True to the school. P2 On the right track. P10 Three’s a crowd pleaser
Parents slide into fundraising Relay for Lifers show up 300 strong
mode to replace playground. to support fight against cancer.
Brevard community theaters serve
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STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER A county commissioner wants to loosen a county gun-ban policy for those who have concealed-weapon permits. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD Three years after the Bre-
[email protected] vard County Commission en-
acted a policy banning guns
Calling all drone pilots and from county-owned property
unmanned vehicle operators: and vehicles, one commis-
the ailing Indian River Lagoon sioner wants to loosen that
needs you. ban for those who have con-
Finding new ways to collect
data using drones in the air, Commissioner John Tobia,
and unmanned vehicles in the whose district includes the
water and on land,may offer South Beaches, was sched-
the best opportunities to quan- uled Tuesday to propose an
tify the Indian River Lagoon re- amendment to the Human
covery efforts by determining Resources Department’s pol-
which solutions work best. icy against guns.
Commercial drone operator The county’s existing poli-
Todd Hillhouse of Melbourne cy, “Zero Tolerance of Work-
spearheaded the effort to es- place Violence,” does make
tablish the local chapter of an exception for security and
the Association of Unmanned law enforcement officers on
Vehicle Systems (AUVSI). He
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SCHOOLS WEIGH SECURITY PLAN UNDER PARENTS’ WATCHFUL EYES Renewed safety focus as
league joins Pop Warner
Attendees’ red cards signal disagreement with statements by School Board members. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER
The Brevard School Board has asked [email protected]
for more information on the school
marshal program and will hold a The youth football league
series of public forums ahead of a formerly known as the
scheduled May 8 vote on the is-
sue. South Beaches Seahawks
are now called the Sat-
The proposal, known as ellite Beach Seahawks,
STOMP, for Sheriff-Trained but the change reflects
Onsite Marshall Program, much more than just a
would allow some school em- name.
ployees to be armed.
Prompted by na-
The board held its first public tional headlines and
discussion on the plan at its April
17 meeting, where staff presented CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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Parents slide into fundraising mode for new Gemini playground
STORY BY JAN WESNER CHILDS CORRESPONDENT for the kids to play on,” said Stacey year would go toward funding a new ing the event, said tickets are $75 per
Zabinski, parent to two students at playground. person and include food, beverages,
When parents at Gemini Elemen- Gemini and co-chair of a May 4 event live music games and raffles.
tary School heard there wasn’t money called “Nacho Your Average Fundrais- That includes the usual annual
in the school district’s budget to re- er” to support the playground. events like a jog-a-thon and yearbook The fundraiser is open to the pub-
pair a dilapidated playground, they sales, and a spaghetti dinner that was lic, and Zabinski and Mitz said they
took matters into their own hands. The school determined it would be held earlier this year. About $9,000 hope to rally community support
more cost-effective to rebuild rather has been raised so far. around the playground effort.
The Gemini Parent Teacher Orga- than repair the equipment, but the
nization hopes to raise $50,000 to re- money had to come from some- Up next is “Nacho Your Average “One of the reasons we are so in-
place the school’s south playground, where. That’s when the PTO stepped Fundraiser,” organized specifically vested is that my husband grew up
which has been off-limits to students in, and decided that all monies raised to raise money for the playground ef- in Melbourne Beach and is a Gemini
since the beginning of this school year. by the group throughout the school fort. alum,” Zabinski said.
“It was deemed unsafe, unsuitable The special event runs from 6 p.m. Several sponsorship levels are also
to 10 p.m. May 4 at Up the Creek available, as well as private “VIP”
Farms, a popular wedding and event tables. As of last week, about half the
venue in Malabar. Jennifer Mitz, an- event’s tickets were sold.
other Gemini parent who is co-chair-
Demolition of the old playground
Gemini Elementary parents are raising money to replace the school’s dilapidated playground. PHOTO: GORDON RADFORD
YOUTH FOOTBALL ting, which is refurbished annually; and
teaching coaches, parents and players
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 how to recognize and treat a concus-
increasing understanding of safety con-
cerns, the 160 participants from age 5 The age/weight matrix “sort of evens
to 14 (age 15 for cheer) recently moved the playing field and controls the size
from the Brevard County Youth Football of the kids. If you have one kid who is
and Cheer Association to the Pop War- really big and you are giving him the
ner youth football organization, said ball every single time, you are not really
league President John Wallace. playing football,’’ Wallace said.
The main reasons for the change in- Dave Giovannini of Satellite Beach,
clude that Pop Warner uses an age-to- whose son Peyton, 10, is playing his
weight matrix that creates teams of sim- second year, believes the league change
ilar size players and has a preference will be a good thing.
of a developmental over competitive
philosophy, he said. There also is a Pop “There’s more of an emphasis on
Warner requirement for good grades safety and more of an opportunity to
and scholarship opportunities. play,’’ he said.
Other Pop Warner features include The teams will keep using fields at the
ongoing training and certifying coaches Satellite Beach Public Library and will
on the fundamentals of safety; appoint- travel regionally. Members are drawn
ing Player Safety Coaches for every from Patrick Air Force Base to Sebastian
youth league to enforce safety proto- Inlet.
cols; ensuring proper equipment fit-
The name change also reflects a re-
lationship with Satellite High School.
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should start in the next few weeks, The closed playground served stu- their own bake sales,” Zabinski said. “So the kids will be very much in-
and Zabinski pointed out that salt dents in fourth through sixth grades, Students have contributed about cluded in this project,” Zabinski said.
water and harsh weather take a toll as well as the afterschool program.
on any playground equipment. And parents aren’t the only ones help- $300 to so far, she said. They are also Tickets for “Nacho Your Average
ing raise money for its replacement. helping plan the future playground, Fundraiser” can be purchased online
“We are beachside so stuff just and some have made renderings of at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
doesn’t hold up like it would main- “There’s been a huge effort by indi- what kind of equipment they’d like to nacho-average-fundraiser- tick-
land,” she said. vidual students and several have had see. ets-43366445205.
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Drone operator Todd Hillouse backs drone technology to help lagoon recovery efforts. PHOTO: BENJAMIN THACKER DRONES FOR LAGOON ing the size of payload, and the need for
a large volume of computing required
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 after data was collected.
put out the plea for new members and “It’s going to take all of us to bring
new ideas April 18 at the Marine Re- the lagoon back. We could use them for
sources Council (MRC) Lagoon House things like monitoring harmful algae
in Palm Bay. blooms like we’re having now,’’ she said.
The 45-year-old AUVSI is devoted For every challenge, Hillhouse had a
to advancing the unmanned systems possible solution either conceivable in
and robotics community. Serving the near future, or already in the works.
more than 7,500 members, the group He remains optimistic drone and re-
also supports science and math edu- motely-operated technologies could be
cation by providing AUVSI Foundation a big part of the solution in the lagoon.
SeaPerch kits to area middle and high
schools. The biggest limitation so far is the
FAA’s 55-pound total weight limit for a
In her introduction of Hillhouse and commercial drone, he said. Helicopter-
the useful river drones idea, MRC Ex- like drones also can only fly about 35
ecutive Director Dr. Leesa Souto not- minutes under 400 feet. The solution?
ed breakthroughs possibly needed to Fixed-wing drones with rear propel-
make the idea more feasible, including lers have much longer flight times and
adding to the length of flights, increas- greater payload capacity. They may
CONCEALED-WEAPON PERMITS not those who don’t have con- in the workplace. But it wouldn’t be Tobia’s amendment would carry
cealed-weapon permits – and also an obligation, he said. those restrictions, as well.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 not employees of the county’s five
elected constitutional officers: the Also, he said other employees “This is not John Tobia saying you
duty, and also allows employees sheriff, clerk of courts, tax collector, shouldn’t be concerned if they find can’t take your gun into a jail or a
to leave their own guns secured in supervisor of elections or property out one is carrying a concealed courthouse or a commission meet-
their private cars in a parking lot. appraiser. weapon. ing, it’s the state,” he said.
Tobia said he reviews county pol- And he’s also not addressing Tobia pointed to a 2015 report Tobia’s amendment also would:
icies often, between commission employees of the elected Brevard from the Crime Prevention Re- Require an employee to conceal
meetings, to see if there are any that County School Board, whose mem- search Center, which found that his gun at all times.
are old and need to be updated. bers have heard Sheriff Wayne Ivey concealed-weapon permit-holders Prohibit an employee from leav-
suggest having armed employees are more law-abiding than police. ing a gun in an unoccupied county
And in this case, Tobia said, he as a program of “marshals” to deter vehicle.
found the county’s policy runs school violence. That report pointed to 16.5 fire- Prohibit an employee from car-
counter to the Second Amendment arms violations per 100,000 police rying a gun on a workday when he
of the U.S. Constitution, which pro- That’s a far different idea from To- officers nationwide, compared to would likely enter one of the gun-
tects the right of citizens to keep bia’s, he said. 2.4 such violations per 100,000 per- restricted buildings.
and bear arms. mit holders in Florida and Texas. Grant County Manager Frank
“As I understand with a marshal Abbate authority to bar specific em-
“What I found out is your Second program, you’re getting paid to Tobia’s proposal cites numer- ployee groups from carrying guns if
Amendment rights are infringed provide a service,” he said. “This is ous references to Chapter 790 of their duties would render it unsafe.
(upon) by taking a county job,” To- completely voluntary. If you have a the Florida Statutes, “Weapons and Tobia, who was elected in 2016,
bia said last week. concealed-weapon permit, and you Firearms.” He said his amendment wasn’t on the commission when the
want to bring your firearm Mon- would simply incorporate the pro- current policy was enacted. But one
County Tax Collector Lisa Cul- day and Tuesday, and leave it home visions and prohibitions from state of his frequent voting opponents,
len’s staff could not be reached to Wednesday and Thursday, you’re law, not add any new ones. Commissioner Curt Smith, did vote
say just how many of the commis- not getting paid extra.” for the current policy in 2015.
sion’s 2,000-plus employees have For example, the state already Smith, however, couldn’t be
concealed-weapon permits, or even He said he would hope an em- prohibits the public from taking reached to comment on Tobia’s ef-
whether they could break out that ployee with a concealed-weapon open or concealed weapons into fort.
number. permit would at least take it out in sheriff or police stations, court-
case someone else caused violence houses, jails, polling places or
But Tobia stressed those are the County Commission meetings. And
only employees he is talking about,
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eventually go beyond line-of-sight op- or monitor areas over time to see if computer applications are coming out the data efficiently,’’ Hillhouse said.
eration and higher than the 400-foot solutions to the lagoon’s problems which use cloud computing for in- Technically a subsidiary of AUVSI’s
ceiling, Hillhouse said. are working. They could be sent out creased efficiency, he said.
after rains to monitor areas with sep- Florida Peninsula Chapter, the local
LIDAR pinpoint accuracy for ex- tic tanks to see which systems need “We need data to know what’s going group will serve as an umbrella to talk
act location, and multispectral and important repairs first. on in the river. If data is the new oil, drone possibilities with representatives
infrared cameras mounted on the then these autonomous systems are from the commercial, defense, academ-
vehicles, could help verify problems As for data processing volumes, new the wellheads. We need ways to collect ic and government sectors.
