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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Hundreds On Hand To Enjoy Chamber’s Flavors Of Wellington Thousands Take Part In Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Wellington’s Grand Champions Club Hosts Gay Polo Tournament


features 22 GARDEN CLUB: 30 YEARS AND GROWING For almost 30 years, the Wellington Garden Club has helped beautify, educate and promote environmentalism in the community and has grown into a large club dedicated to continuing its legacy with today’s youth. BY LAUREN MIRÓ

Palm Beach Central Students Raise Over $75,000 For St. Baldrick’s Wellington Art Society Hosts ‘Hot Art, Cool Place’ Exhibit And Sale Crab Orchard Defeats Audi To Claim Polo’s U.S. Open Title

50 WELLINGTON AT HOME Needlepoint and découpage personalize the Palm Beach Polo home of Donald and Judy Little. Light-filled and airy, the house makes up for its relatively small footprint with a big personality. BY DEBORAH WELKY

58 WELLINGTON TABLE Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too boasts New York-style dining right here in Wellington. It’s a place where customers are family and Mitch is more than just a name on the sign. BY LAUREN MIRÓ

20 WELLINGTON WATCH 62 WELLINGTON DINING GUIDE 65 WELLINGTON CALENDAR 70 AROUND WELLINGTON ON THE COVER Dr. Jennifer Konsker, one of our “Moms Just Want To Have Fun” contest winners. Hair and makeup by Moda Hair Design. Flowers by Wellington Florist. PHOTO BY SUSAN LERNER

30 UNITING THE WORLD, ONE SHIRT AT A TIME Wellington-based SequentialT aims to unite socially conscious people across the globe through promoting charitable endeavors and the wearing of sequentially numbered, unique t-shirts. BY DEBORAH WELKY

38 MOMS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN! Professors of life, wipers of noses and givers of unconditional love — moms everywhere are life’s quiet heroes. This month, Wellington The Magazine honored four local moms through our first Facebookonly contest. BY DEBORAH WELKY

42 TREAT YOUR MOM TO A RELAXING SPA DAY When cutting back, mom’s little luxuries — hair, nail and spa days — are sometimes the first to go. Yet stressful times are when mom needs that pampering the most. Wellington spa owners recognize that fact and are bending over backward to offer affordable massages, facials and treatment packages. BY DEBORAH WELKY

46 RON MIRANDA KEEPS TABS ON DINING TRENDS When Ron Miranda recently changed his restaurant’s name (and the menu) from Nicole’s Village Tavern to Nicole’s Pasta & Grill, he was doing what he always does — following his instincts and his faith in reinvention to stay one step ahead of today’s trends while still pleasing people’s palates. Nicole’s remains one of Wellington’s most popular places to meet and eat, and Miranda is Wellington The Magazine’s fifth Entrepreneur of the Year Award nominee. BY MATTHEW AUERBACH WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • MAY 2010

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This Month We Celebrate Motherhood... volume

7, number 5 | may 2010

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Joshua I. MannIng associate publisher

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Moms everywhere are life’s quiet heroes, and this month we celebrate these givers of life through Wellington The Magazine’s first Facebook-only contest. We asked our growing Facebook fan base for mom nominees, and the result is this month’s “Moms Just Want to Have Fun” feature. Our four winners enjoyed a special night on the town and a pampered spa day. Special thanks to Flower Kingdom, the Players Club and our four participating spas: Sanda Gané European Day Spa, Spa Zen, the Wellington Day Spa and Zen Massage for supporting this great contest. If you want to be in on future Facebook-only promotions, seek out Wellington The Magazine’s group and become a member. By the way, if you’re looking for a great gift for that special mom in your life — this month or all year round — why not give her a day of spa pampering? Want to know more? We profile the services offered at our four participating contest spas this issue. For 30 years, the Wellington Garden Club has been helping beautify and educate the community all while promoting environmentalism. Now boasting more members than ever before, the club has recently branched out into new programs, partnering with the village and other groups to extend their mission. Wellington The Magazine staff members joined area garden lovers on the club’s recent Garden Tour to learn more about this wonderful organization. Also this month, we learn about a unique, new Wellington-based web business, SequentialT. A hybrid between a business and a charity-supporting social networking organization, SequentialT aims to unite the world, one t-shirt and a time. We chat with company founders Tracy Howe and Peter Kraft about their vision. We also profile animal massage expert Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt with a focus on his new web site Animal Awareness. This month’s Wellington Entrepreneur of the Year nominee is visionary restaurateur Ron Miranda. For 20 years, he has worked to keep his Wellington restaurants one step ahead of current dining trends. Wellington at Home visits with Donald and Judy Little in Palm Beach Polo, while Wellington Table features the New York-style fare available at Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too. All this and six pages of Wellington Social Scene photos in the May issue of Wellington The Magazine. Joshua Manning Publisher/Executive Editor

vice president Wellington The Magazine is published monthly in Wellington, Florida. Copyright 2010, all rights reserved by Wellington The Magazine, LLC. Contents may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. The publisher accepts no responsibility for advertisement errors beyond the cost of the portion of the advertisement occupied by the error within the advertisement itself. The publisher accepts no responsibility for submitted materials. All submitted materials subject to editing.

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Wellington Advertiser List Advertiser Page All About Blinds ........................................... 57 All Paws Animal Clinic .................................26 American Heritage School .......................... 10 Ankle & Foot Centre of South Florida .........68 Bea Bolton Photography .............................68 Bianca’s ........................................................ 27 Big Lake Cutting & Tiz Whiz Feed................13 Camp Fusion ................................................ 18 Claudia Diesti ..............................................67 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery ............................. 37 Creative Kitchen Concepts ...........................53 Designer’s Touch Jewelry ............................29 Diagnostic Centers of America .....................9 DJ Computers ..............................................69 Dolce Dental ..................................................6 Donald K. Porges, CPA ................................ 32 Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute ............. 32 Freedman & Haas Orthodontics................. 36 Generations: A Hair Salon .......................... 27 Grayhills & Mohip Dental ........................... 37 Green Team Solutions ................................. 57 Hair Spray Salon, Nikki Bailey.....................29 Hi Lites Hair Studio.....................................20 Home Away From Home.............................26 Horticulturist, The .......................................29 Illustrated Properties, Crowe Team ..............53 Illustrated Properties, Shelley Sandler ........ 45 I’m Greek Today ...........................................62 JEZ Capital ................................................... 14 Lock Stock & Barrel Restaurant .................. 61

Mamma Mia’s Trattoria............................... 63 Maternal Fetal Center .................................. 65 Mitch’s Westside Bagels .............................64 Mystique Jewelry .......................................... 32 Nicole’s Pasta & Grill .................................. 63 North Star Dental ........................................67 O’Dell Inc. ................................................... 19 Palm Beach Gastroenterology Consultants ..33 Palm Beach Hair Solutions ..........................15 Palm Beach Psychological Associates ........ 41 Paymaster ....................................................69 Photo Designs Inc. ...................................... 65 Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach..................... 25 Player’s Club .................................................71 PMI Remodeling & Repairs..........................55 RM Day Construction .................................. 41 Rejuvia Med Spa .......................................... 21 Ristorante Vino ............................................ 61 Robert R. Morris, Attorney at Law...............44 Rock Star Cleaners....................................... 19 Royal Inn ........................................................ 3 Royal Palm Auto Spa ...................................48 Sadati Center for Aesthetic Dentistry............ 2 Sanda Gané European Day Spa ....................4 Shaggy Dog Professional Pet Grooming ....67 Shingo’s Japanese Restaurant .................... 63 Simo, Bruck & Aqua Pediatric Care ............ 36 Smiles by Jiveh ............................................. 72 South Florida Science Museum ..................48 South Florida Sedation Dentistry.................11

South Florida Skin & Laser...........................17 Stonewood Grill ...........................................62 Sushi Yama Siam ......................................... 61 Tipsy Salon & Spa........................................ 32 TNT Gym......................................................62 ToothTown Pediatric Dentistry ....................68 Ultima Fitness .............................................66 Van Dell Jewelers ......................................... 16 Vital Longevity Water, Susan Lerner............66 WellingTAN .................................................. 19 Wellington Day Spa .....................................29 Wellington Regional Medical Center............. 5 Wellington Royal Marble & Granite .............55 Windsor Cleaners ........................................ 33 SPring SiLVEr SEction #1 Education Place Alexander L. Domb, PA Anthony’s Dry Cleaners BrightStar Healthcare El Toro Mexican Family Restaurant Grand Buffet Gypsy’s Horse Irish Pub & Restaurant Hilary’s Restaurant John C. Hunton A/C & Refrigeration Matlock Preparatory Academy Pizzazz Hair Designs WaterWorks 4 U Wheels of Wellington Zen Massage


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Wellington Social Scene

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Hundreds On Hand To Enjoy Chamber’s Flavors Of Wellington

Judges Darell Bowen, Cindy Bovay, Michael Stone, Roxanne Stein, Allen West, Aubrey West and Carmine Priore III. Chef Mark Adams and Melanie Arnold of Binks Forest Golf Club show off Binks Fiesta, which won Best Plate Presentation.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted its signature event, Flavors of Wellington, on Friday, April 9 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. In addition to dining and dancing to the 20-piece stage band Music Masters International, attendees sampled fare from more than 25 local eateries. The winners were: Best Taste, Kontiki; Best Plate Presentation, Binks Forest Golf Club; Best Display, A Piece of Cake by Elena; and Best Dessert, White Horse Tavern.

Kontiki Wine & Raw Bar wins for Best Taste.

Joseph Warens and Efrain Warens of A Piece of Cake, winners for Best Display.

Saundra Mercer, Channel 5’s Roxanne Stein and event co-chair John Mercer.

Jennifer Chripczuk, Robert Freiberg, Lauren Belinsky and Frank Hawkins of Whole Foods Market give Laura Jaffe a sample.

(Above) The White Horse Tavern team show off their crab and avocado salad. (Below) Allen West and Aubrey West get ready to judge a sample. (Above) Dr. Carmine & Marie Priore, Roxanne Stein and Terri & Carmine Priore III. (Below) Karen and Bob Cavanagh with Debbie Plaxen.

(Above) Bill Tavernise, John Mercer, Alec Domb, Carmine Priore III and Mayor Darell Bowen. (Below) Shawn Whisenhant, Regis & Tom Wenham and Pat & Jeff Curry.


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Wellington Social Scene

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Thousands Take Part In Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis, CEO Craig Jackson and Vice President Gary Bennett with racer Darrell Gwynn of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation (center).

A pair of 1967 his-and-her Corvettes sold for $293,700.

