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Wellington water plant lauded; $16 million in work to begin this year

Wellington water plant lauded; $16 million in work to begin this year

Wellington’s water treatment plant has received a prestigious state award, as village officials gear up for a multimillion-dollar project to replace an aging part of the facility. At a conference last week, the American Water Works Association’s Florida Section named the plant on Wellington Trace the Most Improved Water Treatment Plant in the state for last year. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign...
Green markets guide: Find the best one near you in Palm Beach County

Green markets guide: Find the best one near you in Palm Beach County

What’s not to love about green market season? The markets provide fresh produce from area farms, artisanal goods, local plants, baked goods, gourmet foods and much more. Plus it’s a great time to just get outside and enjoy South Florida’s fall season.  Here’s info on some of our favorites around the county. Opens: Oct. 7, 2017 through April 21, 2018Hours: 9 a.m. to...
Wellington adds equestrian camps to summer camp lineup

Wellington adds equestrian camps to summer camp lineup

Registration is open for Wellington’s summer camp programs, and the village this year is expanding its offerings with new equestrian camps. Wellington is working with Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center to offer the camps, which are for children of “all abilities,” the village said in a news release. Ages 12 to 16 can take part in the unmounted Leadership Camp, and ages 8 to 16...
NEW: Wellington’s free events draw hundreds to Lake Wellington

NEW: Wellington’s free events draw hundreds to Lake Wellington

When Wellington launched its Lakeside Family Fun series earlier this year, Michelle Garvey was given a daunting task: Draw residents to a recreational feature they may not know exists. The events were designed to bring attention to Lake Wellington, a mile-and-a-half long lake that runs from South Shore Boulevard at the south to Wellington Trace in the north, with Big Blue Trace to the west and Forest...
Free concerts, Earth and Arbor days events this weekend in Wellington

Free concerts, Earth and Arbor days events this weekend in Wellington

Tallahassee update: Two state lawmakers will provide a legislative update during Royal Palm Beach’s village council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Village Meeting Hall, 1050A Royal Palm Beach Blvd. State Sen. Bobby Powell and state Rep. Matt Willhite will give the council the latest information from Tallahassee. For more information, go to www.royalpalmbeach.com. Get jazzy: This week&rsquo...
Wellington asks court to hold Straub in contempt as soccer continues

Wellington asks court to hold Straub in contempt as soccer continues

The village has asked a judge to punish a developer for holding soccer games in violation of a court order that said the games need to stop. Last week, Judge David French ruled that Sunday soccer games on a field just south of Forest Hill Boulevard at Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club violate Wellington’s code and must stop, at least temporarily. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post&rsquo...
LATEST: Wellington tears down house filled with toxic mold

LATEST: Wellington tears down house filled with toxic mold

Where once there was a multifamily home riddled with mold, by Saturday evening there were piles of rubble. A contractor hired by Wellington began Friday to demolish a property the village had determined was unsafe after inspectors found high levels of mold, including Stachybotrys, better known as toxic black mold. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news...
NEW: PBSO arrests 12 during Greenacres-area prostitution sting

NEW: PBSO arrests 12 during Greenacres-area prostitution sting

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 12 people in four hours Friday night during a prostitution operation in the Greenacres-Palm Springs area. The 12 people were booked into the county jail between 7:15 p.m. and 11:23 p.m. Friday, jail records show.  Ten were charged with a first offense of soliciting prostitution. Two of the 10 also were charged with possession of cocaine...
Habitat for Humanity dedicates home built by local students

Habitat for Humanity dedicates home built by local students

Emily Luna waited years for the moment she experienced Friday morning. The newest resident of suburban West Palm Beach got the keys to her home on Miss Piney Road from Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, the culmination of years of effort by Luna and her daughter, 18-year-old Pryzinda. But their home is different from most other Habitat for Humanity homes built in Palm Beach County —...
New natural and organic grocer coming to Wellington

New natural and organic grocer coming to Wellington

Those looking for healthy grocery options in the western communities will have a new place to shop once Sprouts Farmers Market opens in Wellington. The company is planning a new location at State Road 7 and Oak Hammock Way in the Shoppes at Isla Verde in Wellington, Sprouts said in a news release. The plaza is home to large retailers including Best Buy, Old Navy and Ulta.  No details are available...
NEW: What’s in store for Flavors of Wellington Food and Wine Festival

NEW: What’s in store for Flavors of Wellington Food and Wine Festival

With a hearty stock of exhibitors and a celebrity chair with a history of culinary success, the 15th annual Flavors of Wellington Food and Wine Festival arrives this week. The foodie affair, one of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s signature events, is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The chamber has only 1,000 tickets for the event priced at $35...
LATEST: Wellington could demolish house with toxic mold by next week

LATEST: Wellington could demolish house with toxic mold by next week

A multi-family home riddled with toxic mold in Wellington could be demolished as early as next week after the owner and the bank that holds the title missed a village-imposed deadline on the plans to correct the issue. The property’s fate has been in question since February, when inspectors found mold lurking under sinks and in bedrooms in the 1990s-era building that four families called...
Wellington wrestler honored by council for history-making championship

Wellington wrestler honored by council for history-making championship

When Wellington High School junior Hosanna Kropp defeated her final opponent on Feb. 4, she didn’t just win the Girls State Wrestling Championship. She also made history. Kropp, 17, became Palm Beach County’s second athlete and the first from her school to win the title. She was honored by Wellington’s village council Tuesday night for her achievements, which include wrestling...
Wellington village council appoints new vice mayor