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SCHOOL MARSHAL PROGRAM shooter training and identifying at-risk speak, most of them opposed to the ably are not going to be able to put an
students, and deploying a School Re- marshal program, also sometimes SRO in every school, especially for the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 source Officer in every school. called the “guardian” program. In beginning of next school year,” board
all, the meeting lasted five and a half member Misty Belford. “So that’s going
a draft four-part Memorandum of Un- The board was not scheduled to vote hours, about twice as long as a typical to leave some schools that are not go-
derstanding with the Brevard County on the item, but it was on the agenda School Board session. ing to have anyone there.”
Sheriff’s Office. The memorandum is for review as part of the memorandum
a reaction to new state regulations on of understanding. The board opted to Fifty-one of Brevard’s 88 schools SROs come mostly from the Sheriff’s
school security after the Feb. 14 shoot- pull the STOMP proposal out of the rest currently do not have an SRO, and the Office, although in some cases they
ing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High of the memorandum so they can vote marshal program is seen as a way to also come from city police depart-
School, including allowing some staff on it separately at their next meeting. provide security to those facilities. It ments. The sheriff’s office has said it
to be armed, and is based on a plan de- Specifically, the board has concerns could also supplement the SROs that would be difficult to hire and train that
vised by Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey. about liability and insurance cost. are already in schools. Board members many new officers before school starts
say SROs are their priority, but they are next year.
The three other “layers” of the school Several groups protested the meet- grappling with how to fill that many
security plan include increasing physi- ing, both inside and outside the School positions and how to pay for them. “As a matter of fact, they told us yes-
cal security with things like gates and Board’s packed chambers. Sixty-two terday in a meeting that it could take
cameras, increased emphasis on active members of the public signed up to “The truth of the matter is we prob- two to three years to have an SRO in ev-
ery school,” Descovich said. “We have
to look at other options.”
She went on to address the crowd di-
rectly in reference to the marshal pro-
gram as an alternative to SROs: “You
may not be comfortable with it, (but)
we need other options.”
Descovich also addressed the cost of
paying for the additional SROs, which
has been estimated at as much as $5
“We may have to cut programs, and
then there’ll be a whole new group of
you in here screaming at us for cutting
programs,” Descovich said. “We’re in a
Ashley Routh, a mom to two stu-
dents at Delaura Middle School, was
one of many speakers who warned
School Board members they would not
support them when they are up for re-
“I will be a single-issue voter,” Routh
said. “Many of the men and women be-
hind me will be as well.”
Routh was part of a large coalition
of groups that have come together to
oppose the marshal plan. She said the
group, like most in the audience, sup-
ports the three other parts of the MOU.
“Should you choose to vote in fa-
vor of all four levels, your time on this
board will be short-lived,” she told
“That is not hyperbole or rhetoric,
that is a promise to you. Do the right
thing, parents have spoken.”
The crowd booed after the board
aired a video in which Ivey touts his
plan, and several people held up green
signs when they agreed with some-
thing a board member was saying, and
red signs when they did not.
A handful of people – including one
student from Satellite High School –
spoke in favor of STOMP.
The school board will hold three
public forums, the first being this past
Tuesday in Palm Bay, to hear com-
ments on the STOMP program. Up-
coming sessions will be from 7 p.m. to
8 p.m. and are scheduled for:
May 1 at the Brevard County School
Board in Viera, hosted by Matt Susin.
May 7 at Jackson Middle School in
Titusville, hosted by Misty Belford.
Generosity in big ‘Supply’
at Rio Carnival fundraiser
Nandy Basanth and Sajju
with samba dancer.
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SEEN & SCENE
Generosity in big ‘Supply’ at Rio Carnival fundraiser
STORY BY CYNTHIA VAN GAASBECK CORRESPONDENT Eve Bouchard Ditz, Lila Buescher, Frank Gerard Ditz M.D., and Meredith Gibson. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Stephan Victor and Amy Campbell.
[email protected] Mag Gibson of Bayside High Culinary School.
JoAnn Miller with Marcia and Jim Ridenour.
From the welcome caipirinha at the
front door to the lively samba rhythms Palaniyandi continued: “Every year
flowing in from the lanai overlooking we do something but this year he
the ocean, everything about Sunset, wanted to do it better because my little
Moonlight and Music’s Rio Carnival kid, my youngest one, is graduating out
was designed to be intoxicating. of law school and with that my respon-
sibility of raising kids is over!”
The annual fundraiser for the Bre-
vard Schools Foundation’s Supply With that and amid laughter, Tata
Zone for Teachers is arguably one of took over. Unfolding a handwritten
the most colorful and lavish affairs note, he addressed the crowd: “The
beachside. one thing that I have learned through
the journey of my life, which you know
Since 2015, Dr. Ravi Palaniyandi and is 103 years, is that education is the
Ambika Ravindran have opened their pathway to success and the surest key
oceanfront Indialantic estate to the of a productive life. We are making this
public with warm smiles, familiar em- donation to help the children of Bre-
braces, bountiful food and surprising vard County,” Pillai said.
The ceremonial check was brought
Last year’s event featured Bollywood out. The gasps were audible, the ap-
dancers and this year two feather-be- plause deafening.
decked samba dancers made hearts
flutter and eyes pop as they danced and “Oh my gosh, I love it when Grandpa
posed with the more-daring guests. has a birthday! He gives us presents!”
The dancers are from Brazil, as was the joked Janice Kershaw, executive direc-
three-piece band supplying the sultry tor of the foundation, to the gathering
rhythms. Green Turtle Catering and of more than 80 guests.
the Bayside High School culinary pro-
gram supplied the Brazilian spread of
churrasco, feijoada, ceviche and more.
One of Ravindran’s missions is to
supply hygiene kits to all of the coun-
ty’s low-income children.
“This is what breaks my heart. We
have 2,500 children that are homeless
in Brevard County, a wealthy county.
We are creating these kits for $14 each
and give them out through the teach-
ers. Last year we gave out 870,” she said,
stressing that that number is too low.
Elizabeth Schreiber, Supply Zone
program manager, echoes her con-
“We serve teachers from 25 of the
highest-poverty schools across Bre-
vard. But there are still five schools that
we aren’t able to serve solely because
the need keeps increasing. That’s why
it’s so important that we are doing this
fundraiser,” Schreiber said.
Not only do Palaniyandi, a cardi-
ologist, and Ravindran, a tireless advo-
cate for neglected children, open their
home, they present the foundation
with its biggest donation of the eve-
In what had to be the most intoxi-
cating moment of all, Ravi’s father,
Palaniyandi Pillai, presented a check
for $100,001 to the foundation in honor
of his 103rd birthday.
“He has four boys and one daughter,
he has 14 grandkids and just about ev-
eryone went to public school and they
are amazingly successful,” Palaniyan-
di said before introducing his father, a
retired educator known as Tata.
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, April 26, 2018 9
SEEN & SCENE
Jim Gonzalez with Christina and Mike Lafortune. Brevard School Foundation President Janice Kershaw
with hostess Ambika Ravindran.
Anita Kidwell and Barbara Gunter. Schoolboard Chairman John Craig with Susie Wasdin and Tyler Sirois. Stephan Victor and Amy Campbell.
Biba Watt and Brad Bernkrant. Kristen McCallon and Elizabeth Schreiber.
103-year-old Palayandi Pillai and family present a check to the Brevard Schools Foundation.
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SEEN & SCENE
Relay for Lifers on right track in fight against cancer
Brandy Waterman, Riley Waterman, Isabella Castellano, Susan Ozbun. Chloe Marsh and Tori Hammond. Jeremy, Charlie, Spencer and Bobbie Collins.
Harry Johnson and James Rehmer. PHOTOS: BENJAMIN THACKER Becky Wieand and Alex Nicks. Tamika Bradley, Elaine Hanson and Leigh Johnson.
Rich Pollack and Mel Wieand.
Mike, Isaac and Liz Taylor. STORY BY BEN THACKER CORRESPONDENT
More than 300 participants
on 22 teams braved windy and
sometimes stormy conditions
Saturday for a day of fun in the
name of the cure at this year’s
Relay for Life of South Brevard
Cancer survivors and their
supporters walked and jogged
around the track at Satellite
Beach High, stopping for good-
ies and activities at the differ-
ent teams’ tents along the way.
A lively mood prevailed, with
a festival-like atmosphere,
including DJ-organized games
set to a fun and energetic
“Relay For Life of South
Brevard Beaches exceeded
their goal of $50,000 to benefit
the life saving mission of the
American Cancer Society!”
said Andrea Boudin, Commu-
nity Development Manager at
American Cancer Society.
For info on upcoming events,
please visit: www.relayforlife.
email [email protected]
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ARTS & THEATRE
Three cheers for community theaters’ smash hits
STORY BY PAM HARBAUGH CORRESPONDENT
Nothing succeeds like success. a wide array of themes, including Wesley Slade as Quasimodo and Arthur Rowan as Frolio.
Certainly, three of Brevard’s commu- love, lust, piousness and even ethnic Lillia Eliza Thomas as Esmeralda.
nity theaters are proving that right now cleansing. Ludwig, who also wrote huge hits
with productions of shows that have revolves around the deformed bell like “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Moon Over
been seen recently on other stages in Set in 15th century Paris, the action ringer Quasimodo (Wesley Slade), who Buffalo” and “Crazy for You,” uses
the area. falls in love with the gypsy Esmeralda a team of actors to tell a Sherlock
Titusville Playhouse is in the middle (Lillie Eliza Thomas). In the story, the Holmes mystery. This is comic souf-
of a roaring success with its production self-righteous archdeacon, Frollo (Ar- flé at its most theatrical, and funni-
of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” thur Rowan), and Captain Phoebus est. Using the world of the theater as
Surfside Playhouse and Cocoa Village de Martin (Alec James) also fall in love a backdrop, the story involves actors
Playhouse are opening their produc- with Esmeralda. William Gillette (Rhett Pennell) as
tions on Friday of, respectively, “The Holmes and Felix Geisel (Dusty Ray)
Game’s Afoot” and “Spamalot.” You will notice strains of “Les Miser- as Professor Moriarty. Of course, all
It’s not surprising that shows you’ve ables” in the show. That’s not surprising would not be right without a drama
seen in one community theater find life because Victor Hugo wrote the original critic, Daria Chase (Liz Keimer).
again in another. Successful shows are novels upon which both musicals are
money in the bank for these cultural based. Brevard Alix Efaw, who normally
institutions, and they have the added does musicals, takes on the role of the
bonus of attracting actors who have “I love this show,” Heron said. “It is acting company’s ingénue.
been aching to swing from the rafters or dark but uplifting and reveals hope for
lope like a horse while clapping coconut humanity.” “I have absolutely loved being a part
halves. of this cast,” she said. “Everyone brings
And audiences flock to shows they “The Game’s Afoot,” a popular Ken such energy and joy to rehearsal every
like. Ludwig farce, enjoyed a sold-out run at day that it’s impossible not to get swept
“Audiences are going crazy over the Melbourne Civic Theatre three seasons up in it. We all have so much fun play-
show,” said Titusville Playhouse direc- ago. Director Bryan Bergeron expects ing together. And the cast is so funny.
tor Steven Heron. the same type of patron demand for I find it nearly impossible to not laugh
Just like the Henegar Center, which tickets for his production, which opens out loud myself, even in scenes we’ve
nearly sold out its production of the Friday at Surfside Playhouse. done over and over again.”
musical last season, Titusville Play-
house’s production is selling out as well, To reveal anything more would be to
with patrons singing the praises of the spoil the fun surprises in store for the
actors, the costumes, the set and even audience.
