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Summer Calling all Haute Hoedown than 300 cowboys and cowCamp volunteers! More girls had a boot-stomping time as they converged at the National Volunteers are needed for the Great Guide American Cleanup on April 12 to help Croquet Center on March 22 to Check out our pull-out section of awesome local camps.

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celebrate KidSanctuary’s Second Annual Haute Hoedown.

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THE ACREAGE • LOXAHATCHEE GROVES • ROYAL PALM BEACH • WELLINGTON • WEST PALM BEACH

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Home Gardening

Wellington homes open backyards for garden tour

Area students shine at 3rd annual Brain Bee

By AMY WOODS Palms West Monthly

Max Planck Florida hosted 50 students from Palm Beach and Martin counties who took part in the 3rd annual Brain Bee Challenge.

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RPB to show ‘Gravity’ at next Movie Night

The blockbuster film “Gravity” will play on the giant screen during Royal Palm Beach’s Movie Night & Food Truck Invasion set for Friday, April 25.

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‘Brew at the Zoo’ sure to be a wild time

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INSIDE

Local Happenings ................4, 6 In Brief................................8 Nice and Easy ........................9 Health Matters ..................... 10 Summer Camp Guide .......... 11-13 At the Movies .......................16 On Stage .............................16 Faces & Places ......................17 Community Round-Up ........ 18, 19 Just For the Fun of It ............. 21 Outside The Neighborhood ...... 22 Service Directory .............22, 23 PalmsWestMonthly.com

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In foreground from left, Hailey Goldstein, Darity Carr, Lindsay Creneti, Amelia Haymond and Zoe Garnett rehearse a number from the Wellington Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of “Les Misérables,” which will be performed April 11-13 at Palms West Alliance Church in Loxahatchee.

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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE By AMY WOODS Palms West Monthly

WELLINGTON — The girls eagerly arrive for rehearsal at the Wellington Children’s Theatre, some with Starbucks cups in their hands, others with backpacks slung over their shoulders and one with a furry costume on. They enter the glass doors of the storefront school in the original Wellington Mall ready to go through music for the upcoming production of “Les Misérables.” Ranging in age from eight to 18, the student singers and aspiring actors jump into the song “Prologue” as director Karen Braunstein leads them on the piano. “‘Les Misérables’ is my favorite movie ever,” says 11-year-old Peyton Santiago, a sixth-grader at Okeeheelee Community Middle School. While Peyton wants to be a television news anchor, “I also like to act,” she says. Georgie Murphy, 12, has the stage bug, too. “I want to be the best actress I can and have fun,” the homeschooled seventh-grader says. Peyton, Georgie and the other children at the Wellington

Children’s Theatre enrolled in the program because of their passion for performing. Braunstein, a classically trained singer and cantor, founded the company in 2012 out of her love of teaching and passion for musical theater. “Our motto is, ‘We grow actors,’” Braunstein says. “Although we are working with children, we take seriously our responsibility to train them. The greatest reward is the end product – watching our students during their performances, when everything that we have been teaching comes together, and they are truly in character and in the moment.” “Les Misérables,” which Braunstein says she has seen live more than a dozen times and describes as “the greatest musical ever written,” will run April 11-13 at the Palms West Alliance Church on Southern Boulevard in Loxahatchee. According to Braunstein, the greatest challenge for her children’s theater has been the costs associated with producing a musical. There is no community or private theater space in Wellington, says Braunstein.

UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS: LES MISÉRABLES: Performances are April 11 at 7:30 p.m.; April 12 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and April 13 at 3 p.m. SLEEPING BEAUTY: One performance will be held April 19 at 2 p.m. VENUE: Both productions will be performed at Palms West Alliance Church at 16401 Southern Blvd. in Loxahatchee. COST: Tickets for “Les Misérables” are $19 for adults and $12 for students and children. Tickets for “Sleeping Beauty” are $14 for adults and $8 for students and children. WHERE TO BUY TICKETS:

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This necessitates the renting of non-theatrically equipped spaces, or school auditoriums, which can be costly. “It seems as though we are always working way beyond budget, between our licensing and royalties and materials and tech costs,” says Braunstein. “But the most stressful piece is trying to find an appropriate and affordable venue where we SEE THEATER / PAGE 20

WELLINGTON — Six serene gardens blooming in an array of rich colors and detailed designs will be showcased during the Wellington Garden Club’s seventh-biennial tour, “The Secret Gardens of Wellington.” The private paradises will be open to the public for one day only on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights include gardens with 72 kinds of bougainvillea, a beautiful butterfly sanctuary, an impressive display of 260 trees and creative yard sculptures. There also will be an art boutique, a honey-bee exhibit, a plant sale and raffle prizes. “It’s our major fund-raiser,” tour chairwoman Jayne Kiesewetter said of the event that takes place every two years. Proceeds from the tour fund the club’s junior-gardener program, pay for plantings at new homes built by Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, support scholarships for horticulture students at Palm Beach State College and subsidize tuitions at the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs’ summer camp. Tickets are available in advance at a cost of $25 at Whole Foods Market in Wellington and Amelia’s Smarty Plants in Lake Worth. They also can be ordered via the club’s website. Tickets cost $30 the day of the tour and can be purchased between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Wellington. “I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a Saturday than to go see gardens that are not only beautiful but very much loved and cared for by the owners,” Kiesewetter said. “We hope people will come and enjoy but also come and learn. It’s an educational opportunity, as well as a thing of beauty.” For more information, call (561) 791-0273 or go online to wellingtongardenclub.org. 


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Local Happenings Temple Beth Torah to host party planner showcase

A party-vendor showcase Sunday, April 6 will feature some of the area’s top event planners for bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, “Sweet 16” birthdays and romantic weddings. The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Beth Torah, 900 Big Blue Trace in Wellington. Door prizes, entertainment, food and music will highlight the day, as will an array of cake decorators, florists, photographers, videographers and others in the field of fun. For more information, call (561) 793-2700 or go online to templebethtorah.net.

