Up Moore’s Creek ...
A3 B3 B4Water cleanup effort under way
City’s picking up Styx Something fishy, funny
Set to sign band for PSL concert ‘A Tuna Christmas’ at the A.C.T.
VOLUME 4, ISSUE 48 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019
Restaurant at 48 additional
Riverwalk could hires sought for
open in fall 2021 Copas vets home
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer LET THE MAGIC BEGIN! Tom Salmon BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent
[email protected] works to set
Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking
A $1.8 million restaurant over- up the train set for the 5th Annual “Garden of Lights” at Fort the Florida Legislature to fund
looking the Port St. Lucie River- 48 more positions at the Ardie
walk Boardwalk could go under Pierce’s Heathcote Botanical Gardens. The beautiful display at R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing
construction next year and open Home in Tradition.
in October 2021. the 5-acre gardens drew more than 11,000 guests last holiday
“The Copas home is scheduled
The 5,000-square-foot-plus wa- season. This year’s edition opens on Nov. 29 and runs through to have about 145 employees,” said
terfront restaurant is a key com- Steve Murray, communications di-
ponent in the 10-acre “showcase Dec. 28. For more, see the Coming Up column on Page B1. PHOTOS: LINDA KLOORFAIN rector at the Florida Department
park” the city is developing on of Veteran Affairs (FDVA).
Westmoreland Boulevard near
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. The FDVA has announced for
about the last three months it will
A consultant recently gave a open Copas sometime next sum-
glowing review to Manatee Is- mer, just about two years since
land Bar & Grill’s development construction began with clearing
and business plans for a two-floor work in June 2018. The workers
restaurant and Tiki bar with seat- will be state employees. The Flor-
ing for 150. ida Department of Veteran Affairs
is not affiliated with the federal
Paul Gonnella and Michael Poli-
tano already operate two Manatee CONTINUED ON PAGE A4
Island restaurants employing a
total of 100 workers in Fort Pierce Turnpike could pose
and Port Salerno. obstacle for planned
$4M ‘Adventure Park’
“They present a strong manage-
ment team,” said Chris Morhardt, BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer
a consultant the city hired the re- [email protected]
CONTINUED ON PAGE A6 A $4 million “Adventure Park”
planned in St. Lucie West may
VIRGIN RAIL DETAILS DAUNTING BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROCESS face complications if Florida’s
Turnpike uses part of the site for a
BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer PHOTO: KAILA JONES A massive construction crane towering over Crosstown Parkway interchange.
[email protected] the Taylor Creek railroad bridge construction
Virgin Trains’ construction between Orlando and Cocoa. platform on the south side of Beachline Ex- Port St. Lucie plans to start
Virgin Trains USA expects to spend $20 pressway/State Road 528 provided the back- construction on the park for
million-plus and take more than two years drop for a Virgin Trains media briefing on skating, biking and other action
to replace the 93-year-old St. Sebastian River Nov. 21 about how the bridges are being built. sports in 2021 on a 39-acre site
Railroad Bridge linking Brevard and Indian north of the parkway and west of
River counties. Lessons learned on relatively shorter rail- the turnpike. Conceptual plans
road bridges along SR 528 will be applied to call for a skatepark, BMX race
VTUSA is deploying several construction longer bridge replacement projects at the St.
teams to build 55 bridges between Orlando Sebastian River, St. Lucie River and Crane CONTINUED ON PAGE A6
and West Palm Beach as part of the $2.5 Bil-
lion expansion of the passenger rail line. CONTINUED ON PAGE A7
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OYSTER MODULES COULD BE KEY TO CLEANING URBAN WATERWAYS
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer Fort Pierce Road and Drainage worker operates a Weedoo, a boatlike piece of installed to protect them.
[email protected] equipment designed to scoop up aquatic invasive vegetation, on Moore’s Creek. Now, several cages are filled with tape-
“Anywhere you go, the lagoon is connect- PHOTO: DEBBIE CARSON grass and soon the cages will be removed.
ed to all of us. It doesn’t matter where we are, Oppenborn said the hope is that there will
it’s one big part of us,” said Janel Altman, an Altman said. “There’s a lot of trash.” goon, more needs to be done.
Indian River State College biology student. She noted that beaches are notorious That’s where the tapegrass and oyster be more vegetation than hungry critters can
chew and the stock won’t be decimated.
It’s why she’s one of many volunteers who for trash; urban waterways are even worse. modules come in. Fort Pierce, St. Lucie
often help St. Lucie County Coastal Resourc- “We just need more hands” to help out, Al- County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Tapegrass will help filter pollutants from
es Coordinator Jim Oppenborn with various tman said. Conservation Commission are working with the water, leaving the water cleaner. It also
water quality projects. Carter Henne, of Sea & Shoreline, to plant serves as fish habitat.
Last week, the Fort Pierce Road and Drain- tapegrass along the edges of the creek.
His latest endeavor involves Moore’s age crew was clearing out water lettuce – the To tackle the third challenge – sediment –
Creek, an urban waterway running through common name for pistia, an invasive floating It’s currently in the pilot stage and they’re Oppenborn envisions modules crafted from
Fort Pierce out to the Indian River Lagoon. plant. Each bunch dredged from the creek learning what works and what doesn’t. Op- oyster shells sunk below the surface near
The creek collects stormwater runoff start- netted at least one piece of visible trash, be it penborn pointed to the cages that line the each bridge along the creek. The modules
ing out west past 33rd Street and winds east. a discarded gas station beverage cup or can- creek near 7th Street. The cages are meant to would work like baffleboxes – slowing down
Seventh Street between Avenues C and D has dy wrapper. protect the tapegrass from hungry herbivores. the water in areas to allow the sediment to
a picturesque red footbridge crossing it, al- sink to the bottom.
lowing visitors to take in a bit of green in an The quarterly cleanups will help with that “The turtles and ducks just devour it,”
otherwise developed area. issue, Altman noted. But to clean the water Oppenborn said. The first planting was de- A vacuum truck would then be able to run
and improve its quality before hitting the la- molished by the animals. Cages had to be a hose down to the module and suck out the
The challenge with urban waterways such sediment, again leaving the creek cleaner
as Moore’s Creek, according to Oppenborn, before getting to the lagoon. Oppenborn is
is that the water is heavily polluted with waiting on permits to deploy the modules
roadway runoff, pesticides, herbicides and and agreements from the city to pump out
trash. All of which, unless filtered out, ends the sediment on a regular basis. Once he has
up in the lagoon. the green light, he’ll need volunteers to help
install the modules.
To that end, there are quarterly cleanups
of the creek hosted by volunteers, and Op- In a perfect world, Oppenborn said he’d
penborn is working on establishing tape- like a module at every bridge over the creek.
grass (freshwater seagrass) and developing But, “realistically, we’ll take one.”
a plan for implementing oyster modules as
sediment traps. The hope for now is to put the first module
at either 10th or 12th streets and see how well
The creek is in desperate need of cleanup, it traps sediments and how often it would
need to be pumped.
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STRONG COUNTY COPAS HOME HIRING ans’ Nursing Home will have up to 120 who represents St. Lucie County, asked
JOBS NUMBERS AS patents. Daniel “Danny” Burgess Jr., the executive
HOLIDAY SEASON CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 director of the FDVA, whether there’s a
GETS UNDER WAY “It’s a phased opening,” Murray said. nursing shortage Copas will face when it
Department of Veteran Affairs, although “The doors open and you have your ad- opens. That was at the inaugural meeting
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent the latter is funding 65 percent of the ministrators in there and some nursing of the Florida Senate Committee on Mil-
construction costs. The FDVA does not staff. Each week you bring in a couple itary and Veterans Affairs and Space for
St. Lucie County headed into the holi- use private contractors to staff its veter- more (patients and staff), a couple more.” the 2020 legislative session in October.
day season with strong employment. ans nursing homes.
The state’s current six veteran nursing “We have a big shortage of nurses,”
The Florida Department of Economic The governor, who released his pro- homes opened between 1993 and 2010. she said at the Tallahassee meeting.
Opportunity released its monthly state em- posed 2020-2021 budget on Nov. 18, is Because of differences in designs, equip-
ployment report on Friday, Nov. 15. That asking the legislature for $6.1 million ment and nursing best practices over “The salaries that we’re offering seem
day CareerSource Research Coast supplied to fund the 48 positions. The legislature those years, each home filled up at differ- to be not competitive in our local arena.
St. Lucie Voice with three decades of local has already funded the remaining posi- ent rates. They average 150 workers each. How are we addressing that? And do you
month-to-month employment data. tions in this and previous years’ budgets. have any suggestions of what we need to
“I don’t know how long it’ll take this do legislatively to address that?”
In October the county’s non-agricul- Murray said hiring for Copas will start time,” Murray said. “Typically it’s two or
tural, not-seasonally-adjusted unemploy- in January. The state will first hire the three months.” Burgess was blunt.
ment rate was 3.6 percent. That compares administrator, the maintenance super- “It is real,” he replied to Harrell. “There
to 3.7 percent in September and 4 percent visor, the human resources director and The state prefers to hire state veteran is definitely an issue with retention and
the same month in 2018. The state and na- the admissions coordinator. After that, nursing home workers who already live recruitment (of nurses to work at state
tion, too, had continuing historic strong hiring for nursing and support jobs will locally. “We want local people who are veterans homes). Because in the private
employment in October. start. Murray estimated that could come qualified obviously,” he said. Some posi- sector you have strong competition; you
as early as February or March, but could tions, such as the nursing home director, have bonuses you’re competing with.”
