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MY TAKE Cleveland Clinic
BY RAY MCNULTY major center here
Pickleball may get home at
old Dodgertown golf club
A percolating, Riverside Park PHOTO GORDON RADFORD By Milton R. Benjamin | Staff Writer
court battle between tennis
players and pickleball players Vero Electric clears another hurdle as FMPA exit nears Two months after retiring as
has ended. CEO of Indian River Medical Cen-
By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer iron pipe ruptured in November, from October through December ter, Jeff Susi last week spoke out
There’s no longer any reason [email protected] dumping 3.1 million gallons of – before undertaking the com- publicly for the first time about
for local, public-parks tennis raw sewage into Bethel Creek be- plex repair. Even with the water the decision by the IRMC board
players to be snarky about the The City of Vero Beach last fore temporary repairs halted the table lower, the site required de- and the Hospital District to partner
game, despite its silly name, week completed final repairs to spill. watering for work to proceed last with Cleveland Clinic, terming the
which actually comes from a the sewer main that drains much Thursday and Friday. The break prospect of a Cleveland takeover
playful dog and has nothing to of the northern part of the barri- The city had to wait for season- “the best thing that could happen”
do with pickles. er island. The rusting 50-year-old ally high tides to recede – they last CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 for the Vero Beach community.
There’s no need to make “Cleveland Clinic really wants
snide remarks about “the kitch- to develop a major medical center
en,” which, in pickleball, has here. I think they’ll just take it to a
nothing to do with food prepa- new level,” Susi said in a wide-rang-
ration, or to condescendingly ing interview with Vero News.
refer to the fast-growing sport
– one that is wildly popular with While Susi termed all four of the
seniors, especially in Florida – health systems that sought to take
as “tennis for non-athletes.” over IRMC potentially “good part-
ners,” he said the difference “is that
The battle is over and both for some of them, we could have
sides won – or so it would ap- been a feeder to another hospital
pear, anyway. nearby.” Two of the finalists have
a huge presence in Orlando, and
For the second time, Riverside HCA, the nation’s largest health
Park’s tennis players successful- system, owns Lawnwood in neigh-
ly fended off a push from Pick- boring Fort Pierce.
leball University – a privately
“I think that Cleveland Clinic
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NEWS 1-8 PETS 14 LAURA RIDING JACKSON HOUSE FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
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It is not clear what the future holds for the Laura
© 2016 Vero Beach 32963 Media LLC. All rights reserved. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD Riding Jackson House, which has been located on
the Environmental Learning Center campus for the
past 24 years.
Marie Stiefel, head of the foundation that over-
sees the house, said foundation board members met
with ELC’s new leadership over lunch last summer to
discuss the environmental center’s ambitious multi-
million-dollar expansion plans and were told those
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MY TAKE for $9.9 million in 2005, at the height of That offer, though, is almost certainly Non-members and visitors who “drop
the real estate boom, paying far more too low to be seriously considered: Last in” pay $3 per day, according to Pickle-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 than the land is worth today. March, the City Council rejected a $2.7 ball University Director of Operations
million offer from a developer who want- Mari Colacino, who said the club also of-
funded, Vero Beach-based club with 375 Roberts said the club would rely on ed to build 280 homes on the property, fers lessons and clinics.
paddle-wielding members – to convert membership dues, fundraisers and do- which, at that time, had been appraised
at least two of the city-owned complex’s nations to cover the construction costs, at $3.5 million. Roberts said the membership’s aver-
10 tennis courts into pickleball courts. as well as accepting hands-on contribu- age age is between 60 and 65. Many of
tions of skills and services. So the pickleball people, who want the club’s members previously played
And Pickleball University, which cur- only a small piece of the property, have tennis and recently switched to pickle-
rently makes its home at Pocahontas “No city funds will be used, so they more than a puncher’s chance. Not only ball because they no longer can move
Park, already is working with Vero Beach need to raise some pretty serious mon- have they proven that participation in well enough to cover the larger court,
officials on a plan to gain more playing ey,” Slezak said. “But I believe they can the sport continues to soar locally, but, even in doubles.
space by leasing a three-acre parcel at do it, and I believe they will do it.” as Slezak put it, “they’ve already proven
the north end of the old Dodgertown to be good partners.” “For some tennis players,” he said,
Golf Club property, which is owned by Roberts said he’s scheduled to meet “the move to pickleball is a natural tran-
the city. with Slezak, O’Connor and city engi- Shortly after Pickleball University was sition.”
neers Monday. He hopes the City Coun- founded three years ago with 60-plus
Though the plan isn’t close to being cil will approve the project this summer members, the fledgling organization en- Maybe so, but there were few signs of
finalized, Pickleball University represen- and that construction can begin before tered into a public-private agreement kinship or camaraderie at last month’s
tatives have been engaged in serious dis- the end of the year. with the city to convert the tennis courts Recreation Commission meeting, where
cussions with City Manager Jim O’Con- at Pocahontas Park in downtown Vero Riverside Park tennis players showed up
nor and Recreation Director Rob Slezak “We want to address all the issues up Beach into a 12-court pickleball com- and spoke strongly against Pickleball
to rent the property on a long-term basis front and avoid any unnecessary delays, plex. University’s request to allow pickleball to
for $25 per year, allowing for the con- so we’ve already begun talking to the city be played on two of the 10 courts at the
struction of an 18-court complex and use officials,” Roberts said. “Once we get the The city contributed $5,800 to the park tennis center.
of the former golf-course clubhouse. city’s critique of our plan, then we’ll go project, then followed up with $3,000 for
to the Recreation Commission, which we repairs, while the club invested $14,500. The tennis players argued that they
“They’ve given us an initial plan and hope will give us their approval and make In addition, the club pays $2,400 per year couldn’t spare any courts because all are
we’re hoping we can work something a recommendation to the City Council. to lease the property – from 8 a.m. to 2 often occupied, especially during the
out,” Slezak said, “but we’re very early in p.m. Monday through Saturday – and morning hours and particularly during
the process and there are a lot of details “Then it’s up to the City Council.” covers the cost of maintenance. the busy winter season.
to work out.” The city, however, also is exploring
other options for the golf-club proper- Roberts said the club’s membership They also drew a line in the sand when
Pickleball University President Ken ty. Among them are an inquiry from an this past year has fluctuated between 350 confronted with the suggestion that
Roberts estimates it would cost $250,000 entity looking to lease the land and build and 480, depending on the season, but pickleball lines could be painted on a
to build the complex and restore the a volleyball facility, and another group’s that its year-end numbers have steadily couple of the park’s tennis courts to al-
clubhouse, which maintenance crews $1.65 million bid to purchase the entire risen. New members pay $84 for the first low them to be used for both sports, cit-
have been using as a storage facility since tract for what O’Connor called a “rec- year. Annual dues for existing members ing the confusion that would be created
the city purchased the 35-acre property reational training facility” that would are $48. by all the different lines.
“blend into Dodgertown itself.”
That’s a legitimate complaint.
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So is this: Pickleball is noisy. LAURA RIDING JACKSON HOUSE as relevant to an organization promoting location, an acre leased from the ELC for
Some of the tennis players rightly ex- harmony between people and the natural $2,100 a year, renewable every five years, in
pressed concerns about the distractions CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 world. 1994. While on the campus it has been open
emanating from adjacent pickleball for tours and used for writing workshops
courts – specifically, the repeated, ping- plans don’t include the 118-year-old house. Built in 1910 among the citrus groves west and poetry festivals. The current lease ex-
pong-like, popping sounds of paddles Stiefel said no specific timeframe was of the railroad tracks in Wabasso, the small pires in December.
hitting a plastic ball. frame house was purchased in 1940 by nota-
“When that ball hits that paddle, it provided for when the structure would have ble poet, essayist, anthologist and publish- When contacted by Vero Beach 32963,
makes a loud noise,” one of the tennis to be moved, leaving the board uncertain er Laura Jackson, who was associated with ELC leaders were ambiguous about whether
players told the gathering at City Hall. about how best to proceed. After the meet- many leading literary figures of the 20th cen- or when the house would have to be moved.
“And it hits it a lot. That’s disruptive.” ing, several board members expressed dis- tury, and her husband, Time Magazine poet- ELC Director of Marketing Communications
Apparently, the commissioners appointment that the genial 25-year part- ry critic Schuyler Jackson. The couple raised Nance Hatch wrote in an email: “There is no
agreed, because Pickleball University’s nership between the house foundation and citrus organically and shipped it to northern plan in the immediate future for the Laura
pitch went nowhere. There was no vote ELC would be coming to an end. markets to support their work. The house is Riding Jackson house to move off the ELC
and, even with two pickleball players on one of the few local examples of true Flori- campus. We are developing a campus mas-
the panel, there seemed to be little inter- Some noted the irony that a sustainable da Cracker architecture still standing in the ter plan to transform the campus to better
est in pursuing the matter further. structure built out of materials from its sur- county. serve a broader range of community needs
Nor should there be. roundings and designed to make best use of
Adding pickleball lines to tennis courts wind, rain and the natural light is not seen The structure was moved to its current CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
is a bad idea. Putting pickleball courts
next to tennis courts, without some sort
of barrier to muffle the noise, is worse.
And the pickleball people know it.
That’s why they’ve already moved on
to another plan that offers a more per-
manent solution to their court-shortage
It’s a plan tennis players, pickleball
players and the community at large
That golf-club land is just sitting there.
