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All aboard the CityPlace train!

Meet Tristan, he’s one cute kid!

This holiday season children and their families can enjoy a fun-filled train ride at CityPlace.

Tristan is also the Grand Prize winner of Palms West Monthly’s Cutest Kid Contest for 2011. Congratulations to all the great kids who entered!



In Brief

Volume 1, Number 7

Holiday HorseFest

Enjoy equestrian jumping competitions, pony rides and more at West Palm Beach’s Waterfront Dec. 11.



One spontaneous act of kindness is now a burgeoning grass-roots philanthropy with a used-bike store and two full-time assistants.

December 2011

Palms West, Lake Worth chambers plan merger By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA Neighborhood News Group

Hello Dolly!

As the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade celebrates its 30th year, we take a closer look at what makes this theater so enduring and unique to the community it serves.


Photo by Elizabeth Burks/Palms West Monthly

New Wellington Community Center

The Village of Wellington plans to accept bids for the construction of a brand new community center – on the site of the existing community center on Forest Hill Boulevard – soon after the holidays.


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INSIDE Local Happenings ................4, 5 In Brief................................6 Nice and Easy ........................8 Arts & Entertainment ............ 10 Community Round-Up ........ 11, 17 Manely Speaking................... 14 Outside The Neighborhood .......19 Just For the Fun of It ............. 22 Classifieds .......................... 23

Samuel Henry Hairston III, aka Jack the Bike Man, and his employees (from left) Rigoberto Ramirez, Uriel Ramos and Willie Berduo work year round to give bikes to hundreds of local children at Christmas time. This year they plan to give 800 bikes and helmets.


365 DAYS A YEAR By RON HAYES Palms West Monthly

WEST PALM BEACH — “Everybody knows Jack The Bike Man,” Jack The Bike Man says. Especially at Christmas. He’s Santa Claus riding two wheels instead of a sled, the fellow who repairs old bicycles and gives them to children – always needy, often migrants – in the city’s poorer neighborhoods. One spontaneous act of kindness in 1999 is now a burgeoning grass-roots philanthropy with a used-bike store, two full-time assistants, one parttimer, and a list of about 2,000 donors, some with old money, some with old bikes. There’s also a secret location Jack calls “my Santa Claus warehouse.” By early November, that warehouse was already the temporary home to 500 bikes, repaired and ready to ride. By Christmas week, Jack will have 800 bikes and the names of 800 children eager to claim them. Yes, everybody knows Jack. But do you know his story? Before he was Jack The Bike Man, he was Samuel Henry

Hairston III, and the journey from Samuel to Jack is a bike ride full of Southern history, aristocratic privilege, defeat, despair and, finally, redemption. “I come from a Scottish family that came to Virginia in the 1720s with land grants,” he begins, seated behind a gloriously cluttered desk in a wonderfully cluttered office at 44th Street and Broadway. “My family owned 45 plantations throughout the Deep South. Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi …” The 72-year-old man in T-shirt and jeans doesn’t look like Southern gentry. While he sells used bikes from a former gas station, others along this stretch of road are selling drugs – or themselves. But then he reaches into the clutters and holds up a hardcover book. “The Hairstons: An American Family In Black & White,” by Henry Wiencek. “My grandfather, Samuel the first, ran a hospital in Meridian, Miss.,”

Jack says. Reaching into the clutter once more, he retrieves a colored post card of the hospital. “People said he’d come fast as a jackrabbit, so they called him Dr. Jack.” The name has stuck through three generations. But before he SEE BIKE MAN / PAGE 17

The Palms West Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce are planning to merge – creating potentially the largest chamber in Palm Beach County and a regional presence for its members. Both chamber boards approved an “intent to merge” agreement in October, which is expected to be completed in January. But Palms West Chamber CEO Jaene Miranda already has taken over daily oversight of the Lake Worth chamber. The Lake Worth Chamber, which will be 100 years old next year, was down to one staff member after its executive director left in the spring. The merger will give businesses of each chamber a larger networking base and greater political clout, Miranda said. Palms West has about 780 members and Lake Worth has about 420, for a combined 1,200. Only about 30 businesses were members of both. Though each represents very different areas of Palm Beach County, the merger is expected to create a regional business presence while still respecting the individual characteristics of its member communities, Miranda said. Each chamber office will continue to exist, giving the combined chamber a presence in both its eastern and western areas. The merger will mean a new name and identity for the combined entity, a task that’s still in the works, Miranda said. The Palms West chamber was created by the fledgling business community in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach 28 years ago. The Palms West Chamber now represents the entire central western communities, including Loxahatchee Groves, The Acreage and Greenacres. The Lake Worth Chamber’s identity, which dates to 1912, is synonymous with the coastal city and was created the same year the City of Lake Worth was incorporated. But many of its 450 member businesses are based outside of Lake Worth. 

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What could be better than breakfast with Santa? How about breakfast with Santa at the zoo? The Palm Beach Zoo will host a breakfast with Santa on six weekend mornings in December, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, and on the following two weekends at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Breakfast with Santa features a buffet breakfast, animal encounters, children’s crafts, complimentary carousel rides and face painting. Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet the children, and everyone will have an opportunity to have their photos taken with Santa. Reservations are required. Call the Palm Beach Zoo at 533-

Santa loves all babies – even those with fur, and on Sunday, Dec. 4, he’ll be available at the Mall at Wellington Green for Paws ‘N Claus, an exclusive pet photo night. Between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., pet lovers and their pets can visit the Ice Palace where Santa sees guests inside the mall. Pets will get their own treats and special time with Santa.

Palm Beaches Marathon returns to West Palm Beach

The 8th annual Palm Beaches Marathon returns to West Palm Beach Sunday, Dec. 4, turning Flagler Drive into the raceway. Both the marathon and the 5K, previously slated for Dec. 2, now will be

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Columnist Frank Cerabino to discuss new book

Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino will be at the West Palm Beach Public Library, 411 Clematis St., for a talk about his book, “Writing Like a Taller Person: The Best of Frank.”

The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. Cerabino, a columnist for the past 20 years, will sign copies and answer questions at the event.

Anchor turned author shares his story

On what would have been legendary entertainer Louis Prima’s 101st birthday, his son, Alan Gerstel, former Channel 12 anchorman and author of “Swing,” will tell the story of his 30-year search for his birth father. Gerstel will share his story at the Wellington branch library Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. Preregister by calling the library at 790-6070.

Mounts Botanical Gardens to host holiday events

Youngsters ages 2 to 5 will delight at story time, garden exploration and crafts at Mounts Botanical Garden Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event, free to both members and non-members, is co-hosted by the Palm Beach County Public Library and the Friends of the Mounts, and takes place at the Mounts Pavilion. The following night, Saturday, Dec. 10, take a break from holiday hustle with a moonlight stroll through the Mounts. Enjoy the setting sun and live

music as you wind through the paths between 5 and 7:30 p.m. The Holiday Full Moon Stroll is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Mounts is located at 531 N. Military Trail. Reservations are required for each event. For more information, call (561) 233-1757.