Main library to host lecture on reducing carbon footprint

The Palm Beach County Library System will offer a session filled with information about how residents can lower their carbon footprints and save money along the way. Maisielin Ross, a certified family-life educator, will lead the lecture and teach attendees the importance and ease of reducing the production of damaging carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Pre-registration is required for the 90-minute class, which will take place Wednesday, April 9 at the main library, 3650 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

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Boating bargains abound at fishing club’s yard sale

From 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 12, great deals on boating and fishing equipment can be had at the popular annual yard sale put on by the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, 201 Fifth St. in West Palm Beach. Boat parts, dock lines, fishing nets, life rafts, rods, reels and tackle boxes will be sold to raise money for the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation’s conservation and youth-education programs. “Like the old saying goes, ‘One fisherman’s junk is another fisherman’s treasure,’” club member Rick Ross said. For more information, call (561) 832-6780 or go online to westpalmbeachfishingclub.org.

Search for treasures at RPB Community Yard Sale

It’s time again for the annual Community Yard Sale in Royal Palm Beach, an event that features vendors from all over the village offering their wares to the public. The yard sale takes place Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature entertainment, music and refreshments. The venue is Veterans Park,

1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. Children may play in the interactive fountain, so be sure they bring their bathing suits. For more information, call (561) 790-5149 or go online to royalpalmbeach.com.

Volunteers needed locally for ‘Great American Cleanup’

The 16th annual Great American Cleanup is set for Saturday, April 12, and the community-service initiative will transform Palm Beach County’s public areas into cleaner, greener, prettier places. Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, in partnership with the Solid Waste Authority, has organized a list of beaches, parks, recreational facilities and trails in need of tender loving care, including the removal of debris and garbage and the planting of gardens and trees. The goal: to inspire environmental stewardship. Locations range from roads and right-of-ways in Royal Palm Beach to Golden Grove Elementary School in The Acreage to Dubois Park in Jupiter. Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful is the local nonprofit affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, which each spring engages 4 million volunteers in 20,000 communities across the country. For more information, call (561) 686-6646 or go online to keeppbcbeautiful.org.

Palm Beach Zoo to Local Messianic host ‘Brew at the Zoo’ Congregation to host Sip craft beers, listen to live Passover seder music, sample fine fare and interact with the animals at this year’s “Brew at the Zoo.” The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society will host the event Saturday, April 12 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. “Brew at the Zoo” puts a special focus on South Florida brews,” says Ron Brooks, the zoo’s events manager. “It’s all about sustainability and the reduced impact on the environment that comes from local products.” General-admission tickets cost $35 and VIP tickets go for $75. Designated-driver admission is $15. All attendees must be at least 21 years old and have photo identification. The zoo is at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 233-2600 or go online to palmbeachzoo.org.

Jewish and non-Jewish families are invited to enjoy a traditional religious meal in recognition of the Passover holiday at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 14 14. The seder will take place at New Life Alliance Church, 1815 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Guests are asked to reserve their seats by April 9. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. For more information or to reserve space, call (561) 3506964 or go online to lchaim.net.

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University’s Honors College, the local Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, Pathways to Independence and Potentia Academy all will benefit from an upcoming 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Rooney’s Golf Foundation. The seventh annual event will get underway at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at Rooney’s the Gastropub, 1153 Town Center Dr. at Abacoa in Jupiter. After the run and an awards ceremony, participants will be invited to enjoy a signature Irish breakfast. Other activities include visits from the Easter Bunny and Ace the Poker Bear, face painting and prizes. Registration fees range from $10 to $40 and come with a T-shirt and a goodie bag. For more information, call (561) 683-2222, ext. 141 or go online to rooneysgolffoundation.org.

Mr. Potato Head comes to life at Royal Palm Beach library

Remember Mr. Potato Head? The plastic toy with the moveable parts will be recreated

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using real potatoes and paper cutouts during an event aimed at children ages 5 through 8. The 45-minute activity is set for Saturday, April 19 at the Palm Beach County Library System’s Royal Palm Beach branch at 500 Civic Center Way. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. All materials will be provided, and preregistration is required. For more information, call (561) 790-6030 or go online to pbclibrary.org.

Okeeheelee Nature Center offers ‘Science for Seniors’ Mangrove Ecology and Reef Ecology are the topics of the next two Science for Seniors educational events offered by the Okeeheelee Nature Center. On Tuesday, April 22, Mangrove Ecology will include a field trip to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for seining and species study in the estuary. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at Burnt Bridge on Jack Nicklaus Drive in North Palm Beach. On Tuesday, April 29, Reef Ecology kicks off at 9 a.m. at

the Sailfish Marina, 98 Lake Dr. in Palm Beach Shores. Seniors will take a boat ride to Peanut Island for snorkeling and reef observation. The programs are for adults ages 50 and older and the cost is $5. An $8 ferry fee will be charged April 29. Reservations are required. For more information, call (561) 233-1400 or go online to pbcparks.com/nature.

RPB to show ‘Gravity’ at Movie Night & Food Truck Invasion

The blockbuster film “Gravity,” an Academy Awardwinner starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will play on the giant screen during Royal Palm Beach’s Movie Night & Food Truck Invasion set for Friday, April 25 at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. The free family event gets underway at 8 p.m. More than 20 food trucks will be on hand, offering favorite fare with a twist. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. For more information, call (561) 790-5149 or go online to royalpalmbeach.com.