Nobody wants to pay what the city thinks
it is worth. Nobody running the city has
come up with a better alternative.
So why not lease a small patch of the
property to the folks at Pickleball Univer-
sity and let them do some good with it?
The city has little to lose, and a bus-
tling, new pickleball complex can only
help attract newcomers to town.
John’s Island has converted a section
of its tennis club into a lighted, six-court
pickleball complex, complete with a fire
pit. The Moorings recently announced
its plan to add four lighted pickleball
courts adjacent to its tennis complex.
And Harmony Reserve, a 55-and-over
community under construction north-
west of Vero Beach, touts its lighted,
eight-court pickleball complex among
There’s a reason for that.
“More and more people are playing,”
Colacino said. “We have open play on
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and
we typically have more than 100 people
cued up to play each day.
“Even on Sunday, the courts are busy,”
“I can tell you: A lot of people are going
to church at Pocahontas Park.”
There’s no denying the game’s grow-
ing popularity, especially as more Baby
Boomers move into their retirement
years. And with more retirees finding
their way to Vero Beach each year, we can
expect the local pickleball-playing popu-
lation to increase.
“Provided the city approves our plan
and we raise the funds we need,” Roberts
said, “this is going happen.”
Let’s hope so.
Because then everyone wins.
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LAURA RIDING JACKSON HOUSE In the face of uncertainty, the house foun- the college is an exciting possibility, and VERO ELECTRIC SALE
dation is seeking other possible locations adds that the board has also had conversa-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 for the historically significant home, which tions with other local historical landmark CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
in May was listed by the Florida Trust for entities about the possibility of establishing
for the next 10 years and beyond.” Historic Preservation as among “the most a partnership. was on the east side of State Road A1A, in
In a second email, Hatch wrote: “We ad- threatened historic properties in the state.” front of the newly-built Surf Club townho-
As it stands now, there seem to be three mes, near Jaycee Park.
mire the work the Laura Jackson Riding Foundation Board member and Indian main possibilities for the house: It could re-
Foundation has done and look forward to River County’s first poet laureate Sean Sex- main where it is for another 5-year lease cy- Residents were asked to limit water us-
the evolution and continuation of a rela- ton said board members have had prelimi- cle, while the ELC project moves though the age while the line, which carries waste to
tionship that’s existed for almost as long as nary conversations with Indian River State fundraising and pre-construction phases; it the city’s sewage treatment plant, was cut
the ELC has been open.” College about the possibility of moving the could be relocated on the ELC campus; or it for repair. At the same time, 30 lift stations
house, which is loaded with literary associ- could be moved to another location, such as were shut off between Jaycee Park and the
Both emails sound hopeful but are less ations, to the college’s Indian River County the Indian River State College campus. north boundary of Indian River Shores,
than crystal clear. Saying no current plans campus. from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday to
exist to move the house is not the same as House foundation board members say reduce the flow of sewage. Vero Water and
saying it will not have to be moved, and Foundation Board Secretary Rene Van- moving the house would be a delicate, Sewer Department Director Rob Bolton
“continuation of a relationship” could mean DeVoorde, Jackson’s longtime friend and time-consuming process that would cost at said the city hired Meeks Plumbing to run
a number of things. personal attorney, said that partnering with least $100,000. three pump trucks to suck up the waste wa-
ter accumulating at closed lift-stations to
prevent sewage from backing up into busi-
nesses and homes.
About 25 feet of 12-inch iron pipe was cut
away and replaced with the same materi-
al and then a protective sleeve, also of iron,
was installed where the sewage pipe runs
through a large concrete stormwater drain.
The break was probably caused by the storm
water pipe, which encased the sewer pipe in
corrosive salty water, but Bolton is sending
the pipe away for analysis to nail down the
cause. “Everything was back online before
5 o’clock, before people got home,” Bolton
said “The highest water usage – 60 percent –
is between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.”
The spill came to light on Nov. 16 when
residents complained of a foul odor along
Bethel Creek, an inlet that connects to the
lagoon near the city marina north of the Bar-
ber Bridge. After a reporter called the city to
check on the cause of the smell, Bolton in-
vestigated and discovered the broken line.
At that time, he estimated 100,000 gallons
of sewage had spewed into the lagoon, but
after checking flow records at the sewage
plant he upped the estimate to 3.1 million
gallons, making it the fourth largest spill
along the lagoon since 2015, according to re-
cords provided by DEP.
All told, the repair will cost the city about
$50,000, Bolton said. That includes re-sod-
ding and other landscaping at the dig site
along A1A in front of the multimillion-dollar
Surf Club townhouses.
Water testing done by the Water and Sew-
er Department and state Department of En-
vironmental Protection found high levels of
dangerous bacteria in Bethel Creek for weeks
after the spill. Residents asked the city put
up signs to warn kayakers and boaters not to
touch the water, which was done.
“We stopped testing Dec. 20, when the en-
terococci bacteria levels were at acceptable
levels,” Bolton said, but the signs are still in
place and residents remain concerned about
the quality of the water after so much sewage
poured into the Bethel Creek, which has little
natural flow to disburse pollution.
To address those concerns, Bolton con-
sulted with scientists, including Florida In-
stitute of Technology Ocean Engineering and
Sciences Professor John Trefry, and decided
to install pumps in the creek to aerate the
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SUSI ON CLEVELAND CLINIC finalists, he told all of them that the IRMC
Health and Wellness Center “is full – it needs
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to be expanded – and we need an ambulato-
ry surgery center.
draw from a broader area and grow the “Those are two significant projects that
medical staff, grow the employment base,” I would expect to come along very quickly
Susi said. because they’ll be recruiting more people to
“When I look at IRMC and I hear people the community. They’re going to need places
talking about, you know, who’s willing to for those physicians.
pay how much for the medical center here, “And I think there’s a lot of places around
or how much a (for-profit sys- the hospital, medical buildings
tem) would pay in taxes – $2.5 and whatever, that will benefit
million, I think – the more im- from this, because when you
portant impact is the jobs that start to attract more physicians
are created.” and more specialties, you’re go-
Susi said during his 19 years ing to attract more patients and
as CEO of IRMC, the hospital there’s going to be the spin-off
staff grew to 1,700 and the pay- to all the physicians that prac-
roll to more than “$150 million tice here, private as well as (hos-
last year, and I think Cleveland pital) employed,” he said.
Clinic will take that to $200 Susi was also optimistic that
million or more in the next the arrival of Cleveland Clinic
three years. Jeff Susi. would finally address one major
“That is a tremendous impact thing that did not happen on
on the local economy. They’ll end up grow- his watch – bringing graduate medical edu-
ing the medical staff. Those people live here, cation to IRMC.
they shop here, they buy cars here, they bank “We’ve had two task forces that at dif-
here, they buy real estate. All those things are ferent times have recommended moving
going to look very promising with a Cleve- forward with residency programs in medi-
land Clinic. cine and surgery and emergency medicine,
“The value of this transaction is what it and we just did not have the support at the
does for the economy and what it does for time given healthcare reform and the ner-
patient care – not the check somebody’s go- vousness about what does this mean going
ing to write. That’s a one-time thing. It’s this forward,” Susi said. “But I think Cleveland
ongoing impact of a major medical center.” Clinic can take that, and move that to a
Susi said that in his meetings with the four whole new level.”
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Memorial is set for Tom Collins, Convicted killer wins appeal, gets life term reduced
founder of Capt Hiram’s Resort
By Beth Walton | Staff Writer conspiracy to commit first degree murder, but that the
By Nick Samuel | Staff Writer decision was reversed upon review.
A Vero Beach man once facing life in prison for
A memorial honoring the founder of Capt Hiram’s Resort, Tom first-degree murder had his sentence reduced this The state failed to present sufficient evidence, jus-
Collins, will take place on Thursday, March 8th, according to his month to just 15 years. tices wrote in their 2015 ruling. Judge Pegg should have
son Will Collins. granted the co-defendant’s motion for an acquittal.
Edward Gibson Jr. won his appeal for a new trial in
The resort announced the 71-year-old Collins’ death last Sun- 2016 after the Fourth District Court of Appeals reversed “No one witnessed this alleged shooting and the
day. his 2014 conviction on the basis that Indian River body was found after an indeterminate period of time
County Judge Robert Pegg abused his discretion in de- and in a partially decayed condition,” Garland said.
Will Collins, current president of the resort, said all indications nying the defendant’s request to testify. “Just establishing the time of death was difficult.”
are that his dad “passed in his sleep without any pain or suffer-
ing.” Gibson, 28, struck a deal with prosecutors Feb. 16 “I’m not sitting here saying the state had no evi-
pleading no contest in Judge Cynthia Cox’s courtroom dence,” he continued. “I’m saying the evidence was
“The outpouring of support and love has been unbelievable,” to murder in the second-degree. He won’t have to serve conflicting.”
Will Collins said. “Outside of the countless memories we shared the entire 15 years because he will get credit for time
together, I will always remember how many people’s lives he served. The prison term will be followed by five years Landscapers in West Gifford called police in De-
touched. of probation. cember 2011 when a foul smell akin to a decomposing
animal kept them from their work, according to court
“I will do everything in my power to perpetuate his legacy Prosecutors were not sure they had enough evidence documents. Next to a shed in a vacant lot near where
through my family and beyond,” he added. to convict Gibson of first-degree murder in a second tri- they were working was a decaying body lying face up
al, according to Assistant State Attorney Bill Long, who and contorted on the grass.