Brave attendees took a hot lap in 2009 Corvettes driven 80 mph by pro race drivers. Angelica Perez received a wheelchair from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

Jay Leno’s 2007 autographed Corvette with “Tonight Show” memorabilia sold for $44,000.

The eighth annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction returned to the South Florida Fairgrounds April 1-3. More than 55,000 attended the auction, which tallied more than $20 million in total sales. The cars offered some people a chance to relive a youthful fantasy by owning a muscle car. Others got to own a piece of their past with a car sporting graceful fins from the ’50s. For more info., visit

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Wellington Social Scene

Photos by Carol Porter and Lindsay McCall

Wellington’s Grand Champions Club Hosts Gay Polo Tournament The inaugural International Gay Polo Tournament held Saturday, April 3 was deemed a huge success on and off the field. Equestrian Life, led by 6-goaler Juan Bollini, edged Bluhorse 4-3 to win the championship game played in front of almost 1,500 spectators at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington. The winning team of Chip McKenney, Juan Bollini (professional), Gordon Ross and Tom Landry.

Event organizer Mason Phelps is interviewed by W4CY Radio.

Justin Lohren and Parker Williams.

Pouring the champagne at half time.

“The Voice of Polo” Tony Coppola does the play by play.

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Wellington Social Scene

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Palm Beach Central Students Raise Over $75,000 For St. Baldrick’s

Principal Dr. Matthew Shoemaker gets shorn.

Margarita Rodriguez holds Jordana GoetzStern’s ponytail, which went to Locks of Love.

Event organizers Don Meyers, Peri Diamond, Nicole Martinez and Brandon Corsentino.

Tyrone Carter of the Pittsburgh Steelers assists Joni Lengyel in cutting Antario Scruggs’ braids.

Bronco girls who shaved for the cause.

English teacher Barbara Bretherick gets shaved by math teacher Jennifer Peggs while her husband Bill lends support.

Palm Beach Central High School held its second annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser on Thursday, March 25, organized by the school’s Key Club. Last year, PBCHS was the No. 1 fundraising school in the nation, pulling in $51,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research. This year the Broncos raised more than $75,000.


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Wellington Social Scene

Photos by Denise Fleischman

Wellington Art Society Hosts ‘Hot Art, Cool Place’ Exhibit And Sale (Right) Danielle Wolf hands Lynne Ricard the basket she won in the raffle.

(Left) Lori Shankman demonstrates her one-stroke painting technique. (Above) Raymonde Talleyrand with her acrylics on canvas paintings. (Below) Lisa Keeney shows off her photography.

The Wellington Art Society presented “Hot Art, Cool Place” on Saturday, April 17 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The arts and crafts exhibit and sale celebrated spring with a French market theme. Local artists showcased their jewelry, paintings, photography and other fine arts and crafts. In addition, there were raffles and music provided by Willie Allen. For more info., visit www.

(Left) Artist Gisela Pferdekamper with her work.

(Right) Master of ceremonies David Frye plays guitar.

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Wellington Social Scene

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Crab Orchard Defeats Audi To Claim Polo’s U.S. Open Title

(Above) Doug Marty of sponsor Arcalux with George Rawlings and Carrie O’Rourke (Right) IPC President John Wash with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Lucchese’s Paul Lavoie and John Muse with IPC President John Wash and Heather & Andres Weisz.

Shown with the trophy are Crab Orchard’s George Rawlings, Adolfo Cambiaso, Beverly Rawlings, Julio Arellano and MVP Hilario Ulloa.

Georgette Escobar, Amy Azzaro and Tamara Gerber.

Julio Arellano scored seven goals, helping Crab Orchard defeat defending champion Audi 13-8 to win the Arcalux 106th U.S. Open Polo Championship on Sunday, April 18 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Despite rainy weather, thousands of attendees were onsite to celebrate the final day of the polo season.

Wellington Vice Mayor Matt Willhite with his wife Alexis.

Patrick and Ursula Nesbitt.


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Wellington Watch

BY joshua manning, lauren miró & ron bukley

Major Road Work Project Gets Underway On Forest Hill Blvd. The Village of Wellington began construction on Forest Hill Blvd. in April. Roadway improvements between Wellington Trace and State Road 7 will include milling and resurfacing, striping, signage, lighting, landscaping, irrigation, drainage and sidewalk construction. “We will be completely redoing Forest Hill Blvd.,” Village Manager Paul Schofield said. The project will resurface the road, add and repair drainage, bring the curb to the roadway and update the look of the area. “If you’ve seen what the road is like between Southern Blvd. and Wellington Trace, that’s what it’s going to look like when it’s finished,” Schofield said. The work is being paid for with a $5 million transportation stimulus grant that was awarded to the village last year. The roadwork will complement the village’s new Town Center on Forest Hill Blvd. The entire roadway project is scheduled to be completed by February 2011.

New Titles For Willhite, Priore — Wellington Mayor Darell Bowen took the oath of office at the Wellington Village Council’s organizational meeting April 13, marking the start of his second term as mayor. Also taking the oath were new Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, who was elected to term-limited Lizbeth Benacquisto’s seat, and returning Councilman Howard Coates, who won his seat uncontested. Councilman Matt Willhite was appointed vice mayor, and the council unanimously passed a motion to create the position of “mayor pro tem.” In the absence of the mayor and vice mayor, the mayor pro tem will hold the gavel. The new role was awarded to Councilman Dr. Carmine Priore in honor of his longtime service to the village. Senior Care Facility Rising On SR 7 — Palm Health Partners held a topping-off party for NuVista Care at Wellington Green on

April 6. The new senior care facility will be located off State Road 7 north of Stribling Way. The 120-bed skilled nursing facility and 52-bed assisted living facility is the first of several planned by NuVista Care during the next several years. It is the first new senior care facility to be built in the western communities in 25 years. About 60 people attended the ceremony, led by Palm Health Partners CEO Paul Walczak. The patient-centered environment will embrace design principles that create an atmosphere that improves the healthcare of patients and provide efficient conditions for staff, Walczak said. “Healthcare continues to move toward being a more consumer-driven model as the Baby Boomer generation ages,” he noted. A grand opening is planned for the spring of 2011. Santamaria To Seek Second Term — Palm Beach County Commissioner Jess Santa-


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maria has decided to run for re-election this fall. He said he made the decision at the behest of numerous supporters who have asked him to seek a second term. While he never specifically ruled out a second term, Santamaria said his intention was to serve a single four-year term. “When I ran the first time, I had no intention to run a second time,” he said. “I felt I was going to give four years of my life to the community.” Santamaria said that up until March, he was inclined to retire, rather than run again. “My family felt the same way, but what has happened over the past month has been somewhat overwhelming,” he said, referring to exhortations to run from both friends and strangers. “This repetition over and over again first and foremost is humbling and heartwarming,” Santamaria said. “As of this past week, I can’t find myself saying ‘no.’ So the answer is, yes, I’m running.” He said his second term will continue to focus on fighting dishonesty and corruption in government.

Village Seeks Donors For Patriot Memorial — The Village of Wellington will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with the unveiling of the 9/11 Patriot Memorial. It will feature an eternal flame, a flagpole, benches and a fountain. The memorial’s crowning jewel will be a piece of the wreckage from the World Trade Center. The project is being funded privately, through donations to the Wellington Community Foundation. Donors can elect to pay for a personalized brick paver, dedicated to whomever they choose, for $50 or $100, or they can fund another part of the project, from a $200 engraved flowerbed marker up to $50,000 for the fountain. “I think that the private-public partnership will help to bring people together and give them some ownership in the Village of Wellington,” said Vice Mayor Matt Willhite, who conceived the project. The village expects to begin construction in January 2011 on the memorial, which will sit at the entrance to the new Town Center, be-

tween Scott’s Place playground and the new Wellington municipal complex. For more about the project, call Project Manager Nicole Evangelista at (561) 791-4733 or e-mail FPL Program Improves Reliability — As storm season approaches, Florida Power & Light has implemented an upgraded maintenance program that inspects poles, clears vegetation and examines critical power lines in and near Wellington. “There’s no storm-proof system,” FPL’s Sarah Marmion said. “But we hope that the work we are doing will improve reliability and increase storm preparedness.” During the course of four years, FPL has been routinely maintaining its poles and lines, and by the end of this year will have inspected 57 percent of poles in Wellington, cleared 630 miles of power lines and inspected 27 main power lines. FPL customers can visit and type in their address to see a detailed map of recent improvements nearby.


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Wellington’s Green Brigade

Garden Club Promotes Environmental Activism Through Civic Programs STORY BY LAUREN MIRÓ  PHOTOS BY ABNER PEDRAZA AND CAROL PORTER

For almost 30 years, the Wellington Garden Club has helped beautify, educate and promote environmentalism in the community and has grown into a large club dedicated to continuing its legacy with today’s youth. The Wellington Garden Club was founded in 1981 by gardening enthusiast Mary Clark. At the time, the club had 14 members. Today the club boasts approximately 140 members and continues to grow. “In the past three years, we’ve grown more than any club in the state,” President Barbara Hadsell said. A member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs and Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, the club’s objective is to “encourage interest in all phases of home gardening and promote better horticulture practices, civic beauty and conservation of natural resources.”

The large and growing membership has allowed the Wellington Garden Club to increase the ways in which it helps the community. The club has long participated in Wellington’s Adopt-a-Street program, but projects now include maintaining public gardens, funding scholarships for young environmental enthusiasts to go to camp, and providing scholarships to horticultural majors at Palm Beach State College. “We always did the Adopt-a-Street program in the past, but with new members, we’ve been able to do bigger and better projects,” Hadsell said.

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Since 2004, the club has worked to help families in need through Habitat for Humanity by designing and installing landscapes at the newly built homes, Hadsell said. And the club is continuing to help the families spruce up and maintain their gardens. Club members are also helping needy families save on vegetables through a sustainable garden maintained by the club. “We’ve co-sponsored a community vegetable garden with the Elks Lodge,” Hadsell explained. “We’ve been maintaining it since November. Habitat for Humanity families and other needy families can come and pick vegetables. We’ve been able to feed so many people with that.” The club also maintains a garden at the Wellington Community Center where club members built a butterfly garden, planted hedges and beautified the rear landscape. Through its service, club members hope not only to beautify the community, but also to educate young members and youth interested in environmentalism. “We’ve been to Wellington Landings [Middle School] to speak to their classes on how the children can go home with their families and reduce their carbon footprint,” Hadsell said. Each summer, the club helps to send children to camps that promote environmentalism.

