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20 Home Construction On The Upswing In Wellington

Real estate is on the move again in Wellington, and the growing trend can be seen in new home construction. Local builders note that Wellington is one of the first Florida communities to be making a strong comeback. By Anne Checkosky

26 Looking To Rent? Wellington Has A Place For You

If you’re in the market for a home in a high-end rental community, Wellington has a number of spectacular options. We tour some of them this issue. By Deborah Welky

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33 Welcome Home Wellington: Meet The BRokers

We invite you to meet some of the area’s top real estate leaders in our special Wellington Brokers feature. Whether building, buying, selling or renting, they can help you navigate the market and find the perfect place to call home.

47 Fighting Poverty And Disease Around The World

Businessman, philanthropist and frequent Wellington visitor Bill Gates is working to end poverty and disease through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. By Lauren Miró

51 International Equestrians Jump For JustWorld

JustWorld International’s blue-and-purple coats of have become a staple at horse shows across the world as equestrians have embraced the nonprofit’s vision. By Kendall Bierer

56 Indulge Yourself With A Visit To Moda Hair Design The stylists Moda Hair Design will keep your look on the cutting-edge, and Moda’s client-first attitude will keep you looking and feeling great. By Lauren Miró

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62 Wellington Volunteer: Art Society’s Leslie Pfeiffer Wellington Art Society President Leslie Pfeiffer is the September nominee for Wellington The Magazine’s Volunteer of the Year Award. By Matthew Auerbach

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Wellington Social Scene Art Society Members Host Municipal Complex Gallery Reception Wellington High School Dance Team Hosts ‘Make A Move’ Benefit First D’Alessandro Memorial Scholarship Awarded To WHS Grad Back-to-School Bonanza Brings Crowds To Whole Foods Market

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Wellington Home this month visits a pristine, contemporary-style home in the Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club. With lots of space, the 6,842-square-foot home boasts six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. The large rooms with soaring, vaulted ceilings add to the openness of the residence. By Lauren Miró

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Elevating classic flavors to new heights, Mara Cucina Italiana puts a twist on fine Italian food. Located in the Mall at Wellington Green, Mara Cucina serves fresh, authentic Italian cuisine in a modern setting. By Lauren Miró

Wellington Watch Wellington Health Wellington Dining Guide Wellington Calendar Around Wellington ON THE COVER Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is featured in this month’s issue. Photo Courtesy Microsoft

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Real Estate, Philanthropy & Remembrance 10, number 9 September 2013

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Although happening slowly, real estate is on the move again in Wellington. This issue we take a look at the trendy new rental complexes springing up, as well as some of the new construction projects underway by area builders. As we examine the real estate climate, how can we not think of the leaders who manage many of Wellington’s real estate firms. We created a special “Wellington Broker” section in this month’s issue, where we take a personal look at some of the industry’s top local leaders. In our September cover feature, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates share some of their foundation’s latest accomplishments, along with a look back at the history of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With much speculation about a recent Gates home purchase in Wellington — which was neither confirmed nor denied — one thing is for sure, the family knows how to make a difference in the lives of many. We look forward to seeing them out and about at the Winter Equestrian Festival again this year, where daughter Jennifer has ridden for the past several seasons. JustWorld International has become more than a name and a vision in the equestrian world. This month, we hear about how Wellington resident Jessica Newman, an avid equestrian and former competitor, created a link between the equestrian world and JustWorld’s humanitarian efforts by providing opportunities for equestrians to help those less fortunate. This unique nonprofit is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Design, where owners Leonardo DeSimone and Stefano Falsetto and their designers keep clients on the cutting-edge of style, and their client-first attitude keeps patrons coming back. Finally, this month’s Wellington Volunteer of the Year nominee is Wellington Art Society President Leslie Pfeiffer, a longtime friend of Wellington The Magazine, who uses her passions for creativity and volunteerism to make the community a better place to live. As we prepare to go to press this month, we must pause and take a moment to remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and those who continue to serve everyday on our behalf. Wellington will host remembrance ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Patriot Memorial. We’ll be there to pay our respects and invite you to join us. We salute all of the men and women who protect our freedoms. Thank you!

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Also this issue, Wellington Table visits Mara Cucina Italiana, a new restaurant putting a modern twist on fine Italian food. Wellington Health chats with chiropractor Dr. Randall Laurich, owner of the Wellness Experience, while Wellington Home tours a pristine, contemporary-style residence in the exclusive Palm Beach Polo community. Our Indulge feature spotlights Moda Hair

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Art Society Members Host Municipal Complex Gallery Reception

(Left) Adrianne Hetherington with her ceramic tile mosaic titled Freedom/Nature. (Right) Leslie Pfeiffer shows Barbara and Dr. Wes Boughner her oil painting Moondance.

The Village of Wellington and the Wellington Art Society hosted a “Meet the Artist� reception Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Wellington Art Society members had 34 original works of art on display at the Wellington Municipal Complex gallery, which is open to the public. For more info., visit www. wellingtonartsociety.org.

(Left to right) Bobbin Salisbury, Joanne MacLeod, Nancy Brown, Phyllis Silk, Adrianne Hetherington and Wellington Art Society President Leslie Pfeiffer; Donna Donelan, Leslie Pfeiffer, Sandy Axelrod, Bobbin Salisbury and Kristina Ciuperger; Nancy Brown with her archival ink Reclining Jade Buddha; and Phyllis Silk with her mixed media Spinning Wheels.

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Wellington High School Dance Team Hosts ‘Make A Move’ Benefit

(Left) WHS dance moms sell baked goods. (Right) Kelly Dennis signs a note to her late mother on the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue pink fire truck.

The Wellington High School Dance Team and Kelly Dennis hosted “Make a Move Benefit: Remembering Neda” on Thursday, Aug. 1 in the Wellington High School auditorium to honor Dennis’ late mother Neda Kucich, a victim of cancer. Members of the 2013-14 WHS dance team, dance team alums and dance students performed. There was a silent auction, 50-50 raffle and a bake sale. Some of the money will be used for travel to perform at the Super Bowl in New Orleans next year.

(Left to right) Current and former WHS dancers gather for photo; Jesse McCoy, Nathalie Palacios and Jamie Miranda perform; Charlotte Cagiano dances a ballet number; dancers perform the finale; and Aimee Boyum, Catie Dipersico, Kelly Dennis, Samantha Sawyer and Morgan Sandoval.

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman First D’Alessandro Memorial Scholarship Awarded To WHS Grad

(Left) Gary Barlettano, U.S. Army Capt. John Parker and Jessica Costan. (Right) Lori Barlettano, donor Lisa Davis, scholarship recipient Jessica Costan and Bob Davis.

The first Cpl. Michael D’Alessandro Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Wellington High School graduate Jessica Costan on Friday, Aug. 9. The scholarship is named for D’Alessandro, a soldier who died last year. The ceremony was held at the Wellington home of Lori and Gary Barlettano, D’Alessandro’s parents. Costan was chosen out of many applicants to receive $4,000 to assist with her expenses to attend Florida State University.

(Left to right) Lori Barlettano and PBSO representative Nancy Woolley; Lori Barlettano, Shayna Sexton from Wellington High School and Jessica Costan; Lori Barlettano, Jessica Costan and sponsor Kara Rockenbach; and Jessica, Gratiana and Andy Costan with Lori Barlettano.

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wellington social scene Photos by Denise Fleischman Back-to-School Bonanza Brings Crowds To Whole Foods Market

(Left) PBSO, PBCFR and Wellington officials with Whole Foods representatives. (Right) K-9 Officer Clue makes friends with Ryan Tuckwood and Mia and Adelka Horowitz.

Whole Foods Market in Wellington hosted its Back-toSchool Bonanza on Saturday, Aug. 10 to encourage kids to get ready for school. Guests enjoyed food samples, crafts, giveaways and exploring vehicles from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Palm Beach County FireRescue.

(Left to right) Evan and Alexis McPherson with the SWAT truck; PBSO Deputy Denise Frazier aboard Mo with Susana Mogil; Beck Selman with a big bag of organic carrots for the horses; Susan Williams, Lauren Belinsky and PBSO Deputy Jeff Denney; and PBSO Deputy Vasile Ciuperger with Steve Daiagi, who brought his helicopter.

