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Princesses and pirates will have a ball at the International Polo Club Palm Beach to benefit Kids Helping Kids on Sunday, Oct. 13.

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Monthly Ninth grader Julianne Schiliro recently won $150 for her photograph in the Rotary Club of Wellington’s Peace Ceremony Contest.


October 2013

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Get ready for six days of festivities at Oktoberfest Rosarian Academy students aid homeless

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The National Junior Honor Society students recently made more than 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for St. Ann Place in West Palm Beach.


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Frightful good times await at Moonfest

October is full of fun and frightful events in Downtown West Palm Beach, highlighted by annual favorites Clematis by Fright and Moonfest.


Royal Palm to host weekly Green Market A weekly bazaar and green market is coming to Royal Palm Beach this season, beginning with the grand-opening and ribboncutting ceremony that takes place Sunday, Oct. 20.



Local Happenings ................4, 6 In Brief................................8 Nice and Easy ...................... 10 At the Movies .......................12 On Stage .............................12 Manely Speaking....................13 Community Round-Up ........ 14, 16 Just For the Fun of It ..............17 Outside The Neighborhood ...... 18 Service Directory .............. 18-19

The Ducks’ Aaron Lamartiniere (center) high fives Gators players Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the conclusion of a game of The Acreage Tackle Football League in which the Ducks defeated the Gators 35-0.


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For the more than 200 kids playing in the Acreage Tackle Football League, winning is a thing, but it’s far from the only thing. By RON HAYES Palms West Monthly

THE ACREAGE — Stop by the community park on this blue and sunny Saturday morning and you can’t miss them – The Acreage Tackle Football League. “Win Without Bragging. Lose Without Excuses.” Five divisions. Thirteen teams. Two hundred thirty boys 5 to 14 years old. And one girl. “I just wanted to play,” Amy Chung says, as if no more reason were required. She’s decked out in her shoulder pads, hugging a helmet under one arm, just another member of the JV Army team eager to play as soon as the Freshmen clear the field. You just wanted to play? “I started playing flag when I was 5,” she adds. “I wanted to play tackle when I was 7, but my parents said wait until you’re 9. I was really little back then.” She’s 14 now, a 9th grader at Seminole Ridge High School. Five feet, four inches tall, 114 pounds. “This is probably going to be my last year because the guys

are going to be bigger now, and I’m not really big,” she says, resigned. “I don’t want to get hurt.” For nearly a decade Amy Chung was big enough, and that’s a point of pride with the league. “There’s no weight limit here,” says Ron Flores, commissioner for the past two years. “Big, small, if you want to play, you can play.” They do make some creative assignments, however. “We’ve got a 10-year-old who weighs 250 pounds,” Flores says. “He plays tackle or guard, but we don’t let him run the ball. The heavier kids we make play the line, but we don’t exclude anyone.” Too big, too small, kids the other leagues turn away find their way to the Acreage league, and some come back. Flores first got involved as an assistant coach when his son, Danny, was 7. Now Flores is the commissioner and Danny’s 19 and a coach himself. “I’ve coached kids who are seniors in high school now, and some have signed college contracts,” Flores says proudly. “When some kid I coached comes back and says, ‘I just got signed,’ that makes it all worthwhile.” Founded on Nov. 22, 1998, the league is self-supporting and unaffiliated with the city or county. Parents pay $220 a season, which covers the cost SEE FOOTBALL / PAGE 11

Oktoberfest turns 40 this year – all the more reason to support the American German Club of the Palm Beaches and indulge in bratwurst, sauerkraut, schnitzel and – of course – a little beer. The Bavarian bash will unfold on the club’s 10-acre campus in the party pavilion and under a giant tent Oct. 11 through 13 and Oct. 18 through 20. More than 25,000 will attend. “We’re having a very exciting coming out this year for our 40th,” said Kurt Freiter, club president. “Some things are the same, and some things are going to be new.” Freiter initiated a Miss Oktoberfest pageant for 2013 and crowned Jessica Wittenbrink, of Wellington, and runner-up Birte Keays, of Boynton Beach, as this year’s ambassadors. The two women not only will promote the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the club but also will raise awareness about its cultural contributions. “We’re about being a serious partner in the community,” Freiter said. “We like to give back.” Club members support other local heritage festivals, open their facility to nonprofit groups planning events and donate to 16 charities annually. Proceeds from tickets sales and monetary contributions at Oktoberfest will support those and other endeavors. “Oktoberfest is not all about drinking beer,” Freiter said. “We’re very much a family-based, familyoriented, cultural club.” Freiter also boasts that a Huffington Post travel survey recently named Palm Beach County’s Oktoberfest the second-largest in the nation, following Cincinnati’s. “We were kind of surprised, ourselves,” Freiter said. “Right in our backyard.” After the Christmas tree, Oktoberfest is the most popular German custom the country has SEE OKTOBERFEST / PAGE 16


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CityPlace” will offer an epicurean evening of sampling and sipping amid live music to benefit a great cause. Described as “the most flavorful event of the season,” the benefit for the American Cancer Society and its event, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, takes place Thursday, Oct. 10. A self-guided culinary tour, the benefit will feature two dozen CityPlace restaurants. The location is 700 S. Rosemary Ave., in West Palm Beach. Participants are encouraged to wear pink in support of patients with and survivors of breast cancer. The event runs 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the event. For more information, call (561) 366-1000.

