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Published by Vero Beach 32963 Media, 2019-12-20 17:30:23

12/20/2019 ISSUE 51


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VERO CITY COUNCIL Was accused killer
BALKS AT COUNTY’S too drunk to waive
WASTEWATER TERMS his Miranda rights?

By Nicole Rodriguez | Staff Writer By Lisa Zahner | Staff Writer
[email protected]
The Vero Beach City Council
hasn’t slammed the door on the How drunk is too drunk to un-
idea of a wastewater services part-
nership with Indian River County, derstand the right to remain si-
but councilmembers are not hap-
py with the county’s precondi- lent in police custody? And does
tions for continued talks – which
include some that would be costly it matter if it’s the defendant’s
for the city.
eighth arrest and he presumably
“The offer is not favorable to
the city,” Vice Mayor Laura Moss knows the drill?
said last Tuesday, echoing the sen-
timent of fellow board members. Accused killer Asbury Lee Per-

Despite getting its hackles up, kins’ new court-appointed de-
the City Council directed staff to
provide a cost estimate for meet- fense attorney says he was slop-
ing the conditions laid out by the
county commission. py drunk – stumbling, slow to

Councilmembers want to com- respond and slurring his words
pare the cost of the county’s re-
quirements to the cost of building – the night in November 2015
a new city wastewater treatment
plant to replace the worn-out fa- when he was found in his boxer
cility by the 17th Street Bridge.
shorts with the dead body of his
To keep its options open, the
City Council also voted to proceed estranged wife, Cynthia Betts,
with design plans for a new plant,
PHOTO: KAILA JONES in a house on Seagrape Drive in
School Superintendent David Moore sharing unhappiness over desegregation report with Equity Committee Chair Merchon Green. Floralton Beach.

School attorney rapped for rogue deseg filing Bettshadbeenshottwiceand
her body had been rolled up in
a rug.
West Palm Beach-based attor-

By Federico Martinez | Staff Writer Neither the School Board or counsel, has previously indicated ney Valerie Masters says Perkins

Newly appointed School Su- Moore would say what, if any publicly it may not renew her con- likely did not understand the

perintendent David Moore says actions would be taken against tract, which expires in March. two times his Miranda rights

a rogue desegregation “progress” D’Agresta for writing and submit- During an Oct. 30 meeting, the were read to him by Indian River

report written and submitted to ting the report without the board’s School Board, NAACP and the Eq- County Sheriff’s Deputies.

a federal judge by School Board knowledge or permission. uity Committee agreed all three “Since the Defendant’s waiver

attorney Suzanne D’Agresta has The board, which has been in- would collaborate on the report, of his Miranda warning was not

INSIDE damaged the school district’s cred- creasingly critical of D’Agresta’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

ibility and undermined relations

NEWS 1-5 PETS 12 with the NAACP and the district’s County’s new weapon against invasive plants: A goat herd
DINING B6 Equity Committee.
REAL ESTATE 11 The report, which claims
B1 the district is complying with a
ARTS By Sue Cocking | Staff Writer

To advertise call: 772-559-4187 52-year-old federal desegregation Indian River County’s latest weapon in its long-
For circulation or where to pick up
your issue call: 772-226-7925 order, included false and mislead- standing war to reclaim conservation lands from

ing information and was not au- invasive plants like Brazilian pepper is friendly,

thorized by the Indian River Coun- cute, cuddly – and effective.

ty School Board, Moore and the It has managed to devour most of a dense forest

board acknowledged. of pepper trees covering five acres of former citrus

“We can’t undo what’s been grove west of Vero Beach just since August. At the

done,” Moore said at the board’s same time, it has done a number on other exot-

Dec. 10 meeting. “But we can take ic vegetation at the county-owned site, gobbling

steps to make sure it doesn’t hap- CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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2 December 20, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

ROGUE REPORT That led to, among other things, creation tion order. It did not make any reference to MIRANDA RIGHTS
of the five-member Equity Committee made the Equity Committee’s report finding the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 up of people chosen by the school district school district non-complaint with most CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
and the NAACP. After a year-long investiga- of the federal order. “I was presented with
which had to be submitted to U.S District tion, the Equity Committee concluded the Ms. D’Agresta’s draft of the annual report freely and voluntarily made, his state-
Judge Kathleen Williams by Dec. 14. school district was failing to comply in nine and it was extremely flawed,” Green told the ment, and evidence located, developed
of 11 areas specified by the court as needing School Board. “The report outlined the areas or otherwise seized by law enforcement
After learning that D’Agresta had already improvement. being monitored, but did not state the prog- because of the statement, must also be
written the report without collaboration, ress, or lack of progress in those areas. suppressed,” Masters argued in an Oct.
the NAACP and the Equity Committee sub- The School Board accepted and con- 12 motion filed with the court.
mitted an addendum with additional infor- curred with those findings and agreed to “The proposed draft appeared to inun-
mation, but D’Agresta refused to include it write the collaborative report to update Wil- date the court with unnecessary informa- Assistant State Attorney Chris Taylor
in her report, Equity Committee Chairman liams about the district’s progress. tion without being precise or specific about and two law enforcement officers who
Merchon Green told the board on Dec. 10. the district’s progress. It lacked transparency dealt with Perkins the night Cynthia Betts
Under the leadership of former superin- and it negated everything the Equity Com- was found dead say Perkins was inebri-
Meanwhile, the School Board was not tendent Mark Rendell, the school district mittee worked so diligently to accomplish.” ated, but that he knew exactly what was
aware its attorney had gone ahead and writ- spent more than $750,000 in legal fees to going on.
ten the report independently until it was in- make the case that Indian River County Moore said D’Agresta’s actions had dam-
formed of that by the NAACP. schools were compliant with the federal aged the school district’s credibility and un- Defense and prosecution attorneys
desegregation order and get the district out dermined relations with the NAACP and the questioned the two deputies about their
The NAACP and the Equity Committee from under court supervision. district’s Equity Committee. interactions with Perkins. Both said that
last week submitted a separate progress re- Perkins smelled of alcohol and appeared
port to Williams that is critical of the school After Rendell was ousted, a school board “This is a critical issue,” he said at the Dec. to have been drinking, but that he was
district. Brown said the report informs the with new members elected in 2018 and 10 meeting. “There has been some great acting rationally and was fully conscious
judge that D’Agresta’s report was not a col- Interim Superintendent Susan Moxley re- work done and we’re going to have to devel- of what was happening.
laboration and had been submitted without versed courses dramatically, and committed op a plan to keep the lines of communica-
the knowledge of the NAACP – a violation of to work with the NAACP and Equity Com- tion open with the NAACP and the Equity Deputies say Perkins asked for a cup
the judge’s orders. mittee to improve the situation. Committee.” of water and while an officer’s back was
turned, managed to catch the door to the
The desegregation order was put in place That new era of cooperation and determi- School Board member Mara Schiff sec- interview room before it could close and
in the 1960s and has been amended since nation to help African-American students onded Moore’s comment: “It’s clear we need used that chance to exit the room and
then to make the NAACP the plaintiff in the be more successful in school was affirmed to move forward and collaborate better with hide in a conference room in a different
lawsuit that resulted in the order. by Moore when he was hired earlier this the NAACP,” she said, but Green and NAACP part of the detective bureau.
month, but D’Agresta’s actions have thrown President Tony Brown, angered by the rogue
Seeing little progress in improving Afri- a wrench in the works, renewing old doubts report, called Schiff’s comments “rhetoric Masters said the allegation that Perkins
can-American student academic perfor- about the district’s good faith. without substance.” thought he could escape police custody
mance and graduation rates and increasing while wearing only his boxer shorts and
the number of African-American teachers in Green told the board that D’Agresta’s re- D’Agresta did not respond to an email crouched behind a wall in a conference
county schools, the NAACP sued the district port was “misleading,” and vaguely worded query from Vero News sent after the Dec. 10 room was “an impulsive act while drunk.”
several years ago to force compliance with to give the false impression that the dis- meeting seeking comment about the con-
the order. trict was complying with the desegrega- troversy.  Taylor argued that case law sets “a very

