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May 2011

Features 26 Meet Mother’s Day Contest Winner Joan Sellman

Joan Sellman has lived a long life full of fun, adventure and love. And as the winner of Wellington The Magazine’s Mother’s Day contest, she will get to enjoy another adventure sailing away on the fun-filled cruise, courtesy of Celebration Cruise Line. By Lauren Miró

30 Teen Dreams Of A Career In Paralympic Dressage

Wellington teen Erica Brant, who has cerebral palsy, has found freedom through riding and hopes one day to become a competitive Paralympic dressage rider. She is hoping to secure sponsorships to make her dream a reality. By Lauren Miró

35 The Women’s Health Institute And Rejuvia MedSpa

Dr. Sara Bernstein offers both cosmetic procedures and obstetric/gynecological care from her office on the campus of Wellington Regional Medical Center. By Ron Bukley


38 Wellington Fashion: Fun With Spring Flowers

Floral prints are a fashion scene perennial. In this month’s Wellington Fashion pictorial, models Erica and Hannah spruce up floral print dresses with floral arrangements created specially by Wellington Florist.

40 Tim Dutta Gives Wings To World-Class Horses

For the past 24 years, Tim Dutta and his Dutta Corp. have been the go-to global transportation company of the world’s elite equestrians. Dutta specializes in the disciplines of show jumping, dressage, polo and eventing. By Carrie Wirth

50 Wellington Star: WHS Baseball Ace Andrew Istler

Considered by many to be the best pitching prospect in Palm Beach County, Wellington’s Andrew Istler was recruited by a number of colleges before accepting a scholarship from Duke, making him this month’s Wellington Star. By Matthew Auerbach

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Wellington Rotary Club Hosts Gay Polo Tournament After Party Casino Night Animal-Rescue Fundraiser At Wellington Show Grounds Jenna McCann Memorial Golf Tournament Held At Binks Forest Wellington Chamber Of Commerce Presents Flavors 2011 At PBIEC Lechuza Caracas Defeats Audi To Claim U.S. Open Title At IPC Wellington St. Baldrick’s Event Benefits Pediatric Cancer Research

54 Wellington Home

This month, Wellington Home visits a 4,430-square-foot home in the Whispering Oaks community that looks out over a nature preserve, which adds to the serenity of the property. By Lauren Miró

60 Wellington Table

For slice of the Florida Keys in your own back yard, look no further than the new Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille, offering excellent food in an environment that feels as if you’re sitting inside a tiki bar on the beach. By Lauren Miró

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Wellington Watch Wellington Dining Guide Wellington Calendar Around Wellington ON THE COVER From this month’s Wellington Fashion pictorial, model Erica Desouza is in a Juicy Couture dress with a colorful floral hair arrangement. Flowers by Wellington Florist; hair and makeup by Sara Alexandria Snitkin. Photo by Robyn & Jordan Beaulieu/www.lapaixphotography.com


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Celebrate Spring With Fresh Flowers volume

May is the month of flowers, and we celebrate the season with a special Wellington Fashion pictorial featuring floral-print outfits paired with fresh flower arrangements provided by Wellington Florist. Check it out and see how flowers can liven up your wardrobe!

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The winter equestrian season may be over, but Wellington’s horse community is alive and well. This issue we visit with Wellington High School student Erica Brant, a teen with cerebral palsy who has dreams of Paralympic dressage glory. Also profiled is Robert Orthwein, a member of the latest generation of a well-known polo-playing family. But while Orthwein shows his power on the polo field, he also shines in his musical endeavors — on display when he won this year’s Equestrian Idol competition. We also catch up with Tim Dutta, whose company specializes in flying top horses around the world, and rider Georgina Bloomberg, whose first novel hits store shelves this month. Our Wellington Star for May is Andrew Istler, ace pitcher on Wellington High School’s baseball team. He has already secured a scholarship to Duke University and has his eyes set on making it to the major leagues. Wellington teen Samantha Pollack, meanwhile, is making a name for herself in the field of scenic design, winning top prizes at the Florida State Thespian Festival. Also profiled this month is Dr. Sara Bernstein, who runs the Women’s Health Institute and Rejuvia MedSpa from offices on the campus of Wellington Regional Medical Center. This month, Wellington Home visits a custom-built residence in the Whispering Oaks community, surrounded by a nature preserve. Wellington Table stops by the popular new gathering place Bonefish Mac’s, a restaurant specializing in fresh fish and designed in the style of the Florida Keys. Also this issue, we close out the winter season with extra social scene pages. Special thanks to sponsor Celebration Cruise Line and everyone who entered our Mother’s Day contest. Choosing just one winner from all the wonderful entries was a difficult decision. Congratulations to Joan Sellman, nominated by her daughter Holly Sellman Herrera. Look for a feature profile of our winner inside this issue, and happy Mother’s Day to all of Wellington’s wonderful moms! Joshua Manning Publisher/Executive Editor

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wellington social scene Photos by Lauren Miró Wellington Rotary Club Hosts Gay Polo Tournament After Party

(Left) Polo players Christine Fenerty, Tom Landry and James Tweten with Mason Phelps Jr. (Right) Rotary President-Elect Karen Hardin with Judy Tannehill, Gordon Ross and Barry Manning.

The Wellington Rotary Club hosted an asado dinner after party at the second annual International Gay Polo Tournament on Saturday, April 2 at the Grand Champions Polo Club. Food was provided by Aaron’s International Polo Club Catering. The event also featured a Chinese auction and a live auction. During the polo matches held that day, the Phelps Media Group team was victorious.

(Left to right) Mazine, Mitzi and Alex Horne enjoy the evening; Dan Curtis and Brent Vance; Karen Hardin and Joan Derrick take home the Havanese puppy from the auction; and Daniel Mulligan with Dennis Bock.

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Casino Night Animal-Rescue Fundraiser At Wellington Show Grounds

(Left) Save A Pet Treasurer Renee Morrison, 50/50 raffle winner Robin Kriverney and John Mercer. (Right) Stephen Hooper celebrates playing the whole table at once with dealer Jackie Kennedy.

A Vegas-style fundraiser benefiting three of the area’s top animal-rescue organizations was held Friday, April 1 at the Wellington Club at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The event, which featured blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, raffle prizes and more, benefited Save A Pet Florida, Paws 2 Help and the Adopt A Cat Foundation.

(Left to right) Melanie Brewer throws dice while Dave Dorner, Paul Levy and Franklin Betancourt look on; Mario Murillo deals Saundra Mercer a winning hand; Paws 2 Help Founder Eve Van Engel, Adopt A Cat Foundation President Inga Hanley and Save A Pet President Kathy Wells; and Event Chair Debra Tomarin of Save A Pet gets her cards read by Madame Rubia (Lee Little).

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Jenna McCann Memorial Golf Tournament Held At Binks Forest

(Left) Tara, Mary Kay and Kaye McCann. (Right) Kids Cancer Foundation founder Michelle O’Boyle with Courtney Wolfe and Cody Linley.

The Kids Cancer Foundation of South Florida hosted the fifth annual Jenna McCann Memorial Golf Tournament and Gala on Saturday, April 2 at the Binks Forest Golf Club. In the morning, more than 70 players took to the greens. Later on there was an awards gala and silent auction. In attendance were actor Cody Linley and polo player Nic Roldan, who signed autographs and posed for photos. For more info., visit www.kidscancersf.org.

(Left to right) Polo player Nic Roldan with Cody Linley; Sandy Erb with golf winners Tom Leinwol, Chris Zeller, Brad McAfee and Damon Allman, Michelle O’Boyle, and Dr. Steven Pliskow; Cody Linley with cancer survivor Allison Leslie; and Alex Shaw sings with Big Vince and the Phat Cats.


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wellington social scene Photos by Lauren Miró Wellington Chamber Presents Flavors 2011 Flavors of Wellington, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, returned for its eighth year Friday, April 8. Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, guests were able to sample the best in food and drink from more than 23 local restaurants. The award for Best Taste went to the Wanderers Club at Wellington, Best Plate Presentation went to Sushi Moto, Best Display went to Cupcake Cottage and Best Dessert went to Cofftea Café. (Top right) Taylor Made Café’s Taylor Blauweiss and Nikolett Devai. (Below, left to right) Judges Jose Lambiet, Wellington Chamber President Michael Stone and Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen; the Wanderers Club won for Best Taste. Shown here, Executive Chef Tam Ha serves up a plate; Nature’s Table Café owner Bedonna Flesher with Nick Haughn.

