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22 Tommy Cheatham Marks 20 Years In Wellington

Wellington Tennis Center Director Tommy Cheatham has held just two jobs in his life — and that’s exactly how he wants it. From his first job in Texas, he headed to Wellington 20 years ago to run the tennis programs at the young community’s two country clubs — Wellington Club East and Wellington Club West. That job has morphed to his current position as Wellington’s official tennis pro. By Deborah Welky

27 Palm Beach Brides 2012 Special Section This Month

Are you planning a wedding? With so many things to do, and so many options available to you, Wellington The Magazine has put together our special Palm Beach Brides 2012 section. Join us as we speak to local wedding experts and learn about some of Palm Beach County’s finest wedding venues you might want to consider when planning one of the most important days of your life.


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Oasis Compassion Agency Plans Gala In Wellington The Oasis Compassion Agency has figured out a formula to break the cycle of poverty, by giving people “hands up,” not handouts. Oasis will host its big annual fundraiser this year on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Starting at 7 p.m., the gala will include dinner, dancing and both silent and live auctions. By Jessica Gregoire

54 Wellington Woman: Cancer Survivor Shari Zipp

Chances are, every family will be touched by cancer. Shari Zipp knows the truth of that prediction — three generations of family members have fought breast cancer, herself included. Zipp has put the disease on notice: She will continue to use all her energy and time to ensure its defeat. A soldier in the war against cancer, she is this month’s nominee for Wellington The Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award. By Matthew Auerbach


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Wellington Social Scene Players Club Monthly ‘Girls Night Out’ Benefits Back To Basics Wellington Village Council Members Conduct WHS Halftime Show Wellington Art Society Begins New Season With Open House Wellington American Legion Hosts Golf Tourney At Binks Forest

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Wellington Home this month visits a custom estate in the Palm Beach Polo community reminiscent of a South American hacienda. It features sprawling, uninterrupted views of the water, golf course and a tree-lined sky. The ranchstyle home has a romantic feel with architectural features such as columns, arches and handmade Mexican ornate doors. By Lauren Miró

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Located in the Courtyard Shops, TCBY Wellington lets customers choose from a variety of tasty yogurts and toppings for an excellent edible adventure. The restaurant features vibrant bursts of color on white walls as pristine machines swirl a variety of flavors. By Lauren Miró

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This Issue: Palm Beach Brides 2012 volume

Planning the perfect wedding is the focus this month as Wellington The Magazine presents our Palm Beach Brides 2012 special section. Join us as we speak to local wedding experts and learn about some of Palm Beach County’s finest venues that you might want to consider when planning one of the most important days of your life. Special thanks to all our bridal section advertisers, as well as the Thompson Photography Group for use of their spectacular wedding photography.

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Also in this issue, we profile Wellington Tennis Center Director Tommy Cheatham, who has been improving the game of Wellington tennis enthusiasts for 20 years. Meanwhile, we also learn more about the wonderful work of the Oasis Compassion Agency as it prepares to hold its Caribbean Night fundraiser next month at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Wellington Woman of the Year nominee for October is local breast cancer activist Shari Zipp. Our Wellington Health feature this month is on Dr. Sunitha Sirivolu and Dr. Manoj Patel of Family Dentist of Palm Beach. Wellington Real Estate profiles longtime area Realtor Debbie Sanacore, who has been helping families find homes since the early 1980s. Wellington Home this month visits a Palm Beach Polo estate that transports visitors to a South American hacienda featuring columns, arches and handmade Mexican ornate doors. Wellington Table enjoys a cool, sweet treat at TCBY of Wellington in the Courtyard Shops, now run by longtime Wellington residents Joe and Debbie Iaciofoli. As we head toward the winter season, Wellington The Magazine will take up one of our area’s most popular pastimes next month: golf. Call (561) 793-7606 for information on our special golf section appearing in the November issue. Until then, turn the page and enjoy this month’s slice of the best of Wellington.

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Girls Night Out to benefit Back to Basics was held Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Players Club in Wellington. There were vendors selling health and beauty items, ladies accessories, sandals, jewelry and more. The next Girls Night Out is set for Oct. 11 and will benefit Your Bosom Buddies II.

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Members of the Wellington Village Council attended Wellington High School’s varsity football game Friday, Sept. 7. The halftime show was conducted by Mayor Bob Margolis and council members Matt Willhite, Anne Gerwig and John Greene. Twirlers from Wellington Landings Middle School and Wellington Elementary School performed. On the field, the Wolverines defeated Forest Hill 20-6.

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The Wellington Art Society held an open house Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Wellington Community Center. Ten children were issued a certificate for their artwork, which is on display in the Wellington Community Center for three months. Meanwhile, club members have been asked to provide artwork for the new wing of the Children’s Hospital at Palms West. Jerry’s Artarama donated blank canvases for this project.

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Wellington American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 held its Future Heroes Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Binks Forest Golf Club. Proceeds benefited the Future Heroes Scholarship Fund and local youth, patriotic and veteran support programs. There was a silent auction, raffles, contests and gift bags for players. Awards were given out at the barbecue buffet.

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village that we can’t control, crime is going to go up.” Hart noted that much of the crime comes from a small percentage of communities. “Those are rental communities. So if you have any tools in our tool chest that can help our landlords, I’m asking if you can help,” Hart said. He pointed to the Landlord 411 program, which Wellington began last year, hoping to bring landlords together. “I thought that was a great program,” he said. “If we could help move that forward, it would be great.” Hart said that arresting people doesn’t seem to curb the problem. “We need to bring some teeth into this,” he said. “We’re going to do the best we can, but if there’s another way to fight this battle, I’m open to it.” Vice Mayor Howard Coates said he was concerned about the transitional neighborhoods. “I keep hearing anecdotally that the transitional neighborhoods are slipping,” he said. Hart said it was hard to say whether the neighborhoods were declining. “We find with crime that it ebbs and flows,” he said. “We are probably in a time when it is flowing. Can you attribute it to the population? Probably.” Learning From Isaac — In the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac, Wellington is looking for lessons that can be learned. Deputy Village Manager John Bonde said Wellington is working to analyze the data it collected. “We’ll be looking at our system very closely to see what we can learn,” he said. “We constantly ask ourselves if there is anything we can do to optimize the system.” Bonde stressed that Isaac was an anomaly. “This was the largest storm we’ve had in recent memory,” he said. “Luckily, we prepared in advance.” He said that changes would have to be weighed against the cost. One idea is to replace smaller pipes under roadways that caused water backups. “We are going to look at specific pipes to see if some locations could have done better,” Bonde said. “Each storm is an opportunity to make changes and improve.”


