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NEW: Starbucks, medical offices, park project on Wellington agenda

NEW: Starbucks, medical offices, park project on Wellington agenda

Wellington’s village council members have a lot to discuss Tuesday night including Starbucks, medical offices, parks and road work. A closer look at the packed agenda and how it affects you: WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Village Green Center There are two applications for the Village Green Center on the northwest corner of Stribling Way...
NEW: How to register for Race for the Cure this week in Wellington

NEW: How to register for Race for the Cure this week in Wellington

Want to register for this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure but not sure how to do it? The organization will have registration pop-ups throughout the county, including one in Wellington, ahead of the Jan. 27 race. Registration fees start at $10 for children, $35 for untimed participants and $40 for time participants. You also can register online at www.komensouthflorida.org/race. ...
NEW: Minto donates $75,000 to Seminole Ridge home-building program

NEW: Minto donates $75,000 to Seminole Ridge home-building program

Seminole Ridge High School’s Weitz Construction Academy has started building its seventh home for Habitat for Humanity, and the program is getting some help from a new partner. Minto Foundation Inc. – a charitable arm of Minto Communities, the developer behind the new city of Westlake – recently donated $75,000 to the academy and Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County.  Students...
NEW: What you need to know about Art Fest on the Green in Wellington

NEW: What you need to know about Art Fest on the Green in Wellington

The Wellington Art Society’s annual two-day festival returns this month with more of the vendors and demonstrations that have made the event a favorite on the South Florida art festival circuit. The 12th annual Art Fest on the Green will be Jan. 27-28 at the Wellington Amphitheater. With a roster of local and national artists, this year’s even promises to be one of the the best yet, said...
PHOTOS: Hundreds of bikers take part in Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers

PHOTOS: Hundreds of bikers take part in Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers

About 500 bikers packed into the area around Wellington’s Village Hall on Saturday morning before heading out on an 85-mile ride to raise money for Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County. The eighth annual Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers motorcycle ride took participants on a route up Forest Hill Boulevard to Southern Boulevard, out to the Pahokee Marina for a quick break, and then back...
NEW: Officials balk, say Westlake’s plan creates opening for more homes

NEW: Officials balk, say Westlake’s plan creates opening for more homes

A glimpse at the potential of massive growth for the fledgling city of Westlake didn’t look good to a regional planning council Friday. “They’re trying to build Fort Lauderdale in The Acreage, and we absolutely cannot sustain that under any scenario,” said Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay, who is a member of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. Westlake, represented...
NEW: Here’s why hundreds of bikers will be in Wellington this weekend

NEW: Here’s why hundreds of bikers will be in Wellington this weekend

An 85-mile fundraising motorcycle ride will bring hundreds of bikers to Wellington on Saturday morning. The seventh annual Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers ride launches from the area around Village Hall, with “kickstands up” at 10:30 a.m. “This is our major fundraiser for rewards, so we’ve got to do it to the top,” Crime Stoppers board of directors president Anthony...
Loxahatchee Groves residents say ‘no way’ to big development pitched

Loxahatchee Groves residents say ‘no way’ to big development pitched

A developer’s plans for a 94-home neighborhood on 47 acres in Loxahatchee Groves was rejected by the town residents and council during a preliminary presentation Tuesday night. The project known as Loxahatchee Farms West would be at the southeast corner of C and Collecting Canal roads and would have required changes to the town’s development master plan. RELATED: Wawa, Aldi proposed for...
NEW: Palm Beach Polo, Polo West owner takes requests to court

NEW: Palm Beach Polo, Polo West owner takes requests to court

The owner of Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club and Polo West Golf Club in Wellington has asked a court to review the village council’s decision in unanimously denying requests made for changes at the clubs’ golf courses. Businessman Glenn Straub had asked Wellington to allow field and equine sports at Palm Beach Polo, and equine sports at Polo West. An initial application requested...
NEW: Lot of interest in new Wellington Historical Society

NEW: Lot of interest in new Wellington Historical Society

Laurie Cohen works fast. Wellington’s village attorney has taken on a new role in her off hours: president of the fledgling Wellington Historical Society. I wrote about this in November after Mayor Anne Gerwig mentioned at a village council meeting that she had received some documents outlining how to put together a historical society. RELATED COMMENTARY: Wellington needs a historical society...
TO-DO LIST: Comedy in Wellington, South Florida Fair parades

TO-DO LIST: Comedy in Wellington, South Florida Fair parades

Looking for some fun this week? Check out these events. 1. Comedy Night. The popular Comedy Night series returns to The Grille, 12300 South Shore Blvd., Wellington, this Saturday night. Guests can enjoy a three-course dinner before the show for $39 per person, or enjoy just the show for $10 general admission, plus two drinks minimum per person. This month’s comedy lineup includes Kendall &ldquo...
NEW: Wellington event raises $40K for Virgin Islands hurricane relief

NEW: Wellington event raises $40K for Virgin Islands hurricane relief

A fundraiser last week in Wellington brought in some big money for hurricane relief in the British Virgin Islands. The Thursday event was co-hosted by Palm Beach Travel, the British Virgin Islands Tourism Board, Lamborghini and The Moorings. More than 50 guests packed the International Polo Club Palm Beach and raised $40,000 to help recovery efforts. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post&rsquo...
With cash on the line, Wellington Idol registration opens

With cash on the line, Wellington Idol registration opens

Registration is now open for the seventh annual Wellington Idol singing competition, the annual event that draws performers from across the village who sing their hearts out for glory and cash. This year, a $500 grand prize is on the line with three $250 runners-up. There will be three age groups: ages 8 to 12, 13 to 17 and 18 and up. The deadline to register is 6 p.m. Feb. 15. Contestants must be...
Dressage program carries legacy of young equestrian killed in crash