(Center row, left to right) Judges Maggie Zeller of IberiaBank and Carmine Priore III of FPL sample some of the desserts; the distinguished judging panel; and Sushi Moto was honored for Best Plate Presentation. (Bottom row, left to right) The Whole Foods booth served up tasty mousse cups and wine samples; Wellington Village Attorney Jeff Kurtz, Regis Wenham, Wellington Vice Mayor Matt Willhite and former mayor Tom Wenham; and Best Display winners Lisa Hamilton and Donovan Gose of Cupcake Cottage. (Right) Cofftea Café took the award for Best Dessert.


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Lechuza Caracas Defeats Audi To Claim U.S. Open Title At The International Polo Club Palm Beach Lechuza Caracas defeated Audi 8-6 on Sunday, April 17 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach during the final of the United States Polo Association’s 107th U.S. Open Polo Championship in front of nearly 10,000 fans. The opening ceremony of the final match kicked off with a parachute team and special flyover before handing it off to Lou Galterio for the national anthem. Actor George Hamilton and IPC member Collete Hanley threw the coin toss. Juan Martin Nero was named MVP while Audi’s Zoltan garnered Best Playing Pony honors. Sapo Caset’s horses were named Best String in the Open. (Right) USPA President Tommy Biddle Sr. looks on as Lechuza patron Victor Vargas kisses the U.S. Open trophy. (Below, left to right) Tandem parachutists drop in to the IPC stadium with the American flag prior to the start of the game; actor George Hamilton flips the coin as IPC President John Wash and member Collette Hanley, who will be 100 this month, look on; Rodrigo Andrade of Audi knocks away a scoring shot by Lechuza’s Martin Espain; and Martin Espain of Lechuza charges through the goal mouth as he follows his scoring shot.

(Above, left to right) Audi’s Rodrigo Andrade tries to avoid Sapo Caset of Lechuza; the Lechuza players celebrate their victory; and game MVP Juan Martin Nero of Lechuza moves downfield as Audi’s Gonzalito Pieres follows. (Right) Audi’s patron Marc Ganzi congratulates winning Lechuza patron Victor Vargas.


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Wellington St. Baldrick’s Event Benefits Pediatric Cancer Research

(Left) Wellington High School students go green in support. (Right) Wild 95.5’s Virginia Lang with her daughter Magnolia (left), shavee Chandler Martin and hairstylist Charlene West.

Palm Beach Central and Wellington high schools partnered with the Village of Wellington to host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser on Friday, March 25 at Village Park. Participants raised money by pledging to shave their heads or cut their hair. Additional funds were raised through food, T-shirts and other sales. The event featured several performances by local talent, inflatable rides and some celebrity barbers to shave heads. Together, the community raised more than $60,000 to help support pediatric cancer research.

(Left to right) Mayor Darell Bowen’s new hairdo; event coordinators Don Meyers, Christie Workman, Jenna Bellach and Peri Diamond with Mayor Bowen; Veaunita Stocker shows off the lock of hair she had clipped off; Christy Workman and Jenna Bellach with WHS grad and American Idol contestant Brooke Eden, who performed at the event; and Francisco Sarmiento and Austin Sweeney go green and bald.

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Wellington Bringing Landlords Together As part of its continued efforts to revitalize its older, mostly rental neighborhoods, Wellington is hoping to form a landlord association that will allow property owners to network with each other. “It’s a pilot program,” Deputy Village Manager John Bonde said. “It was approved as a way to get property owners together to talk about some of the issues that they face.” Wellington hopes to identify landlords willing to take a leadership role, and then work to bring all of the landlords together. Bonde noted that there has been high turnover in some of the rental units. Often, this is due to problem tenants, or problems within the community that drive responsible tenants away. “We hope to be able to increase the length of those rotations,” he said. “The longer they stay in a home, the more connected they are to the community.” And by pooling information together, Wellington hopes landlords can avoid problem tenants altogether. Wellington also plans to offer a landlord training program. Patriot Memorial Unchanged — Despite concerns that the Wellington Patriot Memorial will cost six times the amount originally budgeted, the Wellington Village Council voted 3-2 to forge ahead with construction. In its decision April 12, the council voted to proceed as planned on the $485,000 memorial. Mayor Darell Bowen and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig dissented. They favored scaling back the project, adding some of its elements later as more money is raised. Originally, the memorial was expected to cost between $70,000 and $80,000, much of which was to be raised through private financing. About $112,000 has been raised through the Wellington Community Foundation. The rest will be paid by Wellington, coming from money left over from capital projects. The memorial is set to be unveiled during a countywide ceremony on the

10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this Sept. 11. Dunkin’ Donuts Coming — Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board voted in April to recommend approval of a drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts shop in the Wellington Plaza on Forest Hill Blvd. near Wellington Trace. The restaurant would replace the vacant Mobil gas station at the southeast corner of the plaza. The station has been shut for more than five years. The board approved a 1,686-square-foot fast-food restaurant with a drivethrough lane on the half-acre site. Planning & Zoning Manager David Flinchum noted that although hours of operation in that zoning district are typically from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., the applicant requested an earlier opening, at 5 a.m. Customers will enter from within Wellington Plaza, and exit directly onto Forest Hill Blvd. Credit For Online Utility Payments — Wellington residents and business owners who sign up to pay their utility bills online will receive a one-time credit of up to $35 with the village if they register over the next month. In April, Wellington announced that it would provide the credit to residents who sign up by Friday, May 20 for the bill notification and automatic payment programs available at www.wellingtonfl. gov. Residents must use the service for 90 days, and then will receive coupons by e-mail, which can be applied to utility bills or any of Wellington’s recreational programs. By signing up for electronic bills, residents will receive an e-mail with their statement rather than a paper bill via traditional mail. And automatic payments allow the village to charge residents for the bill two days before it’s due. Residents would receive a $10 credit for signing up only for the electronic billing, and an additional $25 for signing up for automatic payments.

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Mother’s Day Contest Winner Lives A Life Full Of Love & Humor

Story by Lauren Miró Photo by Abner Pedraza

At age 77, Joan Sellman has lived a long life full of fun, adventure and — most importantly — love. And as the winner of Wellington The Magazine’s Mother’s Day contest, she’ll enjoy another adventure, sailing away on the fun-filled Celebration Cruise Line cruise. Sellman was nominated by her daughter, Holly Sellman Herrera, who wrote a touching letter chronicling her mother’s life, persevering spirit and vivacious personality. “She has done this once before,” Sellman said of Herrera. “When she was 11 years old, she wrote a letter and I was named ‘Mother of the Year’ in our town in Arizona.” Herrera said that it’s an honor her mother deserves. “She is one of the happiest people I know,” she said. “When you’re around her, it’s something you notice.” Sellman was born and raised in New York City. At age 18, she had to strike out on her own, getting a studio apartment in the city. “I worked as a secretary,” she recalled. “I would take photos, and sell scarves and cigarettes at night clubs to get by.” Despite not having a lot, Sellman endured. Almost 50 years ago, she met her husband Jim on a vacation in Puerto Rico. “I went down to San Juan for a Christmas holiday,” she said. “He was working down there, preparing for the first moon launch. We met on the beach. He was staying at the same hotel.” Six weeks after that fateful meeting, they were married. “We were engaged after two days and married in six weeks,” Sellman said. “I think we probably just didn’t know any better. But we’ve had an exciting life.”

Sellman and her husband loved travel and lived all over the world. “The day after we were married, we moved to Madrid,” she said. “We both had wanderlust.” Six years ago, Sellman and her husband settled in Wellington. “We love it here,” she said. “We wanted to move somewhere smaller. It’s a great community.” While abroad, Sellman had three children — two daughters, Holly and Heidi, and a son who passed away at a young age. The family traveled the world together, something that Herrera is in awe of even today. “I couldn’t imagine moving households every two years,” she said. “I don’t know how she did it.” Something that played a big part in the family’s life was games. Sellman suffered from insomnia and chronic pain. Rather than dwell on it, she turned to games and humor to get by. “My mother loved to play board games,” Herrera said. “I remember when we were in elementary school, we’d wake up in the middle of the night and find she was awake from the insomnia. Instead of telling us to go back to bed, she’d beg us to play games with her.” From an early age, Sellman taught her children to carry on through difficulties with fun and laughter. “We have these memories of our childhood of just playing games and being together,” Herrera said. “She instilled in us a joy for life.” Though her daughter characterized her as a strong woman, Sellman said she doesn’t believe that makes her unusual.