(Left) Wellington Garden Club members sell Garden Tour tickets at the First Baptist Church of Wellington. (Front row, L-R) Dora Cannella and Lorraine Commerford; (back row) Linda DeSanti, Stormi Bivin and Deb Russell.

“We provide scholarships to pay a portion of tuition for campers to go to the camps,” Hadsell said. “Today’s youth will affect this planet and who we are and what we are tomorrow. It all begins with our children.” For kindergarteners through eighthgraders, there is Wekiva Youth Camp in Orlando. The weeklong camp is sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden


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Clubs and led by adult garden club volunteers from across the state. Campers learn about nature, conservation and crafts. For high school students, there is Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge, a conference that features critical environmental issues and promotes leadership. The club also provides academic scholarships to students majoring in horticulture or environmental sciences at Palm Beach State College. “These are young adults who, as a result of their experience and knowledge in gardening, have been awarded a scholarship,” Hadsell said. “Gardening makes a world of difference.” To raise money for these projects, the Wellington Garden Club holds its WelWellington gardeners who opened their yards to guests during this year’s Garden Tour included Kevin and Darlene Kelly (left) and Peter Wiesner (far right).


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lington Garden Tour every other year. The tour opens up some of the best, creative and unusual home gardens to the public. The event is so popular that people from all over the state take the tour. The gardens are built and maintained by the home’s owners, who aren’t necessarily club members. It gives the community a chance to take inspiration from others. “These aren’t professionally landscaped homes,” Hadsell said. “These are people who love to garden. And by seeing what other people have done, our members can take inspiration away for their own gardens.” This year the tour took place on April 10 and had almost 400 attendees, raising approximately $12,000 for club programs, Hadsell said. For participant Peter Wiesner, opening up his garden to hundreds of visitors was


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(Above) A variety of ground cover plantings add to the South Florida feel of this Wellington garden. (Inset) Wellington Garden Club President Barbara Hadsell.

a rewarding experience. “We started planting our trees 13 years ago,” he said. “We didn’t even know about the garden club before this, but everyone was so great. It was a really wonderful experience.” When the club isn’t working on civic projects, it is taking time to educate its members and the community. Members range from young to old and can be at any level of gardening.

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the chance to get their hands in some dirt with all its civic projects.

“We have master gardeners and we have people who have never grown a flower in their whole life,” Hadsell said. “Some people have gardened all their lives, and some are just starting it as a new hobby.”

The club is always welcoming new members, whether their thumb is green or black, Hadsell said. Membership dues are $30, and members don’t necessarily have to live in Wellington.

Hadsell joined the club when she was living in a condo and had only a pot of flowers herself. “I grew up with my parents’ vegetable garden, and even though I didn’t have a lot of space to garden, I still joined,” she said.

“It’s about seeing the beauty around you and that thirst for knowledge that so many people have,” she said. “You should join if you read the magazine and you find you have a thirst for knowledge of all the things around you that God created.”

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SequentialT founders Tracy Howe and Peter Kraft at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

We want to leverage the humanity and personal impact of numbers — by using sequential numbers printed on T-shirts — to link all of us together in a quest for a better world.



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Uniting The World, One Shirt At A Time Story by Deborah Welky  Photos by Gary Kane

Facebook, Twitter, e-mail — all are serving to change the social network of the world. But how many of these super-fast sources of communication “give back” to the communities they touch? Enter SequentialT, a company formed to unite socially conscious people across the globe through a common denominator that doesn’t require logging on, knowing how to tweet or technology of any kind. In fact, if you can wear a T-shirt, you’re in. “Everyone, everywhere wears T-shirts. It’s a global form of expression. So are numbers,” said Wellington’s Peter Kraft, who formed the company with his wife Tracy Howe. “We want to leverage the humanity and personal impact of numbers — by using sequential numbers printed on T-shirts — to link all of us together in a quest for a better world.”

A few samples of the sequentially numbered USA shirts available through SequentialT.

Kraft, whose background includes the managing of his family’s military and aerospace subcontracting business, the founding of an educational software company and the publishing of the college-oriented Link magazine, had originally intended to step off life’s treadmill and take some time off. “We thought that we were going to enjoy taking a year off and spending time with the kids and the horses, and 30 days later we were bored out of our minds,” Howe recalled. “After working on projects that required such commitment, where our passions were so strong, we found we had nothing to sink our teeth into.” The couple agreed they needed another project, but this time it was going to be something a bit different. “We had several prerequisites,” Kraft said. “Our busiWELLINGTON THE THE MAGAZINE MAGAZINE •• May May 2010 2010 WELLINGTON

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ness must be inspiring, global, scalable, viral, creative and must make an impact in the world. It’s ‘compassionate capitalism’ at work.” About 10 months ago, while working out, Kraft hit upon the idea for SequentialT — a T-shirt company that would unite people through the organizations and charities that mean the most to them. Yet, when he pitched the idea to Howe, she was lukewarm. “I thought it was a cute idea, but I did not see a business model in it,” she said. “So I fiddled around with the idea myself for a week or two, and suddenly I was not so sure the idea was as crazy as I originally thought. And, frankly, the name he threw at me — SequentialT — was most intriguing.” Each SequentialT shirt bears a global and national number and the owner’s personal choice of national flags and cause-related badges. Five dollars from each purchase is automatically donated to charities serving people, animals or the earth, as specified by the buyer. Charities can sign on to order sequentially numbered shirts for a specific event and sell them to their supporters. In addition, each shirt comes with an authentication card. It has a code, and purchasers go online to authenticate their shirt. There, they have an opportunity to create a limited profile of themselves, which gives the charity a database of sorts. In the future, a texting component will make it possible for interested parties to connect, although purchasers will always be able to decide what information they want made public. “There’s nothing else out there that creates a viral reach and a viral campaign for a business, foundation or organization the way the SequentialT numbers can,” Howe said. “In fact, we’re about to roll out an ambassador campaign that will encourage people to have their friends and family join in and be counted. They can do it for any cause that’s important to WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • May 2010

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them. They can do it for family reunions, weddings, bar mitzvahs. College students can create their own group for the betterment of mankind, if you will, and build an audience.” John Kiely and Paulina Fibak, longtime business associates of Kraft and Howe, are co-founders of SequentialT. “We’re all connected,” Fibak said. “Everywhere I go I can feel a connection between people. I wanted a way to ‘wear that connection on our sleeves.’” Kiely is equally enthusiastic. “You can’t stop unity,” he said. That unity was highly apparent during the Nations Cup event in March at the Winter Equestrian Festival, where SequentialT made its initial appearance. “Peter and I are avid equestrians,” Howe said. “We come down each year with our kids, our dogs and our horses. We’re jumpers, and we compete every week. We really started thinking about one of the big events, the WEF Nations Cup where 11 different countries are competing against each other in a grand prix level competition.” So they pitched their idea to Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions, producer of the Winter Equestrian Festival. The timing was good. Bellissimo was putting together a big charity event as well. “The Great Charity Challenge was in its infancy, and he saw the natural tie-in for SequentialT to raise money — to be the official outfitter of the riders as well as for spectators,” Howe said. “It also introduced us to 24 different charities.” Held March 20, the inaugural Great Charity Challenge was a three-person equestrian relay race. Each team was composed of two amateur riders and one world-class or Olympic rider. Kraft and Howe were paired with U.S. Olympian Will Simpson. The charities were a mixture of local organizations, national groups and

Peter Kraft and Tracy Howe were proud to be a part of the first Great Charity Challenge.

equestrian-related causes. Between the Nations Cup and the Charity Challenge, 640 SequentialT shirts were sold, raising thousands in additional money for the charities. Realizing that their company joined “late in the game,” Howe predicts an even brighter outcome for 2011 when pre-promotion sales of the shirts are possible. “One of the things that you had to experience live was to see the effect these shirts had at the event,” said publicist Fern Flamberg of Diane Terman Public Relations. “They made an instant connection. They stood out. They made a statement. The physical manifestation of the cause is really strong when you see it in action. People were intrigued by the numbers. Each shirt was totally unique and yet similar. SequentialT gives a particular event a moment in time. At next year’s Nations Cup, it won’t be the same number and,

like any collectible, the lower the number, the higher the value.” And the charity event opened doors for the fledgling company. “Of the 24 charities involved, four have already reached out to us to provide a marketing package and shirts for their own events,” Howe said. Working with a company that has a “social backbone” is good for the family, too, serving as an example for the couple’s three children — Taylor, 6, Macallum, 5, and Hunter, 3 months. And children learn a lot by watching their parents. “Taylor has just started begging me to get her a pony,” Howe said. “My husband and I don’t want to push the sport on the kids but, because we’re so committed, it would make our lives easier.” For more information about SequentialT, visit


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Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt’s Animal Awareness web site offers tips on home health care programs for animals, with a special focus on dogs and horses. He has written extensively on animal massage techniques.

Animal Awareness Offers Exciting New

Options For Owners Of Dogs And Horses

By Rebecca Walton

Many in Wellington own a dog or a horse — sometimes both. When a companion animal needs special attention, owners are eager to do whatever it takes to keep it as happy as possible. Sometimes this leads to unnecessary veterinary expenses. But what if that was not the case? That is the goal of Animal Awareness, a new web site for animal lovers that promotes home health care programs.

Animal Awareness offers articles, mini-DVDs and a consultation with Hourdebaigt. The extensive article library covering many home-care topics relate to equines and canines. Hourdebaigt wrote all of the articles with feedback from many top professionals in the industry. Many of these articles are more than 2,000 words and offer step-by-step instruction on how to care for your animal at home.

Licensed massage therapist Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt founded Animal Awareness with the hope of helping animal lovers learn how to care for anything from arthritis to muscle injuries.

The mini-DVDs offered at Animal Awareness can be purchased and downloaded for a minimal fee. Each video is featured in high-definition and offers eight to 10 minutes of visual instruction for subjects such as massaging, stretching and hydrotherapy. These procedures shown on the video can then be used on a daily basis to help improve your animal’s health and well-being.

“When you go to the vet, there is a fee for the visit and then there can be additional fees for tests, which eventually add up,” he said. “Luckily there are a lot of massage skills that you can develop by reading articles or watching videos. This allows people to do something on a daily basis that will make a big impact on the animal. We’re not replacing the vet, but after the vet’s evaluation, people are now empowered to do basic maintenance of massage therapy, stretching and hydrotherapy at home.”

