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Planting Live Christmas Trees

A live potted Christmas tree is a great option for both holiday decorating, and providing subsequent tree cover in the yard. If you are considering planting your living tree after the Holidays, it is important that you select the right variety. 
 
Norfolk Island pines are one of the most popular potted Christmas trees sold in big box stores. These trees easily reach mature heights of approximately 80 feet tall, which is simply too large for most residential yards.  Additionally, once they reach mature height, they are prone to breakage at the top.  
 
A native Eastern Red Cedar is a better alternative to plant in your yard. The trouble-free Red Cedar will only grow to a maximum of about 40 feet tall.  They are available at local native plant nurseries in different sizes and are a great option for the South Florida landscape. Cedars are especially good as buffer plantings for privacy, since they are evergreen and the foliage is dense to the base of the tree. 
 
To learn more about other trees and plants well suited to Palm Beach County, visit the Wellington Arboretum located next to Greenbriar Park at 2965 Greenbriar Blvd. 
 
(Photo credit: Jane Thompson, Indian Trails Native Nursery)
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington Gears Up for the Holidays and Encourages Community Participation

Tis the season to be giving, and in the spirit of the holidays the Village of Wellington is partnering with InterFaith, Ultima Fitness, Jet Hauling Inc., The Mall at Wellington Green, The Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the Jingle Bell Run, Tara Management, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for its 6th Annual Hometown Holiday Toy Drive.   
 
“The holidays are about giving and helping those in need,” said Mayor Bob Margolis. “Our residents have always been generous in assisting those less fortunate and ensuring every child has a magical holiday.  Your participation again this year is greatly appreciated as we celebrate this holiday season.”
 
Community members are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys by December 19th to any of the following locations:
 
Wellington Community Center
12165 Forest Hill Boulevard
 
Village Hall
12300 Forest Hill Boulevard
Village Park
11700 Pierson Road
 
Ultima Fitness
12799 West Forest Hill Boulevard
 
Community Services Office
1092 Wellington Trace
 
Lake Wellington Professional Centre
12230 Forest Hill Boulevard
 
PBSO District 8
14000 Greenbriar Boulevard
 
Monetary donations are also accepted and are tax deductible; please contact Meridith Tuckwood, Community Services Specialist for more information.  
 
Residents looking for assistance can contact Wellington’s Community Services Department at (561)791-4796 or their local house of worship.
 
For information on other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit the website at www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings

Wellington Parks and Recreation Earns National Accreditation

Mark of distinction recognizes commitment to highest level of service to the community
 
The Village of Wellington Parks and Recreation Department continues to be recognized as one of the elite park and recreation agencies and departments across the country by earning re-accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2014 NRPA Congress and Exposition.  Wellington Parks and Recreation first achieved accreditation in 2009 and is one of only 24 accredited agencies in Florida and 138 in the country.
 
CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community.  This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services. 
 
As part of the accreditation process, Wellington Parks and Recreation had to demonstrate compliance with 144 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify deficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into a higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.
 
The process for accreditation involves self-assessments, a formal application, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results in a written report, and a hearing with the commission to grant accreditation. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards and is reviewed again in five years.
 
The Commission is comprised of representatives from NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Management Association, the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Armed Forces Recreation Society and the Council of State Executive Directors.
 
For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit www.nrpa.org/CAPRA
 
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org.  For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org
 
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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Wellington Parks Holiday Hours

Wellington’s Olympia Park, Tiger Shark Cove (ballfields) and the Village Park gym will be closed on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014 and New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015 for the Christmas and New Year holidays.  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 from 8:00am to 5:00pm on both days.  
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington Road Closures for Holiday Parade

Expect temporary road closures on Sunday, December 14th beginning at 2:30 p.m. to accommodate this year’s 31st Annual Holiday Parade. 
 
The closures will impact Forest Hill Boulevard from its northern intersection at Wellington Trace to South Shore Boulevard between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and approximately 5:30 p.m., or the conclusion of the parade.  Beginning at 2:00 p.m., one lane in each direction will be closed with complete road closure by 2:15 p.m.  In addition, Chancellor Drive and Country Club Road will be temporarily closed at 1:00 p.m., as well as one lane on the east side of Forest Hill Boulevard between Montauk and Country Club Drive beginning at 8:00 a.m. to facilitate the setup of the stage.
 
The designated parade route will begin at the intersection of Wellington Trace and Forest Hill Boulevard and continue east on Forest Hill Boulevard to South Shore Boulevard.  PBSO Deputies and Village employees will be stationed at strategic points along the parade route with barricades to prevent the movement of traffic on the roadway.  Roads will reopen once cleanup is complete.  
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

24th Annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic at Lake Wellington

Grab your fishing tackle and get ready to reel in “the big one” at the 24th Annual Children’s Holiday Fishing Classic. The free fishing tournament takes place Saturday, December 20th at the Wellington Community Center Dock at 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard. 
 
