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Breaking New Ground

Local dignitaries were Rescued Pets 4 U in Royal Palm on hand for the recent Beach evolved from a partnership groundbreaking of the between two non-profit animal Global Dressage Festival. rescue operations.

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Ready, set, action! Royal Palm Beach’s Dream School students produce and star in their own TV show to air June 12 on FOX.

June 2011

Loxahatchee Groves

Town to vote on future of Water Control District elections By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA Neighborhood News Group

License to drive A full-service driver license office has opened in the County Governmental Complex in Royal Palm Beach to handle the new “Real ID” compliant licenses.


Having a ball It was a fun day for all as the Youth Baseball Association of Royal Palm Beach held its end of the year party May 1 at the Bob Marcello Baseball Complex.


Wellington’s new ZapVan The funny-looking van which the village purchased for about $13,000 runs on batteries and is designed to transport about four people at a time, topping out at 35 miles per hour.



Local Happenings ...................4 In Brief................................6 Business Spotlight ...................7 Nice and Easy ........................8 Arts & Entertainment ............ 10 School Bulletin .....................12 Manely Speaking....................13 Around the Town ...................15 Just For the Fun of It ..............16 Outside The Neighborhood .......17 Classifieds .......................... 18

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Dream Middle School students ham it up as they pose for publicity shots to promote their upcoming tv show. They are, front row from left, Camila Ramirez, Seth Thornton, Shaun Stratton, Cassie Yarbrough, Elena Lopez-Belio and Cristina Casas. Back row from left are Diego Ramirez, Andrew Borell, Azure Kordick, Kali Ashurst and Laura White.


ROYAL PALM BEACH — Producing a TV show is a major undertaking for anyone, let alone middle school students. But at the Dream Middle School in Royal Palm Beach, under the direction of teacher Marc Zatorsky, fifth through eighth graders have done it. You can watch their premier show locally at 8 a.m., Sunday, June 12, on FOX 29. Called DayDREAMers, it’s a family-friendly version of Saturday Night Live, Zatorsky said. “We rehearsed a few months then started filming. It’s on post production and we’re working on editing now.” Zatorsky, who teaches film production at Dream, wanted to do a TV show this year to demonstrate to incoming students some of the creative education at this innovative private school. The last sentence of their mission statement says students “believe in their dreams and take action to make them a reality.” “I used some sketches from classes I have written, held auditions in February and brought in eight established actors from

my feature film, Gina, G.I.T. (“Genie In Training,” also currently in post production) as guest stars and 11 of our students.” Shawn Morell Lewis is co-writer and co-producer. Zatorsky took acting classes and taught at Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Television in Jupiter several years before coming to teach at the Dream School. He became acquainted with school founders Wendy and Kris Soderman through a mutual friend. “They asked me to teach. The classes were popular, so I expanded the program. I aimed high. Now we’re doing a TV show.” As far as he knows, no other high school has produced an entertainment show and broadcast it on a major network. “Most just broadcast at their school,” he explained. “We’re one of the pioneers in the field. That’s the type of school Dream is. We understand the ways of expanding a child’s mind and getting through to them in the learning process.“ The school is on Southern Boulevard at the intersection of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard.

This summer the school will offer camps for science, music and art. In the fall, Zatorsky will work on two shows as a part of their curriculum, one each semester. Zacorsky will write, direct and produce them. For more information, call the Dream Middle School at 791-2881 or go online to 

Make-up! Writer/Producer Shawn Morell Lewis applies makeup to Dream Middle School student-actor Elena Lopez-Belio.

The rural loving residents of Loxahatchee Groves all agree they love their lifestyle. But neighbors are poised to battle at the ballot this month as holders of small properties allege they’re being overrun by the big landowners, whose ideas of rural are changing. On June 27, residents will vote whether they want to change the election system for seats on the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District board, which provides drainage and roads in the 8,000-acre community. Under the current system, residents vote based on how much land they own, a system that made sense when the focus was primarily irrigation for large tracts of farmland. A vote in favor of changing the system to a popular election would enable at least one seat on the board to be voted on by popular election. That would effectively equalize everyone’s votes, putting small landowners on equal footing with the big guys. It would give owners of smaller pieces of land a voice – though not likely a majority – on the board, according to the residents who prompted the referendum. “There is concern that the large (property owners) don’t necessarily have the ‘love it and leave it alone’ attitude like the smaller parcel owners, and they’re able to cause a lot of expenses for the smaller lots,” said Marge Herzog, one of two residents who spearheaded the petition drive forcing the referendum. She and others believe it’s the owners of large tracts who have been able to outvote owners of smaller parcels and win the right to have several road segments paved – a lifestyle change and expense many Groves residents oppose. The Water Control District board is turning the cost issue back toward Herzog and the othSEE VOTE / PAGE 3

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Palm Tran lowers Honoring moms transfer fares for Royal Palm Beach mom has Mother’s Day to remember Tri-Rail customers Customers using a Tri-Rail pass or transfer to board a Palm Tran bus will be subject to a new transfer policy. Now, there’s a 50-cent charge to board the bus from a South Florida Regional Transportation Authority station with a valid Tri-Rail pass, a discount of $1 from the regular fare. Customers boarding from any other location will be charged the regular fare. The new policy also affects customers making connections from a Broward County Transit bus to Palm Tran. Those passengers will pay the 50-cent fare as well. Officials estimate the new transfer fare policy will affect about 600 to 700 customers per day. For more information call (561) 841-4287.

Linda Shelby of Royal Palm Beach won’t forget this past Mother’s Day anytime soon. Shelby was the grand prize winner of Madison Green Golf Club’s Mother’s Day massage promotion, part of the club’s Mother’s Day Brunch served May 8. More than 115 local moms entered the drawing to win the top prize, which was sponsored by Sanda Gané European Day Spa. Though there was only one grand prize winner, every mom who attended Madison Green’s Mother’s Day brunch received a gift packet that included a $35 gift certificate from Sanda Gané, a free haircut from Moda Hair Salon and other discounts from local merchants. Madison Green will soon begin serving Sunday brunch in the MarBar Grille, which is in the final stages of getting ready to open this summer.

Linda Shelby receives her grand prize gift from Madison Green Golf Club GM Ron Miranda.

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Pilot Program

Free compost offered to those willing to shovel it The Solid Waste Authority has compost at the Lantana Transfer Station available for those willing to shovel it. It’s recycling at its finest and it’s part on an ongoing pilot program established by the SWA. The compost is a mixture of yard waste mulch and waste water residuals. When composed it forms a soil-like, highly organic product rich in nutrients that can be used mainly as a soil amendment for horticulture and agriculture purposes. Anyone can visit the Lantana Transfer Station at 1810 Lantana Rd. just west of I-95 and pick up free compost materials between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Be ready to load your own material. There’s also a citizens convenience area where people can take their recycling products and drop off hazardous materials. Recyclable items include plastic containers 1-7, glass bottles, aluminum cans and foil, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, magazines and milk cartons. For more information, go online to

One resident, one vote to be decided June 27 VOTE / FROM PAGE 1

ers who signed the petitions. The board sent a letter late last month to residents, telling them the process is an “unfunded liability” and will cause each to pay more in assessments to the district. Residents in Loxahatchee Groves pay assessments based on how many acres each owns to the Water Control District as well as paying property taxes to the town. “We’re not a big district. The board is going to be looking at recouping the cost of this unfunded liability to the reserves,” said District Administrator Clete Saunier. “I don’t think anybody is going to want to hear about assessments at this time.” Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District is not the first improvement district to change its voting system from an acre base to a popular vote. The same change took place in Wellington before it became incorporated and in The Acreage. Typically, a developer or farmer wants to restrict urban-style improvements that cause assessments to rise. The major difference in Loxahatchee Groves is that owners of small parcels are the ones saying the district is spending money on improvements like paved roads that they don’t want or can’t afford. Even though the referendum is mandated by statute under the law allowing residents to petition, Water Control District Vice Chairman Don Widing voted against holding it, saying it’s a

poor use of the district’s money. “I understand a lot of people believe in a popular vote as opposed to an acre vote. That’s not my issue,” Widing said. “My issue is the timing of this. We’re in the most critical economic times that’s ever been recorded since the Depression. The people that signed the petition probably were not aware of the long-term costs.” The District’s letter said landowners should expect to pay for an additional $34,000 by the time of the election on June 27, and a total of $70,000 by the first election under the new system in June, 2012, if voters approve the change. Herzog said residents upset by the cost already are calling her and asking whether they can cancel it. “The thing is with the expenses and everybody saying ‘Oh my God, you’re going to spend so much money. Well, Oh my God, they already ran up those bills. You’re going to have to pay them whether it (the referendum) is a yes or a no,” she said. The letters intentionally scare the voters, tainting the election, she said. The district has run up the costs because they refused to accept the election rolls certified by Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher and other data the residents supplied, Herzog said. The statute setting up the process for converting the system requires voting by what it terms “qualified electors.” Not only must people be registered

voters, they also must be freehold landowners. And while Herzog agreed that the statute creates a complicated definition of “qualified electors,” she says district officials already have spent more money than necessary by

refusing to accept the data the residents supplied. “I got a certified copy of owners from the property appraisers office, but that wasn’t good enough for them. They had to go and ask for the same thing over again.” 

