enthusiast, the decision to move to Wellington was an easy one for 28-year-old Grand Prix dressage rider Micah Deligdish. Sunshine and palm trees were only an additional perk to the equestrian community. By Georgie Hammond

TYLER BROOKE STORE CATERS TO BOTH MEN AND WOMEN Just as important as fine quality clothing that compliments him and flatters her is complementary clothing for couples. That’s the retail niche that Henry Mosely’s new store Tyler Brooke specializes in at the Mall at Wellington Green. By M. Dennis Taylor

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE The Rotary Club Of Wellington Picks Kevlar For K9s Raffle Winner Wellington Garden Club Inducts New Board, Awards Scholarships Elbridge Gale Elementary School Drama Club Presents ‘Shrek Jr.’ Wellington Marks Earth Day And Arbor Day At Amphitheater Event Binks Forest Elementary School Students Present ‘Annie Kids’





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As Wellington works to build a stronger, more resilient community that works for residents today and well into the future, understanding the big picture is an important character trait for leaders like Village Engineer Tom Lundeen. By Callie Sharkey For nearly 25 years, Tree’s Wings & Ribs has been catering to the taste buds of traditional down-home food lovers. With its signature neighborhood feel, it’s no wonder this familyowned restaurant has been going strong since opening in 1995. By Melanie Kopacz


ON THE COVER Francesca Herman and Sebastian Suarez, inaugural recipients of the Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship, photographed at Barnes & Noble in Wellington. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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EDUCATION Is The Cornerstone For Success!

In our annual Education issue, we visit several area schools including, American Heritage School, the new Somerset Academy of the Arts and the Mountaineer’s School of Autism, to hear more about the unique experiences they have to offer Wellington students. The Wellington Community Foundation’s new scholarship program — named the Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship in honor of Wellington pioneer Ken Adams and his late wife Arle — awarded its first honorees last month. Featured on our cover are new graduates Francesca Herman of Wellington High School and Sebastian Suarez of Palm Beach Central High School. We are proud to salute these amazing students on their achievements. American Heritage School, among the county’s top private schools, has expanded its scientific focus with the opening of its new Scientific Research, Engineering, Robotics and Prototyping building, and we stopped by the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which featured world-famous scientist Bill Nye “The Science Guy.” Open houses start this month at the Somerset Academy of the Arts, which will open in August in Wellington. Featured this issue, the new charter school is part of a national chain of high-performing educational institutions and is seeking Wellingtonarea students for its inaugural year. Keeping with our theme, we visit with Mary Jo Walsh-Watson, founder of the Mountaineer’s School of Autism, which aims to serve not only its students, but also the entire family unit. Also in this issue, we profile international Grand Prix dressage rider Micah Deligdish, who is proud to call Wellington her year-round home. Wellington Professional this month visits with Henry Mosely, who recently moved his unique Tyler Brooke clothing store to the Mall at Wellington Green. Team Wellington focuses on Village Engineer Tom Lundeen, who leads a department of experts aimed at protecting Wellington residents today and into the future. Wellington Real Estate profiles Jennifer Drahan of Keller Williams, while Wellington Health stops by Grace Family Medicine, which is bringing the new concept of direct primary care to Wellington residents. Wellington Home visits a lovely residence in Wellington’s centrally located Meadowland Cove neighborhood. And, finally, Wellington Table samples the fare at Tree’s Wings & Ribs, a restaurant that has been keeping locals satisfied for nearly 25 years. As things heat up under our beautiful South Florida summer sun, we remind you to stay hydrated and apply plenty of skin protection when you are taking in those rays. We will be back next month with our annual Health & Wellness issue to help keep you informed on the latest information local medical professionals have to offer.

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The Rotary Club Of Wellington Picks Kevlar For K9s Raffle Winner

(Left) Scholarship recipient O’mari Burgess draws the winning raffle name. (Right) Deputy Dwayne Browne surprises raffle winner Noel Guillama.

The Rotary Club of Wellington recently held a special raffle to raise money for its Kevlar for K9s initiative, which seeks to outfit PBSO K9 officers with bulletproof vests. Noel Guillama, the winner of a raffle prize worth more than $18,000, was drawn during a special dinner held at the Wanderers Club on Thursday, May 16. The evening also featured the club’s annual scholarship presentations.

(Left to right) Rotary President Tom Carreras with poster contest winner Alena Diaz; Don Gross presents Sebastian Suarez and Maria Ceballos with scholarships; Student of the Quarter Sydney Showalter with her father Sheldon Showalter and Dean Hernando Avila; raffle winner Noel Guillama addresses attendees as Mickey Smith and Deputy Dwayne Brown look on; Vice Mayor Michael Napoleone, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and Councilman John McGovern; and Mickey and Lizz Smith.


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Wellington Garden Club Inducts New Board, Awards Scholarships

(Left) The new board includes Treasurer Danese Sloan-Kendall, Vice President John Siena, President Jan Seagrave, Corresponding Secretary Kate Kuba, Recording Secretary Carol Ralph and Past President Carol Coleman; (Right) Scholarship winners Ethan Hillson, Talia Marcus, Georgia Brooks and Denise Price each took a moment to address attendees as John Siena looks on.

On Monday, May 6, the Wellington Garden Club hosted a Kentucky Derby-themed spring luncheon. The event, sponsored by the Red Hat Ladies and chaired by Dee Rolfe, took place at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club and included raffle prizes, a best hat contest, the installation of a new board and the presentation of this year’s scholarship winners. For more information, visit www.

(Left to right) Carol Krenkel with her first-place-winning butterfly hat; Carol Ralph, Danese Sloan-Kendall and Karin Teston at the membership table; Barbara May inducts the new board members with a ceremonial candle lighting; JoAnn Akins and Kathy Hood check out the raffle items; event sponsor Red Hat Ladies members Teresa Cummings, Dee Rolfe, Caren Griffin, Janet Stein, Carol Lazzarino, Cindy Yurecka and M.J. Newkirk; and Claire Falik and Maxine Fisher.

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Elbridge Gale Elementary School Drama Club Presents ‘Shrek Jr.’

(Left) The cast of Shrek the Musical Jr. on stage. (Right) Donkey (Elena Rawlik) and Shrek (Cecilia Brunelli) get ready to head off on an amazing adventure.

Music, comedy and dance returned to the stage at Elbridge Gale Elementary School courtesy of the talented students of the school’s drama club and aftercare programs. On Thursday, April 25, this year’s production of Shrek the Musical Jr. came to life. Director Debi Silverstein coached the students as they grew into their characters and vocal ranges, while Denise Halperin directs the afterschool program. The two worked together with counselors and parents to bring the show to life.

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Wellington Marks Earth Day And Arbor Day At Amphitheater Event On Saturday, April 27, the Village of Wellington hosted its annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration at the Wellington Amphitheater. Games and coloring activities were available for kids to enjoy, as well as food trucks and vendors. Mayor Anne Gerwig joined other village officials to plant a “Shady Lady” black olive tree. A special guest at the event was Smokey Bear, who this year marks his 75th birthday.