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Tennis Center Director Tommy Cheatham Marks Two Decades In Wellington Story by Deborah Welky Photos by Abner Pedraza

Wellington Tennis Center director Tommy Cheatham has held only two jobs in his entire life — and that’s exactly how he wants it.

community called Wellington. He ran tennis programs at the development’s two country clubs — Wellington Club East and Wellington Club West.

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A “late bloomer” as far as tennis goes, Cheatham didn’t start playing until he was 13 years old, while most pros begin around age 6. A native of Beaumont, Texas, he played throughout high school and was on the tennis team at the University of North Texas. Upon graduation, despite the fact that he’d majored in business marketing, he became a professional tennis player.

“One thing led to another, and he offered me a job here,” Cheatham recalled. “Two months later, I moved to Wellington as his head tennis pro. That was 20 years ago.”

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“I loved tennis, and it was something that I wanted to do the rest of my life. I didn’t want to sit in an office all day long,” Cheatham said. “But it’s very expensive to do that on your own, so six months later, I moved to Fort Worth to take a job as director of tennis at Ridglea Country Club.” Eight years in, the success of his young students changed his life. “I coached the 14 & Under national junior teams — the girls team and the boys team from Texas — and they went to a team tournament in Florida, at a tennis club on Haverhill Road,” Cheatham explained. “I had kept in touch with a friend from high school who had moved to Palm Beach County, and we met up while I was here.” That friend, Van Barry, was working as director of tennis in a newly developing

Yet Cheatham found himself on his own six months later. Barry moved back to Texas to take a job in Houston, but Cheatham didn’t want to leave Florida. Instead, he moved into Barry’s previous position as director of tennis. “I like it here,” Cheatham said. “I love to go fishing, that’s why I moved here — I love the water. When I get time off, I fish. And I love sports, especially college football. Still, the fishing is the biggest stress release, and it’s absolutely beautiful down here.” Happy as he was to be in South Florida, there were bumps in the road ahead for Cheatham. Shortly after Barry left, the original owners of the two Wellington clubs ran into financial difficulty, and the bank closed Wellington Club East. Cheatham’s tennis program moved to Wellington Club West (now known as the Wanderers Club).

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satisfaction out of watching other people succeed,’ Cheatham said. ‘They get better and do well, and that’s how I get my inspiration.’

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the Village of Wellington bought the Wellington Club East property and hired me to start up the tennis program at what is now known as the Wellington Tennis Center.” It’s a position he has held ever since. Most recently, the village agreed to continue his contract another two years. So, how has Wellington’s tennis program changed over the past 20 years? “In the beginning, we did a lot of the same things,” Cheatham recalled. “We had a lot of ladies teams and a big junior program. There weren’t as many senior teams as we have now and not as many night leagues. We didn’t do a children’s summer program back then, either, but, for the past six or seven years, we’ve run a very successful tennis and swim camp.”

Cheatham has never regretted his career choice. Students both young and old keep him motivated. “I taught a junior in Texas who was probably one of the top kids in the country, and I traveled with him to various tournaments and got to watch him compete against the best kids in the country,” Cheatham explained. “Here in Wellington, I have a lady who I’ve been teaching for 15 years. She is probably in her 80s now, and she still comes out every week, takes a whole one-hour lesson, and I’m pretty much inspired by what she does. You’d never know she was in her 80s.” That’s the kind of dedication that inspires Cheatham. “When you start teaching tennis, you get your satisfaction out of watching other people succeed,” he explained. “They get better and do well, and that’s

how I get my inspiration out of tennis these days — not from my own game.” And if he could chart his own voyage into the future? “If I could pick what I wanted to do, I would stay here and work at the Village of Wellington,” he said. “I would like it to be my second and last job. The village is considering building a brand-new tennis facility, and I’m hoping they go that route. We could expand and, if that does happen, we’re going to really turn this place into one of the best tennis centers in the country. Right now, I don’t have the room to do everything I want to do, but with another six to eight courts, I could.” Cheatham paused, then added, “I hope they choose to keep me that long.” For more information about the Wellington Tennis Center, call (561) 791-4777 or visit

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he moment has finally arrived — the day you have been dreaming about since you played dress-up with your grandmother’s white chiffon scarf as your veil and the plastic bunch of flowers from the living room coffee table in hand as you were walking down the aisle humming “here comes the bride” while admiring yourself in your mother’s full-length mirror. It’s your wedding day! Whether you are a traditionalist, or outside-the-box gal, there is no doubt that you’ll want your wedding to be exactly as you envisioned. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes and carry traditions dating back thousands of years. Then again, weddings of yore were often simpler affairs — not the meticulously planned “events” we have grown to expect today. Some traditions are older than others. For instance, wearing a bridal veil dates back centuries, while alternative colors in bridal gown selections have only become accepted in more recent years. It wasn’t until the 1970s when brides became daring enough to take a stand away from the traditional and turned to an edgier and creative wedding ceremony and wedding attire. From then on, the cookie-cutter standards of the 1950s went out the window.