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Local Happenings Get your chocolate fix at chamber’s ‘Taste of the West’

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Kitchen, Pie Thai Restaurant, Starbucks and PGA National Resort and Spa, to name a few. And if that’s not enough temptation, Hoffman’s Chocolates will present a cupcake eating competition. There will be a cake decorating demonstration, and the coveted best chocolate dessert award as determined by the tasting public. The event takes place at the South Florida Fair Expo Center. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Go online to to get yours.

Foodies, mark Thursday, June 2, on the calendar. It’s the day of the 14th annual Taste of the West and Chocolate Lover’s Festival, presented by Palms West Chamber of Commerce. The annual event offers tastes from restaurants and caterers throughout the area, including Agliolio Fresh Pasta and Wine, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, The Wanderer’s Club, Johnson’s Custom Cakes and More, Beef Wellington Steakhouse and Social Club, Big Momma’s Smokehouse BBQ, Blue Feather Vodka, Breakers West Country Club, California Pizza

Learn to Kayak at MacArthur Beach

Begin your kayak experience on land with lessons from representatives of Adventure Times Kayaks at John D.

MacArthur Beach State Park Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m. The program is free with park admission. You’ll get the necessary skills for the next step during the 1-hour course. Reservations are recommended. The park is located on A1A on Singer Island between Blue Heron Blvd. and PGA Blvd. For information and reservations, call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.

Storytime balls planned at Wellington library

Attention all princes and princesses, lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses: The Wellington branch library will be holding a ball each of three weeks in June and everyone 5 years and older

from throughout the kingdom is invited to attend. On Tuesday, June 7, meet storybook maidens from Egypt. On Tuesday, June 14, the ball features princesses from Mexico. And on Wednesday, June 29, the ball features storybook royalty from India. The balls takes place at 2 p.m. at the library, 1951 Royal Fern Dr. The event is free, but preregistration is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to reserve your spot.

Women’s Chamber to host luncheon Join the Women’s Chamber at the 8th Annual Linking Women to Learning Scholarship luncheon Friday, June 10, at the Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach.

Liz Quirantes, WPEC News 12 anchorwoman, will again serve as mistress of ceremonies. The event begins with the auction at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. Proceeds from the silent auction will be used for scholarships given to both graduating high school seniors and women returning to college to further their education. For more information, call the office at (561) 684-4523 or send an e-mail to president@ The foundation is the education and development force of the Women’s Chamber, which serves its members and women in the community by providing financial support, mentoring, leadership and education opportunities.

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Local Happenings PBC Gator Club to host 2nd annual poker tournament The Palm Beach County Gator Club will hold its second annual No Limit Hold’Em Poker Tournament Friday, June 10, at Roxy’s on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., and cards will fly at 7 p.m. The evening’s grand prize winner will receive a mini-vacation donated by Prime Group Insurance. Other prizes include an autographed Tim Tebow football and an autographed Gator football helmet by Coach Will Muschamp. Advanced registration by June 6 is $45. The tournament is limited to 100 players, and is open to

anyone 21 years or older. For more information or to register, go online to

For more information, call the library at 868-7760

Let the technology experts help you use technology in your job search. Job Search 101 is a class designed to help individuals gain access to the many resources provided through WorkForce Alliance and the Employ Florida Web site. The class takes place on Monday, June 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the computer lab of the West Palm Beach Library at 411 Clematis St. No registration is required.

at. Butterflies hold an important spot in the environment. Colleen Wiggins of Butterflies on Wheels will share her love of butterflies and their importance in the environment in a 60-minute program for adults at the Royal Palm Beach branch library, 500 Civic Center Way. See live butterflies, caterpillars, chrysalises, and learn fascinating butterfly facts on Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m. Pre-register by calling the library at 790-6030.

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Refresh Yourself and Your Wardrobe

Get ready to swap clothes! The Clothing Exchange Project gives you a chance to shop in someone else’s closet, get fashion and makeup tips, and do something good for the environment. For every item you donate, you have an opportunity to select an equal number of items. The exchange takes place Saturday, June 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hawthorne Suites, 301 Lamberton Dr. in West Palm Beach. The event includes complementary services such as make up application, massages and hand treatments. There will be door prizes, a mini-fashion show and complementary hors

d’oeuvres, as well. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, call Cecily Mathis at (561) 317-7000 or go online to

Get crafty with your child at Okeechobee branch library

On Family Craft Night at the Okeechobee Boulevard branch library, you and your child, age 3 and up, can browse through craft books to choose a special craft to make and take home. Craft night takes place Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the library, located at 5689 Okeechobee Blvd. Preregister for the program by calling (561) 233-1880.

Hangin’ with the animals

Palm Beach Zoo brings special guests to Scott’s Place story time By FOLEY WALKER Neighborhood News Group

WELLINGTON — The village’s monthly Story Time drew a crowd on May 7 with the appearance of several animal guest stars. Wellington hosts Story Time on the first Saturday of each month at the Scott’s Place playground on Forest Hill Boulevard, exploring a different theme each time. With animals the theme for May, local kids got to see, touch and learn about three residents of the Palm Beach Zoo. After hearing a reading of “Mommy Hugs” by Anne Gutman and “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae at the playground, the kids crowded around as zoo education specialist Cassie Klein brought out an African Hingeback tortoise named Kobe, a young alligator named Banjo, and Fred the opossum. As the visibly impressed group of youngsters got a close-up look at each animal, Klein fielded their questions. How old is he? What do they eat? Do they bite? Although Kobe was placid enough, and Banjo small enough for Klein to hold in her bare hands while the children touched them, she wore a thick leather gauntlet to present the two-year-old opossum Fred, who knows how to use its sharp teeth and claws. “We don’t let people touch Fred,” she explained, “because Fred doesn’t like being touched very much.” With Mother’s Day the next day, Klein also gave her audience insight into the animals’ parenting skills. “A mommy alligator actually carries her babies in her mouth,” she told the


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Two-year-old Morgan Gill tentatively reaches out to touch Banjo, an American alligator, as his father Damon looks on.

crowd. “That’s how they protect their young. Alligators are actually pretty good mothers.” Village volunteer coordinator Kim Henghold said the turnout for May’s Story Time was the best so far. “Animals are a really big seller,” she said. “All in all, I’d say there were about 50 kids here.” Although May’s event was a crowdpleaser, Hengold said Story Time will be on hiatus in June, July and August to avoid the summertime heat. “We’re going to start back up in September again,” she said. Scott’s Place is located at 12190 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, in the new municipal complex.

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In Brief Salvation Army needs sponsors to send kids to camp

If summer camp was a treasured time in your life, perhaps you’d like to ensure that needy kids have the same opportunity. The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is seeking sponsorships for local children to attend summer camp this year. Last year, citizens gave the gift of overnight camp to 120 local kids, some of whom had never experienced the natural environment before. In addition, the Salvation Army provided three-day camps to nearly 1,800 more local children, who learned to swim, play sports, explore and make crafts. To make a donation, go online to or send a check to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 789, West Palm Beach, FL 33402. Make sure to designate “2011 Summer Camp” on the check. For more information, call (800) SAL-ARMY.

Wanted: Caring hearts, helping hands

There is no more valuable gift you can give to a dying patient than your time. VITAS Innovative Hospice Care in Palm Beach County is seeking volunteers willing to give time. Volunteers help the administrative staff with duties in the

For more information, call the complex at 791-4770.

Scott’s Place story time takes a breather for summer

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The dance company Momentum, from Dance Arts Conservatory in Wellington, were showcased before the Florida Marlins May 7 ball game. They were featured dancers on the diamond during pre-game activities and afterward stayed to root the Marlins on against the Washington Nationals. Shown with the Marlins Mascots are, front row from left, Lara Symons, Sarah Marsengill, Tori Rosenthal, Gina Bernstein, Devan Soloman, Nyla George, Layla Chalifoux, Allyson Steinberg and Sarah Cirincione. Back row from left are Jordyn Kelley, Allie Terry, Andrea Rojas, Alexandra Ramey, Christina Kohlbeck, Quinn Van Popering, Cassandra Wiesner and Carlie Niedzwiedzki.

