Three Wellington employees honored at county-wide luncheon

Three Wellington Building Department Employees were honored at the Building Official Association of Palm Beach County annual luncheon.

  • Joseph Crisafulle Jr. was the 2016 Inspector of the Year
  • Orestes Feliz was the Plans Examiner of the Year
  • Jacek Tomasik was the Building Official of the Year
Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
Wellington Municipal Complex (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

Wellington to install guard rail on Birkdale Drive

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.

020712 Village of Wellington main entrance on Forest Hill blvd. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
020712 Village of Wellington main entrance on Forest Hill blvd. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Hobby Lobby set to open Royal Palm Beach location

Hobby Lobby is about to open its 43rd store in Florida  — a Royal Palm Beach location near the intersection of State Road 7 and Southern Boulevard in the Commons at Royal Palm.

The large, 50,000 foot store will specialize in crafts and home decor items. The Oklahoma City-­based chain has more than 700 stores across the country.

Everyone is invited to the grand opening celebration Monday at 9 a.m.

PLANTATION, FL - JUNE 30:  A Hobby Lobby store is seen on June 30, 2014 in Plantation, Florida. Today in Washington, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a suit brought by the owners of Hobby Lobby and furniture maker Conestoga Wood Specialties ruling that companies cannot be forced to offer insurance coverage for birth control methods that the family-owned private companies object to for religious reasons.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
 (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Wellington releases holiday hours for parks

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.
A sign posted at Village Park outlines the hours for the holidays (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post).
A sign posted at Village Park outlines the hours for the holidays (Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post).

Tickets to Father-Daughter dance on sale in Wellington

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.

Wellington Village Park is located off Pierson Road and 120th Avenue South. (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
Wellington Village Park is located off Pierson Road and 120th Avenue South. (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

Group circulates online petition, plans rallies against Winding Trails

Opponents to the Winding Trails project in Wellington are starting to get organized.

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.

The Equestrian Preserve Committee and the Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board have already recommended approval.

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Wellington Girl Scout Troop donates coloring supplies to Palms West

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.”

Pictured from left to right: Alissa Anderson, Sarah Davis, Jana Pierre, Taylor Browning, Victoria McDonald, Gabriela Pasahow. Not pictured: Alexis McPherson, Chelsea Dever, Emilee Rebstock, Emma Pincus, Hailey Kurek, Valarie Kurek (troop Product Manager)
Pictured from left to right: Alissa Anderson, Sarah Davis, Jana Pierre,
Taylor Browning, Victoria McDonald, Gabriela Pasahow.
Not pictured: Alexis McPherson, Chelsea Dever, Emilee Rebstock,
Emma Pincus, Hailey Kurek, Valarie Kurek (troop Product Manager)

Palm Beach State College to open Loxahatchee Groves campus in Feb.

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.

Read the latest coverage here: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/coming-soon-pbsc-loxahatchee-groves-campus-has-tar/nsTSk/

(Photo provided)
(Photo provided)

Dunkin Donuts giving away donuts for toy donations

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GREENACRES — To celebrate the holiday season and the opening of the new Dunkin Donuts on Jog Road, the company on Saturday will give a free donut to customers who donate a toy.

All donations will go to Toys For Tots of West Palm Beach. There will be donut decorating, face painting and  giveaways from 97.9 WRMF’s The KVJ Show host Kevin Rolston.

The new Dunkin Donuts is on 3098 Jog Road.

 

 

Welllington, Royal Palm to host Winter Fests

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.

Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattioli hanging out with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at  Winter Fest. (Contributed)
Royal Palm Beach Mayor Matty Mattioli hanging out with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Winter Fest. (Contributed)