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS December 20, 2019 3

high standard” in describing how im- testimony, showed that Perkins was wor- even discussed the economy with him, obviously impaired.
paired or intoxicated a defendant must ried about his dog and who would care saying that the semiconductor market Perkins blood alcohol level was not
be to not be able to understand his or her for the animal, and that he asked if he had tanked and affected his bottom line.
Miranda rights. would be wearing a red suit – in the jail, Taylor offered these statements as evi- tested at the crime scene so there is no
only violent offenders wear a red suit. dence that Perkins was not drunk out of objective measure of his chemical im-
He cited rulings that say “intoxication his mind to the point of “mania.” pairment. But photos Masters introduced
must be to the level of mania” for the de- Deputies testified that Perkins spoke to into evidence showed two liquor bottles
fense’s motion to toss out Perkins’ state- them about his multimillion-dollar semi- “He’s not thinking he’s picking daisies plus loose tablets of an unknown drug
ments to prevail. conductor business and demonstrated on the surface of Mars,” Taylor said. in the room where Perkins was found by
an educated vocabulary. police.
Perkins was far from manic though, Masters countered that the more rea-
Taylor said. He knew where he was, knew Though they had split as a couple, Bet- sonable statements Perkins made were Vaughn told the attorneys he would take
what he had done, how serious his acts ts and Perkins were still business part- several hours after his arrest, “after he’s everything presented into consideration
were and what the likely consequences ners as Perkins was the technical mind sobered up,” but the Miranda warnings and issue a written ruling about the use of
would be. Taylor, through the deputies’ of the business. One deputy said Perkins were delivered hours earlier when he was Perkins’ statements as evidence. 

GOAT HERD county’s integrated approach to controlling ie County to feed on stems and flowers of tortoises, avoiding the use of mechanical
invasive species; it also employs herbicides, the pepper trees as another means of con- equipment that might harm the reptiles.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 mechanical equipment and biological con- trolling the aggressive plant. Powell said
trols – like insects that only eat a specific plans call for a thrip release soon in Indian “Can the goats come in and do the work
up guinea grass, Caesar weed, Peruvian plant – to stop the spread of plants from River County, on county-owned land next of the bush hog?” Powell asked, and then
primrose willow, and a bush called Turk’s other parts of the world that crowd out na- to the goats’ foraging site. answered her own question: “We think the
Turban. tive species. goats can improve the quality of the habitat
“The goats are getting a head start on the out there.”
The secret weapon is a herd of goats “It does have some potential to reduce thrips,” Powell said – chewing the pepper in
tended by goatherder Steven Slatem, who herbicide use and improve habitat quality,” their fenced pen down to the roots under Right now, the county is keeping the
recently started a company in Melbourne Powell said of the goat herd. Slatem’s watchful and affectionate gaze. goats’ exact locations under wraps to pro-
that deploys the animals wherever needed tect their health and prevent human inter-
to chow down on pesky plants. Indian River Brazilian pepper – the chief invader on The goats are sleek, healthy and friendly ference with their work. But Powell said a
County is one of Slatem’s first customers. county lands and throughout Florida – was – taking a break from gobbling down pep- public education program may be mount-
introduced to the Sunshine State in the per leaves to follow and nuzzle several vis- ed later to introduce local residents to the
“It’s a pilot project for us,” said Beth Pow- late 1800s as an ornamental plant. It now itors at the site last week. The males some- goats and demonstrate the services they
ell, the county’s conservation lands manag- covers more than 700,000 acres across the times butt each other with their horns in provide.
er. “We don’t have anything to lose here. Can state, competing for food and water with mock combat, then go right back to eating.
we tip the balance from non-native to na- native plants. The total cost of “Goatland” – as some
tive with the goats’ help? We don’t know the Powell said a second herd is slated to oc- county employees call the pilot project –
answer yet. They’ve done a great job, and Recently, biologists from the University cupy 25 acres of county conservation land is about $24,000, with a Florida Fish and
their herder is a good part of their success.” of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural off Roseland Road north of Sebastian; their Wildlife Conservation Commission grant
Sciences released tiny insects called thrips primary job will be to clear pepper trees covering $7,500 and the rest coming from
Powell said the goats are one part of the at the sprawling Adams Ranch in St. Luc- away from the burrows of protected gopher county funds. 

4 December 20, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS

Homeowners worry about new bridge for Virgin Trains

By George Andreassi | Staff Writer fix our houses?” Leclair has received SA intends to do if post-construction in- A new railroad bridge across the St. Se-
a certified letter from Virgin Trains ask- spections find structural damage in homes bastian River is needed to handle the addi-
Homeowners near the 93-year-old St. Se- ing permission to inspect her house before caused by construction. tion of 34 VTUSA passenger trains per day
bastian River Railroad Bridge fear pile driv- and after the railroad bridge construction to expected to use the tracks owned by Florida
ing during construction of a new bridge for determine whether pile driving operations Work on the new railroad bridge linking East Coast Railways. FECR operates about
the Virgin Trains USA passenger rail project cause any structural damage. Many of her Brevard and Indian River counties is expect- 20 freight trains per day that rumble north
could damage their homes. neighbors got a similar letter. ed to start in 2020 and last 30 months, VTU- and south across the existing bridge.
SA officials said. Virgin Trains anticipates
“I’m worried about the foundation,” said “This is being done to protect the inter- providing passenger rail service between The planned construction includes in-
Maria Leclair, whose small, concrete-block ests of property owners, Virgin Trains and its Orlando and Miami in late 2022 after com- stalling sheet pile wall elements. Piles will
home on 133rd Court in Roseland sits about contractors in the rare instance any damage pleting new railroad tracks from Orlando to also be driven into the riverbed to anchor
100 feet from the train tracks. may result from vibratory or impact driving West Palm Beach, a date that has repeatedly columns that will support a construction
of sheet wall elements,” the letter says. been pushed back and still seems optimistic trestle, a new western bridge and a new
“My biggest concern is the house being to some observers. eastern bridge. 
shook and damaged,” Leclair said last week. But the letter did not explain what VTU-
“If they do cause damage, are they going to



which would be built near the airport and is
projected to cost $50 million.

The county commission last month gave
staff a green light to continue talks with the
city about taking over some of the city’s
wastewater treatment responsibilities – if
Vero Beach agreed to pay for extending
lines to and from county wastewater fa-
cilities, and to cover the cost of expanding
county wastewater processing capacity to
handle the extra load.

