Mayor's Monthly Column

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November is when we give thanks for our health, families, jobs, and our great hometown.   As we approach the end of the year, the days get shorter while Wellington gets busier. Please remember to “fall back” by setting your clocks back one hour on November 5th for the change to Daylight Savings.  

You are also seeing why Wellington is known as “The Winter Equestrian Capital of the World.” As many of our seasonal friends return, join me in welcoming them and their four-legged friends.   Please check out the equestrian venues for current and upcoming events schedules. With a busy season approaching, we hope you enjoy all the events and activities.  This also brings increased traffic on the roads, so stay safe.

Throughout this busy time and holiday season, stay involved with the Village.  Please make sure your voice is heard by participating in our Village’s decision making process.  Click here for complete list of meetings and agendas: http://wellingtonfl.gov/government/agendas, or visit our website, and social media pages (Facebook:  Village of Wellington and Twitter: @wellingtonflgov).  

Wellington has a great slate of upcoming events that you and your family may find interesting. On behalf of Council and staff, please join me at the following:  

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th. Each year, the Village and the American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 honor all current and former members of the armed forces with a Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony. The parade begins at 8:15 a.m., commencing at Village Hall, located at 12300 Forest Hill Boulevard. The parade is followed by a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, located on the corner of Forest Hill Boulevard and South Shore Boulevard.  Join me in showing our support for our returned troops and honor those in our community who have served our country.

If you are an active or retired veteran attending the ceremony, please accept our thanks for your service.  We invite you to join us as we honor you and your fellow service men and women. You will have an opportunity to add your name to our roll call the morning of the event at the Wellington tent.

The Green Market at Wellington is open Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm. Please mark your calendars and make sure you do not miss out.  Join us by the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 Forest Hill Boulevard).

Holiday season officially begins early this November around Wellington, as we begin decorating all around the Village. Please bring your family and friends to the Annual Tree Lighting event on December 8th and Winterfest at the Wellington Amphitheatre. For more information, please make sure to visit our website: www.wellingtonfl.gov, and follow us on Facebook: Village of Wellington and on Twitter: @wellingtonflgov.

The Village continues its tradition of partnering with InterFaith and other local partners for the annual “Hometown Holiday Food Drive.” Please drop off donations by November 17 at Village Hall (12300 Forest Hill Boulevard), Village Park (11700 Pierson Road), the Wellington Community Center (12150 Forest Hill Boulevard), Community Services Office (1092 Wellington Trace), Lake Wellington Professional Centre (12133 Ken Adams Way) Ultima Fitness, The Goddard School, and Schaefer Drugs. Non-perishable items such as instant mashed potatoes, packaged stuffing, and canned vegetables are appreciated. 

The day after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season.  As we enjoy the fall season, our thoughts turn to cooler weather and the holidays.  Keep things close to home during this festive time of year and enjoy shopping and dining with our local merchants.   

As the summer heat gives way to crisp autumn air, there is no better time to get the family outdoors to see movies at the Amphitheater, enjoy our weekly, Thursday food truck invasion, or go nature-spotting at one of our beautiful natural preserves.  There are so many great programs and events happening around our Village. I encourage you to check them out on our community calendar available at www.wellingtonfl.gov/discover-us/calendar

With no shortage of family friendly fun around the Village, I am thankful to call Wellington home, and I look forward to seeing you around our Great Hometown this month.