Wellington Seniors Club to host holiday dance

Holiday dancing and installation of new officers is the feature of the evening for the Wellington Seniors Club’s annual Holiday Dance Friday, Dec. 9, at Binks Forest Country Club. There will be dinner, dancing and entertainment by John DiLorenzo. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call event coordinators Tony and Mary Alfalla at (561) 7840119 to reserve your space.

It’s all about the horses at WPB’s Holiday HorseFest

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the amphitheater become a mock horse arena and Olympic riders bring a taste of the equestrian life to downtown. The City of West Palm Beach and Equestrian Sport Productions created the event last year as a way to introduce the downtown crowd to the equestrian sport. The riders will preview the upcoming Winter Equestrian Festival, which begins after the holidays in Wellington. The day’s events kick off the Great Charity Challenge, in which riders will compete on behalf of area charities. At stake is at least $1 million to be donated to local and national non-profits.

It’s time for tech talk at the West Palm Beach library

It’s a little early holiday gift for the techie in you. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 2 p.m., the West Palm Beach library presents an exploration of the greatest stuff on the Internet. Come explore Web sites, free downloads and other neat stuff. The class takes place in the library’s computer lab at 411 Clematis Street. Just drop in and log in. No registration is required.

Don’t miss the Chanukah extravaganza at Palm Everyone loves Wellington’s Beach Synagogue Learn how to make authentic Holiday Parade! The 28th Annual Wellington Holiday Parade will roll down Forest Hill Boulevard Sunday, Dec. 11, bringing the “Rockin’ in the Holidays” theme to the thousands of spectators expected to gather for it. The parade will feature floats, marching bands, clowns, dance troupes and costumed characters. Wellington resident and news anchor Jim Sackett, who just retired from WPTV-Channel 5 after 33 years, will serve as Grand Marshall. The parade rolls from the corner of Wellington Trace and Forest Hill beginning at 1 p.m. The day also includes activities at the “Holiday Park” at Wellington’s Amphitheater, including music, bounce houses, food and a live concert. Before the parade, lace up your running shoes for the Holiday Mile Run/ Walk beginning at 12:45 p.m. at Forest Hill Boulevard and Country Club Drive. Preregistration is $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. Get the race application online at

Chanukah Menorah olive oil with an ancient hand olive press, and create your own oil menorahs. Meet Judah Maccabee, learn Chanukah songs and enjoy tasty sufganiyot (also known as jelly doughnuts) and crispy latkes. The Chanukah Extravaganza takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Palm Beach Synagogue, 120 North County Rd. Sunday, Dec. 18. All ages are welcome, and the event is free. For more information, call the synagogue at 838-9002.

Snowflakes and scenery to close out the year

Kids ages 4 to 8 can learn about snowflakes and make snowflake art Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the main library, 3650 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. And kids 9 to 12 years can visit on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 3:30 p.m. to create beautiful winter scenes. Pre-register for either program by calling the library at (561) 233-3600.


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In Brief Science museum receives $25,000 from Wells Fargo for children’s studies

Thanks to a $25,000 check from Wells Fargo Bank, many students can continue to reach for the stars. In fact, the stars will come to them through the South Florida Science Museum’s Planetarium Outreach Program, known as STARLAB. The program for elementary school children in poorer schools is aimed at educating families from underserved neighborhoods about space science. The museum’s Planetarium Outreach Program, “Wonders of the Universe,” is an education initiative that introduces students in Title I schools to the wonders of the Universe through STARLAB, a portable planetarium and the museum’s own fully equipped Planetarium. The museum’s outreach program makes the experience possible by absorbing all expenses.

There’s still time to enter the Fair Housing Poster/Essay contest What if you couldn’t move into a neighborhood just because of your race? The Realtors Association along with the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity is asking

zoo animal. Consider the zoo’s Adopt-an-Animal program where you can buy treats, toys and medical supplies for a special furry, feathered or even scaly friend. The zoo is at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call the zoo at 547-9453.

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ALL ABOARD! This holiday season children and their families can enjoy a fun-filled train ride at CityPlace. The kid-friendly attraction offers sights of the dancing fountains and holiday décor as the train loops through the CityPlace plaza. Catch a ride through Dec. 31 at just $3 per person. The train runs every Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

students to help drive home the message that housing discrimination is illegal. The theme for this year’s annual Fair Housing Month media contest is “Fair Housing: We are All Part of the Puzzle.” The idea is to create a poster, essay or video that conveys the idea that it’s illegal to discriminate in selling or renting houses because of someone’s color, religion, familial status, disability, national origin, gender,

sexual orientation, age, marital status or gender identity or expression. Deadline is Dec. 16. Third graders may submit a poster; seventh graders can submit a poster and or essay, and high school juniors can submit an essay and/or video/ DVD. First, second and thirdplace winners at each level will be awarded cash prizes. For contest rules and more information, go online to or call Pamela Guerrier at (561) 355-2558.

Wellington’s Senior Transportation Voucher program rides again

Wellington is bringing back its highly successful Senior Transportation Voucher Program for a second year, which provides discounted taxi service within Wellington. Seniors with vouchers will pay $4 for a one-way trip and $8 round-trip for door-to-door service within Wellington, along U.S. 441 between Southern

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Boulevard and Lake Worth Road and to Palms West Hospital and surrounding offices. To qualify, seniors must call Howard Trager, Wellington’s senior services advocate, at 791-4785. Vouchers can be requested up to one month in advance and are distributed monthly. Monthly quantities are limited so seniors are encouraged to call early. The vouchers are accepted by Wellington Cab/Wellington Town Car. To schedule a ride, call (561) 333-0181.

The mall’s a zoo – so shop at the real one

Shop for the animal lovers on your list at the Palm Beach Zoo Gift Shop this year and find toys, décor and eco-friendly gifts. The zoo’s “Amazon Marketplace” and “Jungle Traders” gift shops carry items like organic cotton tees or reusable cups and bags that emphasize conservation. Or get creative with your gift giving and give the family a membership to the Palm Beach Zoo. Perhaps your family wants to be honorary parents to a

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Do you feel lucky? The Palms West Community Foundation’s 2011 Car Raffle will have someone driving a new $30,000 automobile for a mere $20 investment. The Community Foundation has only 3,000 tickets for $20 each. Proceeds help the non-profit group pay for the Chamber’s new building – a meeting space open to the entire community. The lucky winner of the raffle will be able to select a Toyota, Mazda or Nissan valued up to $30,000 from Royal Palm Auto Mall. The winning ticket will be drawn after this year’s Holiday Parade Sunday, Dec. 11. Go online to to buy a ticket or call (561) 790-6200.

Thousands support recent Heart Walk

Between walkers, runners and corporate sponsors, the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk and 5k Run presented a 15,000-strong effort in the fight against heart diseases and stroke. The event took place in October at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, and included many survivors of heart disease and stroke as well as lifestyle change heroes who have made significant changes in their daily routine to become healthier. Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the presenting sponsor, had the largest fund-raising team with 698 walkers. The 5k certified run was presented by Lawyers Have Heart and included hundreds from the legal community, including chairs Al LaSorte and Matt Chait of Shutts and Bowen, LLP.