The memorial for Tom Collins will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. was one of two prosecutors assigned to the case. “Our
on the 8th at Capt Hiram’s Resort Sandbar, and is open to the public. job is to seek justice and we sought it as much as possi- Dressed in black, murder victim Douglas Frasier Jr.’s
ble in this case given the current standing,” Long said. upper torso faced to the east. His feet pointed to the
Another memorial will be held sometime in May in Ocean City, west. His skull was on the ground next to him – two feet
Maryland. Some of the evidence was in dispute, said Jeffrey Gar- away at waist level. It appeared an animal had chewed
land, a private criminal defense attorney in Fort Pierce his head from the body.
“It was a shock for everyone. Tom was quite the rock and very who was assigned to represent Gibson after he was
hands on,” said resort director of marketing Kimball Stadler, granted a new trial and found indigent by the court. A According to search warrants filed by detectives with
juvenile co-defendant had his conviction overturned the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Gibson, then
“He was a caring individual and always wanted to make sure on appeal because of insufficient evidence, Garland 22, was overhead publicly bragging about killing Frasi-
this was a casual, welcoming family resort. We’re proud of what he explained. Even though a jury found Gibson guilty the er. “I popped him and law enforcement was looking for
has accomplished.” first time, the state was at a “great risk of getting a goose me,” he allegedly said.
egg,” he said.
Collins purchased the property for the resort in 1986, and it During the 2014 trial, Gibson, who pled not guilty,
opened in 1987 as Captain Hiram’s Raw Bar with 28 seats. Over Records with the Fourth District Court of Appeals initially declined to testify, but later changed his mind.
the years, he expanded it to become the area’s largest riverfront show Gibson’s alleged co-defendant was convicted of Court had been in session for three days when the judi-
resort, with overnight accommodations as well as bars and a cial miscue occurred.
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gery system, was being set up at the Indi-
an River Medical Center in a special room “Let me tell you something,” Pagnini
with walls, ceilings and floors encased in says. “Cancer is complicated and any cen-
50 tons worth of lead. ter that treats cancer has to be multidis-
Today, that TrueBeam system, according ciplinary in nature. A lung cancer patient
to the Norton Cancer Institute, remains might be suitable for the TrueBeam and get
“the latest and most advanced technology a cure with that, or they may have a diffuse,
in the world for treating cancer.” distant or refractory disease that you can’t
Like other forms of radiation therapy, target. There’s just too much of it for the
stereotactic radio-surgery works by dam- TrueBeam.”
aging the DNA of the targeted tumor cells,
says the Mayo Clinic, adding that it “caus- “If we put them on Keytruda or OPDI-
es tumors to shrink and blood vessels to VO [instead of doing radiologic surgery],
close-off, robbing the tumor of its blood these immunotherapies or targeted thera-
supply,” effectively killing the cancer. pies based on their molecular genetics, we
So what about that knife fight? might hit a home run and cure them.
Well, the idea of treating cancers through
radiation isn’t exactly a new one. “So what we want to focus on is having
In the 1950s two Swedish professors first options and a multidisciplinary approach.
conceived the idea of combining radiation If a patient is a suitable candidate for a
with stereotactic guidance or 3-D imaging [different] technology, we can give that to
to pinpoint and attack tumors within the them, too. And that’s what we’re trying to
brain, but the complexity and cost of the do here.”
effort put the project on hold.
Years later, in 1967, the first radiation In the meantime, Dr. Abraham Wu, di-
tool for treating brain tumors – called a rector of the radiation oncology residency
“Gamma Knife” – was finally developed training program at Memorial Sloan Ket-
and put into use. tering, says that while there are “a lot of
Two decades after that, in the 1980s, different machines and a lot of different
Dr. John R. Adler, a professor of neurosur- marketing terms thrown around,” he relies
gery and radiation oncology at Stanford on the TrueBeam option and that certainly
University Medical Center, developed the appears to put Pagnini and the rapidly de-
“CyberKnife” system, which allowed ra- veloping Scully-Welsh program into some
diation oncologists to treat tumors any- very good company.
Dr. Paul Pagnini is now with the Scul-
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Just think: Study eyes mental method to lower anxiety
By Maria Canfield | Correspondent The researchers, led by Ahmad Hariri, a less likely to actually feel anxious if they had Dr. Whitney Legler.
[email protected] professor of psychology and neuroscience at high activity in their prefrontal cortex.
Duke, focused on the prefrontal cortex – the PHOTO BY DENISE RITCHIE
New research from Duke University sug- so-called executive control center – the area Speaking about the study results in terms
gests that improving activity in the brain’s of our brains in charge of how we organize of the brain’s anxiety markers, Professor to train the prefrontal cortex is mindfulness
“executive control center” may protect our thoughts, think abstractly and make Hariri says, “We found that if you have a high- meditation, which is designed to develop the
against anxiety for at-risk people. complex plans. Although it seems unrelated er functioning prefrontal cortex, the imbal- skill of paying attention to our inner and outer
to those functions, the prefrontal cortex is ance in these deeper brain structures is not experiences, being present to what is actually
In a nutshell, the study found that clear also in charge of impulse control and the or- expressed as changes in mood or anxiety.” happening in the moment, instead of allow-
or complex thinking, or quieting down the ganization of emotion. ing the mind to spin fearful fantasies about
thinking process, reduces anxiety and the Dr. Legler says, “I suspect this study has what might happen in the future.
risk of anxiety disorder. “Anxiety, or any emotion for that matter, is captured that there is a diversion process go-
a function of a thought,” says Dr. Legler. “We ing on – the math problems – which in essence A number of mindfulness meditation tech-
This study arose from previous research, have no emotions without thoughts. When breaks the anxiety-producing thought train.” niques can be found on the Internet; one is
also conducted at Duke, which showed the we focus on changing our thoughts we can to focus your attention on your breathing,
brains of people at-risk for anxiety exhibited generally reduce anxiety.” In encouraging news for those who suffer “watching” the breath flow in and out for one
an intense fear response to threat, but a low from the sometimes-crippling effects of anx- minute, 10 minutes or more. Keep your eyes
pleasure response to reward. Armed with that In the study, Professor Hariri and his col- iety, the researchers say that the prefrontal open and breathe normally. Your mind will
knowledge, the researchers set out to investi- leagues asked 120 Duke undergraduate stu- cortex is very adaptable, and can be trained to wander; just keep bringing your attention
gate strategies to help those at-risk for anxiety dents to complete a series of questionnaires function at a higher level, a strategy that will back to your breathing.
from developing an anxiety disorder. assessing their mental health to see if they allow people with anxiety to reduce or stave
were at risk for developing an anxiety disor- off symptoms. Dr. Legler’s office is located at 3003 Cardinal
About that previous research, Vero Beach der and to undergo a brain scan while solving Drive, Suite A on the barrier island; the office
clinical neuropsychologist Whitney Legler math problems to activate their prefrontal According to Dr. Legler, a well-established phone is 772-231-5554.
says, “There are studies that show differ- cortex. During the scan, the students also psychotherapy technique called cognitive
ences in brain wiring between anxious and were shown images designed to activate their behavioral therapy (CBT) can be effective as
non-anxious individuals. Scrambled con- amygdala (the “fear” center of the brain) and a prefrontal cortex “exercise.
nections between the part of the brain that ventral striatum (the “pleasure” center).
processes fear and emotion and other brain In CBT, a psychiatrist, psychologist, li-
regions are associated with anxiety disorders, In follow-up testing conducted several censed clinical social worker or other men-
but researchers can’t say for sure whether months later, the researchers found that those tal-health provider helps the person become
the connectivity abnormalities came first, or students at-risk for anxiety because of their aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so
whether excessive worrying shaped the brain “high fear, low pleasure” brain responses were challenging situations can be viewed more
by reinforcing particular neural pathways.” clearly and responded to in a more effective
way. Dr. Legler also says another effective way
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Vero High School wrestler Toscano proves her mettle
By Ron Holub | Correspondent not give up. It was so tough. There were pletely scared. At the beginning of the sea- second day I wrestled some of the state
[email protected] times when I was so angry to the point son I started out at the 220-pound weight contenders from Dr. Phillips High School
where I didn’t want to come back. class. It was horrible wrestling those big and they were pretty tough.