“We have a choir of 30 singers, a cast Bergeron has been aching to do this
of 16 and the music soars at every per- funny show, which was recommended
formance,” Heron said. “The show is to him by two people who saw the show
not your Disney film. It utilizes the at MCT.
amazing music but for the stage ver-
sion, they went back to the book, so the “I’m influenced by performers talk-
show is darker.” ing it up,” he said. “And certainly when
With a book by Pete Parnell (based selecting productions for the year, it is
on the Victor Hugo novel), music by a big consideration as to what shows
Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen the performers in the area want to
Schwartz, the musical has, of sorts, perform in. Since most of the theaters
an epic sweep of nobility. It concerns compete for talent, you try to pick a
show that you believe will draw strong
It may seem odd that Cocoa Village
Playhouse is the last big-stage venue to
produce Monty Python’s “Spamalot.”
The goofy spoof on the Camelot
legend was seen on stage at the Hen-
egar Center in March 2014 and one
month later at Titusville Playhouse.
(Yes, some props and costumes were
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, April 26, 2018 13
Matthew Hall and Alix Efaw. ARTS & THEATRE Margaret Pennell, Donna Furfaro
and Jennifer Jesseman.
PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD writing the show’s book, lyrics and, the leading knights know ‘The Holy French Heralds Male Ensemble.
along with John Dupre, the music. Grail’ movie backward and forward,”
If you’ve seen the sketch comedy Crase said. “The audience will definite-
troupe Monty Python’s Flying Cir- ly feel and know that we’re connected to
cus which propelled John Cleese to the original film. People who know the
popularity, or the 1975 movie, “Mon- original film will not be disappointed.
ty Python and the Holy Grail,” then They will get the laughs that they came
you might understand the style and expecting.”
Indeed. Sometimes déjà vu all over
The plot concerns King Arthur again is a good thing. You get to take
(Rick Roach) and his nonsensi- in a show you missed or enjoy it one
cal romp throughout the world in more time.
search of the sacred chalice. Said
romp is made by horseback, but “Hunchback of Notre Dame” runs
through April 29 at Titusville Playhouse,
without benefit of an actual horse. 301 Julia St., Titusville. Tickets are $23 to
Instead, King Arthur’s servant,
Sally Kalarovich with the Laker Girls. $29. Call 321-268-1125 or visit Titusville-
“The Game’s Afoot” runs April 27
to May 6 at Surfside Playhouse, 301
Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach. Tickets are
$25 general, $22 seniors, military and
students. A $1.75 ticket fee is applica-
ble to each ticket. Call 321-783-3127 or
“Lady of the Lake” “Spamalot” runs April 27 to May 13
Sally Kalarovich. at Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Bre-
vard Ave., Cocoa. Tickets are $24 gen-
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ARTS & THEATRE
Coming Up: Chances are, legendary Mathis will wow you
STORY BY SAMANTHA BAITA STAFF WRITER orchestra’s spring concert, “Dancing
[email protected] Flutes,” will include Strauss’ beloved,
romantic “Blue Danube Waltz” and
1 The owner of one of the smoothest, Khachaturian’s wild and exciting “Sa-
most sublime voices anywhere, bre Dance,” among others, a diverse
program which, Bruce says, will “hit on
ever, the legendary Johnny Mathis has every human emotion.” Flutes will be
the piccolo, the standard concert or C-
stayed the musical course, impervious Flute, and the more exotic alto, bass and
contrabass members of the flute family.
to fads and trends, putting his own in- The concert begins at 3 p.m. Admission
is free. 321-385-7236.
delible mark on the pop genre for an in-
credible six decades. This Saturday, as
he celebrates 62 years in the industry,
you can hear the man himself perform-
ing some of his greatest hits and some
personal favorites on stage at the King
Center. Can you imagine any voice but 4 A choral concert of all-American
music comes to two Space Coast
his performing “Chances Are,” “Misty”
or “It’s Not For Me to Say”? In addition venues, as the 60-voice Brevard Cho-
to selling millions of records, he’s mas- rale and Vocal Choral Ensemble, under
tered many, many musical styles and 1 Johnny Mathis Saturday at the King Center. the baton of James Boyles, reconnect us
categories, making them all his own, chart-topping mega-hits such as “Me with our national roots in “Americana.”
and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It
and, no surprise, he has been honored Through The Night,” “Sunday Morn- This uplifting choral review of Ameri-
ing Coming Down” and “For the Good
with a Lifetime Achievement Award Times,” which more than one genera- can music – beloved and familiar folk,
tion has danced to, cried to, dreamed to,
from the Academy of Recording Arts broken-up-and-gotten-back-together- spiritual, patriotic and gospel tunes –
to. And he’ll be at the King Center this
and Sciences. Show time is 8 p.m. Tick- coming Tuesday, May 1. Kristofferson will include a section dedicated to past
ets start at $58.50. 321-242-2219. and current members of the U.S. Armed
Forces, and a moving musical prayer
2 Hands down, one of the biggest written after 9/11. Since 1966, the Bre-
of big names in the country mu-
vard Chorale, one of two EFSC-spon-
sic pantheon is singer/songwriter Kris sored community choruses, has bought
Kristofferson, who made it huge with folks of every age, life experience and
vocal background together for the pure
joy of singing great choral music, and
“Americana” offers some of the best.
The concert comes to the Simpkins
Fine Arts Auditorium at Eastern Florida
2 Kris Kristofferson coming State College in Cocoa this Saturday at
May 1 to King Center.
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him for yourself. I’ll see you there. Show
time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $43.50. evening, beneath the moon and stars?
It’s next in the Sebastian Inlet’s Night
Sounds Concert Series, with music
courtesy of the five-piece British pop-
rock-playin’ band St. Johns Wood, and
the venue – the beautiful Sebastian
Inlet – courtesy of the Florida Depart-
3 Some of the world’s most excit- ment of Environmental Protection. So
ing, most famous classical dance
bring your lawn chairs, bring your pals,
music will be presented by what is and enjoy tunes from the Beatles, the
widely considered “one of the largest Rolling Stones, the Who, the Kinks, the
(more than 30 musicians) regularly re- Zombies, the Animals, David Bowie,
hearsed flute orchestras in the world,” Eric Clapton and others who crossed
the Space Coast Flute Orchestra, this The Pond during the British Invasion.
Sunday at Eastminster Presbyterian The popular and unique Night Sounds
Church in Indialantic. And if you didn’t series is hosted by the dedicated Friends
know there was such a thing as a flutes- of Sebastian Inlet State Park and takes
only orchestra, you’re not alone, and place on the south side of the Inlet, in
they understand. Conductor Cindy the Coconut Point pavilions. Admis-
Bruce promises “we’ll amaze people sion is free with regular park entry fees.
who have never heard music played Concert time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 772-388-
by an entire orchestra of flutes.” The 2750/321-984-4852.
Shock talk: Heart experts
debate benefits of
16 Thursday, April 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
Shock talk: Heart experts debate benefits of ‘LifeVest’
STORY BY TOM LLOYD STAFF WRITER to pick up the patient’s electrocar-
[email protected] diogram or ECG. The monitor, about
the size of a paperback book, is worn
The best laid plans of mice, men – around the waist like a fanny pack or
and biotech engineering companies from a shoulder strap.
– sometimes go awry.
“The monitor reads the patient’s
Take, for example, the Zoll LifeVest, ECG continuously. If the patient has
a wearable defibrillator designed and ventricular tachycardia (rapid heart-
engineered to be worn by heart pa- beat) or ventricular fibrillation (rapid,
tients at risk for sudden cardiac ar- uncontrolled, ineffective heartbeat),
rest. the device sounds an alarm to verify
that the patient is non-responsive. If
Dr. Daniel Wubneh, a personable the patient is conscious, the patient
and erudite cardiologist with the In- has time to respond to the alarms by
dian River Medical Center, says “I pressing two buttons to stop the treat-
think it’s a great tool for the right pa- ment sequence. If the patient does not
tient,” but he freely admits it’s not for respond, the device warns bystanders
everyone and is also quick to point that a shock is about to be delivered.
out there seem to be at least some If the arrhythmia continues and the
flaws in the product. patient still does not respond, a treat-
ment shock is delivered through the
Zoll Medical Group, located in garment electrodes.”
Pittsburgh, Pa., is a subsidiary of
the Asahi Kasei Group. Its LifeVest That shock, according to Wubneh,
first garnered FDA approval in 2001 is “between 150 and 200 joules,” or
and has been continuously updated somewhere in the neighborhood of
since. 200 to 1,700 volts.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, Zoll says “the LifeVest is used for
“there are two main components to a wide range of patient conditions
the LifeVest: a garment and a monitor. or situations, including following a
The lightweight garment is worn un-
der clothing and contains electrodes
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heart attack, before or after bypass I think the decision on who should ogist and then decide for themselves.
surgery or stent placement, as well wear [these vests] should be a After all, they are the ones who have
as for those with cardiomyopathy or a “vested” interest in the outcome.
congestive heart failure that places shared patient-physician decision ...
them at particular risk,” and Wub- it needs to be on the right patient. “I will say,” Wubneh concludes,
neh can vouch for at least one case in – Dr. Daniel Wubneh “speaking as a physician, there are
which it performed flawlessly. [doctors] who are on both sides of this
argument. I think it seems that those
“I recently had a patient a few who have experienced a patient be-
weeks ago,” Wubneh explains, “who ing saved by [these vests] seem to be a
was visiting from out of town. A love- little bit more in the camp of support
ly woman who was on vacation here for it,” but ultimately, it’s the patients’
and she had just been fitted in a vest decision to make.
about a month or maybe two months
prior to her coming here. She had Dr. Daniel Wubneh is with the Indi-
what she thought [was] a single epi- an River Medical Center. His office is at
sode [in which] she had just passed 3450 11th Court, Suite 102. The phone
out. But she actually had ventricular number is 772-778-8687.
fibrillation arrest. Cardiac arrest.