Boynton Beach and North Palm Beach offices, share talents such as sewing as part of the Hospice “Memory Bear” project, or share listening ears with terminally ill patients and their loved ones. People with sewing talent can help make Memory Bears, given to children and adults dealing with the loss of a loved one. They’re sewn from a favorite shirt, sweater or other treasured article of the loved one’s

clothing, and given to family members and friends. For more information on becoming a VITAS Volunteer call (561) 733-6332 or send an e-mail to

Wellington Aquatics Center open longer

The Wellington Aquatics Center has started its summer hours. From May 31 through Sept. 4, pool hours are 9 a.m. to

7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. On Sundays the pool is open from noon to 7 p.m. and on holidays, swim from noon to 5 p.m. The aquatics center features an Olympic-size swimming pool, two 25-foot water slides, an aquatics spray ground and a kiddie water play area. Day admission is $3 for kids age 3 to 17, $5 for adults and $2 for seniors 55 and older. Kids under 3 are free.

With temperatures rising, even a good book may be hard to follow in a South Florida summer. To beat the heat and allow volunteers some time off, Story Time at Scott’s Place Reading Corner will take a vacation until September. Look for a special kick-off when reading returns to the barrier-free playground at Wellington’s Town Center. During the summer, story time can still be found at the Wellington branch library at 1051 Royal Fern Dr. every Saturday at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. For more information, call the library at 790-6070, or go online to

Need help getting clean and sober?

The Vickers House and the Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County is offering free help for individuals struggling with addiction. Counselors are available at the Vickers House South, 3801 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach, the first and third Monday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s free of charge and confidential. For more information, call Vickers House at 804-4975.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT by Angie Francalancia

Coming to the rescue of our furry friends Currently, several full-bred dogs need new homes, unwitting victims of the foreclosure crisis, says pet rescuer Carole Chapuis. Don’t look for pedigreed pups anxiously wagging and yapping inside cages at Rescued Pets 4 U. While there might be some yapping and certainly lots of wagging, Rescued Pets 4 U makes it a point to deliver the opposite of a pet store environment too often marked by unhealthy animals straight from puppy mills. The Royal Palm Beach business at the northeast corner of Okeechobee and Royal Palm Beach boulevards was created from a partnership between two non-profit animal rescue operations. The storefront they opened in 2009 enables people easy access to adopting rescued animals. Rescued Pets also offers new and gently used pet products. Co-owner Carole Chapuis calls it a thrift store for animals. “Instead of spending $1,500 on a dog, you can spend $175 and get a healthy, well-adjusted dog,” Chapuis says. The money covers the cost of spaying or neutering, vaccinations and microchipping the animals, and it offsets the rent. If there’s a profit, Rescued Pets 4 U puts it back into the rescue operations and education. Both non-profits have been rescuing animals for more than a decade, and many of their animals come to them as referrals from Animal Care and Control, Chapuis said. Part of the owners’ education plan is making sure an animal and potential adopted family is a good match. Rescued Pets has small enclosures designed like mini living rooms. Each is equipped with a couch donated by City Furniture. It’s a place where a family and a potential pet can get to know each other. On any given day there are several dogs and cats

at Rescued Pets. There also are other animals that need rescuing – guinea pigs, hamsters, perhaps a parrot, and even sugar gliders, which are tiny, cuddly members of the marsupial family. But inside the store is only a fraction of the animals available for adoption. Both Chapuis and business partner Denise Willoughby have numerous animals at their off-site animal rescues. “Once I adopted out a chinchilla,” Chapuis said. “I have parrots. I even have a horse that needs adopting.” Last year, they found homes for nearly 400 dogs and cats. The dogs leave each night, going back to their palatial digs at the pet rescues. Chapuis operates Pet Haven Rescue, and Willoughby operates Luv-A-Pet, which takes in mothers and nursing puppies. The rescued animals never are kept in cages. That way, they never experience the stress that comes with being confined in a cage. There’s a thick photo album inside Rescued Pets with all the animals available for adoption. Or go online to browse photos. Then make an appointment, and the owners will bring the pets into Rescued Pets for a visit with their new potential owner. “You could sit in the rooms in a home environment and get to know these dogs. Since these dogs are at our house, we know these dogs. We know how they act, so we know what person to put them with,” Chapuis said. “We want to match the dog with a person. It’s a lifetime commitment. We don’t want returns. These days, there are several full-bred dogs that need new homes, unwitting victims of the foreclosure crisis,

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Some of the animals recently looking for good homes at the shelter include a one-year-old male min-pin and a year-old longhaired chihuahua named Andy (both shown being held by Rescued Pets 4 U co-owner Carole Chapuis) and two four-year-old collies who needed to be completely shaved.

Chapuis said. “Right now the number-one reason for surrender is foreclosures,” she said. “That’s how I got the min-pin,” she said, pointing to an active little black miniature pinscher puppy who favored climbing to the back of the couches. On a recent day, there were two full-bred collies lacking only their full coats, which were sheared to rid them of ticks, as well as two mixed-breed puppies. A litter of four kittens hung out in a front enclosure, rescued from the recent Jimmy Buffet concert. Rescued Pets 4 U operates with a volunteer staff, and can always use additional volunteers. People interested in adopting should start with a visit to the pet rescue’s web sites. Go online to and www. Then, just leave an e-mail to arrange a visit with the pet that tugs on your heartstrings.

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NICE AND EASY by Ernie Zimmerman

Meeting Smokey Robinson was a true miracle Tagging along for the ride as students from Canal Point Elementary School interviewed Smokey, I got to meet the legend up close. In early April, son No. 1 Brian called me and asked if I want to see a Smokey Robinson concert at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. I don’t know why he gave me the full name of the Kravis Center, any other time he asked me to go there he just would say the “Kravits Center.” And, of course, I would knew which Kravits Center he was talking about. Without hesitating I said yes. I’ve always loved Smokey Robinson’s music. The last time I saw Smokey Robinson perform was about four years ago. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. And after listening to his music for over 2 hours, you always want more. There’s just not getting enough of Smokey. If seeing Smokey again wasn’t enough, Brian, who teaches at Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary, told me that before the show we were going back stage where a couple of his students would tape a 20-minute interview with Smokey. On the day of the show, Brian, his students Anthony Bowie and Stafford Everett, and Brian’s former student Damon Weaver – the same Damon Weaver who has interviewed such celebrities as President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Joe Biden, Dwyane Wade, Samuel Jackson and Larry King – and I arrived at the stage door at 5:30. The folks at stage door allowed us to enter right away. They took us right to

Smokey’s dressing room, while Smokey was on stage testing the sound and the lighting for the show. The crew from Canal Point had to get ready – it took almost half an hour for them to set up their equipment. By the time the kids were finished setting up, it looked as good as any professional set. As soon as we were set up Smokey came into his dressing room. I think he was a little surprised at how well the kids set up the equipment. It was now time for the interview. The students were very well prepared and asked Smokey some very good questions. The interview went on for over half an hour. Smokey was great, he answered every question the kids threw at him. While the kids were interviewing this legend, I couldn’t help noticing the great shape he was in. I pride myself on trying to stay fit, but he’s in 100 percent better shape than me. Nice and slim and he looks great. After the interview, Smokey hugged everyone. He then said to me, “Do you know who you look like?” Without hesitation I answered “Joe Pesci.” Smokey agreed, and went on to say that Joe Pesci is a very good friend of his and they try to play golf at least once a month together. I usually don’t like when people tell me I look like Joe – I think I’m a lot better looking.

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Getting face time with Smokey Robinson back stage before his recent concert at the Kravis Center is, from left, Ernie, Ernie’s son Brian Zimmerman, Damon Weaver, a student at BAK Middle School of the Arts, and Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary students Anthony Bowie and Stafford Everett.

When “My Cousin Vinny” came out I couldn’t walk down the street without being stopped and being asked for an autograph. After the interview, the Kravis Center had a surprise for us. They gave us tickets for the best seats in the house. It was the best seat I have ever had to see a show anywhere. For over 2½ hours we heard tunes such as “Tears of a Clown,” “Ain’t that Peculiar,” “My Girl,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Guy” and many more. I wish all nights in my life could be like this one.

If you want to see the interview the kids did with Smokey, go online to Trust me, you won’t be sorry. Ernie Zimmerman, a retired New York City police officer and Vietnam veteran, walks at least three miles a day and takes life nice and easy in Wellington, where he and his wife Sharon have lived for more than 27 years.

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In Memoriam

Sam Lamstein’s legacy in Royal Palm Beach still evident By CAROL PORTER Neighborhood News Group

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Debra Waterman, client relations guide for the Tax Collector of Palm Beach County, assists Wellington resident Jack Naranjo-Rosenzweig with obtaining a new driver license.

The federal government has mandated that every state driver license and I.D. card be “Real ID” compliant.