Florida’s not-seasonally-adjusted un- also start later. Hiring the initial work- are more difficult to fill locally. “That’s a Nevertheless, Burgess dissuaded the
employment rate in October was 2.9 per- ers will be in phases and could last until finite pool of people with those qualifica- committee from considering substan-
cent. With seasonal adjustment – a statis- fall. When filled, the Copas State Veter- tions and skills,” Murray said. tially increasing pay rates at the veter-
tical tool to account for normal monthly ans homes. He said the state veterans
fluctuations – the state had a 3.2 percent Strong employment in Florida is a department is trying various attraction
unemployment rate. That seasonally-ad- problem, too. State Sen. Gayle Harrell, and retention programs and wants to
justed rate was steady from September, see if they’re effective before increasing
but nevertheless the best monthly em- budgets.
ployment number in the Sunshine State In total, the governor’s proposed
over the last decade. 2020-2021 budget is $91.4 billion, up
from $90.9 billion this fiscal year. The
The national not-seasonally-adjusted state’s fiscal year runs from July to June.
unemployment rate in October was 3.3 The proposed budget would increase
percent. With seasonal adjustment, that positions for state workers by 549. Of
was 3.6 percent. those, 109 are at the FDVA. The state
veterans department has 1,411 fulltime
St. Lucie’s strongest annual employment equivalents. Under the proposed budget
period generally starts in October and runs that would increase to 1,520.
to April. In 2017 the county’s not-seasonal-
ly-adjusted unemployment rate in October PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS Hiring information is posted at www.
was 4.8 percent. In 2016 it was 5.9 percent. floridavets.org.
In 2015 the county’s October unemploy-
ment rate was an even 6 percent, which was cember. The two years before that the (See related story on Page 1.) employed. Discouraged workers – those
down from 7.2 percent in 2014. county had the pattern of employment The national and state unemployment who are able to work and want jobs, but
dropping October to November, then have not sought employment in the previ-
Generally, local employment gets stron- again November to December. rates are calculated using a variety of meth- ous 30 days – are not counted in the un-
ger in November and December compared ods. Among them are random telephone employment figure. Many call this “shad-
to October. In 2018 St. Lucie’s unemploy- The opening of the Ardie R. Copas interviews with people in working ages. ow unemployment,” and it’s inherently
ment rate was 3.9 percent in November State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Tradi- Those that are able to work and report not difficult to track due to variations for why
and December. In 2017 unemployment tion will certainly dull the county’s annual having jobs, but looked for employment in people don’t seek jobs.
bumped up slightly from October to No- spring-summer employment lull this year. the previous 30 days, are counted as un-
vember, but then dropped again in De-
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RIVERWALK RESTAURANT restaurant on a .7-acre site near the famous Bayview Construction of Port Salerno as and museum in the park at 2454 SE Westmo-
Banyan Tree. general contractor, the business plan says. reland Blvd.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
Manatee Island expects to break even Manatee Island’s target customers are The council is to discuss the plans for two
view Manatee Island’s business plans, told within two years, its business plan says. It boaters and residents in St. Lucie, Martin, historic buildings, the Peacock house, built
the City Council on Nov. 18. “The construc- will borrow about 70 percent of the con- Okeechobee, Indian River and Palm Beach in 1917, and the Peacock hunting lodge,
tion budget and the timeline all look very struction costs and pay the rest in cash. counties, the plan says. built in 1952, at its Nov. 25 meeting.
“We intend to aggressively pay down debt An earlier proposal by another team of The St. Lucie County Historical Society
“Because of their experience in their other in order to clear funds for rent increases in waterfront restaurant operators in Fort proposes operating a museum and library
two restaurants, they have the staff available years to come,” Gonnella and Politano said. Pierce fell by the wayside in March because in the 67-year-old lodge, featuring historic
to operate a third location,” Morhardt said. of the development costs. artifacts, memorabilia, educational kiosks,
“There is also an ability based on the histor- Manatee Island’s proposal calls for no offices and community space.
ical financials and the other operating enti- rent for the restaurant’s first three years. The Riverwalk Boardwalk extension plans
ties that they should be bankable as well.” Rent would be tied to revenue, with Manatee call for a floating dock near the restaurant The Historical Society also proposes us-
Island paying 4 percent of revenues above $1 site. The boardwalk will also connect to ing the 102-year-old house as “a static dis-
City Manager Russ Blackburn is negoti- million in the fourth year with slight annual Bridge Plaza, which features a variety of play, outfitted with amenities and furnish-
ating a long-term agreement with Manatee increases until the 10th year. restaurants and stores. ings of the era for the purposes of education
Island to lease, develop and operate the and to serve as a monument to the history of
Manatee Island has hired an architect In addition, the city is developing a riv- the city,” city records show.
to design the restaurant and is considering er-themed playground and a historic village
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1
course, jump park, stryder track, moun-
tain bike trails, rock walls, zip lines, stand-
ing wave rides and a playground at 1501
SW Cameo Blvd.
However, turnpike officials notified the
city in August part of the site might be
needed for a southbound entrance ramp
in about a decade. It’s one of three op-
tions they are considering for the entrance
The proposed entrance ramp would
start on Crosstown Parkway westbound,
turn north onto what is now Cameo Bou-
levard, loop over the action park site and
cross the turnpike twice before merg-
ing onto the southbound lanes, records
“It looks like there is still significant us-
able property on the site, which we were
worried about,” City Manager Russ Black-
burn told the City Council on Nov. 18.
The council voted unanimously to pro-
ceed with the adventure park. “This is
making good on a long-standing promise,”
said Mayor Greg Oravec. “I’m glad that it’s
finally moving forward.”
A public planning meeting will be held
this spring to develop general concepts for
the adventure park, said Assistant Parks
and Recreation Director Brad Keen. A de-
sign-build firm will be hired in 2021 to
construct the facilities.
Councilwoman Jolien Caraballo said a
constituent recently asked her about the
“They’re still waiting and they’re ready
to get to work and help bring ideas for-
ward,” Caraballo said.
The adventure park will blend well with
Crosstown Parkway’s multi-purpose path
and linear park, Caraballo said.
The council also voted unanimously
to oppose any turnpike interchange plan
that takes land away from the adventure
“I think we just need to move forward
with the park, get it done, put in all the
amenities, and let them work around our
site when their solution has to be devel-
oped,” said Councilman John Carvelli.
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RAIL BRIDGE REPLACEMENT “We’re targeting the end of 2022 to de- Virgin Trains USA Executive VP Michael Cegelis. a low-clearance 81-year-old single-track
liver this project and begin operations,” drawbridge.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 said VTUSA President and CEO Patrick A construction trestle will be erected
Goddard. alongside the old bridge so there’s a plat- “We will continue to operate on the ex-
Creek, said Michael Cegelis, VTUSA execu- form for equipment, workers and mate- isting St. Lucie Bridge when we start reve-
tive vice president for infrastructure. Virgin Trains started running passenger rials, Cegelis said. The structure will be nue service at the end of this Phase 2 proj-
trains between West Palm Beach and Fort strong enough to support a massive crane ect,” Cegelis said.
Once the expansion is completed, Lauderdale in January 2018 and added its that can lift up to 200 tons.
VTUSA plans to run 34 passenger trains Miami station that May. Virgin Trains officials compared their
per day through Indian River County at “It is the method we are using for almost passenger service to Amtrak’s Acela line
speeds of up to 110 mph en route be- Virgin Trains is also negotiating with the all of the bridges on our alignment,” Cege- from Washington, D.C. to Boston, as well
tween Orlando International Airport and Florida Department of Transportation and lis said. “We’ll build a side-running trestle as inter-city train lines in England, France,
downtown Miami. Central Florida Expressway Authority to then put a crane on it and the construction Italy and Spain.
lease land along highways for the exten- materials are delivered from the side-run-
Construction on a new 1,625-foot-long sion of passenger service to Tampa, God- ning trestle to the permanent location on Initially, Virgin Trains will run 10 sets
railroad bridge across the St. Sebastian dard said. Stations could be built at Walt the bridge.” of trains with two locomotives and five
River could start by the end of the year and Disney World and other theme parks. coaches that can seat up to 240 passen-
take up to 30 months, VTUSA officials said. “It’ll be a deck like just this and a crane gers, Cegelis said.
Virgin Trains showed off its new station like this – a Manitowoc 777 – can traverse
“What we’re doing at Sebastian River at Orlando International Airport on Nov. this trestle and feed the permanent bridge A joint dispatching operation in Jack-
is: We will remove the unused superstruc- 21 during a media tour of the 35-mile rail site,” Cegelis said on the Taylor Creek tres- sonville coordinates the VTUSA passenger
ture of the west bridge,” Cegelis said. “The corridor under construction along SR 528 tle. “Once we’re done, we take it away.” trains and FECR freight trains, Cegelis said.
existing single track that is in use will con- to Cocoa, where it will connect with the
tinue.” historic Florida East Coast Railway tracks. The Orlando to Miami passenger ser- The passenger trains travel up to 79 mph
The project features the construction of 30 vice will start without the proposed $100 between Miami and West Palm Beach,
“Then we will drive piles for the new bridges over roads and waterways. million vertical lift bridge across the St. while freight trains travel up to 40 mph.
bridge in between the bents of the existing Lucie River in Stuart, which would replace That maximum speed will rise to 110 mph
bridge and build the superstructure right VTUSA will replace another 25 railroad from West Palm Beach to Cocoa for pas-
on top of the alignment for the existing bridges on the 135-miles of FECR right-of- senger trains and 60 mph for freight trains.
bridge,” Cegelis said. way between Cocoa and West Palm Beach.
There will be no freight trains on the el-
“Then we will divert train traffic onto “We’re replacing all the bridges,” Cege- evated tracks between Cocoa and Orlando
the new bridge at which point we can lis said. “We are rehabilitating the existing International Airport, where passenger
demolish and remove the old bridge and track. We’re building an entirely new sec- trains will travel as fast as 125 mph.
then build the second bridge.” ond track.”
