St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to host jazz pianist

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Wellington will be hosting nationally renowned jazz pianist Copeland Davis and his band Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Davis, a longtime member of St. Peter’s has performed on The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Copeland Davis (Photo provided).


Air National Guard Band of the South to perform at Wellington Amphiteahter

Wellington will host two events at its Amphitheater this week.

The festivities kick off tonight with a concert and Food Truck Invasion. The food trucks pull up at about 5 p.m. and the Air National Guard Band of the South takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. The band supports the Air Force and the Air National Guard by lifting the spirits of the active duty servicemen and women and raising public awareness to what they do.

The village will also host a showing of the Lego Batman Movie at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The movie is 2 hours, 9 minutes long.

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

PBSO gives brief update on last week’s Wellington knife attack

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office gave the Wellington Village Council an update on the knife attack that left a former Wellington Idol winner with seven stitches in her hand.

The man who attacked Jessica Leow last week to steal her purse is still on the loose, said Capt. Rolando Silva. Leow described him as 6-foot to 6-foot-2, between the ages of 15 and 25 with shoulder-length dreadlocks.

The broad-daylight crime has been eye-opening for the residents, Vice Mayor John McGovern said.

“This incident has shaken some portions of our community to its core, and we need to be responsive and we need to be taking action,” he said.

PBSO will be increasing its presence in Wellington’s big shopping centers, but Silva also asked residents to stay vigilant and call authorities if they see anything out-of-place. He and Village Manager Paul Schofield will be doing around to different groups of people telling them how they can help.

Check back for a full story later this week.

Jessica Leow got seven stiches in her hand after she was attacked by a robber who had a knife.

What to look for at Wellington Council meeting

The Wellington Village council meets tonight where they will get a presentation on the safety of public shopping centers and likely take a final vote on a conversion therapy ban.

The shopping center presentation by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District COmmander Rolando Silva follows a broad-daylight attack of former Wellington Idol winner Jessica Leow. She was slashed with a knife when an attacker tried to take her purse outside a Chase Bank last week. Check out that story here.

Council is also expected to take a second vote on the proposed conversion therapy ban that it passed 4-1 on first reading earlier this month. Mayor Anne Gerwig was the dissenting vote. Get caught up on that issue here.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. tonight in the Village Hall Council Chambers.

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

Wellington Amphitheater to host 3 events

The Wellington Amphitheater will host two concerts, a Food Truck Invasion and a movie this weekend in a full schedule.

The Flyers will perform Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the Food Truck Invasion, which starts at 5. The band is made up of three multi-instrumentalists out of Delray Beach — Patrick Farinas, Jordan Richards and Joe Beard.

The Friday Night showing of The Wild Life will begin at 8:30. The animated movie is one hour and 31 minutes long.

A Heart tribute band called “All Heart” will round out the weekend with a performance at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. There won’t be another Food Truck Invasion but there will be some food concessions on site.

Attendees are asked to bring their own seating.

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

Wellington to residents: Clear lawns and drains before rain starts

Facing the dicey prospect of heavy rains from a tropical system in the Caribbean, Wellington is asking residents to remove debris from their lawns and make sure all the drains are cleared before the wet weather starts.

If drains get clogged during the storm, there could be some street flooding in the village. Wellington officials are expecting flooding in the low-lying areas, similar to the recent storms earlier this month.

Forecasters are predicting as much as eight inches of rain in parts of South Florida.

Follow Palm Beach POst reporter Kim Miller’s WeatherPlus blog for the latest information on the two disturbances in the tropics.

(Matt Morgan/The Palm Beach Post).

FDLE numbers: Wellington crime down in 2016

Crime stayed low in Wellington in 2016, according to recently released statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The village only had 651 arrests in 2016, compared to 774 in the previous year. The most common crime in Wellington was larceny, which accounted for more than 1/3 of total crime. Larceny dropped in 2016 to 258 from 360 in 2015, according to the numbers.

Drug arrests were the second largest number with 133. Some have considered Wellington insulated from the drug problems of some other local municipalities, but four members of the Village Council sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking that he declare a public health emergency connected to the heroin crisis.  Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig didn’t sign the letter because she didn’t like the tone, but she later sent her own letter to Scott.

The third most common crime was simple assault with 79 followed by 60 DUIs.

Murders increased to 2 from 1 in 2015. Frederick Odom, 53, was found dead in the Environmental Preserve and Dalton Dobkins, 17, was killed in his home in November. Roger Ponce, 37, was also shot and killed by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputies when he refused to drop knives that he was holding.

PBSO said its focus in Wellington was on lowering juvenile crime, traffic crashes and keeping property crimes low.

(Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)



Only one Big Blue Trace road project expected to get done this year

One of the two Wellington road improvement projects to help drainage along Big Blue Trace is expected to get done this year but the other will likely be pushed to 2018.

The project at the intersection of Big Blue and Wiltshire to raise the road and add turn lanes could get started as soon as July.

The other, at the intersection with Barberry, is still in the design phase, so Village Manager Paul Schofield will suggest that the work get kicked to 2018 to avoid construction during the winter equestrian season.

The council approved the money for these projects in the last budget.

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

International Polo Club named Florida sports venue of the year

The Florida Sports Foundation recently named the International Polo Club as the Large Market Sports Venue of the Year in the state at the annual Florida Sports Summit.

Developer Mark Bellissimo bought the Polo Club last year from a trust associated with imprisoned polo mogul John Goodman.

The club has nine polo fields 248 acres of land, and it hosts other sports like soccer and lacrosse in the offseason.

The polo season will start up again in the fall with traditional polo matches and the new gladiator polo format.

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

Movie, concert on tap for Wellington Amphitheater

The weekly movie is back tonight at the Wellington Amphitheater.

Tonight’s showing of the Disney animated movie Moana will be followed by a concert tomorrow night. The movie will begin at 8:30 p.m., and it has a run time of 1 hour and 53 minutes.

Rounding out the weekend, an AD/DC tribute band will take the stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

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