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A case of


treatment-resistant depression By Kenneth N. Woliner, M.D., A.B.F.M.

The first thing

I noticed about Annette when she came to my office was the way she walked. Her hand would periodically touch the walls of the hallway, as if she wasn’t sure of her balance. I soon found out, she wasn’t really sure of anything. “I’ve been depressed pretty much my whole life. It’s just that it’s gotten worse lately.” Annette continued, “My doctor changed my meds last December to a combination of Lexapro and Abilify but I still feel down.” “Two out of three people treated for depression still have depressive symptoms. They call it treatment-resistant depression, and drugs such as Abilify are often added, to augment the effects of antidepressants. Unfortunately, they have side effects.” “You’re telling me! Before this I was on Symbyax and I gained nine pounds in three weeks! Despite dieting for forever, I still haven’t lost that weight.”1 “Abilify and Symbyax both can cause weight gain and diabetes. And since you aren’t getting that great of a response from them, perhaps we should look elsewhere. Perhaps we can fix your depression and help you lose weight at the same time.” “My psychiatrist sent me here because she wants you to look at my thyroid. Do you think that could be it?” “Though it is possible to ‘just be depressed’, I tend to think there is some specific cause. Hypothyroidism is one classic cause of depression, and thyroid medicines have been used quite effectively to improve mood and energy.”2 “I really hope it is my thyroid. That would fix a lot of my problems, even my weight.” “Your thyroid isn’t the only thing I want to look at though. The way you wobbled down the hallway makes me wonder if you are low in vitamin D. Deficiencies of that vitamin lead to poor coordination and balance.” “But we live in Florida. Don’t I get enough vitamin D from the sun?” “Unfortunately, no. Even in Boca Raton, I’ve seen many patients with insufficient vitamin D, and vitamin D deficiency is yet another cause of treatment-resistant depression and weight gain.”3 I finished my physical exam. “Within a few weeks, your blood tests for thyroid and vitamin D will be back. Until that happens, however, I think we should try some high-dose vitamin D supplements. Though we are going to use doses far higher than a multivitamin, it is extremely safe with no side effects.” Annette’s vitamin D level was indeed low, and at her follow up visit, she was already feeling significantly better. “As your psychiatrist suspected, your test for thyroid antibodies was positive. You also have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.” “So what does that mean?” “Thyroid antibodies interfere with the ability of other

Hypothyroidism is one classic cause of depression

thyroid lab tests to detect which patients will respond to thyroid medication. Even though your TSH test was within the normal range, you probably would respond well to thyroid medication.”4 The combination of vitamin D and thyroid hormone seemed to do the trick. Annette’s mood improved to the point where she had desire to do things again. And no longer on the Abilify, the weight was far easier to lose. “I’m playing tennis again, and honestly, I think that extra vitamin D is helping my tennis serve too!”


1. Callan JA. Weight gain with atypical antipsychotic drugs in bipolar disorder. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2009 Sep; 47(9):11-2. 2. Kelly T, Lieberman DZ. The use of triiodothyronine as an augmentation agent in treatment-resistant bipolar II and bipolar disorder NOS. J Affect Disord. 2009 Aug; 116(3):222-6. 3. Jorde R. Effects of vitamin D supplementation on symptoms of depression in overweight and obese subjects: randomized double blind trial. J Intern Med. 2008 Dec; 264(6):599-609. 4. Lojko D. L-thyroxine augmentation of serotonergic antidepressants in female patients with refractory depression. J Affect Disord. 2007 Nov;103(1-3):253-6.

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NIC ROLDAN HELPS SPEARHEAD POLOGEAR’S REBRANDING On the field, 8-goal polo player Nic Roldan is a powerhouse of innate ability. Off the field, he is known for his charitable efforts with JustWorld International and work with equestrian apparel and equipment maker PoloGear. By Kendall Bierer







A Wellington hometown hero, Nic Roldan got his start in the sport of kings in our own backyard, growing up with the support of the local polo community. He spoke with Wellington The Magazine about his plans for the future. By Lauren Miró


This year’s Wellington High School wrestling team has been busy shattering school records. In the 2013-14 season that just ended, the bar was raised for future WHS wrestlers. The Wolverine wrestlers captured a number of key titles. By Deborah Welky Aim, click and done. That’s all it takes for a snapshot, a photograph, a work of art, right? Not by a long shot. The members of the Wycliffe Photography Club know better and are quick to kindly educate others about the science of photography. By Julie Unger


For years, James Lala felt as though something was missing from Wellington’s horse show offerings. This led to the creation of the new Citrus Series. By Carrie Wirth


Pizzazz Hair Design & Spa has grown up with the western communities, offering stylish cuts, great spa services and a friendly face to clients for nearly 40 years. By Lauren Miró



Longtime Wellington resident Annie Ruiz enjoys her volunteer role as a ‘Wish-Granter’ for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Florida. By Deborah Welky

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Large Crowd On Hand To Enjoy Flavors Of Wellington 2014 Grand Champions Polo Club Hosts Annual Gay Polo Tournament Wellington Garden Club Hosts ‘Secret Gardens Of Wellington’ Tour New Horizons Elementary School Celebrates 25th Anniversary Wellington Relay For Life Unites Community To Fight Cancer


With its unique floor plan, the custom-built home of Jane and Fred Wade is warm and comfortable, yet elegant and spacious. Located in Wellington’s Polo West community, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home is inspired by South Africa. By Lauren Miró

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What A Beautiful Kickoff To Spring! The weather is perfect, and many here in South Florida have begun heading back to the beach for days of fun and relaxation. As the International Polo Club Palm Beach wraps up Wellington’s winter polo season in late April, the community is still abuzz with equestrian happenings, extending “the season” way into May at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Other show series, such as the new Citrus Series competitions at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center profiled in this issue, continue shows year round. On the cover this month is “Polo Ambassador” Nic Roldan. A top player, Roldan represents Wellington throughout the world, both on the field and off. He took a break from his busy schedule to sit down with Wellington The Magazine to share how he began his career as a polo player, along with some of his new endeavors, such as helping lead the rebranding of Wellington-based PoloGear and his work with the nonprofit JustWorld International. Also in this issue, we feature Wellington High School’s wrestling team, which is coming off a record-breaking season. Coach Travis Gray and his Wolverines took home a wide array of local titles and had a strong showing at the regional and state championships. Meanwhile, we chatted with the leaders of the growing Wycliffe Photography Club. Members, whose work has been featured in top magazines, study the art and science of photography, and showcase their creations in a new gallery inside the newly remodeled Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. I am truly excited to announce Wellington The Magazine’s newest series, “Wellington’s Next Top Model,” a monthly spotlight on some of Wellington’s most beautiful people, all of whom seriously have what it takes to be the next runway superstar. Beginning with our June issue, we are teaming up with local fashion retailers, hair and makeup industry professionals and others who will work with our models to get them camera ready for their model shoot experience, courtesy of Abner Pedraza, a professional photographer with Wellington The Magazine. Each month we will feature a different model, sharing a bit about their pursuit of becoming a modeling professional. At the end of the series, we will ask our readers to help us decide who should be named “Wellington’s Next Top Model” and win the top prize of their very own professional modeling portfolio, in print and digital portfolio versions, valued at more than $2,500, as well as being featured on Wellington The Magazine’s December cover. Think you have what it takes or know someone who does? Visit us online at www.wellingtonsnexttopmodel. com and submit your information and photo today. Best of luck! In closing, I would like to take a moment to wish each and every mother out there a Happy Mother’s Day in this special season when we salute those special women who share in the raising and nurturing of a child.

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wellington social scene Photos by Lauren Mir贸 Large Crowd On Hand To Enjoy Flavors Of Wellington 2014

(Left) Michael Matone croons Frank Sinatra classics. (Center) Judges Dr. Carmine Priore, Roxanne Stein and Peter Robinson. (Right) Chamber President Dr. Randy Laurich with sponsors Katherine and Mark Bellissimo.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted its 11th annual Flavors of Wellington tasting event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Friday, April 4. The Best Display and Best Dessert awards went to Oh La La Catering, while Best Plate went to Universal Living Sprouts and Best Entree went to the Wanderers Club.

(Left to Right) The Euro Experts table enjoys the evening; John and Saundra Mercer tally the votes; Oh La La Catering wins for Best Display and Best Dessert; Universal Living Sprouts with their award for Best Plate; and Kathleen Lamour, Daphne Urso, Hector Portillo and Christine Gonzalez from the Wanderers Club where honored for Best Entree.