(Left) Village officials join kids to plant a “Shady Lady” black olive tree. (Right) The winners of the FLOWER awards are honored on stage for their great landscaping.

(Left to right) Sophia Nelson with Mayor Anne Gerwig; Lizz and Mickey Smith with Regis and Tom Wenham at the Wellington Community Foundation table; Smokey Bear with Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Mayor Anne Gerwig and Councilman John McGovern; kids enjoy a coloring activity; and Smokey Bear and his handler visit with Sophia Nelson and Mayor Anne Gerwig.

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Binks Forest Elementary School Students Present ‘Annie Kids’

(Left) Sandy the dog played by Natalia Ayala, Annie played by Josefina Ezcurra and Oliver Warbucks played by Lucas Young. (Right) The cast of Annie Kids before the performance with director Kathy Zangen and musical director Claudine Ashley.

It was a packed house on Friday, April 26 at Binks Forest Elementary School where parents lined up for an hour-long presentation of the musical Annie Kids. With a cast of approximately 50 students, the play went forward without a hitch. Before the play got underway, awards were presented by parent coordinator Pam Kassis to teachers, volunteers and business partners.

(Left to right) The cast presents teachers Claudine Ashley and Kathy Zangen with signed and framed plaques; Bert Healy played by Tiago Copley, Oliver Warbucks played by Lucas Young and Annie played by Josefina Ezcurra; Belen Rivera as Lily St. Regis, Carter Kassis as Rooster Hannigan and Emily Bailly as Miss Hannigan; the orphans perform in front of a packed audience; and the supporters who helped make the play a success gather on the stage to celebrate.

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The Wellington Community Foundation Awards Inaugural Arle And Ken Adams Scholarships Story by Mike May • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Some of the best opportunities in life exist in your own backyard. That is especially the case when it comes to high school students and their parents who are searching for college scholarship opportunities. One of those scholarships with roots in Wellington is the new Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship, which is administered by the Wellington Community Foundation.


The Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship, which was distributed for the first time this year, was created to serve those in need who can benefit from a helping hand in order to become one of tomorrow’s leaders. According to Wellington Community Foundation Chair Tom Wenham, the scholarship will be awarded annually to two students from Wellington who have a proven track record of supporting the Village of Wellington and its residents. The scholarship was named in honor of former Palm Beach County Commissioner Ken Adams and his late wife, Arle Adams. Longtime Wellington residents, Arle and Ken Adams made great contributions to the growth and development of the Village of Wellington, dating back to the late 1970s. Key figures in getting Wellington incorporated as a municipality in the 1990s, there are very few aspects of Wellington’s growth that cannot be attributed to some kind of involvement or assistance from Arle and Ken Adams. A scholarship committee led by Wellington Community Foundation board members James Seder and Joanna Boynton was given the task of recommending the inaugural recipients of the Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship. According to Wenham, there were 18 applicants, and making a decision was difficult. “Our selection committee recommended two out of 18, and it was not easy,” Wenham said. “They all had great GPAs and résumés.” june 2019 | wellington the magazine

Seder agreed that there was a wealth of qualified candidates who submitted applications this inaugural year. “I am very proud of all of these young men and women,” he said. “We received 18 applications in our first year, which is an incredible number.” The scholarship committee put the word out about the new scholarship by reaching out to local high schools. “We relied on guidance counselors to put the word out there,” Seder said. “We also believed that the higher award amount of $2,500 could help a lot of people with expenses. Once the applications were received, the scholarship committee reviewed each application. I can assure you that we spent many hours and days reviewing these applications. Each one had its own merits. Committee members submitted their top candidates to the foundation’s board of directors, and votes were cast to award the scholarships.” The first recipients are Wellington residents Sebastian Suarez, a 2019 graduate of Palm Beach Central High School, and Francesca Herman, a 2019 graduate of Wellington High School. “We strived to make our scholarship different from the others by trying to focus on the values and qualities that Arle and Ken Adams exemplified over the years,” Seder said. “This includes an emphasis on public service, leadership and community involvement. We also considered academic achievement and overcoming adversity in making the award decision.”

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Sebastian Suarez

Suarez will attend the University of Florida in Gainesville. As part of his commitment to Wellington, Suarez has rebuilt homes, painted houses and raised money for the Children’s Miracle Network. The scholarship money will help Suarez and his family pay the college bills when he enrolls at UF, where he will pursue a degree in architecture. Suarez added that that he had help in searching for college scholarships, which led him to apply for the Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship. “I found a lot of information on the bulletin board of my school’s web site,” he said. “The Palm Beach County School Board also has listed a number of scholarships for local students to apply for and pursue.” Suarez, who had a 3.95 GPA and a 5.13 HPA at Palm Beach Central, noted that it just takes basic verbal communication skills to find out the existence of many scholarships. “It’s important to ask advice from other people who have recently gone

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through the college scholarship process,” Suarez suggested. “Ask your friends about their experiences and speak with your school’s guidance counselor. I have an older sister who just recently went to college, so I learned a lot from her experiences, as well.” At Palm Beach Central, Suarez was a member of the Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society and Interact Club. Those extracurricular affiliations helped, not only in his application for this scholarship, but for others as well, such as one he received from the Rotary Club of Wellington. Even though he has graduated, he’s still hoping that he will receive another scholarship before he heads to Gainesville. “I’ve also applied for the Charles R. O’Melia Scholarship, which supports students who want to pursue a career in architecture,” Suarez said. “In the essay part of the application, you had to tell your story about how important architecture is to you.”



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Francesca Herman

Herman, who eventually wants to graduate from medical school, earned great grades at Wellington High School — a 3.98 GPA and 5.36 HPA. She will be headed to Tulane University in August. Herman feels that many scholarship organizations are more interested in a candidate’s level of community service than their grade point average — but it doesn’t hurt to have strong grades. Herman founded a club at Wellington High School that helped the less fortunate. It’s called the Seed Those in Need Club. She also traveled to Gainesville last summer where she conducted research on how restriction enzymes can attack Type 1 diabetes. Both Suarez and Herman agree that half the battle in winning college scholarships is taking the time to apply for them. Being able to put your thoughts in writing — featuring properly written declarative sentences — is often the biggest hurdle in earning a college scholarship, they both agreed.