The event is presented by Wellington in conjunction with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and Bass Pro Shops. It is open to all local children ages 15 and younger. Registration opens at 8:00 am at the dock and pavilion area on Lake Wellington, with the tournament to follow from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Participants are allowed to cast their lines from the dock and surrounding shore (no boats please). The awards and fish tales follow from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place (based on the total weight of fish caught and released) in each age group: 6 and under; ages 7 to 9; ages 10 to 12; and ages 13 to 15.
 
Parents are encouraged to attend and watch the excitement, but no one over the age of 15 is allowed to fish or assist the children in fishing other than to help bait their hooks and remove their catches.
 
Registration forms are available at the Wellington Community Center and Village Park, or online at www.wellingtonfl.gov. For more information about this event, call (561) 791-4005.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Show & Tree Lighting

Be there as Wellington transforms into a Winter Wonderland! On Saturday, December 13th, the Wellington Amphitheater will become the setting for an unforgettable holiday show - perfect for the whole family. 
 
The free festivities kick off with a Holiday Tree Lighting at 7:00 p.m. A spectacular “Winter Wonderland” holiday show follows at 7:30 p.m. and will feature professional performers, singers, dancers, and  special performances by past Wellington Idol winners. A whole cast of holiday characters will be in attendance including Mickey and Minnie, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Frosty the Snowman. Santa Claus himself will also be making a special appearance. 
 
All performances will follow a holiday-themed narrative accompanied by classic holiday music. Character photo opportunities will be available at the end of the show, and Food Trucks will be available on site for food and beverage purchases. 
 
The Wellington Amphitheater is located at 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
 
For a complete schedule of Amphitheater events, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov and select the Amphitheater Schedule page under the News tab.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington Arboretum Open to Public

Wellington’s arboretum, also known as the Tree & Shrub Identification area, is now open to the public. The educational area is located at Greenbriar Park at 2965 Greenbriar Blvd. and features over 30 different varieties of native trees and shrubs. 
 
The arboretum offers homeowners, landscapers and arborists an opportunity to view and evaluate a wide variety of trees and shrubs which are native to this area. It is a serene place where visitors can relax as well as learn more about plants well-suited to the soils and climate of Palm Beach County. 
 
The living display serves as a resource to assist homeowners in selecting plants for their yard.  Each species is identified by a marker that provides the common name, scientific name and the size at maturity. 
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Hometown Holiday Food Drive Provides Meals to Over 130 Families

This year, with generous donations provided by the community, the Hometown Holiday Food Drive was able to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to over 130 local families totaling more than 700 adults and children. Wellington would like to thank not only our residents, but also our partners that made this food drive a resounding success:
  • Wellington’s InterFaith Group
  • Wellington Preservation Coalition
  • PBSO
  • Ultima Fitness
  • Walgreens
  • Whole Foods
  • Tera Management
Thank you for all that you do to support the struggling families in our community each and every year; these events would not be successful without your help. In addition, we would like to extend a special thanks to the community members who volunteered during the sorting and distribution process. 
 
With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is upon us and Wellington would like to remind you that the Hometown Holiday Toy Drive is now under way. Please consider donating a new unwrapped toy at any Village location; together we can ensure a gift for every child.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings. 
 

Fourth Annual Wellington Kids Triathlon

Calling all young athletes! Get ready to swim, bike and run in the Fourth Annual Wellington Kids Triathlon! This exciting and challenging endurance event takes place on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 and begins at the Wellington Aquatics Complex located at 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard.  As of Monday, December 1st, you can register on-line at www.active.com!
 
The Wellington Kids Triathlon is limited to children born between 2001 and 2011 and is designed as an introduction to a multi-sport endurance event within a safe and positive environment. The top male and female finishers in each age group will receive a trophy and all participants will receive a medal. Registration is $35 and includes a t-shirt for each competitor.

Age Division Year Born Swim Distance Bike Distance Run Distance
Super Seniors 2001-2002 200 yards 4.0 miles 1.25 miles
Seniors 2003-2004 150 yards 4.0 miles 1.25 miles
Super Juniors 2005-2006 100 yards 2.0 miles 0.7 miles
Juniors 2007-2008 50 yards 2.0 miles 0.7 miles
Trikes 2009-20011 25 yards 0.40 miles 0.25 miles

         
         
         
         
         
         

Participants can register online at www.active.com, and must do so no later than Monday, February 23rd, 2015. No race day registrations will be accepted. All competitors must be current USA Triathlon (USAT) members. Registration is limited to the first 250 entries, so register early to secure your spot! 
 
We are accepting sponsors for this “Hometown” event at this time.  The Title Sponsor for this year’s race is the Wellington Preservation Coalition and Palm Beach Skate Zone is one of our Silver sponsors.  For additional details, visit
 
 
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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