Vitalia gets proactive
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Property values surge Art thou very excited?
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on DOT’s I-95
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer
It’s important for Port St. Lucie
motorists to be able to get onto
Interstate 95 northbound at Cross-
town Parkway and get off at St.
Lucie West Boulevard, several City
Council members said Monday.
A view of the Civic Center from atop the parking garage. PHOTO: LINDA KLOORFAIN Consequently, the council vot-
CITY PURSUES DEFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION CLAIMS OVER CIVIC CENTER ed unanimously to ask Florida
Department of Transportation to
scrap long-term plans to construct
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer Beach, last month about con- trusion and premature structural were left Friday and Monday. “braided ramps” on I-95 between
struction defects on the Civic deterioration in the Civic Center Despite the problems, the
Port St. Lucie has filed defective Center clock tower and east-fac- parking garage. the Crosstown
construction claims against the ing and south-facing walls. buildings remain structurally
builder of the $40 million Civic The general counsel and pres- sound and safe for public use, Parkway and St.
Center in an attempt to recover at Port St. Lucie has already filed ident of Suffolk Construction’s said City Manager Russ Black-
least some of the repair costs. suit against Suffolk Construction southeast division did not re- burn. The city first discovered the Lucie West Boule-
in state court claiming shoddy spond to questions emailed Fri- construction issues at the Civic
The city notified Suffolk Con- construction resulted in water in- day and telephone messages that vard interchang-
struction Company, of West Palm CONTINUED ON PAGE A6
es. “It’s a lose-lose
state oversight on situation,” May-
rail service project
or Greg Oravec Mayor Oravec.
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer said about the
As Virgin Trains USA prepares to Can this invention help stop the lionfish invasion? proposed braid-
upgrade tracks and railroad cross-
ings for new passenger rail service, ed ramps because they will harm
Treasure Coast officials are gaining
traction in their calls for greater intra-city travel and create noise
state oversight of the project.
BY SUE COCKING | Staff Writer spear, hook, and cook them out of our ocean and issues.
Florida Department of Trans- estuarine waters.
portation brass agreed this month Lionfish – the peppermint-striped, venom-spiked Port St. Lucie officials hope
to assign a railway administrator aquarium fish turned pesky predator – pose a high These natives of Indo-Pacific waters arrived in
to help Treasure Coast officials risk of invading the Indian River Lagoon and deci- Florida in home aquariums as far back as the 1980s, to discuss the braided ramp is-
resolve shortcomings in Virgin mating its ecology, despite broad-based efforts to and then were set free when they either grew too
Trains’ construction plans for rail- sue with FDOT officials during a
road crossing improvements. Bob and Maria Hickerson with their lionfish-attracting device. large or ate everything else in their
tanks. Today they have spread as far meeting on June 24 at the St. Lucie
Florida Transportation Com- north as Cape Cod, south to Brazil,
and east to the Mediterranean. County Transportation Planning
CONTINUED ON PAGE A7
Resource managers in Florida and Organization office.
beyond have deployed nearly every
possible weapon at their disposal to Traffic congestion is project-
control the invaders – spear fishing
derbies, liberal fishing rules, com- ed to reach unacceptable levels
mercial marketing incentives, im-
port bans, even a popular cookbook on I-95 northbound between St.
– but concede they are not winning
Lucie West Boulevard and Cross-
town Parkway and on the exit and
entrance ramps by 2030, an FDOT
FDOT proposed constructing
a ramp from Crosstown Parkway
onto I-95 that would flyover the
PHOTO: KAILA JONES CONTINUED ON PAGE A9 exit ramp from the highway onto
CONTINUED ON PAGE A6
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Funding for central Everglades restoration bodes well for Fla. water health
BY ADAM LATEN WILLSON | Correspondent ration for the 2019-2020 fiscal year ways been tied to funding,” said de Palma. south of the Lake, on recently repurposed
– a noticeable increase from this year’s “Audubon Florida is excited to see the fed- state lands. The U.S. Department of Trans-
Six years ago, when former Congressman $130 million, and more than three times the eral government finally step up and match portation also recently allocated $60 million
Patrick Murphy led a Florida Waterways allocation that President Trump had origi- state funding. These $200 million will go a to match the state’s $40 million for the Tami-
Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C., nally proposed to Congress in March. U.S. long way in finishing ongoing projects and in ami Trail bridge construction, which will play
it was a watershed moment. At the time, Rep. Brian Mast, Gov. Ron DeSantis and getting shovel-ready projects in the ground.” a crucial role in moving Lake Okeechobee
very little national attention was paid toward Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott But de Palma warns that one good year of water south through the Everglades. “Mov-
Everglades restoration, and the Central Ev- were instrumental in the increased appro- federal funding is not enough if CERP is to ing a much greater amount of water south
erglades Restoration Plan (CERP), a suite of priations budget. continue toward completion. A similar fed- – mimicking the natural water flow – is criti-
several restoration components which had eral funding commitment is needed annual- cally important for our environment, health,
been enacted by Congress in 2000, was still Mast, who has championed healthy Flor- ly for the indefinite future. safety and economy. This project will see
snailing along. ida water from the beginning, testified in an huge benefits to restore the Everglades and
April meeting of the Appropriations Com- Still, the exponential growth in attention prevent harmful discharges,” said Mast.
Much has changed in the last six years. In mittee, emphasizing the need for federal toward CERP does bode well. Army Corps of
2014, the constitutional amendment com- funding. “The only hope for correcting the Engineers Chief Communications Officer Though much more recent attention is
monly referred to as “Amendment 1” was federal government’s engineering mistakes John Campbell says he believes the added being given to CEPP, the projects can often
ratified by 75 percent of Florida voters. This of the 20th century is to bring [the compo- attention is due to the rapid increase of tox- take several years to come to fruition, due to
stipulated that 33 percent of Florida’s reve- nents of CEPP] to completion,” Mast said at ic algal blooms that communities have seen the nature of the collaboration between the
nue from documentary excise taxes would the hearing. In order to do this, Mast contin- in recent years along the St. Lucie and Ca- state and federal sponsors. Both Campbell
go toward land acquisition. Two years later ued, the federal government needs to make loosahatchee Rivers. Since 2004, the Corps and de Palma praised the unified efforts of
came the Legacy Florida Act, which locked in good on it promise to match state funds for has worked with South Florida Water Man- the Corps and SFWMD in their implementa-
an annual minimum of $200 million in state CERP components, outlined in the origi- agement District (SFWMD) on a reservoir tion of CERP; they are currently working to-
funds for Everglades land acquisition. Flori- nal legislation. Mast noted that so far, state and stormwater treatment area along the St. gether to identify components of Everglades
da Senate Bill 10 was also signed into law in funding has exceeded federal funding by Lucie Canal. This project, which will clean restoration that can be advanced in the near
2016, outlining a protocol for movement on approximately $1 billion. In February, the nutrient-laden run-off and store about 16 future. “Both agencies are moving simulta-
CEPP (Central Everglades Planning Project), Florida legislature approved a budget that billion gallons, is nearing completion, says neously to put moneys received to good use
the main objective of which is to develop among other notable increases has desig- Campbell, and is expected to be finished – figuring out how to best move forward to
stormwater treatment facilities south of Lake nated about $360 million for Everglades res- sometime next year. ensure this critical project gets built sooner
Okeechobee and restore the lake’s south- toration in the next year. rather than later,” said De Palma. “The res-
ward watershed. Other exciting developments are taking toration timeline for this specific project is
Celeste de Palma, director of Everglades place in the Everglades Agricultural Area, tough to predict, but being able to advance
Last month, Florida Everglades advo- Policy with Audubon Florida, says that just south of Lake Okeechobee. According to components of it now will help ensure there
cates tallied a new victory, when the House next year’s federal allocation is promising. de Palma, the SFWMD is already in the final are no delays.”
Committee on Appropriations approved a “Progress in Everglades restoration has al- design stages of a stormwater treatment area
$200 million budget for Everglades Resto-
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on storm prep
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer SafeSpace celebrates the big 4-0!
PHOTO: LINDA KLOORFAIN
“Fortune favors the bold,” Mayor Greg-
ory Oravec said, quoting an old Latin say- SafeSpace board members and staff members celebrate the 40th anniversary of SafeSpace at Kyle G’s on Hutchinson Island
ing. “I like to think fortune favors the bold last Wednesday. SafeSpace provides help for victims of domestic violence on the Treasure Coast.
who have properly prepared.”
Mayor Oravec lauded Vitalia for its pro- “Nobody in here said ‘Hurricane Party.’ I Proulx encouraged the residents in at-
His comments came days before the activeness. “It’s exemplary,” he told St. love that!” she responded. Floridians, par- tendance and the public at large to sign
official start to hurricane season while ad- Lucie Voice. “They have an interest. They ticularly those on the Treasure Coast had up for the Alert St. Lucie emergency notifi-
dressing residents of the Vitalia communi- do their homework ... I love our Vitalians.” become complacent following the 2004 cations, which can be found at www.City-
ty in Tradition. hurricanes, Frances and Jeanne. Hurri- OfPSL.com/em to make sure that they are
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric canes Matthew (2016) and Irma (2017), notified in the way they want – phone, text
That community is going above and be- Administration is predicting a “near-nor- both near-misses, gave the area a wake-up and/or email – when they want.
yond to ensure all its residents are ready mal” hurricane season, which began June call.
for the next storm. It recently formed the 1 and runs through November. The peak is The webpage also has a link to a Hurri-
Vitalia StormPREP Committee – a group August through October. With last year’s devastation from Hur- cane and Emergency Preparedness Quick
of active residents who are putting togeth- ricane Michael, which struck the Florida Guide residents are urged to review and
er information and dispersing it to fellow “Near-normal” means nine to 15 named Panhandle, officials expect residents to implement.
residents. They are also crafting neigh- storms of which four to eight will be hur- heed the calls for preparation sooner, not
borhood plans for storm preparations, re- ricanes. Of those hurricanes, two to four later. Already, the city itself is prepared “City of Port St. Lucie, I can tell you, we
sponse and recovery. will be “major” hurricanes of Category 3 or for whatever the season has in store. Be- will pick ourselves up,” Proulx told the Vi-
higher. fore the June 1 start, there was already a talia community, adding that it might take
“It’s all new to us,” committee member sub-tropical disturbance. time, but with everyone working together,
Michael Reichgut told St. Lucie Voice. He “There’s plenty of time to still prepare,” the city will recover.
recently moved to Tradition from Califor- Proulx told the Vitalia residents. “Doesn’t Mother Nature pay attention
nia, swapping earthquakes for hurricanes. to our calendar?” Mayor Oravec asked. “I To watch the presentation given to the
“These storms can be tough,” he said, add- She quizzed those who gathered, asking mean, the nerve! But she’s the boss, isn’t she Vitalia community, go to https://youtu.
ing that he does appreciate that hurricanes them what they should do when a Hur- ... Mother Nature is not to be trifled with.” be/4wCO1SfKQ8c.
seldom strike without advance warning. ricane Watch is issued. They responded
The same can’t be said for earthquakes. quickly with “Get ready!”
