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When we opened our doors in 1986, Alan B. Miller, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Universal Health Services, Inc., shared his vision for Wellington Regional Medical Center. That the patient would always be at the center of our care and our hospital would one day be at the center of a thriving community. Since then, we have continued to expand to meet the needs of the growing communities we serve. Throughout our journey, the patient experience has remained a top priority. We are elevating this experience to new heights with the opening of our patient pavilion.

Introducing The Alan B. Miller Pavilion … A towering achievement in innovative healthcare design, distinguishing Wellington Regional Medical Center from every other hospital in the region. The new pavilion transforms Wellington Regional Medical Center into a flourishing, 233-bed medical complex. By incorporating the latest breakthroughs in technology, we are increasing staff efficiency, fostering patient engagement, augmenting the healing process and improving the overall patient experience.

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26 Wellington Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 25 Years

Longtime Wellington Boys & Girls Club supporters Dr. Edward and Maria Becker are chairing the group’s 25th anniversary gala, which will be held this December at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. The milestone comes at a crucial juncture for this important local institution. By Deborah Welky

33 Meet The Pros In Our GOLF Special Feature Section

Where better to perfect your swing than in Florida, a golfer’s haven where a tee time can be found 365 days a year? Wellington The Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with some of the top golf professionals in South Florida, offering readers a chance to “Meet the Pros,” up close and personal. By Deborah Welky

51 Family-Friendly Riding Experience At Palms Stables

Palms Stables, a new hunter/jumper training facility in the heart of Wellington’s horse country, was born this past summer as a way for a local couple to provide an atmosphere just right for their young son as he was learning to ride.

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56 Local Singers Featured On Hit NBC Show ‘The voice’

Popular television singing competition The Voice has launched two talented Wellington singers to national stardom as they battle it out for a shot at the big time. On Season 3 of the NBC show, Cassadee Pope and Michaela Paige are representing their hometown in their quest to be named “The Voice.” By Lauren Miró

66 Wellington Woman: Dorian Zimmer Bordenave

Dorian Zimmer Bordenave, this month’s Woman of the Year Award nominee, has been crucial to the success of the Mall at Wellington Green. Involved in marketing before ground was broken, she has been general manager since 2006, using business savvy to help craft an ambiance conducive to long-term success. By Matthew Auerbach


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Wellington Social Scene Boys & Girls Club Gift Gathering A Prelude To Dec. 1 Gala Your Bosom Buddies II Hosts Fashion Show At Binks Forest Generations Salon Girls Night Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Kids Enjoy Free Play Day At The Wellington Tennis Center Grand Opening Celebration At New Wellington Club Apartments

70 Wellington Home

This month, Wellington Home visits a renovated Palm Beach Polo residence featuring a contemporary look amid mature landscaping. Located in Polo’s Bel Air section, the 8,500-square-foot home is one of the larger ones in the neighborhood, sitting on an oversized tropical lot. By Deborah Welky


74 Wellington Table

With its friendly and comfortable atmosphere, Cheddar’s, now open on State Road 7, is sure to become a family favorite. The Texas-based chain offers great food at affordable prices in a polished casual environment. By Lauren Miró

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Wellington Watch Wellington Health Wellington Real Estate Wellington Dining Guide Wellington Calendar Around Wellington ON THE COVER Talented Wellington singers Michaela Paige (left) and Cassadee Pope are appearing on the current season of NBC’s The Voice. Photos courtesy NBCUniversal

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Top Golf Pros Featured This Month volume

With lush green golf courses and beautiful weather, where better than South Florida to perfect your swing? Wellington The Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with some of the top golf professionals in Palm Beach County. Whether you are an avid golfer or a novice, you’ll be sure to find the course and pro for you in our Palm Beach Golf Pros special feature section this month.

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Wellington performers Michaela Paige and Cassadee Pope, featured on our cover this issue, are starring in this season of NBC’s hit singing show The Voice. We interviewed both of these talented artists just as they sang their way to victory in the show’s “Battle Rounds” and can’t wait to see what happens to their bright careers as Season 3 heads toward its finale. The Wellington Boys & Girls Club has been making a difference in the community for 25 years. In this issue, we speak with Dr. Edward and Maria Becker, who are chairing the club’s 25th anniversary gala set for Dec. 1 at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. The gala takes place at a crucial time for the organization, which will soon open its new facility on Wellington Trace.


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Published by Wellington The Magazine, LLC Barry S. Manning chairman/chief executive officer Maureen Budjinski vice president Wellington The Magazine is published monthly in Wellington, Florida. Copyright 2012, all rights reserved by Wellington The Magazine, LLC. Contents may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. The publisher accepts no responsibility for advertisement errors beyond the cost of the portion of the advertisement occupied by the error within the advertisement itself. The publisher accepts no responsibility for submitted materials. All submitted materials subject to editing.


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Dorian Zimmer Bordenave is this month’s nominee for our Wellington Woman of the Year Award. An intricate part of the successful launch of the Mall at Wellington Green, she has served as general manager of the shopping venue since 2006. A recent promotion will take her from South Florida as she becomes the Taubman Company’s regional vice president. Wellington The Magazine wishes her well with her new endeavors. Also featured this month are Kelly and Mike Wiener, founders of the new Palms Stables, a state-of-the-art training facility where horse lovers of all ages feel at home in a fun and friendly learning atmosphere. Our Wellington Real Estate profile is on Casey Flannery of Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty, while Dr. Charles Goldsmith, founder of Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness Program, is our Wellington Health profile. Wellington Table visits the new Cheddar’s restaurant on State Road 7, serving classic American fare in a “polished casual” environment, while Wellington Home visits a contemporary residence nestled inside a well-landscaped estate in the Bel Air section of Palm Beach Polo. As we prepare our annual Holiday Gift Guide in the December issue and get ready for the upcoming equestrian season, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers, advertisers and friends a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season. Joshua Manning Publisher/Executive Editor

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Boys & Girls Club Gift Gathering A Prelude To Dec. 1 Gala

(Left) Dr. Edward Becker, Dr. George Padsias, Dr. Ram and Uma Ramachandran and Dr. Jeffrey Bishop. (Right) Debbie Plaxen gives donated auction items to Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Special Events Coordinator Alonna Paugh.

A gift-gathering party supporting the Wellington Boys & Girls Club was held Friday, Oct. 5 at the home of Dr. Edward and Maria Becker. Catering was provided by Gabriel’s Cafe with dessert provided by Velvet Falta of Velvet’s Flour Garden. Entertainment featured the band Herbal Krew. The gift gathering was held as a prelude to this year’s Wellington Dinner Dance, set for Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club.

(Left to right) Hosts Maria and Dr. Edward Becker, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County CEO Mary O’Connor and Wellington Chairman Tony Nelson; Haydee Rodriguez, Charlene Bishop and Sheena Chiesault-Proctor; Dr. Shekhar Sharma, Dr. Krishna Tripuraneni and Ana Baez; and Boys & Girls Clubs Vice President Kae Jonsons and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Sales Manager Heydyn Hernandez.



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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Your Bosom Buddies II Hosts Fashion Show At Binks Forest

(Left to right) Lorna Johnson proposes a toast to all the cancer survivors; Sherri McCandless, Jessica Aguirre and Annie Stair; and Susan George models evening wear.

Local breast cancer support group Your Bosom Buddies II held a brunch and fashion show Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Binks Forest Golf Club in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dress Barn provided the fashions and accessories for the models and offered a discount to all luncheon attendees. Vendors donated a portion of their proceeds to Your Bosom Buddies II.

(Left to right) Jessica Aguirre in an outfit from Dress Barn; models with Dress Barn Manager Angelica Gentile (in red); Abbe Felton (right) thanks Tee Franzoso (center); Jathy and Andy Garcia give Ceverlin Ricketts her raffle prize; and Shari Zipp and Dr. Kathleen Minnick.


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Generations Salon Girls Night Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

(Left) Generations stylists at the event. (Right) Ashley Latulippe gives Julia Chaplin a pink hair extension.

Generations: A Hair Salon in Wellington held its Girls Night on Thursday, Sept. 27. The purpose was to have a fun event, feature stylists, bring business to local vendors and raise breast cancer awareness. There was wine tasting and raffles; vendors sold clothes, jewelry and accessories; and pink hair extensions were sold to benefit the Komen Foundation.

(Left to right) Catherine Zachariavis strikes a pose; Julianna Cruz models a dress for Rona Klein and Jacqueline Palmer; Michele Masso of Zest shows Nina Anschutz a cute top; and Generations co-owners Anthony Gutilla and Monica Hoffman.

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wellington social scene Photos by Lauren Miró Kids Enjoy Free Play Day At The Wellington Tennis Center

(Left to right) SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer were on hand to show kids it’s fun to be active; Leonardo Alvarez learns to keep his eye on the ball; and Ashton and Ava Kuznik try out some of the tennis activities.

Children and families came out to the Wellington Tennis Center on Saturday, Oct. 6 for United States Tennis Association Free Tennis Play Day, in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. The 10 & Under Tennis program offered kids the chance to learn a new, fun game. Children were able to try their hand at tennis, enjoy the inflatable obstacle course, dance and enjoy refreshments.

(Left to right) Jesse Brodtman takes his swing; Leonardo and Miguel Alvarez enjoy the day; Ian Hulnick serves; and Jeremy Rock with SpongeBob.


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wellington social scene Photos by Jessica Gregoire Grand Opening Celebration At New Wellington Club Apartments

(Left) Wellington Club Leasing Manager Cesar Villegas, Regional Manager Jennifer Martin, Property Manager Tracy Duff and Assistant Manager Jeannette Hall. (Right) Leasing consultant Sarai Thurlow with interested clients Sam Spence and Sharonda Brown.