West Palm Beach’s GreenMarket makes its return to the downtown waterfront Saturday, Oct. 5, featuring an orchestral performance. “Breakfast at the GreenMarket” runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Banyan Street and marks the silver-anniversary celebration of free events and activities along the waterfront. The season will include special twists on free programs such as Jazz on the Palm. Each Saturday, the green market welcomes vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, plants and other items. Breakfast runs until noon and the orchestra will perform from 9 to 11 a.m. Parking is free.

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more than two dozen community-service projects that aid schools, students and families. Each year, the club funds $20,000 in college scholarships, $1,000 grants to all West Palm Beach elementary schools and holiday gift baskets to the needy. Registration for the invitational begins at 11 a.m. There’s a putting contest at noon and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Ball Drop takes place at 12:30 p.m. followed by a scramble-shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $200 per foursome. For more information, call (561) 252-7457.

It’s time for the annual Charity Golf Invitational sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach. The fund-raiser takes place Friday, Oct. 11, at Bear Lakes Country Club, 1901 Village Blvd., in West Palm Beach. All proceeds will help the club carry out its

An open house benefiting a South Florida charity that provides equine therapy to children and adults is set for Saturday, Oct. 12, at Hopes, Dreams and Horses, 10660 Randolph Siding Rd. in Jupiter. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. guests will be able to meet the organization’s horses, play games and learn about pro-

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ORLANDO — Household income remains stagnant in Florida almost five years from the start of the recession as the state’s largest cities rank at the bottom in income levels for the nation’s most populous metro areas, according to U.S. Census figures released Sept. 19. Florida’s median household income in 2012 of over $45,000 decreased slightly from the previous year, but the change was statistically insignificant. However, Florida’s median household income is down more than 11 percent from when it was $50,700 in 2000. Only seven other states had higher decreases in the past dozen years, the Census figures showed. Nationally, the median household income was

$51,371 in 2012. “This recovery is still a work in progress,” said Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida. “It may be four and a quarter years old, but in many ways it’s still embryonic.” Even though Florida had some of the nation’s largest job gains in July, the unemployment rate was still 7.1 percent. The slack labor market creates little room to negotiate higher wages and consumers end up spending less money, Snaith said. Three Florida metro areas ranked at the bottom of the list for household income in the nation’s 25 most populous cities, including South Florida – made up of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach – at $46,600. Those figures were unchanged from the previous year.

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features an element of fun, as all participants are encouraged to wear their favorite actionhero costume. After the race, Family Day will kick off with music, food, face painting, a silent auction and a family walk. The location is John Prince Park, 4759 S. Congress Ave., and the time is 7:30 a.m. Entry fee is $30 in advance or $35 at

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Rotary Club to host shred party fund-raiser

A joint fund-raiser and awareness-builder of Families First of Palm Beach County and the Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, at Lowe’s in Wellington. Guests are welcome to bring old bank and credit card statements, legal documents, Internal Revenue Service forms and other papers to be professionally shredded in the parking lot by Total Shredding. Time is 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5 per box or bag. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be present with its crime-prevention booth and free child-identification card.

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Wellington gears up for Fall Festival

Thanks to a partnership between the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and Wellington, village residents will enjoy this year’s Fall Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Rd in Wellington. “Spooktacular” fun, costumes, candy and competitions will unfold during the evening, and children’s activities will include a petting zoo, hayrides, trick-or-treating and bounce houses. Costume-contest competitors for best look-a-like, most-original and scariest characters will be divided into age groups. Cost is $5 for adults and $7 for children in advance and $10 for children at the event. For more information, call (561) 791-4005.

Rooney’s charity golf tourney set for Oct. 25 Rooney’s Golf Foundation’s 12th-annual charity tournament is set for Friday, Oct. 25, at PGA National, 400 Avenue of the Champions in Palm Beach Gardens. The tournament will benefit the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Florida Atlantic University’s Honors College, Pathways to Independence and

Potentia Academy. The local Rooney family and its businesses – the Palm Beach Kennel Club, Rooney’s the Gastropub and Rooney’s Beer Company – will coordinate the benefit with a team of volunteers. Players will receive lunch, dinner, goodie bags and raffle prizes. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with an instructional class, followed by play at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. An awards ceremony will culminate the event. Fee is $300 per player. For more information, call (561) 683-2222, ext. 141.

Fall Fest returns to Royal Palm Beach

The nostalgic feeling of fall will be in the air at this year’s Fall Fest, set for Saturday, Oct. 26, at Royal Palm Beach Commons, 1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. The community event will set the tone for the season with arts and crafts vendors, a food truck, a beer garden and fun for the entire family. Other activities include live entertainment on the Royal Palm Auto Mall stage and a concert by Brass Evolution. Fall Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features roving characters, a pumpkin patch, costume contests for dogs and humans, trick-ortreating and hayrides. For more information, call (561) 790-5149.