“I wonder if that’s the way people see me,” she said. “I just don’t think there’s anything unusual about it. People persevere. They go on with their lives.” Despite the things she’s done for her family, Sellman said she doesn’t feel like she has sacrificed anything. “I’ve been a very fortunate woman,” she said. “To have a daughter who makes me mother of the year twice in my life shows how fortunate I am. I have wonderful children and grandchildren.” Sellman has been helped along by her sense of humor. You can find humor and joy in almost any situation, she said. “My kids have always made me laugh,” she said. “And now my grandchildren give me great joy.” In her nomination letter, Herrera wondered whether all women are destined to become their mothers. “In my case, that would be a good thing,” she wrote. “As I get older, I think I appreciate her more and more. She inspires me to feel more comfortable about how my life will be as I age. She makes it feel like things are so much fun. I think we take things too seriously in life.” Sellman has continued to be active and adventurous. Currently, she and a friend run Accessories Unlimited, selling fashion jewelry, silk scarves and unique purses at local events. And next on her list of things to do? Travel to Mongolia with her grandson. “I’ve been trying to get someone to go with me for the past two years,” Sellman said. “He’s the only one who said he would go. I think it will be exciting to go somewhere that’s largely undiscovered.” |wellington the magazine| May 2011


Wellington’s Robert Orthwein: Polo Player And Equestrian Idol This year’s Equus Foundation Equestrian Idol winner, 27-year-old Robert Orthwein, is the essence of a modern gentleman. With his roots in the St. Louis horse world, he makes sports and family his priorities. He is a musician and songwriter who embraces hip-hop culture and storytelling. This

rapper, third-generation polo player and Wellington bachelor is as charming as you would expect someone born on Valentine’s Day to be. Orthwein did not find his passion for polo until he was in his teens. He explored other interests. “The best

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thing about growing up in St Louis was the Cardinals,” he said. His father, Steve Orthwein, is a former chairman of the United States Polo Association and was recently inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame. His mother, Ginny Orthwein, competed in the jumpers and still rides occasionally. She has become an avid and skillful golfer. “The men in the family don’t dare play her,” Orthwein said. “She will most likely win.” As you would imagine, horsemanship runs deep in the family. “I actually don’t remember the first time I rode a horse. I don’t think I was walking yet. Everyone in my extended family plays polo,” Orthwein said. “One of the greatest memories I have was playing in my grandfather’s 80th birthday tournament. He actually suited up and played on his 80th birthday. All the players were Orthweins. My dad, my brother and I won our first two games. We got to the finals, and we lost to my grandfather and my uncle Peter. It was tough. It was definitely competitive.”

Robert Orthwein shows off his talents on the polo field. Photo by David Lominska www.polographics.com

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Orthwein got into music, in particular hip-hop, in his teens. At the University of Virginia, he majored in modern European history and did an independent study project on hip-hop and spirituality. Studying Slavic folklore and storytelling struck a chord and complemented his interest in rap. During college, he was in two bands, the Theory, a rap group he describes as very tight, and another, Hipadellic, a little looser. They played regular gigs at nightclubs and at parties. Orthwein teamed up with a fellow musician and Theory member, Matt

Bass, and wrote two albums. Orthwein wrote most of the music and all of the lyrics. “I’ve been inspired by Slug, a.k.a. Sean Daley, and Atmosphere, and right now I really like Astronautalis.” When the opportunity to perform and compete at the Equestrian Idol event in Wellington came up, he went for it. For the past three years, Orthwein’s focus has been polo. His family owns and operates the Port Mayaca Polo Club. His days are filled with schooling horses, practice and weekend matches. His brother Steve manages the operations and brother Dan, the only member of the family who doesn’t ride, manages the web site. The family spends the winter season in Florida, and then travels to St. Louis, then on to Dallas, Kentucky and Saratoga for tournaments in the summer. Orthwein beams when he talks about his favorite horses. Easy E was a homebred, superstar mare that he played for years growing up. His father played her dam, Millie. “She had so much heart,” Orthwein recalled. “When I was 17, I played her in a game in Memphis in the fifth chukker. I scored six goals on her. She was a machine. Now, I play her younger brother, Jurassic, and her filly, Fulana. She’ll have another foal in a month. Of the nine I take to the field for a game,

three are homebred. We work with horses that we can bring along and develop, but we don’t rush it with the younger horses. The game has gotten so fast, and being able to stop is so important.” Orthwein, who sports a three-goal handicap, typically plays the number two position, a more aggressive and offensive spot. His brother Steve plays number three and is an excellent passer. From years of playing together, they have it down. “Steve bombs it up, and I try to get to it, make a hole and score the goal,” he said. After playing in January with his father at Port Mayaca, Orthwein was most recently playing 14-goal polo with the Metal Tek team at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. “It is a really great team. I get to play with my brother Steve, James Armstrong and Will Johnston,” he said. “We were rated at 13 goals, so we were the underdogs. Last year, we won all our tournament games in overtime.” When asked who would be on his dream polo team, Orthwein considered the question, then said, “Any team that includes my brother is a dream team.”

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WHS Student Erica Brant Dreams Of A Career In Paralympic Dressage Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Abner Pedraza

Wellington High School student Erica Brant has found freedom through riding and hopes one day to become a competitive Paralympic dressage rider. Already, she has begun working tirelessly toward her goal and is hoping to secure sponsorships to make her dream a reality. Brant, 17, has cerebral palsy, which causes stiffness in her legs and has made participating in traditional sports difficult. But horseback riding has opened up a world of competitive sport that puts her on equal footing. She discovered her love of riding at age 12 and hasn’t looked back. “At the time, one of my friends rode,” Brant explained. “I was really interested in it. I’d tried a bunch of different sports, but they didn’t work out. I just wanted something to do, because it seemed like everyone else was getting into sports. Riding sounded like so much fun, so I told my parents about it.” Brant began her riding career at the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. “The first couple of lessons, I wasn’t sure I liked it because they just led me around,” she said. “I found it to be a different form of physical therapy.” But soon, Brant was able to ride on her own and, over the course of her two years there, learned to ride independently. “I’m glad I got the start I did,” she said of Vinceremos. “I was a little intimidated at first, but they helped me through it.”

“I’m just not like that. I got nervous every time I came to a jump. It just wasn’t enjoyable, and I knew it was something I couldn’t excel at. But I knew I really wanted to do something with riding.” Soon, Brant moved on to ride at Free Spirit Friesians with dressage rider and trainer Leif Aho. It was then that she began looking into paradressage. Para-dressage is an official Paralympic equestrian sport that sorts riders according to their ability. Riders become certified and are able to use special equipment, such as spurs or a second dressage whip, to help them complete the tests. In Brant’s case, she requires a special spur to help her legs make contact with the horse. “Para-dressage is more popular now than it used to be,” she said. “It was included in the World Equestrian Games last year. The biggest difference is that it allows you to use [aids] that are against the rules in regular dressage. As long as it’s on your certificate, you can use those aids to compete in able-bodied competition. In my case, my leg strength isn’t as good as a normal rider. I don’t have the same range of motion.” Already, she has developed a passion for dressage. “I like it because the deeper seat gives me a little more support, and I have a lot more control,” Brant said.

Brant left Vinceremos to begin riding with another trainer. She spent some time riding hunter/ jumper, but found that jumping made her nervous.

The first step toward becoming a Paralympic dressage rider is to get classified into a grade, which is based on the rider’s ability. Grades I and II are reserved for riders with the least amount of mobility, who compete at a walk. Higher grades can include trotting, cantering and lateral work.

“Some people get excited about jumping,” she said.

