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TRADITION: FAN-FRIENDLY UPGRADES ON DECK Adding citizen
BY ADAM LATEN WILLSON | Correspondent “We’re really taking advantage thing really hinges on that capa- around the outfield and offer re- council’s radar
of that money from the state to bility.” strooms, picnic tables, and possi-
In November, the St. Luc- make this feasible,” he says. “If it bly even a souvenir shop or two. BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent
ie County Commission signed were not for that, we wouldn’t be The most exciting update “The new normal for stadiums
off on a long-range develop- able to go ahead with this. Every- will be a 360-degree concession The Port St. Lucie City Coun-
ment plan for Tradition Field, and viewing area that will wrap CONTINUED ON PAGE A6 cil is considering adding citizen
green-lighting a $60 million bud- committees, maybe a couple
get for the field, $55 million of dozen.
which will cover renovations and
new construction over a 25-year “We have to engage our citi-
span. zens,” Mayor Greg Oravec said
at a recent council workshop.
The first step is to qualify for a “Committees are a good way to
$20 million matching grant from do that.”
the state, and once that comes
through – which could be any day The city now has a handful of
now – the Parks and Recreation boards and committees — per-
department will begin filling in haps the best known is Keep Port
the conceptual broad strokes, St. Lucie Beautiful. That citizen
says director Ed Matthews. committee helps organize neigh-
borhood cleanups, run the city’s
The 7,000-seat stadium is 25 Adopt a Street program and gen-
years old, and a planned renova- erally keep Port St. Lucie looking
tion has been on the docket for attractive.
a while, says Matthews, but he
adds that the hoped-for funding Citizen boards and commit-
is also a ripe opportunity to en- tees in most counties and cities
hance fan experience.
CONTINUED ON PAGE A9
CANDID ON CAMERA IN 2016 City officials press for coverage of ‘good’ news
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent ORAVEC CARVELLI BLACKBURN
St. Lucie Voice is proud to share, one last time, indelible images from 2016 – such as this priceless picture of Port St. Lucie has about 170,000 residents “It is difficult to get good news out,” he
Jeffrey Johnson Sr. of the Dale Cassens Education Complex after he was chosen St. Lucie County’s Teacher of and the five that sit on the City Council are said.
the Year in February. See staff photographer Mitch Kloorfain’s other favorite photos of the year on Page 3. trying to figure out how to talk to all the rest.
While it’s a common frustration with lo-
“We’ve had so many good things happen cal governments that media outlets tend to
since I came on (the council) Nov. 21, and place contentious stories ahead of others,
I haven’t seen any in the newspaper,” John relations between the city and media chilled
Carvelli said at the most recent council earlier this year when the former city man-
CONTINUED ON PAGE A10
Mayor Gregory Oravec agreed.
“There’s a new (City Council) majority,”
he said. “There are three new council mem-
bers and there wasn’t even a photo in the
next day’s newspaper.”
Russell “Russ” Blackburn, the new city
manager, echoed their sentiments.
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Before turning the page on 2016, the St.
Lucie Voice gladly republishes some of staff
photographer Mitch Kloorfain’s favorite
images of the past 12 months. Clockwise
from top left: hydroplane pilot Andrew Tate
is forced to evacuate his vehicle mid-race
during the annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta
on the Indian River Lagoon in May; Tiana
Fulgueira, 6, participates in Jump Rope
for Heart at Palm Pointe. (“When I saw
[Tiana] wearing a cape and that it was
also her birthday, I knew she would make
one of my favorite images.”); Debra Sny-
der, principal at Palm Pointe Educational
Research School in Tradition, and Deb-
orah Iseman, assistant principal, parade
through a gauntlet of friendly students
at their retirement ceremony. (“My
favorite community image of the year.”);
The Mets’ David Wright slides home
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Tradition Field. (“It is always exciting
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TRADITION FIELD says should cut maintenance costs. nor-league players’ academy. pursue a career in baseball, it will help make
A chief component of this will be over- Many young athletes on the Mets’ seven them better citizens, says Matthews.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
hauling the field’s HVAC system. minor-league teams come from Latin Amer- Already, minor reparations are under way
is for customers to be more mobile,” says The current air conditioning will soon be ica or elsewhere abroad and are currently after Hurricane Matthew took out much of
Matthews, “to be able to walk around and housed in hotels throughout the season. the field’s warning track gravel that lets out-
see the game from different vantage points, in need of repairs, but instead of sticking a fielders know they’ve run too far aground.