“This is the most modern rail construc-
The start-up date for passenger service Permitting for the bridges was a “major tion happening in America,” Cegelis said.
between Orlando and Miami has been hurdle” that took five years, Cegelis said. “There won’t be an equal. This is brand
pushed back to late-2022, from mid-2022, new. The only other place where 125 mph
VTUSA officials disclosed Nov. 21 during a The St. Sebastian River Railroad Bridge track has been accepted in the United
three-hour media tour and briefing featur- replacement project is the longest on the States by the Federal Railroad Authority is
ing several construction sites. entire route, but otherwise not particularly in the Northeast Corridor (Acela) and that
challenging, Cegelis said. is a rebuilt corridor.”
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IN LOVING MEMORY Allie, Oliver, Ariyana, Rylan and Dominick; St. Lucie; daughters, Aubrey Finley of Port
brother, Nick (Jeannette); and sister, Marie St. Lucie and Lisa Poquette of Port St. Lucie;
RALPH A. SCHIAVONE, 86 old westerns, cards and playing golf. He (Leo) Lauricella. grandchildren, Brandon LaPolla, Christian
Tradition always did what was right and let his faith Greene, Storm LaPolla, Jace Finley, Jayden
guide his actions. He was truly one of a BEVERLY SCHOENEBERG, 65 Reed, Kirk Tucker, Jayden O’Neill, Ariana
Ralph A. Schiavone, 86, of Tradition in kind. Tradition Finley, Tara Rice and Amber Barbarotto;
Port St Lucie, passed away on Nov. 16 at JFK and great-grandchildren, Morgan LaPol-
Hospital in Atlantis, Fla. Ralph was born in Ralph is survived by his wife, Lucille Beverly Schoeneberg, 65, of Tradition in la and Bailey LaPolla, Nora Rice and Slate
Chicago to Salvatore and Carmella Schia- Schiavone (nee Tymec); children, Ralph Port St. Lucie, passed away peacefully on Caiola.
vone (nee Farrello) on Dec. 13, 1932. (Ilene) Schiavone, John (Karen) Schiavone, Nov. 14. Beverly was born in Jersey City,
Salvatore (Karen) Schiavone, Phillip (Gra- N.J., on April 19, 1954, and moved to Port JAMES W. DeMARTINO, 86
He married Lucille Kathrine Tymec on ciela) Schiavone and Carmella (Andrew) St. Lucie, in 1990. Tradition
April 27, 1957, in Chicago. He raised his Nudo (nee Schiavone); grandchildren, John
family in Wood Dale, Ill., from 1963 until (Kristin) Schiavone, Kari Schiavone, Aman- She was a loving mother, grandmother, James W. DeMartino, 86, of Tradition
he and Lucille relocated to Port St. Lucie in da (George) Valenti (nee Schiavone), Eric sister and aunt. Some of her favorite pas- in Port St. Lucie, passed away on Nov. 20.
1995. (Becky) Schiavone, Jenifer (Leo) Gonza- times were gardening, enjoying the out- James was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
lez-Schiavone, Joseph (Ginger) Schiavone, doors, and cooking. She was very accepting
Ralph was a loving husband, father, Brian Schiavone, Norma Schiavone, Lisa of everyone, which made her an inspiration He graduated from Long Island Univer-
grandfather, great grandfather, brother, un- Nudo, Andrea Nudo and Andrew Nudo; to many. She will be sincerely missed by all sity, was a veteran, and was a vice president
cle and friend. great-grandchildren, Nathen, John, Nicko, her family, friends and all of the lives that of Manhattan Savings Bank in New York
she touched. City before retiring to Florida in 1993.
He loved having family and friends
around. He enjoyed conversation, sports, Survivors include her sons, Scott LaPolla He is survived by his wife, Walburga; son,
of Port St. Lucie and Robert LaPolla of Port Paul; and daughter, Diane.
BUST YIELDS POSSIBLE RECORD AMOUNT OF FENTANYL CHILD-SEX CASE: MAN
NABBED BY PSL COPS
GETS 12.5-YEAR TERM
A man the Port St. Lucie Police Depart-
ment arrested in 2018 during an under-
cover child sex case has been sentenced
to 12 ½ years in prison.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern
District of Florida announced the sen-
tencing of Jonathan Anthony Mahowald,
39, of Leesburg, Fla.
He had been convicted on charges that
Suspect Anthony Harris included the attempted enticement of a
and some of the drugs
seized during a search of minor online to engage in illegal sexual
his home in Port St. Lucie.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE activity.
Along with a prison term of 12 ½ years,
BY DEBBIE CARSON | Staff Writer rino community of Port St. Lucie, while which earned the Sheriff’s Office arrest Mahowald will undergo 30 years of su-
[email protected] Harris was at the St. Lucie West Court- and search warrants for Harris.
house Annex to pay a fine. pervised release and will have to register
A long-suspected heroin and Fentan- Drugs found in Harris’ home includ-
yl drug dealer is under arrest, ending a “The search of this house revealed the ed 109 grams (¼ pound) of Fentanyl, 29 as a sex offender.
month-long investigation and netting largest amount of Fentanyl I think our grams (1 ounce) of heroin, 25 grams of
what could be a record amount of Fen- agency has ever seen,” Sheriff Ken Mas- cocaine and 15 pounds of marijuana. In- The case against Mahowald began in
tanyl seized by the St. Lucie County Sher- cara said. Harris was apprehended at the vestigators also found two handguns.
iff’s Office. courthouse. July 2018 when a Port St. Lucie police de-
“Harris is a convicted felon, so in ad-
The Sheriff’s Office searched the home The month-long investigation in- dition to these large amounts of narcot- tective who was investigating, undercov-
of accused dealer Anthony Harris, 35, volved a number of undercover drug ics, he was also illegally in possession of a
5500 block NW Cordery Street, in the To- buys and other surveillance techniques firearm,” Mascara said. “Our agency con- er, computer crimes against children, re-
tinues its commitment to flushing out
these drug dealers, curbing the overdos- sponded to an advertisement Mahowald
es in our community and making neigh-
borhoods safe from the criminal element posted.
that accompanies these operations.”
Harris was charged with nine counts
of possession of a controlled substance tive posed as a
without a prescription, nine counts of in-
tent to sell synthetic narcotics, six counts 14-year-old girl
of possession of cocaine, five counts of
Talk to intent to sell cocaine, nine counts of use and engaged
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substance, one count of trafficking hero-
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by a convicted felon, and one count of
possession of drug paraphernalia. He line communi-
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on a $935,000 bond. cations. Over a
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‘Exceptional Academy’ for kids with autism opening in St. Lucie West
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent tism is from the Greek “autos,” or “self.” tal processing is different from norms. Erice and Saxton have worked to devel-
It’s a developmental condition usually Some with autism can live and work op curriculum and procedures for the new
A new neighbor is moving into St. Lucie typified by weakened social drives, which school with regional organizations that
West – The Exceptional Academy for Dif- often shows as social awkwardness. This autonomously with no or little support. deal with autism spectrum disorder, such
ferently-Abled Learners. The new school is often accompanied by other manifesta- Indeed, the respected animal scientist as Florida Atlantic University’s Center for
designed specifically for children with au- tions such as delayed, underdeveloped or and college professor Temple Grandin and Autism and Related Disabilities, the Hope
tism and will take up to 25 students. undeveloped verbal communication, sen- revered surfer Clay Marzo are both autis- Center for Autism, and professional golf-
sory problems – often extreme aversion to tic. Others need varying levels of daily or er Ernie Els’ Center for Autism. Erice said
The school will have a ribbon cutting sounds – and others. near-daily care throughout their lives. Port St. Lucie enthusiastically embraced
on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. The public What often makes the difference between the Exceptional Academy for Different-
is urged to attend the free event at 542 NW Some recoil from calling autism a “dis- an autistic adult being able to live and ly-Abled Learners.
University Blvd., suite 101. order,” and prefer terms such as “neuro- work independently or needing lifelong
diversity.” In diagnostic terms, “disorder” care is early interventions and education “We had a big fundraiser back in Au-
“The school is opening in January when simply means someone’s learning or men- suited to her or him. gust,” she said. “That got us the startup
the kids come back from (winter) break for costs to do this.”
the first semester of the new year,” said di- ‘UP’ FOR A GOOD TIME
rector Kristine Erice. That was the school’s inaugural Comedy
It was all fun and games last Thursday at the Fundraiser at the PGA Village Verano Club-
Tours with refreshments will follow the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Pop-up Party house. The event raised $17,000.
ribbon cutting. On Sunday, Dec. 15 the at Windmill Point Elementary School in Port
school will host its first holiday party, from St. Lucie. Clockwise from right: Deputy Todd “I stood up on the stage and cried,”
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Again, the public is invit- Hogan grills hot dogs; Braxton and Oakley Erice said. “The support has been over-
ed – especially those with autistic children. Ankiel, 4 and 1, play a game of cornhole; and whelming.”
Deputy Ryan Betsinger looks on as Josephine
“Santa is coming,” Erice said. Gendreau, 4, shoots a basketball. The school will take 15 full-time stu-
The party will be structured for children dents. In addition to teaching the so-called
with autism and related conditions to en- three R’s, it will have programs tailored to
joy. Santa is well aware that some children the common needs of autists, those with
have autism-related touch defensiveness autism.
and other conditions that lead them to
want to, say, stand a few feet away from the In addition to the weak social drivers
jolly elf when rattling off their Christmas that create social awkwardness, many
wish lists. Santa will have some trained have executive function deficits. Executive
helpers, too. function deficit is unusual difficulties with
“We’ll have therapists there to help out,” tasks that require planning, such as paying
Erice said. bills on time, or attending workplace spe-
The party – which will include deco- cial events. It can affect people of all intel-
ration crafts and cookie decoration – is ligence levels.
$5 a child. Those interested in attending
should email ahead to [email protected] “Our school, we’re also teaching life and
alacademypsl.com. social skills at school,” Erice said
Erice and her husband, Matthew Sax-
ton, are co-founders of the upstart school. In addition to 15 fulltime students, there
Their son has autism spectrum disorder will be spots for homeschooled children
and they’ve been unsatisfied with the edu- with autism.
cational opportunities for others and him
in St. Lucie County. “We’re going to take on 10 of the part-
“Martin County, Palm Beach County, time homeschooled kids and 15 full-time
they have things,” Erice said. “We’re hop- students,” Erice said
ing to be able to put Port St. Lucie and St.