Brant said she believes that para-dressage is an area

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where she can be competitive. “For me, it’s a realistic goal to be able to show in para-equestrian classes,” she said. “I want to be able to start competing and have those scores count for something.” Last October, Brant’s dream of owning a horse came true when she adopted a 4-year-old Thoroughbred mare named Polly’s Vision from Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue. Polly, as she’s called, was bound for a slaughterhouse when she was rescued and brought to Florida to be adopted. “I was so excited,” Brant said. “She is perfect. She’s really sweet, and she likes to be hugged. I love her personality. She’s not excitable, and she just seems 32

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like she’s happy all the time. She always wants to come say ‘Hi’ to everyone and follow you around.” Despite Polly’s possible racing background, she proved to be a steady and reliable mount. Already they’ve attended one show, where Brant said she remained calm and performed well. “We took second in walk-trot pleasure,” she said. “Polly is just so good-natured. She’ll do anything you ask without a problem.”

connection with one horse,” she said. “At lesson barns, I didn’t really enjoy it as much when I had a different horse every week. I think the most fun for me is getting to know the horse and learning to work together.” Currently, Brant works off Polly’s pasture board at Free Spirit Friesians, spending her days after school and on weekends caring for the horses so she can afford to keep her.

Brant said that her favorite part about riding and especially owning a horse is developing a bond, something that is key to any successful dressage team.

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Dr. Sara Bernstein Leads Rejuvia MedSpa And The Women’s Health Institute Story by Ron Bukley

Dr. Sara Bernstein offers both cosmetic procedures and obstetric/gynecological care from her office on the campus of Wellington Regional Medical Center. Bernstein is the director of the Women’s Health Institute and Rejuvia MedSpa. She lives in Wellington with her husband Glen, her business administrator, and their two girls, ages 7 and 9. “Right now, Rejuvia MedSpa is based out of my office, but in the next year, I’m hoping to expand, so we’ll have two separate entrances,” she explained. “We will have connections between the two offices. I’ll be here in the office every day, and also available for Rejuvia MedSpa.” At Rejuvia, estheticians provide peels, microdermabrasion and cosmetic consultation to help with skin issues. “We also do Pelleve, which is radio frequency skin tightening,” Bernstein said. “It’s completely non-invasive and there is no down time. It’s a gradual, natural process of regenerating the skin.” Rejuvia also offers Botox injections and dermal fillers for wrinkles. “Dermal fillers are great because they provide instant gratification,” she said. Other popular treatments include TriActive to reduce cellulite while toning and firming tissue, and enhance lymphatic drainage, as well as intense pulse light (IPL) for people with age or sun spots and women with skin darkening as a result of hormone stimulation. “It works for acne, as well,” Bernstein noted. Rejuvia also specializes in laser hair removal. “We have a great machine, Cynosure, that works for all skin types,” she said. Also offered are laser vein treatments, as well as sclerotherapy, the injection of spider veins. “Smart Lipo,” liposuction using a laser, is a gentler process than traditional liposuction that melts fat before removal, enabling a smaller incision. The Zerona body slimming and contouring machine utilizes a low-level laser that stimulates fat cells to decrease in size — another completely non-invasive therapy. Bernstein also offers laser vaginal rejuvenation for women who are dissatisfied with the shape or size of their labia.

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Laser vaginal rejuvenation also treats vaginal relaxation, which can occur over time following births. “The area is a little more stretched out than they want it to be,” Bernstein explained. “The tightening tends to enhance sexual satisfaction.” Vaginal G-spot amplification is also available to enhance sexual gratification. The office offers comprehensive weight loss plans and a number of additional cosmetic services available for men as well as women. Bernstein received her medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in 2002. She opened her own practice in 2004. She is a fellow with the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and is a member of the American Medical Association and the Palm Beach County Medical Society. She has published several articles, including one on ThinPrep, a PAP smear collection device she evaluated along with other PAP smear collection methods. She has privileges at Wellington Regional Medical Center, Palms West Hospital and Palms West SurgiCenter. In addition to ob/gyn care, Bernstein provides in-office procedures such as uterine oblation, which is helpful for heavy menstrual periods, and in-office tubal sterilization that requires no anesthesia. She also does minimally invasive laparoscopy using instruments with small incisions to perform procedures including hysterectomies, ovary and ovarian cyst removal. Rejuvia MedSpa and the Women’s Health Institute are located at 13061 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 130. For more information call (561) 798-8818 or visit www.rejuvia.com. |wellington the magazine| May 2011


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(Top left) Visions owner Tom Monticello welcomes the crowd. (Above and left) Models on the runway. (Below) Models get ready backstage.

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runway portion highlighted different types of architecture including romantic/ classic, modern/expressionist and modern urban. Bringing the full look to completion, fabulous couture gowns were flown in from all parts of the country by Lenyce Boyd of Bacio Bacio Bridal. The night ended with a cocktail reception and hors d’oevres by Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar. The Visions Salon team hopes to make it an annual event — a great opportunity to enjoy fashion while raising awareness and money for important organizations. For more info., call Visions Salon Coordinator Sherri Giles at (561) 790-1696.

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Fun With Flowers Floral prints are a fashion scene perennial, and tend to make their way back on the runway every couple of years as the “must have” summer collection items — and this year is the year! Floral prints, floral designs and fresh flowers are back! Flowers can add that extra feminine touch to your style. Worn with the proper attire, even floral print shoes or earrings can be incorporated to add a touch of extra sunshine. Don’t be afraid to experiment. In this month’s Wellington Fashion pictorial, models Erica and Hannah share their floral expression, sprucing up floral print dresses with a pair of cowboy boots and grunge black velvet heels, adding a rugged splash to their style. Modern floral arrangements, created specially by Wellington Florist, puts the finishing touches on these great Wellington looks for spring.

(Above) Erica is featured in a Juicy Couture red, yellow and brown dress, making her rugged cowboy boots a bit more feminine. The floral hair arrangement features all fresh flowers including gerber daisies, sunflowers, cymbidium orchids, spray roses, and ranunculus. (Center top) The white dress with the fuchsia and gold floral pattern on Erica is from Abercrombie & Fitch and is sure to brighten up anyone’s spring wardrobe.

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Tim Dutta Gives Wings To World-Class Equine Athletes Story by Carrie Wirth Photos by Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com

For the past 24 years, Tim Dutta and his Dutta Corp. have been the go-to global transportation company of the world’s elite equestrians. Operating in 16 countries, Dutta specializes in the disciplines of show jumping, dressage, polo and eventing. “Our career highlight was the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky,” Dutta said. “It was the largest airlift of horses ever. We moved a total of 548 horses from 53 different countries for seven of the World Equestrian Games disciplines.” Airlifting horses is not a simple undertaking. “It is a complicated process because we manage everything from stable to stable,” he explained. “We coordinate government regulations and health certificate requirements. We have an extensive network of partners around the world that help us solve any challenge we might encounter. When we work for an organization, individual or a team, we take care of all logistic needs.” Dutta is proud to work with the best of the best. He has worked with McLain Ward for 23 years and has watched his rise to the pinnacle of show jumping.

(Above) A plane about to transport worldclass horses for Tim Dutta’s Dutta Corp. (Left inset) Tim Dutta has been transporting horses across the world for more than two decades. His company is the official horse transport firm of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

“I’ve been transporting horses for 35 years to England, Argentina and all over the world,” legendary polo player Carlos Gracida said. “Tim is a great friend and spokesman for the equestrian world. His work is very professional. He gives you constant reports, and you always know where your horses are at every moment. He has the very best service in the business.” With offices in Miami, New York and a partner office in Los Angeles, Dutta is transporting horses weekly between Europe and North America. The company serves exotic destinations, like the Middle East and South America, by request. “We can move a horse anywhere around the world within seven working days, subject to meeting health requirements,” Dutta said. |wellington the magazine| May 2011


The son of a cavalry officer, horses are a passion in Dutta’s life. He’s represented India at the Asian Games, winning an individual bronze in show jumping, and has played polo professionally. His wife, Susan Dutta, is one of the top-ranked dressage riders in the United States.

A horse makes its way up a ramp onto a plane for one of Dutta Corp’s flights.

In 1988, Dutta started his business in partnership with Guido Klatte. Staffed entirely by horse people, the Dutta Corp. focuses on the horse’s well-being. Dutta credits his team for the success of the business. “Our vice president of global operations, Karin Ahlqvist, and our director of airport operations, Claire Williamson, run and manage operations behind the scenes as well as interacting with our clients worldwide,” Dutta said. World Cup flight vans and plane

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Wellington teen Samantha Pollack entered the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts late — in her junior year. She came in to study theater on the wings of a monologue and a musical performance for her audition.

school’s theater dean. “They discover some other part of the theater business.”