License to drive By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA Neighborhood News Group

Next time you need a new driver license, obtaining it will be a bit more complicated. And probably more time consuming. In an effort to improve the security of state-issued driver licenses and identification cards, the federal government passed a law that became effective January 2010, mandating that every driver license and I.D. card be “Real ID” compliant. That means even if you’ve had a Florida driver license for many years, you’re now required to prove you are who you say you are with documentation, including an original certified birth certificate, social security card and other paperwork. “Virtually everyone who drives or needs an official ID card is impacted,” said Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon, whose office is charged with issuing the new licenses. “Everyone in our country has to do it by 2017, even if you’re renewing. If you’re under the age of 50, you have to become Real ID compliant by 2014. If you’re over 50, then it’s 2017. And anyone who comes in for a new license has to be Real ID compliant.” Currently, people are not able to renew online or through the mail. Once a person gets a “Real ID” compliant license, they can again renew online or through the mail. Gannon has taken steps to make it a little less onerous on local residents



by opening a full-service driver license office in the County Governmental Complex in Royal Palm Beach. The office at Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards began offering driver license services in April. People can still head to the state Department of Motor Vehicles offices for a license, but the process is the same, Gannon said. The tax collector must take over all the driver license offices by 2013. Prepare before you go, Gannon stresses. Then, prepare for a wait. Reviewing the volumes of paperwork required to issue a Real ID compliant license takes time. On the tax collector’s Web site is a checklist to help people bring the correct documents and all the documents necessary for the new licenses. In addition to a certified birth document and social security card, people need proof of their residence. “Women have to prove their chain of name changes,” Gannon said. That will mean securing certified copies of marriage licenses. Go online to tax/services_driver_license.shtml for a detailed list of documents. There’s also a reservation system online. It’s not mandatory, but it might cut down on what was a two-hour wait when the office initially opened. Full driver license services are available from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Royal Palm Beach office.


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Second ‘Hangover’ feels awfully familiar By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Writer

It’s hard to imagine a more half-assed attempt at cashing in a second time than “The Hangover Part II.” Seriously, it feels like the script was pieced together with the help of Mad Libs, with only slightly different and raunchier details replacing those that helped the original “Hangover” from 2009 become the highestgrossing R-rated comedy of all time (it made more than $467 million worldwide). But so much of the allure of that first film was the novelty of the premise, the unpredictability of the adventures, and the sense that we, too, were wandering in a daze, helping solve the mystery of the debauched night before. Despite their throbbing heads and increasing sense of panic, these guys clearly had a blast, and they made us wish we could have joined them. That sequence where the motley group of friends wakes up in a fog and surveys the damage in a trashed Las Vegas hotel suite is a brilliant and efficient little piece of storytelling, full of clever details and meticulous production design. Director Todd Phillips, who also co-wrote the script this time (along with Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong), apparently thought so, too. That’s just one of many gags from the first film that are repeated in “The Hangover Part II.” Giving the people what they want is one thing. Making nearly the exact same movie a second

time, but shifting the setting to Thailand, is just ... what, lazy? Arrogant? Maybe a combination of the two. Instead of finding a baby in their hotel room, the guys find a chain-smoking, drug-running capuchin monkey. Instead of waking up with a missing tooth, Ed Helms’ mild-mannered dentist character, Stu, wakes up with a facial tattoo. Instead of bursting into song at the piano to sum up how horrible the situation is, Stu bursts into song with an acoustic guitar. And instead of having sex with a hooker with a heart of gold, Stu does it with ... well, we won’t tell you. Suffice it to say, this is Thailand, so it’s not that huge of a shock. Bradley Cooper is also back as the group’s de facto leader, the arrogant Phil, as is Zach Galifianakis as the passive aggressive man-child Alan. Galifianakis’ dark, off-kilter shtick made him the breakout star of the original film, and while he gets many of the best lines here, he’s also even more infuriating. Justin Bartha is along, too, but just barely; as Doug, the groom in the first film, he was missing the entire time. In

the sequel, he remains safely ensconced at the group’s luxury seaside resort, so he misses out on yet another wild night. While there’s less of him, there’s also more of Ken Jeong’s character, the obnoxious, effeminate gangster, Mr. Chow. He was the weakest part of the first “Hangover” and gets even more face time here, with no improvement. They’re all there for the wedding of Stu and the beautiful Lauren (Jamie Chung) in her parents’ home country. He insists he doesn’t want the kind of crazy bachelor party that resulted when Doug got married, but he gives in and agrees to have one beer – in a sealed container – on the beach with his friends. Joining them is Lauren’s younger brother, Teddy (Mason Lee), a 16-year-old Stanford pre-med student and cello prodigy. Naturally, the guys all wake up in the squalor of a Bangkok hotel (shot in a tangible, grimy steaminess by Lawrence Sher), absolutely blanking as to what they did the previous night. Again. And yes, that word appears a lot in the script, as in: “I can’t believe this is happening again!”

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Science museum Going Green opens two new Village’s funny looking van proves big on savings nature exhibits By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA Who can resist a tree house? The lure of hanging out in its heights and exploring life among the branches can be intriguing to any age nature lover. The South Florida Science Museum is making this experience available now in its “Tree Houses” exhibit. Visitors can look through stereoscopic viewfinders and track clues about the critters who live in trees, look at natural artifacts and listen to sounds. Another exhibit, “Attack of the Bloodsuckers,” examines the biological wonders of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other creatures that eat blood. Visitors can look a real leech in the mouth, receive a big hug from a giant inflatable tick, and get all itchy and knotty with the life-size game of “Twitcher,” a “buggy” variation of the game, Twister. Both exhibits are designed to educate, entertain and excite curiosity through hands-on, interactive exhibits. Both run through Sept. 11. The South Florida Science Museum is at 4801 Dreher Trail N. in West Palm Beach. Admission is: $11.95 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and $8.95 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information, call 832-1988 or go online to the museum’s Web site,

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The funny-looking square vehicle parked in front of the new Wellington Municipal complex can’t go too fast, but Wellington’s leaders are hoping it goes far enough to save money and make only a tiny carbon footprint. It’s an electric car, designed to transport about four people and top out at about 35 miles per hour. Wellington bought it as part of the village’s fleet of vehicles. It replaces a small Ford Ranger. It also earned the village points toward achieving Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED status, on the municipal building – they needed something to plug into those recharging stations designed as part of the building. They’ll use the ZapVan Shuttle for short trips within Wellington, such as when village staff needs to go to a job site, said Deputy Village Manage John Bonde. “With the price of gas today, everybody’s looking for less costly transportation,” Bonde said. “This is an environmentally conscious, low-cost operation.” Wellington paid about $13,000 for the vehicle. It would have paid about $12,000 for a Ford Ranger. But the savings comes in the operation, Bonde said. “We think we’re very solid because the operational cost

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The ZapVan, which the village purchased for about $13,000, differs from traditional looking vans – and from most traditional gas-powered vehicles – with a height of just over 6 feet and a width at a very narrow 4-feet, 6 inches.

is 2 cents a mile. The other vehicle was above 10 cents,” Bonde said. “It can’t be used for everything. We know it has limitations, but we use it for the applications it’s used for.” Wellington has about 100 fleet vehicles, including some hybrids that use a combination of gasoline and electricity. The code enforcement staff, which has vehicles assigned to it, drives hybrids.

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HHGregg – and about 50 new jobs – comes to the Western Communities Positions to be filled include sales associates, warehouse staff and customer service positions.

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RPB’s youth baseball celebrates another great season It was a fun day for all as the Youth Baseball Association of Royal Palm Beach held its end of the year party May 1 at the Bob Marcello Baseball Complex. Below, Coach Pat Retzler (left) celebrates with some of his players from the first place Dodgers in the Pony Division (14 and Under) as they show off their trophies.

By BRENDA SAVAGE Neighborhood News Group

HHGregg is coming to the Western Communities. The big-box store is opening its doors June 25 in the Shoppes of Wellington Green in the space previously occupied by Linens ‘n Things. Never heard of it? By this summer it’s destined to be a household word as the retailer moves big-time into South Florida, opening 10 new stores in June from Miami to West Palm Beach, according to Boca Raton leasing agent Joe Carosella, president of Retail Property Group Inc. in Boca Raton. RPG is handling the leasing of the store opening in West Palm Beach. Nearly 50 positions need to be filled in each store. “Now is an exciting time to join the HHGregg team,” said Dennis May, president and CEO, adding that many opportunities to grow with the company are available. Applications are now being accepted online at the “Careers” section on the company’s Web site, Positions include commissioned sales associates, warehouse staff and customer service merchandiser positions. In 2009, the company had 3,500 employees. Ninety-six percent were full-time. The Indianapolis-based business will open here with sprawling displays of consumer electronics and home appliances. The average store has some 30,000 square feet of space and will house a full range of audio and video products and accessories, more than 350 brand-name household appliances and a wide selection of televisions, including more than 100 models of flat panel TV’s. Gaming systems such as Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation are also big customer draws. Sales personnel receive more than 200 hours of product training to help them answer customer questions.

Left, Jason Cherestal, an Orioles player in the Mustang Division (10 and Under), takes a practice swing during the Home Run Derby.

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HHGregg, a big-box store featuring consumer electronics and home appliances, is opening its doors June 25 in the Shoppes of Wellington Green in the space previously occupied by Linens ‘n Things.