Wellington village council appoints new vice mayor

Wellington has a new vice mayor. The council voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s meeting to appoint Councilman Michael Drahos to the position. Drahos was elected to the council in March 2016. Before that, he served from 2010-2016 on Wellington’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board. For two years before that he was on Wellington’s Education Committee. Drahos, an attorney, also...
NEW: After a week, missing Loxahatchee pup is found in bizarre place

NEW: After a week, missing Loxahatchee pup is found in bizarre place

When Elvis, a Loxahatchee dachshund-chihuahua mix, went missing for a few hours, his owners thought for sure he’d return. After all, he occasionally broke out of Claudia Campbell’s 5-acre farm in the gated Deer Run neighborhood in Loxahatchee near Lion Country Safari, but always returned in a few hours panting and thirsty. But last week Elvis left the building — and didn’t...
Read Royal Palm Beach’s resolution urging Congress to act on gun control

Read Royal Palm Beach’s resolution urging Congress to act on gun control

The Royal Palm Beach village council at its meeting last week approved a resolution calling on Congress to “enact common sense gun control measures” in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.  Officials throughout Florida have taken a tougher stance on gun control since the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 people dead. But they’ve...
Lakeside fun, giant yard sale this weekend in Wellington, Royal Palm

Lakeside fun, giant yard sale this weekend in Wellington, Royal Palm

1. Celebrate the 1980s: This week’s installment of Wellington’s food trucks and free concert series features the popular ’80s tribute band On the Roxx at the Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. Food trucks will be on-site from 5-9:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Remember to bring your own seating. For more information, go to www.wellingtonfl.gov. WELLINGTON...
Where you can find free yoga with goats this weekend in Wellington

Where you can find free yoga with goats this weekend in Wellington

Nothing says “namaste” like the gentle bleating of a small goat -- as it hops on your back.  Yoga with goats has increased in popularity over the past few years and business is booming at Downward Goat, whose home is Krazy Hearts Farm in Loxahatchee. Downward Goat will bring its unique style of relaxation to Wellington’s Lakeside Family Fun Day on Saturday with three free...
This new, upscale restaurant just opened in Wellington

This new, upscale restaurant just opened in Wellington

A much-anticipated restaurant has opened its doors in Wellington. This is the second location for Fort Lauderdale-based Kaluz, which serves cuisine described as American upscale. The restaurant opened Friday and will be open for walk-ins for the first few days. Reservations can be made through www.opentable.com beginning June 1. Kaluz was built on the site of the former Buca di Beppo Italian...
Lox Groves officials to send Scott letter on alleged 2015 voter fraud

Lox Groves officials to send Scott letter on alleged 2015 voter fraud

In a largely ceremonial move, the Loxahatchee Groves council last week approved sending a letter to Gov. Rick Scott requesting a special prosecutor to look into alleged voter fraud in the town’s 2015 election. By a unanimous vote, the council approved the request from former candidate Keith Harris, who lost the race for Seat 3 by nine votes to former councilman Ryan Liang, whose term ended last...
Arden farm begins to take shape as ‘agrihood’ hires directors

Arden farm begins to take shape as ‘agrihood’ hires directors

Brenda and Bob Helman had a certain lifestyle in mind when looking for a home in which to retire. The couple hoped to move from Cooper City to a place that would be healthy, active and centrally located. They found those things in Arden, a community rising just west of Lion Country Safari on Southern Boulevard in Loxahatchee. “It’s like going back in time,” Brenda Helman said. The...
Royal Palm Beach calls for ‘common sense’ gun control after Parkland

Royal Palm Beach calls for ‘common sense’ gun control after Parkland

Royal Palm Beach’s village council is the latest governing body in Palm Beach County to pass a resolution calling for lawmakers to enact stricter gun measures in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland. At its Thursday night meeting, the council unanimously approved the resolution. The village joins other municipalities that previously passed resolutions including West Palm Beach...
NEW: Crews clean up 24,000-gallon sewage spill in front of Arden

NEW: Crews clean up 24,000-gallon sewage spill in front of Arden

County crews this week completed cleanup of a large sewage spill west of Lion Country Safari on Southern Boulevard. The spill totaled 24,000 gallons and started the morning of March 26 when a wastewater line broke on the northeast corner of Arden Lake Way and Southern near the entrance to the new Arden neighborhood. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington...
NEW: Wellington asks court to stop Palm Beach Polo soccer games

NEW: Wellington asks court to stop Palm Beach Polo soccer games

Wellington has asked a court to halt weekly soccer games on a field at the north end of Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club — more than a month after the village revoked a permit allowing the activity. When a Wellington code enforcement officer and Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies visited the field as games were happening Feb. 18, they found food and beverages, including alcohol...
New high-goal polo league in Wellington to start in 2019

New high-goal polo league in Wellington to start in 2019

What is one to do when you’re one of the top polo players in the world, but the largest governing body of the sport in the United States decides to cap games at 22 goals — when you easily could make 26? Start your own league, of course. The World Polo League launches next year in Wellington to “fill the void” left behind after the U.S. Polo Association announced in September...
NEW: How to watch ‘Coco’ for free this week in Royal Palm Beach