Wellington library to screen movie on Holocaust survivor

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Female runners set to tackle 5K and 10K course for charity

The Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex at 10 Ocean Blvd. is the place to be Saturday, May 10 for the Women for Women 5K/10K. Everyone from first-timers to seasoned runners will gather at 7 a.m. for a journey over the Lake Worth bridge to raise money for Girls on the Run and the Palms West Community Foundation. Nearly 1,000 women participated last year and more are expected this year. Highlights include coconutbra-wearing male cheerleaders and local firefighters awarding medals at the finish line. Registration ranges from $20 to $40. For more information, call

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County to host 17th annual VSA Katie Gardner Golf Tournament

Palm Beach County is set to host its 17th annual golf tournament on Friday, May 16 at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens. The VSA Katie Gardner Memorial Tournament is in memory of Katie Gardner, a 13-year-old girl with spinal muscular atrophy who passed away in April 2003. Katie was a charming young lady with an incredible artistic talent who participated in many VSA programs and exemplified the strength, character, and courage of a VSA artist. This year’s VSA artist will carry on the tradition that Katie Gardner was once a part of by creating the artwork for each participating sponsors’ plaque. Katrina Garcia, from Delray Beach, has participated in VSA Japanese painting, watercolor painting and the SpotLighters performance group and thoroughly enjoys being creative through the arts. The tournament entry fee is $900 per foursome. The scramble format includes greens fees, prizes, awards, golf shirts, breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, call (561) 966-7025.

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Noted sports broadcaster, cancer survivor to highlight American Cancer Society fund-raiser Peter Kostis, of CBS Sports fame, will serve as the guest of honor at this year’s 19th Hole Club fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society’s Palm Beach chapter. Kostis, a contributing columnist for Golf Magazine, joined CBS Sports in 1992. Last summer, the journalist and broadcaster went public with his coloncancer diagnosis and subsequent surgery. He now urges everyone age 50 and older to get regular colonoscopy exams. The April 14 benefit kicks off at 5 p.m. at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Fellow

CBS Sports broadcaster Ian Baker-Finch will serve as master of ceremonies. Activities include a golf clinic with Kostis and Baker-Finch, putting and chipping contests and dinner by the bite. A Women’s “Tee” Party and Fashion Show will precede the main event at 3:30 p.m. Cost to attend the 19th Hole Club golf gathering ranges from $500 to $750 per couple. Cost to attend the Women’s “Tee” Party and Fashion Show is $100. For more information, call (561) 6553449 or go online to cancer.org.

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In Brief VIP Everglades ‘Sunset Safari’ honors top donors

Guests ages nine to 90 turned out in early March for the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for The Everglades’ Sunset Safari VIP event honoring donors to the “Leaders of the Everglades Challenge.” The donors contributed $1,000 or more to the fund, which was organized in an effort to match a $200,000 grant received from the Batchelor Foundation. Proceeds will support the foundation’s Everglades education programs. The afternoon affair took place at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and included everything from airboat rides to canoe trips to nature walks, as well as a wine reception, a buffet dinner and home-made ice cream. Mark Pafford, the nonprofit’s new chief executive officer, introduced himself to those in attendance. “I was very impressed with the extensive knowledge that Mark has about the natural envi-

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From left, Francie Mackay, Michelle Boren and Stephanie Kantis celebrate at the KidSanctuary’s Second Annual Haute Hoedown held at the National Croquet Center March 22.

ronment and the Everglades,” said Susan Sylvester, a foundation volunteer. For more information about the “Leaders of the Everglades Challenge Grant,” go online to artmarshall.org.

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Palm Beach Zoo debuts green market

Another green market has opened in Palm Beach County – this one at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society. Fresh produce will be for sale in stands outside the zoo on alternate Saturdays through June as a means of extending the facility’s environmental mission. The zoo’s locavore movement calls for consumers to think locally before buying fruits and vegetables. “We like to promote local food businesses that source their offerings within 100 miles,” said Andrew Aiken, the zoo’s president and CEO. “These conservation actions inspire us, and we want to join in.” The green market will operate from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 5 and 19, May 3, 17 and 31, and June 14 and 28. Among the available items: cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, peppers, strawberries and tomatoes – all harvested less than one day prior to being displayed at the green market. By promoting local produce, the zoo is furthering its push to reduce carbon emissions, minimize climate change and protect wildlife.

“So much of food today is shipped across far distances, which requires early picking and a lot of packaging and fuel to transport,” said Krista Gardner, organizer of the green market. “Here in South Florida, we have the potential to produce enough fresh fruits and veggies for ourselves, and we think it’s a good thing to do that as often as we can. Purchasing locally grown food is a small step that, when taken by many, can have a big, positive impact.”

KidSanctuary’s 2nd Annual Haute Hoedown a success

More than 300 cowboys and cowgirls had a boot-stomping time as they converged at the National Croquet Center on March 22 to celebrate KidSanctuary’s Second Annual Haute Hoedown. The annual fund-raiser is KidSanctuary’s biggest event of the year and the proceeds go to fulfilling the mission of building four homes and an enrichment center for abused, abandoned and neglected children. This year’s Hoedown will help support the second home and begin the Enrichment Center. The Dodero Cottage will offi-

cially become a home to six foster girls early this summer. During the evening, guests could experience a taste of a real hoedown including a mechanical bull, carnival games, a whiskey poker room and live music from The Tom Jackson Band. Additional highlights included Celebrity Design Chair, Thom Filicia from Queer Eye For The Straight Guy who helped with the live auction of a nearly flawless yellow diamond donated by Diamante Atelier and a special video message from Dr. Mehment Oz, advisory board trustee of KidSanctuary Campus. “It was a fun evening and my gratitude goes to both the chairwomen and our designers”, said Connie Frankino, President and Founder of KidSanctuary Campus, Inc. “Everyone who joined in the Haute Hoedown is making a difference in a foster child’s life by allowing us to fulfill our mission of providing a safe and happy haven.”

Wellington Art Society accepting scholarship applications College-bound students planning to pursue the visual arts are eligible for scholarships from the Wellington Art Society. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 and can be applied for by high school seniors planning to attend a two- or four-year institution. The deadline to apply is April 11. Upon application approval and meeting all criteria, the society will award the funds to the institution in which the student is enrolled. Students must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in visual arts and 2.0 overall and they must plan to take at least three art classes. An artist’s statement and career goal must be included in each student’s package, as well as seven to 10 photographs of his or her work, identified by title, medium and dimensions. A recommendation letter from a teacher also is required. Applications and full instructions can be found online at wellingtonartsociety.org.