Finally, by filling out a form online, pet owners can have an e-mail or telephone consultation with Hourdebaigt to develop home-care procedures to improve their animal’s condition. Owners also can submit a video giving Hourdebaigt a visual of their animal. WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • May 2010

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Hourdebaigt works diligently with Animal Awareness members to develop a rapport so that they can successfully implement his home-care procedures. Hourdebaigt graduated from the Canadian College of Massage Therapy and has been a licensed massage therapist for 28 years. He moved to Florida in 2001 after realizing a need within the equestrian community. After he moved here and began taking on clients, he came up with the idea for Animal Awareness. “I travel to different parts of the United States, and I often heard people talking about how Wellington has so many good vets and trainers,” he said. “In other areas of the country, they do not always have access to the top medical professionals, so it’s hard for them to know what to do or how to perform different techniques.” Hourdebaigt pursued his vision for Animal Awareness to offer basic information about home-care procedures for different issues that animals face. “Over the course of about two years, I put together the proposal and began writing all of the articles,” he said. “The articles are the result of many years of practice and research.” Hourdebaigt was one of the first people to publish international works in the world of animal massage therapy and is the author of Equine Massage: A Practical Guide, The Rider’s Fitness Guide to a Better Seat, Fitness Evaluation of the Horse and several more self-published professional works. He has had the opportunity to work with top veterinarians such as Dr. Steven Engle, Dr. Timothy Ober and Dr. Philippe Benoit. Hourdebaigt’s equine experience includes working with eventers, jumpers, dressage and western horses. For more information about Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt and Animal Awareness, visit WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • May 2010

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Moms Just Want To

Story by Deborah Welky Photos by Susan Lerner

Professors of life, wipers of noses and givers of unconditional love — moms everywhere are life’s quiet heroes. This month, Wellington The Magazine honored four local moms through our first Facebook-only contest. The magazine’s Facebook fans were invited to submit nominations for mothers who would enjoy a break from their everyday routine, putting aside their motherly responsibilities to revel in a day of pampering and a night out on the town. The criteria were simple: the nominees had to be moms who wanted to have fun — and suggestions came flooding in. 38 May 2010 • WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE

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We chose four lucky moms: Patricia Donlinkane, Susan Goins, Jennifer Konsker and Helene McLean. Each received a lovely bouquet of flowers professionally designed by Flower Kingdom and a basket of treasures featuring special “spa escape” certificates compliments of Sanda Gané European Day Spa, Spa Zen, the Wellington Day Spa and Zen

Massage. These gifts were presented at our “moms just want to have fun” dinner hosted by the Players Club restaurant, capped off by a champagne toast to motherhood. The Players Club was the perfect location for this special night out. The introductions began around an oversized

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(Above, L-R) Contest winners Susan Goins, Dr. Jennifer Konsker, Helene McLean and Patricia Donlinkane raise a toast to motherhood. (Right) Champagne and fresh flowers graced the table at the Players Club in Wellington, site of our “moms just want to have fun” night out on the town. WELLINGTONTHE THEMAGAZINE MAGAZINE• •May May2010 2010 WELLINGTON

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table adorned with freshly cut flowers and sparkling champagne. Illuminated by the sunset upon a backdrop of polo fields, the setting lent itself to a magical experience. Each mom was greeted by a smiling wait staff catering their every need, from appetizers to dessert. With a menu designed to please any palate, the perfectly prepared food topped the impeccable Players Club service. It was a perfect evening our honored moms will long remember. Thank you to everyone who participated in this great event, especially our growing legions of Facebook fans who nominated the special moms in their lives. And just remember: you don’t need a Wellington The Magazine contest to let your mom know how much you appreciate her! Now let’s learn a bit about our four fun-loving moms...

vate prep school in West Palm Beach. “When my husband heard about this contest, he nominated me with a letter,” Jennifer said. “The letter very much detailed what I do on a daily basis. I work hard and I do a lot for our family, so I guess he thought I deserved it.” With her parents living in Lake Worth and Randall’s parents in Lantana, this pediatrician has realized her dream of family harmony at last — and that’s got to be good for the kids.  There are always going to be globetrotters among us; those who have no qualms about picking up and starting new somewhere completely different. Patricia Donlinkane is one of those people.

 Wellington resident Dr. Jennifer Konsker is a pediatrician practicing in Boca Raton. To her family, she’s the glue that holds them together. Eight years ago, just as she finished her residency training in New York, Jennifer had her first son, Benjamin. She has always loved Florida, and her husband Randall’s parents were already living here part time as snowbirds, so Jennifer engineered a move that would keep the family intact. “I wanted to move to a place where we could all be together,” she said. “My mom and dad are from Philadelphia, and they said they could retire down in Florida, so I thought we might as well try. So we just packed up and moved.” Since arriving those eight summers ago, the family has welcomed a second son, Henry, and Randall has founded a pri(Left, top to bottom) Contest winners Dr. Jennifer Konsker, Patricia Donlinkane, Helene McLean and Susan Goins.

Her first visit to Florida was upon her high school graduation — it was a gift from an aunt who lived here. Since then, Patricia has lived here three times — moving down once in 1989, again in 1997 and yet again in 2003 — sojourns that were interrupted only by job offers elsewhere. Patricia currently works in Pompano Beach as an office manager for a civil engineering firm. “I’ve always loved Florida,” she said. “I’ve been here seven years now.” Patricia was nominated for this contest by her daughter Tara, a Lake Worth resident who relocated to Florida at Patricia’s urging. Patricia’s son Zach lives in Maryland, where he works with Verizon Communications. While Patricia worries about Florida’s economy, the housing market and the scarcity of jobs, she’s got sand in her shoes — at least for now. “I love the ocean, and I love the warm weather,” she said. And sometimes that’s enough to make everything else fall into place.


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 Helene McLean was once told she would never be able to have children. Yet at age 38, when she was in her doctor’s office for something completely different, came a surprise announcement: “Congratulations! You’re pregnant!” “I was pretty surprised,” Helene recalled. “My whole life I had wanted to be a mom.” Helene continued to work while her son Michael was small, entrusting his care to a nanny. Her husband Mark ran his appraisal business and served as an active Rotarian.

tion advanced, Helene’s responsibilities increased until, about 18 months ago, she realized she needed to give up her career and stay home for him. Thank goodness she has Michael. “My son, at 16, is incredible — how he helps and the things that he does — he’s a wonderful, wonderful kid,” Helene said. “After 25 years of having a career, the best job I ever had is being Mike’s mom. Because even though I was forced to stay home, I was able to spend more time with him. All good comes out of bad.” 

“I was a career woman for 25 years, working for Yellow Book,” Helene said.

Susan Goins has two daughters — Tori, 17, and Kasey, 14 — but it was Rocky, her husband of 20 years, who nominated her for a day of pampering and fun.

Then, four years ago, Mark was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and Helene’s life changed again. As his condi-

“The reason he did it was because we’re advisors for the Venture Crew, a coed Boy Scouts of America teen group that

participates in high adventure activities, and we’re preparing to go to Philmont in New Mexico for a three-week hike where you carry everything with you. We’re doing preparation hikes now, once a month, and all three have been disastrous,” Susan said. “We hiked the Big Cypress Preserve — where the key word is cypress — right after a storm. We were up to our ankles in black, sticky, stagnant mud, carrying 30-pound backpacks. The time before that, we went to a park right after seven inches of rain. The water was up to our knees… The first one we did was like an African savannah, hot as blazes. There were chiggers and my shins looked like they’d been chewed on due to the brush. But I do love all the kids in the crew. They’re quirky and funny, and it is an adventure.” So, mom to more than just two, Susan got to recover from her hikes with a day of celebration followed by relaxation at a local spa. “I’m not sure I’ll know what to do,” she laughed.


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What Does Every Mom Want? A Relaxing Day At The Spa! Story by Deborah Welky  Photos by Susan Lerner

When times are tough, it’s often mom who has to figure how to stretch the family budget from one month to the next. The task can be challenging, frustrating and stressful. It’s a never-ending balancing act! When cutting back, mom’s little luxuries — hair, nail and spa days — are sometimes the first to go. Yet stressful times are when mom needs that pampering the most. Wellington spa owners recognize that fact and are bending over backward to offer affordable massages, facials and treatment packages — a perfect gift for the mom in your life! Millie Buljovcic had been working at Wellington Day Spa as a therapist for three years when, together with business partner Martha Figueroa, she bought the place. That was four years — and many repeat customers — ago. “We are local, quiet. And most of the people who work here are here for more than three years,” Buljovcic said. Located in the Wellington Marketplace at 13873 Wellington Trace, Suite B7, Wellington Day Spa offers a variety of massages and body treatments that include facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing and even makeup.

(Above) Receptionist Sylvia Morera greets guests as they arrive at the Wellington Day Spa. (Below) A look at the spa’s reception area.

There’s the Swedish Massage to reduce stress and improve circulation, Deep Tissue Massage to help heal chronic muscular pain and balance the nervous system, Hot Stone Massage to alleviate soreness and even a Mommy-to-Be Massage that uses special cushions and gentle techniques to reduce pregnancy discomfort. Body work called Reflexology involves applying pressure to reflexive zones on one’s hands, feet and head, reducing pain caused by stress-related illnesses and emotional disorders. And the Reiki Healing treatment works to release subconscious energy blockages in order to bring one back into physical, mental and spiritual balance.


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Seasonal specials incorporate discounts of 10 to 20 percent, running from $127.80 (“Just for Mom” package) to $264 (“Dead Sea Getaway”) depending on the range of services provided. To contact Wellington Day Spa, call (561) 792-4404 or visit www.

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Sanda Gané European Day Spa clients enjoy their pedicures. (Inset) Spa owners Maxine Turner and Sanda Gané with spa coordinators Keisha Delahaye (left) and Rachelle List (right).

