A tricky road in Wellington is getting some safety upgrades.
The village is installing a guard rail along the curve on Birkdale Drive, near Pine Valley Drive. The 500-foot, metal guard rail will be on the north side of the road and address safety concerns in the area.
The guard rail is designed to keep drivers from drifting off the road while navigating the curve.
Wellington released its park schedule for the holidays:
The Village Park Gym and Wellington Aquatics Complex will be closed on Christmas and the following day. Both will be open on Christmas Eve but will close at 2 p.m. The two also will close at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and be closed for the two following days.
The Tennis Center closes at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and will be closed on the following days.
The Wellington Community Center will be closed Saturday through Dec. 26 and Dec. 31 to Jan. 3.
All Village parks will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the holidays.
Tickets are now on sale for Wellington’s annual Father-Daughter dance, which will take place on Feb. 4, 2017.
This dance’s theme is “Sweet Dreams in Candy Land,” and it’s for girls ages 5 to 14, and their fathers, stepfathers or grandfathers.
It will take place at the Village Park Gymnasium, and tickets are on sale from now until Feb. 2 or whenever they sell out. They can be purchased at the Village Park Gymnasium, or the Wellington Community Center for $50 for resident couples.
A group has circulated an online petition that already has gotten more than 400 signatures, as of Wednesday afternoon. Developers are hoping to build on the defunct Wanderers Executive Golf Course by getting approval for nine large lot equestrian estates, including barns, owner’s apartments and groom’s quarters.
The opposition is hoping to reach 500 signatures before a Wellington Village Council meeting Tuesday where the board is expected to take a first vote.
The opposing group is also hosting two “rallies” — one on Thursday at 7 a.m. outside Lakefield West and one on Friday at 3:45 p.m. outside Wellington Landings Middle School. The developers — Ward Real Estate — also have had numerous meetings with nearby residents, making changes to the plan based on their suggestions.
The council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. If it’s approved, the plans will then get state approval before coming back to the village for a second vote in January.
A Wellington Girl Scout Brownie Troop got a taste of charity work by donating dozens of coloring supplies to Palms West Hospital last month.
Troop 24205 donated 12 coloring books, 12 boxes of 48 crayons, 12 word search books, 12 pencils and 10 activity books directly to children at the hospital on Nov. 19.
“The Girl Scouts were excited for the opportunity to deliver the items directly to the patients and see their smiling faces,” Jennifer McDonald, the co-leader of the Troop, wrote in an email. “It made them proud to partake in this service project and to help other people and knowing that they were following the Girl Scout organization’s laws.”
The Loxahatchee Groves Palm Beach State College campus now has an official opening date.
School administrators have announced that the fifth campus will open on Feb. 27, 2017 and students can now officially choose it from the list of campuses when they enroll online for the spring semester.
The first building will have a medical technology focus, but those courses will not be available until summer or fall. The campus will eventually have 11 to 13 buildings and have several programs that will compliment the offerings from the other sites.
Wellington’s Amphitheater will play host to thousands of people this weekend for the annual Winter Fest.
The event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday and goes until 10 p.m. It’s co-sponsored by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington government.
There will be many booths at the festival, including a partnership between Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate and Home Partners of America to help people find homes after they’ve been turned down by a lender. They can lease a home to buy directly from Home Partners of America.
There will also be food trucks on site.
Royal Palm Beach is hosting its annual Winter Fest Saturday at Commons Park from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. They will be counting down to the lighting of a 28-foot Christmas tree at 6:15 p.m. “The Cool Yule Band” will end the evening with a performance at 7:30 p.m.
There will be crafts, games and other activities throughout the day and a Food Truck Invasion will be coming to the park to feed the hungry attendees.