Dressage program carries legacy of young equestrian killed in crash

The legacy of a young man killed in a crash in Wellington in November is being championed by his mother and the village’s equestrian community through anti-drunk driving programs and a new scholarship for young, promising dressage riders. Anne Baber Wallis traveled from her home in Kentucky to announce the Unicorn Scholarship in memory of her son Friday night at the Palm Beach International...
NEW: Wawa, Aldi proposed for spot on Southern Boulevard

NEW: Wawa, Aldi proposed for spot on Southern Boulevard

Loxahatchee Groves residents got their first look at a developer’s preliminary plans to bring a gas station, bank and grocery store to a vacant piece of land on the outskirts of town. The development for the northeast corner of South B Road and Southern Boulevard would include a Wawa, Chase Bank and Aldi. RELATED: Loxahatchee Groves sees new council member as 3 qualify for open seat The land...
NEW: Popular Wellington playground closing temporarily for two days

NEW: Popular Wellington playground closing temporarily for two days

One of Wellington’s most popular playgrounds will close for two days this week as crews perform work.  Scott’s Place Playground, 12190 Forest Hill Blvd., will be closed Wednesday and Thursday as the foundation is poured for a new shade structure that will be installed at the park, the village said in a news release. Weather permitting, the park will reopen Friday, the village said...
NEW: Royal Palm Beach mayor, councilwoman draw challengers in election

NEW: Royal Palm Beach mayor, councilwoman draw challengers in election

One councilman will retain his seat while the mayor and a councilwoman face challengers after qualifying closed Wednesday for the upcoming Royal Palm Beach village council election. Mayor Fred Pinto will face challenger Martha Webster in the March 13 election, in a repeat of the 2016 mayoral election in which Webster lost by nearly 1,400 votes. In the Group 3 race, incumbent Councilwoman Selena Smith...
Missing fisherman: Why did search take so long? Lake O is really big

Missing fisherman: Why did search take so long? Lake O is really big

Just how vast is Lake Okeechobee? Those following the search this week for missing fisherman Nik Kayler, whose body was found Wednesday, might have wondered why the effort to find him was so difficult and took six days. After all, it’s just a lake, not an ocean. Why did it take so long? Lake Okeechobee, Palm Beach County’s avocado-shaped “western coast,” is massive. At 730...
Polo player’s cancer story inspires daylong fundraiser in Wellington

Polo player’s cancer story inspires daylong fundraiser in Wellington

For more than a decade, Wellington resident Brandon Phillips did not want to talk about his cancer. He was cancer-free after overcoming stage four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was 15. As the years went on, Phillips ran from anything that reminded him of his illness — even the image of a bald person on TV. “I was at a polo match and the announcer started talking about my history...
Loxahatchee Groves sees new council member; 3 qualify for open seat

Loxahatchee Groves sees new council member; 3 qualify for open seat

The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council has a new member after qualifying for two open seats closed at noon Tuesday. Joyce Batcheler will occupy Seat 3, currently occupied by Councilman Ryan Liang. Three people qualified for Seat 1, including incumbent Ronald Jarriel and challengers Neil O’Neal III and Phillis Maniglia. The election for that seat will be March 13. Batcheler serves on the town&rsquo...
NEW: Hydrant work prompts boil-water notice for Wellington street

NEW: Hydrant work prompts boil-water notice for Wellington street

Water for Wellington homeowners on Trianon Place in the Versailles neighborhood will be temporarily shut off Wednesday as utilities crews make a hydrant valve repair, the village said Tuesday. The shut-off will happen at 9 a.m. Wednesday for homes from 10424-10481 Trianon Place. A precautionary boil water notice will be in effect for those homes from that time until two consecutive days of testing...
THINGS TO DO: Food trucks and free yoga in Wellington and Royal Palm

THINGS TO DO: Food trucks and free yoga in Wellington and Royal Palm

Looking for some fun this week? Check out these upcoming events. 1. Food Truck Invasion and free concert. Wellington’s popular weekly series continues, with food trucks at the Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., from 5-9:30 p.m. Thursday. This week’s performance is from the Gypsy Lane Band, which hits the stage at 6:30 p.m. Remember to bring your own seating. For more information...
COMMENTARY: Why I loathe these 3 Wellington / Royal Palm intersections

COMMENTARY: Why I loathe these 3 Wellington / Royal Palm intersections

Season is in full swing in Palm Beach County and in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach we can mark its presence with our white-knuckle grips on our steering wheels. Yes, for many of us, season equals traffic and there are a few spots that induce stomach-churning emotions. Here are three intersections I try to avoid: It was like Facebook read my mind: As I prepared this column, someone on Sunday posted...
NEW: Vote was close, but Wellington OKs medical marijuana dispensaries

NEW: Vote was close, but Wellington OKs medical marijuana dispensaries

Wellington has joined Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County as communities that will allow medical marijuana dispensaries. The ordinance passed on a 3-2 vote by Wellington’s council on Monday night — with Mayor Anne Gerwig and Councilman Michael Drahos dissenting — that changes the village’s pharmacy zoning to include medical marijuana dispensaries...
Getting better cell reception in Wellington? Here’s why