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Tristan Hickman Palms West Monthly’s 2011 Cutest Kid! Tristan Hickman wore a gray and red plaid tie with his gray and wants to play football when he’s older. button down shirt in his photo. His strawberry blond hair lay “Our family follows the Boston Red Sox and the New perfectly across his forehead, and his big brown eyes and England Patriots. Tristan gets all excited when we put on our quirky grin drew the voters in. jerseys,” she said. The only thing that could make the idea of a The pre-schooler who turned five on Nov. 29 is this year’s hockey game more exciting is if the family could ride in a train winner of Palms West Monthly’s Cutest Kid Contest. Tristan or airplane to get there. and his family will receive a $500 photo package from Studio “He’s into trains and planes,” Rachel said. “He is a train One to One at the Mall at and plane fanatic. He’s Wellington Green and four very creative. He loves to Actually, tickets in the Lexus level to draw pictures of trains.” the a Panthers Hockey game. Art is his favorite subject number Tristan’s mother, Rachel, at Northboro Montessori should entered both Tristan and School, where he’s in pre-k, be 21.26. That’s his two-year-old sister, his mother said. The The total the exact percent of Savannah, on a lark. Tristan may grow up number number votes Tristan received “I’ve always wanted to be a pilot or perhaps of days of entries from readers to make to enter him in a contest an aviation engineer. He readers in Palms him Palms West like this. He’s got a unique likes to turn his playroom could go online to vote West Monthly’s Cutest Monthly’s Cutest Kid look – he always has since into a train station or airfor their favorite kid. Kid Contest this year. for 2011. he was a baby,” Rachel port. But with a smile as said. “One day we went cute as Tristan’s, he may The The total number to breakfast at IHOP, and I have a career in front of percent of of votes cast in picked up a copy of Palms the camera. entries in this year’s contest, West Monthly, and there “We had a family photo this year’s meaning more than it was.” taken when he was 3, and contest who were girls. 100 votes on average were cast every day! Wearing the tie was he posed himself for every Mom’s idea. “He got used shot,” Rachel said. to it,” she said of her strong-willed boy. Palms West Monthly would like to give a special thank you to Tristan, a creative left-hander who loves drawing, building, Studio One to One located in The Mall at Wellington Green, who trains and airplanes, will love seeing his first hockey game, provided all of the professional photography for the 12 finalists in Rachel said. this year’s contest. Without the support of Studio One to One, this The entire family loves their sports. Tristan plays tee-ball contest would not have been possible.








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NICE AND EASY by Ernie Zimmerman

Others enjoying Ernie’s birthday gift – a bit too much They say it’s the thought that counts. So Ernie shouldn’t complain that he’s stuck paying for his own birthday present from his family? I recently celebrated a very big birthday, what I consider a milestone in my life. Now, most females don’t like telling their age, and many even go as far as lying about it. I’ve even met some vain men who won’t fess up to their real age. The older I get, the more I find myself acting like one of those men. It’s not that I don’t enjoy celebrating my birthday. In fact, I usually like to go out and have a great time on my special day. After all, it only comes around once a year, and how many years we have on planet Earth is anyone’s guess. So I try to enjoy each of my birthdays to its fullest. However, this birthday I tried to be low key. Milestone though it was, I decided not to celebrate. But that didn’t stop Sharon and No. 1 son Brian from planning a big surprise for me.

and my son to go shopping together – they hit all the stores that I have no desire to step into. Most weekends they shop till they drop with my blessing. The first part of their plan to surprise me on my birthday was to convince me that our son’s youngest daughter, Brielle, had outgrown her crib and needed her very own bed. Sharon decided to give Brielle her father’s old bed that was still in our house in the spare bedroom. No one bothered to ask for my two cents. That was Phase One. One day my son came over with his able bodied wife Allie and moved out his entire old bedroom, leaving Sharon and me a very empty looking bedroom. That was Phase Two. On the day of my birthday, which fell on a Sunday, a huge delivery truck pulled up to the front of our house about 9 a.m. Figuring the driver was lost, I

How big? Big enough to be done in phases. It’s now evident that they planned this for months. You see, Sharon and I were never blessed with daughters, however we were very blessed with sons. If we had daughters, one of the things my wife would have trained them to do would have been to shop till they drop. Instead, she trained our sons – in fact, she trained them very well. Starting at a very early age she taught our boys how to be good shoppers. Today, our sons are most likely some of the most prepared shoppers in the world, thanks to my wife. They make plans a week in advance just to go to the supermarket. They claim they save a lot of money this way. (The time they waste planning these shopping trips is a story for another time.) It’s not unusual for my wife

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At The Movies

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Gary (Jason Segel) and new Muppet Walter get spiffy before their big trip to Hollywood in “The Muppets.”

Welcome back, Kermit: ‘Muppets’ delights By DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer

More than ever, we need a world where a pig can be romantically linked to a frog. A world where no one finds it odd that Jason Segel’s little brother is a puppet, and they share a room with twin beds as well as a taste for pastel leisure suits. “The Muppets” marks a very welcome return for Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson’s creations after a 12-year big-screen absence. From start to finish, the movie is a healthy, dizzy dose of childlike bliss, the songs campy but catchy, the humor corny but clever, the cast – both human and Muppet – one of the most lovable gangs you’ll ever spend time with. Sure, the Muppets have long been a wholly owned subsidiary of big Hollywood, namely, the Walt Disney Co. But this is a gentle, loving rebirth, leaving intact the decency and goodness that have always been at the heart of the Muppets. The movie is an exercise in innocent playfulness that largely sidesteps show business as usual, in which studio family flicks are stuffed to the rafters with glib pop-culture references and a soundtrack of tunes by flavor-of-the-month young idols. The Muppets are a world of their own – you love or leave them on their terms – and the filmmakers hold faithful to that whimsical little realm. The result is refreshing on every level, a piece of nostalgia so old it’s new again, and a breather from Hollywood’s 3-D digital

onslaught in favor of fur and fuzz. Lifelong “Muppets” fan Segel, who co-wrote the movie with his “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nicholas Stoller, stars as Gary, a small-town guy who heads with girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) for a dream trip to Hollywood. Tagging along is Gary’s brother Walter, an endearing little puppet who’s the world’s biggest fan of all things Muppet. Walter is heartbroken to find that the Muppets’ studio in Hollywood has fallen into disrepair, while Kermit, his gal Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the others have long since parted company. Overhearing an evil oil man (Chris Cooper) who schemes to raze the studio and drill for oil, Walter enlists Gary and Mary to reunite the Muppets for a telethon to raise cash to buy the place back. In his big-screen debut, director James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords”) establishes a nimble pace from the start and maintains it right through the closing credits. The story gleefully dashes from song-and-dance numbers to hilarious montages to the sort of precious asides that are a staple of the Muppets, among them plenty of self-aware winks and tweaks at Hollywood convention. The movie loads up on another Muppet strength, the celebrity cameo (we won’t

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name names, though). Some of the surprise guests add good laughs; others seem to be there because they had a hole in their schedule or were pals with the filmmakers. The overall celebrity-guest quotient winds up disappointing. After such a long time in mothballs, the Muppets deserve a better turnout of top stars to welcome them back. Wide-eyed with obvious reverence for the Muppets, Segel and particularly Adams deliver nicely on some of the movie’s original songs, which are cute little toe-tappers. Also, it is worth the cost of a ticket just to see Academy Award winner Cooper – usually playing men so restrained they look ready to burst from internal pressure – cut loose with his own dastardly rap number. Classic Muppets tunes also are woven in, and for anyone who grew up on “The Muppet Show,” it’s a thrill – yes, thrill – to see those floppy puppets dance about and sing their theme song. The plot parallels the realworld state of the Muppets – relics testing the waters to see if anyone will watch, if anyone still cares. Will kids who didn’t grow up on Kermit and Piggy want to see it, no matter how much Muppet-era parents hope their children might love these characters the way they did?