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In Brief International Polo Club issues call for poster-contest entries The inaugural International Polo Club Commemorative Poster Contest will kick off with the 2014 season, featuring a winning piece of original art depicting the sport of kings. Contestants are asked to send a digital image of their work to vie for a $1,000 cash award and publicity throughout the polo season. Entry is free, and artists can submit up to two pieces of art for consideration. Deadline is noon on Oct. 25, 2013. Additional guidelines are available on the International Polo Club’s website at Go to the “Poster Contest” link under the News/Press tab.

PB County Library System to build ‘Creation-Station’ with grant money

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties has imparted a grant to the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System for the “CreationStation” initiative. The money comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund and will be used to develop a digital media lab and recording studio at the county’s main library on Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach. The project, which will be completed early next year, will provide a space for residents to learn how to use the equipment for sound mixing, video sharing and podcasting – all free. Library staff members will receive training on the equipment and will offer public workshops on how to use it. “We’re very excited that, thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation, the library will offer a place where community members can, at no cost, increase their digital literacy, create local content and have a platform to share their knowledge with the community,” said Elizabeth Locke, the Electronics Resources coordina-

Royal Palm Beach Commons, 1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shoppers will be supporting local growers and organic vendors. Live music will be part of the festivities. Locally grown produce will be featured at the green market, along with fresh flowers, herbs and spices, baked goods, pastries, artisan foods, arts and crafts, unique hand-crafted items and special guest artists. For more information, call (561) 792-9260.

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Seventh and eighth grade student members of Rosarian Academy’s National Junior Honor Society recently prepared more than 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for distribution at St. Ann Place in West Palm Beach. Established in 2001 as the outreach center for St. Ann Catholic Church, St. Ann Place provides a variety of services to the poor and homeless in the area. For the last ten years, Rosarian Academy’s service organization has spent one Friday afternoon a month making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The school, in downtown West Palm Beach, has delivered nearly 15,000 sandwiches to help feed the homeless in Palm Beach County in the past decade.

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E. coli contamination at Wellington watertreatment facility under control

Wellington Utility last month detected fecal matter in a well that supplies water to the village’s water-treatment facility and immediately isolated it from service. Officials said the well would stay offline until conditions are safe for its use. Groundwater tests at the utility’s other wells showed no bacteriological contamination and neither did drinking water at both the facility and in the distribution system. A boil-water was not issued. Bacterial contamination can result by the leaching of substances from the surface to the groundwater, as well as faulty

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PBSC Foundation receives $40,000 for scholarships

The Florida College System Foundation presented a check for $40,002 to the Palm Beach State College Foundation recently to support scholarships for students who are the first generation in their family to attend college or are studying nursing, health care or education. The donation was made possible by nearly $1 million in gifts from Bank of America, Florida Blue and Helios Education Foundations presented to The Florida College System

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The familiar-looking canisters at local businesses are back, signaling the start of the 2013 Quarters for Quantum campaign. Sponsored by Panera Bread, the fund-raising drive is the largest community project of its kind at Quantum House and is run by volunteers. Businesses, civic organizations and schools are welcome to register for canisters, which they keep four months and fill with quarters. The top eight collectors will win a live appearance on WPBF-TV during December’s Holiday Hope Drive. Panera Bread organizes a three-month corporate change drive in its stores throughout Palm Beach County. All proceeds will help Quantum House provide lodging and meals to parents whose children are being treated for serious medical conditions at area hospitals.

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NICE AND EASY by Ernie Zimmerman I

Becoming head of one’s family tougher than it looks Sometimes being a leader has its obstacles. It seems Ernie’s biggest obstacle is getting his family to understand he’s the leader.



I’ve now entered a new stage in my life. Because of the recent death of my Uncle Ben, I now find myself as the senior male in my ever-expanding family. Uncle Ben was my favorite uncle. Always kind to everyone,

and, of course, he ran the family very well. If one of our family members had a problem, Uncle Ben was the first person they’d turn to. He handled every problem presented to him very well. He left me some very big

shoes to fill, but I think I am up to the challenge. I don’t think it will be easy being head of my family, but I’ll give it my best shot. Some of my family members are already calling me the king. I told them

his head on a sharp object. Unfortunately, he never recovered from his head injury. Yes, I have some very big shoes to fill. But I’ve already informed my family that I’m accepting this job with great pride. I’ve also laid down some ground rules. I’ve informed my family that any problem – no matter how small or big – can be presented to me. They also know that no calls after 9 p.m. or before 9 a.m. will be accepted. After all, I still need my beauty sleep. And no calls on Sundays during football season. Other than these minor rules, my door and heart will be open to my family members – or anyone else. So far, nobody has violated these rules. In fact, so far it appears no one in my family has – except me – accepted me as their leader. Oh well. It’s their loss, not mine. If that remains the case I’ll just make my way back to Facebook. I’m very well accepted there. 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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Acreage Football teaches kids much more than X’s and O’s FOOTBALL / FROM PAGE 1