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The fifth annual International Gay Polo Tournament was held Saturday, April 5 at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington. RBC Wealth Management won the Senator Cup with a 5-3 victory over Phelps Media Group, while Cedar Crest Stables won the Founders Cup with a 3-2 victory over Gordon W. Ross Team Re/Max.

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wellington social scene Photos by Julie Unger Wellington Garden Club Hosts ‘Secret Gardens Of Wellington’ Tour

(Left to right) Brenda Solomon with the bougainvillea and a digitalis foxglove; Gretchen Rieger, Lynda Southworth and Kris Blake with Linda DeSanti; and (front row) Doreen Baxter, Candy Abdella, Mary Ann Hesser, Grace Essery and Allison DesJardins, (back row) Linda DeSanti, Gianna DeSanti, Eve Essery, Donna Guibord, Stormi Bivin, Beth Stewart and Mary Dexler.

The Wellington Garden Club held its “Secret Gardens of Wellington” garden walk on Saturday, April 5. Guests were able to visit and explore several stunning gardens throughout the day. There were also plants for sale, refreshments, garden art, raffles and more. For more information about the club, visit www.wellington

(Left to right) Evvy Bartley, Mary Anne Greely, Jan Seagrave, Marilyn Walvoord and Marilee McGinnis; Suzanne Rares, Barbara Anne Woosley, Mary Anne Greely and Sue Millard with bougainvilleas; Johanna Payot, Roxanne Henry and Alejandra Vicente; Dr. Carol Fishbein and Marlene Kenneally admire a garden; and Barbara Gerkin, Brenda Amerson, Barbara Hadsell, Cindy Rieger and Kris Blake.


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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman New Horizons Elementary School Celebrates 25th Anniversary

(Left to right) Mackenzie Niston, Towana Cohen and Wilda Gedeome; returning staff members gather for a photo; and Amira and Angel Crutchfield enjoy cotton candy.

New Horizons Elementary School celebrated its 25th anniversary at the school’s annual hoedown on Friday, April 4. Former staffers were invited to return, and five original and current staff members were honored: Karen Butts, Lynne Bray, Gwen Lyons, Pat Klammer and Denise Borgen. Attendees enjoyed games, foods, student performances and more.

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The Wellington Relay for Life was held Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at Palm Beach Central High School. The theme was the Olympics, “Uniting the World Against Cancer.” Many teams raised money for the event and walked overnight around the track to represent the struggle those with cancer face each day.

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Do you have what is takes to become the next runway superstar? Have you always dreamed of becoming a high-profile model? Are you often told “You should be a model?” Well then, Wellington The Magazine would like to help you make your dreams come true. If you or someone you know has what it takes to be “Wellington’s Next Top Model,” visit our web site and enter today! Wellington The Magazine is excited to announce the launch of our newest series, “Wellington’s Next Top Model,” a monthly spotlight on some of Wellington’s most beautiful people, all of whom seriously have what it takes to be the next runway superstar. Beginning in June, we will team up with local fashion retailers, hair and makeup industry professionals, and others, who will work with our models to get them camera ready for a full-on model shoot courtesy of Abner Pedraza, a professional photographer with Wellington The Magazine. Each month, we will feature a different model and share a bit about their pursuit of becoming a professional model. When the series is concluded, we will ask our readers to help us decide who should be named “Wellington’s Next Top Model,” earning the top prize: a professional modeling portfolio, in print and digital versions, valued at more than $2,500, as well as being featured on Wellington The Magazine’s December cover as winner of the contest. Think you have what it takes or know someone who does? Visit us online at www. and submit your information and photo. We are looking for men and women ages 16* and up of all backgrounds, shapes and sizes. Everything from the cute girl next door to the exotic, dark-haired beauty, to plus-sized models and striking men — everyone is welcome.

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Community Center Project Gets OK Wellington will have a new tennis center within two years, and a new community center to follow soon after, if everything goes according to plans approved in late March. Members of the Wellington Village Council voted March 25 to approve a $12.8 million contract to rebuild the Wellington Community Center and move the Wellington Tennis Center. Council members voted 3-1, with Vice Mayor Howard Coates dissenting, to approve the contract with Pirtle Construction. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig did not vote. “I thank you and your staff for negotiating what I think is a very reasonable price,” Councilman John Greene said to Director of Operations Jim Barnes. Wellington staff negotiated a $12.5 million “guaranteed maximum price” contract. The total cost also includes an additional $63,400 agreement with Alexis Knight Architects, approximately $81,000 in permits and fees, and $100,000 in risk insurance, bringing the project total to about $12.8 million. Because the project is design-build, staff and council members will be able to provide continual input. The new facility will address growing needs, Greene said. “I think it’s important we look ahead,” he said. “We need to do what’s best for the village today and a few years from now.” Coates called the project “fiscally irresponsible.” “It’s not responsive to the needs and desires of the community,” he said. “I have said this in previous meetings, so I won’t belabor it tonight.” Arts-Themed Charter Planned — An artsthemed charter school is slated to open this August in Wellington at the former Wellington Christian School campus. The Eagle Arts Academy Charter School of the Arts will purchase the property after Wellington Christian closes its doors, school officials recently announced. “We had been looking since October for a place in Delray Beach,” said C. Ron Allen with CRA Media Group, representing the school. “We found there was a real need for another such school.” Earlier this year, Wellington Christian

School announced it would be closing its doors after leaders of Wellington Presbyterian Church, which owns the school, decided to sell the property on Wellington Trace. Eagle Arts Academy was founded by Gregory James Blount, an independent producer and talent agent. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank achievable in the Boy Scouts of America, and chose to name the school accordingly. The school plans to open with nearly 900 students in kindergarten through sixth grade in its first year. Eagle Arts has been approved for up to 1,500 students through eighth grade by the end of a three-year period. Learn more at www.eagleartsacademy. com. Full-Time Gifted At Panther Run — Panther Run Elementary School will have a full-fledged gifted program next year, with each grade level having at least one gifted class. The decision was announced March 25 at a meeting attended by about 100 current and potential students and parents. The full-time program will replace the part-time program currently at the school. It was a decision many Panther Run parents had long been requesting. The announcement was made by Panther Run Principal Pamela Strachan and Area 3 Superintendent Dr. Matthew Shoemaker. Students currently enrolled in the gifted program at Binks Forest Elementary School will be grandfathered in. The school district will continue to provide bus transportation for one year for students who are slated for Panther Run but attend Binks Forest. Those students will have the option to continue at Binks Forest after that time, but parents will have the responsibility of bringing them to and from the school. The new gifted classes will mirror those at Binks Forest, and both schools will offer support in making the transition seamless. This change will end the current parttime gifted program at Panther Run, which takes students in the gifted program out of their regular classes for special classes one day a week. 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| May 2014


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A Driving Force On And Off The Field


On the field, 8-goal polo player Nic Roldan is a powerhouse of innate ability. With natural talent racing through his veins, he has dedicated his life to the sport and its betterment for both horse and rider, as well as to helping people off the field. After winning the U.S. Open Polo Championship in 1998 with team Escue, he continued on to compete worldwide, but he calls Wellington home. He currently plays for Grand Champions Polo Club on the Audi team. The fame he has earned hasn’t affected his charitable involvement. As Wellington-based JustWorld International’s first polo ambassador, Roldan has been working with the organization to spread the word and make a difference for impoverished children across the globe. It was through his role with PoloGear that Roldan was introduced to JustWorld’s founder, Jessica Newman. The organization has been a catalyst, promoting philanthropy in the horseshow world. JustWorld finances life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs, in Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala and Colombia. When Roldan and Newman met, the organization did not have polo representatives, but its mission spoke to him, so he jumped on board. “It’s my second year as an ambassador, and it has been a great opportunity to be a part of such a committed and passionate organization,” Roldan said. “It opens up your eyes to the things you usually don’t see.” As part of the organization, he has helped in its annual gala, taking to the stage to auction off polo lessons and dinner with teammates Brandon Phillips and Kris Kampsen, raising more than $25,000 to further JustWorld’s mission. As a JustWorld ambassador, Roldan has been able to use his talents and career to create a larger awareness about the organization. 28

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He has been able to expand the nonprofit into the equine community and share its mission with more people. His work with PoloGear has also been beneficial, as the company works hand in hand with JustWorld. In the 1990s, PoloGear was unrivaled as the face of equestrian apparel for polo. When founder Gary Fellers suffered from a lifethreatening polo injury in 2003, he had to take nearly seven years to focus on his health and recovery, but the company has returned to the equestrian scene with a new vitality, finding its niche across all disciplines, with Roldan spearheading its rebranding. “I work with PoloGear as much as possible, trying to rebrand the company, bringing in new clothing lines, integrating new technologies into equipment and developing a more modern feel,” he explained. The Verhan Nic Roldan Elite Free Shoulder Saddle became the start of an empire. Roldan fueled the desire for a saddle that would alleviate pressure from the horse’s shoulders, working alongside Argentinian veterinarian and chiropractor Carlos Cortelezzi, as well as veterinarians, saddle makers and equestrians Joe and Kelly Fink, to design the Free Shoulder technology. “Coming up with this idea has helped a lot,” Roldan said of the saddle. “It is a more expensive saddle, but it is going to last longer and the horses are going to be happier. It has taken time for people to understand its importance, but it has been doing well and its popularity is only growing.” The Free Shoulder Saddle technology has helped horses avoid the risk of bursitis, chiropractic misalignment, inversion and atrophy of the top line muscles, not to mention lower-

Nic Roldan changes horses during a match.

