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Wellington Amphitheater to host concert, movie

Wellington Amphitheater to host concert, movie

A concert and a movie highlight Thursday and Friday night at the Wellington Amphitheater. A Jimi Hendrix tribute band will take the stage Thursday at 6:30 p.

Six county schools combine to raise about $200k in Dance Marathons

Three western community high schools led the way on Dance Marathon fundraising in Palm Beach County. Wellington High School was thee top school by far, raising $82,444.17 for the Children’s Miracle Network. The school currently has the fifth largest total nationwide. The money will go toward pediatric cancer research, new medical equipment and activities for children enduring long hospital stays...
Is crime up or down in Wellington? Latest PBSO report has the details

Is crime up or down in Wellington? Latest PBSO report has the details

Crime in Wellington is a sore subject for some. The village is branded as a “Great Hometown” that is a safe place to live for families. It’s also an equestrian wonderland in the winter. But some have been starting to question that safety because of recent crimes like two homicides, a sober home raid and a large uptick in burglaries from vehicles. I’ll get emails...
Polo players raise $275,000 for Wellington Boys and Girls Club

Polo players raise $275,000 for Wellington Boys and Girls Club

Some of the biggest names in polo came together this month to raise money for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington. The 4th annual ‘Great Futures Celebrity Polo Charity Cup & Brunch’ raised $275,000 on March 12 and featured players such as Nacho Figueras, Nic Roldan, John Walsh, Brandon Phillips and Martin Pepa. Busloads of Club children were taken to Grand Champions...
NEW: Former Miami-Dade cop accused of firing gun at Acreage neighbors

NEW: Former Miami-Dade cop accused of firing gun at Acreage neighbors

A former Miami-Dade County police officer remains in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly fired several gunshots Thursday at neighbors in The Acreage, according to an arrest report. Michael Patrick Gallagher, 55, is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held without bond. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail The alleged victims were...
Wellington Idol champions crownded after competition

Wellington Idol champions crownded after competition

Wellington Idol concluded earlier this month with four girls winning cash prizes. Chelsea Hellman was the grand prize winner, taking home $500.
Alleged Belle Glade gang member accused of stalking PBSO sergeant

Alleged Belle Glade gang member accused of stalking PBSO sergeant

A Belle Glade woman documented in Palm Beach County as a gang member remains behind bars and is accused of repeatedly calling and threatening to kill a sergeant with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, according to an arrest report. Ieshia V. Day, 18, is facing two counts of obscene communication and one count of stalking. She is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $25,000...
Heroin crisis in Wellington? Mayor refuses to sign letter to Scott

Heroin crisis in Wellington? Mayor refuses to sign letter to Scott

Mayor Anne Gerwig refused to sign a letter backed by the rest of the village council to ask the governor to declare a health emergency over heroin overdose deaths. While acknowledging the problem sweeping the county and nation, Gerwig drew the line at Wellington, saying the letter may give the wrong impression about overdoses in the village of 60,000. READ: The Palm Beach’s Post’s special...
Swank’s ‘Farm Market’ Brunch returns this weekend

Swank’s ‘Farm Market’ Brunch returns this weekend

Swank Farm’s  series of “Farm Market”  brunches continues Sunday with U-pick strawberries and live music, all in Loxahatchee Groves’ rural setting.   And like some of the more popular brunches, it will be a casual affair. In this one, however, you purchase a ticket for the dish of your choice.  Brunch ticket prices range from the following: Free...
Despite 10-vote margin, no recount in Royal Palm; Swift ousted

Despite 10-vote margin, no recount in Royal Palm; Swift ousted

The Palm Beach County Elections Office has counted the provisional ballots and it looks like no recount will be necessary in David Swift-Richard Valuntas Village Council race in Royal Palm Beach. After the counting of all votes, including provisional ballots, was completed early Wednesday morning, the two were separated by just 10 votes, but Valuntas won by 0.62 percent. An automatic recount is necessary...
Seth Adams’ parents to keep up fight; PBSO calls mistrial ‘unfortunate’

Seth Adams’ parents to keep up fight; PBSO calls mistrial ‘unfortunate’

Before collapsing tearfully into the arms of a friend who was waiting outside a federal courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, Lydia Adams did a slight fist pump. While a jury, after nearly 14 hours of deliberation during three days, couldn’t agree about whether Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer used excessive force in May 2012 when he fatally shot her 24-year-old son, Seth...
NEW: Boynton nurses accused of stealing pain meds from ailing patients

NEW: Boynton nurses accused of stealing pain meds from ailing patients

Two nurses at a nursing home in Boynton Beach have been arrested after they allegedly stole drugs intended for ailing elderly patients and swapped them with Tylenol tablets, according to arrest reports. The thefts left multiple patients at Hamlin Place of Boynton Beach in pain after they did not receive their proper medications, the reports said. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County...
Heroin: Wellington urges Gov. Rick Scott to declare a Public Health Emergency