NEW: How to watch ‘Coco’ for free this week in Royal Palm Beach

1. Watch a hit movie, for free: The latest installment of Royal Palm Beach’s “Double the Fun: Movie Night and Gourmet Truck Expo” features Disney/Pixar’s hit film “Coco,” which begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Commons Park, 11600 Royal Poinciana Blvd. More than 15 food trucks will be on-site from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. For more information, go to www.royalpalmbeach...
NEW: Wycliffe residents raise $12,000 for Marjory Stoneman Douglas

NEW: Wycliffe residents raise $12,000 for Marjory Stoneman Douglas

A groundswell of support helped a pair of grandmothers raise more than $12,000 for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland as its students, faculty and staff continue to recover following a mass shooting that left 17 people dead. Sharon Plonsker and Lynne Van Praag live in Wycliffe County Club, just east of Wellington’s border. The idea for a fundraiser came to them over lunch one day...
Huge 5K at Okeeheelee Park to raise money for Children’s Home Society

Huge 5K at Okeeheelee Park to raise money for Children’s Home Society

Hundreds of athletes will be up before the sun Saturday to support a local organization that helps thousands of children every year. They will run — or walk — in the 15th annual Heroes 5K to benefit the Children’s Home Society of Palm Beach County at Okeeheelee Park just east of Wellington. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The...
NEW: Science of cloning champion polo ponies coming to Wellington

NEW: Science of cloning champion polo ponies coming to Wellington

Say you have a one-of-a-kind polo pony. A talented mare, you don’t want to breed her too soon and lose valuable competition time. But wait too long and you could miss the window for successful breeding. Wellington veterinarians are using technology to solve this and other reproductive dilemmas — with an eye on cloning. From a new, state-of-the-art reproductive center, Palm Beach Equine...
Acreage tortoise with 3-D printed shell to be featured on Nat Geo Wild

Acreage tortoise with 3-D printed shell to be featured on Nat Geo Wild

An injured tortoise whose story of recovery has captivated a social media community is recovering with the continued help of a 3-D printed shell, and soon will be featured on an episode of a popular TV series. “George the Mighty,” as he is known to his more than 500 followers on Facebook, is a 4-year-old sulcata tortoise belonging to Dr. Lenard Hughes of The Acreage. George&rsquo...
Who can build the best robot? Palm Beach County students battle it out

Who can build the best robot? Palm Beach County students battle it out

A competition in West Palm Beach offers high school students a unique opportunity: Build a functional robot in six weeks. Royal Palm Beach High School’s Amped Up team is in its second year taking part in the tournament and has high hopes with a vision that its mechanical person will scoop up blocks and successfully hoist itself up. Their creation — outfitted with flywheels, gears, mechanical...
Safety in Wellington schools: When will more officers arrive?

Safety in Wellington schools: When will more officers arrive?

More school police officers and more safety measures are on the way, but the process will take time, officials told a joint meeting of Wellington’s Education and Public Safety committees Wednesday night. The meeting was planned before the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 dead. Committee members originally planned to tackle safety on more of a logistical...
Wellington honors recently retired, longtime educator Mario Crocetti

Wellington honors recently retired, longtime educator Mario Crocetti

Wellington’s village council on Tuesday night honored a longtime educator in the village who recently retired after 10 years at the helm of Wellington High School. Mario Crocetti began his career in 1983, teaching math and science at Crestwood Middle School in Royal Palm Beach. He became assistant principal there in 1986 before transferring to become assistant principal of Royal Pines School...
Trump visit would halt Wellington church’s Easter egg drop plan

Trump visit would halt Wellington church’s Easter egg drop plan

A Wellington church hopes President Donald Trump’s expected Easter visit does not force a change for this weekend’s planned helicopter Easter egg drops. NewSound Church on Wellington Trace has two helicopter egg drops lined up, one for Saturday afternoon and one for Sunday morning. All 500 free tickets for the events have been doled out, said church spokesman David Terrell. But...
Residents weigh in on Wellington issue — future of Equestrian Preserve

Residents weigh in on Wellington issue — future of Equestrian Preserve

Wellington’s seven-member Equestrian Preserve Committee has spent the past two years working on its long-range vision and Monday night received its first feedback from the community. The Equestrian Preserve Area is a sprawling section of Wellington that encompasses the areas where most equestrian activities take place. Development there is limited by village code and many of the homes and farms...
NEW: Watch ‘Greatest Showman,’ hunt for eggs this weekend in Wellington

NEW: Watch ‘Greatest Showman,’ hunt for eggs this weekend in Wellington

1. Food trucks and a free concert. Wellington’s weekly series continues, with food trucks at the Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. This week’s performance is from Foreigner tribute band 4NR2, which hits the stage at 6:30 p.m. Remember to bring your own seating. For more information, go to www.wellingtonfl.gov. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for...
Moment in the spotlight: See winners of this year’s Wellington Idol

Moment in the spotlight: See winners of this year’s Wellington Idol

Wellington youngster Carly Cantor sang her way to the top in this year’s Wellington Idol competition. Rain couldn’t wash out Carly’s performance, which earned her the $500 grand prize at the March 10 Wellington Idol finale. RELATED: Wellington singer goes from local ‘Idol’ to ‘The Voice’ WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for...
Dueling manure haulers cause stink over where to dump Wellington waste