The commission also stipulated county
customers who currently pay for city waste-
water services – in Indian River Shores and
unincorporated parts of the county – must
be allowed to become county customers.

Allowing current customers outside Vero
city limits to drop city water services would
cost the city nearly half its wastewater cus-
tomer base and revenue.

Vero currently provides wastewater ser-
vices to about 6,800 customers within the
city, 1,450 customers in the county and
1,900 in Indian River Shores, according to
city data.

With that customer base, the city expects
to turn a $1.3 million profit from its water
and sewer utility in the current fiscal year,
money that will flow into and bolster the
general fund.

If a partnership is joined, the city likely
would maintain its existing wastewater col-
lection system and its city accounts, while
the county would be the wholesaler pro-
viding direct bulk wastewater service to all
customers on the city system, county offi-
cials have said.

If the city ultimately decides to build a
new $50 million plant near the airport, it
would likely take more than two years to
construct, becoming operational in 2024 or
2025. The existing plant, designed to treat
4.5 million gallons per day, was built in 1977
to replace an obsolete 1958 plant that treat-
ed 2.2 million gallons a day.

The county’s three wastewater plants
have the capacity to treat 12 million gal-
lons per day and would likely need to be
expanded at some point in the future. 

Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | LOCAL NEWS December 20, 2019 5

Overall health of lagoon seen slightly improved over last year

By Sue Cocking | Staff Writer tion range from zero to 100. A score below 70 is deemed The Banana River got a 66, “poor,” while the
poor; below 60, very poor; and below 50, extremely poor. Indian River and St. Lucie county region scored
The Indian River Lagoon’s overall health an 87. That “good” number was up 9 points
has improved a little bit since a baseline was The worst water quality scores were found in the Ba- from last year when the same area scored 78.
established last year, and the Vero Beach area nana River and in southern Brevard County, while the
has some of the cleanest water along the estu- best scores came in Indian River and St. Lucie counties, Habitat scores ranged from a low of 16 in
ary’s 156-mile-long length, but water quality in the stretch of the waterway between the Sebastian In- the northern half of Martin County to a 69. No
and seagrass cover remain poor in much of let and the Martin County line. portion of the lagoon scored better than poor
the waterway. when it came to seagrass cover.

That’s the gist of the Marine Resources Souto attributed the improvement in Indi-
Council’s latest health report card for the la- an River County waters in part to the county’s
goon, which incorporates data collected by innovative, new algal-scrubbing Osprey Acres
state and local regulatory agencies. Stormwater Park that uses algae to pull pollut-
ants out of canal water before it flows into la-
“It got a little better from how it was . . . but goon, and also to living shorelines of mangroves
when you hit rock bottom you have nowhere and oyster mats put in place by the county and
to go but up,” said Dr. Leesa Souto, MRC exec- conservation groups.
utive director.
“They’ve done a lot of things right,” Souto
Conditions revealed by the council’s inau- said of the county.
gural health assessment were “abysmal,” Sou-
to said when that report was released a year Despite improvements in water quality in
ago. the Vero area, however, seagrass cover here re-
mained “very poor,” with a score of 58, up two
Water quality scores for each of the lagoon’s points from last year.
10 regions, which together stretch from New
Smyrna Beach to Jupiter, were calculated by “Still a failing grade,” Souto said.
measuring water clarity, the amount of nitrogen and The new report card includes more data than the first
phosphorous in the water, and the amount of algae – including water quality measurements from both the
present. St. Johns River and South Florida water management dis-
Habitat scores were based on seagrass cover because Souto added that no segment of the lagoon has “met
seagrass provides the foundation for the lagoon’s food the regulatory targets” for reducing pollution and im-
chain and ecology. proving habitat. 

Possible scores for water quality and habitat condi-

6 December 20, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Path to beating breast cancer starts with screenings

By Tom Lloyd | Staff Writer him a “general surgeon,” his own, personal
[email protected] experience with breast cancer is about as
specific as it gets.
October is now long gone and with it
went the pink shoes on NFL football play- “My wife is a breast cancer survivor”
ers, the seemingly endless TV ads for car says Glotzer. “We were married for six
dealers offering pink license-plate holders months when we wanted to begin to put
and all the other hoopla associated with a family together so she goes through her
Breast Cancer Awareness Month. checklist: ‘I’ve got to get my mammogram,
my Pap smear,’ and so on.
Now it’s time to get down to the nuts and
bolts of breast cancer surgery with Cleve- “And when they did the mammogram,
land Clinic Indian River Hospital’s Dr. she showed me the film and it was like …
Daniel Glotzer. well … she saw my face. I didn’t have to say
anything. And that was 18 years ago.
Though Glotzer’s business card calls

Dr. Daniel Glotzer.


“So, I have a special interest in cancer, one in eight American women will develop
particularly in breast cancer, and I’ve been invasive breast cancer at some point and
very active with the American Cancer So- just this year an estimated 268,600 new
ciety here in town.” cases of invasive breast cancer are expect-
ed to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
Outside of skin cancer, breast cancer along with 62,930 new cases of non-inva-
is the most commonly diagnosed cancer sive (in situ) breast cancer.
among women in this country and, yes, it
is a disease that can also strike men. Meanwhile, about 2,670 new cases of

According to, about CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

8 December 20, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH


invasive breast cancer are expected to be
diagnosed in American men in 2019.

Still, according to Glotzer, “the good
news is that because of our aggressive
screening and good treatment, we can say
[breast cancer] becomes more of a chronic
disease or a chronic issue than actually an
acute healthcare problem.”

That all starts with screenings.
“The current recommendations,” says
Glotzer, “are to consider a mammogram
starting at the age of 40, but certainly to
start yearly mammograms from age 45 to
54.” After age 55, Glotzer says woman can
dial back and “do it every two years.”
However, “people who have a history of
early breast cancer in their family should

start mammograms earlier. If mom or dad in our community. It’s a multidisciplinary
or grandma had breast cancer when they approach in that you have the surgeons, the
were in their 40s or 30s, those people should medical oncologists, the plastic surgeons,
start mammograms at the age of 30.” the radiation oncologists and the nurs-
es” conferring to decide the best course of
Glotzer says that here in Vero there are treatment to recommend to a patient.
outstanding imaging options, including to-
mosynthesis or 3D mammography as well In addition to himself, Glotzer says Drs.
as high-definition ultrasound and MRIs. Murphy, Perry and Paul “all do local breast
cancer surgeries.
That’s a major advance from the early
days of breast cancer screening and there “In this community,” Glotzer contin-
has been even more pronounced improve- ues, “the most commonly performed pro-
ment in the surgeries employed when cedure probably is what we would call a
screening reveals cancer. partial mastectomy. Most people call that
procedure a ‘lumpectomy.’”
Glotzer rattles off a sometimes-gruesome
history of the surgical procedures used to That’s because, as Glotzer puts it, “no
treat breast cancer, including one that re- woman should feel that you have to give
moved not only the entire breast but also all up your breast to live longer.”
the muscles on that side of the chest as well.
The American Cancer Society says “some
It wasn’t until the 1972, Glotzer points women might worry that having a less ex-
out, that Dr. John Madden introduced tensive surgery might raise their risk of the
what we now know as “the modified radi- cancer coming back. But studies following
cal mastectomy,” which preserves the pec- thousands of women for more than 20 years
toral muscles. show that when breast conservation surgery
is done with radiation, survival is the same
Today, says the Susan G. Komen Foun- as having a mastectomy in people who are
dation, mastectomies (total removal of candidates for both types of surgery.”
the breast) and lumpectomies (a “breast
conservation” approach) are the two most The bottom line: The best defense
commonly used procedures. against breast cancer is to have regular
checkups with your primary care doctor
Another change is that more medical and annual mammogram to catch the dis-
professionals are involved in the deci- ease in its earliest stages.
sion-making process ahead of surgery now
than years ago. Dr. Daniel Glotzer is a general surgeon at
the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.
“Here”, says Glotzer, “we have a tumor His office is at 3450 11th Court, Suite 204.
board that meets every month on every The phone number is 772-770-6850. 
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Serving mainland Indian River County VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH December 20, 2019 9

Seniors often get diarrhea from medications

By Fred Cicetti

Q: I seem to get diarrhea more often now
than I used to when I was younger. Any
ideas why?

