Renovation of hospital rooms
will cost $2 million. P8
Firefighters sue over
loud sirens. P9
Zorc: School Board
‘voting blind’ on budget. P7
MY VERO School Board has
no questions about
BY RAY MCNULTY $30M in spending
Schools’ record on black
teachers is embarrassing
Too often, the people run- BY KATHLEEN SLOAN
ning the county's schools ar- Staff Writer
rive at decisions that do not
make sense. An Elite Airways jet on the tarmac at Vero Beach Regional Airport. PHOTO BY GORDON RADFORD The School Board at its Aug.
8 meeting preapproved $30
Sometimes, these decisions Elite suspends some fall flights due to low demand million in spending this next
are so wrongheaded that we're fiscal year without any detailed
left to wonder if the folks mak- BY RAY MCNULTY ways, so he and his wife month before their sched- description of what the money
ing them are deliberately cor- Staff Writer could fly from Vero Beach to uled departure date – an Elite will be used for, abdicating
rupt or merely inept – because, Newark, N.J., and then catch representative called to tell oversight of purchase of goods
when exposed to public scru- Four months ago, island a cruise ship that would take the Galvins their flights had and services from 34 “recur-
tiny, those are the only reason- resident Bruce Galvin pur- them on a scenic, September been cancelled. ring vendors” to district staff.
able explanations. chased a pair of $400 round- voyage to Quebec City.
trip tickets from Elite Air- They weren’t alone. Even though the amount is
This is another one of those Two Sundays ago – a mere nearly 11 percent of the School
times. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 District’s approximately $280
million budget, it was pre-
Here we are in a county sented to the School Board as
where our school officials are a rubber-stamp agenda item,
using our tax dollars to pay big not requiring discussion.
bucks to a Kansas City-based
law firm to wrestle with a Last year the School Board
50-year-old, federal court's de- preapproved $37 million in
segregation order that, among recurring-vendor purchases in
other requirements, compels a similar manner.
our school district to make a
"significant effort" to hire mi- Only School Board Member
nority teachers in proportion Laura Zorc commented on
to the student population. the multimillion-dollar item
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FPL moves massive Charters to finally get fairer share
equipment through of tax dollars from School District
streets in wee hours
BY KATHLEEN SLOAN ence in the world,” said Gene
BY LISA ZAHNER Staff Writer Waddell, chairman of the
Staff Writer board of Indian River Charter
The five public charter High School.
What may be one of the schools in the Indian River
largest vehicles ever seen County School District will “Last year we had to take
in Vero Beach wound its get $2.1 million more in local money out of our operating
way through the city in the property taxes this year due budget to pay for capital ex-
to a new state law and local- penses,” Waddell said. “Hope-
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 tax referendum. fully this year we can avoid
that deficit in operations and
“It will make all the differ-
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My Vero gins, we have a well-respected and "My job is to sit there, keep the kids overwhelming support from students,
amply qualified black man – an expe- quiet and make sure they do their parents and peers, spent the next 13
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 rienced high school teacher who has homework," Joe Nathaniel said. months defending himself against
earned both a bachelor's degree and Rendell's trumped-up charges.
It’s embarrassing enough that to- master's degree and is only a disser- Yes, THAT Joe Nathaniel – the crimi-
day, well into the 21st century, a federal tation away from his doctorate – not nal justice teacher who Schools Super- Finally, this past February, a state ad-
court desegregation order – a relic of the being permitted to teach. intendent Mark Rendell foolishly tried ministrative law judge exonerated Na-
civil rights battles of the ’60s – still stains to fire after the former assistant foot- thaniel of any wrongdoing and trashed
the reputation of our community. Instead, this man, who is also ball coach physically subdued a foul- Rendell's bogus case, writing in his col-
state-certified in Exceptional School mouthed, violently aggressive and out- orful and lopsided ruling that the em-
But our school district has abjectly Education and is the newly chosen of-control 18-year-old student during battled, 6-foot-4, 300-pound teacher
failed to meet the targets set by the vice president of the local teachers a classroom scuffle at Sebastian River "should be given a pat on the back, not
court for recruiting and retaining union, has been assigned to oversee in November 2015. a pink slip."
high-quality black teachers. Year af- in-school suspension classes at Se-
ter year, the school district doesn’t bastian River High School. Nathaniel, who had worked for the Shortly afterward, the School Board
even come close. district for 13 years with an unblem- voted to return Nathaniel to work, but
In other words: He's a glorified ished record, was suspended with not in his classroom.
And yet, as a new school year be- babysitter. pay in January 2016 and, armed with
When Nathaniel returned to Se-
bastian River's campus last spring, he
spent the final weeks of the academic
year watching over in-school suspen-
sion classes. Principal Todd Racine,
with Rendell's blessing, had phased
out the criminal justice program dur-
ing the teacher's suspension.
And despite its enormous popular-
ity with students, Nathaniel's courses
were not reinstated for this school year.
"It's not just a shame," School Board
Chairman Charles Searcy said of Na-
thaniel being relegated to the role of
chaperone. "It's a terrible waste of tal-
Schools officials said Nathaniel's
program was eliminated because, al-
though it was part of the Career and
Technical Education curriculum, it did
not provide an industry certification.
Rendell wrote in a March email to a
parent: "This is often a technical cer-
tificate that can enable a student to get
a job immediately after graduation in
that field. Unfortunately, Criminal Jus-
tice does not have an industry certifi-
Rendell added that the criminal jus-
tice program was the district's only
CTE course that did not lead to indus-
"For that reason," schools spokes-
person Cristen McMillan wrote to me
in an email, "it was discontinued."
What both Rendell and McMillan
failed to mention, though, was that the
district receives $430 in state incen-
tives for each CTE student that passes
a certification test.
So unlike the district's other CTE
programs – among them are automo-
tive, culinary, digital design, nursing
assistant and welding – the criminal
justice courses didn't make money.
And, apparently, the money mat-
tered more than the fact that students
flocked to Nathaniel's classroom,
where they learned from a former
Oklahoma police officer and Louisiana
corrections officer who also has experi-
ence working with at-risk juveniles as
a program administrator at the Vision-
Quest facility in Pennsylvania.
Not only was Nathaniel's program
popular, but he said some of his students
went on to seek careers in law enforce-
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / August 24, 2017 3
ment and corrections, and others pur- of black teachers had increased only Yet our schools officials, while ac- kids and that's what should matter
sued legal studies in college and beyond. slightly from 2006-07 (6.08 percent) to tively seeking to have parts of the de- most," he added.
2015-16 (6.73 percent). segregation order dismissed, won't
"I know of several students who went allow Nathaniel to do what he was Whatever the real reason or moti-
to the [police] academy in Fort Pierce," While the percentage of black teach- trained to do – what he wants to do. vation behind the dim-bulb decision
Nathaniel said. "I know of at least one ers at middle schools increased from to reduce Nathaniel to a school-day
who is working on a law degree." 7.32 percent to 13.54 percent during "I have a passion for teaching, and babysitter, someone needs to consider
that decade-long span, the percentage I've definitely made a difference in the the message this sends to the district's
Nathaniel's classes, through an ar- of black teachers at elementary (4.94 to lives of my students," Nathaniel said. other black teachers and to the black
ticulation agreement with Indian River 4.63) and high schools (7.67 to 6.63) ac- "That's all I want to do. [The criminal candidates needed to satisfy the deseg-
State College, also offered students the tually decreased. justice class is] a good program for the regation order.
opportunity to earn dual-enrollment
credits if they completed his three-
year program: Introduction to Crimi-
nal Justice (10th grade), Corrections
(11th grade) and Criminal Investiga-
tions (12th grade).
"If they went on to attend IRSC,"
said Nathaniel, who taught the course
for six years, "they'd have as many as
nine credit hours free."
Surely, that's worth something, at
least to the students and their parents.
And we're not talking about some easy-
to-pass, fluff course that has no value.
So why not continue criminal justice
as an elective?
Joe Nathaniel. Exclusively John’s Island
"I don't know," said Searcy, who was This architecturally distinguished 5BR/6.5BA retreat enjoys indoor/outdoor
one of Nathaniel's staunchest support- living around the pool with wet deck and fire pit. Overlooking a private preserve,
ers in the aftermath of the classroom al- Lost Tree Village Corp. and Harry Howle Architects designed this prestigious
tercation. "I've asked the question and address nestled on 1.56± acres along a quiet cul-de-sac street near the west
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"Why was the program good enough 80 Stingaree Point : $4,995,000 (pre-construction)
to keep for the past five or six years and
now it's not? Nobody's given me a logi- three championship golf courses : 17 har-tru courts : beach club : squash
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I, too, asked the question in a fol- 772.231.0900 : Vero Beach, FL : JohnsIslandRealEstate.com
low-up email to McMillan, but her
response offered nothing useful: "No
further comments, Ray."
Meanwhile, the district continues
to struggle – and expend more large
legal fees – trying to get out from un-
der the federal desegregation order,
including the requirement that 20 to
40 percent of new and replacement
hires be black until the percentage of
black teachers matches the percent-
age of black students.
The latest numbers available show
that 17 percent of county students are
black, roughly 10 percent more than
the percentage of black teachers.
According to a $150,000 study done
by the Husch Blackwell law firm, hired
by the district to conduct a study of its
desegregation status, the percentage
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$30 million approved Last December, Vero Beach 32963 Board Chairperson Charles Searcy in- man’s compensation insurance, is a
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 reported on hotel stays purchased by advertently exposed the consequenc- recurring vendor that received $2.4
various district staff that violated the es of abdicating fiscal oversight. million from the district last year, free
and then voted no. credit card procurement code. from board oversight.
The expenditure was approved 4-1, Searcy asked staff how much the
No one was disciplined for the school district paid for workman’s Searcy was unaware SCERMP was
with all other board members going breaches but they showed how a lack compensation and was told, “We’re among the vendors that will be paid
along with the staff request. of board oversight can lead to spend- paying 60 percent more for workman’s from the $30 million preapproved in
ing abuses. compensation than we should.” this year’s budget.
“I am not comfortable giving spend-
ing authority over for Regions Bank In November, Vero Beach 32963 re- South Central Education Risk Man- When it was pointed out, he
and EE&G,” Zorc said. ported the district paid mold remedia- agement Program, which provides shrugged it off. “What would you have
tion company EE&G $500,000, exceed- and administers the district’s work- us do?” he asked.
Regions Bank is the vendor for the ing the board’s preapproved spending
district’s $7 million credit card, which cap of $200,000. District staff never Charter Schools get boost Indian River Charter High has about
had a balance of $6.8 million as of June reported the over-expenditure to the CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 640 students, North County Char-
12, according to the School District’s board and there were no consequences. ter Elementary about 350, Sebastian
recurring-vendor report. make our mortgage and maintenance Charter Junior High about 260 and St.
Later in the Aug. 8 meeting, School payments out of capital outlay.” Peter’s Academy about 135 students.
“It will make a tremendous differ- The second source of property-tax
ence,” agreed Ken Miller, business revenue for charter schools comes
and finance director for North County from the .50-mills assessment county
Charter Elementary. “We were stuck voters passed in August 2016, which
at spending about $7,300 per student went into effect this July. The revenue
for a long time. Now we’ll have about is to be spent on operations and will
$8,000. That’s still half what the district be shared equally. The district expects
spends, at $17,600 per student.” to collect $8.5 million from the tax,
making the charters’ share about $1
The local property tax revenue will million.
be distributed among charter and tra-
ditional school students more evenly In previous years, the charters got
than in the past for two reasons. only 5 percent of a .60-mill operations
tax passed by voters in 2012 and that
First, Florida House Bill 7069 – expired in July. The charters took the
passed into law mid-June – requires district to court to get a larger share
all 67 school districts in the state to proportionate to their student popu-
equally share the “local capital im- lation and won, Circuit Court Judge
provement” millage. In the vast ma- Paul Kanarek ruling in their favor in
jority of school districts, the tax is mid-June.
$1.50 for every $1,000 assessed prop-
erty value or 1.50 mills. Since then the two sides have tried
to work out a figure for the back pay-
The school district estimates it will ments to no avail. Kanarek will hear
collect about $25.5 million this year payment arguments on Aug. 30 and
from the 1.50 mills. After certain al- then give a final ruling some time
lowed deductions, the five charters later.
will share a little over $1.4 million or
about $631 for each of the estimated Based on the charters’ student pop-
2,295 charter school students, which ulation, the district owes them about
is nearly 13 percent of the district’s $2.55 million in delinquent tax rev-
17,540 student total. enue, but if the charters are awarded
legal fees and punitive interest, the
Imagine Schools at Indian River district will be on the hook for another
South is the largest charter in the dis- $800,000 or more.
trict and the fresh infusion of cash
money will help with expansion. The interest is calculated daily and
the lawyers are still working, eating up
“We’re at capacity at 913 students,” taxpayer-funded fees while the dis-
Imagine Regional Director Jennifer trict tries to find a way out of the mess
Fornes said. “We want the money. We it has made by unfairly withholding
need it.” money from the charters.
Elite Airways cuts back day and Friday service on the route,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 which remains Elite’s most popular.
