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Volunteers Needed for International Coastal Cleanup on September 20, 2014

Wellington is calling on its residents to roll up their sleeves and make a difference in the community during the International Coastal Cleanup! From 10:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014 volunteers will be picking up trash and loose litter along Greenbriar Blvd. & Greenview Shores Blvd. and in the Folkestone/Yarmouth community. Water and t-shirts will be supplied to all participants.  
 
To register for the event, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov and click on the “International Coastal Cleanup” image in the scrolling events section and download the volunteer application form. Completed forms can be returned to the Community Services Office (1100 Wellington Trace) or participants can scan and email the form to Scott Campbell, Community Programs Manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Volunteer registration forms can also be completed on site the day of the event. 
 
For more information about this event, please contact Scott Campbell at 561-791-4105.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

7th Annual Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5k Run/Walk Returns to Wellington

 The 7th Annual Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5k Run/Walk will return to Wellington on Saturday, September 13th at 7:30a.m.  The race begins and ends at the Wellington Amphitheater and travels down and back along Southshore Blvd.  Registration closes Friday, September 12th or when the race has reached a maximum capacity of 1,400 entries.  The cost for participation in the race is $35 and registration is available on the www.active.com website.  The race proceeds will go to Waterfront Warriors, Little Smiles of Florida and the Jeff Annas Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 in each age group.  Everyone participating will get a finisher medal.  
 
There will also be a Kids Run which will be approximately ½ mile and will begin at 8:00a.m.  Registration is FREE for the kid’s race and it will not be timed, but every finisher will receive a medal.  For more information on the history of the race, please visit the www.jeffannas5k.com website.
 
Country Club Drive and Chancellor Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic while participants are on the roadway.  During the race, motorists on Southshore Boulevard will be detoured at Greenview Shores to Wellington Trace and Big Blue.  All roadways are expected to be cleared by 12:00p.m.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington Proclaims World Peace Day

Wellington’s Council has proclaimed September 21, 2014 as United Nations Day of Peace in Wellington.  During the month of September, International Peace Day is celebrated across the country and around the world.  Wellington and the Wellington Rotary Club will hold the International World Peace Day Ceremony on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 3:00p.m.  The ceremony will take place at the Rotary Peace Park, located at the intersection of Royal Fern Drive and Birkdale Drive.  The ceremony commemorates and strengthens the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.  
 
For further information about the ceremony or to sponsor the Peace Park, please contact Dr. Wes Boughner with the Wellington Rotary Club, at (561) 791-2060.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington Earns Top Honors for CAFR, 18 Years Running!

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is awarding the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) to the Village of Wellington’s Office of Financial Management & Budget for the Fiscal Year 2013 CAFR. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.  The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the highest standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
 
This year’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the 18th continuously earned, and the Village gives special recognition to Manager of Financial Reporting, Mindy Boersma, for her significant contribution to the body of work that earned this esteemed honor.    This accolade reflects the commitment the Village staff has for meeting the highest principles and best practices in governmental accounting and reporting.
 
The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit, professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals throughout North America.  
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

The Village of Wellington Education Committee Impressed with Keely Spinelli Grant Results

In July of 2013, the Village of Wellington Council pledged their commitment to education by offering financial assistance to Wellington’s public schools. The Keely Spinelli grant offers additional support to all eleven Wellington public schools whose students fall within the lowest 25% in reading and/or math and can be used to provide programs, instructional materials and/or equipment to supplement the school curriculum.  
 
On August 14, 2014 each grant recipient provided a summary to the Education Committee outlining their progress over the last academic year and highlighting their individual successes.
 
Based on the summaries, approximately 1,154 students received additional support in reading and over three hundred received assistance in math.  Of the students receiving additional reading support, 73% achieved growth and of the students receiving additional math support, 83% achieved growth.
 
Education Committee Chair, Marcia Hayden states, “these improvements by our students have been the direct result of the Village of Wellington’s commitment to the education of its children.”
 
Committee Member Michelle McGovern stated “through these one-of-a-kind grants, the Village of Wellington, its leaders and its residents demonstrated their unwavering commitment to ensuring that ALL of the Village's public schools remain among the highest performing in Palm Beach County.”
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington Community Services Gets Residents Talking in Folkestone

On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Wellington’s Community Services Department will conduct a Walk & Talk along Folkestone Circle. Neighborhood advocates, code compliance officers, and PBSO deputies will be in the community from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to hear residents’ concerns and discuss neighborhood issues.
 
If you live along Folkestone Circle and would like to receive a visit from our Walk & Talk team please call Community Services at 561-791-4796.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Don’t Miss Wellington’s 2014 Fall Festival at Village Park

Grab a costume and get ready for an evening of family-friendly “spooktacular” fun at Wellington’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 18th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Visit our Haunted Hallways if you dare, or visit our petting zoo, hay rides, trick or treating, face painting, bounce houses, on-stage performances and more! There will also be a costume contest with prizes for 1st through 3rd place in each of the following age groups: under 3; ages 4 to 6; ages 7 to 10; ages 11 to 14; and 15 and older.
 
Unlimited all access bracelets are required for activities and are on sale beginning August 19th at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) and the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard) at a cost of $7 for children and $5 for adults. On the day of the event, bracelets are $10 for children and $5 for adults. 
 
For more information about Wellington’s Fall Festival, call Village Park at (561) 791-4005. This event is made possible by our sponsors: Whole Foods Market, Wellington Preservation Coalition, Chik-fil-A, and Flannigan’s. For sponsorship opportunities, call the Wellington Parks and Recreation Department at (561) 791-4082.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington Parks Holiday Hours

Wellington’s Olympia Park, Tiger Shark Cove (ball fields) and the Village Park gym will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 1st.  Village Park (outside areas and restrooms only), the Tiger Shark Cove playground, Scott’s Place, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat (Section 24) and the Wellington Green Park (10-acre site) will be open until 5:00 p.m.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.

Wellington Gym Closure

The Wellington Gymnasiums at Village Park will be closed all day beginning Thursday, August 28th through Monday, September 1st in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  As in past years, during this time, annual scheduled maintenance will be performed on the gym floor surfaces.  The gyms will re-open on Tuesday, September 2nd for regular programming.  Program registrations can be done online at www.wellingtonfl.gov or at the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Blvd) during the closure.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Patriot Memorial

The community is invited to join Wellington’s Council at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 to honor the victims of 9/11 at a remembrance ceremony at the Patriot Memorial located next to Village Hall at 12198 Forest Hill Boulevard. The Village Council will share their thoughts and lay a memorial wreath for those lost and affected by the attacks. The guest speaker will be John Napolitano, a Wellington resident, who lost his FDNY member son, Lt. John P Napolitano, Fire Rescue 2, in the tragedy.  
 
Wellington dedicated its Patriot Memorial three years ago on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The memorial includes one of the largest steel beams salvaged from the World Trade Center as well as an eternal flame, fountain and etched glass panels inscribed with the names of the victims. 
 
Patriot Memorial sponsorships, including personalized brick pavers, are still available through the Wellington Community Foundation. For more information, contact Susan Trzepacz at (561) 791-4000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

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