Before I offer you some general infor- hydration symptoms, severe abdominal
mation about diarrhea, I urge you to see or rectal pain, a fever of 102°F or higher, or
a doctor for a diagnosis. As I tell everyone blood in your stools.
who writes to me, I’m a journalist, not a
physician. In many cases of diarrhea, the only treat-
ment needed is replacing lost fluid and salts.
Diarrhea is caused by bacteria, viruses, Adults should consume broth, non-citrus
parasites, certain foods, medicines and dis- fruit juices, flat ginger ale and ice pops.
eases. Diarrhea is a common malady that
usually lasts a day or two and goes away As your condition improves, you can
without treatment. start eating bananas, plain rice, boiled
potatoes, toast, crackers, cooked carrots.
Here’s a question for you: Ever notice how Smaller meals are recommended because
often diarrhea is mentioned as a side effect they’re easier to digest.
in the package inserts for medicines?
When you have diarrhea, avoid dairy
Seniors often get diarrhea from medi- products, fat, high-fiber foods, sweets,
cine. This is a complex subject. spicy foods, carbonated beverages, chew-
ing gum, caffeine, and any food or bever-
The first issue is that seniors take a lot age that is hot.
more medicine than younger people. The
average older person takes more than four It is common to get diarrhea when visit-
prescription drugs and two over-the-count- ing a foreign country – so common that the
er drugs daily. The high intake of medicine medical community has a name for it: trav-
increases the odds that one or more of these eler’s diarrhea.
medicines could give you diarrhea.
The following are some tips for avoiding
Older people have more health prob- diarrhea away from home.
lems, and these add to the mix of potential
causes of diarrhea. Older bodies process DON’T:
drugs slowly so that they tend to stay in our • Drink tap water.
bodies longer. And some drugs work differ- • Use ice cubes made from tap water.
ently on older people. • Drink unpasteurized milk or dairy
products made from it.
Then there are the problems of drug- • Eat raw fruits and vegetables.
drug interactions and overdoses because • Eat meat or fish unless it is well-cooked
we take so much medicine and retain it in and served hot.
our systems. • Eat food sold by street vendors. 

Diarrhea can be much more than an in-
convenience. Diarrhea causes dehydration,
which can be lethal to older people. With
the fluid you lose from diarrhea, you also
lose salts that your body needs. Diarrhea
can make a victim pass more than a quart
of watery stools a day.

Dehydration symptoms include thirst,
reduced urination, dark urine, dry skin, fa-
tigue, dizziness, fainting.

You should see a doctor if your diarrhea
lasts more than two days, or if you have de-

10 December 20, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | YOUR HEALTH

Generic drugs: Cheap, popular … but not always safe

By C. Michael White barred from shipping drugs to the United from uncertified farms, used storage equip- The widespread willingness of foreign
The Washington Post States after the inspections uncovered shady ment with unidentified material adhering to manufacturers to falsify, manipulate or
activities or serious quality defects. it and had insufficient testing for impurities. shred documents to sell lower-quality or un-
Generic prescription drugs have saved the safe drugs to U.S. citizens shows that only fre-
United States about $1.7 trillion in the past Unscrupulous foreign producers shred- These issues continue to this day. Dozens quent and unannounced FDA inspections or
decade. The Food and Drug Administration ded documents shortly before FDA visits, of blood-pressure and anti-ulcer drugs were FDA testing of batches of medications when
approved a record 781 new generics in 2018 hid documents off-site, altered or manipu- recalled in 2018 and 2019 because of con- they reach the United States will compel
alone, including generic versions of Cialis, lated safety or quality data or used unsani- tamination with the potentially carcinogen- them to follow the rules.
Levitra and Lyrica. They join generic versions tary manufacturing conditions. Ranbaxyin ic compounds N-nitrosodimethylamine or
of blockbusters from yesteryear, such as Lipi- India pleaded guilty in 2013 to shipping N-nitrosodiethylamine. Patients taking prescription drugs are sick
tor, Nexium, Prozac and Xanax. substandard drugs to the United States and and vulnerable; they should not be subjected
making intentionally false statements. The One of the major producers of these active to poor-quality medications that can make
The elderly are the biggest buyers of gener- company had to withdraw 73 million pills ingredient powders used by multiple gener- them worse. Similarly, domestic generic
ics, because they take the most medications from circulation, and the company paid a ic manufacturers was inspected in 2017. The drug manufacturers employing U.S. citizens
and are on fixed incomes, but virtually every- $500 million fine. FDA found that the company fraudulent- should not be singled out to face strict regu-
one has taken a generic antibiotic or pain pill ly omitted failing test results and replaced latory compliance that effectively is not re-
at some time. These quality and safety issues can be them with passing scores. quired of foreign competitors.
deadly. In 2008, 100 patients in the United
This leads to a vital question: Are gener- States died after receiving generic heparin This raises a critical question: How many It is expensive, logistically challenging
ics safe? products from foreign manufacturers. Hep- more violations would occur with inspec- and politically unpalatable for the FDA to
arin is an anticoagulant used to prevent or tions occurring as frequently as they do in show up for unannounced inspections of
If drug manufacturers followed the FDA’s treat blood clots in about 10 million hospi- the United States, and more important, if foreign plants. However, if the agency is not
strict regulations, the answer would be a re- talized patients a year and is extracted from they were unannounced? given that right or the funding to ramp up
sounding yes. Unfortunately for those who pig intestines. testing of overseas products used here in
turn to generics to save money, the FDA re- The number of drugs proved to be tainted the United States, it should not be subject-
lies heavily on the honor system with for- Some of the heparin was fraudulently or substandard has been small, and the FDA ing U.S. citizens to the drugs produced in
eign manufacturers, and U.S. consumers get replaced with chondroitin – a dietary sup- has made some progress since 2010. But the foreign plants.
burned. Eighty percent of the active ingredi- plement for joint aches – which had sulfur potential for harm is still great.
ents and 40 percent of the finished generic groups added to the molecule to make it look Unless we tackle this issue soon, I am
drugs used in the United States are manufac- like heparin. How safe should U.S. residents feel when afraid there will be a major incident where
tured overseas. 80 percent of the active ingredients in our patients are killed and the golden goose –
One of the heparin manufacturers in- drugs are made overseas and evidence shows those immense savings associated with ge-
As a pharmacist, I know that the safety spected by the FDA received a warning letter the FDA cannot trust the documents that for- neric drugs – will also be sacrificed. 
of prescription medications is vital. My re- after it was found to have used raw material eign manufacturers produce to ensure that
search, recently published in the Annals of their products meet quality standards?
Pharmacotherapy, raises alarming concerns
about our vulnerabilities.