Dueling manure haulers cause stink over where to dump Wellington waste

Allegations of improper manure hauling from Wellington into Loxahatchee Groves have led one business to shutter a manure-transfer site and officials to deal with a perennial concern in the western communities — the specter of illegal manure dumping. And what could be a case of he-said, he-said has boiled over into an issue between the municipalities and a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office...
Ride for Our Lives: Wellington equestrians rally behind Parkland movement

Ride for Our Lives: Wellington equestrians rally behind Parkland movement

As millions of people throughout the world take part in the March for Our Lives and so-called sibling marches calling for gun control and better security in schools, Wellington’s equestrian community is leading an effort to have a different version of the event: Ride for Our Lives. The March for Our Lives was founded by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland after a 19-year-old...
Bacon & Bourbon Fest in Wellington: Parking, hours and more to know

Bacon & Bourbon Fest in Wellington: Parking, hours and more to know

The Bacon & Bourbon Fest is this weekend in Wellington, bringing a foodie festival atmosphere to three days at Wellington’s Amphitheater and Community Center.  The event previously was held in 2016 at Old School Square in Delray Beach, but moved last year after that city changed its special events policy to require organizers to foot the total cost of city services instead of the 40...
Mystery stench prompts Wellington to launch investigation

Mystery stench prompts Wellington to launch investigation

A mysterious smell plaguing the western communities on and off for several weeks has now reached a level of concern and intrigue that a small team of Wellington staff members has been instructed to suss out its source. It’s the latest effort by local and county officials to determine the cause of the stench, which has prompted an outcry on social media and calls for answers. But those answers...
Why is the Royal Palm Beach library parking lot closed?

Why is the Royal Palm Beach library parking lot closed?

Thanks to some wayward tree roots, the parking lot at the Palm Beach County Library System’s Royal Palm Beach branch will be closed for several weeks. The roots found their way into sewer lines, forcing the library to close the family restroom in the children’s area and the staff bathrooms, branch manager Karen Crisco said. Other bathrooms in the library still work. RELATED: This local...
NEW: Why you can expect more BANG! from Wellington’s July 4 fireworks

NEW: Why you can expect more BANG! from Wellington’s July 4 fireworks

Wellington’s July 4 fireworks will have a little more oomph after the council voted to spend more money on the display. The unanimous vote March 13 approved a contract with Zambelli Fireworks for three years at a cost of $40,000 per year, up from the $35,000 the village spent most recently. The approval normally would not require discussion, but Village Manager Paul Schofield moved it from the...
Foodie festival, free concert, food trucks in Wellington, Royal Palm

Foodie festival, free concert, food trucks in Wellington, Royal Palm

Bacon and Bourbon Fest: A three-day feast is coming this weekend to the Wellington Amphitheater complex, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. The Bacon and Bourbon Fest kicks off from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and continues 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and vendors will be on hand selling crafts, food and beverages. Attendees also can purchase tickets for pairing seminars...
NEW: Celebrity polo tournament raises $240K for Boys and Girls Club

NEW: Celebrity polo tournament raises $240K for Boys and Girls Club

The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington added more than $240,000 to its coffers recently thanks to a celebrity polo tournament. The fifth annual Great Futures Celebrity Polo Charity Cup & Brunch on March 11 was held at the Grand Champions Polo Club. Marc and Melissa Ganzi and Olexa Celine were co-chairman. There also were several honorary event chairmen including polo superstar Nacho...
In this Palm Beach County town, people arrived to vote on horseback

In this Palm Beach County town, people arrived to vote on horseback

Darcy Dean Murray of Loxahatchee Groves loves horses. She grew up with them, owns two and boards three on her land in Loxahatchee Groves.  In the 15 years she has lived in the town, she mostly rides in the preserve toward Loxahatchee Groves’ north end. But recently she began organizing rides on the town’s limited trail system to hopefully raise awareness for the need for more equestrian...
Jeep show in Wellington to benefit Puerto Rico law enforcement

Jeep show in Wellington to benefit Puerto Rico law enforcement

Check out these three things to do this weekend in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach: Jeep Show and Shine: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation will host a Jeep Show and Shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to benefit law enforcement officers in Puerto Rico hit hard by Hurricane Maria. The event will be at the Wellington Market Place shopping center, 13837 Wellington Trace...
A boat parade is coming to Wellington. Here’s how you can watch.

A boat parade is coming to Wellington. Here’s how you can watch.

Wellington’s first Family Fun Night is coming up from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 20, and yes, it will include a boat parade. The theme for this installment in the village’s Lake Wellington event series is Mardi Gras, and boats will be decorated with lights and decor to fit the theme.  Boats will stage in the water near the Meadowland Cove boat launch on the west side of Lake Wellington...
NEW: Smoke over Wellington, Acreage coming from these fires

NEW: Smoke over Wellington, Acreage coming from these fires

A blanket of smoke over Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and The Acreage on Wednesday came from controlled fires northwest and west of the area, officials said. A prescribed burn in the DuPuis Management Area covered several hundred acres and contributed to the smoke, said Harper Carroll, fire manager for Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resources Management department. RELATED: Flames right behind...
McGovern and Siskind re-elected to Wellington village council

McGovern and Siskind re-elected to Wellington village council

The wins went to the incumbents in Wellington as Vice Mayor John McGovern and Councilwoman Tanya Siskind were re-elected by large margins to their seats on the village council. For Seat 3, McGovern faced challenger Bart Novack, a shipping and transportation entrepreneur and longtime Wellington gadfly. Challenging Siskind for Seat 2 was Frank Ferrano, a business owner and former...
Wellington recognized for workplace safety efforts