Heroin: Wellington urges Gov. Rick Scott to declare a Public Health Emergency

Wellington recently joined the list of municipalities and counties to ask Gov. Rick Scott to declare a Public Health Emergency to aid in the fight against opioids, saying the deaths are comparable to AIDS in the 1990s.
Relay for Life mega event at Fairgrounds draws huge numbers, donations

Relay for Life mega event at Fairgrounds draws huge numbers, donations

When the Relay for Life organizers in the western communities needed to combine the four individual events into one big blowout at the South Florida Fairgrounds, they didn’t know what to expect. But after about 1,000 attendees showed up Saturday and raised more than $115,000, they knew the decision paid off. Instead of spending money on separate events in West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm...
Could battle over road extension cost Ibis homeowners millions?

Could battle over road extension cost Ibis homeowners millions?

West Palm Beach’s efforts to prevent an extension of State Road 7 near the Ibis Golf & Country Club could cost Ibis’ 1,800 homeowners more than $40 million in pollution clean-up costs, and possibly lead to costs for other communities that feed storm water into Grassy Waters Preserve. That’s an estimate by officials of the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District, a water management...
Village could be getting a second hotel near Mall at Wellington Green

Village could be getting a second hotel near Mall at Wellington Green

Wellington may be getting another hotel. And no, it’s not in the existing equestrian preserve. Not yet, anyway. The Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board unanimously approved the idea for a five-story, 125-room hotel near the Mall at Wellington Green, which the village’s staff said could help fill the need for more rooms, especially during the Winter Equestrian Festival. It still must...
Acreage mom has a product she says will fix pesky mosquito bites

Acreage mom has a product she says will fix pesky mosquito bites

When Kelley Higney moved to Palm Beach County from San Diego, her family had to deal with something that had never really been a concern before: Mosquitoes. While the southwest was dryer and cooler, Higney said it seemed like the pesky buzzing insects were everywhere in tropical Florida, especially in the Acreage where they live now. She said her daughter Leah was always getting bitten. Higney was...
JUST IN: Woman accused of stealing nearly $14,000 from Lake Worth bar

JUST IN: Woman accused of stealing nearly $14,000 from Lake Worth bar

A Royal Palm Beach woman is accused of stealing nearly $14,000 from a downtown Lake Worth bar where she worked as a server, according to an arrest report. Stefanie Alfano, 31, is facing a charge of grand theft and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday after posting a $5,000 bond. See who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail A second woman, whose name is blacked out...
NEW: Wellington teen charged with pistol-whipping man during robbery

NEW: Wellington teen charged with pistol-whipping man during robbery

An 18-year-old Wellington man remained in jail Friday morning after his arrest this week for allegedly pistol-whipping a man during a robbery. Authorities say David Blackwood and three other suspects used BB guns to rob a 20-year-old man the night of March 2. The robbery occurred west of the city in the Plantation Mobile Home Park south of Okeechobee Boulevard, the Palm Beach County Sheriff&rsquo...
Wellington Idol finals highlight weekend at Amphitheater

Wellington Idol finals highlight weekend at Amphitheater

It’s going to be a busy week at the Wellington Amphitheater. The action starts Thursday with a Food Truck Invasion and a performance by the Mason Pace Band at 6:30 p.
Sheriff’s expert: Seth Adams likely in ‘excited’ phase of inebriation

Sheriff’s expert: Seth Adams likely in ‘excited’ phase of inebriation

By the time of Seth Adams’ fatal encounter with Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer, the beer he drank at a bar earlier likely had him in the “excited” phase of inebriation, according to a sheriff’s office hired expert. Forensic psychologist Teri Stockham took the stand Tuesday during what was the first full day of defense testimony in the multi-million-dollar...
Growth and traffic key issues in two Royal Palm Village Council races

Growth and traffic key issues in two Royal Palm Village Council races

The four candidates vying for two Village Council seats in Royal Palm Beach are all concerned with one main, common thing: growth. With growth comes increased traffic, and the western communities are growing at a rapid rate — ramped up by new municipality Westlake to the north and the budding 2,000-home community Arden to the west. RELATED: Complete coverage of Palm Beach County municipal elections...
Combined Relay for Life to hit South Florida Fairgrounds

Combined Relay for Life to hit South Florida Fairgrounds

The annual Relay For Life will hit the South Florida Fairgrounds this weekend and it will be bigger than ever. This year organizers have combined individual events from Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee Groves, Acreage and West Palm Beach to create one big relay to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event will take place from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The gates will open at 2 p...

A year removed from a divisive election, where is Wellington now?