Generic drug manufacturers either make
bulk powders with the active ingredient in
them or buy those active ingredients from
other companies and turn them into pills,
ointments or injectable products.

In 2010, 64 percent of foreign manufactur-
ing plants, predominantly in India and Chi-
na, had never been inspected by the FDA. By
2015, 33 percent remained uninspected.

In addition, companies in other countries
are informed before an inspection, giving
them time to clean up a mess. Domestic in-
spections are unannounced.

As I detail in my paper, when announced
foreign FDA inspections began to occur in
earnest between 2010 and 2015, numerous
manufacturing plants were subsequently

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Delightful Indian River Club home is airy and inviting

By Debbie Carson | Staff Writer
[email protected]

Even a rainy day can’t dampen the
brightness found within Dani Thalheimer’s
Oak Hammock Circle home in Indian Riv-
er Club. Everywhere, there are either glass
sliding door, large double-hung windows
or transoms welcoming the natural light.

“The light in this house is wonderful,”
Thalheimer said. The bedrooms and living
areas all have access to either the court-
yard or the golfer’s porch, which overlooks
Hammock Lake.

The expansive, screened-in courtyard many friends she’s made here.
is a welcoming, tranquil place to get a bit When she and her husband first began
of sun while enjoying lunch poolside. An
adjacent cabana provides a private guest looking for a Florida home, they scoured
suite for visitors. the several towns on the Atlantic coast –
Stuart, Melbourne and Vero Beach. They
“My grandson loves it here,” Thalheimer stayed a long weekend at the Vero Beach
said of the cabana. At 16, he needs his own Hotel and Spa, which had an in-house real

Ryan and Melissa Weaver, Agency Owners space when visiting. estate agent who showed them the Oak
Ryan Weaver Insurance, Inc. is a locally owned Thalheimer has decided after five years Hammock Circle house.

independent agency that has been serving that it’s time to return to her home in Con- “It’s the first time I’ve seen you smile,”
Indian River County for over 13 years. necticut, since all her family members live Thalheimer recalled the agent saying to
in New England and she wants to be closer her when he saw her reaction to the spa-
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pealed to the Thalheimers. well-placed counter is a perfect place for As for the center of the house – the kitch- tall white cupboards, the corner units set
The home’s main entrance sits at the folding the laundry. And for Thalheimer en – the Thalheimers replaced the counter on angles with attractive glass fronts.
the space doubled as a spot for her to craft tops with striking light gray striped gran-
nexus of the kitchen and dining room, hand-woven baskets. ite. The two kitchen walls are lined with The home, as a whole, has a very breezy,
giving visitors an easy overall view of the beachy vibe. And while the bulk of the
home, which offers an easy flow from FEATURES FOR 218 OAK HAMMOCK CIRCLE SW house is painted in neutral tones to suit
room to room. just about anyone’s taste, the exterior
Neighborhood: Indian River Club • Lot size: 60 feet by 150 feet shutters are a bright pop of a color Thal-
The master suite sits off the living Construction: Concrete block with stucco • Year built: 2007 heimer has dubbed raspberry.
room with access to the pool. The house
was originally built with the intention Size: 2,300 square feet under air • Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 3 “We really liked it,” she said of the shut-
of his and hers bathrooms, but the pre- Additional features: Courtyard home saltwater pool and pool ters’ color. “It goes really well with the
vious owner opted to convert one into a cabana; kitchen renovated with new granite counters; Pergo gray” of the exterior.
home-hobby space for sewing.
flooring; wainscoting throughout; golfer’s porch; repainted Thalheimer spends her time lounging
Thalheimer has since swapped out the interior and exterior; volume ceilings; lakefront with sunset either poolside in the courtyard or out on
sewing space for a home office. A built-in views; 2-car garage plus golf cart stall; community clubhouse the golfer’s porch. The porch is screened
desk overlooks a window out onto the pool. with pool and water aerobics, fitness center, restaurant and in and takes full advantage of the nearby
golf pro shop; social and golf club memberships optional. lake.
The remaining bathroom is fully ap-
pointed with a glass-enclosed shower, gar- Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Residents have been known to while
den tub, and dual sinks. A larger-than-typ- Listing agent: Peggy Hewett, 772-321-4282 away time casting a line in the lake – and
ical water closet is hidden behind a pocket Listing price: $449,000 others have helped stock it with their
door and a transom window provides an- catches from other local waterways.
other opportunity for sunlight to pour in.
The sunset over the lake in the evening
On the opposite side of the house, is something that will be difficult to repli-
through the beautifully renovated kitchen, cate in Connecticut.
are a guest or child’s room, hall bath, laun-
dry and garage. It features a large, double But it is something the next owner will
window overlooking the pool, and has two be able to enjoy.
unique recessed areas perfect for placing
an armoire, desk, or entertainment stand. “It hasn’t been heavily used,” Thal-
heimer said of her house, which was built
The other guest room opens has a slider in 2007 and lived in part-time these last
opening into the courtyard. five years.

The laundry room off the main hall is “It really is move-in ready,” said Peggy
equipped with a large washer and dryer, Hewett, listing agent for Berkshire Hatha-
as well as a utility sink and cupboards. A way Home Services, who is offering the
house for $449,000. 

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Moderate activity on the mainland real estate market saw 27 transactions of single-family residences and
lots change hands from Dec. 9-13 (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was in Vero Beach, where the 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom pool home at 6880 57th
Street – first listed in September for $759,000 – sold for $745,000 on Dec. 10.
Representing both the seller and the buyer in the transaction was agent Sam Suzanne Robbins of Dale
Sorensen Real Estate Inc.


VERO BEACH 6880 57TH ST 9/13/2019 $759,000 12/10/2019 $390,000
VERO BEACH 7239 E VILLAGE SQ 6/3/2019 $425,000 12/13/2019 $381,530
VERO BEACH 329 11TH SQ SW 1/24/2019 $393,530 12/10/2019 $374,633
VERO BEACH 7181 E VILLAGE 11/5/2019 $404,633 12/9/2019 $354,000
VERO BEACH 1558 SEGOVIA CIR 5/13/2019 $354,290 12/10/2019 $345,000
VERO BEACH 5194 ELEUTHRA CIR 4/3/2019 $369,000 12/10/2019 $330,000
VERO BEACH 5481 ANTIGUA CIR 10/18/2019 $332,900 12/11/2019 $318,000
VERO BEACH 5540 N HARBOR VILLAGE DR#302 10/3/2019 $350,000 12/12/2019 $315,000
VERO BEACH 951 45TH AVE 10/3/2019 $325,000 12/9/2019 $310,000
VERO BEACH 6306 ASTOR PL 10/11/2019 $336,500 12/9/2019 $307,000
VERO BEACH 1753 BERKSHIRE CIR SW 7/23/2019 $319,900 12/13/2019 $300,000
VERO BEACH 6010 46TH LN 10/30/2019 $300,000 12/10/2019 $300,000
VERO BEACH 5065 TOPAZ LN SW 7/29/2019 $332,000 12/13/2019 $285,000
VERO BEACH 2450 54TH AVE 9/18/2018 $375,000 12/10/2019

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7239 E Village Sq, Vero Beach 329 11th Sq SW, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 6/3/2019 Listing Date: 1/24/2019
Original Price: $425,000 Original Price: $393,530
Sold: 12/13/2019 Sold: 12/10/2019
Selling Price: $390,000 Selling Price: $381,530
Listing Agent: Steven Rennick Listing Agent: Geof Hoge

Selling Agent: Rennick Real Estate Selling Agent: The GHO Homes Agency LLC

Bob Douglass Bill Baysura

Atlantic Shores Realty Execs Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.