Elite has cancelled all of its Sunday Elite Vice President David Dow de-
and Thursday flights scheduled to scribed the cancellations as a “sea-
take place between Vero Beach and sonal adjustment,” citing a “reduced
Newark during September and Octo- demand” for service on that route
ber. According to the airline’s website, during the off-season months.
the non-stop service is scheduled to
resume on Nov. 2. “All we did was reduce our schedule
on a seasonal basis, which is some-
The airline continues to offer Mon- thing we do all the time,” Dow said.
“When you’re running a business, you
have to adapt and adjust to demand.
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / August 24, 2017 5
If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be in business figuring out how the seasons work there. necting Vero Beach and Newark won’t Friday Elite flights and others, whose
long. It’s micro-economics. “As our relationship with Vero goes appear on the airline’s September and travel dates weren’t flexible, were of-
October schedule next year. fered refunds.
“Vero is a wonderful market for us,” longer and longer – and we get a better
he added. “Vero has been very good understanding of that market – we’ll Dow also said he was unable to pro- “I know some people are upset about
to us, and we plan to expand our ser- get this stuff right.” vide the number of travelers affected it,” he said, “and I understand why.”
vice there to other destinations, pos- by the cancellations, adding that some
sibly as soon as the fall. But we’re still Dow said it’s possible, if not likely, were re-booked onto Monday and/or Vero Beach Regional Airport Di-
the Sunday and Thursday flights con-
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Elite Airways cuts back Massive equipment moved
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rector Eric Menger was empathetic cost $350 and paying another $100 to Bursick said. “I’m going to a church re- wee hours of the morning last week.
to both sides, saying bookings were check luggage. treat in New Jersey and I’m now able to Escorted by the Florida Highway Pa-
noticeably down for September and stay another day.”
October, so Elite officials made a busi- Vero Beach City Clerk Tammy Bur- trol, bucket trucks and vehicles tasked
ness decision to re-deploy their crews sick also received a cancellation call Galvin didn’t have that luxury. with detecting any overhead obstacles
and equipment to services, such as from Elite, but her travel schedule “I understand the business side and like traffic lights that would need to be
charter flights, that produce a profit. wasn’t nearly as rigid and she simply they said I’ll get a refund, but there moved, the convoy carried the first of
switched her return flight from Sun- was no apology, no compensation, six loads of huge generators and tur-
He said he also has heard from cus- day to Monday. nothing,” he said. “Not even a coupon bines headed for Florida Power & Light’s
tomers “who aren’t very happy” that for a free meal at C.J. Cannon’s.” Okeechobee Clean Energy Center.
their flight plans – some of them booked “It actually worked out better for me,”
well in advance – were scrapped only Since the combined weight of the
weeks before their scheduled depar- equipment and the specialized trailer
ture. was estimated at 700 tons, the convoy
was trailed by a team of Florida De-
Galvin said the cancellation“jammed partment of Transportation bridge in-
us up,” because he thought all the ar- spectors who had to ensure the safety
rangements had been finalized. of each bridge after the transport ve-
hicle passed over.
“Then we get a call at 10 o’clock on a
Sunday night and, just like that, we’ve The components will become part
got to start over and we’re scrambling of a combined-cycle natural gas gen-
to find another flight up there,” Galvin erating plant FPL is building south
said. “We managed to do it and every- of Yeehaw Junction adjacent the Fort
thing is falling into place, but it’s going Drum Marsh Conservation Area. The
to cost me $500 more and it’s going to Florida Public Service Commission
be a lot more inconvenient.” approved the plant in 2016 and it’s ex-
pected to go online in mid-2019.
Instead of a 9 a.m. Elite flight out of
Vero Beach, the Galvins will be taking “Once complete, the FPL Okeechobee
a 9 a.m. United flight out of Orlando Clean Energy Center will produce about
– after a 5:30 a.m. Uber ride that will 1,600 MW using natural gas, which is
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / August 24, 2017 7
enough to power about 300,000 homes, Zorc: School Board ‘voting blind’ on the budget
said FPL Spokesperson Sarah Gatewood.
BY KATHLEEN SLOAN what she could, but that the meetings Instead of meeting behind closed
Gatewood said that over the next Staff Writer were mainly an exercise in frustration. doors and depending on Morrison to
couple of months, the remaining tur- try get information about how money
bines and generators will be delivered Indian River County School Board “If I wanted more detail, Mr. Morri- is being spent, Zorc asked that depart-
by barge to the port in Fort Pierce and member Laura Zorc thinks the school son said I have to ask [school district ment heads give presentations to the
then transported through Vero Beach district budget process should be superintendent] Dr. Rendell if I can board next year, which is the way the
to the site. much more transparent, but she did ask him that question. Then I would county vets its budget.
not get much backing from her fellow have to wait three weeks to get the in-
Components for the heat recovery members. formation. It’s very unproductive. By “I think it would be very enlighten-
steam generator, meanwhile, will be the time I get it, I haven’t had time to ing,” agreed School Board Chairper-
barged to the old Vero Electric power Zorc said, “We’re voting blind” on look at it [before meetings where the son Charles Searcy.
plant site in September. Barges will use the the nearly $280 million budget, of budget is discussed or voted on]. It
channel and docks behind Vero’s power which $120 million is funded by local should not be this difficult, especially After protesting each department
plant, under the Alma Lee Loy Bridge. property taxes. if we’re elected officials.” went through a “zero-based-budget
process,” examining each line item,
“The movement of parts is expected School Board Member Dale Sim- Zorc, who previously worked in fo- Rendell conceded, “We can alter the
to be at night to minimize traffic im- chick disagreed with Zorc. “You can’t rensic accounting, said she “tried to process in the future so there is more
pacts over the next several weeks,” say blanketly we are voting blindly. It’s audit” particular line items, such as board involvement.”
Gatewood said. you who are uncomfortable.” the category “non-labor discretion-
ary.” That budget heading is a catch- Zorc also suggested the district
City Manager Jim O’Connor was aware Superintendent Mark Rendell gave all found in 24 school and 20 depart- could save money on legal fees.
the transport crews would be heading four workshops on the budget, but ment budgets totaling $7.3 million in
through Vero, but he said he played no Zorc said they “were so rushed there expenditures that “don’t come before School Board Attorney Suzanne
part in relegating their travel to night- was no time for suggestions.” She not- the board,” Zorc said. D’Agresta does a good job, she said,
time. “I do not believe we have control ed that department heads did not give but contracting private-sector legal
over state highways,” O’Connor said. reports on how and why money for In other words, the school district services instead of hiring an in-house
their departments is to be spent. plans to spend more than $7 million lawyer is more expensive. D’Agresta
The Okeechobee Clean Energy Cen- in this one category without providing is paid a $264,000-a-year base fee
ter is part of FPL’s plan, along with its Zorc said she met weekly with Assis- elected officials or the public with any and other school board attorneys get
two solar power facilities In the works tant Superintendent of Finances Cart- details of where that money is going. about $160,000, she said.
in western Indian River County and er Morrison to fill in gaps and learn
other green energy efforts, to meet or CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
exceed federal environmental goal-
posts laid out for more efficient, clean-
er production of electricity.
8 Vero Beach 32963 / August 24, 2017 Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™
Hospital room renovations will cost $2 million
BY RUSTY CARTER ing room size does provide a closed- He also offered a suggestion. data that I’ve seen,” Walton said.
Staff Writer in feeling, the facility is dated, and it “There’s a wash basin sort of in the “Throughout those peak months, one
poses some storage issues for patient room. In the bathroom is another unit ran at 60 percent to 80 percent.
Trustees of Indian River Medical equipment and providing a condu- wash basin. Every other unit was running at 100
Center got a preview last week of cive healing environment.” percent capacity.
plans to renovate more than 200 pa- “I went through these rooms a
tient rooms at a cost of $2 million, an Walton’s plan is to reconfigure the couple weeks ago. It looked to me “Our summer months are actu-
average of $10,000 per room. existing space, moving a partial wall that you would be able to remove the ally running higher than usual this
within the room to improve visibility wash basin in the room and expand year. We would be cutting the total
While the group unanimously vot- and maneuverability, renovating the the shower into that space,” Jones number of beds by 30. That would be
ed to approve the project, there was shower and toilet area, removing tile said. problematic.”
a palpable realization that the effort showers with hard-to-clean grout and
was akin to putting a shiny new coat installing a more modern surface. “It would be much larger, big Dr. Michael Weiss chimed in, “Bet-
of paint on a worn-out car. enough for someone assisting a pa- ter to err by being over five rooms
She also plans to and modify the tient. You want a shower big enough than run short.”
Chief Nursing Officer Linda Walton placement of the cabinets and sink in for someone to help when you’re two
pointed out that rooms on floors 2-4 each room. days out of surgery.” “I applaud you for doing it right,”
of the hospital are undersized and Cunningham said. “I think you have
lack storage as well as some ameni- All told the project would refurbish Trustee Ann McCrystal wondered our approval.”
ties. 216 rooms. Half of the rooms would if a few rooms could be sacrificed per
be renovated between September floor to allow for larger rooms During the business portion of the
“The hospital was built close to 40 and December of this year. The re- trustees meeting, Jones noted that
years ago, at a time when care was mainder would be refurbished in “Is our hospital always at maximum through July 31, there is slightly more
delivered in a different manner than 2018. capacity during season?” she asked. than $6.6 million in the bank. That’s
it is today,” Walton told the trustees. “If you did make the bathroom a little enough to fulfill current obligations
“Delivery manner and experience for Walton also noted that little-to-no bigger, and compromise one or two through the current fiscal year, which
our patients has changed over time. work would take place between Janu- or three rooms on a floor or a wing, ends Aug. 31, with enough left over
There are a number of issues we are ary and April, statistically the hospi- [you could fit a shower chair into the to reach November. That’s when new
dealing with, and one of those issues tal’s busiest season. bathroom]. It’s helpful to have a chair tax revenues from an increase in the
is room size. for the patient to sit. millage rate begins to flow in.
Trustee Allen Jones acknowledged
“We are somewhat limited in that that the rooms wouldn’t be larger, It turns out there’s little down time “In short,” Jones said, “the dis-
regard,” she continued. “The exist- but noted “every room is private, and for enlarging rooms. trict’s finances remain in sound con-
that’s worth something.” dition.”
“I will share with you from the
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Firefighters sue over hearing loss; blame loud sirens
BY BETH WALTON vid Duffy, national counsel for Feder- Federal Signal’s sirens are in high Auditory problems are a reality for
al Signal in the hearing loss litigation. demand by both firefighters and fire many firefighters, said Richter, who
Staff Writer departments, he said. has been with the department for
“For three decades, Federal Sig- 25 years and also struggles with his
Are the sirens used by local fire nal has informed fire departments All of the 15 fire engines in use by hearing. He is not part of the civil
trucks to clear traffic out of the way and firefighters that sirens produce Indian River County Fire Rescue are suit. Things like hearing aids can cost
when speeding to a burning building loud sounds that have the potential equipped with Federal Signal sirens, up to $5,000 per ear to purchase and
too loud? to cause hearing loss. For three de- said Cory Richter, battalion chief. maintain, he said. They have to be re-
cades, the fire service has endorsed Richter was not aware of the civil suit placed regularly. “That’s a consider-
Thirteen past and current employ- mandatory hearing protection for being filed locally and said it was un- able amount of money.”
ees of Indian River County Fire Res- any firefighter that is exposed to any likely to impact the department. Legal
cue and Indian River Shores Fire De- loud noise.” fees are not being paid by the county. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
partment filed a lawsuit this month,
alleging hearing loss. The firefighters
claim in an Aug. 7 civil suit that the
jarring wail of the sirens in their fire
engines is causing permanent dam-
age to their hearing.
Federal Signal Corporation manu-
factures the sirens used in fire engines
in Indian River County and across
much of the United States. The Oak
Brook, Ill., company has faced thou-
sands of similar lawsuits spanning
nearly two decades. Litigation over the
years has shown no consistent winner,
favoring at times both the company
and the firefighters.
Nearly two-dozen Palm Beach
County firefighters filed a similar suit
Federal Signal is not only liable,
but also negligent, argues Carmen
DeGisi, the lawyer who drafted the
complaint in the local case. His firm,
Bern Cappellli, in Conshochocken,
Pa., has represented firefighters in
many of the civil suits across the
Federal Signal sold “defective” si-
rens that “emit an intense omni-di-
rectional noise at a pitch and decibel
level which is unreasonably danger-
ous,” the complaint notes. There were
inadequate warnings about hearing
loss, and Federal Signal failed to use
reasonable care to test and design a
safe product, it says.
The Indian River County plaintiffs
are asking for $75,000 per individual to
cover medical costs and other damag-
es. They became aware of their hear-
ing loss and its underlying cause when
they attended audiological screenings
provided for firefighters. Those named
in the suit have been told by their at-
torneys not to comment.
Federal Signal disputes the allega-
tions and says it will continue to de-
fend its sirens in court.