The Wellington Club Apartments held a grand opening celebration Saturday, Sept. 22 at its location at 9855 Herons Nest Court, off State Road 7 south of Lake Worth Road. The general public was given the opportunity to get a tour of the new apartments while enjoying barbecue food and music. The community is now leasing one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units. For more info., visit www. or call (888) 252-0940.

(Left to right) Greystar Regional Marketing Associate Ann Gentile in the living room of a two-bedroom model; Milena and Joey Kentoffio, Gilda Cangero, and Vera Ricco tour the new apartment community; Priscilla Berlingeri, Jeannette Hall and Summer Berlingeri; and Romeo Naron and Alyssa Pantano use computers in the business center.

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Members of the Wellington Village Council have decided that more discussion is needed on proposed changes to the Wellington Community Center. Chief among the concerns at the Oct. 9 meeting was whether to move the Wellington Tennis Center. “I feel like we’re putting the cart before the horse,” Councilman Matt Willhite said. “We’re deciding what to do with the community center before we decide what we want the layout to be.” The issue arose as the council was asked how to choose a consulting firm to design the center. For the past several months, officials have discussed the possibility of moving the Wellington Tennis Center to a new location and using the space for parking or a bigger building. Willhite said he didn’t think council members should choose a consultant before making some definite decisions. “They are not the ones deciding whether the tennis center stays there,” he said. Councilwoman Anne Gerwig was concerned that, due to her professional relationships with architects and other industry professionals, she would be left out of the decision. “I think this is a huge decision, and precluding me from any input on whether the tennis courts stay or move is improper,” she said. Mayor Bob Margolis said council members must sit down with staff members to discuss the issue again. Village Manager Paul Schofield said he would set up a workshop soon.

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More Senior Housing — Wellington Elder Care has received approval to expand its facility from 14 to 21 beds, meaning the company can provide a local home to more seniors in its facility on Lily Court. Earlier this year, the council approved a zoning amendment to allow for a new designation of senior housing that would permit the additional residents. The new designation would allow Wellington Elder Care, specifically, to expand under the changed code. Kim Glas-Castro, agent for the applicant, said that Wellington Elder Care agreed to

many of the conditions recommended by council members. Neighbors and families spoke in support. Sara Kublin, a physical therapist who works at the facility, praised Wellington Elder Care. “If I had to put a parent there, I would be very comfortable,” she said. The measure passed unanimously. Arguing Over Traffic Light — Also last month, council members agreed to allow a 2,400-square-foot expansion of medical office space at the Palomino Executive Park on State Road 7. But questions still remain about whether a light at the intersection of Palomino Drive and SR 7 is necessary and, if so, who should pay for it. Discussion has gone on for months. Decisions were postponed in favor of negotiating with the Palomino Executive Park Property Owners’ Association, along with surrounding property owners, on how to pay for the light, estimated at approximately $400,000. Donaldson Hearing, representing the applicant, said that the owners of the medical building in question are willing to pay a fair portion of the light’s cost. He asked that council members revise a condition requiring the payment of Palomino’s entire portion of the traffic light. Attorney Chuck Edgar, representing the Palomino Park POA, said that the county had two years to make the determination whether a traffic signal was required but let the time lapse without a decision. “As it currently stands, there is no requirement that the Palomino Park POA contribute anything toward the traffic signal,” he said. “That’s not the issue. The issue is whether a 2,400-square-foot expansion justifies a traffic signal.” Councilman Matt Willhite said he thought the expansion did merit a traffic light. “The underlying fact is that we need a light,” he said. Village Manager Paul Schofield suggested amending the conditions and approving the project, then assessing Palomino Park for the remainder of the cost, and the council agreed.


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December Gala Celebrates Wellington Boys & Girls Club’s When Dr. Edward and Maria Becker chaired the Wellington Boys & Girls Club’s annual dinner dance several years ago, it was such a resounding success that they were asked to do so again. Previous commitments made that impossible, but the Beckers promised they would return to chair the 25th anniversary gala, which will be held this December at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. “Lo and behold, here we are already,” said Maria, a self-proclaimed member of what she calls Wellington’s Old Guard. “Eddie and I were at the very first Boys & Girls Club gala. It was the very first black-tie event that I remember in Wellington.” Dr. Becker, a urologist, established a private practice in Belle Glade in 1985. Two years later, the couple bought a home in Wellington. He established Palm Beach Urology Associates in 1987, which today is located in Palomino Park, has four partners and is also celebrating its 25th anniversary.


the board and as chief of staff at Palms West, and as chairman of the Department of Surgery at Wellington Regional. “In 25 years, he’s worn a lot of different hats,” Maria said. At first, the Beckers wondered whether the Wellington Boys & Girls Club would be a success. “I remember asking Eddie on the way to that first gala, ‘Do they really need a Boys & Girls Club here in Wellington?’ I quickly learned that the organization is there to help all kids regardless of their background,” Maria said. “They are nurtured and inspired and have activities and the opportunity to be with other kids in a safe environment. There was a huge need in Wellington — not because the children were from single-parent homes but because both parents were at work. It provided a place for the kids to go.” Today, she is amused to see all the Boys & Girls Club “alumni” who are now adults.

“Back then, we were new to the area. In fact, Eddie is a charter member of both Palms West Hospital and Wellington Regional Medical Center,” Maria recalled. “He and I drove up to the little trailer on the grounds of what was to become Palms West, and he went in and asked for medical staff privileges. When he got back to the car, he said, ‘I think this is going to be a really nice hospital.’”

“Dr. Josh Ackerman, Dr. Ronald Ackerman’s son, chaired last year’s gala, and he is an alumnus of the club,” Maria said. “That was neat. The young lady who did the marketing for this year’s gift-gathering event donated her services because she’s an alumna of the club. It’s great to see all the kids whose lives have been touched. The Boys & Girls Club has been a great positive force in their lives.”

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Anniversary By Deborah Welky

pre-gala event was held Oct. 5 at the Beckers’ home and proved to be a huge success, with 100-plus donors in attendance. More might have attended had Wellington High School not held its homecoming the same evening. “I was the WHS band mom and my daughter was head drum major her senior year, but I had to stick with my date because we’d already signed contracts,” Maria said. “Wellington parents are pretty involved in their children’s lives, and that’s exactly why the club is successful here.” The gift gathering provided the perfect case in point: Gabriel’s Café did the catering and donated its profits to the Boys & Girls Club, the reggae band Herbal Krew donated half their fee, Velvet Falta of Velvet’s Flour Garden provided more than 100 desserts as a donation, and bartenders Felicia Daniels and Athena Tzathas donated their fee to the club. “We had a terrific group,” Maria said. “It was a nice kickoff to our gala event. And fundraising should be fun.” The theme for the 25th anniversary gala on Saturday, Dec. 1 is, aptly, “Dreams Come True.” It comes at a time when the club’s new building on Wellington Trace is under construction. It will offer a host of amenities not available at the space on South Shore Blvd. the organization has occupied for more than two decades. “No longer will we have to turn away

(Above) Wellington Boys & Girls Club gala chair Dr. Edward and Maria Becker. Lucien Capehart Photography

(Inset) Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County President & CEO Mary O’Connor (center) with donors Victoria McCullough and Neil Hirsch. photo by Lauren Miró |wellingtonthe themagazine| magazine|November November2012 2012 |wellington

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kids for lack of space, and that’s a real dream come true for us,” Maria said. “In this day and age, to get 22,000 square feet of something funded, well, Neil Hirsch was really the catalyst. He donated $1.5 million to get everything going.”

certified teachers on hand to help with homework and will offer a full gamut of activities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County President & CEO Mary O’Connor agreed.

“The location is so much more sensible for the kids who need to use it,” Maria said. “The old club was right off busy South Shore without even a sidewalk. Now, a lot of kids can walk or ride their bike to it, yet it’s still kind of out-of-theway.”

“We’re thrilled that Neil has helped us so we can complete the capital campaign — and the club,” O’Connor said. “Wellington has turned away more children than any other club in Palm Beach County. Now we will have the capacity to take kids going home to an empty house. This has been a long time coming, and by March or April of next year, we’re going to open the doors.”

The newly named “Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club” will total 22,570 square feet at its completion with the capacity to serve 300 children daily. It will include a learning center, computer lab, arts and crafts center, junior and senior game rooms, a teen lounge, a full-sized kitchen, a dance studio, a gymnasium and office spaces with a full parking lot outside.

The new Wellington Boys & Girls Club will be three times the size of the old one. Located at 1080 Wellington Trace, it is easily accessible. The state-of-the-art facility will offer the traditional sports but will also have

Thinking back, the Beckers were quick to recall all those who made the club a reality in its early days — the Dennis Witkowskis and George deGuardiolas and Dr. Jack Newcomers of the world. Corepoint’s Sharon (Edelman) Reuben was the one who insisted that “girls” be

added to the name. Now, that’s commonplace nationwide. “Throughout the years, so many people have been involved,” Maria said. “Julie Kime of Allstate has never missed a gala in 24 years, and, this year, the daughter of her best friend is getting married the same day. Even though the wedding ends with a cruise out of Port Canaveral, Julie’s attending the wedding and then hightailing it here… Over the years, Julie and her husband, John, have been major benefactors, donating over $150,000 to the club and working hard to get us donations.” As for Dr. Becker, he feels that supporting the Wellington Boys & Girls Club is just one more way of supporting the area in which he lives and works. “Businesses have a duty to support their community,” he said. “When you’re blessed enough to have a successful business, that’s a direct result of the people in your community. Palm Beach Urology has enjoyed a 25-year relationship with the Boys & Girls Club, and I’m very, very proud of that.”

(Above) Officials, donors and board members turn some dirt to break ground on the new facility (rendering inset) last May.