of hiring the officials and buying uniforms and trophies for the five divisions: Mighty Mites (ages 5-7); Prep (8-9); Freshmen (1012); JV (13-14); and Varsity (15-17). The planning begins in January, Flores says, and then, come August, the teams play 10 games, culminating in a Super Bowl Playoff game at the high school each November. On this Saturday morning, the Freshmen Hurricanes are playing Army on one field, the Ducks against the Tennessee Volunteers next door, and the JVs are warming up back behind the snack bar. While Flores walks between the fields, parents take shelter from the sun beneath a canvas canopy, sipping bottled water, selling league T-shirts (“Our Blood, Our Sweat, Your Tears”) and only occasionally jumping up to scream encouragement at offspring too far away to hear inside those helmets. “OH!” Staci Rimes leaps to her feet. “Go, baby, go! Go! Go! Go!” David Rimes, 12, is No. 23 on the Freshman team, and Staci is the league treasurer. Her husband, also named Dave, is the vice commissioner, and their daughter, Rilee, 8, is one of 60 girls who cheer for the teams. Staci’s shirt says “Hit Some Body.” “We love to watch them become little men,” she explains. “They all become part of our family, and our goal is to see them on the high school field someday, knowing how to play the game properly and safely.” After a while, you notice that no one seems to talk much about winning. At Acreage Tackle Football, winning is


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a thing, but it’s far from the only thing. “At the younger ages, the score is not a big deal to them,” Flores says. “They just want to play. If you ask, most of them won’t even know the score.” Now the Freshman games are ending and the players, panting and sweaty, head for the pavilion shade or the snack bar. “Good game, Shane,” R.J. Sorensen, 12, tells Shane Schneider, 12. “Good game, Shane,” Mikey Montalvo, 10, echoes. They settle on a picnic bench. “On the field, if you’re playing with your friends, they’re not friends,” Mikey says, “but after the game you can be friends again.” “Then we start all over again,” Shane agrees. “Once we lost 32-0 to our friends from school,” Mikey says. “It felt embarrassing.” “Yeah, it’s fun to win, but it’s still fun to play,” R.J. adds. Mikey nods. “You want to win and go to Seminole Ridge and get a big trophy,” he says. “But it’s better to have fun.” 

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At The Movies

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‘Cloudy 2:’ gorgeous visuals, cheesy puns By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer

The FLDSMDFR lives! It’s not too much of a spoiler to tell you that, because without the FLDSMDFR, more precisely known as the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, there would hardly be reason for a sequel to the sweet and entertaining 2009 family film, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” And if “Cloudy 2,” which ups the zany quotient in the continued adventures of Flint and his food-producing FLDSMDFR (we just love the name, so we’ll keep saying it) lacks the heart and fresh feel of the original, it almost makes up for it in gorgeous, color-popping visuals and in its most important new creation: the Foodimals. Like we said, almost. But first, what are Foodimals? Your kids probably know already, and pretty soon, they’re gonna be asking for their Foodimals multivitamins. So you’d better educate yourself. Watermelephants. Bananostriches. Shrimpanzees. Tacodiles. Cheesepiders. Yes, the remnants of FLDSMDFR’s food storm have turned into living things. To recap, at the end of the last movie, Flint (voiced by Bill Hader) had saved the world by heroically deactivating his overperforming FLDSMDFR, with the help of his brainy friend and sort-of love interest, Sam (Anna Faris), and others including “Baby” Brent (Andy Samberg), loyal monkey Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), and Flint’s dad Tim

(James Caan). The sequel, directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, begins precisely eight minutes later, with Flint’s Swallow Falls facing a huge cleanup job from that giant storm created by, yup, the FLDSMDFR. Or, in one of the first of the movie’s many, many puns: a disaster “of epic portions.” Here we have no devious mayor, but a new villain: Chester V, the head of Live Corp., clearly modeled after Steve Jobs and Apple (small kids won’t get this, but I sat next to a 10-year-old who did). Chester (Will Forte) whisks Flint and his friends up to Live Corp. HQ, where aspiring inventors compete to win Chester’s favor. This HQ, which could be Google-inspired as much as Apple, has free caffeine stations (caffeine patches, too), which serve up things like “quinoa lattes,” for an easy grownup laugh. Flint thinks Chester wants his knowhow, but all Chester really wants is the FLDSMDFR, for his own dodgy reasons. So he sends Flint back down to Swallow Falls, where he and his loyal friends soon discover that the FLDSMDFR is not only alive but has created those seemingly monstrous Foodimals. The only problem: they’re actually

not monstrous. Especially the strawberries and the marshmallows. They’re adorable. Enough on the plot – your enjoyment will probably depend on your tolerance of those countless food-based puns dreamed up by script writers Erica Rivinoja, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Some might find these tiresome, but let’s just note here that this is a kid movie, and KIDS LOVE PUNS. So they laugh at “There’s a leek in the boat.” And they laugh even more the second time. And if a character notes that something is a “piece of cake,” well, why wouldn’t you introduce a nice piece of cake? Personally I could have done without the “cut the cheese” pun. But guess what the kids thought of it? For the adults, there’s enough to admire in the beautiful visuals – trees of a truly stunning purplish burgundy, for one small example – and cultural references like “Jurassic Park” and even, I thought, “The Lion King.” You’ll likely chuckle at the Silicon Valley-type setting called “San Fran Jose.” There’s also a hilarious simultaneous translation scene, performed by a helpful strawberry. And did we mention the FLDSMDFR?