“The loud audible warning that the
lawyers are attacking in these cases
saves the lives of the public who en-
counter emergency vehicles on the
road, saves the lives and property
of people who need the fire depart-
ment’s help and protects the fire-
fighters who are trying to quickly and
safely get to an emergency,” said Da-
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Firefighters sue Firefighters are around loud noises proof, and even the noise of the siren Many are quick to discount the
all the time. It’s not just the siren is muffled, he said. People need to be merit of the firefighters’ claims, mak-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 made by Federal Signal. Ambulances aware when a fire engine is speeding ing the assumption that loud sirens
in Indian River County, for example, down the road. are par for the course in firefighting
Firefighters working for Indian use a different manufacturer. work, he said.
River County start at $42,000 a year There is no doubt these are contro-
and tend to retire in the $60,000 to “Was it the other sirens, the loud versial cases, said Geoffrey Bichler, That, however, is an oversimplifica-
$70,000 a year range, he said. County music when I was younger, how do of the Florida law firm Bichler, Oli- tion of the issue. “That’s not really what
records show one workers’ compensa- you prove it’s any one thing?” he ver, Longo and Fox, a workers’ com- this is about,” Bichler said “It’s about
tion claim filed by a county firefighter asked. “I think sirens alone could po- pensation and liability attorney who protecting [firefighters] and making
last December projects up to $65,000 tentially do it.” represents firefighters in Indian River the siren company responsible for the
in total expenses for hearing loss sus- County and across the state. medical care.”
tained over a 26-year period. Federal Signal’s siren is remarkably
loud, but it is designed that way to Bichler is not part of the civil suit, The incidence of hearing loss
The challenge will be to prove their alert traffic that the fire department but is following it closely in his work among firefighters, especially those
hearing damage came directly from is coming, Richter said. to secure medical cost reimburse- late in their career, is high, Bichler
Federal Signal’s siren, Richter said. ment for firefighters facing occupa- said. “It’s a real problem,” he added.
Some of the newer cars on the tional injuries and hazards. “Losing your hearing can be a pretty
road these days are built to be sound profound experience that can really
impact a person.”
The argument plaintiffs are making
across the country is that these sirens
don’t have to be as loud as they are to
serve public safety, and that technol-
ogy now exists to disperse the sound
differently to ease the noise levels on
or near the truck.
These civil suits are another way for
firefighters to get help with medical
costs and shift the burden away from
workers’ compensation claims and
the taxpayer, he said. “If they can look
to somebody else to help pay for some
of this medical care, that should be
win-win, not just for the firefighters,
but for the tax payers as well.”
Municipalities should encourage
participation in the lawsuits because
ultimately any financial recovery can
also benefit them, Bichler said. “Con-
troversial or not, this is what moves
the law along,” he explained. “What I
expect will happen is the employers
will jump on once the firefighters start
School Board ‘voting blind’
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7
Simchick and School Board Vice
Chairperson Shawn Frost said other
school boards claim in-house attor-
neys do inferior work and it was too
late to look into it for this budget.
Employee travel costs are too high,
Zorc said, which got no remarks from
fellow board members.
“Each thing I bring up is not going
anywhere,” Zorc said. “I was elected to
oversee the budget and policy. It’s not
fair to the taxpayers or to their kids.
There is so much in [the budget] . . .
we could be putting into classrooms.”
In the end, Zorc voted along with
the other board members to move the
budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year
forward but said her ‘yea’ vote was
provisional. She wants her sugges-
tions for savings discussed in detail
before the final budget goes to public
hearing and then to the board for a fi-
nal vote on Sept. 7.
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Summerfest strikes a chord with young musicians
1. Phoebe Emerson. 2. Maestro James Brooks-
Bruzzese, Alessio Nebiolo and Lorenzo Turchi-
Floris. 3. Cody Lanier. 4. Nathan Russell and
Roger Bustamante. 5. Matthew Stott and Barbara
Hoffman. 6. Student musicians rehearse with
Summerfest Chamber Orchestra at Christ by the Sea
Church. 7. Samantha Louis with Joselyn Mariotti.
8. Alexander Harrison.
4 PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
BY STEPHANIE LaBAFF the public, the students performed they need to get. This is a unique rience of a lifetime. The things you
Staff Writer Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” opportunity,” said Matthew Stott, pick up are invaluable.”
alongside their worldwide counter- VBHS Orchestra director. “It’s going
Members of the Summerfest parts in the opening number. to make every single one of them “In the classical music world,
Chamber Orchestra shared more better. I think it’s part human na- we are trained that it doesn’t mat-
than just beautiful music with Vero “My whole focus is on getting ture to rise to the level of what’s ex- ter how hard you work; there’s still
Beach High School Orchestra musi- more exposure to the symphony or- pected of us.” room to do better. These kinds of
cians at Summerfest 2017, presented chestra from people and students experiences will take them to a dif-
by Symphony of the Americas and who are going to find this a most ex- During a Q&A session, perform- ferent level,” explained Dr. Marcos
hosted last Sunday by the Cultural citing and, for some of them, game- ers from Cuba, Uzbekistan, Swit- Flores, Christ by the Sea music di-
Council of Indian River County at changing experience,” said Barbara zerland, Mexico, Italy, Canada and rector. “It’s also rewarding for the
Christ by the Sea United Methodist Hoffman, Cultural Council execu- elsewhere spoke with students professional musicians. They feel
Church. tive director. This was the 26th an- about their personal love of classi- they need to give back and do it with
niversary of the festival and over the cal music and what it takes to be- lots of love, because when you love
High school musicians paired up past few years the Cultural Council come a professional musician. music it doesn’t matter where you
with international musicians un- has added educational components come from.”
der the direction of Maestro James linking artistic and cultural tradi- “It is such a gift for us to be able
Brooks-Bruzzese, artistic director tions. to perform with higher level mu- Learn more about local cultural
of Summerfest and Symphony of sicians,” said Phoebe Emerson, a opportunities at the Cultural Coun-
the Americas, during a rehearsal “The kids gain a lot of motivation VBHS senior and cellist who seemed cil’s annual Celebrate the Arts Fes-
session and were given an up-close from interacting with the profes- almost giddy after the afternoon tival, Sept. 23 at Riverside Park. For
look at techniques. Later, before sional musicians, and from a practi- practice session. “To learn and grow more information, visit cultural-
cal sense, to see and feel how good alongside professionals is an expe- council.org.
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Unity Award winner:
A man on a ‘Mission’
BY MARY E. SCHENKEL ers at the GYAC gymnasium. Earlier,
Staff Writer Crossover teammates at various grade
levels played against teams from Mel-
Freddie Woolfork exemplifies the bourne.
progressive spirit of the Gifford com-
munity, especially as it relates to local “The passion of Crossover Mission
youth through his work with the Gif- is apparent with all this community
ford Youth Achievement Center. His mixing; we’re crossing over,” said
lifelong actions and words also epit- board president Bill Harris, watching
omize the Crossover Mission Unity as friends and families cheered on the
Award criteria, making him the ideal players. “You can feel it in the gym.”
choice to be this year’s recipient.
The Community Church of Vero
Crossover Mission was founded Beach, which provided seed money to
by Antoine Jennings and Cathy De the fledgling organization in Febru-
Schouwer to help at-risk youth reach ary 2014, received last year’s inaugural
their full potential through sports and Unity Award, and Jennings said this
education. The award recognizes “an year they wanted to focus on Gifford.
organization or individual in Indian
River County that strives to bring the “Who’s better than Freddie Wool-
community together through pro- fork and the GYAC? I’ve known him
grams and outreach that fosters mu- since I was a child,” said Jennings,
tual respect and success for all.” who attended school with Woolfork’s
children and grew up playing at the
The presentation occurred follow- GYAC gym.
ing last Saturday’s Sheriff’s Exhibition
Basketball Game vs. Crossover play- Of Crossover Mission, Jennings said,
“We have our own facility now and so
we have expanded our academic com-
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Vero Beach 32963 / August 24, 2017 15
Glenn and Julie Risedorf. Freddie Woolfork and Cathy De Schouwer. Bill Harris, Cathy De Schouwer, Robi Robinson and Antoine Jennings.
Isaac Anderson and Louis De Schouwer. Shannon Troutman, Anari Henry, Danessa Mortimer, Rick Herndon and Heather Mortimer. Jacobi Roberts.
ponent of the program. And then this
year we’re going to be expanding our
basketball component as well.”
Players attended the Florida State
University Basketball Camp and were
treated to a luncheon at Cobalt Res-
taurant to learn about such things as
etiquette, proper utensils and attire.
On the ‘business’ end, some students
attended a two-week SAT Prep pro-
gram in preparation for this week-
end’s SAT tests. “They didn’t want
to do it, but we convinced them that
every little bit helps. We want to try to
help them the best we can,” said Jen-
Noting that he initially envisioned
working with maybe 10 children and
one or two helpers, he added, “It’s
more than what I thought it would be.
Once we started sharing the vision
and talking to people, it immediately
went way bigger than what I had envi-
sioned. I’m more than glad to be able
to help 70 kids instead of 10, but also
want to keep it rather small to remain
“We’re bringing structure, which
they’re not used to,” said De Schouwer.
“If they want to play basketball, they
have to embrace the structure, but it’s
hard; it doesn’t happen overnight.”
Tutors and mentors are always
needed, as is funding for programs,
capital projects, uniforms, equipment
and even snacks. For more informa-
tion, visit crossovermission.com or call
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™
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‘Making Strides’ teams get fundraising marching orders
9 ABC and some are planning to do estimate that close to 253,000 wom-
so in rather creative fashion. For in- en in the United States will be diag-
stance, Maj. Eric Flowers has ordered nosed with breast cancer this year.
authentic pink deputy badges, which Tragically, an estimated 40,610 will
fellow IRC Sheriff’s Office deputies lose their battle with the disease; the
can purchase and wear during the second leading cause of cancer death
month of October. in women.
“So they raise money and also For more information visit Making-
bring awareness, which is a very im- StridesWalk.org/indianriverfl or Mak-
portant part of this,” said Woodson. ing StridesWalk.org/realmenindianriv-
ercofl or call 772-562-2272.
American Cancer Society statistics
1. Dr. Nancy Baker and Gwen Lamothe . 2. Kim Feliciano and Cathy Snider. 3. Kendra and Dr. Hal Brown. 4. Sandy
Smith, Jeremy Lloyd, Elise Hyatt and son Keirnan, Cheryl Friar and Elizabeth Moshier. 5. Don deLora and Willie
Reagan with Virginia Jackson. 6. Lynne George and Helen Bolling. 7. Dr. Raj Rajpara, Chief David Currey, Tim
Girard, Harold Schwartz, Mark Rendell, Jonathan Hardie, Aaron Johnson, Peter O’Bryan and Jason Frandsen.
8. Dr. Hugo Davila, Chelsea Gallant, Dr. Jennifer Byer, Dr. Raul Storey and Rebecca Appelbaum.
9. Jessica Watson, Ilena Luts, Theresa Woodson, and Jenny Davis. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE
BY MARY SCHENKEL er County participants in last year’s
MSABC – an at-your-own-pace non-
Staff Writer competitive walk – raised $120,000 to
help rid the world of this devastating
With Breast Cancer Awareness disease.
Month just around the corner, sup-
porters gathered at the Heritage Demonstrating their pink-pow-
Center for a Kickoff Celebration to ered support to their mothers, sis-
gear up for the local Making Strides ters, wives and women everywhere
Against Breast Cancer walk taking who have been touched by breast
place at 9 a.m. on Oct. 21 at Riverside cancer, a group of prominent Indian
Park. This year’s walk is presented River County men have stepped up
by Florida Cancer Specialists and to the plate to participate in the Real
Florida Healthcare Specialists and Men Wear Pink campaign.
chaired by Dr. Daniel Glotzer.
This year’s Real Men, who were
At last Wednesday’s Kickoff Cel- announced at the Oceanside Busi-
ebration, creative and dynamic fun- ness Association’s Sunset Saturday
draising ideas were provided to team Night Concert, are: Victor Basile, Dr.
leaders and inspirational speakers Hal Brown, VBPD Chief David Cur-
emphasized the importance of the rey, Maj. Eric Flowers, Jason Frand-
initiative by sharing their own per- sen, Tim Girard, Jonathan Hardie,
sonal experiences. Aaron Johnson, Matt Marcorelle, Da-
vid Nolte, Nick Novak, IRC Commis-
Each October, individuals and sioner Peter O’Bryan, Dr. Raj Rajpara,
teams from businesses, organiza- School Superintendent Mark Ren-
tions and neighborhoods join more dell, Harold Schwartz, Alex Soares
than 300 communities nationwide and Andy White.
to raise funds in support of Ameri-
can Cancer Society efforts to save According to Theresa Woodson,
lives through breast cancer research, ACS Treasure Coast senior market
education, prevention, diagnosis, manager, each has been challenged
treatment and recovery. Indian Riv- to raise a minimum of $2,500 for MS-
THROW TIME! FIRED-UP POTTERS
MEET 1,200 BOWL GOAL
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ARTS & THEATRE
Throw time! Fired-up potters meet 1,200 bowl goal
BY STEPHANIE LABAFF should contribute $18,000 to the Sean Clinton. PHOTOS BY: DENISE RITCHIE
$100,000 organizers hope to raise at
Staff Writer the Nov. 2 event.