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COMMUNITY ROUND-UP Wellington From the Mayor

Meeting challenges will help shape Wellington for years to come By MAYOR DARELL BOWEN Exclusive to Palms West Monthly

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The Wellington Council voted to raze the 30-year-old community center on Forest Hill Boulevard and construct a new building after cost-analysis showed that the best return on the estimated $5.5 million investment was to build new.

Village plans to accept bids for new Community Center after the holidays By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA Neighborhood News Group

When the new Wellington Community Center gets built next year, people will enter on the first floor, and the building will blend architecturally with the new amphitheater and municipal building at Wellington’s Town Center on Forest Hill Boulevard. But the rest of the design will become known once contractors bid on it after the holidays. Using the designbuild process, Wellington will allow the bidders to create a design using guidance garnered through a community input meeting and advice from a parks and recreation space-planning expert, said Jim Barnes, Wellington’s director of Operations. The Wellington Council agreed to raze the 30-year-old community center on Forest Hill Boulevard and construct a new building after costanalysis showed that the best return on the estimated $5.5 million investment was to build new. The Wellington Community Center originally was the sales center for Wellington’s master developer, and later, Wellington Club East, complete with pool and tennis courts. The second story’s big, open

room, which became the council meeting room for many years, served as the bar and dining room when it was the country club. In Wellington’s early days, membership cost little and was offered to most residents as they bought their homes or lots. The village bought the property in 1999 for $2.9 million, and then renovated the pool, tennis courts and building. But the building’s age and design prevented Wellington from getting as much use from it as officials and residents desired. While the upper story is open, comprised mainly of the large banquet room, the lower story is a hodgepodge of small rooms used for everything from pre-school classes to yoga and Pilates to Mah Jong and cards. One thing is for sure. Once the new building is done, the artificial slope of the parking lot and entry will be gone. The artificial slope created when the building was constructed in the ‘70s to place the main entry on the second level always has been an issue for local seniors, making it difficult for many with mobility issues to access the building. It was the biggest com-

plaint heard from Wellington’s seniors during the community input meeting held earlier this year. Seniors use the building extensively for activities as well as the Wellington Seniors Club’s monthly luncheon meetings. But the new building will be a place for all residents – not just seniors, Barnes said. “It’s not going to be a youth center or a senior center,” Barnes said. “One big thing though, given that the whole dynamic of that site has changed, is you’ve got to have a kind of drop-in, walk-in activity area. We need a place where people can just come in and relax.” Barnes envisions a place with television screens, chairs and couches, perhaps with wifi access where people could hang out, he said. It would accommodate all ages, including parents waiting while a preschooler takes a class or a spouse waiting while his or her mate participates in an activity. The new building is expected to be about 24,000 square feet and cost an estimated $5.5 million. Barnes plans to take the final bid proposal to the council before the end of the year and put it out for bid in early 2012.

As Mayor of Wellington, I am looking forward to sharing what is happening in our community on a monthly basis and having the opportunity to let our residents know the work we’re doing and all that we are achieving. I am very excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for us. Like many cities throughout Florida, in the past few years we have been presented with economic issues that we have never been faced with before. Our residents and business owners have struggled to navigate through some tough economic times and some continue to struggle. Through our Neighborhood Services Department, we have developed programs and support systems to educate and guide residents through some of these issues. We have created some exciting and innovative partnerships with PBSO and other agencies to help lend a hand and provide their expertise to solve problems. Wellington 2060 is an idea that evolved from taking a look into our future and making decisions about the long-term sustainability of our community with the focus on creating jobs and expanding educational opportunities. In January, we opened our LEED Gold Certified City Hall, an environmentally-friendly facility. Additionally, the Town Center concept was expanded with the construction of the Amphitheater, Patriot Memorial and Scott’s Place Playground. A Medical Arts District and the redevelopment of some of our existing neighborhoods are just a few of the projects on the horizon. We’ve launched our Business Ambassador Initiative this year by placing a staff member at a help desk in the City Hall lobby to guide business owners and representatives through the processes within Wellington,

including permitting, registration and business tax receipts. By moving into a centralized facility, we have reduced our operational costs both in personnel and resources. These savings will help us to reinvest in future projects and programming to assist our residents. Many things make Wellington unique. We are home to the Winter Equestrian Festival and International Polo, which brings spectators, horses, riders and equestrian professionals from all over the world to our community. The positive impact of this industry is not only the notoriety and name-recognition for Wellington, but the lovely open green space that complements our quality of life. There is a wonderful sense of community in Wellington demonstrated by the spirit and generosity of our residents. This year, our Youth Council, comprised of students from Wellington’s high schools, took the helm at raising more than $70,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. Volunteers in our Volunteer Wellington program have logged over 6,000 hours assisting with special events, neighborhood cleanups, food drives and many other programs. In the coming months, I look forward to sharing new information and providing more details at some of the on-going projects and programs that I have touched on above. Let’s work together for the future of our community and let’s build a place that we are proud to call home.



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Pondering the holidays with my horse Willie My gift to everyone would be to know the contentment of giving without expectation. By LAURA DANOWSKI Neighborhood News Group

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Following the Holiday HorseFest press conference held Friday, Nov. 11, in downtown West Palm Beach, West Palm Mayor Jeri Muoio and grandson Jordan Alexander get ready to enjoy a carriage ride from Heather and David Schneider (both in hats) from Wind Chase Farm in Palm City with ponies Supreme Court and Pick My Way.

Holiday HorseFest returns to downtown West Palm Beach By CHRISTINE DAVIS Neighborhood News Group

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The leftover turkey from Thanksgiving has hardly had time to cool and I’ve already had to endure over a month’s worth of television commercials for Christmas lay-away. As hard as it may seem to believe, Home Depot had its Christmas display in place one week before Halloween. This annual phenomena fractures my core for many reasons. I understand it, but I don’t agree with or support the movement. If I could give a gift to everyone, it would be for us to know the contentment of being and giving without expectation throughout the year. It has taken me 15 years to mull and embrace this ease, which is a direct result of having my own horse since I was young. Somewhere in my teens – and not during the holiday season – my mom said to me, “Christmas is all year long for you.” Wow – that wisdom carries with me every day. Without enumerating all the costs, for 15 consecutive years I was given the gift to compete every weekend, take lessons, board two horses at a facility with an indoor ring, maintain the horses’ needs, replace broken equipment, get new show clothes, etc. One year my mom and dad made a choice between new windows for the house or buying me a more competitive horse. They got the windows after I finished college. A few nights ago while feeding the horses their bedtime snack, Willie and I chatted about the holiday machine, its traditions and evolution. He patiently listened (as usual) and I palavered about lost meanings. Willie really liked the part about the noble burrow carrying the pregnant Madonna. And explanation of why the child was born in the manger (versus Bethesda or Good Sam) grabbed his attention, but his face said, “Why did Wise men bring a baby in a barn gold & treasure?” The puzzled look on Willie’s face assured me he was listening intently and considered my thoughts on the manic gifting associated with this time of year. I told him gifts are a way humans express love for each other and it happens a lot at this time of year because we get really preoccupied and forget to express it during the other 11 months of marked time. After another mouthful of hay and deliberate chews, Willie asked why the shepherds not only came to the manger without gifts, but brought more mouths to feed? I told him the shepherds