The Vitalia community is a mix of sea-
sonal and permanent residents, which
can make planning storm preparations
more complicated. And, there are elderly
or infirm residents who have no method
of self-transportation in the event of an
evacuation notice, or to get to the store to
purchase storm supplies.
Reichgut said as the committee has got-
ten to work, more and more challenges are
sprouting up – all the more reason such a
committee is of benefit to the community.
Many homeowners associations get the
word out to residents via email or newslet-
ters, said City of Port St. Lucie Emergency
Management Director Christina Proulx, but
Vitalia is taking preparations a step further.
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COUNCIL PAVES WAY FOR NEW GOLF CART RULES I-95 BRAIDED RAMPS
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St. Lucie West Boulevard, the report says.
That would alleviate traffic congestion
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer in gated communities like St. Lucie West and Tradition, Police through 2045.
Chief John Bolduc told the council. Under the new rules, resi-
Golf carts would be allowed on concrete paths 8 feet or wider dents could drive their golf carts on 8-foot-wide paths leading I-95 southbound would need braided
throughout most of Port St. Lucie during daytime hours under to nearby shopping centers.
new rules being considered by the City Council. ramps between St. Lucie West Boulevard
“The 8-foot or wider sidewalks allowed a lot of connectivity
But they would not be allowed to operate on city streets, oth- between the private roadways in St. Lucie West and Tradition and Crosstown Parkway by 2045 when traf-
er than to cross an intersection, the council decided Monday. and the commerce centers,” Bolduc said. “Not so much out on
the east side of the city because we don’t have the 8-foot side- fic congestion is expected to degrade to un-
Low-speed vehicles that meet state motor vehicle safety stan- walks.”
dards will continue to be allowed on city streets with a speed acceptable levels, the report says.
limit of less than 30 mph because that’s permitted by state law, Mayor Greg Oravec called for council members and city work-
the council decided. ers to identify “where we want some 8-foot-plus multi-modal But those braided ramps will never be
trails and sidewalks connecting and what are the strategic des-
The council agreed to move forward with their initiative to tinations that we want to connect.” built if Oravec and
regulate golf carts and low-speed vehicles, which travel less
than 25 mph. A key goal is to prevent crashes with regular ve- “We don’t have a good network to date,” Oravec said. “We’re the City Council
hicles. not connected with that 8-foot-plus multi-modal path current-
ly, something for us to work towards.” have their way.
The City Council also agreed to develop a trails master plan
that would identify all the concrete paths 8 feet or wider in the Councilman John Carvelli said, “The question of the day is “With the braided
city and propose places where more paths should be built. how are they going to merge with pedestrians and city traffic?”
ramps, it really shuts
City Manager Russ Blackburn said he would provide the “We have to clearly define the areas they can use the vehicles
council with an update on the proposed golf cart and low-speed because people are going to take latitude and think they can down local mobility
vehicle regulations during the annual summer retreat. move into this road or that road and cut across,” Carvelli said.
“It has to be clearly marked with the proper signage so people because you would
A proposed ordinance would be drawn up based on those realize they’re not supposed to be off those trails.”
discussions, Blackburn said. not be able to take
People are already allowed to drive golf carts on private roads Crosstown to St. Stephanie Morgan.
Lucie West,” Oravec
“Additionally, with a braided ramp, you
would have to elevate a lane of traffic,”
Oravec said. “That means that you’re going
to sound propagation at-height, versus at-
grade, which I think is also deleterious to
the residents of Port St. Lucie.”
Councilman John Carvelli, who rep-
CIVIC CENTER resents St. Lucie West, agreed.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 “I think the noise issue will be as critical
as cutting off the trips between the two ex-
its,” Carvelli said.
Center Parking Garage in May 2014 “It’s going to be an elevated roadway and
when decorative foam started falling
off the building, records show. the noise could get pretty bad, especially in
An engineering firm hired by the Lake Charles.”
city to inspect the parking garage
and the Civic Center uncovered a Motorists traveling between Crosstown
long list of suspected construction
defects. Parkway and St. Lucie West Boulevard
Suffolk Construction sent repre- would have to use California Boulevard or
sentatives to inspect the Civic Center
issues on May 3, records show. Cashmere Boulevard, instead of I-95, if the
Five days later, the city notified braided ramps are built.
Suffolk Construction about its latest
defective construction claims. “It puts all the pressure on California, or
“The city contends that the steel Cashmere, eventually,” Carvelli said.
embed plates were not covered with
enough concrete cover which caused Councilman Stephanie Morgan said,
corrosion to the steel and cracking/
spalling of the concrete,” Deputy “I’m so against this braiding idea.”
City Attorney Lee Baggett said in the
May 8 notice. Morgan disputed a contention in a June
“An additional defect is located on 4 FDOT memo that the braided ramps
an exterior wall of the civic center’s
warehouse in which there is an ab- would have a “relatively minor” impact on
sence of or a failed joint expansion, which
has caused the wall and concrete sidewalk traffic on California Boulevard and Com-
around the wall to crack,” Baggett said.
merce Centre Drive.
The city filed a complaint in state court
Oct. 9 charging Suffolk Construction with Morgan also said she shared her con-
breach of contract, breach of implied war-
ranty, building code violations and negli- cerns with a high ranking FDOT official.
gence related to the construction defects.
“I let him know how unhappy I was with
The city amended the suit on Jan. 31 to
add a fraud allegation, claiming Suffolk Port St. Lucie has filed a lawsuit against the builder of the the brading suggestion … and that we had
Construction attempted to conceal con- Civic Center parking garage, Suffolk Construction, claiming defective
struction defects in the parking garage by heard from several residents with their dis-
covering them with cement patch material construction caused structural problems in the six-story building.
and paint and pretending they didn’t exist. pleasure with it,” Morgan said.
PHOTO: LINDA KLOORFAIN
City Transportation Administrator Heath
The case is pending before Judge Barbara new facilities constructed under the rede- Stockton said he would try to come up with
Bronis in the 19th Circuit Court in St. Lucie velopment plan.
County. alternatives to the braided ramp concept to
Vacant lots dominate the grid of oak-
Port St. Lucie built the 100,000-square tree-lined roads with on-street parking, pitch to FDOT.
foot Civic Center and six-story parking sidewalks and decorative streetlights in
garage in 2008 as the center piece of the City Center. “They’re looking at our population
redevelopment of the old Village Green
Shopping Center. City leaders envisioned A Bealls department store, a Tires Plus growth and saying, ‘You have a minor issue
the 40-acre City Center at U.S. 1 and Wal- automotive service shop and Wells Fargo
ton Road becoming a downtown entertain- bank office were the only businesses to sur- now,’” Stockton said. “Well in 10 years, it’s
ment district featuring shops, restaurants, a vive the redevelopment efforts.
hotel and apartments. going to be a much larger issue. So, they’re
Nearly 21 acres in City Center have been
But public buildings, including a St. Luc- tied up in federal court since 2015 when just trying to get ahead of that.”
ie County government office, were the only authorities charged the prior owner with
securities violations and seized the land. Roughly 80,500 vehicles travel on I-95
daily between the Martin County line and
St. Lucie West Boulevard, FDOT records
show. About 71,500 vehicles per day travel
between St. Lucie West Boulevard and Mid-
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RAIL PROJECT OVERSIGHT
PROPERTY VALUES SURGE IN CITY, COUNTYCONTINUEDFROMPAGEA1
mission Chairman Rob Howse also said he BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer The taxable value of Port St. Luc-
would try to put Virgin Trains’ design engi-
neers in contact with Treasure Coast public Economic good times and Port ie’s real estate has increased by 57
works officials for “engineer to engineer”
discussions about safety and construction St. Lucie’s pro-growth philosophy percent or about $3.8 billion in the
helped fuel a 10.5 percent increase last five years, county records show.
The progress came during a June 6 meeting
in St. Lucie County attended by Howse, FDOT in city real estate values in the past City Manager Russ Blackburn said
Secretary Kevin Thibault, FDOT’s Southeast
Florida District Secretary Gerry O’Reilly and year, St. Lucie County Property the construction boom throughout
Treasure Coast government officials.
Appraiser Michelle Franklin said the city shows home buyers and
That’s when officials from St. Lucie, Indi-
an River and Martin counties told the FDOT Monday. business investors see the city’s real
brass Virgin Trains has yet to submit permit
applications for the improvements planned The estimated taxable value estate as a good investment. “We’re
at railroad crossings, county records show.
of Port St. Lucie’s real estate rose seeing the city continue to distance
Virgin Trains anticipates starting con-
struction this year on the Treasure Coast on to $10.6 billion as of Jan. 1, 2019, New housing construction in 2018 gave a 39 percent itself from the Great Recession,”
the track and crossing improvements need- compared to $9.7 billion last year, boost to the taxable value of real estate in Port St. Lucie. Blackburn said. “We’ve seen new de-
ed to establish a passenger rail line between county records show. velopment in the western area and
Orlando and West Palm Beach by 2022. PHOTO: GEORGE ANDREASSI
Virgin Trains has been offering passenger “A strong economy and a city that has increase of 7 percent from last year, county in-fill development in the rest of the city.”
rail service since last May on the Florida East
Coast Railway tracks between Miami and poised itself for future growth has con- records show. Fort Pierce’s estimated tax- The city issued building permits for
West Palm Beach.
tributed to the increase in taxable value,” able value rose to $2.5 billion, an increase more than 2,200 new single-family homes
The FECR tracks will be improved be-
tween West Palm Beach and Cocoa for the Franklin said. “The City of Port St. Lucie has of 6 percent from last year, county records in 2018, Blackburn said.
passenger rail extension. New tracks will be
constructed along State Road 528 between welcomed new construction of homes and show. “One factor of the City of Port Saint “People are moving here because there
Cocoa and Orlando International Airport.
commercial property, which has proved to Lucie experiencing greater increase in are lots of opportunities in Port St. Lucie
Virgin Trains’ goal is to offer 16 round trips
per day between Miami and Orlando with a be an attraction for Northerners and South taxable value is due to new construction,” and we have a wonderful quality of life,”
travel time of about three hours as an alter-
native to frequently congested Interstate 95 Floridians alike.” Franklin said. “New construction added Blackburn said. “It really shows a high level
and Florida’s Turnpike. FECR will continue
running about 20 freight trains per day on Meanwhile, St. Lucie County’s estimat- over 39 percent to Port St. Lucie’s estimated of confidence in making an investment in
ed taxable value rose to $21.8 billion, an taxable value.” Port St. Lucie.”