Sit back, relax and take a deep breath, Wellington. You get to sit this one out. As the majority of municipalities around the county are gearing up for the next municipal election, Wellington is one of the few that don’t have anyone or anything on the ballot this year. And that’s probably for the best. Just about one year ago, the village was thrown into one of the most political and certainly...
Largest mobile pet adoption event began near Wellington

Largest mobile pet adoption event began near Wellington

Right at the border of Wellington, the world’s largest mobile pet adoption event began its trek around the country. North Shore Animal League America’s 2017 Tour For Life began Saturday at Jake’s Pet Supply, 4115 State Road 7, with Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig and Vice Mayor John McGovern on hand for a ribbon cutting. The event lasted five hours and 15 animals were adopted. North...
JUST IN: Man allegedly raped girl, 13, in church during funeral

JUST IN: Man allegedly raped girl, 13, in church during funeral

A Pahokee man is facing charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl while she was attending a funeral at a church, according to an arrest report. Andre Brown, 26, is being held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail and is facing one count of sexual assault on a victim between 12 and 18 years old. Who’s been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail The alleged rape took place April 30, 2016,...
Seth Adams’ mom in tears on stand before PBSO begins its defense

Seth Adams’ mom in tears on stand before PBSO begins its defense

As head of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes division, it was Captain Michael Wallace’s job in 2012 to talk to family members of people harmed or killed in officer-involved shootings. In May of that year, Wallace told a federal jury Monday, it was left to him to call Lydia Adams and offer, on behalf of the agency, condolences over Sgt. Michael Custer’s fatal shooting...
In arguing its case against road, did West Palm put itself in a bind?

In arguing its case against road, did West Palm put itself in a bind?

West Palm Beach has spent more than $2 million to fight extending State Road 7 beside Grassy Waters, a remnant of the Everglades that provides the city’s drinking water. Road runoff and spills would pollute the pristine preserve, the city has argued in fighting the road permit issued by the South Florida Water Management District. But the district says West Palm’s rationale for opposing...
Largest mobile pet adoption event to begin near Wellington

Largest mobile pet adoption event to begin near Wellington

The world’s largest mobile pet adoption event is making a stop near Wellington this weekend.
As Mayor Ferreri era ends, he throws support to novice facing rival

As Mayor Ferreri era ends, he throws support to novice facing rival

The year is 1988. President Ronald Reagan is in his final days in office. Gas sells for 91 cents per gallon. Singer George Michael gave us all “Faith.” And Sam Ferreri is appointed mayor of Greenacres. Ferreri was deputy mayor when Mayor Jim Quigley stepped down to run for a seat on the Palm Beach County Commission. Ferreri was then elected in March 1989 and has held the position ever...
Two events hightlight weekend at Wellington Amphitheater

Two events hightlight weekend at Wellington Amphitheater

The events at the Wellington Amphitheater will start Thursday night with a Food Truck Invasion and a concert.
Grieving parents of Seth Adams testify in trial against PBSO

Grieving parents of Seth Adams testify in trial against PBSO

At times struggling to maintain his composure, the father of Seth Adams on Thursday told a federal jury about the horror of learning his 24-year-old son had been shot and killed by Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer and the indignities he, his wife and their surviving son suffered as they tried to deal with their grief. Richard Adams also told the jury — that is deciding the...
Concessions help Winding Trails equestrian plan pass in Wellington

Concessions help Winding Trails equestrian plan pass in Wellington

After months of discussion and several marathon meetings, the Winding Trails equestrian development project was approved Tuesday night. Ward Real Estate is planning to build nine large-lot equestrian estates including barns with owners apartments and groom’s quarters on the defunct Wanderers Executive Course in Wellington. Similar to previous meetings, dozens of residents came to Village Hall...
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation to give $20k in scholarships

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation to give $20k in scholarships

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation will be handing out $20,000 worth of scholarships to 10 local, college-bound students at a luncheon Sunday at the International Polo Club. Each of the students were nominated by a PBSO deputy, and all 10 will receive a $2,000 scholarship to help pay for their freshman year of college. The luncheon starts at 12:30 The scholarship program for the foundation...
Seth Adams on phone: ‘I’m not kidding. I’ve been shot by a cop’

Seth Adams on phone: ‘I’m not kidding. I’ve been shot by a cop’

David Adams was on the computer and his wife, Raina, was watching TV at their rural Loxahatchee Groves home in May 2012 when shots rang out. “Pop, pop, pop, pop,” Raina Adams said Wednesday of the sounds that interrupted the quiet just before midnight. Seconds later, her phone rang. It was her brother-in-law, Seth, breathlessly telling her he’d been shot. Thinking he was kidding...
Winding Trails development project gets final approval in Wellington

Winding Trails development project gets final approval in Wellington

After months of discussion and several marathon meetings, the Winding Trails equestrian development project got its final approval Tuesday night at the Wellington Village Council meeting.
Palm Beach State holds grand opening for Loxahatchee Groves campus

Palm Beach State holds grand opening for Loxahatchee Groves campus

The fifth Palm Beach State College Campus has been a long time coming. A really long time. What’s now the Dennis P. Gallon campus in Loxahatchee Groves was first approved in 2005, and school officials have been working to make it happen ever since. Gallon, a former president of Palm Beach State, retired in 2015 after 18 years on the job, passing the baton to new president Ava Parker. She secured...
Commentary: So where does Wellington stand on medical marijuana?