And it took about 45 seconds [for her
LifeVest] to deliver the appropriate
shocks. She was defibrillated twice.
And she regained spontaneous cir-
culation and became coherent and
came to the hospital and we were
able to treat her and she walked out
That said, other news in 2018 has
been less kind to Zoll’s LifeVest.
In a January article, MedCityNews
reported “a patient who died when a
Zoll LifeVest failed to work has led the
manufacturer Zoll Medical and the FDA
to issue a safety alert for physicians and
patients using the wearable heart moni-
tor and external defibrillator.”
The FDA said “ideally, the LifeVest
monitors the patient’s heart, deliver-
ing a treatment shock as needed to
restore the patient’s heartbeat to a
normal rhythm.” However, it went on
to say, “it is aware that in certain cas-
es the LifeVest 4000 may not be able
to deliver a life-saving treatment
shock to a patient due to a fault that
prevents the device from charging its
The news was worse in March.
An article on FierceBioTech, a web-
site endorsed by the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology Department
of Biological Engineering, stated “a
phase-three trial of Zoll Medical’s
LifeVest has missed its primary end-
“The study found that people who
started using the wearable defibril-
lator the week after they had a heart
attack were just as likely to suffer sud-
den cardiac death in the next three
months as patients who received con-
While Wubneh sees the potential
benefits of this high-tech device, he
insists “I think the decision on who
should wear [these vests] should be
a shared patient-physician decision,”
adding “it needs to be on the right pa-
Is there an easy answer to what
constitutes “the right patient”?
No. But Wubneh contends that pa-
tients should work with their cardiol-
18 Thursday, April 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
The Healthy Senior
Med alert: Know the active
ingredients in your prescriptions
COLUMN BY FRED CICETTI COLUMNIST pharmacist if it is safe to have grapefruit
with your medications.
Q. My daughter heard that grape-
fruit juice can be toxic for some people. Taking medicine can be hazardous
Is that true? to your health. And taking multiple
medicines poses additional poten-
The juice, itself, is not toxic, but you tial dangers. You have to know what
should be careful taking medicine with you’re doing.
For example, calcium-rich dairy
Grapefruit juice can raise the level of products or certain antacids can pre-
some medications in the blood. The ef- vent antibiotics from being properly
fect of grapefruit was discovered after absorbed into the bloodstream. Gink-
using juice to mask the taste of a medi- go biloba can reduce the effectiveness
cine. So, be sure to ask your doctor or of blood-thinning medications and
raise the risk for serious complica- cist about past problems you have had
tions such as stroke. with medicines, such as rashes, indi-
gestion or dizziness.
You should educate yourself so you
know what active ingredients are in Don’t mix alcohol and medicine
the prescription and over-the-counter unless your doctor or pharmacist says
medicines you are taking. it’s okay. Some medicines may not work
well or may make you sick if you take
Some people treat over-the-counter them with alcohol.
pain relievers as if they are harmless.
They can hurt you if you take them im- The best advice is this: Don’t be
properly. They contain drugs such as afraid to throw a lot of questions
acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen about your medicines at your doctor,
sodium and aspirin. Acetaminophen nurse or pharmacist. Here are some
is in Tylenol. Ibuprofen is in Advil. good ones:
Naproxen sodium is in Aleve.
When should I take it? As needed,
Many prescription or over-the- or on a schedule? Before, with or be-
counter medicines that treat multiple tween meals? At bedtime?
symptoms, such as cold and flu medi-
cations, also include acetaminophen How often should I take it?
and other pain-relieving ingredients. How long will I have to take it?
So you have to be careful not to take How will I feel once I start taking
too much of any one ingredient by in- this medicine?
gesting more than one medication that How will I know if this medicine
contains that ingredient. is working?
If I forget to take it, what should I
Seniors take more medicines than do?
any other age group because they W hat side effects might I expect?
have more health problems. Taking Should I report them?
several drugs a day presents dangers. Can this medicine interact with
Here are Here are some more tips to other prescription and over-the-coun-
avoid these hazards: ter medicines – including herbal and
dietary supplements – that I am taking
Always inform your doctor or phar- now?
macist about all medicines you are al- And, ask your pharmacist to put your
ready taking, including herbal products medicine in large, easy-to open con-
and over-the-counter medications. tainers with large-print labels.
Tell your doctor, nurse, or pharma-
20 Thursday, April 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE
INSIGHT COVER STORY
CUBA’S REVOLUTIONARY HERO ERNESTO ‘CHE’ GUEVARA,
FIDEL CASTRO AND CUBA’S PRESIDENT OSVALDO DORTICOS.
Rafael is about to finish his degree to get a master’s degree in Europe. If that led the country’s revolution. Rafa- The post-revolutionary generation
at Havana University, but his mind is he finds one, he plans to stay abroad, el thinks it is time for Castro to go. But will bring a change in style and raise
elsewhere. The finance and economics where he can earn real money. “it doesn’t matter to me.” Cubans’ expectations of their govern-
he is learning are “what they use here ment. It is unclear whether the new
in Cuba,” he explains; not much use Rafael is among the many young It will matter to most of Cuba’s 11 mil- leaders will meet them.
anywhere else. Cuba’s socialist govern- Cubans who respond to their crimped lion people, who have no easy way off
ment pays for his education but the prospects not by agitating against the the island. In a country where transfers Díaz-Canel, an engineer by training,
stipend for living expenses is just $4 system but by plotting to escape it. He of power are rare, the one that occurred has acquired a reputation for modesty
a month, enough for ten meals at the does not oppose Cuba’s communist re- last week is momentous. Castro, who during his quiet three-decade ascent
university canteen. gime, nor does he take much interest in is 86, handed power to the “first” vice- through government and the Commu-
it. So he is unexcited by a power shift president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who had nist Party. As a leader in his home prov-
Additional lunch money comes that made headlines around the world. not been born when Raúl’s brother, ince of Villa Clara, in central Cuba, he
from his siblings, who live abroad. Fidel Castro, toppled the American- rode around on a bicycle rather than in
Rafael (not his real name) wants to Last week, Raúl Castro stepped backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Ba- an official car. At the (one-party) par-
go, too. He is looking for scholarships down as president, bringing to an end tista in 1959. liamentary elections last month, he
nearly 60 years of rule by the family
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, April 26, 2018 21
INSIGHT COVER STORY
FIDEL CASTRO (LEFT), WITH HIS
BROTHER RAUL SEATED NEXT
TO HIM, AT HIS FIRST PRESS
CONFERENCE IN HAVANA JULY
27, 1959 SINCE RESUMING THE
DUTIES OF PRIME MINISTER.
queued up with other voters and chat- video of which was leaked last August, The fall in trade between the coun- outs which make them look produc-
ted to the press (Castro zipped in and he vowed to shut down critical media tries, from $8.5 billion in 2012 to $2.2 tive when in fact they destroy value. In
out of his polling station). and boasted of his efforts to throttle billion in 2016, caused Cuba’s first re- December Castro said that currency
civil society. He called the loosening cession since the collapse of the Soviet reform “cannot be delayed any longer”.
Díaz-Canel has sometimes seemed of the American embargo on Cuba by Union, its benefactor during the cold
more liberal than other apparatchiks. He President Obama starting in 2015 an war. Cuba’s budget deficit reached But change will be painful. If the
backed gay rights before it was fashion- attempt to destroy the revolution. 12% of GDP last year, in part because currency were suddenly unified and
able. In 2013 he calmed a furor caused by the government had to clean up after allowed to float, more than half of
the censorship of some student bloggers Díaz-Canel was shoring up his flank Hurricane Irma, which struck last Sep- state-owned firms could go bust, put-
who were critical of the government. He to ensure his promotion to the presi- tember. ting hundreds of thousands of Cubans
met the students in front of the press dency, says William LeoGrande, of out of work. Members of the regime do
and said that in the internet age “ban- American University in Washington, State-controlled farms and factories not agree on whether the bigger risk
ning something is almost a delusion.” DC. Others see the speech as evidence are incapable of producing the goods is reforming too slowly or too fast. Ac-
that Díaz-Canel will be no friendlier to Cubans demand, and a lack of foreign cording to foreign diplomats, the gov-
His elevation to the presidency was critics of the regime or to the United exchange makes it hard to pay for im- ernment is talking informally to the
part of a broader generational change. States than the Castros were. No one ports. Shortages, of everything from German government, which has expe-
Several octogenarian conservatives, expects him to allow opposition par- tampons to salt and sometimes elec- rience in unifying currencies.
such as José Ramón Machado Ventura ties or to free the press. tricity, are a plague. This is straining a
and Ramiro Valdés, left the council of 60-year-old covenant, under which the Without the Castros’ revolutionary
state, a body with lawmaking powers. A more plausible hope is that Díaz- regime provides security, free public mystique, Díaz-Canel’s performance
Díaz-Canel is expected to replace gov- Canel will follow the example of com- services and a tolerable standard of liv- will be judged more exactingly. That
ernment ministers with his own people. munist parties in China and Vietnam, ing in return for its people’s quiescence. both makes economic reforms more
which opened up markets and al- urgent, and the short-term pain they
But substantive change, if it hap- lowed citizens to enrich themselves If Díaz-Canel is to maintain it, he will cause more dangerous to the re-
pens, will not be abrupt. Although la while maintaining political control. will not be able to avoid reforming gime. The new president may seek to
generación histórica will no longer run But even this may not happen. the absurd system of twin currencies boost his popularity before adminis-
the government day to day, it will still and multiple exchange rates. It dis- tering any economic shocks – by ex-
be influential. Until 2021, Castro is ex- Attractive as the prospect might torts price signals, stunts productivity panding internet access, for example.
pected to remain head of the Politburo, sound, Cuban politicians fear it would growth and keeps Cubans poor. The
which controls the Communist Party turn their country into a sweatshop convertible peso (CUC), used by tour- The government is planning a se-
and thus the overall direction of policy. making cheap goods for rich Ameri- ists and some state-owned enterprises ries of constitutional changes. These
Ventura will remain second-in-com- cans. Socialism, political scientists for some purposes, is pegged to the are thought to include cutting the
mand. Díaz-Canel will be only the third point out, was less entrenched in Viet- dollar at 1:1. Most wages are paid in number of seats in the National As-
most powerful member. nam than it is in Cuba. Cuban pesos (CUP), which ordinary sembly (from 605) and the number of
folk can exchange for dollars at a rate vice-presidents (from six). The post of
He may not be the reformer some But Díaz-Canel cannot avoid eco- of 24:1. At that rate, the typical govern- prime minister may be reintroduced.