 Sanda Gané of Sanda Gané European Day Spa has been providing massages and top-notch skin care in Wellington for 23 years. But she has been in the business for much longer than that. “I have been doing skin care for 37 years and I love it, love it, love it,” Gané said. “Some of our clients have been coming back for 15 or 20 years.” In celebration, Gané recently opened a new spa at 12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 204. She is a member of the elite International Professional Spa Association, meeting all the IPSA’s standards for cleanliness, customer service and continuing education. In addition, all products used at the spa come from Switzerland and have been certified as organic by Swiss standards. “Their standard is much more difficult than ours here in America,” Gané explained. Sanda Gané European Day Spa also is going green. “We are very go-green aware with our detergent, products, even recycled paper,” Gané said. “And every month, we have a special to make it more affordable for everybody around us.” In addition to massages and facials, the spa offers manicures, pedicures, waxing and wedding makeup. June brides should consider timing an appointment to take place just before their

big day. When wedding planning starts to get just a little bit crazy, it’s nice to know you have an hour or two of pampering on your schedule! To make an appointment, call Sanda Gané European Day Spa at (561) 792-9696 or visit  Zen Massage, part of a national chain, opened its first Palm Beach County location in Wellington in early 2008 and was so successful that it soon opened a second facility in Boynton Beach. Located in the Plaza at Wellington Green at 2465 State Road 7 near Office Depot, Wellington’s Zen Massage is owned by Lisa Eisenacher and her son Rob Proctor. “We’ve been fortunate to be able to keep many of the same employees we’ve had since the day we opened the door and that helps people feel more comfortable,” Eisenacher said. “We have excellent therapists. They’re great people.” Zen Massage offers everything from Zen Swedish and Deep Tissue massage to Neuromuscular, Thai, Hot Stone, Pregnancy, Couples and Focus massage. They do Reiki Therapy, Reflexology Therapy and Aromatherapy and recently added facials at the request of their customers. WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • May 2010

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“Many of our customers said they like to get a facial when they get their massage,” Eisenacher said. “So I researched it and chose Dermalogica, for a couple of reasons. They really emphasize healthy skin as opposed to saying they’ll make you look like you’re 20. They provide a good product and good service without a lot of fanfare. They have a dermal institute in Fort Lauderdale where they educate my aestheticians on using the product and, for me, that was very important.” In addition to being one of a select few Zen Massage facilities that also offers facials, the Wellington location prides itself on offering affordable services with no contracts or memberships required. “That makes us different,” Eisenacher said. To contact Zen Massage, call (561) 3335335 or visit (Above) Zen Massage aesthetician Kim Mahong works with facial client Karen Apuzzo. (Top left) Zen Massage Wellington co-owner Rob Proctor with assistant manager Andrea Javier, aesthetician Kim Mahong and massage therapist/ aesthetician Andrea Van Dusen. (Top right) An Aesthetics at Spa Zen client is prepped for a microdermabrasion treatment. (Far right) A look at the Aesthetics at Spa Zen “relaxation room.”


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 Aesthetics at Spa Zen, on the campus of Wellington Regional Medical Center at 10115 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 400, is a medical spa with a team of plastic surgeons offering pre- and post-surgical treatments. Each service is medically supervised and designed to suit clientele needs and cosmetic desires. “We have medical-grade products and treatments — both invasive and nonin-

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vasive,” said spa director Panama D’Avila. “A doctor is present to oversee every aesthetic protocol that is extended by each of the four therapists.” Open in Wellington for five years, Spa Zen offers medical-grade facials, medicalgrade chemical peels, and noninvasive, alternative anti-cellulite body contour shaping called Velashape. “Our doctors prefer alternatives unless it’s aesthetically mandatory to go invasive,” D’Avila said. “We have a great following in the equestrian community. We treat the polo players, the jumpers. We predominantly serve women although we do have some male polo players who come to get facials. The sun takes a toll on the face.” Spa Zen also does permanent makeup, laser hair removal and a variety of massages. “We have holiday promotions and beauty packages that cater to everybody’s needs and lifestyles,” D’Avila said. The spa’s signature DX Facial was designed to fight against stubborn skin conditions such as pigmentation, sun damage and dehydration, as well as premature signs of aging such as flaccidity, wrinkles and fine lines. “Last but not least, each treatment is accompanied by star hospitality. Each client gets a tea ritual with a food ritual be-

fore they come into the room at no extra charge,” D’Avila said. “Our No. 1 goal here at the spa is to make sure the clients leave with a great, positive attitude.” Call Aesthetics at Spa Zen at (561) 7905554 or visit for more info. Special pricing, lots of pampering and a chance to relieve some of life’s stress? It sounds like a spa day is the perfect gift for mom! WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • May 2010

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Wellington Entrepreneur

Ron Miranda, this month’s Wellington Entrepreneur of the Year Award nominee, has operated popular restaurants in the community since 1994.


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t was in Romeo and Juliet that William Shakespeare wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Longtime Wellington restaurateur Ron Miranda was hoping the same would be true for his restaurant.

When Miranda changed the name (and the menu) last year from Nicole’s Village Tavern to Nicole’s Pasta & Grill, he was doing what he always does — following his instincts and his faith in reinvention to stay one step ahead of today’s trends while still pleasing people’s palates. Needless to say, it worked. Nicole’s remains one of Wellington’s most popular places to meet and eat. And Miranda is Wellington The Magazine’s fifth Entrepreneur of the Year Award nominee. Miranda has been involved in some facet of the food business for almost 30 years. The Youngstown, Ohio native moved to South Florida in 1982 with plans to work for Coca-Cola, but ended up getting a better offer from Holsum Bakery. He worked there for five years and learned the sales, manufacturing and quality control ends of the business. The dream of owning his own restaurant came to fruition when Miranda and his family moved to Wellington in 1994. “Back then, Wellington was much more of a bedroom community,” Miranda recalled. “It had a real small-town feel and wasn’t as commercialized as it is these days. It was the perfect place to open a restaurant.” So he did. Miranda purchased Michaels Pasta in the Courtyard Shops in August 1994. The first thing he did was change the name a bit. “When we bought it, it was being run by two guys named Michael, so they called it ‘Michaels’ without the apostrophe,” Miranda said. “I kept the name in honor of my son Michael, and simply stuck in the apostrophe.”

Michael’s Pasta quickly became a go-to spot in the village. Miranda took a hands-on approach to the menu, creating many of the dishes offered at the eatery. Seven years into his run, he opened Nicole’s Village Tavern. He ran both restaurants until selling Michael’s Pasta in 2002. “We moved from Michael’s around the time the big Italian chain restaurants started coming in,” Miranda recalled. “The town was suddenly saturated with chains. I realized there’s only so much water you can draw from the well... so we made the decision to concentrate on Nicole’s.” If Miranda named his first restaurant after his son, who do you suppose Nicole’s is named for? That’s right — his daughter. Nicole’s is a favorite haunt of residents and seasonal visitors alike. Ladies Night always packs the place, as does the Sunday brunch. The live musical entertainment is the icing on the cake. But for Miranda, the continuing success of Nicole’s Pasta & Grill is all about the food and the people who eat it. That’s the real reason for the menu and name change. “I’ve been talking with my customers intently for the past two years, listening to their feedback and tweak-


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ing the menu,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what I like, what matters is what they like and want. The two biggest requests were to serve dishes you don’t get at chain restaurants and to price them competitively. Some folks were also asking me to bring back dishes from Michael’s, so the new menu and name reflect that.” He’s not just paying lip service to his customers. “Lots of folks like ravioli, so we offer 21 different types,” Miranda said. “Try getting that at a chain restaurant. There’ll be even more new meals when we unveil our latest menu this month.” Miranda makes sure to know what’s going on in the village, but he has help. His wife and co-owner Jaene is also the CEO of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce. “Jaene is in touch with the community from a business perspective,” he said. “Her evaluations and expertise on trends that are both coming and going are invaluable.”

When asked what qualities he looked for in a possible employee, Miranda thought for a moment, then shrugged. “I don’t really do that much hiring,” he said. “Most of the people who work here are longtime employees.”

of a backlash going on,” he said. “They’ve been here a while and the bloom is off the rose, so to speak. People want those home recipes, and that’s what we provide. Our base seems to be getting stronger because of our variety and quality.”

So that must mean he’s a good boss, right? Another shrug.

Miranda’s proud of his product — and his patio, too. “No one has a patio atmosphere like Nicole’s,” he said. “It’s completely covered so the weather is never a problem. It makes outside dining a real pleasure.”

“I try to be fair. I let a lot of employees make up their own hours, I let them bring their kids to work if they have to. I try to do what’s right for the individual according to their personal situation. Working in a restaurant is stressful enough without it putting pressure on the other parts of your life,” Miranda said. Speaking of stress, Miranda doesn’t let the plethora of chain restaurants bother him anymore. In fact, he thinks they’ve become good for his business. “I could be wrong, but there may be a bit

The conversation soon got around to Wellington’s equestrian community. Miranda believes Nicole’s wouldn’t enjoy the success it has continued to have without them. “The equestrian community is vital to all businesses in Wellington,” Miranda said. “They are our season. We don’t live near the ocean, and we’re not CityPlace or Clematis Street. The equestrians are


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‘It doesn’t matter what I like, what matters is what [my customers] like and want. The two biggest requests were to serve dishes you don’t get at chain restaurants and to price them competitively.’ Ron Miranda unique to the village, and we need them in order to thrive.” As the equestrian community branches out into the hospitality business, Miranda is gearing up for yet another challenge. “Older, more established businesses will have to adapt or die. You have to adjust to the situation around you. In the long run, it’ll make things better for everybody because more people will come to Wellington,” he said. What if some of those new arrivals want to go into business for themselves? “Before you start, take a good look at the comprehensive plan,” Miranda said. “Look at the market. Make sure you know what’s out there. Check out the kinds of businesses that are coming in; they’ll point to the direction of the village’s future.” Nicole’s Pasta & Grill is located at 12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 103 in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 793-3456.

Wellington The Magazine will feature one entrepreneur each month during 2010 and, with the help of our readers, award the first “Wellington’s Entrepreneur of the Year” award to one of the featured business owners at the end of 2010. To nominate a Wellington business owner who you find inspiring, visit www.

Ron Miranda stands in front of the bar area at Nicole’s Pasta & Grill, located on South Shore Blvd. in the Mizner Place plaza. WELLINGTONTHE THEMAGAZINE MAGAZINE••MAY MAY2010 2010 WELLINGTON

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Needlepoint & Découpage Personalize Little Home In Palm Beach Polo STORY BY DEBORAH WELKY  PHOTOS BY SUSAN LERNER

Light-filled and airy, the Palm Beach Polo home of Donald and Judy Little makes up for its relatively small footprint with a big personality. The couple have lived here for 12 years, splitting their time between Wellington and Ipswich, Mass., 30 miles north of Boston. Donald is Master of the Hunt for that state’s Myopia Hunt Club (based in Hamilton) and, locally, rides two horses in the Masters Class. “He does very well, and he’s by far the senior member,” Judy said. Trophies and awards, evidence of Donald’s equestrian prowess, fill his office, and an overflow of ribbons decorates lamp finials throughout the house. Except for them, most of the Littles’ accessories have been acquired by Judy, one by one, during shopping excursions throughout Palm Beach County. “I can’t even tell you where I got a lot of these things,” she said. “I do love the Stalk Market [in Wellington]. I used to have fresh flowers everywhere, but not anymore. Now I buy silk.”