Nine other HHGreggs are opening the same day all around South Florida, including one in West Palm Beach on the southeast corner of Military Trail and Okeechobee Boulevard in the space vacated by the Albertsons grocery store. The company currently operates 173 stores east of the Mississippi River. HHGregg also provides service on thousands of products – both in home and carry-in – through “certified, experienced technicians,” according to its Web site. The store has come a long way from its beginnings in 1955 when H.H. and Fansy Gregg opened a small storefront on the north side of Indianapolis. Their inventory consisted of washers, dryers,


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At seven years old, Teddy was diagnosed with shipping fever, which rarely provides a favorable outcome for the horse. By LAURA DANOWSKI Neighborhood News Group

Teddy was seven years old when he stepped into the horse trailer in November 2009. Time for the annual trek from western Massachusetts to Wellington for show season, and this was Teddy’s first journey south. Teddy competed in the “Big Eq” classes where the rider’s form is judged as they maneuver intricate courses of jumps set at 3’6.” The two-day trip with an overnight in North Carolina was uneventful. Shortly after his arrival in Wellington, Teddy developed a cough that went from occasional to consistent. Antibiotic treatments somewhat abated the condition, but never cured it. In December, Teddy’s condition was diagnosed as shipping fever, which rarely provides a favorable outcome for the horse. Most are euthanized since the viral effects take an extreme, irreversible and physical toll on the animal. In January, Teddy was moved to the Equine Hyperbaric Center of South Florida located at Reid and Associates, in partnership with Dr. Meg Miller Turpin. Hyperbaric treatments (HBOT) produce an atmospheric condition where the patient’s cells receive increased amounts of inspired oxygen, thus increasing the amount of dissolved oxygen in the plasma, tissues and cerebrospinal fluid. HBOT is adjunctive therapy to normal medical treatments. Teddy lived at the facility through March and received numerous HBOT treatments. More than once his owner was given approval by the insurance company to euthanize Teddy, based on veterinary assessment and equine actuary statistics associated with shipping fever. Teddy’s body had converted the sickness into two encapsulated abscesses in his thoracic cavity. One located toward the front of his chest, close to his heart, the other on his left side. While at the center, the abscess on his left side was drained numerous times by inserting a sterile tube and flushing the abscess with mega-doses of antibiotics. By the end of March Teddy’s condition stabilized to where he was not contagious and could enjoy turnout. The sickness damaged a third of his left lung and the two abscesses became established. Teddy was physically not strong enough to make the trip back to Massachusetts. He came to our farm to recoup and stole our hearts in less than a day. The gentle giant standing over 6 feet tall at his shoulder and weighing 1,400 pounds was also the barn

clown. Bright-eyed, social and affectionate to humans and critters, he became family. My job in his recovery was to take his temperature twice a day and maintain his weight. He was no longer on antibiotics and only time could do the rest. As the days got hotter his breathing strained. We gave him a floor fan as well as the wall fan and all was going well. Dr. Miller visited him periodically and using a portable ultrasound would monitor the changes, if any, of the abscesses. By June – nothing. On the brutally hot morning of July 15 Teddy’s temperature was elevated and he was not interested in his breakfast – a red flag indicator of trouble. By the time I cleaned the thermometer and returned to his stall, a trail of thick, lumpy, dirty, yellow-green discharge was coming from both nostrils. Neither Dr. Miller nor the vets from Reid’s were available due to emergency surgeries and colics at other farms. Since he was still standing and not in distress, we had to wait. In the order of emergencies, this was the correct queue. His nostrils drained for almost 60 minutes as he stood in his stall with fans whirling, head low and in a moderate sweat. By noon his temperature was 102.3 degrees – there is no worse feeling than to watch suffering and feel useless. As promised, the vet called to check in. I gave the account and was told they would be there as soon as possible. At best, time crawled. Sitting outside his stall, I was awaken by Teddy shaking his door around 2:30 p.m. His eyes were bright and his water buckets were empty – a very good sign. His temperature was 99.4 degrees and his appetite insatiable. Another call to the vet said to keep them posted if anything changed. By September the abscess by his heart was undetectable on the ultrasound and the other reduced in size by two-thirds. Teddy started back into light work and in the spring of 2011 was jumping small jumps and preparing for the show ring. He is now nine years old. Let’s hope Teddy has many more years of happily ever after. Laura Danowski is the owner of Heads-Up Media, specializing in equestrian promotion. A former circuit competitor, she now resides on her lay-up facility in Loxahatchee.

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Breaking ground on the large-scale equestrian complex May 10 were, from left, Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, Mayor Darell Bowen, developer Mark Bellissimo and dressage rider Robert Dover.

Breaking new ground By FOLEY WALKER Neighborhood News Group

Renowned dressage rider Robert Dover and Wellington officials were among those who lent equestrian developer Mark Bellissimo a hand May 10 to break ground on a large-scale complex devoted to the sport of dressage in Wellington. The Global Dressage Festival is slated to take shape

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at the location of the original Palm Beach Polo stadium at South Shore Boulevard and Pierson Road, the site of the first professional equestrian venue in Wellington. Bellissimo said he and his partners have made $200 million in real estate acquisitions to build Wellington into a multi-season, multi-discipline equestrian destination. While the equestrian

complex, planned to eventually include hotel and retail space, will be developed in stages over several years, Bellissimo said it will be ready for his Equestrian Sport Productions to host competitions by the start of the coming show season this fall, and ultimately boast facilities that rival those of the legendary world capital of dressage in Aachen, Germany.

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Seven WHS student athletes celebrate college scholarships By FOLEY WALKER Neighborhood News Group

Wellington High School took time on May 5 to showcase seven senior athletes who signed on to play at the college level. Parents, coaches and WHS Principal Mario Crocetti celebrated with the seniors, including five members of the football team, a member of the girls basketball team and a wrestler. The Wolverines’ defensive lineup was well represented by the football players. Tackle Austin Peavler will play for Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and major in sports management. Running back Amir Pollock will play for DePauw University in Indiana while studying philosophy. Linebacker/guard Lucas Riebe signed with Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., where he will pursue a sports science degree; linebacker Chris Thomas signed with Webber International University near Lake Wales, where he will study business administration; and defensive end Alex DiNardo signed with Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., where he will pursue a business degree.

Wrestler Brandon Lustgarten signed with Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. where he will study international business, and point guard Mercedes Queen will play basketball for Pacifica College in Riverside, Calif., where she will study kinesiology and exercise science. As a wrestler, Lustgarten set school records for the number of pins during his career as well as the most team points. Twice, Lustgarten advanced to state competition where he placed fifth this year. Even after his semifinals defeat, Appalachian State recruiters were eager to sign him. “It’s a solid Division I program,” he said. “They really care about their team.” Queen, the only player on this year’s Lady Wolverines squad who played varsity through all four years of high school, had a shaky start to her senior season when she broke both her right hand and left leg in an early game. “She was out about six weeks,” her coach Victor Navarro said. “But she came back earlier than she should have.” Navarro said that despite the

setback, Queen was still able to demonstrate the talent that has made her a key member of her team. “Mercedes is a pure point guard,” he said. “She can run any offense, and she’ll take anything you can throw at her.” Queen said she is looking forward to playing and studying at Pacifica. “They’re the only sports college in America,” she said. “All their majors are sports-related.” Queen also said the unique veterinary studies program at WHS provided an introduction to the medical profession. “At first I wanted to be a veterinarian,” she said. “It’s good to be able to explore this in high school... I always knew I was going to do something in the medical field, but now it’s sports-related.”

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Above, Alex DiNardo signs to play football at Nichols College in Massachusetts while mom, Donna, and dad, Nick, look on. Below left, Mercedes Queen, with mom, Minerva, will play basketball for Pacifica College while studying exercise science. Below right, wrestler Brandon Lustgarten shares the moment with mom Betsey as he signs with Appalachian State University, where he’ll wrestle while studying international business.