That is something they both accomplished in their scholarship applications. “Sebastian and Francesca were both strong academic performers and involved in the community,” Seder said. “What spoke to me was how they overcame personal adversity in their lives and were still able to find the time to help others.” Also important is for applicants to point out how the scholarship will help them achieve their goals “I would like to see future scholarship applications place an additional emphasis on financial need,” Seder said. “With education costs always rising, sometimes these scholarships make the difference in whether a student attends college or not. If our scholarship helps someone get to college, I believe it’s money well spent and a great investment in the future.” To learn more about the Arle and Ken Adams Scholarship, call the Wellington Community Foundation at (561) 333-9843. 28

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The American Heritage School-Delray Beach, the number-one private school in Palm Beach County for the highest number of National Merit Scholars, is expanding its academic footprint and looking to improve its already high-level commitment to scientific learning. On April 10, the school hosted the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new $8 million STEM-based building and science program that will promote science research, engineering and robotics. To add to the prestige of the grand opening, Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” was invited to attend, and he accepted the invitation. The presence of this TV star and noted science expert added some star-power and notoriety to the

occasion. In addition to participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Nye delivered the keynote address. The student body at American Heritage School rolled out the red carpet for “The Science Guy,” whose arrival was marked by hundreds of hand-waving students, many with “Welcome Bill Nye” signs, and a spirited ovation from all those in attendance. In honor of Nye’s trademark bowtie wardrobe, many of the young students were wearing their

own Bill Nye-like bowties, which generated a smile and nod of approval from the special guest. Nye was joined at the grand opening of the new Scientific Research, Engineering, Robotics and Prototyping building by other scientists, industry leaders and dignitaries, including representatives from Florida Atlantic University, the Scripps Research Institute, the City of Boca Raton, the City of Delray Beach, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the office of U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch. The new 12,000-square-foot facility is a scientific utopia that will house an electron microscope, university-level science research labs, robotics and prototyping labs, engineering classrooms,

Bill Nye cuts the ceremonial red ribbon alongside the Laurie family, founders of American Heritage School, top American Heritage School high school science students and a robot built by robotics students.

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physics classrooms and a pre-engineering program with classes taught daily by top engineers. This new facility will directly impact the academic lives of the school’s 1,500plus students. “Our school strives for excellence and helping students find their passion,” American Heritage School President Dr. Douglas Laurie said. “This new building will be home for generations to the thinkers, creators and dreamers of the future, and may one day provide the spark, inspiration or thought that will change the world for the better.” It’s fair to say that the American Heritage School is committed to dramatically improving the “knowledge” part of the school’s three-word motto: “Knowledge, Integrity, Compassion.” “Our goal is to continually innovate and create the best academic facilities in the country in all areas of academics and the arts,” Laurie said. “This is a big step forward in our STEM-based curriculum, and with our new science and prototyping labs comparable to what you would find on college campuses, we look forward to watching our nationally recognized students reach their highest potential as the next generation of scientists and engineers.” Nye was delighted to attend this event and was impressed by the commitment to scientific excellence by the leadership of American Heritage School. He presided over a unique toast to recognize the groundbreaking moment. “Normally, we would never drink from a test tube, but we will today,” Nye said. “Here’s to the future. Congratulations everyone. It’s a beautiful day and a beautiful building.”

(Above) Bill Nye with Mayor Scott Singer of Boca Raton and Mayor Shelly Petrolia of Delray Beach during the grand opening ceremony of the new Science Research, Engineering and Robotics building at American Heritage School. (Below) Bill Nye walks through the school’s new Planet Walk, an inspiration from the Sagan Planet Walk at Cornell University with narration by Nye.

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American Heritage School “Anything that we can do to spark creativity and imagination and combine that with academics is one of our goals here,” Dr. Douglas Laurie said. Nye said that American Heritage School is now poised to be a national cradle of creativity. “Everybody who is going to be the next innovator has to get excited about it in high school,” said Nye, who is also the CEO of the Planetary Society. “That’s why this building is part of the big picture.” Laurie agreed with Nye’s assessment. “Anything that we can do to spark creativity and imagination and combine

that with academics is one of our goals here at American Heritage,” he said. Right now, American Heritage has nationally ranked programs in robotics, science research and mathematics. At American Heritage, you will also see six banners hanging from the rafters of the Robotic Practice Field that recognize the school’s past achievements in robotics. According to Tai Donovan, American Heritage’s head of robotics, there’s no reason why the school won’t continue the trend of robotics excellence in the immediate and long-term future. Laurie stressed that the new facility is “giving students a chance to use both sides of their brains.” “In the words of our esteemed guest, Bill Nye, science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe that, you are holding everyone back,” Laurie said.

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A new tuition-free educational choice for families is opening in Wellington this fall. Somerset Academy of the Arts is now accepting applications for kindergarten through eighth grade. Located at 1000 Wellington Trace, Somerset Academy will occupy the 13acre former Eagle Arts Academy campus. It is currently being renovated, and the school will host weekly open houses each Tuesday starting June 4. Somerset Academy will be the sixth Somerset Academy school in Palm Beach County. Since 1997, Somerset Academy Inc. has offered high-quality K-12 educational programs in Florida,

Nevada and Texas that continue to achieve academic success. Although all Somerset Academy schools share a vision, each campus has a unique and enriching educational program that is tailored to its community. This formula, along with strong support from parents, has made Somerset Academy a nationally recognized, award-winning family of high-quality public charter schools. As a network,

the schools are fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the core curriculum, Somerset Academy will provide an elective track for music, dance, visual and performing arts. The arts will also be integrated throughout the curriculum, and a highly qualified faculty will use research-based techniques and methods to engage students at all learning levels. Principal Elizabeth Sauri will lead Somerset Academy in Wellington. Formerly the assistant principal at Mater

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“Students enrolling before the summer registration have the best chance to be admitted in the first lottery,” Principal Elizabeth Sauri said.

Academy of International Studies in Miami, Sauri has multiple degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in special education with varying exceptionalities, a master’s degree in international business administration and a second master’s degree in educational leadership. She is excited to share her educational and leadership experiences with the Wellington community. “Somerset Academy of the Arts will distinguish itself by providing every student with a rigorous learning environment enhanced by creativity and personal artistic development within the visual and performing arts,” Sauri said. “Unique educators facilitate our students’ learning experiences with creative lessons that not only academically challenge the students but empower their creativity and self-expression.” Students can apply to Somerset Academy regardless of their zip code or community. Enrollment is based on

a lottery process. Once the school has reached capacity, additional applicants will be placed on a waitlist and notified when vacancies occur. Sauri hopes that parents will take advantage of the summer tours and register for the lottery early. “Students enrolling before the summer registration have the best chance to be admitted in the first lottery, since all of the seats are open,” she said. “Students enrolling now will be invited to tour the school with their parents to see where they will create years of memories, which will shape their future educational endeavors.” Because this is a new school, families have a chance to be part of something special — the first class. “As an extra bonus, any student registering before July 15 will have two votes in selecting the school mascot,” Sauri said. In addition to the core curriculum and arts electives, students will have opportunities to participate in learn-



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several safety features, from a state-ofthe-art camera system, to fencing and on-campus security guards.” Charter schools are public schools that are publicly funded based on enrollment like other public schools and are held accountable to the same state and federal academic standards. Teachers are certified, and students take the same mandated tests that other Florida students take, and schools receive grades from the Florida Department of Education. A national survey revealed that 78 percent of parents with schoolage children support having a public charter school open in their neighborhood. Somerset Academy of the Arts is on Facebook and Instagram at @somersetartspb, and parents can apply online by visiting Open houses are held every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. starting June 4, although the campus will be closed the week of July 4. Tours can also be arranged by calling (561) 421-5510.