rather than just sitting in their seats.” The Band-aid on it, they will be installing a larg- Paul Taglieri, the St. Lucie Mets’ director These repairs should be completed by the
current concessions area requires fans to er, newer chiller plant that will extend the of Florida operations and general manager, first week of January, says Matthews, just in
exit the field, but with the new design, they system’s life-span considerably and improve says, “Our hopes are to build a player acade- time for the field’s Fantasy Camp. For near-
will be able to keep tabs on the game while efficiency. my that will house approximately 100 of our ly 30 years, Fantasy Camp has allowed the
availing themselves of the amenities. lower-level minor-league players, provide public to get a taste of the Major League ex-
There is also talk of building at least one classrooms as well as a cafeteria, so that we perience, opening up the fields to the camp-
Some of the renovations will go to facil- softball field for recreational use, which can keep them on our campus, train and ed- ers and pitting them against professional
ity upgrades, such as updating the locker could possibly be constructed from synthet- ucate them.” athletes. The program starts Jan. 14. Soon
rooms and grounds with newer, state-of- ic turf, making it easier and less expensive to after in February, the training season will
the-art energy efficiencies, which Matthews maintain. The hope is that this will give better focus commence.
to the players, as well as providing ESL and
Another pet project will be to develop a life-skill classes, so that even if they don’t
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CITIZEN COMMITTEES The Port St. Lucie City Council is kicking around the idea of creating citizen committees, maybe even a couple dozen. coordinate communication
between the Broward County
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 hassee City Commission. tional Night Out events. Public Schools and the city.
Another exotic committee at the state Fort Lauderdale, not surprisingly, has
that have them help the elected councils “Really, this is on top of
and commissions consider items ranging capitol is the Tallahassee-Leon County a Marine Advisory Board. It also has the the list, the schools,” council
from promoting affordable housing to Committee on the Status of Women and Budget Advisory Committee. That’s one member Stephanie Morgan
controlling airport nuisances. The mem- Girls. That’s a joint committee between Port St. Lucie used to have, but it was ef- said at the workshop meet-
bers are usually appointed by members Leon County and Tallahassee. As its name fectively shut down. ing.
of councils and commissions. The citizen suggests, that committee gives the county
boards and committees usually vote, so and city governments information and di- The council spoke at length about re- Vice Mayor Shannon Mar-
must adhere to public-notice and partici- rection on issues affecting girls and wom- viving the Citizens Budget Advisory Com- tin attended the workshop by
pation laws. Some have budgets given by en. mittee. The city manager, Russell “Russ” telephone, due to medical is-
councils and commissions — most don’t. Blackburn, will give the council a proposed sues. She sounded a warning
Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee have structure and guidelines for reviving the to the council that’s now a
Oravec pointed to two cities for exam- the less common but not unusual special budget-review committee in February. majority of newcomers. John
ples of good use of citizen committees: events advisory committees that help their Carvelli and Jolien Caraballo
Tallahassee and Fort Lauderdale. local governments plan for special events One advisory board Fort Lauderdale and Morgan took their seats
on city-owned properties, such as, say, Na- has that some PSL council members want in November.
“(Fort Lauderdale has) 20-something is the Education Advisory Board. It helps
committees, and Tallahassee 30-some- Oravec and Martin are the
thing,” he said at the meeting. only veterans on the coun-
FILE PHOTO cil, and Martin is the senior
Tallahassee has some of the more com- member. She’s been on the
mon boards and committees, such as the council six years.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “Beware of unintended consequences
However, is has some uncommon ones, when you start forming all these commit-
such as the Minority Business Enterprise tees,” she said by phone at the meeting.