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Roldan uses the Verhan Nic Roldan Elite Free Shoulder Saddle. Roldan was instrumental in coming up with the design for the revolutionary new saddle.


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ing veterinary bills through healthier horses and fewer injuries. The technology does not only exist in the realm of polo, but also for dressage and show jumping. It may very well represent the most important saddle innovation since the stirrup was invented 1,500 years ago. “The Free Shoulder Saddle eliminates pressure off of the horse’s shoulders, increasing its mobility. It is a strong concept that allows the horses to avoid injury and recoup more easily,” Roldan explained. “This saddle is not only for polo; it is also designed specifically for jumping and dressage. Saddles have been the same for the last 150 years, but technology is changing, and we have put the effort into bettering the saddle.” Roldan noted that PoloGear’s focus on saddles is continuing to expand. “We are licensing our brand globally,” he said. “We have purchased Verhan Saddlery and recently merged with the Trilogy saddle company. Debbie Witty, the founder of Trilogy and Performance Saddlery, is president of the Performance Saddlery division of PoloGear. She brings an incredible reputation and level of expertise and a national force of saddle fitters to support all the saddles. This adds a whole new dimension to polo saddle support.” Roldan has worked diligently as PoloGear’s brand ambassador, working alongside his father Raul, Fellers and Audi polo team captain and patron Marc Ganzi to redesign and

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Top polo player Nic Roldan relaxes on the sidelines.

modernize the company. He was a strong influence in the creation of the new logo, as well as in current design work for PoloGear’s clothing and equipment. The logo they created was simple and clean, and now new, updated, more modern products, a new marketing and web campaign and a younger, hipper, more current luxury image are following those changes. “Gary is a true innovator,” Roldan said of Fellers. “He has been very excited and supportive about the whole change and revamping of the company. It has been a very positive change for PoloGear. Like any company, things begin to change, and rebranding must happen to stay current. PoloGear needed that change, and I am honored to have been such a large part of that.” In between donating his time to JustWorld, working with PoloGear and playing polo, Roldan has been helping his mother launch an interior design com32 May 2014 |wellington the magazine| 10th Anniversary

pany, Roldan Designs, which buys and resells houses. “It’s a big passion I have,” Roldan said. “I have always loved architecture and interior design. I am starting to get more into it working alongside my mom. What used to be a hobby is now growing into a business.” All these ventures are keeping the 31-year-old busy, but he never loses sight of setting an example for others. “In polo, they don’t do a lot in terms of charitable work, and I think it is a great opportunity to create a bit of awareness by giving back and doing charitable work with nonprofit organizations,” Roldan said. “I’ve always been a fan of giving back, especially these days when so much is about taking. We should feel lucky to have what we have, and I feel like if we can share what we have with the less fortunate, then that is great. Bringing these three facets of my life together can only help the industry and those in need.”

Wellington’s Nic Roldan Known Around The World As An Ambassador Of Polo By Lauren Miró

Known worldwide as a polo and style icon, Nic Roldan has made a name for himself on and off the field, captivating polo enthusiasts across the globe with his powerful presence on the field. A Wellington hometown hero, Roldan got his start in the sport of kings in our own backyard, growing up with the support of the local polo community. “The sport of polo is incomparable to any other sports,” Roldan said. “For me, it’s the best there is. I feel very blessed to be doing what I am doing.” Though born in Buenos Aires, Roldan was raised on the polo fields of Wellington. The Cardinal Newman High School graduate took an early interest in the sport. By age four, he could swing a polo mallet. His father, Raul Roldan, played for the Sultan of Brunei’s polo team and served as inspiration for his son. The younger Roldan got an early start, fueled not only by his father, but the polo-friendly atmosphere in Wellington. Now rated at 8 goals, Roldan is a familiar face at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Currently, he plays for the Grand Champions Polo Club on team Audi. “I think growing up here in Wellington helped a lot,” Roldan said of his career. “Especially growing up in a big organization like Pony Express, where I had access to lots of horses, good practices and a lot of support. Thanks to my dad and Pony Express, I was able to play all the time in high-goal tournaments.” Spurred by his father, along with his natural talent, Roldan quickly became a polo prodigy. He reached professional status at age 14, making him one of the youngest players to do so. In 1998, at age 15, Roldan’s team won the U.S. Open Polo Championship — the most prestigious polo award in the country, and one of the top polo honors in the world. Named Younger Player of the Year in 1999, Roldan’s name quickly rose among the world’s elite polo players. His domination on the field didn’t stop there. For


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the past 15 years, Roldan has been a force on the polo field both nationally and internationally. He has captured some of the world’s top titles, including the Cámara de Diputados Cup in Argentina, the Bronze and Gold Cup of Spain and the Melbourne Cup in Australia. Nationally, he has captured nearly every major tournament win, including the C.V. Whitney Cup, the Pacific Coast Open, the Texas Open, the MercedesBenz Polo Challenge, the Monty Waterbury and the Gold Cup of the Americas, winning each twice. He has grown from polo prodigy to polo ambassador, spreading the love of the sport across the world. In 2012, he was honored with the Harriman Cup, given to him for his huge contributions to the sport. “I’d say my biggest accomplishments are definitely winning the U.S. Open at age 15, winning many titles around the world and, most of all, being a true ambassador to the sport of polo,” Roldan said. Known for his charitable giving, Roldan is an ambassador for JustWorld International and has been at the forefront of many charity tournaments. With his eyes on capturing a second U.S. Open Polo Championship, an Argentine Open and attaining a 10-goal rating, Roldan works tirelessly under the watchful eye of polo veterans both in Argentina and the U.S. He said his love for the sport keeps him driven. “I have been around horses since I was a baby, and it’s what I love. The speed and intensity are important, as well,” he said. “Being able to travel around the world to gorgeous places doing what I love is amazing.” In addition to his polo fame, Roldan has rocketed

Polo superstar Nic Roldan in action. PHOTO BY DAVID LOMINSKA

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onto the fashion world, named one of Vanity Fair’s 10 Hottest Horsemen, featured in GQ Taiwan, and in Hamptons magazine and Palm Beach Illustrated. He was a model for Wilhemina Models and now serves as the ambassador for PoloGear. PoloGear offers unique, top-of-the-line gear and clothing for polo players and enthusiasts. Roldan has worked with the brand, designing a saddle to meet the needs of him and his polo ponies, as well as updating and redesigning the company’s brand as a whole. “Working with PoloGear has been great,” Roldan said. “It’s fun to be able to be a part of changing technology ideas and transforming the company to a broader spectrum.” With his rising popularity outside the polo world, Roldan hopes to be able to introduce the sport to a new, broader audience. “I just hope to see polo expand around the world, to be a household sport,” he said. “I hope to see it televised on channels internationally. It has all the potential and is truly heading in that direction.” He and other prominent players have championed the cause, hoping to boost polo’s popularity by making it accessible. “With the help of many people, such as Nacho Figueras and Marc and Melissa Ganzi, who are bringing in new technology to film the games and make it easier for the public to watch and understand, the sport will grow immensely,” Roldan said. Learn more about Roldan at • 12799 West Forest Hill Blvd. • Wellington, Florida 33414 • 561-795-2823

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Wellington High School Wrestling Team Celebrates A Record-Setting Season Story by Deborah Welky • Photos by Abner Pedraza and courtesy Wellington Wrestling