Commentary: So where does Wellington stand on medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana debates are heating up in Wellington and across the state. I wrote a story about the Village Council discussing how to regulate it. When that story went up on the Post on Wellington Facebook page, negative comments started. “How ‘bout we insist that our Village pass legislation keeping these dispensaries OUT of Wellington completely?” one person asked. ” ...
PBSO: Trucker traded $300,000 in vitamins for cash in Belle Glade

PBSO: Trucker traded $300,000 in vitamins for cash in Belle Glade

A Miami-Dade truck driver allegedly swapped a load of vitamins worth $300,000 in Belle Glade for a promised $10,000 payment, according to an arrest report. Jose Manuel Hernandez-Riandes, 54, is facing a charge of grand larceny of $100,000 or more and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. » Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News Hernandez-Riandes...
Wellington High School has raised $40k for Children’s Miracle Network

Wellington High School has raised $40k for Children’s Miracle Network

After Wellington High Schools’s most recent fundraiser, its total raised for the annual Dance Marathon is creeping closer to a $50,000 goal. The students collected about $750 at the event Saturday and raised more awareness about the March 10 Dance Marathon, which is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. They’ve now raised more than $40,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. The fundraiser...
Palm Beach State College to open Loxahatchee Groves Campus

Palm Beach State College to open Loxahatchee Groves Campus

Palm Beach State College is ready to welcome its newest campus into the family.  The $30 million Dr.
Wellington High School to host Dance Marathon fundraiser

Wellington High School to host Dance Marathon fundraiser

Wellington High School will be dedicated to raising money for the kids on Saturday. Student Government is hosting even event called “FTKarnival (For the Kids)” Saturday from 2 p.
Royal Palm Beach speeders beware: New plan expected to slow drivers

Royal Palm Beach speeders beware: New plan expected to slow drivers

People living along Sandpiper Avenue in Royal Palm Beach seen speeding cars for years. The speed limit is just 25 miles per hour on the narrow road with single story houses lining it just off of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, but locals say most drivers ignore the signs. Mike Gershberg saw a driver exceeding 50 miles per hour lose control and smash into two of his parked vehicles, he told the Royal Palm...
Wellington to host Mardi Paws in the Park

Wellington to host Mardi Paws in the Park

Wellington is hosting its take on the popular New Orleans Mardi Gras Saturday, which will be combined with four-legged friends. The second annual Mardi Paws in the Park will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wellington Dog Park on Greenbriar Boulevard. There will be a costume contest for the dogs and games for both canines and children. All proceeds from the event will go to the Shepherd Help...
Royal Palm Beach to hold West Fest this weekend

Royal Palm Beach to hold West Fest this weekend

Royal Palm Beach will be bustling with western themed activities at its annual West Fest. Commons Park will be home to the festivities, which will include concerts, carnival rides, crafts, vendors and more throughout the whole weekend. It kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. There is parking on site but people are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool. Check out the event’s website for a full schedule ...
Man who killed Glades Central football player found murdered

Man who killed Glades Central football player found murdered

A man convicted of robbing and shooting a Belle Glade football player in August 2000 was found murdered in Mangonia Park early Friday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Gilbert Stokes, 39, was found shot to death inside a car in an industrial park in the 4700 block of Australian Avenue, just north of 45th Street. Deputies responded to the scene about 1:30 a.m. See who&rsquo...
After airspace violation Aero Club Board urges residents to keep quiet

After airspace violation Aero Club Board urges residents to keep quiet

Just hours after a Palm Beach Post reporter started calling Aero Club residents about a connection to one of the 12 aircraft that violated airspace President Donald Trump’s recent stay in Palm Beach, the board of directors sent out a memo trying to silence the residents of the Wellington community. And that’s not sitting so well with one homeowner. “They are violating our rights...
Another polo injury: Argentinian player treated, released

Another polo injury: Argentinian player treated, released

Four days after 17-year-old polo player Donovan Stratemann died in a polo accident in Wellington, another young polo player was airlifted to the hospital after a fall on the Patagones polo fields Monday. Argentinian Mateo Tarlowski was treated at the hospital and released after he was held overnight into Tuesday, multiple sources confirmed to The Post. Tarlowski was in Wellington with family friend...
UPDATE: Man who killed Glades Central football player found murdered

UPDATE: Man who killed Glades Central football player found murdered

A man convicted of robbing and shooting a Belle Glade football player in August 2000 was found murdered in Mangonia Park early Friday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Gilbert Stokes, 39, was found shot to death inside a car in an industrial park in the 4700 block of Australian Avenue, just north of 45th Street. Deputies responded to the scene about 1:30 a.m. See who&rsquo...
Medical examiner raises questions about Seth Adams shooting