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Golf. It’s one of the world’s most popular sports. And where better to perfect your swing and enjoy your game than in Florida, a golfer’s haven.

Wellington The Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with some of the top golf professionals in South Florida, beginning up in Jupiter and making our way down to Boca, offering readers a chance to “Meet the Pros,” up close and personal. In our travels, we learned where they developed the love of golf, the passion and drive to succeed, and the desire to teach. Golf is a game for a lifetime. It is a sport you can play solo or with others, and you can travel around the world experiencing different venues. Both men and women can enjoy the game at any skill level, but with some guidance, becoming good at the sport is well within the reach of virtually everyone who picks up a club. So, if you are passionate about golf, or just play for fun, you’ll find many pristine courses highlighted over the next few pages, offering top amenities with exceptional beauty. So, pull out your iron and get ready for a hole in one!

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Jim Leary began playing golf in Connecticut at age 12. His first job in golf was as a caddie at the Country Club of Fairfield. After high school, Leary attended Penn State University’s Professional Golf Management Program and began working as an Assistant Golf Professional during the summer after his freshman year. He completed his internship requirements working at the Country Club of Fairfield, the Metropolitan Section of the PGA and Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club in Jupiter. Leary came to work at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club for the 2003 season, accepting a full-time position as the Head Golf Professional at the Village Course in 2004. In 2008, he swapped positions with Neil Lockie, then Head Golf Professional at Jonathan’s Landing at Old Trail, and has been at Jonathan’s Landing at Old Trail ever since. “I have been active in the PGA of America by playing in as many tournaments as possible and by participating in as many PGA programs as I can,” Leary said. “At Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club, the Club Membership is very supportive of this, and they realized the importance for the professionals to establish relationships with our peers. In that vein, our professionals often make Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club the strongest represented club at many PGA events.” This summer, Leary served as the Vice President of the Southeast Chapter of the PGA, working closely with Lockie, who serves as the Chapter President and Tournament Chair.

Neil Lockie was born and raised in Troon, Scotland (where the Royal Troon Golf Club often hosts the Open Championship) and began playing golf at age 8 or 9. “My father, Bill, a nationally respected coach and player, introduced me to the game,” Lockie recalled. “As my game grew stronger, and I began to see a future in it, I decided to take up a golf scholarship at Ohio University in Athens in the fall of 1998. I graduated in 2002 and took an internship with the PGA in Dallas, then worked at the famous Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, where I actually spent 2 months living in the clubhouse. From there, I moved to Florida and have now spent 10 years as a professional here at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club.”

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Lockie has established himself as a great teacher, player, manager and club ambassador. Aside from his many positions with the Southeast Chapter of the PGA, he is also the chapter’s current Golf Professional of the Year. Both Leary and Lockie share similar goals for Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club enthusiasts. “At Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club, our intentions are to provide our Members and their guests with an outstanding personalized golf experience played over three unique and challenging golf courses,” Leary said. “The culture is one that allows golfers of all abilities to find a suitable game year round. Oftentimes, the professional staff will introduce a new Member to another Member and, before long, they are not only playing golf regularly, but also having dinner to-

Neil Lockie gether and becoming friends. Whether our Members make South Florida their permanent residence, or just spend the season in the area, we strive to help them enjoy each and every day at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club.” Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club 16823 Captain Kirle Drive Jupiter, FL 33477 (561) 744-4250 |wellington the magazine| November 2012






Binks Forest Golf Club

Binks Forest Golf Club 400 Binks Forest Drive Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 333-5731


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Well-known among Wellington golfers, Binks Forest Golf Club Director of Golf Wheeler Stewart grew up in Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama. “I began playing at age 11 and it kind of came natural for some unknown reason,” Stewart recalled. “So while the other kids were playing baseball or football, I was beating golf balls.” Stewart attended Alabama on a golf scholarship and, upon graduation, played throughout the Northeast at nationally known clubs such as Burning Tree and The Congressional in Washington, D.C. Along the way, he won the Maryland Open and the Middle Atlantic PGA Championship. Stewart prides himself on representing the United States as part of the 1986 PGA Cup Team that defeated Great Britain and Ireland.

As Head Pro at the Oakland Golf Club in Maryland, Stewart would spend his winters playing Florida tournaments. He moved here permanently in 2000 to become General Manager of the Links at Madison Green in Royal Palm Beach. In that role, Stewart engineered the successful opening of Madison Green in 2001, and later served as Head Golf Professional at both the West Palm Beach Golf Club and the Wellington Country Club (now the Wanderers Club) before bringing his impressive credentials and business experience to the position of Director of Golf at the Binks Forest Golf Club when it was renovated and re-opened in 2007. “The game has been awfully good to me,” Stewart said. “Palm Beach County is a tough market because there are so many facilities vying for the same golfers. Our new local owners are totally committed to improving the course and, especially in the last three months, the course is getting better and better.”

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Wycliffe Golf & Country Club Lynn Stebbins arrived in Florida from Ohio in 1987 to attend Spanish River High School, where she hoped to earn a golf scholarship. Achieving that goal, she played for the Lynn University team, then went on to attend Florida Atlantic University. Following her time at FAU, Stebbins worked at the former Camino Del Mar Country Club in Boca Raton until she got a call from the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club in 1995. By 1999, she had been promoted to Wycliffe’s head golf professional and merchandise manager, taking over as Director of Golf in 2003, responsible for all golf operations and a staff of 30. “Our goal is to provide a daily reprieve

from life for our members and guests through 5-star service, and we define 5-star service as service that makes our members feel that we are personally invested in them,” Stebbins said. She enjoys working at Wycliffe. “My career has been centered around teaching and tournament operations at the club level, but I certainly didn’t expect to be here for 17 years,” Stebbins laughed. “Wycliffe is a unique and special place that has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. In August 2011, I attained the Certified Club Manager designation from the Club Managers Association of America.” Stebbins has been a member of the LPGA since 1995 and a Class A member

of the organization since 2002. In 2011, she won the LPGA Southeast Section Club Professional of the Year Award, and right now, Stebbins is looking forward to obtaining her PGA Class A Certificate. Wycliffe Golf & Country Club 4650 Wycliffe Country Club Blvd. Wellington, FL 33449 (561) 964-9200

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Come for the lifestyle, stay for the memories! Located in beautiful Boynton Beach, Florida, Indian Spring Country Club is a gated, private country club that has the total package....Championship golf, tennis, fitness, casual and formal dining.

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Mike McLellan attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, where he was captain of the golf team for two years, leading his teammates to victory in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics New England Championship.

In 1986, McLellan married wife Debbie and moved to Florida where, in 1987, he became the Head Golf Professional at Hunters Run Golf &Racquet Club in Boynton Beach. By 1989, McLellan was President of Palm Beach Junior Golf and Director of Golf at Boca Lago Country Club, a position he held for 15 years. Since 2009, McLellan has been Director of Golf at Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach. The South Florida PGA named McLellan 1995 Golf Professional of the Year, and he served as the group’s president from 2001-2003. In 2003, he was inducted into its Hall of Fame. “I played competitive golf for over 25 years throughout the United States and Ireland with many wins and many bad days,” McLellan recalled. Through all his work and all his play, however, he has kept one eye on something that, from the beginning, has al-

ways been near and dear to his heart — Junior Golf. McLellan coached the USA Junior Team versus Havana in 2001 and has spent the past 15 years working to make sure Juniors have an affordable place to play golf in Palm Beach County. “Our Junior Program has given out more than $100,000 of college scholarships over the past few years,” said McLellan, noting that he has dedicated his life to Junior Golf in Palm Beach County. Service is important to him in all areas of his career, to the benefit of players young and old. “Here at Indian Spring, we take tremendous pride in service excellence, and our focus is always on engagement and people skills,” McLellan said. “How we interact with members is just as important as knowledge, and we are determined to give our members the ultimate golfing experience in every possible way — to make them have the best of days on the course.” Indian Spring offers two championship-caliber golf courses and each presents its own sets of challenges and opportunities for golfers at all skill levels. “We have the best greens in the area and most often the fastest,” McLellan said. “They are tour-quality year round and very consistent year round. We take

‘We have the best greens in the area... We take pride in the fact that people keep coming back year after year. Service is always the top priority.’

pride in the fact that people keep coming back year after year. Service is always the top priority for our golf staff.” At Indian Spring, McLellan operates a golf program that includes men’s and women’s golf associations, couples events on holidays (Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, etc.), golf clinics, golf schools, private golf lessons, Junior clinics and tournaments, the “Get Golf Ready” program, golf outings and charity events, professional events and golf shop sales (including club fitting). And it’s not all just for clients. “We also have non-resident members who support most of our events and are very happy with our service and programs,” McLellan said. Indian Spring Country Club 11501 El Clair Ranch Road Boynton Beach, FL 33437 (561) 738-3040

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Ibis Golf & Country Club

Ibis Golf & Country Club 8225 Ibis Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33412 (561) 625-8500


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Born in Kansas City, Brad McCollum grew up in Plano, Texas, where he started playing golf at the age of 10. By 13, he was picking up range balls at a local club in exchange for golf privileges. A local PGA pro took McCollum under his wing, helping him improve his game enough to win several tournaments, including the Texas State High School Class 5-A Individual State Championship in 1987. McCollum attended the University of Florida on a golf scholarship and was a four-year varsity letterman, graduating with a degree in journalism and communications. He turned professional in 1991 and played over 62 pro tournaments on the Ben Hogan Tour and T.C. Jordan Tour from 1991-93. He completed PGA Education Level One, Two and Three in 18 months and graduated in

the top 5 percent. McCollum has been a Class-A PGA Member since 1996. McCollum has a true passion for teaching the game of golf. “There is no greater feeling that helping someone improve their golf game and bringing a smile to their face,” he said. “Once you obtain this smile, you know you have them hooked and they will enjoy this great game for a lifetime.” Early on, McCollum learned that working at a private club means you’re in the “membership business.” “Through my career, I have been focused on doing whatever I can to enhance the membership experience,” he said. “It’s important to always be a gentleman, to be respectful, courteous and a wonderful listener — and to always be visible to the membership. Here at Ibis, we pride ourselves on providing ‘warm welcomes, magic moments and fond farewells.’”