This year’s Wellington High School wrestling team has been busy shattering school records. In the 2013-14 season that just ended, the bar was raised for future WHS wrestlers. The Wolverine wrestlers captured titles at the conference, county and district tournaments, before placing second at the regional tournament and 12th at the state tournament. “This year was by far the most fun I’ve ever had coaching,” said head coach Travis Gray, who taught the sport for four years in his home state of Minnesota before coming to Wellington eight years ago. “I looked forward to every practice. There were no issues; they were all good kids. Wrestling is a hard, grueling sport, but when we can go into the practice room and we’re all laughing but working at the same time, that’s what it’s all about.” It wasn’t like that just a few years ago, when Gray set out to create a championship team “Where I’m from, wrestling is much bigger,” he said. “I started wrestling when I was 5 years old. But these kids had a disadvantage in Palm Beach County. It’s one of the only counties in the state that doesn’t offer wrestling in middle school. So when these kids got to high school, hardly one of them had ever stepped on a mat.” That reality set Gray back a bit. “It was tough to really do as much as I wanted to do right off the bat,” he 38

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said. “The program took a lot of patience and practice and growing over the years. But Florida wrestling is picking up.” This year, Gray’s program is just about where he wants it. With an 18-1 record, three local titles and regional runner-up, seven Wolverine wrestlers were skilled enough to compete at the state championships in mid-February in Lakeland, setting a school record for number of qualifiers. When the dust settled, three of those qualifiers had placed, shattering another school record. The 12th-place finish for the team was also better than the school has ever done. “When you’re brand new and not having success, it takes perseverance,” Gray said. “I have to hand it to them — they accomplished a lot. It’s also notable that, as a team, they had a collective grade point average of 3.1 — fifth-highest in the state for a wrestling team.” This year’s team captains were Briar Macfarlane (who placed fifth at state),

(Above far left) The Wellington High School wrestling team after winning this year’s county championship. (Above and below) Wrestling team members during a recent practice session. The team has a busy summer planned, including a team camp in June and a national tournament in July.

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Nik Bonadies (who placed third) and Brandon Paz (who also placed third). Others who qualified for the state tournament were Colton Macfarlane, Andrew Mitchell, Marcus Morin and Devin Gillotte. Gray, head coach for both the varsity and junior varsity wrestling teams, said his program differs markedly from that of team sports like football and baseball. “It’s a unique sport; it’s an individual sport,” Gray said. “Because it’s one-onone, the kids really have to depend on themselves. There’s no one to blame anything on. It takes a lot of courage for these kids to step out there.” The sport builds self-esteem, he added. “There’s a strength and conditioning aspect. A lot of kids get into it for that reason — they want to look good at the beach or for the girls,” Gray said. “We typically get about 60 who try out, and we don’t cut anybody. We ended this season with 46, and those who weren’t there at the end were those who quit. But there’s a lot of reward for them to stick it out. Particularly lately, they’re

having a good time, and they’re having success.” The WHS wrestling program is definitely growing. Last year, Gray ended the season with just 31 participants. Numbers are up 25 percent. “We all practice together at the same time in the same room,” he said. “We’re unique in that sense. We all compete with each other. If a JV kid beats a kid on varsity, the JV kid can go to the tournament. Before every tournament, we have a ‘wrestle-off’ to see who goes.” But even though wrestling is an individualized sport, there are team-building activities as well. A picnic for the wrestlers and their families at the beginning of the season is one. Working together to earn sponsorships is another. “We’re always selling coupon books and doing car washes,” Gray laughed. “And this year is kind of an emotional send-off for our seniors. The things they accomplished were amazing. The other part that the coaching staff loved was the way they could see the team bond and grow, almost as a family.”

With so many experienced seniors graduating, does Gray have any plans to change things up? Nope. “We have a proven system, and the underclassmen have seen the success we have had with it,” Gray said. “Our junior varsity team also won the Palm Beach County JV tournament, so we have a solid group of wrestlers moving up to our varsity team.” The team recently competed at the Megatron World Wrestling Championships in Orlando and are getting ready for team camp this June and the AAU Scholastic Dual National Tournament in July. “Through our wrestling club, the kids stay active even in the off-season,” said Gray, who gives a lot of credit for team enthusiasm to assistant coaches Chris Forte and Doug Baethke. The Wellington High School Wrestling team is always looking for sponsors to help the wrestlers continue to travel and compete. Contact Gray via e-mail at or call (561) 827-8595 for more info.

(Above left) This year’s Wellington High School wrestling team. (Above right) Coach Chris Forte, Briar Macfarlane, Nik Bonadies, Brandon Paz and coach Travis Gray. (Left) Coach Gray leads a practice session.

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Wycliffe Photography Club Members Know The Difference Between A Snapshot And A Photograph Story and Photos by Julie Unger

Aim, click and done. That’s all it takes for a snapshot, a photograph, a work of art, right? Not by a long shot, but that is what many people tend to think. The members of the Wycliffe Photography Club know better and are quick to kindly educate others about the science of photography, and the thought, creativity and imagination that differentiate a simple snapshot from a photograph. The Wycliffe Photography Club began with less than a dozen members back in 2005. Now the club is up to about 50 members. In fact, the club is going so strongly that when the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club’s clubhouse was remodeled several years ago, the club requested an area where pictures could be hung, and Wycliffe obliged, providing a large gallery area that houses 51 photographic works of art that change every few months. The club meets monthly, except for August and September. Lessons are taught, speakers are brought in and techniques are learned, as inquisitive minds soak up the knowledge and expertise of their peers, while adding their own creative spin to the information presented. Special events, workshops and field trips are also included. 42 May 2014 |wellington the magazine| 10th Anniversary

Steve Roth, a retired architect, is the president, while Don Baida serves as vice president, education chairman and technical consultant. Baida is a professional photographer, well-known for his work in Life magazine and his work with pinup starlet Bettie Page. Joyce Schiff, the secretary/treasurer, always had a passion for photography, which has blossomed under the guidance of the club. Gallery co-chairs Steve Teran, one of the founding club members and the designer and creator of the gallery frames, and Max Dressler spend countless hours behind the lens, while Bob Monsour serves as board member at large. Passion, curiosity and care drive the photographers of the club, whether they are new to using a camera or have been using one long before digital cam-

eras became available. This shared passion and joy for learning is instrumental in the club’s dynamics. More seasoned photographers are always at the ready to assist the neophytes. “I enjoy showing people that there is more to it than just snapping a picture,” Baida said. “Anyone can take a picture, but not everybody can take a photograph. I teach them to see into their pictures that there is a photograph within their pictures. A picture is a picture, but a photograph, to me, is more of a work of art. It’s something you created, or saw, differently than other people.” The club’s photographers range in level, ability and equipment, with some members just beginning, others at midlevel and still others at the professional level. Some use simple point-and-shoot cameras, while others are shooting with

professional-grade equipment. Nevertheless, equipment does not dictate ability. It is about vision. Schiff explained that she used to take pictures, but now, she takes photographs. While on a field trip to the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, she had a revelation while watching a club member on the ground peering up at a tree canopy through his camera. “He’s not looking at the tree this way. He sees it from a different perspective. That was very eye-opening to me,” Schiff said. “You have to want to do that. You have to want to improve your photography and learn what makes a good image, not what makes a good snapshot.” Evidence of the creativity, vision and passion harbored within the members of the club is evident upon walking through the gallery, a place where Wycliffe residents often bring their guests. Though the gallery is open only to Wycliffe residents and their guests, photograph submissions are often posted on the club’s web site,, organized by photographer. Some photographs are submitted for contests, and many have won awards. Several of the club’s members com-

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The Citrus Series: James Lala’s New User-Friendly Hunter/Jumper Horse Show By Carrie Wirth

For years, James Lala felt as though something was missing from Wellington’s horse show offerings. As the owner of Wellington Quarantine, he’d heard the requests from countless trainers and riders for a different type of show opportunity — a show that wouldn’t be about the glitz and the prize money, but about providing a venue for developing horses and riders to gain valuable show-ring experience. In January, the first Citrus Series show took place at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center to rave reviews. Since then, the monthly, year-round unrated show has been growing quickly. Due to popular demand, the show expanded to two Tuesdays a month during the winter equestrian season. “It fills a void in two ways,” Lala explained. “It gives trainers a high-quality, easygoing and ridiculously affordable outlet to show young and/or developing horses, and it provides a year-round show venue for local developing riders and those needing mileage and confidence to help prepare them for the bigger AA-rated shows.” The Citrus Series offers some very interesting features.