Medical examiner raises questions about Seth Adams shooting

If Seth Adams was fatally shot as he spun out of the cab of his pickup truck, as Palm Beach County Sgt. Michael Custer claims, his blood would have been found in and near the open door, a medical examiner told a federal jury on Thursday. “Boom, boom, boom, boom,” attorney Stephan LeClainche said repeating Custer’s description of how fast he fired, claiming he feared Adams, 24, had...
Cell phones loom large in trial of Seth Adams shooting by PBSO deputy

Cell phones loom large in trial of Seth Adams shooting by PBSO deputy

When Seth Adams called his brother and sister-in-law in May 2012 to tell them he’d been shot by a cop, they hung up on him, thinking he was playing a joke. The 24-year-old called back and they ran outside to find him clinging to life after being shot by Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer in the parking lot of One Stop Garden Shop in Loxahatchee Groves, where the three family...
Bellissimo submits minor revisions to equestrian hotel proposal

Bellissimo submits minor revisions to equestrian hotel proposal

Developer Mark Bellissimo has submitted revisions his plan for a new equestrian zoning district that would allow him to build hotels in what is now the equestrian preserve.

Last call for Winding Trails: Council could take final vote next week

If the last Wellington Village Council meeting on the Winding Trails project is any indication, next week’s final discussion is going to be a long one. This five-person board will make its biggest decision Tuesday — one that will leave a lot of people unhappy no matter what it decides. READ: Commentary: Winding Trails brings out passion in Wellington residents If the council votes to allow...
NEW: Teen accused of stealing Lexus from Wellington driveway

NEW: Teen accused of stealing Lexus from Wellington driveway

A Wellington man remains in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly stole a Lexus from a home in Wellington Shores, according to an arrest report. Branden Mayfield, 19, is facing charges of burglary on an occupied dwelling, larceny between $20,000 and $100,000, dealing in stolen property, criminal mischief and petit theft and is being held in lieu of $36,000 bail. See who’s been booked...
Lead detective in Seth Adams shooting grilled on witness stand

Lead detective in Seth Adams shooting grilled on witness stand

The lead detective in the May 2012 shooting death of Seth Adams by Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer didn’t know how many bullets had been taken out of the 24-year-old’s body, wasn’t clear about what injuries Adams suffered and admitted he didn’t read a report from a blood-spatter expert the sheriff hired to plumb Custer’s claims. When asked Tuesday...
Wellington, Royal Palm Beach talk medical marijuana limits

Wellington, Royal Palm Beach talk medical marijuana limits

Wellington is kicking around ideas for medical marijuana regulations after the statewide amendment legalizing the substance passed in November, and it only needs to look as far as its neighbors to the north to find an example of how that might look. Royal Palm Beach passed an ordinance this month that establishes where medical marijuana dispensaries can and can’t go in the village and other...
Wellington’s Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival concludes this weekend

Wellington’s Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival concludes this weekend

Wellington’s Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival will be concluding this weekend with three shows at the amphitheater and good eats.
Detective saw no hostility between Seth Adams and deputy who shot him

Detective saw no hostility between Seth Adams and deputy who shot him

A simple mental lapse put a Palm Beach County sheriff’s detective in a position to raise questions about whether his former supervisor, Sgt. Michael Custer, accurately described events leading up to the May 2012 shooting death of Seth Adams in Loxahatchee Groves. Called to testify by attorneys representing Adams’ parents in a multi-million-dollar wrongful death lawsuit against Custer and...
Gladiator Polo’s a hit in Wellington — six more matches are scheduled

Gladiator Polo’s a hit in Wellington — six more matches are scheduled

Last month’s inaugural Gladiator Polo match had thousands of attendees and apparently organizers are riding the momentum. They’ve added six more games, secured more than 45 sponsors and created four teams that will be competing for $250,000 in prize money. READ: ‘Gladiator Polo’ debuts in Wellington in front of packed crowd The title sponsor of the first season is the U.S....
Five-acre sunflower field is in full bloom in Loxahatchee Groves

Five-acre sunflower field is in full bloom in Loxahatchee Groves

Raj Sinha has been growing sunflowers in New Jersey for about 10 years, but it has always been a dream to plant a field in his winter home of Loxahatchee Groves. It went better than expected. Sinha and his family have cut out a maze in his 5-acre sunflower field at 1300 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves and most of the bright yellow flowers are blooming. His maze in New Jersey is a popular spot. Its ...
NEW: ‘Stay out of Loxahatchee:’ Wellington teen attacked by masked trio