Wellington Landings band breakfast fund-raiser a huge success Parent volunteers, donations from local businesses help the middle school’s band department raise a much needed $12,500. By FOLEY WALKER Neighborhood News Group

This year’s Wellington Landings Middle School band fund-raiser was both a fun community event and a smashing success, organizers said. Hundreds of attendees at the

April 30 event enjoyed a pancake breakfast, a silent auction and raffle while the school’s beginner, intermediate, advanced and jazz bands took turns performing in the school courtyard. This is the second year for the breakfast fund-raiser. Barbara


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Lagana, one of the many parent organizers, said the effort netted $12,500 for the school’s music department, well ahead of last year’s total of about $9,000. “This year it was bigger and better,” she said. “We had 99 raffled items, and a total of 41 auction items.” Lagana said she and three fellow parents who made up the auction committee spent more than eight weeks soliciting donations from other parents and area businesses for the event. “It was a lot of hard work,” she said, “but when people hear it’s for the kids, they’re very willing to give, even in this economy.” Sponsors included the Binks Forest Golf Club, Villari’s of Wellington, WellingTAN, Ultima Fitness, the Huntington Learning Center, Dr. Marisol Lopez-Belio DDS, Cool Team air conditioning, Hampton Inn, West Palm Beach Marriott, the SandGate Oceanfront Resort in Melbourne and local artists Bonnie Wilburn and Sandra Harmon. While some sponsors donated big-ticket items like local hotel getaways, a pressurecleaning job, a new bicycle or sports and fitness memberships, Lagana said her committee also received a wide array of smaller items such as gift cards. “We actually had a total of 187 individual items we created baskets for, to put them in the auction and raffle,” she said. “We had almost three times as many things as last year. We had a lot of mom’s baskets because Mother’s Day was coming up — spa visits, nails, hair,

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Wellington Landings band members perform during the recent pancake breakfast fund-raiser that netted $12,500 for the school’s band department.

massages, tanning salons. We had so many nice things, we created a lot of relaxation baskets for mom’s night out and that sort of thing.” Students helped to sell more than 800 advance breakfast tickets at $5 each. The pancakes and sausages were served up in the school cafeteria by volunteers. Meanwhile, the bands played on. “My responsibility was making sure the bands were ready to play,” longtime WLMS Music Director Chris Martindale said, “and the parents took care of everything else. We have a great group of parents.” The music department will use much of this year’s proceeds for basics, Martindale said, such as the replacement or repair of more than 150 musical instruments it has on hand. Martindale said it benefits both the band and the parents to maintain a large inventory of instruments. “The quality isn’t great, but they’re adequate” for the scores of beginning stu-

dents, he said. “If they decide to stick with band they can invest in a decent-quality instrument instead of a beginning-level instrument.” While last year’s event was focused on raising money to send students to a competition in Chicago, Martindale said this year it was the high school students’ turn to travel. “We have families with kids in both programs, so we try to offset them,” he said. Bands from Landings have consistently earned high marks. In this year’s state competition, Martindale’s advanced band earned a score of “Superior,” the highest level, while the intermediate band rated “Excellent.” Money from this year’s fundraiser will help maintain such excellence, Martindale said. For instance, the school needs new chairs for its music room, a $4,500 expense. “It’s the kind of thing the county doesn’t provide for,” he said, “and if we want to do it right, we’ve got to do it ourselves.”

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Selling flag football The Seminole Ridge High coach’s mission is to get sport sanctioned by the NCAA By FOLEY WALKER Neighborhood News Group

Seminole Ridge High School girls flag football coach Austin Bowe is definitely a man on a mission. Not content with making his team a perennial powerhouse, he is working hard to get flag football officially sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Last year the Seminole Ridge Hawks won the state title. This year the team racked up a 14-0 record and won the district championship for the fifth time in the school’s six-year history, before falling to Palm Beach Gardens in regional play May 3. But Bowe said it’s disheartening that with no NCAA recognition, there are no scholarships for his players. “The driving factor is that it pains me to see these girls graduate with their athleticism and their talent, and they have nowhere to go,” he said. “I want to allow these girls to continue to play, and to allow them to have some educational opportunities come their way.” Bowe made a major step in that direction last year by convincing the influential Amateur Athletic Union to recognize the sport and host the inaugural Women’s Flag Football National Championships, which took place in Orlando in March. He’s now looking forward to another major step, having secured a place for flag football in the 2011 Junior Olympics this summer. “We’re really setting up a showcase to get the sport in front of the NCAA,” he said. Flag football is a cousin of the familiar full-contact gridiron game. Players each wear a belt with three streamers that an opposing player must pull loose to “tackle” the ball carrier. The field is smaller, at 40 yards wide by 100 yards long including the end zones, each ten yards deep. Each side fields seven players. “There’s no actual blocking but you are allowed to do screen blocking, which is comparable to the pick in basket-

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ball,” Bowe explained. But flag football is no powder-puff sport. “There’s physicality in the game, like in basketball – that’s not supposed to be a contact sport either.” Still, Bowe said the sport appeals to girls because it requires speed and agility, and offers near-constant action. Bowe was on hand for the first surge of interest in flag football in The Acreage. In 1999, he said, there were some 400 girls playing softball in the Acreage Athletic League’s youth recreational league. As that season wound up, he said, about 30 of those players signed up for the new offering of flag football, including one of his two daughters. Bowe signed on as a coach – his first-ever coaching experience – and the league fielded a modest five teams of ten players each. “The next year it doubled, and the next year it doubled again,” he said. Bowe also coached the USA women’s team in World Cup of Flag Football tournaments from 2002 to 2004, taking the cup in 2003. And his pitch last year to the AAU landed him as their national director of girls flag football. “It’s a volunteer position they have there. I run tournaments pretty much all through the year for the AAU,” he said. Florida’s flag football players will be well represented when the 2011 Junior Olympics get underway in New Orleans at the end of July. And despite the lack of collegiate recognition for flag football, Florida high schools have produced so much talent that intramural clubs have sprung up in many colleges here and elsewhere. Bowe said the NCAA requires that only ten colleges launch programs to sanction an emerging sport. “There’s probably ten schools within an hour’s drive from here that have teams on campus,” he said. “I don’t see many obstacles.”

Helping to dig the hole where an oak tree was planted at Royal Palm Beach High School in remembrance of the Holocaust are, from left, Rabbi Barry Silver, principal Jesús Armas and teacher Darrell Schwartz. By Andrea Aguirre Special to Neighborhood News Group

Darrell Schwartz, Holocaust and Jewish History teacher at Royal Palm Beach High School, took his first period class on May 6 to the school’s courtyard to plant a tree in remembrance of the Holocaust. Holocaust Remembrance Day was May 1. Schwartz extended it to Holocaust Remembrance Week, speaking on the announcements every morning, giving information and reading poetry. The week-long commemoration culminated in the tree-planting ceremony. “I chose an oak tree because it is strong, it lives a very long time and will continue to grow,” said Schwartz. “It represents the strength of mankind, the strength of the future and the strength to prevent further atrocities.” Before planting the tree, Rabbi Barry Silver explained the significance of the ceremony. “Trees convert sunlight and

carbon dioxide into action and growth,” said Silver. “Hate and indifference were what caused the Holocaust. This tree will symbolize growth and spreading our branches.” On May 1, 1945, Germany announced to the public that the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler was dead. Sixty-one years later, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda’s leader was announced. “Their humanity was dead long before they were,” Silver said. School principal Jesús Armas hoped that, through education, repetition will be prevented. “This should encourage students to break the silence in more ways than what has been said today. By breaking the silence we can take down bullying as well as many other problems,” said Armas. Schwartz was proud that he was able to bring a living symbol of remembrance to the campus. “I was very excited about the participation of my stu-

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Horoscope by Madame Hughes Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s assistance in finding Palm Beach County’s wanted fugitives. Oscar Lopez, alias Jose Maldonado, Enrique Maldonado, Enrique Hernandez-Gonzales, is a white male born 2-26-85. He is 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He has a tatoo on his back. The suspect is wanted on a felony charge of Insurance Fraud. His last Oscar Lopez known address is Wellington Trace, Wellington. Warrant checked on 5-19-11. Remain anonymous (don’t give your name) and you may be eligible for up to $1,000 reward.

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Aries (March 21 - April 20) Curiosity may have killed the cat, but for you curiosity is healthy. Certainly the quality of your life (and possibly the longevity) benefits from fresh challenges, different twists and the search to uncover new information. Taurus (April 21 - May 21) Why do you keep depriving yourself of that recommended 8 hours of sleep? Your work demands are fatiguing, which is all the more reason why you should avoid late night television and retire at a reasonable hour. Gemini (May 22 - June 21) It is easy to be sentimental. Fond memories of high school days and old friends have you misty-eyed. Those classmates probably feel the same about you; so don’t wait for the next reunion before getting in touch. Cancer (June 22 - July 23) As George’s father in Seinfeld used to say, “Serenity now.” That’s what those around you are thinking as you spin and swirl like a tornado through your day. Take it down a

notch or two and give them and yourself a little peace. Leo (July 24 - Aug. 23) Your only thoughts are what to wear to that swanky, chic party coming up. Have fun considering the options, but in the end, go with the simple but elegant look that suits you so well. Heads will turn. Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23) Do the dishes, fold the laundry, pick up the house – the list of chores is always there. But it’s June and the days of summer demand that you take time for leisure. Deviate from your ritual and take in some of life’s joys. Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) A “thinking cap” won’t be needed for you to make sense of the current dilemma at work. You calmly observe as others stew and fret, since your clear objectivity led to a logical solution right from the start. Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Passion seeps from your pores. Your romantic interest is the happy beneficiary of your recent outpourings and wishes to return that exuber-

ance with special attention. Sounds like an ideal arrangement to me. Sagittarius (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) “California or Bust” – what a great time to fire up the RV and set off on a road trip. It’s been on your mind for a while, so clean off your desk, get out the brochures and make it happen. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) What a productive month – so many nagging projects completed. It is as if all the stars aligned to give you the energy you needed to finally wrap up those burdensome chores. Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) When describing you, no one would say you are a carbon copy of someone else. On the contrary, your friends would likely characterize you as “exceptional” or “unparalleled” and they would be accurate. Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20) Because of being so emotionally open and so accepting of people, this can leave you vulnerable. Others can easily take advantage of you. Without losing your generous spirit, guard against being gullible.