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“At Mountaineer’s, we are a family, and a family works together for the success of everyone,” Mary Jo Walsh-Watson explained.

Mary Jo Walsh-Watson founded the Mountaineer’s School of Autism in 2014.

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Mountaineer’s School Of Autism Serves The Student And The Entire Family

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Mary Jo Walsh-Watson spent 20 years as a pediatric ER nurse and the past 17 as the mother of a son who is deaf and severely autistic. Between home-schooling, doctors’ visits, frequent trips to therapy and other responsibilities, “happy” was taking a backseat. “And ‘happy’ is really important,” said Walsh-Watson, who founded the Mountaineer’s School of Autism in 2014. “As an educator and a mom and a nurse in the community, I wanted to create a school that served not only the student, but the family as well.” Parents of children with special needs, such as autism, are often being pulled in multiple directions at once. “One of the first things we did was to open a therapy center on site so students could get speech, occupational and ADA therapy while they’re at school,” Walsh-Watson explained. “That frees up the parent, so they no longer have to drive all over for these services. We provide a loving, safe and quality environment where the students can get their education while we strengthen the community by strengthening families to have a happier life.” At Mountaineer’s School of Autism (MSA), there are athletics, iPads, music and Spanish classes, sign language, playground time, and endless amounts of patience and love. Students learn academics and social skills alongside speech therapy, occupational therapy, independent living skills and social skills. While students may think they’re only playing, the educators at MSA know that students are better able to focus and perform academically after “playing” on a crash pad, carrying a weighted ball, pulling on a rope or crawling through a fabric tunnel. All of these activities are fun, engaging and provide the necessary input to help the student become more regulated. Walsh-Watson explained that self-regulation is a cognitive process and a necessary ingredient to making learning meaningful. It is in charge of executive functioning and is intertwined with both emotional development and social development. When a person is “dysregulated,” their ability to function in a meaningful way is disrupted. It becomes difficult to learn new information, make or keep relationships and build social skills. That is why occupational therapy is such an important part of the MSA program. The necessary tools are in each classroom. Every classroom has swings, crash pads, balance boards, trampolines and a host of other equipment to help the students function at their best.

Another challenge for teachers is dyspraxia — a student’s difficulty in planning, sequencing and carrying out unfamiliar actions. To help, MSA has planned activities, goals and objectives that address this need in a challenging and playful way. A day at the school starts with smiles in a classroom featuring modified lighting and relaxing music. Students begin with sensory activities and social skill-building conversation, then continue their day with academics, playground time, sports, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Independent living skills are worked on daily — things like tying shoes, brushing teeth and cleaning up as a team. This sense of community and teamwork builds self-confidence and trust in others. “At Mountaineer’s, we are a family, and a family works together for the success of everyone,” Walsh-Watson explained. “We listen and guide conversations, so respect and characterbuilding takes place. This is a place where a multitude of a child’s growth takes place. It is so much more than simply academics.” The primary purpose of the school is to recognize the unique characteristics of each student and to apply a curriculum specifically designed to meet their individual needs. Every student’s educational portfolio is individually tailored and executed utilizing a continuous multidisciplinary approach wellington the magazine | june 2019


implemented by highly trained staff and therapists. This pro- support staff with expertise in Applied Behavior Analysis and gram determines that student’s educational format, daily rou- the various principles applied in the classroom, provides each tine and interventions implemented to maximize educational family with a wide array of choices to meet the individual needs of each student. goals. Another problem that families of children MSA utilizes a wide variety of resources with autism encounter is that whenever a tradithroughout the course of a day. Depending on tional school is having a difficult time with an authe developmental level of the student, any numtistic child, they will call the parent to come pick ber of tools may be utilized, including manipulathem up. tives, kinetic sand/theraputty, iPads, computers, “They lose income and, sometimes, their textbooks, workbooks and more. MSA utilizes jobs,” Walsh-Watson said. “It creates an economic Abeka, Attainment and Acellus curriculums hardship.” based on ability. Because MSA in the business of serving The school has also partnered with HCI Nursfamilies and creating happiness, the school has ing School and Cambridge Nursing School to helped three of these parents obtain their GEDs train the next generation of nurses on how to and five to become registered behavior technibest interact with autistic patients. “It’s two days a week for eight weeks, and I’m cians, giving them the tools that they need to provide income for their families — and jobs at the professor,” Walsh-Watson said. “It’s wonderMountaineer’s. ful to see how these future nurses engage with A nonprofit organization, the school serves our students.” grades K through 12 year-round. It also offers Educators at the Mountaineer’s School of before care, aftercare and even a summer camp. Autism believe that recognizing and promoting Mary Jo Walsh-Watson “We’re also open on Saturdays for babysitting each child’s strengths will build self-confidence and allow them to flourish both academically and socially. and therapy to give the family time to nurture relationships The small student-teacher ratio, together with educators and with other siblings or significant others,” Walsh-Watson said.

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“Another difficulty we noted was healthcare. Children with autism are not able to have something as simple as blood work done. So, beginning next month, we will have a Saturday lab for onsite visits.” Mountaineer’s also offers a program for students not on the autism spectrum. “We also understand the strain of having one child with special needs at one school and another, neurotypical, child at another. So, this past September, we opened Mountaineer’s Academy for neurotypical siblings,” Walsh-Watson said. “The children at our academy have true compassion.” There are currently 10 children enrolled at Mountaineer’s Academy and 48 at Mountaineer’s School of Autism. Walsh-Watson’s goals for the school are to expand the school’s current space in West Palm Beach, find a location

in Boca Raton and purchase another van for transportation, particularly from the Wellington area. One hundred percent of donations stay within Palm Beach County. “There’s no quitting,” Walsh-Watson said. “I have so much respect for families who have kids with autism. It’s one of most difficult and amazing jobs you’ll ever have. It’s both wonderful and hard at the same time. We want them to be kids and be happy. We can’t do it on our own. If everyone is to have accessibility for all the services and support they need, for both themselves and their children, we have to share resources. Everyone’s good at something, and everyone deserves to live their most happy life.” To learn more about Mountaineer’s School of Autism, visit www. To support the school, contact Walsh-Watson at (561) 932-3938.