Advisory Committee, which gives citizen Martin added, “Just because one city has
review and guidance for the city’s Minority 33 committees and another 29 doesn’t
Business Enterprise program. mean that Port St. Lucie should have the
Tallahassee — which is home to Florida Council members don’t take votes at
State University and its considerable re- workshops. They’re a way to discuss ideas
sources — also has some downright exotic and priorities at length publicly. Besides
citizen advisory committees, such as the reviving the budget committee, the coun-
Science Advisory Committee. That com- cil didn’t direct staff by consensus to come
mittee considers natural resources and back with proposals for others. It can at
public health and safety to report findings later meetings.
and make recommendations to the Talla-
10 December 30, 2016 ST. LUCIE VOICE | ST. LUCIE WEST AND TRADITION | NEWS www.stlucievoice.com
PRESSING FOR COVERAGE been inflexible, and it’s made covering of people don’t subscribe anymore,” she folks who criticize us all the time.”
any news in city hall difficult, frustrating said. “They go online now.” But there remained the question of how
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 and time consuming.
Nevertheless, council members mulled the city can talk to residents. The mayor
ager, Jeff Bremer, sent a memorandum The new policy was attributed to an- over the idea of purchasing space in said the council and city staff needed to
dubbed “Trilogy of Transparency – Part 2” other publication’s negative and, in the newspapers to publish stories itself. Mor- better coordinate its “messaging,” and tap
to the mayor and members of the council. city’s opinion, sometimes inaccurate sto- gan and Oravec expressed distaste for its existing resources.
That was before the election and seating ries. that idea.
of the three new council members. “We have access to radio,” Oravec said.
In an emailed response to St. Lucie “I can’t see spending money on some- “We have our own TV station. We have so-
The memorandum established a poli- Voice queries in February, Bremer de- body who doesn’t want to work with us,” cial media and Facebook.”
cy restricting members of the press from fended the press-limiting policy, saying Morgan said.
talking with any city employee besides it wasn’t new, but was rather a return to Additionally, the city will soon roll out a
the public information officer. The pub- adhering to existing policies. Oravec echoed her, saying, “My fear is I simplified version of its website.
lic information officer would then have would not want to pay the newspaper to
to email reporters’ questions to depart- Council member Stephanie Morgan do their job, and so many people like it Even with that, Oravec said people still
ment heads and essentially read back the said at the recent workshop it might not they pay the newspaper to view it.” get much of their news from papers. The
responses later. The policy has generally matter if the city is or isn’t getting positive mayor said he read a report recently in
news in local papers. The city manager rang the same bell. which 30 percent identified newspapers
“I think you’re right,” he said. “We don’t as their top source for local news.
“When it comes to the newspaper, a lot want to pay folks to do their job, or pay
“What other one tool gets us 30 per-
cent?” he said.
Workshop meetings allow city coun-
cils to discuss business such as priority
setting in the public eye without taking
votes. By consensus a council can give
city staff proposals to research and take
back as agenda items.
RECEIVES KEY PERMITS
The South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) entered its Final Order
last week resulting in the issuance of an
Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) and
a sovereignty submerged lands (SSL) ease-
ment for the City’s Crosstown Parkway Ex-
tension Project. With issuance of the permit
and easement, the City now has the green
light for construction to begin on this very
important project. The Crosstown Parkway
Extension will provide Port St. Lucie’s cru-
cial third east-west crossing of the North
Fork of the St. Lucie River, connecting the
existing Crosstown Parkway from Manth
Lane, east to U.S. 1 at Village Green Drive.