Virgin Trains USA Vice President Rusty
Roberts told the Indian River County Repub- “Indian River County commissioned a to stay away from the tracks, Roberts said. the railroad crossings to minimize traffic
lican Club on June 6 safety is important and consulting group to do a study on rail safety Indian River County is appealing the dis- congestion on roads near the tracks when
the company is working with local govern- and the impact of the Brightline train (Vir- trains are rolling through, Szprka said.
ment officials regarding their concerns. gin Trains’ previous brand) in Indian River missal of its federal lawsuit challenging the
County, asking the question: Is it unsafe for Federal Railroad Administration approval Traffic signals at intersections near the
“Operational safety is very important, as Indian River County,” Roberts said. “That of the Virgin Trains project. The county also tracks must be interconnected with the rail-
we know,” Roberts told more than 100 Re- study concluded that the corridor will ac- filed a state lawsuit asking a judge to rule the road warning system so vehicles don’t get
publican Club members. tually be safer after the train starts running county no longer must pay for the mainte- trapped on the tracks when the crossing
through Indian River County.” nance and repairs of railroad crossings un- gates come down, Szprka said.
Roberts accused the Indian River Coun- der longstanding agreements with FECR.
ty government of suppressing a report by a “It also concluded – with the improve- Additional safety measures will be needed
county consultant who found the track and ments being done at the crossings and the On June 4, Indian River County provided at railroad crossings because the construc-
crossing improvements for the Virgin Trains addition of a second track which allows for FDOT with a list of 12 “major deficiencies tion of a second track will allow trains to
project would make the rail corridor safer. the free flow of trains – the number of min- and concerns” about Virgin Trains’ Feb. 13 approach from two different directions and
utes the gates are down in a 24-hour peri- construction plans for the county’s railroad may cause issues with the gates, Szprka said.
od with 32 Brightline trains plus the freight crossings. The plans “showed a lack of detail
would be five minutes less than it is today,” for pedestrian crossings, conflicting design State Sen. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart), whose
Roberts said. Nearly every railroad crossing information between plan sheets, disregard district includes part of St. Lucie County,
on the Treasure Coast will be equipped with for public safety and a general lack of con- said she too has concerns about the safety
four railroad gates and a center median to sistency throughout the plans,” said county of Virgin Trains passenger rail, particularly in
stop traffic in both directions and prevent Publics Works Director Richard Szpyrka in a downtown Stuart. Harrell said she also wants
motorists from going around the gates, Rob- letter to FDOT. FDOT to take a bigger role in regulating the
erts said. project.
So far, Virgin Trains has not responded to
Virgin Trains will also establish a safety county officials about their concerns dating Meanwhile, state Sen. Debbie Mayfield
education program in schools and neighbor- back to August 2016, Szprka’s letter said. (R-Vero Beach) has requested a meeting with
hoods near the train tracks to teach children Gov. Ron DeSantis to discuss having FDOT
It will require close coordination between take a greater role in regulating higher speed
Virgin Trains and county officials to design trains (80-110 mph) like Virgin Trains.
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IN LOVING MEMORY Heavy hearts: Family, friends,
police colleagues mourn officer
SAL GIORDANO, 57 MICHAEL A. VERDI, 72
St. Lucie West St. Lucie West
Sal Giordano, 57, of Verano in St. Luc- Michael Anthony Verdi, 72, of St. Lucie BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer police, Brown “suffered a fatal heart attack
ie West died June 9. Sal was born in Mount West passed away on June 11, surrounded by firstname.lastname@example.org after completing a third day of leading
Vernon, N.Y., and moved to Port St. Lucie in his family. Formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the Port St. Lucie Police Athletic League’s
1992, coming from Boynton Beach, Fla. born to Sal and Connie Verdi, on May 25th, Friends, family and fellow law enforce- Police Camp. He was one of the camp
1947. ment were scheduled to gather Wednes- leaders as part of his summertime duties
Sal worked for Publix supermarkets for day morning at St. Bernadette’s Catholic as a School Resource Officer. The camp
20 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and Michael was a Marine who served in Church in St. Lucie West to remember involved three days of strenuous outdoor
traveling. Sal especially had a love for food Vietnam from 1966-1968, a disabled vet- Port St. Lucie Police Officer Steve Brown, activities including an obstacle course
and cooking, feeding people and making eran wounded three times and sent back who passed away in Indian River County at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. Officer
others happy. to defend his country. He was a three-time last week. Brown collapsed after returning home at
recipient of the Military’s Purple Heart. Mi- the end of his shift on June 12th.”
Survivors include his wife, Anna; father, chael, a true patriot, was proud to serve his Brown, 40, was found in his Indian Riv-
Frank Giordano of Port St. Lucie; brother, country and could often be heard saying, er County home at 10:42 p.m. and taken Brown was born Dec. 29, 1978, in Wa-
Robert Giordano of West Palm Beach; in- “Once a Marine, Always A Marine.” He never to Cleveland Clinic Indian River (formerly terbury, Conn., to Deborah and Arthur
laws, William and Antoinette Mooney of left home without proudly wearing a Marine Indian River Medical Center). According Brown. He is survived by his wife, Maria,
Port St. Lucie; brothers-in-law, Pat Mooney Corps hat. to a statement released by Port St. Lucie and children Nicholas and Isabella.
(Stacey) of Port St. Lucie, Joe Mooney of
Port St. Lucie, Pete Mooney (Michelle) He joined the NYPD in 1974, where he Officer Brown joined the Port St. Lucie Police
of West Palm Beach and Mike Mooney rose through the ranks. He was a Mario Bi- Steve Brown. Department on April 9, 2004, and served
(Colleen) of Saratoga, N.Y.; nephews, Mi- aggi Award recipient and received an NYPD in various positions. Such posts included
chael Mooney, Peter Mooney and Mar- Combat Cross for his bravery. PHOTO COURTESY OF PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE DEPARTMENT School Resource Officer, Field Training
cus Mooney; and nieces, Ashley Mooney, Officer and Patrol Officer.
Courtney Mooney, Erin Scanlon, Kailyn Nicknamed by his friends, “the warrior,”
Mooney and Jillian Mooney. he retired from the force in 1995 as sergeant He was also the coordinator for the
commander and relocated to Port St. Lucie. Florida Police and Fire Games, a member
ROBERT L. KNIPPENBERG, 77 of the Treasure Coast Crisis Intervention
St. Lucie West Michael received a bachelor’s degree from Team, a gang investigator, an in-house
Saint Joseph’s College in Brooklyn and a mas- human diversity instructor, and a Kids at
Robert Lee Knippenberg, 77, of the Kings ter’s degree from New York University where Hope Treasure Hunter.
Isles community in St. Lucie West passed he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
away suddenly on June 10, days before his Brown had a soft spot for youth and
78th birthday. Robert was born in Cumber- Michael had a heart of gold and embodied focused much of his efforts to improving
land, Md., on June 16, 1941, to Robert and the true meaning of a gentleman. He gave of- young lives. He was a phenomenal chef,
Alberta Knippenberg. ten to anyone who was in need, whether it the Port St. Lucie Police Department
was a fellow police officer in need of advice, said, and regularly lent his culinary skills
He was the youngest of two children and a neighbor who needed an extra hand or a to the St. Lucie County Boys and Girls
graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1959. charitable organization that was near to his Club Chili Cook-off.
heart. He was generous, humble and always
After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, kind and compassionate to all. 3 EVIDENCE TECHS ARRESTED
serving for three years aboard the USS Coral
Sea Ship. He returned to Cumberland, Md., Michael will be missed beyond words. He BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer June 12 following an investigation. Ac-
where he attended Catherman’s Business gave so much to so many and we will all carry email@example.com cusations were lodged with supervisors
School and received his business degree. a piece of him with us in our hearts forever. on May 8, prompting the month-long
The Port St. Lucie Police Department investigation.
He was employed by SJ Groves & Sons He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyl- is reconsidering its protocols regarding
Company in Martinsburg, W.Va. lis Verdi; and their children and spouses, the disposal of evidence after three evi- LaBelle and Taylor were charged with
Robin and Carmelo Colletti, Michael and dence technicians were accused of tak- grand theft and organized scheme to
Robert met his wife, Zelma, on June 5, Kompel Verdi, John and Ayana Verdi, and ing items for themselves. defraud, and Hunter was charged with
1966, and married less than two years later Danielle and Louis Mancuso; nine grand- grand theft. They were placed on ad-
on April 27, 1968. children, Carmine and Lauren Colletti, None of the items taken were related ministrative leave while the department
Michael III and Christian Verdi, Giovanni to open, active cases, according to the investigated.
They relocated numerous times over the and Annabella Verdi, and Louis III, Nich- department. Only evidence marked for
25 years before retiring, including traveling olas and Dominic Mancuso; sister, Angela return to owners or destruction due to Items the men were accused of tak-
for the company to Bolivia, South America, Thorpe; and best friend and brother, Jose the case being closed was taken. ing included pellet guns, firearm maga-
and various places. “Gonzo” Gonzalez. zines, various tools and sporting equip-
Police Chief John Bolduc said during ment, as well as household items such
In 1973, they welcomed their only child, JOHN REYNOLDS, 61 a press conference last week that, as an as electric toothbrushes and razors.