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NICE AND EASY by Ernie Zimmerman I ez@palmswestmonthly.com

Red light cameras ineffective in decreasing accidents A new study by the State Legislature’s policy analysis office has found that accidents actually increased at red light locations. There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether or not we should keep red light cameras at certain intersections or should we pass laws to do away with red light cameras altogether. Red light cameras have been under fire since their legalization in 2010. A new study by the State Legislature’s policy analysis office found that local governments generated $119 million from the cameras last year and, while deaths have gone down, accidents have not. In fact, accidents actually increased at red light locations! This has both presiding officers of the Florida House and Senate pledging new regulations. As of 2012 – the last year that stats are available – there are 508 communities in our country that use red light cameras to help with the enforcement of cars running red lights. That’s a drop of 6 percent from 2011, when there were 530 communities that supported the use of red light cameras. This year, the debate to allow red light cameras has heated up in Florida. The City of Margate recently announced it will remove all of its red light cameras by the end of the year. And some folks are trying their best to get the Florida

House and Senate to take up the issue about outlawing them in the Sunshine State. At first, the government wasn’t to willing to take a look at this issue, but it now appears they will. I always thought that state reps worked for the people. Let’s hope they’re now listening to the people they represent. My opinion? Red light cameras are very dangerous. What local governments don’t tell us is how much money these cameras put in their pockets and the companies that install them. Is any amount of money worth someone’s safety? Even though some officials may say red light cameras prevent accidents, we all know that isn’t true. If you don’t believe me, do your own research. I’ve seen more people slam on their brakes when they approach a corner with cameras, when they see the light change from green to yellow. I’ve also seen two very serious accidents at intersections that has cameras because of the sudden stopping of a car getting slammed by the car behind it. Now, of course most cities tell the public how much accidents have gone down at intersections where cameras have been installed. They sort of

leave out of these sermons how serious the accidents are that do occur at these locations. They also leave out how much money these cameras bring into their towns. Do people run red lights? Of course they do. Are cameras the way to catch these red light runners? I think not. As a retired New York City police officer I can give these towns some very good tips on how to get red light runners. The answer is simple: Make a police task force and use them to stop some of the horrible

drivers that drive on our streets. Set these task forces up at different times and at different locations every day. Just like they do with a DWI road block, they can also do it for everyday violations on the road. We did it in New York and guess what – it worked really well. Last year when I was in California driving from San Diego to Los Angeles, the highway patrol set up a road block. It may have taken an extra five minutes to get through it, but in my opinion it was well worth the wait. In New York City, when we did this we would catch unlicensed drivers, uninsured drivers, folks with warrants and

illegal aliens. I think it was a wonderful way to get bad drivers and bad folks off the road. I would love to see the red light cameras disappear and real cops doing the job they are paid to do. This I am sure will make all of us a lot safer. 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 28 years.

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HEALTH MATTERS

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Michael Platt, to discuss the decision-making process and what sets Ultima apart from other fitness clubs.  In your opinion, what’s the most important factor in choosing a fitness club? Platt: Being comfortable with your surroundings. Statistically, people who start and stick with their fitness program are the members who love their envi-

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ties, how to properly use the equipment and how to create a fitness program to help you achieve your individual goals. And don’t confuse this with a hard-sell effort to sell you on personal training. It’s about customer service and genuinely caring about the member.  So what separates Ultima Fitness Downtown from other gyms in the area? Platt: My wife and I got into this business a year ago because we really care about the health and wellness of this community and only employ people who share that passion. Most of the clubs have nice equipment and facilities, but we are more of a country club environment while our major com-

petitors are more of night club or body-builder environments. Ultima is not for everyone, but if you are serious about fitness and want to be in a club with the top trainers and the top group fitness instructors, we are your place. You get a towel and a friendly greeting when you walk in the door, help on the floor from a certified personal trainer if you need it, a fitness floor and locker rooms that are cleaned hourly, and a level of customer service that has created raving fans amongst our members. Interested in giving Ultima Fitness Downtown a try? Call 659-1724 and ask for Kelly Colbath for your free, no-obligation 7-day trial.

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SUMMER CAMP FUN!

Summertime is fast approaching and it’s never too early to start thinking about matching your child’s interests to just the right camp. Remember however, summer camp is also the perfect opportunity to allow your child to try something new, maybe pick up a musical instrument for the first time or work on developing a smooth forehand stroke on the tennis courts. Not only is summer camp a place to develop new skills, it is also a time when new friendships can be forged. Fortunately, with the wide array of camp choices out there, there’s a camp available for every interest. Throughout Palm Beach County there are camps for every kid – the artistic, the

Aftercare is available;  Location: #1 Education Place, 12794 Forest Hill Blvd. Suite 23, inside the “original” Wellington Mall;  Contact: Go online to WellingtonChildrensTheatre.com or call (561) 223-1928.

science-mind, the indoorsy as well as the sports fanatic. If you can’t decide on just one, try choosing a few for a summer smorgasboard sure to give them lots to write about on that “What I Did on Summer Vacation” paper.