Getting better cell reception in Wellington? Here’s why

Feel like your AT&T cellphone has been getting a better signal in Wellington? The carrier added a new cell tower in late December that boosted reception for the northeast parts of the village and areas along Southern Boulevard, near the Costco shopping center.  “We want our customers to have a great experience,” AT&T Florida president Joe York said in a news release. “They&rsquo...
NEW: Wellington to make final decision on medical pot dispensaries

NEW: Wellington to make final decision on medical pot dispensaries

Wellington’s village council on Monday night will hold a second and final hearing on a proposed zoning change that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the village, with restrictions. Because state law requires local governments to treat medical pot dispensaries no differently than pharmacies, the new zoning rules would apply to both pharmacies and dispensaries. RELATED: Why Wellington...
NEW: ‘All we can do is pray’ for missing Lake Okeechobee fisherman

NEW: ‘All we can do is pray’ for missing Lake Okeechobee fisherman

A three-day fishing tournament on Lake Okeechobee ended Thursday after just a day. No one felt like fishing, anyway. They were too busy looking for a brother. Rescuers spent Thursday night and all day Friday in the bitter cold and unforgiving waters of the big lake, searching for champion angler and military veteran Nik Kayler, who fell into the water sometime during the first day of the bass-fishing...
LIST: 7 new things to check out at the 2018 South Florida Fair

LIST: 7 new things to check out at the 2018 South Florida Fair

While the Midway Sky Eye -- North America’s largest portable Ferris wheel -- grabs headlines ahead of its debut at the 2018 South Florida Fair, there are plenty of other new features to check out at the popular event, which runs from Jan. 12-28. Here’s a look at seven new ways you can have fun at the fair: 1. The theme: This year’s theme is “magical parades.” Eight parade...
North America’s biggest mobile Ferris wheel comes to South Florida Fair

North America’s biggest mobile Ferris wheel comes to South Florida Fair

It stands 155 feet tall, weighs more than 400,000 pounds and requires special clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to erect. North America’s largest portable Ferris wheel, called the Midway Sky Eye, makes its debut at the South Florida Fair, which runs Jan. 12-28. The wheel, which was manufactured in the Netherlands and had its inaugural run at last year’s Florida State Fair...
THINGS TO DO: Food trucks, free concerts in Wellington and Royal Palm

THINGS TO DO: Food trucks, free concerts in Wellington and Royal Palm

As winter break winds down -- Palm Beach County schools are back in session starting Monday -- parents may be looking for one last way to get the kids out of the house and have some fun. While a slew of free, family-friendly events are taking place this weekend in Palm Beach County, two in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach offer the popular Food Truck Invasion alongside free concerts from tribute...
NEW: Green markets return this weekend in Wellington, Royal Palm

NEW: Green markets return this weekend in Wellington, Royal Palm

After a holiday hiatus, the popular green markets return this weekend in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach. Vendors sell locally made items, from smoothies, lemonade and kombucha to baked goods and potted plants. And this weekend’s weather should be cool and clear — green green market weather — with highs in the upper 60s on Saturday and mid-70s on Sunday, according to the National...
Wellington Walk and Talk program gives residents chance to learn, vent

Wellington Walk and Talk program gives residents chance to learn, vent

A young mother holds her child as she stands next to her car and speaks with a code enforcement officer. An elderly man stands outside his home speaking with a law enforcement officer. These are scenes you could find during one of Wellington’s Walk and Talk program installments, where village staff and officials join Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies to hoof it through neighborhoods...
Try something different for New Year’s Eve: Take in a polo match

Try something different for New Year’s Eve: Take in a polo match

As 2017 comes to an end, the high-goal polo season is just beginning in Wellington. The final of the annual Herbie Pennell Cup -- named for a polo player who managed the Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club in Wellington -- takes place Sunday at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, 3667 120th Ave. S., Wellington. Gates open at noon with the game beginning at 3 p.m., according to the International...
NEW: Tennis pros plan ‘sports ranch’ on Palm Beach Polo north course

NEW: Tennis pros plan ‘sports ranch’ on Palm Beach Polo north course

Two tennis professionals want to build a world-class sports training facility on the long-defunct north course of Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club. According to a letter sent by their attorney, Wellington-based Craig Galle, to the village’s planning and zoning department, Betsy Nagelsen McCormack and Rodrigo Nascimento and their R+B Tennis Holdings LLC are under contract to purchase about...
Trump, Tiger, clown killer: Top 10 Palm Beach County stories of 2017

Trump, Tiger, clown killer: Top 10 Palm Beach County stories of 2017

Storms were major news in Palm Beach County in 2017, from the glancing blow dealt by Hurricane Irma to the tumult surrounding visits from our most famous part-time resident, President Donald Trump. The county’s top ten stories of the year include an arrest in a sensational 27-year-old murder case and the prison sentence that put an end to the career of one of the most notorious figures in the...
NEW: Popular diner chain plans location in Royal Palm Beach

NEW: Popular diner chain plans location in Royal Palm Beach

A busy Royal Palm Beach shopping plaza is requesting a change that would bring a popular restaurant chain and a new dental office to the area. Southern Palm Crossing — the home of Costco, HomeGoods, Marshalls, Bru’s Room and more — requested a site plan modification to allow the combined-use building on what now is a grassy space just east of the BB&T bank outparcel and west of the...
Driver, 19, in fatal Wellington crash was over blood-alcohol limit

Driver, 19, in fatal Wellington crash was over blood-alcohol limit

The 19-year-old who was behind the wheel in a fatal crash last month in Wellington was over the legal blood-alcohol limit, according to a Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office report. Dana McWilliams of Connecticut was driving her Chevy Camaro south “at a high rate of speed” on South Shore Boulevard about 11:30 p.m., Nov. 25 when she lost control of the car, according to a...
Bounce house therapy: Here’s when new program will start in Wellington

