“The Voice” contestant to perform at Wellington Relay for Life event

The Wellington Relay For Life chapter will hold a fundraiser in the village Friday featuring a performance by a contestant on “The Voice.”

The event will take place at the White Elephant and activities include silent auction items, raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Bartenders for the event will be new Mayor Anne Gerwig and Bolay owner Chris Gannon, along with entertainment by “The Voice” contestant Michaela Paige.

It’s set for 7 p.m.

"The Voice" contestant Michaela Paige will perform at Wellington Relay For Life fundraiser. (Photo provided)
“The Voice” contestant Michaela Paige will perform at Wellington Relay For Life fundraiser. (Photo provided)

Wellington event to shed light on women’s role in the Holocaust

A Wellington event Wednesday night will shed light on the role German woman in the Holocaust.

The aim is to break the narrative that they were just housewives and didn’t contribute to the war and killing. Former Holocaust Museum fellow Wendy Lower wrote “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields” and will lead the discussion.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Torah, 900 Big Blue Trace.

Its free but organizers are asking people to register early online.

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Blaze Pizza to open in Royal Palm Beach, offer free pizza promotion

A new restaurant is opening in the Royal Palm Plaza on State Road 7 and bringing free pizza with it.

Blaze Pizza is offering free create-your-own pizzas on Friday April 1 for anyone who follows them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. The pizzas normally cost about $8.

The restaurant will open on March 31.

It will have options like gluten free pizza and vegan cheese for people with dietary restrictions. It’s the second Palm Beach County location after one in Palm Beach Gardens opened earlier this year.

A Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is expected to open at Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens in March. Courtesy photo
A Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is expected to open in Royal Palm Beach on March 31. Courtesy photo

Wellington releases information about council seat appointment

Wellington’s village council has released information for anyone interested in grabbing the final seat.

The seat left vacant by new Mayor Anne Gerwig will be open to any Wellington residents that submits a resume and questionnaire. From there, council will hear short presentations from everyone and start weeding people out.

The applications are due at noon on April 4.

For more information about the process check out Palm Beach Post coverage and the village website.

(Left to right with hands raised) John McGovern, Anne Gerwig, Michael Napoleone and Michael Drahos are sworn in the March 22 council meeting (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post).
(Left to right with hands raised) John McGovern, Anne Gerwig, Michael Napoleone and Michael Drahos are sworn in the March 22 council meeting (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post).

Sheriff’s Office to hold outreach event at Wellington McDonalds

Wellington residents will have a chance to meet the people who keep them safe Friday morning when the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office holds a coffee event at McDonalds.

The informal chat between deputies and locals will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the 1470 Greenview Shores Blvd. location of the fast food restaurant.

McDonalds will give out free small coffees to people who show up for the event.

Here’s a PBSO video about the coffee with a deputy event:

Coffee with deputy

Wellington Council to decide how final member will be chosen

The newly seated Wellington Council will be charged with making a quick decision on who will be the final member.

The four council members will be sworn in Tuesday night and then have 30 days to pick their fifth. The seat is vacant because councilwoman Anne Gerwig resigned to run for mayor.

The council will make decisions Tuesday on how the process will go. Last time around, the applicants all made short presentations and were ranked.

There are no specifics in the charter other than the time frame, so the council can decide to do it differently if it wants.

The council will also likely discuss the possibility of sending out a charter amendment referendum to change the process to a special election. It would require a simple majority of the voters to pass. Wellington has two possibilities coming up with a primary in August and the general election in November.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Village Hall.

Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

Locals compete for $10k first prize at talent show finale in Wellington

Wellington residents will be competing for a grand prize of $10,000 at the American Equestrians Got Talent Finale.

The event will be held today at 6 p.m. at the Adequan Global Dressage Pavilion. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $40 for covered seating. A live auction will be held after the event will all proceeds befitting the United States Equestrian Federation High Performance Programs.

The finalists are:

  • Alix WHO
  • Hillary Eder
  • Kayden Muller
  • Teaghan James
  • Zachary Duckworth
  • Casey Moorhead
  • Taylor Hughes (owner of Taylor Made Cafe)
  • Roberto Gallardo
  • Frances Novella
  • Andre Lussier
Breakdancer Roberto Gallardo performs at American Equestrians Got Talent (Photo courtesy: Phelps Media Group).
Breakdancer Roberto Gallardo performs at American Equestrians Got Talent (Photo courtesy: Phelps Media Group).

 

Gunda Caldwell, 98, to hold book signing at South Florida Fairgrounds

Gunda P. Caldwell is holding a book signing for her memoir of Bink Glisson called “Just Call Me Bink” today.

So what makes her signing special?

Well, she’s 98-years-old.

The former journalist, who has lived in Florida for her entire life, will be signing books at 11 a.m. in Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

She has had stories published in the Town-Crier and Palm Beach Post.

Cover of "Just Call Me Bink"
Cover of “Just Call Me Bink”

Challengers lead in Wellington after early votes, absentee ballots

Anne Gerwig (61%) and Michael Drahos (56%) lead incumbents Bob Margolis and John Greene after all early ballots and some absentee ballots were counted, according to unofficial results.

The results include more than 6,000 voters, which eclipses the turnout numbers from 2012.

“Yes” is comfortably leading both referendum questions 1 and 2, and it has a 59 percent to 41 percent lead in question 3.

Question 3, the most controversial, would ban hotels, motels, condo-hotels and apartments from the equestrian preserve.

(Palm Beach Post file photo)
(Palm Beach Post file photo)

Election 2016: Reminder — Florida is a closed primary state!

Dozens of would-be voters who are not registered as a Democrat or Republican have realized today that Florida is a closed-primary state and they cannot vote, says PBC Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher.

Florida law requires voters to be party affiliated at least 29 days in advance of a primary. That was by Feb. 16, Bucher said.

“We have dozens and they’re really mad. Traditionally they haven’t voted in primaries,” Bucher said.