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North Palm Beach Country Club A Florida native, Lee Stroever was born in Plantation and has lived in Jupiter since the age of 3. He started playing golf at age 12 at local public courses like the North Palm Beach Country Club. At 15, Stroever began working at the Loxahatchee Golf Club, later moving to Jonathan’s Landing. He worked and played there until age 24. After studying at Rollins College, Stroever toured professionally for seven years, winning five professional events on three different tours. A recurring shoulder injury led him toward teaching. “I started at the North Palm Beach Country Club in December 2009 and worked my way up to First Assistant Professional in six months,” he recalled.

“I took over as the Director of Golf in January 2011. My goals are to offer a unique golfing experience with excellent customer service in a family-friendly atmosphere. We have a friendly and welcoming membership and staff, and we work hard on improving the quality of our product by paying close attention to details.” Stroever has spearheaded improvements such as stocking a more modern selection of golf merchandise, improving the driving range and short game area, and offering dozens of in-season member golf events. He is also interested in “growing the game” through a quality junior golf program and instructional program. “Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course

is much different than other area golf courses,” Stroever said. “We are known for the fast and true greens. I would like to continue promoting these assets, which will help us grow our customer base.” North Palm Beach Country Club 951 U.S. Highway 1 North Palm Beach, FL 33408 (561) 691-3433

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The Equestrians Golf Club

The Wanderers Club, named for the winning team of the first United States Open Polo Championship, is a classic pairing of golf and polo. This perfect blend of sport and lifestyle is a welcome retreat for every member of the family. Located in the heart of North America’s premier equestrian community.

For membership inquiries, call The Wanderers Club at 561.795.3501. • 1900 Aero Club Drive • Wellington, FL 33414

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Justin Thompson was born in Broward County but grew up in Pennsylvania. Even though his father Ray played professional golf, Thompson came to the sport late.

months, I had to listen to everyone in my office ask, ‘Why don’t you work at a golf course?’ I decided to go into golf temporarily, until I found out what I really wanted to do.”

“I didn’t play seriously until high school,” he said. “I was always athletic and played all different sports, but I chose golf because I enjoyed the individual aspect of the game. I was tired of coaches telling you when you could play and who was in the game and who was being pulled out. With golf, you decide when you play.”

Thompson moved seasonally, working as an assistant golf professional at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, the Jupiter Hills Golf Club, the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rhode Island, John’s Island Club in Vero Beach and the Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey.

Thompson was soon golfing after school, on weekends and all summer long. He got good at it fairly quickly — just in time to receive a golf scholarship to the University of Rhode Island. He played on the university golf team for four years and was named an Academic All-American and Player of the Year in his district. Thompson watched expectantly as those who graduated a year ahead of him got signing bonuses and went on to great jobs. Then 9/11 happened. “Suddenly, the job market got really awful. Not only were there no signing bonuses, there were no jobs,” Thompson said. “So I took a job working at an insurance company. I didn’t like the cubicle, and I didn’t like being inside. Plus, for nine

“As an assistant golf pro, I was working my way up the ranks, trying to get more responsibility, trying to work for the top guys in the top clubs who would mentor me,” Thompson recalled. “Pine Valley is an extremely prestigious place to be, and they have a good reputation for training guys like me to be the top professional at a course. One day my boss handed me a phone and said, ‘Talk to these guys; they’re looking for a pro.’ It was the Wanderers Club.” Ecstatic to be able to relocate to Florida permanently, Thompson started at the Wanderers Club in September 2007. “What was so exciting and unique was that this was a great opportunity for a young guy,” Thompson said. “They were just starting up. We had only 100 mem-

‘Some clubs have 1,000 members. That’s not our business model. We offer personalized service — the real private club experience.’

bers when I first started. Most of these older clubs, they have all their traditions; the places almost run themselves. So Wanderers was a really, really cool opportunity. I was designing the scorecard, coming up with the logo, purchasing the golf carts. We had only a few months to get the course open. It was great.” Today, membership is up, and there’s room for more. “We offer a traditional golf experience but are very family friendly,” Thompson said. “We have caddies. You can play without a tee time. Some clubs down here have 1,000 members. That’s not our business model. We offer personalized service — the real private club experience.” The Wanderers Club 1900 Aero Club Drive Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 795-3501

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BallenIsles Country Club Director of Golf Brian Kelley was born in Queens, N.Y., but grew up in Seattle. He first started playing golf at age 13. After graduating from the New Mexico State University Professional Golf Management Program in May 2002, Kelley earned his Class A PGA Membership in January 2004 while working as assistant golf professional at the Golf Club at Newcastle in the Seattle area. In 2005, Kelley was hired by the Troon Golf network at the Lake of Isles Golf Resort in Connecticut, becoming the Head Golf Professional there. He moved to Florida in 2007 when he was promoted to Head Golf Professional at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers, another Troon Golf facility. In 2010, Kelley was promoted by Troon Golf again, this time to Director of Golf at the BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. In 2011, the first time the category was introduced, Kelley was recognized as Troon Golf Professional of the Year from among the 450-plus professionals in the Troon Golf network. In 2012, he was nominated for South Florida PGA Golf Professional of the Year. “My goals for the BallenIsles County Club golf program include creating and maintaining a welcoming atmosphere

so that all members, guests and staff feel comfortable; providing interactive and energy-filled demo days, tournaments, association events, merchandise sales and golf events; and providing an elite training program for PGA apprentices seeking to earn their Class A PGA memberships,” Kelley said. As Director of Golf, Kelley said he is constantly working to achieve these goals. “The bar will always rise as we get close to accomplishing these goals,” he noted. Kelley described himself as fanatical about finding new ways to grow the game of golf, interact with the local community and showcase the BallenIsles Country Club. “We recently hosted our first annual ‘Battle at BallenIsles,’ which was sponsored by Cleveland Golf,” Kelley said. “Six winners from our BallenIsles Junior Cup were invited back to play with Keegan Bradley from the PGA Tour and Paige Mackenzie of the LPGA in a match on our East Course. The event started out with an exhibition at our practice facility, in which the juniors and our members were invited to interact with the tour players, watch them hit shots and ask questions about their tour life.” Local news coverage of the “Battle at

‘My goals for the BallenIsles County Club golf program include creating and maintaining a welcoming atmosphere so that all members, guests and staff feel comfortable.’

BallenIsles” included coverage from three television stations and several newspapers. For Kelley, his top goal is “to be known to have the most qualified and educated professional staff in the country!” BallenIsles offers a trio of championship golf courses originally commissioned by John D. MacArthur to serve as the home of the PGA. In addition to hosting the World Cup Championship, the PGA Championship and the PGA Seniors Championship in the 1970s, it is where many golf legends originally qualified for the PGA Tour. They include the North and East courses, designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee, and the South course, recently redesigned by Gene Bates Golf Design.

BallenIsles Country Club 100 BallenIsles Circle Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 (561) 622-0220

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J.R. Friend, golf pro at the Boca West Country Club, has been a member of the PGA since July 1994. At Boca West, life revolves around this game of inches. “Golf is the lifeblood of our community,” Friend said. “It always has been. It always will be.”

Friend is most proud of the work he has been part of retrofitting all four of the community’s golf courses. “In my time at Boca West, I have been involved in a clubhouse renovation as well as all four golf courses being redesigned, renovated and regrassed,” he noted. This includes Palmer I (1997 Arnold Palmer), Palmer III (1999 Arnold Palmer), Fazio II (2005 Jim Fazio) and Dye IV (2006 Pete Dye). “Each architect offered a distinct style and personality to each of the championship golf courses,” Friend said. “The two most recent, Fazio II and Dye IV, took advantage of the new turf grasses and have paspalum fairways and roughs. The picturesque Fazio II offers large waterfalls on several holes.” Friend works hard to produce exciting events for Boca West’s membership. “Our member tournaments are not small in size, with an average tournament having 500 players,” he said. “We are always trying to find interesting ideas and new formats to keep our events fresh and ex-

citing. Incorporating other sports into the events has been very successful.” Friend has been married to wife Vicki for 12 years. They have two children, Kelsea, 14, and Kyle, 11. “When not on the golf course, I spend most of my free time playing softball, helping my daughter’s travel softball team and enjoying quality time with my son,” he said. The 54 distinct, private villages that make up the Boca West community are home to more than 6,000 people (3,380 families) and bordered by four championship golf courses spanning more than 1,400 acres of natural Florida landscape. It is one of the nation’s largest private equity owned clubs, now under control of the membership through a 15-member elected board of governors. The club also features 31 tennis courts, waterways and wooded areas. It employs 800-plus staff workers during season. The golf courses were designed by the game’s finest architects, including Palmer, Fazio and Dye, the newest member of the Golf Hall of Fame. “Golfers of all levels will be challenged,” said Friend, “and every club in your bag will be needed.” The club also has a 4-acre short game area and a driving range with 50 tees. Nestled between two magnificent views,

‘We’re always trying to find interesting ideas and new formats to keep our events fresh and exciting. Incorporating other sports into events has been very successful.’

the club’s original clubhouse has been transformed into a total golf facility emphasizing flexibility and comfort. There are two pro shops, one for men and one for women, renovated locker rooms and larger cart and bag storage areas. Boca West also has a restaurant at the clubhouse, the Golfer’s Grill Room, with seating for 150 and a separate entrance. Its sports bar features lunch service and nine televisions with seating for 50, including some tables outside. Friend said Boca West also has a staff of teaching professionals with many years of experience working with golfers at every level, ranging from novices to experienced players looking to fine-tune their game. Clinics and a variety of golf tournaments are offered all year long. Boca West Country Club 20583 Boca West Drive Boca Raton, FL 33434 (561) 488-6975

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French was Cobick’s native language but she learned English from her father, giving her the opportunity to earn a full golf scholarship to Florida State University, where she won a Division 1 College Tournament. “I started out as a professional golfer playing the Canadian tour and the U.S. mini tour for six years, but

it was a very difficult lifestyle to maintain,” she said. In 2000, Cobick won three professional tournaments on the Canadian tour and was named 2000 Player of the Year. When not traveling professionally, she started the LPGA program and worked as an assistant professional at the Okeeheelee Golf Course. In 2001, she decided to focus on the business side and became Head Golf Professional at Okeeheelee in 2004. Today, she manages Golf Professional Services, which contracts with Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation at the Okeeheelee Golf Club, the Park Ridge Golf Club and the John Prince Golf Learning Center. In addition, Cobick teaches juniors and French Canadian clientele and is president of the Junior Golf Foundation of America, where students are taught self-discipline, pride, respect, responsibility and sportsmanship.