didn’t have money or trinkets to give for celebrating life, but only love of life and that was a very good gift. More long-winded explanation helped Willie understand love isn’t about money or things. Love involves giving what you can, when you can, without reserve. Hopefully the gesture is appreciated. I told him the gathering of Wise men and shepherds showed cooperation of the “haves” and “have-nots” and it was a coming together for change and peace – where distant people, from all walks of life and social strata laid aside their differences and accepted each other. I told him it was about Man’s willingness to be lead by untainted innocence (symbolized by the child) to a better way of life where love and forgiveness lead courses of action, not greed and war. Willie seemed to think this was a tremendous, weighted and unfair burden to bestow on a child. He said, “All of the people in the herd should do their part and come together as a whole.” “How did everyone know where to meet,” Willie asked? Astute for his years, Willie noted there are many bright stars in the sky, so how was it that these people knew which one to follow? I explained that since Mary and Joseph were turned away by people’s dark fears and resentments they put their trust and hope in the brightest star and walked to it. I told him star’s light is likened to home; a place to gather and rest, and to lay aside differences, if only for a short time. Lights associated with holidays seem to awaken human embrace of forgiveness and new beginnings. “Why isn’t this celebration all year long?” Willie asked. I gave him a hug and smooch and told him that was an excellent question. A gentle push with his muzzle let me know my session had ended and to get out of his stall. Willie reminded me coming to the barn is the same as people coming to the manger. He feels the assessment and value of our diverse backgrounds, strata and shiny metal boxes are null and void by our commonality of the horse. Silent night … all is calm, all is bright. Happy holidays. Laura Danowski is the owner of Heads-Up Media, specializing in equestrian promotion. A former circuit competitor, she now resides on her layup facility in Loxahatchee.

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West Palm Beach goes festive for the holidays By MAYOR JERI MUOIO Exclusive to Palms West Monthly

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Willie Berduo, one of Hairston’s employees, repairs a bike at the retail shop where bikes are sold to raise funds to support the gift of bikes to hundreds of needy local children.

Bike donations keep charity afloat during tough economic times BIKE MAN / FROM PAGE 1

could fix bikes, Jack The Bike Man had to fix himself. “I studied at Louisiana State University to be a landscape architect,” he goes on, “but mostly I learned how to drink. Well, I tried to learn how to drink. I’m an alcoholic, and I couldn’t graduate.” At 26, he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. “Do you want to live or die?” his doctor asked. “I walked out of the hospital and crossed the street and ordered a whiskey,” Jack says. He moved to Florida in 1973, worked in home furnishings, retail, landscaping, tried AA a few times. Mostly he drank. “Then one night, I was walking on Clematis Street and I saw some people I knew a block away,” he recalls. “They saw me coming and got a horrified look and walked away – and I realized I didn’t have any friends. I was just existing to drink, and I remembered that those idiots in AA were nice to me.” That was in 1982. He hasn’t had a drink since. “I still go to meetings four or five times a week,” he says, “but now it’s social.” Sober again, he worked two jobs while earning a degree in substance-abuse counseling, but in 1993, poor health forced him into retirement. One day in 1999, Jack spotted

a young Hispanic man trying to ride a bike outside his house. He went out, inspected the bike and saw that the front brakes had become detached. He got a screwdriver, fixed the brakes, won a friend and found a calling. “When I fixed that first kid’s bike,” he explains, “my head was so full up with poor little me. This little sliver of me went out and he came in. Then the next day when two more kids showed up, that was two more slivers of me going out.” Eventually, someone alerted WPTV reporter Jamie Holmes that a local man was repairing old bikes and giving them away. After Holmes’ story aired, 125 viewers contacted Jack to offer money, bikes and help. That first Christmas, he distributed 100 bikes. Local business leaders found him temporary storefronts in which to work, and Jack The Bike Man started fixing and selling used bikes, pouring the money back into his charity. “I’ve sold about $60,000 to $70,000 in bikes this year,” he says. “But the individual financial donations have dropped off. Now we’re supported by bike sales, donations, grants and selling scrap metal from bikes that can’t be repaired.” He lives on Social Security in a nearby house that’s in reverse mortgage, and he takes no salary. “This kept me from dying,” he says. “I don’t have money to

enjoy worldly things, so I sleep and go to church and AA and the bike shop.” Nine years ago, a 13-year-old Guatemalan boy appeared at Jack’s house. “You Mr. Jack?” the boy said. “I want school.” His name was Uriel Ramos, he said, and he’d been in the country a year, but his mother spoke no English. Jack The Bike Man went to work, and after some bureaucratic roadblocks, got Ramos enrolled in Palm Beach Lakes High School. Two years ago, he graduated from Jupiter High School. As Jack tells his story in the cluttered office, Ramos is out in the garage, repairing a bike. For the past year, he’s been one of Jack’s full-time employees. “He’s not really college material,” Jack says, “so I’m trying to send him to a bike mechanics school in Colorado.” Now it’s time for lunch – not Jack’s lunch, though. In the yard behind his bike shop, fellow parishioners from St. John Fisher Catholic Church prepare a simple meal of rice, beans and tortillas for the area’s hungry. Some are simply poor, others fellow alcoholics who haven’t found AA yet. Jack feeds them all, then he goes back to the bikes. “Every day people bring bikes to us,” he says, “so I don’t have to ask for bikes anymore. Everybody knows Jack The Bike Man.” 

As the Mayor of West Palm Beach, I am grateful that Palms West Monthly has created this column so I can share with you the latest initiatives, events and important updates happening in the City of West Palm Beach. Since taking office in March, I have been busy working with the City’s dedicated staff and volunteers to create and implement important initiatives critical to our infrastructure and future development. Work never stops to provide vital services including innovative new “Green” programs for our City’s residents and a Sustainability Action Plan for our City; providing free homework tutoring for our youth at the library; revitalizing neighborhoods including Coleman Park and Northwood Village; identifying how we can continue to make our Waterfront a premier Florida destination, and much more. Speaking of the Waterfront, we are grateful that hundreds of thousands have enjoyed this spectacular new space since its grand opening in 2010. I urge you to stop by during one of the City’s many free, festive and fun events. Enjoy our Saturday GreenMarket featuring more than 75 vendors, where there’s also plenty of green space on the Great Lawn to enjoy an impromptu picnic, flag football game or a blissful moment overlooking the water. Some of my favorite moments are simply soaking in the fresh air on the Waterfront. You can also stop by the popular Clematis by Night street festival every Thursday or take in great music and enjoy the breeze during the monthly “Sunday on the Waterfront” or the monthly “Friday Night Jazz on the Palm.” With the holidays upon us, I wish you a special “Sand and Sea-Sun’s Greeting” and invite you to celebrate with the City of West Palm Beach. In addition to a staggering 35-foot tropicalthemed tree, we are ushering in 225 tons of sand to create

