Sentient Jet donated $16k to two local charity organizations

An aviation company is giving back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after a promotion that ran through the polo season.

Sentient Jet presented a $9,000 check to the Boys & Girls Clubs and $7,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the U.S. Open Polo Championship final on April 24, according to a news release.

At halftime of each match, the challenge was for one randomly-selected contestant to score a goal. For all successful attempts, Sentient Jet pledged to give $1,000 to one of the two organizations.

(left to right) Jaene Miranda - Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County President & CEO, Kirsten LaMotte- Sentient Jet Vice President – Partnerships and Event Marketing, Kenda Peterson- Boys & Girls Club of Wellington Club Director, with Wellington Club members (Photo provided).
(Left to right) Jaene Miranda – Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County President & CEO, Kirsten LaMotte- Sentient Jet Vice President – Partnerships and Event Marketing, Kenda Peterson- Boys & Girls Club of Wellington Club Director, with Wellington Club members (Photo provided).

Wellington village attorney retained for one-year deal

Wellington is bringing back Village Attorney Laurie Cohen for at least one more year.

Cohen agreed to sign a one-year contract extension for the same base salary at the village council meeting Tuesday night. The goal of the short deal is for the new council to work with her more.

The council has three newcomers — Michael Drahos and Michael Napoleone, who took their seats last month and Tanya Siskind, who was sworn in Tuesday.

Cohen’s base salary when she signed her last deal in 2013 was $150,000. She is eligible for small raises given out to all village staff. Her salary is now about $175,000 per year with a $600 a month car allowance.

When the one-year contract is up, the council will make a determination on a longer-term deal. Vice Mayor John McGovern negotiated the extension.

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

New councilwoman Tanya Siskind sworn in at Wellington meeting

Newly-appointed councilwoman Tanya Siskind was sworn in at the meeting Tuesday night and is officially the fifth member of the board.

Siskind rose to the top of 30 applicants that wanted the seat left vacant by Mayor Anne Gerwig when she left that position to run for her new one. After interviews with 10 finalists earlier this month, Siskind became the choice.

She had family and friends at her first meeting and is ready to get going.

“I think very good things will be accomplished for Wellington and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Siskind said.

New Wellington councilwoman Tanya Siskind is sworn in at the meeting Tuesday, April 26. (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post)
New Wellington councilwoman Tanya Siskind is sworn in at the meeting Tuesday, April 26. (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post)

Green Market season coming to end in western communties

Green Market season is coming to an end in the Western Communities.

The Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar finishes up its season today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park.

Wellington’s last call for its Green Market will be next Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both Green Markets will likely be back in the fall.

(Brandon Kruse/The Palm Beach Post)
(Brandon Kruse/The Palm Beach Post)

Cerebral Palsy Wellington 5k set for Sunday

Runners and wheelchair athletes will be moving down the street Sunday morning when the Outrun Cerebral Palsy Wellington 5k begins at 7:30 a.m.

There is still time to sign up for the race which is organized by the Wellington Rotary Club.

Check out the website for more information or to sign up to run. The group will meet at the Wellington Amphitheater and South Shore Boulevard traffic will be affected during the race.

The race is presented by the Great Charity Challenge.

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More than 300 Royal Palm students to participate in cleanup effort

More than 300 Royal Palm Beach students will be rolling up their sleeves and helping with cleanup efforts Saturday morning.

The organizers are looking for more volunteers to show up at 7:15 a.m. at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center, according to a news release.

The volunteers will be helping as part of a “Great American Cleanup” effort. Wellington is also taking part.

The “Great American Cleanup” is a nationwide program encouraging volunteer working and beautifying communities.

Here are the locations for the Royal Palm Beach groups:

Club/Organization Sponsor Location
Baseball Leroy Houck Royal Palm Beach Elem School
BSU Monique Paramore Royal Palm Beach Elem School
Interact Club Dan Dicurcio Cypress Trails Elementary School
Lovers of Liberty Carrie Neal Cypress Trails Elementary School
SWAT Winsome Haye Crestwood Middle School
Key Club Janet Stanton Crestwood Middle School
Positive Minds Lauren Slygh Library/Cultural Center
Peace Jam John Cleland Library/Cultural Center
Leader Cheer Jessi Sleek Municipal Center
Student Council Shannon Makowski Commons Park
French Honor Society Holly  Casto Commons Park
Chess Club Gary Fradkin Veterans Park
SADD Maureen Witkowski Veterans Park
Best Buddies Ilena Perez KATZ Soccer Field
Soccer Sarah Garcia KATZ Soccer Field
My Fair Ladies Brandi Marolla Willows Baseball Park
Pet Rescue Renee Hawk Willows Baseball Park
Emerald and Onyx Dasie Greenland Royal Palm Beach High School
NHS Elardo Don Royal Palm Beach High School
(Jennifer Podis/The Palm Beach Post)
(Jennifer Podis/The Palm Beach Post)

Wellington to host weekend events at Amphitheater

Wellington is hosting two free concerts and a movie at the Amphitheater this weekend.

First up will be a food invasion and concert from an act called Whitestone Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Friday will be a showing of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, and Saturday will be Motown Tribute concert. Those two events will begin at 8 p.m.

For more information, check out the village’s website.

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

Wellington Elementary students to send care package to troops

Active duty troops overseas will be getting a special delivery from Wellington Elementary School students soon.

First graders in Mrs. Stacey Oswald wrote letters and put together packages of snacks, games and personal hygiene products for the soldiers, according to a news release from the school.

Collecting the items was a school-wide effort.

First graders in Mrs. Stacey Oswald's class put together a care package for overseas troops (Photo provided).
First graders in Mrs. Stacey Oswald’s class put together a care package for overseas troops (Photo provided).

Greenacres council to discuss how to appoint a deputy mayor

Greenacres City HallGREENACRES — The City Council at tonight’s meeting is scheduled to discuss establishing procedures on appointing a deputy mayor.

If you recall, there was a little drama at the last meeting when Councilman Peter Noble made a motion to appoint Paula Bousquet deputy mayor to replace Jonathan Pearce.

Councilwoman Judy Dugo said she wanted Pearce to keep that title because of his professionalism.

The deputy mayor title rotates each year among council members, with that person appointed at the first regularly scheduled council meeting in April. The current policy states no council member can serve as deputy mayor for two consecutive years, something Noble, and now Pearce, have done.

Coucilwoman Lisa Rivera requested the policy be placed on tonight’s agenda for discussion.

 

Student artwork to be auctioned as part of Young Art Masters program

Students participating in the Young Art Masters Auction were honored last week, and there is still time to see their work.

People can check out the artwork at Nu Vista Living in Wellington and bid on it online though the end of the month.

The program, underwritten by the Jacobs Family Foundation, give the students supplies for paintings, digital art, photography and ceramics.

The auction raises money for the schools. Participating schools include Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Central and John I. Leonard high schools.

John I. Leonard art teacher Christopher Burke with a piece titled Blue Horse created by one his students (Photo courtesy: Tina Valant)
John I. Leonard art teacher Christopher Burke with a piece titled Blue Horse created by one his students (Photo courtesy: Tina Valant)