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By Joshua Manning, Lauren Miró and Ron Bukley

Consultant Reports On Village Issues A consultant hired by the Wellington Village Council to evaluate issues in the village reported last month that although Wellington has a strong reputation, lack of trust and communication among village officials has contributed to division. Council members agreed in June to hire Chris McLean, a consultant from the Center for Leadership Studies, to evaluate issues that led some council members to call for the firing of Village Manager Paul Schofield. Mayor Bob Margolis asked to have an independent view of the issues before making a decision. In a preliminary overview released by McLean in August, he outlines some of the issues in the village, including “unresolved animosity from [the] election,” a “fractured council with no consensus” and “broken trust between staff and council.” McLean met with Wellington officials, including council members and senior management. The preliminary report is an overview of the information he gleaned. The report states that there is a “deteriorated culture” among staff, which has caused feelings of “lack of appreciation,” “loss of camaraderie” and “loss of job security.” It’s not all bad news. McLean found that Wellington has an “excellent reputation of services.” He suggested that council members and senior management each have their own workshops to focus on the issues — the first council workshop was held Thursday, Aug. 22. Equestrian Village Update — Though the 2014 Global Dressage Festival is set, it will be October before permanent plans for the future of the controversial Equestrian Village site are in place. The property owners, Wellington Equestrian Partners, agreed earlier this year to resubmit several key applications that could allow for horse shows on the site year-round. Approval of the items also could cease litigation between Wellington and WEP. “Right now, we’re working with the applicant on refining the conditions for the master plan and

compatibility determination,” Planning & Development Services Director Tim Stillings said. If Equestrian Village is given a commercial equestrian arena designation, show promoters will not have to return each year before the Wellington Village Council for a special-use permit for the shows. “They would need a special-use permit if they were doing non-equestrian-related events,” Stillings said. First, the items must face the scrutiny of Wellington’s advisory boards. “It’s tentatively scheduled to go before the Equestrian Preserve Committee in September and the Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board in October,” Stillings said. “We’re targeting the second meeting in October for it to go before the council.” Wellington Might Open Fridays — Some Wellington departments could be going back to a five-day workweek as part of an effort to provide better customer service on Fridays. At a recent budget workshop, members of the Wellington Village Council asked staff to look into the cost of moving some departments back to working five days. Wellington enacted a four-day workweek three years ago in an effort to curb costs. It was largely successful, but some council members remain concerned that residents can’t get help on Fridays. “Do you have any opinion whether customer service would be improved by going back to five days?” Vice Mayor Howard Coates asked. Village Manager Paul Schofield said he hadn’t heard many complaints but was considering it. “Going back to a five-day workweek has been an item of serious discussion,” he said. Schofield said one option was to have customer service open on Fridays, but stagger the employees’ work schedules so they work only four days, but have different days off. This would also allow the village to stay open later hours, he said. “The problem with a traditional five-day workweek is we find our residents like the ability to be here between 5 and 8 p.m.,” Schofield said. |wellington the magazine| September 2013

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New Home Construction On The Upswing In Wellington By Anne Checkosky

Real estate is on the move again in Wellington, and the growing trend can be seen in new home construction. As the housing market continues a slow rebound in other markets, local builders note that Wellington is one of the first South Florida communities to be making a strong comeback. That’s great news, not only for those who wish to buy here, but for the community itself. Wellington is home to some of the region’s most beautiful neighborhoods, and prides itself on retaining a hometown feel. There are also many property types to choose, from single-family, master-planned communities to custom homes and brand-new townhome neighborhoods.

aisles with a rubber mat. In buyer parlance, that’s like opting for marble floors, he said.

To give readers an indication of some of the new projects underway in Wellington, we’ve talked with builders who either have projects in the works or will get underway soon. The sounds of houses being built once again fill the air, and it’s a welcome sign.

These are all positive signs for equestrian builders, but also for buyer confidence in the Wellington housing market, Wilson said.

Rob Wilson of Ventura Construction, a custom-home builder in Palm Beach County specializing in unique equestrian properties, has seen a definite increase in the Wellington market. “There’s a shift away from basic barns to higher-end projects,” said Wilson, who has been building homes in the Palm Beaches for three decades. “Interior features and square footage are being upgraded and maximized.” As an example, Wilson is seeing more property owners opt for rubber pavers in their barns, as opposed to concrete 20

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He’s also seeing barn owners go with tongue-and-groove ceilings as opposed to stucco. “Tongue and groove is three times the price of stucco,” he explained. “They want to get the right feel, a warm feel.”

Equestrians are not looking to just house their horses, they want upgrades, like additional space for bathrooms and laundry rooms, Wilson said. These are not just working barns, they’re aesthetically pleasing with more features. “People are putting money into their properties,” he said, which will continue to keep property values high. “And that’s a good thing.” Ventura Construction is located at 12160 South Shore Blvd., Suite 106, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 204-2226 or visit www.venturacompanies.com.

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Ventura Construction’s Rob Wilson in front of one of the custom home projects he has underway. (Below) Some of the completed projects Ventura Construction has worked on.

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photo by Robert Brantley Photography

Toll Brothers’ Wellington View features five home designs and four elevations to choose from.

as a picturesque, intimate, singlefamily home community made up of 178 home sites with the choice of five home designs and four elevations. Each home features high ceilings, a large master bedroom and bath suite, and an upgraded gourmet kitchen. “Twenty houses have been sold in the last 10 months, and there are 18 left,” said Jim McDade, division president for Toll Brothers. McDade anticipates being sold out by the first half of 2014. What’s appealing about Wellington View, aside from the amenities offered in each home plan, are the water views. All remaining home sites offer some type of water view, he said. “The area has a great reputation,” McDade noted. “It’s a nice place to live and raise a family. There has not been a lot of new construction, so it’s the first community to make a comeback.” Wellington View home models range

from the Saranac, starting in the low $400,000s, to the Ternbridge, starting in the mid $500,000s. Visit Wellington View at 760 Edgebrook Lane, off Lyons Road north of Forest Hill Blvd. For more information, call (561) 304-3131 or visit www.tollbrothers.com/FL/ Wellington_View.

Wellington Parc is a brand-new townhome community just getting underway by longtime homebuilder Lennar. It is located on the west side of State Road 7, between Stribling Way and Lake Worth Road. With living space close to 2,000 square feet, the homes feature three to four bedrooms. All of the townhomes at Wellington Parc include a one- or twocar garage, landscaping and Spanishstyle tiled roofs. Frank Fernandez, director of sales and marketing for Lennar, said the company jumped at the opportunity

to build in Wellington. “We were truly looking to be in that location,” he said, adding that Lennar was eager to get on board offering something different in the Wellington market. “We’re filling a niche.” Lennar didn’t hesitate when the Wellington land became available, Fernandez said. “We went for it,” he said. “It’s one of the most prestigious areas.” There are five models from which to choose, starting from the mid$200,000s. There will be 92 townhomes when the community is complete, Fernandez said. Learn more about Wellington Parc by calling (888) 350-1607 or visiting www.lennar. com.

Castellina is a new development of single-family homes in Wellington by well-known Florida builder DiVosta, a division of the Pulte Group.

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NOW AVAILABLE Either a 10 acre farm with 4 BR 2.5 BA updated home and central aisle barn with 12 stalls; 2 inside grooming stalls, 2 tack rooms, 2 feed rooms, laundry bath and a large 1 BR grooms qtrs, 3 acre well-footed riding field, 7 paddocks with run-in stalls. Or add 4 acres with a 2nd 4 BR home, lushly landscaped, with an additional 6-stall barn and 2 BR grooms qtrs. Owner wants sold. $2,200,000 for 10 acre farm, or $3,100,000 for all. MLS R3251977

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LAUREL TRAIL – 6 STALLS Gorgeous, newly renovated 5BR home w/pool, cabana, marble floors, chef’s kitchen. Center-aisle 6-stall barn w/sand ring, & large groom’s apt. Walk to WEF. $3,245,000. MLS R3279669

AMBASSADOR ROAD Equestrian Club Estates. Walk to the showgrounds. 4BR/5 1/2 BA, elegant library, gourmet kitchen, his/her master baths, marble floors & granite thru out. Outdoor entertainment area with pool/spa. Call for pricing.