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As a lifelong Floridian and horse enthusiast, the decision to move to Wellington was an easy one for 28-year-old Grand Prix dressage rider Micah Deligdish. Sunshine and palm trees were only an additional perk to the equestrian community that has become Deligdish’s year-round home. With a vast amount of educational opportunities to expand her professional riding career, while maintaining a balanced social life within the community, Wellington has played a key role in the strides Deligdish has made toward her future in and out of the equestrian world. Growing up riding in Central Florida, Deligdish and her family were somewhat familiar with the Wellington area. Frequenting the community for occasional activities, the one thing Deligdish never had the opportunity to do was compete in one of the many prestigious Wellington shows. However, it was a dream she would one day accomplish. After studying political and broadcast journalism at American University in Washington, D.C., Deligdish worked in a corporate environment in the nation’s capital, but ultimately, the equestrian industry is where she felt she belonged. She gained experience as a working student before realizing that she would need to have year-round ac-

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cess to the best in the sport if she wanted to excel in dressage. Trading the historic buildings and cherry blossom trees for outdoor arenas and ocean breeze, she made the move to Wellington to open her own business, Gemini Dressage, in 2014. “I chose Wellington as my home because I wanted to pursue my professional career, and if I was going to be fully


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Shah Quraeshi and Micah Deligdish recently became engaged. PHOTO BY SARA MALANAPHY

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Just as important as fine quality clothing that compliments him and flatters her is complementary clothing for couples. That’s the retail niche that new store Tyler Brooke specializes in at the Mall at Wellington Green. Owner Henry Mosely first got into the clothing business while living in Winter Haven, Florida. He relocated to Wellington with his family in 2015. Mosely’s previous store location was in the Kobosko’s Crossing shopping center, but Tyler Brooke has since moved to a new location in the mall, opening just over a month ago. This new store location is receiving rave reviews for its impeccable, personalized customer service. “We had been a fine menswear clothier, and when men wearing suits and dressing nice kind of went away, we rebranded as Tyler Brooke, a store for men and women who love to shop,” Mosely said. Mosley is married with three children, two girls ages 21 and 15, and a boy, age nine, His hobbies outside of running his business include watching college football, visiting Disney World with his family, and catching a movie and dinner with his wife. “I am a true Floridian, who has actually watched the Village of Wellington grow to what it is today,” Mosely said. “Wellington doesn’t have all the hustle and bustle and retains its small village flavor.” Mosely especially likes the family community aspects of Wellington. “It is a great community with great schools for my children,” he added. He believes that the community will benefit from the Tyler Brooke shopping concept. “The Tyler Brooke concept is one

where men and women can shop together in a relaxed atmosphere,” Mosley said. “They can also purchase items that complement each other, whether they’re going to a polo match or they are going to dinner or to the Kravis Center. We offer a unique concept and clothing that allows husband and wife to complement each other.” This concept works great for date night apparel, Mosely said. “Say, it’s an anniversary or you’re celebrating your wife or husband’s birthday, you can dress as a couple with anything from black tie options and evening gowns, all the way down to just a nice button-down shirt and matching dress for her,” he explained. “The line that we specialize in working with is Robert Henry Mosely at his new store, located on the second level of the Mall at Wellington Green. Graham, and we have Robert Graham button-downs for women, just ed out of North Palm Beach, and Sir as we have them for men. So, women Menswear by Eddie Edwards located in have the option to wear their jeans and West Palm Beach.” One benefit that Tyler Brooke cusa nice button-down shirt, just as the gentleman wears his jeans and a nice tomers enjoy, Mosley explained, is that they won’t see a whole bunch of the button-down shirt.” Mosley’s store features a number of same thing in the store. “They won’t see a rack full of identiclothing lines, including several local cal pieces,” Mosley said. “All the items brands. “Some of the more famous brands for men and women are hand-selected are nationally known like Robert Gra- from different designers, and we try to ham for men and women, and Gretch- keep it as limited as possible, meaning en Scott for women with special colors a minimum of three pieces per style, and fabrics,” he said. “Local brands but no more than six. That gives the include Three Friends Apparel locat- customer a little bit of exclusivity to the wellington the magazine | june 2019


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“The Tyler Brooke concept is one where men and women can shop together in a relaxed atmosphere,” Henry Mosley explained. styles, the size and the brand when they shop for retail with us.” Mosely got into the clothing business for personal reasons. “Something I’d like people to know about the business is that it was started because of the challenges that I personally faced in retail in some stores

finding my size,” Mosley said. “At Tyler Brooke, we offer apparel for everyone. We can dress any guy from size small to a 5XL, for women from extra small to a 3XL.” He invites the community to visit the store, located on the upper level of the Mall at Wellington Green.


“We invite people to come in and visit our store, because I believe in fashion. Even though the internet boom is what everyone is talking about, I still feel there is a unique group of people who actually want to touch the fabrics,” Mosely said. “They actually want to put their hands on it and try things on. Ladies want to put the dress on. The guys want to try the shirt on. At Tyler Brooke, they have their choice to see the items as soon as they hit the shelf. They don’t have to wait for shipping.” That immediacy continues into the way he uses the internet. “One of the things I do every other Tuesday is I post ‘What’s New at Tyler Brooke,’” Mosley said. “It’s a Facebook post with items that just came in and we are featuring them.” For more information about Tyler Brooke, call (561) 281-9522, visit www.tyler-brooke. com, follow the store on Facebook at Tyler Brooke Wellington and on Instagram at tylerbrookewellington.

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As the Village of Wellington works to build a stronger, more resilient community that works for residents today and well into the future, understanding the big picture is an important character trait for leaders like Village Engineer Tom Lundeen. something new, since he Lundeen joined the Welbelieves that change is not lington team in 2016 and is only inevitable, but also a looking forward to a long good thing. He has known future supporting WellingVillage Manager Paul Schoton and its residents. field and Assistant Village “I’m here to help proManager Jim Barnes since tect the residents and their his time with Palm Beach property,” explained LunCounty, and the shift to Weldeen, who leads a dedicated lington has been a good fit. crew of professionals. “I “I’ve been in government oversee the Engineering for more than 29 years now, Department and the Public and it is a lot different,” Works Department, which Lundeen said. “I get excited means I manage more than when we get into a project. 100 employees.” The system works, but it can Lundeen grew up on a Village Engineer Tom Lundeen shares his expertise with local students. always be improved.” farm in Minnesota. After He gives most of the credit, though, completing a degree in civil engineerBefore coming to Wellington, Luning, he moved to Florida in 1985 to find deen was the engineer and deputy di- to his teams in engineering and pubnew challenges and career options. rector for the Port of Palm Beach for lic works. Lundeen is proud to have a group of people who see the big pic“A friend lived down here and said, many years. ‘Come on down, there’s plenty of jobs.’ “Working for the Port of Palm Beach ture, just like he does. “There are some fabulous people Within three days, I had three job of- was one of those jobs where you wake up fers,” Lundeen recalled. every morning because you want to see who work here. I don’t think I could Over time, he gained a great deal of what’s going to happen next,” Lundeen have hand-picked them any better,” experience in both the public and pri- said. “I was working with electrical and Lundeen said. “Right now, everything vate sectors, always looking for new ways structural engineers, building sea walls is in place and working well in both deto improve both his own knowledge and and bulkheads, managing paving and partments. Public Works is filled with jacks of all trades, and masters of most the infrastructure around him. Lun- drainage.” deen was involved in massive projects An avid scuba diver, Lundeen inte- of them. If an issue comes up, like a trafranging from new bridges and roadways grated his skills at work by completing fic problem, we can fix a road, put in a in Brevard County to raising U.S. High- more than 300 inspections underwater. turn lane or design a traffic circle.” He is especially proud of the work way 1. After a time, Lundeen was ready for 54