For instance, riders can opt to do an un-judged “do-over” round if they were unhappy with their round. Sale horse identification indicates that the horse is actively on the market. Adults and professionals can ride ponies. For the warm-up classes, a fault-free jumper round or a high-scoring hunter warm-up score earns the competitor a Citrus Series signature orange ribbon. And then there’s something unheard of in rated shows: Lala has hunter, jumper and equitation courses at the same height in one ring, making it convenient and time-saving. He also sets a schedule so exhibitors know when they show. The series also features jumpers at night under the lights. 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| May 2014


“I was cautiously optimistic for the first show of the series,” Lala said. “I am trying to incorporate the wish lists I’ve discussed with professionals of all levels through the years — we are a little a bit revolutionary. I wasn’t sure how it would actually go over. I watched horse after horse, rider after rider improve and leave with a positive experience. I am convinced this concept is really worthwhile. I overheard one trainer say that he accomplished about a month’s worth of training in an hour.” The show has been attended by international grand prix riders Nick Dello Joio, Darragh Kerrins, Kevin Babington, Maarten Huygens and more. Popular clinician and judge Cynthia Hankins brought her two young horses and declared it the perfect way to get them in the show ring before venturing to the Winter Equestrian Festival. “This is a great opportunity, especially for people who have horses for sale and kids who want to go in the ring without so much pressure, before they go into the big circuit,” said Ivan Rakowsky of Team Rakowsky, who brought over horses with Arly Golombek and Javier Berganza. “It is also great for horses that need to develop and horses that you want to practice with under the lights with good footing.” Top Chicago trainer Nancy Whitehead calls the


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show “a much-needed addition to the Wellington hunter/ jumper horse show landscape.” Lynn Caristo Forgione brought her student, Robert Matz, and Wise Guy to compete in the 0.8 - 0.85 meter jumpers. Matz is the son of Michael and Dee Dee Matz. Michael Matz is one of the country’s most successful equestrians. He represented the United States at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, won the gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games and won countless grand prix events. “We were very pleased with the facilities, and we were very pleased with how he rode,” said the elder Matz. “His pony was one that my wife got and both his older brother and his older sister rode. Now he’s the third rider.” Carina Peterson from North Brookfield, Mass., brought her 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Believe in Miracles, to the Citrus Series for some show ring experience in the 1.0 meter jumpers. “This is his second outing in Florida,” Peterson said of her horse, ridden by trainer Kalie Butcher. “I love the show grounds. It is good for him to get out and get experience. We’ll be back.” Courtney Swan trains at the Delray Equestrian Center and brought nine horses and 10 riders to show at the Citrus Series. “The staff was great, and James is awesome,” Swan said. “The courses were well put together, nice flowers — very col-

orful. Not everyone can do WEF. The Citrus Series provides an option to get people out of the barn so they can show.” Steve and Heidi Lengyel’s Wall Street Farm was also wellrepresented at February’s Saturday show. “I think what James is doing is a very good thing, because it gives the kids a place to show at a quality facility where they have a chance to improve and move forward,” Steve Lengyel said. “Everyone goes out of their way to make sure everyone has a good time.” Trainer Courtney Yecker brought a number of clients to compete, including two students moving up, one with a new horse. Both also planned to show at WEF, but the Citrus Series was the perfect venue to get their feet wet at the new height and division. Yecker also brought an over-60 rider who just started jumping, and another student who flew in for the weekend to show. “It is super-organized,” Yecker said. “The jumps are fantastic. The ring and the upkeep of the schooling area was really nice, and the courses were amazing.” Her clients responded well to the atmosphere. “They rode wonderfully,” Yecker said. Look for the show year-round, once a month at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Plans are underway for a weekly Tuesday afternoon show for the 2015 season and USEF-rated shows this summer. For more about the Citrus Series, visit

(Above) Dee Dee, Michael and Robert Matz with Wise Guy. (Below) Eduardo Salas aboard Balou. PHOTOS BY CARRIE WIRTH

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Pizzazz Hair Design & Spa Prepares To Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary Story by Lauren Miró  Photos by Abner Pedraza

Putting the focus on great customer service and fostering a family atmosphere, Pizzazz Hair Design & Spa has grown up with the western communities, offering stylish cuts, great spa services and a friendly face to clients for nearly 40 years. Owners Dennis and Kristina Marquez opened their first Pizzazz salon in 1974 on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., followed by its location in Wellington in 1976. It has since expanded to five locations, including a second Wellington location. Pizzazz Hair Design & Spa’s two Wellington location are in the original Wellington Mall (12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), which offers a full-service hair salon, and in the Kobosko’s Crossing plaza (9112 Forest Hill Blvd.), which offers hair and spa services. The salon celebrates its 40th anniversary in August. Dennis Marquez believes his success in the industry is because of the love he has for his clients — something that he imparts on his entire staff. “I think it’s because of our passion for helping people, making them look as good as they can and loving every one of them,” Marquez said. “My wife and I love people. This has never been like going to work for us; it has been a pleasure.” In 1974, Marquez and his wife were the United States National Hairstyling Champions, and since then they have continued to impart their wisdom on generations of stylists while continuing to grow and learn themselves.

“All of our stylists have quality technical skills,” Marquez said. “We have training every week in our company. All of our new employees attend classes, whether they are new to the business or just transferring locations. We teach technical skills, business skills and customer service. We want to create an environment for people to grow their skills and talents.” Additionally, Marquez encourages his staff to continue their education, ensuring that Pizzazz clients can get hot, off-the-runway looks. “Our focus on education is huge, and it benefits our clients,” he said. “We always emphasize to our staff that you have to go to shows and learn more. We want them to be as good as they can.” At Pizzazz, clients know they are in expert hands. Whether you’re in for a great cut or color, or indulging in spa services from manicures and pedicures to facials, peels or waxing, you’re guaranteed to have a relaxing experience in a warm environment. “I want clients to feel like they’re coming home,” Marquez said. “We always say that you come in a customer and leave as family. We have been through generations of families coming to

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our salons. It’s about more than just service; our clients become personal friends.” Marquez also believes that giving back to the community is important and each year holds fundraisers for local charities, dubbed “Pizzazz Gives Back Day.” “All our stylists come in on a Sunday for it, with every penny going to charity,” he said. “I have to give credit to my stylists who contribute their time and effort. I have a wonderful staff.” He feels blessed to have been in the community for so long. “We’re proud to call Wellington home since 1976,” he said. “I can’t help but thank our customers for being so loyal to Pizzazz, because we wouldn’t be here without them.” For more information, or to make an appointment, visit www. or call (561) 798-1100 for the original Wellington Mall or (561) 793-7373 for the Kobosko’s Crossing location.


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For Dave Corbin, a transplanted Midwesterner who has been a Wellington resident for almost 35 years, real estate has always been a family affair. “I grew up in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City,” he said. “I moved to Wellington in September of 1979, the same month Hurricane David did its damage.” Corbin, a graduate of the National Realtors Institute and a certified residential specialist, originally came to Florida to compete in horse shows, and eventually studied marketing and psychology at Palm Beach State College. A career in real estate, however, appears to have been his destiny. “I followed my brother Jim’s footsteps in the real estate brokerage business, but my father was a real estate investor when I was growing up,” Corbin recalled. Their father would be happy to know that his sons are now working together. Dave, who has had his real estate license for 33 years and his broker’s license for 31, joined Jim at Illustrated Properties Real Estate in January. Corbin made the move after spending more than 23 successful years at Palm Beach Polo Realty. “As part of the on-site development team, I participated in the shaping and direction of the real estate developing at Palm Beach Polo,” Corbin said. “I was involved in introducing and selling many of the 36-plus neighborhoods within the country club. I acted as a liaison between our customers and our custom builders. I’m most proud of closing nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in real estate transactions in my career, and maintaining a longstanding relationship with my many repeat customers.” Corbin believes his decades of experience in the fields of luxury homes and new construction, as well as being a former equestrian and farm specialist, give him a leg up on the competition.