Bounce house therapy: Here’s when new program will start in Wellington

A sensory-therapy program that will be the first of its kind in Florida has set a start date. Therapy Jump launches Jan. 11 at Joey’s Outback Adventures in Wellington. The program uses bounce houses to provide occupational therapy to children ages 2 to 12 who have special needs.  Occupational therapist Miriam Skydell has been in practice in New Jersey for three decades and launched Sensory...
Accused killer clown arrest, Irma damage: Wellington’s top 5 stories of 2017

Accused killer clown arrest, Irma damage: Wellington’s top 5 stories of 2017

1. Accused killer clown arrested: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 27 made an arrest in the 1990 slaying of Marlene Warren at her Aero Club home by a person dressed as a clown. Investigators say the person in the clown costume on May 26, 1990, was Sheila Keen Warren, 54, who was arrested in Virginia and charged with the crime. Marlene Warren’s son and his...
NEW: Two major Wellington parks projects in works with sales tax money

NEW: Two major Wellington parks projects in works with sales tax money

The additional penny Palm Beach County residents have ponied up in sales tax since the beginning of the year could provide Wellington millions of dollars for two major parks projects. The village’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board – which serves as an independent oversight committee to review how Wellington spends its share of the sales surtax approved by voters last year – earlier...
UPDATE: 2 dead in Greenacres crash caught by grocery’s security camera

UPDATE: 2 dead in Greenacres crash caught by grocery’s security camera

Two people were killed in a violent crash that took place in a Greenacres neighborhood early Saturday morning, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said. Security cameras at Family Grocery recorded the crash about 4:30 a.m. at Swain Boulevard and Second Street, showing at least one person being ejected from a vehicle and laying motionless on the ground. » ALSO SATURDAY: Dog...
NEW: Jury rules in favor of Bellissimo in Equestrian Village dispute

NEW: Jury rules in favor of Bellissimo in Equestrian Village dispute

A long-running dispute between two of Wellington’s biggest names marked a milestone recently as a jury found in favor of equestrian mogul Mark Bellissimo in a lawsuit brought against him by the Jacobs family. The jury’s decision was issued Dec. 11 and followed a 10-day trial that saw jurors ferried from the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach to Bellissimo’s contested...
Which road in Royal Palm Beach is getting city’s first speed tables?

Which road in Royal Palm Beach is getting city’s first speed tables?

Residents on a busy street are about to get some much-anticipated relief. Royal Palm Beach’s village council on Thursday night unanimously approved a $65,000 contract with Pompano Beach-based Florida Blacktop Inc. to build speed tables on Sandpiper Avenue — the first set of speed tables in the village. Eleven speed tables and one raised crosswalk will be built along Sandpiper from Royal...
Operation Wild Stallion in Wellington: Fake ID crackdown, education

Operation Wild Stallion in Wellington: Fake ID crackdown, education

Leaders of about a dozen restaurants joined Wellington staff and officials, members of the equestrian community and law enforcement on Thursday to discuss solutions to underage drinking and drinking and driving in the village — and Operation Wild Stallion, a law-enforcement effort to crack down on the behavior. The roundtable was put together in the wake of the Nov. 25 crash that killed 19-year-old...
Jury to decide if Belle Glade man shot two brothers in self defense

Jury to decide if Belle Glade man shot two brothers in self defense

No one — not even Alton Johnson — denies he unloaded 31 rounds into a parked car, killing two brothers police say had menaced Belle Glade for years. The question a Palm Beach County jury must decide when its returns Thursday to resume deliberations is whether Johnson fatally shot Ricardo and Antwon Terrell in self-defense or whether, as prosecutors claim, he ambushed them outside...
NEW: Wellington to address DUI, underage drinking with bar owners

NEW: Wellington to address DUI, underage drinking with bar owners

A tragic incident has spurred a community discussion on drunk driving and underage drinking in Wellington. A roundtable slated for Thursday afternoon at Wellington’s Village Hall will address the issues in the wake of the late-November crashed that killed two young equestrians, 19-year-old Dana McWilliams of Connecticut and 21-year-old Christian Kennedy of Iowa, and critically injured another...
Winter in Florida: Enjoy winter fun with the Florida sun!

Winter in Florida: Enjoy winter fun with the Florida sun!

It's that time of the year again. That time when we brag about our nice Florida weather while the rest of the country freezes.  But for those of you who actually enjoy the white stuff falling from the sky and wrapping up in scarves before leaving the house — ya know, the traditional Christmas vibe  — this list of winter activities, South Florida style, is for you. ...
Season to Share: How your donations are making the holidays brighter

Season to Share: How your donations are making the holidays brighter

Money cannot cure cancer. But, given joyfully with a spirit of generosity and community, it can at least greatly lift a flagging spirit. “To us, it was very amazing,” said Margaret Lennon, describing the feeling of having thousands of dollars literally fall from the sky for her family, thanks to the Clerk and Comptroller’s Office of Palm Beach County and their contribution to...
Why Wellington Amphitheater’s popularity is booming at all-time high

Why Wellington Amphitheater’s popularity is booming at all-time high

Few spots in Wellington are as well-known and well-loved as the village’s amphitheater. The 3,200-square-foot, seven-year-old facility features multiple events per week, from Wellington-hosted activities like the weekly Food Truck Invasion to the recent Craft, Draft and Bites event. Now the village has released a schedule for early 2018 that includes dozens of family-friendly events, with free...
‘A forever fight’: In local town, battle lines are drawn on dirt roads