“Generally, students audition and apply in eighth grade, but I went to a private school for 10 years. I had my friends, and I didn’t think I was ready for a change. When I did decide to apply, I was dead-set on being a performer,” Pollack recalled. “I had been acting in summer-theater camps and school plays since fifth grade.” Since attending Dreyfoos, Pollack has realized she will be performing, but not at all in the way she expected.

“She signed up for my scenic design class,” explained stagecraft and design teacher Ed Blanchette, Beverly’s husband. “Even though the class didn’t begin until fall, the students had a summer assignment to choose a show from a list of six or seven and design a set for it. By September, Samantha was in love with scenic design and changed her major, and she’s been stellar ever since. She’s a sponge — she reads, she researches, she practices — she’s a phenomenal talent.”

“Because we insist that our students do everything — acting, theater management, dance, lighting, musical theater — they often find something they want to do beyond being on stage,” said Beverly Blanchette, the

Pollack is so phenomenal that, out of 7,000 students from throughout Florida (more than 40 of them finalists in scene design), her scene design for Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire won both first place and the

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Critics’ Choice Award at the Florida State Thespian Festival held in March in Tampa. “I’ve always loved art,” Pollack explained. “When I was little, I used to watch my sister draw, and I’ve always been interested in the technical side of theater. When I fell in love with it, my performance background helped me understand movement on stage, and it was like everything finally came together.” Scene design involves many facets of artistic endeavor — from the reading of the play (“really delving into the writing,” Pollack clarified) to discovering what props and set pieces the playwright requires; to creating a floor plan (an overhead view) and the elevations (two-dimensional, detailed drawings of each flat’s front and side view). Finally, a model of each set is created in half-inch scale. “For the competition, I presented all my research, my floor plan, my elevations and my model,” Pollack said. Pollack’s mother Kathy said her daughter has been artistic all her life. “She draws, she paints and she’s also an amateur photographer,” Kathy said. “All these aspects add up to scenic design. You have to have a creative mind to read a play and see in your mind what to do. That’s what Samantha learned from Mr. Blanchette. It’s the best of both worlds.” Dreyfoos students tend to do well at the Florida State Thespian Festival, Beverly Blanchette said. “It’s a testament to them and to our high expectations of them,” she said. “The festival is the largest high school thespian festival in the world. It’s highly competitive. So Samantha does have quite a future in front of her.” Dreyfoos also had another student, Savannah Whetsell, who won Critics’ Choice for directing, bringing the 46

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total to two for Critics’ Choice Award winners who attend public school in Palm Beach County, according to Wade Handy, instructor of theater history/literature and acting at Dreyfoos. “Samantha has raised the bar for everyone,” Ed Blanchette said. “Not satisfied with relying on her natural talents and abilities, she is driven to get the most out of them. There is nothing wasteful in her approach to her education. I have been teaching scenic design at Dreyfoos for four years and can say with absolute certainty that Samantha Pollack possesses the greatest potential for success of any design student I’ve encountered.” Colleges already are clamoring to add this rising star to their student roster. Pollack has been accepted at every school to which she has applied — Fordham, Carnegie-Mellon, Webster University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, to name a few — and spent the waning weekends of March traveling to her favorites to narrow it down. A $750 Florida Thespians Scholarship she won at the festival will help some. “Deciding to switch to Dreyfoos was the best decision of my life,” Pollack said. (Right) Samantha Pollack shows off the scene design awards that she has won.

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Rider Georgina Bloomberg Launches Teen Book Series Top equestrian and seasonal Wellington resident Georgina Bloomberg has turned her experiences on the equestrian circuit into a teen book series debuting this month.

she started showing, she was hooked. “I love competition, and being able to do something that I found fun and challenging was the perfect combination,” Bloomberg said. “It’s a great gift to wake up in the morning and know that I get to do something that I love doing all day.”

Bloomberg is an accomplished show jumper, philanthropist and youngest daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Her new series of teen novels is set within the equestrian world she knows so well, bringing an authenticity and flair to the books that will entice as much as they will fascinate. The first in the series, The A Circuit (Bloomsbury, original paperback, $9.99), co-written with Cathy Hapka, lands on shelves May 24. A second novel is scheduled to be released in March 2012. The A Circuit is the A-List meets the elite horse world, capturing the lives of three teenagers — Zara, the wild child of a famous rock star; Kate, a working student serious about riding; and Tommi, a billionaire heiress — as they navigate a life of privilege and competition, figuring out how to succeed while being true to themselves. The social drama set within an elite world will have teens flocking to this series. “The A Circuit captures the pressures and struggles that riders face, and is

also a great lesson that working together in any sport can bring different people together,” Bloomberg said, explaining why she decided to write the series. Bloomberg started riding when she was a young girl at the encouragement of both of her parents: Her mother loved horses, and her father used to work at a barn in exchange for lessons when he was a kid. It was love at first ride for her. She immediately enjoyed being around the horses, building friendships with other kids at the barn, and as soon as

Bloomberg is actively involved in several charitable organizations. She is an equine welfare ambassador for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a member of Friends of Finn of the Humane Society, and a board member of the Bloomberg Family Foundation and the Bloomberg Sisters Foundation. In 2006, she started the Rider’s Closet, a nonprofit that collects and redistributes clothing and equipment to intercollegiate riding teams, therapeutic riding programs and riders who cannot afford what they need. She is also on the board and passionate about her work with the Equestrian Aid Foundation, to which a percentage of proceeds from sales of The A Circuit will be donated. “Giving back is something that both my parents made me realize is the greatest gift in the world,” Bloomberg said. “I feel really lucky to be able to help causes I care about and get more satisfaction from knowing that I am making a difference in someone else’s life than winning any competition.” |wellingtonthe themagazine| magazine|May May2011 2011 |wellington

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Wellington Baseball Phenom Andrew Istler Heads To Duke With An Eye On The Majors Story by Matthew Auerbach Photos by Susan Lerner

It all started for Andrew Istler at the ripe old age of 10. “I had been playing Little League baseball since I was 8,” the Wellington High School senior recalled. “I wasn’t very good, and that bothered me, so I asked my dad to take me to a batting cage to work on my swing. From then on, I kept developing and getting better.” That last comment is an understatement. Considered by many to be the best pitching prospect in Palm Beach County, Istler was recruited by a number of colleges before accepting a scholarship from Duke University, which he will begin attending in the fall. Although his prowess as a right-handed pitcher (and sometime center fielder) has paved the way for a bright future, Istler first attracted attention on the left side of the infield. “I always had a good arm,” he said. “When I made the team at Wellington Landings Middle School as a sixth-grader, I played shortstop.” That was fine with Istler. His favorite player was Nomar Garciaparra, who played the position most notably for the Boston Red Sox, Istler’s favorite major league team. The next year, Istler was the starting center fielder and saw occasional action as a pitcher. In his final year at Wellington Landings, he was back in the infield as the starting shortstop, but it was becoming obvious that his true place was squarely on the pitcher’s mound. That’s precisely where Istler found himself when, as a ninth-grader, he made the junior varsity baseball team at Wellington High School. Istler will be the first to tell you that, while the support he’s gotten for his baseball career from his family has been constant, they’re not what you’d call an athletic bunch. His dad, Chuck, did play football in college, but that’s about it. As the youngest member of the Istler clan, he is quick to


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mention the backing he’s always had from his father, mother Judy and older siblings Amy, Ashley and Adam. “I think my sisters have been to every game I’ve ever played,” he said. “My family’s been there for me from the beginning.” It has been baseball from the beginning for Istler. “I just loved the game for as long as I can remember,” he said. “I’ve been dreaming of playing in the majors since I was a little kid.” A job in the Red Sox starting rotation is his eventual goal, and the road to accomplishing that goal began in earnest in his junior year. “Last year, I really started thinking baseball could get me to college,” he said. “My pitching really began to develop.” That development did not go unnoticed. Four universities recruited Istler: Duke, Columbia, Brown and Florida Atlantic. He briefly considered Columbia but decided on Duke during the summer break. “I always wanted to go to a school that had a great baseball program and a great reputation for academics,” he said. “Duke definitely offers both.” The same can be said for Columbia University, so what was the deciding factor? “Duke plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference and gets major exposure nationwide,” Istler noted. His parents were ecstatic at the decision. “They thought it was unbelievable,” Istler said. “They never once tried to persuade me to go to FAU so I’d be closer to home. They knew I was always planning to go away to college.” Istler said he isn’t worried about making the challenging transition from high school here in Wellington to college far from home in Durham, N.C.