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Palms Stables Aims To Provide A Family-Friendly Riding Experience


new hunter/jumper training facility in the heart of Wellington’s horse country, Palms Stables, was born this past summer as a way for a local couple to provide an atmosphere just right for their young son as he was learning to ride. Opened by Kelly and Mike Wiener, Palms Stables was designed with the goal of providing a barn to horse lovers of all ages with a fun and friendly learning atmosphere in which to help both new and seasoned riders fine-tune their equestrian skills. “We just couldn’t find the right atmosphere for our son when he was entering the equestrian world,” Kelly said. “Carson is 9. It’ll be a year in January since he started riding. He went from one lesson a week to two to three, to pretty much every day. Then we were leasing ponies, and he started competing.” The Wieners met trainer Wendy Ballard during that time.

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“She was at a previous barn when we met her, and she has been instructing Carson since the beginning. Upon her leaving that employment, we followed her and happened upon Palms Stables,” Kelly said. “We have leased out half of the property, and we now have 10 horses and run lessons seven days a week. We do camps for children, and we cater to anybody from the beginner to the seasoned veteran who is out here honing their skills and even competing in the Winter Equestrian Festival during season.” Their goal is to provide a relaxed atmosphere in a family-friendly facility. “It’s really important to us that the families feel comfortable,” Kelly said, explaining that other facilities they researched were a little pretentious and often intimidating. “There wasn’t anywhere to sit as a family to watch your child… you didn’t feel at home.”

they’re going to be on an animal that is perfect for their riding ability,” she said. The trainers at Palms Stables specialize in matching riders with the proper training along with the appropriate horse to help clients excel at all levels. “Mike and I want Palms Stables riders to feel at home, and learn at a pace that is comfortable for them,” Kelly said, adding that she strongly believes that children must be provided with a non-stress, hands-on learning environment while still emphasizing competitiveness. Mike echoed his wife’s feelings. “The mindset and attitude at Palms Stables is that we want all of our students and their families to feel at home when they are here and learn at a pace which is specific to each rider,” he said. “We cater to riders of all levels, and want

That is not the case at Palms Stables. “We want the parents who have their children starting to know that we are providing a safe environment where

(Below) Palms Stables is a large, modern facility. (Right) Whitney Ballard riding Spooktacular.

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them to know they can be as serious as needed to turn this into a career, or can be laid-back with just an enjoyable weekend hobby.” Whatever riding goals, Palms Stables can help, he said. “They can begin their horse show experience at the Palm Beach County Horseman’s Association shows, or join us for season, and train with us exclusively for the Winter Equestrian Festival,” Mike said. “No one is excluded. We do what is right for our clients.” The professional trainers, Ballard and Rosemary Bertin, have more than 50 years’ experience. Ballard is recognized as a circuit champion as a junior hunter rider and, more recently, circuit champion in open jumpers. Her patience and easygoing attitude bring out the best in beginners as well as the horse show veteran. Bertin has trained Maclay medal winners and jumper champions in her experience throughout the United States and Canada. Both Ballard and Bertin work together with students to ensure a specialized routine to maximize their experience. If a client owns horses, Ballard and Bertin will work on a training regimen to meet that rider’s goals. The ultimate goal for everyone at Palms Stables, Kelly said, is for all riders to have long-term enjoyment of the sport. “We’re just one big family — a barn family. That’s the feel that we want everybody to get when they come to our facility,” she said.

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The Wieners are new to the equestrian industry. “My husband is actually in insurance, and I’m an attorney, but not practicing currently,” Kelly said. “I had a children’s gym, and basically my background is in working with children’s activities, whether it be in the legal field or in the fitness industry.


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I have a little bit of horse background from growing up, but really this is all pretty new to us.”

Stables has state-of-the-art facilities, providing everything from large, airy stalls to ample turn out areas. It has an air-conditioned tack room, feed and storage rooms, and automatic fly spray systems. There are also an air-

That is why the Wieners found top trainers and leased a top facility. Palms

conditioned lounge and a covered ringside patio where riders can rest or parents can relax while watching their children train. The ring is well-maintained and large to simulate the show grounds at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The ring has excellent footing and is equipped with jumps for all levels. Palms Stables offers more than just riding lessons. It is an affordable, full-service barn providing full boarding, horse sales and leases. Seasonal horse shows are also on the agenda for Palms Stables, in addition to camps to educate and entertain children during breaks from school and early release days. Trail rides are also offered. Palms Stables is located at 13064 55th Street South in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 252-2121 or visit www.

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Two Powerhouse Voices, One Competition: Cassadee Pope And Michaela Paige Sing Their Way To Stardom On NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Story by Lauren Miró Photos courtesy NBCUniversal

Popular television singing competition The Voice has launched two talented Wellington singers to national stardom as they battle it out for a shot at the big time. On Season 3 of the NBC show, Cassadee Pope and Michaela Paige are representing their hometown in their quest to be named “The Voice.” Wellington The Magazine got a chance to chat with Pope and Paige about their experiences auditioning for the show and how national stardom has changed their lives. “It has been a whirlwind unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” said Paige, who is just 16 years old. Virtually unknown before the competition, Paige has been a hidden gem in the community, lending her beautiful voice to W4CY Radio as the host of several Internet shows. In many ways, Paige’s story is what the competition is all about: lending a platform to great but unheard talent.

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The Voice began three years ago as a singing competition aimed at judging contestants on voice alone. Giving contestants a shot are four industry legends: country crooner Blake Shelton; pop diva Christina Aguilera; singer, producer and actor CeeLo Green; and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The winner of The Voice will take home $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group. Here’s how it works: The judges have their backs to the contestant as each takes the stage for the “blind auditions.” As the contestants sing for their lives, judges can press a buzzer to turn their chair around — declaring that they want the contestant on their team. If more than one judge turns around, the contestant gets to choose.

After the judges pick their teams, two contestants from each team go head-to-head in the “battle round.” Each judge can pick only one of the two artists to remain on their team — effectively cutting the team in half — but the other judges can choose to steal the rejected artist. Eventually, each judge culls his or her team down, and the decision is put in America’s hands during the live shows. One contestant is eliminated each week, based on votes, until “The Voice” is crowned. But the experience isn’t just for the unknown. It’s also a stardom opportunity for artists who have experienced a taste of fame. Such is the case for Pope, the 23-year-old Wellington High School alum known for being the front woman of the band Hey Monday. Though she toured the world with her band, The Voice is a way to make a name for herself as a solo artist. “I never really saw myself doing something like this,” Pope said. “But I watched The Voice the last few seasons, and they have been very open about the fact that they give established artists another chance.” Pope said she was drawn to the show because of its willingness to let artists define themselves. “I love how raw it is,” she said. “It’s a very organic show. There are no gimmicks. They let the artists do their own thing and recreate songs in their own way.” For Paige, it was the nature of the show that inspired her to try out. “I’ve been singing for nine years,” she said. “I’d seen other reality shows, but the way The Voice was structured made me want to be a part of it.” Though Paige and Pope walked two very different paths to make it to The Voice, once they stepped onstage, each had an equal shot to impress the judges with her voice alone. “It was terrifying,” Pope said. “That day, I said to myself, ‘If they don’t turn around, I don’t know if I should still be doing this.’”

Michaela Paige performs P!nk’s hit “Sober” during the blind auditions, prompting judge Blake Shelton to turn his chair around, inviting the 16-year-old with a mohawk to join his team.

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Her rendition of Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” got the attention of all four judges in what Pope said was one of the happiest moments of her life.

coach,” Pope said. “But I told myself if he didn’t turn around, or if more judges turned around, I’d go into it with an open mind.”

“One of the things the producers reiterated was not to stop singing, no matter what,” she said. “If they hadn’t told me that, I might have fallen on the ground and started crying. Even being in the same room with the judges was intense, but to have them turn around because they were enjoying my voice was, on many levels, overwhelming.”

Pope said she chose Blake because she felt he would let her choose her own path. “I’ve been doing this for so long that I’ve figured out who I am,” she said. “I have a vision for every single song I perform, and I wanted someone to coach me who would give me advice but not tell me how to sing… He acts like a fan. We’re not afraid to be ourselves because he’s there smiling and encouraging us.”

Paige, donning a mohawk, rocked out P!nk’s “Sober.” “This is my first real shot at the big time,” she said. “I was not nervous until I walked out on that stage. I was very excited. But as soon as my music started, the nerves hit me.” Both girls made it onto Team Blake, something they are very happy about. “I went into it wanting Blake as my

Paige said she didn’t have a particular idea of whose team she wanted but was glad to wind up on Team Blake. “I went in with an open mind,” she said. “I felt that what he had to say was genuine and heartfelt. He’s so down-toearth. Working with him has been something I never would have expected.”