‘A forever fight’: In local town, battle lines are drawn on dirt roads

Residents of this small, rural town thrive on the serenity and privacy it offers. But after recent controversy over Loxahatchee Groves’ roads, some are drawing a line in the dirt about maintenance — and how to pay for it. Maintaining the roads has been an issue since before the town was incorporated in 2007, but previous dust-ups turned testier in the days after Hurricane Irma whipped...
NEW: This section of Forest Hill in Wellington is getting resurfaced

NEW: This section of Forest Hill in Wellington is getting resurfaced

A section of Forest Hill Boulevard in Wellington is slated for overnight resurfacing work starting this weekend. The road from south of the Dunkin Donuts near Wellington Trace to just south of Essex Drive will be milled and resurfaced starting from 6 p.m. Sunday to 5:30 a.m. Monday, then from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through Friday, said Village Manager Jim Barnes. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post&rsquo...
NEW: Another delay for proposed airstrip community in Wellington

NEW: Another delay for proposed airstrip community in Wellington

Wellington’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustments Board on Wednesday postponed reviewing the master plan of a controversial proposal that would marry the village’s equestrian and aviation lifestyles in one neighborhood.  The postponement was made at the request of the developers behind Flying Cow Ranch, which would bring homes, barns and small planes to a 150-acre property south of the...
COMMENTARY: The importance of showing up on display in Wellington

COMMENTARY: The importance of showing up on display in Wellington

Want to effect change? Show up. That’s the message given by local and state officials at two recent public gatherings. One: A workshop to review potential changes to Southern Boulevard/State Road 80. The other: Monday night’s village council meeting, where hundreds of residents made their voices heard in opposition to proposals they said would threaten their safety, property values and...
NEW: Wellington denies Palm Beach Polo, Polo West golf course changes

NEW: Wellington denies Palm Beach Polo, Polo West golf course changes

In a contentious eight-hour meeting that started on Monday night but ran until nearly 3 a.m. Tuesday, the Wellington Village Council unanimously denied a pair of controversial proposals from developer Glenn Straub. A standing-room only crowd filled council chambers and, numbering in the hundreds, overflowed into the halls and lobby. The majority wore various shades of red in opposition to proposals...
Operation Wild Stallion targets DUIs, underage drinking in Wellington

Operation Wild Stallion targets DUIs, underage drinking in Wellington

Wellington’s winter equestrian season annually brings people, parties and plenty of traffic — a dangerous mixture that the past few years has sparked enough concern for officials to take action against drunk driving and underage drinking. Operation Wild Stallion, a crackdown by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, already is underway. And prominent members of Wellington&rsquo...
PHOTOS: Vanilla Ice, Winterfest kick off holidays in Wellington

PHOTOS: Vanilla Ice, Winterfest kick off holidays in Wellington

If “smiles are contagious,” rapper Vanilla Ice just gave Wellington a case of the grins. The Wellington resident and pop culture icon headlined the village’s eighth annual Winterfest on Friday night, kicking off a string of holiday events taking place in Wellington over the next two weeks, including the Wellington Holiday Parade on Sunday. Winterfest, a partnership between the...
Controversial golf course proposals go to Wellington council today

Controversial golf course proposals go to Wellington council today

Two controversial proposals are expected to draw dozens of residents to today’s village council meeting. The applications for changes at Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club and Polo West by developer Glenn Straub have led to late nights and dozens of public comments as they came first before Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee, then the village’s Planning, Zoning and...
NEW: Fundraiser for survivor of fatal Wellington crash tops $120,000

NEW: Fundraiser for survivor of fatal Wellington crash tops $120,000

An online fundraiser to help cover medical costs for the survivor of a fatal Wellington crash has brought in more than one-fifth its $500,000 goal. The GoFundMe for 24-year-old Elaine O’Halloran has raised $120,202 as of Friday morning. It was created Dec. 5 by David Blake of Pine Hollow Farm in Wellington, where O’Halloran worked as a groom for the farm’s showjumpers.  ...
GL Homes withdraws controversial Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes withdraws controversial Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes has withdrawn its application for a controversial development plan in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, ending — for now — a battle that had already begun to divide the county. GL’s decision came Thursday, one day before the builder was to make a presentation to the county’s Planning Commission, the first step in its bid to win final approval from county...
New apartments under construction off Southern in Royal Palm Beach

New apartments under construction off Southern in Royal Palm Beach

A new neighborhood in Royal Palm Beach now is under construction. The 392-unit Town Southern apartment complex is being built by The Related Group, a Miami-based developer. The company paid $12.5 million for the site in 2016.  Town Southern sits on 29 acres south of Southern Boulevard and west of State Road 7. When completed, it will include 15-three story apartment buildings, a pool, tennis...
34 years and counting: The man behind Wellington’s holiday parade

34 years and counting: The man behind Wellington’s holiday parade

It’s safe to say there might not have been a Wellington Holiday Parade without Dennis Witkowski. The highly anticipated annual event was his brainchild, inspired by the parades of his boyhood in Woodbridge, N.J. When the Palms West Chamber of Commerce — now the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce — formed in 1983 with Witkowski as a founding board member, he took the...
Dr. Melgen lauded, pilloried during sentencing hearing for practices

Dr. Melgen lauded, pilloried during sentencing hearing for practices

Luminaries from Dr. Salomon Melgen’s homeland — including a former Dominican Republic interior minister and the conductor of the island nation’s orchestra — offered glowing accounts of the retinal specialist’s generosity and medical prowess on Tuesday to persuade a federal judge to show mercy when he sentences the physician on 67 charges of health care fraud. The praise...
NEW: World Series pitcher to be special guest in Wellington Holiday Parade