EQUESTRIAN WAY – 18 STALLS 4BR/3BA on 4.5 acres, formal living & dining, heated pool. Sand & dressage rings. 5 paddocks. 2BR/1BA apt. Walk to showgrounds! $5,250,000. MLS R3356085

VERSAILLES WELLINGTON Quiet cul-de-sac, guarded & gated community. 4BR 3 1/2 BA home has barely been used. Lake views, oversized lot, open floorplan, upgraded kitchen, 3-way split floorplan. Community has swimming pool, tennis, fitness, billiards rooms.

PALM BEACH POLO TENNIS LODGE 2BR 2BT condo on 2nd floor, just across from tennis courts. Open floorplan, galley kitchen, large master. 2nd bedroom full efficiency apartment with separate entrance. Private porches. Community pool. Asking $199,000. |wellington the magazine| September 2013

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Castellina residents enjoy first-class amenities and luxurious living.

The 264-home, gated community is located off Stribling Way, just west of State Road 7. Castellina is designed to provide residents with a low-maintenance lifestyle and the well-known DiVosta quality. The community’s peaceful ambience is created by lush landscaping, acres of glistening lakes and great amenities. “At Castellina, residents will enjoy first-class amenities and luxurious living,” said Scott Mairn, DiVosta’s vice president of sales for South Florida. “Whether you are looking for a second home, downsizing from your existing residence or wishing for a spacious home great for entertaining, Castellina has many options to suit your active lifestyle.” Castellina features a clubhouse with all the amenities, as well as a resort pool and spa, tennis and bocce ball courts, play field, a picnic pavilion, walking trails and more. Homes in Castellina range from the mid $200,000s to the $500,000s. There are 11 models available featuring between 1,486 and 3,292 square feet and two to four bedrooms. “It’s a great community with a good mix of empty nesters and families,” said Pulte’s Valerie Dolenga, who noted that many of the properties overlook either

gardens or water and there are a variety of floor plans to choose from. Dolenga noted that as of August, the community is 50 percent sold out.

ISOLA BELLA: Stunning 5851 sq ft. 5 BR/4.5 BA/3 CG courtyard home on 1/3 acre lake front lot . Accordion shutters, granite countertops, custom built in closets, master suite & loft/game room w/ access to large covered balcony and tranquil lake view. Offered at $689,000.

For more information, visit the Castellina sales center at 2900 Florence St., call (877) 296-7416 or visit www.divosta.com/ castellina.

There are also homes still available in Wellington’s popular Olympia community. Builder Minto has partnered with Mitch Kunik, one of today’s most highly acclaimed residential architects, to create a new collection of homes within Olympia. The Grandezza Collection offers a choice of eight models with five and six bedrooms, plus bonus rooms, ranging in size from 4,330 square feet to 6,901 square feet. Homes start at the low $500,000s.

STUNNING BINKS ESTATES: 4 BD + Den/Library 3BA/3CG pool home on .42 acre lot w/magnificent view of Binks Forest golf course. Former toll model w/marble, wood, granite, maple cabs, screened pool, spa & huge lanai. Offered at $624,900. Also available for seasonal rent $7,700/month.

WELLINGTON SHORES: Exquisite 5BR/3BA/3CG pool home on 1/3 acre lot in great gated community. Custom wrought iron accents, decorative tray ceilings, maple/stainless/granite kitchen, porcelain 22" tile, custom window treat. & light fixtures, extended paver patio, screened pool & lanai. Offered at $424,500

To learn more, visit the Olympia sales center at 2232 Merriweather Way, call (888) 8613989 or visit www.minto.com.

Overall, residential builders had nothing but great things to say about Wellington and are excited to be part of the community’s new wave of home construction.

ISLES AT WELLINGTON: Exquisite professionally decorated 4BR/3BA lakefront home: Walk to community pool and amenities. Close to show grounds and Polo. Available fully furnished and appointed for seasonal rental at $6,500/mo.

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Get all the benefits of South Florida living at the brand-new Axis Wellington Green. Photos by Steve Hinds

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Looking To Rent? Wellington Has The Perfect Place For You

By Deborah Welky

If you’re in the market for a home in a high-end rental community, Wellington has a number of spectacular options. Perhaps you’ve owned a home, and it’s time to start a new phase in life. You no longer want to spend your weekends mowing the lawn, cleaning out gutters, cleaning the pool or, worse, heaving shovelfuls of snow over your shoulder during winters up north. If you are newly retired, you’ll want to enjoy all the freedoms life has to offer, and that includes the freedom to leave home for extended periods without worrying about security and maintenance issues while you’re gone.

AXIS WELLINGTON GREEN, a brand-new luxury rental community near the Mall at Wellington Green, offers beautiful, spacious rooms with balconies, a South Beach-style pool and unbeatable views. For some residents, it’s the elevator access that makes it desirable; for others, it’s the chef-caliber kitchen complete with upgraded appliances and granite countertops. Garage parking is also available.

You’ve visited Wellington and you love it. Or perhaps you know someone who lives here already. Then you know that Wellington is the place to be.

In addition to your own private space, Axis Wellington Green has many community amenities for residents. The Plunge pool is flanked by a lanai, cabanas and a green lawn. You can stay in shape at the NRG (“en-er-gy”) cardio and fitness theater with attached kids’ play space, up your game at Fore (an indoor golf simulator) or go interactive with Wii and Xbox at the gaming center. Is your best friend a little bored? Take him over to Bark, Axis Wellington Green’s own dog park.

So, which rental community to choose? Let us introduce you to four options. While nothing is as exciting as an on-site walkthrough, we have done some preliminary research. Perhaps it will help you narrow the field and find the community that best suits your lifestyle.

And when the social side of dining is as important as the food itself, you’ll enjoy grilling in the outdoor summer kitchen. Or visit the bistro or lounge. When you want to chat with friends who are miles away, the interactive cyber café eSpot provides a quiet space.

Or perhaps you are a young professional, just starting out. You may be on a lower rung on the corporate ladder right now, but why not start at the top for your personal residence?

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Waterstone at Wellington puts a focus on resident services. Photo by Robert Pepple

Whether you want one, two or three bedrooms, the pet-friendly Axis Wellington Green offers exceptional finishes, wood-style plank flooring, walk-in closets and the option of designer lighting fixtures. Visit Axis Wellington Green at 3409 Pomerol Drive. For further information, call Property Manager Alda Falco at (561) 3335353 or visit www.axiswellingtongreen.com. WATERSTONE AT WELLINGTON is a gated, lakefront apartment community adjacent to Palm Beach Polo & Country Club. The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments feature attached garages, screened patios with lake views, 11-foot vaulted ceilings, full-size washers and dryers, linen and walk-in closets, and chef-inspired kitchens with breakfast bars and pantries. Waterstone at Wellington offers a clubhouse with fitness center, swimming pool with poolside Wi-Fi 28 September 2013 |wellington the magazine|

and children’s pool, a sports court, dog walk, picnic area, business center and Wi-Fi lounge. There is an on-site recycling center with valet trash service and, although the homes offer ample storage space, additional storage is available. Pets are welcome. “Two things set Waterstone at Wellington apart from the rest,” Director of Communications John Lytell said. “First is our commitment to unequaled service in maintaining the community to our residents’ high standards. We make the extra effort. Providing unequaled service means listening to our residents, valuing their opinions, being responsive and offering a full range of amenities and activities. Second is that Waterstone at Wellington is a relatively small community with a cozy neighborhood feel to it.” Although home life is cozy, residents have easy access to all that Wellington has to offer. “We are a family oriented

community that also attracts a high degree of younger professionals,” Lytell said. “Our residents are predominantly from the medical, education and service industries. Recently, one company chose to rent six corporate apartments. While our rents were on the higher end of their scale, the company chose Waterstone at Wellington because we offered better customer service.” Waterstone also offers short leasing terms — an important option for those on the move. Waterstone is located at 2141 Vinings Circle off South Shore Blvd. For further information, call (866) 551-1567 or visit www.waterstoneatwellingtonapts.com. ESTATES AT WELLINGTON GREEN is a gated rental community located in the heart of Wellington near the Mall at Wellington Green. The apartments feature unique