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Who could forget the royal wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles back in the early 1980s, when millions of eyes, young and old, were glued to their televisions? That moment sparked the return of the “fairytale” wedding, which still continues through today. Although on this day, and every day to come, couples

make decisions together, wedding planning still usually comes down to what the bride wants. Even in our modern age, brides still make most of the decisions for the big day — much to the relief of most men we’ve spoken to. Generally, the groom chooses his groomsmen, but rest assured, the bride will have a say in what they wear!

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The bride has an abundance of decisions to make, starting with her dress. Should it be formal, traditional, off-the-shoulder, strapless, bow, pearls and the list goes on and on. But whichever dress the bride chooses, it usually is the one that made her feel special the moment she slipped it on. Next, it’s on to selecting the ladies who will be by her side that day — the all-important

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then when the big day arrives, and you look around to see all of your invited guests sitting at tables stylishly decorated with the gorgeous silk covers you have chosen, adorned by the exquisite floral arrangements, while walking down the aisle to music selection you finally agreed upon, there will be no surprises, and you truly will have the time of your life!

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verything is going to be perfect on your wedding day. The day will dawn with not a cloud in the sky, and all your friends will have cleared their calendars to be there. You’ve chosen the perfect dress, cake and music. So, exactly where is this perfect celebration going to take place? For many couples, this is the most difficult question — and one that needs to be addressed early on in the process. In fact, “Will you marry me?” might best be followed with “Where?” In fact, that’s often more important than “When?” Few couples are in the habit of renting a hall, securing a beach or plunking down a deposit for an event that isn’t happening until a year or more in the future. And there are so many things to consider. Is travel going to be a problem for guests? Is a destination wedding in your future? Do you want the ceremony and reception at the same venue? Do you want to get married outdoors or indoors?

marriages and more mixed marriages, responsibilities have become blurred. Whatever your financial situation, establishing a budget for the reception is imperative. Discussions about this early help keep the bride and groom on track during the planning process.

How many guests are you expecting?

Will there be dancing? If so, will you need room for an entire band, a DJ or just a boom box?

Does the venue have a dance floor or will you need to rent one? If so, how many people can the venue support? Who is going to put it together? Do they recommend a particular type — or have ties to a particular rental company?

The reception is a different story. Traditionally, it is the bride’s family that hosts the “afterparty.” But with more and more women postponing marriage until they’re older, with more second

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What about chairs and tables? Are they provided, or is this another rental situation? What about chair wraps, tablecloths, napkins?

Does the venue have any decorative elements on hand — vases, candleholders, mood lighting, waterfalls? If so, are they included or is there an additional fee? When can you see samples to see if they fit your party’s theme?

What about flowers? Will they be on each table, at the entrance, near the band, in the restrooms? Fresh or silk? Owned, loaned or rented?

Will alcohol be served? If so, will it be an “open bar” (meaning you pay for all your guests’ drinks), a “cash bar” (meaning they each pay for their own drinks) or something in between (for example, you provide soda, juice, beer and wine; they pay for mixed drinks)? What

Here are the things you’ll want to consider when choosing the right venue for you:

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What about bartenders? How many do you need? Where will you get them? Should tip jars be allowed? What is the security situation? Food is another key variable. Can you bring in your own caterer, and if so, what type of kitchen equipment will be at his disposal? Does he need to follow any special rules? If the venue prides itself on its culinary expertise, it may require that you use its own chef and resources. If so, what are your menu options? Will it be a sit-down dinner, a buffet or a combination? Can hot and cold hors d’oeuvres be passed? What about guests with food allergies or special dietary restrictions? When can you schedule a tasting, and who can you bring along?

Sound overwhelming? It can be. The search for a reception venue may be one of the most daunting a new couple will have to make. Bride-to-be Shelley Taylor has been researching locations for nearly a year now and has learned a lot along the way. “I’d like the ceremony outside, preferably in November, but I don’t want to interfere with people’s plans for the holidays,” she worried. “And I’ve checked into getting married on the beach, but that’s not so easy anymore. I’d also prefer something fairly close by so people don’t have to worry about drinking and driving.” Fortunately for Taylor, there are experts to help. When we spoke with Susan D’Andrea, director of catering at the Madison Green Golf Club, we asked why a couple might choose the Madison Ballroom in Royal Palm Beach. She replied, “The catering and culinary

team at the Madison Green Golf Club takes great pride in creating a magical, memorable and magnificent event for your wedding. Every wedding at Madison Green is personal and unique. We provide no less than sensational cuisine, superb service and spectacular golf and lake views. We offer a variety of wedding packages to get you started, or we will be more than happy to customize a menu specifically for your wedding.” Accommodating up to 150 guests, the newly renovated Madison Ballroom features majestic windows that allow a flood of natural light as well as sweeping views of the top-rated golf course. A neutral décor allows unlimited linen and floral choices. Madison Green is also home to two of the most beautiful outdoor ceremony locations in South Florida, right on the manicured golf course, overlooking lush fairways and tree-lined, shimmering lakes. “We welcome the opportunity to host your special day,

Heather and Kurt Hamilton celebrate their special day with their bridal party.


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and we are confident you will be happy that you selected Madison Green Golf Club for the start of your new life,” D’Andrea added. In Wellington, the Binks Forest Golf Club offers a venue that caters to those wanting an intimate event, a grand affair and all parties in between.

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“Binks is the perfect place to celebrate the perfect day,” Catering Director Whitney Buchanan said. “With our magnificent ballroom and courtyard settings and our attention to detail, we are wonderfully equipped to provide exactly the atmosphere you desire — from formal or playful to intimate or grand. Your day will always be a joy to remember. We will ensure that every minute of this precious experience is managed with elegance, efficiency and ease. There is no such thing as an ‘ordinary’ wedding at Binks Forest. Everyone is special — not so much

tailor-made as haute couture, each event is uniquely lovely and put together with infinite care. We believe that the time planning a wedding should be a time of joyous anticipation rather than anxiety and stress, so our first step is to assign your own personal catering director.” With this expertise at their disposal, couples can relax with the confidence that every detail will be perfect and nothing will be overlooked. “We can advise you on services and menus,” Buchanan said. “We can help you with color schemes by matching flowers, linens, candles or chair covers to the bridesmaids’ dresses. We can help you carry through a specific theme, from appropriate music or entertainment to a specially designed ice sculpture… We will be with you every step of the way and will be here on your special day to welcome you and your guests, and to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.”