12 incredible sand sculptures throughout Downtown. The sculptures, including a 100-ton sculpture in the City Center courtyard and a 25-ton sculpture featuring “Sandy Claus” on the Waterfront, will highlight the nostalgia of “Old Florida” by showcasing landmarks of some of the state’s most notable cities. We encourage guests to take a walking “retroroad trip” throughout the State – without leaving Downtown – simply by seeing these incredible sand sculptures. Be sure to bring your camera! During December, families should head to “Hot Cocoa Beach” on the waterfront happening Thursday nights, Saturdays and Sundays for free holiday entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. For a complete list of our holiday festivities, including a map of all the sand sculpture locations, visit Whether you are a West Palm Beach resident or live in a neighboring city, I hope to see you during the holidays. Consider making it a New Year’s resolution to see all that West Palm Beach has to offer. In the coming months, I look forward to sharing with you more about the City’s programs and services, and entertaining events we’re bringing your way. Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful New Year.



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Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center part of community’s soul The Dolly Hand, known for potluck dinners and complimentary refreshments at shows, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA Neighborhood News Group

It’s a place where people gather for fellowship, laughter, food and joy. Tucked into an area far better know for its muck soil and miles of sugar cane, The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade is a slice of the community’s soul. Celebrating 30 years in a place where most folks mark time in multiple generations makes The Dolly a bit of a youngster. But it’s as much a part of life around the Big Lake as sugar cane. The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center boasts an attribute that most cultural centers across the nation would envy – a history of sellouts and waiting lists. While the Dolly Hand is a beautiful auditorium, it is modest by many standards, and while the seasonal lineup offers something for everyone, that too is not the secret to the Dolly’s success. Ever heard of another cultural arts center that has its own potluck dinner? What about one with complimentary refreshments at every show, compliments of the local Bank of Belle Glade? And how about a cultural arts center whose namesake still attends almost every performance? Frances “Dolly” Rutledge Hand, whose determination helped bring the theater to the Belle Glade campus of Palm Beach State College, can still be found with husband Homer in their regular seats – center section, Row F – for almost every performance. She was there the night it was dedicated – when she first learned it would be named for her. She was there a decade later to recall that opening night when the Dolly Hand celebrated its 10-year anniversary. And she’ll be there throughout this season

as the Dolly Hand celebrates its 30th anniversary. They’ve dubbed it “A String of Pearls,” pearls being the traditional 30th anniversary gift. The season will include several popular traditions, such as the 23rd Annual Living Christmas Tree, the music of Guy Penrod, well-known among both Nashville and gospel music fans, and the popular children’s educational series. Sprinkled in will be new shows like the American Spirit “One Nation under God” patriotic musical, and from off Broadway, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, which will deliver a different show with input from every audience. The season highlight will take place April 17, with the 30th Anniversary Celebration. Buffalo Rome opens the evening with its 1970s country rock vibe, and then Larry Gatlin, the golden voice of country music, rounds out the night. After leading the push for more than five years to raise the dollars and get the community theater built, Dolly Hand remembers the first show ever performed in the 467seat theater – a kabuki dance performance before a quizzical audience unfamiliar with the Japanese art form. “And we thought after that we might not ever have another show,” she says. But she also remembers popular Southern comedian Jerry Clower, who celebrated the Dolly Hand’s first anniversary. “He came up and asked, ‘Do you know this lady called Dolly Hand?’” Dolly recalled. “I said ‘I do.’ And he said, ‘Do you know if she’s still living?’ I said, ‘I’m glad to say that she is!’ He said, ‘You sure are living, aint’cha, honey!’” He’s not the only performer who’s taken the time to meet Dolly. “They’re all so genuinely nice,” she says.

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Frances “Dolly” Rutledge Hand, left, whose determination helped bring the theater to the Belle Glade campus of Palm Beach State College thirty years ago, and theater Director Leigh Woodham look forward to celebrating this special upcoming season with patrons who come from the surrounding five-county area.

Don’t ask her to pick a favorite. “I don’t think there’s one I haven’t enjoyed. I just like them all.” And so it seems with the community – a community that spreads through the entire Lake Okeechobee region, pulling in patrons from a five-county area, says theater Director Leigh Woodham. They love the concerts, the Broadway series shows, and the ethnic performances – such as Step Afrika! Dance Troupe, which also has partnered with the Dolly Hand as Artists in Residency to teach their unique blend of steps and percussion sounds to kids in after-school programs. The 3,000-square-foot lobby

area that was added in 1996 allowed the theater to add additional elements, such as art exhibits and community gatherings. And it allowed for the unique pot-luck dinner that the Dolly Hand hosted for the first time two years ago. “We were featuring a performance called Church Basement Ladies, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to hold a potluck,” Woodham said. It’s taken on a life of its own now. Some patrons don’t care what’s on stage as long as they have tickets to the covered dish dinner featuring some of the finest cooks in the Glades. “Sometimes they’re very skeptical of a new show,” Woodham says. Maybe their

spouse dragged them to it. But I think at this point they trust us.” Many shows at the Dolly Hand are the same that might be scheduled at Old School Square in Delray Beach as the directors partner the theaters to bring in acts. But the price will be lower at the Dolly Hand, Woodham says. Woodham will book an act on a Tuesday or a Thursday, filling up what otherwise would be an open date and allowing for a lower ticket price, she says. But not on Wednesdays. That’s church night in The Glades. For a list of performances and tickets, call the box office at (561) 993-1160 or go online to

West Palm’s waterfront transforms into Hot Cocoa Beach for the holidays It’s a picture postcard holiday scene – a picture postcard from sunny tropical South Florida, of course! Instead of snow, West Palm Beach’s waterfront features sand sculptures. And on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays all month long in December, there will be family entertainment and children’s

activities on Hot Cocoa Beach. There will be a professional photographer on hand to take holiday photos with “Sandy Claus” and the 25-ton tropical scene as a backdrop. Hands-on kids activities and family friendly entertainment set the mood. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, soda and water from the Sip n’

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LOGAN, Utah — A Utah woman says she listed her video game-obsessed husband for sale on Craigslist after she got tired of being ignored. Alyse Bradley told the Herald Journal of Logan she put the post up as a joke. The 22-year-old Kyle Bradley is a veteran who served in Afghanistan and was so engrossed in the game “Modern Warfare” that he spent most of his day playing it. Within hours, shoppers were responding to the “One husband to the highest bidder” listing on the free classified advertising site. The ad describes Kyle Bradley as easy to maintain, but warns purchasers they’ll need Internet service and space for gaming. The ad also says Alyse Bradley would trade her husband of two years for an acceptable replacement.