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architectural details such as 9-foot vaulted ceilings, bay windows and arched interior entrance molding. Residents who opt out of the bay windows can choose a floor-to-ceiling window design. There are lake views, private patios and balconies, builtin bookshelves and fully equipped gourmet kitchens with a breakfast room or breakfast bar. Cable or satellite TV and high-speed Internet access are also available. In the bathroom, residents will feel pampered when they first step into

their private garden tub or Roman soaking tub. Linen closets, walk-in closets and other storage options abound. With washer/dryers and personal air conditioning controls located in each unit, Estates at Wellington Green residents enjoy the same conveniences of a singlefamily home, without the repair responsibilities. Outside, residents have easy access to the swimming pool, walking trails, kidfriendly playground and sand volleyball and basketball courts. Thanks to “pet

rent,� dogs and cats are welcome. Schools, shopping, restaurants and public transportation are all nearby, but for those who prefer to drive, garage and/or covered parking is available. The Estates at Wellington Green common areas offer a billiard/game room, a business center and a fitness center. A courtesy officer is on staff; package pickup/delivery and valet trash service is offered. Corporate units are available and on-site management ready to assist. The Estates at Wellington Green is located at 2301 Wellington Green Drive. For further information, call (866) 763-1727 or visit www.equityapartments.com. SOLARA AT WELLINGTON offers spacious contemporary living with one, two or three bedrooms. Enjoy the best of Florida living with energysaving ceiling fans above your head

The Estates at Wellington Green offers gracious living just steps from great shopping. Photo by French Connection Studio

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and wood laminate or plush carpeting beneath your toes. Apartment amenities vary but residents can enjoy the convenience of full-size washers and dryers, large walk-in closets and contemporary kitchens. Outside, screened-in patios or balconies beckon, as do the sparklingblue pool and lighted tennis court. The Solara fitness center features televisions, as well as cardio and weight equipment. There is a business center, a newly renovated clubhouse with complimentary coffee bar, a brandnew barbecue and picnic area, and a children’s playground to keep the little ones busy while the hamburgers are on the grill. “The Spot” interactive cyber café allows for comfortable web surfing and casual get-togethers, and a muchappreciated “car care” area helps residents keep their automobiles looking their best. Garages are also available. Pets are welcome, including large breeds.

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Solara at Wellington is at 2037 Polo Gardens Drive off South Shore Blvd. For leasing information, call (866) 575-4081. Take a virtual tour at www.livesolara.com. Poolside living, unequaled views, amenities that keep pace with a contemporary lifestyle. It’s South Florida at its best. Welcome home to Wellington.

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Welcome Home Wellington One of the leading real estate markets in South Florida, Wellington is home to many people, from professionals looking for the perfect, conveniently located community to raise a family, to celebrities purchasing homes in the tens of millions of dollars. Stories abound of people looking to relocate here — and not just the community’s famed equestrians. Perhaps it’s a doctor relocating here or newlyweds crossing the threshold of their first apartment. This month, Wellington The Magazine highlights a real estate industry that is on the move again. We chat with builders, from those creating the perfect custom home to those building new residential neighborhoods. Along the way we examine some of the village’s upscale rental communities and even a commercial builder glad to call Wellington home. We invite you to meet some of the area’s top real estate leaders in our special Wellington Brokers feature. You’ll meet men and women representing more than a combined 100 years of Wellington real estate experience. Whether building, buying, selling or renting, they can help you navigate the market and find the perfect place to call home.

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Bill Tavernise

Keyes Realtors

Bill Tavernise of Keyes Realtors had his first foray into the real-estate industry in the late 1980s when he purchased and re-sold a rental property. Since then, he has become a local leader both in the industry and the community. Tavernise began doing site acquisition for cell phone towers for PrimeCo Personal Communications, now Verizon Wireless. The job brought him to the western communities in 1994. He has served as president of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, of which he is still a board member and Presidents Circle member. He also is on the board at Palms West Hospital and volunteers with many local charities. In 2000, Tavernise opened his own real-estate firm, Lifestyle Under the Sun Real Estate, in Wellington. The firm was successful in the residential real estate market. “In 2008, Keyes approached me,” Tavernise said. “I sold my company to Keyes and they asked me to stay on as manager of the office in Wellington.” Today, the Keyes Realtors office in Wellington has more than 80 agents working across Palm Beach County. The firm also has a mortgage brokerage, as well as insurance and title companies. “We’re a full-service firm,” he said. “We offer listings for rentals and sales, and we work with buyers, renters, sellers and landlords looking for tenants.” This is important, he said, in a highly competitive market. “The market is definitely coming back in Wellington,” he said. “The darkest days have passed, and this is the light at the end of the tunnel. Wellington, being the fantastic community it is and with what it has to offer, still attracts a lot of people.” Keyes Realtors is located at 12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 112, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 209-8304 or visit www.billtavernise.keyes.com.

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Carla Cappellia WC Realty Group Inc. Carla Cappellia of WC Realty Group Inc. has more than 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial real estate. She began her career with Re/Max in 1992, working throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties. In 2003, she headed to Port St. Lucie and encouraged her nephew, Tim Watts, to join the industry. In 2005, Cappellia returned to Palm Beach County, later opening WC Realty with Watts. The company focuses on residential real estate, and also offers mortgage lending. “We also opened a mortgage company, Sunvest Mortgage Group, in 2007,” Cappellia said. “Our company has 29 real-estate agents and 23 mortgage brokers.” Cappellia has lent her vast experience to help make WC Realty a success. She describes her company as a “boutique” firm, where customers can count on great service. “We’re not a franchise,” she said. “It’s a family owned company. We want to promote family values and respect.” The company has been successful, doubling in size in its two years in Wellington. Cappellia believes in listening to customers and finding them the right home. “We are sure to listen to our customers and give them specialized attention, respect and service,” she said. “That attitude has made us very successful.” WC Realty Group Inc. is located at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 29, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 2838833 or visit www.wcrealtygroup.com.

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Tim Watts WC Realty Group Inc. Tim Watts, co-owner of WC Realty Group Inc., has spent more than a decade working in real estate. He began his career in 2003 with Re/Max, where he became a Platinum Club member and Hall of Fame winner. In 2010, Watts teamed up with his aunt, Carla Cappellia, to open WC Realty. They also own a mortgage firm, Sunvest Mortgage Group. “We have 29 real-estate agents and more than 20 mortgage brokers,” Watts said. “We focus mostly on residential real estate. We are based here in Wellington, but our agents work all over, from up in Port St. Lucie down to Broward County.” Watts said the firm has been very successful. “The real-estate market is booming right now,” he said. “The whole South Florida market is coming back.” He described WC Realty as a “service-oriented” company that puts the needs of its clients first. “We want to listen to what people want and show them the right homes,” he said. “We are more service-oriented than sales-oriented. We have listings, but we focus more on buyers.” Watts works to provide clients with all of the information they need to get into their new home, sell a home or whatever service they may need. “I think what sets us apart is our attitude and the way we treat people,” he said. “We’re willing to help. We’re willing to give them the information they need. We’re looking out for the whole transaction. We’re watching out for our customers because we want them to be happy.” WC Realty Group Inc. is located at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 29, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 283-8833 or visit www.wcrealtygroup.com.

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Darell Bowen

Bodis Realty Inc.