Amanda. Port St. Lucie accredited police agency, there are pro-
tocols in place that are expected to be Investigators found surveillance
Robert retired from the corporate world John “Jack” Reynolds, 61, of Port St. Luc- followed. footage from the previous 67 days that
and became an entrepreneur in his mid 40s. ie passed away June 9. He was born Feb. 4, showed the men putting the items in a
He and his wife became owner/operators of 1958, to the late Harry and Lucille Reynolds “We had a lot of faith in those pro- trash can as they would for disposal and
Bob’sVending Service in St. Lucie, Martin and in Canandaigua, N.Y. Jack came to Port St. tocols,” Bolduc said, adding that after then return to the trash later to collect
Indian River counties for 21 years. During Lucie from Canandaigua in 2015. this incident the agency will need to re- the items.
this time they bought, sold, and maintained evaluate. “We need to beef it up” so this
Real Estate properties throughout Florida. Anyone who knew him could tell you he doesn’t happen again. All three men had worked with the
was an avid sports fan, he had a passion for police department “for years,” accord-
Robert was a generous man who could coaching and enjoyed to volunteer. Evidence technicians Thomas LaBelle ing to the agency. Their actions have not
never just walk by without lending a helping Jr., Vernal Taylor and Jeffrey Hunter were affected other police cases.
hand. He enjoyed collecting coins since he He is survived by his loving and dedicat- arrested on felony warrants approved
was young, reading, and gardening. ed wife of 22 years, Kimberlee Reynolds;
children, Kimberly Clarke, Joseph Reynolds,
Robert is survived by his wife, Zelma; his Amanda Tulucci and Christina Tulucci; and
daughter, Amanda (Victor) Ryckman; three grandchildren, Hunter, Alex, Jackson, Gracie,
grandchildren, Matthew ( Jesmine) Victoria Aden, Caleb, Liam and Nicco.
and Joshua; and his brother, Richard Knip-
penberg of Huntington, W.Va.
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SKYWARN CLASS: LOOK UP TO KNOW WHEN TO LOOK OUT
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent there were still some trained cy training St. Lucie County does or hosts. sentations on request,” he said. “It’s always
volunteer weather watchers When residents of Vitalia at Tradition re- more effective to do face-to-face training.”
The National Weather Service has all helping to protect military bas- quested it, the county, working with the
kinds of tech, but when the worst weather es. City of Port St. Lucie, set up a Community Those wishing to get a preparedness pre-
blows in, eyes on the ground are still the Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sentation from the county’s emergency ser-
best way for it to gather fast-breaking infor- But over the years following class. “They said they really want to form a vices can call Vilchez at 772-462-8107. He
mation to pass along to the public. the war, people died in major readiness group in the homeowners associ- said now is the time people to get ready for
storms. Tornadoes are especial- ation,” Vilchez said. major storms.
That’s why it started the SKYWARN ly hazardous, because of their
Storm Spotter Program back in the 1970s. unpredictability and sudden- That 20-hour, five-part class started “We recommend that everybody do an
The St. Lucie County Division of Emergen- ness. While hurricanes – which before publication. The CERT volunteers emergency-preparedness plan,” Vilchez
cy Management is hosting classes for those spawn tornadoes – have tradi- learn basics for numerous small and large said.
who want to be part of protecting the com- tionally generated greater loss types of disasters, so they can assist first
munity. of life and property destruction and disaster responders. “My goal is to pro- He said emergency planners consider
in single events, the United vide a CERT class once a year,” Vilchez said. four aspects of widespread disasters, and
“This year we’re doing that class on July States is the country with the greatest num- that list is helpful to families to guide their
19,” Gustavo Vilchez, emergency opera- ber of tornadoes – about 1,200 annually. He added that the 2020 training class planning: preparedness; response; recov-
tions manager, said. “We have a basic SKY- will also be at the start of the North Atlantic ery; and mitigation.
WARN and an advice SKYWARN (class).” Most are relatively small. But, in 1925 hurricane season. That’s when people start
the Tri-State Tornado cut a 219-mile swath thinking about natural disasters in Florida. Vilchez said planning begins with know-
Both classes will be at the St. Lucie Coun- through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana kill- ing where one plans to hunker down during
ty Emergency Operations Center, 15305 W. ing at least 695. That’s the worst single tor- Although the 2019 CERT class is under- a disaster such as a hurricane. “Your house
Midway Road, Fort Pierce. The basic class nado in recorded American history. way at press time, Vilchez said organiza- is one place, of course,” he said.
will be 10 a.m. to noon; the advance class tions and communities still have access to
will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Graduates 18 and In 1947 at least 181 died in a single tor- disaster training. Some may not want to do that for medi-
older will receive Storm Spotter identifica- nado in Oklahoma. In 1953 three separate cal or emotional reasons.
tions. Those younger may attend the class tornadoes killed at least 324. Another at “We provide disaster-preparedness pre-
for educational purposes. least 80 died in Kansas in 1955. By then the “If someone depends on electricity for
former United States Weather Bureau real- their health needs, they should look at our
The National Weather Service says there ized the program to help protect military special needs shelters,” said Vilchez.
are about 350,000 to 400,000 trained volun- bases could, thanks to widening commu-
teers in the program nationwide. The train- nications technology, be expanded to help The Florida Department of Health at St.
ing classes cover how storms develop and protect cities and towns. Lucie County and the county operate a spe-
how people can identify their features. Of cial-needs emergency shelter at the Havert
course, the classes also cover how to report In 1959 the Weather Bureau did its first L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort
dangerous conditions to the proper author- class for 225 volunteer weather spotters. Pierce. “Now is the time to register for those
ities to get warnings out to the public. It kept expanding and improving the pro- services,” Vilchez added.
gram until the National Weather Service
The concept of volunteer weather watch- was created in 1970. It kept the training go- More about the Special Needs Program is
ers goes back to World War II. That was pri- ing with SKYWARN. available by calling 772-462-8100.
marily to help protect military bases with
lots of ordinance from lightning storms. Vilchez said that’s not the only emergen- More about disaster preparedness is
After the war the program diminished, but available at the county’s website: www.stluc-
ieco.gov. To register for the SKYWARN class-
es, visit www.eventbrite.com.
LIONFISH SCOURGE ermen and divers with nets. tall, 3-foot-deep PVC-and-mesh boxes will Once the ship sinks 100 feet to the sea
The device is not a trap – lionfish traps are be fastened to the ship’s deck before it goes floor, Jim Oppenborn, St. Lucie County’s ar-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 down. tificial reef chief, expects the Hickersons and
prohibited by Florida law – but a fish attract- other volunteer divers to monitor the FADs
the battle. Now, though, Treasure Coast lion- ing device, or FAD, designed to attract only “The freighter is an enormous fish attract- regularly and document whether lionfish –
fish-hunting couple Bob and Maria Hicker- lionfish, not other valuable native game fish. ing device itself,” Bob Hickerson said. “So we or any other species – use them.
son have designed a high-tech device em- think they’re going to show up in the eddies
ploying facial recognition that is intended to Four of the experimental devices will be created by currents that move across the reef. If commercially- and recreationally-im-
attract large numbers of lionfish to a single deployed when the 180-foot freighter Voici We cannot catch anything in this FAD. There portant fish such as snapper or grouper are
spot so they can be harvested by spear fish- Bernadette is sunk as an artificial reef off St. is no bait. It will be chained to the deck so it found in the FADs, Oppenborn said he will
Lucie County on June 23. can’t be removed.” shut down the experiment.
The rectangular 2-foot-wide, 1 ½-foot-
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772.219.1080 stitute on Aging. And if you don’t feel thirsty,
there’s a natural tendency not to replace the Electrolytes are minerals in your body
water you lose while “being physically active that have an electric charge. They are in your
– running, playing tennis, golfing, bicycling blood, urine and tissues. Electrolytes are
or doing any type of sports activity like that,” important because they help balance the
Schalcosky adds. amount of water in your body, balance your
body’s pH levels, move nutrients into your
In this climate, even less strenuous activi- cells and move waste out of your cells.
ties such as gardening, mowing the lawn and
long summer walks can lead to dehydration. Schalcosky suggests a pair of semi-exotic
beverages to help fight the effects of dehydra-
Add the fact that many seniors take medi- tion: watermelon juice and coconut water. “I
cations that can adversely affect their hydra- do medical mission trips to Brazil and we go
tion levels, and you have the potential for big to outlying areas there where they have coco-
problems. nuts. That’s the best thing to hydrate [since]
it has all the electrolytes that you need to
Asked if drug-induced dehydration is hydrate yourself,” says this transplant from
common, the genial Schalcosky turns som- Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic.
ber. “Absolutely,” he says, “especially for peo-
ple who take a diuretic, like Spironolactone Of course, if juicing whole watermelons
[which is used to treat heart failure and high on your kitchen counter or shimmying up
blood pressure]. The stronger ones can ac-
tually dehydrate you completely. Patients CONTINUED ON PAGE A12
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DANGEROUS DEHYDRATION waters available with brand names like Vita might be better than others, this affable with Dr. Sandra Schneider of the American
Coco, Zico and Price & Spring from which to physician tactfully declines to name names College of Emergency Physicians when
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A10 choose. but does say “the alkaline water seems to be she says “dehydration is very dangerous,”
better because it’s closer to what your natural especially as the temperature and humid-
the nearest coconut palm doesn’t appeal to And then there’s water: straight from the pH is. Spring waters are very good because ity rise.
you, many stores – including Publix, Target tap or inside any one of the 200-plus brand- they have all the natural minerals. I recom-
and Walmart – sell pre-bottled watermel- name bottles that line our supermarket’s mend that.” So, as Florida’s summer heat starts to kick
on juice, and there are dozens of coconut shelves. in, it’s very important to remember to keep
Bottom line, Schalcosky clearly agrees yourself fully hydrated.
Asked if some of those bottled brands
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conditioner that was replaced in 2018 and the biggest house available, or the most ex- FEATURES FOR 9024 SHORT CHIP CIRCLE
close proximity to the Island Club with all pensive. Sometimes it is a house that offers
the amenities it offers. It’s charming from its more of the features a homeowner might Neighborhood: Island Point at PGA Village
entryway to its pool and spa, and is certainly want, with upgraded and upscale materials Year built: 2004 • Construction: CBS
more than worth a look.” and attention to detail. If that is what you are
looking for, this could be your new home. Square footage: 2,156 sq. ft. • Total square footage: 3,896
Sometimes the house of the week is not Bedrooms: 2 • Bathrooms: 2
Flooring: carpet, laminate, tile
Security: manned gate, security patrol
Additional features: in-ground screened pool, spa, blinds,
plantation shutters, complete panel shutters, air conditioner
new 2018, two-car garage, washer/dryer purchased in 2019,
water heater and garbage disposal in 2017
Community amenities: basketball, biking and jogging, billiards,
clubhouse, exercise room, game room, library, pool, play-
Listing brokerage: Lang Realty
Listing agent: Elise Danielian, 772-418-2992
Listing price: $369,000
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
The week of June 10-14 saw a decent amount of activity on the Tradition and St. Lucie West
real estate market, with 17 single-family residences and lots changing hands.
The top sale of the week was the residence at 18602 Kitty Hawk Court. First listed in January for
$664,900, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom house sold for $535,000 on June 11.