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Cruzan Amphitheatre

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MANELY SPEAKING by Laura Danowski I

Here’s the poop: Let’s learn from horses’ digestive system We’ve all heard a variant of the phrase, “same poop, different day,” but for horse people, that’s actually a very good thing. One answer to the question “How’s it going?” is the all-too-common reply, “Same poop, different day,” or a variant thereof. The expression connotes lackluster, as if the events in one’s day have no meaning or value. I have two views on the flippant reply. The first makes me laugh as I walk through stalls and paddocks with my pitch fork and wheelbarrow – three times a day – to scoop essentially “the same poop, different day.” There is much to be hailed in horse poop; it is a barometer of good health in horses. Ready for a quick lesson in a horse’s digestive system? It takes a horse approximately 24 hours to defecate what it ingests. Equine dentist Dr. Geoff Tucker says a horse chews about 25,000 times per day. The well-chomped food travels to the stomach for further break-


down, then through 80 feet of intestine, where moisture and nutrients are absorbed. Final processing of complex carbs and starches happens in the hindgut, the latter part of the large intestine. Trouble usually starts in the hindgut due to human brilliance of loading horses’ diets with disproportionate amounts of food stuffs not naturally encountered. Take competition horses which are physically larger and need more food. The average horse weighs 1,100 pounds and in one day can consume 30 pounds of hay and grain. Ideally, their diet should be forage heavy and light on man-made grain products. This is a very expensive process: a 55 pound bale of hay costs $18 to $20 and a horse easily goes through four per week. And what goes in does come

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out – about 35 pounds each day, in three-hour movements. As I walk around with trusted fork and barrow, I look at the poop for undigested foods; whole oats and corn are favorites with the birds. I look for “moving things,” intestinal parasites, aka worms. There are numerous types of worms for which horses are treated with preventive medicines in cycles. And then there’s pungent odor – the kind that can melt paint. This is a sign of digestive issue. If all internal systems are

in sync, the piles of poop will have consistent shape, color and odor. So it’s easy to see that when it comes to horses, “same poop, different day” is a good thing. My second view on the reply “same poop, different day,” is of frustration, lest we forget: what we “put into” something, directly affects the quality of “the outcome.” This assessment applies to word, deed, health, finance – the list goes on. Hey, we all know that sometimes, “poop just happens.” And it is how we deal with the sticky, smelly stuff of life that really defines who we are as productive, compassionate human beings.

We all might take a good, hard, self-investigative look at what we put into our day, compared to what we expect out of it. If you seek additional morsels of farm and equine wisdom, come and visit. But consider yourself warned – I will hand you a fork. 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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Enjoy fall, fun and frights in Downtown West Palm October is full of fun events in Downtown West Palm Beach, highlighted by Clematis by Fright and Moonfest. To all of my fun-loving Halloween obsessed friends, it’s time to celebrate – October is here! Yes, the time to rake the fall leaves and sip on warm apple cider as we cuddle near the fireplace has finally arrived. Oh wait, we’re in South Florida! It’s time

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First up is Screen on the Green on the Waterfront. That’s right, my favorite outdoor movie night is getting in on

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the spooky fun with a movie fit for the whole family. The fun begins Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. with the film, “Hotel Transylvania.” A fun, hilarious, animated movie for all ages, this PG-rated movie is set in Dracula’s extravagant five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. If you haven’t seen the film, this is your chance! It might even be fun to bring the kids in costume so that they get the whole “Happy Halloween” experience!

Scarecrow Festival

For a less-creepy but equally fun and festive event, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County invites you and your family to the Scarecrow Festival that takes place Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family-friendly event will be held at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. Enjoy fun fall activities such as hay rides, arts & crafts, a scarecrow contest, corn shucking contest and much more! Admission is only $10 per person and free for children 3 and under. The museum is at 300 N. Dixie Hwy. in downtown West Palm Beach. For more information on the museum go online to

Clematis by Fright

If movie nights and scarecrow festivals are not enough to tame your little monsters, bring them to Clematis by Fright on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a scary fun time. The popular waterfront concert series goes to the ghouls with a crazy costume contest for all ages, free candy and more.

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Of course, how can any Halloween to-do list in South Florida be complete without mentioning Moonfest! Last year, an estimated 25,000 people came to Clematis Street to take part in the outrageous Halloween event. Moonfest is a 21-and-older, gated and ticketed event ($7 in advance, $10 at the gate or VIP!) that keeps getting better each year. As always, Moonfest starts at 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase your tickets, go online to That’s all for now, but certainly not for Downtown. Until next time, I’ll see you (in costume) in Downtown West Palm Beach! For a complete list of weekly events and business specials sure to fit your every mood and whim, go online to The Downtown Gal is a regular contributor to Palms West Monthly. She lives, works and plays in Downtown West Palm Beach and keeps readers abreast of the latest events and goings-on throughout the year.