But it’s more than just the many years on the job that makes him happy to be returning to general real estate at Illustrated Properties. “The thing that I am most excited about in terms of joining the company is the technology at our disposal,” Corbin said. “Illustrated Properties is on the cutting edge of online marketing, lead generation, social media and paperless virtual offices. Combined with my 33 years of experience in Wellington, Palm Beach Polo and the western communities, I have never been able to provide my customers with this amount of service and value.” Wellington has also played a major role in shaping Corbin’s personal life. “I’ve lived here my entire adult life,” he said. “I brought Cindy — my high school sweetheart and future wife – with me when I moved here. We have three young adult children who were all born, raised and educated in Wellington. I have dedicated a large part of my life to athletics, and I’m most proud of coaching youth athletics for over 30 years in Wellington. Cindy and I started and ran the Palm Beach Dream Catchers, a nonprofit, fast-pitch girls softball program, which helped at least 19 girls from the western communities receive athletic and academic college scholarships.” Corbin is enthusiastic about the future of Wellington real estate. “As our community and the horse shows grow, I see great things in the market these next few years,” he said. “I truly believe in Wellington.” For more information, call Dave Corbin at (561) 628-4262 or visit 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| May 2014


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South Florida Skin & Laser, located on the Wellington Regional Medical Center campus, has developed a reputation for patient care that has generations of families returning because they know that they can rely on the staff to give them thorough examinations and treatment. Physician’s Assistant Allan Snyder will treat whatever issue the patient has, but makes sure to also conduct full skin examinations. “I will look for cancerous growths, pre-cancerous growths and abnormal growths,” he said. “I’ll remove them if necessary.” Snyder said his title is misleading because he is licensed to see patients independently. “We work independent of the doctor, but with the doctor if we need advice,” explained Snyder, who completed his undergraduate work at Lynn University and earned his physician’s assistant degree at Nova Southeastern University. Although he treats all skin conditions, including rashes, warts, acne and psoriasis, skin cancer is a major issue here in South Florida. “The majority of people in Florida, the adults, came from someplace else,” Snyder explained. “I emphasize, now you’re raising your children in South Florida. Make sure you use sunscreen.” Snyder also advises wearing protective clothing and avoiding the sun during peak hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., using sunscreen of no less than 30 SPF whenever spending time outdoors during the day. “One application isn’t going to do it,” he noted. “If you’re going to be out in the sun, you’re going to have to reapply it every two hours.” Not only can excessive sunlight cause skin cancer, it also causes brown spots and wrinkling. “It’s much easier to avoid the sun than it is to get rid of all that aging,” he noted.

Snyder recommends that everyone be checked for skin cancer once a year, especially if there is a family history of a melanoma. Even young children are vulnerable, he said, explaining that he has found melanomas on 9-year-olds. “I had a 14-year-old patent who didn’t come in for that. He came in for acne,” Snyder recalled. “I said, ‘OK, you have acne, but what is this mark here?’ The mom said, ‘It has been there for a long time.’ We did a biopsy, and it came back a melanoma. This was about 10 years ago. The mother sent me his graduation pictures, thanking me. He wouldn’t have made it to his graduation.” Snyder stressed that skin cancer, if it goes untreated, can be fatal. “People get it where they don’t think to look — the bottoms of the feet, under their fingernails,” he said. “A brown spot can kill you if it’s the wrong kind.” People are frequently in denial about cancerous skin conditions. “Even here in Wellington, where people are well-educated, they will come in here with skin cancers that are enormous,” Snyder said, explaining that the smaller it is, the easier it is to treat. Much of his practice is spent educating his patients on this topic. “Don’t delay,” Snyder stressed. “If you’ve got something that doesn’t heal in a normal sense of time, come in.” South Florida Skin & Laser is located at 1445 Medical Park Blvd., Suite 107, on the campus of Wellington Regional Medical Center. The practice also has an office in Margate. For more information, call the Wellington office at (561) 798-3494.

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Longtime Wellington Resident Revels In Her Volunteer Role As A ‘Wish-Granter’ Story by Deborah Welky  Photos by Abner Pedraza

Annie Ruiz came to Wellington from Canfield, Ohio, 21 years ago. For 20 of those years, she has been volunteering at Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. The foundation’s well-known mission is to grant the wishes of children who have life-threatening conditions. This year, Ruiz was recognized as the volunteer who has granted the most wishes in the chapter’s 30-year history — nearly 200. In her role as “wish-granter,” Ruiz determines what the child wants, then works with foundation staff to make it happen. Wishes range from “I wish to be…” or “I wish to meet…” to “I wish to go…” or “I wish to have…” The average cost of a wish is $5,000, with a trip to Disney World as the most popular request (32 percent choose it), followed by other travel (26 percent), a shopping spree (14 percent), a meeting with a celebrity (7 percent) or the acquisition of a computer or other electronics (4 percent). The remaining 17 percent make wishes outside those general categories. “When we moved from Ohio, my new neighbor Kathy Mayus asked me to accompany her to Belle Glade to

translate for a Mexican family that spoke no English and was going to have a wish granted by Make-A-Wish, where she was a volunteer,” Ruiz recalled. “Immediately, I liked it. I have always done volunteer work at the hospitals where my husband Claudio worked and saw this as a good opportunity.” Ruiz was “honored and thankful” for her recent award, but stressed that she doesn’t do it for the recognition. “Annie does most of her wish-granting in Belle Glade, Pahokee and as far away as Clewiston, in neighborhoods that other volunteers are reluctant to travel to,” Make-AWish spokesman Stu Opperman said. “She often meets families at the local McDonald’s, where they know her as the ‘Wish Lady,’ and she is sometimes the only volunteer serving those communities.”


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For Ruiz, the role came naturally. “I saw there was a need for Spanish-speaking wish-granters,” she said simply. “I am driven by the desire to make a child happy in spite of all the trials they have gone through, especially those children of Spanish-speaking communities.” Granting nearly 200 wishes puts Ruiz in a class all her own. “To put the accomplishment in perspective,” Opperman said, “there are only 13 individuals in the Southern Florida chapter’s history who have even granted half as many as Annie, with three of them just reaching the 100wish milestone this year. Annie is the embodiment of the Make-A-Wish mission and more efficient at it than any other person in our chapter’s history.” Norman Wedderburn, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, couldn’t agree more. “We’re a nonprofit organization that requires the efforts of volunteers to fulfill our mission, and for nearly two decades, no one has de-

livered for us like Annie,” he said. “The nearly 200 wishes she has granted have had an immeasurable amount of positive impact not just for sick children and their families, but also all the others in the community she connects to the wish experience.” On May 13, Annie will be 66 years old. She and Claudio have been married for 42 years, and although the couple has no children of their own, Ruiz knows a happy child when she sees one. “To me, the most gratifying wishes have to be the shopping sprees. Since we go with the child, who is picked up in a limo, we get to see the joy in their faces when they get whatever they want,” she said. “The most challenging wish was for a Wellington child who wanted to be an actor in a movie in California. This wish took over a year to fulfill because there were no roles at the time. Finally, Make-A-Wish was able to get him a part as an extra on the show Ugly Betty, and he was able to stay in California after his wish.” Make-A-Wish receives no federal or state financing, raising money instead through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants and individual contributions. More than 74 percent of its annual budget is allocated to wishgranting. The Southern Florida chapter has more than 600 volunteers and, on average, grants one wish every 16 hours. Seeing the need, Ruiz inspired others as well. Her husband and her niece, Virginia Santoni, have jumped on the bandwagon as wish-granters. “It is so gratifying to be able to make the children forget, even if it is for a little while, that they have a life-threatening condition,” Ruiz said. Learn more about Make-A-Wish Southern Florida at This year, the Wellington Hero series focuses on individuals who make the world a better place through their actions. Do you know a Wellington Hero deserving of proper recognition? Visit www.wellington today and submit your nomination.

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Custom-Built Polo West Home Features A Unique Floor Plan Story by Lauren Miró

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With its unique floor plan, the custom-built home of Jane and Fred Wade is warm and comfortable, yet elegant and spacious. Located in Wellington’s Polo West community, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home is inspired by South Africa. “I’ve always loved giraffes,” Jane said, noting a rug at the home’s entryway. “When I saw this, I thought ‘that’s it.’ The colors are easy to work with.” The couple built the home in 1996 and redesigned it in 2010. The space features a unique floor plan with three wings. “I liked the idea of a triple-split floor plan,” Fred said. “The guests have a wing, we have a wing and the kids had their wing.” The home offers a library and custom wine cellar, and features touches of cherry wood throughout. “I enjoy the openness and spaciousness, but yet there is a lot of coziness in the home,” Jane said. “I think it’s attributed to a lot of the wood in the home. There’s wood between the vanities, the cabinets, the bar, the book cases — it’s wood galore.”

Bar: Located just off the kitchen and family room, the stunning custom bar is a gathering place for entertaining and the perfect space for Jane and Fred Wade to serve their homemade wine. “It’s great for entertaining,” Jane said. “People just line up at the bar.” Formal Living Room: The bright and beautiful formal living room is located just off the foyer and has nods to the home’s South African theme with its soothing neutral colors. The room is bright, with access to the rear patio through beautiful French doors. Formal Dining Room: The formal dining room is elegant and warm, with plenty of space for entertaining. The focal point of the room is a stunning lion portrait that Jane fell in love with in Paris. “I just love that lion picture,” she said. “It makes it my favorite room in the house.” Kitchen: The spacious, custom kitchen at the heart of the home offers all the finest amenities, from granite counter tops and wood cabinets to a large breakfast bar, perfect for entertainment. “When we have a party, everyone is right in this area,” Fred said. Library: The home’s custom library is warm and elegant, with built-in shelves to hold plenty of books. Central to the space is a large wooden desk that anchors the space, giving it an executive feel. Wine Cellar: Tucked away off the kitchen is the Wade family’s wine cellar, a stunning, custommade space to store their homemade wines. “We love the wine cellar,” Jane said. “We go to Fort Myers and make our own wine.” 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| May 2014


Master Bedroom: The master suite is large, bright and warm, with plenty of storage and touches of wood repeated throughout the house. A four-poster bed is the focal point of the room, which is located off the rear patio. “It feels very open and warm,” Jane Wade said.