7181 E Village, Vero Beach 1558 Segovia Cir, Vero Beach

Listing Date: 11/5/2019 Listing Date: 5/13/2019
Original Price: $404,633 Original Price: $354,290
Sold: 12/9/2019 Sold: 12/10/2019
Selling Price: $374,633 Selling Price: $354,000
Listing Agent: Liz Boley Listing Agent: Geof Hoge

Selling Agent: D R Horton Realty Selling Agent: The GHO Homes Agency LLC

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Coming Up

‘LIVE!’ IT UP DEC. 27 Youth is served in Ballet Vero’s Adam Schnell.
AT EMERSON CENTER inclusive ‘Nutcracker’ PAGE B2

By Samantha Rohlfing Baita | Staff Writer
[email protected]

1 I know you will enjoy The
Show: for one thing, it’s
Beatles music. For another thing,
it’s a Classic Albums Live produc-
tion. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
Club Band” – the Fab Four’s
eighth studio album, which
spent 27 weeks at the top of the
U.K. albums chart and 15 weeks
at No. 1 in the U.S. – is coming to
the Emerson Center next Friday,
Dec. 27, to kick off LIVE! From
Vero Beach’s 7th season of bring-
ing classic folk and rock music to
local audiences. Classic Albums
Live is virtually unsurpassed in
bringing to the stage, and faith-
fully (“word-for-word, cut-for-
cut”) reproducing the best of the
best albums, as authentic as it
gets. The show promo reminds
us of some of the iconic album’s
most recognized songs: “A Day
in the Life,” “With A Little Help
From My Friends,” “Lucy in the
Sky With Diamonds,” “When


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Youth is served in Ballet Vero’s inclusive ‘Nutcracker’

By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer Adam Schnell and Camilo A. Rodriguez at rehearsal with some of the youth dancers. PHOTOS: KAILIA JONES complishment in the students that imme-
[email protected] diately translated into the classroom.
let master, are instructing auditioned stu- Schnell says when selecting dancers for
When “The Nutcracker” first debuted in dents from their Riverside Theatre Dance the 12-week-long process, they advise the While the teaching approach and ex-
Saint Petersburg in 1892, audiences were Programs and community Outreach non- teachers, “You don’t have to look for danc- pectations for prior dancers and newbies
not entirely pleased that children were so profit partners, as well as eight teacher-se- ers, you don’t have to look for the most is different, they try to impart a little of the
prominently featured. Fortunately, the lected students each from Fellsmere and focused children, the most well-behaved, same to each, because eventually all have
concept of young dancers has continued, Dodgertown Elementary Schools through that get straight A’s. We want you to identi- to come together as part of the production.
leading many a budding ballet dancer to an outreach partnership with the IRC fy kids that will benefit from the process.”
have visions of playing Sugar Plum Fairies School District. “This year, we actually have one or
or Nutcracker Princes in their heads. “The Nutcracker, for Adam, is really two places where we have dancers and
about the story itself, not just the chore- non-dancers together,” says Rodriguez.
Locally, Ballet Vero Beach has fully ography. So Adam will emphasize what
embraced the use of young dancers in its each movement means, and why it’s eight “We have a young man who came to us
“Nutcracker on the Indian River,” a unique of us and not six,” Rodriguez explains. this year from Dasie Hope, who hopeful-
production that sets the stage on Christ- ly will be getting in to dance classes very
mas Eve 1919, Vero Beach’s Centennial “Fellsmere students are playing toy sol- soon,” says Schnell. “But because he’s so
year, utilizing costumes and scenery that diers this year. In the beginning of the natural and so energetic, he got cast into
highlight our Indian River Lagoon. Full- ballet, the heroine’s older brother gets a some roles where he’s standing beside kids
length performances take place at the Vero gift from his parents and it’s a box of eight who have been taking dance with us for
Beach High School Performing Arts Cen- toy soldiers. So we try to make these little five or eight years.”
ter Dec. 30-31, with a new one-hour “Nut- connections,” says Schnell. Dodgertown
cracker for All” production (more about students will be playing pelicans and sea Regardless of where the students, who
that below) on Dec. 29. turtles. range in age from 7 to 18, come from, all
are taught to be good citizens of the world.
This third annual production will fea- He says they try to distill the dance so
ture 40 student dancers sharing the stage that students get more out of it than just “We expect the kids that see us for dance
with professional dancers from BVB sis- learning the steps. classes to participate in these things, to be
ter companies; seven from American leaders and mentors to the kids just com-
Midwest Ballet and 15 from Dimensions “We’ll talk about, when you’re a soldier ing into this,” says Schnell. “We’ve been
Dance Theatre of Miami. and you’re marching, what does that feel really lucky; they take on that role really,
like? And they have to come up with the really well.”
Adam Schnell, BVB founding artistic di- adjectives. So it’s less dance steps and
rector/CEO, and Camilo A. Rodriguez, bal- more about giving them mental refer- Eventually, these young dancers from
ences, social references,” says Schnell. a variety of backgrounds must be ready
to cohesively share the stage with the
“The goal is never to try and fit the kids professional company.
in any of our productions into a specific
mold. Yes, they have costumes and yes, They say Gina Marie Saxton, who is
they’re going to have to learn the steps, but playing Marie for the third year, and Se-
we want them to get to the level that is best renity Marsh, who will again play Fritz,
for them,” Schnell explains. are the epitome of working alongside
children who have never danced before.
“The other side of that coin is that
we’re going to play as a team,” adds Ro- “They are definitely of that quality that
driguez. “You have to be responsible for we look for in some of the bigger roles.
yourself and for the collective. Those They’re thoughtful and they will take
skills are actually quite difficult. There’s something you say to them and make it
larger skills and problem solving that even better. Whether it’s a character or a
we’re working with.” step, they have the ability to go beyond,”
says Schnell. “That’s what we really strive
Although they have no hard data on for with all the kids. To make it their own,
whether the experience has filtered into the and give them the confidence to hear what
school classrooms, Schnell says that teach- we are saying and to trust us enough to
ers have noticed an improved sense of ac- just let it out. We make them responsible.
Even the youngest ones from Dodgertown;
they’re responsible for themselves.”

“We’re very clear about what the expec-
tations are and what we think they’re go-
ing to be able to fulfill,” says Rodriguez. He
adds that they tell the children, “You get to
be your own boss in this. Obviously, we’re
setting the expectations but you’re the one
who is in charge of that. You have to have
the guts to put yourself there and take the
ride or not. But once they go on stage, no-
body will be there to say do or don’t. And
that can be very empowering.”