With the retirement of a large gas- The museum-potter collaboration
fired kiln at the Vero Beach Museum paid off in another way: For the first
of Art and a replacement not arriving time, the museum will be serving
until January, there was concern that soup as part of the Soup Bowl, turn-
the 25-year tradition of local potters ing over its beautiful atrium space on
making bowls to sell for a Novem- the day of the fundraiser. It will also
ber charity event
might be stymied. display the dozen
But the potters tureens that are
for the Samaritan raffled off as part
Center’s annual of the event.
Soup Bowl event
for the homeless “We’re bringing
got together with the community
museum staff. into the build-
Their imagina- ing where for so
tions “fired” up, many years we’ve
they came up done the bowls,”
with a solution to says organizer
making the 1,200 and potter Shotsi
bowls in time: Lajoie. The mu-
They simply re- seum will become
turned to the way things were done in one of more than
the beginning, firing half the bowls 40 Soup Bowl locations. Last year,
in the museum’s remaining kiln and some 5,000 people showed up for the
the rest in their own home kilns. $5 bowls of soup, specially made and
donated by about 90 restaurants.
Working over a span of 100 hours The new gas-fired kiln replacing
last week, dozens of volunteers set the Ginny is a Bailey Custom Pro 32,
up the clay, threw bowls and cleaned built with greater fuel efficiency, and
up the mess, firing some 600 bowls more importantly, code-compliant.
in the museum’s remaining kiln. The The museum has already replaced
remaining 600 were turned out at two aging electric kilns with produc-
homes and studios across the coun- tion-grade SKUTT kilns; those were
ty. The result: stacks and stacks of pressed into use for the initial bisque
gleaming, colorful bowls to be sold at firing of the soup bowls. An online
the Soup Bowl’s 40 locations around crowd-funding page has been set up
town. At $15 a bowl, the artists’ work on razoo.com to raise the $9,600 by
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throw the other 26 during the studio she bargained for. “When you retire,
sessions at the museum. “I did palm you move and don’t know anybody,
trees one year, and this year I’m doing so it gave me a way to meet people
splash designs.” that have common interests.”
On the other end of the spectrum, A very select group of potters have been
there’s Linda Thiessen, a third-year invited to produce the tureens to be raf-
Soup Bowl artist who learned of the fled off. The tureens will be on display at
project during a class she was tak- Flametree Clay Art Gallery and Tiger Lily
ing at the Museum of Art. “The first Art Studios before the Samaritan Center
year I threw about 12 bowls. I think Soup Tureen Show opens in the museum
last year was 24 and this year I’m go- atrium on Oct. 26. Raffle tickets for a
ing to try for 50 and they’ll have little chance at winning a soup tureen will be
turtles on them.” available for $1 at these locations in ad-
dition to Soup Bowl sites on Nov. 2.
The retired teacher was looking for
a creative outlet and found more than
Michele Lucas, Charlie Romano, and Suzanne Barnes.
Oct. 15 to install the kilns and up- event that has grown over the years SEE THESE AND OTHER FINE THINGS AT VERO’S FINEST
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The Ginny kiln, which for nearly The idea for the benefit came about VERO BEACH, FL
two decades fired the creations of when Lajoie and former Vero mayor 7 72 . 2 3 4 . 6711
the museum’s ceramics students, Kenneth Macht were taking a pottery
was custom built by Harvey Sadow, class at the museum. Both were board
a renowned ceramicist from Palm members of the Samaritan Center.
Beach County, and Sean Clinton,
the museum’s faculty manager and Macht and Lajoie along with their
a well-known potter. Blazing away at teacher Glenda Taylor made about
2,300 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 18 150 bowls that first year.
hours at a time, the Ginny was named
for the late pottery instructor Ginny “The artists are instrumental in
Stocker, who taught at the museum the success of this event,” says Renee
for 15 years. Bireley, the Samaritan Center’s pro-
gram administrator. “Where would
The Ginny kiln has been instru- Soup Bowl be without these potters?
mental in the charity event since the The bowls are truly the symbol of the
start, and especially as the benefit homeless individual eating a humble
grew. With more and more bowls sell- meal of soup.”
ing each year, it made sense for all the
potters to work from the museum to Many of the artists have garnered
maintain quality control. an almost cult-like following. “Soup
Bowl collectors run around from lo-
“That way we use a certain type of cation to location to find bowls by
clay and fire it to a certain tempera- certain artists,” says Clinton.
ture,” explains Lajoie. “That was eas-
ier for us.” Heidi Hill’s wax resist design is an
example of one of the sought-after
Having the artists come together bowls. Her butterflies and dragon-
had another benefit, one that drives flies are very popular. Glenda Taylor
a lot of people to volunteer: a sense and Maria Sparsis are collectors’ fa-
of community interaction. “Artists vorites, too. “People are picking them
are by nature reclusive,” says Lajoie, up and looking at the bottoms to see
a member of the Tiger Lily co-op whose they are and then other people
gallery as well as a licensed mental pick the bowls by color,” adds Lajoie.
health counselor. “This gives them
a chance to come together, to talk to Potter Terry Green has been work-
like-minded people and share trade ing in clay for 38 years, and she plans
secrets. Everybody benefits from to throw 88 bowls this year – one for
working together.” each year of her life. “When I have to
do 100, I think it’s going to be really
While the town’s potters mourn hard. I’ll have to start in May to get
the loss of good old Ginny, a giant of a them all done in time,” says the feisty
kiln, the museum urged the group to potter, who caught the mud bug when
use its existing smaller kilns. “We can she took a class in New Haven, Conn.,
fire about 125 bowls per load,” which after all four of her children were fi-
is about one-third of what the Ginny nally in school.
kiln could fire.
And ever since then she’s been ar-
The Samaritan Center provides ranging her life around clay. “I do the
long-term transitional housing and soup bowls because I must,” she ex-
life skills development for homeless plains. “I have a heart for the home-
families in Indian River County. less. The money it raises is more than
I would be able to give.”
Each November, the nonprofit hosts
the much-anticipated Soup Bowl, an Green has thrown 62 bowls at her
studio for this year’s event and will
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Coming Up: A Great British
string concert, and it’s free!
BY SAMANTHA BAITA
1 Should you decide to do so, you
can immerse yourself in mu-
sic pretty much all weekend, starting
now, without venturing too far from
home base. A pair of string quartets
from across the pond by two of Great Linda Cole.
Britain’s most revered composers will
be performed by musicians from the loved songs that she’s made her own,
Space Coast Symphony this Friday eve- including the fabulous “Blues in the
ning at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Night” and “They Can’t Take That
The free concert, “British Road Trip: Away From Me,” and you can expect
Britten and Vaughan Williams,” will classic, super hits by such greats as
feature Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole (no
and Williams’ String Quartet No. 2 in relation). According to her biography,
A minor. A celebrated composer, con- Cole has sung professionally since
ductor and pianist, Britten was a “cen- she was 3 years old, an her family
tral figure in 20th ‘British Road Trip: Britten group, “The Sing-
century British and Vaughan Williams.’ ing Coles,” are
classical music,” a part of Illinois
according to music history,
Wikipedia, and starting out with
wrote numerous religious songs,
operas, the best then adding pop
known among them 1954’s “The Turn music. With her smooth vocals, Cole
of the Screw.” At the end of WWII, Brit- moved into rhythm and blues and be-
ten toured Germany with violinist came part of Detroit’s MoTown scene,
Yehudi Menuhin to perform recitals appearing with the Spinners, Count
for concentration camp survivors. So Basie, and many others. Tickets are
moved was he by this experience that $20. Students are admitted free. The
he wrote his Second Quartet as soon as show starts at 3 p.m.
he returned home to Eng-
land. In his last year, he
became the first composer
to be given a life peerage.
Williams was a prolific
English composer whose
body of work during more
than 50 years includes
operas, ballets, chamber ‘Meows & Mutts
music, secular and re- at the Marsh.’
ligious vocal works and
orchestral compositions, including 3 Or how about a bit of bluegrass?
nine symphonies. He wrote his second Pretty much every Thursday,
string quartet during WWII, and also Marsh Landing Restaurant in Fells-
helped organize lunchtime concerts mere is “the” place for authentic, Old
at the National Gallery to support the Florida, smile-making, toe-tapping
war effort. Concert musicians are: Joni bluegrass (not to mention gator tail
Roos, violin; Cindi Qi, violin; Michael and frog legs), and this week it’ll be ex-
De Jesus, viola; and Paul Fleury, cello. tra special. “Meows and Mutts at the
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Marsh” is the clever name for an eve-
ning of food, beverages and bluegrass
2 We move from classics to jazz music to benefit Sebastian’s no-kill ani-
on Sunday afternoon, when the mal shelter, H.A.L.O. The fun starts at
Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orches- 6:30 p.m. H.A.L.O. has details.
tra and vocalist Linda Cole will swing
into action in bring you “A Tribute 4 Take a little road trip south to
to Ella Fitzgerald,” a celebration of Stuart to enjoy one of the area’s
Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday, at favorite seven-days-a-week outdoor
the Vero Beach High School Perform- music venues, Terra Fermata. There’s
ing Arts Center. Cole will perform be- strings of lights in the palm trees,
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comfy seating, tiki huts and good a rock group from Tallahassee, with the past 20 years, has brought his in- 5-guy band (Rich, Josh, Pete, Bubba
food and beverages, of course, but a melodic alt-rock sound and a high- sightful message to dedicated fans all and Johnny), considered by their de-
the main reason so many music lov- energy live performance. Then, TGIF! over the state. You should hear this voted following as one of the “pre-
ers flock there is, of course, the live At 7 p.m. it’s the Bryce Allyn Band. band’s rendition of “Midnight Rider.” miere Grateful Dead tribute bands.”
music. Just grab a brew and let the Singer/songwriter Allyn gained pop- Later in the evening, it’s Nocturnal Reggae Sunday starts at 6 p.m., this
music get you. This very Thursday at ularity fronting for the well-known Resonance, with Victoria Leigh. Sat- week featuring Fireside Prophets out
7 p.m., you’ll hear the Brown Goose, south Florida band Boxelder, and for urday, 7 p.m., brings Crazy Fingers, a of Boca Raton.
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Bonz meets Murphy, one of Sheriff’s Finest (pooches)
or human. Or even cat. But here’s the (after Murphy guessed
Cool Kibbles part: Around the
same time, the Brevard Sher- which hand).
iff’s Office SVU was lookin’
Hi Dog Buddies! for Just The Right Dog for their At the end of the hall-
bran-new Therapy Dog Pro-
I’ve said it before an I’m sayin’ it again: gram. The pilot program, with way, we met Wolfgang
I’m One Lucky Dog! Evry week I meet a a pooch named Primus Puggie,
new, inneresting pooch pal and learn a was a big success, an they decid- and Harry. Murphy
buncha new stuff. ed to adopt it permanently. The
new pooch would be assigned to admitted he some-
This week, for example, I met Murphy a human SVU agent and they’d go
Young, who’s an agent with a County through a special training course times jumps into their
Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit. at what they call Paws and Stripes
No Woof! We met at Murphy’s office an, College. (That’s a whole ’nother laps during lunch.
while me an my assistant sat in the re- story.)
ception area waiting for Murphy an his “They have the Good
partner, I was feelin’ a little shaky-paws. Well, Bonzo, obviously I couldn’t
I’d met a few other dogs in law enforce- look LESS like a law enforcement Stuff.” We stopped
ment and they were all Big, Impressive, officer but, for some reason, Thank
Super-Serious German Shepherds or Lassie!, I got picked!” in the lunch room,
Malinois or like that.
“Pawsome! So, then what happened?” which smelled duh-
Well, the Official Door opened and in “I was assigned to be Agent Cyndi’s
trotted this fluffy middle-sized white partner (I call her that a work.) We went licious. (It was hard
poocheroo, wearin’ a green uniform through training as a TEAM. We learned
vest with a gold badge. He was very neat how to work together; an how we can not to drool, which
and had real good posture. Super-Seri- help liddle humans and sometimes
ous he was NOT. He had a big smile and grown-up ones, too, who have had bad, Agent Murphy. PHOTO BENJAMIN THACKER would’ve been un-
an even bigger personality, and came scary stuff happen to ’em. My special- natch- professional.) Every-
right up for the Wag-and-Sniff. ty is workin’ with the liddle humans. body around the long table greet-
While Agent Cyndi talks to ’em, I’m right
“It’s a pleasure, Agent Murphy.” there bein’ frenly and snuggly, an giving ral. I still get excited ed Murphy. I’m pretty sure his tail didn’t
“Likewise! It’s Bonzo, right? Please ’em gentle little nose bumps. With older the minute we turn into the parking lot. stop wagging the entire time.
call me Murphy. An this is my partner kids or even grown-ups, I ushully sit in “When I have a break, I make Daily “What’s home life like?”