Cubans are hoping for. In a speech to nomic reform of some kind. The econ- ment salary is worth $25 a month.
a private Communist Party meeting, a omy is in terrible shape and getting There is talk of recognizing the right
worse. Venezuela, whose like-minded There are six other official exchange to self-employment in the constitution,
regime has provided aid in the form rates between the two currencies, de- a sop to the 580,000 people who work
of subsidized oil, is in economic crisis pending on what sort of organization in trades opened up to entrepreneurs
and sending less of it. is doing the exchanging. For most by the government. Cubans would vote
state enterprises the rate is 1:1, which on the changes in a referendum, giving
preposterously overvalues the CUP. Díaz-Canel a measure of legitimacy.
Thus, some state firms get vast hand-
But Cuba’s increasingly disenchant-
ed people care more about economic
results than constitutional tweaks.
If Díaz-Canel can deliver those, Ra-
fael and youngsters like him might
not dream of exile.
SLEEPLESS IN … PART V Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) to keep your nose and mouth more open while © 2018 Vero Beach 32963 Media, all rights reserved
MSLT is a painless daytime sleep study that’s usu- you sleep, usually improves sleep.
Tests and Treatments for Sleep Disorders ally performed after an overnight PSG test. It’s es-
pecially useful for diagnosing narcolepsy (defined While no medications cure sleep apnea, some
If your doctor thinks you might have a sleep disor- below). Monitoring devices are placed on your may help relieve excessive sleepiness.
der, he or she may ask you to keep a sleep diary scalp and face. You nap four or five times for 20
for a few weeks. minutes every two hours. Technicians note how Use of a mouthpiece (an oral or dental appli-
quickly you fall asleep and how long it takes to ance) may be beneficial. Surgery to remove ton-
“DEAR DIARY,” reach various stages of sleep. sils, adenoids, the uvula and/or part of the soft
Information to record in your sleep diary palate is another alternative.
will include: TREATMENT FOR COMMON SLEEP
DISORDERS INCLUDE: Restless legs syndrome (prickling or tingling
Quantity and quality of sleep Insomnia (trouble falling asleep or in legs; brief, sometimes abrupt, limb
Use of medications, alcohol and caffeinated staying asleep) movements during sleep)
beverages Go to bed only if sleepy and get out of bed if you Your doctor may recommend dopamine-like drugs
Exercise can’t sleep. Try relaxation therapy, including med- and iron supplements. If your symptoms are mild,
Sleepiness during the day itation and progressive tensing/relaxing of muscle sedatives or behavioral strategies may be sufficient.
groups. Avoid daytime naps. Since the effective-
TESTS PERFORMED IN A SLEEP CENTER ness of “natural” remedies such as melatonin and Narcolepsy (fall asleep at inappropriate
If indicated, your doctor may order one or both of valerian teas/extracts is inconclusive, most doc- times and places during the day)
the following tests: tors don’t recommend them. Some prescription In addition to taking short naps two to three
drugs can be helpful. times a day, you may be prescribed stimulants
Polysomnogram (PSG) to reduce daytime sleepiness and/or antide-
PSG is a painless overnight test. Electrodes/moni- Sleep apnea (breathing briefly stops or becomes pressants and other drugs to suppress rapid
tors are placed on your scalp, face, chest, limbs very shallow during sleep; loud snoring) eye movement (REM) sleep (the stage of sleep
and finger to measure brain activity, eye move- Sleep on your side. Avoid alcohol, smoking, sleep- in which muscle weakness, sleep paralysis and
ments, muscle activity, heart rate and rhythm, ing pills, herbal supplements and other medica- vivid dreaming tends to occur).
blood pressure, how much air moves in and out tions that make you sleepy. A continuous positive
of your lungs, and oxygen in your blood. In some airway pressure (CPAP) machine, in which air is This concludes our five-part series on sleep.
cases, a PSG test can be done at home. delivered through a specially designed nasal mask
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“Some are born himself into thinking that new colony. Roosevelt brought had betrayed him. In a fit of egotism
great, some achieve greatness, and that Taft would con- Taft to Washington to be secretary of he ruined Taft’s presidency, split the
some are born in Ohio,” ran the Gilded tinue the Roosevelt war and perhaps his successor. In his Republican Party and handed the
Age riff on Shakespeare. How else to legacy into the third new biography of Taft, Jeffrey Rosen White House to the Democrats.
account for the string of Ohioans in the term the Rough Rider relates a White House moment when
White House – seven of the 11 presi- forswore after 7 1/2 Roosevelt, after a private dinner with Yet Taft’s career wasn’t over. Indeed,
dents from 1869 to 1923? It made elec- years in office. Or the Tafts, pretended to be clairvoyant. the career he should have had all
toral sense: All were Republicans, it was perhaps it was Taft “There is something hanging over his along was just getting back on track.
a Republican era in presidential poli- head,” Roosevelt declared, looking Rosen complements his coverage of
tics, and Ohio delivered a hefty chunk who deluded Roos- above Taft. “I cannot make out what it Taft’s work with attention to private
of electoral votes. But it also made for evelt. Either way, Taft is. … At one time it looks like the Presi- matters. For all her pushiness, Nellie
some undistinguished presidents, in- received Roosevelt’s dency, then again it looks like the chief was his true love, and the attention he
cluding Rutherford Hayes, Benjamin anointment and justiceship.” devoted to her recovery after a stroke
Harrison, James Garfield and Warren with it the Republi- is deeply moving. Rosen relates Taft’s
Harding. can nomination in “Make it the presidency,” urged Nel- struggles with obesity, observing that
1908, and he coast- lie Taft. his weight ballooned when he was
William Howard Taft got the job not under stress, particularly in the White
because he was from Ohio, although ed to victory in the “Make it the chief justiceship,” House. Sleep apnea, a side effect, left
his Buckeye roots didn’t hurt. He got it general election. pleaded her husband. him chronically drowsy. Taft took the
because Theodore Roosevelt deluded inevitable fat-man jokes in stride and
It was a bad ca- Roosevelt made it the presidency. even made a few himself. When Yale
reer move. Roos- His progressivism irked GOP regulars, offered him a chair in law after he left
evelt would have and he feared they would reverse the the presidency, he responded that
been a tough act reforms he achieved in rebalancing they had better make it a sofa.
for anyone to fol- democracy and capitalism in Ameri-
low; his person- can life. Taft let Roosevelt think he He achieved his lifelong goal when
alization of the would carry the progressive torch for- Harding appointed him chief justice.
ward. Taft remained on the Supreme Court
presidency and for nearly a decade, resigning just a
his eagerness to And so he did, but in his own way. month before his death in 1930. His
expand execu- Rosen aptly observes that by some administrative talents reemerged as
tive power raised measures – trusts prosecuted, acreage he streamlined the federal court sys-
the bar of presi- protected, tariffs reduced – Taft was tem, and a political savvy few had
dential success more progressive than Roosevelt. Yet suspected in him helped persuade
several notches. his style could hardly have been less Congress to fund a new building for
Taft was the least likely person to clear Rooseveltian. Rosen, a law professor the court, which had shared the Capi-
the new standard. The glare of public and a biographer of Louis Brandeis, tol with the legislative branch. Taft
scrutiny repelled him; the demands of makes a compelling argument for didn’t live to see the completion of the
democratic politics dismayed him; the Taft’s importance as a conservator marble temple to justice and the con-
violence done to the Constitution by of the Constitution on the subject stitutional separation of powers, but
Roosevelt’s aggrandizement offended of presidential powers. Roosevelt it served as a fitting monument to the
him. boasted of seizing whatever authority most distinguished post-presidential
He should have been a judge. He had wasn’t explicitly denied to him by the career in American history.
been a judge, and he liked the work. But Constitution; Taft insisted on the Con-
it didn’t satisfy his wife, who dreamed stitution’s positive grant of authority WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
of more for her Will. And it didn’t satisfy before acting. The American Presidents Series:
Roosevelt, who saw in Taft something The 27th President, 1909-1913
of what he had lost in the premature Taft’s approach would have suited
death of his younger brother. Taft was America a generation earlier, but Roo- By Jeffrey Rosen
a gifted administrator; his talents had sevelt had accustomed the country to Times. 183 pp. $26
prompted William McKinley to move activism, and when Roosevelt, finally Review by H.W. Brands
him from federal circuit court to the bored with slaughtering the big game The Washington Post
Philippines to oversee the establish- of Africa on an epic post-presidential
ment of an American government for safari, returned to the United States,
he was easily talked into thinking Taft
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Bonzo says gentle Gabe is truly a ‘Golden’ oldie
Hi Dog Buddies! to My Peeples. It’s,
Most pooches, when we reach A like, my Purpose in
Certain Age, think about slowin’
down, leavin’ all that goofy puppy Life.
stuff to the goofy puppies, maybe do-
ing more snoozing an less fetchin,’ “I’m also a (fluffy)
givin’ the squirrels a break. But not
Gabriel Anderson (who’s 87-anna- nonjudgmental read-
half in dog, gettin’ a liddle white
around the whiffles, but you’d never ing coach for a buncha
know it, otherwise).
liddle humans at the
Gabriel’s a big, good-lookin’ Gold-
en Retriever who’s been with his Brackett Library. The
Mom, Sheri Searle, since he was a
puppy, back when it was just the two program’s called Paws
of ’em. Ever since puppyhood, Ga-
briel’s had this Special Quality that to Read. We get all
makes humans feel Much Better just
bein’ around him. comf-tubble on the
So when his Mom opened the door, floor, an the kids prac-
Gabriel (and his distant cousin Solar-
is) greeted us very politely with wel- tice readin’ – to me. My
favorite book so far is
“Please come in. Is it OK if I call you
Bonz? You can call me Gabe.” ‘Muddypaws.’”
“Of course. Gabe it is. I know you “Whaddya do in your
have a wonnerful gift for helpin’ hu-
mans, an I wanna hear all about that, free time?” I queried.
an also about the rest of your life.”
“Well, I enjoy travelin’
“OK. I’ll yap an you can stop me
if you have any questions. Ready? I with Mom an Dad. (He’s
was born in Colorado, an Mom was
goin’ to school out there. I was just Adam.) I’ve been to 15
a liddle pupster when she adopted
me. I was her first pooch, so she took, states. An me an Mom
like, zillions of pickshurs of me.” (He
showed me some of ’em.) are gettin’ into dancing.’