As an artist, Paige leans toward pop rock. “I’m bringing more pop rock into my music,” she said. “Having Blake as my coach, he’s able to complement that. They really encourage originality.” Pope said she decided to sing “Torn” to show what sort of artist she hopes to be. “That ’90s era has been a huge influence for me,” she said. “I felt like I would identify myself off the bat and give the judges a clear-cut vision of who I am.” As they establish themselves as artists, the fan base for Paige and Pope has grown by leaps and bounds. “The fan response has been unreal,” Paige said. “I’m really grateful.” Though Pope has a following of loyal fans, she’s thrilled to see new and old fans coming together to support her. “I make it really obvious that I haven’t forgotten where I came from,” she said. “I haven’t forgotten the fans who knew

Celebrity judges Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine during the blind auditions.

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me before. But it has been really great to see the old fans and new fans starting to mesh. I try really hard to let them all know how much I appreciate them. That was my whole reason for coming on the show… Now I see people have bought my solo EP on iTunes because they saw me on the show and loved it. I think it’s really great.” As the show headed into the “battle rounds,” neither contestant could give

away what happens, but they both expressed gratitude for their supporters. “Be sure to watch,” Pope said. “I’m really happy to be representing Wellington. I live in L.A. now, but I miss it. I am so happy to have grown up there, and I really hope everyone back home is proud of me.” Paige hopes to serve as an inspiration

to all her fans out there. “I want to inspire them to follow their dreams,” she said. “If you have a passion, pursue it. I want to be the symbol that anything is possible if they try. That’s my whole reason for singing — to inspire people.” Catch The Voice on NBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Visit the-voice for more information about the contestants.

Cassadee Pope and Michaela Paige pose with the members of Team Blake.

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r. Charles Goldsmith started his career as an obstetrician more than 30 years ago, but seeing the sheer number of patients coming to him overweight sent his career in a different direction. “Being an ob/gyn, you see women all the time who, post-partum or during the course of their lives, have had problems with their weight,” Goldsmith said.

medical community has become more aware now than it was 20 years ago that there are many associations between the epidemic of obesity and other medical problems such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and cancer. Dr. G’s provides an individualized program for each patient. “If you are 6-foot-3 and weigh 280, your needs are clearly different than a woman who is 5-foot-4 and weighs 185,” Goldsmith said.

In 1994, he stopped practicing obstetrics and created a medical weight-loss program that has become the internationally known Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness Program. “I thought it was important to help my patients lose weight,” Goldsmith said. “Up until then, if somebody wanted to lose weight, we’d give them a pill or tell them to go to Jenny Craig or one of those programs, and they really weren’t very successful. So, I decided to create a medically supervised weight-loss program.” Goldsmith studied programs in Europe that combined medications and natural supplements and started employing those methods to treat his patients. “Before long, I was seeing people in my office who were not my patients,” he recalled. “They were referred by other people because weight loss is very visual. If someone loses 30 or 40 pounds, people say: ‘Wow, you lost weight. You look really fantastic!’ I developed a pretty big practice just through word of mouth. Little by little, I did more of the weight-loss medicine and less and less gynecology.”

The program also takes a comprehensive approach, integrating many different weight-loss strategies. “All of those modalities are important not only in losing that weight, but keeping it off,” he said.

In 2010, he partnered with specialists in franchising to expand the program. Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness now has offices all over the world. A franchise location recently opened in Wellington at 2615 S. State Road 7, Suite B-540. He still sees patients himself in several of the Florida offices. “We’ve become a little more sophisticated, and developed our own medical records software, incorporating algorithms that help our physicians treat our patients in a method that we approved,” he said. “We work at continuity of care throughout our centers.” Goldsmith believes that the battle against obesity should be waged under doctors’ supervision because the

Patients eat regular food in restaurants and with their families. “We want people to lose weight in the context of living with their families, and being able to eat at restaurants and at home with their families, not eating artificial foods because, unfortunately, when you do that, you may lose weight initially, but when you stop that, it’s just going to come back on,” he said. The key is to help patients get into good habits that they’ll keep. “I tell all my patients that my job is really a partnership, and my job is to give them the tools to be successful,” Goldsmith said. “Their job is to build on that success, exercise in moderation, eat as healthy as they can, and if they do that, we’re going to be successful.” For more information, visit www. |wellington the magazine| November 2012


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Realtor Casey Flannery of Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty grew up in Wellington, attending local schools and patronizing local businesses. “In high school, I assisted a real-estate broker as part of an on-the-job training program,” Flannery recalled. “I liked it. So, when I went away to college, I already had an interest. At Florida State University, I majored in business with a concentration in real estate. I have good people skills. I like houses, and, when I looked around, I liked the lifestyles of other Realtors. They had nice cars, nice houses and they traveled — it appealed to me.” Even when she came home on break, she would work. That hard work paid off. Upon graduation, Flannery was snapped up by a local real-estate office, where she worked for 10 years. Then, just two months ago, she established Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty in Wellington together with Thomas Baldwin and Ryan Beckett, agent/partners who had been working alongside her. “We are one of less than a handful of start-ups in Sotheby’s history,” Flannery said. “Usually, Sotheby’s will buy out an existing company. But we have brand-new agents, a brandnew office, brand-new everything. And we’re off to an amazing start.” Flannery credits the start-up’s success to two things — Sotheby’s stellar reputation among high-end international clients and the fact that she and her partners benefit from repeat business and referrals. “We don’t have to rely on who walks in the door,” she said. “Sotheby’s is literally all over the world. There’s global access. The brand has such a reach that there really is no competition at this time in Wellington. People are familiar with Sotheby’s whether they’re in California, Europe, Argentina or France. And, because of Sotheby’s auction house, the brand recognition goes beyond real estate.”

for Sotheby’s to come to Wellington. They’re glad it’s finally here.” Typical clients own horses, as well as primary homes in New York or the Hamptons. Properties list in the millions — or less. “We don’t want people to think ‘my home is worth $500,000 — they wouldn’t sell it.’ We don’t want them to feel intimidated,” Flannery said. “Five hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. And the goal is to continue to have a great relationship with all the clients we’ve had for so long, no matter what they’re looking to buy or sell.” With the motto “artfully uniting extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives,” Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in equestrian estates; luxury golf communities; vacation, resort and rental properties; waterfront homes; land and acreage; and farms and ranches. They are able to communicate in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. To reach Casey Flannery at Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty, visit 12180 South Shore Blvd., Suite 102, in Wellington, or call (561) 718-1472 (cell) or (561) 771-2626 (office).

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DORIAN ZIMMER BORDENAVE A Business Leader Instrumental In The Success Of The Mall At Wellington Green Story by Matthew Auerbach Photo by Abner Pedraza

If you’ve ever spent time (and money) at the Mall at Wellington Green, chances are your experience was a pleasant one. The many shops and restaurants offer a plethora of choices, there’s ample parking, and the grounds, both inside and out, are well manicured. Visitors come to Wellington from all over to visit this top shopping venue.

Her father worked for Banker’s Life & Casualty as chief financial officer and senior vice president in her hometown of Chicago. His job led to her introduction to South Florida. “Since Banker’s was owned by John D. MacArthur, we spent many holiday seasons and winter breaks in the Palm Beach County area from the time I was a young child,” she said.

Dorian Zimmer Bordenave has had more than a little to do with the mall’s success. Involved in marketing the local landmark before ground was broken, she has been general manager since 2006, using her savvy as a businesswoman and marketing expertise to help craft an ambiance conducive to long-term success. That is why Bordenave is Wellington The Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award nominee for November.

After graduating from Wisconsin’s Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a minor in marketing, Bordenave returned home to Chicago and began her career selling advertising for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Pioneer Press Newspapers. Once again, her father would draw her to the Sunshine State.

If she wanted to, Bordenave could have made her mark in the world on the links. “I grew up in the Midwest and traveled the area extensively playing in tournaments as a successful junior amateur golfer,” she recalled. “My father and the game of golf instilled in me the hard-core values that with some friendly competition, hard work, dedication, practice and focus, I could achieve anything.”

“When my father decided to retire, Palm Beach County was the only location my parents would consider,” Bordenave said. “The winter before I relocated to Florida, my dad called me and asked if I would give Florida a try for one year. My parents missed me terribly, and after having been through another one of Chicago’s cold, snowy winters, I quickly agreed. I moved to Florida in 1994 and have been here for 18 years now — almost my entire adult life.” Bordenave’s first job in Florida was working for The Palm Beach Post/Florida

Pennysaver selling advertising. Her first territory was the Wellington/Royal Palm Beach area. “Back in 1994, one had to drive past several strawberry fields and cattle farms to even find Wellington,” she said. “At that time, Wellington had five strip centers, and Royal Palm Beach had an industrial park and strip centers located on Okeechobee Blvd. Having developed a successful territory at the Chicago Sun-Times, I thought to myself, ‘Where did they send me?’” Eventually, Bordenave left sales behind to focus on her degree in marketing. She worked in the golf industry for a few years but longed for a new challenge. An unexpected phone call brought the offer she was looking for. “I received a call from a head hunter asking if I might be interested in working in the shopping center industry as the marketing director for a mall in Vero Beach,” she recalled. “Since I had already mastered the art of shopping and was looking for a new path in my career, I applied and was hired. Hence, my beginnings in the shopping center industry 15 years ago.” Later, Bordenave responded to an ad for the position of marketing director at the soon-to-be-built Mall at Wellington Green. She was hired

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wellington woman and kept that position until November 2006, when she was promoted to the position of general manager.

must. The Mall at Wellington Green isn’t successful today because of just me; it is because of the strong team that I put in place that makes us successful. My team members all have their areas of expertise, and I rely on them to provide information and alignment amongst all of us. It is through teamwork and hard work that we all make the mall a success.”