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The Wanderers Club has a professional staff ready to assist in helping make the perfect occasion for you. Its private party space may be just what you’re looking for in planning a wedding celebration. This private golf club hosts celebrations of all sizes. Outside events take place from May to October with selected nights also available during the fall and winter months. A top-notch staff, a talented chef, great views and a full array of classic tableware make this venue a go-to location for those wanting an unforgettable event. Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton is renowned for its exquisite ambiance as well as its delicious cuisine and

excellent service. Pledging to make any occasion memorable as well as affordable, its event planners can customize menus and event packages to fit any budget. Pavilion Grille can accommodate virtually any occasion for any size crowd. For intimate get-togethers, the elegant Grille Room seats up to 60. For couples expecting up to 220 guests, the spectacular indoor atrium — with its tropical fountains, palm trees and canopy-covered 2,000-square-foot dance floor — is the perfect venue. The motto of co-owners Jean-Philippe and Anne Gaudrée of Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach is, “the promise of excellence starts here.” “Anne and I know that you are planning an event to be remembered, and no matter what the occasion, you’ve come to the right place,” Jean-Philippe said.

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Originally built in 1926 by acclaimed architect Addison Mizner, the facility is steeped in Old World elegance and charm. The grandeur of this 1920s estate makes the Addison a one-of-akind venue. It offers many unique features, from its historic architecture and world-class cuisine to a courtyard featuring 100-year-old banyan trees and a cascading fountain. A variety of private settings includes rooms for chic dinner parties, stylish luncheons and corporate meetings. Especially ideal for wedding receptions, there is a grand ballroom perfect for hundreds of guests. It is one venue that has to be seen to be appreciated.

The Wanderers Club, on Aero Club Drive in Wellington, stands at the ready to host your “moment to remember.” Its experienced staff is ready to fulfill your dreams, whether you want memories made indoors or out.

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Start it all off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Tower Room bar or under a beautiful Florida sky in the European courtyard. Then, have your guests ushered into one of seven elegantly appointed banquet rooms where they will dine on exceptional continental cuisine served by whitegloved professionals trained to cater to their every need.

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“Our weddings are the talk of South Florida,” Jean-Philippe said. “Whether you are married here or come to us to celebrate, you will be amazed by the knowledge and experience of our event-planning staff. From the walk down the aisle to every minor detail, we know just how to make everything run perfectly. We wish you and your families every happiness and look forward to making your celebration the best that it can be.” Also in Boynton Beach is the Indian Spring Country Club. With a spectacular main dining room as well as the more intimate Tapestry Room, they can accommodate you on your special day. Indian Spring offers a warm, inviting atmosphere for every special occasion, whether you have a party of 10 or 300. They invite you to come and experience the warm ambiance and fine cuisine that are the hallmarks of the Indian Spring County Club. In the end, every couple must find the right venue to fit their needs. It’s a combination of pleasing as many people as possible, while also making sure you stay true to your own wishes and the dreams you have for your wedding day. Just remember, the biggest gift will come in the form of extraordinary memories to be cherished for a lifetime!


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For many people, financial stability is the key to a better life. Without the basic necessities — food, shelter, clothes and education — the dreams of making this a reality are slim. The Oasis Compassion Agency has figured out a formula to break the cycle of poverty, by giving people “hands up,” not handouts. For the past 10 years, Oasis has assisted low-income families in Palm Beach County in becoming financially stable through its food pantry, thrift store, counseling, education services and women’s center. And its upcoming annual gala, Caribbean Night, helps greatly in accomplishing that mission. Oasis will host the fundraiser this year on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington. Starting at 7 p.m., the gala will include dinner, dancing and both silent and live auctions. A donation of $150 is requested. You can make advance reservations by clicking on the “Caribbean Night Gala” link on the group’s web site, Right here, in our own back yards, there are many people in need who are ready to work hard to escape poverty but don’t know how. Founder Sharon Gill has seen firsthand the positive impact Oasis has on these people. “They come to Oasis to make a difference and a change in their lives for the better,” Gill said. “We give them the tools and show them the way.” After starting the successful Gill Law Firm with her husband, A. Wayne Gill, she came up with the idea for Oasis. “I started out by giving food and clothing in the back of a church,” she said. “While giving it

Oasis Compassion Agency CEO Sharon Gill (left) with Executive Director Susan Warmington.

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out, I said, ‘There is something wrong with this picture.’”

time, people have never been taught anything better,” she said.

Gill never saw any improvement in the recipients. “The same people came every week,” she said. “So I started providing classes, which were optional at the time.”

Those who join Oasis are required to take at least one class in order to receive all the other services, and they pay a small initial fee. “That just gets them access to all of our services,” Gill said. “The reason why we did that was that we want people to feel like they’re investing in their own future.”

The difference the classes made in these people’s lives became Gill’s driving force. “They felt so good and they starting talking to me about getting a different job, and it really opened up their eyes and vision for themselves,” she said. Oasis’ education services include basic skills that many of us take for granted. Through an emphasis on education, Gill hopes that people will stop deprecating the poor. “Society assumes a lot of things, [such as] that people in poverty are that way because they choose to be, but a lot of the

Members have access to the food pantry, where they can choose what foods they want; a thrift store offering clothes, shoes and household items; counseling services; and educational courses and workshops. “Things like how to use a computer and getting their GED, we encourage them and sponsor them to do these things,” Gill explained. It’s also about getting people in the right mind-set for change. “We

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Gill challenges the community to assist in breaking the cycle of poverty. “There is no use in pointing to ‘them,’ because ‘them’ are among ‘us,’” she said. The Oasis Compassion Agency is located at 4872 10th Ave. N. in Greenacres. For more info., call (561) 967-4066 or visit www.