Darell Bowen of Bodis Realty Inc. is a long-time leader in the local real estate market, as well as the community. After being away from the industry a decade, he recently returned to real estate, where he has found great success with his new firm. Bowen began his real-estate career in 1985 as a co-owner of the Re/Max franchise in Wellington. Two years later he opened his own firm, Bowen Realty Inc., which was highly successful throughout the county. “Bowen Realty Inc. grew to six offices with 170 agents throughout Palm Beach County,” Bowen said. “In 2001, I sold that business to Illustrated Properties.” In the ensuing years, Bowen made a name for himself with his new business, Creative Marketing Products Inc. He also delved into local government, serving as president of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and mayor of Wellington, a position he held for two terms. Now, Bowen has returned to his real-estate roots with the founding of Bodis Realty Inc., which has offices in both Wellington and West Palm Beach. Bowen and his wife, Sherry, founded the company in 2011. “Our offices are full service, having affiliations with Waterstone Mortgage Corporation, which provides lending services, and Universal Land Title, which provides title and closing services,” Bowen said. Bodis Realty Inc. is located at 12769 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 1-A, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 429-2070 or visit www.bodisrealty.com.

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Carol Sollak

Engel & Völkers Real Estate

At the beginning of the year, longtime real estate professional Carol Sollak switched firms, from Illustrated Properties to Engel & Völkers, known as an up-and-coming luxury real-estate company in Europe with U.S. franchises in Connecticut, New York, California and more. The brokerage debuted with more than 75 listings, including a $26.9 million private horse stable in Grand Prix Village. If Sollak’s name sounds familiar, it could be because she and her husband, Ludwig, have been selling real estate in Wellington for two decades — or then again, perhaps it’s because you were a patron of their legendary Jalapeno Harry’s restaurant “back in the day.” Sollak’s specialty is farms and equestrian properties. She sells in Palm Beach Polo, the Equestrian Club, Grand Prix Village and throughout Wellington. “I grew up in Wellington since I was 14, and I’m 47 now,” she said. “Wellington is a great community.” Listed as one of the top real estate agents in the nation by The Wall Street Journal, Sollak nevertheless keeps her focus on Wellington. “My entire focus is Wellington,” she said. “I wanted to give my clients a bit more. I’m always looking to increase my knowledge, and the potential for my clients to sell or buy, and Engel &Völkers was the perfect fit. They’re a top-notch organization and very techsavvy — a really, really good brand.” Sollak likes that every Engel &Völkers listing gets worldwide exposure through every international and American Engel &Völkers office. “There is also an Engel & Völkers app for your phone,” she said. Engel & Völkers is located at 13501 South Shore Blvd., Suite 103, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 818-9476 or visit www. carolsollak.com.

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David Lopez

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Realty Elite The Palm Beaches

Relying on his previous experience in the franchise world, David Lopez founded Realty Elite The Palm Beaches because he believed there was a need for a real-estate company that could compete with existing franchises, while offering better terms to real-estate agents. “Even though I started the company when the real-estate market was collapsing, we’re one of the few companies that actually grew during the last four years,” Lopez said. “Most were losing agents due to pure economics, but our offer of higher compensation and lower costs helped us recruit a lot of agents.” Realty Elite The Palm Beaches has two affiliates — Realty Elite Destinations (primarily for French Canadians from Quebec) and Realty Elite Premier (an agents’ referral network) — and a second branch in Jupiter. It is headquartered in Wellington. Part of the success of Realty Elite The Palm Beaches is that the firm embraced technology, Lopez said. “We brought a fresh, high-end look to Wellington. Everything is high-tech. We thought that would give us an edge, and it did,” Lopez said. “We list 21 reasons our agents will sell property fast. Part of it is that we’ve embraced technology. We offer them personalized descriptions, unique telephone numbers for each property, landing pages, search engines, social media, tracking and reporting. Of course, there are also agents who have been successful for 30 years who still work out of a Rolodex.” In addition to well-maintained offices and a friendly administrative staff, Realty Elite also offers turnkey marketing services, providing all artwork and graphics to agents at no cost. Realty Elite The Palm Beaches is located at 9144 Forest Hill Blvd. in Kobosko’s Crossing. For more information, call (561) 964-9566 or visit www.realtyeliteusa.com.

‘We brought a fresh, high-end look to Wellington. Everything is high-tech. We thought that would give us an edge, and it did,’ Lopez said. ‘We list 21 reasons our agents will sell property fast. Part of it is that we’ve embraced technology.’ |wellington the magazine| September 2013

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Tricia Ward Holloway Ward Real Estate For Tricia Ward Holloway, real estate is a family business. Her father, James, was a contractor, while her mother sold residential real estate. Together, the family runs Ward Real Estate LLC, which focuses largely on commercial development throughout the area. “We are focused on commercial real estate,” Holloway said. “It’s about 90 percent commercial. It’s just me and my family.” She began her career at CB Richard Ellis in Maryland, and then moved to New York City, where she became proficient as an associate specializing in tenant representation. She later went to work for Massey Knakal Realty Services, selling small to mid-sized buildings in Chelsea and the West Village. Holloway moved to Florida to work with her father and in 2003 opened Ward Real Estate, then Ward Holder Real Estate. The family owned company focuses mostly on commercial real estate, with several projects in Palm Beach County. One of Holloway’s latest projects in Wellington is the Village Green Center, under construction at the corner of State Road 7 and Stribling Way. “We’re thrilled,” Holloway said. “We love Wellington. Our family has lived here for such a long time. It’s exciting to see such great development going on in the area.” Ward Real Estate LLC is located at 2180 South Shore Blvd., Suite 104, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 798-4160 or visit www. wardrealestatellc.com.

‘We’re thrilled,’ Holloway said. ‘We love Wellington. Our family has lived here for such a long time. It’s exciting to see such great development going on in the area.’ |wellington the magazine| September 2013

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We Remember! We honor all the men and women who serve our communities with pride. Our first responders, firefighters, police, paramedics, doctors, nurses and volunteers who work hard to save lives on a daily basis! We celebrate them and their courage. WE REMEMBER!

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Bill Gates tours an agricultural processing facility in Ethiopia. One of the primary missions of the foundation is to stamp out hunger and poverty.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates, listed by Forbes as No. 2 on its annual list of the world’s richest people, has close ties to Wellington. The family spends time in the community each winter, where daughter Jennifer has ridden at the Winter Equestrian Festival for years. Known to the world as one of the key players behind the computer revolution, in recent years, Gates has put his focus on philanthropy through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What started 16 years ago as a way for one family to give back to children in poverty has grown into a multi-billiondollar nonprofit with roots all over the world. Key foundation initiatives include eradicating diseases, giving access to clean water and food, sending children to college and giving the world access to the Internet.

the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2000, it merged with the William H. Gates Foundation, and Bill Gates brought on his father, William H. Gates Sr., as co-chair. In 2006, fellow billionaire Warren Buffett made a $30 billion commitment to the foundation, joining as a trustee. In 2008, Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft to work full-time at the foundation.

The idea sparked in 1997 after Bill and Melinda Gates read an article about millions of children who die in poor countries from diseases no longer feared in the United States. They made it their mission to help.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help people lead healthy and productive lives. It has a simple premise: every life has equal value. Based in Seattle, with satellite locations all around the world, it has more than 1,000 employees with $36.4 billion in asset-trust endowment. Since 1997, it has granted more than $26 billion to helping others.

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The foundation’s impact has spanned the globe, helping those in developing

countries improve their health and lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. Across the U.S., the foundation has helped those with the fewest resources have access to opportunities to help them succeed. Gates traveled to India and administered oral polio vaccines to children, prompting him to strive for a world without polio. It is a commitment he has continued, pledging more than $200 million and partnering with Rotary International to wipe out the disease. “Polio eradication is a top priority for the foundation, a primary focus for me, and a powerful example of the importance of accurate measurement,” Gates stated in the foundation’s 2013 annual report. “The number of global polio cases has been under 1,000 cases for the last two years, but getting rid of the very last few cases is the hardest part.” |wellington the magazine| September 2013

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In 2012, on the cusp of ridding polio from the world, the foundation saw a display of solidarity from the heads of state of Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan — where the disease remains — along with large donors, who vowed to capitalize on recent progress in the fight against the disease. “The global polio community is now finalizing a detailed plan that I believe should allow us to finish the job of polio eradication within the next six years,” Gates noted. It has not just been polio that the foundation has worked to eradicate — the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to preventing disease through increased access to vaccines. In 1998, it formed the Bill and Melinda Gates Children’s Vaccine Program with $100 million in seed money. The next year, the foundation joined the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), which provides

vaccines to children in more than 70 developing countries. In 2011, the foundation and GAVI, with the help of public and private donors, committed funding to immunize more than 250 million of the world’s poorest children against disease by 2015, preventing more than 4 million premature deaths. The foundation has worked to prevent malaria, pledging more than $258 million in grants to develop a malaria vaccine, new drugs and innovative mosquito control. In 2003, it launched a branch in India devoted to the prevention of HIV and AIDS. In 2010, the foundation declared a Decade of Vaccines, pledging $10 billion over 10 years. Bill and Melinda Gates have also supported investing in new technologies and science to find an answer to the world’s problems. In

2006, the foundation launched the Grand Challenges Explorations with $100 million in incentive to encourage world scientists to find new approaches to tackle health challenges. Another large goal has been stamping out hunger and poverty, encouraging families across the world to work toward better health and success. In 2006, the foundation partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation to launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), led by Kofi Annan. The program is helping revitalize agriculture in Africa, with a focus on small farmers. Early in the foundation’s history, Bill and Melinda Gates launched the Gates Library Foundation — a $200 million commitment to help all public libraries in the U.S. offer free Internet access, building on Gates’ long-held belief that access to the Internet provides a key link to knowledge and productivity.

