JustWorld Gala raises 430k for children in impoverished countries

The 14th annual JustWorld Gala in Wellington was a rousing success this year, raising more than $430,000 earlier this month to fund its programs that help 6,500 children.

JustWorld International has ambassadors in more than 40 countries and it specifically focuses on Cambodia, Guatemala and Honduras.

The money goes toward helping children in impoverished countries improve their lives through education, nutrition, health and hygiene and cultural development.

JustWorld International is based in Wellington and holds its gala in the village each year. Last year’s event raised about $450,000.

Jessica Newman presented the Andres Rodriguez Professional Ambassador Award to Olympic Champion Laura Kraut at the gala (Photo provided)
Jessica Newman presented the Andres Rodriguez Professional Ambassador Award to Olympic Champion Laura Kraut at the gala (Photo provided)

Which best-selling author is coming to Palm Beach County?

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GREENACRES — Laura Schroff, author of the New York Times bestseller “An Inviside Thread,” is scheduled to speak with Okeeheelee Midldle School students on Monday.

The book tells the story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive and and an unlikely meeting with destiny.

All students have been taksed with reading the book.

Schroff will meet with students at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m.

“The book supports Okeeheelee Middle School’s three shared values, (Repsect Everyone, Be Responsible for Yourself, You Are Part of a Community),” Julie Greene, the school’s media specialist, said in a statement. “It really promotes the power of kindness and connection between people.”

This is the first time Okeeheelee Middle has had a school-wide reading program.

Wellington Council selects lead negotiator on attorney contract

In a village known for its marathon meetings, Wellington’s Village Council wrapped up in just about an hour Tuesday night.

The meeting lacked fireworks, with most of the discussions moving along quickly.

In one item to keep an eye on, the group selected Councilman Michael Drahos to negotiate Village Attorney Laurie Cohen’s contract. Cohen signed a one-year deal last year and her current contract will be up in April.

After the negotiation, the council must decide whether to bring her back.

You can watch the video of the full meeting here.

Village Attorney Laurie Cohen
Village Attorney Laurie Cohen

Wellington Amphitheater to host craft show, concert

The ArtFest on the Green and 11th annual Juried Fine Art and Fine Craft Show will be taking over the Wellington Amphitheater all weekend.

The program, organized by the Wellington Art Society, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“This event is a celebration of life, art, and bringing art and community together in a beautiful outdoor setting,” according to a news release.

The Juried Fine Art and Fine Craft Show will have artists from around the country. There also will be a children’s tent and live acoustic music.

The Amphitheater also will host a concert for the Food Truck Invasion on Thursday night.

A Neil Diamond Tribute band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and the food trucks will be on site from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

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

Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge to burn 3,000 acres

If you see smoke tomorrow morning, you probably don’t have to worry.

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge will be lighting a prescribed fire of up to 3,000 acres Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. near the Twenty Mile Bend entrance in the northern part of the refuge.

It will be complete by 4 p.m., and smoke will be visible from Wellington.

Photo courtesy South Florida Water Management District
Photo courtesy South Florida Water Management District

Where can you see Elsa, Batman and Spiderman?

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GREENACRES — The city’s first ever Royal Ball: Princesses and Superheroes event has been pushed back to Feb. 18.

The original date was Jan. 21. The city didn’t give a reason for the change.

The event, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at the newly renovated banquet hall at the Greenacres Community Center, will feature Elsa from the film “Frozen” along with Batman and Spiderman for a night of prizes, dancing and dinner. Costumes are encouraged.

Individual tickets are $20. There’s a family four-pack option for $75. Photo coupons will be on site to take pictures with your favorite characters.

For information, call 561-642-2090.

READ: Full text of Bellissmo’s Equestrian Commercial District plan

Mark Bellissimo’s attempt to create an equestrian commercial district that would allow him to build hotels in the now-equestrian preserve is still in the planning stages, but residents can read all about it on the Wellington website.

Anyone can click here to download a PDF of the document that the equestrian developer submitted to the village earlier this month.

There is no set schedule for the proposal to hit public meetings, but it could start to happen as soon as February if there are no technical problems with the document.

International Polo Club, Wellington (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)
International Polo Club, Wellington (Kristen M. Clark / The Palm Beach Post)

Panther Run Elementary School names new principal

Panther Run Elementary School has chosen a former teacher and current administrator as its new principal, the district announced.

Edilia De La Vega, who has worked with the school district since 2009, was approved as the new principal by the school board this week, according to a news release.

“I promise you that I will lead Panther Run to wonderful heights, and I’m very excited for our Panther Run family. Thank you so much for giving me this wonderful opportunity,” she said at the meeting.

New Panther Run Elementary Principal Edilia De La Vega (center) poses for a photo with her family (Photo: https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/01/19/new-principal-named-at-panther-run-elementary-school/)
New Panther Run Elementary Principal Edilia De La Vega (center) poses for a photo with her family (Photo: https://www.palmbeachschools.org/districtnews/2017/01/19/new-principal-named-at-panther-run-elementary-school/)

Royal Palm park dog areas to close over next two weeks

The dog areas of the following Royal Palm Beach parks will be closed on the following days:

  • Todd Robiner Park on Jan. 23
  • Crestwood Park on Jan. 24
  • Homeplace Park on Jan. 25
  • Commons Park’s small dog area on Jan. 26
  • Commons Park’s medium dog area on Jan. 27
  • Commons Park’s large dog area on Jan. 30

Veterans Park fountain

MLK Day: Wellington to close gym, Community Center; parks open

The Wellington Community Center and Village Park Gym will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The following will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Tiger Shark Cove (playground and ball fields)
  • Scott’s Place
  • The Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat
  • Olympia Park
  • Community Park
  • Village Park (walking path, playground and Peaceful Waters)
  • The Wellington Green Park (10-acre site)
Participants compete in the 3rd Annual Father's Day 5K Run on June 21, 2015, in Wellington's Village Park. A new service called RainoutLine lets residents sign up for alerts about facility and field conditions. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
 (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)