(Below) A needlepoint pillow in the making: light, bright flowers and monkeys await the stitcher’s needle.

The only exceptions are a collection of easy-care orchids, which Judy merely takes outside and hangs in trees when she knows she’s going to be gone for any length of time. “When I come back, they’re all in bloom,” she said. “It’s beautiful.” Judy, whose daughter Andrea paints, also dabbles in the arts, stitching needlepoint pillows, creating découpaged trays and mirrors, and transforming ordinary chairs through the creative use of paint and upholstery. Hand-stitched needlepoint rugs soften Mexican tile floors throughout the home, and photographs of the grandchildren warm it even further. Son Donald has two sons: Donald III, 12, and James, 10; Andrea is mother to Tapley, 13, and Isabella, 6. “We took the grandchildren to a dude ranch last year, and they just loved it,” said Judy, pointing out a photo of Tapley, smiling in a cowboy hat. Just past Donald’s office is the master bedroom with its twin “white elephant” lamps, pastel blue needlepoint rug and stunning view of the pool. The master bath is one of three bathrooms in the home. WELLINGTON THE THE MAGAZINE MAGAZINE •• MAY MAY 2010 2010 WELLINGTON

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(Top photo) The traditional side chairs of the living room were “kicked up a notch” when Judy Little reupholstered them in bold prints. (Bottom images) Crewel and needlepoint rugs provide vintage continuity throughout the home.

Farther down the hall, the first of two guest rooms features bold and colorful wallpaper, which, as it continues on into the bathroom, makes the suite seem much larger than it is. A classic yellow plaid adorns an upholstered headboard as well as two small lampshades, while a metal fruit chandelier adds some interest and color to the ceiling. A mahogany nightstand and dresser are classics in the style of Berkey & Gay. Atop the dresser is a porcelain horse clock that Judy received as a gift. The second guest room features wide stripes in jade green, a whitewashed 52 May 2010 • WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE

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natural wicker dresser, matching wicker headboards and, dangling from the ceiling, a uniquely wonderful palm tree chandelier complete with resident monkey, also in wicker. “I picked that up at a store that was the forerunner to the Salvation Army on Military Trail,” Judy said. “They had great stuff, and I loved going in there.” In the living room, round, twin side tables with kicky plaid skirts add still more energy to a room that is already home to occasional chairs that have been “Judy-fied” with new floral upholstery and trim. The Littles’ six-year-old Jack Rus-

sell terrier Bridie often keeps an eye on the front door from her perch atop the sofa. Their other dog, a nine-year-old English black Lab named Ripley, stays in Boston year round. “He hates Florida,” Judy said. “And he loves to run.” Along one wall in the living room, things have taken a definite turn toward the Orient with silk birds of paradise in a tall ceramic jar, an elephant side table and an Asian-influenced console. On top sits an equestrian-themed tray, one of the items découpaged by Judy. Across from the living room are the

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breakfast room, luncheon room and dining room, all in one. A nearby caricature shows the Littles at the track on the day in 1993 that Centennial Farms’ Colonial Affair won the Belmont Stakes. Son Donald is president of Centennial; the Littles are investors. The caricature fits right into the casual atmosphere. “Everything in this house is informal,” Judy said. “We eat every meal here, and oftentimes, we eat outdoors.” In the adjacent sitting room, where Judy has one needlepoint pillow underway, Bridie gnaws happily on a bone near a diminutive replica of a hunter-jumper gate that hides a small bar inside.

A nice open kitchen is much as it was when the Littles bought the house. Bright white cabinetry with a tiled counter and backsplash lead the eye to a matching island. A parrot-filled chandelier adds a touch of whimsy on the way to the back door. That “back door” is really three sets of sliding glass doors, giving the Littles the ability to let in both sunshine and breezes all winter long. All are topped with cheery yellow patterned valances featuring roosters. “We have chickens and ducks back home. We’d never eat them, though, they’re pets,” said Judy, pulling out an

(Top left) Trellis-like floral wallpaper with matching fabrics provide punch alongside a diminutive antique mahogany desk and side table in the guest room. (Bottom left) “Live, love, laugh” — a “Little” sentiment that makes a bold statement in the bedroom about a life well-lived. (Top right) Distressed gold sconces and mirror frame play off the floral wallpaper in the guest bath. (Bottom right) Decorative elements like the fringed elephant lamp and the bunny (poised for action) bring a bit of whimsy to the Littles’ Wellington home.


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(Top left) A flower box along the fence line gives homeowner Judy Little all the room she needs to do a little gardening. (Left inset) Bridie, a Jack Russell terrier, visits Florida every season. (Bottom left) The view was the reason the Littles purchased their home in Palm Beach Polo.

almost formal-looking photograph of a favorite rooster and hen. “In fact, we show the ducks. My husband entered one of his call ducks in the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts and the fair phoned us to say it was missing. We finally found it in the first place cage, where the judge had put it.” Stepping outside, where honeysuckle frames all the doors and a pair of hibiscus trees are ready to bloom, Judy looks out across a pond to the golf course. “The best thing about this whole house is our view,” she said. “It’s why we bought it.” A sunken hot tub beckons to the left, an inviting pool to the right. At pool’s edge,

a ponytail palm shades a time-worn frog that has been occupying the same spot for years. “My poor frog,” Judy said. “I don’t know what he’s made of, but I’m worried he may not last another year. Every year he gets thinner. I’m afraid he’s going to… croak.” She smiles at the joke, and then points out a concrete rabbit that is faring much better than the frog. “At Easter we put a little ribbon on him,” she said. Just before stepping back into the house, Judy casts one more appreciative look over her shoulder, where gentle breezes cool the air and the sun peeks out from behind a cloud. “We’re really lucky,” she said. And if the noisy sounds of a dog enjoying a bone count for anything, Bridie seems to agree.

The frog in the foreground is protected by his umbrella. The frog under the palm tree hasn’t been as lucky. “I’m afraid he’s going to… croak,” Judy smiled.


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(Top, L-R) Server Erica Butala, owner Mitch Shidlofsky, manager Victor Alvarez and server Nidia Schiano. (Bottom) The salad display case at Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too. (Far Right) An assortment of bagels and cream cheese spreads.

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Bagels and a schmear, hot corned beef — order’s up! Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too boasts New York-style dining right here in Wellington. On State Road 7 in front of the Mall at Wellington Green, it is a dine-in or takeout restaurant where customers are family and Mitch is more than just a name on the sign. Owner and namesake Mitch Shidlofsky grew up on Long Island, moving to Florida in 1993. His motivation for going into the bagel business is no different today than it was then — great food, great service and most important, family. “I had a four-year-old son at the time and I swore I wouldn’t miss out on my children’s lives,” Shidlofsky recalled. “I looked at the bagel business. They close at 3 p.m. I could be home in time for the bus and all his after-school activities.” In 1994, Shidlofsky bought an existing bagel location in Sunrise, but sold it four years later. He then purchased a small shop in Coral Springs with the goal of creating his own brand with his own rules. “I envisioned building my own store my way, which I did,” he said. In 2002, Shidlofsky opened the original Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too, and has since expanded to three additional locations: Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and now Wellington. “We’re bringing our quality and service to the Wellington area,” Shidlofsky said. “We’ve been successful wherever we’ve been, and we saw a void in the Wellington market.”

green neon “Westside Bagels” sign hangs overhead. Customers can sit at a table with chairs, or sink into one of the restaurant’s mint green booths. There are flat-screen televisions turned on to the news, games or cartoons for the kids. But Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too has something New Yorkers only dream about: Florida sunshine. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows keep the place bright and welcoming. “It’s open, bright and clean with that New York feel,” Shidlofsky said. “It’s a neighborhood kind of joint. People don’t say, ‘Let’s go to the bagel place,’ they say, ‘We’re going to Mitch’s.’” Shidlofsky is on a first-name basis with many of his customers, and aims to treat them like friends and family. “We’re familiar with the regular customers,” he said. “It’s their place to hang out.” But while the atmosphere may entice customers, it’s the food that keeps them coming back. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, with a focus on fresh. “We serve only the freshest and best products,” Shidlofsky said. “Everything is made on the premises — from

Although the name boasts bagels, the restaurant offers an expansive menu filled with the best of New York cuisine. And native New Yorkers won’t be disappointed. The food lives up to its reputation, as if a Brooklyn diner had been dropped into Wellington. It even looks like it is straight out of the Big Apple. Exposed brick walls give a city feel to the place, a big glass counter shows off all the great food and a large WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • MAY 2010

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(Above) An overstuffed corned beef sandwich with egg salad and a pickle. (Below) The popular three-scoop sampler.

the salads to the bread and everything in between.”

for an explosion of mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

The bagels are soft and doughy on the inside, and customers can choose from 18 varieties: plain, poppy, sesame, pumpernickel, everything, salt, onion, garlic, egg, cinnamon raisin, multigrain, sesame pumpernickel, marble, blueberry, sunflower seed, multi-everything, multi-sunflower or bialy. You can have your bagel with butter ($1.69), regular cream cheese ($2.29), specialty cream cheese ($3.49 to $4.99) or a variety of other toppings.

And for lunch, the menu only gets bigger. There are overstuffed deli sandwiches ($8.49 to 11.99), triple-decker club sandwiches ($10.49 to $12.99), grilled sandwiches ($6.99 to $10.49), burgers, wraps, soups, salads, knishes and more. The hot corned beef sandwich ($9.49) lives up to its glory with a larger-than-your-mouth stack of meat piled on a thick slice of bread. It’s cut to perfection and melts in your mouth.

And if that choice wasn’t hard enough, Mitch’s offers eight cream cheese varieties: regular, scallion, vegetable, olive and pimento, honey walnut, sun-dried tomato, strawberry or nova (smoked salmon). Choose the honey walnut cream cheese for a sweet and nutty combination that slides down easy. The scallion cream cheese is light and refreshing, and the nova cream cheese is full of deep, smoky flavor.

The restaurant has become well-known for its salads — and not the kind with lettuce and veggies in a bowl. Customers can choose egg, tuna, low-fat veggie tuna, chicken, chopped liver, shrimp, whitefish or baked salmon salads in a sandwich or on a platter ($6.99 to $9.99). For those who can’t choose, Mitch’s offers a threescoop sampler: try any three on a bed of lettuce and fresh vegetables, with any two sides, for $11.99.

But the breakfast menu offers much more, from eggs to pancakes and challah French toast (or a combination) to wraps, sandwiches, smoked fish and omelets.

(Above) Westside Bagels’ Cobb Salad. (Below) Vegetable egg white omelet served with slices of tomato on the side.

