October, 2015 – Introducing Sabeen


A Letter from the Publisher


October, 2015 – Say Hello to Sabeen!                                  


Thanks to everyone who has put their great ideas, writing, photos, videos and events together to make the Around Wellington community what it is today!  As I get ready to embark on a new chapter of my life, at a technical writing job for an engineering company, I’m happy to introduce you to our new Managing Editor Sabeen Faquir!


Sabeen Faquir

A few words from Sabeen Faquir…


I am the new Managing Editor for AroundWellington.com and will be taking up duties like posting articles, photos, and writing the AW Spotlight story of the month. It feels great to join such a dedicated team.  I have read and posted some articles, already and am excited to see more!


A little bit about me: I studied mass communication at Dreyfoos School of the arts from 2000-2004, then studied biology at Florida International University from 2004-2008.  I am currently studying public health at NOVA Southeastern University, writing the column for AroundWellington®, and working as a part time pharmacy technician at Schaefer Drugs in Wellington. I also volunteer my spare time at Palm Healthcare Foundation at Dixie Highway and work under Grants and Investments there. See you Around Wellington! 



I have always admired people in our community who are making a difference.  My mother (who lives in California) once asked me, “Aren’t you going to run out of interesting people to interview in the Wellington, Florida area?”  Almost ten years later, the answer is no.  In addition to the equestrian season, which adds so many interesting people to our Village of Wellington, there are so many fascinating people, non-profit organizations and businesses right here in our backyard.  Just in the last few months, I’ve had the chance to interview Richard Earl (grandson of Harley Earl, who shaped the auto industry), the President of Furry Friends, a well-known and well-loved Vietnam vet Ernie Zimmerman, the people at Place of Hope (a great foster care network), the Executive Director of Grandma’s Place (a foster care shelter in Royal Palm Beach), the owners of Joey’s Outback, the Director of Bright Horizons, the owners of That’s Dancing and many more.  My friend Monica Kallas and I have made videos with tennis greats Venus Williams and Dick Stockton, an Olympics gold medalist for track & field and an NBA basketball player, and the participants of the 1st Annual March Against Monsanto in Wellington.  Honestly, I wish I had more time to cover more of the amazing things going on around here, Around Wellington.  So no, we haven’t run out of interesting people Around Wellington yet.  Not at all!


After just having a transitional meeting with a few of our  contributors, I was happy to see that this online publication will be in good hands.  One of our writers made me feel wonderful by telling me that her daughter just got a full-time job for the first time, and my recommendation letter helped her get it, as well as her experience writing for AroundWellington.  Another one of our writers/ photographers also made me smile, saying, “Look at what you have put together.  Look at the experiences we have had together.  The champagne we have had at the equestrian events and in other wonderful places.”  There is no other place like the Village of Wellington to work and play.  It’s a tight-knit community, but honestly there is no snobbery.  What I’ve seen is that people are genuine and are genuinely trying to help one another in business and in family situations.


In other news, we are looking to add an advertising salesperson to our team!  This person must be willing to visit businesses in the “around Wellington” area, make sales calls, enjoy networking and be friendly.  Prior sales experience preferred. This is a commission-only position. Call Krista at (561) 965-6617. Send your resume to: .

Refer a new advertiser, get $50!


Referral Month!  For the month of October, anyone who refers a business to us for advertising (for 12 months or more) will receive $50.  It’s that simple.  (Referral bonus to be paid after 3 months of advertising is completed).  So do you know a local business that should be getting their name out there?  Affordably?  See our “” page and refer away!


Got an event you’d like to share with us?  We are merging some of our features with another great site .  So please fill out this and submit it. Visit our combined events page, to check on upcoming events (and to see the events you have submitted).


Don’t forget that you can find a page inside Banzai Wellness Magazine each month with our AroundWellington.com content!  We’re also happy to share a story from Banzai with you on our “” page on AroundWellington.com.  This month it’s a story about Dr. Dana Desser by local writer & photographer Lois Spatz.


I really enjoyed catching up with Francesca Friedman of for this month’s “” story.  In addition to offering high-quality indoor fun for children, did you know that Joey’s Outback has freshly-made food in their café for adults, as well as beer and wine?  They have literally thought of everything to make it fun and comfortable for kids and adults at Joey’s Outback.  And now they are franchising with the next Joey’s Outback to be located, it looks like, in Stuart.  Congrats to Francesca, Michael and Joey for their new step in business!  Visit Joey’s Outback in the Fresh Market plaza on Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, Wednesdays thru Sundays.


Welcome to our newest advertiser, !  They are located in the Trader Joe’s plaza on 441 in Wellington.  Call them at (561) 221-6996 and begin relaxing now!


THANKS to you, our readers, for your interest in AroundWellington and for liking our Facebook page too!  THANKS to our terrific team of writers and photographers too!  Here are the October articles.



Have a very Happy October!

Best Regards,



Krista Martinelli

Owner/ Publisher