Vero Beach High School senior Janet dudes, but I literally stood my ground and
Toscano contributed mightily this year “But the guys on the team would not said I am not going to go down. I’m not go- “There were no districts or regionals, it
to the growing body of evidence that the treat me like a girl, even though I thought ing to get pinned. I hated getting pinned. was way different than the guys. I auto-
culture of sports is changing in ways that they might be a little soft on me in prac- Getting pinned by a guy made me mad. It matically went straight to states because I
once seemed unimaginable. Choosing to tice. They told me you’re on the boys team was the only girl on the team.
become the only female member of the made me want to practice even more and
varsity wrestling team was something that Janet Toscano. work harder to try to win.” “My experience at the state tournament
few if any of her peers would even consid- was horrible. I dropped so much weight
er, however this 18-year-old had the per- and we’re going to treat you like a boy. If The first time she pinned a guy it made from all of the cardio that I had to compete
sonality and grit to pull it off with unbur- you want to wrestle, then wrestle. her so happy she “smacked the mat” when at 195. If I had stayed at 220 I know I would
dened ease. it was over. By her own count she pinned have placed first or second because I was
“I was basically one of the guys. I never three guys during the season. She was able so much quicker than those girls. But by
After dabbling in junior varsity lacrosse felt uncomfortable wrestling with them. to use what she learned from those expe- dropping weight I got fourth place at 195.
and shifting over to weightlifting up to They were really respectful to the point riences when she was fast tracked into the
and through the 10th grade, Toscano that if there was a move (they thought Florida High School Women’s State Wres- “At least I got a medal, but I was so furi-
dedicated her junior year to academics might be considered anatomically inap- tling Championship meet in early Febru- ous that I only got fourth place. After wres-
because she didn’t want to disappoint propriate), they would apologize and say ary. Wrestling with guys taught her to go tling with guys I knew I could win this. But
someone very close to her. That same they were sorry. I told them no, I am part for the legs first instead of the head. Dr. Phillips had an amazing group of girls
year wrestling grabbed her interest when of the team and I have to get used to it. I there.
she participated in conditioning work- understand that this is a boys sport and “The first time I wrestled a girl was at
outs with the team. She considered giving moves like that may happen in a tourna- the Disney Duals in December. I could “In my first year of wrestling I beat some
that sport a try, but there was no team for ment.” only get into exhibition matches and on boys and I went to states. So those are my
girls. And in the back of her head was the the first day I pinned three girls in less than accomplishments. I placed at states and
omnipresent vision of her mom’s concern She went to tournaments and readily 60 seconds. I thought this is so easy. The my picture is going up on the Wall of Fame
for academics. brushed aside any snide comments about (in the VBHS wrestling room) forever.”
the presence of a girl on the VBHS team.
“My senior year came and my grades
were great, so I decided to try out for wres- “When it came to the meets I was com-
tling,” Toscano said. “I got really strong
from weightlifting – and from my earlier
conditioning with the team it looked like
wrestling might be fun. But when I tried
out this year we did so much running and
my conditioning was horrible.
“Sometimes I felt like I wanted to hide. I
was so tired my legs cramped up. But I said
I am going to be the girl who actually stays
with it on the boys wrestling team for the
whole season. And I did.”
Toscano started out by wrestling with
the guys in the practice room. She would
always be motivated by something assis-
tant coach Jacob Pryor Sr. emphasized to
her repeatedly: “Pain is temporary, Pride is
“So I would wrestle the guys and I would
lose some, but I would also win some. I
put my heart into it. I really wanted this.
Throughout the whole season I would just
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Bonz meets his first Potcake, a cutie called Bama
Hi Dog Buddies! Foxhound. We get along with everybody, Place is near a popular beach, so, when hu- Potcake Pooch Pal, so she picked ME. He’s
humans an animals, plus we’re real smart, mans come for a va-CA-shun, there we are. in Dog Heaven now, but I have three Cool
Woof, do I love my job; what’s better loyal and loving, which we hafta be or no- Potcake Place gives ’em a leash, toys an a Kibbles brothers, all rescues like me. Mom
than innerviewin’ fellow pooches, makin’ body’d adopt us.” water dish so they can take one of us for didn’t know it when she adopted me – I like
new frens, and learnin’ tons of innnersting a beach walk. By then, we’re all ready for to maintain a low profile – but I AM Queen
stuff? This week, I innerviewed a Potcake. “Woof! Great story! But that sounds like a new life. If a visitor wants to adopt one of the Cuh-RIBBEE-un.”
Have you heard about Potcakes? Me either. a pretty challenging life.” of us, Potcake Place helps with the paper-
work. An, get this, the coolest part is, since “Queen of the … that is Seriously Cool
Bama Maxwell (as in Alabama) is a pret- “It was. Lots of us get sick or starve you can’t just stuff a puppy inna suitcase Kibbles!”
ty lady Potcake from the Turks and Caicos, or even worse. We love the beach an the
which is a buncha islands in the Cuh-RIB- ocean, but the problem is, the humans Bama “Yes, it is, isn’t it,” she agreed. “Oh, well,
BEE-un. We met on a (pooch-frenly) beach down there don’t think of us as pets; full disclosure, I’m only the Queen when
up in Melbourne, cuz that’s where Bama’s with your socks, Potcake Place arranges for Mommy’s away. When she’s home, she’s
most comf-tubble, cuz of being born onna PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD special couriers to hand deliver us to our The Queen an I’m The Princess.”
beach an livin’ there her whole, entire pup- new homes.”
pyhood, till she found her Forever Family we’re just Big Pains in the “So, is it OK to call you just Bama? How’d
back in 2010. Kazoo. So we all hope we can someday be “So is that what happened to you?” you get that name, anyway?”
part of a loving Forever Family. “Sorta. See, my Mommy works down in
Bama was runnin’ around in the liddle Turks an Caicos. Spends a lotta time in the “Bama’s fine, Bonz. Daddy named me.
park by the duneline smellin’ the smells, “Anyway, this human lady, Jane Park- ocean, with those big funny things on her My full name is Alabama Tuscaloosa Roll
when me an my assistant arrived, and er-Rauw, decided to do something to help back. She’s workin’ on a reef project. Im- Tide Maxwell, but everybody calls me
she trotted right up for the Wag-and-Sniff. us Potcakes, so around 2004, she started a portant Stuff. Since she flies back an forth Bama, thank Lassie. As you probly guessed,
She’s a long-leggedy, middle-size pooch, pooch rescue CHAIRuddy, Potcake Place, a lot, she’s one of the Potcake Couriers. Daddy is a HUGE Alabama football fan.
slim, with a short honey-colored coat in Providenciales, Turks an Caicos. It’s run I’m not her first Potcake, either. In 2010, HUGE. He ackshully went to the same
and long darker-colored sniffer. An black by all volunteers who gather us up an find she had Nigel, and she thought he’d like a school as the football guys. He says it’s
eye-liner. Made her look real exotic. It’s homes for as many of us as they can. We get his Almuh MUTTer. I think it’s something
called Smokey Eye. (Hey, I keep up with the all spiffed up an healthy; a nice vet checks DON’T BE SHY about dogs. I’m a total Daddy’s Girl, Bonz,
Trends.) us out Sniffer-to-Tail; they make sure we’re but, during The Football Season, Daddy’s
socialized an well-mannered; an we hafta We are always looking for pets always yellin’ ‘GO, BAMA!’ and honestly, I
“Delighted to make your acquaintance, go through the No Puppies Procedure, of with interesting stories. don’t know whether I’m comin’ or goin.’ I
Miss Bama.” course. The volunteers foster us, an tour- get kinda dizzy an usually end up hiding
ists come visit us at Potcake Place, and To set up an interview, email under the bed.
“Likewise, Bonz. May I call you Bonz? maybe adopt us. There’s even a travel ad [email protected]
This is my Mommy, Maureen. My Daddy’s that says, ‘Travel To Turks and Caicos For “When I’m in the islands helpin’ Mom-
Toby. How about we yap here in the grass, Beaches, Snorkeling – and Puppies.’” my work, I always HAFTA to be right there
then we can go out on the beach. So, whad- on the boat, keepin’ track. I just sit an stare
dya wanna know?” “Pawsome Dog Biscuits!” I exclaimed. at her bubbles, so I know she’s okey-dokey
“I KNOW!” Bama said. “See, Potcake down there. If I get left on shore, I dog pad-
“Well, first off, what’s a Potcake?” dle out to the boat. I can tread water forev-
“Potcakes are homeless pooches from er. Hey, Bonz, I’ll race ya to the beach!” And
the Bahamas an Turks an Caicos. I myself away she flew, down the boardwalk, leap-
was born on the beach. It’s fuzzy, but I kin- ing gracefully over the railing and straight
da remember wanderin’ around, tryin’ to into the waves.
figure out what happened, lookin’ for my
pooch family, and tryin’ to find food and “Aren’cha comin’?” she called.
water. Sometimes, humans give us what’s “Love to, but I should be getting back.”
left of their food, caked on the bottom of Heading home, I wondered what would
their cooking pots. So – potcakes. have been the harm if I’d showed up a little
“After years an years, we’re thought of late – with sandy paws.
as a sorta unofficial breed, mostly a mix-
ture of German Shepherd, Labrador an Till next time,
Homeowners’ tearful pleas add
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Homeowners’ tearful pleas add to ‘Millstone’ drama
By Kathleen Sloan | Staff Writer The homebuilders and people waiting to “maintain” the locked-in rate. “I don’t struction is withholding certificates of oc-
[email protected] to move into completed homes say they understand,” she said. “I’m not the one re- cupancy and not issuing any more build-
should not be punished for a failure by the sponsible.” ing permits. We’re balancing the needs of
After tearful pleas from homebuyers stuck developer, but the county says it has to en- existing homeowners with future home
in limbo due to a dispute between the coun- force its agreement with Starwood or risk Jeffrey Vaughn said he and his wife have owners.”
ty and the developer of Millstone Landing creating a precedent for laxness by other lived in a hotel for seven weeks. His wife
subdivision, the County Commission voted developers. needs a brain operation but they’re put- O’Bryan said the permit moratorium
last week to issue eight certificates of occu- ting it off “so she can recover at home.” has caused Starwood to step up the pace
pancy that had been blocked, allowing peo- Before the vote last Tuesday, Alet Fil- of road work, putting more workers on the
ple to move into completed homes. malter said she would lose her 4 percent “I do not understand how you can hold project and working weekends.
loan rate if she couldn’t move into her the homeowners hostage,” Vaughn said.