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Dr. Sunitha Sirivolu and Dr. Manoj Patel of Family Dentist of Palm Beach like to think of themselves not so much as just fixing teeth, but as improving the overall lives of their patients. “We like to create an environment that fosters the well-being of our patients on their journey toward personal dental health,” Sirivolu said. “The smile is the most eye-catching feature of the face, and dentistry is so advanced that you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped and misshapen teeth. We pride ourselves in taking care of our patients, and we like to watch our patients leaving here healthy and happy.” The name Family Dentist says it all: They care for all ages. The practice includes cleanings, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants and other services. “We are a one-stop shop,” Patel said. “We take care of everything. There is actually very little that we have to refer out.” For patients needing a particular type of treatment, such as periodontal care, there is a specialist who comes to the office. “We pretty much provide everything within the office,” he said.

office is different in the sense that we like to be happy. From the moment you come into the office, you are our friend.” The staff greets each patient with a smile as they enter. “It’s the total experience patients get here, from the time they call to when they meet us and get work done,” he said. “The experience is totally different.” The difference shows in how the partners select their staff. “We choose staff members who like people, and like being with people all day long,” Patel said. “When we interview them, that’s what we are looking for — somebody who is upbeat and enthusiastic about working.” Patel was educated in England and received his certification in 1985 from the University of Bristol. He moved to Boca Raton in 1992. Nowadays, Patel

and his wife live in The Acreage. They have four sons. Sirivolu was born and educated in India. She also studied at Nova Southeastern University after arriving in the United States. “I started my practice in 2003 and have been here since then,” she said. Sirivolu and her husband, Narendra, the office manager, now live in Wellington. They have two sons, one age 11 who attends school in Wellington, and another who is 14 and a freshman at Suncoast High School. Family Dentist has two offices. The Royal Palm Beach office, at 11903 Southern Blvd., Suite 116, has been open since 2003. The Lake Worth office, at 225 S. Federal Highway, opened in 1996. For more information, visit www. or call (561) 795-7668.

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At Family Dentist, the team works hard to create a fun, family atmosphere. “We try to have fun when we come into work, and we treat our patients like family when they come in,” Patel said. “We look at them as our own, and we give them a lot of advice as to what needs to be done. The tone in the |wellington the magazine| October 2012


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Realtor Debbie Sanacore earned her Florida real-estate license in 1980 when she moved from New York and has been selling Wellington property ever since. “Wellington is a fabulous place to live,” she said with not a little passion. “You’ve got everything at your fingertips. Besides the good schools and the equestrian element and the shopping, it offers a plethora of diverse options. It can meet so many people’s needs in so many different price ranges.” Sanacore, who works at Keller Williams Realty Wellington, said she was drawn to real estate because she loves helping people reach their goals. “It’s just such a wonderful feeling when you can help someone move on and achieve their goals — whether it’s selling and moving to a different destination, or buying a bigger home or a smaller home,” she said. For that reason, Sanacore specializes in residential real estate — single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes.

Sanacore also works with real-estate investors. “Investors realize the opportunity at hand,” she said. “Our challenge now is getting good inventory. There are not that many good homes on the market. For homes at $250,000 and under, we’re getting multiple bids, if the home is priced right. It’s all about pricing strategy. If the home is priced correctly, that increases the interest in it and the house gets sold quickly. The higher price range is still more of a challenge. But buyers realize interest rates are exceptionally low, so that market is starting to get more attention. Homes that were priced at $1 million a few years back can now be bought for $700,000 or $750,000.” As a Realtor, Sanacore’s philosophy is simple, “It’s win-win or it’s no deal. It has got to work for everybody — the seller and the buyer,” she explained. “At Keller Williams, we focus on integrity and always doing the right thing.” Keller Williams Realty Wellington is located at 12008 South Shore Blvd., Suite 201, Wellington. To reach Sanacore, call (561) 301-3229.

“I focus on meeting my customers’ needs,” she said. “If someone needs to be in an adult community, then I focus on that. If they’re a first-time home buyer, I can help them through that. I’m very good at hand-holding and explaining what’s going to happen next and addressing their questions or concerns.” And that hand-holding can be very useful. “Especially in this market, with the short sales, there are times when people really do need guidance,” Sanacore said. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there, yet, because of the resources I have at hand at Keller Williams and through our affiliations, I can correctly guide them.”

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A Breast Cancer Survivor, She Now Supports Others Fighting The Disease Story by Matthew Auerbach Photos by Abner Pedraza

Chances are, every family will be touched by cancer. Shari Zipp knows the truth of that prediction — three generations of family members have fought breast cancer, herself included. Because it has struck so close to home so often, Zipp has put the disease on notice: She will continue to use all her energy and time to ensure its defeat. Zipp, soldier in the war against cancer, is this month’s nominee for Wellington The Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award. A 16-year Wellington resident, Zipp has participated for years in the Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure to help raise money for breast cancer research and education. Her reasons are quite personal. Zipp will never forget that day in November 2004 that her life changed forever. “Because women of three generations of my family fought breast cancer, I took the lump that I discovered under my arm very seriously,” Zipp said. “The day after my discovery, my doctor told me he thought everything was OK and not to worry — it was probably not cancer, maybe a fatty cyst in the tissue. However, my mind and instincts said otherwise. I felt I needed to act quickly.” Determined to find the truth, Zipp set out to get to the bottom of her situation.