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Outside the Neighborhood Alligator finds its way into woman’s bathroom

PALMETTO, Fla. — A Tampaarea woman found an unwelcome weekend guest in her bathroom – a 7-foot alligator. Alexis Dunbar told WFLATV that she screamed and the alligator hissed when she found it inside the bathroom of her home recently. Her boyfriend propped a small table by the bathroom to keep the gator inside until an officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission showed up to take him away. Dunbar believes the alligator used a doggie door on the back porch to get inside the house. Dunbar lives in Palmetto, which is south of St. Petersburg. Spring is mating season for alligators and wildlife officials urge people to be extremely cautious, especially around water.

Leaking Mass. house dials 911 for help


MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — After months of enduring a leaking pipe that buckled its floors and sagged its ceilings, an empty Massachusetts house somehow called police for help. The Salem News reports the 911 call went out to police from a house in Marblehead in April after water short-circuited the phone system, apparently sparking the emergency call. Officers were sent to the

address after the call was recorded as a hang up and a return call got static. Inside, they found the wreckage, including potentially toxic mold, from a pipe that apparently burst during the winter. Town officials say the interior may have to be gutted. Police couldn’t immediately locate owner James Cowen. His cousin, William Cowen, said he’s not worried. He says James was left financially secure by his father and often travels.

Man dressed as Batman charged with trespassing

PETOSKEY, Mich. — Holy trespassing, Batman! A 31-year-old man dressed as the comic book Caped Crusader was arrested recently in Petoskey after he was seen hanging from the top wall of a downtown business. The Petoskey News-Review reports officers went up on the roof and pulled the man back onto the building. Public Safety Director John Calabrese says he believes the man “enjoys doing this.” Officers confiscated a batonlike weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and lead-lined gloves. The Harbor Springs man is awaiting arraignment on charges of trespassing and possession of a dangerous weapon. He’s being held in the Emmet County jail. Petoskey is in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, about

225 miles northwest of Detroit.

Man in trash bin survives after getting compacted SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A homeless man escaped injury after being dumped from a large garbage bin into a trash truck, where he was compacted two or three times before being discovered. Firefighters were called to the scene after the Waste Management driver heard the 43-year-old man yelling. Sacramento Municipal Fire District Assistant Chief Scott Cockrum told the Sacramento Bee that the man was still screaming when firefighters arrived and got him out. Cockrum said the man was known to law enforcement as a transient who often slept in area trash bins. The driver told authorities he had unlocked the bin and used the truck’s forklift to dump it into his compactor before apparently awaking the man inside. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Plucky dog escapes Oregon vet’s office

MEDFORD, Ore. — A German shepherd named Jack is credited with three late-night escape attempts from a Medford, Ore., veterinarian’s office. Last week, he made it. The Medford Mail Tribune


reports the crafty canine managed to pull open his kennel, trip the dead bolt on the clinic’s back door and pull down the handle to get outside. He set off three motiondetector alarms on the way and managed to rip open four bags of food. The dog roamed seven miles from the vet’s office, but only made it home when animal control officers took him to a shelter where he was reunited with his worried family. A veterinarian calls the dog’s recovery from flu-like symptoms “impressive.”

Man practicing with gun puts hole in neighbor’s TV

HILLSBORO, Ore. — An Oregon man practicing his Old West-style quick-draw skills with a handgun put a hole in a lifesized poster of a 1970s mob movie icon and destroyed a neighbor’s flat-screen TV in the bargain. KGW-TV reports police took 27-year-old Travis Hood of Hillsboro, Ore., into custody after the shooting in which he blasted a hole in the poster of Al Pacino in his role as Michael Corleone in “The Godfather” films. The bullet traveled through the wall of his apartment and hit a neighbor’s television. Police say Hood used a .357 magnum. No one was in the other

Alaska university’s sewer system clogged by socks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The sewer system at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fine Arts Complex has suffered $15,000 worth of damage, and campus maintenance workers think they’ve found the culprit: Children’s socks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the socks have been flushed down toilets in the facility’s lower level since December. When campus officials posted signs requesting the sock-flusher or flushers to stop, 40 socks were flushed down the toilets in one week. Maintenance superintendent Bill Cox says campus officials are powerless to stop the sock assault. The socks are making it through the toilets, but are getting caught in a series of pump motors at a lift station. The maintenance staff has a 30-gallon bucket nearly full of socks retrieved from the sewer system. apartment, and there were no injuries. Hood was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

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3. Fax your ad with credit card information to (561) 793-9017. COST STAND OUT! DISCOUNT DEADLINE $12 for three lines and $1.50 for each additional line.

Shade your ad as an attention-getter for just $4!

Pay for 3 months and we’ll give you the 4th month free!

Ad must be received by June 20 to make the next issue.


21 Babysitting 22 House Cleaning 23 Companions 24 General Maintenance 25 Computers 26 Typing/Wordprocessing 28 Tutoring 29 Miscellaneous

– INSTRUCTIONS –  Fill in the classified ad form below, placing one letter in each box, making sure to leave one box empty between words.

 Name, address and telephone number must be included.  Add up the total cost of your ad.  Write in the 2-digit classification number for your ad.  Include credit card information below or make check payable to Neighborhood News Group.



32 Household Items 33 Furniture 34 Computers 35 Electronics 36 Automobiles 38 Miscellaneous 39 Wanted to Buy

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If paying with a credit card, please use name on card and card’s billing address here.



42 Professional/Sales 43 Personal Services 44 Trade 46 Part Time 48 Restaurant/Hotel 49 Miscellaneous Jobs

Cost for additional lines ($1.50 each): (2)

Shaded ad ($4.00):  yes  no (3) One time price: (Add lines 1, 2 & 3): (4)


Four month contract:  yes  no If yes, multiply line (4) by 3: (5)



Total amount enclosed: (6)







Cost for 3 lines: (1) $12.00


51 Rentals – WPB 52 Rentals – Palms West 53 Rentals – In State 54 Rentals – Out of State 55 For Sale – WPB 56 For Sale – Palms West 57 For Sale – In State 58 For Sale – Out of State

2-digit classification number: (Please check)  YES! Place my ad FREE in West Palm’s Neighborhood News



13 Professional

12 Personals BURIED IN DEBT! Over $10,000 In Credit Cards? We CAN SAVE You Thousands! Call DEBT HELP EXPERTS. FREE Consultation: 1- 888-849-8260 PROTECT YOUR FAMILY! Get Your Home Security System FREE. Main Doors Protection, Motion Detectors, Police, Fire & Medical Keypad. Call Now 1- 866-566-9823 PSYCHIC BOUTIQUE – Readings by Pauline. Crystals, Tarot Cards, Aura Cleansing & more. For appt. call 355-0036. RPB. SUSHI YAMA SIAM – Japanese & Thai cuisine. 12785 W. Forest Hill Blvd. 798-4288,

DIVORCE * BANKRUPTCY – Call (877) 797-8910 or online at L O C AT E M I S S I N G P E R S O N S Background checks, Crim. Def., Boynton Investigations Lic. A1000175, 561-201-0773 PERSONAL TR AINING - Cer t. & Insured. Home or gym. Healthy Bodies by Helen. (561) 317-0742. Free consult.

19 Miscellaneous DISH NETWORK’S LOWEST ALLDIGITAL PRICE! As low as $24.99/mo plus FREE HD FOR LIFE! Call for limited t i m e B O N U S ! C a l l N ow. 1-888-690-5561



24 General Maintenance

21 Babysitting M AT U R E , R E S P O N S I B L E 8 t h grader exp. with children. Wellington area. Call Deanna at (561) 236-8580.

22 House Cleaning AFFORDABLE HOME CLEANING. Weekly, biweekly, monthly. Experience & References. Free est. (561) 234-8038. CARPET/UPHOLSTERY CLEANING D r i e s 2- 4 h r s . Pe t O d o r removal. Call Mike, 255-1493 E XPERIENCED HOUSEK EEPER Excellent references. Call anytime for free estimate. 12 years in area. 352-6065.

CUSTOM STORAGE SOLUTIONS Closets, Home Offices, G a r a g e s , Ta c k / F e e d Rooms & More. Closet Factory, design consult. (561) 767-0601. INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING – Specializing in professional murals and faux finishes. Interior/exterior jobs. Local resident. Call for free estimate. Ask for Gilberto, 398-4273. GETTING MORE BUSINESS for your business is our business! Place a service ad in Palms West Monthly Classifieds today. You’ll be glad you did!