Wellington High School star pitcher Andrew Istler’s fastball has been clocked at 92 miles per hour.

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“I think I’ll be OK,” he said. “I’ve always been pretty independent, and I’ve never had a problem balancing baseball and academics.” Istler is undecided when it comes to a major but is thinking about a career in medicine if baseball doesn’t work out. “I might look into becoming a physician’s assistant,” he said. “You don’t have to spend as much time in school as a doctor and you’re still helping people.” His family’s encouragement remains a constant source of strength. Through the years, his coaches have been there for him as well. 52

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“All the coaches I’ve had here in Wellington have helped me so much,” Istler said. “Bob Bradley, the pitching coach at Wellington High School, is amazing. “He’s taught me everything about pitching, from the physical and mental requirements to the mechanics I need to build up my arm and stay injury-free.” Growing up and playing ball in the village has other advantages, according to Istler. “We play baseball year-round here in South Florida,” Istler said. “During the summer, I play in a few tournaments so I’m used to the heat. I don’t know if players from the

Northeast or Northwest can say the same thing.” Speaking of heat, Istler’s fastball has been clocked at 92 miles per hour. When he’s not blowing that pitch by hitters, he’s buckling their knees with an off-speed change-up. “That’s my best pitch,” he said. “I’ve got a decent curve ball, but I’d have to say my change-up is my bread and butter.” While Istler will always have a special place in his heart for Garciaparra, the player he keeps his eyes on these days is San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, otherwise known as “The Freak” and the winner of the 2008 and

wellington star Known for his pitching, Andrew Istler is also a strong hitter. Part of his reason for choosing to attend Duke University was the promise that he would be able to continue hitting.





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2009 National League Cy Young Award. “We’re kinda built the same,” Istler said. “He’s 5’11”, 172 pounds; I’m 5’11”, 168 pounds. I figure if he can have success in the majors, I might be able to.” Remember all that time Istler spent going to batting cages with his dad when he was 10? He does. “Another big reason I chose Duke was pretty personal,” he said. “I told them I wanted to continue hitting, and they said that wouldn’t be a problem. I’ll probably even see some playing time in the outfield. I’ll tell you this — I’ll be ready to play when I get there.” |wellington the magazine| May 2011


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(Above) The dining room, located right off the foyer, is the first room you see upon entering the house. It features mahogany wood floors, high ceilings with archways and plantation shutters on the windows. The front door is custom-designed and made of solid mahogany and beveled glass. Also featured in the room are several faux marble columns, which set the dining room and foyer off from the larger open space.

(Right) A stack stone fireplace is the focal point of the living room. It is a real, wood-burning fireplace, anchored on either side by custom-built inlaid shelves. The shelves are mirror-backed and lit to highlight items on display. The room also features mahogany wood floors, tray-step ceilings and arches leading in and out of the room. In the center of the ceiling is a custom chandelier, featuring leaves and grapes in an assortment of gorgeous colors.


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Custom-Built Whispering Oaks Home Looks Out Over A Nature Preserve By Lauren MirĂł

This beautiful home, located in the Whispering Oaks community, is custom built and designed from floors to ceilings. The 4,430-square-foot residence, located on half an acre, has four bathrooms and four bedrooms, including an impressive master suite. It looks out over a nature preserve, which adds to the serenity of the property. In addition to the custom home, the property features custom landscaping, an infinity-edge pool, fire pit and a tiki hut — a perfect little getaway right in the back yard!

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(Left) The master bath is custom-designed in onyx from floor to ceiling. It features his-and-her sinks under mounted into the onyx in a beautiful iridescent gold glass. There is an antique-looking clawfoot tub with jets, as well as the pictured body shower. The walk-in shower is made completely of onyx and boasts multiple showerheads, as well as a small bench. Additionally, there are his-and-her water closets, with a toilet and bench in each, and a bidet in the ladies’ restroom.

(Below) The master suite is large at 29 by 15 feet, and features mahogany wood floors, tray ceilings with custom lighting and a sitting area. An archway divides the room into two distinct spaces, one for sleeping and one for relaxing in front of the television. There are also two large walk-in closets in the hall leading to the master bath. The bedroom opens out to the patio, and features several windows to give it a bright, airy feel.

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(Left) The custom kitchen boasts boulder granite counter tops, solid wood cabinets and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances. It has a side-by-side, full-size refrigerator and freezer, tied together by double doors. The room has a gas stove with six burners, and a stainless steel hood. It also has dual ovens and a warming drawer, as well as a custom sink in the cook island that has dual sides as well as a vegetable sink. A frosted-glass door leads to a large walk-in pantry. Off the kitchen is a large breakfast area with a butted-glass window looking out over the pool.

(Above) Out front, there is a stack stone driveway, leading up to a large covered porch at the front entrance, complete with old-fashioned rocking chairs. The home has decorative dormers and a thatched roof. The property is landscaped with native trees and features a small working fountain in the front. (Inset) This infinity-edge pool appears as if it flows right into the lake on the preserve behind the home. The outdoor patio features ample room for entertaining and a large summer kitchen. There is also a fire pit and tiki hut, complete with speakers and lights for a night of entertaining. The back yard overlooks a nature preserve, providing serene views.

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A Visit To Bonefish Mac’s Is Like A Trip To The Florida Keys Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Abner Pedraza


or a slice of the Florida Keys in your own back yard, look no further than the new Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. Located near the Mall at Wellington Green, Bonefish Mac’s offers excellent food in a family-friendly environment that feels as if you’re sitting inside a tiki bar on the beach. Owners Jane and Chuck McLaughlin, along with their son C.J., opened the first of the restaurant’s three locations in Lighthouse Point seven years ago. They have since expanded to three restaurants, one in Port St. Lucie and now one in Wellington. Bonefish Mac’s takes its name from Chuck’s longtime nickname. “My husband and son love to fish,” Jane explained. “They would go down to Bimini in the Bahamas fishing, and in Bimini, the name ‘Bonefish’ is a sign of respect.” She explained that her family’s fishing guide in Bimini, “Action Jackson,” would call her husband “Bonefish Mac,” and it stuck. The restaurant reflects the family’s love of all things aquatic. Jane decorates each location herself, finding interesting nautical treasures in boat salvage yards and sprucing them up. Some of these treasures include genuine portholes in the doors, oars and anchors on the walls and even old shipping crates that make up the booths. 60 May May2011 2011|wellington |wellingtonthe themagazine| magazine| 60

Those items, coupled with the requisite big fish hanging on the wall (Wellington’s is holding a polo mallet), and photos of customers on their own fishing expeditions, help to bring the Keys into Wellington. “We wanted to bring the Florida Keys to our customers,” Jane said. “So even if you can’t escape for a weekend, you can come here and have some great food and drinks and feel like you’re on vacation.” And Bonefish Mac’s achieves just that. There is a large outdoor patio and bar that lets customers enjoy the great Florida weather along with their food and drink. Indoors, customers can sit in a glider — a table that slowly rocks back and forth as if you’re on a hammock enjoying the gentle breeze coming off the ocean. There is also an indoor bar, and though customers can’t reserve a spot at the bar, they can join the restaurant’s “plaque club.” The plaque club originated when regular customers wanted to put their name on a barstool and claim it as their own. “Instead, we began selling plaques that go above the bar with our customer’s names on them,” she said. “All of the money is donated to a local charity, and the customer gets their name on the bar.” And reserving a spot at the bar would be a good