Dog that survived gassing finds new home in New Jersey

NUTLEY, N.J. — The beagle mix that survived an Alabama dog pound’s gas chamber has found a permanent home in New Jersey. Eleventh Hour Rescue tells The Star-Ledger of Newark “Daniel” has been placed with a family in Nutley. The rescue group arranged for the dog to be flown to New Jersey after he emerged with his tail wagging from the gas chamber at the Animal Control facility in Florence, Ala., on Oct. 3. Volunteers named the dog “Daniel” after the biblical figure

Ohio boy eagerly turned 11 on 11-11-11 MASON, Ohio — Parents of an Ohio boy say he has reached the birthday that has been his number one obsession, in a manner of speaking. Eric Fisk turned 11 in November – on 11-11-11. His father says the boy from Mason, north of Cincinnati, has been talking about his 11th birthday and all those ones for five or six years. Eric tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that the way the 11s lined up is cool. He says he doesn’t think many people get the chance to have a birthday that’s all one digit. For the record, when he was born in 2000 it was at 11 minutes before 11 a.m. And, Eric notes that there are 11 letters in “Veterans Day,” the holiday coinciding with his birthday.

Pa. man jailed with dad after being denied lockup visit

SOMERSET, Pa. — Police say a southwestern Pennsylvania man is being held in a county jail with his father after police say he drunkenly threatened to fight officials who refused to let him visit his father at the lockup. Online court records don’t list an attorney for 24-yearold Charles Meinhart Jr., of Confluence, who was arrested Nov. 13, after authorities say he cursed, used obscene gestures and threatened to fight jail Somerset County Jail officials. Police tell the Daily American of Somerset that Meinhart tried to slip his handcuffed



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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A rat found at the North Pole transfer station has been adopted and now there is a family of rats. Veterinarian Angela Dowler and her family spotted a domesticated white rat when dropping off their trash at the borough trash collections bins

two months ago. Dowler told The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the family gathered some food at home and returned to the transfer station. The rats, which were nested under a trash bin, would come to the front edge and take the food, then scurry away. She says the family decided to rescue them. There were three, and they managed to catch a female and a male. A little over two weeks later, there were 14 babies. Dowler says she hopes to adopt out the babies.

Maine suspect blames crimes on dog, Jesus

ANDOVER, Maine — State Police say a man arrested for allegedly breaking into an Andover home told them his dog and Jesus made him do it. Police say the man was squatting at a home in the western Maine community last week while the homeowner was on vacation. Authorities tell WGMETV that the suspect told the investigating trooper that his dog and Jesus told him to break into the home because he was supposed to meet country singer Taylor Swift there and marry her in the backyard. The suspect’s name was not released. He’s charged with theft and criminal trespassing.

Rattlesnakes force closure of California high school

GUSTINE, Calif. — A Central California high school shut down in mid-November after five rattlesnakes were spotted on campus in less than three weeks. Gustine High School in Merced County closed its doors for two days over concerns about student safety. Rattlesnakes are venomous, and their bites can be fatal. District Superintendent Gail McWilliams said the source of the infestation is not known. Police speculate that someone may have left a pregnant rattlesnake on the school grounds. All of the snakes that have been spotted are thought to be babies because they were less than a foot long. They were all reported killed. An animal control agency had been called in to search for more snakes while the school was closed.

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This Month in History Dec. 5, 1776: The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Dec. 19, 1776: Thomas Paine published his first “American Crisis” essay, in which he wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Dec. 25, 1818: “Silent Night” was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria. Dec. 5, 1848: President James Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ‘49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California. Dec. 24, 1865: Several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, Tenn., called the Ku Klux Klan. Dec. 28, 1869: William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patented chewing gum. Dec. 17, 1903: The Wright Brothers – Orville and Wilbur – staged the first successful powered-airplane

flights near Kitty Hawk, N.C. Dec. 9, 1907: Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Del., post office; the proceeds went to fight tuberculosis. Dec. 7, 1941: Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet located at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, an act that resulted in America’s entry into World War II. Dec. 6, 1957: America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Dec. 30, 1978: Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the Gator Bowl after Bauman intercepted an Ohio pass. Dec. 8, 1980: Former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan.

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GAMES PEOPLE PLAY by Gayle Dean ACROSS 1 Sir Guinness 5 Island mementos 9 Garments made of camel’s hair 13 Seasoned rice dish 15 Straddling 16 Coin collector? 17 “I Still See ___” (“Paint Your Wagon” tune) 18 Hockey term 20 Canon 22 It’s not returnable 23 This year’s grads 24 Florida citrus center 26 Retained 28 Strongbox 31 Darts term 35 Sternward 36 Controversial Rose 37 Kind of curtain 38 Dream phenom 39 Airport components 40 Wells or Lupino 41 Myanmar locale

43 Tiresome routines 44 French impressionist painter Claude 46 Squash term 48 Fabric press 49 Fantastic tale 50 “Nothing ___!” 52 Step one to be merry? 54 Verb used in recipes 56 North Pole twosome 60 Rugby term 63 Dewy-eyed 64 Piece of cake? 65 Section 66 Actress Eve 67 Earthly paradise 68 “ ___ and not heard” 69 Bang-up result? DOWN 1 Inhabitants of a certain sci-fi planet 2 Pleasant tune 3 Lamb’s “Essays of ___” 4 Leave the pier

5 Jacket part 6 D.D.E.’s WWII command 7 29th state 8 Trout features 9 Nile creature 10 Supporting 11 Many miles away 12 What Simon does 14 Tap 19 Projectionist’s unit 21 Roof covering, perhaps 25 Assisted in crime 27 Abbreviation on tires in Greece? 28 Jeweler’s weight 29 Needing to take off? 30 Genealogist’s map 32 Salt Lake City students 33 Sing on Dufourspitze 34 Mother’s relative 36 “Bear” Bryant’s first name 39 Family matriarchs

42 King intro 44 Tomorrow, in a Peggy Lee song 45 Fencing term 47 Roosevelt Island transport 48 Wire measure 51 Great expanse 52 Where el sol rises 53 Word with rock, rain or test 55 Venture 57 Rectangle part 58 Uniform 59 Dispatched 61 Final resting place, for some 62 Haw counterpart

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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. Diane Curry, alias Mattie Scott, is a black female born 9-15-66. She is 5-feet 4-inches tall and weighs 260 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She is missing a finger on her right hand. Her last known address is Abraham Ave. in West Palm Beach. Her occupation is laborer. The suspect is wanted on a felony charge of Issuing a Worthless Check.