It will alleviate traffic congestion, improve
public safety, help reduce travel times, en-
hance mobility and provide a new evacua-
“What the Crosstown Parkway Extension
Project means to Port St. Lucie is far more
than can be communicated by a quote,”
said Mayor Gregory Oravec. “The citizens
and staff have been working on the third
crossing over the river for decades. In a spe-
cial election nearly 12 years ago, 89 percent
of the voters approved an increase in our
taxes to pay for it. The bridge is critically
needed for transportation, economic devel-
opment, emergency response and evacua-
tion. Yet, it means even more than the sum
of these important parts. Since we received
this critical permit, Etta James’ ‘At Last’ has
played more than once in my mind, and, in
2017, we will all see the long-awaited con-
struction of the Crosstown Bridge begin …
“This is an extremely exciting time for
the city. After so many years in the process,
we finally embark upon the final leg of the
journey” said Patricia Roebling, assistant
city manager. – CONTRIBUTED
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IN LOVING MEMORY TREASURING LIFE
JANE W. BURKETT, 89 kett (Anna) of Felton, Calif.; grandchildren “T‰easu‰e Coast Hospice
Port St. Lucie Mitchell Jacobs, David Burkett, Justin Bur- lifted a weight
kett, Erik Burkett and Catherine Schneider; off ou‰ shoulders”.
Jane W. Burkett, 89, of Port St. Lucie,- and great-grandchildren Alexandra Jane,
passed away Dec. 21. Benjamin, James and Emory Burkett. With our support, families “Peggy cared for our mom at home
can be more confident during a long illness so Mom could be
Mrs. Burkett was born in Eatontown, LAWRENCE K. NEWMAN, 76 with the family she loved. But in the
N.J., to the late Charles and Macey Lavene. Port St. Lucie caregivers and spend more final months when Mom’s condition
She was raised in New Jersey before moving quality time together. got worse, her doctor recommended
to Stuart, Fla., after graduating high school Lawrence Kevin Newman, 76, of Port St. Treasure Coast Hospice. They provided
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the military. She has been a resident of Port his daughter, Bernice Newman; parents tchospice.org. time with Mom.”
St. Lucie since 2004. Geraldine and John Edwin Newman; broth-
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From 1963-1992 Mrs. Burkett and her ability to pay. Margaret’s daughters
family lived in Homestead, Fla. She also re- Mr. Newman is survived by his loving
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Mr. Newman was born Oct. 17, 1940,
Mrs. Burkett was active in Redland Unit- in Washington, D.C., and graduated from
ed Methodist Church in Homestead. She Suitland High School in 1958. He attended
was a Youth Counselor for Methodist Youth Embry Riddle University and graduated in
Fellowship and affiliated with the Methodist 1971. He also served eight years in the Unit-
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Mrs. Burkett was preceded in death by Mr. Newman worked for Sikorsky Aircraft
her husband, Major Eugene R. Burkett; son for 20 years in Connecticut and West Palm
Charles Burkett; brothers George, Clarence, Beach and was a resident of Port St. Lucie
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ley; and grandson Marshall Jacobs. ioner of St. Lucie Catholic Church in Port St.
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Bonz two-steps with Tex, who’s blind and kind
he could go toward my voice. “Tell me what your life’s like
He perked up his ears – well,
Hi Dog Buddies! one of ‘em. The other was sorta now.”
flopped over, gave him a rakish
I had a great interview with a rescue dog look. Boink! He bumped into “It’s great. I sorta know my
this week. I know all you poocheroos are my Assistant. “Oops, sorry,” he
happy, like me, that more and more hu- said. “I’m blind as a bat. Always way around here: I still bump
mans are decidin’ to rescue, right? I dunno runnin’ into walls and trippin’
why, but those stories really give me wet over my water bowl.” into stuff, but not hard or
eyes, ‘specially when it’s the Christmas
Season. He located me pretty quick anything. Mom and also Aunt
and executed a perfectly nice
Tex Martin’s an old fella, around 10 and Wag-and-Sniff. Then his Mom Kyla and Grampa all love me
a half, close as they can figure. He’s a light scooped him up and we all set-
chocolate-colored chihuahua, good bit of tled around the dining room to pieces and I get to snooze
gray around his face. And he’s blind. Total- table, Tex comfy in his Mom’s
ly. lap. “Thanks so much for mak- on their laps and get carried
ing time to share your story,” I
We knocked, and a grownup man told him. around as much as I want,
opened the door. There were two girls with
him. The older one was holding Tex, who “I’m happy to do it. Maybe which is most of the time. I
was sniffin’ like mad in our general direc- it’ll get more humans to think
tion. about adopting us older, hand- have three toys but I don’t re-
icapped pooches. So – I started
“Come right on in, young fella. An your goin’ blind quite a while back. ally play with ‘um so I’ll prob-
helper, too. I’m Tex Martin. This is my My other family, they were al-
Grampa Keith, and my Mom, Fallon, she’s ways nice to me, but they didn’t ly donate ‘em to Pooches Less
12, and my Aunt Kyla, she’s 9.” know to take me to a vet. So,
when they realized I couldn’t Fortunate. I also get to go to
Tex kept wigglin’, till his Mom set him see ANYthing, they didn’t know
gently on the floor. He made a couple small what to do, so they brought me to the Hu- the Bark Park and play with
circles, his toenails clicking on the floor. mane Society shelter.”