SUMMER MUSICAL JUNIOR GOLF THEATRE CAMP CAMP For kids seeking to express themselves, whether through acting, writing, singing or art, the Wellington Children’s Theatre’s Summer Musical Theatre Camp may be the answer. Located in the “original” Wellington Mall at Forest Hill Boulevard and Wellington Trace, this camp will offer classes in acting, voice, dance, script writing, audition techniques, stage combat, pantomime, stage make-up and more. In fact, at the end of camp, camper will perform a fullystaged musical production.  Cost: $250 per week;  Dates & Hours: June 9 to July 11; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If your child has dreams of becoming the next Tiger Woods, or maybe he or she just wants to learn of the basics of golf, Junior Golf Camp hosted by the Junior Golf Foundation of America is the answer. All instruction is done by PGA and LPGA professionals and camps are offered at three different sites in Palm Beach County – John Prince Learning Center in Lake Worth, Okeeheelee Golf Course in West Palm Beach and Park Ridge Golf Course in Western Lake Worth. Ages for campers range from 3 years old to 17 years old, with three separate age groups and

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four levels of instruction, so beginners to advanced players can benefit.  Cost: Prices range from $42.50 to $225 depending on JGFA membership, number of siblings and other factors;  Dates & Hours: June 9 to Aug. 15; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.;  Location: Three locations to choose from: Okeeheelee Golf Course; John Prince Golf Learning Center; and Park Ridge Golf Course;  Contact: Call 964-4653 or go online to JGFA.org.

WELLINGTON SUMMER CAMP Wellington’s All-Day Summer Camp offers big entertainment. It also offers a busy enough schedule to keep the most active kids engaged and entertained.  Campers ages 5-15 participate in a fun-filled daily schedule of activities including athletics, arts and crafts, animal exhibits, games and entertainment, magicians, movies, rock wall climbing,

field trips, visits to the Wellington Aquatics Complex and more. Campers are divided by age group for age-appropriate activities. The oldest might go drift-boat fishing, snorkeling or travel to Miami for the Metro Zoo and Seaquarium. Local field trips for 11- and 12-year-olds include the Rapids Water Park, roller skating and Lion Country Safari.  Younger campers spend most of their time at Village Park, but everyone goes to the Wellington aquatics center for swimming. At Village Park, kids are busy playing dodge ball, capture the flag, kayaking, indoor kickball, indoor soccer, flag football and much more.  Campers must bring lunch and snacks that do not require refrigeration. Register in person at Village Park.  Cost: $160/week for residents; $185/week for nonresidents;  Dates & Hours: June 9 to Aug. 15. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;  Location: Village Park, 11700 Pierson Rd., Wellington;  Contact: For more information call (561) 791-4005 or go online to wellingtonfl.gov.

ZOO CAMP AT THE PALM BEACH ZOO Come for one week or the entire summer. Each week offers a unique wildlife theme as participants experience up-close animal encounters, behind-thescenes tours, zoo keeping activities, crafts, games, enriching conservation education activities, carousel rides and interactive fountain time. Kids who spend the entire summer in zoo camp will experience everything from extreme animals, night creatures, the zoo as art and even a zoo mystery week where junior sleuths must use their best detective skills to find a lost animal.  Themes change each week for campers age 5-10. There’s a special separate program for

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SUMMER CAMP FUN!

Junior Zookeepers for kids ages 11-14, which includes a focus on the behind-the-scene operations of the zoo.  The Palm Beach Zoo also offers the one-week Wildlife Conservation Academy for teens ages 15-17, geared to high school students who are interested in zoological sciences, veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation and animal-related careers. If you choose to have the zoo provide lunch for your child, cost is $37.50 per week. Before and aftercare are also available for an additional fee. No matter the age of your youngster, Zoo Camp at the Palm Beach Zoo is a perfect camp for kids who love animals and the great outdoors.   Cost: Ages 5-10: $210 for members; $235 for nonmembers per week; Ages 11-14: $260 for members; $285 for non-members per week; Ages 15-17: $310 for members; $335 for non-members per week;  Dates & Hours: Camp for ages 5-10 runs June 9 to Aug. 15; Junior Zookeepers Camp ages 11-14 runs June 16 to Aug. 8; the Wildlife Conservation Academy runs July 7-11; hours for all camps are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.;  Location: Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach;  Contact: Call 533-0887, ext. 229.

CASPEREY STABLES HORSE CAMP A summer horse camp for boys and girls ages 7-14, Casperey Stables offers a well-rounded summer camp experience centered on the pleasures of horseback riding and horse care. Activities include daily horseback riding, lessons, horse care, arts & crafts, games and sports, water play days, horse shows and family cookouts. In addition, every two weeks has its own theme, ranging from Circus Days to Patriot Days to Frontier Days.  Cost: $425 per two-week session. $405 per session for two or more. Daily options are available for $60 per day and extended care is available for $48 per week. prepayment discounts are also available;  Dates & Hours: Monday through Friday, all summer long, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.;  Location: 2330 D Rd., Loxahatchee;  Contact: Call 792-4990 or e-mail info@caspereystables.com.

WELLINGTON TENNIS CAMP If your kids love swinging a racket, or you’d like them to learn the fundamentals of tennis, sign up for a summer full of tennis. And for a refreshing end to a day on the courts, they can opt for a combination of tennis and swim at the Wellington Tennis and Aquatics Center. Camp is open to kids with all skill levels. There are nine

weekly sessions, so by the end of summer, the kids will be swinging like pros. The camp is open to kids ages 6 through 13. They’ll start their day on the courts, then end with free swim at the adjacent Wellington community pool.  Cost: $100/residents; $120/non-residents for tennis only; $150/residents; $170 non-residents for tennis and swim; 10 percent discounts are offered for multiple children or multiple weeks;  Dates & Hours: June 9 to Aug. 15; 9-11 a.m. tennis; 9 a.m. -1:30 p.m. tennis and swim with lunch included;  Location: The Wellington Tennis Center is located at 2165 W. Forest Hill Blvd.  Contact: Go online to WellingtonTennisCenter.com or call 791-4775.

