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Holiday Trash Pick-up Schedule

Village of Wellington reminds resident that there will be no trash or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 27, 2014) and Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25, 2014).  All residents who have Thursday pickup will receive regular service on the next scheduled day.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Tickets on Sale Monday, December 1st for the Wellington Father Daughter Dance

Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and all blends of families are invited to take part in Wellington’s annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, January 31st, 2015. It will be a night of delight designed for daughters ages 5 to 14 and includes dancing, a delicious dinner, games and pictures. Each couple will receive a keepsake to cherish the memories of this fun evening.  The theme for the evening is a magical Frozen “Snow Ball”.
 
The Father Daughter Dance will take place at the Village Park Gymnasium located at 11700 Pierson Road from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Tickets go on sale beginning on Monday, December 1, 2014 and are on sale through Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Wellington Community Center and the Village Park Gymnasium. The cost is $50 per resident couple and $62.50 per non-resident couple. Additional tickets may be purchased for $20 per resident and $25 per non-resident. 
 
This event is expected to sell out, so make sure to purchase your tickets early!
 
For more information, call (561) 791-4005. This event is sponsored by Simon Orthodontics and the Wellington Preservation Coalition and additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.

Wellington’s Charter Review Task Force December Meeting

The Charter Review Task Force will meet on December 1, 2014 beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Village Hall, Conference Rooms 1E/1F. The Task Force will continue discussions of the existing Village Charter and recommended changes.  
 
To view the Wellington Village Charter please visit the Charter Review Task Force page (http://wellingtonfl.gov/government/agendas/charter-review-task-force.html).  
 
The public is invited to attend each session or watch live on Channel 18 or via the wellingtonfl.gov website.  All previous meetings are located on the Village’s website at http://wellingtonfl.gov/news/video-archives/charter-review-task-force.html.
 
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 (ballfields) and the Village Park gym will be closed Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday break.  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 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 Greenbriar Park & Dog Park Closure December 8th – 12th

The Wellington Dog Park located at Greenbriar Park (2975 Greenbriar Boulevard), including the volleyball court area, will be closed Monday, December 8th through Friday, December 12th. During this time annual pest control treatment will be applied and maintenance and asphalt overlay of paths and walkways will be completed throughout the park.  The park will reopen for normal business hours on Saturday, December 13th.
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington Aquatics Complex to Host American Red Cross Lifeguard Class

The Wellington Aquatics Complex is hosting an American Red Cross Lifeguard certification class. Learn the skills you need to score an amazing summer job or begin a fun and exciting career as a professional Lifeguard! This class teaches entry-level participants the expertise needed to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care until EMS personnel arrive.
 
Wellington’s lifeguard certification class takes place on the following dates and times:

December 19th  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

December 20th 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 21st 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 22nd 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 23rd 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Participants must be able to attend all five class dates to complete the certification. To register, participants must be at least 15 years of age, be able to swim 300 yards continuously, and pick up a brick from a water depth of 10 feet. The registration fee is $235 and includes the lifeguarding course, certification and all new American Red Cross course materials.
 
To pre-register, visit the Wellington Aquatics Complex at 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard or call 561-791-4770 for more information. Space is limited, so register today!
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings.
 

Wellington FEMA Maps Updated

The Village of Wellington and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working to update Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM’s or Flood Maps) for the Village. These maps reflect the level of flood hazard for residents’ properties and are used by insurers to determine flood insurance requirements and premiums. The proposed flood maps are available on line at www.wellingtonfl.gov; click the “Floodplain Management” icon at the bottom of the homepage to locate a specific property.
 
According to the proposed flood maps, most, if not all, principal structures (homes, businesses, institutions) in Wellington have a “Zone X” Flood Hazard Classification and are not within the 1% Flood Zone Hazard Area – more commonly referred to as the “100 Year Flood Zone.” Flood insurance is not required for structures within “Zone X.” Property owners are strongly encouraged to review the latest flood maps to determine and verify the classification of their property and contact their insurance representatives with any insurance concerns. It is not uncommon for certain sections of a property such as yards, driveways, pastures, and ancillary structures to be within the 1% Flood Zone Hazard Area, however, this does not mean the principal structure(s) is within the 1% Flood Zone Hazard Area.
 
 
In addition, Wellington will conduct a Community Outreach meeting on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center located at 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard.  Wellington representatives will be available to assist residents with locating their property and determining their flood zone classification.  Representatives will also be available to answer any questions you may have about flood insurance.
 
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

Help make the holiday season bright for families in need this year. The Village of Wellington is asking for assistance in making sure no Village resident goes without a hot meal this season. This year’s Hometown Holiday Food Drive is a partnership with InterFaith, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Whole Foods, Ultima Fitness, and Walgreens. Donations will be accepted through Monday, November 17th. Residents are encouraged to contribute the following food items:
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Packaged stuffing (mix)
  • Cornbread mix
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Turkey gravy
  • Canned vegetables
Food can be dropped off at the Municipal Complex, the Wellington Community Center, Village Park, Ultima Fitness, Lake Wellington Professional Centre, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 8 Substation and the Walgreens located in the Wellington Market Place. 
 
All food donations will go directly to local families in need. Residents looking for assistance can contact Gregg Harr with Wellington Presbyterian Church at (561) 307-2900, Dee Aubry at Wellington Presbyterian Church at (561) 793-1007 or their local house of worship. All requests must me made prior to Wednesday, November 19th.  
 
Special thanks to our community sponsors which include the Wellington Preservation Coalition, Whole Foods Market, Ultima Fitness, and Walgreens. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Meridith Tuckwood, Community Services Specialist at (561) 753-2476 for more information.  
 
For information about other Wellington programs, events, activities, and updates, please visit www.wellingtonfl.gov or watch Channel 18 for the latest happenings. 
 

10 Year Old Makes Inspiring Donation

Noah Norwitch is not your typical fifth grader. For the last four years, he has turned away birthday presents in exchange for granting others the gift of life. 
 
“I realized that I had lots of toys and games, and I wanted to do something that would help kids. My parents helped me find a charity that I could donate to. Since my dad is a pilot and we love flying as much as we can, we decided to use “Angel Flight,” explained Noah during a Wellington Council meeting. 
 
Angel Flight is a nationwide charity that provides free private plane flights to people in need of medical care, who otherwise could not afford it.  Four months ago Noah set his sights a little closer to home, choosing to raise money to help a friend on the swim team.
 
“I was talking to a boy on my swim team. I had not seen this boy for a while and I wondered where he was. He told me that his parents couldn’t afford to bring him to swim practice,” said Noah.
 
The 10 year old went before Village Council on October 28th to present his donation for $3,334 to help not only his friend, but any Wellington child that needs it. 
 
“I hope that with this money, kids can participate in the sports they want all year round,” Noah told the Council. 
 
Noah’s generous efforts moved Mayor Bob Margolis and inspired council members. 
 
“You have touched our souls and this is something that I will never, ever forget,” said Mayor Margolis during the meeting. 
 
The Council earmarked Noah’s donation for Wellington children who cannot afford to participate in a Village program. 
 
“It’s random acts of kindness like this that will hopefully spark interest in other residents to do things as honorable as what you are doing at 10 years old,” said Councilman Matt Willhite. 
 

Drug Prevention Informational Session

Wellington’s Community Services Department has partnered with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club to host a Drug Prevention Informational Session for Wellington teenagers. 
 
The Drug Prevention Informational Session will take place Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 4:45pm at the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club located at 1080 Wellington Trace.
 
If you’re interested in attending please contact Community Services at 561-791-4764.
 
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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