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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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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&rsquo...

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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&rsquo...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...
PHOTOS: Workers begin assembling massive Ferris wheel at fair
 Workers at the South Florida Fair on Monday began assembling the Midway Sky Eye, the largest portable observation wheel in North America. Once completed, it will tower 155 feet above the midway and stand twice as tall as the previous large Ferris wheel featured at the fair. It’s so tall that it required special clearance from the Federal...

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Workers at the South Florida Fair on Monday began assembling the Midway Sky Eye, the largest portable observation wheel in North America. Once completed, it will tower 155 feet above the midway and stand twice as tall as the previous large Ferris wheel featured at the fair. It’s so tall that it required special clearance from the Federal...
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...

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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...
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&rsquo...

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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&rsquo...
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...

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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...
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