(Top to bottom) Mac Daddy Nachos: a whale-sized portion of tri-color tortilla chips smothered with Chuck’s special recipe chili, with sour cream, cheese, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and jalapeño peppers. The dining room at Bonefish Mac’s is bright and airy. The “Grand Slam” Fried Seafood Combo features hand-battered whitefish, clam strips and fried shrimp as well as a crab cake. The bar area is reminiscent of a trip to the Florida Keys. |wellington |wellingtonthe themagazine| magazine|April May 2011 2011


wellington table idea if you could do so — it’s the perfect spot to watch all of your favorite sports games. “We have more than 50 televisions that are 52 inches and larger,” Jane said. “We don’t like to call it a sports bar, though. It’s just a great restaurant with a lot of televisions.” As a mother, Jane knows that the best sort of restaurant is one that the entire family can agree upon. “No one in my family could ever decide on where we would eat,” she recalled. So, she made sure that Bonefish Mac’s is family-friendly — each location has a game room for the kids, which can be monitored on any of the televisions. “Parents can let their kids play but keep an eye on them,” she said. “It helps put everyone at ease.” And while the atmosphere is inviting and relaxed, the food is so good that you’ll keep coming back for more. Bonefish Mac’s offers great specials on both food and drink. Children eat free on Mondays and Thursdays, and every day, customers can choose from 21 complete meals at only $10.95 or enjoy a $6.99 lunch menu. Customers can also take advantage of “happy hour” specials from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week. And on Wednesday nights, ladies drink free. No matter what you choose at Bonefish Mac’s, you’re guaranteed to get a great meal. To start, try the Mac Daddy Nachos ($10.99), a “whale-sized” portion of tortilla chips, slathered in Chuck’s special recipe chili, with cheese, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and jalapeño peppers. 62 May May2011 2011|wellington |wellingtonthe themagazine| magazine| 62

If that seems like too much food, enjoy one of the 18 salads on the menu. The Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad ($11.99) is a light, fresh way to enjoy seafood. It features thin-sliced, sesamecrusted tuna on a bed of mixed greens, tomatoes and crispy wontons. The salad comes with a delicious, zesty Oriental dressing, wasabi and ginger. But if you’re looking for a more substantial meal, the Baby Back Ribs ($12.99-$18.99) are cooked to perfection with a mouth-watering barbecue sauce that is savory and satisfying. Now, of course, if you want a true taste of the Keys, seafood is the way to go — and there’s plenty on the menu. A popular option is the “Grand Slam” Fried Seafood Combo ($16.99), featuring hand-battered whitefish, clam strips and fried shrimp as well as a crab cake. The seafood is fresh and delicious, and the combo platter gives you an array of options so you don’t have to choose just one. For dessert, be sure to check out the S’more Sundae ($5.99). It features vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallows and graham crackers — all the deliciousness of s’mores without the need for an open flame. So, if you’re looking to unwind and enjoy fantastic food in a family-friendly atmosphere, check out Bonefish Mac’s, where you’ll be on island time. “It’s a really great place for people to come with their friends or families and enjoy a relaxing meal,” Jane said. Bonefish Mac’s is located at 10880 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, visit www.bonefishmacs.com or call (561) 798-6227.

(Top) The Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad features fresh, sesame-crusted tuna, thinly sliced atop mixed greens, tomatoes and crispy wontons, served with Asian dressing, wasabi and ginger. (Middle) The mouth-watering Baby Back Ribs served with fries and baked beans. (Below) Owner Jane McLaughlin.

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wellington dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices. Create your own “Pasta-Bility” with Agliolio’s 100-percent fresh pastas and homemade sauces full of bold and fresh flavors. Ask about the “Perfect Pair” entrees. Agliolio offers an extensive wine list by the glass and the bottle. For more info., call (561) 798-7770 or visit Agliolio in the Wellington Plaza at 12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. at the corner of Wellington Trace. Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill serves seafood, steaks, salads, burgers and pizzas as well as daily specials. Backstreets is located in the Wellington Plaza and is open for lunch and dinner. Call (561) 795-0100 for info. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is located on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. Specializing in family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo is known for its large portions designed to serve several people. If you’ve got a large party, reserve the Pope’s Room; for a unique experience, reserve the table in the kitchen. For more info., call (561) 790-3287 or visit www.bucadibeppo.com. Christy’s NY Cheesecake offers delicious baked goods that leave you wanting more. Christy’s is now open in its new, larger location at the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 110. Call (561) 795-3244 for more info. For a quick pick-me-up on the go, or a place to sit and relax over a cup of coffee, visit Cofftea Café in the Courtyard Shops at the corner of Greenview Shores Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 798-4050. Enjoy a delicious drink, a beautiful water view, fantastic music and authentic Mexican food all without packing your suitcase at El Toro Mexican Family Restaurant adjacent to the Royal Inn at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. Dine

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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.

La Fogata Restaurant serves delicious Mexican cuisine. The restaurant, located in the Wellington Town Square at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., features a tequila bar. Call (561) 422-1641 for info.

Drop by the Gypsy’s Horse Irish Pub & Restaurant and relax in a warm, traditional Irish setting complete with oak-barrel tables and a full bar with many types of beer flowing from the taps. Regular live entertainment is offered. The Gypsy’s Horse is located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Call (561) 333-3700 for more info. I’m Greek Today features a menu with a strong emphasis on one of the world’s healthiest diets — food that is simple and elegant, fresh, timeless and Mediterranean. Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine as well as wines from around the world. I’m Greek Today is located in Southern Palm Crossing at 11051 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 333-4233 or visit www.imgreektoday.com. Jason’s Deli is where all the food is free of artificial trans fats, MSG and high-fructose corn syrup. Enjoy wonderful sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and fruit. You can even build your own sandwich! Jason’s Deli is located at 2605 State Road 7 near Whole Foods Market in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 333-1263 or visit www.jasonsdeli.com. Joe’s American Bar & Grill, a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine, is now open in the Mall at Wellington Green near the food court. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served featuring a menu full of items prepared using the freshest quality ingredients. Joe’s is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Visit Joe’s at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. For more

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Lock Stock and Barrel Restaurant, located at 3208 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is your neighborhood grill for steaks, chops and seafood. Enjoy a full bar with wines and cocktails that complement wonderful appetizers, salads and sandwiches for lunch, as well as a selection of the finest steaks, chops and featured seafood entrees. A children’s menu is available. For info., call (561) 649-4545 or visit www.lockstockandbarrelrestaurant.com. Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, offering all the quality and style of Palm Beach in the heart of Wellington. For more info., call (561) 792-2220 or visit www.olis restaurant.com. Pangea Bistro in the Pointe at Wellington Green offers a taste of the best food from all around the world. Pangea is open for lunch and dinner, except for Sundays when it serves only dinner. For a reservation, call (561) 793-9394 or visit www.pangeabistro.net. The Players Club Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington) features gourmet cuisine along with a popular piano bar, outside dining, two outside smoking bars, live entertainment and catered events. Call (561) 795-0080 for more info. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Ristorante Vino, located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m. seven nights a week. For reservations, call (561) 790-3232. Spices Modern Thai & Sushi Bar features delicious Asian cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy authentic savory Thai cuisine coupled with a full-service sushi bar. Spices is open every day for lunch and dinner, and is located at 11071 Southern Blvd. in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza behind Bank Atlantic. For more info., call (561) 798-3877 or visit www.enjoyspices.com. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. The gourmet American fare features delicious entrees with the perfect wines to accompany. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stone woodgrill.com for more info. Sushi Yama Siam is located in the Wellington Plaza at the corner of Wellington Trace and Forest Hill Blvd. Specializing in sushi, Sushi Yama Siam also offers exciting appetizers, sushi rolls, temaki, tempura, katsu, stir-fry, curry and signature rolls. For more info., call (561) 747-6875. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli in the Mall at Wellington Green for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. Specialties include signature overstuffed sandwiches, chicken noodle soup and traditional deli classics. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit www.toojays.com. Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or pick up your order of signature wings, ribs, chicken and more. Tree’s also delivers mouthwatering menu items, and caters events and parties. Visit www.treeswingsand ribs.com or call (561) 791-1535 for more info. The White Horse Tavern serves up bold, hearty flavors from a convenient location adjacent to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Located at 3401 Equestrian Club Road in Wellington, White Horse Tavern opens for dinner at 5 p.m. nightly. For more info., call (561) 333-1150.