Representing both the seller and the buyer in the transaction was agent Mary J. Rose of Real-
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
PORT SAINT LUCIE 18602 KITTY HAWK COURT 1/13/2019 $664,900 6/11/2019 $479,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9496 SW NUOVA WAY 11/7/2018 $459,000 6/11/2019 $395,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 8901 FIRST TEE ROAD 3/22/2019 $430,000 6/11/2019 $365,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 412 NW SHOREVIEW DRIVE 2/19/2019 $399,900 6/12/2019 $335,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5444 NW COMER STREET 4/28/2019 $335,000 6/12/2019 $310,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5923 NW CAREFREE STREET 4/24/2019 $320,000 6/11/2019 $275,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 7208 MAIDSTONE DRIVE 4/22/2019 $279,900 6/10/2019 $255,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 7034 TORREY PINES CIRCLE 2/4/2019 $265,000 6/14/2019 $229,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 320 NW BREEZY POINT LOOP 1/2/2019 $237,000 6/14/2019 $225,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10243 SW CANOSSA WAY 4/14/2019 $239,000 6/13/2019 $215,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11111 SW HADLEY STREET 6/7/2018 $229,600 6/12/2019 $195,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 5634 NW BLUFF COURT 5/22/2019 $199,900 6/11/2019 $180,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10635 SW CAM RUN 4/1/2019 $199,000 6/11/2019
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
9496 SW Nuova Way, Port Saint Lucie 8901 First Tee Road, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 11/7/2018 Listing Date: 3/22/2019
Original Price: $459,000 Original Price: $430,000
Sold: 6/11/2019 Sold: 6/11/2019
Selling Price: $479,000 Selling Price: $395,000
Listing Agent: Melinda Cann Listing Agent: Allison Vrana
Selling Agent: Cann Realty Selling Agent: Atlantic Shores Rlty Expertise
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Bex Realty, LLC Atlantic Shores Rlty Expertise
412 NW Shoreview Drive, Port Saint Lucie 5444 NW Comer Street, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 2/19/2019 Listing Date: 4/28/2019
Original Price: $399,900 Original Price: $335,000
Sold: 6/12/2019 Sold: 6/12/2019
Selling Price: $365,000 Selling Price: $335,000
Listing Agent: Patricia Omeara Listing Agent: Edward Myers
Selling Agent: Century 21 Silva & Associates Selling Agent: Meant2b Realty LLC
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8060 Kiawah Trace 20004 SW Morolo Way 10554 SW Capraia Way
MODEL - SQ. FT. 3066 MODEL Collina SQ. FT. 3100 MODEL Alessa SQ. FT. 2058
BEDS 3 BATHS BEDS BATHS BEDS BATHS
3 3 3.5 3 2.5
DEN/DINING 1 GARAGE 2+ DEN 1 GARAGE 2+ DEN/DINING 1 GARAGE 3
• Separate Attached 2 Golf • New Wall Ovens • Pool Home • Built 2018 • Great Lake Views • All Impact Glass
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covered outdoor patio space is great for entertaining. This home is Offered at $665,000 Offered at $439,000
beautiful updated with a clean modern look. Offered at $639,000
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17068 SW Ambrose Way 10949- SW Visconti Way 10867 SW Visconti Way
MODEL Lago SQ. FT. 1932 MODEL Lago SQ. FT. 1932 MODEL Lago SQ. FT. 1932
BEDS BEDS BATHS BATHS
2 BATHS 2 3 2 BEDS 2 GARAGE 2
DEN/DINING 1 GARAGE 2 DEN/DINING 1 GARAGE 2 DEN 1
• Extensive Landscaping • Beverage Cooler • Large backyard • Window treatments • Pool Home • Golf Course View From Patio
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21042 SW Modena Way 10250 Azzo Lane 2929 SE Ocean 114-9 10243 SW Canossa Way
MODEL Treviso SQ. FT. 1620 MODEL Amelia SQ. FT. 1412 MODEL - SQ. FT. ~1000 MODEL Amelia SQ. FT. 1412
BEDS BATHS BATHS BEDS BATHS BATHS
DEN 2 GARAGE 2 BEDS 2 GARAGE 2 2 GARAGE 2 BEDS 2 GARAGE 2
1 2 2+ 0 2+
DEN 0 DEN - DEN 0
• Extra Wide Yard • Screened Patio • Great Location by Front Gate • Patio Out Back • Close To The Beach • Screened Patio • Golf Cart Bump Out • Plantation Shutters
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between villas is a special feature of this home. all the resort amenities Verano has to offer you’ll enjoy. Sold furnished – turn-key. front doors adds to the light & bright feel of this wonderful
Offered at $268,000 at a small price. Offered at $230,000 Offered at $115,000 villa. Offered at $229,000
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8111 Mulligan Circle 9496 SW Nuova Way 17023 SW Sapri Way 3670 Mediterranean 2 BR, 2BA $1600.00
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‘HOLDING DUE NORTH’ © Jake Mosher, on display at the Vero Museum of
Art’s Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Coming Up! BY SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer screens this coming Wednesday, sleuth’s persona and (Belgian, not name stars – Penélope Cruz, Wil-
June 26, at the Kane Center in French) accent over the years, lem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny
LATEST VERSION OF 1 Popcorn, air conditioning Stuart. In this one, a dramatical- among them, according to Wiki- Depp, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle
‘ORIENT EXPRESS’ and a jolly good Agatha ly (almost distractingly) musta- pedia, Albert Finney, Peter Usti- Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley, to men-
ROLLS INTO KANE Christie whodunit: the recipe for chioed Kenneth Branagh plays nov, Tony Randall, Alfred Molina, tion a few, all having a ball inhab-
a pleasant Hump Day afternoon. the iconic Hercule Poirot, joining Orson Welles, David Suchet and iting their campy characters. The
The fourth screen adaptation of the list of well-known actors who John Malkovich. As with the 1974 plot follows Poirot as he seeks to
the mystery queen’s 1934 novel, have donned the world renowned version, the cast is brimming with
“Murder on the Orient Express,” CONTINUED ON PAGE B5
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SHOWTIME IS GO TIME FOR LYRIC’S LINDA LAMBRECHT
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer to lull yourself in the face of the theater PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LYRIC THEATRE be there, thinking they’re going to have
email@example.com gods. Something’s got to happen.” a good time.”
and letting them get it off their chest. If
Linda Lambrecht has always loved Lambrecht truly enjoys being around necessary, I take their name and num- Lambrecht has high praise for her
theater. She spent 25 years at Indian people, the more the merrier. ber and give it to the box office to follow colleagues at the Lyric.
River State College as the theater man- up. Sometimes people don’t want their
ager before John Loesser, retired exec- “My daughter told me that an intro- money back, they just want to say it “It’s a really strong staff,” she said.
utive director at Stuart’s Lyric Theatre, vert gets energy from reading and quiet wasn’t what they expected.” “They’re excellent at the box office. You
recruited her to join the Lyric. The two times, and extroverts gain energy from tell Meagan (Ebright, box office man-
had known each other for years through people. With 500-600 people, I am un- On the nights when she is house man- ager) whatever you need to tell her and
theater circles. stoppable.” ager, she will fill out a report of tickets she’ll take care of it. I supervise the
sold and number of actual attendees, as ushers and again, they’re another crack
“At IRSC, I used to do everything from I asked Lambrecht what happens well as if someone was hurt or ill. team. You belong to a certain group.
booking to scheduling student perfor- when a patron finds the show is not If you work on a day, it’s a team that’s
mances,” she said. what they expected. “I am as detailed as I can be and Kia used to working together. They know
(Fontaine, executive director) will often the rules and they know the patrons’
“I had to make sure the facility was “Most people know when they come call the next day. She’s very proactive. comfort is more important. They’re sea-
ready. As a house manager, I love in- to a show,” she said. “Occasionally, we She wants to make them as happy as soned professionals.”
terfacing with patrons. They’re there to get that. It’s about listening to the story she can make them. People choose to
have a good time. It’s dealing with peo- Lambrecht noted that Phyl Weaver
ple who are there to be entertained. I manages the house managers.
can’t think of a group of people who are
in a livelier mood.” “She asks us at the beginning of the
month what days we’re not available,”
One of her tasks is telling patrons to Lambrecht said. “She gives us an oppor-
turn off their cellphones before a show. tunity to work whatever shows come up.
It’s tough to wrangle four-to-five house
“I do it playfully,” she said. “I tell the managers in season, when there are
front row, if I have to come tell you to shows every night and sometimes twice
turn off your cellphone, I’ll be embar- a day. It’s a team of people and I am part
rassed and I’m taking you with me.” of that team. The goal is to make every-
She said that people laugh and usual-
ly come right on board. Lambrecht is also a playwright, and
her play, “Get. A. Grip,” had its premiere
Lambrecht roams the lobby before at the Lyric several years ago.
the show and tries to make eye contact
with everyone. “It’s fun to see it from the audience
and performance perspectives,” she
“I get a feel for where I might help,” said “I love theater. I love the people
she said. “Ten or 15 minutes before, I who want to be around it.”
remind them about the phones. If there
is a delay, I let them know. If there’s a The Lyric Theatre is located at 59 SW
problem, you want to be there to help. Flagler Ave., Stuart. Call 772-286-7827
There are rarely any issues. The beauty or visit www.lyrictheatre.com.
of having done this so long is that I have
run into every scenario. You don’t want
Missoula’s ‘Beanstalk’ to sprout at Sunrise
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer pendence to explore their ideas of the character. That’s why PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SUNRISE THEATRE
firstname.lastname@example.org they’re so outlandish, so the kids can be creative. We let them
add accents and ‘freckles.’ Freckles start as mistakes and are It sounds so adorable that it seems as if everyone should go
The Big Red Truck is rolling into Fort Pierce, bringing with really funny and we add them to the show. A show from 2017 “Awwww” right about now. Pinocchio, who likes get-rich-
it scripts, costumes, sets, props and makeup for the first of is different from one in 2019 because the teams create the quick schemes, learns that there is no easy path to success.
four Missoula Children’s Theatre Summer camps that will differences.”
take place at the Sunrise Theatre this summer. The first show, Porter, an Atlanta native, has a college degree in voice and
“Jack and the Beanstalk,” will take place June 24-28, with a “Jack and the Beanstalk” tells the story of a young boy who theater. She also worked in youth ministries as her parents
performance June 28, and the second, “Pinocchio,” will take plants Wonder Beans in his own backyard and learns sever- were both ordained ministers. She knew she enjoyed work-
place July 8-12, with a presentation July 12. al important lessons along the way. He is surrounded by an ing with children and auditioned with MCT. This is her third
Elegant Harp, P.T. Wonder, Jill, Mother, Farmers, Merchants, and final tour with the company, as she is going to Ireland to
Each of the shows is an original musical based on a folk or Circus Performers and, of course, Wonder Beans. The latter study film.
fairy tale and with a decidedly unique twist. Youngsters from are played by the youngest campers, affectionately referred
6-18 audition on the Monday the camp begins and, by Friday, to within MCT ranks as Peewees. If you are looking for a program for your youngsters this
they will have memorized lines and songs and be ready to summer, consider MCT. They have such a strong track record
put on a show. It sounds absolutely impossible, and yet they Porter picks up the story. and kids seem to love the program.
do it, year after year, to great acclaim. Kids who are now in the “Jack gets to travel to the Land of the Giant,” she said. “He
leads or acting as assistant directors often began coming to meets a wonderful girl and becomes a friend of the Giant in- Missoula Children’s Theatre comes to the Sunrise Theatre,
MCT camps when they were 6 or 7. stead of stealing from him. The Giant gives Jack a coin, so he 117 S. Second St., Fort Pierce, for four summer camps. For
has money to take care of his family without stealing. He also more information, call 772-461-4775 or visit www.sunrisethe-
Tierra Porter has directed both “Jack in the Beanstalk” and learns about the importance of friendship.” atre.com.