“See, here’s my first bath, which I We make up routines for
didn’t like. The fluffy towel was nice,
though. First time I ever went swim- one of our classes – Ca-
min,’ me anna coupla pooch pals –
Emma, a Border Collie, an Edward, nine Free Style. We have
a Lab – were atta lake. It was real big
an I was real liddle an Mom was real two routines, one to Tay-
nervous. I had this nice stick in my
mouth an Emma an Edward were al- lor Swift’s “Shake It Off”
ready swimmin’ around, so I dived in
with my stick an swam to the middle an one to “Hit the Road,
of the lake. Mom didn’t know swim-
min’ came natch-rull. Oh, an here’s Jack.” Spins are the most
me meetin’ my First Cat – Lua. She
let me know right away who’s Boss of Gabriel. fun. I could spin all day.
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fast. My Cat Strategy is: Strategic “One time, when Mom
Retreat. An here’s a pickshur of me all these great pickshur mem-rees.”
playin’ in the snow. I LOVE the snow! “Well there’s one mem-ree I could- an Dad were Elsewhere, I
I’m a total Snow Nose. An here’s me
on my first Halloween. Mom dressed da done without. See, when I was a passed the time by figur-
me up like a Hippie, with lotsa flow- puppy, I usta chew EVERYTHING.
ers. I wasn’t thrilled, but I Went Along Well, on my first Christmas Eve, I ing out how to unlock the
cuz it made Mom happy. An here’s was chewin’ this sock, which I wasn’t
me with my Grampa Anderson. We’re ’spose to, an I accidentally swallowed doors, which, in retrospect,
buddies.” it. Totally. An I got a BLOCK-age. The
vet hadda do an oppa-RAY-shun, an wasn’t the best idea I ever
“It’s so Cool Kibbles that you have I hadda wear the Cone of Shame an
have PILLS an be quiet for 6-to-8- had. Now Mom an Dad al-
Weeks. Mom hadda get a loan.”
I’m gonna ways use the deadbolts.
“Soggy Dog Biscuits! That sounds
serious!” get my AKC Therapy Dog Excellence But probly my Most Favor-
“It WAS. I coulda Bought the Dog- Title and AKC Achiever Title.” ite Mem-ree, Bonz, is when I walked
“Woof, Gabe, that’s PAWsome. I’m Mom down the aisle when she and
So, how’d you get down here?”
“In 2006, we all piled into our Hon- impressed. You must be In Demand!” Dad got married, back in 2014. I even
da Civic: Mom an me an Lua an Jamie
(also a cat), an all our stuff. Took two “I am. I’ve logged more than 200 got to go onna boat ride with ’em af-
days. We moved so Mom could go to
school some more, in Gainesville, visits to hospiddles an other places ter.”
where there’s a Big Human School
called a uni-VER-siddy. Mom stud- in Vero an Sebastian. I’m gonna get “Woof, Gabe, that is Really Spe-
ies BUGS. I myself hardly ever think
about bugs, but, hey, I’m a dog, so …” Hospice-qualified, an I’ve got my own cial.”
“Mom makes sure I getta good Official Card from the Scully-Welsh Heading home, I was pickshurin’
ed-juh-CAY-shun, too. I’ve passed a
whole buncha classes an pretty soon Cancer Center that has my pickshur all the humans Gabe helps, just by
an ‘Gabriel, Pet Therapy’ on it!” bein’ himself. When he was talkin’
“Seriously Cool Dog Biscuits!” about his full calendar an all his Re-
“My calendar’s even fuller than sponsa-BILL-uddies, I was thinkin,’
Mom’s. Every week, we do rounds to “Woof, yeah! I can TOTALLY relate to
see who’d like a liddle visit. We gotta that! I’m a Busy Dog, too!”
lotta REG-ulars. My Peeples are pa-
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an nurses. They sometimes get right
down on the floor with me an play. It
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INSIGHT GAMES BRIDGE
PREVIOUS MATERIAL UPDATED, IMPROVED KJ6
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Mike Lawrence wrote many excellent books quite some time ago. He has revamped KJ7
them, and the latest is “Tips on Cardplay” (Master Point Press). In 300 pages, you get a
vast amount of sound advice about declarer-play and defense, with approximately twice QJ854
as much space on defense — which is as it ought to be because you are a defender
twice as often as you are the declarer. WEST EAST
How should West defend in this deal? Against four spades, he leads his singleton heart. 2 3
East wins with the ace and returns the heart queen, South playing the four and 10. 8532
What should West discard? 10 9 7 6 3 AQJ9763
North’s two-heart cue-bid showed spade support and at least game-invitational values. AQ96
What is going on? If East began with the heart ace-king-queen, he should have won the 2
first trick with the queen, not the ace. If East started with the heart ace-queen-jack, that
is consistent with his play, but then why did South not try to win the second trick with SOUTH
his heart king?
A Q 10 9 7 5
Declarer knows from the bidding and the heart-deuce lead that West started with a
singleton, and South does not want West on lead. K 10 4
If West trusts everyone, he should “discard” a trump at trick two(!) and shift to a 10 4
diamond. Here, that produces the first four tricks for the defense — the only way given
the heart lead. AK
Yes, South made a clever play, but East should have led the heart nine at trick two. Dealer: East; Vulnerable: North-South
Since South surely has the club ace, East could anticipate this being the only winning
defense. When you want partner to ruff, lead a loser that declarer must cover. The Bidding:
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
1 Spades Pass 2 Hearts 4 Hearts LEAD:
4 Spades Pass Pass Pass 2 Hearts
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3 Caper, trick (5) 2 Wild horse (7)
7 Portent (4) 3 Creature (6)
8 Complete mess (4,6) 4 Delicate, offer (6)
9 Jewels (4) 5 Royal dog? (5)
12 Friendship (11) 6 Steering mechanism (4)
13 Stay temporarily (5) 10 Strangely frightening (4)
15 Man-made fibre (5) 11 Drowsiness (10)
19 Seemingly contradictory (11) 14 Information, fool (4)
21 Slow (the flow) (4) 16 Flavoring of e.g. absinthe (7)
23 Remarkable thing (10) 17 Summerhouse (6)
24 Prison (4) 18 Settlement (6)
25 Black wood (5) 20 More than enough (5)
26 Confused state (4) 22 Hard wood (4)
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ACROSS investment featured in Gildersleeve” of The Washington Post
1 Pirate quaff 68 Say further Woody’s Radio radio and TV
4 It’s said on 69 The B & O et al. Days 61 Fish feature AND NOW A WORD FROM ALCATRAZ By Merl Reagle
71 Abbr. after 2 Mom’s bro 62 First words of the
Sunday 3 ’80s Attorney song “Secret
8 Fly catcher Lowell Weicker’s General Love”
11 Onesies and name before 4 TV oldie, The 63 Employers of
he became an Law and ___ women in blue:
twosies game Independent 5 Charlie Chan abbr.
16 Copenhagen 73 Film damagers, assent 64 Four-time
sometimes 6 Order: abbr. Pulitzer
coin 75 Dove dwelling 7 Four Tops lead columnist
18 Butler of fiction 76 Hawaiian tree singer 66 Pat O’Brien role
77 Sigma ___ Levi 68 Cash-withdrawal
20 Tanning salon 78 Godly belief 8 Brat or knack mach.
abbr. 79 Milk, in Mexico completer 70 Tending to ooze
80 Film vehicle, in 9 Creationism lady 72 Alliance of the
21 New York town Variety 10 Dance, to Americas: abbr.
noted for its slick 83 Opposite of ext. Danielle 73 Impaling bird
streets? 84 Invite to the 11 TV detective 74 Halt legally
penthouse, e.g. 12 Swear on ___ 75 Lucrezia’s
22 Cartoon flyer 85 Hit on the head of Bibles brother
25 Charley 88 Plaza Hotel girl 13 Hit it off 77 Comic strip set in
Weaver’s home and namesakes 14 Young Billy or the French
26 Sound of disgust 90 ___ long way young billy Foreign Legion
92 Anagram of MY 15 Le Carré’s 79 Lancelot du ___
27 Order to fly? CAR Leamus 81 ___ of one’s hair
28 Purchases at 93 Cardinal great 16 Barbra’s A Star Is 82 Reagan memoir,
Frederick’s 95 George Eliot was Born co-star Where’s the ___
29 Gillette’s ___ II one 17 Center funder Me?
razor 97 Young boxer? 19 Get bored with 85 Deli sandwich
30 Enjoy, as a 99 Korean soldier 23 Lightning-bolt 86 La-la preceder
frozen pond 100 You’ll get a big hurler 87 Childish
32 Baker of kick out of them 24 Odds, basically 89 A girl’s name or a
Minneapolis 102 “ ... drink and 29 Early relative of wine
37 Fleeced one ___” croquet 91 School colors?
38 Price tag abbr. 105 Pool tool 31 Worked for 94 Teeth
during a sale 106 Ilk Underwriters straighteners
40 “___ lied!” 107 Radiance Laboratories 96 Regard highly
41 B’ar killer of song 108 ___ degree 33 Named, 98 Brazil neighbor
42 Pull ___ one (somewhat) archaically 101 Letter-shaped
44 Name of the 109 Penn and Teller 34 Unrefined machine hole
1984 forte 35 D-Day “theater” 103 French version of
Olympics eagle 111 Love Song 36 UPS assignment “oh, dear!”
46 “___ of a better subject 39 Big name in wine 104 Tibetan beasts
word ...” 115 Oscar role for 42 “Amo, amas, 107 No amateur
48 Hart’s running Patty I love ___” 109 Peace Prize
mate? 116 Image center? 43 Perfect score decliner, Le Duc
49 Philippine island 117 Wax nostalgic 45 Christmas ___
50 Pot top 118 Hammy desserts 110 1860s fighter
52 Bids bon voyage dialogue? 47 Taping again, as 111 Watergate figure
to 119 Over 300 lbs. painters do Magruder
54 Harry’s VP 120 Take chances before painting 112 Consent or
55 Arm bones 121 Conductance 51 Senegal’s capital Reason, e.g.
57 Base cops units 53 Monk’s title 113 Morse T
58 Casserole 122 Little pain in the 55 Final resting 114 Goaltending site
candidate neck place,
60 Iditarod vehicle DOWN perhaps
61 Dickensian garb 1 Long Island area 56 Kennebunkport
63 Czech capital, to catch
a Czech 59 “The Great
65 The Sargasso,
66 Kunta and Alex,
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INSIGHT BACK PAGE
Trying to get a word in edgewise, without the edge
BY CAROLYN HAX prised at what smiles can smooth over.
Washington Post Or no-filter: “I have things to share, too. Are you
Hi, Carolyn: interested?”
Sorting out whether you just want your turn to
We have a few relatives, includ-
talk (“We have interesting things to share”) or to
ing a sibling, whom we don’t see or achieve conversation – two different goals.
hear from often, as we are busy or And so on.
You have so many options because this is more
live far away. We meet over a meal nuisance than problem. And I’m noting your op-
tions because when you deal with a nuisance
or for an hour or so, or at family mindfully, in keeping with your general values, you
can actually solve a few issues or keep from creat-
gatherings requiring a drive, and I am so frustrated ing some new ones.