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Make plans to attend Wellington’s family-friendly Fall Festival This popular community event is back with hayrides, costume contests, bounce houses, trick or treating and haunted hallways! By MAYOR BOB MARGOLIS Exclusive to Palms West Monthly

October is another exciting month for Wellington. Here’s an overview of what’s in store: Our annual Fall Festival returns to Wellington on October 19th! Starting at 6 p.m. at Village Park, this is a great community and family event where kids can have a fun, safe Halloween experience. As always, we’ll have haunted hallways, bounce houses, door-todoor trick or treating, a costume contest, hay rides and so much more. Bring your children in costume for a spooky, fun-filled family evening! Halloween is a holiday that

kids look forward to all year – with costumes and candy, how could they not be excited? But it’s also a time of heightened danger. According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood pedestrian deaths are four times more likely on Halloween than other evenings. With that sobering statistic in mind, I want to offer some safety reminders. Always put reflective tape on your kids’ costumes and bags to help drivers see them in the dark. Make sure your kids walk – not run – from house to house. Keep to sidewalks whenever possible and ensure that all costumes fit well to lessen

the chances of tripping, falling and impacting vision. Make sure kids know the proper way to cross roads. Young children should always be supervised and older kids should always go out in groups. Make sure they never get into a stranger’s car or go into any stranger’s home without trusted adult supervision. Lastly, stress to them that they shouldn’t eat any candy until an adult has inspected it. As a reminder, Wellington’s fiscal year begins Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2014. You can find the budget by clicking on the “Your Money” icon online at

We’ve seen recently some positive economic developments for our budget. The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser revealed earlier this year that Wellington has seen the greatest increase in estimated property values for 2013 of all municipalities across the county – 6.6 percent over last year. We look forward to 2014 continuing this great trend. Lastly, it’s getting close to peak equestrian season in Wellington. We see 11,000 to 12,000 horses from December to February, dropping to approximately 2,600 in the summer months. It’s during the present time – September to November – when that number starts increasing. With limited road space, both riders and drivers must do their part

to ensure each other’s safety. I’m excited for all we have going on this month. I can’t wait to see the smiles of kids and parents during Fall Festival and Halloween. I’m excited for Fiscal Year 2014, and how we keep battling back after the dark days of the recession. And I’m excited for another great equestrian season, which is such an important element of the Wellington community.

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exported, and the American German Club of the Palm Beaches has perfected it. What started as a Sunday-afternoon picnic has turned into one of the area’s oldest festivals. Authentic German food, kegs of brew imported from Munich and the crowdpleasing bands The Heldensteiner and Die Lustigen Bayern will anchor six days of festivities that include a Parade of Flags, an official keg-tapping ceremony

and performances by the Palm Beach Pipes & Drums Corps. Tickets to Oktoberfest are $8 and children younger than 12 get in free. Event, family and VIP packages also are available. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. The club is on Lantana Road between Jog and Haverhill roads. For more information, go online to 

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This photo by 9th grader Julianne Schiliro won first place and a check for $150 as the overall winner in the high school photography category of the Rotary Club of Wellington’s Peace Ceremony Contest.

Rotary contest promotes peace Sometimes inspiration comes from the unlikeliest places. For Wellington High School 9th grader Julianne Schiliro, inspiration – along with a check for $150 – came from a little girl she baby-sits. Julianne won top overall prize in the high school photography category of the Rotary Club of Wellington’s recent United Nations Rotary Peace Ceremony Contest. All totalled, a whopping 256 posters, 70 poems, 35 essays and 20 photographs were judged for the annual contest. According to Julianne, her picture was an “accidental success.” Her picture depicts a young girl sitting on a sofa with her arms wrapped around a globe. “The little girl is one of the girls I baby-sit,” said Julianne. “She was just lying on her couch saying ‘I have the world in my hands.’ I took the picture not thinking I would even use it at all.”

And the picture’s meaning? “For me, the little girl hugging the globe symbolizes love for the entire world no matter color, language, etc.,” she added. In other categories, Poster winners were 4th-grade students Kayla Brusie, Binks Forest; Hailey Feinberg, Elbridge Gale; Leah Silverman, Equestrian Trails; Victoria Watson, New Horizons; Adrianna Garrido, Panther Run; and Jacob Fink, Wellington Elementary; who each won $50. Leah, the overall winner, received an additional $75. Poetry winners were Warren Lee of Polo Park Middle School and LeeAnn Hewitt of Wellington Landings Middle School. Each received $75. Essay winners were Palm Beach Central’s Ishmam Ahmed and Wellington High School’s Jake Sukienik. Each took home $100. The Peace Ceremony took place Sept. 21 at the Wellington Rotary Peace Park.

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This Month in History Oct. 18, 1767: The boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed upon. Oct. 27, 1787: The first of the “Federalist Papers,” a series of essays calling for ratification of the U.S. Constitution, was published in a New York newspaper. Oct. 24, 1861: The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Lincoln. Oct. 26, 1881: The “Gunfight at the OK Corral” took place in Tombstone, Ariz., as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and “Doc” Holliday shot it out with Ike Clanton’s gang. Three members of Clanton’s gang were killed. Oct. 28, 1886: The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Cleveland in the presence of its sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Oct. 4, 1895: The first U.S. Open golf tournament was held at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.

Oct. 6, 1927: The era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolson, a movie that featured both silent and sound-synchronized scenes. Oct. 29, 1929: “Black Tuesday” descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as America’s Great Depression began. Oct. 2, 1950: The comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Charles M. Schulz, was first published in nine newspapers. Oct. 3, 1951: The New York Giants captured the National League pennant in game three by a score of 5-4 as third baseman Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca in the “shot heard ‘round the world.” Oct. 18, 1968: The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, for giving a black power salute as a protest during a victory ceremony in Mexico City.