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Village Engineer Tom Lundeen (fourth from left) leads an Engineering Department working to keep Wellington safe and secure now and in the future.

done by his fellow staff engineers. “Jonathan Reinsvold and Alyssa Dalloo are doing a fabulous job designing in house, saving us time and money,” Lundeen said. The engineering department stays busy with a wide array of projects ranging from drainage improvements to

permitting, and even altering the layout of congested intersections like South Shore Blvd. and Pierson Road. “It’s one of those projects that you would feel good about,” Lundeen said. The department has the plans in place for more than traffic concerns. There is another project meant to im-

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Riding and real estate: an activity and a profession that both loom large in Wellington. It’s no wonder, then, that Jennifer Drahan of Keller Williams, who’s passionate about both, should happily settle in the community. Drahan grew up in the Lone Star State and graduated from Texas A&M in 1995. “My grandfather was a builder, my mom an interior designer and retailer, and my dad was in marketing and owned rental properties as a side business,” she recalled. “When I wasn’t riding, I was driving around to different build and design projects with them.” She once dreamed of representing her country as a show jumper at the Olympics. “I went right into life as a professional equestrian after college, traveling the world following my passion for horses,” Drahan said. That didn’t come to pass, but another career came calling. “I am obsessed with real estate,” Drahan said. “I used to drive around and walk around abandoned properties before I got my license. Now I am more careful.” Still, it was her love of the equestrian lifestyle that brought her to Wellington. When she finally arrived in 2002, it was love at first sight. “I will never forget thinking to myself, after driving for 24 hours to get here, ‘I never want to leave this place, it is so beautiful,’” she said. Drahan bought a condo in Wellington in 2004 while still working in Connecticut. Two years later, her business relocated here. She got her real estate license in 2010, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she ended her professional riding and training career and turned full-time to real estate. “I have several friends in the business who are able to juggle another career with real estate, and while I admire their ability to multi-task, I am at my best when I do not spread myself too thin,” she said.

Drahan specializes in equestrian, luxury and investment properties. She feels these areas are a natural fit considering her background. Another natural fit for Drahan is working with Keller Williams. “At KW, we have an awesome culture of helping others, sharing, being learning-based, and always growing and thinking bigger,” she said. “I personally have streamlined communication for buyers and sellers, a major focus on staging and property preparation prior to listing, and I use cutting-edge tech to get my listings in front of the right people.” Whether you’re looking for your dream home or putting your current residence on the market, Drahan believes that she has the talent and tools to get you the best deal possible. “We are able to offer our buyers Keller Mortgage, saving them thousands of dollars, plus we are rolling out our iBuyer program, so sellers are able to sell their property immediately, without marketing, showing and waiting for the right buyer,” she said. Drahan has a very positive view of Wellington’s real estate market. “The current local market has stabilized a bit, which is great, while farms and luxury properties continue to sell at an encouraging rate,” she said. “Overall, the Wellington market was up slightly the first quarter of 2019, with average days on market coming down from 125 to 100. I expect to see a continued stable market over the rest of the year, with a slight pickup in the luxury market toward the fall.” To contact Jennifer Drahan, e-mail, call (281) 851-7248 or visit wellington the magazine | june 2019



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A new healthcare model eliminating the middleman between providers and patients is sweeping the country, and Grace Family Medicine Direct Primary Care of Wellington, the first example of the subscription service providing medical care with a nurse practitioner and a physician, opened recently in the community. “This is like a health movement that is new with the public, and it’s gaining a lot of steam across the U.S.,” said Carlos Poveda a seasoned healthcare administrator, who operates the practice with his wife Jessica Poveda, a nurse practitioner, and his father Dr. Leon Poveda, a family medicine and internal medicine physician. “Our families have been in healthcare for a long time,” Jessica added. Carlos explained that healthcare providers want to take back control of healthcare and put it into the hands of the patients and the providers. “We have seen changes that we don’t really like because the landscape is creating a lot of barriers for patients as far as obtaining quality, affordable healthcare,” he said. “And for the provider side, barriers to actually providing that kind of personalized care.” That is when they decided as a family to find out what we they could do to actually practice medicine in a better way. The approach of direct primary care, known as DPC, offers subscriptions to a medical practice with primary care covered by the subscription and other services available at a reduced rate from insurance co-pays and deductibles. “The membership-based model is pretty straight forward,” Carlos said. “It removes the middleman, so we don’t bill insurance, and that’s good. We contract directly with the patient to deliver comprehensive primary care with discounts on labs, imaging services and a growing network of specialists. But most importantly, what they get is our time, the opportunity to build a relationship with us,

and the providers have time to really dig into the patient’s conditions and goals.” He was quick to explain the difference between DPC and what is known as “concierge medicine.” “Distinct from concierge medicine, which is more expensive, charges a retainer and bills insurance, DPC allows us to have that relationship with our patients, and it’s affordable. Our plans start at $50 a month, and $100 a month is the maximum for 65 and up,” Carlos said. “We have families with two teenagers and subscription rates of $200 a month.” The goal is to keep the service affordable. “Because our pricing is just right, it’s accessible to most people, who want personalized care with 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week access to their medical provider, same or next day appointments, extended visits of 30 minutes to an hour, and the ability to talk, text, video chat or message the doctor,” Jessica said. “Insurance is not required, although 90 percent of our patients have a high-deductible, more affordable or a catastrophic plan if they have to go to the hospital. It just makes financial sense for so many people.” What they don’t want to see are patients delaying care because they can’t meet their deductible. “American families are getting priced out with so many health insurance plans,” Carlos said. “I always say health insurance does not equal healthcare.” The Povedas are proud residents of Wellington. “We are growing our family here. We live in Wellington. We are here for the long-term to establish a fam-

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ily-owned and operated business that brings quality and value to our fellow residents,” Carlos said. “We’re very much involved in the community.” “Our kids are going to school here, we’re part of nonprofit boards, we coach our kids’ basketball teams,” Jessica noted. Establishing a new type of medical practice does have its challenges. “It has been a challenging journey because it’s the first time many people are hearing about DPC,” Carlos said. “Education is a big aspect of our marketing.” He also added a little background on the name Grace Family Medicine. “Our faith does not affect how we treat any patient,” Carlos said. “Grace, to us, is an unmerited gift from God. That’s why we started this business here in Wellington because we know it’s going to bring a lot of value to everyone.” Grace Family Medicine Direct Primary Care of Wellington is located in the Wellington Plaza at 12785 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 8E. For more information, call (561) 331-5155 or visit wellington the magazine | june 2019


Spacious, Well-Appointed Home In Wellington’s Meadowland Cove This sophisticated and well-appointed home is in Wellington’s centrally located Meadowland Cove neighborhood. It features more than 2,500 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two newly renovated bathrooms. The open floor plan lets plenty of natural light into the home, which boasts a formal dining room and a spacious living room. The home has a split floor plan, along with a two-car garage. The property features great curb appeal and a newly fenced, spacious yard perfect for entertaining. PHOTOS COURTESY KATE SMITH

Front Elevation: The single-story home in the heart of Wellington features great curb appeal with colorful and well-maintained landscaping, a two-car garage and a bright, colorful door ready to welcome visitors.