“The skills needed to become a successful general manager are leadership skills, negotiation skills, understanding compromise, being fiscally minded, being people-oriented and customer service-oriented,” she said. “The ability to think quickly on your feet in times of crisis is very important. You have to know at least a little bit about a lot of areas — security, safety, cleaning, operations, facilities management, marketing, leasing, etc.” Like any good leader, Bordenave knows her success is dependent upon the people who work alongside her. “Teamwork is essential,” she said. “Forming alliances and strong relationships with people inside the company as well as the community is a

An incident early in her career formed her vision of the team leader she’d eventually become. “When I was fresh out of college, I had a boss who threw a book at my head because I didn’t close a sales deal I had been working on for weeks,” Bordenave said. “She had been a co-worker who was promoted. Her promotion quickly went to her head, and I promised myself that if I ever became a manager, I did not want to act in that manner. I would never want to be a leader who led by using fear as a motivator.”

In the end, the key to any shopping mall’s success is offering customers what they want. Bordenave and her team have constantly striven to do just that. “Providing a diverse variety of retailers is one way we meet the needs of our shoppers,” she said. “About a year ago, we added more than a dozen new stores, many that are unique to our market and some chose the Mall at Wellington Green for their first store in Florida. We also try to make shopping fun and convenient with amenities such as valet parking on the busy weekends, comfortable seating areas, complementary wheelchairs and stroller rentals. If you haven’t seen our play area on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, suffice it to say that the Mall at Wellington Green is the choice for families… Most people associate shopping with having fun, being with friends, and, of course, finding that

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perfect item on sale at your favorite store doesn’t hurt, either.” Bordenave has always welcomed change, and a new chapter of her life is about to begin. She has taken a position with the mall’s parent company. “I am thrilled about this new opportunity,” she said. “Being promoted to regional vice president at the Taubman Company is the next step in my career. I will be overseeing the management teams at several Taubman properties, including the Mall at Wellington Green, and will be the liaison between the malls and the home office. I am going to be working with an amazing group of people, and although it means leaving my home in South Florida, I am very excited about and optimistic of great things to come.” Right now, she is overseeing a transitional process. “My new position will not begin until my successor is named, and we feel comfortable the Mall at Wellington Green is in good hands,” Bordenave said. “I am planning on relocating to the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, area early next year.” But no matter what opportunities may come her way, Wellington will always hold a special place in her heart. “The changes I have seen since that day 18 years ago, when I drove past strawberry fields and cow pastures to get to the heart of Wellington, are astounding,” Bordenave said. “Not only have we seen immense economic growth with retail stores and restaurants, we have seen numerous communities develop as a result of the growth in the area. Although Wellington has grown exponentially, it has still managed to maintain its quaintness and charm. It is unlike any place you are likely to find anywhere else.”

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Renovated Palm Beach Polo Home Features Contemporary Look Amid Mature Landscaping Story by Deborah Welky Photos by Nic Cheswick

It isn’t often that one finds a clean, fresh contemporary home nestled inside a wellestablished old-growth landscape, but that is the case with this month’s featured residence. Located in the Bel Air section of Palm Beach Polo, the home is designed for those who love to entertain. Its 8,500 square feet of indoor living space includes six en suite bedrooms with one of its two masters — as well as a second suite located on the first floor. The other four bedrooms are easily accessible by elevator. Yards of wood plank floors span half the downstairs while marble spans the other half. Clerestory windows flood the rooms with light, and the pool area is second to none. One of the larger homes in the Palm Beach Polo community, it sits on a large tropical lot. The spacious backyard features both covered and open patios as well as a grassy area and views of both a canal and a golf course.

(Below left) Highly polished marble reflects the light cascading in from floor-to-ceiling windows. (Below center) A granite-topped bar allows guests to visit (or help out) as the cook works. (Below right) A marble fireplace dominates the vertical space in the formal living room, bringing warmth to a museum-quality space.


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(Top right) Soaring windows keep the spotlight on nature, yet privacy reigns supreme in this contemporary Bel Air home. A loft overlooks this family room. (Bottom right) A well-designed traffic pattern, six-burner gas range, granite countertops and wood-plank floors speak to the fact that this kitchen means business. An office area at one side makes it easy to check out recipes — or the progress of your stocks.

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(Clockwise from right) Cheddar’s steaks, sirloin or rib-eye, are USDA choice center-cut and grilled to perfection; onion rings are a Cheddar’s signature item, hand-breaded and made to order; salmon is hand-cut in-house and served bourbon glazed, blackened or grilled; and the chicken ciabatta features grilled chicken breast, roasted tomatoes, cheese, avocado, garlic aioli and spring mix.

(Background) Cheddar’s slow smokes its ribs in-house every day.


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Newly Opened Cheddar’s Restaurant In Wellington Features Classic American Fare In A Polished Casual Environment By Lauren Miró

Whether it’s a special occasion, family dinner or drinks with friends, Cheddar’s offers great food at affordable prices in a polished casual environment. With its friendly and comfortable atmosphere, Cheddar’s, now open on State Road 7, is sure to become a family favorite. The restaurant first opened in Arlington, Texas, in 1979. Founders Aubrey Good and Doug Rogers opened Cheddar’s as a neighborhood restaurant offering quality, fresh food at a reasonable price in a family-friendly environment. “We like to do restaurants like everyone did 30 years ago,” Cheddar’s Director of Operations David Reckner said. “Even though our look and our menu have changed dramatically over 30 years, the core principles of serving good food at a good price with friendly people are still there.” Cheddar’s has grown in popularity and has branched out across the nation. The Wellington restaurant opened in October and is the fourth location in Florida, with other locations in Tamarac and Tampa. There are several more under construction throughout the state. “Tamarac opened in August 2006,” General Manager Richard Louder said. “This is the second location in South Florida.” Reckner said Cheddar’s decided to open a restaurant in Wellington because of its community spirit. He credited owner Bob Dubey for the decision. “He understood that this was a great location for us,” Reckner said. “It’s food that the community is really going to enjoy, and in a great atmosphere.” Don’t let its promise of casual friendly fool you. The restaurant itself has an upscale feel — perfect for a date night or a night out with family or friends. Cheddar’s has clearly invested in its locations, including upgraded details that elevate it above just a casual dining experience.

“It’s a perfectly cool place to come in for a first date, but it’s also a place to come hang out with friends and have a margarita,” Reckner said. Guests can choose from a table or booth in the dining area, or grab a booth or a seat at the bar where they can watch the game on the big-screen televisions while enjoying a full menu. “The bar has a killer atmosphere with the aquarium in there,” Reckner said. “If you want to watch the game, we have televisions in there, but if you want to get away from it, you can grab a booth in the dining room.” Louder added that happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m., offering great drink discounts. There is also seating on the stunning stone patio. The atmosphere outside is cozy and serene, with a beautiful fountain and wood lanai that give the space character. From its stacked stone and antique brick walls and butcher-block tables, to the wood-beam ceilings and stunning woodwork, the restaurant has a polished look. “We call it polished casual,” Reckner said. “It’s a unique niche that other people don’t do. Some people do casual, and some people do polished, but it’s not casual. For us, it’s the best of both worlds.” Cheddar’s serves up classic American-style food, all handmade fresh for guests. “I’d call it classic American fare done in a fresh way,” Reckner said. “The key for us is that it’s handmade. We do things ourselves — we always have.” Though guests can expect a menu of the same great

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wellington table favorites, there are small changes made by region to offer a customized menu for the area. “There are subtle nuances in different parts of the country,” Reckner said. “Here we have a great key-lime pie, but we don’t offer it everywhere. We have a core menu that people will recognize, but we have some room to customize it for Wellington.” Despite this, the food is surprisingly affordable. “Many of our customers experience what we call ‘reverse sticker shock,’” Reckner said. “They look at our menu and they can’t believe the value for the food.” From soup and salad to steaks and ribs, anything you choose is guaranteed to be delicious. With 12-ounces of USDA choice center-cut meat, the ribeye ($15.99) is a popular choice. “All of our steaks are killer,” Reckner said. “We have a ribeye that will melt in your mouth.”

(Right) Cheddar’s General Manager Richard Louder. Photo by Abner Pedraza


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Cheddar’s is also known for its baby back ribs ($11.49 - $14.49). “We slow-smoke our ribs every day for about three hours,” Reckner said. “They are fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs that you can’t get everywhere, especially not at the value we offer them.” The restaurant offers a fresh-cut grilled salmon ($8.49 - $10.49), served blackened or bourbon glazed with rice and two homemade sides. “The value and quality is very good,” Reckner said. “Being that it’s Florida, people really appreciate good seafood here.” And the great value applies also to Cheddar’s bar, Reckner said. “We have hand-crafted beverages that are made with great ingredients, but are incredibly affordable,” he explained. “They are priced in a way that we feel respects our guests. We believe in putting our pricing out there in our drink menu to show people, because we’re proud of the fact that we serve a massive, top-shelf margarita for $6.99.”

Whether you’re there for lunch, dinner or drinks, Cheddar’s is sure to have something for everyone. “We think we’re going to be a great member of the community,” Reckner said. “We’re excited to offer great food in a great environment.” Cheddar’s is located at 925 S. State Road 7 in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 345-2880 or visit www.cheddars. com. Enjoy a Texas Margarita with your meal.

wellington dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices featuring fresh pastas and homemade sauces. Agliolio also offers an extensive wine list. For more info., call (561) 7987770 or visit Agliolio in the Wellington Plaza at 12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. at the corner of Wellington Trace.

structs and re-imagines classic Italian flavors into creative, scrumptious dishes. Graffito is located at 3401 Equestrian Club Drive, adjacent to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center off Pierson Road. For more info., call (561) 333-1150 or visit www.graffito

Shore Blvd., Wellington) features gourmet cuisine along with a popular piano bar, new bistro area, outside dining, two outside smoking bars, live entertainment and catered events. Call (561) 795-0080 or visit for more information.