other dogs. I’m not scared or
“Pleased to meet you,” I said loudly so
anything and I NEVER cower.
But I am gettin’ up there, so I
just run around in little circles
and for not very long. And I
play with a nice poodle neigh-
bor. I’m gonna get up the nerve
to ask her name one of these
“I don’t get to go to work
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with Grampa cuz he has a rest-
“Oh, Woof! That is Seriously Soggy Dog runt and there are Rules. But,
Biscuits!” I sympathized. when he gets home and takes his boots
“Yeah, pretty much. The humans there off, I sit right in front of ‘em till he picks me
are real nice, and I even got an Angel spon- up. Then we watch TV and he scratches
WE ARE MOVING!! sor, but I figured my chance of getting my head and neck and feet. It’s our nightly
adopted was basically slim to none, what ritual.”
with my age and bein’ blind and all. I was “Any favorite food?” I inquired.
pretty sure I’d never have an actual Forever “Humm, I’d say, pretty much, anything.
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“Yep. And my Mom’s one of the read- Pawsome Family, and a Mom who’s total-
ers. Us pooches’d go into the reading ly dedicated to me and other Pooches In
room one atta time and she’d read to us Need. She’s even thinking about moving
for a half hour each. It was great. I’d usu- to Switzerland for college, ‘cuz they’re Very
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BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer well, and every bedroom has a walk-in
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[email protected] PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICIA DONELAN
1 The New Year looms with BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Correspondent theater, you will leave it laughing. as a director at leading regional theaters
what seems to me a dire [email protected]kly.com You can catch the show at the Maltz Jupi- throughout the country. He spoke recently
need to restore a sense of com- about why he wanted to direct “The Produc-
munity. What could be better If you are of delicate sensibilities, you ter Theatre Jan. 10-29. It’s directed by Mark ers.”
than a nice, buzzed belting out might want to avoid “The Producers,” the Martino, who is in his 10th season at the
of “Auld Lang Syne” with fellow musical Mel Brooks adapted from his mov- Maltz. Theater audiences have seen his pro- “It’s a show that lets you absolutely go to
revelers? ie. It is politically incorrect, offends a lot of ductions of “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Crazy for the farthest ends of our funny bones,” he
At Terra Fermata, they’re start- people, and is so screamingly funny that no You,” “Les Miserables” and last season’s “The said. “That’s not usual anymore. It’s not iron-
ing early on New Year’s Eve, with matter how you feel when you walk into the Will Rogers Follies.” He is also well known
a morning chant, meditation CONTINUED ON PAGE B4
and breathing class at 10 a.m.,
courtesy of the positive influ-
ences of The Healing House. The
website didn’t mention shots or
Bloody Marys, but there must
be some nearby; they don’t call
it Confusion Corner for nothing.