Take your motormouths: If you choose, say,
that they dominate the conversation, often talking to see them less, then that likely won’t affect you
about people we do not even know or subjects that But if you default to that when someone’s conver-
sation style frustrates you, then you could find your-
don’t interest us, in great detail, taking the bulk of our self isolated as your decisions to step back start to
mount. Likewise, if you opt to let them drone till the
valuable time together. staff brings the check. Just a few decisions like this
can pack your schedule with obligations you dread.
We have interesting things to share, but as soon as So my advice is to resist the pull to deal with this
only on the margins. Instead, pick the people who
the conversation opens a crack to let us in, they take really matter to you, figure out why they matter so
much, ask yourself what kind of relationship with
over again, back to themselves. them is realistic, then invest your heart and purpose
in them – such that “busy” and “far away” no longer
I do not wish to be totally estranged, but I do not suffice as excuses to be out of touch.
About the rest, be honest with yourself: They’re
want to waste my time when it seems these self-cen- peripheral because they’re not really your people –
and there’s nothing wrong with that
tered people don’t really have any interest in me.
I would like to improve the quality of our visits. Can
I say, at the start, “In these limited visits, I want to be You have other options, too:
Asking them open-ended questions, so at least
sure to share about my X,Y and Z, so let’s leave time for they’re droning about themselves instead of Jan in
that and highlight the top topics in your life first” … or Letting them drone for an hour because it’s an
hour, and it’s not often.
something similar? Replacing “don’t see often” with “rarely see” and
telling yourself it’s not estrangement, it’s mindful al-
– Frustrated With Motormouths location of life.
Going low-filter. “I’m sure Jan from Accounting
Frustrated With Motormouths: is lovely, but I want to hear about you.” You’d be sur-
Planting a flag like that is a fine solution – opti-
mistic maybe, but pointed while still being gracious
and certainly worth a try when de facto estrange-
ment is the alternative.
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FINE & CASUAL DINING
Philly’s Finest Cheesesteaks & Hoagies: It’s the real deal
REVIEW BY LISA ZAHNER STAFF WRITER sauce the Classic Philly Cheesesteak. was happy to find a bottle of Guinness
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At this point in the school year, and caramelized on-
most families’ schedules are packed, ions are cooked tender and not at all tough or doughy. Philly’s Finest is definitely not the
and that means we sometimes have and lightly browned, but not at With the disclaimer that I’m only a least expensive sub place on the beach-
to rely upon quick meals out. But
that doesn’t have to mean fast food. Classic Italian Hoagie. native, lifelong Floridian and have no side – our dinner cost nearly $44
If you’ve exhausted your rotation of Jumbo Wings with credibility to judge what an authen- with tip, but we will definitely
pizza, Mexican, burgers and Chinese tic Philly cheesesteak is or isn’t, my be adding this eatery to
takeout and are looking for fresh ideas, Crumbled Bleu Cheese. sandwich was just about perfect. And I our short list of quick
Philly’s Finest could be your new go-to and casual
place. all mushy. And I have to mention the places to
bread again. If you’re a bread lover like
The restaurant has been there a long I am, the roll your sandwich comes on grab dinner on busy school nights.
time in a strip mall on Eau Gallie Bou- can make or break the meal. Philly’s The service is fast and friendly, and
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and Sun Harbour Nursery, but it took outside, soft and fluffy on the inside make Philly’s Finest a guilt-free no-
us a while to stumble in. On our second cook meal.
visit last Wednesday for an early din-
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We ordered a choose-your-topping The reviewer is a Brevard resident who
tossed salad ($7) to share, and it was dines anonymously at restaurants at the
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in general, a fan of Philly cheesesteak
because apparently I’d never had one
made the right way before my first trip
to Philly’s Finest a few months ago.
If you’ve been turned off by a Philly
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will feature live betting, silent auctions, and
ONGOING fresh mint Jules. All proceeds will benefit the
Verdi EcoSchool, a non-profit urban farm school
Take Care Kit collection for The Women’s April 28 | Third Annual Fire Truck Pull for hands-on learning. Tickets $10 and up, with
Center, as part of the international Yale Day horse sponsors hips still available. Contact John
of Service, Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS and the Verdi at (321) 298-2501 or on the web at https://
Clevens Face and Body Specialists team are www.verdiecoschool.org/derby
collecting donations to create toiletry bags,
including toothpaste and toothbrushes, hair 4 The Swingtimers Vocal Trio will perform at
combs and brushes, deodorant, shampoo, 7:00 pm at the First Friday Fellowship Con-
conditioner, baby powder, hair spray, dental cert at the Highland Avenue Fellowship Church,
floss, razors, tampons & sanitary napkins and 1591 Highland Ave, Eau Gallie, Florida. The con-
ethnic hair products. All donors receive a $50 cert is free. A free-will donation will be taken.
Gift Certificate for a nonsurgical service. Drop
off donations to 707 W Eau Gallie Blvd in Mel- 13 Second Sunday Coin Stamp and Col-
bourne Monday through Friday • 8:30am to lectible Show 9:30 to 3 p.m. at the
5pm Azan Shrine Center, 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd.
Free Admission. Buy, sell, trade and free apprais-
Satellite Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 28 Third Annual Fire Truck Pull, 9 a.m. to April 29 at 3:00 PM at Eastminster Presbyterian als. South Brevard Coin Club. (321)428-5850.
p.m. Thursdays at Pelican Beach Park 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the D.R. Church in Indialantic. The free concert at 106
Schechter Satellite Beach Recreation Center, N. Riverside Drive will inspire the audience with 18 Satellite Beach Police Athletic League
Beach Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tues- 1089 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach. classical dances arranged for flutes, under the Third Friday Food Truck Fest, 5 to 9
days at Oceanside Pizza, 300 Ocean Ave. #6, direction of conductor Cindy Bruce. No tickets p.m. in the parking lot of the D.R. Schechter Rec-
Melbourne Beach. www.melbeachrotary.org 29 The 55+ Club of Satellite Beach is plan- required. Donations will be gratefully accepted. reation Center. Food trucks, local vendors and
ning a bus trip to Nashville April 29- For more information about Dancing Flutes, call Kidz Korner.
APRIL May 5th. Take a guided tour of Nashville, see (321) 385-7236 or visit www.SCFO.org.
the Grand Ole Opry, ride the Delta Flatboats 20 Thirteenth Annual Genesis House Golf
27 Space Coast Live Crew Music Party and much more. You do not have to be a Satel- MAY Tournament, 7:00 am Registration
Jam hosted by Blue Fusion Band lite Beach resident or a member of the Club to 8:00 am Shotgun Start at the Duran Golf Club,
on April 27 in the Art District, Salty Fox 602 participate but club dues are only $7.00 a year. 2 The League of Women Voters of the Space 7032 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne, FL. Hole
Eau Gallie Causeway 7-12 other bands to for more information call Jill (321)773-2080 Coast hosts a Timely Topics Luncheon, sponsors and event sponsorships available. Con-
perform Charlies Park Ave. Matt Sam’s Band, [email protected] “Let’s Get Better Together” with Guest Speaker tact Kristen Snyder at 321-288-4754.
Wicked Garden Gnomes, Usual Suspects and Brevard Zoo Executive Director Keith Winsten,
more. 29 The Space Coast Flute Orchestra will 11:30 AM at the Brevard Zoo in the Nyami Nya- 27 Sixth Annual Mike Oliveri Invitational Golf
present, Dancing Flutes on Sunday, Classic at Aquarina Golf & Beach Club.
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4 SPIN 3 RAINED the last Wednesday of the month at the Mel-
8 ITCH 4 SECRET bourne Public Library, 540 E. Fee Avenue. Call
9 STAIRCASE 5 ISSUES Vanita Gagliani at (321)432-5573 for details.
11 UNLESS 6 STRETCHER
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15 CREDIT 10 ENEMIES
16 SMACKS 12 ACTS 6-7 Melbourne Municipal Band “En-
18 SOUGHT 13 RESULTING core!” Concert by 80-member band,
20 DESERT 14 FIGHTER 6:30 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Mel-
22 TROUSER 17 SITE bourne Auditorium. Free, tickets not required.
23 SETTEE 19 TREATY Call 321-724-0555 or go to www.melbournemu-
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Surprisingly spacious home is conveniently located
STORY BY GEORGE WHITE STAFF WRITER home at 1200 Oak Street in Mel- The challenge is to get potential and out to the large fenced back yard.
[email protected] bourne Beach may look small but it buyers to go beyond the initial glance The 2,560-square-foot open-floor-
is surprisingly expansive in both the and take a look inside and in the back
Conveniently located in the heart open layout of the home and the size yard, said Mike Rogers of Premium plan home is situated on a third-of-
of Melbourne Beach and priced to and potential of the backyard. Properties, co-listing agent along an-acre lot with plenty enough room
sell, the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom with Erika Rogers. for a pool. There is a circular driveway
in the front to aid in getting onto the
Please call today! “You look at it from the front and roadway and an extra parking space
it looks small but once you get inside on the side yard large enough for a
Susan Williammee you can see that is not the case at all,’’ boat or RV. The home also features an
he said. attached two-car garage.
From the front door the great room There are two oversize bedrooms
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1200 OAK ST.,
combination of ceramic tile and lam- out windows and double glass doors. all but the coldest Florida beachside Year built: 1978
inate wood. The master bathroom The large finished Florida room, for- weather. Lot size: .31 acre
has walk-in closets. merly a back porch, gives the home Construction:
more than enough space for enter- Adjacent to the charming Florida concrete block, stucco
A combined dining room/eat-in taining in a lanai-like setting during room is a surprisingly large multipur-
kitchen is light and airy with views pose room with a full bath that with- Bedrooms: 3
3 full baths and 1 half-bath
Home size: 2,076 square feet
under air, 2,560 square feet total
Additional features: Breakfast
bar, walk-in closets, ceiling fans,
attached two-car garage.
Premium Properties Real Estate,
3830 State Road A1A, Suite A5,
Erika and Mike Rogers,
Listing price: $435,000
36 Thursday, April 26, 2018 THE MELBOURNE Barrier Island Newsweekly
out much renovation would be per- pretty much walk to everything,’’
fect for a home office, guest suite for Mike Rogers said.
visiting or elderly family members,
or rental suite with separate side en- Seller Amy Fuller and her family
trance. lived in the Oak Street home for eight
years. They plan to stay in the area
Located just a block south of Ocean and move into a slightly larger home.
Avenue in Melbourne Beach, the
home is within easy walking dis- “Before we had children we would
tance to shopping and the beach to rent the front rooms out to Harris
the east, and Ryckman Park and the Corporation interns and it worked out
Melbourne Beach Pier on the Indian fine. We always really liked the open
River to the west. layout of the house and enjoyed the
sunsets out in the backyard,’’ she said.