NEW: World Series pitcher to be special guest in Wellington Holiday Parade

Two special guests have been announced for this weekend’s Wellington Holiday Parade. Pitcher Brad Peacock of the World Series-winning Houston Astros and 99-year-old World War II veteran James Zell of Wellington -- who turns 100 on Jan. 20 -- will join Sunday’s parade down Forest Hill Boulevard, said Mary Lou Bedford, CEO of the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.  Peacock...
NEW: Royal Palm Beach to spray for mosquitoes this week

NEW: Royal Palm Beach to spray for mosquitoes this week

Royal Palm Beach residents will get some relief from mosquitoes this week.  Village crews will be out each day from sunset -- about 5:30 p.m. -- to no later than 10 p.m. spraying for the pesky bugs, said village Parks and Recreation Director Lou Recchio. Residents are used to hearing the motor on sprayer truck as it comes down the street, but with a new, quieter truck, village crews will cruise...
NEW: These 25 local charities are in the running for part of $1.5 million

NEW: These 25 local charities are in the running for part of $1.5 million

The Special Olympics, Busch Wildlife and Susan G. Komen South Florida are among two dozen charities that are a step closer to winning part of $1.5 million in the Wellington-based Great Charity Challenge. The 24 Palm Beach County nonprofits were chosen at random Saturday night during the Holiday and Horses Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, according to a news release...
NEW: Want to learn about state plans for Southern Boulevard? Here’s how

NEW: Want to learn about state plans for Southern Boulevard? Here’s how

Residents will get a first up-close look next week at what may be in store for the future of Southern Boulevard. The Florida Department of Transportation will hold two workshops to discuss the results of its State Road 80 Corridor Action Plan, a review of the county’s main east-west thoroughfare stretching from South Bay to West Palm Beach. The workshops — from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the...
‘A humongous blessing’: Loxahatchee students build houses with purpose

‘A humongous blessing’: Loxahatchee students build houses with purpose

It starts in a warehouse-like space at Seminole Ridge High School. It takes shape over a period of months, with young hands bringing it to life. Plywood, drywall, nails and wires come together under the watchful eyes of mentors to create the finished product: A home for Habitat for Humanity, the sixth built by the team of students in the Weitz Construction Academy at Seminole Ridge. RELATEDSchools...
NEW: Details on Royal Palm’s $3.5 million Cultural Center renovation

NEW: Details on Royal Palm’s $3.5 million Cultural Center renovation

A multimillion-dollar renovation is underway to bring new life to Royal Palm Beach’s Cultural Center. The facility, built in 1993, will expand inside and out, with 4,400 more square feet inside for events and a new parking lot. The $3.5 million project is part of Royal Palm Beach’s strategic plan and received the final OK from the village council earlier this year. “That is our largest...
NEW: Son of slain deputy involved in Broward crash that killed cyclist

NEW: Son of slain deputy involved in Broward crash that killed cyclist

The Wellington man who followed his father, slain Broward County sheriff’s deputy Chris Reyka, into law enforcement was the driver in a crash this week that killed a bicyclist, authorities said. Broward deputy Sean Reyka, 30, was named in the incident Tuesday in Pompano Beach that killed bicyclist John Mancini, 60, the Broward Sheriff’s office said. Reyka had joined the Broward department...
NEW: How students stalled efforts to break up Wellington High fight

NEW: How students stalled efforts to break up Wellington High fight

Efforts to break up a fight during lunch at Wellington High School on Friday were hampered by students trying to record the brawl, according to a message sent to parents Friday afternoon. Those trying to use their smartphones to record the incident — which prompted a “modified lockdown” through the end of the school day — “pressed in on adults,” making their job...
NEW: Great Charity Challenge to draw finalists at free event Saturday

NEW: Great Charity Challenge to draw finalists at free event Saturday

Twenty-four Palm Beach County charities will be selected Saturday night to enter the running for part of $1.5 million on the table with the eighth annual Great Charity Challenge. This year’s Charity Drawing -- where the field of 330 local charities that applied will be narrowed to the final two dozen -- takes place during the Holiday and Horses Grand Prix at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Palm Beach...
‘Unsubstantiated threat’ at Wellington High prompts call to parents

‘Unsubstantiated threat’ at Wellington High prompts call to parents

There will be more police patrolling the campus of Wellington High School on Friday after an “unsubstantiated threat” was found at the school Thursday. The message was discovered on a bathroom wall, Principal Mario Crocetti said in an automated call to parents on Thursday afternoon. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news “The threat...
Fatal Wellington crash: Is more lighting needed on South Shore?

Fatal Wellington crash: Is more lighting needed on South Shore?

As 19-year-old Dana McWilliams sped south along South Shore Boulevard in Wellington about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, she passed Mallet Hill, the neighborhood where Bill Gates keeps a home and barn. She and her passengers — 21-year-old Christian Kennedy of Iowa in the front seat and 24-year-old Elaine O’Halloran of Wellington in the back — then passed the old Wellington Boys and Girls Club...
A Snowbird’s guide to dining in Palm Beach County

A Snowbird’s guide to dining in Palm Beach County

You come for the sun, the sea and the right to wear shorts in January, dear Northerner. But no amount of South Florida stone crabs can fix your cravings for the foods of “home,” wherever in the frozen tundra that may be.  This one’s for you: our local picks for tastes of New York, New Jersey, New England, Maryland, Philadelphia and Montreal. Keep scrolling for some shoutouts...
NEW: When will Wellington, Royal Palm light their Christmas trees?