With all that oxygen in your
body, you should be in fine form
later that night for the Tennes-
see-based Strung Like a Horse,
starting its set at 9:30 p.m. Pol-
ished, witty and in a folksy way
insane, the band claims to take
inspiration from folk punk bands
like the Violent Femmes, but on
the other hand heralds its hill-
billy “stomp grass.” Known for
its keen talents and borderline
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There’s no place like JessLee: Feel the ‘Burn’
Hfor tOhe HMolidaEys BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Correspondent about a girl who is in a relationship and
Be a part of the community that you [email protected] gets played. She sees him with another
will love to call home! The Brennity
communities offer an active social life, Many of us have followed the rising girl and wants to burn everything (they
superior dining, spacious floor plans,
wellness programs, maintenance-free career of local singer and songwriter shared). It’s fun and easy to catch on to.
living, and a wide array of
amenities to choose from. JessLee, who now works in Nashville. My videographer is amazing. He does
Our friendly residents and dedicated The singer and fitness advocate has a lot work for Airbnb and Red Bull. He does
associates look forward to sharing the
reasons why they love to call The Brennity of news. She has just released a single, good work with reputable companies.
at Tradition and The Brennity at Vero
Beach their home. “Christmas in America,” dedicated to He said he would play it with no sound
Homes • Independent Living • Assisted active duty soldiers, veterans and family so you could tell what the story was
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Call Today For Your members, and is having a music video about with no lyrics. It’s fun and whim-
party Jan. 28 for the release of her single sical and has a happy ending.”
“Burn” and a sneak peek at her music The music business has changed so
video of the same name. much and JessLee gave me a primer on
The Jan 28 event will take place at how it works.
Charlie’s Bar and Grill in Stuart and is “After the release, if it gets enough
open to the public. It is the culmination views, I hope YouTube would pay for
of a process that began with
crowd funding to raise mon-
ey for the project, and work
with Stancil Media, an Orlan-
do-based company owned
by videographer Miles Stan-
The musician is releasing
the video in Stuart, not only
because it is her hometown,
but because local residents
– including Rick Bowman,
Melissa Crable, Mike Fidan-
za, Mike Hughes, Nicholas
Jones, Robert Leveille, Catri-
ona Spoor and Rodney Van-
noy – were involved in the
production and appear as
When JessLee called to
talk about it all, she had her
trademark enthusiasm and
joy at doing exactly what she
wants to do with her life.
“The ‘Burn’ video is my de-
but music video and I’m so
excited,” she said. “It’s been
six or seven months in the
making with my team com-
ing together.” Singer/songwriter JessLee. PHOTO COURTESY OF MELISSA CRABLE
The project was complete-
ly funded through Kickstarter. it,” she said. “There’s the sale of songs
“It was cool,” JessLee said. “It was the from streaming. If they listen enough,
complete package, from travel expenses I get paid for that. There’s Amazon and
to costumes and videography. And while iTunes. We want the video to be a suc-
a great amount of people were paid, so cess, but we want people to love the song
many people volunteered. There is a on its own.”
huge scene that’s a bonfire and so many Nashville is a big part of who JessLee
people were excited to be a part of it.” is now, but she is releasing it in Florida
The video has seven different scenes because Florida is home. No matter how
and JessLee is grateful to volunteers who much success she has, you can’t take
helped on site with everything from Florida out of the girl.
holding reflectors for lighting, to helping
with water to keep everyone hydrated. JessLee’s video release party will take
“Burn” is a new song and JessLee place Jan 28 at Charlie’s Barr and Grill,
BrennityTradition.com BrennityVeroBeach.com hopes to do a tour with part of the fund- 400 S.E Parrot Circle, Stuart. Admission is
772-345-2700 772-299-7900 ing. They’ll be pushing the song in con- free. She will arrive at 7:30 p.m. and the
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A SAGORA SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY music video emphasizes the song. It’s www.JessLeeMusic.com.
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Cavaliere’s attitude: Rascals will keep on Groovin’
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Correspondent “All of the songs were about a romance,” Africa. I was proud of it. I still feel a little me. I grew up playing classical music on
[email protected] rush when we perform it.” the piano and I heard Ray Charles. I’d nev-
he said. “I was writing about a young er heard anything like that.”