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50 Ambitionless one 52 Shamrock 56 Crumbles away 59 Former Davis Cup coach 61 Stock or block extension 62 Gardener’s gauge? 64 Where the deer and the antelope play 66 “The Vampire Armand” author 67 Word with disaster or dining 68 Had stuff 69 Enthusiastic vigor 70 Word with bed or day of 71 Gets warm, so to speak DOWN  1 One of 150  2 Skylit rooms  3 Auctioneer’s next to last word  4 Eden exile  5 Egocentric  6 Kind of salmon  7 Parts of molecules

 8 Without a ___ (broke)  9 Unwelcome houseguest 10 Type of angel 11 Australian gemstone 12 “All ___!” (court command) 13 Place for a crow’s nest 19 Burt Reynolds film 22 Nautical hazard 25 Gentle golf stroke 27 Chairwomen, e.g. 29 Little wave 31 Neutral shade 32 Pride’s sound 33 Fish from Dover, often 34 “Two Years Before the Mast’ author 35 Poetical black 36 Saucy 37 Upper crust word 41 City on the Aker River 43 Ebb and neap 44 Sports notable 45 Word on a price tag 46 Wing part 48 Out of view 51 “A Day at the ___” 53 Pat’s partner

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Horoscope by Madame Hughes Aries (March 21 – April 20) This

would be easier if you were in charge. Having to bow to someone else’s stupidity won’t get you anywhere. You can make your influence felt if you keep coming up with great innovations and let them think it’s all their idea.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is asking for the public’s assistance in finding Palm Beach County’s wanted fugitives. Jose Colon is a white male born 9-11-62. He is 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is at large. The suspect is wanted on a felony charge of Possession of Cocaine.

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Ramon Rodriguez is a white male born Jose Colon 10-10-77. He is 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and has multiple tatoos. His last known address is Holt Road in West Palm Beach. The suspect is wanted on felony charges of Sale of Heroin and Trafficking in Heroin. Warrants checked on 9-23-13. Remain anonymous (don’t give your name) and you may be eligible for up to $1,000 reward.

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Nothing will change until you stop feeding into everyone else’s issues. If you start taking care of yourself your example will inspire them to handle their own stuff. Gemini (May 22 – June 21) What you’re afraid of is nothing compared to what it will cost you not to face it. Reclaiming your power may come at a high price. Others are bound to freak out about this. Don’t let their hysteria keep you from doing what’s right. Cancer (June 22 – July 23) You have no clue how to work this. All you can do is stay in the moment and trust that if this is what you want it’s already yours. Keep your thoughts clear and don’t let anyone tell you that this is impossible.

Leo (July 24 – Aug. 23) Needing

to prove yourself is an old story. Removing your parental trips from the equation will help you see this for what it is. Stop trying to outdo what’s perfect to begin with. Virgo (Aug. 24 – Sept. 23) People are manipulating you to the point where you can’t figure out what you want here. Your needs are too important to get lost in others’ attempts to micromanage your life. Shut off their input and listen to your inner voice. Libra (Sept. 24 – Oct. 23) Your love life has taken an interesting turn. What was a problem before is no longer there. Now that things are clear you are free to go deeper into your heart. Learning more about the true nature of love is your job right now. Scorpio (Oct. 24 – Nov. 22) Your money concerns are major. You’re so tied up in the system you’ve gotten trapped in it. This is all the result of thinking more is better. Keep only what you need and sell the rest.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23 – Dec. 21)

There’s so much going on outwardly your personal issues can’t even be addressed. Maybe this is a blessing, but sooner or later you’ll have to deal with the fact that you went too far too fast and wound up forgetting yourself. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 20) A little strategy will save you from having to hammer your point to death. Step back and let others think that this is their choice. Once they see that you aren’t here to force the issue, they will willingly agree to go along.

Aquarius (Jan. 21 – Feb. 19)

Others are confused by what appears to be your need for change. What you wanted a year ago has nothing to do with what you want now. Sharing your true feelings won’t jeopardize your relationship. Pisces (Feb. 20 – March 20) What you’re afraid of losing is causing you to cling to this. The real question is, what are you holding on to? There may be nothing of value here. By settling you could easily close your self off to real fulfillment.

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Outside the Neighborhood Marijuana-wrapped arrow shot at Washington jail

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A man is accused of trying to get marijuana into a Washington state jail by attaching it to an arrow he shot onto the roof. A Whatcom County sheriff’s employee saw the man step out of his pickup truck and use a bow to launch the arrow toward the jail’s second-floor recreation area, but it missed its target. Sheriff Bill Elfo says the man, identified as 36-year-old David Jordan, was arrested for investigation of introducing contraband into the jail, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement. The Bellingham Herald reports Jordan served 20 days in the jail in August for assault and resisting arrest. The sheriff says Jordan told deputies he had been aiming at a squirrel, but he couldn’t explain why he needed to attach marijuana to the arrow to go squirrel hunting.

Conn. police: sneeze leads to accidental shooting

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Police in Connecticut say an 81-year-old man who was lying in wait with a rifle for a pesky raccoon accidentally shot himself after sneezing and falling from a chair. New Haven police say James Pace Sr. shot himself in the shin at his home. The injury wasn’t life-threatening. Pace told authorities that a raccoon had been scratching at his back door for several days and he was waiting for it with a .22-caliber rifle. Police say he sneezed and fell from his chair, then realized he had accidentally shot himself. Pace’s son drove him to YaleNew Haven Hospital. Detectives seized the rifle and are investigating the incident.