The hand-sliced smoked fish (nova or lox with a bagel and cream cheese for $10.29) and smoked fish platters offer the freshest, hand-sliced fish with bagels and cream cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. Choose the lox platter ($19.99) for a traditional meal that offers bold flavors and will satisfy any appetite. The cured salmon is sliced to perfection and is delicious on top of an everything bagel with cream cheese. But customers can also choose from nova, lake sturgeon, chub, baked salmon, whitefish or sable. If fish isn’t your thing, Mitch’s features omelets ($6.99 to $8.99) to satisfy any craving. They come with home fries, hash browns, oatmeal, grits or sliced tomato and a bagel with butter or cream cheese, making it a substantial meal for a low price. Choose the veggie omelet ($7.99)

All of the salads are made fresh on the premises, and it shows. The egg salad is light and fluffy, with subtle flavors that satisfy. But the gem of the platter is the tuna. “Our tuna salad has really put us on the map in the last 10 years,” Shidlofsky said. “It’s prepared with a lot of pride.” And for those looking for the kind of salad that does have lettuce and comes in a bowl, they have those too. Customers can pick from a list of prepared salads or create their own from a variety of ingredients and dressings. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to leave you feeling full, satisfied and like you’ve just stepped off the city streets. “It’s great food, New York style,” Shidlofsky said. Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too is located at 2465 State Road 7, Suite 100, in the Plaza at Wellington Green near Office Depot. For more info., call (561) 422-6114 or visit www.


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Wellington Dining Guide Agliolio Fresh Pasta & Wine Bar is Wellington’s newest gathering place for a fine dining experience at casual dining prices. Create your own “PastaBility” with Agliolio’s 100-percent fresh pastas and homemade sauces full of bold and fresh flavors. Ask about the “Perfect Pair” entrees. Agliolio offers an extensive wine list by the glass and the bottle. For more info., call (561) 798-7770 or visit Agliolio in the Wellington Plaza at 12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. at the corner of Wellington Trace. Backstreets Neighborhood Bar & Grill serves the finest seafood, steaks, salads, burgers and pizzas as well as daily specials. Stop by on Sunday for a 14-ounce prime rib dinner. Backstreets is located in the Wellington Plaza and is open for lunch and dinner. Call (561) 795-0100 for info. The Brass Monkey Tavern, located at 7781 Lake Worth Road near Florida’s Turnpike, features great food and drinks to enjoy while watching every game on TVs located throughout the tavern. Appetizers, specialty wings, salads, burgers and a variety of steaks and fish are available for lunch or dinner. For more info., call (561) 968-9559 or visit www.brass Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is located on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. Specializing in family-style Italian cuisine, Buca di Beppo is known for its large portions designed to serve several people. If you’ve got a large party, reserve the Pope’s Room; for a unique experience, reserve the table in the kitchen. For more info., call (561) 790-3287 or visit Centanni Café & Restaurant in Royal Palm Beach serves up delicious Italian dishes cooked to order. It is located at the corner of State Road 7 and Southern Blvd. near Kmart. Call (561) 792-7677 for information. Executive Chef David Palmateer, previously of Café Chardonnay, recently opened deVine Bistro & Bar with his wife Sara. The restaurant’s atmosphere is chic yet comfy, and the gourmet menu focuses on hand-selected and all-natural ingredients. DeVine Bistro & Bar is located in the Plaza at Wellington Green at 2465 State Road 7, Suite 300. For more info., call (561) 204-5432. Enjoy a delicious drink, a beautiful water view, fantastic music and authentic Mexican food all without packing your suitcase at El Toro Mexican Family Restaurant adjacent to the Royal Inn at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. Dine in or enjoy the patio bar. For more info., call (561) 296-7102. Field of Greens, located at 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Pointe at Wellington Green, serves some of the freshest and healthiest food in town. It is a quick, contemporary restaurant specializing in salads and sandwiches. Enjoy customized salads with homemade dressings, as well as signature salads and wraps. For more info., call (561) 795-4345. 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. Grand Buffet is located in the Royal Plaza at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards featuring an all-you-can-eat Chinese and Japanese buffet. Enjoy a 40-foot-long sushi bar, barbecue bar,


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Wellington Social Scene teriyaki bar, salad bar, dessert bar and hibachi station. Meeting and party rooms are available. For more info., call (561) 784-9902. 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. Hilary’s Restaurant, an authentic kosher-style diner in Royal Palm Beach, serves breakfast and lunch any day of the week and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Good food, generous portions and great service make Hilary’s a hometown favorite. It is located in the Royal Plaza at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. For more info., call (561) 790-7301. I’m Greek Today features a menu with a strong emphasis on one of the world’s healthiest diets — food that is simple and elegant, fresh, timeless and Mediterranean. Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine as well as wines from around the world. I’m Greek Today is located in Southern Palm Crossing at 11051 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 333-4233 or visit www.imgreek Jason’s Deli is where all the food is free of artificial trans fats, MSG and high-fructose corn syrup. Enjoy wonderful sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and fruit. You can even build your own sandwich! Jason’s Deli is located at 2605 State Road 7 near Whole Foods Market in Wellington. For more info., call (561) 333-1263 or visit Joe’s American Bar & Grill, a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine, is now open in the Mall at Wellington Green near the food court entrance. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are served featuring a menu full of items prepared using the freshest quality ingredients. Joe’s is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Visit Joe’s at 10300 W. Forest Blvd., Wellington. For more info., visit www.joesamerican. com or call (561) 798-7433. Kontiki Wine & Raw Bar is located in the Courtyard Shops of Wellington at the corner of Wellington Trace and Greenview Shores Blvd. Steaks and seafood are featured, prepared with a Euro-Asian fusion flair. Enjoy the full sushi bar and a glass or bottle of wine from a large and varied list. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For more info., call (561) 296-0404. La Fogata Restaurant serves delicious Mexican cuisine. The restaurant, located in the Wellington Town Square at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., features a tequila bar. Call (561) 422-1641 for info. Lock Stock and Barrel Restaurant, located at 3208 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is your neighborhood grill for steaks, chops and seafood. Enjoy a full bar with wines and cocktails that complement wonderful appetizers, salads and sandwiches for lunch, as well as a selection of the finest steaks, chops and featured seafood entrees. A children’s menu is available. For info., call (561) 649-4545 or visit Family owned and operated, Mamma Mia’s Trattoria has served South Florida since 1983. Huge portions; open for lunch and dinner; featuring New WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • MAY 2010

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Wellington Dining Guide York-style brick oven pizza; specializing in fresh seafood, oakwood-grilled lambchops, slow-roasted ossobuco and frutti di mare. Mamma Mia’s is located at 8855 Hypoluxo Road at Lyons Road. Call (561) 963-9565 for more info. Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too is a little slice of Brooklyn right here in Wellington. It is located at 2465 State Road 7. Enjoy the most delicious fresh breakfast or lunch you have ever tasted. The bagels are baked fresh daily right in the store. All deli meats are prepared fresh on site. Enjoy legendary salads like tuna, whitefish and chicken. Catering is available for all occasions. For more info., call (561) 422-6114 or visit Other locations are in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and Coral Springs. Nicole’s Pasta & Grill, originally Nicole’s Village Tavern, is located at 12300 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. Recent changes have added a full menu of popular Italian dishes while maintaining a number of favorites from the old menu. For more info., call (561) 793-3456 or visit www.nicoles The Players Club Restaurant & Bar (13410 South Shore Blvd., Wellington) features gourmet cuisine along with a popular piano bar, outside dining, two outside smoking bars, live entertainment and catered events. Call (561) 795-0080 for more info. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Ristorante Vino, located at 12041 Southern Blvd. at the corner of Crestwood Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m. seven nights a week. For reservations, call (561) 790-3232.

Sal’s Italian Ristorante is your neighborhood Italian restaurant. In addition to pizzas of all sizes and toppings, Sal’s offers a large selection of pastas, steaks, chops, chicken and seafood dishes. Also available are a variety of desserts and wines. You can dine in, take out or call for delivery. For more information, call (561) 790-3780 or visit Sal’s Italian Ristorante at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington Town Square. Got a craving? Master Chef Shingo at Shingo’s Authentic Japanese Restaurant can satisfy that craving with so many sashimi and sushi varieties, you could never taste them all! The restaurant also features many other Japanese specialties. Shingo’s is located in the Woods Walk plaza at the corner of Lake Worth Road and State Road 7. For info., call (561) 963-5050. Spices Modern Thai & Sushi Bar features delicious Asian cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy authentic savory Thai cuisine coupled with a fullservice sushi bar. Spices is open every day for lunch and dinner, and is located at 11071 Southern Blvd. in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza behind Bank Atlantic. For more info., call (561) 7983877 or visit Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. The gourmet American fare features delicious entrees with the perfect wines to accompany. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stone for more info. Sushi Yama Siam is located at 12785 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza at the corner of Wel-

lington Trace and Forest Hill Blvd. Specializing in sushi, Sushi Yama Siam also offers exciting appetizers, sushi rolls, temaki, tempura, katsu, stir-fry, curry and signature rolls. For more info., call (561) 747-6875. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli in the Mall at Wellington Green for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. Specialties include signature overstuffed sandwiches, chicken noodle soup and traditional deli classics. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit 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. or call (561) 791-1535 for more info. Tub Tim Thai Restaurant in the Marketplace at Wycliffe features authentic Thai cuisine and decor. Thai dishes made with fresh seafood, juicy duck and authentic ingredients are prepared for you to enjoy. For more info., call (561) 641-5550 or visit Tub Tim Thai Restaurant at 4095 State Road 7 at Lake Worth Road. Zensai Asian Grill & Sushi Bar features Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, offering something for everyone. Sushi is made fresh to order daily in an upscale, soothing atmosphere. The restaurant is located at 10233 Okeechobee Blvd. in the Super Target shopping center. Call (561) 795-8882 or visit for more info.