(an my Mom), Cyndi, she’s an Agent, too. their laps. Or on their feet. Pretty soon, Rounds. Everybody has snacks, an I “I mostly just relax, snooze in the sun,
We can yap back in our office.” they start pattin’ me, an they’re more know where they’re stashed. That comes play with my toys, chase the occasional
There were pickshurs of Murphy and relaxed, not so nervous or scared. We’re natch-ral, too. Sometimes I catch a ride butterfly (never catch ’em). And hang
clippings and impressive certificates on right there with ’em from the crime on the elevator, so I can check out what’s out with Mom an my big sister Perry,
the walls an shelves. When we got set- scene to the courtroom! Honestly, Bon- good upstairs. Come’on, I’ll introduce from Georgia. She’s an English Bulldog
tled, Murphy said, “I expect you wanna zo,” he got real serious. “You wouldn’t rescue. She wasn’t thrilled with me at
know exactly what I do, an how a pooch buh-LIEVE what some humans do to you!”
like me got a job like this.” other humans.” We took off down the hall at a brisk first, but I finally won her over.”
“Exactly!” “Woof!” was all I could say. trot. (Well, not so brisk for me since I was “I’m impressed, Agent Murphy.”
“First thing I really remember is, “I’ll never forget my first day at work,” carrying my notebook and pencil.) Every “Thanks! I love my job. But we’ll pro-
back in 2015, bein’ left at the county Murphy continued. “It was super excit- so often, Murphy’d stop and roll on the bly be retiring in a coupla years.”
shelter. The humans there were nice, ing. I got my uniform, an badge, and a carpet. We popped into one office after “Well, whatever pooch they pick to re-
even though they didn’t know anything OFFice, an I met my fellow officers. Mom another, and Murphy and Agent Cyndi place you will have big pawprints to fill,”
about me. I don’t mind admitting I was says I can get along with anybody, which introduced us to their fellow agents. All I said sincerely.
Worried. I’m real frenly by nature, but at is why I’m good at my job. It just comes Heading home, I was still thinking
that time, I didn’t have any friends, dog of ’em except Murphy was human.
He sure wasn’t woofin’ when he said about Murphy and his very important
he knew where all the treats were kept. job. Yep, those’ll hafta be Really Big
“This is Megan,” Murphy said. “Watch! Paws.
I’m training her.” He sat smack in front The Bonz
of a file cabinet and bopped the pull
with his paw. Megan opened the drawer,
reached in and produced a treat. Mur- Don’t Be Shy
phy wagged a thank you and said, as he
munched, “Wug woo wike wud?” We are always looking for pets
with interesting stories.
“No thanks. I’m on the clock,” I said,
following the happily munching Agent
Murphy down the hall. We met Alan an To set up an interview, email
Carlos an Amy. There were Saltines from [email protected].
Cynthia and low-fat snacks from Joan
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So long, pardner: Popular Vero doctor pulling up stakes
BY TOM LLOYD MediSpa since 1982 may say even more for quite a while and had made in-per-
Staff Writer about him. son visits to several of them. Then his
wife came across a listing showing a
A pair of well broken-in cowboy Frazier and his cowboy boots actu- house they both liked that had some-
boots might be the first visual cue that ally started out practicing medicine at thing special – what sealed the deal
Dr. William (Bill) Frazier is not now – Yale University School of Medicine in was a photo of a maroon bedroom with
and probably never has been – your New Haven, Conn., in 1975. a bright blue and white Yale pennant
typical Vero Beach physician. on the wall.
“I was the medical director for the
The fact that he’s been the ‘head emergency department [at Yale], ran They raced to Georgia where they
honcho’ at Vero Cosmetic Surgery and the burn unit and the trauma unit,” discovered the seller’s son was a stu-
explains the soft-spoken Frazier, “and dent at – you guessed it – the Yale
School of Medicine.
Dr. William Frazier.
Frazier was ecstatic.
PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE “I went to Yale Medical School and
my dad went to Yale and my brother
had my own practice in plastic sur- went to Yale and my mother went to
gery.” Yale,” he told the sellers, and within
three days the deal done.
He was also on the Yale medical fac- The couple plan to garden, raise a
ulty for seven years. few head of cattle and never again wor-
ry about rising oceans. (Most of Flori-
Now, after another 35 years of per- da, Frazier points out, is a mere 8 feet
forming plastic surgery procedures above sea level; in the Georgia moun-
here in Vero Beach, Frazier and his tains, an influx of Antarctic ice water
wife, Jane, are about to mosey on down won’t be a worry.)
the road – or, more correctly, mosey on That doesn’t mean they won’t miss
up the road to launch a new phase of living here on the Treasure Coast.
life and a new practice in Blairsville, “Vero is an absolutely stellar com-
Ga., (population 562), a place where munity to live in,” Frazier says fondly,
many Vero Beach folks own property. “but change is also important.”
Even more important is that he clear-
“I grew up on a farm,” Frazier ex- ly feels good about selling his practice
plains, “but it was a dairy farm. But to his partner, Dr. Katya Bailor. “I re-
by 1970 I’d bought my first horse and ally loved having her as a partner,” says
rode, maybe not every day, but prob- Frazier proudly. “She’s wonderful.”
ably three or four days a week and I So wonderful, it seems, he reaches
started wearing cowboy boots. I found way past 1982 for an analogy dating
them very comfortable and so I’ve just back to the 1500s and the Renaissance.
always worn them.” Cosmetic surgery, says Frazier, “for
some people, it’s really just something
The cowboy similarities pretty much that they love to do. It’s like Michelan-
end there, but Bill and Jane Frazier’s gelo. Why did he take a piece of rock
adventurous spirits are still firing on and turn it into a statue of David? Be-
all cylinders. cause he loved it. That’s what he was
really good at.”
Frazier describes his bride as “a Bailor, says Frazier, shares that
5-foot-2 blonde, blue eyes, tiny little same type of passion for her work, so
person” who, he proudly boasts, has he says he has no qualms about pa-
just driven a six-ton truck the full 10 tients of his becoming patients of hers.
hours from Vero to Blairsville on her Frazier’s passion, he says, remains
own. reconstructive surgery. “There’s a lot
of cancer surgery and melanomas,” in
According to Frazier, “She has been addition to burns and trauma cases
to over 60 countries and is million- where he still finds helping patients
miler [frequent flyer] on two different very satisfying and now he’s taking
airlines.” that passion to Georgia.
From now through September, Dr.
Frazier may not quite be able to Frazier can be reached at Vero Cosmet-
match his wife’s frequent flyer status ic Surgery and MediSpa at 1255 37th
but he has practiced medicine in Haiti, Street, Suite D. The phone number is
San Juan and Beirut, Lebanon as well 772-562-2400.
as New Haven and Vero Beach and, he Starting in October, Frazier will be at
adds, “I’ve lived in 32 houses so far.” Sentinel Plastic Surgery, doubtless still
wearing his cowboy boots, at 123 Weav-
The 33rd is on the horizon thanks, er Rd., Suite B in Blairsville, Ga. That
Frazier feels, in no small part due to number is 706-439-6486.
The couple had been searching on-
line for houses in the Blairsville area
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Study links chronic pain to cognitive impairment
BY MARIA CANFIELD reasons for the association between compromise the brain’s ability to form stress of being in pain activates stress-
hormone pathways in the body that
Correspondent chronic pain and dementia: memories and also impair other cogni- have been associated with cognitive
• Vero’s Dr. Shafer says that opi- decline.
For the first time, researchers have tive functions.
made an association between chronic oids (and other types of pain medica- • Chronic pain can also have a non- Many current pain management
pain and memory loss in older adults, therapies, in addition to being addic-
indicating that such pain could some- tions) work by blocking pain receptors biological (but just as real) impact. Dr. tive, are not always effective, and doc-
how result in brain changes that affect tors are continually seeking ways to
cognitive function. throughout the nervous system; and by Shafer says, “Chronic pain takes up a provide their patients with relief.
The study was published in a June doing so can block receptors that are lot of the sufferer’s attention. It is dis- CONTINUED ON PAGE 28
issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. The
team, from UC-San Francisco, ana- involved in cognitive function. tracting and can affect the ability to
lyzed data from 10,000 participants, • The experience of chronic pain it-
all of whom were aged 60 or older. process and retain information.”
When tracked over a course of 10 years, self, from a biological perspective, may • It is known that the emotional
those who said they were persistently
troubled by moderate or severe pain
declined 9.2 percent faster in tests of
memory, compared with those who
did not report having such pain.
Vero Beach neurologist S. James
Shafer is familiar with this study and
agrees there is slightly more cognitive
impairment in those suffering from
chronic pain. However, he notes that
there was no significant increase in
dementia in chronic pain sufferers,
and that it’s important to distinguish
“Cognitive impairment is a notice-
able and measurable decline in cog-
nitive function. Dementia is more se-
vere and impacts the person’s ability
to interact with the world personally,
socially, or professionally,” Shafer says.
Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MSc, a
postdoctoral fellow at UC-San Fran-
cisco and lead author of the study, says
the findings point toward new ways of
thinking about how to protect older
people from the cognitive insults of ag-
ing. “Elderly people need to maintain
their cognition to stay independent.
Up to one in three older people suf-
fer from chronic pain, so understand-
ing the relationship between pain and
cognitive decline is an important first
step toward finding ways to help this
There are differing opinions among
experts about exactly when pain be-
comes chronic, but it’s safe to say that
pain that lasts for six months or more
has crossed over from acute (short
term) to chronic.
Chronic pain can sometimes be
traced to an old injury or an underlying
condition such as osteoarthritis, mul-
tiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia or shin-
gles. There is also neuropathic pain, in
which the nerve fibers themselves may
be damaged or dysfunctional. And
then there are the cases when chronic
pain has no apparent cause; the medi-
cal term for this is “idiopathic.”
There are separate yet overlapping
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 Dr. James Shafer.
UC-San Francisco’s Whitlock says effective, if correctly tailored to the PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
that patients who are suffering with individual. He says, “There are good
chronic pain, and may be experienc- things out there, like hypnotherapy
ing a more rapid cognitive decline as and acupuncture. And believe it or
a result, can be helped by a number not, good old-fashioned exercise can
of techniques and strategies, such as also be a big help.”
assistive devices, physical and occu-
pational therapy, and “mindfulness” Biofeedback is another technique
meditation techniques. that Dr. Shafer says can be helpful in
the management of pain. The person
All are geared toward increasing is connected to electrical sensors that
“self-efficacy” (a belief in one’s abil- provide feedback about body func-
ity to accomplish a task or succeed in tions, such as heart rate. This feed-
a specific situation) and curbing the back helps the person make subtle
emotional impact of chronic pain. changes in their body, such as relax-
ing certain muscles, which helps to
Dr. Shafer agrees that “alternative” reduce pain.
pain management techniques can be
Dr. Shafer wants the community for depression that could end up re-
to know that pain, especially in older ducing pain.
people, can be a manifestation of de-
pression, and sufferers should talk to Dr. Shafer sees patients and conducts
their doctor about whether depres- research at the Vero Beach Neurology
sion could be a factor in their chronic and Research Institute, located at 1040
pain, as there are treatment options 37th Place, Suite 201, in Vero Beach. The
phone number is 772-492-7051.
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INSIGHT COVER STORY
BY ROXANNE ROBERTS | WASHINGTON POST
STILL WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT still in mourning, and Donald Trump
was just a political sideshow.
The new house is on the edge of and nothing is on the line, you’re wrong. and the University of Delaware the
Cape Henlopen State Park, just north Since Joe left public life in January, the Biden Institute for domestic initiatives. “Do I regret not being president?”
of the boardwalk: three stories, six Bidens have never been more public. Joe said this spring. “Yes.”
bedrooms, three fireplaces and an ex- Last – but not least – there’s a new po-
pansive view of the Atlantic Ocean. The last six months have seen the litical action committee, American Pos- The story behind that decision –
formation of the Biden Foundation, a sibilities, a vehicle for raising money for Beau’s illness, his death in May 2015,
The new owners are Joe and Jill way for Joe and Jill to support their pet Democratic candidates. and the announcement that October
Biden, rich for the first time in their causes, and the Biden Cancer Initiative that Joe would not seek the Democratic
lives, thanks to a three-book publish- to honor Beau. The University of Penn- And maybe for one last try at the nomination – is the subject of “Prom-
ing deal – two by him, one by her – that sylvania inaugurated the Penn Biden White House in 2020. ise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship
allowed them to purchase the $2 mil- Center for Diplomacy and Global En- and Purpose.” The memoir comes out
lion vacation home in the beach town gagement to study international issues, Delaware’s favorite son and Ameri- Nov. 14, and every stop on the book
of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. ca’s favorite uncle decided not to run tour will undoubtedly include a varia-
in 2016, a choice he made while he was tion of “What if?”
Red, white and blue bunting hangs
from the second-floor balcony. There’s With Washington in chaos and the
a small wooden sign, “A Promise Kept,” Democrats without a standard-bearer,
over the entrance, and two others on ei- Joe Biden is arguably the most popu-
ther side: “Forever Jill” on one, “Beau’s lar former vice president in history. His
Gift” on the other. One is a tribute to wife got a standing ovation when she
Joe’s wife of four decades, the other to appeared as a presenter at this year’s
the elder Biden son, who died of brain Tony Awards. Earlier this month, there
cancer two years ago at age 46. was an excited buzz when the couple
walked into Manhattan’s Music Box
“Throughout our careers, Jill and I Theatre to see “Dear Evan Hansen.”
have dreamed of being able to buy a
place at the beach at home where we But there was also the recent bitter
can bring the whole family,” Joe said and very public divorce of their younger
when the sale made headlines earlier son, Hunter, and the scandalous news
this summer. “We feel very lucky that of his affair with Beau’s widow, Hallie, a
we’re now able to make that happen stain on the perfect family portrait.
and are looking forward to spending
time with our family.” Conventional political wisdom says
that Joe, now 74, is too old to run for
But if you think that sounds like a president again. But American voters, it
man ready for that golden political af- seems, don’t really care about conven-
terlife where time is finally your own tional wisdom anymore.