“Pinocchio” and she knows them well. She also knows what “Pinocchio” has some of the familiar characters, includ-
Missoula Children’s Theatre is about, beyond the play. ing Jiminy Cricket, Geppetto and Stromboli, but there is
also a blue fairy, a fox, a cat, Candlewick and Candlewick’s
“The objective is to teach life skills,” she said. “It’s exact- Crew as well as puppets, urchins, dancers and school kids.
ly what they learn from sports: working together and being The Peewees play toy soldiers, toy clowns and toy baby dolls.
accountable for themselves. We give them the responsibility
for memorizing the script in five days. We give them the inde-
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STARS ALIGN FOR ASTRONOMY PHOTO EXHIBIT
BY ELLEN FISCHER | Columnist “MOSAIC OF THE GREAT ORION & RUNNING MAN NEBULA” © Miguel Angel held his iPad next to the eyepiece on his
García Borrella and Lluis Romero Ventura, on display at the Vero Museum of brand-new telescope, a present for his
It’s back. The Royal Observatory Green- eighth birthday, “and he went, ‘click,’”
wich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Art’s Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. says Bell.
Year exhibition is once again installed in
the Vero Beach Museum of Art’s Holmes Jon Bell, planetarium director and associate professor of astronomy at IRSC, discusses the photos. PHOTO: KAILA JONES As a quote from Casper in the image’s
Gallery, where it will be on view through text panel explains, “It was my first prop-
Sept. 29. If you liked last year’s show, be er look at the moon … I saw this amazing
prepared for a repeat of the science-based sight, it was so awesome and bright I had
exhibition’s delights and drawbacks. The to get my iPad and put it up to the bit you
delights are the 50 space-related ama- look through and take some pictures.”
teur photographs that were selected from
4,200 submissions to the Royal Observa- The photo earned a “highly commend-
tory’s 2018 Astronomy Photographer of ed” distinction in the competition for its
the Year competition. “juxtaposition of the history of astrono-
my and today’s modern iPad image cap-
The drawbacks are the same as last turing,” according to one of the compe-
year. The images in the show were printed tition’s (grown-up) judges, commercial
for display as light box transparencies and photographer Ed Robinson.
framed (opaque substrate) prints; so far,
so good. Unfortunately, the wan-looking Titled “First Impressions,” the photo,
transparencies are not dense enough to Bell explains, “shows the lunar termina-
capture the absolute blacks, vivid colors tor, which is called that because it is the
and wide tonal range of the images. And edge between night and day on the moon.
again, the doubling-up of often unrelated Sunrise happens across here,” he says,
photos in a single frame has the potential passing his hand from right to left in front
for visitor confusion. of the image, “so this is a waxing crescent
Overall, the “wow” factor could be
greater, but this long-running show is, Figuratively speaking, the moon is a
perhaps, the VBMA’s way of allowing the star of the show, with several fine images
gallery to lie economically fallow for a few devoted to it.
months. Despite all that, the show pres-
ents out-of-this-world images taken by These include a close-up of the moon
photographers around the globe, a con- titled “Inverted Colours of the Bound-
cept that is sure to appeal to families who ary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare
wish to take children to an educational Tranquilitatis” by Jordi Delpeix Borrell of
exhibition this summer. Spain. The colors in the image have been
inverted to better show the shared border
The images on display span the fol- of two of the moon’s “seas,” Tranquility
lowing categories: Aurorae, Galaxies, and Serenity. These, says Bell, are smooth
Our Moon, Our Sun, People and Space, fields of basalt that issued from cracks in
Planets, Comets and Asteroids, Sky- the surface from the moon’s molten core.
scapes, Stars and Nebulae, and Robotic The seas’ shapes were determined by the
Scope (photos taken via a computerized borders of impact depressions made by
telescope programmed by the photogra- giant asteroids billions of years ago. Cra-
pher). Images from the Young Competi- ters that pock the flow were formed later
tion for astrophotographers aged 15 and by smaller objects striking the moon.
under are also included here.
A picture of the crescent moon, titled
On a recent afternoon Jon Bell, plane- “From the Dark Side” by Hungarian László
tarium director and associate professor of Francsics, is mounted in the same frame
astronomy at Indian River State College, with “The Grace of Venus” by Martin Lew-
was at the VBMA for a pre-opening look is of the U.K. The single frame display of
at the exhibition. the two prints momentarily confuses Bell,
who at first glance mistakes them both for
You may be familiar with Bell’s voice views of Venus.
from listening to Skywatch, his daily se-
ries on the science, history and folklore of Quickly recovering, he says, “Both ex-
the heavens, broadcast by IRSC’s WQCS hibit crescents and phases. When Galileo
FM. If so, you will be pleased to know that made this discovery in the Sixteen-teens,
Bell’s voice is just as dulcet off-air as on, he was so excited he wrote it down as an
and his love of space just as ardent as you anagram, in Latin. When you decipher
knew it would be. it correctly it says that Venus exhibits
phases like the moon. That means that
About the exhibition, Bell is just as en- Venus, like the moon, goes around the
“The photographs are amateur only in As much as Bell appreciates pictures of
the sense that the photographers don’t our solar system, it seems that his heart
get paid. They aren’t on the staff of an ob- is really in deep space. One of the prints
servatory, but their work is first rate,” he he stops to enjoy is “Rigel and the Witch
says. “There’s a picture here that was tak- Head Nebula,” an image by Mario Cogo of
en by an 8-year-old kid!” Italy. That image, a runner-up in the com-
The child, Casper Kentish of the U.K., CONTINUED ON PAGE B6
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Summer Solstice Drum Circle happens by Through the Power of Healing Corporation. TTPHC serves the community
this Sunday, June 23, at the wild and by financially supporting mental health services to children and adults. Above,
beautiful Savannas Preserve State Park Mikayla Sackrowitz, 10, Ava Grace, 5, and Ariana Hernandez, 5, watch as Rose-
in Port St. Lucie. According to the event mary Mazue makes them balloon animals.
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ART THOU EXCITED FOR SHAKESPEARE AT THE A.C.T.?
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer to have a slightly different flavor for each of
these fights. The sword play uses lightweight
The story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed
lovers, Romeo and Juliet, has been told weapons and there is more finesse than
and retold in theater, on film, in opera and
ballet. In fact some 24 operas have been there was with the brute force of ‘Macbeth.’”
written about the doomed pair. “West Side
Story,” the classic musical and movie, is yet There are, however, no light sabers.
another take on the story of feuding fami-
lies and two teens who fall in love. Staging is always a challenge, but O’Don-
A.C.T. Theatre in Stuart, which continues ovan feels that it is becoming easier.
to present interesting programming, will
stage “Romeo and Juliet” July 13-28. It will “As is typical of our Shakespeare, I plan
be followed on Aug. 9-18 by “The Complete
Works of William Shakespeare” (Abridged) to use minimal staging with as much in-
which will go through the entire Shake-
spearean canon in a manic 90 minutes. genuity as is possible,” he said. “We have
You can take your Shakespeare straight or
skewered. Choose your poison. rotating pylons called periaktoi. They are
Dennis O’Donovan, who co-owns A.C.T. three-sided columns with scenery painted
Studio Theatre with his wife, Karen, is di-
recting the production. We spoke recently on each face. We’re going to make great use
about the play, which he has always wanted
to stage. of that.”
“I’ve ways wanted to do it,” he said. “I With the rigorous performance schedule
was in it in New York as Lord Capulet and
I enjoyed the heck out of it. It’s exciting to A.C.T. maintains, sets are turned around
have the right combination of actors to
cast. I needed to meet a Romeo and Juliet for a new show constantly.
and I finally have.”
“In two weeks, we bring around a new
The cast stars Collin Salvatore, seen last
year at A.C.T. in “Macbeth,” as Romeo, and set for each play, using mostly the same
Jenni Lawton as Juliet. “They are two ex-
tremely talented actors who are youthful pieces,” he said. “I’m proud of the works we
enough. I feel it’s important to show the in-
nocence. It’s an absolutely gorgeous story.” come up with. It gets better and better.”
O’Donovan is proud of the repertoire of Shakespeare A.C.T. recently was granted nonprofit
A.C.T. is building.
status as a way to access grants and other
“I feel we are beginning to develop strength in Shake-
speare,” he said. “We did ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Macbeth’ funds to broaden their offerings and pro-
and three years ago we did what I call a ‘tasting menu.’ It
was a compilation of three different plays. Last year, we vide more outreach. O’Donovan would like
sold out ‘Macbeth.’ This is a nice combination of Shake-
to present Shakespeare in the park some-
day. He would also like to take a deep dive
into Greek tragedy with “Oedipus Rex.”
“I want to become a real legacy theater
in the community,” he said. “When Ed Wil-
helms founded A.C.T. he hoped somebody
would take over. I was someone for whom
Collin Salvatoré and Jenni Lawton as Romeo it was a dream come true. I am hoping one
and Juliet in the A.C.T. Studio Theatre production. day it will have legs of its own. We’re at-
tracting strong actors because what we do
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE A.C.T. STUDIO THEATRE is worth it. I’m so proud of the work we’re
speare and one of the most popular plays.” doing. It’s not a reflection on me, but on the directors and
O’Donovan plans to make the costuming as authentic casts. We’re raising the bar on our output. We’re set up for
and to the period as he can. There is sword play and Stuart next season to be powerful.”