Developer Starwood Land Ventures was home March 1 unless she paid $87 a day County Commissioner Tim Zorc said
supposed to complete the 17th Street SW Chairman Peter O’Bryan said, “The only the three homebuilders working in the
and 27th Avenue intersection by the end stick the county has to ensure road con-
of 2017, but has not finished yet, a viola-
tion of the company’s agreement with the
The incomplete work makes it more dif-
ficult for homeowners to enter and leave
the 300-acre subdivision that will eventu-
ally have more than 600 homes.
Starwood has blamed the delays on
Florida Power & Light, which has utility
poles at the intersection that need to be re-
located, but county staff and commission-
ers did not buy that argument, and began
withholding certificates of occupancy for
completed homes and building permits
for new homes on Jan. 1 to pressure the
At a special call meeting Jan. 30, the
commission allowed a handful of COs
to be issued, so some people whose new
homes were complete could move in, but
continued to withhold other COs and new
building permits, keeping pressure on
Starwood to finish the roadwork.
The county’s tactics set up a push-pull
with Millstone residents, who say they have
waited long enough for the work to be com-
pleted and support what the county is do-
ing, on one side; and homeowners waiting
to move in, along with homebuilders work-
ing in the subdivision, on the other.
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subdivision – Lennar, GHO Homes and PHOTOS: GORDON RADFORD cates of occupancy and building permits Starwood took over Shelby’s 2005 devel-
D.R. Horton – were exerting enough pres- to enforce developers’ agreements. oper’s agreement with the county on Sep-
sure on Starwood that there is no need for rector Nicki Van Vonno said Martin Coun- tember 2016, which was amended October
the county to continue withholding certif- ty withholds certificates of occupancy and Starwood Land Ventures purchased 458 2016. The amendment included a Dec. 31,
icates of occupation from homebuyers. building permits to ensure developers put residential lots in Millstone Landing from 2017, deadline for completion of the 27th
in infrastructure in a timely manner, and Regions Bank for $7 million in May 2016 Avenue and 17th Street Southwest inter-
One of the three builders confirmed it St. Lucie County Special Projects Coordi- after the bank foreclosed on the original section.
withheld the latest “takedown” payment nator for the Planning Division likewise developer, Shelby Homes.
for scheduled lot buys. Zorc said the pay- confirmed his division withholds certifi-
ment was “six-figures, hitting the develop-
er where it hurts, in the pocketbook.”
“I would think all the builders are with-
holding payment on lot buys,” Zorc said,
since Starwood is not delivering “build-
able lots,” the suspension of building per-
mits making them untouchable.
After discussion, the commission unan-
imously approved a compromise motion,
voting to issue certificates of occupancy
for all homes that have already passed fi-
nal inspection or do pass by March 6, while
continuing to withhold building permits
until all roadwork is done.
Chairman Peter O’Bryan asked Coun-
ty Administrator Jason Brown if releasing
certificates of occupancy will make other
developers’ agreements “unenforceable.”
Brown said it was a “concern.”
Public Works Director Richard Szpyrka
said what the county is doing – withhold-
ing COs and building permits in accor-
dance with the terms of a developer agree-
ment – is “very common.”
A Google search bore out Szpyrka’s
claim, revealing multiple municipalities
that use the tactic.
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MAINLAND REAL ESTATE SALES: FEB. 19 THROUGH FEB. 23
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
The mainland real estate market saw a steady drumbeat of sales last week, as 32 single-family
residences and lots sold from Feb. 19-23 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week in Vero Beach was the home at 1040 Riverwind Circle. First listed in July for
$545,000, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,643-square-foot house fetched $525,000 on Feb. 20.
In Sebastian, the week’s best sale was the home at 161 Filbert Street. First listed in October for
$329,000, the 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom residence sold for $270,000 on Feb. 23.
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
VERO BEACH 1040 RIVERWIND CIRCLE 7/25/2017 $545,000 2/20/2018 $435,000
VERO BEACH 1157 RIVERWIND CIRCLE 10/16/2017 $500,000 2/23/2018 $390,000
VERO BEACH 1545 W 56TH SQUARE 12/5/2017 $400,000 2/23/2018 $365,000
VERO BEACH 1070 BUCKHEAD DRIVE 12/13/2017 $389,000 2/23/2018 $270,000
SEBASTIAN 161 FILBERT STREET 10/11/2017 $329,900 2/23/2018 $265,000
SEBASTIAN 702 & 712 BREAKWATER TERRACE 2/2/2018 $299,900 2/19/2018 $260,900
VERO BEACH 1035 6TH PLACE 1/9/2018 $264,900 2/20/2018 $259,000
VERO BEACH 140 38TH COURT 6/28/2017 $325,000 2/23/2018 $244,900
VERO BEACH 2130 55TH AVENUE 12/18/2017 $249,800 2/20/2018 $240,900
SEBASTIAN 1321 LACONIA STREET 11/22/2017 $241,800 2/20/2018 $219,150
SEBASTIAN 349 BROOKEDGE TERRACE 12/29/2017 $229,000 2/22/2018 $213,000
SEBASTIAN 537 PERIWINKLE DRIVE 10/11/2017 $242,000 2/23/2018 $206,000
VERO BEACH 1114 W 13TH SQUARE 1/22/2018 $211,000 2/21/2018 $197,000
VERO BEACH 515 35TH AVENUE 12/22/2017 $219,900 2/23/2018
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT INDIAN RIVER COUNTY REAL ESTATE SALES.
1157 Riverwind Circle, Vero Beach 1545 W 56th Square, Vero Beach
Listing Date: 10/16/2017 Listing Date: 12/5/2017
Original Price: $500,000 Original Price: $400,000
Sold: 2/23/2018 Sold: 2/23/2018
Selling Price: $435,000 Selling Price: $390,000
Listing Agent: Kelly Fischer Listing Agent: Jane Johnson
Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Alex MacWilliam, Inc.
Debbie Bell Sherri Hernandez
Berkshire Hathaway Florida Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.
1070 Buckhead Drive, Vero Beach 161 Filbert Street, Sebastian
Listing Date: 12/13/2017 Listing Date: 10/11/2017
Original Price: $389,000 Original Price: $329,900
Sold: 2/23/2018 Sold: 2/23/2018
Selling Price: $365,000 Selling Price: $270,000
Listing Agent: Kristi White Listing Agent: Laura Petersen
Selling Agent: Keller Williams Realty Selling Agent: RE/MAX Crown Realty
Jeff Van Dyke Kim Salmon
Billero & Billero RE/MAX Crown Realty
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By Samantha Baita | Staff Writer
1 From Brahms to Broadway
to the Beatles, there are
so many excellent musical (and
other) opportunities from which
to choose this week: On Sunday,
Maestro Christopher Confessore
and the Brevard Symphony Or-
chestra return to Community
Church for a 7:30 p.m. concert,
which opens with Schubert’s
Overture to “Rosamunde,” a tale
of palace intrigue and murder,
best known for Schubert’s music.
The evening’s featured soloist will
be young and gifted violinist Paul
Huang, whose multiple awards
include the highly prized Lincoln
Center Award for Emerging Art-
ists and the Avery Fisher Award.
Huang will perform Pulitzer- and Emotion takes shape in sculptor
George Paxton’s creations PAGE B2
Samuel Barber’s Violin Concer-
to. To round out the evening in
dramatic style, the orchestra will Adam Schnell.
perform Czech composer An- PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
CONTINUED ON PAGE B5
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Emotion takes shape in sculptor George Paxton’s creations
By Kerry Firth | Correspondent ture the essence, mood and feeling George Paxton.
[email protected] of the subject.”
Many of PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
Evoking emotion is the goal Paxton’s sub-
of local sculptor George Paxton, and says he comes by his artistry naturally.
whose work will be featured along jects are nude women. “My father was a musician, Big Band leader
with that of watercolor artist Joel Johnson When his subjects are dressed
in the “People and Places” exhibition open- or partially dressed, he likes to em- and songwriter so I was surrounded by talent.
ing March 2 at the Center for Spiritual Care phasize the complement of form to We had all these famous people like Perry
in Vero Beach. Como and Nat King Cole floating around the
fabric, which in turn can house. It was very inspirational. Unfortunate-
“I’m trying to show something about the create its own inde- ly, I didn’t have any musical talent, but I did
person, not just the figure,” explains Pax- pendent shape. start drawing at a very young age. I moved
ton from his Vero Beach home. “I strive “The female body into sculpture because I liked the three di-
to create something that someone is perfection,” he says. mensionalities of the medium. The fact that
can relate to, and oftentimes I see “I focus on the struc- you can walk around and see the movement
viewers relate in a totally different ture of the figure, the of the piece intrigues me to this day.”
way than I did.” interplay between
shapes and how one Paxton went to art school at the Arts Stu-
Paxton’s sculptures, although dents League of New York before opting to
small in size, averaging only 2 to form flows freely into an- change course and attend Columbia and Van-
4 feet in height, are large in detail other, sometimes with in- derbilt universities.
and depth. terlocking curves. There are
so many S-curves in the fe- “While I was drawn to art, I realized I’d have
“I work from nature with a live model to male body and it’s simply a better chance of making a living in law, so
create a three-dimensional figurative sculp- my life took a different direction and I became
ture in terra cotta and cast in bronze. The hu- a miraculous blend of a trial lawyer with a respected law firm in
man body is so complex and beautiful with structure and fluidity.” Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.”
its fluidity in motion. A good understanding Paxton grew up
of proportion, gesture and anatomy is on Long Island, But despite practicing law for most of his
essential to creating a realistic figure. New York, life, Paxton never gave up his artistic pursuit.