NEW: ‘Stay out of Loxahatchee:’ Wellington teen attacked by masked trio

Three teenagers are accused of beating and robbing another teen this month in Loxahatchee Groves, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s records show. Nicholas Wildeman — the only one of the trio older than 18 — was arrested Feb. 4 on armed robbery and aggravated assault charges. The Wellington teen whom the three are accused of robbing recognized Wildeman by the scar under his left eye, records...
Emotions high as trial opens against PBSO in Seth Adams’ death

Emotions high as trial opens against PBSO in Seth Adams’ death

On the night Seth Adams was shot dead by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer, he had gone to Boonies Restaurant & Lounge in Loxahatchee Groves, which was hosting a beer pong tournament to raise money for the family of a young man who had been killed in a motorcycle accident. Eliminated in the first round of the drinking game, the 24-year-old left around 11:30 p.m. after wishing the...
Testimony set to begin Tuesday in PBSO deputy’s shooting of Seth Adams

Testimony set to begin Tuesday in PBSO deputy’s shooting of Seth Adams

Nearly five years after Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer shot 24-year-old Seth Adams dead in a dark parking lot in Loxahatchee Groves, a federal jury on Tuesday will hear the veteran officer describe why he believed he had no choice but to fire his weapon. With jury selection nearly completed on Monday, attorneys representing parents Richard and Lydia Adams and those defending...
Sweetheart Concert: Royal Palm Community Band to perform on V-Day

Sweetheart Concert: Royal Palm Community Band to perform on V-Day

If you don’t already have Valentine’s Day plans, Royal Palm Beach has you covered. The Royal Palm Beach Community Band will be performing an indoor show Tuesday at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. The Valentine’s Day show, dubbed the Sweetheart Concert, will start at 7 p.m., and it will feature vocalist and Broadway performer Neva Rae Powers in addition to the band.  
Bellissimo expands 2017 Gladiator Polo schedule

Bellissimo expands 2017 Gladiator Polo schedule

The first Gladiator Polo event at Equestrian Village in Wellington was so successful that Mark Bellissimo has expanded the 2017 season to have six more games.
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to host Everglades Day event

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to host Everglades Day event

If you’re thinking about launching your boat Saturday from the Lee Road Headquarters area of the Arthur R.Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, you’re out of luck. But the refuge has you covered if you’re looking for a family event. It’ll host the event in honor of Everglades Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music, presentations, guided walks and activities for...
New, luxury Wellington movie theater holds grand opening at mall

New, luxury Wellington movie theater holds grand opening at mall

The days of questionably-comfortable movie theater seats with the choice of just soda, popcorn and candy are over — at least at the new Paragon 10 in Wellington. The new, luxury theater at the Mall at Wellington Green is holding a grand opening ceremony this weekend, and officially cut the ribbon Thursday night. Adult evening tickets go for $11.50, and the theater will have a promotion every...

Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival to hit Wellington Amphitheater

The Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival starts this week at the Wellington Amphitheater with three concerts from Thursday to Saturday.
“Bizarre and unusual” judge says of PBSO claims in Seth Adams’ death

“Bizarre and unusual” judge says of PBSO claims in Seth Adams’ death

When Lydia Adams rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center nearly five years ago after learning her son, Seth, had been shot by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, she didn’t know he was dead. Seeing his bare, blood-covered body on a gurney, she ran to him. Instantly, she says, she was grabbed by a sheriff’s crime scene investigator and thrown to the floor. “Get away. He&rsquo...
Paragon Wellington 10 theater to hold grand opening

Paragon Wellington 10 theater to hold grand opening

The long-awaited Paragon Wellington 10 theater at the Mall at Wellington Green will be having a grand opening this weekend. The weekend will include showings of the “Lego Batman Movie” Saturday and Sunday and a fundraiser for the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club. The first 100 children in line on Saturday and Sunday will get a free Batman mask. The showings for both days will begin...
Wellington girl, 10, who can’t walk or speak, getting ‘magic’ wheelchair

Wellington girl, 10, who can’t walk or speak, getting ‘magic’ wheelchair

Born with a developmental disorder, 10-year-old Emma Pietrafesa relies on a scooter to move around and a feeding tube to eat. And she can’t speak, so Emma can’t talk to her mom about her father’s recent death. Paul Pietrafesa, 48, died from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 23, 11 years to the day he started his full-time career with the Coral Springs Fire Department. “She knows he&rsquo...
Local charities give back to the people of Wellington

Local charities give back to the people of Wellington

Wellington can sometimes become bogged down in political minutia, but even some of its most controversial figures can agree on at least one thing. Giving back to the community should be a priority. The spirit of giving has been evident recently, especially as the Great Charity Challenge passed the $10 million milestone in the last eight years, including giving $1.5 million to more than 30 local charity...
Deeridge Farms hosts Wellington leg of show jumping World Cup

Deeridge Farms hosts Wellington leg of show jumping World Cup

Deeridge Farms, the 300-acre Wellington home of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, was buzzing this weekend with some of the best riders in the world. The site hosted the latest stop of the FEI World Cup called the Palm Beach Masters. Egypt’s Nayel Nasser won the event on the final day of the competition Sunday with his horse Lordan. “Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than this...