NEW: When will Wellington, Royal Palm light their Christmas trees?

It’s a hallmark of the holiday season: the annual lighting of a community Christmas tree.  In Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, the ceremonies take place as part of larger, family-friendly events.  Here’s what you need to know about each. Where: Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach Event: The Christmas tree lighting in Royal Palm Beach...
NEW: Chain with Palm Beach County movie theaters could be sold

NEW: Chain with Palm Beach County movie theaters could be sold

A national movie theater chain with two locations in Palm Beach County could be sold to a London-based company. Regal Entertainment revealed in a statement Tuesday that it is in talks to be purchased by Cineworld Group.  If the deal goes through, Regal would sell for $23 a share to Cineworld, valuing the Tennessee-based theater owner at $3.6 billion, the Los Angeles Times reported. Regal has...
NEW: Holiday season kicks off in Royal Palm Beach with Winter Fest

NEW: Holiday season kicks off in Royal Palm Beach with Winter Fest

Royal Palm Beach’s annual winter festival returns this weekend, kicking off a busy holiday season packed with events in the western communities. This year, the village has added several new features to Winter Fest — including a holiday movie night Friday at the Sporting Center at Commons Park. “The Polar Express” begins at 7 p.m. near the splash pad. That is in addition to...
New shade, lighting coming to popular Wellington playground

New shade, lighting coming to popular Wellington playground

One of Wellington’s most popular playgrounds is slated for two changes that could make a big difference for parents.  A new light and an additional shade structure are coming to Scott’s Place, the playground next to the Wellington Amphitheater, 12190 Forest Hill Blvd.  The shade structure will be placed over the monkey bars-style piece of playground equipment next to the...
Will fatal crash spur changes in Wellington’s equestrian community?

Will fatal crash spur changes in Wellington’s equestrian community?

When Ilse Schwarz heard the news, she was devastated. Her young protege, 21-year-old Christian Kennedy, had been killed in a single-car crash just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday along South Shore Boulevard in Wellington. In a spot near where the 2013 Chevy Camaro driven by 19-year-old Dana McWilliams of Connecticut — who also was killed in the wreck — came to rest, flowers, stuffed animals...
NEW: Annual holiday toy drive kicks off in Wellington

NEW: Annual holiday toy drive kicks off in Wellington

Wellington has launched its 9th annual Hometown Holiday Toy Drive, in partnership with the Wellington Interfaith Council, the Christopher Aguirre Foundation, the Mall at Wellington Green, the Wellington Holiday Run, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Now through Dec. 19, residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys at these Wellington locations: Village...
Young equestrians killed in Wellington crash: ‘It’s a sad way to start’

Young equestrians killed in Wellington crash: ‘It’s a sad way to start’

A crash in Wellington that killed two young equestrians Saturday night marked a tragic beginning for the village’s equestrian season. Dana McWilliams, 19, who recently moved to Wellington from Connecticut, and Christian Kennedy, 21, of Iowa, were killed when McWilliams lost control of her 2013 Chevy Camaro just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday while driving “at a high rate of speed” along...
Dining on a budget: The best meals for two under for $40

Dining on a budget: The best meals for two under for $40

So you and your significant other, or you and bestie, are looking for some place to eat. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, your requirements are simple: good, but cheap. And that’s not just because the holiday shopping season is in full effect. This kind of leaves you with a short list, considering the most talked about (and delicious) restaurants in town can break your...
NEW: Boil-water order lifted for two Wellington neighborhoods

NEW: Boil-water order lifted for two Wellington neighborhoods

It’s a happy Thanksgiving for residents of two Wellington neighborhoods, after a boil-water order was lifted this morning following a water main break earlier this week. The Wellington’s Edge and Polo Lakes communities have been under the order since Monday afternoon, when Wellington Public Works crews first found the water main break along westbound Forest Hill Boulevard near the Mall...
Wellington water main break repaired, boil-water order still in effect

Wellington water main break repaired, boil-water order still in effect

A water main that burst Monday afternoon near the Mall at Wellington Green has been repaired, but two neighborhoods remain under a boil-water order. Two westbound lanes of Forest Hill Boulevard were closed through Tuesday morning as Wellington Public Works crews worked through the night to repair the pipe and then repave the road, said Village Manager Paul Schofield. The westbound lanes of Forest...
NEW: Royal Palm Beach to tear down aging Harvin Center

NEW: Royal Palm Beach to tear down aging Harvin Center

When the Royal Palm Beach Colony sales building opened in 1969, it offered prospective residents the opportunity to be part of a burgeoning new village, paving the way for future families. That building, now the Kevin M. Harvin Center, is slated for demolition next year after the Royal Palm Beach village council voted unanimously at its Nov. 16 meeting to tear it down in the face of mounting maintenance...
How playing flag football in The Acreage can help American Cancer Society

How playing flag football in The Acreage can help American Cancer Society

Signup is underway for teams to participate in Flags for the Cure, a flag-football fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. The tournament, now in its 11th year, takes place Jan. 3-7 at The Acreage Community Park, 6701 140th Ave. N. Divisions include women and men 30 and over and open, and girls and boys ages 18 and under, 13 and under, and 10 and under.  The cost is $48 per player...
COMMENTARY: Wellington needs a historical society; can you help?

COMMENTARY: Wellington needs a historical society; can you help?