“You can’t get any closer [to the
water and town amenities]. You can The home is being offered for
Barrier Island Newsweekly THE MELBOURNE Thursday, April 26, 2018 37
High-tech meets low maintenance in bath/kitchen trends
STORY BY MICHELE LERNER WASHINGTON POST platform for home decorating and re- V● oice-controlled technology: In ad- creasingly important for elderly people
modeling. dition to the high-tech toilets, “smart adjusting their homes to better meet
If you’ve visited the exhibition of Ju- mirrors” and other tech features are their physical needs, or aging in place.
lia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian B● arn doors: Barn doors have been increasingly used in bathrooms, Some exciting technologies, such as
Museum of American History, you may part of the rustic and industrial-chic Sitchinava said, including mood light- smart appliances, are enticing but yet
have been shocked at the colorful clut- design style for a few years, sometimes ing and music in the shower. to be widely embraced by homeown-
ter of one of America’s most famous as a closet door or a decorative ele- ers.
chefs. Today’s home cooks tend to pre- ment in homes. Now they’ve become a “You can talk to yourself, or really to
fer creating meals in sleek and serene highly functional element of bathroom Google Home or Alexa, to do things like “Our survey of Housing Preferences
spaces of white and gray, with gleam- designs, H-Millard said. adjust the lighting when you’re shaving of the Baby Boomer Generation found
ing stainless-steel appliances. or putting on makeup,” H-Millard said. that 36 percent of people want a smart
“Barn doors are efficient and pro- “This is a convenience that’s available refrigerator, but only about 6 percent
Although white and gray appear to vide easy access to the room and, since for everyone, not just for high-end, lux- have one,” said Quint.
be ubiquitous in kitchens and bath- they don’t swing out or in, they use less
rooms in remodeled homes and new ury households.” Among the options for smart appli-
construction, other trends are also space and don’t trap anyone behind LED lighting has increased the ances are refrigerators with a camera
identifiable in both of these important the door,” H-Millard said. “It doesn’t and an app so you can look at the con-
spaces. look like universal design, but it’s actu- availability of lighting options in bath- tents when you’re at the grocery store,
ally a practical safety mechanism that rooms, including in the shower. and a refrigerator with an LCD panel
“Homeowners like flexibility and consumers are adopting.” with a menu of apps that can function
personalization,” says Elle H-Millard, Kitchen design trends to watch: as a command control for family mes-
industry relations manager for the Na- F● ree-standing bathtubs: Big master Although colorful appliances and sages.
tional Kitchen and Bath Association bathrooms with yards of floor space, a high-tech gadgets were on display at
(NKBA). “They’re looking for things soaking tub or whirlpool tub set on a the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Voice-activated controls to adjust
that can be used to customize their platform, separate vanities and a sepa- Show (KBIS) in January, not all items lights or play music or look for a recipe
home but that don’t date the home, ei- rate shower have faded in popularity in demonstrated on the showroom floor are the most popular tech trends in the
ther.” favor of larger showers. The majority of will make it into people’s homes. Here kitchen, said Sitchinava.
homeowners surveyed by Houzz plan are some exceptions:
Changes in bathroom and kitchen to remodel to expand their shower to C● olumns for refrigerators and N● ew ways to declutter: Neatness
designs also are driven by innovations make room for multiple sprays, Sitchi- more: “One of the most surprising counts in today’s kitchens, perhaps
in technology and the desire for low- nava said. things to me is how quickly column because most newer kitchens have an
maintenance living, says Dan DiCleri- refrigerator units have been adopted,” open floor plan that makes them more
co, smart-home strategist and home But in master bathrooms with H-Millard said. “It usually takes years visible to guests.
expert for HomeAdvisor, a website and enough space, large bathtubs are mak- for trends to be embraced, but these
app that provides home improvement ing a comeback. This time, they are were introduced just a couple of years “The biggest motivation behind a
resources. free-standing tubs, often in sculptural ago, and their popularity has boomer- kitchen remodel is reorganizing and
shapes. The National Kitchen and Bath anged.” increasing storage,” Sitchinava said.
Master bathrooms are among the Association’s 2018 Kitchen and Bath Separate refrigerator and freezer
most popular spaces to renovate, Design Trends study found that 87 per- units allow homeowners to reconfig- Decluttering their counters was the
and a renovated master bathroom is cent of designers said that free-stand- ure and customize their kitchens with biggest motivator for 75 percent of re-
among the most important features for ing tubs are trendy. more or less freezer space or special modelers, according to the Houzz sur-
homebuyers. As with kitchens, white units for different food groups. Ac- vey, followed by putting things away
and gray are the most popular colors M● ixed materials: Even though most cording to NKBA’s 2018 Kitchen and (66 percent).
for bathrooms. New trends in mas- homeowners stick to a gray-and-white Bath Design Trends study, 55 percent
ter bathrooms tend to be influenced color scheme in the master bathroom, of professional kitchen designers say L● ow maintenance materials: Quartz
by technology and the desire for low there’s plenty of space for creativity. refrigerator columns are the trendiest is the most popular material for kitch-
maintenance yet attractive designs. item in kitchens. More than 75 percent en counters, identified as trendy by
“There are so many tile options, in- of designers say homeowners want 94 percent of kitchen designers in the
Here are a few recent innovations in cluding porcelain, natural stone and separate wine refrigerators. NKBA study. Quartz is easy to clean,
bathroom design: ceramic tile, so we’re seeing a lot of C● onnected kitchens: Technol- durable and available in a lot of color
people mix and match the size of the ogy can be used to improve safety in palettes, Sitchinava said.
S● mart toilets: Technology has im- stones or tiles,” Sitchinava said. “Some kitchens, such as appliances with an
proved one of the most basic fixtures people are using large slabs of stone or automatic shut-off or an alert system, “Consumers today, especially mil-
in the house: your toilet. New models tile for the flooring and walls, and us- which DiClerico says will become in- lennials, have less tolerance for high-
have built-in bidets, cleaning func- ing a variety of tiles in the shower. Even maintenance materials,” DiClerico
tions and night lights for safety. if they are using all white tiles, they can said. “They don’t want moldings on
add interest with different textures.” their cabinets that catch dust, and
“Smart toilets have features to mini- they’ve realized that quartz requires
mize maintenance with self-cleaning less maintenance than marble or gran-
features, including one that mists the ite.”
bowl before and after each use to cut
cleaning time in half,” DiClerico said. The Houzz survey found consumers
“Wall-hung toilets also make it easier prefer simple Shaker cabinets (57 per-
to clean under and around the toilet.” cent) or flat-panel cabinets (18 percent)
Consumers can replace their entire
toilet and plumbing or choose to ret- ● A little color and darkness: Al-
rofit their existing toilet with an LED though white and gray are still on-
night light, an automated sensor to trend for kitchens, colorful appliances
open and close the lid, and a cleanser and new metallic finishes could be
that iodizes the bowl to reduce the found in abundance at the Kitchen and
need for cleaning, H-Millard said. Bath Industry Show.
You can even buy toilets with seat It will be interesting to see which of
warmers, plus some with adjustable these design trends have staying pow-
heights, said Nino Sitchinava, princi- er and how they will change in future
pal economist with Houzz, an online years as tastes and technology contin-
ue to evolve.
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Real Estate Sales on South Brevard island: April 13 to April 19
The real estate continued strong in island ZIP codes 32951, 32903 and 32937. Indialantic led the way with
10 sales, closely followed by Satellite Beach with 9. Melbourne Beach reported 6 sales and Indian Harbour
Beach had 4.
The top sale of the week was of a riverfront home on Lansing Island in Satellite Beach. The residence at
285 Lansing Island Drive was placed on the market Jan. 26 with an asking price of $2.04 million. The sale
closed April 16 for $1.95 million.
The seller in the transaction was represented by Kyle Hogan of My Florida Homes for Sale. The purchaser
was represented by Steve Brandon of the Britton Group.
SALES FOR 32951
SUBDIVISION ADDRESS LISTED ORIGINAL MOST RECENT SOLD SELLING
ASKING PRICE ASKING PRICE PRICE
HARBOR EAST SEC 3 AM 450 SANDY KEY 12/15/2017 $899,900 $899,900 4/13/2018 $404,000
INDIAN LANDING PH3 334 CLYDE ST 3/14/2018 $455,000 $455,000 4/19/2018
GULLHOUSE III CONDO 6355 S HIGHWAY A1A 11 11/15/2017 $449,000 $449,000 4/19/2018 $622,000
SALES FOR 32903 $465,000
OCEAN SD VIL P3 RPLT 561 OCEANSIDE BLVD 3/7/2018 $639,000 $639,000 4/13/2018 $1,940,000
POINT THE 614 FRANKLYN AVE 1/31/2018 $600,000 $565,000 4/13/2018 $380,000
JADE PALM CONDO 1345 N HIGHWAY A1A 407 2/21/2018 $489,900 $469,000 4/18/2018 $365,000
SALES FOR 32937
LANSING ISLAND PH3 237 LANSING ISLAND DR 7/13/2017 $2,100,000 $2,100,000 4/18/2018
OCEAN WALK CONDO 2225 HIGHWAY A1A 404 3/9/2018 $399,999 $399,999 4/19/2018
OCEAN WALK CONDO 2225 HIGHWAY A1A 304 4/3/2018 $379,900 $379,900 4/17/2018
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Here are some of the top recent barrier island sales.
Subdivision: None, Address: 2125 Sea Ave Subdivision: Aspinwall, Address: 3721 Titanic Cir 64
Listing Date: 2/2/2018 Listing Date: 3/1/2018
Original Price: $254,500 Original Price: $324,982
Recent Price: $249,900 Recent Price: $324,982
Sold: 4/16/2018 Sold: 4/16/2018
Selling Price: $235,000 Selling Price: $315,000
Listing Agent: David Settgast Listing Agent: Marcie Bolt
Selling Agent: Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl Selling Agent: Tropic Coast Realty
Ravindra Shah Carola Mayerhoeffer
& Renee Winkler
R. H. Realty, Inc.
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Subdivision: Lansing Island Ph3, Address: 237 Lansing Island Dr Subdivision: Ocean Walk Condo, Address: 2225 Highway A1A 304
Listing Date: 7/13/2017 Listing Date: 4/3/2018
Original Price: $2,100,000 Original Price: $379,900
Recent Price: $2,100,000 Recent Price: $379,900
Sold: 4/18/2018 Sold: 4/17/2018
Selling Price: $1,940,000 Selling Price: $365,000
Listing Agent: Pamela Greene Listing Agent: Carola Mayerhoeffer
& Renee Winkler
Selling Agent: Mercedes Premier Realty, LLC Selling Agent:
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl
Carnu Realty LLC
Treasure Coast Sotheby’s Intl