Wellington recognized for workplace safety efforts

Wellington has been recognized for its efforts to make its workplace more safe. The village last week received praise for its Safety Committee and the Award of Merit for Vehicle Safety during the Safety Council of Palm Beach County’s 21st annual awards luncheon.  The Safety Committee was established in 2005 and reviews possible workplace a job site hazards for village employees. Last year...
Lawmakers OK $5 million payment by DCF to abused former Wellington boy

Lawmakers OK $5 million payment by DCF to abused former Wellington boy

More than four years after a Palm Beach County jury ordered the Florida Department of Children & Families to pay $5 million to a former Wellington boy who was sexually assaulted by a foster child whom the state department placed in his home, state lawmakers have finally agreed to pay up. In a bill that is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk, the Florida Legislature last week agreed to pay the...
UPDATE: Royal Palm voters re-elect Pinto as mayor, Smith to council

UPDATE: Royal Palm voters re-elect Pinto as mayor, Smith to council

Royal Palm Beach voters have chosen to keep two incumbents running for re-election: Mayor Fred Pinto and Councilwoman Selena Smith. Former councilwoman Martha Webster had challenged Pinto in a contentious rematch of the 2016 mayor’s race, while political newcomer Sam Roman fought Smith for the Group 3 seat on the dais. RESULTS: Get the latest updates on elections in Palm Beach County &ldquo...
Wellington boosts security at school precincts ahead of Election Day

Wellington boosts security at school precincts ahead of Election Day

As Palm Beach County heads to polls on Tuesday, Wellington officials have fielded concerns about security at schools that host voting precincts. Awareness of school security has ramped up since the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 dead and more than a dozen injured. In the nearly one month following the shooting, county schools...
NEW: Who is vandalizing the large campaign signs in Royal Palm Beach?

NEW: Who is vandalizing the large campaign signs in Royal Palm Beach?

Someone seems to be targeting two candidates’ campaign signs in Royal Palm Beach. The question is who? Nearly a dozen signs for Mayor Fred Pinto and Group 3 candidate Sam Roman have been vandalized, their campaign consultant said this week. “There is a real problem with the large campaign signs being destroyed,” said Richard Giorgio, whose firm Patriot Games represents both Pinto...
NEW: Royal Palm plans resolution supporting gun control after Parkland

NEW: Royal Palm plans resolution supporting gun control after Parkland

Royal Palm Beach’s village council is planning a resolution supporting state gun control efforts in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Mayor Fred Pinto said the resolution comes at the suggestion of the Palm Beach County League of Cities for member governments to “address or take a posture on our position on gun control” following...
COLUMN: Relay for Life of Western PBC is poignant, important — even fun

COLUMN: Relay for Life of Western PBC is poignant, important — even fun

Let me tell you why I Relay. I first participated in Relay for Life in 2014, two years after cancer killed my father. He was 54 years old. It was unfair. I wanted a way to fight back. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news My sister and best friend had taken on massive roles with the Relay for Life in Palm Beach Gardens — now the Relay for Life...
NEW: Dozens of free bike helmets handed out at Wellington event

NEW: Dozens of free bike helmets handed out at Wellington event

About 150 children received new bicycle helmets for free on Saturday at the Child Safety Experience in Wellington, as Florida Bike Month kicked off March 1. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The safety event, a partnership between Wellington’s Community Services Department and JCPenney, took place in the store’s parking lot at the Mall...
NEW: Packed lineup of free events, concerts in Wellington, Royal Palm

NEW: Packed lineup of free events, concerts in Wellington, Royal Palm

1. Food trucks and a free concert. Wellington’s weekly series continues, with food trucks at the Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. This week’s performance is from Heart tribute band All Heart, which hits the stage at 6:30 p.m. Remember to bring your own seating. For more information, go to www.wellingtonfl.gov. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for...
NEW: Contentious Royal Palm Beach mayor’s race marks election

NEW: Contentious Royal Palm Beach mayor’s race marks election

The race for mayor of Royal Palm Beach has turned fiery — the challenger points to the incumbent’s November arrest in connection with domestic battery allegations as an issue that distracts from the village’s “family values.” The March 13 ballot will be a repeat of village residents’ choices in 2016, when former councilwoman Martha Webster unsuccessfully...
Royal Palm Beach OKs stronger definition of ‘dangerous dogs’

Royal Palm Beach OKs stronger definition of ‘dangerous dogs’

It’s now easier for Royal Palm Beach to declare a dog “dangerous.” The village council voted unanimously with little discussion Thursday to approve changing the village’s definition of a “dangerous dog,” while also adding definitions for aggressive and vicious dogs. The move brings Royal Palm Beach’s rules in line with those of Palm Beach County Animal Care...
PHOTOS: Here’s when Cleveland Clinic’s new Wellington office will open

PHOTOS: Here’s when Cleveland Clinic’s new Wellington office will open

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s newest location is set to open Monday in Wellington, the latest move in a long line of expansion efforts for the company — and the latest addition to the village’s burgeoning medical corridor. The 7,500-square-foot, $1.4 million facility in the Village Green Center at the corner of Stribling Way and State Road 7 is the fourth for Cleveland Clinic in...
NEW: Road conditions shape Loxahatchee Groves town council race