24 General Maintenance

43 Personal Services

PROFESSIONAL HANDYMAN – Services – 35 yrs. experience. Call Richard (561) 719-8849. Lic. #CBC1251053. Free est.

E X PERIENCED & RELI ABLE – Home Health Aides. English speaking, mature, certified in the care of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. 24 hour service. Call 434-2576

25 Computers COMPUTER LESSONS – Let me take your fears away. Lessons made easy. Learn on your own computer. Very reasonable. Joan, 795-1200.

28 Tutoring M AT H & PH YSI C S T U T OR Algebra, Geometr y, Trig., Pre - Calculus, AP Calculus, AP Physics. Call Michael, M. Sc. in Mech. Engineering, Columbia Univ.) 561-315-9502

29 Miscellaneous FIREARMS SAFETY CLASS for Florida Concealed Gun Permit. GIVE YOUR ROOMS A FRESH new look at affordable prices! Call a licensed pro today! (561) 307-4173. PET STAYCATION! – Pet Sitting in Wellington. Call Lisa at (561) 324-5747. PRESSURE CLEANING - Residential • Commercial • Industrial • Driveway Sealing • Roofs, • Walls • More! Squeak y Clean Pressure Cleaning, (561) 577-8080.

MERCHANDISE 32 Household Items ONE MAN’S TRASH is another man’s treasure. Sell your u nwa n te d i te m s fo r f a s t cash in Palms West Classifieds today! PATIO FURNITURE LIKE NEW – Marble coffee table, silk tree, kids & adult bikes, Schwinn ex-bike. 603-1812.

38 Miscellaneous CUST OM SWA ROVSK I BLING, Shirts, Call Candy for a free quote. (561) 876-1459

39 Wanted To Buy SILVER COINS WANTED. I pay more now! U.S., 20 times face value. Some foreign ok. Call John, (954)263-3355

46 Part Time PART TIME DRIVER – To doctor, errands, etc. Mon-Fri. Retiree or homemaker welcome. Must have car & good driving record. Call Dana, 561-366-7967 PHOTOGRAPHER – Experienced photographer to cover local eve nts in We ste r n Co m munities. Photojournalism background a plus. Call Rob, 793-6397. REPORTER – Freelancer to cover council meetings, equestrian events, etc. Journ. degree, experience required. Call Rob, 793-6397.

REAL ESTATE 51 Rentals – WPB BEAR ISLAND - 3BR/2Bth/2CG with gorgeous golf course a nd ga rde n views. From $1950/mo. Annual/Furnished or Unfurnished. Call Barry L . Salandro 632- 8268 or Terry Cronin 346-6776. Village Realty Group WHITEHALL FURNISHED - Bldg 18-102: $950/mo. (furn), Bldg 14-401: $1100/mo. (furn), Bldg 20-105: $1000/mo. (furn), Bldg 14-404: $1000/mo. (furn). All available May 1st. Val Oliva, 762-7702, Illustr. Prop. WHITEHALL LOP – 4th Floor 2B/2Bth/Bonus Room with fabulous views - From $975/ mo. Annual-Unfurnished. Call Barry L. Salandro 6328268 or Terry Cronin 3466776 Village Realty Group

52 Rentals – Wellington SINGLE FAMILY HOMES & CONDOS Annual or seasonal. Perry Payne. (561) 351-5687, Realty Elite The Palm Beaches. www. Perry


EMPLOYMENT 42 Professional/Sales WORK FROM HOME – All natural products made in USA. Make $$. 561-282-7648.

Palms West Service Directory ACCOUNTING


Accounting & Tax Services

Make Your Car Look Like

Providing businesses and individuals with accounting and tax help for more than 33 years. Call for a free, no obligation consultation

• Headlight Restoration • Oxidation Removal • West Sanding & Buffing • Steam Cleaning & more!

Lee Chitty, CPA

(561) 315-2097

Lee Chitty, CPA



Hand Towel Dry

(Just south of Southern Blvd.)

Exterior Wash Everyday!

135 State Road 7



921 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.

$24.99 Express Wax Full Service Ultra-Saver Wash Wheel Cleaner & Tire Shine ORBITAL or HAND WAX Rain-X Windshield • 30 minute service. Must present ad • Exp. 6/26/11 • Most Cars

Only at Motor City Car Wash

(N.E. Corner of PB Lakes & Tamarind)


BOYNTON BEACH 3900 Hypoluxo Rd.

(between Congress Ave. & Military Tr.)


Text: MotorCity to 90210 for specials & chance to win $120 Detail!


NEW Again!



Monday: Full Rack Back Rib Dinner $11.99 Tuesday: Half Rack Back Ribs & 5 Wings $12.99 Wednesday: Rib & Chicken Combo $10.99 Thursday: Full Rack Spare Rib Dinner $10.99 Friday: Rib & Shrimp Combo $14.99 13897 WELLINGTON TRACE • WELLINGTON • (561) 795-RIBS






Learn & Use Any of the Following: Windows • Internet • Email • Outlook

Only $35/hour Word • Excel • Powerpoint • Publisher…

Tim Guptill • 561.313.8976 •




12785 Forest Hill Blvd., #G8 • Wellington • (In the Wellington Plaza at Wellington Trace & Forest Hill Blvd.)

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HOME AUTO 13860 Wellington Trace • Wellington • 798-8843

Come hungry Leave happy.

Channon Delgado 561-798-5535 11951 Southern Blvd. • Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411


1 Dozen Bagels!


BILL JAMES REALTOR Continental Properties, Inc. Office: 689-4766 • Cell: 346-8034 E-mail:

2240 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 400 • WPB

“Specializing in the Villages of Palm Beach Lakes” RETAIL

Licensed and Insured

Get 10% OFF

Doctors, nurses, chefs:

First two months of lawn maintenance when you mention this ad!

Visit our 2 other locations: CityPlace • WPB Midtown at the Gardens • PBG

The unique comfort features of the Alegria Professional Collection allow you to do your job better because you’ll feel better in our shoes. 12 hour shifts? Bring it on!

(First-time customers only.)


HEALTH and can wear anything I want with confidence. With Herbalife, I’m planning to keep the weight off forever!”


Affordable Full Service Lawn Maintenance Tree Trimming • Shrubs • Landscaping Commercial & Residential

561.795.4345 10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. The Pointe at Wellington Green


Ebony F. Lost 56 lbs.


You can do it, too! I’ll show you how. Call me today!


Suzanne Daley • 561.385.1638

Trimming • Removal • Stump Grinding Shaping • Hedge Trimming

Licensed & Insured


Located in Royal Palm Beach



Signature Salads, Wraps Sandwiches & Soups

“I’ve gone from a size 14 to a 6

Tarot Cards • Crystals • Aura Cleansing • Gifts “Pauline can help guide you along your life path” For an appointment, call


with this ad

Fast. Fresh. Friendly.

Readings by Pauline



OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK ffering Now O I-FI! W Serving Breakfast & Lunch 5:30a.m. - 1p.m. FREE 13873 Wellington Trace, B-9, Wellington • 784-5501 4368 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens • 625-6677

You owe it to yourself to shop your rates. Let us shop for you.


(561) 333-0334

The Wellington Marketplace 13857 Wellington Trace, D-2

Lee’s Barbeque Grill Center Service • Repair • Assembly Propane • Installation • Delivery We repair all brand grills no matter where you bought them! •


Advertise in the Palms West Service Directory!

(866) 533-7227 or (954) 796-6100 3867 N.W. 124th Ave., Suite 2 • Coral Springs, FL 33065

12954 Okeechobee Blvd.


Loxahatchee, FL


Call 215-1227 for more information. HOUSECLEANING


Why do customers trust Hola Cleaning?

Simply Spotless!

Call us today for a free quote!

We clean their homes the way they want. We care. We are experienced.

(561) 234-8038 HOUSE CLEANING

HOUSE CLEANING Very Reasonable Rates To Clean Your Home! (12 Years Experience • Great References!)



Wellington Cab 333-0181

LOCAL & LONG DISTANCE Serving Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale & Miami airports and seaports



Wellington-based family owned & operated for over 10 years.

Let Us Add a Little COLOR to Your Life!



• Doctor’s Office • Malls • Hotels • South Beach • Airports

HAROLD CUMMINS PAINTING, INC. Est. 1970 • Family Owned & Operated

• Interior/Exterior • Pressure Cleaning • Faux Finishes • Residential • Commercial • Paver Sealing

561.718.9264 • 561.301.4169


SELL YOUR SERVICE! Advertise in the Palms West Service Directory!

Call 215-1227 for more information.

U8358 Licensed & Ins.

Locally Owned & Operated PBC #VH3463

(561) 291-1153

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