Guest Bedroom: With its own wing of the house, the guest suite is tucked away, granting privacy and serenity. The room is large, with its own bathroom, large closets and touches of wood throughout. “We wanted bedrooms big enough that you can vacuum without dinging the furniture,” Jane said. “We wanted a little more space.”






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Outdoor Space: The home has stunning outdoor spaces, from the front façade to the back yard overlooking the water. The entryway is beautiful, with a paved driveway, impeccable landscaping and elegant columns. To the rear, the home overlooks a golf course with picturesque waterfront views. “We either wanted to be on the water or a golf course,” Fred Wade said. “I didn’t want to feel like we were closed in.”

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Don Ramon Brings Its Popular Cuban Cuisine To Wellington Story by Lauren Miró  Photos by Abner Pedraza

For more than 20 years, Don Ramon Cuban Cuisine has been offering authentic, flavorful food in a family-friendly atmosphere. Now open in the Pointe at Wellington Green, Don Ramon features classic Cuban food in a beautiful setting. Owner Ramon Vilarino, a Cuban native, first entered the restaurant business in 1970 in Playa de Guanabo, Cuba, working his way to manager of a busy pizzeria. He and his four brothers opened their first restaurant together in 1984, after moving to the United States. The family has since opened more than 20 restaurants across the country. In 1990, Vilarino opened the first Don Ramon Cuban Cuisine on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach and has since expanded to four locations, gaining a reputation across the area for friendly service and delicious food. “It’s Cuban family-friendly, casual dining,” said Teresa Lopes, Vilarino’s wife. “It’s affordable, and although you’re eating at a restaurant, everything has a homemade taste to it. We make everything fresh. We make the beans from scratch, the rice from scratch. Everything is made here.” The Wellington location opened in February. “I think it was a very good idea,” Vilarino said.


“There are a lot of people here who are very happy we’ve come to Wellington.” Lopes agreed. “It’s a great location for the community,” she said. Walking into Don Ramon Cuban Cuisine, you’re instantly transported to old-world Cuba. The space is lovely, yet comfortable, filled with charm from the texture of its walls to the beautiful scenic portraits. The space is bright and open with plenty of natural light. It’s comfortable, yet elegant — perfect for a family dinner or date. Guests can sit at intimate tables or booths. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. On Friday and Saturday evenings, live piano music helps set the mood for the stunning space. With more than 20 years in the business, Lopes said that Don Ramon has built a following of customers who know they can rely on great food and great service. “I think we’ve been so successful because we’re






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1. Arroz con Pollo (chicken and rice) typically serves two people and features perfectly cooked chicken that falls off the bone, served with a generous serving of yellow rice and a side of plantains.

3. Tres Leches is a light sponge cake soaked in three types of milk to give it a delicious flavor.

6. Churrasco con Camerones (skirt steak with shrimp), features mouth-watering beef, marinated in mojo sauce and served with a side of chimichurri. The steak is tender but packed with flavor, while the shrimp are succulent and provide a great balance to the dish.

4. The iconic Cuban dessert Flan de la Casa is the perfect combination of caramel and cream.

7. Lamb Shanks with Tostones is a delicious combination of tender lamb and crispy tostones.

2. The Filete de Pescado (fish fillet) is served broiled or fried with a choice of sides.


5. Arroz con Leche is a traditional Cuban take on rice pudding. The rice is infused with spices and flavorings.

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wellington table consistent with the quality of food, and we do our best to give customers the best experience with friendly service, as well as trying to maintain affordable prices,” she said. Don Ramon serves traditional Cuban cuisine. Its menu is packed with options that will satisfy everyone. “It’s a mix of Ramon’s family recipes and traditional Cuban recipes,” Lopes said. “Everything is made here, including the sauces. We have a butcher who cuts our meat on a daily basis.” The expansive menu lets guests choose from a variety of meat dishes (chicken, beef, pork or seafood), as well as soups, salads, desserts and more. For a classic meal, try the Arroz con Pollo (chicken and rice). This traditional dish ($20.95) typically serves two people and features perfectly cooked chicken that falls off the bone, served with a generous serving of yellow rice and

a side of plantains that makes this dish both flavorful and filling. Another great option is the Churrasco con Camerones (skirt steak with shrimp), a mouth-watering 10- to 12-oz. cut of beef, marinated in mojo sauce and served with a side of chimichurri. The steak is tender but packed with flavor, while the shrimp are succulent and provide a great balance to the dish. The Filete de Pescado (fish fillet) is served broiled or fried with a choice of sides for $12.95, or try the lamb shanks with tostones, a delicious combination of tender lamb and crispy tostones that will leave you wanting more. But be sure to leave room for dessert — Don Ramon has a variety of sweets to help you top off your meal. The iconic Cuban dessert, Flan de la Casa ($3.95) is the perfect combination of caramel and cream — a delicious, traditional taste. Or try the Tres Leches ($4.95), a

light sponge cake soaked in three types of milk to give it a delicious flavor and texture that will bring you back to your grandmother’s kitchen. Another classic dessert is the Arroz con Leche ($3.75), a traditional Cuban take on rice pudding. The rice is infused with spices and flavorings and soaked to make a sweet yet not overpowering dessert. No matter what you choose, you’re in for a delicious and filling meal — Don Ramon offers generous portions, and you’ll love every bite. “We want our food to be affordable but also very delicious,” Vilarino said. “I have a great team of employees here who do a great job. Everyone gives 100 percent.” Don Ramon Cuban Cuisine is located at 10220 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in front of the Mall at Wellington Green. For additional information, call (561) 793-7300 or visit

(L-R) Otto Jimenez, Yadami Castoneda, Ramon Vilarino, Teresa Lopez, Clara Santo and Nicholas Artega of Don Ramon Cuban Cuisine.

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wellington dining guide For a touch of the Florida Keys in your own back yard, visit Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. Located at 10880 W. Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, Bonefish Mac’s offers excellent food in a family-friendly environment. For more information, visit or call (561) 798-6227. Brooklyn Bagel in Wellington has been in business for more than 20 years, offering customers handmade, authentic bagels and more. Brooklyn Bagel is located at 13873 Wellington Trace, Suite B9, in the Wellington Marketplace shopping plaza. For more information, call (561) 784-5501. 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. For more info., call (561) 7903287 or visit Casa Tequila, a restaurant featuring a wide variety of delicious Mexican Cuisine, opened recently in the Wellington Plaza at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 11A. For more info., call (561) 557-1378 or visit www. Coach House Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd.) features gourmet cuisine along with a piano bar, bistro area, outside dining, smoking bars, entertainment and more. For more info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit First Watch, the Daytime Café, is now open in Wellington at 2335 South State Road 7 in front of the Mall at Wellington Green near Office Depot. First Watch is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. For more info., call (561) 795-5500 or visit 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. From delicious antipasti to a fine selection of wines, Italian food lovers will feel right at home at Franco Italian Bistro. For an authentic, elegant Italian experience, visit Franco Italian Bistro at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 103, in the Pointe at Wellington Green. For more info., call (561) 615-1551 or visit The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit 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. Offering delicious cuts of steak and succulent seafood dishes, Jordan’s Steak Bistro serves up delicious meals and craft cocktails in a stylish environment. The restaurant is located in the Pointe at Wellington Green at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 793-9394 or visit www.jordans Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner, including food and drink specials. 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 Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For more info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit

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 Romano’s Macaroni Grill, located at 2535 S. State Road 7 in Wellington, serves innovative Italian cooking in a comfortable atmosphere. The menu includes the popular create-your-own pasta dishes. For more info., call 561-792-2248 or visit www.macaronigrill. com. 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. A family tradition since 1905, Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a real New York delicatessen, serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at the corner of 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. 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. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit A wide variety of food choices can be found at Welli Deli, located at 13501 South Shore Blvd. For more info., visit or call (561) 784-5884. World of Beer (2465 State Road 7, Suite 100) offers more than 500 varieties of choice brews. For info., call (561) 383-6115 or visit


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wellington calendar Saturday, May 3 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Meet the Animals on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. Meet a variety of the nature center’s live educational animals and hear their stories. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Tina Turner Tribute Concert featuring Simply Tina on Saturday, May 3 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl. gov for more info. Monday, May 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Art Club for ages 8 and up Monday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Live through art by exploring different mediums. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info.