Lucie County on the map for this.” There will be spots at Exceptional Acad-
It’s difficult to summarize what autism emy available for kindergarten to sixth
is, which is why “spectrum” was added to grade. At press time registration is open
the diagnostic terminology. The word au- and spots available. Erice said there’s an
interview process for registration.
PHOTOS: LINDA KLOORFAIN Information about the school is at www.
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Coughing too much? You may need an Otolaryngologist
BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer seems to be changing now. neuropathy, where you get numbness and specifically for neurogenic cough.
tingling in your feet. But there are medications to treat it.
Everybody’s had a cough and, until recent- According to NIH, “an acute cough is a “There are more and more well-accepted
ly, people generally thought they knew what “In diabetes, that’s from damage to the
caused coughing and how best to treat it. cough that lasts for less than three weeks nerves from having a chronically elevated medications to treat this now,” Tudor says.
sugar level, but the same sort of thing can “Something like Gabapentin, which is kind
Now, though, medical opinion on the and is usually caused by an upper respirato- of the first line of treatment for neurogenic
matter is shifting. happen to other nerves, cough. A lot of us are using that more and
ry tract virus infection such as the common which can cause irrita- more these days.
Studies from the National Institutes of tion in the throat” that
Health, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical cold. “A cough that per- has nothing to do with a “There are some other options; the group
Immunology, the American Laryngological cold or flu virus or irritat- of medications called tricyclic anti-depres-
Association, the American Academy of Oto- sists for more than eight ing allergens. sants also are used for this. Not for anti-de-
laryngology and ENT Today magazine all pressant effect, but for their effects on the
strongly suggest certain types of coughs are weeks is termed chronic. Tudor says diagnosing nerves. They’re kind of neuro-modulators,
neurological in nature. a neurogenic cough “is a which means that with these hyper-sensi-
Chronic cough can per- diagnosis of exclusion … tized nerves, we slow them down a bit.”
Never heard of a neurogenic cough? You’re that means you have to
not alone. sist for months and years rule out everything else NIH agrees with Tudor. It says, “recent
that can cause a cough success in the treatment of neurogenic
The concept “is new to a lot of people,” and remains a difficult before you can say, cough with agents used for treating neuro-
says Dr. Seth Tudor, an Otolaryngology/ENT ‘Oh, this is just irritated pathic pain such as gabapentin have had
specialist with Steward Health Care’s Se- problem to manage be- nerves.’” great success.”
bastian River Medical Center who has been
keeping up with the research. cause of our poor under- That diagnosis prob- So, if you’ve been bothered by a persistent
ably starts with a visit to cough for months or even years that no one
If someone has a neurogenic cough, “it standing of why a cough your primary care phy- could figure out, it might be wise to obtain
means the nerves inside of the voice box area sician followed by a chest X-ray and then a a referral to see an Otolaryngologist or ENT
have gotten hyper-sensitized and it results in can be so persistent and visit to a pulmonologist and possibly a visit like Tudor and talk about what’s new in treat-
having a chronic cough,” Tudor says. to an allergist. ing a chronic neurogenic cough.
also by the lack of effec- “It’s not a quick diagnosis,” Tudor explains.
That is, the root problem isn’t irritation or “We have to check out all of the systems that Dr. Seth Tudor is with Steward Health
infection in the throat or larynx as previous- tive antitussive thera- could be involved first. It’s not quick. Some- Care’s Sebastian River Medical Center. His
ly thought, but rather a glitch in the nervous times it takes months.” office is at 12920 U.S. 1, Suite B in Sebastian.
system. pies,” which, plainly put, That’s because, at present, there is no test The phone number is 772-228-9808.
The two most common general types is the medical term for
of coughs are “acute” and “chronic,” and
it’s the medical view of chronic cough that cough syrups or cough
drops. Dr. Seth Tudor.
“However,” NIH con- PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
tinues, “there has been
recent progress both in our diagnostic ap-
proach and in our general understanding of
the process of chronic cough,” which is most
commonly called “neurogenic cough” in the
Tudor clearly feels this new research is on
the right track. “Oh yes,” he says. “I would say
so. People are very familiar with peripheral
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WHY SENIORS GET FEWER FEVERS
BY FRED CICETTI Viruses are among the smallest microbes. Fall Special Includes Exam,
They consist of one or more molecules that
Q. Is it my imagination, but am I getting contain the virus’ genes surrounded by a
fewer fevers than I did when I was younger? protein coat. Most viruses cause disease.
They invade normal cells then multiply.
THE HEALTHY SENIOR
There are millions of types of fungi. The
The immune system doesn’t function as most familiar ones are mushrooms, yeast,
efficiently in older adults as it does in young- mold and mildew. Some live in the human
er people. The body’s fever response to infec- body, usually without causing illness. In fact,
tion is not always automatic in elderly peo- only about half of all types of fungi cause
ple. More than 20 percent of adults over age disease in humans. Penicillin and other an-
65 who have serious bacterial infections do tibiotics, which kill harmful bacteria in our
not have fevers. bodies, are made from fungi.
This brings us to germs, which are defined You can get infected by germs from oth-
as microbes that cause disease. Infectious er people in many different ways, including
diseases caused by microbes are the leading transmission through the air from coughing
cause of death. or sneezing, direct contact such as kissing or
sexual intercourse, and touching infectious
Microbes are microscopic organisms that material on a doorknob, telephone, auto-
are everywhere. Some microbes cause dis- mated teller machine or a diaper.
ease. Others are essential for health. Most
microbes belong to one of four major groups: We become immune to germs naturally
bacteria, viruses, fungi or protozoa. and artificially. Before birth, we received nat-
ural immunity from our mothers. Once we
Bacteria are made up of only one cell. are exposed to a germ, we develop natural
Less than 1 percent of them cause diseases immunity to it from special cells in our im-
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man intestines, where they help to digest ty can come from vaccines.
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BY TOM LLOYD | Staff Writer If advanced prostate cancer is diag- For men with advanced prostate can- Dr. Raul Storey. PHOTO: DENISE RITCHIE
nosed, treatment can be draconian. cer that all makes for something of a
Most of what’s written about prostate Hobson’s choice.
cancer these days is about the early de- No one is more aware of that than Dr.
tection and treatment of the disease. Raul Storey, an oncology and hematology Castration – either surgical or
expert with Florida Cancer Specialists. through medications – may well put
That’s largely because early detection an end to bone and lymph node pain
and early treatment are the areas where “It has been since the 1940s,” Storey by shutting off the production of tes-
there have been significant changes and explains, “that the correlation between tosterone, but as Storey says, “patients
improvements in recent years. testosterone and the growth of prostate can develop all the similar side effects
cancer” was first recognized. as someone without any hormone
But not a lot has changed since the activity [including] night sweats, hot
mid-1940s in the treatment of advanced Basically, he says, the male hormone flashes, mood swings, fatigue, tired-
prostate cancer that has metastasized. testosterone actually feeds or at least ness and gynecomastia or the in-
triggers cancerous cells to grow. crease in the volume of the breast
Doctors can treat – but not cure – ad- tissue in men,” along with oste-
vanced prostate cancer, and the treat- “If we are able to suppress or elimi- oporosis and overall decreases in
ments can be tough. nate the production of testosterone in bone mass.
patients, we realized [the incidents of ]
That’s pretty scary given that the M.D. prostate cancer declined or improved. There is, however, at least a little
Anderson Cancer Center says “prostate good news when it comes to treating
cancer is the most common cancer That’s all well and good but the eas- advanced prostate cancer.
among men in the United States [with] iest way to eliminate the production of
more than 192,000 cases are diagnosed testosterone involves a word few men Certain drugs, including Eligard,
each year.” The American Cancer Soci- want to hear: castration. Lupron and Trelstar, suppress the pro-
ety estimates some 2,290 Floridians will duction of testosterone by the testicles
die of the disease this year alone. So what happens when prostate can- while two newly FDA approved med-
cer metastasizes that would make cas- ications, Xtandi and Zytiga, are able to
That last figure, however, may not tration sound like a viable option? block testosterone production in not
portray the full extent of the problem. only the testicles but in other areas of
No one really knows how many cases of Well, for starters, in most cases, the the body such as the adrenal glands and
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Contemporary, ‘smart’ residence beckons in Vitalia
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Columnist
I always enjoy writing about homes in Vi-
talia, the 55+ community in Tradition. It is
a beautiful community with well-designed,
well-maintained homes and amenities ga-
lore. The house at 9624 SW Royal Poinciana
Drive is a charming home with an entryway
nestled under what looks like a castle turret.
Indoors, however, the home is sleek, mod-
ern and contemporary.
The public spaces include a dining room
(18 feet, 8 inches by 12 feet, 2 inches), but
it is the kitchen and living room that will
catch your eye. The kitchen (14-8-by-12-9)
is a gourmet’s delight and a delight for the
eyes as well, with darker countertops and
stools, 42-inch white cabinets and stain-
less-steel appliances. The pendant lighting
adds to the modern feel. The kitchen has
crown molding, double wall ovens, a cook’s
island, drop-in gas cooktop, under-cabinet
lighting, and a walk-in pantry and breakfast
nook with lovely views. The adjacent great
room, a spacious 18-8-by-19-5, has tray
ceilings and overlooks the private screened
lanai and lushly landscaped garden. A den
(15-2-by-11) could easily serve as an office,
exercise room or crafts room. A finished
laundry room with sink completes the pub-
This Week’s The master bedroom is a generous 16- your guests see this house and communi-
6-by-13-7 and is part of a suite with a mas- ty, they may become your neighbors.
FEATURED NEW LISTING ter bath that has dual sinks and a shower.