Diane Curry

Christopher Mills is a white male born 1-16-84. He is 5-feet 11-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He is bald and has blue eyes. He has multiple tatoos. His last known addresses are Sparrow Dr. in Royal Palm Beach and S.W. 13th Ave. in Okeechobee. The suspect is wanted on a felony charge of Dealing in Stolen Property. Warrants checked on 11-21-11. Remain anonymous (don’t give your name) and you may be eligible for up to $1,000 reward. Christopher Mills

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Aries (March 21 - April 20) Normally you’re the one creating the action while others observe from the sidelines. But, of late, you have been the one on the periphery. Shake off those doldrums and step back into the role of trendsetter. Taurus (April 21 - May 21) The past cannot be changed. Make plans for today and draw up a temporary outline for the future. Almost nothing is written in stone, which means any good thing is possible, but which also means a bumpy road may await you. Gemini (May 22 - June 21) Live up to your promises. Take that thought back a step and the importance of thinking before speaking becomes clear. A recent pledge is becoming inconvenient to carry out. Cancer (June 22 - July 23) Someone you know well has become wildly successful. By studying hard, sacrificing and working long hours, that person is now reaping a nice reward. Allow

their success to spark a fire in you. Leo (July 24 - Aug. 23) One part glory hound and one part social butterfly, mixed with an aversion to any faultfinding directed your way. Does that pretty much describe you? Look to augment your virtues and moderate your few shortcomings. Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23) Family and friends come to you for advice since your listening skills and verbal skills make you an excellent counselor. Take the “couch” yourself; meditate on the dangers of becoming too inflexible and puritanical. Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) You’ll be shown anew why the almighty dollar shouldn’t hold the exalted position many give it. Certain events unfold which highlight the superior power of love and you’re in prime position to benefit from the message. Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Pay attention to deadlines. With all the paper you have floating around in a loosely organized state, it would be easy to overlook an important date. The consequences of an over-

sight would complicate your life. Sagittarius (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) In George Washington’s “Rules of Civility,” this advice is offered: “Let your countenance be pleasant, but in serious matters somewhat grave. The gestures of the body must be suited to the discourse you are upon,” always a timely tip. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) Operating only in the world of adults is too limiting and awfully dull. Find a way to immerse yourself in the universe of children. It is there you can plug into the realms of imagination, of which you are in need. Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) There is nothing that transports you back to childhood days quite like favorite foods. For example, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. To feel like a kid again, savor a nostalgic classic. Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20) Belt out your news ala Barbra Streisand – loudly and from the depths of your diaphragm. Be strong and assertive; make everyone aware of the happiness that’s been visited upon you.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS 12 Personals 13 Professional 14 Legal Notices 15 Special Occasions 16 Roommates Wanted 18 Lost & Found 19 Miscellaneous


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


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

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


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

12 Personals

13 Professional

24 General Maintenance

RE V E RSE M OR T G AG E – Eve r Consider a Reverse Mortg a g e? At l e a s t 6 2 ye a r s old? Stay in your home & Increase cash flow! Safe & Effective! Call Now for your FREE DVD! Call Now 888-760-8935 PSYCHIC BOUTIQUE – Readings by Lola. Crystals, Tarot Cards, Aura Cleansing & more. For apptointment call 355-0036. RPB.

LAPTOPS REPAIRED just $79. Macs too. REALLY! FREE Fedex shipping! $49 extra for screen or motherboard replacement. CALL Authorized Laptop Repair Specialists 888-903-0512 PERSONAL TRAINING - Cer tified & Insured. Home or gym. Healthy Bodies by Helen. (561) 317-0742. Free consult.

INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING Specializing in professional murals and faux finishes. Professional inter i o r/ex te r i o r j o b s . L o c a l resident, welcome big or s m a ll j o b s . Ca ll a ny ti m e for free estimate. Ask for Gilberto, 398-4273.

13 Professional DIVORCE * BANKRUPTCY – Call (877) 797-8910 or online at

SERVICES 22 House Cleaning DEBRA’S CLEANING Service Dependable, experienced, affordable. (561) 574-4031, Lic. & Ins.

28 Tutoring AIR RIZZO – Personalized flight training for those who wish individualized tutoring and one on one instruction from a CFI-II-MEI-ATP and former 141 Commercial Chief Flight Instructor. Call Lawrence P. Rizzo. (561) 255-2751

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29 Miscellaneous

51 Rentals – WPB

FIREARMS SAFETY CLASS for Florida Concealed Gun Permit. for more info. PRESSURE CLEANING - Residential • Commercial • Industrial • Driveway Sealing • Roofs, • Walls • More! Mr. Clean Pressure Cleaning and Sealing (561) 541-4339. Call anytime!

WHITEHALL CONDOS – Bldg. 1-406: $975/mo. (unfurn); B l d g . 3 -101: $10 0 0 /m o . ( u n f u r n ) ; B l d g 13 - 4 0 1: $ 10 0 0 / m o . ( L O P ) ; B l d g 15-304: $1000/mo. (unfurn); Bldg 17-10 5: $10 0 0/mo. ( u n f u r n ) ; B l d g 11-10 6 : $1050/mo. (LOP); All available NOW. Val Oliva, 7627702, Illustr. Prop. WHITEHALL VILLAGES & L.O.P. Spacious 2B/2Bth/Bonus Room with fabulous viewsFr o m $ 9 5 0 /m o. A n n u a l Unfurnished. Call Barry L. Salandro 561.632.8268 or Terry Cronin 561.346.6776 Village Realty Group www.

MERCHANDISE 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.

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

43 Personal Services L E T U S D O T H E TA S K S t h a t keep you from other concerns. Offi ce work, bill pay, errands, barn chores. Local residents / lifetime horsemen with great attitudes and references. Seasonal / yearround. (561) 889-2344

46 Part Time ADVERTISING SALES – Palms West Monthly has expanded and we’re looking for successful, experienced sales people! Flexible hours, great commission plan. Call Rob, 793-6397.

48 Restaurant/Hotel TESTA’S RESTAURANT is now hiring experienced Wait Staff and experienced cooks for the upcoming season. Apply in person: 221 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, Fl 33480. No phone calls, please.

REAL ESTATE 51 Rentals – WPB

52 Rentals – Palms West SPACIOUS 2/2 APARTMENTS – Archstone Hidden Harbor. Great location! Call for Specials & pricing: 798-3738

55 For Sale – WPB CENTURY VILLAGE - Windsor A, 1BR, 1.5BA, corner unit. Totally renovated. Move right in. Call 309-7510. BEAR ISLAND – 3/2 home in gated community in the Villages of Palm Beach Lakes overlooking prestigious golf course. $220,000. Val Oliva 561-762-7702, Illustr. Prop. WHITEHALL SALES – 2/2 1385 sq. ft. condos from $79,900 with or without balconies. Va l O l i va 5 61-76 2-7 70 2, Illustr. Prop. WHITEHALL VILLAGES – Breathtaking golf course, garden and clubhouse views 2B/2Bth/+bonus room, 1385 sq. f t. Barr y L . Salandro 632.8268 or Terr y Cronin 3 4 6 . 67 76 V i l l a g e R e a l t y Group From $98,500, Furnished.

56 For Sale – Palms West SELLERS, REGISTER YOUR HOME at www.wpbhomeandprope r t i e s .c o m f o r f a s t e f f i cient service or call Seeta Mahabir, 561-779-4620.


HERITAGE VILLAGE TH – $2000 seasonally. Val Oliva 561762-7702, Illustr. Prop. LOP – WHITEHALL FURN. Golf view, $2,200 seasonal. Longer nego. Teresa Fredricks 561315-8366. Award Realty S A N D A LW O O D L A K E S S O . – Upgraded 2/2.5 townhouse with encl. patio and bonus room, $1,100. Nikki Calabrese, Village Realty Group (561) 697-8449

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Front Page: One spontaneous act of kindness is now a burgeoning grass-roots philanthropy with a used-bike store and two full-time assistants...

Palms West Monthly - December 2011  

Front Page: One spontaneous act of kindness is now a burgeoning grass-roots philanthropy with a used-bike store and two full-time assistants...