SUMMER MUSIC CAMP Does your child have the music bug? If so, there’s no better camp in the area to

learn the basics than Village Music Wellington’s 2014 Summer Music Camp: Music Exploration. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about and experiment with numerous instrument groups including Keyboard, Guitar/Ukulele, Woodwinds, Drums/Percussion, Brass and Voice. The camp’s goal is to provide participants with experiences that are educational, creative and interactive and to musically inspire kids of all ages in a fun group setting. Campers can choose from three different one-week sessions: June 9-13, July 7-11, and August 4-8. Campers even get to show off their newly acquired music skills on Fridays with an open jam session from 2-3 p.m. – and parents are invited!  Cost: $300 per one-week session includes lunch on Friday. Sibling discounts are offered: $500 for two children;  Dates & Hours: The camp is offered Monday through

Summer Musical Theatre Camp! Five Week Session • June 9 - July 11 • Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm • Ages 7-16 • Aftercare available

Daily classes in Acting, Voice, Dance & Diction. Daily Show Rehearsals. Prop and Set Design. Electives in Script and Screenplay Writing, Pantomime, Stage Combat, Magic & much more! Visits from guest performing artists! Daily ice cream snack. Bring Your Own Lunch.

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RPB’S SUMMER & SPORTS CAMPS If you’re looking for a camp that has it all, Royal Palm Beach’s Day Camp and Sports Camps may be the perfect answer. Day camp activities include diverse field trips and activities such as swimming, movies, skating, sports and other special events. If your child is looking for a specific sport to play, Royal Palm Beach’s Sports Camps are the perfect choice. They are one week each and feature basketball, flag football, volleyball, cheerleading, baseball, tennis, fishing and more.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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Jason Bateman stars as Guy Trilby in Focus Features’ “Bad Words.”

Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S By JOCELYN NOVECK The Associated Press

If you’ve seen the poster for “Bad Words,” starring and directed by Jason Bateman, you’ll see a sneer on Bateman’s face. It’s truly nasty. More than most movie posters, this image sets a perfect tone for the film, much of which really IS that nasty. And funny. Very, very funny. But more on that in a minute. It’s nothing new to see a film about a misanthrope. What does feel different in “Bad Words,” however, is the way Bateman’s character treats kids. Nobody dies or gets physically hurt. But feelings? KIDS’ feelings? They don’t just get hurt – they get smashed to smithereens, remorselessly and often profanely. Remember those two criminals in “Home Alone,” making life miserable for little Macaulay Culkin? Compared to Bateman’s Guy Trilby, those fellows were Santa Claus and Glinda the Good Witch of the North. Bateman’s directorial debut is set in the singular world of the American spelling bee, where ruthlessly brainy kids compete for stardom, pushed by ruthlessly competitive parents. Trilby is 40 years old, but he has found a loophole enabling him to compete: The rules say you can’t have passed the eighth grade. And he hasn’t. Ever. At the regional bee, Trilby shows what he’s capable of. A chubby kid next to him asks what he’s doing onstage. “Your chair called me for help,” Trilby replies. If you think that’s bad, just wait ‘til he taunts another competitor with the suggestion that he slept with the boy’s mom the previous night. But nothing compares with the emotional

damage he inflicts on a shy young girl – we won’t discuss it here, but let’s just say we remain permanently scarred – with the goal of getting her to leave the competition abruptly. To leave abruptly, or to “absquatulate” – that’s one of the words Trilby spells correctly. Another: “Floccinaucinihilipilification,” or the action of estimating something as worthless – which is what Trilby does to everyone he meets. Turns out Trilby may be a misanthrope, but he has a genius IQ. So he makes the finals of the Golden Quill, which, wouldn’t ya know it, are being televised for the first time. This causes great worry for Dr. Deagan, who runs the bee with an iron fist (Allison Janney, who makes you laugh even before she opens her mouth) and the chief overseeing it all, Dr. Bowman (the august Philip Baker Hall). Trilby’s accompanied by a reporter, Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn, reliably kooky), whose editors are funding his cross-country trip on the mere chance he will reveal his inner purpose (let’s just note here that these editors are unrealistically generous). The two have a relationship consisting of awkward sexual trysts and many insults, most from Trilby.

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But the central dynamic is really between Trilby and a precociously adorable 10-year-old boy, Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand), who seeks Trilby’s friendship even though the latter peppers him, too, with insults – calling him “Slumdog” and telling him to shut his “curry-hole” in reference to his ethnic heritage. The two have some amusing scenes, especially a nightlong extravaganza of inappropriate behavior that may have some of you parents in the audience, er, “absquatulating,” or at least avidly “floccinaucinihilipilificating” the screenplay. So what’s the point of it all? Well, it’s an American movie that seeks to be mainstream, and it stars the likable Bateman, so of course you know there’s an underlying reason for what Trilby’s doing, one that will emerge in due course. But to the film’s credit, this twist doesn’t announce itself too soon, and so there’s tension here – not to mention hilarity. Some moments definitely go too far. But if you know what you’re getting into – an R-rated comedy about a (mostly) nasty guy – it’s hard to imagine you won’t find yourself helplessly “cachinnating” at some points. “Cachinnating?” Laughing hard. Trilby would know how to spell it.

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Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 S.W. 5th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale (954) 462-0222 American Idiot – through April 6 / $34.50-$74.50 South Florida Ballet Theater Presents: Giselle – April 6 / $30-$50 Gold Coast Jazz Society presents Lenore Raphael – April 9 / $40 John Legend – April 22 / $40-$120 Soledad O’Brien – April 23 / $35.04-$101.75 Junie B Jones – April 26 / $15 Ghost The Musical – April 29 - May 11 / $34.50-$114.50

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Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center 1977 College Dr., Belle Glade (561) 993-1160 Doo-Wah Riders – April 8 / adults: $20; seniors: $17; children and college students: $10 Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “Rapunzel” – May 17 / $6

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Norton Museum of Art

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FACES & PLACES

An ‘Evening on Antique Row’ nets Historical Society more than $20,000 Photo by Tracey Benson Photography

The first place team in Max Planck Florida’s 3rd Annual Brain Bee Challenge are (left) Cynthia Colas and (second from right) Christopher Aguirre, flanked by Louise Grant and Angie Toro.