The suite has a huge walk-in closet that Outside, there is a lovely covered and
TRADITION VITALIA brought on a severe case of closet envy. screened patio. It’s a charming place to sit
The second bedroom is 12-1-by-11-3 and and enjoy the garden views, perhaps in the
has its own bath, so it is ideal for grand- morning with coffee or in the evening with
kids and guests who come to visit. When a beverage of choice. There is room for a
pool if you want to install one, or you can
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full baths, a unique half bath, den, and beautiful lake view, this home is a must see. Fall in love with the tile • Repairs • Chain Link
floors throughout, French doors into the den, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, gas range, • Re-Screen • Aluminum/PVC
huge cook’s island, and the largest screened lanai available in Vitalia. Other features include IMPACT glass • Aluminum Roofs
windows and doors, a rare extended garage, tiled backsplash, fresh paint, ceiling fans, and much more! Enjoy • Screen Rooms
Vitalia’s 24,000 s.f. clubhouse with tennis, pickleball, bocce, resort style pool and spa, grand clubhouse with • Concrete PSL#15203
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Imagine your home, Custom Closets
totally organized! Garage Cabinets
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enjoy the one at the clubhouse. In Vitalia, blinds, owner’s entry drop zone, and a re- 40% Off Plus
there are always choices. tractable front screen door. It has a gourmet
kitchen and beautiful views of the lushly Free Installation
Tony Reagan of Lang Realty brings landscaped garden. It is a ‘must-see.’”
many of the homes in Vitalia for consider- 40% off any order of $1000 or more. 30% off any order of $700 or more. Not valid with any other
ation for the ‘House of the Week.’ He walks Vitalia’s presence in Tradition means offer. Free installation with any complete unit order of $500 or more. With incoming order, at time
the walk; the lifetime St. Lucie County res- that you are close to Main Street, where of purchase only.
ident makes his home in Vitalia. He noted you can take the crossword puzzle and sit Bedroom Closet
that this house has the modern bells and with coffee and a bagel in the morning or
whistles homebuyers want. stop at Publix to pick up a few things. You Laundry Room
can enjoy the privacy your home affords or
“This meticulously maintained Vander- join friends and neighbors at the clubhouse.
bilt model is a ‘smart’ home that has a Nest When you live in Vitalia, you have so many
thermostat and doorbell and an LG ‘smart’ options. It all starts with a great house and
refrigerator,” he said. “There is keyless ga- you’ll want to see this one.
rage door entry, remote-controlled privacy
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TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
TOP SALES OF THE WEEK
The week before Thanksgiving week saw 15 transactions of single-family residences and lots
reported in Tradition and St. Lucie West (some shown below).
The top sale of the week was the residence at 10308 Crosby Place. First listed in September for
$529,000, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home sold for $500,000 on Nov. 22.
Representing the seller in the transaction was agent Kay A. Rodriguez of Lang Realty. Represent-
ing the buyer was agent Jeanette McClaskey of EXP Realty LLC.
SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND LOTS
TOWN ADDRESS LISTED ASKING PRICE SOLD
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10308 CROSBY PLACE 9/4/2019 $529,000 11/22/2019 $415,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10104 CROSBY PLACE 6/11/2018 $490,000 11/19/2019 $390,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 560 SW ROMORA BAY 8/10/2019 $419,900 11/18/2019 $387,500
PORT SAINT LUCIE 17068 SW AMBROSE WAY 5/1/2019 $394,000 11/18/2019 $305,305
PORT SAINT LUCIE 8268 NW GREENBANK CIRCLE 11/17/2019 $305,305 11/18/2019 $295,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 11102 SW NORTHLAND DRIVE 10/14/2019 $315,000 11/19/2019 $278,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 415 NW SUNVIEW WAY 10/18/2019 $279,900 11/21/2019 $268,275
PORT SAINT LUCIE 222 NW PLEASANT GROVE WAY 9/14/2019 $287,900 11/22/2019 $239,000
SAINT LUCIE WEST 1581 SW HARBOUR ISLES CIRCLE 10/24/2019 $239,000 11/22/2019 $218,900
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9528 SW FLOWERMOUND CIRCLE 10/30/2019 $219,900 11/22/2019 $218,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9702 SW GLENBROOK DRIVE 10/7/2019 $218,000 11/22/2019 $200,000
PORT SAINT LUCIE 9323 WORLD CUP WAY 11/4/2019 $208,000 11/18/2019 $188,280
PORT SAINT LUCIE 10559 SW CAM RUN 9/10/2019 $199,900 11/22/2019
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includes pool with water feature, screen enclosure and travertine pavers throughout. Master bath has a cultured marble roman tub and a roman
on patio and pool decking area. Additional highlights include, porcelain shower. Dining Room can be used as den or formal dining. Raised
tile throughout, quartz countertops, 36” natural gas cooktop, wall vanities in all baths, deco tile package and tile to the ceiling. 18’ wide
oven including convection & microwave, crown molding, LED under- paver drive way with access door from garage to side yard. Tile in living
cabinet lighting, vented stainless hood and double full lite entry doors.
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HERE ARE SOME OF THE TOP RECENT TRADITION AND ST. LUCIE WEST REAL ESTATE SALES
10104 Crosby Place, Port Saint Lucie 560 SW Romora Bay, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 6/11/2018 Listing Date: 8/10/2019
Original Price: $490,000 Original Price: $419,900
Sold: 11/19/2019 Sold: 11/18/2019
Selling Price: $415,000 Selling Price: $390,000
Listing Agent: Bonnie Meyo Listing Agent: Sheryl Pina
Selling Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Fl Realty Selling Agent: Coldwell Banker Paradise
Linda Hart Cibie Cahur
Lang Realty Keller Williams Realty
17068 SW Ambrose Way, Port Saint Lucie 8268 NW Greenbank Circle, Port Saint Lucie
Listing Date: 5/1/2019 Listing Date: 11/17/2019
Original Price: $394,000 Original Price: $305,305
Sold: 11/18/2019 Sold: 11/18/2019
Selling Price: $387,500 Selling Price: $305,305
Listing Agent: Melinda Cann Listing Agent: Lynn Ganster
Selling Agent: Cann Realty Selling Agent: Morris Williams Realty
Thomas Cann Lynn Ganster
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Best to buy retirement home before you leave your job or after?
BY ILYCE GLINK & SAMUEL J. TAMKIN | The Washington Post ple do not have the stomach to pay for two and if you get a sale quickly, move into a perfect home. But you would have sold
homes at the same time, not to mention rental while you find your next home. your old home and have cash on hand.
Question: I am single and have an 800+ the cost of remodeling the new property. Having cash gives you so many options.
credit score. I plan to retire in the next year Once you have sold your home, the
or so and move to a small town in the Car- Real estate is hot in some markets. If you worst thing that could happen is it could On the financing front, you seem to
olinas. I’m expecting the home to be less are selling in a hot market, and you have take you a while to find a new home that have great credit with a score of over 800.
expensive and smaller. I might also buy a the financial wherewithal to hold onto suits your needs. While you might have re- And, yes, it will be easier to find a lender
slightly older home that is livable but that I both properties for a year, then go ahead searched the market, narrowed down the that will give you a mortgage when you
could remodel while I live there. and start looking for your new home. If you area you want to move to, decided on the have a job than when you do not, especial-
find a bunch of things in your price range, type of home and the budget for renova- ly if you have had that job for a while.
After selling my current home, I’ll ulti- you might then list your current home, tion, it still might take a while to find the
mately net a nice little chunk to travel and To qualify for a new loan after you have
for my retirement. retired, you will have to show you have
sufficient income from Social Security, in-
My question relates to the sequence on vestments and pensions to carry the loan
buying, selling and getting mortgages. Is it and the expenses.
easier to get a mortgage now, while I’m em-
ployed, or better to purchase and remodel Showing that income stream can be
the home later? If I buy now, it would mean tough, especially for people who live off
carrying two properties at the same time for their savings. Retirees will generally have
a while. to put down a higher down payment.
Answer: Buy now, sell later? Or, sell first Talk to a mortgage broker, mortgage
and then buy – maybe after a period in a lender or credit union to go over your cur-
rental. It is the right question to ask, par- rent finances and what you think your fi-
ticularly if you are on the verge of retiring nances will look like after retirement. The
and your financial situation is going to lender may tell you that you should not
change dramatically. expect to qualify for a loan or may tell you
what you need to qualify once you do not
We tend to be a bit more conservative. have a job.
We generally prefer to see our sellers sell
their homes before buying another one. Once you have that information, you
Owning and carrying two homes can eat can think about whether it makes sense to
up quite a chunk of change and most peo- buy the new home now or wait until you
have sold your existing home.
MORTGAGE RATES FALL TO LOWEST LEVEL IN SIX WEEKS
BY KATHY ORTON | The Washington Post Uneasiness over the trade discussions Partners in Los Angeles, is one who pre- nal about confidence. Still in the balance
as well as the protests in Hong Kong dicts rates will go down. is the U.S.-China trade talks, which would,
Trade discussions between the United drove down yields on U.S. Treasurys. of course, have an impact on rates. Over-
States and China continue to have an out- After flirting with 2 percent earlier this “Housing starts rebounded in October all, we do not have any negative economic
size influence on mortgage rates. month, the yield on the 10-year bond after slumping in September with multi- news [and that is] signaling a strong econo-
fell back to 1.73 percent last Wednesday, family leading the segment with a surge my as we head into the last 45 days of 2019.”
According to the latest data released exactly where it started the month. Be- of 8.6 percent,” Ohlbaum said. “Building
last Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year cause mortgage rates tend to follow the permits climbed 5 percent to the highest Meanwhile, mortgage applications
fixed-rate average fell to its lowest level in same path as long-term bonds, they also level in 12 years, which is a significant sig- dwindled after rates moved higher two
six weeks, declining to 3.66 percent with drifted down. weeks ago. According to the latest data
an average 0.6 point. (Points are fees paid from the Mortgage Bankers Association,
to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan “It’s likely that market movements will the market composite index – a measure of
amount and are in addition to the interest be modest heading into the Thanksgiving total loan application volume – decreased
rate.) It was 3.75 percent a week ago and holiday, but the possibility of trade-related 2.2 percent from a week earlier. The refi-
4.81 percent a year ago. developments will keep investors on their nance index dropped 8 percent, while the
toes,” Speakman said. “What’s more, rates purchase index rose 7 percent.