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as the best, our education system would be fantastic.” The foundation remains committed to its continuing mission to help people in need across the globe. “The lives of the poorest have improved

more rapidly in the last 15 years than ever before, yet I am optimistic that we will do even better in the next 15 years,” Gates concluded. For more information about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its programs, visit www.gatesfoundation.org.

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The blue-and-purple coats of JustWorld International have become a staple at horse shows across the world, with junior to Grand Prix riders donning the jovial colors. JustWorld International has become more than a name and a vision in the equestrian world. It has become a reason to not only ride, but to jump for a just world. Wellington resident Jessica Newman, an avid equestrian and former competitor, created a link between the equestrian world and JustWorld’s humanitarian efforts by providing opportunities for equestrians to help those less fortunate. Now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, JustWorld has expanded beyond expectations with resounding support overseas. The popular not-for-profit organization has worked diligently around the globe to improve the lives of impoverished children by providing nutrition, health,

hygiene, education and cultural development. Its helping hands have touched the lives of so many others that it should come as no surprise that it has partnered with more than 30 different horse shows across the nation and world. The faces of JustWorld Ambassadors can be seen during the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, as well as at many other shows across North America, including the Hampton Classic, Thunderbird Show Park, the American Gold Cup and

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developing countries through its network of JustWorld Ambassadors, who pledge a portion of their annual winnings (or make a donation) to the organization. The organization’s annual gala in mid-January raised more than $420,000, and in 10 years, Newman and the JustWorld Ambassadors have raised more than $6 million that have been used for sustainable outreach projects in Guatemala, Honduras and Cambodia.

Ambassadors traveled to the project site in Guatemala for the 2013 spring trip. Photo By Jeroboam Media

Newman grew up with the support of her family allowing her the opportunity to pursue show jumping on a full-time basis. Her accolades include riding for the United States Equestrian Team in Nations Cup competition and the Developing Riders Tour, as well as taking top placings in World Cupqualifying Grand Prix classes throughout North America. She was living the dream.

JustWorld supports children in developing countries through its network of JustWorld Ambassadors, who pledge a portion of their annual winnings (or make a donation) to the organization.

Then at age 22, Newman had an epiphany. The turning point occurred when Newman was studying international development at the American University of Paris, an exclusive school with approximately 1,000 students from 150 different countries. This opportunity widened her horizons and changed her perspective as she became aware of how much poverty existed around her. Her eyes were opened wide when she realized the number of people who don’t have a sliver of the opportunities she enjoyed. That is when Newman put the tack away and walked away from her life of privilege. She jumped at the opportunity to work with the Trickle Up organization in 1998, shortly after Hurricane Mitch devastated much of Honduras. That fateful trip was only the beginning for Newman, and the conception of JustWorld International.

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Newman shifted her equestrianoriented goals into a way to help others. She used her time to research partner organizations in nations such as Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala and Brazil — countries that all suffer from extensive poverty. She wanted to see a local change for the children, focusing on their happiness, health and education. “People thought I was insane when I first began JustWorld,” Newman laughed. “They wondered if it was just a phase. They thought I was too idealistic, and the question remained if horse people would identify with the organization and even participate. I felt very strongly that they needed the opportunity.” The doubters fueled Newman’s passion. “The idea of JustWorld needed to be shaped,” she said. “In a way, it was because of people telling me I was

crazy, and that it wasn’t going to work, that I pushed forward and structured JustWorld so that it fits perfectly with the equestrian lifestyle. It allows people to be involved in it, without sacrificing their time and commitment to the sport.” Over the past decade, something that started so small has continued to grow with a ripple-like effect. Newman’s efforts to bridge the gap between philanthropy and the equestrian community have not gone unnoticed. “I see JustWorld expanding and having a presence all over the world with the support of the equestrian community working for the JustWorld partner projects,” Newman said. “It is beyond exciting to see how much it has grown. My most emotional moments have been when I see the people involved in JustWorld taking such ownership of it. No matter what country I go to for

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Chiropractor Dr. Randall Laurich, owner of the Wellness Experience in Wellington, enjoys being part of the community, helping those who live here year-round, as well as equestrians and water skiers who come to him with their special needs. “I’ve been in the area almost eight years now,” he said. “I really enjoy helping other people in the community build their businesses. Even though we’re the Wellness Experience and I’m a chiropractor, I have networking groups that I’m a part of.” An active member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Laurich heads the chamber’s Medical & Wellness Committee. “Helping other medical professionals grow their businesses, helping others in the community grow, that’s something I’m fond of because I think that if they can become a success in this

community, they will not only continue to grow, it will also get the message out about why I’m doing what I’m doing,” he said. Laurich has his own networking group that meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Taylor Made Café in Wellington. “I love to see other people prosper, and I think that goes hand-in-hand with why I’m a chiropractor,” he said. “I like to see people healthy, and I like to see them get better than they already are.” He believes physical and financial health are mutually beneficial. “We want to see our economy healthy, and we also want to see individuals in our community stay healthy,” Laurich said. A fan of water skiing, Laurich treats many of the sport’s elite athletes. “I’m familiar with the equestrian group, but there’s also that group of water skiers who have different injuries. Growing up as a kid, I started water skiing myself at about 14 years old,” he said. “I understand the complexities of it, and also understand the injury components.” He likes taking care of such athletes because they want to get better than they already are, and Laurich believes that he can get them to another level if they have an underlying situation or healthcare concern. Perhaps it doesn’t bother them all the time, but might hinder them enough that they don’t get around that last buoy. “From a chiropractic perspective, looking at the water skier, if they’re a slalom skier, they come out of the

water with one foot forward, so that torques the spine and it sets the body off a little bit, which throws the rest of the spine off. And then you put 500 horsepower in front of it, and what do you get? More torqueing,” Laurich said. Aside from athletes, many people, from students to office workers, can suffer injuries from everyday tasks. Laurich received his degree in 1998 from the Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C. and moved to Coral Springs, where he did an externship. “I started my own practice in Boca Raton in 2001, and in 2006, I opened the Wellness Experience in Wellington,” he said. Laurich sold his Boca Raton practice in 2008 to commit more time to Wellington. “I realized what a great community this was, and I wanted to entrench myself and be a part of something special here,” he said. Laurich and his wife, Lorraine, have two children, Hudson, 6, and Sophia, 8. The family has lived in Wellington since 2003. Laurich’s staff also includes Dr. Andrew Biggs, another chiropractor; acupuncture specialist Meredith Vorrath; nutritionist Tracy Mastandrea; and massage therapists Marcos Gignea and Ortavia Taylor. The Wellness Experience is located in the Kobosko’s Crossing shopping plaza at 9180 Forest Hill Blvd. For more information, visit www.wellness-experience.com or call (561) 333-5351. |wellington the magazine| September 2013