Knowledge of muscle and bone struc-
ture helps me create a sculpture that “I built a little studio in my basement and
is true to nature and allows me to cap- started sculpting,” says Paxton, adding that
when time permitted he attended classes at art
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schools and workshops in Washington, D.C., The Gallery showcases Grayson Perry’s spellbinding art
Virginia and New York, and even spent a sum-
mer at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. tor’s attention. PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD
And each is a star in its own right.
These days, Paxton spends winters in Vero Perry first gained recognition for his tury English painter
Beach, sculpting in his downtown Vero Beach
studio and teaching figurative and portrait work in pottery and the show does not dis- and printmaker William Ho-
sculpture at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. appoint: three large vases, crowded with
During the summer he teaches at the South- By Ellen Fischer | Columnist figural story-telling, are on display. Also on garth, whose best known series, “The Rake’s
ern Vermont Center. [email protected] view is a figural sculpture in cast iron, two
tapestries, three satirical maps etched in Progress,” chronicles the downfall of young
Nationally acclaimed for his work, his The must-see contemporary art show of the style of 16th century Dutch cartography,
sculptures have been widely exhibited and the season is at The Gallery at Windsor. Lo- two color sketches for ceramic pots, and a Tom Rakewell, who inherits his miserly fa-
have been awarded numerous honors in local cated at Windsor Properties, the gallery is a piece of embroidery that was inspired by
juried exhibitions. highlight of the exclusive planned commu- antique battle flags. ther’s fortune and proceeds to squander it in
nity founded by Canadian businessman W.
“I’ve had showings at the A.E. Backus Mu- Galen Weston and his wife, the Hon. Hilary Kelley says that Perry sees himself as a social the most lavish and reckless pursuits available
seum and Gallery in Fort Pierce and in a mu- M. Weston. Mrs. Weston is the curator of the commentator in the tradition of the 18th cen-
seum in Boca, and I’m looking forward to the Gallery’s annual offering. in the third decade of 18th century London.
upcoming show with my friend Joel Johnson at
the Center for Spiritual Care. Since most of my This season’s show, “Grayson Perry: Mak- Like Hogarth, Perry depicts the conflict-
work is displayed on pedestals, I thought his ing Meaning,” is the first part of a three-year
beautiful watercolors on the walls would be the partnership between The Gallery at Windsor ed progress of humanity in contemporary
perfect blend of emotion provoking art forms.” and the Royal Academy of Art in London,
says Laura Kelley, gallery manager. Britain and beyond, but he tempers his keen
The pairing of Paxton with Johnson, a
highly regarded water colorist, is an ideal Perry’s meteoric rise as both artist and sense of irony with a fey love of human fash-
one. Johnson was raised in Sinclair, Wyo- household name in Britain began in 2003,
ming, and, like Paxton, says he was drawn to when he received the prestigious Turner CONTINUED ON PAGE B4
art at an early age. Prize, an award for the most notable exhibi-
tion by a contemporary British artist in the
“The line and the endless variety of year preceding the prize.
shapes it created seemed magical” he ex-
plains. “The support and encouragement Perry is not so well known in the U.S.; to
I received from my teachers and parents Kelley’s knowledge, the Windsor show is only
gave me the confidence to continue with the second solo exhibition the artist has had
art classes in high school. In college, I took here. The first was in 2006 at the Andy War-
courses in both painting and drawing in hol Museum in Pittsburgh.
several subject areas, including still life,
portrait, and the human figure.” And although Windsor may be second in
that regard, Kelley notes that the current of-
Johnson holds a B.A. in studio art from fering marks the first time three-dimension-
Westminster College and a M.F.A. in painting al artworks have been displayed at the Wind-
from Utah State University. He taught at var- sor gallery in its 16-year history.
ious levels of education while continuing to
pursue his endeavors as an artist and eventu- But that is not the gallery’s only ground-
ally decided to “create” full time, transitioning breaking first.
from drawing, to oil painting, to watercolor,
which is his main focus today. Perry’s artful presentation of himself at
exhibition receptions for his work can easily
“Watercolor combines my love of drawing outshine the art on display, and his appear-
on paper with the transparent luminosity ance at Windsor’s private reception for the
only watercolor can achieve,” says Johnson, exhibition turned a few heads.
noting that he likes to incorporate the white
of the unpainted paper in the lightest areas of “He is a transvestite with a well-devel-
the painting; utilizing layers of paint in darker oped alter ego he calls Claire,” says Kelley,
areas to create depth and color intensity. who confirms that Perry came to his recep-
tion attired as a woman. Perry, who stands
“I’m currently working on reflective sur- over 6 feet tall, wore a hot pink mini dress
faces, especially water. My paintings visualize (oversized Peter Pan collar, pleated skirt)
the impact that light has on form with regard that showcased his 57-year-old legs to an
to weight, volume, value, texture and color. enviable degree.
Light and shadows create a mood as a sense
of place for the viewer that the writer Joseph Now that Perry has returned to England,
Campbell referred to as ‘aesthetic arrest’, or a the 12 art objects on display at Windsor’s
sense of calm and awareness.” gallery vie only with each other for the visi-
A full-time Vero Beach resident, Johnson
teaches watercolor classes at the Vero Beach
Museum of Art during the winter months.
His work is displayed in galleries nation-
wide as well as in numerous national juried
art exhibitions. After the March showing
in Vero Beach, he will head to the National
Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix
de West exhibition in Oklahoma, which fea-
tures the finest contemporary Western art-
ists in the country.
The People and Places exhibition runs
March 2 to April 2 at the Center for Spiritual
Care inVero Beach. For more information, visit
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B3 Beeb” and “Rolls Royce,” as well as “Liberty,” stages of life. They follow the red flow of life rates them, and thereby divides the country
Tolerance” and “The Rule of Law.” “Wm. Ho- as it wends through a maze of brand names into western and eastern halves. A large for-
ion and foolishness. garth” is there, too; his name curls around to its ultimate end. The rivulet drains into ested area in the left half is “Fear,” its towns
The first object you will gape at in the gal- the bottom of the Queen’s portrait. the devil’s maw, and the aged consumer fi- with scary names; “Unknown,” “Unforgiven”
nally appears on his deathbed. and “Bad Faith” among them. A “Land of
lery is “Comfort Blanket” -- a tapestry over 9 Xaque Gruber, one of the knowledgeable Wishes” is on the island’s opposite coast, but
feet tall and a little over 26 feet wide. Dated docents who shepherds visitors through the Of the stories the vases have to tell, one be careful what you wish for: “Fundraiser,”
2014, it is the most recent artwork by the art- show, says that he has counted “around 300 is a fairy tale. “The Near Death and Enlight- “Paparazzi” and “Drunken Fury” are some of
ist in the show. Briticisms” in this artwork. enment of Alan Measles” of 2011 follows the the town names there.
adventures of Perry’s childhood teddy bear,
The tapestry was designed by Perry, “Perry loves language and his art all boils from his crashing a plane into the Latvian The nethermost point in “Map of an En-
whose drawings for it were digitally synthe- down to words and illustrations,” says Gruber. countryside and being nursed to health by glishman” is the “Land of Bleak” and its
sized by Spanish programmers and woven women in traditional costume, to his ulti- northernmost tip is “Puberty.”
on a computerized loom in Belgium. The Visitors to the gallery will need to give mate recovery and enlightenment at the side
textural and history-laden weight of tap- themselves an hour to peruse the dozen of a Buddhist priest. If that does not give you an idea of the
estry bestows a certain gravitas to Perry’s works in the show. Each one is a dense con- sense of whacky humor you will enjoy at the
playful, patchwork composition. The textile centrate that must be mixed with time to The etched maps on display show whim- show, nothing will. A gorgeous catalog pub-
is displayed on a curved wall built especially achieve the full Grayson Perry experience. sical lands with tongue-in-cheek place lished by Windsor for the exhibition is avail-
for it to suggest the work’s intention to en- names. For example, “The Island of Bad Art” able that includes pictures of other works in
fold you in its warm content. “The Walthamstow Tapestry” of 2009 is has the outline of a crazed-looking dog; the Perry’s oeuvre.
modeled after a medieval epic tapestry -- precincts within him have titles that include
The overall design of “Comfort Blanket” the kind that shows the course of an import- “Just Plain Ugly, and “Just Plain Dull.” During the past three years, the artist has
suggests a British bank note; an abstract ant battle, the reign of a king, or the holy life increasingly turned to producing and ap-
facsimile of the Union Jack occupies its top of a saint. Here the subject’s title refers to a An Englishmen is composed of many pearing in television documentaries about
left corner; a portrait of Queen Elizabeth fills once derelict, now trendy part of London things, the good and the bad, all mixed to- culture and social class in Britain and also in
an oval reserve at right. The rest of the space frequented by artists (Perry keeps a studio gether. The “Map of an Englishman,” of 2004 other parts of the world.