Mohr, who does publicity for A.C.T. and has directed sever-
al plays, is a fight choreographer. A.C.T. Studio Theatre, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, pres-
“We have four people who have to fight: Romeo, Mer- ents “Romeo and Juliet,” July 13-28. Call 772-932-8880 or
cutio, Paris and Tybalt,” O’Donovan said. “I have to plan visit www.actstudiotheatre.com.
ASTRONOMY PHOTOS plex,” Bell points to the dark Stone Circle” was designated a Runner Up
in the Aurorae Category.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B4 nebula in the picture’s fore-
Stonehenge is not the only ancient
petition, is framed as one with another ground. stone circle in the British Isles. There are
image by Cogo, “Corona Australis Dust 1,300 of them, and Castlerigg, located in
Complex,” which won the Stars and Neb- “There are probably stars northwest England’s Lake District Na-
ulae category. tional Park, is considered to be among
forming in there, but we can’t the oldest and most picturesquely situat-
Looking for all the world like the up- ed. Turner’s photo of it shows the stones
side-down profile of a crone (her conical see them, because their light illuminated by the moon; behind them,
cap points toward the lower right corner the brilliant spikes of an aurora borealis
of the picture), Bell describes The Witch’s has not had a chance to turn transfix a starry sky. The image is that po-
Head Nebula, known to astronomers as etic, and then some.
IC 2118, as “an active region in space – a on. When a star does turn
‘happening place,’ if you will – because For Bell, “there’s not too much astrono-
stars are being made or fashioned out of on, it will light up the cloud my in this one. It’s got a basic astronomi-
these nebulas. A nebula can be an indica- cal layout, and that’s about it,” he says, as
tor of where a star has died, or is dying, or and make it glow like a bright he points out the Big Dipper, “or Plough,
where a star is being born.” as they call it in England,” in the sky.
neon sign. But it is not neon,
The bluish glow of the Witch’s Head is “The middle star in the handle is called
light reflected by the nebula’s dust parti- it is hydrogen gas.” Mizar, and its fainter companion is called
cles from nearby Rigel, one of the stars in Alcor. They are a double star. There is a grav-
the constellation Orion. The hazy cloud of For earthlings who like itational connection between them, despite
their distance from one another.”
pictures with a little of their
home planet on view, there
“Inverted Colours of the Boundary between Mare Serenitatis and Mare are plenty of those to satisfy.
Tranquilitatis,” by Jordi Delpeix Borrell of Spain. PHOTO: KAILA JONES They include earth-bound
landscapes; their natural or
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CLASSIC CARS ARE THE STARS AT FATHER’S DAY SHOW
Bill Dennison and his 1929 Ford. BY KERRY FIRTH | Correspondent PHOTOS: KERRY FIRTH
David Woodrow and his classic Mustang.
Threatening skies couldn’t dampen the spirits or the at- Inside the covered pavilion patrons were feasting on
tendance during the Father’s Day Car Show at Fort Pierce’s mouthwatering barbecue while listening to the live music
Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery. Generations of fami- by BURNT Biscuit. Before long there were couples and fa-
lies ignored the stormy forecast and came out in droves to thers and daughters dancing up a storm. Inside the wine-
enjoy a special day admiring classic and collectible vehicles tasting room, guests lined up to sample some of the locally
while celebrating the men in their lives whom they affec- brewed wines with discriminating tastes.
tionately call Dad.
Trophies were awarded for the Best of Show voted by
This is the fourth year that No Name Car Club co-host- the public and three runners-up favorites. “We partner
ed the event with Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery, with Summer Crush to bring the best affordable car show
and their members were busy staging their show cars with you’ll ever find,” boasted Carlos Gonzales, president of the
hoods open to show the pristine engines, tops down on the No Name Car Club. “But our exhibitors aren’t in it for the
convertibles and polished to perfection. About 35 cars were awards. They are here to enjoy the day and provide a great
lined up along the vineyard with proud owners fielding Father’s Day destination.”
questions from the visitors.
Portions of the proceeds go toward Women on the Beach,
Denny Dahie displayed his red 1952 Ford F-1 Pickup a local charity committed to providing young Treasure Coast
truck under a matching red canopy. “I bought this from my Entrepreneurs with early-stage capital to create a business
Grandpa in 1968,” he explained. “I paid him $50, which was that will stay local, hire local and, in turn, donate local. They
more than I could afford on my $1.03-an-hour wage I made awarded Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery their 2017-18
at his lumber mill. I had to work over 50 hours to pay for it. Business of the Year award for setting an example of the type
This was the truck I learned to drive when I was just 14 years of local business they wish to inspire.
old and the first vehicle I ever owned when I purchased it at
16. It was a lot of money back then,” he chuckled. “But I’ve
kept it ever since and I wouldn’t part with it for the world.
Every time I get in it I think of Grandpa!”
David Woodrow was busy buffing his two Ford Mustangs.
“These are actually my wife’s and daughter’s cars, but I own
five Mustangs total,” he said. “We love going to car shows
and showing them, but we also drive them for everyday use.
We particularly love this Father’s Day show because of the
wonderful venue and the folks we see year after year. It’s al-
ways a great day with the family.”
Rich Williams and his 4-door Dodge Charger pick-up conversion. Sonya Romero and her 1966 Volkswagen Bus. John Krance with his 2002 Corvette.
JOIN THE FUN AT SUMMER RIVER PADDLE & SANDBAR PARTY
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent Others just call it “The Sandbar.” So long Once out to the sandbar there will “We also coach, teach and do family rides
as “sandbar” is in the description, most be food, including vegetarian options, and ladies rides.”
Club Scrub is leaving the mountain everybody on the Treasure Coast knows drinks and more.
bikes on the car racks and taking the pad- what and where you’re talking about. Registration for Endless Summer is
dleboards out for the day. “We usually have a live band. You party $50. Children to age 8 are $13 to $20.
While paddling is always a good work- at the sandbar for a few hours and paddle
“We’re the largest paddle event in out, Endless Summer isn’t about high-in- back,” remarked Catalfumo. “You can register up to day of,” Catal-
southeastern Florida,” said Juliana Catal- tensity training. It’s about fun. fumo said. But to guarantee getting event
fumo, event coordinator. “We’ve got 500 This is the sixth Endless Summer. T-shirts, people must register online by
paddlers.” “We paddle with the current both Moderate amounts of alcohol will be Sunday, June 23.
ways,” Catalfumo said. served. “It is family-friendly,” said Catal-
On Saturday, June 29, Club Scrub, a fumo. “It’s pet-friendly, too. People bring Endless Summer participants must
Friends of Jonathan Dickinson Sate Park Along that way is lots of support. Vol- their dogs.” have floatation devices and whistles. Re-
committee, is hosting the next Endless unteers will have boats loaded with sup- fillable water bottles are strongly encour-
Summer River Paddle & Sandbar Party. plies along the route. “You can stop at Club Scrub is a mountain bike group aged to reduce waterway pollution, as is
every party boat,” Catalfumo said. that maintains off-road trails at the state plenty of sunscreen.
“We start at Jonathan Dickinson and park. The group uses donations, spon-
paddle down the Loxahatchee River,” By the way, other types of human-pro- sorships, some merchandise sales and The park has paddleboards, kayaks and
Catalfumo explained. The paddleboard- pelled craft are welcome, including memberships to fund the maintenance, canoes to rent as do some area businesses.
ers will launch at 10 a.m. The destination canoes and kayaks. “It’s five miles out which is done by volunteers. Jonathan Dickinson State Park’s number
is in the event’s name. “We get to the Ju- and five back, but it’s with current both is 772-546-2771. To learn more and to reg-
piter Sandbar.” ways,” Catalfumo said. “You can see all “Club Scrub maintains 12 miles of ister, visit www.clubscrub.org.
sorts of sea life along the way.” mountain bike trails,” Catalfumo said.
Some call it the Loxahatchee Sandbar.
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Bonz revved up by Harley’s energy and attitude
More laughing. “Er, yes, what about food-
“You bet your dog bis-
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Hi Dog Buddies! The Best. I just got one for my burgers, whaddya like?”
Harley Daniel looks like Snoopy to me. “So, Harley, how’d you an “I like hoof treats stuffed
He’s a Cool Kibbles liddle dude – loves hu- your Mom find each other?”
mans an other pooches. An he just turned “Mom hadda a bulldog with peanut budder. An,
7. Harley wanted to meet at the Dog Park, named Weezer, who went
where he goes every morning with his to Dog Heaven in 2013. He guess what, one time me an
Mom, Sally. was 11 anna half. She was
DE-vuh-staded. Well, you Mom went to a rest-runt for
We spotted each other right away, an he know how lotsa humans say
trotted over for the Wag-an-Sniff: nice red they Never Want Another Dog breck-fust with Fudge an her
collar, real frenly, stopping to greet pooch when their pooch goes to Dog
pals on the way. After the intros, we got Heaven?” human. It was my first time,
comf-tubble on the cool ground under a “Absolutely,” I replied.
nice shady sorta patio. “Well, Mom wasn’t like but Fudge is a pro at eatin’
that. She needed another
“Did anyone ever tell you you look a lot pooch come-PAN-yun. So out, so I just did what she did.
like Snoopy?” I hadda ask. she went to the shelter. She
was sad, but hopeful. As it happened, I Pawsome!”
“If I had a Pupperoni for every time had been deposited there about the same
somebody asked me that, I’d be a Total time. I don’t know why. I thought I’d been “Whaddya you do when
Tub!” a Good Puppy. I was only 6 months old, so
maybe I was just too Bouncy Puppy. Any- you’re home?”
We laughed. way, I was sad but hopeful, too. And, Bon-
“Well, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t balance zo, when Mom spotted me, out of all those “I have lotsa toys. An me
on a doghouse like Snoopy does, but I am waggin’ tails an wet noses, it was One Of
part Beagle. An part Bassett. That makes Those THINGS. She said to the shelter an Mom play hunting games.
me a Bagel.”