Max Planck Florida celebrates Brain Awareness Week by hosting 3rd annual Brain Bee Science institutions throughout the country celebrated Brain Awareness Week March 10-16 with fairs, exhibitions and competitions, sharing their events globally via social media and the tag #brainweek. Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and 50 students from Palm Beach and Martin counties took part in the 3rd annual Brain Bee Challenge, where students toured state-of-art research labs, participated in demonstrations and Q&A with neuroscientists and competed in a brain science quiz. Seniors Christopher Aguirre of Atlantic High School and Cynthia Colas of Olympic Heights High School took home the first place title. Michael MeCabe, Sienna Young and Chandni Rana of Jupiter High School came in second place, while Olivia Williams and Camila Yepes of Seminole Ridge High School and Oliver Levy of Jupiter High School made up the third place team. Prizes for the winners included donations to the high schools of the winning students, and for the first places winners, an invitation to shadow an MPFI scientist for a day.

A crowd of more than 700 turned out for “Evening on Antique Row” March, 8, the tony street party along the antiques district of West Palm Beach. The stretch along South Dixie Highway came to life with live entertainment, gourmet food trucks and cocktails as visitors explored the district’s 40 shops offering fine collections of 17th to 20th century antiques, decorative arts, period furnishings and fine art. The event was followed by an exclusive “After-Party” hosted by Atlas Party Rental. “Evening on Antique Row” was organized by the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, in partnership with the Antique Row Association and Palm Beach Illustrated, and raised more than $20,000 to benefit the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and its various educational programs for Palm Beach County students. The event is designed to raise support for the nonprofit organization, which preserves and promotes the rich history and cultural heritage of Palm Beach County, as well as pay tribute to the distinctively stylish community on Antique Row. Will Corrente, Celia Tobias and Grier Pressly

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COMMUNITY ROUND-UP / WEST PALM BEACH

Italian eatery, coffee shop open doors on Clematis The upscale Ristorante Santucci and popular Subculture Coffee featuring late night hours recently opened in Downtown West Palm. By THE DOWNTOWN GAL Exclusive to Palms West Monthly

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to take a moment to stop and smell the flowers. Now that April has arrived, Downtown West Palm Beach is more beautiful than ever with blooming flowers welcoming the new season. It’s time to take more strolls and enjoy all the activities Downtown West Palm Beach has to offer. Speaking of strolls, how about strolling over to Clematis Street’s brand new Italian restaurant, Ristorante Santucci?

This family-owned upscale Italian eatery is located at 610 Clematis St. and it’s only been open a couple months. Ristorante Santucci serves lunch and dinner daily, and if you’re anything like me, just one trip and you’ll become a regular. Adorned with beautiful pearl white interior, your senses will be amplified allowing you to enjoy every bite to the very end. In a hurry? No problem! Fortunately for us go-getters, take-out is also available. Another business that just sprouted up is Subculture

Coffee at 509 Clematis St. It’s a coffee shop that roasts its own beans in an industrial Diedrich roaster that’s located inside the establishment. Fortunately, they’re open late, making it the perfect spot for a night owl like me. On those many occasions of burning the midnight oil, we all need a quick pick-me-up and Subculture Coffee is definitely the place to be. They’re open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to

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Kids Triathlon highlights Wellington’s many April events Other April events include the popular Easter Egg Hunt and the Third Annual Cake-Off. By MAYOR BOB MARGOLIS Exclusive to Palms West Monthly

If there was ever a month to be lucky you live in Wellington, April is it! With so many exciting events going on, there’s no shortage of ways to stay entertained, enjoy our beautiful weather and socialize with the community. Here’s the rundown:  Our 4th Annual A Touch of Broadway: A Musical Preview takes place Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 pm at the Wellington Amphitheater. During this free show, local high school theater depart-

ments will perform selections from their school musicals. Each year the talent is incredible and I encourage you all to come out and show your support! These performances are previews of the full musicals each school will be putting on, so consider buying a ticket to their complete show!  The following day on April 6, the Village of Wellington will host the 3rd Annual Kids Triathlon. The triathlon serves as a way for children born between 2000 and 2010 to experience a multi-sport endurance event in a safe, positive environment.

We want to encourage kids to be active, which is so important for their health and development and will help them embrace a healthy lifestyle.  Two weeks later on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m., we’ll hold our Annual Egg Hunt at Village Park. Children always have a great time running around searching for the eggs, and it’s a great way to put a big smile on their faces, so bring them out to share in the fun!  Also on April 19, from 5-10 p.m., we’ll have the 3rd Annual Cake-Off! Held at the Amphitheater, this event is a great time for all ages and is a challenge to our community to design and decorate the best cake.

The entry fee is $25 and all proceeds benefit Children of Wounded Warriors. There will also be bingo, bounce houses, cupcake decorating, a Billy Joel tribute concert and more!  Wellington takes the environment seriously. That’s why we’re proud to celebrate Earth Day, 2014 with a free event at the Amphitheater. On Sunday, April 27 from 4-7 p.m., there will be live music, earth-friendly vendors and giveaways from local businesses. This is a great opportunity to learn about recycling, composting and respecting the earth. If you love the Wellington Green Market or if you haven’t had a chance to experience it yet, you still have a few

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weeks left to attend. The Green Market will run until April 26, and then return again in November. Remember, the market opens at 9 a.m. every Saturday this month at Village Hall. Come on out! On behalf of the Council, I want to wish a Happy Passover, Good Friday, and Happy Easter to our residents. Have a great month and I look forward to seeing you at our events!