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“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” That is truly the credo of Leslie Pfeiffer, who has always believed she could do more. The current president of the Wellington Art Society, Pfeiffer has been involved in helping others since learning the value of volunteerism as a child at her mother’s side. Time has passed, but the desire to make people’s lives better has not. Pfeiffer, the September nominee for Wellington The Magazine’s Volunteer of the Year Award, got her first taste of volunteering growing up on Chicago’s South Side. “I worked with my mom on many community projects at our local church, school, hospital and nursing home,” she recalled. “She taught me to appreciate and share my talents and use my time wisely. Volunteering for me is about connecting with community.” The older she has gotten, the more Pfeiffer has given of her time to others. “During high school and college, I continued to volunteer and tutored children and adults in language and art programs,” Pfeiffer said. “I received my bachelor’s degree in education and art from Northern Illinois University and taught students in grades four to eight in the Chicago area. I have always been passionate about art and the creative process and made it part of my students’ lessons.” After she married her husband, Randy, in 1976, they moved to Boca Raton. A

few years later, they opened their own financial services office. As the 1990s dawned, Pfeiffer kicked her volunteerism up a notch. “In 1991, Randy was invited to join Rotary International, a worldwide humanitarian service organization, and we began to help with local community service projects and fundraising for local and global programs,” Pfeiffer said. “Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self,’ became part of our lifestyle. I learned to organize fundraising events, set up raffles and auctions, and did hands-on projects such as distributing school supplies, heading up children’s holiday parties, delivering Thanksgiving food boxes, visiting nursing homes, holding car shows and pancake breakfasts, to name a few. Over the years, I have seen a bright future through the eyes of hundreds of students who received our local Rotary scholarships, the near-complete elimination of polio worldwide and hundreds of sponsored projects that have brought relief and hope to people everywhere. My community had grown to include people all over the world.” The Pfeiffers became Wellington residents in the mid-1990s and, to the surprise of no one, continued to

volunteer. They became part of the Wellington Rotary Club and another local organization, My Brother’s/ Sister’s Keeper Charitable Trust, which has provided them with another opportunity to help local families going through difficult times. Moving to Wellington also allowed Pfeiffer’s artistic side to flourish. “In 2006, we spread our creative wings and started a film production company with two other partners,” she said. “To date, our company, Cinema Island Productions, has produced a full-length feature film and is at work on several more projects.” Her desire to express herself artistically is paramount to Pfeiffer. “When your creative spirit is fully engaged, you are constantly energized, and that pours forth into all you do,” she said. “You then begin to live a creative life, and the possibilities are endless.” That mindset led directly to her involvement in the Wellington Art Society. “About eight years ago, while taking a painting class locally, I learned of

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wellington volunteer the Wellington Art Society,” Pfeiffer said. “I attended their meetings and enjoyed being with people who shared my passion for art. Wanting to help local artists thrive and develop visual arts programs that inspire and educate the community, I joined the board and served as development chairwoman. I became president in 2013.” Her position in the organization gives Pfeiffer the chance to use her two loves — volunteering and artistic expression — to garner the maximum effect. “Volunteering with the Wellington Art Society allows me to use my time and talents to enhance and enrich our local lifestyle through visual art programs,” she said. “People want to live in communities where the arts are part of daily life, and I love to encourage them to be creative and use their imaginations and skills to find their own original form of self-expression.”

Pfeiffer believes the group’s opendoor policy goes a long way toward connecting Wellington residents with their inner artists. “Our meetings are fun and interesting, open to the public, and filled with enthusiasm and encouragement,” she said. “We show our members’ recent work and learn about their creative process, followed by a professional artist demo or presentation. Our members are committed to helping each other and sharing the joy of creativity.” The Wellington Art Society provides artists with more than a platform to show their work. It offers opportunities to learn more about artist development and business practices, and how to serve the community through art. “Our members are committed to sharing their talents through our

art outreach projects and activities,” Pfeiffer said. “Our projects include teaching art at the Wellington Boys & Girls Club, creating paintings for the young patients at the pediatric unit at Palms West Hospital, providing marine-themed artwork for the Tiger Shark Cove Park playground’s recent rebuild, plus exhibitions and awards of excellence for K-12 children’s art, participating in Wellington’s Art in Public Places and awarding scholarships to students pursuing artrelated careers.” Pfeiffer works closely with Wellington business leaders to continue the success of the Wellington Art Society. “Our programs and events are made possible through our member support and the generosity of our local partners and sponsors,” she said. “As president and development chairwoman, I enjoy working with

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local business and civic groups to share our goals and provide opportunities to ensure we continue to bring art and community together.” Expressing oneself through art is a very personal endeavor. Helping others do the same, for Pfeiffer, is a gift that keeps on giving. “Personally, I will always remember the smiles and joy of students receiving awards of excellence and scholarships,” Pfeiffer said. “Hearing young patients, families and staff at Palms West Hospital tell us how much our art helps the kids cope, seeing the kids play at Tiger Shark Cove, teaching a class and watching the creation of 12 amazing sunflower paintings, watching artists gain confidence and take the next steps to becoming more accomplished artists, sharing the excitement of new ideas, possibilities and dreams, watching people stretch and develop good leadership skills, seeing personal friendships blossom and grow, working together to present a fabulous two-day fine art show each year, and watching the wondrous interaction of artists and our community — all these things are incredibly gratifying.” Pfeiffer sees the act of volunteering as a win-win. “Among the many gifts of volunteering are the personal interactions and friendships that develop,” she said. “Randy and I have met and become friends with truly remarkable people doing extraordinary things because of their shared vision and commitment to improving lives and making a better world. I would encourage everyone to find a group, or start one, that shares your interests and passion and volunteer to share your time and talents in improving lives and making a better world. Time to connect — your community is calling.”

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Elevating classic flavors to new heights, Mara Cucina Italiana puts a twist on fine Italian food. Located in the Mall at Wellington Green, Mara Cucina serves fresh, authentic Italian cuisine in a modern setting.

is made from scratch,” Flores said. “It’s homemade flavors with our own twist. We have customers who come in and say, ‘Wow, it reminds me of my Grandma.’”

The restaurant was created by prominent restaurateur Lirim Jacobi as a new spin on great Italian flavors. Mara Cucina is conveniently located across from the mall’s food court.

The menu features some classic dishes everyone will recognize, but Mara Cucina also has several dishes that elevate classic Italian flavors to new heights.

“It’s classic Italian food, but we’re trying to bring it to another level,” Chef Josue Flores said. “It’s more like fine dining.” The restaurant itself is upscale and modern, with stunning glass-tile walls offset by bright red and crisp white accent walls. Overhead are modern pendant lights, casting light over granite tabletops. Guests can choose to sit at a booth, table, high-top table or the large bar. No matter where you sit, the energy in the space is evident. In addition to its great food, Mara Cucina offers a fully stocked bar with delicious signature cocktails, and there is happy hour all day. But it’s the food that sets Mara Cucina apart from other restaurants. “We use the highest quality produce in our food, which

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“We have a very classic menu with chicken Parmigiana, chicken Marsala and chicken Francese,” Flores said. “But we just added new items to the menu, bringing in more upscale dishes. People who want to try something different will find something on our new menu.” He described it as a fresh, new perspective on classic Italian food. Try the Chilean Sea Bass Oreganata ($28), a delicious piece of perfectly seared fish served over Brussels sprouts and pancetta. The fish is delicious and flavorful, and the pairing of the sprouts and pancetta make for a tasty combination. For a more classic meal, choose the Veal Chop ($28), a large chop of veal served on the bone with mashed potatoes and covered in a porcini sauce. The chop is tender and falls off the bone. The sauce makes for a flavorful addition that makes this a new favorite take on the classic dish.

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(Above, left to right) Korab Shoshi, Chef Josue Flores, Brittney DiBari, Michael White, Sadi Pajaziti and Vito Gorani. (Below) Flores in the kitchen.