is crammed with words, phrases and acro- there) and wealthy elites. Through it winds “Looks like a map that you’d see in a Tolkien
nyms that bring to mind all things British in the course of the modern Briton. He is seen novel -- like Middle Earth from Lord of the The artist’s belief, says Laura Kelley, is that
the categories of history, culture, commerce, emerging as a babe in a gush of red from Rings,” says Gruber. thousands of people may experience his
cuisine and slang. Among these are “Shake- a woman’s womb at the far left side of the work in galleries and museums, but through
speare,” “A Nice Cuppa Tea,” “Brollie,” “The tapestry. Presented as both male and female At the heart of this inland country are two television, he can reach millions.
characters as the story progresses, the babe great citadels; the larger is labeled “SEX,” the
represents the British consumer at different other “LOVE”; the “River of Orgasm” sepa-
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 1 Maestro Christopher Confessore and the Brevard Swing 7 will lay it down at the Vero Heritage
Symphony Orchestra at Community Church on Sunday. Center, presented by the Treasure Coast Jazz
tonin Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony, in which, Society. Varro began studying piano at 10,
according to Wikipedia, he “manages to the memoirs of the older daughter, Louise, diences in Carnegie Hall, Shea Stadium, Red and was introduced to jazz soon after. He’s
capture some of the Czech national style who eventually becomes the famous bur- Rocks and a ton of other venues concur. See worked on the Jackie Gleason Show, and with
within a standard Germanic classical-ro- lesque striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. Riv- and hear for yourself Thursday, March 8, at Flip Phillips, Billy Butterfield, Phil Napoleon
mantic form.” Tickets are $55. erside’s production features local Riverside the Emerson Center when LIVE! From Vero and the Dukes of Dixieland, and organized
Children’s Theatre students, cast in June, Beach presents “1964: The Tribute.” Unlike Swing 7 to cover the styles of the ’30s, ’40s
2 Broadway hits – always an audience and Louise’s Vaudeville numbers. This is the other tribute bands, this one focuses on “the and ’50s. Swing 7, says the show promo, plays
favorite. This Sunday the Treasure kind of show at which Riverside absolutely quintessential moment in history, when the jazz festivals and concerts across the U.S. and
Coast Chorale and Friends are serving a excels, and you can bet your front row-cen- Beatles actually played before a LIVE au- throughout Europe. Admission to a single
heaping musical helping at First Baptist ter tickets you’ll get a Broadway-compa- dience,” says the official website. They do concert is $45 for Jazz Society members, $50
Church in Vero. The 70-member chorale, rable production. Performances are Tues- it like it was done 50 years ago, in the days for Non-Members. The jazz begins at 12:30
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Show Business,” including their very popular Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. “Gypsy” runs set. And thousands of screaming fans – the “has charms to sooth a savage breast,”
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3 Speaking of musical theater, one of of the great Beethoven. It was an immediate
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the most indomitable stage mother in the No. 4, Schumann creates a musical journey
annals of theater, Mama Rose, as she te- “from darkness into a blaze of light,” notes
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Dog sashay afternoon at Pups & Pinot Fashion Show
By Stephanie LaBaff | Staff Writer more than a few belly rubs were enjoyed
[email protected] by four-legged stars. Some guests brought
their own leashed companions while
Canine Couture was ‘pawsitively’ per- others got their smooches from H.A.L.O.
fect at a Pups & Pinot Fashion Show, the pooches, all while nibbling on fare from
final event of the four-day Vero Beach local vendors.
Food, Wine and Music festival. Not one to
let sleeping dogs lie, event founder Fé Do- Cannelloni, lamb chops, empanadas,
menech concluded the multi-beneficiary meatballs, Key lime pie and dark choco-
fundraiser with an afternoon of food and late mousse merlot were among some of
fun fit for humans and man’s best friend the tantalizing brunch treats.
Celebrity chefs Christi Ferretti and Alex
Before the fashion show, folks gathered Thomopoulos chatted with guests as they
for Bark Bistro at Riverside Park, where prepared specialty dishes – Thomopoulos
Laura, Susan, Bridget and Sheila McDonough.
tempting palates with her award-winning mix of some familiar faces of American
crispy chicken slider. A favorite at Great Cancer Society and H.A.L.O board mem-
White, her Venice Beach, Calif., restau- bers and volunteers, proudly sashayed
rant, it was named the Best of 2017 by Bon down the runway to help raise funds and
Appétit magazine. awareness.
Ferretti, who grew up in Vero Beach and To get everyone’s attention, the show
is now the owner of Pine Valley Market in had started off with male models pa-
Wilmington, N.C., attributed her love of rading in silk robes while toting pups
cooking to her father, Richard Ferretti, from H.A.L.O., and it’s unclear whether
one of the founders of the Italian Food it was the sexy models or the adorable
Festival in Vero Beach. “We’re Italians, so mutts making their modeling debut that
everything revolves around the table.” jump-started many a heart in the pre-
dominantly female crowd.
Ferretti was tasked with demonstrating
how pet owners can cook for themselves The unconventional style of fashion
and their furry pals at the same time. As designer Sabre Mochachino was a per-
she prepared a jerk salmon with garlic fect match for the pairing of pups and
kale, brown rice and apple fennel slaw, fashion. Attendees could easily imagine
she shared that her secret to happy tum- lounging at home, resplendent in a de-
mies in both pooches and people was to sign from Mochachino’s new collection,
set aside the pet’s portion before adding “Dazzle,” alongside a four-legged friend
spices. or two.
Fashion forward fans were treated to Domenech utilized her expertise as
a three-course, gourmet meal created an event planner to create an all-encom-
by Costa d’Este Executive Chef Armando passing event, bringing people together
Galeas during the Pups & Pinot Fashion through food, wine and music as a means
Show. To keep things fresh, fashionistas to support local charities. She created
sipped mimosas and wines selected to a venue for a collective of nonprofits to
complement the light lunch. raise awareness and funds through one
fabulous soirée rather than saturating
DJ Damon pumped up the action as the market with competing events.
professional models, peppered with a
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By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer mons said IRCF has received more than
[email protected] $100 million in charitable contributions
and has awarded $50 million in grants.
The Indian River Community Foun- Forty individuals and families have joined
dation is a testament to the generosity of the Alma Lee Loy Legacy Society, includ-
Indian River County residents, rocketing ing IRCF in their estate plans. The foun-
from zero to $100 million in philanthrop- dation has provided support, stewardship
ic contributions in just 10 short years. To and backing to numerous nonprofits,
celebrate the milestone, the IRCF hosted a community initiatives and projects.
10th Birthday Luncheon at the Vero Beach
Museum of Art last Wednesday afternoon. “The foundation still holds $50 million
in assets with 161 charitable giving ac-
Welcoming the roomful of invited counts, making the foundation one of the
guests, Rebecca Emmons, IRCF vice fastest-growing young community foun-
chairman, recalled that in 2008 the coun- dations in the country,” said Emmons.
try was in the middle of an economic re-
cession and the L.A. Dodgers announced Angelia Perry, Gifford Youth Achieve-
they were relocating their spring training. ment Center executive director, spoke of
On the plus side was a question posed the impact of a $50,000 grant to support
that year by attorney Robin Lloyd to Rick Boys 2 Men 2 Greatness, which matches
McDermott and Ann Marie McCrystal vulnerable young boys with black male
– “Would you like to start a community role models. “And thus, the foundation
foundation?” has made an investment in the lives of
these young boys that will pay dividends
The answer was yes, and an initial 52 for years and generations to come.”
founders contributed over $1.75 million
in start-up capital to begin “a nonprof- “We would not be here today celebrat-
it enterprise with the powerful, simple ing our 10th birthday were it not for the
purpose of building a better community vision of founding directors Robin Lloyd,
through donor-driven philanthropy.” Ann Marie McCrystal and Rick McDer-
Sharing a decade of highlights, Em- CONTINUED ON PAGE B10
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Tommy and Simonetta Steyer with Sherry and Dave Brown.
Carol and Phil Covello with Lois Appleby and Jill Flury.
Jeff Pickering, Alma Lee Loy and Stephanie Pickering. Kristen Heaney, Louis Schacht and Marybeth Cunningham.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B9 toward their expansion efforts to offer
housing to another 36 residents. “Your
mott,” said Jeff Pickering, IRCF president/ organization is the perfect advocate for a
CEO, before recognizing the hard work nonprofit like St. Francis,” said Schacht.
and dedication of first IRCF executive di- “Your connection between generous do-
rector, Kerry Bartlett, and past presidents nors and worthy, unsung nonprofits is
and board members, and asking their help truly helpful and unique.”
to cut the birthday cake.
“Today’s 10th Birthday Luncheon is as
Vero’s exceptional Alma Lee Loy and much about inspiring our vision for the
Scott Alexander, IRCF immediate past Community Foundation’s future as it is
president, presented a Spirit of Philanthro- about celebrating our past,” said Picker-
py award to John and Kathi Schumann. ing, introducing Kristen Heaney, a wealth
legacy coach who shared ways to spark
“John and Kathi have had the foresight ideas in generosity.
to make things happen in the lives of many
citizens in our area,” said Loy, joined by As they left, guests were given copies of
Alexander to note their innumerable and Heaney’s book, “In Three Generations: A
impactful contributions, including to the Story about Family, Wealth, and Beating
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Indian River the Odds.”