Very few make it to the Rock and Roll Cavaliere moved to Nashville some 30
Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of lady I was engaged to. She was a muse. I years ago for professional reasons. Cavaliere has appeared with so many
Fame. Felix Cavaliere, who founded the artists, including Hendrix, Bruce Spring-
Young Rascals in 1965 and had megahits (wrote the song) when I questioned the “I came down here on business and kept steen and Billy Joel, but he said he’d love to
such as “Good Lovin,’” “Groovin,’” “It’ a seeing people I knew in appear with Stevie Wonder because of his
Beautiful Morning,” “How Can I Be Sure” relationship. I wrote it with a partner and the entertainment indus- body of work.
and “People Got to Be Free,” is one of the try,” he said. “I saw the
very few. he took it in a direction Four Seasons, Steppen- The musician said he didn’t have a fa-
wolf, and some of Bruce’s vorite song because it varied, depending
In 2017, “Good Lovin’” has its 50th an- that made it universal. guys. They said that if you on his mood and the audience response.
niversary and Cavaliere’s Rascals come wanted to continue to be
to the Emerson Center in Vero Beach Jan. She married one of my a musician, this was the “It depends on the time of year or where
19 to celebrate the music that was the place to be. It was full of you are,” he said. “‘Beautiful Morning’ was
soundtrack for so many lives. dearest friends. I believe musicians and writers. I written in Hawaii, and I’ll be there for New
moved from Connecti- Year’s. It’s a mood thing. People also deter-
Cavaliere spoke recently from his home she came into my life so cut. There, they owned mine it. We’re about satisfying and pleas-
in Nashville about a career that began in the business. Down here, ing the public, not ourselves.”
New York five decades ago. I asked him if I could write those songs. it was the exact oppo-
he considered himself a singer who writes site. The bank here had a At the very end of the interview, I asked
songs or a songwriter who sings. I believe, in all honesty, I place for musicians and Cavaliere to confirm a family urban legend
that he had played at my cousins’ prom at
“I would have picked a songwriter who needed a muse. songwriters to (borrow money) to build Syosset (N.Y.) High School a long time ago.
sings before the new business where no a studio. Where I come from, that’s called He said it was very likely. “There were no
one pays you for your music,” he said. “People Got to Be Free” the exit.” stadiums then and we did a lot of those,”
“Now I’m a singer who writes. I moved to he said. “It was a paid-for show.”
Nashville and was doing so well publishing was written during the Coming from New York, Cavaliere was
and writing. I love to create. The business exposed to some of the foremost musi- Fifty years later, we’re still listening.
changed and it was on the road for all of tumult of 1968, with the cians of the day. They inspired the “blue-
us.” eyed soul” sound for which he became Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals appear at the
assassinations of Martin known. Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave.,Vero Beach,
Cavaliere said that all of the songs from Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit
the hits period were related. I asked about Luther King Jr. and Rob- Felix Cavaliere. “I heard Fats Domino, Jerry Lee and www.MusicWorksConcerts.com or call 772-
“How Can I Be Sure,” which is my favorite. ert Kennedy. Chuck Berry,” he said. “They all influenced 234-4412.
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“I was really involved MUSIC WORKS CONCERTS
in politics and civil
rights,” he said. “We cared. The bottom
line was people were afraid to (say any-
thing) because they didn’t want to alien-
ate the public and lose sales. We were too
stupid. We were with Atlantic Records and
there weren’t many white acts. We were
surrounded by people in mourning. There
was a lot of controversy in the record com-
pany. They didn’t want to release it. It was
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‘THE PRODUCERS’ show business to his core. rather make fun of him, that if you ridicule 12 Broadway shows and was in the original
“Mel Brooks was 9 when he first went to them, they can’t win. Mel Brooks didn’t set ‘Mamma Mia.’ Both he and Lenny have
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 out to write a show that had a message; his tons of Broadway experience. You get great
Broadway and saw Ethel Merman,” Mar- brand of humor was irreverent about every- talent in Florida in the winter; it’s not a hard
ic. The underlying delight of the show is the tino said. “He said ‘That’s where I belong,’ thing.” place to attract talent. There’s also quite a
absolute love for show business and the He had a love for the people who put on a good bit of local talent.”
crazy people who inhabit it.” show.” While many think of Broadway actors
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the Martino loves working at the Maltz.