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when they were around two or three years old,” says Braunstein. My son had memorized “West Side Story” at age seven, and was thrilled to act in the production when he was a student at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. The week after “Les Misérables,” the children’s theater will perform the MTI Kids Edition of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.” The production, slated for April 19, will star a younger cast ages three to nine. In June, the Wellington Children’s Theatre will welcome children to its summer theater camp. Other workshops throughout the year include Audition Prep Intensive, Acting & Auditioning for Teens, Broadway Babies (for ages three to five) and Acting for Adults. “Musical theater is such a rich genre,” Braunstein says. “I love introducing my students to both the musical repertoire and the art of acting. The students learn so much and gain so many skills in just a few, short weeks. We hope that they will lose their inhibitions, learn the importance of focus and gain confidence and self-esteem. For kids who practice and take acting seriously, the transformation is amazing.” Dennis Haymond has noticed an improved stage presence in 11-year-old daughter Amelia during the one year the Binks Forest Elementary School fifthgrader has been with the Wellington Children’s Theatre. “She’s getting more confident, and her skills have gotten much better,” Haymond says. “That’s the main reason we started her here.” His wife Suzanne found the theater online, and they signed up Amelia as fast as they could. “There’s no other place for acting here,” says Haymond. 

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JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT

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day journey that took them across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia. April 19, 1951: Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command by President Truman, bade farewell to Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.” April 13, 1964: Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for his work in the movie “Lilies of the Field.” April 1, 1970: President Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after New Year’s Day, 1971. April 22, 1970: Millions of Americans concerned about the environment observed the first Earth Day. April 12, 1988: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to Harvard University for a genetically engineered mouse, the first time a patent was granted for an animal life form.

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Leo (July 24 – Aug. 23) You’re trading your freedom for security. This cage you’ve created will start to feel too small sooner than you think. Bound to someone else’s expectations, how do you expect to find what you’re looking for? Virgo (Aug. 24 – Sept. 23) Learning to live within certain restrictions has strengthened you. Those who accuse you of being overly serious don’t understand that sometimes our growth requires us to focus and stabilize ourselves. Libra (Sept. 24 – Oct. 23) If you’re really over this, why does it keep you awake at night? Living with old hurts, and pretending everything’s fine and dandy is getting to be a joke; and it isn’t fooling anyone but you. Time to smell the coffee. Scorpio (Oct. 24 – Nov. 22) Drop your doubts and just go for this. Everything is giving you the green light. If it’s hard for you to believe that anything could come together this easily, the best things in life always show up with no interference.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23 – Dec. 21) Helping others pull themselves out of the hole is risky business. There’s always the danger of getting dragged down along with them. You can keep this up only if you know for sure that you’re big enough to handle it. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 20) When the truth has been hidden for this long, telling it is 10 times harder. Too bad you waited. Now that you have no other choice, it’s time to figure out what you’ll do when others go ballistic over this. Aquarius (Jan. 21 – Feb. 19) You can’t force yourself to do anything right now. Put your goals and ambitions on the back burner. None of them are as important as the need to slow down. Take a break. It’ll give you the strength to carry on. Pisces (Feb. 20 – March 20) How far do you think you can push this? Too much denial has walled you in to the point where you’re blind to the facts. Beating dead horses is a waste of time. Wake up! This road you’re on goes nowhere.


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Outside the Neighborhood Boy, 11, signs 1-day deal with pro hockey team

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Michigan boy who said he didn’t want an 11th birthday party because he had no friends is getting a new gig. Professional hockey player. Colin and his family were surprised by players, coaches and representatives of the Kalamazoo Wings at a restaurant on March 18. The team presented the Richland boy with a one-day contract that allowed him to join the Wings for their home game on March 23. Colin has a condition similar to Asperger’s syndrome that makes it difficult to relate to peers. His mother created a “Happy Birthday Colin” Facebook page that drew more than 2 million “likes.” The family asked that their

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Mass. man’s excuse for speeding? I won the lottery!

HINGHAM, Mass. — A Rockland man busted for speeding through Hingham had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over – he’d just won a big prize playing the lottery and was on his way to collect his cash. It turns out Feb. 27 was 22-year-old Scott’s Lowe lucky day in more ways than one. The officer who pulled him over issued a verbal warning and urged him to drive safely. Lowe told the officer he was speeding because he had won $50,000 on a scratch-off ticket and was on his way to Massachusetts

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Man wakes up in body bag at funeral home

LEXINGTON, Miss. — Workers at a U.S. funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag. Coroner Dexter Howard calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams is alive. The coroner was called to Williams’ home in Mississippi, where family members believed he had died. Howard says Williams had no pulse and was pronounced dead Feb. 26. The next day, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Williams when he started to kick in the body bag. Family members were called and Williams was taken to a hospital. Howard says he believes Williams’ pacemaker stopped working, then started again. Family members say Williams, a farmer, told them he’s happy to be alive.

Cookbook returned to library 21 years late

LAWRENCE, Kan. — More than two decades after a cookbook was checked out of a Kansas library, it’s just now been returned. A copy of “The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World’s Most Healthful Foods” was placed in a Lawrence Public Library return box in early March. The book had been checked out on Sept. 24, 1992. Library official Kristin Soper speculates the borrower misplaced the volume and came across it just recently. The maximum late fee in 1992 was $3; it’s now $4.50. “The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean” contains more than 300 recipes from around the world. Reviewers noted in

Stolen ‘57 Chevy returned to owner after 30 years

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man – in better shape than when he originally owned it. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Ian ``Skip’’ Wilson was shocked to get a call from the California Highway Patrol informing him that his long-lost prized Chevy was taken off an Australiabound cargo ship. The 65-year-old says the car has had a lot of work done on it since it disappeared from his Lake County home in 1984. It was returned with a monogrammed interior, 17-inch racing wheels, rack-and-pinion steering and a 350-horsepower V-8 engine. The retired mechanic says the two-door was in sorry shape when he bought it for $375 in 1975 with plans for fixing it up.

Iowan fired for using forklift on candy machine MILFORD, Iowa — An Iowa man has lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift to get a candy bar from a malfunctioning vending machine, state records say. According to state unemployment records, Robert McKevitt, 27, of Spirit Lake, was working at Polaris Industries’ warehouse in Milford when the incident occurred last fall. McKevitt wanted some candy, so he deposited $1 in a vending machine for a 90-cent Twix candy bar, The Des Moines Register reported. But the candy bar got snagged on a hook and wouldn’t fall.

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