NEW: Road conditions shape Loxahatchee Groves town council race

The condition of town roads is taking center stage as three candidates vie for a seat on the Loxahatchee Groves town council. In the March 13 election, Councilman Ron Jarriel, 66, will face a pair of political newcomers challenging him for Seat 1 on the council: 60-year-old Phillis Maniglia and 21-year-old Neil O’Neal III. RELATED: Use our Know Your Candidates tool to see where each candidate...
NEW: This local community just added a pickleball program

NEW: This local community just added a pickleball program

Pickleball has come to Wellington. The sport, which NBC News has called one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., is a mix of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news Wellington followed in the footsteps of other South Florida communities in adapting existing facilities — in this case, the roller hockey rink...
Long-vacant land on Lake Worth Road in Wellington to become church

Long-vacant land on Lake Worth Road in Wellington to become church

A long-vacant piece of land on Lake Worth Road will see new life after being purchased by a local church. The land on the southwest corner of Lake Worth Road and Barefoot Lake Drive — west of Panther Run Elementary School — was sold last month to Christ Community Church, formerly Wellington Presbyterian Church. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington...
PHOTOS: See Lion Country Safari’s newest baby animal

PHOTOS: See Lion Country Safari’s newest baby animal

A baby has joined the herd of Asiatic water buffalo at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, the park announced Friday. The male is the first water buffalo born at the drive-through safari this year and the 24th member of Lion Country Safari’s herd. Two calves were born to the herd last year. He was born Feb. 24 in the 320-acre preserve’s Gir Forest, the park said.  It was the second...
Wellington officials look for solutions after Parkland shooting

Wellington officials look for solutions after Parkland shooting

More officers are coming to Palm Beach County schools — but the hiring process will take time. That was the message to Wellington’s council on Tuesday night as village officials pledged support for local schools and safety measures being taken by law enforcement in the wake of the deadly mass shooting on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left...
These students won the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation scholarship

These students won the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation scholarship

Ten Palm Beach County high school seniors have been named recipients of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation 2018 Youth Scholarship Program. Each recipient receives $2,500 for their freshman year of college, an award they can apply to renew for up to four years of college or trade school, according to a news release. The students will receive their awards this Sunday in a ceremony at the...
PBSO seeks 2 men after pizza deliveryman robbed in Wellington

PBSO seeks 2 men after pizza deliveryman robbed in Wellington

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men accused of armed robbery in Wellington. The pair came up behind the victim while he was delivering pizza just after 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 to a home in the 13900 block of Sheffield Court, PBSO said in a news release. They demanded the delivery driver’s cash, PBSO said. The type of weapon used in the robbery was not included in the...
They’re football rivals, but an amazing thing happened off the field

They’re football rivals, but an amazing thing happened off the field

For six years, Patrick Raney’s crew has installed air-conditioning systems in homes for Habitat for Humanity. His team members take no salary. They toil in hot attics, sweat drenching their clothes as they run copper wires through dirt-floored crawl spaces. These are the students in Royal Palm Beach High School’s HVAC-R Academy, one of several programs at the school designed to build students&rsquo...
THINGS TO DO: Child safety, free concerts, food trucks in Wellington

THINGS TO DO: Child safety, free concerts, food trucks in Wellington

1. Sign up for the Giant Community Yard Sale. Want to clear out some of that post-holiday clutter? You can sign up now for Royal Palm Beach’s Giant Community Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14 at Veterans Park, 1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. Vendor space is first come, first served and the deadline to sign up is April 6. Vendor applications are available at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd...
Young versus old in Greenacres council race

Young versus old in Greenacres council race

It’ll be the younger versus the more experienced candidates in Greenacres City Council race in March. Veteran councilwoman Judy Dugo, 70, will face Brian Willever, 50, a Wellington pharmacy owner, in the District III election while former councilman Jonathan Pearce, 59, goes against incumbent Anderson Thelusme, 32, a banker, in the District IV race. Dugo, who is retired, was first elected in...
NEW: Wellington moves to demolish house plagued by toxic mold

NEW: Wellington moves to demolish house plagued by toxic mold

For only the third time since incorporating, Wellington is taking steps that could lead to tearing down a privately owned structure — this one riddled with toxic mold. It could be August before the village knows whether or not it will demolish the property in the 1100 block of White Pine Drive. And residents still living there continue to look for new lodging as red signs from Wellington&rsquo...
NEW: Wellington election sees big drop in contributions from 2016 races

NEW: Wellington election sees big drop in contributions from 2016 races

With two races on the ballot in Wellington on March 13 — seat 2 held by Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and seat 3 held by Vice Mayor John McGovern — candidates are seeing a return to village politics seemingly without the million-dollar influence of political-action committees and landowners that drove the 2016 election. Siskind, 49, faces political newcomer 61-year-old ...
Alcohol sales spur Wellington to pull Palm Beach Polo soccer permit

Alcohol sales spur Wellington to pull Palm Beach Polo soccer permit

After numerous complaints and violations, Wellington this week revoked a special-use permit that allowed soccer to be played on a large field at the north end of Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club. The tipping point: A village code enforcement officer and Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies visited the site Sunday and found food and beverages, including alcohol, being sold in violation of...
‘Dangerous dogs’: Royal Palm gives initial OK to change definition