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Tuesday, May 6 • The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (909 Fern St., West Palm Beach) will join in a communitywide day of giving Tuesday, May 6. The Great Give is a 24-hour online event led by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the United Way of Palm Beach County and others designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. For more info., visit • Wellington Landings Middle School will present a showcase of program offerings for the next school year Tuesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. Call Assistant Principal Damian Milanek at (561) 792-8112 for more info. Wednesday, May 7 • Panther Run Elementary School (3300 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington) will hold its kindergarten roundup Wednesday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Call (561) 993-8804 for more info. • New Horizons Elementary School (13900 Greenbriar Blvd, Wellington) will hold its kindergarten roundup Wednesday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Call (561) 904-0500 for more info. • The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #367 will meet Wednesday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd., Loxahatchee Groves). For more info., call Marge Herzog at (561) 791-9875. • The Mental Health Association of Beach County (909 Fern St., West Palm Beach) will host a lunch and discussion of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on Wednesday, May 7 at noon. Dr. Jacintha Cauffield and Dr. Nicole Ganzer of Palm Beach Atlantic University will discuss the signs and symptoms of ADHD as well as the different treatment and medication options available for both children and adults. The cost, including lunch, is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Call (561) 832-3755 or visit for more information. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host May Flowers for ages 8 and up Wednesday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day and create a bouquet of colorful flowers for the special lady in your life. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Playgroup LLC will kick off its fourth season with Short Cuts 4, nine original plays by local playwrights, all ten minutes or less, on Wednesday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Lake Worth Playhouse (713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth). For more info., call (561) 5866410 or visit

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Thursday, May 8 • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, May 8 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. • Your Bosom Buddies II breast cancer support group will hold its breast cancer support group meeting on Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Palms West Hospital. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month. For more info., call (561) 422-6034. • The School District of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Music Educators’ Association and the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County will present “Spotlight on Young Musicians” at the Kravis 10th Anniversary |wellington the magazine| May 2014


wellington calendar Center on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10. For more info., call (561) 832-7469 or visit www. Saturday, May 10 • The fifth annual Art Rock, a cash and carry art show and market place, is set for Saturday, May 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Armory Art Center (1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach) featuring pop-surrealist, outsider, lowbrow and street art alongside DIY fashion, funky jewelry and more. Visit www.artrocks. com or for more info. • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host an Owl Pellet Activity for families and all ages Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. Meet two of the nature center’s live owls, and learn what an owl pellet is, then dissect one to see if you can learn about what owls eat. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • Wellington Ballet Theatre will present Snow White on Saturday, May 10 at Wellington High School for a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening showing at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $40. For more info., visit or call (561) 296-1880. • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host Kid’s Club: Gifts for Mom on Saturday May 10 at 2 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can bring in a clean mason jar or recycled pasta sauce jar and make it into something fantastic for mom. There is no charge. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Move Your Résumé to the Top of the Pile” for adults Saturday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m. Jason Davis will teach industry best practices for creating your résumé. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Chess Club for Kids for ages 8 and up Saturday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m. Practice your strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The War on Cancer Street Party will be held


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at World of Beer in Wellington on Saturday, May 10 from 3 to 11 p.m. The fundraiser features firefighter barbeque, raffle prizes, apparatus display, bands and more. Call (561) 262-5451 for more info. • The Wellington High School Chorus will perform at Lincoln Center in New York City at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. The group will participate in the New York City premiere performance of Rosephanye Powell’s The Cry of Jeremiah as part of the DCINY Concert Series. Visit for more info. Sunday, May 11 • Whole Foods Market in Wellington (2635 State Road 7) will host a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday May 11 at 1 p.m. Bring that special lady in to enjoy brunch on the patio. Call (561) 904-4000 to pre-register. • The Royal Palm Beach Community Band free concert series begins Sunday, May 11 at 4 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center with its Mother’s Day concert. Refreshments will be served during intermission. For info., call (561) 790-5149. Tuesday, May 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Dream, Discover, Do on Tuesday, May 13 at 1 p.m. for ages 2 to 3, and Tuesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. for ages 3 to 5. Talk, sing, read, write and play your way to a brighter future. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Chess Club for Adults on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Chess fans practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet

Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit Wednesday, May 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host After-school Story Time for ages 3 to 8 on Wednesday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate National Children’s Book Week with favorite picture books, songs, rhymes and a craft. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. Tuesday, May 15 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Story Time for ages 2 to 5 on Thursday, May 15 at 10 a.m. Introduce little ones to nature through stories. The cost is $2 per child. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. • Friends of Children’s Services of Palm Beach County will host a Campaign Kickoff in support of the Children’s Services Council Reauthorization featuring special guest Sheriff Ric Bradshaw on Thursday, May 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. RSVP to events@ For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Adult Craft Night: Bread Dough Clay Creations on Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. Create roses, beads and other items to decorate jewelry, cards, picture frames and other projects. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, May 16 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of Epic on Friday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Saturday, May 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Monkeying Around for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and

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a craft featuring monkeys. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host the Long Run Eagles Tribute Concert on Saturday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Monday, May 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Legos for ages 8 and up Monday, May 19 at 4 p.m. Create vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, May 20 • The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (909 Fern St., West Palm Beach) will host a lunch and discussion on Creating Happiness: Putting Positive Psychology Into Practice on Tuesday, May 20 at noon. Presenter JoAnna Brandi is a graduate of Dr. Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Coaching program and is a founding member of Positive Workplace International. The cost, including lunch, is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Call (561) 832-3755 or visit for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Heart of the Cards for ages 12 and up Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m. Bring your Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for info.

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Wednesday, May 21 • Palm Beach Central High School will hold its 2014 graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 21 at 8 a.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., call (561) 304-1000. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Hooked on Crochet for adults Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning techniques or bring current projects to share and work on. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info Thursday, May 22 • Wellington High School will hold its 2014 graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 22 at 4 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more info., call (561) 795-4900. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Honor Women Through Writing for adults Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Share stories and poems about the women who made a difference in your life. Learn new techniques and receive constructive feedback to improve your writing. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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Saturday, May 24 • The Okeeheelee Nature Center (7715 Forest Hill Blvd.) will host Camouflage on Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m. Learn why animals are colored so differently. The cost is $3 per person. Call (561) 233-1400 to RSVP. Monday, May 26 • Wellington’s Memorial Day Parade & Tribute will take place Monday, May 26. The parade begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Wellington Municipal Complex and continues down Forest Hill Blvd. to the Wellington Veterans Memorial, where a ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Tuesday, May 27 • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit Wednesday, May 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Teen Game Night for ages 12 and up Wednesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. Play Nintendo Wii and board games. Food will be provided. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Small Claims Lawsuits and Mediation, a program for adults, Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to present your case to the judge without hiring a lawyer. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister.

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Church Fair — The St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Child Enrichment Center held its annual Spring Fair on Saturday, April 12. The event included a silent auction, bounce houses, a rock wall, a bungee trampoline, a trackless train, pony rides, a petting zoo, a raffle, a bake sale and more. Shown here is the bake sale crew.

Seniors Enjoy Dressage — Members of the Wellington Seniors Club attended Friday Night Stars on Friday, March 14 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Club members enjoyed the AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle dressage competition. Shown here are Mary and Tony Alfalla with Eileen Dix and Mary Rowe.

Pooch Party — The Palm Beach Pooch Party took place Sunday, March 23 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium on South Shore Blvd. Guests enjoyed pet vendors and music, as well as a pet painting contest. Shown here are Angie Friers, Claudia Flores, Nancy Gulker and Stacy Bayterian with boxers up for adoption.

Kids Triathlon — Wellington hosted its annual Kids Triathlon on Sunday, April 6. Participants swam, biked and ran their way to better fitness and prizes. Competitors were sorted by age group, and all participants were given a medal for their efforts. Shown here are some of the participants with their medals and trophies. Tennis Play Day — The Wellington Tennis Center hosted the Western Communities Tennis Association’s Family Tennis Play Day on Sunday, March 30. The local group promotes the sport of tennis across the western communities. Attendees had the chance to learn the sport and play together with families and friends. (Left) Alex Millian, Andrew Haynes, Ishaan Ramani, Avery Haynes, Mahak Ramani, Jordy Millian and Carson Rush with tennis pro Jeff Parker. (Below) Western Communities Tennis Association volunteers and board members.

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