I could see this was gonna be a fun in- Like fetch, an hide-an-seek.
nerview. “So, you must like cream cheese
then.” (Couldn’t help myself.) What she does is, she throws
a toy an, while I’m fetchin’ it,
Harley. PHOTO: KAILA JONES she Hides. An I Seek. I always
find her, ee-VEN-shully. In the
closet. Or behind the bed. Or
person, ‘I want HIM!’ Since I had already in the bathroom. I have a serious NOSE.
gone through all the Proper Pro-SEE- “I play with my neighbor pooches Abby,
jures, she took me home that very day.” a Yorkie, an Teddy, he’s a Golden Doodle. I
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things go?” But I never catch ’em. Those liddle suck-
“Ackshully – full disclosure – it wasn’t ers are speedy. It’s probly best anyway.
all kibbles an gravy at first. We got along On our (very long) leash walks I see lot-
great, except I kept slippin’ out and run- sa birds. Mom’s teachin’ me their names.
nin’ all over the neighborhood whenever Lemme think – um, there’s cranes, hair-
she opened the door. I also figured out uns, storgs, spoonfaces I think, also gad-
how to wiggle out of my collar. I wasn’t ers an odders – they’re not birds.
runnin’ aWAY For-EV-er or anything, I just “One time, this duck started chasin’
had all this energy and curiosity. I hadda us. We ran cuz we wanted to be puh-lite.
run! An check stuff out! I mean, I’m a Then, next time on our walk, that silly
hound after all. It’s juh-NED-ick.” ol’ duck spotted us an started chasin’ us
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WELL, WELL . . .
IT’S ‘HEALTH FAIR’
TIME IN TRADITION
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent THE ART OF THE MEAL PHOTOS: LINDA KLOORFAIN
Tradition Family Chiropractic is hosting Clockwise from above: Jackie Schindehette, Connor Schindehette, 9, and
the inaugural Tradition Health, Wellness & Jackson Mallonee, 7, pack food for needy families during the Treasure
Safety Fair on Tuesday, June 25. Coast Food Bank Sip & Paint Night in Fort Pierce last Tuesday; Andrea
Distenfeld and Linda Holden receive painting instruction from local
“We’re connecting our elderly commu- artist Jesse Etelson; and the picture painted by attendees.
nity with many different organizations that
help and get them the services they need,” Catch on to excitement of ‘Fishing for Futures’ tourney
said Dr. Ravi Jitta, event organizer and
owner of the chiropractic practice. The smiles said it all for children who Garcia return as title sponsors.” co. “If you’re asking why get involved, go
benefited from the Boys & Girls Clubs In addition, TRM Construction and DLF to the website, bgcofslc.org and look at
The fair will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Fishing for Futures fishing tournament. the photos. There are a hundred reasons to
Tradition Town Hall, 10799 SW Civic Lane. For some it was their first time on a boat Media (founding partners of the event) support this tournament.”
and for others the first time they caught a have been working with committee mem-
A number of health screenings will be fish. Great memories and a lasting impact bers for several months to organize this The 2nd Annual Fishing for Futures,
available. “I do a lot of health fairs, but I’ve on each of the club members year’s event. The goal is to create a first- fishing tournament is a one-day event
never put one on,” Jitta said. “I figured we class fishing tournament and provide an that includes both inshore and offshore
needed one in the Tradition area, so I took The 2nd Annual Fishing for Futures opportunity for the young people to fish. fishing. There is $12,000 in cash prizes in-
the lead.” event is coming up Aug. 31 and the com- cluding $5,000 for the largest fish caught.
munity in encouraged to support this “It was great to see the children’s excite- The tournament will be held at the Mana-
One of the big reasons to put on the fair, great event. The tournament features both ment last year,” added Leonard Villafran- tee Center in Fort Pierce. All participating
she explained, is to introduce people to the inshore and offshore fishing, $12,000 in children fish for free and enjoy a free tour
Council on Aging of St. Lucie County and prize money, free tours of the Manatee of the Manatee Center.
its Community Resource Connectors. Center, children’s activities and more. It
is an important fundraiser for the Boys & Fishing teams, sponsors and the com-
“(The Community Resource Connec- Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. The mon- munity are encouraged to support this
tors) was founded years ago,” said Jitta. ey raised will help continue the work unique tournament and help provide the
“These professionals and organizations throughout the county to support more kids with a new experience.
come out and provide our community, than 7,000 children.
anyone interested in their health and well- To enter your boat in the offshore or
ness, the services they need.” “We are proud to announce our current inshore fishing tournament, join us as a
sponsors,” stated Will Armstead, CEO of sponsor or to sign up as a vendor, contact
Jitta is involved with the group. BGCSLC. “The Law Office of Villafranco & Dawn Knupp at 772-460-9918 ext. 107 or
The Council on Aging of St. Lucie is a firstname.lastname@example.org. – CONTRIBUTED
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The state organization started up in the Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN
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cessor to the Meals on Wheels program. The
council expanded its mission and offerings
over the years. “The Council on Aging does
a lot for our community as a nonprofit,” Jit-
ta said. “They’ll have a list of events, a list of
Jitta said the health fair will also have le-
gal and insurance professionals on hand to
“We’ll have the Better Business Bureau
there,” she said. “We’ll have some doctors
there, including myself.” She’ll be doing
“We’ll have a dentist there answering
questions about oral health.”
Additionally, “we’ll have safety things,
such as preparing for hurricane season.”
And there will be some giveaways. The
chiropractor said people of all ages will
benefit from the health, wellness and safe-
ty fair. “Everybody ages,” said Jitta. “We
want to maintain our health.”
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77 First name in Poland 29 Abraded Florida Highwaymen, and how an open studio door and a philosophy to
78 Falls from use 31 Tolkien tree-beings “pass it on” continue to inspire today!
83 Fly catchers 33 Renaissance fiddle
84 Ancient weapon 34 Nod off SHOP THE MUSEUM STORE FOR UNIQUE GIFTS
85 Pugilists’ org. 35 Cobb and Detmer BROWSE THE CONSIGNMENT GALLERY
86 Heisted again 37 Waitresses, today
87 Itty-bitty 39 R.U.R. author
88 500 site 42 “___ Fire, Break Glass”
90 All-news network 43 France’s longest river
92 Caen friend 45 Mt. Leone, e.g.
93 Duncan of dance 47 “The Little ___”
95 Sequel, in a way 49 It’s a small word, after all
50 Like rickeys
51 Calls the shots about
53 Cube creator
55 Blast ending
56 Clean up a Ford?
A.E. Backus (American, 1906-1990). Spanish Bayonets on the Indian River, c. 1960. Oil on canvas, 23 x 35 inches.
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UNLUCKY IN ONE SUIT, LUCKY IN ANOTHER K4
By Phillip Alder - Bridge Columnist 85
Lee Trevino said, “Only bad golfers are lucky. They’re the ones bouncing balls off trees, A 10 9 8 3
curbs, turtles and cars. Good golfers have bad luck. When you hit the ball straight, a funny
bounce is bound to be unlucky.” K J 10 2
In some bridge deals, if declarer gets one unlucky break, it might be mitigated by a lucky lie WEST EAST
in another suit — as in this deal. How did South play in four spades after West led the heart —
king? KQJ972 Q J 10 3
First, I like North’s opening. Although he had the minors, the suits had good “impletion,” and A94 10 6 3
North had no rebid problem. Then, after West’s two-heart intervention and North’s pass,
South balanced with a takeout double. North continued with three clubs, South bid three J74
spades and North raised.
If trumps were 3-1, South had only three losers: one spade, one heart and one club. So
he wondered about a 4-0 split. Then he would need to establish a quick diamond trick on SOUTH
which to discard his heart loser. But even if he got lucky in diamonds, he would require a
dummy entry. A987652
Declarer cashed his spade ace at trick two, getting the bad news. Then he led the diamond A4
queen, planning to run it. However, when West covered with the king, South won with
dummy’s ace and continued with the diamond 10. If East had played low, declarer would Q
have pitched the heart four. After East played the jack, though, South ruffed, crossed to
the spade king and threw the heart four on the diamond nine. Then declarer claimed his Q83
contract, conceding two spades and one club.
Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Both
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Diamonds Pass
1 Spades 2 Hearts Pass Pass LEAD:
Dbl. Pass 3 Clubs Pass K Hearts
3 Spades Pass 4 Spades All Pass
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HERE’S A PITCH TO EMPLOY THE CHIP SHOT MORE AROUND THE GREEN
I was watching a recent golf telecast as a shot that has more roll than carry. It shot, and is struck using a two-lever mo- you a more predictable bounce and allow
tion. The arms swing and rotate and you the ball to release quicker, turning it into
and a very well-known announcer and will usually be struck with a 7 or 8 iron. allow the wrists to cock slightly, produc- a putt sooner, maximizing your control.
ing more power and the needed height to Again, try to follow the philosophy when
former mentor of mine was commenting It can also be described as a low-trajec- accommodate the increased fringe, bun- chipping and pitching – “minimum air-
ker or mound that we need to carry. The time and maximum ground time” for an
on the action and made somewhat of a tory shot of a few inches to a couple of motion is very much that of an abbreviat- improved short game.
ed full swing.
true and bold statement, saying that “the feet above the ground. A chip shot is also Kevin Perkins is a PGA Master Profes-
In conclusion, my advice to all of you sional and operates his Golf Academy at 76
art of chipping is dead on the played from no more than 10 is to always hit the ball lower and use the Golf World in Stuart. Kevin has authored
chip shot method when possible. The low- the golf instructional book Golf Everyone,
PGA Tour.” I thought this was KEVIN’S feet off the edge of the green. er lofted club will require a shorter swing; published by Hunter Textbooks. Kevin may
a very insightful and true com- KURES The swing for a chip shot is you can avoid cocking and un-cocking be reached at 561-301-3783, email: dkper-
ment, as I have also noticed a one-lever motion, which is your wrists, which makes your motion firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit his website at www.
over the past several years that very similar to the putting mo- simpler and easier to repeat. The low- kevinperkinsgolfacademy.com.
er flight and backspin rate will also give
most of the young touring pro- tion. You place the shaft on a
fessionals very often hit the slightly upright position, place
ball too high and carry the ball the grip more in the palm of
too long when hitting short your hand and, most impor-
shots around the greens. tantly, swing your arms with
What I’d like to discuss is my very little or no wrist cock. You
recommendation and encour- should also keep the back of
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take a minute to return to that television blow through the strike.
coverage. Very often during the TV cover- 2. Pitch Shot. A pitch shot can usually
age the announcers will be describing the be defined as a shot that has more airtime
player hitting a chip when he is actually than ground time. It is also struck with a
hitting a pitch, or saying he is pitching more lofted club, usually a pitching, gap,
when in fact he is chipping. This may lead sand or lob wedge. The pitch shot is usu-
to quite a bit of confusion to the viewer. ally played from a position that is a mini-
The following should help us navigate mum of a minimum of 10 to 15 feet off the
through the difference of the two and my edge of the green. Because of this, there’s
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