Grit, glamour, gallops: Wellington’s got it all

From dusty horse trails to glamorous guests, there’s only one place: Wellington. Local families know it for its quality public schools and parks. Around the globe, Wellington is considered the “Winter Equestrian Capital of the World.” Today, it’s half the size of West Palm Beach and larger than Palm Beach Gardens or Jupiter — but it wasn’t too long ago when people...
Deeridge Farms hosts Palm Beach Masters equestrian event

Deeridge Farms hosts Palm Beach Masters equestrian event

The finals of Palm Beach Masters, the latest stop of the FEI World Cup, will be taking place at Deeridge Farms in Wellington Sunday.
Why Royal Palm could be Palm Beach County’s new craft beer hot spot

Why Royal Palm could be Palm Beach County’s new craft beer hot spot

Craft beer and microbreweries have been exploding in popularity the past few years, and Royal Palm Beach could become the next hot spot for enjoying a cold one. The village’s council unanimously passed an ordinance Thursday night that paves the way for breweries, brewpubs, microbreweries and tap rooms. “This is something that we’re doing as a council that will hopefully help the...
Great Charity Challenge set for Saturday night

Great Charity Challenge set for Saturday night

The Great Charity Challenge will be surpassing the $10 million mark in money raised for local nonprofits after they 2017 event on Saturday.
$34,500 grant brought laptops to Wellington High Fine Arts students

$34,500 grant brought laptops to Wellington High Fine Arts students

The Wellington High School students in Isidro Pentzke’s introduction to photography class don’t have to huddle around a couple of computers to work on their Photoshop projects. Each student has a laptop thanks to a grant from the Jacobs Family Foundation. The $34,500 to the Fine Arts program was part of more than $240,000 the foundation donated in its last grant cycle. Now that the students...
Royal Palm Beach to host weekend Kids Yard Sale

Royal Palm Beach to host weekend Kids Yard Sale

Royal Palm Beach is hosting its 10th annual Kids Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 4 at Veterans Park. The event is a chance for parents to clean out their kids’ rooms and buy and sell items like infants goods, clothing, toys and kids athletic gear. A Kids Fun Zone will be on-site with a bounce house and face painting. For more information call the Cultural Center at 561-790-5149...

Equestrian play to raise money for charity

Tickets are on sale for a one-night showing of the equestrian play “Althea,” and all proceeds will go toward the Equestrian Aid Foundation.
For $75, Wellington’s mayor will bake AND deliver a cake to residents

For $75, Wellington’s mayor will bake AND deliver a cake to residents

Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig will likely be a little extra busy heading into the Relay for Life of Western Palm Beach County on March 11. No, she doesn’t have extra council meetings or typical mayoresque duties to perform. She’s not going to be meeting with Wellington bigwigs, either. Gerwig is going to be putting on her baking clothes and spending some time with eggs, flour and sugar...
JustWorld Gala raises 430k for children in impoverished countries

JustWorld Gala raises 430k for children in impoverished countries

The 14th annual JustWorld Gala in Wellington was a rousing success this year, raising more than $430,000 earlier this month to fund its programs that help 6,500 children.
Expensive riding simulators a hit at Wellington Gladiator Polo event

Expensive riding simulators a hit at Wellington Gladiator Polo event

Mark Bellissimo’s plan to make more people interested in equestrian sports starts with getting them to ride. Ultimately, he wants to start a robust riding academy in Wellington that will have opportunities for young people to seniors to ride a real horse without having to own one. Until then, maybe they can start with a convincing simulator. Equestrian Sport Productions debuted two expensive...
BREAKING: Sheriff’s Office investigating murder-suicide

BREAKING: Sheriff’s Office investigating murder-suicide

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what deputies believe is a murder-suicide Monday evening. Just before 6 p.m., sheriff’s office dispatch got a call from a man saying to send help to a home on the 6200 block of Adriatic Way, just east of Jog Road and south of Belvedere Road near Greenacres, then hung up. At the scene, deputies found a dead woman in the home....
Loxahatchee man escapes $50,000 legal bill but still can’t see son

Loxahatchee man escapes $50,000 legal bill but still can’t see son

To the relief of a Loxahatchee man who is fighting for the right to help raise his biological son, he and his attorney won’t have to pay the nearly $50,000 his former girlfriend racked up in legal bills successfully battling his efforts. In an order on Monday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Karen Miller said the lawsuit filed by attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman to help Christopher Farrell...
PBSO veteran dies after long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease

PBSO veteran dies after long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease