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Monday, May 2 • Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do in Wellington will feature a week of fitness events May 2-8 to benefit New Hope Charities and Wellington High School’s thinkPINKkids. Visit www.ultimafitness. com for the schedule. For info., contact Meggin Gray at (561) 795-2823 or meggin@ultimafitness.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “CARPe Diem: Seize the (Children’s) Day” for ages 8 to 12 on Monday, May 2 at 4 p.m. In Japan, Children’s Day is celebrated on May 5 with the flying of carp kites. Participants will make a carpshaped kite. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, May 3 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Learn About Import/Export” for adults Tuesday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m., presented by Ted Kramer from the Small Business Development Center. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Wednesday, May 4 • New Horizons Elementary School (13900 Greenbriar Blvd., Wellington) will host its kindergarten roundup Wednesday, May 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Parents and children are invited to visit the school and learn about kindergarten. All children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible to enter kindergarten in August. For more info., call (561) 651-0500. Thursday, May 5 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a Teacher Appreciation Social on Thursday, May 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the original Wellington Mall (12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). For more info., contact Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 790-6200 or marylou@palmswest.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will hold a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism and comments to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, May 6 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Teen Gaming” for grades six to 12 on Friday, May 6 at 4:15 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Free Movie Night at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present The Day After Tomorrow on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 253-2484 for more info. • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, May 6 to 8 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (9067 Southern Blvd.). Visit www.southfloridafair.com for info. • Palm Beach Dramaworks will conclude its 11th season with The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a dark comedy by Martin McDonagh. The production will run Friday, May 6 through Sunday, June 19 at the company’s downtown theater (322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach). For tickets, call (561) 514-4042 or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org. Saturday, May 7 • The South Florida Science Museum (4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach) will host “NASA Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8. Learn cool space facts, enjoy informative space-related lectures and get hands-on with fun space activities. The event is free with paid admission and is for families of all ages. Visit www.sfsm.org for info. • Scott’s Place Story Time will feature a Mother’s Day theme at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Mother’s Day Special for ages 2 and up Saturday, May 7 at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Share story time with mom and make her a special gift. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Palm Beach Central High School Bronco Band will perform the seventh annual Groovin’ Hard Jazz Concert on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., call (561) 753-2484.


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Monday, May 9 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon will be held Monday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wanderers Club at Wellington (1900 Aero Club Drive). Tickets cost $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Call Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 790-6200 or e-mail marylou@palms west.com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “School Sleuths: The Great Forensic Challenge” for ages 9 to 12 on Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. Wrap up the year as the school sleuths solve mini-mysteries using photographs, fingerprints and actual forensic techniques. Compete against your fellow detectives to see who can solve the mystery first. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, May 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Advisory Group meeting for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4000 for more info. Wednesday, May 11 • Wellington will present Seniors Brunch-NBingo on Wednesdays, May 11 and 25 at the Wellington Community Center from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6, payable at the door. For more info., call Howard Trager at (561) 791-4785. Friday, May 13 • The Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club will host its annual golf tournament Friday, May 13 at the Links at Madison Green with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, student scholarships and community service projects. For more info., visit www.rpbrotary.org. • Wellington and Immeasurable Theatre will present The Tale of Peter Rabbit, a children’s live theater production, at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Families are invited to this free production beginning at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 13-15. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seating. For more information, call Immeasurable Theatre at (561) 727-6891. Saturday, May 14 • The Wellington Women’s Club will host its spring fundraiser “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Binks Forest Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit the Mary Rubloff YWCA Harmony House and college scholarships for area high school seniors. The cost is $40. To RSVP, call Cindy Yurecka at (561) 514-1497. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Introduction to Quilting” for adults on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. Lorraine Strauss, from the Palm Beach County Quilters Guild, will bring different types of quilts, and talk about history and what’s involved in constructing a quilt. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Chess for Beginners” for ages 8 to 13 on Saturday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. Learn the chess pieces and basic moves and play a practice game. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Sunday, May 15 • The Polo Park Middle School Athletics Department will host its inaugural Stallion Golf Scramble on Sunday, May 15 at noon at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington. The format will be four-man best ball and will cost $100 per player. Contact Blake Combs at (561) 333-5539 or michael.combs@palm beach.k12.fl.us for details. Monday, May 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a “Pirate Party” for ages 8 to 12 on Monday, May 16 at 4 p.m. Set sail for adventure with fun pirate games and authentic pirate fare. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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wellington calendar Tuesday, May 17 • The 2011 South Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference/Expo will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Call Anitra Harmon of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce at (561) 790-6200 or e-mail anitra@palmswest.com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Introduction to Irish Dancing” for adults on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. with Marie Marzi from the Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Anime Grab Bag” for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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Monday, May 23 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Legos” for ages 8 and up Monday, May 23 at 4 p.m. Builders create vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Saturday, May 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Chess Club Meeting for ages 8 and up Saturday, May 28 at 2:30 p.m. Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills. Basic game knowledge required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will hold VolunTeen orientation for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. All summer VolunTeens must attend. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Comedian, television host and political commentator Bill Maher will perform Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $30. To purchase tickets, call (561) 832-7469 or visit www.kravis.org.

Friday, May 20 • Free Movie Night at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son on Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 253-2484 for more info.

Tuesday, May 24 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Job Searching Online” for adults on Tuesday, May 24 at 2 p.m. Business librarian Susan Berger will show how to use the Internet and library databases to help with your job search. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a Networking Mixer on Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Floor Specialists (11453 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). For more info., contact Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 790-6200 or marylou@ palmswest.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Teen Game Night” for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. Play Nintendo Wii and board games. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Open Mic Night” for adults Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Pick up the rules when you pre-register. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 791-4000 for more info.

Saturday, May 21 • The South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center will host a Gun Show on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22. The show features a wide collection of guns, ammo, knives, hunting supplies and accessories. A concealed weapons course will be available at the

Thursday, May 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Reading Trivia Challenge” orientation for ages 11 to 13 on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. Learn about a game where you compete against your friends to find out who can remember the most about

Thursday, May 19 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “E-Resources for Job Seekers” on Thursday, May 19 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about online resources to support your job search. Work on job searching, résumés and/or filling out online applications. Bring a flash drive to save your work. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

Monday, May 30 • Wellington and the Chris Reyka Memorial American Legion Post 390 will honor all veterans at a Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday, May 30. The parade will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Wellington Community Center and end at Wellington’s Veterans Memorial at the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards. The ceremony will begin at approximately 9 a.m. Active or retired veterans attending the ceremony may register the morning of the event and be recognized during the ceremony. For more info., call Community Programs Manager Michelle Garvey at (561) 791-4082. Tuesday, May 31 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Caring for Yourself in Challenging Times” on Tuesday, May 31 at 2 p.m. A representative from Hospice of Palm Beach County will provide information on how you can use massage, aromatherapy, breathing techniques and meditation to de-stress. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register.

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New Hospital CEO — A cocktail reception to welcome new Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Jerel Humphrey was held Thursday, March 24 at the Wanderers Club at Wellington. Humphrey discussed his background and his goals for the future at WRMC. Shown here is Humphrey (left) with Dr. Mitchell Davis, Dr. Michael Lakow, Dr. Richard Hays and Dr. Gracy Joshua.

Open House — Angel’s Recovery held an open house Friday, April 8 to introduce its unique substance abuse treatment facility in Wellington. Located on 2.5 acres, the 4,000-square-foot home has a pool, horses and dogs to help create a home atmosphere. For more info., visit www.angels recovery.com. Shown here are counselors Ben Ricker and Sandra Kattan with CEO Alan Bostom.

Band Donation — The Palm Beach Central High School band is getting brand-new uniforms, thanks to a generous donation from Equestrian Sport Productions. The company’s CEO Mark Bellissimo, along with President Michael Stone and Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen, presented a check for $14,000 to the band Tuesday, April 12.

Anniversary Party — Wellington celebrated its 15th anniversary Saturday, March 26 at the Wellington Amphitheater. There was live music performed by country duo Chad Murphy and Heather Burkett, and the band Viva, children’s activities, a classic car show and more. Shown here, Burkett and Murphy perform on stage. (Left) Piaget CEO Philippe Léopold-Metzger (center) is welcomed to the polo club. (Below) VIP guests enjoy a field-side dinner.

Piaget Polo — Swiss watchmaker Piaget celebrated its longtime commitment to the sport of polo March 18-20. On Friday evening, Piaget teamed up with charity partner Lighthouse International to host a party at the Flagler Museum. The following evening, Piaget hosted an intimate field-side dinner at the International Polo Club Palm Beach to present the new Pilarà-Piaget team. The weekend concluded with the final match of the Piaget Gold Cup tournament. IMAGES COURTESY LILA PHOTO |wellington the magazine| May 2011



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