Ohio couple married 65 years die 11 hours apart

DAYTON, Ohio — Relatives of an Ohio couple who died at a nursing home 11 hours apart on the same day say their love story’s ending reflects their devotion over 65 years of marriage. The Dayton Daily News reports that Harold and Ruth Knapke died in their shared room Aug. 11, days before their 66th anniversary. Their daughters say they believe their father willed himself to stay with his wife despite failing health until they could take the next step in their journey together. He went first; she followed. They had a joint funeral Mass, with granddaughters carrying Ruth’s casket and grandsons carrying Harold’s casket. The cemetery procession stopped at the farm house where the couple had raised six children. The current owners surprised the family by flying a flag at half-staff.

Men dressed as Batman, Captain America rescue cat

No one was hurt in the fire, including the rescuers – though Buckland says the cat hissed and swatted at him when it regained consciousness.

Ohio man who threatened police holds ‘idiot’ sign

CLEVELAND — A man who threatened officers in Cleveland has made a court-ordered public apology by standing near a police station with a sign describing himself as an idiot. A judge had ordered 58-yearold Richard Dameron to stand outside a local police station with a sign bearing an apology. He began the vigil Monday, Sept. 2, and stood outside for three hours each day for the rest of the week. Dameron was convicted of threatening officers in 911 calls. The Cleveland judge who sentenced Dameron previously made a woman wear an “idiot” sign in public for driving around a school bus.

Cat survives 11-story fall at Alaska apartment

MILTON, West Virginia — Who says superheroes aren’t real? When a West Virginia home caught fire, trapping a kitten inside, it was Batman and Captain America who came to the rescue. John Buckland, dressed as Batman, and Troy Marcum, dressed as Captain America, saw smoke at a house nearby when they were entertaining children as part of their business. They ran to the house along with another bystander, kicked in the door and broke out a window so some smoke could escape. Buckland, a former firefighter, says he crawled into the front room and felt something furry. He grabbed the animal, ran outside and gave it mouthto-mouth resuscitation.

JUNEAU, Alaska — A house cat in Alaska is recuperating after surviving a fall from 11 stories up. The Juneau Empire reports the 2-year-old cat, named Wasabi, was chasing a mosquito in her owners’ apartment in Juneau, about two blocks from the state Capitol. The mosquito escaped out a window and Wasabi went after it. Stephanie Gustafson says her mother watched the female cat fall. The cat landed in a parking lot. Gustafson found Wasabi huddled nearby, bloody and wet from rain. The cat suffered a fractured leg and broke bones in a joint. After an operation, pins and wires are holding her fractured bones together, and she’s sporting a pink cast.

Wasabi is expected to heal in about six weeks.

Texas woman wounded when dog knocks over shotgun

FORT WORTH, Texas — North Texas police are investigating a canine caper that left a dog owner with a shotgun wound. The dog was ambling about its Fort Worth recently when it knocked over a shotgun leaning near the homeowner. The gun discharged when it fell to the ground, striking the 78-year-old woman in the left foot as she watched television. She didn’t immediately seek medical attention and by the next morning her foot had swollen. She then sought treatment at a Fort Worth hospital. Police spokeswoman Sharron Neal tells the Fort Worth StarTelegram that the woman says the dog shouldn’t be blamed. The name and breed of the dog weren’t released. Neal says, “He has the right to remain silent.”

Baby boom: Triplets, then twins for Tulsa couple

TULSA, Okla. — After years of trying to have a child, one Tulsa family is getting more than they bargained for: five babies under the age of 1. Andy and Sarah Justice began the adoption process after years of trying to get pregnant without success. Sarah Justice accompanied the birth mother to an ultrasound appointment, where they learned the

woman was expecting triplets. The Justice family tells Tulsa television station KOTV that they were surprised but welcomed the news. Joel, Hannah and Elizabeth were born on May 18. A week later, Sarah discovered that she was pregnant with twins – a boy and a girl, due in January. The Justice family says they’re excited by the additional bundles of joy but Sarah adds: “God has a great sense of humor.”

Maine town tables ordinance to muffle roosters OAKLAND, Maine — Roosters in the small central Maine town of Oakland are free to crow as loud as they like. The Town Council has tabled a proposal that would have levied fines as high as $100 on the owners of loud roosters. The Morning Sentinel reports that a dozen residents of the town of about 6,200 showed up at the council meeting to oppose the ordinance. Ethan Pullen says some people like to breed chickens to show at agricultural fairs, and to breed chickens, you need a rooster. Town Manager Peter Nielsen said the proposal was sparked mostly by the concerns of one resident, who complained about a neighbor’s four loud roosters. The neighbor has since given three roosters away, which Nielsen says appears to have solved the problem.

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Front Page: For the more than 200 kids playing in the Acreage Tackle Football League, winning is a thing, but it’s far from the only thing....

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Front Page: For the more than 200 kids playing in the Acreage Tackle Football League, winning is a thing, but it’s far from the only thing....