‘Dangerous dogs’: Royal Palm gives initial OK to change definition

Royal Palm Beach has taken the first step toward making it easier for the village to declare dogs dangerous. The village council voted unanimously Feb. 15 to give initial approval for the move, which would bring Royal Palm Beach’s definitions of aggressive, dangerous or vicious dogs in line with those of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, village director of community development Rob...
Operation Wild Stallion: Sophisticated fake IDs problem in Wellington

Operation Wild Stallion: Sophisticated fake IDs problem in Wellington

Nearly three months into a crackdown on driving under the influence and underage drinking in Wellington, Operation Wild Stallion has netted 35 DUI arrests. But while officials say publicity of the operation has made residents more cautious, high-quality fake IDs continue to challenge bar and restaurant owners, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says. RELATED: To curb Wellington drunk driving...
Eye doctor Melgen gets 17 years in prison for Medicare fraud

Eye doctor Melgen gets 17 years in prison for Medicare fraud

The friend of a U.S. senator and once the eye doctor of a Florida governor, Palm Beach County retinal specialist Dr. Salomon Melgen was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Thursday for bilking Medicare and other insurers out of as much as $73 million. While the 63-year-old wealthy, politically-connected physician faced a possible 24½-year sentence, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra said a less...
Touching photos: Astros mascot visits sick kids at Palms West

Touching photos: Astros mascot visits sick kids at Palms West

Children and staff at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee received a special guest Wednesday morning. Houston Astros mascot Orbit stopped by to spend time with the young patients at the Children’s Hospital at Palms West. The children were “thrilled” to meet Orbit, who signed an autograph for each of them, a hospital spokeswoman said.  Some of the children were in the hospital&rsquo...
Here’s where speed tables will go on Sandpiper in Royal Palm Beach

Here’s where speed tables will go on Sandpiper in Royal Palm Beach

Work is beginning to build the first speed tables in Royal Palm Beach along a portion of busy Sandpiper Avenue. Signs warn residents of upcoming lane closures, and the road is closed to all but local traffic.  A document posted Tuesday on the village’s website shows where each of the 11 speed tables will be placed beginning just east Royal Palm Beach Boulevard through just south of Heron...
NEW: Why part of Wellington Dog Park will temporarily close

NEW: Why part of Wellington Dog Park will temporarily close

Portions of the Wellington Dog Park will close temporarily as village crews complete long-planned pathways. Signs posted at the popular spot alert dog owners that the southern portions of the park will begin to close this week with work ongoing through mid-March. The park tentatively will reopen March 26, weather permitting, according to a village news release. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The...
The unique way Royal Palm High is raising cancer awareness this week

The unique way Royal Palm High is raising cancer awareness this week

Something special is happening this week at Royal Palm Beach High School. Not to say special things don’t happen there all the time. But students, staff and teachers are pausing each day this week to honor those lost to and who continue to battle cancer, while raising money for the American Cancer Society. Taking place at the same time each day, the Moment of Hope serves as a reminder and a...
PHOTOS: Wellington hosts first Lakeside Family Fun Day

PHOTOS: Wellington hosts first Lakeside Family Fun Day

Wellington on Saturday held the first of several free events designed to bring more attention to Lake Wellington and the recreational opportunities it offers. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The Lakeside Family Fun Days and Family Fun Nights run through the end of April. The next Fun Day is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10. The events take place along...
THINGS TO DO: Puerto Rico update, free movie in Wellington, Royal Palm

THINGS TO DO: Puerto Rico update, free movie in Wellington, Royal Palm

Learn about Puerto Rico recovery efforts: The Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host an event Thursday that includes a presentation on how the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation is taking steps to help law enforcement officers in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria. Networking begins at 6 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7 p.m. at Asador Patagonia, 675 Royal...
NEW: Yes, Palm Beach County fire crews actually train to rescue horses

NEW: Yes, Palm Beach County fire crews actually train to rescue horses

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews knew they had their hands full as they drove up to a barn at Gulfstream Polo Club in suburban Lake Worth on a spring afternoon in 2013. The building was completely engulfed in fire — “not one inch” was spared from the blaze, the club’s president told The Palm Beach Post at the time. That March 9 fire nearly five years ago at what was the...
NEW: Royal Palm looks for outside help to communicate with residents

NEW: Royal Palm looks for outside help to communicate with residents

Royal Palm Beach wants to know how it can better communicate with its residents — and it’s hoping for some outside help. The village plans to hire a consultant to help it assess its strategy and look ahead to future needs. A request for proposals is open through Feb. 21. RELATED: Work begins on homes at former Royal Palm wastewater treatment plant site How Royal Palm Beach communicates...
Alleged Parkland shooter left suburban Lantana home over gun dispute

Alleged Parkland shooter left suburban Lantana home over gun dispute

Nikolas Cruz, the man charged in this week’s school massacre, left a suburban Lantana mobile home in November because his benefactor gave him an ultimatum: you or the gun. “He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house,” Rocxanne Deschamps said publicly in comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page. And Chad Bennett, Deschamps’ friend, said Cruz &ldquo...
NEW: Work begins on homes at former Royal Palm Beach water plant site

NEW: Work begins on homes at former Royal Palm Beach water plant site

New homes soon will rise from the ground where Royal Palm Beach’s water treatment plant once stood. The 385-home BellaSera development by Lennar will be the largest of its kind in the village since PortoSol was built in the late 2000s, Mayor Fred Pinto said. He and other Royal Palm Beach council members attended a ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking Thursday with Lennar and Central Palm Beach...
NEW: How to donate blood in Wellington to help Broward school shooting victims