So the real question is: What next?
The Biden saga reads like one of
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INSIGHT COVER STORY
those big beach novels that pepper and served a year in Iraq as a member kept Joe out of the presidential race. still up for debate. His family – especially
the sand every summer. Middle-class of the U.S. Army National Guard. He Grief, he said in announcing that he Hunter – wanted him to run, but many
Joe makes good. There’s ambition, suc- was widely expected to run for gover- wouldn’t challenge Hillary Clinton, of his closest advisers cautioned that he
cess, hope, tragedy – but always family nor or the U.S. Senate, but it was not to “doesn’t respect or much care about couldn’t raise enough money in time.
first. Though the loquacious politician be. In 2015, he died of brain cancer, a things like filing deadlines or debates
loves to talk about his parents and his disease he had been secretly battling and primaries and caucuses.” His fans in Rehoboth are convinced
wife and kids in speeches and mem- for more than two years. that was the wrong call.
oirs, he declined to be interviewed for Whether the vice president could
this story. The death devastated the family and have bested the Clinton juggernaut is “Had he run, he would be president
right now,” says Borsari.
The Bidens have chosen this 144-year- Former President Then Vice President
old former Methodist camp site, a quint- Barack Obama and Biden fighting in a And the entire Biden clan would be
essential beach town that combines the former Vice President squirt gun battle with in the spotlight – which can be both a
upscale and the cheesy, for their fam- Joe Biden walk through children of guests to his blessing and a curse.
ily retreat. Joe, with at least one fam- the Crypt of the Capitol annual summer party,
ily member at his side, has been coming for Donald Trump’s in- called the ‘Biden Beach The triumphs and the tragedies are
here for years and is a regular at the local auguration ceremony. Party Bash,’ for his real, but as in a novel, everything is
bookstore and ice cream shop. staff and members of more dramatic and a bit romanticized
the media on the lawn in the telling.
“He’s still a hometown boy,” says behind his residence at
council member Paul Kuhns, who is the Naval Observatory Joe loves to tell audiences that Jill had
running for mayor of the town of 1,500 in Washington, DC. no interest in politics when they met,
full-time residents (30,000 in the sum- but he never says that she worked in
mer). “That’s what a lot of people like his Senate office for five months before
about him. When he walks around the they married. He ended his 1987 presi-
neighborhood, it’s not, ‘There’s the vice dential campaign amid charges of hav-
president.’ It’s, ‘There’s Joe.’ ” ing plagiarized a speech by British poli-
tician Neil Kinnock, something he now
When the Bidens celebrated his birth- claims he never did. There’s nothing
day in Rehoboth last November, they about his controversial role oversee-
dropped by the Pond, an unpretentious ing the Clarence Thomas confirmation
sports bar with nine flat-screen TVs and hearings in his 2007 memoir, “Promises
$2 Bud Lights at happy hour. to Keep: On Life and Politics.”
“Word spread like wildfire,” says And so it is with the Biden sons. If
Pond owner Pete Borsari. “Everyone Beau could do no wrong (“the finest
gave him a standing ovation. He is a man I’ve ever known in my life,” says
beloved figure here. I would say the Joe), his younger brother has struggled –
vast majority of people love Joe.” but with his father always in his corner.
He grew up in Scranton, Pa., but “We have an expression in our fam-
made his name in Delaware, which he ily: ‘If you have to ask for help, it’s too
served as U.S. senator for 36 years, rid- late,’ ” Joe told Popular Mechanics last
ing the train into Washington every day. year. “We’re there for each other.”
In 2008, he became President Obama’s
vice president and trusted confidant. “We don’t have a complicated rela-
The two are so close that in January, tionship,” Hunter said in the interview.
Obama surprised him with the Presi- “I know that no matter what, he loves
dential Medal of Freedom, the coun- me, and no matter what, I love him
try’s highest civilian honor. more than anything in the world.”
Citing his “charm, candor, un- Hunter, 47, is the second son, with all
abashed optimism and deep and the baggage that comes with having a
abiding patriotism,” Obama called his perfect older brother. He has bounced
friend “one of the most consequential from law to banking to lobbying. In
vice presidents in American history, an 2014, he was kicked out of the U.S. Na-
accolade that nonetheless rests firmly val Reserves for cocaine use and spent
behind his legacy as husband, father, some time in rehab. This spring, he be-
and grandfather.” came tabloid fodder when he divorced
his wife of 23 years and went public
But that storied career almost didn’t with a love affair with his sister-in-law.
happen. Weeks after the 29-year-old Friends said that the two fell in love as
was first elected to the Senate in 1972, they tended to the dying Beau.
his wife and infant daughter were
killed in a horrific car accident while “Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to
shopping for a Christmas tree. Sons have found the love and support we
Beau and Hunter, then 3 and 2, were have for each other in such a difficult
severely injured. time, and that’s been obvious to the
people who love us most,” Hunter said
Biden intended to resign his Sen- in a statement. “We’ve been so lucky to
ate seat, but congressional Democrats have family and friends who have sup-
persuaded him to stay, and he was ported us every step of the way.”
sworn into office in the boys’ hospital
room. The tragedy created an unusu- The relationship has the blessing of
ally close bond between Joe and his Joe and Jill, who also released a state-
sons, a bond unaffected by his 1977 ment: “We are all lucky that Hunter
marriage to Jill and the birth of their and Hallie found each other as they
daughter, Ashley. were putting their lives together after
such sadness. They have mine and Jill’s
Beau was his father’s political heir: full and complete support and we are
He was attorney general of Delaware happy for them.”
There was no mention of Hunter’s
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 Former Vice Presiden- The divorce was finalized in April;
tial Joe Biden and his the family’s Washington home was list-
estranged wife, Kathleen, a fact that son Beau Biden on ed for $1.7 million soon afterward.
didn’t play well with her friends, who stage together.
privately complained that she had People fall in love every day, but falling
been neatly erased from the happy in love with a sister-in-law is rare enough
family portrait. to raise eyebrows. Hunter’s childhood
friend Lea Carpenter told People maga-
The news of the romance leaked out zine that anyone critical of the relation-
in the midst of a nasty divorce between ship “doesn’t understand the Biden fam-
Hunter and Kathleen, who have three ily. Anyone moved to judgment now has
daughters. The two officially separated no knowledge of the grace and strength
in October 2015 – the same month Joe with which Hunter and Hallie have navi-
decided not to run for president, al- gated the last four years.”
though there’s no indication that Hunt-
er’s marital problems factored into that Hunter, who declined to be inter-
decision. viewed, is helping raise his brother’s
young children: his 12-year-old niece,
In public court filings, Kathleen al- Natalie, and 11-year-old nephew, also
leged that her husband had blown a for- named Hunter. There are reports of a
strained relationship between Hunter’s
daughters and their aunt.
Joe and Jill Biden on
tune on drugs, women, strip clubs and So it’s unlikely that the entire Biden
“other personal indulgences.” She re- clan is, in fact, enjoying the new beach
quested that his access to their joint as- house together.
sets be limited because the couple had
a double mortgage and owed more than Hunter and Hallie have not been
$300,000 in back taxes. She also request- spotted in Rehoboth this summer.
ed sole custody of their teenage daugh- That doesn’t mean people aren’t talking
ter. (The other two girls are adults.) about them – though not to the media.
Hunter struck back, suggesting that it
was his wife who had been unfaithful. “When I saw that, I was like ‘Wow,’ ”
says Kuhns. “What I was really sur-
It was dirty laundry flying on a flag- prised about is that the story kind of
pole, a tactic they quickly came to came and went. If they were a contro-
regret. But a Washington, DC, judge versial family, it would be a big deal,
rejected their bid to make the filings but they’re so well-liked. Things hap-
private retroactively, ruling that em- pen. I think that’s how a lot of people in
barrassment was not sufficient reason Delaware look at it.”
to seal the records.
In the protective embrace of Dela-
ware, that may be true. In the wid-
er world of politics, maybe not so
Once you dream of becoming presi-
dent, it’s hard to let go. Joe has chased
that elusive prize for more than three
decades, and missed his best chance
in 2016 for the worst possible reasons.
He’s made no secret of the fact that he
thought Clinton ran a terrible cam-
paign and that he believes he could
have beaten Donald Trump.
Is he too old for 2020?
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INSIGHT COVER STORY
“Joe Biden has always been a man stream of speculation and despera- If Joe chooses the role of elder nized, judged and otherwise pushed
with boundless energy, and he’ll nev- tion that drives cable news 24-7. statesman, his family’s private life will into the spotlight – including Hunter
er quit,” says Bruce Reed, his former probably be – for the most part – old and Hallie.
chief of staff. “He would be doing all “I have no intention of running for news.
he’s doing no matter what his plans president, but I’m a great respecter of The new conventional wisdom, one
are. He’s not the retiring kind.” fate,” Joe told NPR. “I don’t have any If, on the other hand, Team Biden the public does seem to accept: You
plans to do it, but I’m not promising I takes one last swing at the presiden- don’t elect just a president. You elect a
For now, it’s all talk, the endless wouldn’t do it.” cy, his entire family will be scruti- president’s family, too.
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Economists lose their inflation-forecasting touch
BY DANIEL MOSS | BLOOMBERG cades ago that links low levels of unemployment with financial crisis and the deep worldwide recession that
rising pay and prices. followed. As Stephen Jen, a director of Eurizon SLJ
July was another month of very low inflation. That's Capital Ltd., told me last month in response to Lowe's
too bad. Most Fed officials, like a majority of their counter- exhortations, the global labor market changed irrevo-
parts abroad, still firmly believe in the established cably after China's entrance to the World Trade Orga-
Economists had anticipated a small but respectable forecasting models, which they think will prove ac- nization in 2001. Labor is now a global marketplace.
gain in the U.S. consumer price index. That would curate over time.
have relieved some pressure on the U.S. Federal Re- Or maybe the problem is that, in the aftermath of
serve to delay interest-rate increases in the name of What if they're wrong? What if a barely perceptible the crisis, inflation and wage rises won't happen un-
economic growth. increase like the one released last week becomes a til the unemployment rate falls below even historic
source of grudging celebration? and supposedly theoretical lows.
The increase was indeed small at 0.1 percent in
July from a month earlier; year-on-year, the advance It's not as if some Fed officials aren't questioning It's one of the ways, big and small, that the crisis left
was 1.7 percent. That's far from respectable. Once its mark on the nation and the world. With the U.S. ex-
upon a time such glacial movement would have been the need for the expected interest-rate increases if in- pansion now in its ninth year, inflation ought to be pick-
considered a victory. flation stays below target. As St. Louis Fed President ing up. Such a pickup, if accompanied by acceleration
James Bullard told Kathleen Hays on Bloomberg Ra- in pay gains, would be an unambiguously good thing.
Now, by missing estimates, it exposes the shaki- dio this week: "Misses add up over time. The markets
ness of traditional economic assumptions a decade wonder, do they really have an inflation target or not." Job growth in the U.S. is impressive. It's a pity in-
after the global financial crisis began. flation can't keep up.
Perhaps the biggest problem with models like the
Unemployment, at 4.3 percent, is lower than the Philips Curve is that they were developed before the
Fed considers sustainable over the long run and
should be enough to generate significant wage gains.
That, in turn, ought to push inflation toward, or be-
yond, the Fed's 2 percent target.
Central bankers are rightly anxious about this. It's
not just an American phenomenon. Across the devel-
oped world, labor markets are at, or close to, levels of
joblessness so low that they qualify as full employment.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has chas-
tised unions for being too timid about pressing for
wage hikes. Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip
Lowe wants workers themselves to demand more.
The figures released by the Department of Labor
are separate from the Fed's key price gauge, the Per-
sonal Consumption Expenditures index published
by the Department of Commerce toward the end of
each month. But they are indicative of price trends.
At both headline and core level, the numbers this
week showed a price increase of 0.1 percent from
June and 1.7 percent on the year. Core, which strips
out volatile food and energy prices, has fallen short of
estimates for a fifth consecutive month.