The 15-year fixed-rate average dropped are likely to respond to key readings on
to 3.15 percent with an average 0.5 point. manufacturing and consumer spending, The refinance share of mortgage activ-
It was 3.2 percent a week ago and 4.24 per- both due in the next seven days.” ity accounted for 59.5 percent of all appli-
cent a year ago. The five-year adjustable cations.
rate average slumped to 3.39 percent with The Federal Reserve released the min-
an average 0.4 point. It was 3.44 percent a utes from its October meeting last week. “Mortgage applications decreased 2.2
week ago and 4.09 percent a year ago. The central bank cut its benchmark percent last week, as a strong jump in pur-
rate three times this year, including last chase activity was not enough to overcome
“Once again, it was the ongoing saga of month, but officials signaled they aren’t a decline in refinances,” said Bob Broek-
U.S.-China trade talks that drove most of planning any more reductions unless eco- smit, MBA president and chief executive.
the market’s movements,” said Matthew nomic conditions change significantly. “With mortgage rates hovering below 4 per-
Speakman, a Zillow economist. “Despite The Fed doesn’t set mortgage rates, but its cent, refinances still make up over half of
growing optimism and the tentative agree- decisions influence them. application activity. As the calendar turns
ment of an initial deal, the talks failed to to 2020, the pool of eligible refinance bor-
yield meaningful developments in recent Nearly half of the experts surveyed by rowers will shrink, but the purchase market
weeks. Ambiguities regarding the tentative Bankrate.com, which puts out a weekly is poised to pick up some of the expected
deal’s details have thrown a wrench into mortgage rate trend index, say rates will decline in volume. Purchase applications
the proceedings and reinjected doubts move lower in the coming week. Mitch were up 7 percent from a year ago, continu-
among investors, driving them to safer as- Ohlbaum, loan officer at Macoy Capital ing the trend seen throughout this year.”
sets and nudging mortgage rates down.”
3130 JASMINE COURT, DELRAY
BEACH, FL 33483
This highly desirable modern contemporary waterfront pool home is
Florida’s indoor/outdoor living at its finest. Situated in a quiet peaceful
cul-de-sac ion .31 acres in Tropical Isle Harbour, this custom built home
is a boaters dream boasting over 130 ft of water frontage, Sea wall,
and 25,000 lb boat lift.. Completely renovated in 2016 - no detail or
expense has been overlooked. From the moment you enter, you will see
this professionally & totally redesigned home features everything today’s
buyer is looking for. Encompassing 6025 sq. ft. living space, this 5
bedroom (ensuite), 6 bath home w/ open floor plan highlights’ a modern
euro styled kitchen w/ high end features.
Listed @ $3,670,000.
544 SW LAKE MANATEE WAY, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34986 1242 SW SANTIAGO AVENUE, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34953
Sparrow model in sought after Lake Forest in St Lucie West. This gorgeous move in ready Split floor plan offers gorgeous tile flooring featured in the living spaces, high hat lighting,
home is perfectly designed for relaxing w/ long lake views, the second largest lot in the upgraded carpeting in the bedrooms and decorative tile featured in the bathrooms and
kitchen. Upgraded cabinetry, granite counter tops, tile backsplash and Samsung appliance
community, an oversized sun room to enjoy your morning coffee in, & extended patio perfect package complement the kitchen. Master suite boasts of tray ceiling, high hat lighting, walk-
for entertaining in the evenings. As you enter this spacious home through the double glass
in closet with upgraded shelving system. Listed @ $285,900.
doors, you are greeted by high volume ceilings w/ lots of natural light and beautiful lake
views. Listed @ $287,000.
1074 SW DUBUQUE AVENUE, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34953 7236 MAIDSTONE DRIVE, PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL 34986
Charming 3/2 pool home in the heart of Port St Lucie. This home and its yard is Come live where others vacation, this is a must see spacious open floor plan with stunning
beautifully maintained. The pool is screened and the yard is fenced. Shed in rear is serene lake views, show’s like a model. Professionally interior designed, 2bed, 2 bath w/
a den, possible 3rd bedroom. Floor to ceiling built in’s. Large Master Suite w/ oversized
included! Listed @ $258,000. closets, master bath has dual sinks, separate shower and soaking tub. Kitchen has granite
counters w/ 46’’ kitchen cabinets. Complete Impact windows and slider, screened patio,
custom crown molding package, Hunter Douglas window treatments. Listed @ $317,000.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 YOUR INDEPENDENT LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER PHOTO: ANTHONY INSWASTY
Coming Up! TRICK
‘GARDEN OF LIGHTS’:
MUST-SEE MAGIC AT Magician and television personality Michael Car-
HEATHCOTE GARDENS bonaro wowed the Sunrise Theatre crowd during
his Saturday night show in Fort Pierce.
BY SAMANTHA BAITA | Staff Writer
1 A glowing, magical holiday
wonderland: Heathcote Bo-
tanical Gardens has transformed
into a literal Garden of Lights, a
lovely holiday tradition (this is
the fifth year) you’ll want to share
with your family. Wander through
Heathcote’s 5-acre gardens, tak-
ing in the “colorful, seasonal and
whimsical” displays, festively illu-
minated by thousands of colored
lights. In addition to this festive
feast for the eyes, you can also
feast – or nibble – refreshments.
(I’m told the s’mores are the go-to
holiday favorite.) Musical enter-
tainment throughout the evening
will make the event even more
magical. And, of course, there will
be visits from the season’s most fa-
mous VIPs, Mr. and Mrs. S. Claus.
The children, especially, will enjoy
spotting all the Garden’s resident
critters (the illuminated ones and
the live ones). I have it on the best
authority, that, due to the tireless
efforts of garden elves (aka “ded-
icated volunteers”), you’ll get to
enjoy some new additions: “a
French flower market, a waterfall,
a meandering blue river and a few
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BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer
Steve Solomon was a physics
teacher and high school admin-
istrator when he gave up a steady
paycheck to pursue a career in
comedy. He found he was up
against comics 25 years younger,
and while he could hold his own,
he couldn’t make a living. Legend-
ary comedian Pat Cooper heard
his act, with its repertoire of some
100 voices, dialects and sound ef-
fects, and told him to take his act
Solomon came up with the
name for his first show, “My Moth-
er’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and
I’m in Therapy,” and built an act
and a show around it. The show
went on to an award-winning stint
on Broadway and Solomon has
trained a few people to do the show.
It has played around the world.
Solomon, a Lyric Theatre fa-
vorite, returns to the Stuart venue
Dec. 27 with his show “My Moth-
er’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and
I’m Home for the Holidays.” He
spoke recently about the show and
about many of the familiar char-
acters, now older, but not much
wiser. They include his sister, the
smoker, and his cousin Kenny.
“When I talk to my sister, I can’t
believe she’s still on the planet,” he
said. “She gets an award from Phil-
ip Morris. She was interviewed on Comedian Steve Solomon.
television and she said, ‘At least he
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LYRIC THEATRE
made me famous.’”
Kenny, the not-very-bright cousin, Solomon loves the Lyric and its au- and you realize he’s a schmuck, stop
talking,” he said. “The smartest man
appears in every show. dience, which he calls “a sophisticated knows what he doesn’t know. Never
take a sleeping pill and a laxative at the
“He still thinks K-Y Jelly is marma- crowd.” Still, every crowd has its dis- same time.”
lade from Kentucky,” Solomon said. tractions, like ringing cellphones. Words to live by.
Solomon said the show has a lot of
The premise for the show is that Sol- “I’ll say, ‘Give it to me, it’s my moth- belly laughs and he had a lot of fun
writing it. He never thought the shows
omon is struggling to get home for the er,’” he said. “If someone takes a pic- would last this long or make it to Broad-
way. “It got terrible reviews and it’s still
holidays and he is stuck at the Atlanta ture, I tell them I need a 5-by-7 for my running and selling out (everywhere),”
he said. “People love it. If they say it’s
airport. Many readers can feel his pain grandmother. I did get a heckler and politically incorrect, I say, ‘Have a nice
at that particular plight. it was a joy. One guy was drunk at the Come to the show. You’ll laugh your-
self silly and feel guilty at the same time.
“Nothing is open and my parents Broadway show and asked me how I That’s Steve Solomon all over.
keep trying to find out where I am,” Sol- got so fat. I told him, ‘Every time I made Steve Solomon presents “My Moth-
er’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m
omon said. “My father keeps calling. I love to your mother, she baked me a Home for the Holidays,” Dec. 27 at the
Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart.
tell him, ’Pop, I’m stuck in Atlanta,’ and cake.’ You got to be ready.” Call 772-286-7827 or visit www.lyricthe-
he tells my mother, ‘Nothing’s coming Solomon said that South Florida au-
out and he’s getting Mylanta.’ There’s diences have a lot of “grumpy” people.
chaos at the airport and all through the He spends a lot of time here perform-
show, I track the announcements as I ing, so he should know.
try to get home to a Christmas-Chanu- “At the Lyric last time, someone said,
kah dinner where I’m one of 35 people ‘You were at my condo and I heard
with one toilet and plunger. If you’re some of these stories.’ I asked him,
under 55, you sit at the children’s table. ‘If you came to see Barbra Streisand,
The very people that gave me life are would you care if she sang ‘People?’”
sucking it out of me.” The comic said he always remembers
To find out whether he makes it several pieces of sage advice from his fa-
home, you’ll have to come to the show. ther. “When you’re talking to a schmuck
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BY GEORGE ANDREASSI | Staff Writer 28) as part of the routine business on the
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Port St. Lucie is ready to pay classic rock There is also a 21-page rider with a variety $15 MINIMUM LIMITED AREA. CURBSIDE PICKUP AVAILABLE.
