​​​​​Dawn Rivera

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On our cover this month is world-renowned equine fine art photographer Irina Kazaridi, who was recently in Wellington for the season and is also profiled in this issue. We also feature the planned Fallen Firefighter Memorial Project being led by the Retired Firefighters of Palm Beach County. This is such an amazing initiative that will honor those who have given their lives in service to the community. Learn how you can be part of it.
     Next, we profile Asad Sadiq, general manager of Wellington’s largest shopping venue, the Mall at Wellington Green. This Chicago transplant enjoys his job helping bring retailers and residents together. We also take a look at expansion plans at the Hospital for Special Surgery, being supported by a donation from Marina Kellen French, and her daughter Annabelle Garrett of Wellington.
     In this month’s Wellington Today feature, Village Manager Jim Barnes explains Wellington’s Vision Zero program, designed to dramatically reduce traffic-related crashes that cause fatalities and serious injuries. Our Wellington History series continues with a look at early restaurants in Wellington. We speak with Gabriel Finocchietti of Gabriel’s Café & Grille, Wellington’s oldest restaurant, as well as Dennis Witkowski, founder of the iconic Cobblestones. Finally, Wellington Table visits Masala Mantra Indian Cuisine, which brings a unique take on Indian street food to the western communities.
     Congratulations to all the students in the Class of 2024 who are graduating this month. We are so proud of all your accomplishments and look forward to seeing all that you achieve in the future!


​​​​​​​​Dawn Rivera,Publisher ​​​​​​​​​


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Message From The Publisher

​​​executive editor
Joshua I. Manning

Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer
Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers
Nancy Pobiak
Yolanda Cernicky

account managers
​Betty Buglio
Evie Edwards
Joetta Palumbo

Jill Kaskel

Carol Lieberman

Abner Pedraza


Shannon Anastasio
Jim Barnes
Erin Davisson
Denise Fleischman
Frank Koester
Melanie Kopacz
Mike May
Callie Sharkey
Y.A. Teitelbaum