The Chicken Gorgonzola ($13) is the perfect blend of Italian flavors in a creative new dish. A breaded chicken breast is baked with Gorgonzola cheese and topped with homemade bruschetta and a balsamic reduction. The cheese sets off the tangy vinegar for a blend of flavors that will make taste buds sing. “Some of the flavors are totally different than what people eat around here,” Flores said. “We don’t just cook. We put our hearts in it. I cook personally for people. And I can make dishes special for customers who want to customize their orders.” Mara Cucina prides itself on offering great food at reasonable prices, with dishes ranging from subs and grinders ($7 - $8) and pasta dishes ($8.25 - $15) to pizza ($10.75 - $15.75) and more. Some of the more popular dishes, Flores said, include the homemade meatballs ($5), the Risotto Fruitti di Marre ($25) and the Pasta Carbonara ($15). Flores said his tomato sauce is a must-try for Italian food aficionados. 72

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“No one makes tomato sauce like I make it here,” Flores said. “When people try my recipe, they fall in love with it. All my sauces are made totally fresh, and people really seem to like them.” Flores hopes to continue creating delicious new dishes to add to the Mara Cucina Italiana menu. “We have a lot of plans for the future,” he said. The restaurant also offers daily lunch

specials, with happy hour all day, every day. Mara Cucina Italiana is located near the Patio Verde entrance to the Mall at Wellington Green (10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 123, Wellington). It is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www. maracucinaitaliana.com or call (561) 791-8886.


wellington dining guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar (12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza) offers a fine dining experience at casual dining prices featuring fresh pastas and homemade sauces. For more info., call (561) 798-7770. 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 www.bonefishmacs.com 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 www.bucadibeppo.com. Cilantro’s Gourmet Deli at the corner of Lake Worth Road and Isles View Drive is stocked with irresistible South American and Latin specialties. From catering Argentinean asados and paella for 50 to pizza by the square foot, Cilantro’s has something for everyone. For more info., call (561) 296-6500. With more than 500 items on the menu, there is something for everyone at the Diner of Palm Beach, located at 12041 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach, near the intersection of Southern and Crestwood. For more information, call (561) 7956695. First Watch, the Daytime Café, is now open in Wellington at 2335 South State Road 7 in front of the Mall at Wellington Green near Office Depot. First Watch is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. For more info., call (561) 795-5500 or visit www.firstwatch.com. 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. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit www.thegrillefashioncuisine.com. 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 www.imgreektoday.com. India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168.

piano bar, bistro area, outside dining, smoking bars, entertainment and more. For more info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit www.playersclubrestaurant.com. Romano’s Macaroni Grill, located at 2535 S. State Road 7 in Wellington, serves innovative Italian cooking in a comfortable atmosphere. The menu includes the popular create-your-own pasta dishes. For info., call 561-792-2248 or visit www.macaronigrill.com. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stonewoodgrill.com for more info. Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600. TCBY in the Wellington Courtyard Shops offers selfserve frozen yogurt and more. For more info., call (561) 366-7725 or visit www.tcby.com/wellington.

A visit to Island Jack’s Patio Bar & Grill, located at 4449 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is like a trip to the beach. For more info., call (561) 6872122 or visit www.islandjacks.net.

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 www.toojays.com.

JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997.

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

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

A wide variety of food choices can be found at Welli Deli, located at 13501 South Shore Blvd. For more info., visit www.wellideli.com or call (561) 784-5884.

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Sunday, Sept. 8 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will host the Tropical Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 8 beginning at Lake Worth Beach at 7 a.m. For more info., visit www.cpbchamber.com. Monday, Sept. 9 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Art Club for ages 8 and up Monday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • DivorceCare, a program to deal with the pain of separation and divorce, will be held at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) beginning Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. for 13 weeks. Contact Rachel Lever at (561) 793-5712, ext. 21 or rlever@stpeters-umc.org to pre-register. Tuesday, Sept. 10 • The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10 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 www.pbcgov.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Tuesdays Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Selinger Chiropractic & Acupuncture (7749 Lake Worth Road) will host a networking fun|wellington the magazine| September 2013

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wellington calendar draiser in tribute to the victims and their families of the 9/11 attacks on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Families of Freedom scholarship fund for dependents of those killed or injured in the Sept. 11 attacks and rescue efforts. For more info., contact Shana Overhulser at (561) 4962244 or visit www.mylakeworthchiropractor.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Chess Club for Adults on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. Chess fans practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex (12300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For info., call (561) 791-4000 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Wednesday, Sept. 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pokemon League for ages 6 to 12 on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will host Remembrance 9/11 on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Patriot Memorial (12198 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington). Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the PGA Embassy Suites Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. Networking will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring de-cluttering organizer Kathy Andio. The cost to attend is $20, and guests are welcome. RSVP to Dottie Smith at (772) 545-7145 or Sharon Maupin at (561) 329-4485. • The Wellington Art Society will meet Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Greenview Room at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Members are asked to bring one piece of art that they created over the summer. There will also be a raffle. The general meeting begins at 7

p.m., followed by a presentation by artist J.B. Berkow. For more info., visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org. Thursday, Sept. 12 • St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (12200 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington) will host the Building Better Moms group Thursdays, Sept. 12 and 26 at 9:15 a.m. The registration fee is $35. Limited childcare is available for ages 2 and up at $20 per child. Call Rachel Lever at (561) 793-5712, ext. 21, or email rlever@stpeters-umc.org for more info. • Wellington’s Food Truck Invasion will take place Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Pajama Tales for ages 2 to 6 on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. Wear your jammies and wind down for the evening with bedtime stories about the zoo. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Friday, Sept. 13 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will present a free screening of the movie Epic on Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 7532484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Saturday, Sept. 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Story Time: Hats, Hats, Hats! for ages 3 and up Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. Celebrate hats of all kinds through story, song and rhyme, then make a crazy hat to wear home. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Blues Brothers Tribute Concert on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov for more info. Monday, Sept. 16 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber

of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon Monday, Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Greenacres Community Center (501 Swain Blvd.). The featured speaker will be Congressman Ted Deutch. For more info., call (561) 790-6200. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Paper Aviation for ages 8 and up Monday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Sept. 17 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host City of Bones for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Do you know enough to be a Shadowhunter? Gear up and join in for food, games and trivia. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Sept. 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Not Your Grandma’s Bingo for ages 5 and up Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. Create your own card, see if luck is on your side and win a prize. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Sept. 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host The Palm Beaches in the Year 1513 on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Bob Davidsson will discuss Native American tribes, village sites and the history of the Palm Beaches at the time of explorer Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival in 1513. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Heart of the Cards for ages 12 and up Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. Bring Yu-Gi-Oh cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. Friday, Sept. 20 • Dave Ramsey’s nine-week Financial Peace University will be held at Chenoweth Community Class (14161 Greentree Drive, Wellington) beginning Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Call Kim Chenoweth at

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Perham Celebrates Milestone — Beverly Perham, founder of the local nonprofit Back to Basics, celebrated her 75th birthday on Aug. 10 at her home in Wellington. Approximately 100 friends came to celebrate. (Seated) Beverly Perham, Joan Kelly and Marietta Bowie; (standing) Louise Connolly and Ali Stains.

Village Employees Honored — Greenview Shores 1 Neighborhood Watch Team Captain John Shwiner met with Wellington Deputy Manager John Bonde and Code Compliance Officer Rich Cataldo on Aug. 7 to present them with certificates of achievement. (L-R) Shwiner, Cataldo, Steven Koch and Bonde.

School Makeover — Equestrian Trails Elementary School revealed its recently finished landscaping makeover July 30. Seacrest Services donated its time and all materials, including plants, to beautify the school courtyard and repair the irrigation system. Shown here is Silke Corredor and daughters Leah and Nathalie with Paul Licata of Seacrest Services and Equestrian Trails Principal Michele Johnson.

Farewell, Jaene — The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce held a farewell party for departing CEO Jaene Miranda on July 26 at DiSalvo’s Trattoria. Co-workers and friends gathered to wish Miranda good luck in her new job as CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Shown here are members of the board of directors with Miranda.

Temple Open House — Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington held an open house Aug. 11. It was a chance for prospective new members to get information about the Jewish congregation. Guests enjoyed refreshments and more. For more info., visit www.templebnaijacob.com. (Right) Members Anna, Gina, Glen and Dr. Sara Bernstein with Rich Chasinoff. (Below) Alan Cohan, Rabbi David Abrams, Morry Silverman and Rich Chasinoff.

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