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.

The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call (561) 793-2110 or visit www.

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.

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

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 information.

Campagnolo Italian Restaurant offers a taste of New York’s Little Italy in Wellington. In the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 State Road 7, Campagnolo serves authentic Italian cuisine with huge portions meant to share. For more info., call (561) 434-9427.

Taste of India restaurant 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 information, call (561) 721-8600. TCBY — “the country’s best yogurt” — is in the Courtyard Shops in the heart of Wellington. TCBY offers self-serve frozen yogurt and more. For info., call (561) 366-7725 or visit

Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine as well as wines from around the world at I’m Greek Today, located in Southern Palm Crossing at 11051 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 333-4233 or visit

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

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green, offering the quality and style of Palm Beach in the heart of Wellington. For info., call (561) 792-2220 or visit

Utopia at Polo West, located at 2470 Greenview Cove Drive in Wellington, serves up spectacular LatinAmerican fusion cuisine with gorgeous equestrian views. For more information, call (858) 847-5161 or visit

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.

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 Monday through Saturday. For reservations, call (561) 7939394 or visit

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Saturday, Nov. 3 • The 2012 Wellington Community Fitness Run & Walk will take place Saturday, Nov. 3 at Wellington Town Center. Registration starts at 6 a.m. with kickoff at 7:30 a.m. For more info., visit or e-mail mariela@ • Mounts Botanical Garden will host “More than a Fall Plant Sale” on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the garden. The annual plant sale features more than 80 vendors from all over the state. For more info., call (561) 233-1757 or visit www. • The Wellington Marketplace (13889 Wellington Trace) will feature specials, coupons, sidewalk sales and giveaways Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include Wellington High School’s Wolverines Sound, balloon art, face painting, local firefighters and the Bloodmobile. For more info., e-mail or visit “Wellington Marketplace” on Facebook. • Binks Forest Elementary School will host its annual Hometown Harvest Carnival on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school campus. Unlimited-fun wristbands for children cost $20 at the door. For sponsor and vendor opportunities, e-mail • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “National Gaming Day: Wii Got Game” for ages 12 to 17 on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Snacks will be provided. RSVP to (561) 790-6070. • Murder Mystery Dinner Theater will return to Wellington with a pirate theme Saturday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Wellington Village Park. The evening begins with a social hour and dinner but steers into deadly waters as a shipload of professional actors portray “murder on the high seas.” Tickets cost $40 per person and are on sale at Village Park and the Wellington Community Center. Wellington will provide free onsite childcare for children ages 5 to 12. For more info., call (561) 791-4082. Monday, Nov. 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Simple Seasonal Origami” for age 8 and up Monday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. Try your hand at origami paper folding. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Nov. 6 • Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the General Election. Visit for more info. • Na’Amat USA, Sharon Chapter of Royal Palm Beach will present a gala luncheon and card party Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madison Green Golf Club (2001 Crestwood Blvd., Royal Palm Beach). Members and friends are invited to enjoy a full-course luncheon for $16 per person. Proceeds will benefit Na’Amat’s daycare centers in Israel. Call Joan Berkowitz at (561) 790-1443 to RSVP.

Thursday, Nov. 8 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Mosaic Magic” for ages 8 to 12 on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Create your own unique mosaic using a harvest of colorful seeds and beans. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Nov. 9 • Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host “Stories in the Garden: Birds” on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Mounts Pavilion. This free program is targeted for ages 2 to 6 and includes interactive stories and songs followed by an activity in the garden. RSVP to (561) 233-1757 or visit for more info. Saturday, Nov. 10 • The Wellington Green Market will return Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Wellington’s Mayor Celebrates Families Reading Together” for all ages Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Mayor Bob Margolis will read Artful Reading by Bob Raczka. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Chess Club for Kids for age 8 and up Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s 2012 Take Steps Walk will take place Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in CityPlace in downtown West Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.ccfa. org/chapters/florida or call (561) 218-2929. Sunday, Nov. 11 • Wellington and the American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 will honor Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. A parade begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) followed by a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, located at the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards. For more info., e-mail • Women of the Western Communities will host a Holiday Shopping Bazaar on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). There will be vendors, food, music and gifts. For more info., call (561) 635-0011 or e-mail • Royal Palm Beach will host a Veterans Day Candlelight Service on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Park amphitheater (1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). A flag-raising ceremony will be followed by a motivational presentation, free refreshments and a live musical performance. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. Monday, Nov. 12 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon Monday, Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. For more info., contact Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 578-4807 or marylou@ Tuesday, Nov. 13 • Kravis on Broadway will feature the musical Catch Me if You Can from Nov. 13 to Nov. 18. Call the box office at (561) 832-7469 or visit www. for tickets. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Game Night for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit Wednesday, Nov. 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Hooked on Crochet” for adults Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Start learning beginning techniques or

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Thursday, Nov. 15 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Families Reading Together: Bedtime Stories” for ages 2 to 6 on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Wear your jammies and bring your teddy bear to celebrate Families Reading Together with bedtime stories. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 will meet Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Fire-Rescue Station 30 (9610 Stribling Way, Wellington). For more info., e-mail wellingtonlegion390@ or call (561) 301-2961. Friday, Nov. 16 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will feature a free screening of the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Saturday, Nov. 17 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will present Harvest Fest on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon in front of LA Fitness. For info., call (561) 792-6525 or e-mail • Royal Palm Beach will present its 11th annual Fall Fantasy Craft Show on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested crafters may pick up applications at the RPB Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way) or call (561) 790-5149 for more info. • The Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches will host its 46th annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The cost is $7 for adults for one day and $10 for a two-day pass. Children under 12 are admitted free. Visit for info. • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will present SalsaFest on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18 at Greenacres Community Park (2905 Jog Road, just north of 10th Avenue). Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more info., call the chamber at (561) 790-6200 or e-mail Maritza Clark at maritza@ Visit for complete event details. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature a Thanksgiving Celebration for ages 6 to 9 on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:15 a.m. Celebrate the holiday with games and crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Amphitheater will present a 1970s Disco Music Tribute on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., call (561) 753-2484 or visit Monday, Nov. 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature Legos for age 8 and up Monday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. Create vehicles or buildings out of Lego pieces. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

• The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “A Galaxy Full of Black Holes” for adults Monday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Stephen M. Schiff, from the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches, will discuss black holes, followed by a telescope viewing session. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Nov. 20 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Patrick Ball: Celtic Harp & Story” for all ages Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. Patrick Ball offers an introduction to this legendary instrument and shares tales of enchantment. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Chess Club for Adults on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Frosted Notes” for grades 6 to 12 on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Bring your current book, graphic novel or manga and share it while snacking on ice cream. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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Saturday, Nov. 24 • The Wellington Green Market will take place Saturday, Nov. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Monday, Nov. 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a movie matinee featuring Madagascar 3 on Monday, Nov. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Nov. 27 • The Palm Beach County Commission will hold a workshop Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the government center’s Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers (301 N. Olive Ave., Sixth Floor, West Palm Beach). For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Between the Covers: Adult Book Discussion Series” on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Sara Harris will discuss Million Dollar Baby by F.X. Toole. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit Wednesday, Nov. 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Meet the Author: Rochel Berman” for adults Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 2:30 p.m. This local author will help you understand and strengthen your relationships with loved ones who live far away, as written in her book Oceans Apart: A Guide to Maintaining Family Ties at a Distance. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Balloon Bonanza” for age 8 and up Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. Learn the art of balloon animal making. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, Nov. 29 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Teen Flick Fix” with Snow White and the Huntsman on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Saturday, Dec. 1 • The 2012 Bark! for the Cure 1-mile walk hosted by the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Ave. South, Wellington). Registration is 7:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. with judging at 10 a.m. For more info., e-mail catie@komensouthflorida. org or visit

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Home Depot Helps Panther Ridge — Volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation’s Team Depot gave up hours of their day off to assist in renovations at Panther Ridge Conservation Center in Wellington on Sept. 27. Shown here is Panther Ridge founder Judy Berens with staffers Ashley Flaig and Eric Alexander.

Donation To Scripps — ThinkPINKkids presented a $13,000 check to the Scripps Research Institute on Oct. 3 at Wellington High School. Students spent the year raising money for the institute’s cancer research. John Cleveland, professor and chairman of the Department of Cancer and Biology, received the check on the institute’s behalf.

Three J’s Golf Tourney — Three J’s C Cigar Emporium hosted a charity golf tournament Oct. 13 at the Binks Forest Golf Club. The event benefited Brigance Brigade, which supports ALS research. Shown here is Kevin Casey of AB Cigars with Three J’s owner Jeremy Fedoruk.

Kids Triathlon — Wellington hosted its inaugural Kids Triathlon on Sept. 23 at the Wellington Aquatics Complex. Despite the rain, children swam, biked and ran the course to try to put in their best time. Shown here are Jadon and Sarah Simpson with Bella, Beckett and Bianca Papa.

‘A Night To Remember’ — The Wellington Rotary Club presented “A Night to Remember” in honor of former Wellington Councilman Dr. Carmine Priore on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Wycliffe Golf & Country Club. Money raised at the event will be used for local charities, scholarships, peace initiatives and other Rotary projects. (Left) Dr. Carmine Priore with gala committee members. (Right) Wellington Rotary Club President Dave Unversaw honors Dr. Priore.

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