In case you missed the show and movie, it Brooks also had a talent for offending a two leading roles, Martino said he went into “The staff is fantastic and the production
tells about a producer and accountant who lot of people and groups. the audition with an open mind. values are some of the best in the country
oversell a Broadway show to investors and at regional theaters. It feels like a second
put together a show that they are sure will “It’s incredibly politically incorrect,” Mar- “You need a leading man who can sing home to me.”
fail so they can pocket the investors’ money. tino said. “Check all of your sensibilities. great, do vaudeville style, and is self-depre-
With songs like “Springtime for Hitler,” how There are no sacred cows. I did a lot of re- cating,” he said. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indian-
can it not fail? search on Mel Brooks and why there are so town Road, Jupiter, presents “The Producers”
many references to Hitler. He said that hu- “It isn’t dependent on Nathan Lane. You Jan. 10-29. For more information. Call the
The show becomes a hit, and comedy en- mor is the best weapon against tyrants. The discover people. I’m thrilled about Lenny box office at 561-575-2223 or order online at
sues. movie opened only 22 years after WWII. It’s Wolpe. He’s a Broadway vet with the right www.jupitertheatre.org.
about the absurdity of it all. People were stuff. This is my second or third show with
Martino said Mel Brooks was theater and mad he talked about Hitler. He said he’d Mark Price, the other lead. He’s done 10 or
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60 DEGREES OF DIFFICULTY? HOW TO HIT A LOB SHOT Kevin’s
I want to bring to your attention a club The lob wedge will create a higher flight and, 3. In swing: Generally have a very full swing
that I would recommend all of you have in very importantly, also impart more back- in both directions. Most players, because of Kevin Perkins is a PGA Master Profession-
your arsenal, and that is the lob wedge. spin, which will help you control your shots tension and lack of confidence, will strangle al. He operates his Golf Academy at The Ever-
more effectively. Finally, the most common their motion off too much; feel more freely green Club, has hosted and produced his own
As some of you know, a lob wedge usu- and biggest advantage in using a lob wedge and allow a nice amount of motion. Feel the television and radio shows, and has authored
ally has 4 degrees more loft than your is when you have hole locations that are very weight of the clubhead; again, allow for a the golf instructional book “Golf Everyone,”
sand wedge (commonly, the lob wedge has close to the edge of the green or are cut right smooth, graceful motion. published by Hunter Textbooks. Perkins may
a 60-degree loft as opposed to the sand in behind a bunker. Using a sand wedge or a 4. Understand the flange/bounce of the be reached at 561-301-3783. Email: dkper-
wedge’s 56). Some lob wedges may have pitching wedge, which may have any where club: You must glide or slide the flange [email protected] or visit his website at www.
even have more loft; Phil Mickelson famous- from 46 to 52 degrees left, is a great disad- across the turf and not dig the leading edge kevinperkinsgolfacademy.com.
ly carries a 64-degree lob wedge in his bad. vantage in this situation. I would highly rec- into the turf. At address, sole the flange on
ommended using a lob wedge when negoti- the turf, not the leading edge. Using the
The lob wedge can open up a new world ating those tightly-tucked hole locations. bounce properly dramatically increases
around the greens. Obviously, the big ad- your margin of error, a big advantage and
vantage the lob wedge gives you is a high Here a few tips on how to execute the lob something all of you should understand.
flight and softer landing shot. Also, there are wedge: 5. Practice: Hit shots with your left wrist
times when you are in a bunker with a very 1. Ball position: Play the ball just inside your bowing, or convexing, at impact; this should
high lip that you need to negotiate. The lob left heel. go a long way in correcting those short/high
wedge will really do the trick in this situa- 2. Weight distribution: 60 percent on the shots you may be experiencing.
tion. Another example for good use with the left leg, 40 percent on the right.
lob is when you play firm and fast greens.
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