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Civic Center in the premier of the 2020 We tickets, lodging, transportation, dressing FREE LARGE FAMILY PACK
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1,500 $50 tickets. achieved world-wide fame powered by four
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The City Council was to approve a 5-page gles, published reports say.
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COMING UP ic Theatre, for the first time in the United hits from the ’70s and 80s, made popu- 5 Beneath the trees at water’s edge
States, heralds the promo, a “new gener- lar by the iconic band from the city after in Stuart’s lovely Memorial Park:
CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 ation of world class tenors” will perform which they took their name. The opening Spend a couple of leisurely, art-centric
some of the greatest tenor arias and pop- set, by Renegade, will please fans of ’80s hours this Saturday and Sunday, Nov.
surprises.” This beautiful annual event is ular Italian songs, in “wonderful, unique rock band Styx. Get ready to reminisce. 30-Dec. 1, enjoying Stuart’s 25th Annual
a fundraiser for the Gardens. A variety of arrangements created just for their U.S. And rock out. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $30, Art in the Park Art & Fine Crafts Show.
live entertainment will be presented ev- debut tour.” Think Enrico Caruso, Mario $40. 772-286-7827. Square white-top tents will line the park’s
ery Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Lanza, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, paths, displaying the varied artworks and
through Dec. 29. Garden of Lights hours: mixed in with a witty bit of Dean Martin 4 Then, on Saturday, the band that crafts created by about 80 artists and ex-
Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (aka Dino Crocetti) doing “That’s Amore.” dominated arenas back in the late hibitors, local and out-of-towners. The
Tickets are available online or at the gate Time: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: start at ’70s, ’80s and ’90s – Journey – gets the family-friendly show will feature not only
the night of the event: general, $8; mem- $50. 321-242-2219. tribute treatment via “Never Stop Believ- quality art, but also a kids’ art and craft
bers, $5; children 6-12, $3; under 6, free. in,’” that bills itself as “the only Journey section and art education displays. And
772-464-4672 or www.HeathcoteBotani- 3 A pair of back-to-back tribute band show on the planet that pays tribute to food. Says the event promo, a portion of
calGardens.org. concerts presented by Artists for the sound of the Evolution and Departure the proceeds from this “time-honored,
Multiple Sclerosis hit the Lyric stage this albums of 1978, then nails the mid-’80s fun and culturally enriching event” is do-
2 There’s music everywhere this holi- Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30. On Fri- look with a mid-show costume change, nated to the United Way of Martin Coun-
day season. With all sorts of choices, day, reports the show promo, the band to bring you the Escape-Frontier albums ty Character Counts! Program. Hours: 9
what are you in the mood for? How about Smokin’ – “South Florida’s first and only tour.” It’s looking to be a good “Journey” a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ad-
an Italian tenor, for example? How about authentic tribute to the band Boston” – back to The Day. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: mission: free. https://artandcraftfesti-
four? This Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Stuart’s Lyr- will bring an evening of top classic rock $30, $40. 772-286-7827. val.com/contact-us.
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‘A Tuna Christmas’: Something fishy and funny at A.C.T.
BY SHELLEY KOPPEL | Staff Writer ters apiece,” Burgemeister said. “They do PHOTO COURTESY OF THE A.C.T. STUDIO THEATRE and Sheriff Givens, known as Rubber Sheets
[email protected] multiple costume and wig changes and por- because he wet the bed at church camp.
tray both men and women. There are two ing such an excellent job.”
Christmas in the small Texas town of dressers on either side to give them a hand Among the characters the two get to play Did I mention that political correctness is
Tuna is a contact sport. “A Tuna Christ- because a lot of the changes are very fast – a not a character?
mas,” which is the sequel to the play line or two – and they come back as someone are Didi Snavely, owner of Didi’s Used Weap-
“Greater Tuna,” and is followed by “Red, else. They have Texas twangs, some more, ons, whose motto is “If We Can’t Kill it, It’s The show takes place as the town is pre-
White and Tuna” and “Tuna Does Vegas,” some less, and different walks and voices. I Immortal”; Bertha Bumiller, a member of paring for the Christmas yard display contest
is another Ed Howard, Jaston Williams think they’re going to be superb. They’re do- the Smut Snatchers of the New Order (The that the station puts on every year.
and Joe Sears comedy. motto: Censorship is as American as apple
pie, so shut up)”; Stanley Bumiller, an as- “You see different scenes of households or
This time, we visit the town at Christ- piring taxidermist just out of reform school; shops,” Burgemeister said. “It might be a hus-
mas, where radio personalities Thurston band and wife or a mom with children. Each
Wheelis and Arles Struvie of station OKKK has a tree. The town has a problem. There is a
are reporting on preparations for the holi- Christmas phantom. Nobody knows who he
day, which include an annual lawn display is but he goes around and does mean tricks.
contest and a production of “A Christmas It’s been going on for 16 years and an import-
Carol” which is threatened by unpaid ant part of the show is trying to figure it out.
electric bills. It’s also about who might win (the contest).
Every year, the wealthiest woman wins. Will
A.C.T. Studio Theatre in Stuart is present- she win this year?”
ing the show Dec. 5-15, and Pat Burgemeister
is directing the madness that takes place in Burgemeister said that the audience
the third smallest town in the great state of should be ready for laugh-out-loud fun.
Texas. She noted that the play originally had
two of the authors as the cast and the third as “It’s such fun,” she said. “It’s a knee-slap-
the director. per. It’s a rather withering but affectionate
look at small town life and nothing is sacred.
Wait, you say. Two guys as the entire cast? There are no holds barred.”
Yes, it will fall to Dennis O’Donovan and
Paul Heiner to play all of the roles. While A.C.T. Studio Theatre, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd.,
they spec, everything else is in panto- Stuart, presents “A Tuna Christmas,” Dec.
mime and there are no props other than 5-15. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays
Christmas trees. and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3
“Each of the announcers do 11 charac- p.m. Call 772-932-8880 or visit actstudiothe-
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thursday, deceMBER 26th @ 7PM Saturday, January 11th @ 8pm
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The Little Things duo provides the musical entertainment as classic auto
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orada Beer Company in Fort Pierce last Saturday. The event benefited Big
Brother, Big Sisters of St. Lucie County.
PHOTOS: LINDA KLOORFAIN
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Toy joy on menu at ‘Breakfast with Santa’
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent new toys. But, for that unwrapped toy or $5 The mental-health organization has a providers must be willing to go where trau-
… “It’s an all-you-can-eat breakfast,” Rymer 104-bed facility on Midway Road that assists matized people are to deliver immediate
Who wants to chow down with Santa said. “If you want (a plate) piled high with local law enforcement who must sometimes care. New Horizons is equipped for that.
Claus? pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sau- Baker Act subjects. Baker Act is shorthand
sage, get as much as you want.” for the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 Rymer said folks are always mindful of
That opportunity is upon us in Port St. which permits law-enforcement officers to younger children needing Christmas pres-
Lucie at the annual Breakfast with Santa on Yum. transport individuals they feel could be a ents, which New Horizons appreciates.
Saturday, Dec. 7. Along with the food there will be some threat to themselves or others to designated “We’re asking to remember the teens,” she
arts and crafts. “We do cookie decorating,” mental-health facilities for evaluation and said. Anything electronic is usually good
“It’s not a fundraiser,” explained Lisa Ry- said Rymer. “And there will be prizes to win. possible reference to civil court for volun- for teens. Additionally, journals are popular
mer, chief development officer at New Hori- We play trivia games.” tary or involuntary treatment. with many teens.
zons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee. There’ll be a bounce house and a chance
“It’s an opportunity to create wholesome to warm up the vocal cords. “We sing Christ- When drugs or alcohol are involved, Because of ongoing renovations at First
memories that’ll last a lifetime.” mas carols,” Rymer added. law-enforcement can invoke the 1993 Data Field affecting accessibility, Breakfast
And, of course, there’s the Man in Red, Marchman Act, the Florida Substance Abuse with Santa is heading to the Knights of Co-
The breakfast is open to the public and Kris Kringle, Saint Nick, Old Man Christmas Impairment Act. New Horizons is equipped lumbus at 451 Ravenswood Lane, Port St.
there’s no registration. Children attend free himself – Santa Claus. By the way, this San- to take in those individuals, too. Lucie, this year. The breakfast will be 8:30
of charge. “Adults, it’s a $5 admission, or ta is a credentialed professional. So are the a.m. to noon.
bring an unwrapped toy,” Rymer said. elves who get photos of the children with As the nation has seen too many times,
Santa. The children can then use those pho- large tragedies can strike in the most unex- New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and
Preferably, take an unwrapped toy. tos for another craft project. pected places. Sometimes mental-health Okeechobee is at www.nhtcinc.org.
New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and “They make Christmas cards,” Rymer
Okeechobee is a not-for-profit organization said.
that provides mental-health services to Indi- New Horizons has about 15,000 clients
an River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee a year. They range from children to adults.
counties. The donated toys are for client About 60 percent have little or no income or
families. Because New Horizons works in insurance. Community members founded it
mental-health, many of its clients – includ- in 1958 in Fort Pierce to serve people in St.
ing children – have experienced serious Lucie. It has expanded its services to Indian
traumas. River, Martin and Okeechobee counties over
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Bonzo has another feline friend in Miss Kitty
lithely onto a table containing scratch it?”
a box with her food and water
bowls. “I do blend in. Stealthy,
Hi Dog Buddies! “I will eat while we talk. It IS you know.” She smiled a Very
my dinner time, you know.”
As a Dog, I’ve always thought about Catlike Smile. Then continued,
Cats as stealthy, mysterious creatures with “Of course.”