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Living Room: High vaulted and volume ceilings in the living area define the spacious home. Aside from plenty of natural light, bright and energy-efficient LED lights are used throughout the house.

Dining Room: The formal dining room offers plenty of space for entertaining. Lit by gorgeous pendant lights, the space is defined, yet remains part of the open concept plan.

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Kitchen: The kitchen is spacious and functional, featuring a sunlit breakfast area for intimate family dining. The bright space features stainless-steel appliances, and plenty of modern touches, such as a motion sensor kitchen faucet.

Bedroom: The home features three bedrooms in a split floor plan offering plenty of privacy. The rooms are well-appointed and tastefully decorated.

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Master Bedroom: The spacious master bedroom is an open space with high, vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting and a ceiling fan. Master Bathroom: The nicely sized master bathroom is one of two newly decorated bathrooms in the home. This one features double vanities, a six-jet Jacuzzi-style tub, a shower area and a private toilet space. Guest Room/Study: Like the other parts of the home, the guest room/ study area is a bright space that is well-maintained and tastefully decorated. Spacious Yard: The property features a spacious, newly fenced and private back yard with easy access from the screened-in patio area. It’s a perfect space for entertaining.

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For nearly 25 years, Tree’s Wings & Ribs has been catering to the taste buds of traditional down-home food lovers. With its signature neighborhood feel, it’s no wonder this family-owned restaurant has been going strong since opening in 1995 at the south end of Royal Palm Beach Blvd. Owners Andy and Linda Maynard strive to appeal to every guest who walks through their doors. In charge of dayto-day operations is General Manager Erin Townsend. “We like to be just as down-home as we can be,” Townsend said. “We’ve got killer ribs. Our sauce is homemade with our secret recipe, every day. We only do baby back ribs. We find them to be the absolute best, and we don’t mess around with anything but that. We have perfected the recipe to where they’re fall-off-the-bone. I’ve never

seen anyone disappointed with our ribs.” While wings and ribs have made Tree’s locally famous, there’s much more to this popular restaurant. “We’ve got ridiculously good burgers for being a wing joint,” Townsend noted. The Treemongous burger, for example, boasts a full pound of beef with all fresh ingredients for $16.49. All burgers are Angus beef and handmade, cooked to order over an open flame. All produce is brought in daily.

(Above right) The Treemongous burger features a full pound of Angus beef. (Below) Tree’s award-winning wings are served with celery and choice of house dressing or bleu cheese.

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Popular menu choices include nachos, “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs and hand-breaded jumbo shrimp.

There are also traditional dishes, like salmon, filet mignon, several salad choices, along with the “fall-off-thebone” ribs to go with those award-winning wings, which are served up with another secret recipe. “We have several secret recipes, and we guard them very closely,” Townsend said. “Our house dressing is probably what we’re most popular for. Instead of ranch or bleu cheese with your wings, we offer our house dressing. I get bribed weekly with people asking me what’s in it.” That super-secret recipe will soon be

flying with the Tree’s team to Buffalo, N.Y., for the 17th annual Buffalo Wing Festival, where they’ve been invited to compete in the National Buffalo Wing Contest. Tree’s is taking a lucky winner and a guest on an all-expenses-paid trip to the three-day event over Labor Day weekend. It’s just one way the restaurant shows appreciation for its customers. Sign up, for free, to be a VIP member. Each time you dine, you get to spin the prize wheel for a deal to be used the next visit. Anywhere from $5 off to a free dessert or drink, to Wing’s bucks. Also, enjoy a

free rib and wing dinner on your birthday — and a first round free with a choice of beer, wine or any soft drink for you and your guests. Great prices on drinks are up for grabs every day. “We’ve got a twice daily happy hour. Half off between 3 and 6 p.m. on any drink. And again from 10 p.m. until midnight. It’s any drink, whatever you want,” Townsend said. “The only thing we don’t do it on is pitchers, because we’ve got $6 pitchers all day, every day.” They restaurant recently redid its

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Tree’s Wings & Ribs features outdoor patio seating, a main dining room area and a fully stocked bar area.

flooring, with a deep dark wood, making for a warm feeling. There are two bars. One is separated from the main dining area, where it’s family friendly. For those 21 and over, who are looking to hang out, there’s the adult-only lounge, oozing with a rock vibe as framed pictures of legends adorn the walls. With a feel all its own, this neighborhood hangout area is complete with a jukebox and a retro Kiss pinball machine. There’s also live music on Thursdays featuring artist Rick Nelson playing classic rock and Jimmy Buffett tunes starting at 7 p.m.

“We’re family friendly with space for adults to also have their time,” Townsend said. If it’s time you want to spend with your family dog, bring him to dine with you. They can even order off their own canine menu. From a bowl of kibble, to add-ons, like bacon. Each day of the week, there’s a different homemade soup, from split pea to Florida conch chowder. Also, a daily special is offered, like Mondays is half off any Angus burger, to Sundays allday $4 bloody marys. Whether you want to pop in, pick up

or get it delivered, Tree’s Wings offers all the options — including a vast delivery area with their own five-vehicle fleet. Online ordering is coming soon. Serving the community over the past 24 years, the owners plan to continue with what’s now tradition. “We’ve got the best regulars in the world, and we try to treat everyone like our next regular,” Townsend said. Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. It is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. For more info., call (561) 791-1535 or visit www.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Located in the original Wellington Mall, Wellington Trace Tavern serves up American-style cuisine with a wonderful ambiance. For more info., call (561) 4691109 or visit