NEW: How to donate blood in Wellington to help Broward school shooting victims

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday hit close to home for three staff members at Premier Family Health and Wellness in Wellington.  Dr. Shane Zacharewicz, business and marketing manager Ryan Mackman, and Amanda Morone all graduated from the school where a gunman killed 17 people and wounded more than a dozen others. The practice in the Wellington...
NEW: Wellington festival celebrates tribute bands, food truck fare

NEW: Wellington festival celebrates tribute bands, food truck fare

Wellington’s Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival is back, with a lineup that includes new performers and some fan-favorite food trucks. This is the fifth year the village has held the festival that kicks off Thursday night at the Wellington Amphitheater, said Joe Piconcelli, cultural programs and facilities manager for Wellington. The festival continues Friday and Saturday, then picks...
NEW: Wellington Regional to build emergency department in Westlake

NEW: Wellington Regional to build emergency department in Westlake

Palm Beach County’s newest city earlier this week gave the OK to a plan that paves the way for its first new non-residential development: a freestanding emergency department run by Wellington Regional Medical Center. The Westlake City Council on Monday night voted 4-0 with one council member absent to approve a site plan for the facility, which will be the first of its kind in the western communities...
PHOTOS: Lion Country Safari welcomes baby giraffe to herd

PHOTOS: Lion Country Safari welcomes baby giraffe to herd

A baby giraffe recently joined the herd at Lion Country Safari. The female calf was born at 6 p.m. Feb. 4, the drive-through wildlife park said in a news release. Guests in the park at the time were able to sit in their vehicles to watch the birth. This is one leggy baby: She was 132 pounds and 5-feet-5-inches tall when born. The baby was named Kimberlina by the staff, in honor of two members of Lion...
NEW: Could this commercial area be a ‘new gateway to Wellington’?

NEW: Could this commercial area be a ‘new gateway to Wellington’?

Real estate investor Everett Waldman has a bold vision. He sees a new entry-point for Wellington: Binks Commercial Center. And his reasoning might surprise you. “With all of the development and all of the potential traffic coming from the west, Binks could become the new gateway to Wellington,” he said. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news...
PHOTOS: What a prescribed burn in Royal Palm Beach looks like now

PHOTOS: What a prescribed burn in Royal Palm Beach looks like now

New life already is sprouting from the ground after a prescribed burn at Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area about two weeks ago. The burn, which took place Feb. 1 and covered about 100 acres of the 800-acre preserve, was designed to eliminate much of the dry brush that could serve as fuel should a lightning strike or careless human cause a brush fire, said Harper Carroll, fire manager with Palm...
Black History Month event, food trucks in Wellington, Royal Palm

Black History Month event, food trucks in Wellington, Royal Palm

Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival: The popular Wellington festival returns to the amphitheater complex, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., this Thursday through Saturday and Feb. 22-24 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. each night. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Attendance is free, and there will be 10 to 15 food trucks each night of the festival where attendees can buy food and drinks. For more information, go to www.wellingtonfl...
NEW: Get details on Wellington’s new free lakeside evening events

NEW: Get details on Wellington’s new free lakeside evening events

As Wellington tries to get more kayaks launching into Lake Wellington, the village is launching two free evening events to help draw attention to the lake and its recreational opportunities. The Family Fun Nights on March 20 and April 26 are in addition to a new recently announced series of Lakeside Family Fun Days, which will be Feb. 17, March 10 and April 14. RELATED: New free event series designed...
NEW: Meet Cara Hayden, Wellington High School’s new principal

NEW: Meet Cara Hayden, Wellington High School’s new principal

Cara Hayden had big shoes to fill on her first day as principal at Wellington High School. The 45-year-old former principal of Starlight Cove Elementary recently replaced Mario Crocetti, who retired after nearly a decade at the school — about the same amount of time Hayden has worked for the Palm Beach County School District. “It’s a little intimidating but I’m hoping to really...
Need free help with income taxes? It’s available in Royal Palm Beach

Need free help with income taxes? It’s available in Royal Palm Beach

A popular program that offers free tax services has returned to Royal Palm Beach. Volunteers with the VITA Program, provided by the United Way of Palm Beach County, will be at the Harvin Center, 1030 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., through April 17. To qualify, your household’s gross income cannot be more than $66,000 for 2017.  If you go, bring your 2016 tax return, Social Security card, photo...
NEW: Smoke in the sky in western Palm Beach County? It’s from this burn

NEW: Smoke in the sky in western Palm Beach County? It’s from this burn

Crews are conducting a prescribed burn today in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, according to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman.  About 7,000 acres will be burned at the preserve, which is northwest of The Acreage. Corbett’s northwest side borders Beeline Highway, where people may see “significant smoke,” said Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto.  Palm...
NEW: $3 million contract given OK for work on these Royal Palm streets

NEW: $3 million contract given OK for work on these Royal Palm streets

Royal Palm Beach’s village council last week gave the OK for a nearly $3 million contract covering repaving and drainage projects throughout the village. The most difficult and time-consuming part of the work involves adding underdrain to northwest parts of Ponce De Leon Street, village engineer Chris Marsh said. The contract approval was on the council’s Feb. 1 consent agenda, which was...
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