After briefly flirting with 2 percent in February, the
PCE – as the Fed's preferred measure is known – has
retreated. That shouldn't be happening, according to
the Philips Curve, the model developed about six de-
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INSIGHT BOOK REVIEW
In 2002, at the end of a festive Janu- that Mattias Bostrom’s “From Holmes Doyle returned to other projects, las Wilmer and Jeremy Brett, and the
ary evening, I was made a member of to Sherlock” is the best account of Bak- mainly historical fiction, but in 1891 phenomenon – as novel and film – of
the Baker Street Irregulars, a literary er Street mania ever written. Really. decided to submit stories featuring Nicholas Meyer’s “The Seven Per-Cent
society devoted to Sherlock Holmes. As his sleuth to the Strand magazine. The Solution.” Not least, he briefly discuss-
part of what is called an investiture, a That said, it’s important to clarify first, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” opened es the genesis of the two immensely
new Irregular is assigned an alias – a what Bostrom, himself a Swedish with Watson’s now-immortal sentence popular contemporary interpretations
name or phrase drawn from the 60 ca- member of the BSI, has and hasn’t about Irene Adler: “To Sherlock Holmes of the great detective, “Sherlock” and
nonical adventures recounted, some- done. He doesn’t provide a full-scale she is always the woman.” Soon there- “Elementary.”
what sensationally, by Dr. John H. Wat- life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – for that after, Baker Street mania began to
son. Quite frequently, these names are you should look to the biographies by sweep England and then the world. Bostrom also follows the money.
keyed to one’s profession, as is mine: Daniel Stashower or Andrew Lycett. Many chapters – some quite funny
Langdale Pike. Some readers may re- Neither does he offer any commentary As Bostrom proceeds, he tells us – depict the shenanigans of Conan
call that Pike is a newspaper gossip on the novels and stories – for such il- about Sidney Paget, whose illustra- Doyle’s playboy sons, Denis and
columnist who appears in arguably lumination you should turn to Leslie tions first depicted Holmes in the Adrian, as they try to squeeze every
the worst Sherlock Holmes story, “The S. Klinger’s three-volume “New Anno- Strand, and the American actor Wil- penny possible out of their father’s
Three Gables.” tated Sherlock Holmes,” which gathers liam Gillette, who brought the detec- creation. These pages revel in ac-
together decades of highly ingenious tive to life on the stage and then pro- counts of crafty agents, intricate le-
In the 15 years since that glorious speculation, or consult the more so- vided a model for the more handsome, gal suits and soap-operatic goings-
night I’ve gone on to review scholarship ber introductions and scholarly notes romantic-looking figure painted by on worthy of reality TV.
about the great detective and his cre- to the nine-volume “Oxford Sherlock Frederic Dorr Steele for Collier’s Week-
ator, introduce a Penguin paperback of Holmes.” But what Bostrom has ac- ly magazine. In 1911, Oxford under- “From Holmes to Sherlock,” then, is
the four Sherlock Holmes novels and complished supremely well is to relate, graduate Ronald Knox presented his more than a treat, it’s a smorgasbord.
even bring out a small book called “On as his subtitle proclaims, “the story of groundbreaking lecture “Studies in the There are sections about the legendary
Conan Doyle.” I mention all this sim- the men and women who created an Literature of Sherlock Holmes,” and Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes and
ply to establish my bona fides in saying icon.” In effect, he shows us how Sher- during the 1920s and ’30s, Saturday the birth of the Baker Street Babes. We
lock Holmes enchanted the world. Review journalist Christopher Morley learn about the generosity of Conan
established various dining clubs, one Doyle’s most sensible child, Dame
Bostrom first focuses on the origins of which would give rise to the Baker Jean Conan Doyle, and the treasures
of the detective, largely modeled after a Street Irregulars. In those same de- acquired by the much-loved English
brilliant medical diagnostician named cades, mock-serious scholarship began collector Richard Lancelyn Green.
Dr. Joseph Bell, who had been Conan to proliferate, spearheaded by Vincent Bostrom even mentions various spe-
Doyle’s teacher at the University of Ed- Starrett’s “The Private Life of Sherlock cialty publishers, including Gasogene
inburgh. He then reminds us that, after Holmes” (1933), while in the years af- Books, for which he and Matt Laffey
the comparatively lukewarm reception ter World War II the mortician John have been compiling “Sherlock Holmes
of “A Study in Scarlet” (1887), we might Bennett Shaw would gradually emerge and Conan Doyle in the Newspapers,”
never have had any further knowl- as the greatest American collector of an ongoing series of archival volumes
edge of Holmes and Watson if Joseph Sherlockiana – and an eventual men- reprinting hundreds of early reviews
M. Stoddart hadn’t come to London to tor to young Mitch Cullin, whose novel and articles about the detective, a true
commission short novels for Lippin- “A Slight Trick of the Mind” would be labor of love – like so much that goes on
cott’s Monthly Magazine. Over dinner filmed as “Mr. Holmes.” in the Sherlockian world.
at the Langham Hotel, the American
publisher signed contracts with his In fact, Bostrom closely tracks the FROM HOLMES TO SHERLOCK
two young guests: Oscar Wilde wrote almost innumerable dramatic inter- The Story of the Men and Women who
“The Picture of Dorian Gray” and Ar- pretations of Holmes and Watson.
thur Conan Doyle produced “The Sign He describes early silent films, the Created an Icon
of the Four” (1890). influential radio scripts of the 1930s By Mattias Bostrom
and ’40s written by Edith Meiser, the Translated from the Swedish by Michael Gallagher
Inconceivable as it now seems, performances of Holmesian actors The Mysterious Press. 597 pp. $28
that thrilling novel still didn’t make Eille Norwood, Basil Rathbone, Doug- Review by Michael Dirda
Holmes a household name. Conan The Washington Post
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Division player 8 Island where 69 Stranger
1 “___ in ‘apple’ ” 72 Egypt’s Port ___
4 La Prensa article? 81 Most exalted, in Marcos died 76 Swan lady
7 Carry Mexico 9 Very, non? 78 Charley horse
11 Antique 10 Actresses Best 80 Italian film
16 ... a Hart to Hart 84 “Holy moly!”
86 Monterrey uncle and Purviance producer’s
star acting a little 87 French 11 Teak alternative first name
wooden? 12 Goddess of 81 Go out with
19 Delphi know-it-all possessive 82 Vehicle fleet,
21 ... a Today show 88 “___ think so” discord on the base
host 90 ... the Impaler 13 Early man? 83 In a burdensome
in a fowl mood? 14 Really cheap, manner
22 Pitching style looking 85 Earthiest,
24 Result of a sap a little battered? as a stamp as language
judgment 94 Gat 15 ... a Bloom in 87 Air lanes
25 Relation 95 Moths with wing 89 ___ l’oeil
26 Grammarian’s eyespots wet soil? 90 Volunteer org.
gripes, perhaps 96 Town near Caen, 17 A long way estab. in ’64
28 Perfect square France 18 Sidelined 91 Poet Amy or
29 Giant star 97 Satisfactory 20 Verdi opera Robert
30 Weather eye 98 Dog or scoundrel 21 She had hissy hair 92 Decant
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36 A few laughs 104 Hawn-Gibson film, madness 101 Role for Valerie
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acting like a stud? 111 “___ said before 109 Roman statesman
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shampoos 112 High, shallow fly Fever and TV’s chorus
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A marriage mess created by one wrong after another
STORY BY CAROLYN HAX THE WASHINGTON POST marrying her was wrong.
Cheating on her was wrong, too, but that seems
Dear Carolyn: My wife and I
got married two years ago. Even to be the one wrong you’re aware(ish) of.
though we had been together for Still, the bigger wrong was to follow through
a long time, I was extremely re-
luctant to take the plunge. She’s on some misguided, dutiful impulse to marry
smart and kind and beautiful, someone you didn’t (and still don’t) want, even
but I’ve just never felt “it” for her. as every cell in your body gave you the message
that this wasn’t the right woman for you, and
About three years ago, I began when all of those cells were regularly in bed with
an affair with my old ex from a different woman who apparently was/is at
university. It caught me in a cycle least closer to being right for you. You’re several
of desire, guilt and rationalization, which contin- years in and you continue to resist that message,
ued through my wedding. Now that we’ve been “just even as smart + kind + beautiful has stubbornly
friends” for a while, she is beginning to fade out of my refused to = love. You’re committing one of the
life, but I still think about her incessantly and have most serious emotional crimes there is: Cheat-
a constant heartache in the (admittedly relatively ing? No. Wasting her time.
short) periods when I don’t hear from her.
I have not told my wife about her, but I’m sure she I can’t speak for your wife, but if I were in this
knows that something’s been going on. My wife is marriage, I would want the truth so that I could get
beginning to talk about having kids, but I feel that out as soon as possible and get on with the business
would be wrong while the Other Woman is still in the of building a new life on terms that are not secret-
picture. ly undermining me. Threat to life and limb aside,
Still, every time I try to push her away, I keep I can’t think of anything worse than living with
thinking that I’m making a terrible mistake and that someone who doesn’t really want me there.
she’s the one I should be with. How will I ever know?
Because there’s such a large gap between what
– In Doubt suits you and what you actually do, and between
what decency demands and what you actually
In Doubt: “Having kids … would be wrong while do, please give a hard think to counseling. A good
the Other Woman is still in the picture”? therapist could help you understand your own im-
pulses, which could then bring some badly needed
No, having kids would be wrong because you alignment to what you think, feel and do – which
never felt “it” for your wife and married her while could then help you clean up this three-person
you were profoundly invested in someone else. mess you’ve made instead of, yikes, adding more
people to it.
Having kids with her would be wrong because
Your Vero Beach Newsweekly ™ Style Vero Beach 32963 / August 24, 2017 43
How to find a stylish handbag for work
BY ISABEL SPEARMAN of heels, my iPad, and notebooks to
and from the office. Then I’ll rely on
The Telegraph a smaller bag for my diary, wallet, lip
balm and phone, which comes with
So often, I see working women car- me to meetings and on the lunch run.
rying battered old handbags, like old
friends they can’t bear to be parted Look for as minimal branding and lo-
with. But why make an effort to dress gos as possible. Navy or black is the ob-
smartly and then not bother with vious choice, but neutral tan and gray
your handbag? also go with pretty much everything. I
also love burgundy, as it’s a bit more un-
I admit that I might be biased after usual but classic enough for the office.
working for Anya Hindmarch in the
early part of my career, but I think a While I am quick to recommend
well made handbag will really last if high street in many cases, for hand-
it’s looked after properly and saved bags it’s best to go for the best you can
for work. Hindmarch’s Bathurst bag afford. Wait for sales or go to designer
– an update on Margaret Thatcher’s outlets. If you’re on a smaller budget,
favorite top-handle shape – is proof; prioritize the quality of the smaller bag
I wear mine with skirts and dresses as you’re likely to put the larger one on
year after year, which should stop the the ground, exposed to commuter feet.
price from smarting quite so much.
Zara and Russell & Bromley both
Since longevity matters, stick to the have large tote options that don’t cost
classics. You don’t need the latest IT the earth. The Cambridge Satchel
bag for work. What you need are a few Company has endless color options
chic yet practical bags that get you and great prices. Smythson may
from home to office – maybe via an be more famous for its stationery,
interview or presentation. My solu- but their East West Panama tote is
tion to fitting everything in is to carry my dream commuting bag, with
two bags. I have a larger one, that I long shoulder straps and a zip to
leave at my desk, for carrying a pair keep all the contents safe.
Top tips for
• Look for a bag with top handles and
a shoulder strap so you can wear it
any way that feels comfortable.
• To avoid rummaging, store
smaller items in zipped pouches.
• Choosing a bag that’ll go with ev-
erything doesn’t mean you’re stuck
with basic black – try an unusual color
combination or pattern.
• Take your laptop to the shops to
make sure it really fits.
• Keep an extra shoe bag at the bot-
tom, just in case.
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Is there a magic number for pieces in your wardrobe?
BY BETHAN HOLT lections, no matter how big or small.
The Telegraph Soon, there will be a slew of ideas
7. 28. 37. 48. No, this isn’t the start of just completed a 10x10 challenge where Caroline Rector with about what to buy for autumn on these
an SAT math question but just a few of you try to wear only 10 items for 10 days – her 10x10 challenge. very style pages and in shops. There will
the figures that have been mooted as is still a go-to source of minimalist ward- be the new boots, the new jacket and
the perfect number of items to have in robe inspiration, but she has relaxed the rules a little. “Thirty-seven pieces was those pieces that promise to give every-
your wardrobe. It’s furious speculation what worked for me in the beginning, thing else you own a frisson of nowness.
that makes sense. After all, wouldn’t but it’s not necessarily right for everyone Far be it from us to urge you not to in-
it be a comforting thought if there re- or an ideal to strive for,” she says. “Cur- dulge, but how to do it well and without
ally was a definitive answer to that co- rently, I think I have somewhere around setting off an uncontrollable uptick in
nundrum – a magic amount meaning 50 pieces, but I actually don’t keep a your number?
you were neither bored silly nor utterly numeric count anymore – instead I go
overwhelmed when looking for some- with what feels right. That’s actually one “Never shop by trends, only what suits
thing to wear each morning? of the biggest changes I’ve made to my you and your lifestyle; be honest, not as-
capsule wardrobe. I let go of some of the pirational,” advises Anna Berkeley, a styl-
It might seem like an equation that structure but I carry the heart of it with ist and buyer renowned for her ability to
even Pythagoras, Newton and Einstein me: smaller closet, intentional purchas- help clients pinpoint exactly what’s work-
couldn’t solve by bashing their heads es, less shopping and more joy.” ing and what’s not in their wardrobe. She
together, but plenty have had a go. believes 48 pieces is the most effective
Ah, joy. Rector maintains that the tally to work to by the way, as it allows a
Donna Karan caused a sensation in reason she sticks to her philosophy is total mix of old and new per season.