New this year is a one-hour long “Nut-
cracker for All” initiative funded through
a grant from Quail Valley Charities.

“It’s the next step for us in terms of our
work to include all members of the com-
munity in our programming,” says Schnell.

There is a nationwide trend in profes-
sional dance, theater productions and

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Eryn Stanton. either on a behavior or an individual plan organizations to think about what they are Leilani
to excel them forward with their academ- doing with the art form that goes beyond Keliihananui.
symphonic concerts to have autism-friend- ic studies,” says Schnell. “So I thought, I that perfect show,” says Schnell. “We are re-
ly performances; including such changes don’t want this to just be autism-friendly. I ally trying to capitalize on that trend here better serve you, because we believe this
as modified sound and lighting, no strobe want this to be friendly for all the members with our organization, because honestly, art form is for everyone,” Schnell stresses.
effects and break areas. of the community that can’t sit through a that fits in with why we started this. The “It’s not changing what we do, it’s making
performance here; cannot engage with our tagline is ‘Dance is a universal language.’ everyone have an entry point to the organi-
“So there was a big trend in that else- programming because of something.” If you’re not reaching out to everyone and zation and seeing what happens with that.”
where, but not here. We are on the fore- really getting that universal language to
front here,” says Schnell. “None of the oth- Among other modifications, there will them, then we are not doing our job.” The full-length “Nutcracker on the In-
er arts organizations are doing this for the be a section where people will be allowed to dian River” performs Dec.30 at 8 p.m. and
specifically differently-abled members of move about during the show and another Their hope is that some who attend Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $75.
our community.” reserved for people who prefer to sit quietly. “Nutcracker for All” may eventually feel “Nutcracker for All” debuts for one per-
comfortable engaging with their ballets formance Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Having met with the school district, they The production is open to individuals of and other arts organizations in a main-
learned that one in five students do not nec- all ages who identify as differently-abled stream performance setting. For more information visit ballet
essarily follow a standard classroom day. and, thanks to Quail’s grant, all seats are or call the VBHS box office
$10; or free for those with a financial need. “It’s that effort to say, you’re welcome. at 772-564-5537. 
“That’s 20 percent of the district that is And we want your feedback so that we can
“There’s really a trend nationally for arts

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“I’m Sixty Four” and (of course) the title
track. And that’s not all: After the break
you’ll hear several other Beatles faves,
perfectly rounding out an evening of
great music and nostalgia. I wonder
what song you’ll be singing on the way
home. You know you’ll be humming
something. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $30 to
$75. or
call 800-595-4849.

2 Definitely do make time in your cra- 3 “Swan Lake” at King Center Saturday Dec. 27.
zy busy holiday schedule to enjoy
one of the most beautiful treasures on the
Treasure Coast – Vero’s McKee Botanical
Garden, dressed gorgeously for its annual
“Holiday Nights of Lights.” This very spe-
cial holiday tradition for families and all
ages is happening now through Dec. 22,
then next weekend as well, Dec. 27-29.

2 McKee Botanical Garden “Holiday Nights of Lights.” trees, illuminated walkways and historical voyan”; and the Satellite Symphonic Or-
structures throughout the garden; McKee’s chestra. Composed in 1875, “Swan Lake”
The already magical garden will glow with tion, greets visitors in the garden entrance; traditional large-scale model train and was not well received when it debuted
yet more holiday magic. Look around in there are large, illuminated spheres and miniature holiday village, all certain to at the Bolshoi in Moscow but, after be-
wonder as you enter through the beauti- an assortment of colorful animated trees make your season bright. Time: 6 p.m. to 8 ing reworked for the St. Petersburg per-
ful Tunnel of Lights, then take a leisurely in the main greeting area; there are ani- p.m. (The garden will close at 5 p.m., then formance, it has become, more than 100
stroll in the glittering garden, under the mated and colorful hanging spheres, me- re-open for the evening events. The Chil- years later, a favorite with ballet compa-
stars. As McKee describes its holiday dec- teors, starbursts, snowflakes, dripping dren’s Garden won’t be open during the nies and performed throughout the world.
orations: a tunnel of lights, with anima- icicle luminaries, spiral wrapped palm evening events.) General admission rates Combining magic, romance and tragedy,
apply: adults, $15; seniors, $13; children “Swan Lake” is the tale of Prince Siegfried
2-12, $10; McKee members and under 2, and Odette, a beautiful swan princess who
free. 772-794-0601. swims in a lake of tears. They fall in love,
of course, and, as in many fairytales, there
3 Among the most beloved and mes- is a dastardly sorcerer and some evil spells
merizing of classical ballets: That’s involved, so things do not go smoothly.
what Aaron Green in calls After confusion and forgiveness, there is,
Tchaikovsky’s first and arguably most fa- at last, a happy ending for the young lov-
mous ballet, “Swan Lake.” This timeless, ers. The King Center raves “this is a unique
magical masterpiece comes to the King chance to see the most famous ballet of all
Center Saturday, Dec. 27, fully staged and time. The artistic director of the project Ar-
performed in all its glory by the Melbourne tem Yachmennikov, is principal dancer of
City Ballet Theatre, for the first time col- Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco
laborating with the National Ballet Theatre Ballet, and first soloist of the Mariinsky (St.
of Odessa, showcasing, according to the Petersburg) and Bolshoi theatres.” If you
King Center promo, “its superb troupe of are a balletomane and/or a patron of the
55 of the brightest ballet stars of Ukraine, arts, this is a holiday “must-see.” Curtain:
under the artistic direction of the compa- Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. Tickets:
ny’s Honored Artist of Ukraine Garri Se- start at $25.50. 321-242-2219. 


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Noteworthy party: 30 cheers for ‘Vero’s own orchestra’

By Mary Schenkel | Staff Writer Lindsay Garritson, David Amado and Sirena Huang. PHOTOS: DENISE RITCHIE Janet and Robert Hoffman.
[email protected]
Noting that he has only known Huang noted that Ravel actually thought that Cindy Roden with Steve and Bonnie Fishman.
Just over three decades ago, the late a few years, he added, “Sirena was the the piano and violin were incompatible,
Andrew McMullan, with his wife Jean, first winner of the Elmar Oliveira Violin adding that she was leaving it up to the by Pablo de Sarasate.
had a dream to create a professional Competition, and a deserving winner audience to decide whether he was cor- For information on the 30th Anniversa-
orchestra in Vero Beach. With the sup- she is. She’s an extraordinary player; rect. He wasn’t – at least not the way it
port of generous donors and dedicated an extraordinary musician, and a won- was played by Huang and Garritson. The ry season, visit AtlanticClassicalOrches-
volunteers, that dream soon became a derful human being. She is so charming pair also delighted the audience with 
reality, and this coming season, the At- and such an insightful, natural mu- two pieces by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and one
lantic Classical Orchestra is celebrating sician that I was thrilled that we were
its 30th anniversary. able to get her and Lindsay together for
this event. I think this is a rare opportu-
The orchestra has expanded since its nity to have two musicians of this cali-
Vero debut and now, under the direc- ber exploring the music that we’re going
tion of Music Director David Amado, to hear tonight.”
also presents concerts in Palm Beach
Gardens and Stuart. The duo launched to a graceful Tem-
po di Munuetto by Fritz Kreisler before
ACO supporters gathered at the Or- Huang spoke to the audience.
chid Island Beach Club recently for a
‘Cheers to 30 Years Pearl Anniversary “Having a chance to come back here
Benefit Concert’ featuring renowned is so special for me, because every time
violinist Sirena Huang, accompanied I’ve had a chance to perform with the
by pianist Lindsay Garritson. ACO has been so memorable for me.
And so today, I get to play some shorter
“We’re Vero’s own orchestra. We were works that I really love, and I’m really
also the first orchestra in Vero Beach; excited to share these works with all of
there are many others now, but we you,” said Huang.
were the first,” said Jean Beckert, Vero
Friends of the ACO board president. Of the Violin Sonata by Maurice Rav-
el that they would be performing, she
“The Atlantic Classical Orchestra has
now become a cultural gem.”