If you blinked, you might have missed it toward the end of the most recent Wellington council meeting: Mayor Anne Gerwig mentioned she had received some documents on how to create a historical society for the village. She turned to Village Attorney Laurie Cohen. “And I’m looking at Ms. Cohen, and she knows why,” Gerwig said, smiling. Cohen then declared it would be her New Year&rsquo...
McKinlay, Bernard advance as mayor, vice mayor in Palm Beach County

McKinlay, Bernard advance as mayor, vice mayor in Palm Beach County

Melissa McKinlay has been elected by her fellow Palm Beach County commissioners to the largely ceremonial post of county mayor during an organizational meeting Tuesday morning. Commissioners then selected Commissioner Mack Bernard to serve as vice mayor, positioning him to succeed McKinlay. Paulette Burdick is the out-going county mayor. Colleagues had once blocked her move from vice...
NEW: Wellington food drive feeds more than 200 families for Thanksgiving

NEW: Wellington food drive feeds more than 200 families for Thanksgiving

More than 200 families will have Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Wellington and its residents.  The annual Hometown Holiday Food Drive -- a partnership between the village and the Wellington Interfaith Council -- will feed families ranging in size from two to 12 people, Wellington said in a news release.  Each of the more than 200 bags included a gift card to purchase a ham or turkey...
NEW: Water main break snarls traffic, prompts boil-water orders in Wellington

NEW: Water main break snarls traffic, prompts boil-water orders in Wellington

A water main break near the Mall at Wellington Green caused some traffic tie-ups Monday afternoon and led to boil-water orders for two neighborhoods.  Two lanes of westbound Forest Hill Boulevard were closed as Wellington Public Works crews worked to repair the break near the road’s intersection with Olive Drive. At one point, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies blocked...
New frozen yogurt shop with familiar name coming to Wellington

New frozen yogurt shop with familiar name coming to Wellington

Wellington is getting another frozen yogurt and ice cream shop -- and this one comes with a hint of familiarity. Brendy’s Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream will open within the next month in the Wellington Marketplace at the corner of Greenview Shores Boulevard and Wellington Trace. The shop previously was in the Towne Square at Wellington Plaza at South Shore and Forest Hill boulevards. Co-owner Seikh...
NEW: $18M clubhouse renovation coming to Wellington-area country club

NEW: $18M clubhouse renovation coming to Wellington-area country club

The clubhouse at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club in suburban Wellington is getting a multi-million dollar face-lift after the club’s members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the changes — a trendy, but expensive, makeover at clubs throughout Palm Beach County. The $18.1 million plan will add a new restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, and outdoor pool pavilion to the clubhouse. The massive building&rsquo...
When the Rolling Stones played and partied in north Palm Beach County

When the Rolling Stones played and partied in north Palm Beach County

Dressed in a glammy cape, long red scarf and Uncle Sam hat, Mick Jagger surveyed the concert crowd. This couldn’t be what he was expecting. Two days before, he had been fronting a packed show at Madison Square Garden. Now, only a few thousand people were standing around this rural Palm Beach County race track. It was 4 in the morning. Pitch black. And really cold — temperatures...
Touring photo booth puts a face on DACA repeal

Touring photo booth puts a face on DACA repeal

On Sunday, a day after anti-Trump protesters swarmed the streets of downtown, the Inside Out Project set up its photo booth truck on Flagler Shore for an art exhibit on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  If you walk down Flagler Drive, you’ll see dozens of black-and-white pictures on the road. They’re the portraits of “dreamers”...
Taking a leap in Wellington: Bounce house sensory therapy for kids

Taking a leap in Wellington: Bounce house sensory therapy for kids

A new form of occupational therapy with a fun twist for children is coming to Wellington. Therapy Jump, a New Jersey-based practice with locations along the east coast, uses bounce houses to provide occupational therapy to children ages 2-12 with special needs, while giving them the opportunity to develop emotional and social skills, said Miriam Skydell, the program’s founder. RELATED: Identifying...
Royal Palm mayor makes first statement to public since his arrest

Royal Palm mayor makes first statement to public since his arrest

At the first village council meeting since he was arrested on domestic battery charges Monday, Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto apologized to his fellow council members and residents for the incident. “My sincerest apologies for causing any embarrassment or concerns,” Pinto said. He noted that he and his wife “are fully reconciled together and moving forward together.” READ...
NEW: Why Wellington delayed controversial airstrip project to January

NEW: Why Wellington delayed controversial airstrip project to January

Wellington’s council will wait another two months before discussing a controversial project that would bring homes, stalls and an airstrip to an area of Flying Cow Road, south of the Wellington Environmental Preserve. The village council was slated to review three requests related to the Flying Cow Ranch project at its Tuesday night meeting, but postponed hearing the applications after the developer...
NEW: With nothing on agenda, Wellington cancels next council meeting

NEW: With nothing on agenda, Wellington cancels next council meeting

Wellington’s village council has canceled its next regularly scheduled meeting. Village Manager Paul Schofield made the recommendation to the council Tuesday night, saying with nothing scheduled for the Nov. 28 meeting he sees no reason to have it. The council next will meet on Monday, Dec. 11. That meeting was moved up from Tuesday, Dec. 12 because the original date conflicted with the beginning...
Have you seen this artist’s big ‘toys’ all over Palm Beach Gardens?

Have you seen this artist’s big ‘toys’ all over Palm Beach Gardens?

Mark Fuller was at Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens one day when he struck up a conversation with a stranger. “The person said, ‘What do you do?’ “I said, ‘I do public art.’ “‘Where?’” the stranger asked. “‘That one right there,’” Fuller said, pointing to his giant sculpture of a record player turntable at the...
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