State College, Indian River Charter High
School, Senior Resource Association, Dogs VBHS Fighting Indians Band member
for Life and McKee Botanical Garden. Logan Fillizola spoke about their fund-
raising efforts to participate in the 2019
Louis Schacht, campaign chair of the New Year’s Day Parade in London before
Building Homes at the Manor Campaign introducing members of the drumline,
for St. Francis Manor, which provides who closed the luncheon with an ear-split-
low-cost housing to limited-income se- ting display of school spirit.
niors, spoke of the $100,000 IRCF grant
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Fire and Wine: Sublime dining well worth the pilgrimage
By TIna Rondeau | Columnist Chocolate Strudel Tart with
[email protected] Bittersweet Mousse and
An amazing number of island residents
have been venturing into uncharted ter- Winter Seafood Stew. short ribs, served with pimento cheese
ritory this winter, crossing the bridge and ravioli and balsamic collard greens, drew
heading south on U.S. 1 in search of a new PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD raves. And the pan-seared duck breast was
restaurant in the Winn-Dixie strip mall very tasty, served over a savory waffle with
on Oslo Road. Pepper Seared cherry compote, drizzled with a tabasco
Tuna Sashimi. maple syrup.
When they finally drive into the super- Pan Seared Barramundi with
market parking lot, the first clue the goal For dessert, one member of our par-
is near is a sign that says “Diner” on the an Eggplant, Baby Spinach ty went for the white chocolate crème
shopping plaza wall. and Cheese Cannelloni. brulee ($7) while the rest of us enjoyed
Chef Chuck’s riff on a key lime pie – a gra-
While that space, between a nail salon ham cracker crust topped with a key lime
and a pizza joint, once housed the Oslo Din- mousse and whipped cream, finished off
er, last summer the interior was totally trans- with a white chocolate candy bar ($8).
formed into a white-table-cloth bistro that is
now home to Fire & Wine. The word “Oslo” When we first visited Fire & Wine last
has disappeared from the exterior wall, but summer, we were apprehensive about
“Diner” remains and a “Fire & Wine” sign how an upscale restaurant – even a very
still hasn’t made it. good and very moderately priced one –
would fare so far from most of Vero’s other
The reason so many people are making fine-dining establishments.
the pilgrimage to South Vero, however, is
that Fire & Wine has emerged as the best new We need not have worried. From the
restaurant to open in Vero Beach in years. number of 32963 diners we have recog-
nized on our visits here, the bigger concern
Launched by Chuck Arnold, the very tal- is that islanders may be crowding out South
ented chef who a few years ago was wowing Vero residents from this great new bistro.
diners at Bijou in Vero’s Old Downtown,
and another familiar Vero restaurant face, I welcome your comments, and encour-
Roger Lord, the smallish bistro is now age you to send feedback to me at [email protected]
packed night after night. verobeach32963.com.
You don’t want to even think about go- The reviewer dines anonymously at restau-
ing there as a walk-in; reservations are rants at the expense of Vero Beach 32963.
best made a couple days in advance.
On our most recent visit last Friday, our Tues. - Sun., 5 pm to 9 pm
party of four was warmly greeted by Roger Beverages: Beer & Wine
– who presides over the front of the house.
And after quickly bringing our wine order, Address:
veteran server Mike returned with some 2950 9th St SW
house-made rosemary rolls and briefed
us on the evening’s specials. Phone:
On this visit, I decided to start with the
soup of the day, a luscious sweet corn and
dill soup with lump crabmeat ($7). My
husband went for one of his favorites, the
fried oysters ($11). Great as always. And our
companions decided to try an unusual ap-
petizer, the pecan crusted crab cheesecake
topped off with a tabasco remoulade ($10).
The cheesecake, savory instead of sweet,
was a definite hit.
Then for entrées, I chose one of the spe-
cials of the day, the pan-seared and pista-
chio encrusted corvina ($32). My husband
decided to have the pan-seared Faroe Is-
land salmon ($25). One of our compan-
ions opted for the red wine braised beef
short ribs with ravioli ($26), and the other
went for the duck and waffles ($27).
My corvina was an absolutely beautiful
piece of fish, finished off in the oven and
served over a ricotta pancake with fire
grilled asparagus as well as some mari-
nated locally grown cherry tomatoes. A
My husband’s salmon was also gor-
geous, perfectly cooked, and served with
fire grilled asparagus. The braised beef
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85 Go over again married Walter 82 Leonard ___
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7 Frankenstein, 88 Top number? 83 Regan’s dad
89 Bit of grade-B 18 Recreation 84 Work unit
___ Modern 20 Spell 87 Stay down, as a
Prometheus entertainment for 24 Doing yo-yo
12 Rabbit run beer drinkers? 29 “What ___ 89 Murray and West
15 Onset of cold 92 Brosnan’s sleuth 90 Eye part
19 Valley girl’s 94 Jonathan Kozol without 91 ___ vu
reaction to classic, Death at the beasts?” 93 Station ending
her first beer? an ___ (Chief Seattle) 94 Fleecy one
21 Mock, in a way 95 Allen or Robbins 31 Join this 97 Grew into
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feeway 100 Subaru model as meat 99 Unexciting
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the elbow?) game show 35 Queue after Q 103 Level
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rebel Cullen, 1966-69 37 Pizzeria Laughton
26 “Star Wars,” 103 Last one to know appliances 105 Walk out
really: abbr. 104 Outfit 38 Fend off a fencer 106 Free, in a way
27 Global turning 108 East of Eden 39 Jog 107 News tidbit
point brother 40 Hawaii city 109 Earth goddess
28 Tyson’s home, for 109 Street-name 41 Scrape with a file 110 Opposite of “fer”
a while word 42 Susan’s Kane 111 Amtrak stop:
29 Pig Latin 112 Startling syllable 43 Desilu partner abbr.
cancellation 115 Fontanne’s guy 44 Suspicious 113 “Coffee, tea,
30 Con vote 116 One-beer bars? 47 Doctors’ org. ___?”
32 Rattles 122 Slaw, for one 49 Like some beers 114 Free, in a way
36 Lethargy 123 Pay this: abbr. 51 1906 car 116 Truck part
39 Beer-lover’s 124 Getting romantic 52 Bulletin board 117 ___ Na Na
dinner? in a bar? abbr. 118 Derek doubles
45 North by 125 Split this 53 In ___ (very 119 Mr. Wallach
Northwest star’s 126 Country contest soon) 120 Letters on a
first name 127 Indian or Korean 54 Vex video
46 Guam et al. 128 Respect 58 “The wolf ___ the 121 Scud missile, for
48 Feathered door” one: abbr.
“friend”? DOWN 59 Milit. person
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52 Swiss river 2 Angers 63 Palindromic
55 Forty-___ 3 Invalid Swedish group
56 Memo opener 4 Ocean phenom 64 Malaprop or
57 On the tip of 5 Enzyme tail Robinson
58 “___ the bag” 6 Jim of ABC 65 ’60s Atty. General
60 See 45 Across 67 Impediment to
61 Start of a Sports humility
Shakespeare 7 Everything: prefix 68 Calibration: abbr.
comedy 8 Evidence of 69 Saber alternative
63 What Rip Taylor 70 Attractive
says even when dreaming quality?: abbr.
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66 With 71 Across, 11 Time for 72 Reagan’s third
a beer drinker’s Interior secretary
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71 See 66 Across 12 Must 75 Pull a boner
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TAKE THE LOW ROAD TO AVOID LOSERS 32
By Phillip Adler - Bridge Columnist 72
Randy K. Milholland, a web comic author, wrote, “Friendship is being there when J 10 6 5
someone’s feeling low and not being afraid to kick them.”
I hope that Milholland picks the right friend to kick; for some, that would be a bad idea.
The psychology of the individual is an interesting subject. WEST EAST
North knew not to say anything at the end of this deal. What should South have done in 10 5 —
four spades after West led the club ace? K83
North’s three-club rebid was a double negative, showing some 0-4 points. Three hearts,
a new suit, was forcing for one round. South could have passed out three spades but AQ94
could see 10 potential winners in his own hand: seven spades and three hearts.
Q 10 7 2
This deal would trip up almost everyone — and to be honest, 90.4 percent of the time
the spades will not be 4-0. SOUTH
The original declarer ruffed the club ace, cashed his spade ace, then took his two A K Q 10 8 6 5
top hearts and led another heart. However, West ruffed in and shifted to a diamond.
East won with his ace and returned a heart. West ruffed that as well, then cashed the AKQ4
diamond king for down one.
Later, North pointed out that it was right to discard a diamond at trick one. (Yes, at
double dummy, South could have survived by leading a diamond at trick three, but —
if hearts were 4-3 and West had only two diamonds, that would not have worked.)
Assuming West continues with the club king, South pitches his other diamond. Then Dealer: South; Vulnerable: East-West
East can never get on lead for a trump promotion.
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
2 Clubs Pass 2 Diamonds Pass
2 Spades Pass 3 Clubs Pass LEAD:
3 Hearts Pass 3 Spades Pass A Clubs
4 Spades Pass Pass Pass
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MARCH p.m. at Quail Valley River Club, with cocktails, Schumann, 3 p.m. at Vero Beach High School 4 Indian River Symphonic Association pres-
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1 Live from Vero Beach presents Broken Ar- $250. 561-616-8682 252-7276 the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, with soloist
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6 Vero Beach High School Performing Arts March 9-18 | Indian River County Firefighters’ Fair 12 Riverside Theatre’s Distinguished Lec-
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