Special Powers, an eyes that Look Right Just then a man came out still smiling, “Well, yes, the first
Though You. I think cats know stuff nobody the front door.
else knows. An then there’s that Nine Lives “This is my Daddy, Monty,” time I jumped on it, I started
thing. I’ve made several good cat frens in Kitty jumped down an ran to
recent years, but that’s always in the back of him. “He’s my Best Friend.” Making Biscuits, an Daddy
my mind. Her Dad picked her up an
she purred an snuggled against quietly an calmly informed me
This week I innerviewed Kitty Dotson, him, then headed back to her
the purrfect example of all that: sleek black, dinner. that that was NOT a good idea.
nose to tail tip; slender and graceful; long “So, go ahead an ask your
legs an tail; green eyes; fearless an indepen- questions.” She began nibbling At All. Ever. So I never did it
dent. As me an my assistant were walkin’ up her kibbles daintily, her long
to the house, Miss Kitty appeared from un- black tail swishing slowly from again. We communicate very
der the truck, and pawsed to check us out. side to side.
“How did you an your dad well with each other.”
“Good afternoon,” I said. “May I assume meet?”
you are Kitty Dotson? I believe we have an “I remember very little be- “I can tell,” I said, im-
appointment. I’m Bonzo the Columnist.” fore he found me. I was a tiny kitten, still in
need of mommy milk. But then something pressed. “So, any cat or pooch
“So you say.” Her voice was soft an low. happened and I was all alone. No mommy.
“Do you have ID?” No fellow kittens. I remember curling up pals?”
into a tiny ball.”
I produced my card. She looked it over. “Oh, Miss Kitty, that’s terrible!” “Ever since Daddy rescued
“Humm. Well. All right then. I believe you “Indeed. Anyway, Daddy often works in
are, in fact, Bonzo. We can talk right over his gurr-ADGE, an this one day, he heard me, my pals were his part
She ran to the open garage and jumped shepherd/part wolf dogs,
Dante an Payton. Back then I
was about the size of a tennis
Kitty. PHOTO: KAILA JONES ball, but we got along great. I
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was Fearless, an they were Very
tiny squeaky noises coming from there. He Gentle. After we moved here, they went to
looked low an high; the liddle noises got Dog Heaven. I miss ’em a lot still.”
louder as he approached his tool box. He Kitty pawsed. Her green eyes had a
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hand, with room to spare. lives in the woods next door. We get along
“Daddy could see I should really still great, like brother an sister. We’re both Free
be with my Mommy, but there were no Spirits! A liddle while back, I hadda chase
other cats anywhere nearby. So he bought raccoons out of the garage. Those dingbats
some human baby formula. And got me were eating my food. An then there’s the
all snuggly in his house. He took very good air conditioner guy. I’m not so sure about
care of me!” him. I visualize myself 6 feet tall, an I Stare
“Woof! It is SO pawsome that he figured Him Down.”
out what to do!” Picksurin’ that, I smiled. “Whaddya do
“I KNOW! Right away, he took me to a vet for fun?”
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Bin there, toss that: They’re talking trash at ‘Litter Symposium’
BY PATRICK McCALLISTER | Correspondent “Then build your life responding out of litter. Over time, it became more of a mis- St. Lucie Voice asked Persons what tips
those strong feelings.” sion. He hit on a scheme for his own lit- he’d offer to those who can’t make it to the
The Port St. Lucie Rotary clubs are getting ter-awareness campaign before moving to symposium.
together with the city to talk trash. Litter is something that annoys Smith Port St. Lucie.
greatly. He’s motivated to trash all the world’s One tip is unsurprising – take care of cig-
The inaugural Port St. Lucie Litter Sympo- litter. Smith is an avid motorcyclist. Mo- “I fantasized after retiring walking around arette butts. “When they go out and do sur-
sium will be on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the civic torcyclists tend to notice more about their downtown Pittsburgh in a business suit pick- veys and pick up trash and count it, cigarette
center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place. The free road environments than drivers. Because of ing up litter just to see what would happen,” butts are the No. 1 trash (item),” he said.
event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. that, Smith had been frequently reminded he said.
throughout his life about his fourth-grade That’s problematic for a few reasons. The
Keiser University (Tradition campus) teacher talking about the evils of litter. That But Smith moved to Port St. Lucie in 2008 chemicals cigarette filters absorb leech into
Professor William Persons will be a featured was sometime in the early 1950s, which is and his plans changed. In 2011 Smith started the environment when the butts are improp-
speaker. when Keep America Beautiful was found- People Serious about Litter. See what he did erly disposed of.
ed and soon thereafter started producing there? PSL in PSL. More about People Serious
“There’s a couple things I want to hit,” he awareness campaigns. about Litter is at www.peopleseriousabout- Another issue is microplastics. The major-
said. “When we think of litter, what are we litter.com. ity of filtered cigarettes have cellulose ace-
talking about? What are the sources of litter? Keep American Beautiful has created tate, a synthetic fiber that’s plastic.
Where is it coming from?” some of the most memorable awareness ads Another speaker at the symposium will
in history. For example, the “crying Indian” be Bruce Benson, who has traveled to places “I would say the next thing you’ll find as
Persons is a system ecologist. He said lit- multimedia advertisement that premiered such as the Giza Plateau in Egypt to pick up an impact item is not plastic bottles, but alu-
ter, loose solid waste, is problematic for nu- in 1971 with actor Espera Oscar de Corti por- litter. He told the press his 40-day mission to minum cans,” Persons said.
merous reasons. traying a Native-American upset at seeing the world-famous pyramids to pick up litter
litter and littering. was to tell the Egyptians that the world cared Aluminum doesn’t exist in veins like other
Wrappers and other soft plastics break about their unique treasure and them. medals. It’s mostly mixed in clays, so min-
down easily and become microplastics that Smith, however, made a confession. “I was ing it is destructive. However, once mined,
are also helping spread the chemicals used an offender,” he said. “An apathy offender.” Stories like that inspired Smith to co-orga- aluminum is one of the most easily and effi-
to print on packages. Larger bits of loose nize the symposium. ciently recycled materials in the world. That
trash slowly migrate, causing blockages and But Smith eventually got on the straight is if cans make it to recycling centers.
other havoc along their ways. Oh, yeah, and and narrow and started disposing of things “I want something to happen to further
they leech inks, too. properly. He also started picking up others’ the cause of litter awareness and cultural Registration isn’t necessary for the sympo-
change,” he said. sium.
“I personally have found plastic trash over
30 years old,” Persons said. “It’s not uncom- Solutions from Games Pages ACROSS DOWN Crossword Page B14 (SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE)
mon to find decades-old trash.” in November 22, 2019 Edition 1 UNDERSTANDING 1 UPSURGE
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And, yes, if there’s loose solid waste some- 9 AWKWARD 3 REGULAR
where in St. Lucie County, it’s heading toward 10 RESOLVE 4 TRAVEL
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Port St. Lucie Rotary Club member Gary 14 SCHEME 7 GIDDY
Smith is a key organizer of the symposium. “I 18 PEARL 13 TRAINER
formed a group called People Serious about 20 EVASIVE 15 CHATEAU
Litter,” he said. “It’s a citizen organization. 22 TONIGHT 16 ELEMENT
We are registered as a Rotary Community 23 EVADE 17 LENTIL
Corps.” 24 AGRICULTURIST 18 PITTA
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off or really motivates you,” Smith said.
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landscapes 60 Blabby one
1 Reminder from Miss Manners 62 Separate
9 Perform the 95 Where to see a Ken Burns 64 Start of a Christmas hymn
documentary 65 R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps
14 Tool ___ company 96 City near Long Beach dummy
20 Doctor, at times 100 Counsel, old-style 66 Agree to, as an objection
21 Drink noisily 101 Patriotic grp. 68 Enroll in
22 Canceling 102 It ends in alai 69 Botanist Gray et al.
23 1970s hit series 105 Civil wrong 71 Messy type
106 Instruments heard in Italian 74 Grow gray
(with The) 76 Actor Baldwin
26 Periods of adjustment restaurants 78 Pen some
27 Windward’s opposite 110 Humorless person’s
28 Holds words (to)
29 Martino and Molinaro retort 79 They can stop a train
30 Guy with a sound 114 De Maupassant tale 82 Actress Chase
115 ___ about 84 Section of Western Sahara
number 85 Coll. degrees
31 Some commuter flights (out of bed) 87 When Brits get that darjeeling
116 Does a press agent’s job
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36 They lost to the 118 1970s model Cheryl 89 SNL producer Michaels
119 Workout woe 92 Passed on, as a dance
Olympians 94 News summaries
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the 1950s 34 Clammed up
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bid or play because it “felt right” at the time. In this deal, though, North had the opportunity QJ5
to offer his partner a choice that worked very well. KQJ6
South had such a soft 18-point hand that he almost opened one no-trump. (The Kaplan-
Rubens evaluation method rates it at 15 points!) However, after South showed a balanced Dealer: North; Vulnerable: Neither
18 or 19, North used New Minor Forcing to find out that partner had three-card spade
support. But he then made an excellent choice, continuing with three no-trump to offer The Bidding:
partner a choice of games, North’s sequence having guaranteed five spades. South had an
easy pass. SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST OPENING
Note that four spades had no chance, with one loser in each suit. 1 Diamonds Pass 1 Spades Pass LEAD:
2 NT Pass 3 Clubs Pass 7 Clubs
Against three no-trump, West’s best lead would have been a low heart. Then declarer would 3 Spades Pass 3 NT All Pass
have had to attack diamonds first to remove East’s entry to his long hearts. When West
chose a low club, declarer won with dummy’s nine and played a spade to his queen. West
took the trick and shifted to a heart, but South won with dummy’s king and led a diamond.
East grabbed that trick and returned a heart, but the contract was safe.
In a 13-table duplicate, six other North-Souths reached three no-trump, each when North
raised two no-trump to three. The rest went down in four spades.
MusicWorks and Paris Productions We need your help!
PRESENT unfortunately, it’s been pouring in Fort Pierce -
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