1985 with her Seven Easy Pieces idea, because it makes her happier – the very
which included a bodysuit, tights, a thing that we often feel shopping is sup- One strategy both fashion insiders and
skirt, relaxed trousers, a tailored jacket, posed to do for us. Yet given recent re- advocates for the minimalist wardrobe
a cashmere sweater and a white shirt. search has found that most of us don’t alike agree on is to only settle for pieces
“So many women find assembling the wear 60 percent of the clothes in our you are either madly in love with or sim-
right clothes bewildering today,” she wardrobes, perhaps we could all learn a ply can’t get out of your head after consid-
said at the time. “They’ve discovered lesson in making sure the purchases we ering them for some time.
fast ways to put food on the table, but do make will earn their place in our col-
they do not know how to get their ward- “Initially go on a buying ban, then ac-
robes together easily.” cept that some gems are going to some-
how wheedle their way into you heart,
Perhaps the most notable modern ad- head and wardrobe,” says fashion edi-
vocate for limiting your wardrobe to a tor, Katherine Ormerod. “Ultimately I
particular number is style blogger Caro- think it’s a waiting game – if you can’t
line Rector, who embarked on an exper- stop thinking about something after 8
iment to limit herself to just 37 items in weeks, it’s meant to be yours. I’ve made
2014. She wasn’t strict about what those a lot of mistakes over the years and it’s al-
37 items should be exactly – acknowl- ways because I’ve felt under pressure to
edging that everyone’s casual versus impulse buy.” Anuschka Rees, author of
smart demands are different –- but she The Curated Closet, agrees: “A good rule
arrived at the figure by allowing herself to follow is to never buy anything you’ve
9 pairs of shoes, 9 bottoms, 15 tops and just seen for the first time, whether in
4 dresses or coats, depending on the stores or online. Put the item on hold in
season. She encouraged her readers to the shop or bookmark the web page and
dress in three month cycles, adding and sleep on it.”
purging as required for a two week pe-
riod at the end of each cycle to accom- “There is nothing better than find-
modate for weather changes. ing something you love,” adds Berke-
ley. “Those pieces that really make you
Today, 31-year-old Rector – who has smile, make your heart race – they are
vital, too. Personally some of my best
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mer dress by Isabel Marant Étoile is four
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that have stood the test of time because
it’s like they are literally the fabric of your
life, complete with so many memories
and emotional connections.”
“All too often, people buy so-so clothes
that they know they will only wear a few
times,” adds Rees. “But that’s exactly how
you end up with a full wardrobe but noth-
ing to wear.” And while that’s not quite a
scientific equation, it’s not a bad mantra
to adopt in the coming season, either.
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How to keep wearing your vacation wardrobe once you're home
BY OLIVIA BUXTON SMITH If you want to get extra wear out of sculptural gold or silver alternatives. And think about your look as a whole
The Telegraph your favorite vacation dress, jump- Similarly, silk neck-ties will smart- before you leave the house in head-
suit or pair of trousers, ditch the san- to-toe vacation garb. If you’re wear-
Despite the fact that fall clothes and dals (truthfully, they’re better suited en up loose-fitting blouses, and a ing sandals, team them with cropped
boots are already landing in stores, to cobbled streets and sandy beaches leather belt will give your more flim- jeans, a long-sleeve tee and a blazer. Or
most of us have either just been on than the daily grind anyway), and sy vacation pieces structure. if you’re wearing a printed maxi dress,
vacation, or are still looking forward trade them in for an alternative that try layering a lightweight duster coat
to a trip away somewhere. counterbalances a fluid silhouette. It’s all about balance on top.
Some things really are only suit-
This year, the standard of summer Don’t rule out unlikely pairings able to wear on vacation. We would, A daily glance at the weather fore-
brands has been exceptionally high, for example, advise against donning cast is also advisable. One can end up
with the likes of Caroline Constas, If ever there was a time for a little the pom-pom-laden kaftan to the pub. looking a little silly stomping to the
Three Graces and Dodo Bar Or among experimentation, it’s summer. We tube in a torrential down poor wear-
the myriad lesser known labels help- look healthier, feel energized, and ing woven shoes, or battling gale-
ing to shape the new vacation wear practicality is lower down on our pri- force winds in a tea dress.
landscape. These luxe labels don’t ority list when we’re getting dressed.
come cheap, though, so summer
dressing is starting to get pretty pricey. So when it comes to reworking
your vacation wardrobe for different
And even if you are sticking to the scenarios, don’t limit yourself to a set
high street or more affordable labels, of self-imposed sartorial rules. Keen
shelling out anything on pieces which to give your white sun dress another
have a three week annual window to outing? Layer a trench coat on top – it
wear seems like madness, so it’s worth will immediately take it from beach
considering how you can rework your to city. Want to wear your colorful
favorite buys once you’re home. kaftan at home? Wear it over cropped
trousers and top with a leather jacket.
Here are our top tips for maximiz-
ing your vacation wardrobe ...
Change your shoes
Sandals – although we’re not ruling Accessories are key
them out for the city (more on that lat- The way you accessorize your vaca-
er) – are the biggest giveaway. Whereas tion wardrobe once you’re home will
a floaty frock paired with open-toe make all the difference. If you’re look-
shoes screams “a week in Sardinia,” ing to give a wide-leg jumpsuit a city-
the same dress with loafers, sneakers suitable spin, lose the basket bag and
or even boots has a very different effect. sport a sleek leather tote instead. And if
you’re wearing an embroidered blouse,
rather than reaching for your trusty
tasselled earrings, invest in some
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Mr. Manatee’s: Worth a visit for a casual meal
BY TINA RONDEAU Captain’s Platter. Oyster Po’ Boy
It has been just about a 7:15, and told the gie (he chose
year since Patrick Tomas- the very tasty
si, owner of the Quilted server we had broccoli and onions)
Giraffe restaurant, – and our companion was
bought Mr. Mana- come for the lob- more than pleased with her shrimp
tee’s, a longtime bowl, which consisted of fried shrimp
Royal Palm Pointe sters, we were served with black beans and rice,
restaurant known sautéed peppers and onions, corn,
for its casual island not expecting starters. I fresh pico de gallo, chopped avocado,
atmosphere. chose a cheddar and jack cheese, and crème
to hear: “Sorry, shrimp taco fraiche.
A decade ago, ($4.99), my At this point, we were more than
when Mr. Manatee’s all gone.” Re- husband picked full, and decided to forgo dessert.
and Jack Baker’s Lob- the fried calamari And after a somewhat shaky start (I
ster Shanty were owned ally? At 7:15 on Lobster Bisque. ($9.49), and our com- still would like to try one of those lob-
by the same New Jersey com- panion went with a house sters), we left agreeing that for a casual
pany, we used to view the former as “Lobster Night?” salad ($4.99). dinner, Mr. Manatee’s was a place we
an OK place for lunch. My husband Somewhat to my surprise, the taco would visit again.
favored the mahi-mahi sandwich. So there we – fried shrimp in the thin flour tortilla
with house-made pico de gallo, crème I welcome your comments, and en-
But for dinner, we always drove were, studying the fraiche, cojita cheese, fresh lime and courage you to send feedback to me at
right by Mr. Manatee’s en route to the cilantro – was very tasty. My husband [email protected].
more-formal Shanty – with its much menu, and trying to figure also gave high marks to the fried
larger selection of entrées – down at squid, a generous portion served with The reviewer is a beachside resident
the end of the Pointe. out what else we might order for a ca- an excellent marinara sauce. who dines anonymously at restaurants
Then for mains, I selected at the expense of this newspaper.
Now, with the Lobster Shanty sual dinner. the steamed clams ($12.99
gone, we decided recently on a very for a dozen), my husband Hours:
casual Saturday to give Mr. Mana- Finally, we settled on a round of ordered the fried oys- Dinner: Daily, 11am to 10 pm
tee’s a go and check out its $15.99 ter basket ($9.99),
lobster dinner. and our compan- Beverages: Full bar
ion opted for the Address:
Expectations were not all that high. Mexican shrimp
But when we were seated around bowl ($10.99). 30 Royal Palm Pointe,
My steamed Vero Beach
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PHOTOS BY GORDON RADFORD but alas arrived
warm. When I
to the server, she
insisted (despite my
demurrers, having eat-
en several) on replacing
the clams, and was back in
only a couple of minutes with
a new order of steamed clams done
My husband also enjoyed his fried
oyster basket – served with coleslaw
and a choice of French fries or a veg-
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How French vintners invented ‘Ice Champagne’
BY MARK ELLWOOD
The relentless conquest of Cham- outré or unexpected, it’s a long-time Veuve Rich’s 60 grams earn it the tradi- Today, the rosé market worldwide is
pagne continues: Entrepreneurs now habit in France, especially in the tional doux classification – the closest now estimated to be worth $389 mil-
open bars and restaurants configured south, according to Champagne ex- Champagne can come to fizzy candy. It’s lion, with the U.S. and France account-
solely to sell it, and if you have an emer- pert Caroline Brun, who works with a stark contrast with brut Champagne, ing for 50 percent of it. Rosé has become
gency shortage, one express service will such brands as Bollinger. arguably the standard flavor profile to- synonymous year-round with high-liv-
deliver a bottle to your home (or office) day; with a maximum 12 grams per liter ing jet-setters, a glimpse of summer in
in 20 minutes. No wonder sales con- “In St. Tropez, people have been or dosage, it’s 80 percent less sweet. a glass, given birth to its own hashtags
tinue to hit records and Champagne drinking Champagne [this way] since (#roseallday), lifestyle brands, and gen-
houses are right there meeting demand the 1960s. It’s a fresher way to drink There are other advantages to chan- eration-defining color (millennial pink).
with such new, unexpected offshoots champagne, which, as you know, can neling the insouciance of the south
as LVMH’s Moët Ice Imperial. be enjoyed anywhere, anytime,” she of France in midsummer. Clicquot The iced Champagne makers are hop-
told Bloomberg via email. “It’s as sim- and company clearly hope these new ing their new category will pop in much
Ice Imperial’s first trial came in 2011 ple as that.” brand extensions can emulate anoth- the same way. They’re also pricing it at
with the promise that it would offer a er product with similar associations: a premium: Expect to pay around $10
‘unique and thirst quenching taste’ that Indeed, ice Champagne’s implicit rosé wine, which has gone from pool- more for the Ice version versus Imperi-
blended three distinctive flavors – fruit association with the yacht- and model- side plonk to permanent tabletop fix- al’s standard edition; Veuve Rich is also
intensity, richness and freshness – and heavy life of a mogul in St. Tropez has ture in the last decade, thanks to some pricier than the company’s ubiquitous
should be served in an unexpected way: earned it the nickname ‘Disco Cham- canny marketing. Brut. Certainly, the market is fizzing.
a large wine glass, over ice. pagne.’ Quaffing it this way implicitly
transports the drinker poolside, some-
Champagne snobs scoffed at such where with jet-set je ne sais quoi; no
heretical drinking, and everyone else wonder serving Champagne in a goblet
guzzled it up. In fact, this new kind of with a few ice cubes is known in France
fizz, expressly designed to be drunk as à la piscine, or “swimming pool style.”
on the rocks, has become a new cat-
egory of Champagne. Piper-Heidsieck was the first Cham-
pagne brand to try to import this tra-
Moët Ice Imperial proved so success- dition stateside a decade ago, with its
ful that it hasn’t just spawned its own Piscine program, which emphasized
offshoot – a rosé version, released in oversized glasses, but according to
2016 – but also a slew of me-toos from Brun, kept the recipe of the Champagne
other marques. Pommery claimed that the same. “It was just a campaign for a
drinkers of its new, ice-friendly Royal glass with their normal cuvée.”
Blue Sky would be “quickly hypnotized
by this wine, that you want to discover Moët entirely reformulated its juice
as soon as possible.” Veuve Clicquot, a for Ice Imperial. When food or drink is
sister brand to Moët under the LVMH consumed at colder temperatures, sug-
umbrella, went even farther, suggest- ars are less prominent, so it’s perceived
ing its “rich” offshoot be served over ice, to be less sweet. This quirk makes
in cocktails, or swirled with a chunk of brand extensions aimed à la piscine
pineapple, some cucumber, or even a a handy way to repackage, and so re-
squirt of tea. popularize, the sweeter Champagnes
whose flavor has fallen from favor.
It wasn’t just the Champagne houses
eyeing a share of this sparkling market, Ice Imperial, with 45 grams of sugar
either. There are now around a dozen per liter, is technically a demi sec, while
ice-friendly, new blends from French
winemakers, such as Bordeaux-based
JP Chenet and Jura-based Francois
Montand, which has been using mé-
thode champenoise since its namesake
winemaker fled there during WWII.
There’s a similar aesthetic – foil-
wrapped or frosted bottles with snaz-
zy, busy graphics – and a marketing
program that’s more Kendall ’n’ Gigi
than Catherine Deneuve. Moët Ice
free-flowing at Coachella this year
and name-checked in ample Insta-
grams was a result.
But how and why have the Cham-
pagne houses shucked off traditional
constraints and launched these pop-
py, seemingly sacrilegious blends? It’s
down to tradition, taste, and conve-
niently coinciding trends.
Much as marketers might suggest
that the idea of icing champagne is
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