Amado paid tribute to the three ACO
Anniversary sponsor couples – Robert
and Janet Hoffman, Michael and Sal-
ly LaPorta, and Warren and Virginia
Schwerin – presenting conductor ba-
tons to each of them, before providing
some background on the guest artists.

“I’ve known Lindsay for a really, re-
ally long time,” said Amado. “Lindsay
played the violin in the youth orches-
tra and comes from an extraordinarily
talented musical family. She plays the
violin incredibly well, she also plays the
piano incredibly well and she sings. She
does it all; she’s unbelievable. She just
came back from Carnegie Hall where
she had her debut a couple of weeks ago.
She is a musical force, and I think you
will hear that tonight as she plays with

B6 December 20, 2019 VeroNews/Sebastian River News | DINING

Wind & Waves Grill: Discover one of area’s best-kept secrets

By Tina Rondeau | Columnist
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Grandkids coming for the holidays?

If you’re looking for a new place to try for

a family dinner, you might want to drop by

Wind & Waves Grill – where they offer ev-

erything from cheeseburgers and chick-

en nuggets for the kids up to fresh seafood

and steaks (not to mention cocktails) for the


Never heard of it?

Well, this bright, airy restaurant at Dis-

ney’s Vero Beach resort may be the area’s

best kept dining secret.

Relatively few local residents dine at the

Wind & Waves Grill, even though it is closer

than any other restaurant to the communi-

ties on the northern third of our island.

On a visit last week, my husband decided

to start with the beet and granola salad ($9)

while I opted for the wood oven clams ($18).

My husband’s salad was excellent, with

red beets and orange slices set atop winter

mixed greens and sprinkled with grano-

la. The salad was dressed with a very tasty

pomegranate-sage vinaigrette.

My steamed little-neck clams were

sumptuous, served with a slice of toasted

sourdough bread just right for soak-

ing up every last drop of the

white wine and parsley

butter sauce. Grilled Salmon.

Then for entrées, I Beet & Granola Salad.

chose the special of Hours:
Wind & Waves Grill,
the day, poached Daily, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Beverages: Full Bar
halibut ($32),
and my hus- Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
Hwy A1A just south of CR 510
band settled
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on the grilled

salmon ($26).

My hus-

band’s beautiful

piece of salmon

was served atop

Disney’s version of a Wood Oven Clams.
Tuscan chopped salad

called Panzanella. In addi-

tion to the chunks of cornbread, Butter Poached
this salad included beets, grilled fennel
I welcome your comments, and encourage
and mushrooms, and was dressed with a dren, and there re- you to send feedback to me at [email protected]
thyme-cranberry vinaigrette. ally is something
The reviewer is a beachside resident who
My butter poached halibut, however, for pretty near dines anonymously at restaurants at the ex-
pense of Vero Beach 32963. 
was the better of the two seafood dishes, everyone on the

served atop a creamy spinach mushroom dinner menu.

risotto. I love halibut, and the risotto was You don’t need

delicious. kids to enjoy a

On this visit, we decided to pass on des- nice meal here, and

sert – but the grandkids will be reassured to for anyone who still

hear that Disney has sweets, and they are needs a little help get-

excellent. ting into the Christmas spir-

Dinner for two, accompanied by a glass of it, the soaring lobby of Disney’s

wine or one of the Wind & Waves Floridian Vero Beach Resort also currently features

craft beers, should run in the neighborhood the biggest, most lavishly decorated tree

of $100-$120 before tip. around.

While this isn’t fine dining (no white ta- You probably want to call ahead for a

blecloths here), Disney clearly has sought reservation, especially during the holi-

with Wind & Waves to create a restaurant days, because Wind & Waves Grill had a

that will appeal to adults as much as to chil- fifteen minute wait the night we visited.

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Dessert wine: A grand finale for the end of your meal

By Dave McIntyre out of the restaurant fantasizing about the MusicWorks and Paris Productions
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We tend to fret about what wines to have Armagnac and other brandies are classic
with dinner, especially dinner parties or after-dinner drinks. So are fruit-flavored StoFPcokerirnfAegncSyt tuAfgfeer! Performs
family feasts around the holidays. But we schnapps and eaux de vie, potent marc
overlook dessert, which offers a wide ar- from Burgundy or grappa from Italy. A shot The Beatles
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When the feast is finished, la grande Brandies and eaux de vie combine fla- Note for NoteSMC H
bouffe is done and you can’t imagine ever vors of fruit and alcoholic heat. Perhaps the
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that enhances the flavors of both. These latter), iris (antiseptic), and saffron (energy
wines would also be great with fruit tarts. and mood boost).

For chocolate desserts, I recommend a It can be an acquired taste. Or some-
ruby-style port to match richness with rich- thing, as the saying used to go, we would
ness. For contrast, look to a lighter, slightly drink “for medicinal purposes only.”
sweet sparkling red such as brachetto from
Italy. “I used to think amaro was the most vile
thing I ever tasted,” says Erik Segelbaum, a
Aged tawny ports and madeiras are love- sommelier, consultant and wine educator.
ly by themselves or with custard desserts “But then I realized it made me feel better
such as flan or puddings. The roasted nut after a big meal. Now I love it, and that fla-
flavors in the wine, accented with a hint of vor signals to me that I will feel better.” 
citrus rind, also pair well with nut-based
cakes and tarts.

And after dessert? One of the biggest mis-
takes we make is thinking of an after-din-
ner drink as excessive rather than digestive.
That last little dram — emphasis on little —
can help settle your stomach and provide a
fitting coda to your meal.

“I love a Frasqueira madeira after a long
holiday meal, especially a drier style like
Sercial,” says Matt Stamp, a master som-
melier and co-owner of Compline wine bar
and restaurant in Napa, Calif.

My own introduction to the joys of the
digestif came many years ago at Restau-
rant Hélène Darroze in Paris. I usually have
trouble remembering what I ate for break-
fast, but I vividly recall a tasting menu that
began with foie gras ice cream in roasted
chestnut soup, followed by a slab of foie
gras, a scallop course, the most amazing
pork loin in memory, cheese and one or two

Just when I thought I would burst from
overindulgence, a server trundled to the
table a cart laden with vintage armagnacs
made by Francis Darroze, the chef’s fa-
ther. Not wanting to waste an opportunity,
I chose what I hoped would be a modestly
priced glass of the vintage from the year I
graduated from high school. It was deli-
cious. It settled my stomach, and I walked

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