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Wellington Calendar TUESDAY, MAY 4 • The international dance sensation Burn the Floor will be at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday, May 4 through Sunday, May 9. Call (561) 832-SHOW or visit www.kravis. org for tickets. WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 • B.B. King’s Blues Club at CityPlace will host two performances by its legendary namesake on Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6. Tickets start at $75 per person. For more info., call (561) 420-8600 or visit • The Lighthouse Center for the Arts (373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta) will hold the 40th Annual K-12 Community Student Exhibition May 5-28. Call (561) 746-3101 or visit www.lighthousearts. org for more info. THURSDAY, MAY 6 • The West Palm Beach public library (100 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) will host the program “Excel 1 & 2” on Thursday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This intensive class covers the basics of Microsoft Excel 2007 and more. A lunch break will be provided from noon to 1 p.m. Computer lab registration is required. Call (561) 868-7760 or visit for more info. • The Greater Palm Beach Area chapter of the American Red Cross will host its annual Heroes for the American Red Cross kickoff party on Thursday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the PGA Commons courtyard between Sushi Jo and Ouzo Blue restaurants on PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. The event will feature drinks, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, belly dancers and a Chinese raffle. A suggested donation of $5 will be good for one Hero-tini drink ticket. For more info., call Melissa Perzanowski at (561) 746-1532 or e-mail • The City of Delray Beach will hold “Art & Jazz on the Avenue” on Thursday, May 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue, sponsored by the Downtown Marketing Cooperative. Visit www. for more info. FRIDAY, MAY 7 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Mother’s Day Story Time” on Friday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 6. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • ThinkPINKkids Wellington will host its second annual 5k “Walk to Win the Battle Against Breast Cancer” on Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington High School track. The family-friendly event will feature performances by the WHS dance team, varsity and JV cheerleaders, and many other groups. Registration may be completed online at or before the start of the walk at 6 p.m. The student registration fee is $10, and the adult fee is $20. • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will present a Voices of Pride Spring Concert “Tribute” on May 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rinker Playhouse (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Voices of Pride will sing music written by and about women. Call (561) 832-SHOW or visit for more info. WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • MAY 2010

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Wellington Calendar • The Benjamin School dance ensemble will present its spring dance concert “Imagine: A Tribute to the Beatles” on Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus Theatre (11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens). Visit or call (561) 472-3476 for more info. SATURDAY, MAY 8 • The Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County will hold auditions for its 2010-11 season on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Auditions are open to all area musicians between the ages of 8 and 22. Visit or call (561) 281-8600 for specific requirements and registration info. • Mounts Botanical Garden (531 N. Military Trail, WPB) will host a “Connoisseurs Garden Tour” on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (561) 233-1757 or visit for info. • The Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fly through the zoo and experience life as a bird. Call (561) 547-WILD or visit www.palm for more info. • St. David’s Episcopal Church Women will host its annual Fashion Show and Luncheon on Saturday, May 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Tickets cost $35 per person. For more info., call Samantha Conroy at (561) 319-6111. • The Flagler Museum (Cocoanut Row and Whitehall Way, Palm Beach) will feature Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 9 from noon to 3 p.m. Guests will enjoy Gilded Age-style tea sandwiches, scones, sweets and the museum’s own Whitehall special blend tea. Call (561) 655-2833 or visit www. for info. • Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) invites the public to celebrate Cultural Diversity Day on Saturday, May 8 from noon to sundown at Royal Palm Beach Veterans Park on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. south of Okeechobee Blvd. For more info., call the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center at (561) 790-5149. Interested vendors or participants should call Elet at (561) 791-9087. SUNDAY, MAY 9 • The One Love Reggae Festival will be held on Sunday, May 9 at the Cruzan Amphitheater at the South Florida Fairgrounds featuring reggae music and island food and drinks. Call (561) 574-6888 or visit for more info. MONDAY, MAY 10 • Little Smiles and Chili’s of South Florida have teamed up to host the 10th annual Chili’s Charity Challenge to benefit the children of Little Smiles on Monday, May 10 at Bear Lakes Country Club (1901 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach). The price of $200 per golfer includes a gift pack, green fees, cart fees, range balls, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner buffet and drinks. Registration will be at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. For more info., call Raina Ruelle at (561) 262-8590.


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• The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon at Lock, Stock & Barrel Restaurant (3208 Forest Hill Blvd., Palm Springs) on Monday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. RSVP to (561) 7906200 or visit for more info. TUESDAY, MAY 11 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Knit, Purl & Crochet, Too!” on Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. for adults. Discover the joys of knitting and crocheting with knitter Maria Gallaro and crotchetier Joyce Bolek. All skill levels welcome. Pick up a list of required materials. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will present “Meet the Author: Dr. Mitchell Josephs” on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. Josephs is a columnist for The Palm Beach Post, radio host and Palm Beach County Oral Health Coalition member. Chat and ask questions about his book Tooth Talk. A book signing will follow. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000. WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 • The Palms West Chamber of Commerce will host a networking mixer on Wednesday, May 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at HSBC Bank (900 State Road 7, Wellington). RSVP to (561) 790-6200 or visit for more info. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will host “Gardening for the Soul” on Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. In the book Gardening for the Soul, Colleen and Jim Wiggins relate how gardening provided them with comfort and healing when they lost two adult children to cancer. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will hold a Writers’ Critique Workshop on Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism and comments to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere led by Florida Writers Association member Mark Adduci. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • Florida Stage (262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan) will present When the Sun Shone Brighter by Christopher Demos-Brown from May 12 through June 20. For info., call (561) 585-3433 or visit SATURDAY, MAY 15 • Royal Palm Beach High School’s Medical Science Academy will hold a Fundraising Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 15 at Binks Forest Golf Club. The entry fee is $160 per person or $640 per foursome, which includes green fee, cart, driving range, awards and a barbecue dinner. Sponsorships are available. For more info., call (561) 792-8699. • The Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach) will feature “Bear Awareness Days” Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (561) 547-WILD or visit www. or more info. WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • MAY 2010

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Wellington Calendar SUNDAY, MAY 16 • Temple Beth Zion (129 Sparrow Drive, Royal Palm Beach) will host a Giant Garage Sale on Sunday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Used and new items will be for sale at low prices. You can come to shop or reserve a table. Kosher hot dogs and knishes will be available for purchase. For more info., call (561) 798-8888. MONDAY, MAY 17 • The 11th annual Culinary Creations dinner will take place Monday, May 17 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). The culinary dinner will benefit Quantum House and the Palm Beach County Chefs in Distress Endowment Fund. Tickets are on sale now for $125 per person and can be purchased at For more info., call (561) 494-0515. • The Lake Worth Playhouse (713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth) will present “Night of a Gazillion Laughs” on Monday, May 17 at 8 p.m. Call (561) 586-6410 or visit TUESDAY, MAY 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host an Open Mic Night on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. Perform poetry, short prose, an essay or a dance. Play an instrument or sing a song for an audience of all ages. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Kretzer Piano will present “Kretzer Kids in Concert” on Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace (700 South Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for adults. Call (866) 4492489 or visit for info. WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 • State Attorney Michael McAuliffe will speak at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Wednesday, May 19 at the Binks Forest Golf Club. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon beginning at noon. Call (561) 7926525 to RSVP. • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Meet the Author: Jonathon King” on Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. for adults. This Edgar Award-winning author will discuss his new novel The Styx, a story based on the legend of the burning of Palm Beach’s African-American community in the 1890s. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. THURSDAY, MAY 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will celebrate National Mental Health Month with guest speaker Christine Stapleton on Thursday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. Stapleton, writer of the award-winning syndicated column “Kicking Depression,” will speak about depression. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Village of Wellington and American Legion Post 390 invites all veterans to attend the Veterans Open House on Thursday, May 20 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center’s Grand Cypress room. For more info., contact Keith Ullman at (561) 317-0774 or e-mail


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Friday, May 21 • The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservatory of Performing Arts (1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter) will present Fame: The Musical on Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., call (561) 575-2223 or visit • The Atlantic Theater (6743 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter) will present Brainerd Duffield’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Show times are Friday, May 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 22 at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m. Visit or call (561) 5754942 for more info. Saturday, May 22 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will feature “Let’s Make a Scene” on Saturday, May 22 at 11 a.m. for adults. Challenge Ethel and Seymour Goldstein with your knowledge of famous plays and movies, demonstrate your reading skills and listen to great stories. Music will be courtesy of Rhoda Brauer and Roberta Katz. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will hold VolunTeen Orientation on Saturday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. This is a mandatory meeting for students ages 12 to 18 interested in volunteering during the summer. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The annual Wellington Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society will take place from Saturday, May 22 at 2 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following morning at Wellington Village Park. For more info., call (561) 366-0013 or visit www.relay tueSday, May 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will hold Teen Game Night on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 17. Play Nintendo, Wii and board games. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., call (561) 791-4000. thurSday, May 27 • The Royal Palm Beach library (500 Civic Center Way) will feature “Cartooning 101” on Thursday, May 27 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 9-12. Do you love comic books and Manga? Learn the basics of creating your own comic strip or comic book. Call (561) 790-6030 to pre-register. Monday, May 31 • The Village of Wellington will host a Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday, May 31 starting at 8:45 a.m. For more info., call (561) 791-4000. • A Memorial Day Observance will be held Monday, May 31 at 9 a.m. at Veterans Park on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. A flag-raising ceremony will be followed by a motivational presentation. Enjoy free refreshments and a live musical performance by the Royal Palm Beach Community Band following the ceremony. For more info., call (561) 790-5149. WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE • may 2010

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Around Wellington

Papanicolaou Corps Wellington unit board members.

PAP Corps Hosts Spring Boutique — The Wellington cancer research unit of the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research hosted a spring boutique Wednesday, March 24 at the Wellington Community Center. Numerous vendors were on hand featuring jewelry, handbags, gift items, clothing, accessories, personalized children’s items and more. Photos by Denise Fleischman

Easter Sunday At IPC — Thousands were on hand at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington on Sunday, April 4 to watch opening-round action from the U.S. Open Polo Championship. Holiday activities included an egg hunt, hat contest and special brunch. Shown here, kids head onto the polo field during the egg hunt. Image courtesy Lila Photo

Ruth Behrman with Joyce Kraszeski of Orchid Acres.

Karin and Kevin McLellan with a photo of Tyler.

Egg Hunt At Wellington Park — The Vil- McLellan Foundation Fundraiser — Fin Fan Fest, held Saturday,

lage of Wellington held its annual Easter egg April 10 at Palm Beach Central High School, brought Miami Dolhunt Saturday, April 3 at Wellington Village phins fans together to support the Wellington-based Tyler McLelPark on Pierson Road. Photos by Carol Porter lan Foundation, which supports youth sports in South Florida. (Left) Ten-month-old Jullissa Gonzalez takes part The event featured bounce houses, a dunk tank, clowns, a raffle, in her first egg hunt. (Below) Vice Mayor Matt a silent auction, live entertainment, a celebrity autograph signing Willhite and his family with Mayor Darell and and a sports celebrities vs. teachers/coaches basketball game. Sherry Bowen. Photos by Lauren Miró

The Wellington Steppers with Miss South Florida Fair Courtney McKenzie.


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May 2010, Moms Just Want To Have Fun!