“I made an appointment for both a mammogram and breast ultrasound the next day,” she said. “My emotions were so high, I had to get answers immediately. I was getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, so I tried to stay positive. I kept telling myself everything was going to be OK, but my gut was telling me differently.” In the meantime, Shari resumed her busy schedule as a wife (to Wellington chiropractor Dr. Jeffrey Zipp), mother (to son Andrew) and an office manager, often putting in a 60-hour workweek. All that came to a screeching halt when the phone rang in her office one day. “I recall getting the test results in my office,” Zipp said. “My desk was covered in paperwork, files for over 30 employees, when I got the phone call to get to a surgeon’s office by 5 p.m. I could have never prepared myself for the words that would come next. The surgeon told me the tests revealed a suspicious-looking dark spot on the scan, and I needed an immediate biopsy.” After the procedure, her team of doctors came right out and said she had an aggressive, Stage 3 tumor. “My happy, fast-paced active life took a quick dive into what I call my worst nightmare and most horrible situation a person can ever deal with,” Zipp

recalled. “I was only 39 years old and knew I faced a long road and hard decisions ahead.” One of her immediate decisions was to have genetic testing done as well because of her age factor. She continued her pro-active approach. “Knowing my family history, I decided not to wait the eight weeks for the gene results and go ahead with surgery right away,” Zipp said. “After five surgeries and many months of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, my complex and difficult journey had changed my appearance so much, I looked like a person from another planet.” As of now, Zipp has been cancer-free for eight years, but what she learned as a result of her battle is a story she feels a strong need to pass on to others. “When you are initially diagnosed, the mental part of it is probably the most difficult,” Zipp said. “Then taking yourself and your family through it is a long journey; not only not knowing if there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but how long it is going to take to get there. What really helped me to get through the darkest days were my family and friends. They came together and brought me dinner every day. I got special cards, lots of pink jewelry and bracelets, motivational pieces, bookmarks and a collection of pink

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wellington woman items that are still displayed in my wall unit.” Zipp believes every member of a cancer patient’s family should be let in on the situation. “The best advice I could give to a parent is to never push their child aside,” she said. “They should be honest and educate their children as much as possible from the initial stages. It helped my son to relate to what I was going through and understand when I could not take him to school functions and sports activities.” Zipp cannot stress enough how crucial family involvement was to helping her through her toughest times. “My husband went with me to every appointment and treatment,” she said. “This is not something you would want to face alone. Jeffrey and Andrew helped me every step of the way. My husband had a massage therapist who

would make house calls, and the therapy really helped my muscles and relaxed me in a positive way.” While struggling with the disease, Zipp attended her first meeting at the local breast cancer support group, Your Bosom Buddies II, which meets on the campus of Wellington Regional Medical Center on the second Thursday of each month. She believes this organization, as much as any medical treatment, helped her attain her goal. “I owe so much to Your Bosom Buddies II,” she said. “I remember walking into this meeting with no hair, down to 80 pounds and not sure what to expect. They offer caring, sharing support to all of our ‘buddies.’ They also offer financial help to those in need going through breast cancer.” Zipp was so moved by the organization’s help, she served as vice

president for a time. “Some of my closest friends are from Bosom Buddies II,” she said. “They can all relate and understand the path you have been down and the support you need, especially when you’re initially diagnosed, which for many is the most crucial time. As a sisterhood, we are united as one because we have all shared the same disease.” Aside from Your Bosom Buddies II, Zipp is actively involved with anything related to breast cancer. She stays involved helping others on a daily basis. “I have doctors who call me personally, asking me to share my story with their patient,” she said. “Many times, these are people from all over the world who I have never met and will never get to meet. I give them the kind of advice only a cancer survivor can give to someone who is living through what I went through. I live and breathe this


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Legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach Jim Valvano, who eventually succumbed to the cancer at the age of 47, had a message shortly before he died for those dealing with the disease: “Don’t give up; don’t ever give up.” Zipp couldn’t agree more. “My advice to people affected by or diagnosed with cancer is never give up, hold your head up and think positive,” she said. “Appreciate the life that you have and try to live each day to the fullest. Being in remission for eight years is just great. It’s a journey that I never expected to take, and I consider myself a ‘Pink Warrior.’” Shari Zipp has a curio cabinet full of mementoes from her breast cancer battle.

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Palm Beach Polo Home Transports Visitors To A South American Hacienda Story by Lauren Miró Photos courtesy Casey Flannery

This custom home in the Palm Beach Polo community is reminiscent of a South American hacienda. It features sprawling, uninterrupted views of the water, golf course and a tree-lined sky. The 5,198-square-foot ranch-style home has a romantic feel with architectural features such as columns, arches and handmade Mexican ornate doors that transport you to another place and time. A home designed for entertaining, there is a spacious floor plan with a kitchen and family room, and a massive formal living room, as well as a large outdoor area with plenty of space. The outdoors impresses with lush, private Colombian gardens rife with water features that envelope the home, adding to the spectacular views.

(Kitchen) The custom kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances, including a wine cooler, plenty of cabinet space and an eat-in breakfast bar. The countertops are made of stylish Mexican tile, and the ceiling boasts ornate wooden beams. The room opens to a spacious family room. (Formal dining room) Enter the dining room through large, decorative columns that section off the space. The room features hand-carved tile floors, a bay window, upgraded lighting and spectacular views. (Den) The beautiful den features wood floors, wood molding and plenty of workspace. (Family room) An ornate fireplace acts as the focal point for the large family room. Located off the kitchen, the room boasts beautiful wooden beams on the ceilings and French doors leading out to the veranda. (Formal living room) Upon entering the formal living room, you’re hit with the impressive view shining through the three French doors overlooking the veranda. The spacious room is divided into intimate seating spaces, and beautiful painted decorative emblems adorn the walls. (Front door) The handmade Mexican front door leads into the formal living room. |wellington the magazine| October 2012


(Clockwise from top left) The centerpiece of the guest bathroom is a claw-foot tub that looks out over the private garden; the intimate master suite is located just off the home’s fitness room and boasts wood floors and wood-beam ceilings with beautiful French doors leading to the outdoor space; the stunning master bath suite is lush with garden views, a sunken tub is surrounded by large glass windows and a walk-in shower opening to the garden, giving the option of an indoor-outdoor shower; and the large guest bedroom has wood-beam ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors and lots of living space.