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wellington | calendar Saturday, June 1 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will continue at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. Visit for more info. • A Bark-A-Thon hosted by Big Dog Ranch Rescue and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be held at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info., visit Sunday, June 2 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Funny Forest Stories for ages 2 to 6 on Sunday, June 2 at 3:15 p.m. Scamper, hop and wiggle on over to listen to animal-themed stories and do a craft. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Monday, June 3 • The Palm Beach Central High School boys basketball team will host a Basketball Camp for students entering grades two through eight. The dates are June 3-6, June 10-13, July 8-11 and July 15-18 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The Palm Beach Central basketball coaches are part of the camp staff, along with all the players. For more info., contact Jason Pitman at or (561) 398-9177. • The Wellington High School boys basketball team will host its 11th annual basketball camp, Wolverine Skills, for students ages 6 to 14 from Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6 and Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will work on the fundamentals every day: shooting, passing, dribbling, defense and rebounding. The Wellington Wolverine basketball coaches are part of the camp staff, along with all the players. For more info., contact Matt Colin at matthew.colin@ or (803) 439-5348. • Beginning on Monday, June 3, Wellington will offer expanded hours for Open Play Pickelball, located at the outdoor roller hockey rink at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). During the summer months,

courts will be available for open play Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesdays and Fridays, from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information about open play opportunities, visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 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. • The Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will meet at the Okeeheelee Park Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) on Monday, June 3, with refreshments at 7 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m. James Hoher will speak on his 4,800-mile hike on the Eastern Continental Trail. Call Roy Moore at (561) 307-7792 for more info. Tuesday, June 4 • The Wellington Marlins Master’s Swim Team will return to the Wellington Aquatics Complex beginning Tuesday, June 4 under the direction of head coach Patrick Billingsley with the Wellington Swim Club. The Master’s Swim Team welcomes swimmers of all levels. For more info., contact Billingsley at (917) 565-4465 or • Wellington will host a Senior Symposium on the importance of an annual wellness examination on Tuesday, June 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center. Contact Jenifer Brito at (561) 753-2476 or for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its STEAM Club for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, June 4 at 3 p.m. Use STEAM skills to create a catapult. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, June 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Galactic Crafting for age 5 to 12 on Wednesday, June 5 at 3:15 p.m. Create cool and colorful Star Wars-themed art to decorate your galaxy. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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Thursday, June 6 • The Teach Palm Beach Job Fair will be held Thursday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. For more info., visit • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Journey/Styx tribute concert, along with food trucks, on Thursday, June 6 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, June 7 • Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds will host City Kids on the Farm on Fridays in June and July starting on Friday, June 7. The fun, engaging and interactive program will immerse children in agriculture from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each week. For more info., call (561) 795-3110 or visit • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of Alita: Battle Angel on Friday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, June 8 • The Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show will return to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. For more info., visit • The Philippine Summer Festival, a multicultural event that showcases Philippine culture and tradition, will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10. For more info., visit www.paswpb. org. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Van Halen tribute concert by Completely Unchained on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Visit www. for more info.

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wellington | calendar Sunday, June 9 • Strikes for Seagull, a family-friendly bowling event to benefit Seagull Services’ programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities, will be held Sunday, June 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Greenacres Bowl (6126 Lake Worth Road). Tickets are $25 per person or $100 per lane of five players. For more info., call (561) 842-5814 or visit Monday, June 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club on Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, June 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Happy Birthday, Library” for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, June 11 at 3 p.m. Celebrate the library with birthday cake inspired slime. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Introduction to Astronomy for adults on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. Learn the basics of astronomy and ways to view the sky without a telescope, presented by Tom Sarko of the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, June 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Star Jars for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, June 12 at 3:15 p.m. Create colorful, glow-in-thedark jars that light up the night. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles in Japanese with English subtitles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Book Discussion on Tin Man by Sarah Winman for adults on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30

p.m. Copies are available at the research services desk. 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 for info.

will host a NASA Lander Touchdown Challenge for ages 7 to 12 on Monday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register.

Thursday, June 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craft a Constellation for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, June 13 at 3 p.m. View the constellations through a cardboard sky. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free classic rock concert by Viva, along with food trucks, on Thursday, June 13 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host After 5 Networking & Cocktails on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. at Don Chepo’s Taco Shop. For more info., call (561) 792-6525.

Tuesday, June 18 • Women of the Wellington Chamber will host a social event on Tuesday, June 18 starting with manicures at Tipsy SalonBar at 4 p.m., followed by happy hour at Beauty and the Beeeef at 5:30 p.m. For more info., call (561) 792-6525. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Glass Magnets for adults on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. Create little magnets using glass gems and maps of space. Materials will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Friday, June 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Father’s Day Cards for ages 3 to 12 on Friday, June 14 at 3 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of Aquaman on Friday, June 14 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, June 15 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute concert by Green River on Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Visit for more info. Monday, June 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Aquapainting for Adults With Special Needs on Monday, June 17 at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy using water and paintbrushes to make nature images appear. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

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Wednesday, June 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a STEAM Family Night on Wednesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. Create, play and learn, experimenting with Oobleck. Dress for a mess. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • Shulamit Hadassah will host a “My Favorite Things” party on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at PBCFR Station 30 (9910 Stribling Way, Wellington). Bring one or two items that you can describe, demonstrate or share. These can include cosmetics, beauty creams, nail polish, small appliances, gadgets and more. For more info., call Helene at (561) 5123172 or e-mail Thursday, June 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Kindergarten Readiness for ages 5 and 6 on Thursdays, June 20 and June 27 at 2 p.m. Get a head start on your child’s education this summer. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Southern rock concert by Southern Blood, along with food trucks, on Thursday, June 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for more info.

wellington | calendar • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Commemorate World Refugee Day: Pebble-Stone Art for adults on Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Inspired by the stone art sculptures of Syrian artist Nazir Ali Badr, create a 3D stone art picture using river rocks and pebbles. Representatives from the Florida Department of Children & Families Refugee Services Program will speak about the services they provide. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, June 21 • The West Palm Beach Boat Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23 with 100,000 square feet showcasing power boats, walk-arounds, cruisers, deck boats, pontoons, bass boats, personal watercraft and more. Visit www.southflaboatshow. com for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of The Lego Movie 2 on Friday, June 21 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, June 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “The Amazing Mr. A’s Star Force Spectacular!” for all ages on Saturday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss your chance to help unleash the force in this variety-style magic show. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free John Denver tribute concert by Ron Rich on Saturday, June 22 at 8 p.m. Visit events for more info. Sunday, June 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Sensory Friendly Browsing Hours, special library hours designed to provide a quieter and calmer environment for special needs children and teens 17 and under, and their families, on Sunday, June 23 at 10 a.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, June 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Rock Painting for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, June 25 at 3 p.m. Design your own rock, then take it home or hide it for someone to find. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing on Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, June 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, June 27 • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free rock concert by The Flyers, along with food trucks, on Thursday, June 27 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Visit for more info. Friday, June 28 • Arrigo Bull Mania 2019, presented by Farmboy Custom Co., will feature two nights of extreme bull riding on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Kubota Agriplex. Gates open each night at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of Mary Poppins Returns on Friday, June 28 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for info. Saturday, June 29 • The South Florida Fairgrounds Summer Garage Sale will be held Saturday, June 29 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center. For more info., contact Kayla Cawley at (561) 790-5219 or • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free Blues Brothers Soul Band tribute concert on Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. Visit events for more info.

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