Cpl. John Anderson, a veteran of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, died Jan. 19 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Anderson, a Wellington resident, worked at PBSO for nearly 26 years serving in various capacities including trainer, K9 handler and a member of the department’s SWAT unit. Anderson, 53, is survived by his wife, Linda, and their 11-year-old daughter...
Wellington man said he torched cars because he was drunk, PBSO says

Wellington man said he torched cars because he was drunk, PBSO says

A Wellington man accused of setting fire to vehicles of three people he knows admitted to the crimes, saying he was drunk and sorry, according to an arrest report. Robert Phillipe Bianchi is facing three counts of arson and is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $45,000 bail. » Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News Bianchi, 33, told Palm Beach County Sheriff&rsquo...
Photos-Opening night of Gladiator Polo in Wellington

Photos-Opening night of Gladiator Polo in Wellington

‘Gladiator Polo’ debuts in Wellington in front of packed crowd

‘Gladiator Polo’ debuts in Wellington in front of packed crowd

This wasn’t your father’s polo match. The Gladiator Polo event at Equestrian Village Thursday night was faster, more hard-hitting and more like a hockey game than a Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club. Players were announced with the lights dimmed and music, there was a live band and the more than two thousand in attendance seemed into the action. Ruth Shadwick, of Wellington...
10 cool things to do in this weekend's cool weather

10 cool things to do in this weekend's cool weather

As if we don’t have it easy in Florida already, Mother Nature is cutting us another cool weather break this “winter.” The next couple of days, the temperatures won’t even make it into the 80s.    So naturally, here are 10 cool ways to enjoy the all day and all night cool in Palm Beach County this weekend. Let’s prioritize by date.    Every few...
Wellington Council selects lead negotiator on attorney contract

Wellington Council selects lead negotiator on attorney contract

In a village known for its marathon meetings, Wellington’s Village Council wrapped up in just about an hour Tuesday night.
Wellington Amphitheater to host craft show, concert

Wellington Amphitheater to host craft show, concert

The ArtFest on the Green and 11th annual Juried Fine Art and Fine Craft Show will be taking over the Wellington Amphitheater all weekend.
Gladiators, chariots, horses: Faster polo format debuts in Wellington

Gladiators, chariots, horses: Faster polo format debuts in Wellington

Can the sport of kings become more accessible to the general population if it becomes the sport of… gladiators? That is the goal of a new format of polo called Gladiator Polo at Equestrian Village Thursday night. The game will feature top polo players in a faster, more palatable format, according to Mark Bellissimo, who owns the venue. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the polo starts at 7. It&rsquo...
Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge to burn 3,000 acres

Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge to burn 3,000 acres

If you see smoke tomorrow morning, you probably don’t have to worry. The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge will be lighting a prescribed fire of up to 3,000 acres Wednesday at 10:30 a.
Thieves are lurking in Wellington — January car burglary numbers soaring

Thieves are lurking in Wellington — January car burglary numbers soaring

Winter in Wellington brings equestrian season and beautiful weather, but there is at least one negative consequence — there are more targets for the village’s biggest crime of opportunity. There has been an uptick in burglaries from vehicles in Wellington since the beginning of the year. The village had 29 burglaries from vehicles in the first week of the month and 16 in the second week...
Wellington Idol taking applications for annual competition

Wellington Idol taking applications for annual competition

People of all ages are warming up their voices in Wellington because it’s time again for thee sign-ups for the sixth annual Wellington Idol. The signing competition — a play off the popular “American Idol” — will have three age divisions, 8 to 12; 13 to 17; and 18 and up. The live performances will start on March 3 and the finals will take place on March 10. The competition...
UPDATE: Outages jump to 2,762 FPL customers

UPDATE: Outages jump to 2,762 FPL customers

UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. As a breezy day continues, 2,762 FPL customers are without power. Palm Beach County is under a wind advisory until 7 p.m. Winds are 20 to 25 mph with frequest gusts to around 35 mph, the National Weather Service said. UPDATE: Noon. The number of FPL customers without power in Palm Beach County has dropped to 930. UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. More than 1,900 FPL customers are without power...
READ: Full text of Bellissmo’s Equestrian Commercial District plan

READ: Full text of Bellissmo’s Equestrian Commercial District plan

Mark Bellissimo’s attempt to create an equestrian commercial district that would allow him to build hotels in the now-equestrian preserve is still in the planning stages, but residents can read all about it on the Wellington website.
Panther Run Elementary School names new principal

Panther Run Elementary School names new principal

Panther Run Elementary School has chosen a former teacher and current administrator as its new principal, the district announced.
Holocaust seminar gives local teachers more depth, detail of history

Holocaust seminar gives local teachers more depth, detail of history

Florida high schools are required to teach the history of the Holocaust, but memorizing dates, terms and key events isn’t enough for Wellington Community High School. For the past four years, the school has offered two semester-long courses, delving into people on both sides and teaching the psychology behind the horrific events. Tawny Anderson and Marie-Amalie Farris, who teach the classes...
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