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Tasty Frozen Treats, Plenty Of Toppings At TCBY Of Wellington Story by Lauren Miró Photos by Abner Pedraza

At TCBY of Wellington, customers choose their own delights. Located in the Courtyard Shops, TCBY lets customers choose from a variety of tasty yogurts and toppings for an excellent edible adventure. TCBY was the country’s first frozen yogurt chain. It began in Arkansas in 1981. Since then, the company has expanded to 450 stores across the nation. The Wellington location opened last November. Longtime Wellington residents Joe and Debbie Iaciofoli recently took over the store. “We’ve lived in the community for almost 30 years,” Joe said. “We saw this as an opportunity to expand. We went to other yogurt shops, but the product [at TCBY] has always been the best.” The restaurant itself features vibrant bursts of color on white walls. Guests can sit at one of the tables up against a long white booth, or choose to sit at a table with colorful chairs and ottomans. The pops of color echo the colorful yogurt and toppings on display. Pristine machines swirl a variety of flavors along the back wall, while a banquet of toppings leads up to the register. The atmosphere is carefree and youthful. It begs you to sit and indulge in a sweet treat.

TCBY prides itself on offering delicious but health-conscious yogurt, dubbed “Super Fro-Yo.” Each serving is a source of fiber, probiotics, vitamin D, calcium and protein. Each 4-ounce serving boasts 120 calories or less and a gram or less of saturated fat. “It’s a healthier product than ice cream,” Joe said.

“You have your staples, but there is always something different.”

Debbie agreed, but noted that it’s up to customers what type of treat they want. “When you add your toppings, you’re going to add calories,” she said. “But you can have a 4-ounce cup of yogurt for between 100 and 120 calories. Even if you’re dieting, you can still treat yourself to something nice.”

In addition to the self-serve, customers can buy a pint of yogurt to take home, or even a tantalizing yogurt cake, both available at the store.

No matter what you choose, you’re guaranteed a delicious result — and you’ll always have the same great TCBY taste. “Every time you pull that handle, you want to know what you’re getting,” Joe said. “If it’s chocolate, you want it to be the same chocolate yogurt you’re used to.” TCBY ensures a consistent product by shipping its yogurt directly to stores, Debbie said. “Many stores use powder mix,” she said. “Ours comes in gallons, already made and frozen, from TCBY.” The Wellington location swirls about a dozen different yogurt flavors at a time. “They’re always changing,” Joe said.

The price is determined by the weight, and 10 ounces is $4.60. “The average for a cup is $4.50 to $5,” Joe said. “It goes by the ounce. Whatever you choose to put in the cup gets weighed.”

From roasty toasty marshmallow, cookies and cream, white chocolate mousse and chocolate peanut butter cup, to mango sorbet and strawberry, there is something for everyone. Customers can choose from one or several flavors, and if you need help choosing a combination, TCBY offers “swirls” of two side-by-side flavors. For example, cake batter and white chocolate mousse swirl into “wedding cake.” Orange and mango sorbet make “orange tango,” and white chocolate macadamia nut and chocolate peanut butter cup make “candy bar craze.” “It’s completely up to customers,” Debbie said. “Whatever flavor they want to pick out of the machines is purely their preference. Some customers

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(Below, top to bottom) Cake batter yogurt with turtle walnuts and hot fudge syrup; a TCBY frozen yogurt cake; and a yogurt treat in a fresh waffle cone.

will put two, three or four flavors in one cup. It’s whatever they desire.” The yogurts change seasonally. Anticipated fall flavors include spiced apple, pumpkin and eggnog. Then, early next year, TCBY is partnering with its parent company Mrs. Fields to bring cookie-inspired yogurt. “They’re starting to incorporate Mrs. Fields flavors in the yogurt,” Debbie said. “In January, they will have sugar cookie; in February, it will be double fudge brownie; and in March, it will be Mrs. Fields wedding cake, which is made with an amaretto base.” In addition to the yogurt options, TCBY offers about 40 different toppings. From sprinkles, candies and chocolate to fruits, nuts and granola, there is a smorgasbord to choose from. “Some of them are staples, but they do change,” Debbie said. “I bring in different toppings throughout the year. For Halloween, I’m bringing in little pumpkin jellies and candy corn.” 64

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There are some tried and true combinations, if customers are looking for guidance. The “s’more” pairs roasty toasty marshmallow with graham crackers, chocolate syrup and whipped cream, for example. In addition to serving a great product, the Iaciofolis hope to support the community. Already they help sponsor the Wellington High School football team, and are slated to help kids get active during Nickelodeon’s “Day of Play” on Oct. 6. “We wanted to be in this community and helping the community,” Joe said. “We can do fundraisers here.” And they hope the community will support them in return. “It’s the best yogurt out there,” Joe said. “It’s good stuff,” Debbie added. “It’s a fun place. It’s a happy place.” TCBY of Wellington can be found in the Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. For more information, call (561) 366-7725.

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. 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. 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 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. 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. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. Graffito South Scratch Italian Cooking deconstructs 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 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. Drop by the Gypsy’s Horse Irish Pub & Restaurant and relax in a warm, traditional Irish setting complete with oak-barrel tables and a full bar with many types of beer flowing from the taps. Regular live entertainment is offered. The Gypsy’s Horse is located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Call (561) 333-3700 for more info. 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 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 Pangea Bistro in the Pointe at Wellington Green offers a taste of the best food from all around the world. For reservations, call (561) 793- 9394 or visit The Players Club Restaurant & Bar (13410 South 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 info.

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. 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 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 Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or pick up your order of signature wings, ribs, chicken and more. Tree’s also delivers mouthwatering menu items, and caters events and parties. Visit www.treeswingsand or call (561) 791-1535 for more info. 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 World of Beer offers more than 500 varieties of choice brews. Located at 2465 State Road 7, Suite 100, in front of the Mall at Wellington Green, World of Beer does not serve food, but offers menus of several restaurants offering delivery. Look online for information about live entertainment. For more info., call (561) 383-6115 or visit

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Saturday, Oct. 6 • The Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club of Wellington will host the 31st annual Wellington Golf Classic on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Wanderers Club with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will go directly to programming for more than 750 children served by the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. For info., call (561) 683-3287 or visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Bilingual Fiesta” for all ages on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Sing, clap, move and dance with Jody Dreher. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The United States Tennis Association and the Wellington Tennis Center are calling all kids 10 and under to get up and active on Saturday, Oct. 6 as part of the USTA Free Tennis Play Days. From 1 to 4 p.m., children 10 and younger and their families can enjoy an afternoon at the Wellington Tennis Center, playing tennis and enjoying food and other activities to celebrate the day. For more info., contact Debbie Ellsworth at • The Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) will offer a special family overnight program called Spooky Snooze on Oct. 6-7, 20-21 and 27-28. The program begins each Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Activities include pumpkin painting, crafts, nighttime tours, an evening pizza snack and continental breakfast. Activities are designed for ages six through adult. For more info., visit Monday, Oct. 8 • The inaugural Foundation Classic to benefit the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation will be held Monday, Oct. 8 at the Wanderers Club (1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington). Check-in starts at 11 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $200 per person and includes dinner. For more info., call John Flanagan at (561) 714-9058. Wednesday, Oct. 10 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Election Time: Know the Issues” for adults Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m. State con-

stitutional amendments will be voted on during the upcoming election. Todd Bonlarron of the county’s Legislative Affairs Department will explain what these initiatives mean. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Board Game Challenge for age 6 and up Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Challenge others to Chutes & Ladders, Candyland and other board games. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches (3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach) will host open house events Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Tour the 54-acre campus, meet the faculty, talk with current students and learn about the school. To register in advance, call Chris Marino at (561) 9729617 or visit • The Safety Council of Palm Beach County will offer a Basic Driver Improvement Course on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington). Visit for info. • The Wellington Art Society will meet Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Grand Cypress room at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. The general meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a presentation at 7:30 by Elayna Toby Singer of Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places. For more info., visit Thursday, Oct. 11 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host a Networking Mixer at Bimini Twist (8480 Okeechobee Blvd., WPB) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. RSVP to Jessica Clasby at (561) 790-6200 or • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Pizza & Pages” for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Bring the book you’re currently reading and share information on it while snacking on pizza. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Safety Council of Palm Beach County will host a Motorcycle Rider Course on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd.). This combined classroom and road course includes motorcycles, and is required for motorcycle endorsement. For more info., visit Friday, Oct. 12 • The 2012 Royal Palm Auto Mall Golf Classic benefiting the Palms West Community Foundation will be held Friday, Oct. 12 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at the Wanderers Club (1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington). The price of $600 per foursome or $150 for singles includes an awards reception and dinner. For more info., contact Mariela Castillo at (561) 7906200 or, or visit www.cpb Saturday, Oct. 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Don’t Let the Pigeon Take Over” story time for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Stories, crafts and more will celebrate the lovable pigeon created by Mo Willems. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Sons of Italy Michelangelo Lodge #2864 will host a Columbus Day Dinner & Dance on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). There will be an authentic Italian buffet, live music and dancing, and a special performance by Andrew Doll, who will sing Italian classics. The cost is $35 per person. Call Pat Devivo at (561) 249-1298 or Sam Pittaro at (561) 968-4083 for reservations. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free concert with Viva on Saturday, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 7532484 or visit for more info.


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Monday, Oct. 15 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon on Monday, Oct. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Wellington Regional Medical Center. RSVP to Mary Lou Bedford at (561) 790-6200 or • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Simple Seasonal Origami for age 8 and up Monday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. Try your hand at simple, spooky, origami paper folding. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Oct. 16 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, Oct. 16 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 Wednesday, Oct. 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Mask-a-Mania!” for ages 9 to 13 on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. Masks are ancient and awesome. Learn to make your own. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host a Meet the Candidates Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Wanderers Club. For info., call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber. com. Thursday, Oct. 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Pajama Tales” for ages 2 to 6 on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. Wear your jammies and bring your teddy bear to wind down for the evening with bedtime stories. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Oct. 19 • The Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) will host “Boo at the Zoo” Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Fridays, Oct. 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. For more info., visit www.palmbeach • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Ice Age: Continental Drift on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. Call (561) 7532484 or visit for more info.

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Paula Richards Benefit — A benefit golf tournament was held Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Binks Forest Golf Club in Wellington for Paula Richards, who recently underwent a liver transplant. To make a contribution to Richards, visit and search for her name. Shown here is Richards (front row, third from left) with event committee members, volunteers and Binks Forest staff.

Tree of Life — The 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks was observed by Wellington Landings Middle School seventhgraders last month. To remember the victims, students put together a remembrance wall with a “Tree of Life,” created from decorated hand cutouts to resemble leaves. Shown here are teacher organizers Jennifer Tomko, Janet Winkelman and Theresa Flowers.

9/11 Ceremony — Wellington commemorated the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks with a ceremony in front of the Patriot Memorial. Village officials spoke of the tragedies, and the crowd participated in a moment of silence before a wreath-laying ceremony. Shown here are council members with the wreath.

Canal Cleanup — Dozens of volunteers came together for the annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Wellington Public Works facility. Groups were assigned to canal banks throughout Wellington to clean up trash and debris from Tropical Storm Isaac. Club’s New Season — Women of the Western Communities held its first monthly meeting of the season Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. There was a buffet dinner and members played four games of bingo for prizes. They also brought in donated items for YWCA Harmony House. (Left) Stacy Kaufman, Jo Cudnik, Allyson Samilijan, Carole Anderson and Marge Hartig-Specht. (Below) YWCA Special Events Director Allyson Samilijan, YWCA Director of Abuse Programs Mary Cauthen and Women of the Western Communities President Mair Armand.


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